Stories for November 2011


Wednesday, November 30

Caz hockey drops opener to CBA/J-D

Defending state champs allow two short-handed goals

Already one thing is settled about the Cazenovia ice hockey team - it won't go undefeated. In fact, the Lakers are in for many more challenges in 2011-12, as indicated by Wednesday night's 4-1 defeat to CBA/J-D in the season opener at Onondaga Nation Arena in Nedrow.

Missing DeWitt woman located

A woman reported missing by her husband earlier this month has been found. Kayla Reynolds-Jones was found today in the city of Syracuse. DeWitt Police asked for help in locating the woman after her husband had not seen her since Nov. 16. Reynolds-Jones was missing from her home on North Midler Avenue.

Camillus man accused of rape

A Camillus man is accused of raping a friend while she was asleep.

Camillus girl, 15, reported missing

Police and school officials are asking for the public's help in locating a missing Camillus teen.

DeWitt judge to rule on Hancock 38 Thursday

A verdict in the case of the Hancock 38 is expected Thursday.

Marcellus travel agent books trips for children with special needs

Traveling with children with special needs can often be a stressful time, said nurse Lauri Rupracht, of Marcellus. That’s why she’s combining her 28 years of nursing experience with her love for travel to offer families a new way to plan a getaway.

Parking in downtown Syracuse to be free until Christmas

Parking in downtown Syracuse on Fridays and Saturdays until Christmas will be free.

DeWitt man charged in scheme to defraud seniors

DeWitt Police have charged a 30-year-old man in an accused scheme to defraud.

MPH to present ‘A Chorus Line’

Manlius Pebble Hill School’s performing arts department will present the long-running Broadway musical, “A Chorus Line,” Dec. 8 to 11 at Coville Theatre.

B’ville girls hoops stops ESM in opener

Monnat, Jordan rely on 3-pointers to get past Spartans

Even before it took the court for the first time in 2011-12, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team had to deal with a serious absence.

Volunteers kick off ‘Wrapsody’ holiday gift wrapping at Carousel

Carousel Center’s annual holiday gift wrapping program begins today, Nov. 30.

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B’ville students participate in Operation Christmas Child

Students at Van Buren Elementary School and Baker High School recently collected small toys, school supplies, and hygiene products to send to needy children through Operation Christmas Child, an annual worldwide collection.

Beaver Lake Nature Center holiday pancake breakfasts

Everyone is invited to ring in the holiday season with a tasty breakfast of pancakes and sausage at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Superintendent to hold special forum for district residents

Do you have a question about the Baldwinsville Central School District that you have always wanted to ask the superintendent?

B'ville Holiday Shopping Day

There will be a Holiday Shopping Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Red Mill Inn in Baldwinsville.

Every ride counts

In this season of giving, many look for ways to help others as a way to give back to the community.

Tuesday, November 29

Hockey Wildcats blank Hamilton in opener

WG starts quest for fifth straight sectional title

Four consecutive seasons for the West Genesee ice hockey team have ended with at least the Section III Division I title in its possession, with a state championship in 2010 added to the collection. Now the Wildcats are on a quest for more glory, and it had a smooth start to the 2011-12 season Tuesday night when it shut out Hamilton 3-0 at Colgate University's Starr Rink.

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Caz College Chorale to present ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, the Cazenovia College Chorale will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” and sing other seasonal selections, in the Cazenovia United Methodist Church, on corner of Lincklaen and Seminary streets. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Light Up Fenner raises $8,500

Local group closing in on $125,000 goal

Seventy-five people attended Light Up Fenner’s silent auction Nov. 19, and helped bring the group $8,500 closer to its goal of $125,000, said organizer Susan Baldwin.

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Cazenovians shop locally Black Friday

Area merchants experience increased sales after Thanksgiving

Last weekend officially began the holiday shopping season, and not only national corporations saw profits. In Cazenovia, local merchants saw increased sales due to “Black Friday,” as well as “Small Business Saturday.”

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Marcellus to present 'Community Christmas Concert'

Traditional Christmas Carols and a variety of holiday music new and old will be offered at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the First Presbyterian Church, corner of Main and North streets in Marcellus.

West Genesee teacher honored for contribution to Toys for Tots

Gerald Crossett, math teacher at West Genesee High School, was awarded a Toys for Tots honorary certificate presented to by the Marine Corps League Detachment of Syracuse.

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Anti-bullying program has proven itself effective

After a morning of intense conversations and activities led by high school students, sixth graders at Skaneateles Middle School recently signed contracts promising to work to combat bullying.

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In profile: diver Kaela Fiutak

First Skaneateles diver to compete in state championships

In 2006, Kaela Fiutak was an aspiring gymnast with no interest in joining the Skaneateles swim and dive team. Now, five years later, Fiutak, a senior at Skaneateles High School, is one of the top 25 divers in New York state.

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Skaneateles grad dances in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

If you watched the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade last Thursday on television, you probably saw Skaneateles native Rachael Scarr dancing live in front of the Macy’s storefront on 34th Street as she performed in one of the most famous parades in the world.

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Marcellus church presents community Christmas concert

Traditional Christmas Carols and a variety of holiday music new and old will be offered at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the First Presbyterian Church, corner of Main and North Streets in Marcellus. This year, the Dean Brothers (Bob, John and Peter, with Holly Gregg) will be featured.

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Marcellus offers Loaves & Fishes

Rotary Club assists St. John’s Church with community dining effort

“Anybody is welcome, there are no requirements, we think of it as a ‘community fellowship dinner,’” said Sarah Cox of the Loaves & Fishes Dinner put on by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marcellus.

LETTERS: Why every vote counts

I’d like to share this personal lesson with all voters. Every single vote counts! Just look at the current situation for Marcellus Town Councilor. Had just one more person voted for Don Sherman or for me, we wouldn’t be in the position we are — tied with 645 votes each.

Village of Liverpool moves to control traffic on Third Street

At their monthly meeting on Nov. 21, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees approved the addition of two stop signs on Third Street, one at the corner of Birch Street and one at Balsam Street. For decades, Third Street had no stop signs, but that should change within a week or so, said Village Clerk Mary Ellen Sims.

Keepsake Village at Greenpoint to raise money for NAMOW

A local senior care facility is spreading holiday cheer for a good cause. Keepsake Village at Greenpoint in Liverpool is doling out wreaths to local businesses and individuals to decorate. Once decorated, the 24-inch artificial wreaths will be collected and sold at a silent auction Dec. 7 with the proceeds to benefit North Area Meals on Wheels, which services the Liverpool-North Syracuse area. Heading up the event for Greenpoint are executive director Dave Baillette, marketing director Maria Lisi, and Florence Felt and Lisa Merrill, who are in charge of communications for Keepsake Village.

Vandals destroy North Syracuse village park signs

Last fall, the Village of North Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department replaced some of its dated, aging signs with newer, more attractive ones at a cost of $1,300. One of those signs in Centerville Park has now been destroyed by vandals – twice.

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NSBC pageant stresses the meaning of Christmas

The North Syracuse Baptist Church is hoping their annual Christmas pageant will help you find the true meaning of Christmas. “We’d like to give this to the community as a gift,” said Assistant Pastor Bill Marshall. “It’s a way to spend time with our families, make an effort to reach out to those around us with this story. It’s such a busy time. We’re giving the community a place to come and have fun and enjoy a peaceful evening.”

Holiday Best Bets: Why a Christmas tree?

Explore the origins of one of the most cherished symbols of the season at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, when local historian Jon Anderson presents 17th Century New World Mission Christmas Traditions at Liverpool Public Library.

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Small Business Saturday celebrated

Black Friday may be all about the big deals at big box stores, but on Saturday, consumers are encouraged to think small – small business, that is. Small Business Saturday was started last year by credit card giant American Express as an effort support small, independently owned local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. This year’s event was also supported by FedEx, Google, Facebook and Twitter, as well as numerous politicians and municipalities – plus the thousands of small businesses across the country that strive to meet the needs of their customers on a daily basis. Tim and Lisa Ballentyne of Ballentyne Gardens in Liverpool decided to move their annual open house up a week so that it coincided with Small Business Saturday.

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Clay couple turns shed into elves’ workshop for kids with special needs

Terry King and his wife, Doreen, know the trauma of taking children with special needs to the mall to see Santa Claus. “We have six kids, and three of them have special needs,” King said. “We were going through the mall, and we said, ‘There has to be a better way.’” So the Kings decided to take advantage of their multi-acre property and numerous outbuildings, not just for their own family, but for all local families of children in need of special accommodations.

Solvay hockey starts amid major transitions

Bearcats now have home games in Skaneateles; rip IHC in opener

At times during the off-season, there was some concern over whether the Solvay ice hockey program would continue for the 2011-12 season. Among many other issues, the Bearcats, who feature players from many different schools (including Marcellus, Jordan-Elbridge, Westhill and Bishop Ludden) lost its long-time home at State Fair Coliseum due to the Midstate Youth Hockey Association ending its association with the venue.

J-D announces winter sports schedule

Boys basketball Red Rams pursue fifth straight state title

Jamesville-DeWitt’s boys basketball team, with two Division I-bound stars in Dajuan Coleman (Syracuse) and Tyler Cavanaugh (Wake Forest), are pursuing a fifth consecutive state Class A championship.

F-M announces winter sports schedule

Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s 2011-12 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

ESM announces winter sports schedule

East Syracuse-Minoa High School’s 2011-12 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

CBA releases winter sports schedule

Boys basketball Brothers renew 'Holy War' with Ludden Dec. 10 in Dome

Christian Brothers Academy’s 2011-12 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Grimes releases winter sports schedule

Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School’s 2011-12 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

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A Cappella Noel-A performance to benefit Christmas Bureau

A Cappella Noel-A, a concert to benefit the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., B’ville.

Library Focus: Prepare for the busy holiday season

Okay, the turkey has left the stage; you can now bring out the reindeer!

Holiday help for B'ville families

Grandparents raising grandchildren on Social Security income, families struggling with a loss of employment, one parent caring for children while the other parent is incarcerated - these are some of the challenges facing the unusually large number of local families who registered with the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau for extra help this holiday season.

Van Buren tax office makes announcement

The Van Buren Receiver of Taxes has announced that property taxes will be mailed out at the end of December.

Monday, November 28

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New owner brings new name, prices to storage facility

Store More Pay Less, LLC has acquired the indoor/outdoor self-storage facility located at 7029 Van Buren Road.

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B'ville senior signs with Duquesne University

Lauren Hughes, a senior at Baker High School and a member of the Baldwinsville girls’ varsity crew team, signs her National Letter of Intent to row with the D1 women’s crew team at Duquesne University next year.

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The Exchange Experience: ‘Seeding’ phase over, ‘sprouting’ has begun

Nick Augello, 17, is a recent Baker High School graduate who left for Japan Aug. 20 to spend the school year in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. He is residing in Kanazawa, which is on the west coast of Japan, and began attending high school there in August.

Bull reacts to the ‘power of the press’

Letter to the editor

A few weeks ago, the Cazenovia Republican printed my letter, which complained about a severe mosquito problem caused by high water on the north side of North Lake Road.

CCP thankful for recent community fundraiser

Letter to the editor

Cazenovia is not just a village filled with neighbors. It is a family friendly community that supports one another.

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Leading the way

High school nationally recognized for STEM education programming

Not only have students of Cazenovia Central School District’s Technology Department been busy building hydrogen fuel cells, rockets and robots – they have also been building a sterling national reputation.

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Land donation yields new CCP location

Organization plans move to 4.2-acre site on Sims Lane

Cazenovia Community Preschool will permanently change its address in 2013.

F-M BOE meets tonight

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, in the library at Eagle Hill Middle School, 4645 Enders Road, Manlius.

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Wetzel named Engineer of the Year

Air Innovations Chairman recognized for contributions to consumers, industry

Cazenovia resident and professional engineer, Lawrence E. Wetzel, chairman of the board of Air Innovations Inc. in North Syracuse, is the recipient of the inaugural Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering magazine’s “Engineer of the Year” award.

Brianne Murphy to challenge Maffei in NY-25 race

A local attorney has announced her intent to challenge Dan Maffei in the Democratic primary for New York's 25th Congressional District.

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Committee seeks to raise $48K by Dec. 31 to ‘save JD sports’

Unfortunate budget shortfalls in the spring meant that some modified, junior varsity and varsity coaches in the Jamesville-DeWitt school district didn’t make the cut.

Liverpool ice hockey gains 1-1 start

Warriors try to improve from 3-17-1 mark in 2010-11

A unique season awaits the Liverpool ice hockey team, who started play on Thanksgiving weekend with tournament action in the Buffalo area. The Warriors went 3-17-1 a year ago, earning just two wins against Division I opponents. That was a far cry from the days where Liverpool was a perennial contender, having won a Section III title as recently as 2006.

CNS announces winter sports schedule

Northstars to defend AA girls basketball state title

To open the defense of its state Class AA championship, Cicero-North Syracuse’s girls basketball team will meet rival Liverpool Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome as part of the second annual Tip-Off Classic, just after the boys Northstars meet West Genesee. Here is the 2011-12 varsity winter sports schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

Liverpool releases winter sports schedule

Boys, girls basketball teams play in Carrier Dome Dec. 10

Liverpool High School’s 2011-12 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Sunday, November 27

EDITORIAL: Time to respect the Bernie Fine neighborhood

The Bernie Fine story is one entangled with supporters, accusers and personal prosecutions of the alleged crimes. Each day, a new leg of the story grows — the taped telephone calls, a third accuser, search warrants executed by the federal government.

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Downtown After Dark: Wars rage, and cries for peace continue

For thousands of years, this special season has promised peace, and for the past four decades the Syracuse Peace Council has risen to the occasion by hosting the annual Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival.

Sparky Town to reopen Monday

Sparky Town restaurant is expected to reopen 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28.

Thankful for kindness of strangers

When asked, “What are you thankful for?” most people respond with some variation of “my wonderful family and friends.” I am no different, but this Thanksgiving I got to add to the list: “Kind strangers.”

F-M advances to cross country nationals again

Girls first, boys second at NY-NE regional race

If it’s the first weekend of December, that must mean the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams are in Oregon, going up against the best in the United States. The Hornets’ latest appearance at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland was set up by Saturday’s performance in the New York and Northeast Nike Cross Regionals, held at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.

SU endures Fine tumult, wins NIT title

Orange also bash Colgate to stay undefeated

Needless to say, it has been a tumultuous two weeks for the Syracuse men’s basketball team. On Nov. 17, long-time assistant coach Bernie Fine was placed on a leave of absence because of sexual molestation allegations. Fine has vehemently denied the allegations, but an investigation by various branches of law enforcement continues.

Tires on 25 vehicles slashed on city's eastside

Tires on two dozen vehicles were slashed on the eastside of the city Friday night.

Skaneateles ice hockey starts 1-0-1

Lakers edge Queensbury, tie Glens Falls

Leave it to the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team to get the jump on most of the other Section III squads as it took a Thanksgiving weekend trip east for its first action of the season.

Leff advances to national cross country meet

WG sophomore takes fifth at Foot Locker Northeast Regional

Thanks to her efforts on an unseasonably warm Thanksgiving weekend, West Genesee girls cross country sophomore Laura Leff has one more race to run.

Baldwinsville announces winter sports schedule

Baldwinsville’s 2011-12 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

West Genesee announces winter sports schedule

Hockey Wildcats have tournament at Shove Park this weekend

West Genesee High School’s 2011-12 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Marcellus announces winter sports schedule

Marcellus High School’s 2011-12 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

J-E releases winter sports schedule

Jordan-Elbridge High School’s 2011-12 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Westhill announces winter sports schedule

Westhill High School’s 2011-12 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Solvay releases winter sports schedule

Hockey team to play home games in Skaneateles

Solvay High School’s 2011-12 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Cazenovia announces winter sports schedule

Ice hockey begins state title defense this week

Cazenovia High School’s 2011-12 winter sports schedule, which features the ice hockey Lakers defending the state Division II championship. All dates and times are subject to change.

Chittenango releases winter sports schedule

Chittenango High School’s 2011-2012 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

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Gov’t students quiz journalist

Students in Cazenovia High School’s new Advanced Placement Government and Politics course seized the opportunity to learn about journalism from a local practitioner on Nov. 16.

Saturday, November 26

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Warm CNY weather attracts customers to Christmas tree farms

The unseasonably warm weather has been a help for the local Christmas tree industry — and those coming out to chop their own tree.

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Clinton Square fills with holiday spirit at tree lighting

Syracuse kicked off their "Home for the Holidays" celebration Friday night, Nov. 25, in Clinton Square. The night included musical acts and the traditional lighting of the tree, which was donated by Shea Timmons, of Nedrow.

Lorenzo Mansion readied for Christmas Preview Party

Historic Site will kick-off holiday season on Dec. 1

Over the past three decades, thousands of patrons have enjoyed the sights, sounds and wonders of the holidays at Lorenzo. And as in years past, hundreds of hours of preparation and decorating have been invested in the 2011 celebration of “Christmas at Lorenzo.”

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Wigge Reviews: J. Edgar

Most of my generation grew up with a healthy respect for law enforcement and the FBI, in particular. “J. Edgar” is an historical account of Hoover’s life, as told by himself (Leonardo deCaprio) in flashback.

Friday, November 25

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Plan your route with CNY holiday light displays

Let Eagle Newspapers light your way this holiday season. We’ve created an interactive Google map with reader-submitted holiday light displays. Head to bit.ly/cnylights (all lower case) for the map, and to add your own light displays, too.

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Student selected for All-State Chorus

Cazenovia High School senior, Rebecca Yaciuk, was recently selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association Conference, slated to take place from Dec. 1 to 4 in Rochester.

Police seek missing 22-year-old DeWitt woman

Police are looking for help in locating a missing DeWitt woman.

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A new approach to the ‘Friday Night Life’

You are a high school student and it is Friday night — what do you do? If you live in Cazenovia your options are limited, especially ones that are fun, safe, substance-free and memorable.

Celebrating with, not without

Today is my birthday, a date on the calendar that coincides with the date I (how I refer to myself) was born, the day I became an individual.

Clearspeak: Supreme Court OKs violent video games for kids

You’re 15 and the video game you’re playing rewards you for assaulting a mother and her daughters. You’re 16 and the object of your game is to put a rifle bullet through the head of President Kennedy as he motors pass the Texas School Book Depository that fateful day in Houston. Do you have a problem with this?

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Caz Artisans continue to flourish

Gallery features work of two new artists

Cazenovia Artisans is beginning their 10th holiday season by welcoming two exciting new artists.

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Sparks fly, drive to California competition

Tennis team returns from national tournament ranked No. 6

The Indian Wells Tennis Garden, in Indian Wells, Calif., was the setting for the 2011 USTA Women’s 3.0 Senior Nationals Tennis Championship from Oct. 28 to 30.

Community survey coming soon

The Village of Cazenovia, in cooperation with other community partners, will soon unveil a survey intended to gauge attitudes about what makes the area such a special place to live.

AAA announces ‘Top Shop’ award winners for quality auto repair

AAA Western and Central New York has announced its Automotive “Top Shop” winners for 2011 including Baldwinsville’s own Hudson & Mowins (62 E. Genesee St.) and Lou’s Car Care Center (7361 State Fair Boulevard).

B’ville Optimists host annual Christmas Tree fundraiser

The Baldwinsville Optimist Club’s 41st Annual Christmas Tree sales event returns Dec. 3.

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WWII veteran visits B'ville Christian Academy

Baldwinsville resident and World War II veteran Al Alderman speaks to the first and second graders of Baldwinsville Christian Academy Thursday, Nov. 10 in celebration of Veterans' Day.

Mullarney/Alexander wed

Erin Mullarney and Shawn Alexander were married on July 30, 2011 at Word of Life Assembly of God Church with Pastor Randy Czyz officiating.

Thursday, November 24

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B'ville Kiwanis race draws thousands

Thanksgiving Day event breaks last year’s record

Thanksgiving Day’s warm weather helped to break last year’s record for the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Trot.

Principal’s council established at Elden

At Elden Elementary School, Principal Tony Cardamone has established a fourth-grade and fifth-grade Principal’s Council to promote a positive school environment and to aid the Baldwinsville community with service projects.

Lysander Parks and Recreation accepting used book donations

Donations of used books are being accepted during regular office hours for the parks department’s upcoming book sale. All donations collected from the used book sale will help with Lysander Summer Day Camp Program.

Wednesday, November 23

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Five B’ville Girls’ Lax players sign letters of intent

On Nov. 12, five Baldwinsville girls’ lacrosse players signed their national letters of intent to play college lacrosse.

Thank a volunteer, nominate for B'ville honor

This week we all give thanks for various people and blessings in our life. We should also be thankful to live in such a giving community.

B’ville Police blotter: Five face DWI charges

At 12:33 a.m. Nov. 13, members of the Baldwinsville Police stopped a vehicle on E. Genesee Street for driving erratically.

A walk through the heart of Baldwinsville

I took a walk through town this week while waiting for my car to be fixed. It was notable because I think it’s only the second time in 20 years of living in Baldwinsville that I actually walked through the village.

'Shift your shopping'

The Eagle's CNY holiday gift guide

The season of gifts can be a season of angst, especially if, like many locally minded Syracuse residents, you are shifting your shopping to locally owned, independent businesses. The Eagle has sought out these unique, local gifts for the men, women and children on your list.

Thanksgiving Bounty

Local chefs share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes

Local chefs share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes

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Skaneateles native to dance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

When you watch the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on Thursday, keep an eye out for Skaneateles native Rachael Scarr.

Tuesday, November 22

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Buerkle hears heated concerns of central New York residents in Jordan

Central New York residents gather Tuesday to address Ann Marie Buerkle at a town hall meeting in Jordan.

Manlius votes to override tax cap

The Manlius town board voted Tuesday night to override Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2 percent tax cap, citing additional debt service expenses related to the construction of the Fayetteville fire station.

East Syracuse, Manlius, DeWitt police reports ending Nov. 22

This police blotter was compiled using police reports from the East Syracuse, Manlius and DeWitt police departments.

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Two honored for dedication to J-E Marching Eagles

Vickie Jewett and Judy Strazzere were honored at the Jordan-Elbridge Marching Eagles banquet held Saturday, Nov. 13.

McClurg adds three lead carpenters

The three new lead carpenters are Stefan Addison, of Tully, who has been a carpenter since 1987 and is an EPA Certified Renovator for Lead Safety; Al Hughes, of Syracuse, who has more than 35 years experience as a carpenter; and Nick Vecchiarelli, of Syracuse, who has 19 years of carpentry experience.

LETTERS: Honored to serve the town of Camillus

I am truly honored to serve the town of Camillus as Town Supervisor.

Assemblyman Barclay announces troops item drive

Through Dec. 9, items can be dropped off locally at Camillus Town Hall, 4600 W. Genesee St.

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Cazenovia High School seeks accreditation

Staff, students, parents to assist in forming new goals, improving performance

Cazenovia High School is preparing to add another line to their long list of accolades and accomplishments.

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Project CAFÉ readies annual Toy Shop event

With the holiday season fast approaching, Project CAFÉ is getting ready to host its fourth annual Toy Shop on Dec. 9 and 10 at Burton Street Elementary School.

Online guidance tool helps students prepare for college

After a successful pilot year in 2010-11, the Skaneateles High School soon will return to training its students on a new web-based guidance tool that helps them prepare for college applications.

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Police Department receives second taser

Donation from community member allowed purchase of new device

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Cazenovia Police Department unveiled the newest addition to their force.

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Talking Turkey

How do some of our neighbors cook for Thanksgiving?

The first time I cooked a turkey, it was a pretty puny thing, scrawny, not the pumped up versions we can get today. I called my mom for her stuffing recipe, took out my “Betty Crocker’s New Picture Cook Book” and followed the instructions to the letter.

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School board accepts Green’s resignation as Lakers head coach

Appoints assistant coach Sindoni interim coach

In front of a standing-room-only crowd in the meeting room at the school district office, with television cameras rolling, print journalists feverishly taking notes and football team players silently waiting, the Skaneateles Board of Education officially accepted Lakers football head coach Tim Green’s resignation on Nov. 15.

Boys basketball to raise funds for cancer research

When the four teams of the Skaneateles boys basketball program play against Marcellus on Dec. 16, one hundred percent of the gate proceeds will be donated to the “More Than a Game” foundation, which supports children’s cancer research.

Absentee ballots confirm Hanlon win for Spafford town board

Defeats Kathy Bragg-Adams by four votes

Democrat Lou Hanlon was confirmed the winner of a seat on the Spafford Town Board on Thursday, Nov. 17, defeating fellow Democrat Kathy Bragg-Adams by four votes.

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Town board hears plans for Austin Park playground upgrade

The Skaneateles Town Board Meeting last Thursday dealt with a variety of issues, but it was a future play haven for children that took top billing.

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Community, local churches gathers to give thanks

Members of the Skaneateles community and congregants of seven different local churches came together on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to offer thanks, prayers and song in a joint worship service at St. James Episcopal Church.

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Harvest home festival brings log cabin to life at Baltimore Woods

Cheerful harvest songs, the warm glow of a campfire, homemade musical instruments, songs and dancing brought the log cabin at Baltimore Woods Nature Center to life last week as musician, historian and folklorist John Bromka led a “Harvest Home” celebration.

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‘Since the gas started’

Pennsylvania pair recount their hydrofracking experience

Protesters carrying anti-fracking signs at Skaneateles First Presbyterian Church seemed to be preaching to the choir Wednesday at the “Hindsight is 20/20” hydrofracking presentation sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

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Making a living as a musician

Rossi and Freney in profile

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to make a living as a musician? “An Evening With George Rossi and Gary Freney” Nov. 26 at the Auburn Public Theater will shed light, music, laughter and war stories on the subject.

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BCA congratulates All-Star players

Steve Taddeo and Victoria Ratliff represented Baldwinsville Christian Academy's Crusaderes in the Empire State Christian Athletic League All-Star Games. These games were played at Norwich High School on the night of Friday, Nov. 4.

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Thank you from the Baker HS Class of 2013

Members of Baker High School’s Class of 2013 would like to say thank you to community members for purchasing pasta during the class’ fundraiser held in October.

B'ville Kiwanis Turkey Trot to benefit local children’s charities

The Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club will host the 43rd annual Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24, at Charles W. Baker High School, 29 East Oneida St., Baldwinsville.

Anheuser-Busch announces new product line in Baldwinsville

Anheuser-Busch will expand operations at its Lysander brewery embarking on a $ 7.6 million project, which will enable the packaging of innovative brands in 24-ounce cans, new to the Baldwinsville brewery.

Monday, November 21

Detectives release composite of assault suspect

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that sheriff’s detectives have released the composite of a man sought in the brutal assault on a 12-year-old Mattydale boy.

DeWitt Police, town debate adding new officer

Police department without contract since 2009

The DeWitt Police Department is seeking approval for an additional officer. The department has been working without a union contract since the end of 2009.

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One ‘spark’ lit many flames

Linda "Sparky" Mortimer, owner of Sparkytown restaurant in the Hawley Green neighborhood, passed away Monday.

Mayor Wheeler: Remember to shop local this season

Letter to the editor

Saturday, Nov. 26, is being dubbed Shop Small Stores Day this holiday season. All over the country, residents are being urged to shop their local stores on this day to support their community’s economy.

Boy Scouts, Webelos thank community for support

Letter to the editor

The Boy Scouts of Troop 18, Webelos of Pack 16, and Scout leaders wish to thank the members of the Cazenovia community for their support of our recent food drive, “Scouting for Food.”

Clark applauds participants of 2011 CROP Walk

Letter to the editor

On behalf of the Cazenovia Area CROP Walk organizing committee, I want to thank the community for its continued support of this annual event.

Mattydale man killed in Thruway crash

A 53-year-old Mattydale man was hit and killed on the Thruway late Sunday night in Manlius.

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Sheriff's Deputies seeking missing woman

Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputies are searching for a missing woman. Trina Brennen, 26, was last seen at 401 Butternut Street in Syracuse at 11:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18.

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Hudson & Mowins goes 'green'

Baldwinsville auto shop installs solar panels

Greg and Cathy Hudson are being environmentally responsible. As the owners of Hudson & Mowins, a domestic and foreign auto repair shop in Baldwinsville, the two recently completed installation of solar panels on their building's roof enabling them to harvest their own electricity from the sun.

Support B’ville library

Barnes & Noble fundraiser to be held Nov. 26

The third annual book fair to benefit the Baldwinsville Public Library will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Barnes & Noble bookstore, 3956 Route 31 in Clay.

Meeting residents a pleasure

I would like thank all of the voters who came out to cast their ballots this season in general election for the 13th district seat on the Onondaga County Legislature.

Sunday, November 20

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Children’s House receives whimsical new playscape

Nature offers endless opportunities to explore, create, imagine, discover; and playing within a natural environment offers children enriched sensory experiences.

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Town moves toward creating sewer district around Lake

Cost study on vacuum sewer system underway

The town of Cazenovia recently approved up to $10,000 funding for a study on vacuum sewer system installation around Cazenovia Lake.

B'ville volleyball drops state AA final to Penfield

Bees lose five-set battle after 5-1 Saturday record

By just a handful of points, the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team missed out on a second consecutive New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA title. The Bees fell in five sets to Section V opponent Penfield in Sunday's championship match at Glens Falls Civic Center, reversing results from the day before, when B'ville beat the Patriots in both sets of round-robin play.

Cicero board adopts a budget – at last

After a three-hour special meeting Sunday, Nov. 20 that drew so many residents some were left standing outside, the Cicero Town Board approved an eleventh-hour compromise 2012 budget that calls for a 0.9 percent tax increase - $14 per $100,000 of assessed value. The budget had to be submitted to the state by 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The budget was approved after a contentious meeting in which several members of the audience accused board members of behaving like “high school children” for failing to come to a better solution sooner and forcing the last-minute session, which often devolved into bickering and sniping between board members.

CORRECTION: Skaneateles will not spend more than $1 million for water treatment plant equipment

In our article last week, “Village May spend more than $1 million for water treatment plant,” we incorrectly reported the cost.

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Cazenovia wins second straight field hockey state title

Speer's OT goal decides it as Lakers beat Greenwich, 3-2

Another year, another state Class C championship game for the Cazenovia field hockey team that went to overtime - and another title earned. Emmajean Speer’s goal 3:10 into the extra period gave Lakers a 3-2 victory over Section II champion Greenwich in Sunday’s championship game at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

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Wigge Reviews: Take Shelter

“Take Shelter” is a dark, absorbing, and almost tragic statement of how many of us pursue protection not only from natural forces, but from ourselves.

Marcellus goes 2-4 at state volleyball final four

Mustangs fall to John Glenn, Pelham in Glens Falls debut

When the Marcellus girls volleyball program moved from a winter to a fall schedule in 2011, ending the season on the court at Glens Falls Civic Center, playing for a state championship, was the primary reason. In that regard, the Mustangs absolutely succeeded, even though, once it got to Glens Falls for the state final four on Nov. 19, it could not quite get past the round-robin phase.

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Leff rises to second at Federation cross country race

WG sophomore beaten only by Bronxville's Mary Cain

Again, just one runner, and one tremendous performance, separated West Genesee girls cross country sophomore Laura Leff from another major championship.

CBA swimmers, runner bring home state titles

Records set in 200 medley relay; Smith claims Federation cross country title

On a glorious Saturday at opposite ends of the New York map, four swimmers, and a runner, helped deliver a pair of state championships to Christian Brothers Academy. At Buffalo’s Erie Community College, CBA’s swimming quartet of Summer Schmitt, Lexy McCauley, Kathryn Coughlin and Maggie Fletcher took top honors in the 200-yard medley relay.

ESM soccer falls in first-ever state semifinal

Spartans shut out, 3-0, by Jericho in Class A clash

Even a few weeks ago, the notion that the East Syracuse-Minoa boys soccer team would find its way to the state Class A final four was, at best, a long shot and, at worst, ridiculous. So the fact that the Spartans did reach this point was amazing enough, never mind that the journey ended in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Section VIII champion Jericho in the state semifinals at Middletown High School.

Saturday, November 19

Al Merola, Solvay coaching great, dies at 73

Bearcats won 210 games in Merola's 34-year tenure

One of Central New York's most accomplished high school football coaches has lost a long battle with cancer. Al Merola, who led the Solvay Bearcats for more than three decades and earned 210 career victories along the way, died on Saturday at St. Joseph's Hospital at the age of 73.

Bears denied by Hornell in state football semis

Chittenango rally falls just short in 35-27 defeat

Mighty Hornell fought off a valiant Chittenango effort Saturday, beating the Bears, 35-27, in a state Class B football semifinal slugfest at East Syracuse-Minoa High School. The two-time defending state champion Red Raiders were hard-pressed to keep its three-year, 37 game winning streak alive. Chittenango rallied gamely from a 20-point, first-quarter deficit, and had one final possession to perhaps force overtime.

Liverpool field hockey beaten in state Class A semis

Warriors fall, 3-0, to Mamaroneck

Mamaroneck ended the Liverpool field hockey team's dream season, 3-0, Saturday morning in the Class A state semifinals at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

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Caz field hockey tops Bronxville in state field hockey semifinal

Defense stars for Lakers as it earns chance at repeat

Cazenovia field hockey goalie Lauren Devine had a lot on her mind as the penalty stroke from Bronxville's Brooke Bonfiglio flew toward her in the first half of Saturday's Class C state semifinal. "I just watched the ball and didn't let the nerves get to me," she said. "I didn't want to let my team down."

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In a league of their own, but loved by McCann and others

It was a league created to keep America’s pastime in the public eye during World War II. Today, Shelley McCann is passionate about doing the same for the women who turned double plays and rounded the bases in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL).

Salina Town Board approves 2012 budget

At the Nov. 16 special Salina Town Board meeting, the Salina Town Board unanimously approved the 2012 Town Budget.

Friday, November 18

Manlius to override tax cap due to fire station

The Manlius Town Board will vote next week to override Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s property tax levy cap, deciding to do so a week after declaring its intent not to go over the 2 percent limit.

EDITORIAL: Open meeting laws not open to interpretation

Questionable usage of the open meeting laws has lead to a bit of skepticism regarding local governmental boards’ understanding of the laws. The laws, put in place to protect and provide information to the public, are guidelines put in place by New York state government, recognized by the Committee on Open Government. While the law has no teeth, something this staff also takes issue with, the rules should continue to be adhered to for the greater good of the public.

Best Bets: Circle of Peace & Hope

Syracusans can start Thanksgiving Day by taking part in a Circle of Peace & Hope at Willow Bay, in Liverpool on the Onondaga Lake shore at 10 a.m. Nov. 24, to thank the Onondaga Nation and its people for being good neighbors and caretakers of the land.

State Police target drivers using cell phones

State Police will be targeting motorists using their cell phones while driving this Thanksgiving weekend.

Men charged in May DeRuyter school burglary

Two DeRuyter students have been charged with third-degree burglary in connection to a larceny from DeRuyter Central Schools.

Camillus MaineSource store shuts down

MaineSource Food & Party Warehouse announced the planned consolidation of its Camillus store location into the North Syracuse store. The North Syracuse location will be expanded with the move.

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Nostalgia spikes Sammys

As he introduced fellow Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Fame inductee Dave “Rock” Feinstein at the awards show Friday night, 805 frontman Dave Porter reminisced about long-ago Monday-night poker sessions with Feinstein and his cousin, the late Ronnie James Dio.

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Police: Find us on Facebook

Local PDs reach public faster than ever through social media

Chalk up some of the latest crime tips to the last place many may think to see police — publicly, at least. Area departments are flocking to Facebook, Twitter and other interactive web measures to spread what’s going on in the community, reaching out to help solve crimes and hear what the residents are saying.

With absentee votes tallied, Tassone holds onto lead over Stott

After a counting of the absentee ballots Thursday Nov. 17, Board of Elections Commissioner Ed Ryan says results at the close Election Day races remain the same. "People who were ahead last Tuesday night are still ahead," he said. That included incumbent Fourth District County Legislator Judy Tassone, who maintained her lead over challenger David Stott by about 50 votes.

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C-NS field hockey team raises money for soldiers, families through T-shirt sales

When Army SPC Blair Thompson of Rome was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 25, 2010, his family was devastated. When Army Pfc. Matthew Leyva of Cicero was wounded in action in Afghanistan more than a year later, they were spurred to action. Julie Thompson, Blair’s aunt, and her daughter Kristi, captain of the varsity field hockey team at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, with the aid of Brian Doyle of Interform Printing, decided to create a T-shirt with “Support the Troops” yellow ribbons as well as the initials “BT” and “ML” on the sleeves. Leyva is the brother of former C-NS field hockey player Ashley Sochia.

Thursday, November 17

Devilishly slow

Frustration followed finesse last weekend for the Syracuse Crunch.

Cicero to hold special budget meeting

The Cicero Town Board will hold a special budget workshop and town board meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 in the hopes of passing a budget with a tax increase of less than 14.5 percent, which was the budget the board accepted at its last meeting.

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Let there be light

Clay man tunes light display to music

For the majority of the 16 years Chris and Christine Hussak have lived in their home, there have not been any Christmas lights hanging from the house come holiday time. That’s a stark contrast from the more than 20,000 lights that adorn their Carmel Drive front yard this year.

Absentee ballots counted; no race results change

After a counting of the absentee ballots this morning, Board of Elections Commissioner Ed Ryan says results of the close Election Day races remain the same.

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Their mission is to serve

Rescue Mission prepares for Thanksgiving feast

By Thursday morning, more than 450 pounds of turkey will have been baked in the Rescue Mission ovens, preparing to serve hundreds of Syracuse residents for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Tops Market could come to South Salina Street’s Valley Plaza

Stephanie Minor announced in a press release Monday, Nov. 14, that Ellicott Development Company and Tops Friendly Markets are finalizing the terms of a lease that will allow Tops to open a new supermarket in Valley Plaza on South Salina Street.

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Kinderhook Road speed limit lowered

The concerns of residents have lead to a lowered speed limit on Kinderhook Hook Road, a state road, in the town of Manlius.

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Watercolor Society showcased at the Caz Public Library

Visitors to the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery can enjoy a fascinating glimpse into the unique and varied talents of members of the Cazenovia Watercolor Society, until Nov. 30.

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Top scholars tapped for fellowship at Caz College

Five Washburn Fellows named for 2011-12 year

Cazenovia College’s Washburn Junior Research Fellowships and Teaching Fellowship for 2011-2012 have recently been announced by Dr. John Robert Greene, Paul J. Schupf Professor, History and Humanities, and advisor for the fellowship program.

Cazenovia Library to host Blues Concert

Participants in the “Blues Frees the Spirit” workshop at the Cazenovia Public Library take center stage with a public performance at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Community Room.

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GCACC to offer six winter markets

The Cazenovia Winter Farmers Market will being taking place again this year, the third Saturday of each month in the American Legion Hall, at 26 Chenango St.

Caz Garden Club thanks community supporters

Letter to the editor

“It takes a village…” to plan, plant and water, from spring and into fall, all the hayracks, window boxes, planters, gardens and hanging baskets that grace the village.

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'A community divided

Pennsylvania pair recount their hydrofracking experience

Two farmers from Bradford County, Pa., Carolyn Knapp and Carol French, came to Skaneateles to discuss their experience with the Pennsylvania gas industry. While they claimed alliance to neither pro nor anti fracking, Carolyn and Carol clearly warned of what they called a “community divide.”

Proposed vacuum sewer system is preposterous

Letter to the editor

Just where do you think the lakefront residents are going to get all this cash? We already pay three times the taxes of the average resident of Cazenovia.

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School is In: Lessons learned outside the classroom

Their game was over – their season was over – but that was not important at this moment. What was important was one player’s concern for her teammate – something perhaps instilled in her by her parents, her coaches, her teachers – something already there that had been brought to the surface by their efforts at just the right moment.

CCP thanks Brownback for land donation

Letter to the editor

It is with sincere gratitude that Cazenovia Community Preschool, Inc. wishes to acknowledge Russ Brownback for his recent charitable donation. Russ Brownback has generously donated a plot of land to CCP, 4.2 acres on the east side of Sims Lane in the village of Cazenovia.

Supervisor Monforte thanks supporters for strong turnout on Election Day

Letter to the editor

My deepest thanks to the residents of Cazenovia for re-electing me as your town supervisor and to the many people that helped with my campaign – posting signs, submitting letters to the editor and most importantly, coming out to vote.

Clarke is proud of campaign, will continue to serve Cazenovia in another way

I am grateful to have had the opportunity for run for the position of Town Supervisor.

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Hagan joins Cazenovia’s Hunt Real Estate branch

Hunt Real Estate Corporation recently announced the addition of Sean Hagan to its team at the Cazenovia office.

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Nine CBA students achieve perfect scores on SAT/ACT test sections

CBA is proud to announce the following students achieved perfect scores on SAT or ACT standardized test sections.

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B’ville agency seeks to aid working poor

There was no mission in mind when a group of Baldwinsville volunteers got together for breakfast this summer.

Be active in Lysander government

I would like to congratulate John Salisbury, Andy Reeves, Melinda Shimer and Charles Mantione on their election victories.

Orange rips Manhattan, Albany in NIT games

SU now 3-0, heads to MSG to face Oklahoma State

On back-to-back nights, the Syracuse men’s basketball team diced through the opening phases of the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament and earned yet another appearance at Madison Square Garden.

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McShane's gets its wings

Food Network chef Robert Irvine, host of “Restaurant:Impossible,” held no punches when dealing with a local eatery. Irvine called McShane’s Restaurant in DeWitt, at the corner of Molloy Road and Kinne Street, the most “horrendous place” he had ever faced as host of the show which performs make-overs on failing restaurants.

Special (Coach) K

Wins record only small part of Duke coach's story

Mike Krzyzewski is right when he says that his record win total for Division I coaches, 903 and counting, is just a number. Other guys actually played those games, hit those clutch baskets, grabbed those tough rebounds and sank those tense free throws.

Wednesday, November 16

Tops opens second CNY fueling station

The off-site fueling station, located a block from Tops’ DeWitt grocery store on East Genesee Street, is part of Tops’ multi-million dollar capital improvement plan.

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Body & Sol leads ‘Community Partnership Program’

Body & Sol Tanning Studio, located at 103 W. Seneca St. in the village Manlius, is at the forefront a Community Partnership Program that brings business together with a common goal — persevering through tough economic times. The program gives a select group of neighboring businesses the opportunity to advertise to each other’s customers through Body & Sol’s Facebook page and shared coupons.

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B'ville Rotary distributes hundreds of dictionaries

The Baldwinsville Rotary Club recently distributed dictionaries to all third graders in the Baldwinsville School District including St. Mary's, Word of Life and Baldwinsville Christian Academy. In addition, all home schooled third graders received a new dictionary.

Y to host informational open house

Northwest Family Y officials will host an informational open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Community Room at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

Administrators begin review of 2012-13 district budget

The Baldwinsville Central School District has begun developing the 2012-13 budget. This month district administrators will begin presenting their budget components to the Board of Education.

Tuesday, November 15

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Downtown After Dark: Doyle disc revels in dark dreams

Syracuse record producer extraordinaire Mark Doyle again descends into the netherworld with his new disc, “In Dreams: Guitar Noir 2.”

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F-M, CBA soccer combine to raise $3,300 for cancer research

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fayetteville-Manlius High School and Christian Brothers Academy put their rivalry aside to help raise money to fight breast cancer.

Surviving suicide: Conference at Northside Baptist Saturday Nov. 19

Josh Graham was an artist whose work will never be seen in any gallery, whose drawings won’t be on display in any museum or sell out a show. Josh died by suicide at 17 before he even graduated from high school. “He’d been seen [by mental health professionals] several times, but it’s so difficult to diagnose in a young person,” said his mother, Debra Graham. “There wasn’t enough time for him to get a true diagnosis.” In the weeks and months after his death, Graham sought answers and a way to channel her grief into something positive. She found the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, with which she is now actively involved, and the Out of Darkness Walks, which seek to raise awareness about mental illness and suicide prevention.

City Scuffle: Election Day snooze

Samadee kept forgetting it was Election Day. He woke past 6 a.m., the time it took for him to be first in line at his polling place, until the new wave hopefuls lined up the stairs and down the hall to pull the lever for Obama.

Urban CNY: It’s over! Campaign 2011

Finally, Election 2011 is over, and with the boring coverage on local television, it’s a wonder how we were ever able to stay awake for the conclusion.

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High ranking German diplomat visits F-M

One of the highest ranking German diplomats in the United States recently included the Fayetteville-Manlius School District in his tour of upstate educational institutions.

EDITORIAL: Gwyn Mannion made a contest, a contest

What is generally referred to as an off-year election could have been even less interesting in the town of Manlius — had Gwyn Mannion not made a run for county legislator.

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Camillus Chamber names Cheeburger Cheeburger ‘Business of the Month’

The Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce has recognized Cheeburger Cheeburger, 5362 W Genesee St., Camillus, as its November Business of the Month.

DeWitt adopts $16.5M spending plan

Residents will see .6 percent tax rate increase

After going into executive session to talk about contracts with the police department and the white collar union, which will affect the budget, the DeWitt Town Board returned to adopt the budget five-to-one. Councilor Vicki Baker voted against the budget and councilor Troy Albanese was not present.

Four more years?


It is a dictum of American politics that barely does one election end before the next begins. While our next local election — two seats for village trustee — is only four months off in March 2012, so far the campaigning has not begun. However, important election-related actions occurred at the Nov. 10 village board meeting that deserve recognition.

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Skaneateles Garden Club recognized by library

The circle of purple chrysanthemums that have adorned the front Genesee Street walk of the Skaneateles Library for the past five years now encircle a rock and plaque recently installed to honor the members of the Skaneateles Garden Club for the work they do “lovingly” tending the library gardens and flower boxes.

Village board looks to change terms of electives offices

law proposed to increase terms from two to four years

The village board of trustees will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 8, to consider extending the terms of office for the mayor and the trustees from two years to four years.

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Village board may spend $500,000 for water treatment plant

The village board of trustees at its Nov. 10 meeting approved a proposal to publicly bid on contracting replacement parts for the Skaneateles Wastewater Treatment Plant that may cost $500,000.

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A Veterans’ Day tribute

Nearly 80 local residents, numerous area veterans and school children gathered at Shotwell Park this past Veterans Day, surrounded by nearly 150 American flags planted in the ground, to give tribute to American veterans.

Off-street village parking fee eliminated

The village board of trustees at its Nov. 10 meeting unanimously approved a new local parking law that eliminated the previous off-street parking fee for village businesses and scaled back the requirement for off-street parking spaces.

No tax rate increase in Spafford town budget

Spafford town residents will see no tax rate increase and a three-cent overall tax decrease in 2012, according to the final town budget, which the Spafford Town Board unanimously approved at its Nov. 10 meeting.

MCBE releases absentee vote count

Following the Cazenovia Town Election of Nov. 8, councilor candidates Bill Zupan and Jennifer Basic were separated by just three votes, with totals of 819 and 822 respectively.

Things to do . . .

It’s the second Tuesday in November, and I’m not in a garden inside the walls of a forest like in a folk tale by Italo Calvino.

Clearspeak: Big Brother is watching you

There are a lot of fine reasons to live in Cazenovia. An important one, for many residents, is privacy, a luxury in this day and age.

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Car hits Fayetteville ExpressMart

A car crashed into the front of the ExpressMart in Fayetteville Tuesday morning before 8 a.m. The store had minimal "structural" damage and no one was hurt in the crash. The car, which did not crash through the building, hit a display of bottled water and windshield washer fluid. There was slight "structural damage" on the front of the store and skidmarks on the walkway.

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Does commercial traffic ban on the Parkway take it too far?

Jim Nels is fed up. Nels, of Baldwinsville, is a business owner who drives a Chevy pickup truck that stands just over six feet tall. “I have commercial plates on my truck because I use it for work, and I use Onondaga Lake Parkway frequently,” Nels said. “It’ll cost me and my workers more time and energy to drive around the Parkway. I would say there are tens of thousands of pickups, vans, Jeeps – all low commercial vehicles – that use the Parkway every week. Do you think any of them have hit that bridge?” Nels is one of many drivers annoyed that the New York State Department of Transportation will soon enact a commercial traffic ban on Onondaga Lake Parkway, one of the most traveled routes between the city of Syracuse and the northern suburbs. According to the DOT, restricting all commercial vehicles from using the Parkway is the only way to ensure travelers’ safety on the route.

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UPDATE: State releases Schools in Need of Improvement list

Two Onondaga County school districts and schools in eight districts have been recommended for improvement by the New York State Department of Education. A total of 1,325 schools and 123 districts were identified by the state as needing improvement. The recommendation comes under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly referred to as the No Child Left Behind Act.

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CanTeen on the move again

Thanks to a generous community and the tireless work of numerous volunteers, the CanTeen will soon have a new home next to Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Unfortunately, it won’t be done by Nov. 22, which is when the lease runs out on their temporary home in Country Max Plaza, into which the teen center moved at the beginning of the school year. The organization left its longtime home on Route 11 in June in anticipation of the construction of its new home closer to the high school, funded with a Community Development grant.

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Students introduce peers to German

German 4 and 5 students from Baker High School spent several consecutive Friday afternoons in October teaching German vocabulary to students in the classrooms of teachers Frank Cutie and Wendi Hitchcock at Durgee Junior High School.

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B’ville PD announces new staff

At the Nov. 3 Village of Baldwinsville board meeting, Chrissy A. Allen was promoted to the position of Police Agent (Sergeant) with the Baldwinsville Police Department. Agent Allen replaces Police Agent John C. Merritt who retired on Oct. 30, 2011, following a distinguished 34-year career with the department.

Lysander 1st grateful for support

We sincerely thank the people of the town of Lysander for the confidence and support they showed us during the recent election season.

Election represents ‘new day’

As a 36-year resident of Lysander, I now look forward to a “new day”… town government that truly represents all the residents, not just a few.

Library Focus: Get your tickets for Nook Color giveaway

Computers can make life easier and more connected.

Lysander Colonial Holiday Sale features made in America items

Fall is in the air and Christmas is right around the corner. That means it’s time for the Annual Colonial Holiday Sale.

New engineering, law firms sought for Lysander

Lysander 1st seeks proposals from law firms and engineering firms who would consider working with the Town of Lysander, as well as resumes from individuals who would like to be considered for the vacancy on the Lysander Town Board.

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DeWitt Rotary to host 30th annual kindling sale

The Rotary Club of DeWitt will host its 30th annual kindling wood sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the K-Mart plaza, Erie Boulevard East, in DeWitt.

Monday, November 14

Shoe box gifts to benefit kids overseas

Local volunteers are packing shoe boxes for needy kids overseas to prepare for the holiday season.

SU steams past Fordham in hoops opener

Second-half surge allows Orange to run away from Rams

Inside the Carrier Dome, the Syracuse men’s basketball team kicked off a highly-anticipated 2011-12 season Saturday by impressively crushing the Fordham Rams 78-53.

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Adams runs at state cross country championships

Skaneateles sophomore takes 46th place at VVS

It was a dream season for Madeline Adams, the Skaneateles girls cross country sophomore runner who represented the team and school at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, in the shadow of the Turning Stone Casino.

Town land annexed into village

The village of Cazenovia just got a little larger. During the Nov. 7 village board meeting, a resolution was passed by both the village and town approving the annexation of 13.452 acres of land as village property.

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Caz cross country girls finish fifth in NY state rankings

The Cazenovia varsity girls cross country team gathered on Nov. 10 to celebrate a successful season, including its second-consecutive Section III title and a final ranking of fifth in New York state among Class C teams.

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Cazenovia shops ready for holiday season

As the holidays approach, area business owners have begun to prepare for a busy season in Cazenovia.

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Kingson lectures on Social Security

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Cazenovia Forum hosted Eric Kingson, Ph.D., to discuss the “Politics, Economics and Ethics of Social Security Reform.”

Lysander tax rate up 1.1 percent

Lysander officials have approved the 2012 town budget, which reduces spending by one percent.

DeWitt, East Syracuse, Manlius Police Reports

East Syracuse, Manlius and DeWitt Police have released the following arrests.

Clay teen charged with assault

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that a town of Clay teen has been charged with assault after stabbing her boyfriend with a knife. Sunday evening Sheriff’s deputies charged a 17-year-old resident of Dolshire Drive with assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. The teen is accused of stabbing her boyfriend during a dispute.

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Third graders receive art gift

Teacher Shana Smegelsky’s third-grade class at McNamara Elementary School recently received a gift of art supplies from the school’s PTA for having the most entries in the PTA’s Reflections art contest.

Chamber supports YMCA

Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce announces their support for the YMCA Expansion in the Greater Baldwinsville Area.

Support appreciated

Even though the political race was uncontested, I want to sincerely thank you for your vote of confidence as your supervisor.

Thank you for support

I would like to thank the voters of the Town of Van Buren for their votes in the recent election. It is truly a pleasure to serve the residents of this town and I thank you for allowing me to do so again for the next four years.

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Volunteer Fair boasts many opportunities

Elaine Sartwell, left, and Ellen Stevens of B’ville Cares manned a booth at the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center’s Volunteer Recruitment Fair held recently at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

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Girls soccer: Bethlehem ends regional hex

Two second-half goals lead Eagles past Liverpool

Jackie Kearney and Autumn Fetterolf each scored goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to help Bethlehem turn back Liverpool 2-0 in the regional final and earn a berth in this weekend's state tournament in Cortland.

Air-1 helicopter called to assist with brush fire in Memphis

The county’s Air-1 helicopter was called to help combat a brush fire this week, said Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh.

Sunday, November 13

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Lights on the Lake to kick off a week early

After setting an attendance record last year, this year’s Wegmans Lights on the Lake will start a week earlier than usual in hopes of drawing an even bigger crowd. A record 38,554 vehicles drove through the show and approximately 11,500 walkers came out for the preview nights. “Due to last year's record-breaking attendance, we decided to give residents and visitors more opportunity to view the show,” said Robin Augello of the Onondaga County Parks Department. “And by starting a week earlier we may get milder weather for the popular pedestrian-only preview nights.”

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Syracuse First hosts second annual 'Buy Local Bash'

Vendors will be taking part in the second annual Buy Local Bash, sponsored by not-for-profit Syracuse First, at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at Benjamin’s on Franklin in Armory Square. The event is the kick-off to Shop Syracuse week, part of a national campaign by more than 85 communities to encourage shopping at locally-owned businesses.

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FM grads host film premiere in father's name

While battling Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Allen Krassembaum became close with staff at Crouse Hospital where he was receiving care. In fact, the family was so familiar with the Hospital, they began jokingly calling themselves the “Crousembaums.”

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MAVES hosts open house for new facility

MAVES — Marcellus Ambulance and Volunteer Emergency Services — held an open house and grand opening celebration for their new facility on Lee Mulroy Road.

Clearspeak: Count your blessings

Community Commentator

When elections roll around as they have recently in our fair burg, we sometimes hear reminders of how precious democracy is and how hard-won the right to vote is.

Imagine All the People

Community Commentator

They pay no attention to us. They call us unemployed revolutionary hippies, but that’s only because some of us don’t have jobs or corporate uniforms.

In a field: Points of return

Community Commentator

Sounds that I didn’t recognize, couldn’t even classify other than as non-human, came out of the dark one September night, as on foot I approached the Williams Street bridge going east toward the cemetery.

Our trust, in their hands


So, it seems residents of Cazenovia won’t have to do without the Clark Street bridge for as long as we first expected.

Cicero: Tax increase remains at 14.5 percent

While they couldn’t come to a consensus on budget changes before the Nov. 10 budget hearing, the Cicero Town Board did agree on at least one thing – they need to make some tough decisions.

Spartans shut down by Maine-Endwell in regional

ESM denied chance to play state Class A semifinal on home field

Everyone on the East Syracuse-Minoa football team burned for just one more victory, so it could play in its first-ever state Class A state semifinal – on its home turf, no less.

B’ville soccer ousted in Class AA regional final

Shenendehowa gets early goal, edges Bees 1-0

Part of the routine, when winning five consecutive Section III Class AA championships, is having a shot at a much bigger prize down the road. To this point, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team have not quite reached that point, still in search of a first-ever state championship.

Peinkofer finishes seventh at state cross country meet

Miller also runs for B'ville in girls Class A meet

Baldwinsville’s cross country team had a presence in both of the Class A races at Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.

Manahan, Leff both second at state cross country meet

Marcellus, Westhill/Ludden teams in middle of pack at VVS

In large part, the story that emerged from Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association cross country meet at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill was how close two local runners came to earning top honors. Marcellus junior Ryan Manahan was the runner-up in the boys Class B event, and West Genesee sophomore Laura Leff had the same finish in the girls Class A race.

Saturday, November 12

Girls volleyball Mustangs advance to state final four

Marcellus sweeps Albion in Class B regional final

Maybe the Marcellus girls volleyball team is new to this state tournament business, but it's getting comfortable in a hurry. The Mustangs went Saturday to Sweet Home High School, in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, and took just three sets to knock off Section VI champion Albion in the Class B state quarterfinal.

Volleyball Bees sweep again, return to Glens Falls

B'ville beats Shenendehowa in Class AA regional

As it steamrolled past the Section III Class AA competition again this fall, the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team rarely had the need to call a time-out, since it rarely got in any trouble. That changed, though, in Saturday's Class AA regional playoff match at Cicero-North Syracuse, where the Bees did decide to regroup - and it directly led to a three-set sweep of Shenendehowa.

F-M claims boys, girls state cross country titles again

Boys Hornets prevail by single point; girls crush Saratoga

By the smallest and biggest margins imaginable, the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams lay claim to both New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A championships. In a span of two hours at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, the Hornets lay claim to those state crowns in vastly different manners.

Soccer Spartans beat Massena in regional final

ESM to make first-ever trip to Class A final four

For the first time, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys soccer team is making a trip to the state final four. The Spartans scored once in each half to defeat Section X champion Massena, 2-0, Saturday in the Class A regional final at Christian Brothers Academy's Alibrandi Stadium.

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Caz field hockey smashes East Rochester in Class C regional

Vogl gets two goals, two assists as Lakers return to state final four

In a matter of minutes, the Cazenovia field hockey team made sure that it would make a return trip to the state Class C final four. Three goals in the game’s first 10 minutes, two of them less than a minute apart, led the Lakers to a win over East Rochester in Saturday’s Class C regional final at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

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Wigge Reviews: Anonymous

In this latest version of Elizabethan “history,” “Anonymous” would have us believe that William Shakespeare was a moronic, unlettered actor and those wonderful plays and sonnets under his name were written instead by Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford.

Field hockey Warriors beat Fairport in Class A regional

Lamison run sets up Abold for go-ahead goal

One long and timely run by Emma Lamison helped push the Liverpool field hockey team into the state Class A final four. Lamison’s daring sprint through the Fairport defense set up the decisive goal in the second half, springing the Warriors to a 2-1 victory over the Red Raiders in Saturday’s state quarterfinal at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

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Cicero man honored at CNY Veterans Parade

Zaluski, who fought at Iwo Jima, marched in every parade since World War II before being honored this year.

Mosquitoes, beaver dams plague former construction site on North Lake Road

Letter to the editor

For 13 years my wife, Barbara, and I have lived on Mark Lane, just north of Cazenovia Lake.

Colligan relatives thank community for heartfelt show of support

Letter to the editor

On a sunny and beautiful Sunday afternoon this past September, crowds of people from around the Central New York area came together to celebrate and congratulate local business owner and life-long residents, John and Mary Colligan, on John’s recent retirement from Colligan and Sons Service Center after more than 50 years of dedicated service to the Cazenovia community.

Bears blank Chenango Valley in football regional

Rash of turnovers helps Chittenango reach state semis

At any level of football, with any kind of stakes, forcing seven turnovers almost guarantees a victory. And that's what the Chittenango Bears pulled off in Friday night's Class B regional playoff game at Binghamton Alumni Stadium, forcing Section IV champion Chenango Valley into all kinds of mistakes on its way to a 42-0 shutout of the Warriors.

Friday, November 11

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West Genesee stunned by Binghamton in AA football regional

WG squanders 21-point lead in 36-35 defeat

A singular season for the West Genesee football team had come down to a single kick. With time running out and his team trailing by one, Evan Stefano had an opportunity to give his Wildcats a victory in a wild, memorable Class AA regional playoff game against Binghamton at Vestal's Dick Hoover Stadium.

CCSD named in top three Syracuse-area schools

Buffalo-based Business First magazine recently ranked Cazenovia, Skaneateles and Fayetteville Manlius as the top three schools in the Syracuse area, based on standardized test score analysis.

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Pastor attends annual Rural Chaplains Association event

Burlew travels to Mississippi for annual gathering

Rev. Betty Burlow spent the week of Oct. 25 in Biloxi, Miss., at the annual gathering of Rural Chaplains Association.

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Caz Mitey Mites complete successful season

The Cazenovia Pop Warner Mitey Mites finished a great season on Sunday, Oct. 23 in a tough offensive match-up against Utica 2, a game that was dubbed by the announcer as “the best Mitey Mite game ever seen.”

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Madden medals in Guadalajara

U.S. show jumpers win team gold at 2011 Pan American Games

It was a do-or-die pressure situation for Cazenovia resident and equestrian competitor Beezie Madden and her teammates at the 2011 Pan American Games, with Team USA’s bid to the 2012 Olympic Games at stake. Competition started on Thursday, Oct. 27, and continued through Saturday, Oct. 29, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Train derails on city's southside; residents evacuated

A train derailment on the city's southside has caused traffic delays. The train cars came off the track near Moore Avenue and East Colvin Street. One of those trains includes a propane tank, the other is full of soy beans.

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Animals as unique as their 'Art Gone Wild!'

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo will hold its third annual Art Gone Wild! auction 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The art on display at the zoo was produced by its residents, and is as wild and diverse as the species themselves.

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Village of Camillus to stay

Former mayor, mayor-elect weigh in on dissolution vote

For months, a schism has been present in the village of Camillus. On one side, a group with hopes to see the town absorb the village of 1,200 for tax savings. On the other, passionate residents who had hopes of saving their village, their community.

LETTERS: Kudos to DeWitt Republicans on clean campaigns

Kudos to all the DeWitt Republican candidates for keeping their promise to remove campaign signs promptly. Most signs were gone before lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

LETTERS: Thank you for your votes, campaign support

I just wanted to say a quick thank you for all the support that I received over the past 12-plus months leading up to election day, Nov. 8.

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DeWitt residents offer opinions on proposed Aldi

Residents of the neighborhood called The Commons, including those living along Poster Lane, focused on how traffic and water drainage would be affected on their properties.

WG doubles team appears in state tennis tourney

Heyn, Theberge have 1-2 mark at Eastside Racquet Club

West Genesee’s girls tennis doubles team of Samantha Heyn and Allison Theberge earned a spot in the New York State Public High School Association championship tournament.

Manlius proposes $12.4M spending plan

The proposed town of Manlius budget, which totals $12,433,438, carries a 1.9 percent tax rate increase, bringing the tax rate to $4.59 per $1,000 assessed home value.

Police blotter: Two face DWI charges, more

At 11:54 p.m. Oct. 21, Officer J.S. Cerankowski observed a vehicle fail to signal when turning from River Street onto W. Genesee Street.

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Syracuse Home receives Eldercare Appreciation award

The Syracuse Home Association was recently presented with the Eldercare Corporate Champion Award at the Eldercare Foundation’s “Gift of Age” Cabaret.

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Harbaugh, Paul sign to play Division I softball

Duo headed to Binghamton and Lafayette

Two standouts on the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team are on their way to the NCAA Division I ranks. In a signing ceremony last Wednesday at the CNS High School cafeteria, Sydney Harbaugh and Britttany Paul signed their college letters of intent. Harbaugh is headed to Binghamton University, while Paul is going to Lafayette Univeristy in Easton, Pa.

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B'ville's Wilder joins Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York has hired Lee A. Wilder, of Baldwinsville, as house program manager.

RCA decision reprehensible

We find your recent decision to switch from a position of neutrality regarding YMCA plans for Drakes Landing to be reprehensible.

Lysander tax rate up 1.1 percent

Lysander officials have approved the 2012 town budget, which reduces spending by one percent.

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B'ville: Three turn 11 on 11-11-11

Baldwinsville’s Brandon Formoza, left, Keegan Phillips, center, and Jonathan Formoza all celebrated their 11th birthday on Nov. 11, (2011).

Thursday, November 10

Lakers get payback against LeRoy in volleyball regional

Skaneateles wins in four sets, advances to face Eden

For the Skaneateles girls volleyball team, it worked the second time around. The Section III Class C champion Lakers earned its first-ever state tournament victory Thursday night, beating Section V champion LeRoy in four sets in the opening round at Cicero-North Syracuse.

Syracuse receives three proposals for Inner Harbor development

Three proposals for the Inner Harbor have been submitted to rehab the area.

Syracuse named top-10 city for veterans by Livability.com

Syracuse was the only city from New York state to make the list, ranking seventh. Fayetteville, N.C., ranked first, followed by Colorado Springs, Col., in second and San Angelo, Tex., in third.

Urban CNY: Days of absence

It came as no surprise when a story was published about the lack of diversity on the Syracuse City School Board which controls a $350 million-plus school budget.

EDITORIAL: Where were you on Election Day?

In the village of Camillus, there may have been more campaign signs than voters on Election Day.

Syracuse, North Syracuse districts named as needing improvement

Two Onondaga County school districts and schools in eight districts have been recommended for improvement by the state department of education.

OUR VIEW: The media as a 'huge kitchen table'

This week The Eagle spoke with Amy Goodman, co-host of Democracy Now!, an internationally acclaimed radio program. Goodman told us of her view of the media as a “huge kitchen table,” and spoke of the power of giving voice to a community and creating a forum where people can talk to each other.

Camillus woman promoted at Pinckney Hugo Group

Pinckney Hugo Group, a full-service marketing communications firm, has promoted Colleen O’Mara, of Camillus, to director of public relations.

Downtown After Dark: It’s trophy time for tunesmiths

The Syracuse Area Music Awards will honor regional recording artists in 11 categories at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the Oncenter Grand Ballroom at the corner of Harrison and Montgomery streets, downtown.

City Scuffle: Downtown soul food tradition renewed

Tom sits on a stool at the counter in the front window of Odessa’s, newly opened soul food restaurant on Jefferson Street between Montgomery and Warren, previously the location of Southern Flava.

School is In: The Lakers, unfortunately, are out

It was not a particularly good week for education. As happens all too often, adult behavior has intruded on the education of young people.

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Police seek debit card theft suspects

Police are seeking the public's help in identifying two people who are accused of using a stolen debit card in Camillus and Cicero.

Downfall and ruin

Sad Penn Stage saga about more than Paterno

When you address the sudden, shocking downfall of Joe Paterno, there is a small story and large story to consider.

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MPH Board of Trustees appoints new headmaster

Wiggins' selection ends a national search to fill the position previously held by Baxter F. Ball, who died last February after more than two decades as headmaster.

What lessons learned?


The football scandal that has roiled and divided our community is finally over — and good riddance. It was not a highpoint in Skaneateles history, and let’s hope it never happens again.

Mottville Fire Company report

The Members of the Mottville Fire Company responded to 20 alarms for the month of October.

Jill King named Coach of the Year

It was a banner day Friday, Nov. 4, for Skaneateles girls swimming Coach Jill King. Her girls won their third Section III Class C championship in a row (and their sixth in eight years) and she was named Skaneateles Coach of the Year.

Board finalizes town budget

Final numbers show little more than 1 percent tax increase

The Skaneateles Town Board unanimously approved the final town budget at its Nov. 3 meeting. The budget contains a total tax increase of just over 1 percent.

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B'ville kids learn 'pumpkin' math

Kindergarteners at Van Buren Elementary School celebrated Halloween with a lesson in pumpkin math.

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Register now for B'ville Rotary lunch

The annual Senior Citizen Holiday Luncheon, hosted by the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Route 31 in Clay.

Anheuser-Busch Pub Crawl held Friday in B'ville

The Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a part of the fourth Annual Syracuse Beer Week by holding the annual Anheuser-Busch's Pub Crawl.

Boys soccer Spartans win regional over Mohonasen

Tihic, Hakic earn goals; ESM to face Massena next

Having endured a year’s worth of tension (two overtime games, one penalty-kick shootout) in an eight-day stretch to win the Section III Class A championship, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys soccer team had no intention of stopping there as it ventured into state tournament play.

Silver Fox Senior Day Center to offer special Veteran’s Day programs

Silver Fox Senior Social Club in Baldwinsville is planning an afternoon of celebration for Veteran’s Day this Friday, Nov. 11.

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Occupying the classroom: Movement activists hold teach-in at OCC

Recently held as a two-day event, “Occupy Colleges — In Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street,” united movement activists across the country this past week with teach-ins to educate college students on the purposes behind the movement.

Best Bets: Sammys to host regional talents Friday at OnCenter

The Syracuse Area Music Awards will honor regional recording artists in 11 categories at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the OnCenter Grand Ballroom at the corner of Harrison and Montgomery streets, downtown.

Wednesday, November 9

F-M announces survey on school safety, security

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District has created a short, 10-question survey on school safety and security that is now available to parents, district staff and community members. A similar 11-question survey has been developed for students.

Girls volleyball Bees cruise to another sectional title

B'ville boys drop AA final to Oswego in four sets

In order to get a shot at back-to-back state Class AA championships, the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team first had to make sure that another Section III title was tucked away. That didn't turn out to be much of a problem, though, as the Bees earned a three-set sweep of Cicero-North Syracuse in the AA final Wednesday night at the CNS gymnasium.

Newly elected layout plan for Lysander

Even though the outcome of this year’s town election was decided yesterday, the winning Lysander First group isn’t wasting any time getting to work.

Air 1 called to brush fire and farm accident in Van Buren

Last night Onondaga County Sheriff's Department's Air-1 was called help combat a brush fire and medevac the victim of a tractor accident.

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Caz Equipment rebounds after fire

Owners Jim and Mike Frazee donate to NYALT, break ground on new headquarters

Just like the proverbial phoenix, local farm-equipment dealer Cazenovia Equipment Company has risen from the ashes of the fire that claimed its Route 20 headquarters in August.

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Comstock Farm: The present day ‘Enders’ property'

With the completion of the town’s survey on historical resources, this is the last article of this series.

Election’s over: ditch the signs

After a friendly pre-election drive through the Bulletin’s coverage areas, it’s evident that our residents love their races. One thing they love more, however, are their candidate lawn signs.

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XC Lakers win second consecutive Section III title

The Cazenovia girls cross country squad earned their second consecutive Section III title on Nov. 5, with a gutsy performance that featured strong running by their entire pack.

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Aggies return victorious from Indianapolis

Members of the Cazenovia Aggies Future Farmers of America Chapter were one of 29 teams participating in the National FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Event, held in conjunction with the 84th National FFA Convention, Oct. 19 to 22 in Indianapolis, Ind.

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An open book: Note-A-Belles barbershop chorus seeks new members

Town of Onondaga resident Louise Sollecito has directed the Note-A-Belles all-women barbershop chorus for more than 20 years.

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Kicking it at the War Memorial

Those of you who think only of soccer in terms of the outdoor version that features players of such high levels of skill and finesse that they can’t seem to get the ball in the goal very often in 90 minutes of play, need to read very carefully. Devotees of indoor soccer probably know most of this already.

Marcellus volleyball wins regional debut

Four-set win over Wayne is Bryant's 300th win

If the Marcellus girls volleyball team was not accustomed to the unique pressure of playing in a state tournament prior to Tuesday night's opening-round match with Section V champion Wayne at Cicero-North Syracuse, it got comfortable in a hurry. The Mustangs beat the Eagles in four sets, not only advancing, but giving long-time head coach Hy Bryant his 300th career win at the school.

Field hockey Lakers get past Morrisville-Eaton in OT

Vogl's goal sets up return to state tournament

Had the Cazenovia field hockey team not pulled out a 2-1 overtime victory over Morrisville-Eaton in the Section III Class C-D state qualifier Tuesday night at Rome Free Academy Stadium, it may have haunted the Lakers for a long time.

Lysander wipes slate clean with new representation

Lysander residents have chosen a new slate of representatives.

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New business announced for Lysander

Local company to build, operate from Radisson Industrial Park

BACO Controls plans to buy land and build office and warehousing facilities in the Radisson Industrial Park Lysander, Town Supervisor Barry Bullis announced last week.

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Third-graders raise money for 9/11 Memorial

On Nov. 2, the third-grade classes of McNamara Elementary School presented a check to their neighbor, the Baldwinsville/Lakeside Fire Station #2, to help fund the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Department’s 9/11 Memorial.

Racino opposition financially backed by Turning Stone

The Onondaga County Legislature met on Nov. 1 in their regular session for the month. A memorializing resolution for the proposed racino and hotel for the convention center was the hot topic on the agenda.

Girls soccer regionals: Quick start propels Burnt Hills past J-D

Lady Spartans strike for two goals in first 1:02

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls soccer team wasted no time in establishing control of Tuesday’s Class A regional against Section III champion Jamesville-DeWitt.

Four Democrats tabbed for Commissioner of Education open seats

It was a Democratic sweep for the four open Commissioner of Education seats on the Syracuse City School District board, as Michelle Mignano, Max Ruckdeschel, Bill Bullen and Steve Swift will join the board in January.

Thousands cast votes for Cazenovia Town Council

Cazenovia residents will see a familiar face in the Town of Cazenovia Supervisor’s office come January

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Michalenko wins in DeWitt

Fifteen years ago, before popular DeWitt Supervisor Jim Guyette died in office, he recruited Ed Michalenko to run for the DeWitt Town Board. On Tuesday night, Michalenko celebrated his own re-election to the DeWitt supervisor post while wearing a “Re-elect Jim Guyette” t-shirt, the same shirt he has worn each election night since his friend and mentor passed away in 1996.

Tuesday, November 8

Fourth District: Tassone clings to 31-vote lead

Though he trailed by 31 votes after all districts reported shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Democrat David Stott refused to concede the hotly contested 4th District county legislative race to incumbent Republican Judy Tassone. “This race is not over yet,” Stott told a handful of friends and supporters at Santangelo’s restaurant in Liverpool. Tuesday’s tally showed Tassone narrowing clinging to a lead, 2,151 votes to Stott’s 2,120.

Masterpole, Hudson, Joy win city elections

In a highly contested race, Democrat Marty Masterpole has won the spot as Syracuse City Auditor with 57 percent of the votes. Helen Hudson and Kathleen Joy will be taking over as councilors-at-large.

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Cicero: Corl ousts Boyke, Meyer keeps seat

In an upset victory, Town Councilor Jim Corl beat incumbent Supervisor Judy Boyke in a heated race in Cicero. The race between the two has been ugly, to say the least. Corl, a Republican, sent out a mailer over the weekend criticizing Boyke’s record, prompting a press conference from Boyke Monday to refute the claims. In the end, it appears voters were unhappy with the progress Boyke, a Democrat, made during her two years in office. With 28 out of 28 districts reporting, Corl won with 3,151 votes, while Boyke received 2,156.

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Holmquist earns fourth term as District 10 County Legislator

District 10 residents have re-elected Kevin Holmquist, the incumbent, for his fourth term. Knapp won the contested election over challenger Gwyn Mannion with a vote of 3,041 to 2,495, a margin of 546 votes.

Clay candidates, all unopposed, coast to a comfortable victory

All candidates in the town of Clay, including county legislature candidates, ran campaigns without opponents, giving them easy paths to victory. All are Republicans.

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Salina voters say 'no' to new town hall

In a close vote, Salina residents voted down a proposition that would have allowed the town to purchase the Burdick Chevrolet property on Old Liverpool Road and consolidate the town hall and highway facilities at the location. Taxpayers rejected the measure by a vote of 2,698 to 2,532.

UPDATE: Vote still out in Liedka v. Dadey for county leg

East Syracuse mayor Danny Liedka won the county legislature seat with less than 150 votes over former East Syracuse mayor Lorene Dadey.

Knapp claims District 12 county legislature seat

District 12 residents will see a new county legislator come January. David Knapp won the contested election over Philip Benedict with a vote of 1,478 to 2,892 a margin of 1,414 votes.

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Shepard wins 13th district in Onondaga County Legislature

Residents of the 13th district of the Onondaga County Legislature have chosen new representation in Derek Shepard.

Manlius incumbents keep seats

Manlius incumbents, who ran unopposed, have kept their seats.

Hakes takes Council seat in town of Marcellus, second seat still undecided

Peter Hakes took one seat as Town Councilor with 812 votes. Mary Jo Paul currently leads the race for the other seat with 610 votes over incumbent Donald Sherman's 605 votes.

Coogan re-elected town supervisor in Camillus

Mary Ann Coogan has retained her position as Camillus Town Supervisor, amid the denial of consolidating the village within town lines.

Van Buren election results in

The unofficial votes are in for the 2012 Van Buren election, which saw no contested seats.

Town of Elbridge districts report

Votes have been reported by all six districts in the town of Elbridge with incumbent town council candidates Douglas Blumer and Rita Dygert being re-elected. Town Justice Gale Mitchell was re-elected in an uncontested race for the seat with 532 votes.

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Camillus dissolution denied by voters; Butler elected mayor

The village of Camillus, incorporated in 1852, will remain after the village-wide referendum today. The referendum was denied by voters, with 229 votes against and 158 for: a margin of 61. Patricia Butler, a current village trustee and opponent to the dissolution, won mayor with 198 for. Karen Kiggins netted 153 votes, a margin of just 45.

Liverpool girls soccer tops CBA, win Class AA title

A decade-long wait for the Liverpool girls soccer team to stand alone atop the Section III Class AA ranks has ended. Fueled by senior Kim Murphy's goal and assist in the second half, the Warriors fought past Christian Brothers Academy 3-2 in Tuesday night's AA final at Fulton.

Plochocki wins 6th district county legislature seat

Former Marcellus Mayor Michael E. Plochocki (Rep.) will be the next county legislator for the 6th district, having defeated Toby Shelly (Dem.) by nearly 400 votes in Tuesday’s election.

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Spafford election needs absentee ballots for final results

Two candidates separated by only three votes

Democrats won two of the three town board seats in Spafford on election night, although the vote difference between two candidates was so close that exactly which candidate will end up on the board is still uncertain.

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Dell wins second term as town justice

Incumbent Town Justice Kathy Dell handily won a second four-term to the Skaneateles Town Court today, defeating Democrat Tim Lynn by a margin of nearly two-to-one.

Following up-and-down season, Black Knights have potential for big 2012

Things change, of course, but the Henninger football team can look at the final result of a game it wasn’t even involved in as a probable sign of its promise.

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Number of Syracusans voting varies by location

Voter turnout by 5 p.m. today varied at three of Syracuse's polling places visited by The Eagle, with workers citing it being an off-year election as a possibility for the mixed results.

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Village of Camillus voters speak out against dissolution proposal

Village resident Jim Phillips voted at Camillus Village Hall first-thing this morning. “Voting has been heavy,” he said. Residents were turning out in droves to cast their vote in what could be the village’s most historical election.

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Steady turnout for Skan, Spafford elections

By lunchtime Tuesday, Nov. 8, voter turnout for the town elections in Skaneateles and Spafford had been steady and, in some cases, better than expected.

Silver Knights win dramatic home debut

Indoor soccer team rallies past Rochester Lancers

Friday evening at the Onondaga County War Memorial marked the debut of the Major Indoor Soccer League’s Syracuse Silver Knights, who took center stage. It was the first time that an indoor soccer game occurred in the arena.

Rochester man charged after allegedly filming in NYS Fair bathroom

A Rochester man has been charged after allegedly filming men while urinating at the State Fair.

Moments, Movements and the Media

At SU’s Hendrick’s Chapel, Goodman brought the power of small, local voices alive. From Rosa Parks to Seth Olsen, from Civil Rights to Occupy Wall Street, Goodman moved an audience of hundreds with her retelling of moments and movements.

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Butterfly Garden of Hope in Liverpool path gains more memorial bricks

More than 2,000 little pieces of hope guide community members through the Hope for Bereaved Butterfly Garden on the Onondaga Lake Parkway. But after 18 years of existence, 2,000 little pieces were no longer enough. Therese Schoeneck founded Hope for Bereaved, Inc., an organization that offers support to people whose loved ones have died, after her daughter died in a car accident in 1978. The garden, which was meant to be a gift to the community, has a brick path and benches where the bereaved are able to engrave messages to those who have died. “There’s a lot of stories that go with both the brick and the benches,” Schoeneck said. “It’s in the shape of a butterfly because it means hope, and everyone needs hope in their lives – not just the bereaved.”

Business First ranks Upstate schools

Buffalo-based publication Business First published its annual list of school rankings on Oct. 27, this time including schools across New York state. Liverpool ranked 85th overall among upstate schools according to the study, and North Syracuse placed 133rd. Other area school districts with notable rankings were Fayetteville-Manlius, which was rated second in the state; Skaneateles, which ranked fifth; and Cazenovia, which was rated ninth. Syracuse, meanwhile, came in second to last, placing just ahead of Rochester at 430th.

North Syracuse teacher represents NYS at the White House

Main Street Early Education Program teacher Phil Cleary was selected to represent all of New York state’s educators last week at a gathering at the White House to discuss the American Jobs Act and the Obama administration’s efforts to put people back to work. Cleary was one of about 100 teachers, laborers, activists and White House staffers to take part in a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 1. At that meeting, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and their staffs solicited comments from those in attendance about the unemployment crisis.

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Syracuse Home benefits from doll house, quilt raffle

The McHarrie Life Auxiliary will raffle off the pictured dollhouse, made and donated by Beverly Selby, and a quilt, made and donated by Nancy Fredette, at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at Syracuse Home. Proceeds from the raffles will benefit the activities department at Syracuse Home.

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Hunters’ corner: B'ville youth tags first doe

Sean Barron, 15, of Baldwinsville is pictured with his first doe of the bow hunting season.

RCA supports Y in Radisson, planning board responds saying next step is up to Y

Michael Bryant, chairman of the Lysander Planning Board, submitted the following two letters regarding the proposed YMCA at the corner of Route 31 and Drakes Landing in Radisson.

B’ville Latin teacher honored for dedication, service

The Classical Association of the Empire State has awarded Joanne Melton, who teaches Latin at Durgee Junior High School and Baker High School, the Morton E. Spillenger Award to honor her for her service to the association.

Monday, November 7

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Shootout lifts B'ville past F-M in AA soccer final

Teams share sectional title; Bees advance for fifth year in a row

Accustomed to stopping the shots flying toward him, Alex Bono now faced the simple task of putting the ball in the net himself. When he did, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team was on its way to the state Class AA tournament for the fifth year in a row, having survived a tense penalty-kick shoot-out with Fayetteville-Manlius in Monday night's Section III Class AA final at Liverpool High School Stadium.

Proposed spending, revenues down in Lysander

Lysander officials have reduced spending one percent in the proposed 2012 town budget.

Legislature candidates run contested races in DeWitt

Onondaga County legislative districts 7 and 12, which include parts of DeWitt, are both contested. See below for profiles on the candidates. To locate polling places, go to www.ongov.net/elections/pollingPlacesTowns.html. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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Lakers swimmers and divers win big; Jill King named Coach of the Year

It was a banner day Friday, Nov. 4, for Skaneateles girls swimming Coach Jill King. Her girls won their third Section III Class C championship in a row (and their sixth in eight years) and she was named Skaneateles Coach of the Year.

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Syracuse mayor refutes accusations of campaign fraud

Four democratic candidates in Onondaga County will return a portion of their donations from the New York State Democratic Committee after accusations of illegal transfers.

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CACDA to offer workshops on Farmland Protection Plans

Farmers, farmland owners, business operators and residents are invited to attend public workshops at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14 at the Nelson Town Hall (for Towns of Nelson and Cazenovia) and Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Lincoln Town Hall.

Community Chest supports Madison County neighbors

The United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson awarded over $33,000 to 12 non-profit organizations in 2011, including Project Cafe, Cazenovia Children’s House, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

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Bridging the gap

Magee secures funding for replacement of closed bridge

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, New York State Assemblyman Bill Magee informed the citizens of Cazenovia that he successfully secured $150,000 in capital funding, to put toward the replacement of the Clark Street bridge.

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Caz resident honored with eldercare appreciation award

W. Carroll “Nick” Coyne, Esq., of Cazenovia, was recently presented with the Eldercare Lifetime Achievement Award at the Eldercare Foundation’s “Gift of Age” Cabaret.

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May seeks 13th District Onondaga County seat

Residents of District One, which includes the town of Lysander and portions of the town of Clay, will see a change in representation come Jan.1. Brian May, a current councilor on the Lysander Town Board, has thrown his hat in the ring for the county legislator position representing the first district and is running unopposed.

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Van Buren bus drivers honored

On Oct. 21, Van Buren Elementary School honored its bus drivers with an appreciation breakfast to thank them for their dedication to transporting students safely to and from school.

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B'ville: DAR welcomes guest speaker

On Oct. 13, the Betsy Baldwin Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter featured guest speaker, Virginia Miller, a member of the General Asa Danforth Chapter in Syracuse.

State Launches Gold Alert System

There was good news last month that will better protect vulnerable adults. The State launched its Missing Adult Alert system. The Gold Alert is similar to the Amber Alert but would be used only for missing adults.

Durgee to present ‘Once On This Island’

Durgee Junior High School will present the musical “Once On This Island,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 in the auditorium of Baker High School. The musical is a calypso-flavored retelling of the traditional “Little Mermaid” tale and focuses on the effects social class divisions have on love.

Liverpool, CNS swimmers compete at sectional meet

Murphy wins 50 freestyle, advances to state championships

Liverpool’s girls swim team rose to a third-place finish in last Thursday’s Section III Class A championship meet at Nottingham High School.

CBA swimmers prevail at Section III meet

Schmitt earns top honors, sets record for 100 butterfly

Winning five times between them, the trio of Summer Schmitt, Maggie Fletcher and Kathryn Coughlin led the Christian Brothers Academy girls swim team to the overall Section III championship Saturday at Nottingham High School.

Onondaga County towns at odds with county over snowplow costs

Area town supervisors and the county Department of Transportation are working to plow through a bitter battle over snow removal procedures this winter on county roads. Four towns in Onondaga County — Camillus, Clay, Manlius and Otisco — have expressed their intent not to plow county roads within their town lines, starting Dec. 1. Traditionally, the county has paid the towns a base rate for snow plowing on county roads, by town workers. DeWitt has not decided what they will do, yet.

Sunday, November 6

CNS, Liverpool runners advance to state cross country meet

Girls Northstasr, boys Warriors finish second in Class A sectionals

Both on a team and individual basis, cross country runners from Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool had a reason to feel proud at the end of Saturday's Section III Class A championship meet at Jamesville Beach Park. In all, the Northstars and Warriors will send five individuals to this Saturday's state championship meet at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, three of them from the CNS girls squad.

Peinkofer, Miller advance to state cross country meet

B'ville boys finish third in Class A; girls have fifth-place showing

Though Baldiwnsville’s cross country teams got swallowed up (like everyone else) by powerful Fayetteville-Manlius in Saturday’s Section III Class A championship meet at Jamesville Beach Park, it didn’t keep Alec Peinkofer and Rachael Miller from advancing further.

Girls volleyball Bees advance to AA final

B'ville has one-sided sweeps of Corcoran, Oswego

Two easy victories have put Baldwinsville's girls volleyball team within reach of yet another Section III Class AA title.

B’ville girls swimmers take fourth at Class A meet

Sidroakis, Parker, Martin have top individual efforts

Baldwinsville’s girls swim team would get a big test against all of the area’s top competitors during last week’s Section III championship meet at Nottingham High School.

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GCACC honors area non-profits

Annual dinner meeting highlighted efforts of 37 local organizations

Each year, during the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner Meeting, the association highlights two business owners or organizations from the community with their “Business of Honor” and “Award for Service” tributes.

Skaneateles volleyball breezes to Class C championship

Sweep of Cazenovia produced third straight sectional title

Without any serious drama, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team lay claim to a Section III championship banner for the third season in a row.

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Adams qualifies for state cross country meet

Skaneateles sophomore finishes fifth; girls Lakers are fourth in Class C

Behind the fifth-place finish of Skaneateles runner Madeline Adams at Saturday’s Section III Class C championship meet at Jamesville Beach Park, the Skaneateles girls cross country team placed fourth, while its sophomore leader earned the right to compete this Saturday at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill in the state meet.

Marcellus boys, Westhill/Ludden girls win cross country sectionals

Manahan, Garn sweep Class B individual races for Mustangs

Local teams – and talented local runners – all worked their way to the top during Saturday’s Section III cross country championships at Jamesville Beach Park. The main story was that Marcellus, in the boys Class B race, and Westhill/Bishop Ludden, in the girls Class B race, won their respective team titles, advancing to this Saturday’s state championship meet at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.

Boys soccer Mustangs drop OT final to Clinton

Marcellus denied second sectional title in three years

Clinton scored 43 seconds into overtime to end Marcellus’ season in a 2-1 thriller Saturday afternoon in the Section III Class B soccer championship at Chittenango High School. Devin Cornelius tallied the game-winner for the Warriors, who atoned for dropping last year's sectional final to eventual state champion Skaneateles and, in the process, denied the Mustangs its second title in three years.

Caz girls runners claim second at Class C meet

Lakers finish just 18 points behind Tully at Jamesville Beach

By a relatively slim margin, the Cazenovia girls cross country team just missed out on repeating as Section III Class C champions. Under gorgeous autumn skies Saturday at Jamesville Beach Park, the Lakers dueled with Tully for Class C team honors. With 93 points, Cazenovia topped everyone in the 15-team field except for the Black Knights, who won with 75 points.

Saturday, November 5

Warriors win Class A field hockey final in overtime

Fadden nets game-winner in overtime over RFA

Emma Lamison had two chances to deliver the Liverpool field hockey team's first Section III Class A championship since back-to-back titles in 2007 and '08. The first try, on her own stick, did not work. But Lamison's pass did set up the winning goal in overtime, and the Warriors defeated Rome Free Academy 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

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Field hockey Lakers win Class C honors again

Caz tops Mt. Markham for sixth straight sectional crown

Jillian Vogl returned to the spot of her greatest individual moment and, once again, starred for the Cazenovia field hockey team in a championship contest. Thanks to Vogl's pair of goals, the top-seeded Lakers ousted no. 2 seed Mount Markham 3-1 in Saturday's Section III Class C final at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

F-M sweeps to sectional cross country titles

Girls Hornets, despite injuries, dominate Class A again

Unscheduled absences of two star performers would hurt most cross country teams. Of course, it's long established that Fayetteville-Manlius is not like most teams. The girls Hornets, even with some newer faces at the front of the field, dominated Saturday's sun-kissed Section III Class A championship meet at Jamesville Beach Park, and the F-M boys also rolled to a one-sided sectional victory.

Bears earn first sectional football title in 12 years

Chittenango conquers Oneida in Class B final at Dome

A 12-year wait for the Chittenango football team to climb to the top of the Section III ranks is over. The Bears gained the Class B championship Saturday in the Carrier Dome, defeating Oneida 35-14, making it two straight years that the Indians lost in the title game.

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West Genesee outscores CBA for Class AA football title

Howard returns kick, interception for key second-half TD's

An unstoppable offense and an ability to deliver the big plays whenever it was necessary has helped deliver the West Genesee football team's first Section III Class AA championship since 2007. Keyed by two big returns from Sean Howard and closing it out with 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats defeated Christian Brothers Academy 57-35 in Saturday's AA final in the Carrier Dome.

Chris Wolfe, of Liverpool, named Syracuse EOC's student of the month

The Syracuse Equal Opportunity Education Center recently announced Chris Wolfe, a student in the Emergency Medical Technician program, as its student of the month for October.

Skaneateles swimmers claim Class C championship

Fiutak wins diving title; Medley relay side breaks meet record

By a comfortable margin, the Skaneateles girls swim team earned another Section III Class C championship Friday at Nottingham High School - and a day later, Kaela Fiutak rose to the top of the ranks in diving.

Spartans blank Whitesboro for Class A football crown

ESM dethrones two-time defending champs in Dome

East Syracuse-Minoa won its first Section III Class A football championship in five years with a 27-0 rout of Whitesboro Friday night at the Carrier Dome. The game was billed as a dream matchup of unbeaten (9-0) squads. By the time it was over many Spartan fans were likely wondering what all the Whitesboro fuss was about.

ESM boys soccer wins Class A title in overtime

Barbuto goal lifts Spartans past Fulton, 1-0

Jeremy Barbuto jump started one of East-Syracuse-Minoa’s finest athletic nights when his overtime goal gave the boys soccer Spartans a 1-0 win over Fulton in the Section III Class A final at Christian Brothers Academy's Alibrandi Stadium.

Friday, November 4

Volleyball Mustangs sweep Westhill, take Class B crown

Marcellus heads into first-ever state tournament

For all the many things the Marcellus girls volleyball team has accomplished in recent decades, it had always wondered if that excellence would carry over into a state tournament it could never play in as long as it maintained a winter schedule. Now, the Mustangs will no longer have to wonder.

Mustangs share sectional soccer title, fall in shoot-out

Lowville advances on penalty kicks after 0-0 duel

For the seventh time in nine years, the Marcellus girls soccer team owns at least a piece of the Section III Class B championship. However, the Mustangs could not advance to the state tournament. In Friday night's Class B final at Chittenango High School, the no. 2 seed Mustangs lost to undefeated, top seed Lowville 3-2 in a penalty-kick shoot-out after regulation and overtime ended 0-0.

J-D girls soccer nabs sectional Class A three-peat

Devereaux scores twice in 3-0 shutout of Whitesboro

Not in many places would something like a third consecutive Section III championship be seen as a stepping stone. Then again, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team wants much more than the Class A title it snared again Friday night in a 3-0 shutout of Whitesboro at Chittenango High School.

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Syracuse BOE candidates: Get out to the people

The Syracuse Board of Education candidates who showed for the forum at the Southwest Community Center Nov. 3 seemed to keep coming back to one improvement they could all agree upon: the public needed to get more involved in the planning surrounding children's education.

‘Y’ does this have to be political?

After reading all of the news in the last few weeks about the Northwest area YMCA: Village of Baldwinsville and Town of Van Buren resolutions and pledges of support; "anonymous" $500k donation; the JAM ad on the back of the Messenger this week; and finally the RCA Board decision to back the YMCA at the 98,000 square foot size, I have to ask why the YMCA has become a political issue?

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Sheriff's deputies seek sign stealing suspect

After losing literally dozens of their political campaign signs to theft and vandalism, the candidates of Lysander First report that the local police are now seeking a suspect in the alleged crimes.

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Bridge will open to motorists following today’s ribbon-cutting

Motorists will be allowed to cross the Lake Champlain Bridge Monday, Nov. 7 immediately following the 2:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating its opening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said Friday morning.

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Wigge Reviews: Puss in Boots

Who doesn’t love a great cartoon? “Puss in Boots” has all of the humor, irreverence, and death-defying ignorance of the laws of physics to make the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote jealous.

Meet the candidates: Camillus town supervisor

Incumbent Mary Ann Coogan, a 50-year resident of the town, is being challenged by Kimberly Sacco, a 1988 graduate of West Genesee High School.

DeWitt town board to vote on $16.5M spending plan Nov. 14

A $16.5 million spending plan for the town of DeWitt is expected to be voted on at the next regular board meeting.

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Residents, students hear Shimer talk about women in S.T.E.M.

The number of women who work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields in the U.S. is discouragingly low, and yet the jobs and opportunities in the fields abound, the salaries are high and there is a typically smaller gender pay gap.

It’s over! Black Knights snap postseason drought

Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” was a Top-10 hit. Most members of the Henninger boys soccer team hadn’t been born yet. Gas topped out at around $1.10 per gallon.

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Voters could decide fate of East Syracuse Police Department this spring

The fate of the East Syracuse Police Department could be in the residents’ hands come spring. The police contract is set to expire at the end of May and in order for the village to hold the line on taxes, a dissolution of the police department could be necessary to control costs.

Syracuse City School District Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association to meet

The Syracuse City School District Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Lincoln Middle School.

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West Genny swimmers win Section III Class A title

Wildcats outpoint CBA with high finishes in every race

To cap off another tremendous season, the West Genesee girls swim team lay claim to the Section III Class A championship Thursday at Nottingham High School.

The intoxication of winning

Skaneateles football saga a reflection of larger story

What to say now, with the Skaneateles football saga at an end? A 9-0 team, proud of its accomplishments, is sidelined through the faults and transgressions of others.

Six vie for three spots on DeWitt Town Board

Two incumbents are seeking re-election to councilor positions on the DeWitt Town Board, with four candidates challenging. The top three vote-getters will fill three spots on the board.

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Elden prepares for Veteran’s Day concert

Second-graders at Elden Elementary School rehearse under the direction of music teacher Katrina Kahl for a special Veteran’s Day concert, to be held at the school at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10.

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B’ville woman recognized for devotion

Lois Mayo is a volunteer extraordinaire.

Vote Rode-Ellis-Shimer

Do you believe the current Republican regime has been corrupted by decades of power? Do you believe Democrats are evil and can’t vote for one?

Rode represents change

My name is Kathy Ward Rode. I am Kevin’s mother. I lived in the town of Lysander for over 50 years.

Re-elect Judge Rutherford

I am writing this letter to encourage voters in Lysander to re-elect Judge Claire Rutherford to another term as town justice.

Reeves information inaccurate

Lysander Town Councilor candidate Andrew Reeves’s letter in the Oct. 26 edition of the Baldwinsville Messenger contains inaccurate information.

Thursday, November 3

CNS girls volleyball edges F-M in AA semis

Northstars rally from 2-1 deficit, win in five sets

Head coach Jon DeHay watched as his Cicero-North Syracuse girls volleyball team dropped the third set of Thursday night's Section III Class AA semifinal at Fayetteville-Manlius and had to wonder if an old, familiar tale was repeating itself. Each of the last four years, the Northstars had reached the semifinal round, only to be stopped, something made more painful by the fact that CNS annually hosts the sectional finals and could only watch as a spectator.

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Camillus village board adopts $1.3M budget before dissolution vote

Village of Camillus residents have days to decide if the village will be in tact for the 2012 fiscal year, with a plan for dissolution up to a village-wide referendum Tuesday. The impending historic vote didn't stop the village board of trustees from adopting the $1.3 million spending plan at Thursday's public hearing.

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Skaneateles football season ended by appellate judge

School board's last ditch appeal fails

The Skaneateles school district today lost in court for the second time in three days, which ended its varsity football team’s hopes for a spot in the Section III championship game this Saturday.

I used to have a laundromat, but it folded

You could consider our ritual an attempt to hold children to a higher standard; but the truth is that it’s just a novel way to fill a cold October night with warmth and laughter. As it turns out, it’s just as fun for the kids.

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Gizmo warfare: What is a reaper drone?

The MQ9 Reaper is the source of protest for 32 individuals facing trial for disorderly conduct in Syracuse this week. The Eagle contacted Captain Anthony Bucci of the 174th Fighter Wing to find out exactly what a Reaper aircraft does.

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Fayetteville orthodontics group celebrates move to East Genesee Street

Callahan, Flanagan & Smith yesterday held a grand opening for its new location at 404 E. Genesee St, in the heart of Fayetteville. The orthodontics practice moved from the village’s 300 Manlius St. in mid-October, where it had been for more than 50 years.

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Town reflects on lake sanitation

Vacuum sewer system proposed for lakeside residents

With unsafe amounts of sewage water seeping into Cazenovia Lake, town administrators have begun to examine ways to improve sanitation for lake residents.

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Three candidates vie for Lysander supervisor seat

Lysander residents will have three candidates to choose from when selecting a Town of Lysander Supervisor.

Who is Bob Ellis

My name is Mary Ellis and my husband, Bob Ellis is running for town council for the Town of Lysander.

JAM not about dirty politics

The 2011 election campaign is drawing to a close. I for one will be glad to have Tuesday, Nov. 8, come, and the election settled.

Is councilor’s candidacy a conflict of interest?

Running for election this fall with Lysander town supervisor, Barry Bullis, are councilor candidates Norm Ashbarry and Bob Ellis.

Lysander 1st lacks vision

I have lived in Lysander and watched our community grow for over 30 years.

B’ville ranked among top 50 Upstate school districts

The Baldwinsville Central School District is ranked number 38 in overall academics out of 431 school districts in Upstate New York, according to a new Business First study.

MCCP urges area voters to vote conservatively

Two things are certain: we are all busy, and Election Day is coming. There are many candidates and races, which makes it difficult to carefully evaluate each candidate.

Race endorses LaGorga for Nelson Town Board

Letter to the editor

I am writing this letter to show my strong support for John LaGorga, as he makes his bid to serve the town of Nelson as councilman.

Spaulding endorses Laubscher for Nelson Town Board

The purpose of this letter is to ask the voters of the town of Nelson for their support of John Laubscher in his election to the Nelson Town Board.

Nelson town councilor Earl will support Laubscher on Election Day

Letter to the editor

I am a retiring council person (town board) in the town of Nelson. It has been a pleasure, a tremendous learning experience and a privilege to have been in this position for the past four years.

Moran recounts why she supports Tom Clarke for town supervisor

Letter to the editor

This has been a positive and serious campaign season in Cazenovia, which befits the importance of the decisions we face.

Brods plan to cast their ballots for Monforte

Letter to the editor

We are writing to voice strong support for incumbent Ralph Monforte to continue serving as our town of Cazenovia supervisor.

Skinner plans on giving Clarke her vote on Nov. 8

Letter to the editor

I believe that Tom Clarke is the best candidate for town of Cazenovia supervisor because he has the necessary skills, experience, knowledge and time to serve the community well.

Republican Party endorses incumbent Ralph Monforte for supervisor

Letter to the editor

Two years ago Ralph Monforte, well known in Cazenovia but very new to politics, interviewed before the Cazenovia Republican Committee to ask for our endorsement to run for supervisor.

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Town Hall solar panels will save town $7K annually

DeWitt Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko, former NYS Assemblywoman Joan Christensen and State Senator David Valesky Wednesday unveiled DeWitt Town Hall's solar panel system.

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Young artist paints with big colors in Maxwell Library’s November exhibit

Maxwell Memorial Library’s featured artist for November will be 22-year-old Libby Reynolds. At the age of 14, Reynolds began taking art lessons with local teacher Linda Bigness, who exhibited abstract paintings at Maxwell in September.

Wednesday, November 2

Mustangs advance, Westhill out in Class B semis

Marcellus blanks South Jefferson, to get Clinton inf inals

Now the Marcellus boys soccer team will try to do what its neighbors from Westhill could not - upend undefeated, top seed Clinton and, in the process, earn the Section III Class B championship.

Liverpool, CBA to square off for girls soccer AA title

Warriors edge West Genny; Brothers shock B'ville

Two results - one expected, the other quite unexpected - marked Wednesday night's Section III Class AA semifinals at Nottingham High School. Baldwinsville, the top seed and defending champions, suffered a 2-0 defeat to no. 4 seed Christian Brothers Academy, while no. 2 seed Liverpool did fight off the challenge of no. 6 seed West Genesee in a 1-0 decision.

B'ville boys volleyball rallies, reaches Class AA final

Bees edge CNS in five sets, to meet Oswego for title

On the brink of seeing its season end, the Baldwinsville boys volleyball team pulled out of trouble and will live to see at least one more match in 2011. The no. 2 seed Bees made two different comebacks to beat no. 3 seed Cicero-North Syracuse in five sets in a tense, action-filled Section III Class AA semifinal Wednesday night at the Baker High School gym.

Field hockey Warriors rip CNS in Class A semis

Lamison notches timely hat trick for Liverpool

Well-rested, and ready to reclaim its place at the top of the Section III Class A ranks, the Liverpool field hockey team did not let a familiar rival stand in the way. In Wednesday night's Class A semifinal at East Syracuse-Minoa Stadium, the top-seeded Warriors, fueled by Emma Lamison's hat trick, knocked off no. 4 seed Cicero-North Syracuse 4-1.

Senator Valesky recognized for supporting New York libraries

Senator David Valesky (D—Oneida) received an A for his strong support of libraries throughout the community, scoring 140 of 160 points from the group.

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Local psychic helps people on their spiritual journey

Skaneateles is a destination known for many events and opportunities, and it’s fair to say that visiting a psychic is not one of them. Yet in town there is a professional “intuitive counselor” who offers numerous psychic services.

Skaneateles to appeal to appellate court

The Skaneateles Central School District has decided to appeal its football program suspension to the New York State Appellate Division in Rochester in an attempt to get its varsity team back on the field in time for the Section C championship game this Saturday.

F-M theatre troupe to read first-hand accounts of World Trade Center attacks

The Stuyvesant students' monologues, to be read by F-M students, reflect on how their lives were transformed by the Sept. 11 attacks.

What’s more important?


We are concerned that in the midst of the football brouhaha something even more important to our community and our daily lives is being overlooked: the Nov. 8 election.

Small but important actions taken by village board

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees took action on a number of small but important local issues at its recent board meeting, Thursday, Oct. 27.

Village police to step up speed enforcement

With construction on West Lake and Onondaga streets completed for the winter, and both streets having been freshly paved and curbed, the village has a new problem with those two roads: speeding.

S.A.V.E.S. appeals for broader participation in annual fundraising campaign

SAVES (Skaneateles Ambulance Volunteer Emergency Service, Inc.) has announced the start of its annual fund campaign, “Coming to The Rescue.”

Marcellus/ Skaneateles Art Guild November Meeting Set

Local artist Tom Hussey, known for his Finger Lakes landscapes, will demonstrate painting techniques using Golden Open Acrylics at the Marcellus Skaneateles Art Guild’s November meeting.

Skaneateles Garden Club news

The Skaneateles Garden Club has been an active club in the Skaneateles community since 1931 but the action isn’t always visible.

Spafford Supervisor Backs Plochocki for county legislature

Letter to the editor

My name is Webb Stevens, and I am the Supervisor of the Town of Spafford. I write this letter in support of Republican County Legislator Candidate Mike Plochocki.

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Wigge Reviews: The Debt

I wish more movies were made like “The Debt,” now playing at the Manlius Cinema.

Cazenovia police close illegal bar on Farnham

Five persons were recently arrested for second-degree criminal nuisance and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child.

Post 88 to conduct Veterans Day event

The Commander of the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88, Jack Mott, and the Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 113, Ron Davies, invite the community to attend a Veteran’s Day gathering at Memorial Park on Albany St., in Cazenovia.

CNS denied by B’ville in AA semifinal shoot-out

Northstars fall to four-time champs after late comeback

One attempt to win the game was made too soon. Another was on time, but stopped. By that tiny margin, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team missed out on a chance to dethrone four-time defending champion Baldwinsville and play for the Section III Class AA title.

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U.S. deputy secretary for health, human services to speak on health care reform

Bill Corr, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will speak on “Public Health Implications of Health Care Reform” Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Upstate Medical University.

Public comment likely to be struck from Manlius Town Board agendas

Public comment at Manlius Town Board is still temporarily removed from the agenda until new rules of decorum can be adopted next month.

Pop Warner C-Team battle Knights of Holland-Patent

It was a challenging game for the Cazenovia Pop Warner C-Team Lakers as they lost against the Holland Patent Knights 14-7, on Oct. 23.

ESM, J-D soccer split semifinal clashes

Boys Spartans win shootout; girls Red Rams win in OT

Four years after it last claimed a Section III Class A title, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys soccer team moved to the brink of another one. And for the Spartans, the sweetest part was that it got there at the expense of the defending champions from right down the road.

Spending up 2.1 percent in Van Buren

Van Buren officials passed the 2012 budget in a 6 to 1 vote Tuesday, Nov. 1. With an overall budget of $5,247,048, spending increased by 2.17 percent, or $113,716, over 2011.

MPH, Grimes soccer seasons end in semifinals

Boys Trojans fall, 3-2, to Cooperstown in overtime drama

A young Manlius-Pebble Hill boys soccer team took its quest to repeat as Section III Class C champions all the way to the semifinal round. But that’s where the quest ended, as the no. 5 seed Trojans fell to top seed Cooperstown 3-2 in overtime in Tuesday night’s semifinal at Sauquoit Valley.

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Trial to continue for 32 Hancock Air Base drone protesters

The Hancock 38, who were arrested after protesting the piloting program for unmanned drones, are set to go to trial Tuesday in the town of DeWitt.

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West Genesee takes first at New York State Field Band competition

Months of tireless rehearsing paid off in a big way for the West Genesee Marching Band this Sunday when the Wildcats took first place at the New York State Field Band Championship at the Carrier Dome.

B'ville: Learn about Reiki’s natural healing

Local Reiki master offers library talk on healing energy

Every living thing on this earth uses energy, and if Albert Einstein is to be believed, every bit of matter is actually made of energy.

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Leadership team addresses sensitive issues

On Oct. 21, members of Durgee Junior High School’s Leadership Team led roundtable discussions on sensitive school topics in all of the school’s eighth-grade social studies classes.

Re-elect Bullis

I am writing to express my support for the re-election of Lysander Town Supervisor Barry Bullis.

Make a difference on Nov. 8

My name is Kevin Rode, and I am running for Lysander Town Supervisor.

Van Buren: Finally, it all makes sense

The Oct. 20 edition of the Post Standard placed the property tax increase in the town of Van Buren in proper perspective.

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Baker to present ‘The Crucible’

Baker High School will present Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 in the school’s black box theater in the auditorium.

B'ville, F-M reach boys soccer AA final

Bees survive shootout with CNS; Hornets rally past F-M 2-1

Baldwinsville and Fayetteville-Manlius earned spots in the Section III Class AA boys soccer championship game by winning tight semifinals Tuesday night at Liverpool High School Stadium.

Tuesday, November 1

Tim Green resigns in wake of court decision

School board still deciding whether to appeal

Embattled Skaneateles varsity football head coach Tim Green resigned today only hours after a state court judge upheld last week’s Section III suspension of the team based on findings of illegal recruitment by members of the coaching staff.

Mustangs shut down Westhill in Class B semifinal

Early goal from Donahue holds up

On a night where the Marcellus girls soccer team's defense was close to perfect, it only figured that a defender produced the game's decisive shot. Shannon Donahue's unlikely goal less than five minutes into the contest proved enough as the no. 3 seed Mustangs toppled no. 2 seed Westhill 2-1 in Tuesday's Section III Class B semifinal at West Genesee High School.

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Village of Manlius hosts inaugural 'Ghosts and Goblins Halloween'

The bitter cold air didn’t keep families away from the first annual Ghosts and Goblins Halloween party on Saturday at Swan Pond in Manlius.

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Caz competes at Electrathon, shocks opponents

Carrier Corporation came to life Saturday, Oct. 29, as engineering teams from nearly half a dozen schools raced through the parking lot in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as part of the annual New York State Electrathon competition.

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Rowing Club returns from Head of Charles Regatta

The Cazenovia Rowing Club sent three boats to the world-class Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts during the weekend of Oct. 22 and 23.

Magee to help replace Clark Street bridge

Assemblyman secures $150,000 in capital funding

Assemblyman William Magee (D-Nelson) recently secured $150,000 in capital funding to replace the Clark Street bridge, in the village of Cazenovia.

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Court upholds Skaneateles football program suspension

Lakers prohibited from play in sectional final game

A state supreme court judge this morning upheld the suspension of the Skaneateles varsity football program and refused to grant the school district an injunction that would have allowed the Lakers to play in the sectional final game this Saturday while the legal issues were being argued.

Court: Skaneateles suspension upheld, football season over

State Supreme Court rules in favor of Section III.

Vote for qualified candidates in Lysander

As a resident and public servant for over 20 years in the Town of Lysander, I have known and worked with Barry Bullis, Claire Rutherford, Norm Ashbarry and Bob Ellis who are running for town offices this November.

Shepard has what it takes

On Nov. 8, residents in the Town of Van Buren, Elbridge and part of Camillus will have an opportunity to make a change in the County Legislature by going to the polls and voting for Derek Shepard.

Vote Warner for county

I am writing in support of County Legislator Bob Warner who is running for re-election in the 13th district on the Conservative party line and is the only candidate that has received the Conservative party endorsement.

Library Focus: Don’t miss out on library book sale

The winds are colder and the days are shorter. There is still plenty to do but there are days when you just won’t feel like doing it.

Lysander Parks and Recreation accepting used book donations

Donations of used books are being accepted during regular office hours for the parks department’s upcoming book sale. All donations collected from the used book sale will help with Lysander Summer Day Camp Program.

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Calling all B'ville preschoolers

Radisson Nursery School has openings for 3- and 4-year-old children.

Cougar comeback notches first girls volleyball postseason win in decades

The first lineup for Corcoran girls volleyball head coach Greg Jewett didn’t succeed, so he tried, tried again.

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Three candidates vie for county seat in Van Buren

Residents of the 13th District of Onondaga County will have three candidates to choose from when selecting their county legislator. Jim Scaramuzzino is running on the Democratic and Working Families tickets, Derek Shepard is running on the Republican and Independent tickets and Bob Warner, the incumbent, is running on the Conservative ticket.

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Salina residents check out town hall

The town of Salina held an open house at its town hall Saturday, Oct. 29 in order to drum up support in favor of a referendum Nov. 8 approving the town’s purchase of the Burdick property on Old Liverpool Road. The town board approved placing the referendum on the ballot at a Sept, 26 board meeting after a presentation outlining the poor conditions at both the town hall and the town highway garage. A similar open house was held at the highway garage last week, though this week’s event at town hall was better attended.

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C-NS, Carrier Corp. co-host Electrathon competition

Carrier Corporation came to life Saturday, Oct. 29, as engineering teams from nearly half a dozen schools raced through the parking lot in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as part of the annual New York State Electrathon competition.

B'ville native is now coach at St. Bonaventure

Ryan Lynn was LeMoyne assistant for two years

Baldwinsville native Ryan Lynn is getting his chance to coach women’s lacrosse at the NCAA Division I level. Lynn, who was assistant coach at LeMoyne College the last two seasons, was named the head coach at St. Bonaventure University in Olean earlier this fall.

Two in running for DeWitt Highway Superintendent

Rocco Conte (Republican) and Joe Chiarenza (Democrat) are both in the running for DeWitt Highway Superintendent. The current superintendent, Brian Maxwell, is retiring. Election day is Nov. 8.

Skaneateles grad named to Lynchburg College Hall of Fame

Goss starred in track and field, now coaches at Nazareth

Skaneateles High School Class of 1997 alumnus James Goss was inducted into the Lynchburg (Va.) College Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies held on Oct. 22.

Syracuse man charged after police recover loaded handgun

A Syracuse man has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon after an on-foot police chase.

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Their story is ‘But Beautiful’: Rekindled romance leads to marvelous musicians’ marriage

Theirs may well be one of the greatest love stories in American music.

Despite playoff loss, Cougar football season a ‘success’ for first-year coach Fisher

The Corcoran football team had the unenviable task this autumn of replacing 25 seniors from last year’s 5-3 playoff team.

Skating in vain: Spotty play by Syracuse Crunch in two home losses

Sparse crowds and spotty play made for a couple sad nights at the Onondaga County War Memorial last weekend as the Syracuse Crunch lost two games in a row.

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200 years of community worship

DeWitt Community Church turns 200, looks ahead to 'Century Three'

The DeWitt Community Church held a grand celebration to honor 200 years of worship Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Oncenter, where church members viewed a video produced by associate minister the Rev. Erica Van Brakle documenting the church’s rich history. The next morning, senior minister the Rev. Mark Sommers, who came to the church in 2008, spoke to a full capacity DeWitt Community Church about what lies ahead.

EDITORIAL: An SRO would be a friend, not foe

For many, the picture of a police officer is that of trouble, conjuring images of arrests, convictions and the classic striped jail uniform. The good that is done in the community, the focus on bringing the bad off the streets and helping, more than hindering, is an image not seen as often.