Stories for October 2011


Monday, October 31

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Caz Forum to host Social Security expert

Eric Kingson to speak to residents Nov. 8

Eric Kingson, professor, presidential policy advisor and author, will discuss the politics, economics and ethics of Social Security reform at the next Cazenovia Forum lecture, to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Cazenovia College’s McDonald Lecture Hall.

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Officials: Don’t forget about parking changes

In an effort to educate residents, and reduce the amount of tickets written for violations along Emory Avenue, local officials wish to remind Cazenovia drivers of the new parking changes for the recently reconstructed roadway.

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Scouts plan food drive

Webelos and Boy Scouts in Cazenovia will be participating in “Scouting for Food,” Nov. 6 and 12.

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Four candidates vie for two Lysander seats

Lysander residents will have four candidates to choose from when selecting two individuals for councilor representation on the town board. Norman Ashbarry and Robert Ellis are running on the Republican and Independence lines, Andrew Reeves is running on the Democratic and Independence lines and Melinda Shimer is running on the Democratic line.

Bullis committed to Lysander

The taxpayers of the Town of Lysander have been well served by the leadership and common sense approach of Supervisor Barry Bullis. I wholeheartedly urge the residents of Lysander to re-elect him as Supervisor.

Shepard boasts impressive resume

I am writing in support of Derek Shepard for the office of County Legislator in the 13th District (Van Buren, Elbridge, Camillus).

Thank you for festival success

The Syracuse Home Auxiliary would like to thank the businesses that donated to our raffles and contributed in countless ways to the success of the 2011 Arts & Crafts Festival.

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B'ville: Send Out Cards holds ribbon cutting

Karen Cannata-LaRocca, third from left, cuts the ribbon for the launch of her business Send Out Cards. She shared her new business in the Chamber of Commerce office for a before business hours open house and ribbon cutting on Oct. 11.

Recycling for B'ville rowers

B’ville Girls Crew fundraiser accepts computers, small appliances, TVs

The Baldwinsville Girls Crew Booster Club will host a “Recycling for Rowers” electronics collections event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in Kimbrook Plaza parking lot at the corner of routes 31 and 57.

Tennis players earn sectional titles, state tourney berths

Five local stars to compete this weekend at Eastside Racquet Club

When the Section III girls tennis post-season switched from team to individual honors, local sides remained heavily present in all four divisions, and by the time a week of action was done, five of them were headed for this weekend’s state tournament at Eastside Racquet Club.

MPH, Grimes teams move on in Class C soccer

Girls Trojans knock off top seed West Canada in C-2

Soccer teams from Manlius-Pebble Hill and Bishop Grimes tried to navigate through the opening week of the Section III Class C playoffs, and three of them were still alive entering the semifinal rounds.

East Syracuse, Manlius, DeWitt police reports ending Oct. 27

Manlius, DeWitt and East Syracuse have submitted the following police reports, ending Oct. 27.

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Dissolution, mayor up for vote in village of Camillus

A village-wide referendum could choose the fate for two challengers in the village of Camillus' mayoral position.

Camillus Police Reports ending Oct. 23

Camillus Police have reported the following people charged since Oct. 12.

MPH student newspaper earns eight gold awards

Advisor credits impassioned students for paper’s success

In competition with 75 schools from around the state, MPH also won gold awards for originality, service to school, most improved publication, feature story, in-depth coverage, personality/interview and front page.

Sunday, October 30

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Occupying Syracuse: Beyond the Politics

Occupants took over Perseverance Park in early October, and has since grown into a movement that transcends politics.

Onondaga Lake Parkway checkpoint leads to DWI charges

A sobriety checkpoint in the town of Salina led to charges against four central New York residents.

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NWRHS receives 45 historic area scrapbooks

The essence of the town of Cazenovia, from the early 1950’s through 1992, is now available to the public at the New Woodstock Regional Historical Society.

F-M, CBA soccer win to set up playoff clash

Hornets blank Watertown; Brothers get past Utica Proctor

Working at the same time, and earning the same results, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer teams are on their way to facing each other, with a berth in the Section III Class AA finals on the line.

Westhill, Marcellus boys soccer advance to Class B semis

Warriors to face Clinton; Mustangs to get South Jefferson

Put on separate ends of the Section III Class B playoff bracket, the Westhill and Marcellus boys soccer teams have a chance to match up in the championship round, and each are one win from pulling that off.

Heyn, Theberge earn spot in state tennis tournament

WG doubles team wins sectional title, takes third at state qualifier

Defying the bigger names from a more noted program and making two different comebacks, West Genesee’s girls tennis doubles team of Samantha Heyn and Allison Theberge won the Section III Division I title last Tuesday at Drumlins Country Club – and did not stop there, also earning a berth in the state tournament later in the week.

Field hockey Lakers return to sectional finals

Speer, Silfer lead Caz past Holland Patent in Class C semis

Rested, focused and ready for another post-season push, the Cazenovia field hockey team set out to win a sixth consecutive Section III championship, the fifth in a row at the Class C level.

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Wildcats hold off Proctor, move to AA football final

WG moves to 9-0, will meet CBA for sectional title

What had started, for the West Genesee football team, as a fun and comfortable ride through Saturday night's Section III Class AA semifinal against Utica Proctor at Liverpool High School Stadium turned far less comfortable as the game wore on. And by the final act, the Wildcats were hanging on against a furious Raiders charge, only prevailing 33-28 when Matt Naton intercepted fellow quarterback Jordan Treen's last pass with 1:06 to play.

Saturday, October 29

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Brothers take out F-M in AA football semis

CBA to play West Genesee for title in Carrier Dome

It didn't take long to figure out how the Christian Brothers Academy football team got past Fayetteville-Manlius 34-14 in Saturday night's Section III Class AA semifinal at Liverpool High School Stadium.

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Caz stunned by Oneida rally in Class B semis

Late scoring drives by Indians leads to 12-10 Laker loss

What had taken a full season for the Cazenovia football team to meticulously put together came crumbling apart in less than six minutes of game time. The Lakers, on the cusp of returning to the Carrier Dome as an undefeated power in search of back-to-back Section III titles, saw Oneida come back late in the fourth quarter and, with a pair of clutch scoring drives, pull off a stunning 12-10 win Saturday in the Class B semifinal at Chittenango High School.

Defiant football Lakers win Class C semifinal

Amid recruitment charges, Skaneateles tops Utica-Notre Dame

Surrounded by controversy, the Skaneateles football team remains undefeated on the field. Whether it gets a chance to play for the Section III Class C championship remains an open question.

Caz Pop Warner C-Team defeats Marcy-Deerfield Thunder

The sun was shining, but heavy rains prior to the game left the home field muddy as the Cazenovia Pop Warner C-Team Lakers won 12-6 against the Marcy-Deerfield Thunder, Oct. 2.

It’s a win-win-win


This Election Day promises to be an exciting one. Unlike the most recent village election, candidates for seats on the Cazenovia Town Council are contested.

Holmes supports Clarke’s candidacy for town supervisor

Letter to the editor

I am writing to urge town of Cazenovia residents to vote for Tom Clarke on Nov. 8, for town supervisor.

McAllister plans to give Monforte his vote on Nov. 8

Letter to the editor

I endorse Ralph Monforte for re-election as town supervisor. In Ralph Monforte, a successful local businessman and town supervisor, the citizens of town and village of Cazenovia have a irreplaceable gem.

Deputy mayor advocates for Clarke, Zupan, Moran

Letter to the editor

I am writing to express my support for Cazenovia Town Board candidates Tom Clarke, Bill Zupan and Liz Moran.

Lucas supports Driscoll’s candidacy for Nelson Town Board

Letter to the editor

I have known Sharon A. Driscoll for more than 20 years, and can wholeheartedly recommend her as a person of consummate energy, integrity and love of her community.

Wilson plans to cast his ballot for Clarke, Moran, Zupan

Letter to the editor

With another election upon us, it is time once again to review the list of candidates and cast our vote for the most qualified individuals.

Bigsby supports Monforte’s campaign for reelection

Letter to the editor

Please vote for Ralph Monforte for town of Cazenovia supervisor.

Johnson endorses Clarke for position of town supervisor

Letter to the editor

You learn a lot about Tom Clarke when you meet with him the fourth Tuesday night of every month for more than 10 years.

Laidman endorses Monforte for second term as supervisor

Letter to the editor

Here in Cazenovia we are most fortunate to have outstanding people on both our town and village boards.

Thomas, Wrightsman support Clarke, Moran, Zupan candidacies

Letter to the editor

The Town of Cazenovia elections are coming up on Nov. We are proud to be supporting the slate of Tom Clarke, Liz Moran, and Bill Zupan. It is difficult to imagine a more competent ticket.

Republican Committee endorses Mather for position of town clerk

Letter to the editor

The Cazenovia Republican Committee is honored to endorse incumbent Linda Mather for town of Cazenovia clerk.

Nice N Easy may harm environment more than it helps economy

Letter to the editor

A leopard frog appears in my 100-square-foot garden and hangs out for several days.

Rams, Spartans to square off in boys soccer semis

ESM survives double-OT thriller; J-D blanks Carthage

Just as was the case for their female counterparts, the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa boys soccer teams are set for a showdown in the Section III Class A semifinals. The top-seeded, defending champion Red Rams opened its quest for back-to-back sectional titles on Friday, ousting no. 8 seed Carthage 2-0, one day after the no. 5 seed Spartans won a 2-1, double-overtime decision over no. 4 seed Indian River in its quarterfinal.

J-D, ESM girls soccer to clash in Class A semis

Rams rip Chittenango; Spartans top Indian River

For the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team to win a third consecutive Section III Class A title, it would have to get a third straight win over East Syracuse-Minoa this fall.

Firenze, Romeu lead Bees past RFA in playoff opener

B'ville to encounter CBA in Class AA semifinals

In hot pursuit of a third Section III Class AA championship in four years, Baldwinsville’s girls soccer team had no trouble with its opening playoff assignment. Given the top seed, the Bees met Rome Free Academy in last Thursday’s AA quarterfinal at Fulton, quickly taking over in the first half and putting away the Black Knights in a 5-0 shutout.

Marcellus, Westhill girls to clash again in Class B semis

Mustangs get payback against Caz; Warriors shut out IHC

A nice bit of payback, and a fair amount of patience, has set up yet another Section III Class B girls soccer playoff showdown between Marcellus and Westhill in the semifinal round.

Shoot-out ends Lakers' sectional title quest

Caz boys soccer falls to South Jefferson in Class B quarterfinal

A long road trip north, to meet an unfamiliar opponent, awaited the Cazenovia boys soccer team in the Section III Class B quarterfinals. When the no. 6 seed Lakers met no. 3 seed South Jefferson Friday night at Watertown High School, it proved close and exciting, but Cazenovia’s season would end with 3-2 defeat to the Spartans in a penalty-kick shoot-out.

Girls soccer Lakers ousted by revenge-minded Marcellus

Caz falls, 3-0, to Mustangs in Class B quarterfinals

In its own strange way, the Cazenovia girls soccer team could only blame itself for its exit from the Section III Class B playoffs.

ESM thumps Indian River in Class A semis

Spartans to face Whitesboro in Dome for title

A dominating first half performance was about all the East Syracuse-Minoa football team needed in its 52-29 win over Indian River last night in Friday night's Section III Class A semifinal at Chittenango High School. The Spartans scored the game’s first 33 points to book their final spot against fellow unbeaten Whitesboro. This pair of 9-0 powers will determine Class A’s best in next Friday's championship game at the Carrier Dome.

Friday, October 28

Bears pound Camden, advance to Class B final

Chittenango in first football title game since 1999

For more than a decade, the Chittenango football program has gone through a wide range of successes and disappointments without knowing the unique feeling of playing for a Section III championship. At last, though, the Bears are heading back to the Carrier Dome, having roared past Camden 42-14 in Friday night's Class B semifinal at Rome Free Academy Stadium.

Boys soccer Northstars knock off Liverpool in AA playoffs

Second-half goals put CNS in semis against B'ville

Perhaps there are sweeter ways for the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team to move ahead in the Section III Class AA playoffs - like, say, ending the reign of four-time defending champion Baldwinsville. For now, though, the no. 6 seed Northstars will gladly accept knocking off its other main rival, Liverpool, on the Warriors' home turf to end its season, which it did Friday night in a 2-1 decision during the AA quarterfinals.

Soccer Bees blank Nottingham, advance to AA semis

B'ville soccer seeks fifth straight sectional title

On a turf it knows quite well, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team took a tough first step toward what it hopes is a fifth consecutive Section III Class AA title. The no. 2 seed Bees struck quickly against no. 10 seed Nottingham in Friday's AA quarterfinal at Liverpool and, for the most part, relied on its defense during a 2-0 victory over the Bulldogs.

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UPDATE: Skaneateles football will play Saturday

Only hours after the Skaneateles high school varsity football program was suspended by Section III Athletics and their undefeated season apparently abruptly ended, a state judge has temporarily blocked the suspension.

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Town of Elbridge approves controversial rezoning proposal

After amendments to the fifth draft of the Town of Elbridge Revised Zoning proposal, new zoning regulations have finally been approved by the Town of Elbridge Town Council.

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Superintendent: Skaneateles football season is over

Section III shuts down undefeated Lakers program

Section III Athletics has suspended the Skaneateles high school football program from further play in the 2011 season one day before the undefeated Lakers were scheduled to play in the Section C semifinal game against Utica.

Change needed to get water in Lysander

If you are one of the 350 residences and businesses involved in the quest for public water in the town of Lysander for the past 11 years, you may want to consider casting your vote this November for a change in leadership.

Nothing but negative in Lysander election

When our family chose to move to Lysander, and ultimately serve our community in a variety of ways, there was no indication that we'd ever witness the recent slew of unwarranted attacks directed at elected officials by a small group of residents.

J-D/F-M gymnasts win sectional team title

Riley, Harrington lead with high scores

Taylor Riley, Megan Harrington, Morgan Riley and Taylor-Rae Danforth helped the Jamesville-DeWitt/F-M girls gymnastics team earn the Section III large-school championship on Thursday night.

B’ville gymnasts take second at sectional meet

Baldwinsville’s girls gymnastics team put together a second-place finish in the large-school division during Thursday’s Section III championships.

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Marcellus unveils second community mural

The first snowfall of the year didn’t stop Marcellus village and town residents from unveiling the second community mural Thursday.

Pop Warner B-Team head to semifinals

It was a battle to the end of regulation for the Cazenovia Lakers and the unbeaten New Hartford Spartans, Sunday, Oct. 16.

Floral Notes: Putting the garden to bed

Before long the snow will fly, and once again, the vow is made to finish garden chores before I need to wear ski hat and insulated gloves, beyond the sun hats and gardening gloves of now.

Clearspeak: Is anybody in charge here?

The deep sadness over the recent death of Apple visionary Steve Jobs is about more than the passing of a great inventor.

The Scientist and the Slippery Rope

I recently unearthed a birthday card from my mother that embarrassed me at the time.

Mahoney tapped as one of nation's top public officials

Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive, has been named one of the top state and local government officials in the nation.

Giving Obama Credit: Gaddafi’s death, Pan Am Flight 103 and terror

Urban CNY

As we’ve listened to reports of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s death, perhaps no community has felt the impact of his state-sponsored terror more than the local families who lost relatives on that flight that also killed students from Syracuse University. We are reminded of this annually as the university and the broader Syracuse community reflects on the lives of those taken away, victims of a senseless terrorist act.

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Adams runs to fourth at OHSL cross country meet

Skaneateles girls take third in cold, muddy conditions

The weather at the Sean Goggin Memorial Sports Complex in Cazenovia was ugly. The turf was wet and the water was as deep as the Rio Grande. But there was no wind as a calm settled over a foggy race course during Wednesday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division cross country championship.

Democrats may be overconfident in 4th District race

City Scuffle

Khalid Bey doesn’t really like politics as it is. During his campaign for the 4th District seat on the Common Council, he has found that the phone banking and door knocking is mostly pursuing people who have been alienated from the process. He sees the product as a wide gulf between the office holders and the citizens who hardly get to know them. Helen Hudson, running for councilor-at-large, loves the experience. She finds people happy to talk when she rings their doorbell. “One lady’s dogs curled up on my feet,” Hudson recalls. “She said, ‘They like you, so you should come in and have tea.’”

Closing of microloan recipient a mystery

Back in May, we brought you news of the first business venture to receive funding through the Near Westside Initiative’s new microlending program. Only five months later, however, Montage Cafe and Bar is already closed.

Free legal advice, services available for Syracuse school district families

Again this year, parents, guardians and students in the Syracuse City School District can find free legal advice and services through seven Say Yes Legal Clinics, which opened Monday, Oct. 24, and will run through May 25, 2012.

WG girls advance in AA playoffs; boys ousted

Fumano's pair of goals set up semifinal against Liverpool

Absent a Section III Class AA title since 2006, the West Genesee girls soccer team pulled itself within two victories of going to the top again, though the challenge facing them is a large one.

Father, son charged in DeWitt drug bust

A father-son duo was charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana after a search warrant at the DeWittshire neighborhood home.

Tennis players compete in sectional tournament

Palmer, Doig, Koegel all advance to state qualifier

Just as the weather deteriorated and the temperature dipped, top girls tennis players from Cazenovia and Chittenango headed indoors and moved into the late rounds of their respective Section III tournaments.

Camillus to collect unwanted medications Saturday

National Take Back Day will allow town of Camillus residents to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs in a safe manner.

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Movers and shakers: Tully woman joins B’ville firm

Research & Marketing Strategies welcomes Danielle Stafford to the firm as its new healthcare administrative assistant within its healthcare division.

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Van Buren holds first grade writers workshop

First-graders Ellie Adsit, left, and Jonah Dombroski read stories written by two of their classmates.

New Lysander law benefits new biz

Lysander officials have approved a local law designed to attract business development in the town.

Company B to host craft fair

Company B, Baker High School’s vocal jazz ensemble, will host their annual craft fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 12, at Baker High School in Baldwinsville.

Thursday, October 27

Murphy leads Warriors to playoff romp of F-M

Liverpool to face West Genny in AA girls soccer semis

Kim Murphy and her Liverpool girls soccer teammates were not happy - and Fayetteville-Manlius paid for that unhappiness. The no. 2 seed Warriors ripped past the no. 7 seed Hornets 6-0 in Thursday night's Section III Class AA quarterfinal at LHS Stadium, fueled by Murphy's five-point outing.

Legislator Holmquist faces challenger in Nov. 8 election

Kevin Holmquist, County Legislator for District 10, is being challenged by Gwyn Mannion in her first run for public office.

Skaneateles district No. 5 in Upstate NY in new ranking

Adding to its list of academic successes, the Skaneateles CSD has been ranked fifth in the entire Upstate New York area — and second in the Syracuse region — in a new academic rankings study.

Syracuse teen charged in Kirkville handgun theft

Manlius police have charged a Syracuse teen in connection to burglaries where two handguns were taken from two Kirkville homes.

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Cazenovia town election gains momentum

As the first Tuesday in November rapidly approaches, the race for a seat on Cazenovia’s Town Council is heating up.

F-M, Skaneateles, Cazenovia named top three Syracuse-area schools

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

Liverpool, CNS swimmers close regular season with wins

Warriors beat Oswego; Northstars top Syracuse

Though up and down throughout the autumn, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse girls swim teams both finished the regular season Wednesday night by adding to the win column. In the Warriors’ case, it meant beating Oswego 99-84 to clinch a winning record of 5-4, while the Northstars topped the combined Syracuse city squad by a 95-87 margin.

CBA’s Smith wins OHSL Liberty cross country race

Hitting the post-season circuit, Christian Brothers Academy boys cross country runner Brendan Smith conquered the field at Wednesday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Cazenovia.

Theater review: The Bard in B’ville

Trevor Hill, Maxwell Anderson excel in BTG’s ‘Othello’

Shakespeare meets Santana in Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s current production of “Othello,” set in the 1960s against the backdrop of war, pacifism, civil rights and free love.

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B'ville School District honors Board of Education

On Oct. 17, the Baldwinsville Central School District honored its 10 Board of Education members for their service and dedication to the district’s students and to public education with a presentation of gifts during the Board’s meeting.

Plainville Fire District Commissioner Positions

NOTICE: The Plainville Board of Commissioners is hereby accepting applications to fill three Commissioner Position vacancies. The terms to be filled are for two years, three years and five years, respectively.

Cross country Lakers take second at OHSL Liberty meet

Cazenovia runs on home course, finish behind Westhill/Ludden

Cazenovia’s cross country teams got the ultimate home-course advantage for Wednesday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet, staged at the Sean Goggin Memorial Sports Complex. However, it didn’t quite translate into a victory for the Lakers, who had to settle for second place in the seven-team field behind the combined Westhill/Bishop Ludden entry.

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A ‘sign’ of things to come

Baldwinsville Little League President Bill Rabe, left, and Baldwinsville Kiwanis President Mike Samoraj pose before a portable scoreboard that the Kiwanis Club recently purchased for the Baldwinsville Little League.

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Time For Change Antiques opens in village

Time For Change Antiques is the newest retail establishment in Baldwinsville.

Grateful for B’ville Meals On Wheels

I am very glad to have received Meals on Wheels of Baldwinsville. It fills my daily needs. It fits my budget every day, as well as my stomach.

Vote for the best for Van Buren

On Election Day, vote for the best County Legislator candidate to represent us, Derek Shepard.

Change is needed in Lysander

I am writing this letter to thank everyone that has believed in me and supported me in my campaign to become Lysander Town Supervisor.

Wednesday, October 26

Marcellus, Westhill runners win OHSL Liberty titles

Curry, Black sweep top two girls spots

Just in time for the Onondaga High School League Liberty division championships on Wednesday afternoon, traditional late-October weather - rain, gloomy skies, wind, raw temperatures - settled into the Sean Goggin Memorial Sports Complex in Cazenovia. Not that this bothered the favorites one bit, as Westhill/Bishop Ludden, on the girls side, and Marcellus, on the boys side, backed up their regular-season titles with wins in this meet, too.

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Skaneateles CSD sends final football recruitment investigation report to Section III - UPDATED

Lays out multiple determinations of knowledgeable rulebreaking

The report concluded that after extensive investigations, all members of the varsity football were determined to be eligible to play football for the 2011 season.

Vera House programs, activities bring new light to domestic violence awareness

More than 8,100 people have called to report domestic disturbances this year in Syracuse, with more than 1,500 people charged in related incidents.

B’ville swimmers stopped by West Genesee

As high as the Baldwinsville girls swim team rose this fall, it could not quite take the final step toward the top of the CNY Counties League. In front of a loud, energetic home crowd at the Baker High school pool Tuesday night, the 6-0 Bees clashed with 7-0 West Genesee, and it was the Wildcats maintaining its league crown, prevailing by a score of 53-39.

F-M task force to study school safety, security

A task force of Fayetteville-Manlius students, parents, teachers and others will study and discuss school safety and security, said F-M Superintendent Corliss Kaiser at the Monday, Oct. 24, school board meeting.

CNS girls volleyball edges Liverpool in five sets

Both sides make comebacks before Northstars prevail

Throughout a long and exciting showdown Tuesday night, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls volleyball team tussled with each other. And when it was all done, the Northstars had prevailed in five sets, only a couple of points separating the two sides as CNS improved to 13-1 and Liverpool fell to 10-6.

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Fayetteville Memory Garden celebrates grand opening

In 2009, the Fayetteville Memory Garden began as a vision for Rachael Ristau, who graduated from Fayetteville-Manlius High School this spring. This past Saturday Ristau and the rest of the community came together to see a finished project.

Tennis players earn sectional titles

CBA sweeps Division III; J-D claims Division II singles honors

When the Section III girls tennis post-season switched from team to individual honors, local sides remained heavily present in all four divisions.

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Haunted Skaneateles?

New Auburn paranormal research group has heard stories and wants to investigate

Are there ghosts and haunted buildings in Skaneateles? The members of the newly established Empire State Paranormal Research Society have heard stories and rumors that there are.

Has our community come to this?

Letter to the editor

But now it’s come to this. Brother against brother; neighbors screaming at each other in uncivil discourse. And it’s because of high school football

Five letters in support of Kathy Dell for town justice

Letters to the editor

The 2011 Election for Skaneateles town officials is around the corner. Your Judge Kathy Dell is up for re-election.

Keep fighting for a traffic signal at Kane and West Genesee

Letter to the editor

We should not abandon the issue based on weak and erroneous assumptions made by people who do not live and work in the community.

Our take on the Spafford town board candidates


The Spafford town election candidate forum on Tuesday, Oct. 18, was an exciting and impressive event. From our perspective, we believe Spafford residents have an excellent and diverse field of candidates from which to choose in every race, specifically in the three contested town council races.

Altruism speaks volumes


For the second year in a row, Skaneateles High School wrestling coach Dick Campbell has donated his $6,000 salary back to the school district in order for the money to be used to support the team — specifically, to buy new team uniforms.

Manlius to collect unwanted prescription medications

National Take Back Day will allow town of Manlius residents to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs in a safe manner. The day is the second of such held in the town in 2011.

CBA, J-D swimmers dominate OHSL meet

Schmitt, Fletcher both win pair of races

Given that they finished 1-2 in the regular-season standings, it only made sense that the Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt girls swim teams would take control of Tuesday’s Onondaga High School League championship meet at Skaneateles Community Center.

Sex offender charged with loitering near ESM elementary school

A level three sex offender has been charged with loitering in the town of Manlius near an elementary school.

Swimming Lakers host OHSL championships

Cole, Teixeria sweep to top in 200 freestyle

Swimming fans in Skaneateles got an up-close look at some of the area’s top girls performers during Tuesday night’s Onondaga High School League championship meet at the Community Center pool.

Skaneateles girls soccer falls in opening round

Lakers take 4-2 loss to Clinton in Class B sectional

Though it did find its way into the Section III Class B playoffs with a 5-9-2 record, the Skaneateles girls soccer team did not stay there for long.

Caz swimmers compete in OHSL meet

Cazenovia’s girls swim team ventured west, to the Skaneateles Community Center, for action in Tuesday’s Onondaga High School League championship meet.

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Van Buren candidates run uncontested

There are five incumbents and two newcomers running for positions in the town of Van Buren. While there are no contested races in the Van Buren town government, the Baldwinsville Messenger has compiled brief profiles of the candidates seeking office.

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B’ville woman named YMCA chief development officer

The Y is an association dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

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Palmer names announcing team

(From left) Sarah Dorsey, Zoie Carlisle, Gillian Gipe and Amanda Ingerson are Palmer Elementary School's announcing team for the 2011-12 school year.

Shepard understands constituents

I would like to again remind voters of the 13th Legislative District about the accomplishments of Derek Shepard, the endorsed Republican Candidate, and winner of the Republican Primary for county legislator.

Vote Shepard Nov. 8

Election Day is Nov. 8. Please mark your calendars and join me in voting for positive change on our county legislator position.

Vote JAM, oust Bullis

Last Thursday I was fortunate enough to attend a “Meet the Candidate” function.

Shepard has enthusiasm for legislature

I am voting for Derek Shepard for County Legislator because Derek has the energy, ambition, knowledge and enthusiasm to be an excellent legislator. His main goal is to serve the people he will be representing.

Tuesday, October 25

Magee awarded NYFB’s 2011 Legislative Award

Letter to the editor

I am pleased to announce that New York Farm Bureau has recently named Assemblyman Bill Magee to our annual “Circle of Friends” list.

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Students bake for Clark Street bridge

This year, the Cazenovia Central School District Homecoming football game encompassed more than just touchdowns and student skits.

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Cazenovia Forum features Rollin lecture

Acclaimed author spoke about final life choices

On Oct. 14, speaker Betty Rollin visited the Catherine Cummings Theatre in Cazenovia to discuss “end of life choices” as part of the Cazenovia Forum lecture series.

West Genny swimmers top B'ville for league title

Pedrotti, Castro prevail twice in battle of unbeaten teams

Once again, the West Genesee girls swim team reigns atop the CNY Counties League. The issue remained unresolved until the last meet of the regular season Tuesday night, when the undefeated Wildcats visited undefeated Baldwinsville. But WG proved to have too much overall strength, recording a 53-39 victory over the Bees.

Tait case transferred, deferred

Town Justice recuses himself, requests case be dealt with elsewhere

The court case involving local funeral home owner Brian H. Tait, and two misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct, has still yet to be tried.

B’ville Y receives $500,000 pledge

YMCA officials are not giving up on the 22-acre site in Radisson. Earlier today, officials announced receipt of a $500,000 pledge to build the Northwest Family Y at the corner of Drakes Landing and Route 31 in Lysander.

J-D's DaJuan Coleman chooses SU for basketball

Three-time state champ picks Orange over Kentucky, Ohio State

DaJuan Coleman reached over the table for one hat, with a Kentucky logo on it. Then he pivoted over to the Syracuse hat and, smiling, put it on his head - much to the mutual delight of the entire Central New York basketball community.

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Lakers First Doubles Team Advances to Semi-finals

On Thursday, Oct. 20, at Syracuse University’s SkyTop courts, the Skaneateles girls tennis first doubles team of Katharina Kulik and Kathryn Magee advanced to the semifinals of the Section III Individuals Tournament.

Shimer receives Spirit of American Women Award at YWCA Fundraising Event

YWCA Syracuse & Onondaga County was proud to present their annual Spirit of American Women Award to Julie Shimer, Ph.D., chief executive officer and president of Welch Allyn

Holy Trinity to hold pasta dinner and silent auction

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 37 West Genesee St. in Skaneateles, will hold its 12th Annual Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.

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Pease and Dunlap to wed

Mr. and Mrs. David Pease, of Skaneateles, are pleased to announcement the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Pease, to Tyler Dunlap

J-E football pounds Westhill, 24-6

Eagles finish 2011 season with .500 record

A season of hard work and steady improvement by the Jordan-Elbridge football team culminated in high style. The Eagles used a big fourth quarter to prevail in last Thursday's game against Westhill, beating the Warriors 24-6 to finish its season at 4-4, while Westhill plunged to 1-7, having lost seven straight following a season-opening win over Solvay.

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More than a half-dozen hauntings detected in Syracuse

“Real ghosts aren’t like the ghosts you see in cartoons,” says Mark Falso of Liverpool, chief investigator for Upstate NY Truth Hunters, as he strolls down South Salina Street conducting an ethereal tour of downtown Syracuse. No, people who have died don’t dance around in white bed sheets like Casper the Friendly Ghost. Instead, Falso maintains, they manifest in three primary forms: apparitions, shadows and mists. Sometimes, they reveal themselves in sounds.

Salina: Falling court revenues hurt 2012 budget

Declining court revenues kept the town of Salina from easily accomplishing a flat tax rate in 2012, but that doesn’t mean the town board will stop trying. At the public hearing for the 2012 budget Monday, Oct. 24, Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra said that projected revenues from the town court next year were expected to fall short by about $100,000. “That’s significant,” Nicotra said. “If they’d stayed the same, it would be no issue to get it to a flat tax rate. Due to the economy, that revenue has dropped off.”

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Salina opens highway garage to residents

The town of Salina held an open house at its highway garage Saturday, Oct. 22 in the hopes that residents would come out, see the poor condition of the structure and vote in favor of a referendum Nov. 8 approving the town’s purchase of the Burdick property on Old Liverpool Road. “We wanted them to come out and see it for themselves, kick the tires,” said Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra. “We want people to make an informed decision.”

Caz graduate excels as Sacred Heart kicker

Rogers has made all nine field goals this season

Cazenovia High School graduate Chris Rogers is having a stellar season as the placekicker for the Sacred Heart University football team in Connecticut, converting all nine of his field-goal attempts for the Pioneers, a school in Fairfield, Conn.

East Syracuse man charged after field party shotgun incident

Manlius Police began an investigation Sunday night into a shooting incident that occurred at a field party near the 5400 Block of Fremont Road

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Put on your running shoes

How many can say they burn more calories than they consume on Thanksgiving Day? While the answer probably amounts to few, those who participate in the annual Kiwanis Turkey Day Race may qualify.

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B’ville students selected for All-State Music Festival

Sixteen students from Durgee Junior High School have been selected to perform in the NYSSMA Junior High Area All-State Music Festival, to be held Nov. 4 and 5 in Ithaca.

Support Shepard in county race

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

From Judge Claire E. Rutherford

I have had the honor and the privilege to serve as Lysander Town Justice for the past 32 years. Oh, where has the time gone?

Get behind JAM candidates

Leaders are at their best when people get behind them. Let’s get behind:

Thank you for support of Michael Wood

To all the organizations, businesses, friends and helpers that supported the Michael Wood Benefit held Sept. 24 at the Baldwinsville VFW…our sincere thanks! It was a rousing success and a good time, too.

Monday, October 24

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‘Good memories’ for children of all ages

New retailer, Hobby House Toys, opens on Jordan Street

Skaneateles’ newest retail shop, Hobby House Toys on Jordan Street, is an “old fashioned” toy store where people of all ages — from toddlers to senior citizens — can find something to enjoy, to desire, or to nostalgically reminisce over.

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Skaneateles Democrats hold candidate meet and greet

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, about 25 people were present at the second community meeting for the Skaneateles Democratic Party. The meeting served as a meet and greet to introduce the party’s three candidates in the upcoming November elections.

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Girls basketball team raises money with jog-a-thon

The Skaneateles High School girls’ basketball team recently hosted its first Jog-a-thon under brilliant Sunday sunshine at Austin Park.

Town budget will not exceed two percent increase

The Skaneateles Town Board will not seek to pass a local law allowing its 2012 budget to go over the recently imposed 2-percent state tax levy cap. The decision rescinds an earlier conclusion the board made at its Oct. 3 meeting.

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Lights at SGMSC get the go-ahead

Regulations were adopted to standardize usage

During the Oct. 17 Cazenovia Board of Education meeting, Policy 8210 and Regulation 8210-R, in relation to exterior lighting at the Sean Googin Sports Complex, were adopted by board members.

Fayetteville orthodontist to host 10th annual ‘Candy for Cash’

Joseph Catania, a Fayetteville orthodontist, will again offer patients, friends and families a chance to exchange their Halloween candy for cash.

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Baker senior receives award

Michael Halka, esteemed leading knight, awards Brian Bulingame, left, with the student of the month honor. Burlingame, a senior at Baker High School, was chosen for the honor by the Liverpool Elks Club.

Library Focus: Be careful who you trust in these scary times

Night is falling faster, the temperature is beginning to dip and your 401 k still hasn’t recovered from the recession. In other words, it’s getting a little scary out there, but don’t be afraid. We have a large, well-lighted building and lots of ways to help you through the scares (real and imagined) that lie ahead in this season of changes.

Sheets dried on the line

I’m going to hang clothes on the line today. It’s a gorgeous day, sunny and clear and perfect for drying. I love the smell of sheets dried on the line. It reminds me fondly of visiting my aunt in the summer.

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Benefit to help 2003 Baker grad

Tony Thompson, a 2003 graduate of Baker High School, has been at University Hospital for more than a month after experiencing a brain hemorrhage, which has resulted in mounting medical bills.

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B’ville field hockey has 1-2 finish

Seniors Corso, Woods honored

In the final week of its season, the Baldwinsville field hockey team continued to have offensive struggles against the top CNY Counties League foes.

Volleyball Northstars take losses to unbeaten teams

Girls swept by B'ville; CNS boys edged by Oswego

At last, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls volleyball team, with its 11-1 record, got a chance to test defending state Class AA champion Baldwinsville last Tuesday night. It did not turn out well, as the Northstars lost to the Bees 25-7, 25-1, 25-9. Once the Bees got 14 straight points in the opening set, it was settled, and B’ville nearly got a second-set shutout as it still has not lost a set this year.

F-M boys soccer has top playoff seed

Boys Hornets hold off Nottingham; girls beaten by B'ville

From a regular-season standpoint, everything that followed the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team’s 3-0 conquest at Baldwinsville on Oct. 15 was supposed to be anticlimactic. However, when the Hornets visited Nottingham last Thursday night, it proved anything but easy as the visitors had to come from behind and rely on Tyler Forbes and Mike Zazzara to fight past the Bulldogs 2-1.

J-D girls soccer topples ESM, 3-1

Red Rams, Spartans could meet in sectional semis

Just before entering the Section III Class A playoffs, the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa girls soccer teams fit in one more head-to-head encounter. And it turned out to be one of the most difficult tests the Red Rams faced this fall in the OHSL Freedom division, but J-D still pulled it out, recording a 3-1 victory over the Spartans.

F-M, ESM field hockey head to playoffs

Hornets get RFA in Class A semis; Spartans to face Camden

High ambition is on the mind of the Fayetteville-Manlius field hockey team as it ventures into the Section III Class A playoffs. The Hornets went to 9-6 on the season last Thursday, going to Auburn and displaying all kinds of offense as it ripped past the Maroons 6-1.

Boys soccer Rams, Spartans, Brothers face big tests

None of the boys soccer teams from Jamesville-DeWitt, East Syracuse-Minoa or Christian Brothers Academy had an easy time prior to entering the Section III playoffs.

Grimes girls soccer edges MPH, 2-1

Boys Trojans split non-league games in advance of sectionals

Each of the Bishop Grimes and Manlius-Pebble Hill soccer teams was headed for the Section III Class C playoffs. Before that, though, two of them would face each other. When the girls Cobras and Trojans clashed on Thursday, regulation wasn’t enough as, in an overtime battle, Grimes prevailed by a score of 2-1.

Sunday, October 23

B’ville girls soccer wins twice, earns top AA seed

Liverpool loss to CNS moved Bees into no. 1 slot

Another regular season has ended for the Baldwinsville girls soccer team, with the biggest tests still ahead as it defends the Section III Class AA title it won a year ago. And due to an unexpected turn of events on the weekend, the Bees (14-1-1) again will operate as the top seed.

Boys soccer Lakers start sectional title defense

Skaneateles has no. 8 seed with .500 mark

Though not the prime target that it was on the way to a state Class B championship in 2010, the Skaneateles boys soccer team still intends to cast a large shadow over the Section III playoffs that start this week.

Skaneateles girls soccer inches into sectionals

Lakers rally past J-E, play Solvay to 1-1 draw

Still harboring post-season hopes, the Skaneateles girls soccer team had to finish strong – which it did, just enough to still play this week.

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Pine Grove Middle School given ‘National School Library Program of the Year’ award

Pine Grove was selected for the award out of 14,753 middle schools in the United States and 84,605 schools overall.

CNS girls soccer shocks Liverpool, 2-1

Northstars beat state AA no. 3-ranked Warriors

According to plan, the Liverpool girls soccer team would mop up against neighbor and rival Cicero-North Syracuse and proceed forward to the Section III Class AA playoffs as the favorite for its first outright championship in a decade. Except that the Northstars didn’t read the script – or if it did, threw it out and replaced it with something far more unexpected.

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DeRosa, Dwyer boost Lakers’ running efforts

Skaneateles girls split meet with Westhill/Ludden, Hannibal

Skaneateles freshmen Jennifer DeRosa and Liz Dwyer have quietly formed the heart of the Laker cross country team. And they did it once again at last week’s split decision as the merged Bishop Ludden/Westhill team slipped past the Lakers while Skaneateles won a lopsided 2.9 mile race against host Hannibal.

The kids matter most

Skaneateles football controversy overshadows players' accomplishments

So they played a football playoff game Friday night in Skaneateles. This in itself was rather extraordinary, given the dim history of the Lakers program for nearly two decades before Tim Green took over as head coach in 2010.

Saturday, October 22

B'ville boys soccer edges J-D in overtime

Ramin nets game-winner as Bees, Rams head into playoffs

Ben Ramin’s superb strike late in overtime gave the Baldwinsville boys soccer team a 1-0 win against host Jamesville-Dewitt on Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both defending Section III champions.

Two CSX railroad crossings in the town of Clay to be replaced

CSX Transportation will be closing portions of Soule Road on Saturday, Oct. 29 and Morgan Road on Saturday, Nov. 5 in order to replace two highway crossings. Each road will require a one-day closures at the crossings and detours for through traffic. The detours have been established in consultation with local officials. The roads will be open to local traffic. The work will be similar to the crossing replacement on Route 31 that the railroad installed the weekend of Oct. 8 and 9.

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Defense gives Lakers playoff win over Mustangs

Caz turns back Marcellus, 14-6, draws Oneida in Class B semis

Two sequences of two plays, within seconds of each other, helped the Cazenovia football team to another Section III semifinal - and sent Marcellus home with more frustration. The Lakers' dirty, sweaty and muddy 14-6 victory over the Mustangs in Saturday's Class B quarterfinal at Buckley-Volo Field was not a display of high-scoring offensive sophistication or fancy play-calling.

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Wigge Reviews: Higher Ground

I doubt that many people will see “Higher Ground,” playing at Manlius Cinema, which is a shame.

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Wigge Reviews: The Ides of March

I like George Clooney. He has made fun, fascinating, sometimes thoughtful and absorbing movies. “The Ides of March” is not one of them.

Autumn in America

It’s autumn and we start to think of Thanksgiving, Halloween and the Republican Primary, the good, the bad and the bloody.

J-D beaten by Watertown; ESM trumps Carthage

Red Rams suffer first-round playoff defeat at home

Not in a long time had the Jamesville-DeWitt football team hosted a Section III playoff game, and it wanted to make the occasion more memorable with a win over Watertown in Friday night's Class A quarterfinals. But the Cyclones did not cooperate, hanging on to beat the Red Rams 22-14. By contrast, East Syracuse-Minoa moved to 8-0, getting away in the late stages to eliminate Carthage 40-6 at Spartan Stadium.

Football Brothers dispatch Corcoran in playoff opener

CBA to meet F-M in Class AA semifinals

Though excitement, and a few surprises, surrounded the opening night of the Section III football playoffs, Christian Brothers Academy wanted as little drama as possible. To that end, the state Class AA no. 8-ranked Brothers went out Friday and, with calm dispatch and strong play on both sides of the ball, took care of Corcoran 34-6 in the AA quarterfinal at Alibrandi Stadium.

Bears stop South Jefferson in playoff opener

Balanced attack works in 35-21 win over Spartans

Nothing about the Chittenango football team's Section III Class B playoff opener against South Jefferson proved too easy. However, all that mattered was that the Bears prevailed, 35-21, over the Spartans Friday night to move within a single victory of a championship game appearance in the Carrier Dome, something it hasn't accomplished since 1999.

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Wildcats topple Central Square in playoff opener

WG to face Utica Proctor in surprising AA semifinal

A rather important figure, missing from much of the West Genesee football team's recent narrative, emerged again, just in time to kick-start the undefeated Wildcats' push for a Section III Class AA title.

Lakers survive playoff scare from Watertown IHC

Saunders field goal rescues 10-7 win

Not in a long time had Skaneateles football fans been able to see its hometown team appear in a post-season game at Arthur Hyatt Stadium. And the Lakers nearly turned that novel experience into a nightmare Friday night, requiring its best defensive effort of the season, plus a clutch kick from Tyler Saunders, to survive Watertown IHC 10-7 in the first round of the Section III Class C playoffs.

Friday, October 21

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Bees stunned by Proctor in AA playoffs

Double-digit lead gets away as two-year title reign ends

A devastating second-half performance by Utica Proctor put an end to the Baldwinsville football team's quest for a third consecutive Section III Class AA championship. The Raiders rallied past the Bees, 39-21, Friday night in the AA quarterfinal, played at Liverpool High School because poor field conditions at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium forced B'ville to move the contest.

F-M gets past Liverpool in AA playoff classic

Bright scores winning TD in in final seconds

Everything about the Fayetteville-Manlius football team's pulsating 40-35 victory over Liverpool in the opening round of the Section III Class AA playoffs was outsized. From a massive start by the Hornets to a massive comeback from the Warriors, to several momentum shifts in a back-and-forth final period, everything was rated larger. So it only figured that a big play in the game's final minute decided matters.

Boys soccer Warriors rip West Genny, 6-0

CNS splits, gets McCaffery 300th coaching win

With the way it has played in the latter stretches of the regular season, the Liverpool boys soccer team has made itself dangerous for any possible foe in the Section III Class AA playoffs. Further proof arrived Thursday night, against fellow playoff qualifier West Genesee. With an attack that only seemed to improve as the game went along, the Warriors put together a 6-0 victory over the Wildcats.

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Seussical Jr. to hit the school stage

Theatrical production pairs small Seusses, big imaginations

“Small” has always been “big” in the world of Dr. Seuss, where the battles fought by underdogs, outcasts and freethinkers are championed in squiggly line and rhythmic rhyme. In the numerous children’s books and television specials by the good doctor, otherwise known as Theodore Geisel, words of wisdom often come from the tiniest larynxes.

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Local firm raises $750,000 for charities

54Freedom, a Cazenovia-based firm founded by long-time resident and insurance executive Jim Griffin, has raised more than $750,000 for charities that are helping to provide important social needs for a variety of often under-served groups, from children with terminal illness to female combat veterans returning home.

Slow down, enjoy the ride


It’s that wonderful time of year in Central New York again. The air is crisp, the temperature settles further down the thermometer and the grey skies are filled with rain.

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Spafford candidates talk issues before capacity crowd

A near standing-room-only crowd in Borodino Hall Tuesday night, Oct. 18, saw eight election candidates express their opinions as to why they should be elected to three different Spafford town offices.

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Buerkle: ‘Let’s try something different’

Walt Shepperd asks Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle about the war, Sarah Palin, and being challenged for her seat

Congressperson Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) chuckled anticipating the welcome she would receive at the United Nations, where she has been appointed as an observer for the House of Representatives. Buerkle has been critical of the UN and advocates withholding paying America’s dues to the body pending a restructuring of certain activities.

Skaneateles volleyball bashes Caz, ITC

Lakers drawing near to post-season tournaments

Over the last couple of years, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team has taken all kinds of pleasure from their ability to dominate their matches against Cazenovia. Such a thing happened again last Tuesday night, at refurbished Buckley Gym, where Skaneateles again prevailed in the battle of Laker teams in three sets.

WG soccer sides take late-season losses

Girls fall to Oswego 3-2; boys ripped by Liverpool

Things turned rough for both of West Genesee’s soccer teams just days before the announcement of the Section III Class AA playoff pairings.

Nice job Van Buren

I usually do not compliment civic elected officials. However, I must compliment the Van Buren Town Board on their actions to stop 48- and 53-foot tractor trailers from taking a short cut from Jones Road to Farrell Road via Stiles Road.

Stealing, vandalizing is illegal

I am writing to you on behalf of the JAM team, namely John Salisbury, Andrew Reeves and Melinda Shimer. We purchased political signs with donations from a number of people in Lysander.

Lysander: Sign stealing a First Amendment violation

As a candidate running for town council, I am deeply offended and discouraged by the childish behavior and illegal activity involved in the current campaign here in Lysander.

Lysander Parks and Recreation: Halloween trick or treat at Lysander town building

Lysander Town Hall will open from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, for “office” trick or treating and to judge the door/window decorating contest, which is open to children from 3 to 10 years old.

Caz volleyball falls to Skaneateles again

For the second time in as many months, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team could not quite measure up to its Laker rivals from Skaneateles. In this rematch Tuesday night at Buckley Gym, the hosts only got close in the third set, but still were on the wrong end of a sweep.

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B'ville Rotary run off to great start

Community service organization would like to thank participants, volunteers

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville’s Rotary Run was held Oct. 16 at Baker High School.

Caz field hockey blanks Cortland, Weedsport

Lakers' league win streak reaches 73 in a row

Now all the Cazenovia field hockey team had to do was to finish off another perfect run through the Onondaga High School League before plunging into the post-season.

Fayetteville Cub Scouts to run food drive at Tops

Fayetteville Cub Scouts (pack 152) will work with Tops Market to host a food drive to benefit the Manlius Food Pantry this weekend.

Make a quick $30 with free fridge pick-up program

A new refrigerator-recycling program offers residents are paid $30 for each fridge or freezer scheduled for free pick-up.

Thursday, October 20

Jordan-Elbridge Marching Band will participate in “Fill the Hill”

The Jordan- Elbridge marching band will participate in its annual “Fill the Hill” event 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the high school stadium.

Jordan-Elbridge Marching Band will hold its spaghetti dinner Sunday, Oct. 23

The Jordan-Elbridge Marching Band will hold its annual spaghetti dinner 3 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Elbridge Fire Department.

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Zimmerman joins literacy efforts at library

Cazenovia Public Library is pleased to announce that Carla Zimmerman has joined Cindy McCall as co-coordinator of the library’s literacy programs.

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Local tennis team heads to nationals

A group of Cazenovia women are at the core of a local tennis team headed to California for the national over-50 tennis championships.

Fresh look for 3rd annual Salt City Urban Art & Craft Market

The third annual Salt City Urban Art & Craft Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

LETTERS: Door-to-door campaigning has been enjoyable

I read with interest last week’s article by Walt Shepperd, “Newbie candidate to County Legislature: Chill!” I wanted to focus on one comment made by my opponent: “Most people don’t want you to knock on their door.”

DeWitt supervisor faces challenger in re-election bid

Ed Michalenko is seeking re-election after three and a half years as DeWitt town supervisor. Running against him is Art Diamond, a DeWitt native who has served on various DeWitt boards.

35th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Fest is this weekend

artists and craftspeople when it host its 35th annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Manlius Village Centre.

CNS girls beat Liverpool in league cross country meet

Boys Northstars second in rematch with B'ville

Though it wanted a sweep, the Cicero-North Syracuse cross country team could not quite reach that mark during Wednesday’s CNY Counties League National division championship meet at Baldwinsville.

CNS, Liverpool swimmers take losses

Northstars fall to B'ville; Warriors topped by West Genny

On the same Wednesday night, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls swim teams both met unbeaten opponents – and met the same fate, too. In the Northstars’ case, it hosted Baldwinsville at the LeMoyne College pool and, despite some fine individual work from Breanna Ruffrage and Emily Altier, lost to the Bees 100-81.

B’ville boys beat CNS, takes league cross country meet

At least for the Baldwinsville boys cross country team, the second meeting with Cicero-North Syracuse proved the charm – no third time required. The Bees, who lost a narrow decision to the Northstars 27-30 a week earlier at Oneida Shores, got payback on its home course in Wednesday’s CNY Counties League National division championship meet.

Win sends swimming Bees into West Genny showdown

B'ville handles CNS, improves mark to 6-0

All is in place for the Baldwinsville girls swim team, who hosts West Genesee next Tuesday night with the CNY Counties League regular-season championship on the line. To get to this point, the Bees still needed to clear one more big hurdle, which it did by going to LeMoyne College’s pool Wednesday night and beating Cicero-North Syracuse 100-81 to improve its mark to 6-0.

ESM cross country sweeps to Freedom titles

Spartans top J-D on both ends; Coogan, Fairbanks win

Years of watching its neighbors finish on top ended for both of the East Syracuse-Minoa cross country teams when it hosted Wednesday’s Onondaga High School League Freedom division championship meets.

F-M cross country sweeps league meet

Smith, Farrell earn individual honors for Hornets

From start to finish, the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country team’s post-season push covers nearly two months and eventually takes the Hornets across America. But it all began in 2011 with F-M sweeping both ends of Wednesday’s CNY Counties League American division championship at Central Square.

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XC girls still running strong

The Cazenovia girls varsity cross country team packed three huge races into a seven-day period last week as they continue to show why they’re one of the top programs in New York state.

Crossman plans to give Monforte his vote on Nov. 8

Letter to the editor

It has been my pleasure to consider Ralph Monforte a friend for more than twenty years.

Republican Committee endorses Jen Basic for town board

Letter to the editor

The mission of the Cazenovia Republican Committee is to find good candidates to hold political positions and to help them to get elected.

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The ladies have something to say!

The Onondaga Historical Association’s fall ghostwalk, “ The Feminine Side of Fayetteville,” strolls through the lives of five women who have a connection to the Fayetteville-Manlius area.

Wetzel wants another two years with Monforte as supervisor

Letter to the editor

How lucky we are to live in Cazenovia, not only for the beautiful lake, historic buildings and friendly people but also for the active involvement of its citizens.

Notleymere Cottage to host Basic for a ‘meet and greet’

Letter to the editor

We are so fortunate to have a candidate like Jen Basic willing to step up to the plate and throw her hat in the ring for Cazenovia Town Council.

Frazee, Caz Equipment Company endorses Monforte

Letter to the editor

Personally, and on behalf of Cazenovia Equipment Company, we would like to offer support to Ralph Monforte for a second term as Town of Cazenovia Supervisor.

Bragg advocates for Basic’s town board campaign

Letter to the editor

I write to offer my personal recommendation and support for Jennifer Basic in her election campaign to the Cazenovia Town Board.

MacDougall supports Monforte for town supervisor

Letter to the editor

I hereby endorse Mr. Ralph Monforte as the candidate for Town of Cazenovia Supervisor and highly recommend him for re-election.

Bartlett plans to give Clarke his vote on Election Day

Letter to the editor

I am writing to urge Town of Cazenovia voters to support Tom Clarke for Town Supervisor. A life-long Cazenovian, Tom has broad experience in addressing community issues and planning.

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40 years, and counting: Minoa man reflects on career at Rural/Metro

Friday, Oct. 7, marked 40 years of dedication to Rural/Metro Ambulance for Ed Moser, who has lived in Minoa with his Wife, Kathleen, for two decades.

Jennifer Basic running for town council candidate

Letter to the editor

I am writing to ask for your vote on Nov. 8, 2011 as a Cazenovia Town Council candidate.

Owera Vinyards endorses Monforte for town office

Letter to the editor

Please allow this letter to serve as an endorsement for the re-election of Ralph Monforte as Town of Cazenovia Supervisor this November.

Keilen supports Clarke’s campaign for town supervisor

Letter to the editor

I would like to thank Tom Clarke for becoming a candidate for Town of Cazenovia Supervisor. In our prior election, a few years ago, our current town supervisor ran unopposed. Uncontested elections are not good for our community.

Cowherd reminds community of National Bus Safety Week

Letter to the editor

National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 17 to 21, 2011. The yellow school bus is an icon in our society. It speaks of safety and security and a solid and wholesome education for our children. That safety and security do not come easily, but require the dedication and hard work of many professionals in the school transportation community.

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Architecture firm promotes B’ville woman

King + King Architects has announced the promotion of Nadine Hachmann to project manager in their higher education studio.

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B'ville third-grader raises $600 for AHA

Maggie McClain, a third-grader at Van Buren Elementary School, was recently honored by the American Heart Association for her fund raising efforts.

The Codes Corner: Keep roads clear of seasonal debris

Fall is in the air, and so are the leaves and debris that come with it each year.

Hockey team hosts hypnosis fundraiser

The Baldwinsville Varsity Hockey Booster Club will host a very cool hypnosis show to raise money for the hockey team.

Taxpayers will feel the pain with next year’s budget

The Onondaga County Legislature held their annual budget session Oct. 11. The budget session is the final step in considering the proposed budget and the Ways and Means recommendations.

Taxes down 16.5 percent in Van Buren

The 2012 budget for Onondaga County has been adopted. While I am not satisfied with everything in this budget, the progress made by the Ways and Means committee reduces the taxes in the majority of the municipalities I represent notably more than the proposed budget.

EDITORIAL: No ‘public comments,’ but plenty discussion at Manlius Town Board meeting

Anyone who doesn’t think the Manlius Town Board is listening to the concerns of residents should have been at last Wednesday’s meeting.

Marcellus boys, Westhill girls secure running titles

Mustangs sweep J-E; Manahan, Garn, Curry win races

One more bit of league work remained for the four area cross country teams that are part of the OHSL Liberty division. Marcellus would clinch the boys regular-season title Wednesday with a sweep over Jordan-Elbridge (20-35) and Cazenovia (15-49), while the girls title went to Westhill/Bishop Ludden after it got past Skaneateles 22-33 and Hannibal 17-45.

Swimming Wildcats prevail, set up showdown with B'ville

Castro notches two wins in 97-83 conquest of Liverpool

All is now in place for the West Genesee girls swim team as it goes to Baldwinsville next Tuesday for a clash of unbeaten sides that will determine the CNY Counties League regular-season championship.

WG cross country takes second at league meet

Wildcats runner-up to F-M on both sides at Central Square

Post-season activity for the West Genesee cross country teams commenced with the CNY Counties League American division championship meets, both staged Wednesday afternoon at Central Square. As expected, the Wildcats were second in both races behind Fayetteville-Manlius, merely a week after head-to-head meets with the Hornets in Camillus.

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NSCSD roof referendum passes

Voters overwhelmingly passed a facilities referendum in the North Syracuse Central School District Wednesday Oct. 19, voting 620 to 217 to approve renovations to Gillette Road Middle School, Roxboro Road Middle School and Cicero-North Syracuse High School at a total cost of $3.8 million.

Caz girls cross country beats Marcellus

Sweep of Mustangs, J-E secures second in OHSL Liberty

In order to secure second place in the OHSL Liberty division behind Westhill/Bishop Ludden, the Cazenovia girls cross country team had to sweep Marcellus and Jordan-Elbridge Wednesday at the Mustangs’ home course. And that’s exactly what the Lakers did, utilizing its depth to get past the Mustangs 24-33 while, at the same time, ripping past the Eagles 15-49.

Take advantage of variety, abundance of squash

What's Local CNY?

The sweet, dense flesh of winter squash develops over an entire summer, and is loaded with vitamins A and C. With all of the varieties New York state has to offer, how to choose which squash to buy and eat?

Wednesday, October 19

School board candidates offer up ideas at forum

The six candidates running for four open Commissioner of Education seats on the Syracuse City School District school board fielded questions Tuesday night, Oct. 18, at Henninger High School for a forum, sponsored in part by Parents for Public Schools of Syracuse.

Common Grounds to host family-fun Halloween event

Looking for a fun family Halloween activity? Common Grounds Incorporated is hosting a fun-filled evening on Friday, Oct. 29, at Eckel Hall on the Cazenovia College campus.

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Dynamic drama recalls doomed dynasty

Downtown After Dark

Syracuse’s award-winning playwright and producer Garrett Heater adds his meticulously researched stage play, “The Romanovs,” to the list of dramas documenting the undoing of Russia's Romanov Dynasty.

Free E-Waste Collection to be held in Caz

LOJO Technology has scheduled a free and easily accessible Electronic Waste Collection Day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the parking lot at Buyea’s True Value on Albany Street, in Cazenovia.

Benefit for Clay youth killed in hit-and-run

A benefit for the family of Joe Ozimek III, the Clay teenager who was killed Oct. 5 in a hit-and-run accident along Route 57, is scheduled from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the VFW Salt City Post 348, 631 Beldon Ave., in Syracuse.

Liverpool field hockey holds off CNS

Burns scores twice for Warriors in 3-2 win

In reality, two different contests took place when the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey teams got together again Tuesday night at Bragman Stadium. It started as a one-sided Warrior romp, but it transformed into an intriguing drama in the waning moments before the Northstars’ comeback attempt fell short, Liverpool prevailing 3-2.

F-M grad to read from latest novel at Barnes & Noble

Joseph Pittman, a graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School, will read from his latest novel, “A Christmas Wish,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Barnes & Noble in DeWitt.

DeWitt Town Board restricts public protest at funerals

The DeWitt Town Board last month updated a local law to ban residents from protesting within 1,000 feet of a funeral. The amendment is meant to protect residents when paying tribute to deceased loved ones.

B’ville girls tennis reaches sectional final

Bees top Liverpool, but fall to F-M in title match

Propelled by strong singles play, the Baldwinsville girls tennis team made its way back to the Section III Class A championship round, only to get stopped by an all-too-familiar dynasty. The Bees got there by surpassing Liverpool 5-2 in Monday’s Class A semifinal, played after two different rain-enforced postponements.

F-M tennis reaches milestone, joins CBA as sectional champs

Hornets get 300th straight win; Brothers top New Hartford

An extraordinary streak, nearly two decades in the making, passed another major mark as the Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis team won yet another Section III Class A team title.

Skaneateles swimmers compete against Auburn

Fiutak, Teixeria win events in 97-83 defeat

Kaela Fiutak and Rachel Teixeria both had strong showings for the Skaneateles girls swim team during Tuesday night’s 97-83 defeat to Auburn at the Community Center pool.

Our endorsement for Skaneateles town justice


The two candidates for Skaneateles Town Justice are both qualified and capable individuals. After interviewing Kathleen Dell and Tim Lynn, we came away impressed by both.

Saddened by reported behavior at school board meetings

Letter to the editor

After reading Jason Emerson’s Oct. 12 piece about the investigation of our local football program I was saddened to learn of reported embarrassing adult behavior at school board meetings.

Compliments on your football column

Letter to the editor

I compliment you on your editorial, “Some of us need to remember: football is only a game,” for it calls into question, “What is the purpose of high school sports?”

In support of Tim Lynn for town justice

Letter to the editor

I am writing to offer my wholehearted support for Tim Lynn, candidate for Skaneateles Town Justice.

In support of Kathy Dell for town justice

Letter to the editor

Town Justice Kathy Dell is running for re-election, and I am delighted to support her without hesitation.

Don’t dismiss this election

Letter to the editor

I have heard Skaneateles residents say that because the town board elections are uncontested they’re not going to bother to vote. However, there are two very important contested positions that voters should pay attention to.

Letter from Lishui, China

When friends ask me why I continue to spend time in China, I reply that life there is like opening a gift. You may like it or not, but it is always a surprise. Following are two of my recent surprises.

First Annual Halloween Costume Party at Mirbeau

A Halloween experience with a classic twist is in the planning at Mirbeau Inn & Spa, as the French Country Estate transforms its restaurant and wine bar into a vintage costume party fit for young-at-heart grown-ups.

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B'ville Rotary’s first dinner a big success

Service club hopes attendance keeps up to raise more money for local causes

More than 150 diners attended the first spaghetti dinner of the season, hosted by the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville.

Meet the challengers event Oct. 27

I would like the voters to know this election year offers a unique opportunity to the citizens of Lysander.

Vote Rode for refreshing change

As a long-time registered republican in the town of Lysander, I would like to express my opinions regarding the upcoming election of the Lysander Town Board members.

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Baldwinsville student is published poet

Zachary Roseberry, a seventh-grader at Ray Middle School, is a published poet. His poem, “Rainbows,” will be included in “Acclaim,” a book of student poetry to be published by the American Library of Poetry later this fall.

LETTERS: Manlius town board should listen to its constituents

As a life-long town of Manlius resident, who is descended from proud paternal and maternal dairy farmer grandparents and dairy farmer parents in the town, I am responding to the loss of public comment at town of Manlius board meetings.

DeWitt town board could vote on budget Monday

The current proposal is a $16.5 million spending plan that includes a 5-cent increase in the tax rate, though Supervisor Ed Michalenko says he plans to bring the tax rate increase to zero before putting the budget to a vote.

Tuesday, October 18

Skaneateles football investigation completed, will be sent to Section III

School board expresses support of players and coaches

If the public outcry at the Oct. 4 meeting of Skaneateles Board of Education displayed an obvious fracture in the community, the meeting Tuesday night showed the healing process had begun. The board announced it had concluded its investigation into the varsity football program and will provide the results of that investigation to Section III officials and to Coach Tim Green.

Camillus Police Department urges children to be safe on Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching and the town of Camillus Police Department is taking necessary precautions to ensure child safety.

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Destiny team uses social media to announce new tenant: Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill

The announcement came at noon today, via Facebook posts and tweets: the newest tenant to be named to the Destiny USA roster is Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, a country-style, sit-down restaurant.

History program: A lighthearted look at “The Privy”

The October program of The Skaneateles Historical Society will be a talk by Ms. Caroline Adrianson of Marion, N.Y., on a lighthearted look at “The Privy” in history.

Photography scholarship honors Skaneateles native

During his lifetime, William H. Lagerway, of Skaneateles, was an Army veteran, photographer and photojournalist, and former inventor of the year as recognized by the New York State Senate. Since his passing in December 2009, his longtime friend, Faith Prather, Ph.D., was determined to fulfill Lagerway’s wish to inspire photography students and make it easier for them to complete their college degrees.

Baltimore Woods honors chefs and farmers with flood relief for Southern Tier

envIRONmental CHEF homegrown event produces benefits beyond Baltimore Woods

Baltimore Woods Nature Center has announced that it will make a major donation to assist Southern Tier Farmers affected by September’s floods. The donation is as outgrowth of Baltimore Woods’ successful envIRONmental CHEF event which celebrated local foods and was supported by farmers throughout the region.

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Book lovers raise thousands for library improvements

‘One for the Books’ event has second successful year

The Skaneateles Library Association raised approximately $16,000 last Saturday, Oct. 15, during its second annual One for the Books fundraiser. The proceeds will be put toward expanding library services and continued physical improvements to the building.

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Fayetteville Memory Garden opens Saturday

Rachel Ristau will announce total funds raised at grand opening event

After three years of diligent fundraising efforts, Rachael Ristau’s Fayetteville Memory Garden is nearly ready for public viewing. A grand opening ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the garden, located next to the Fayetteville Senior Center on East Genesee Street.

LETTERS: Taxes Down in 4 of the 6 Municipalities in the 13th District

The 2012 budget for Onondaga County has been adopted. While I am not satisfied with everything in this budget, the progress made by the ways and means committee reduces the taxes in the majority of the municipalities I represent notably more than the proposed budget.

Support your local libraries

This week the Friends of the Marcellus Free Library and Maxwell Memorial Library in Camillus are getting ready to celebrate “National Friends of Libraries Week” Oct. 16-22.

Marcellus Memories: 50 years ago - 1961

The Marcellus Mustangs tied the undefeated Liverpool Lancers in their game at 7-7. George Hall made the opening touchdown in the second quarter with Harry Lathrop scoring the extra point.

The state two-percent cap: effective or merely symbolic?

The town of Camillus has a population of approximately 323,500, a figure relatively unchanged since the 1970s.

Long lasting love

There was an agitated male voice floating above, sometimes mixed in with the sounds of a busy medical/surgical floor that morning. His was an anxious if not an angry voice.

A very short trip to Gannon University

There are times when Syracuse takes its toll on me. There are times when living with the parents, believe it or not, wears on me and I just need to get away, even if it’s for a day. (After being so independent for four years, coming home is a culture shock).

B'ville boys volleyball drop rematch with Oswego

Despite early lead, Bees fall in four sets

True, the Baldwinsville boys volleyball team has closed some of the gap with Class AA championship front-runner Oswego - but not all of it. The Bees dropped Monday's encounter with the Buccaneers in four sets, marking a slight improvement from their first meeting on Sept. 21, where Oswego prevailed in straight sets.

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Along for the ride

Calling his library card “the most valuable piece of plastic in his wallet,” Joe DeCapio, a member of Marcellus Rotary, welcomed Carol Johnson, Director of Marcellus Free Library, as the speaker at the Oct. 4 Rotary meeting.

F-M girls tennis wins 300th straight match

Hornets top Auburn in Class A semifinal

An extraordinary streak, nearly two decades in the making, passed another major mark as the Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis team neared yet another Section III Class A team title. When the Hornets got past Auburn 6-1 in Monday’s semifinal, it marked the team’s 300th consecutive win. Not since 1993, when F-M lost to Liverpool, has the team fell to any local opponent, and that was before any of the current players were born.

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Rinaldo grabs top honors in photography category

West Genesee high school student and up-and-coming artist Nico Rinaldo placed first in the Native Wildlife Category at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Nature and Wildlife Photography contest in Plum Island Massachusetts for his Plum Island Egret photo.

An Invitation from the Friends of Maxwell Library

Maxwell Library’s Friends group is a busy bunch. They fundraise, volunteer, and make the library a better place in so many different ways.

Town of Elbridge awarded Equity Award

The town of Elbridge has been awarded the Excellence in Equity Award for 2011 from the New York state Department of taxation and finance office of real property tax services.

LETTERS: In response to Paul Susco

My participation at town board meetings in Manlius over the last nine years has been to document and to expose conditions that are being ignored by town officials.

LETTERS: Surprised by F-M’s proposal to start only Spanish early

As a resident of the Fayetteville-Manlius School District and a foreign language teacher for more than 30 years, I was at first heartened to receive notification from the district that it was going to address the issue of increasing language instruction for our students with the goal of increasing their language proficiency.

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Baldwinsville Theatre Guild presents . . . ‘Othello’

A tale of peace, love, jealousy and murder

Jealousy fuels the downward spiral that is Othello's demise in one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies.

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B'ville Christian Academy: ‘See You at the Pole’

More than 50 students from Baldwinsville Christian Academy took the opportunity to join more than 3 million other students throughout the world for "See You at the Pole" at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 28.

Lysander: Where are Salisbury’s solutions?

Mr. Salisbury's letter in last week's newspaper contains some very fuzzy math.

Vote JAM in Lysander

As someone who has lived in the community for almost my entire life, I truly believe we need drastic change in our town government. Our former town government has skewed assessments, amassed $4 million dollars in debt and stalled the building of the Northwest Y.

Thanks for participation in B'ville rummage sale

The First United Methodist Church of Baldwinsville would like to thank the community for making this year's fall rummage sale a success.

Keep Bullis as Lysander supervisor

Barry Bullis has served as Lysander Town Supervisor for the past 15 years.

Lysander: Elect Ashbarry Nov. 8

Norm Ashbarry is running for Lysander Town Council. Norm and his wife have lived in Lysander for 27 years and their children graduated from C.W. Baker High School. Norm recently retired from the New York State Police after 32 years of exemplary service, previous to which he had private business experience.

B'ville string students raise money for CNYSPCA

Congratulations to the string students at Elden and McNamara elementary schools who donated more than $200 to the CNYSPCA, which they collected a quarter at a time last school year with a special fundraiser.

Caz tennis defeated in Class B semis

New Hartford prevails, 5-2, with doubles sweep

An inspired run by the Cazenovia girls tennis team through the Section III Class B tournament finally ended in the semifinal round. The Lakers fell, 5-2, to top seed New Hartford last Monday afternoon in a match twice delayed by rain before things cleared up.

Monday, October 17

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Soccer Mustangs rally, top Westhill in overtime

Busa nets game-winning goal with 40.5 seconds left

For a long while Monday night, it looked like the Marcellus girls soccer team was going to end up on the wrong end of a regular-season sweep at the hands (and feet) of Westhill, setting up a taller task in its quest to repeat as Section III Class B champions. Just in time, though, the Mustangs, showing a large amount of heart and resolve, rallied and pulled out a 2-1 overtime victory over the Warriors as senior captain Kathryn Busa notched the decisive goal with 40.5 seconds to play.

Five-year plan to be presented for town of Camillus Parks and Recreation

The town of Camillus has scheduled four meetings to discuss the committee’s five-year master plan for the parks and recreation department.

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Hillview Community Church rebuilds in time for 50th anniversary

Hillview Community Church has reason to celebrate. Not only will the congregation commemorate its 50th anniversary at the end of this month, but it has found strength after devastation earlier this year. In the early hours of Feb. 7, the fellowship building at Hillview collapsed under the weight of accumulated snow.

B'ville District seeks instrument donations

Do you have a gently used band or orchestra instrument collecting dust in your attic?

World Series social to benefit B’ville Baseball Boosters

Every year, Baldwinsville baseball players are limited in their training due to weather constraints.

Crunch opens season with pair of wins

Palmieri hat trick highlights home opener

This season, the Syracuse Crunch restructured its lineup, inserting 10 new players into its oroster, including two star goaltenders. Coach Mark Holick reiterated to the media that all these changes will pay off as compared to last year’s disappointing season. So far, it has, as Crunch fans and coaching staff have enjoyed a balanced chemistry between the veteran players and the new young additions.

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Skaneateles town justice candidates: in profile

In the upcoming Skaneateles town elections, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8, the only contested race is for town justice. Republican and incumbent justice Kathleen Dell is running for reelection against Democrat and former village trustee Tim Lynn. The Skaneateles Press conducted interviews with both candidates in order to bring our readers the following profiles.

Spafford looks at snow plowing costs, hires new attorney

Snow has yet to fly in Spafford this autumn, but the white stuff was much on the mind of that town’s board meeting last Thursday, Oct. 13.

Proposed parking law set for public hearing

The village board of trustees at its Oct. 13 meeting unanimously approved to hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, on Local Law No. 3 of 2011 — to amend the village code concerning off-street parking and the Parking Trust Fund.

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‘Dreamers who are doers’

Chamber of commerce honors citizens of the year

As Ted Astemborski celebrated his 80th birthday last week, he was given something much more meaningful than a nicely wrapped gift. Astemborski, alongside David Sheppard and Dan Labeille, were named the 2011 Citizens of the Year by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Spafford town election forum to be held Tuesday, Oct. 18

Spaffords residents this week will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of candidates for the Spafford town elections.

CBA tennis tops J-D in Class B semifinal

Brothers also squeak past Chittenango in quarterfinals

One more time, the Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt girls tennis teams would meet each other, but in a high-pressure situation during Saturday’s Section III Class B team tournament semifinals, played indoors at Drumlins because of the wet and cold conditions outside. Just as in two regular-season meetings that were split, it would be close, decided by a 4-3 margin. But it was the Brothers prevailing this time to advance to the team finals.

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J-D boys soccer goes 1-0-1, ties Liverpool

CBA earns easy wins over Mexico, Phoenix

Going on separate paths after their Oct. 6 meeting, the Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer teams would both find plenty of success.

MPH boys soccer splits, loses to Tully

As the defense of its Section III Class C title looms, the Manlius-Pebble Hill boys soccer team is not seen as an odds-on favorite, but a solid regular season has the Trojans in a good position anyway.

J-D swimmers roar past Mexico

F-M falls to unbeaten Baldwinsville

Improving to 4-1 in the Onondaga High School League, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls swim team went to Mexico last Wednesday and put together a 95-71 victory over the Tigers.

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Waiting on a dime, waiting on a dollar

Developer estimates Family Dollar will open for business after Christmas

Those who have been awaiting the grand-opening of the Cazenovia Family Dollar will have to wait a little longer.

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Buckley Gym opens for business

The evening of Friday, Sept. 27, the Cazenovia Central School District celebrated the reopening of the recently renovated Buckley Gymnasium.

Public Communications

Before the most recent regularly scheduled meeting of the Cazenovia Village Board on Oct. 3, two public hearings were held, allowing residents the opportunity to voice their opinions on two local issues.

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Behold: the behemoth

Cardiff Giant recreation unearthed at Lipe Art Park

Local artist Ty Marshal's Cardiff Giant recreation project was finally unearthed yesterday, Sunday, Oct. 16, at Lipe Art Park on the West Side.

CNS girls runners beat Liverpool again

Northstars claim top spot at Chittenango Invitational

A mere 11 days after their regular-season clash at Longbranch Park, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool cross country teams squared off again at Saturday's Chittenango Invitational. On the same Jamesville Beach Park course where the Section III championships will take place Nov. 5, the girls Northstars, with 57 points, won the 11-team Varsity Race 3 and the Warriors, with 76 points, claimed second place.

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Boys soccer Warriors get even with CNS

Sheehan nets both goals in 2-1 Liverpool win

Not quite four weeks after getting together for the first time, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer teams had a rematch, this time at LHS Stadium. And unlike that first encounter, it was the Warriors finishing on top, as it depended on Joe Sheehan’s finishing ability to beat the Northstars 2-1.

Field hockey Warriors beat B’ville, F-M

Caveny leads CNS to pair of victories

With one more regular-season encounter still ahead on Tuesday, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey teams wanted strong showings in the build-up.

Liverpool girls soccer blanks Rome Free Academy

CNS beaten by B'ville; Northstars, Warriors to meet Saturday

As they awaited a face-to-face meeting on the final day of the regular season, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer teams still had a little more work to do.

Liverpool tennis edges Whitesboro in sectional

Doubles tie-breaker sends Warriors to semis against B'ville

Liverpool’s girls tennis team did enough, at just the right moments, to make it to the Section III Class A team tournament semifinals. In last Wednesday’s quarterfinal against Whitesboro, Liverpool claimed the last point in a drama-filled tie-breaker in a 4-3 victory.

Sunday, October 16

LETTERS: Thank you Pat’s Pavement Pounder supporters

Because of your generous support over the last twelve years, Pat's Pavement Pounder raised more than $150,000 to help fulfill Patrick’s dream of finding cures for childhood cancer.

Tragedy on the gridiron

Death of Phoenix football player shakes local sports scene

For all the wrong reasons, high school football in Central New York seemed to find its way into headlines beyond the sports page in this otherworldly autumn.

Boys cross country Bees win Chittenango Invitational

B'ville rebounds from CNS defeats; girls take second

Three days after a disappointing defeat to Cicero-North Syracuse in a first-place CNY Counties League National division showdown, the Baldwinsville boys cross country team would recover with a victory at Saturday's Chittenango Invitational.

B’ville girls soccer tops Central Square, CNS

Bees improve to 12-1; Firenze sisters reclaiming top form

As the post-season defense of its Section III Class AA title looms, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team is not having anything close to a scare.

B’ville tennis blanks Oswego in playoffs

Bees to meet Liverpool in Class A semis

With the regular season behind them, the Baldwinsville girls tennis team took its 9-1 record into the Section III Class A team tournament, carrying the intent to win it all. At least the first part went smoothly, as the Bees took apart Oswego 7-0 in last Wednesday’s quarterfinal round at the B’ville school campus.

Marcellus boys win at Chittenango Invitational

Manahan, Garn sweep to first on sectional course

When local cross country teams traveled to Jamesville Beach Park for Saturday’s Chittenango Invitational, Marcellus won the boys Varsity 2 race. The Mustangs finished with 59 points, well clear of Hannibal (101 points) and 16 other challengers on the same venue where the Section III championships will get decided on Nov. 5.

West Genny girls soccer rallies past F-M

Girls Wildcats move to 12-2; boys handle Henninger

Should the West Genesee girls soccer team do something special in the upcoming Section III Class AA playoffs, it may look to last Wednesday’s 5-4 win over Fayetteville-Manlius as a landmark moment in its rise to the top.

Girls Mustangs, Warriors get soccer wins

Westhill 13-1, Marcellus 12-1 heading into Monday clash

All is in place Monday night when the Westhill and Marcellus girls soccer team clash again, this time on the Mustangs’ home turf, to see who will have the edge going into next week’s Section III Class B playoffs.

Caz field hockey rips Cato, Homer

Weather wipes out rematch with Cortland

Many different tasks awaited the Cazenovia field hockey team in the closing stretch of the regular season, chief among them maintaining a pair of win streaks.

Caz girls soccer has 2-1 week

Boys Lakers edge Solvay in OT, rout J-E

When stormy weather acted up on Sept. 27, the Cazenovia girls soccer team had to scrap its initial meeting with Westhill, now the state’s no. 3-ranked Class B team. The two sides finally got together Thursday at the Sean Goggin Sports Complex to make up that contest, and the Warriors lived up to that high ranking as it beat the Lakers 4-0.

Girls soccer Bears reach Class A sectionals

Chittenango wins twice after OT defeat to Cortland

A pair of wins late in the week helped the Chittenango girls soccer team secure a spot in the Section III Class A playoffs. The clincher came on Saturday, during a 4-0 shutout of Onondaga, where the Bears ignored the howling wind and rain and put together a steady, balanced effort.

Election time for Commissioners of Education

School Is In

In the last 10 years, I have been asked several times to run for the Syracuse City School District Board of Education.

Saturday, October 15

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Wildcats rally past Henninger, save unbeaten season

WG takes 7-0 mark into Class AA playoffs

West Genesee's unbeaten football team stayed that way. Barely. The Wildcats needed a last minute goal line stand to nip plucky Henniger, 25-22, Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale at Sunnycrest Field, and by doing so finished off a 7-0 tour through the regular season, the only Section III Class AA team to pull it off this fall.

F-M soccer claims showdown with B'ville

Second-half surge secures top AA seed for Hornets

At least for the moment, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team has upended Baldwinsville from the favorite's role in the latest pursuit of Section III Class AA championship glory. A trio of second-half scoring plays pushed the state no. 3-ranked Hornets past the no. 4-ranked Bees 3-0 on a cold, windy and wet Saturday at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

J-D wins at Cortland, earns home playoff game

ESM blanks Fulton to complete unbeaten regular season

To get one more chance to play at home this fall in the Section III Class A playoffs, the Jamesville-DeWitt football team had to pass a major road test. And the Red Rams did that, going to Cortland Friday night and toppling the Purple Tigers 22-12 to clinch sole possession of second place in the Class A American division.

Brothers handle RFA, await start of playoffs

CBA piles up first-half points in 41-25 win

With a Class AA-1 regular-season title safely tucked away, the Christian Brothers Academy football team can now turn its attention toward the Section III playoffs. The Brothers completed an undefeated (6-0) run through the league Friday night at Alibrandi Stadium, taking out Rome Free Academy 41-24 as it scored 34 first-half points.

Mustangs topple Solvay for fifth straight win

Marcellus to face Cazenovia in playoffs; Westhill beaten

Just because the Marcellus football team has worked its way to five consecutive victories and a Section III Class B playoff berth doesn't mean that it has found every bit of good fortune. The Mustangs, who beat Solvay 41-23 Friday night to retain the Tom Anthony Memorial Cup, enter the post-season as one of the hottest teams in Central New York, but does so as a low seed with a difficult obstacle right in front of them.

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Critz to host democratic town candidate meet and greet

From 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, the public is invited to an exciting evening at Critz Farms new Harvest Mill Cider and Tasting Room to meet and greet local candidates for town office.

Ludden football holds off J-E, 28-14

Gaelic Knights deny Eagles shot at winning record

Though post-season berths were now out of reach, the Bishop Ludden and Jordan-Elbridge football teams had plenty on the line when they met Friday night at John Howes Stadium. And it was the Gaelic Knights coming out on top, 28-14, mostly due to the play of tailback Mike Works, who notched all four of his team's touchdowns.

Warriors blast Nottingham, wraps up playoff berth

Liverpool earns first-round rematch with F-M

From the moment things kicked off Friday night, it was clear that the Liverpool football team was not interested in having any drama or uncertainty about its Section III Class AA playoff fate. The Warriors simply tore up Nottingham at LHS Stadium, prevailing 54-6 over the Bulldogs to assure that it will make a return trip to the post-season.

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B'ville football blazes past CNS

Rouse tops 300 yards; Bees to get Proctor in playoffs

True, it rained again on the Baldwinsville football team's regular-season finale at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. But everything else was different.

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Crunch home opener Saturday

Best Bets

Syracuse Crunch plays its American Hockey League 2011-12 home opener against the Adirondack Phantoms Oct. 15.

Our view: Turns out, selling Syracuse isn’t so hard

Regardless of where you stand on the Carousel Center/Destiny issue ­— love it or hate it — it’s easy to forget that the project is being run, and built, by local residents.

Best Bets: Harvest Fest on Teall Ave.

The Transfiguration of Our Lord Church will celebrate the season with a Harvest festival and Polish dinner.

Hornets run through Corcoran, earn home playoff game

F-M prevails 42-6, to meet Liverpool again in first round

Clearly, the Fayetteville-Manlius football team had no intention of traveling anywhere else next weekend for the start of the Section III Class AA playoffs. And it didn't want to ruin anyone's good time at Homecoming, either.

Lakers smash ITC, finish unbeaten regular season

Troy Green adds three more TD passes

What awaits the Skaneateles football team, in the days and weeks ahead, is guaranteed to be a unique experience, one way or another. The state Class C no. 3-ranked Lakers easily completed an undefeated regular season Friday night at Hyatt Stadium, ignoring the rain and wind to beat Syracuse's Institute of Technology Central 61-16.

Friday, October 14

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Lakers top Chittenango on last-minute TD pass

Whiteman finds Judge for winning score in rain

All the Cazenovia football team had left was one more play. But with that single play, a broken call that transformed itself into a work of art, the Lakers delivered the decisive blow and beat Madison County rival Chittenango 13-10 Friday night, clinching an undefeated regular season.

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JDNSF Founders thankful for successful Canoe/Kayak Paddle

Letter to the editor

We would like to thank those who participated in the Canoe/Kayak Paddle Fundraiser for the Joel D. Namy Scholarship Fund, on Sept. 18.

Captain Pace thanks community for support during ‘Journey of Freedom’

Letter to the editor

I would like to extend a huge “thank you” to all those who supported me throughout the “Journey of Freedom.”

Van Arnams endorse Tom Clarke for town supervisor

Letter to the editor

Several good candidates are running for town offices this fall. How to choose?

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Wigge Reviews: 50/50

“50/50” is a touching, funny autobiographical story of a young man trying to deal with cancer and his own mortality. Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) takes us through all of the physical and heart-wrenching elements of fighting cancer – discovery; confusion and denial; pain and hair loss; lifestyle changes; fear and acceptance; and finally, life-threatening surgery.

Words for Thought: You may LOL when you read the history of these words

Today’s language is awash with acronyms, especially for those who communicate by texting or computer chat. It is almost a code, which is a way many people love to communicate. Those of us who lived during the years following WWII, or who have served in the military, know all about coded communication.

Consent by silence

Urban CNY

As the beginning of Fall arrives there’s an air of confusion — and at times confrontation — in our city, state and nation.

CNY is proud apple country

Apples have a rich history in New York. The first known apple tree in New York State was planted by Governor Peter Stuyvesant in 1647.

Volleyball Lakers breeze past Solvay, LaFayette

Skaneateles improves to 10-1, draws Cazenovia next

With its rest over, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team hit another busy part of its schedule and flattened every opponent in sight.

Skaneateles boys soccer edges Homer

Some much-needed victories in the latter stages of the regular season would help assure that the Skaneateles boys soccer team would return to the Section III Class B playoffs.

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Skaneateles cross country falls to Marcellus

Adams sets personal record, but is second to Garn's new course mark

They went side by side for almost two miles before Rachel Garn of Marcellus put some distance between herself and archrival Madeline Adams of Skaneateles in Tuesday’s OHSL Liberty division girls cross country showdown.

Students to help F-M residents with yard work

From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, a group of F-M High School students, teachers and staff members plan to volunteer to help senior citizens and community members who are unable to tend to their lawn maintenance needs.

Hundreds represent F-M at Syracuse Festival of Races

Fayetteville Elementary wins award for most participants

More than 700 Fayetteville-Manlius School District students, their families and district staff recently participated in the Syracuse Festival of Races MVP Health Care 3K Fun & Fitness Run, and for the 11th consecutive year, Fayetteville Elementary won the Festival Cup trophy for having the most event participants.

Marcellus, WG volleyball play at B’ville tournament

Mustangs get past Fulton; Wildcats edged by CNS in five sets

As a mid-season test, girls volleyball teams from Marcellus and West Geneee both went to the Baldiwnsville Fall Swing Tournament on Oct. 8.

Ludden boys soccer has 1-0-1 week

Playoff hopes remain alive; girls edge Grimes 1-0

Scrambling to get into the post-season, the Bishop Ludden boys soccer team needed wins, but in Tuesday’s match against Faith Heritage could only manage a 2-2 draw with the Saints.

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Sounds of their creation in B'ville

Durgee seventh-graders create original music compositions

In September, seventh-graders at Ray Middle School created original music compositions in their classes with music teacher Tammy Williams.

Van Buren Parks and Recreation announces programs

Family swim will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 17 at Baker High School pool. Youth 16 and younger must have a parent accompany them; children younger than 8 must have a parent in the water.

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Lysander: Officials break ground at Whispering Oaks

The Town of Lysander has begun construction of the Whispering Oaks Sewer Improvement project.

Caz volleyball handles LaFayette, Ludden

Lakers improve to 9-4, Skaneateles rematch looms

The Cazenovia girls volleyball team head into Tuesday’s rematch with Skaneateles with a 9-4 record and some confidence following back-to-back Onondaga High School League wins.

Thursday, October 13

Liverpool Marching Warriors host home show, USSBA Regional

This weekend the Liverpool community will have two opportunities to see the Liverpool High School Marching Warriors perform at home.

Town of Manlius seeking photos of active duty soldiers

The town of Manlius continues to collect framed photos of active duty soldiers stationed overseas or stateside to be displayed in town hall.

Skip swings: Harmonica master Skip Murphy plays Motto Musicale Sunday

Syracuse blues harmonica player Skip Murphy is best known as the leader of Out of the Blue, a versatile local roots rock band that entertained thousands of nightclub and festival audiences in the 1970s and ’80s.

F-M Superintendent: Language plan 'shovel ready' in case funds become available

A Fayetteville-Manlius task force last week announced several recommendations aimed at elevating the number of F-M students proficient in a foreign language, including the possibility of offering Spanish earlier than eighth grade. “We want to always have this as a ‘shovel ready’ project,” Superintendent Corliss Kaiser said in a press release. “We want to have a plan in place so that if funds become available, we are ready to move forward.” 

CNS holds off B’ville, sweeps league cross country titles

Northstars claim 30-27 win on boys side

Just by having a bit more depth, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys cross country team was able to fend off the challenge of Baldwinsville and maintain the top spot in the CNY Counties League National division.

Liverpool swimmers prevail; CNS falls to West Genny

Improving to 3-2 on the season, the Liverpool girls swim team earned a 102-84 win over the combined Syracuse squad Wednesday night at the LHS pool.

Eighth annual wine & cheese tasting to benefit Fayetteville Senior Center

The Fayetteville Senior Center welcomes four wineries this year to its eighth annual wine & cheese tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. This year’s event will feature wines from Longpoint Winery, Red Tail Ridge Winery, Owera Vineyards, and the combined winery of Swedish Hill Vineyards, Goose Watch and Penguin Bay.

Liz Moran, Bill Zupan receive resident endorsements

Letter to the editor

Liz Moran and Bill Zupan have made positive and significant impacts on our community over the years and have earned our support this November, as they run for the Town Council.

Andersen supports Moran, Zupan and Clarke for Town Office

Letter to the editor

I write in support of Liz Moran, Bill Zupan and Tom Clarke, who are running for town of Cazenovia offices in the Nov. 8 election.

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Wigge Reviews: The Guard

“The Guard” is an Irish buddy film featuring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, both wonderful character actors who have played a range of roles from the very sympathetic to menacing and scary.

ESM, J-D cross country earns sweeps

Boys Red Rams hold off Fulton, 25-30

Staying atop the OHSL Freedom division, the East Syracuse-Minoa cross country teams roared to easy wins over Phoenix and Cortland in Wednesday’s three-way meet.

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XC Lakers remain undefeated

Midway through their regular season, the Cazenovia girls cross country team is still undefeated. Their double victory over rival Skaneateles and Homer on Oct. 5 put them at 4-0, tied for first with the combined Westhill-Bishop Ludden squad.

Girls swimming Bees move to 5-0, rip F-M

Martin's pair of race wins, plus relay, keeps B'ville in first

Many different contributors were needed for the Baldwinsville girls swim team to make it five wins in as many meets in 2011. The Bees met Fayetteville-Manlius Wednesday night at Nottingham, where the Hornets have home meets and where the Section III championships take place in early November. Kaitlyn Martin’s pair of titles paced B’ville in a 98-77 victory.

Bees denied by CNS in running thriller

Peinkofer is individual champ in 27-30 defeat

All the good work done by the Baldwinsville boys cross country team this fall was in preparation to try and knock Cicero-North Syracuse off its CNY Counties League National division throne. And in Wednesday’s showdown at Oneida Shores Park, the Bees were within inches of pulling it off, only to have the Northstars snatch it from them in a 27-30 defeat.

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History scholars honored for perfect scores

Caz students treated to congratulatory dinner at Brewster Inn

Five students from Cazenovia High School scored perfect 100s on their New York State Regents examinations in United States history and global history last June.

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Local funeral home owner charged with sexual misconduct

Tait to appear in town court Oct. 25

On the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 12, New York State Police charged Brian H. Tait, owner of Tait Funeral Home in Cazenovia, with two misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct.

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First same-sex marriage license issued in Skaneateles

Lisa and Mary Beth Alibrandi have been a same-sex couple living in Skaneateles for 29 years. Last week they went to the Skaneateles town clerk’s office in town hall and were issued the first same-sex marriage license by the Skaneateles town clerk since the new state law allowing gay marriage took effect in July.

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‘Fun and Fitness’ for Van Buren students

A group of students from Van Buren Elementary School participated in the MVP Health Care 3K Fun and Fitness Run as part of the 19th Annual Syracuse Festival of Races on Oct. 2.

Warm welcome for Department of Water Environment commissioner

The Onondaga County Legislature met in regular session Oct. 4. There were two main items for action on the agenda, along with the usual items for this time of year. The legislature approved bonding for $2.2 million to install a Voiceover Internet Protocol System.

Thank you for support for B'ville swimmers

The Baldwinsville Girls Swim Team made a splash Sept. 24 with a village car wash, successfully collecting funds for the Swim Booster Club.

WG swimmers hold off CNS, go to 5-0

Smith, Cahalan both win two races for Wildcats

West Genesee’s girls team remains deadlocked with Baldwinsville atop the CNY Counties League standings. In Wednesday’s home meet against Cicero-North Syracuse, Brianna Smith and Shannon Cahalan led a deep roster that put together a 93-87 victory over the Northstars.

WG cross country swept by F-M

Leff sets course record, though Hornets dominate

In a few eventual days, the West Genesee cross country teams would have multiple encounters with Fayetteville-Manlius, arguably the nation’s strongest program.

Clearspeak: What’s in a boundary line?

My grandmother emigrated to the U.S. from a part of eastern Europe where the frontiers shifted regularly with the tides of war and empire. From this experience came her favorite joke, which went something like this:

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Hands4NY takes on hunger

Cathy Bryant of Liverpool has seen firsthand the growing number of hungry in Central New York. “I work at a pantry in the city, and I’ve noticed a steady increase in the number of people we serve,” Bryant said. “There are hungry people in this country. As many blessings as we have, no one should go hungry. We tend to focus abroad, and it’s not that we shouldn’t, but we can’t overlook what’s happening in our own little piece of the world.”

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Selling the dream

How Destiny’s marketing team convinces big-name brands to move to Syracuse

Imagine you’re being courted by the Destiny leasing team as a potential tenant in the combination entertainment, shopping and dining destination. How do you think the team would sell you on Syracuse?

Girls tennis Lakers advance to Class B semifinals

Chittenango reaches quarterfinals, edged by CBA

When play began in the Section III Class B girls tennis tournament, Cazenovia made it through the first two rounds and reached the semifinals.

Caz girls cross country falls to Westhill/Ludden

Lakers also run at Manhattan Invitational

Without a doubt, the Cazenovia girls cross country team had the necessary depth to make it back-to-back Onondaga High School League Liberty division regular-season titles. However, the Lakers’ lack of a top-flight star would burn them in Wednesday’s meet against Westhill/Bishop Ludden at the Sean Goggin Sports Complex, as the combined entry beat Cazenovia 25-30, though the Lakers did defeat Solvay 15-48 to keep itself 5-1 against league foes.

Wednesday, October 12

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Manlius Town Board tables proposed changes to zoning law

The Manlius Town Board will revisit its proposed amendments to local zoning law following a 40-minute long public hearing in which about 10 residents spoke. The amendments would clarify allowable uses in its residential multiple-use district, which includes properties along East Genesee Street between the Fayetteville Towne Center and the town line approaching Lyndon Corners.

J-E football game against Ludden will swap admission for non-perishable food items

In lieu of admission to Friday evening’s Jordan-Elbridge varsity football game against Bishop Ludden, the J-E High School Student Council will instead be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations to support the J-E Ecumenical Food Pantry.

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Wigge Reviews: Drive

“Drive” is a small, tense, rhythmic film with a big payoff. Don’t confuse “Drive” with its nonsensical precedents like “Fast and Furious.” This film is an existential homage to the long, dark drives on urban streets of LA, 400 horsepower under the hood of your standard Chrysler 300 V-8.

2012 town budget moves to next phase

During the latest meeting of the Cazenovia Town Board on Oct. 3, councilors unanimously approved the preliminary town budget.

Zen Center’s Dharma Kids builds decision making skills

Jennifer Waters has a wish for the children who walk through the doors of Zen Center of Syracuse Hoen-Ji as part of her Dharma Kids program: “To give them a foundation for decision making in their life.”

LETTERS: DeWitt’s retiring highway super endorses Conte

I am writing to endorse Rocco Conte for the position of DeWitt Highway Superintendent, and encourage the residents of DeWitt to support him with their vote on Nov. 8.

School board still deliberating

No decision released on football investigation after Oct. 11 meeting

After meeting for nearly two hours in executive session on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Skaneateles Board of Education was not prepared to release the final investigative report — or any accompanying board decisions based on the report — regarding the high school football program.

Cazenovia Jewelry offers prize for best slogan

Cazenovia Jewelry is looking for a new slogan, and is calling on the public for help.

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Staff and students honored by Red Cross

The American Red Cross and the Skaneateles Board of Education handed out multiple Recognition for Excellence awards to staff members and students at the board’s Oct. 4 meeting.

Please help with events in memory of David Oram

Letter to the Editor

In January of this year, the people of Skaneateles witnessed the passing of a local legend. His name was David Oram, but we all knew him as “Davey”.

In support of Tim Lynn for town justice

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I write in strong and enthusiastic support of lawyer Tim Lynn for Skaneateles Town Justice.

F-M girls volleyball knocks off unbeaten CNS

Hornets prevail in five-set classic, move to 8-3

Recording its biggest win of the season to date, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls volleyball team outlasted Cicero-North Syracuse in five sets Tuesday night, handing the Northstars its first defeat of the season.

Report from the Mottville Fire Company

As we move into the fall season the Mottville Fire Company would like to say its time to check your heating appliances.

For a logical parking law


This week, the village trustees will hear recommendations from its appointed parking committee on how best to make changes to the Parking Trust Fund law that are not a deterrent to economic development in the village.

Town Board in favor of law to override state tax levy limit

Public hearing scheduled for Nov. 3

The Skaneateles Town Board voted to further discuss at a public hearing the possibility of passing a local law to allow the board in its 2012 budget to go over the 2-percent tax levy cap recently imposed on municipalities by the state.

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B'ville: Out of control kids?

Congregating, disrespect leads to problems under Route 48 bridge

With the beginning of the school year, more youth are in the village reconnecting with school friends. Some gather at the library, on the sporting fields, in the village parks or at the B’ville Diner. Others hang out at the tunnel under the Route 48 bridge.

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West Genesee Wildcats Marching Band place second at marching band competition in Virginia

The West Genesee Wildcats Marching Band placed second at the U.S. Scholastic Band Association gold competition in Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 8.

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B’ville woman joins firm

Research & Marketing Strategies (RMS) has added Karen Joncas to the firm as its new Healthcare Transformation Coordinator within its healthcare division.

Support Empire State Marathon

The inaugural Empire State Marathon will come through Baldwinsville this Sunday, Oct. 16.

Do the right thing for Lysander

Are you better off now than you were four years ago? My thought is that we are definitely not. As the declared Democratic and Conservative candidate for Lysander Supervisor, you will have a clear choice this year on Nov. 8.

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SU basketball visits Reynolds

Emma Wolf, a first-grader at Reynolds Elementary School, is ready to give Syracuse University basketball players Michael Carter-Williams, center, and Baye Keita high fives after a school assembly.

2012 County taxes decrease for B'ville

County legislators representing greater Baldwinsville voted with the 13-6 majority Tuesday, Oct. 11, approving the $1.2 billion budget for Onondaga County.

Marcellus runners sweep Skaneateles, CBA

Westhill/Ludden girls knock off Cazenovia, take league lead

One more good performance separates the Marcellus boys cross country from an undefeated march through the OHSL Liberty division, and the girls Mustangs are still in the league race, too. All this was a result of Tuesday’s meet at Skaneateles, where the Mustangs pulled off a total sweep of both the Lakers and Christian Brothers Academy.

Technically Speaking: What e-reader is best for you?

Welcome to our new column about technology and you! We are two techies at the Dewitt Community Library, and in this column we will bring you practical information about technology and how it affects your life.

Newbie candidate to County Legislature: Chill!

City Scuffle

Gwyn Mannion, Democrat candidate for the 10th County Legislative District, is running for office for the first time.

Tuesday, October 11

Girls volleyball Bees wins Fall Swing Tournament

B'ville outlasts 15 opponents in latest conquest

Though it certainly didn't need any further validation of its strength, the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team was determined to claim the top prize at its own Fall Swing Tournament on Saturday. And the Bees did just that, beating 15 other school that gathered for the mid-season classic at Baker High School.

Big surge pushes J-D girls soccer past CBA

Red Rams score five times in second half

At any time, and with any provocation, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team can unload a tremendous amount of scoring power on any opponent - even one as familiar as Christian Brothers Academy.

Assemblyman Sam Roberts to hold meet and greet at the Onondaga Free Library

Assemblyman Sam Roberts will hold a meet and greet 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Onondaga Free Library.

Brown addresses transfer system, explains reasoning in presentation

West Genesee Superintendent Christopher R. Brown took to his blog, Notes from the Superintendent, Tuesday morning to address criticisms of the new transfer system raised at last Wednesday’s school board meeting.

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Skaneateles High School senior wins award for short film

Skaneateles High School senior and aspiring filmmaker Adam Osiecki recently won a silver award for his short film “Burrulaa” in the Savannah College of Art and Design 2011 film competition.

Waterman elementary vandalized

More than $500 in damages

Skaneateles police responded to a call the morning of Monday, Oct. 10, that Waterman Elementary School had been vandalized. They arrived to find a concrete parking barrier — said to weight about 100 pounds — smashed through a front glass door of the school and a kindergarten classroom window at the back of the school cracked, with a small hole where someone had thrown a rock through it.

From the Editor: Choice words

As an editor, I have to be extra choosy with my words. I was doing this long before I got involved in journalism — as an avid player of Scrabble.

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OHA’s Fall Ghostwalk will focus on Fayetteville

The Onondaga Historical Association’s Fall Ghostwalk will move outside the city lines for the first time with “The Feminine Side of Fayetteville.”

We're hiring!

Calling all writers, editors and journalists: Eagle Newspapers has two openings in the newsroom!

As playoffs near, Bulldogs look for springboard win

It’s been feast or nearly famine for the Nottingham boys soccer team this autumn, but the Bulldogs still have a handful of games to buck the trend before the postseason.

Manlius Historical Society to host 35th annual arts & crafts festival

Peter Monteleone is one of many vendors slated to attend the 35th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. He will once again bring his fine woodturned bowls and other unique items.

Salina budget calls for 1.5% tax increase

Taxpayers in the town of Salina will face a nominal increase if Supervisor Mark Nicotra’s preliminary budget is approved by the town board. Nicotra presented his budget at a special session of the board on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The $9,418,326 budget calls for a continued hiring freeze on any new employees, uses a portion of the town’s fund balance to offset spending and includes a new and more favorable garbage contract that generated savings to the town over the previous contract.

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Judy Killion named CBA’s ‘Educator of the Year’

Christian Brothers Academy has named Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs Judy Killion “Lasallian Educator of the Year” for the 2011-12 school year. The award comes during Killion’s 20th year at CBA.

Skaneateles tennis ousted by Oneida

Though the Skaneateles girls tennis team found its way into the Section III Class B tournament, it did not stay there for long.

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Van Buren judge recognized

The Syracuse Convention and Visitors Bureau recently selected Van Buren Justice Ed Van Der Water as its September SCVB Superstar.

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Baldwinsville seniors score high

Baker High School seniors Sean Honsinger, back left, Nathan Porceng, back right, Nicole Felty, front left, Emily Payne, front center, and Nicholas Welch have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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Spellbound : Syracuse woman launches CNY Scrabble Club

For Mary Carney, starting a local Scrabble club was all about filling a niche.

Rode announces candidacy for Lysander Supervisor

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

Van Buren law: What about the other side

Regarding your editorial on the new Livestock law approved in Van Buren, perhaps you should have listened to the “other side” of this particular family targeted by the town of Van Buren. They used the sympathy of the crowd to pass their law.

Syracuse Garden Club to celebrate 80-year mark

As part of its 80th year celebration, the Syracuse Garden Club will host a luncheon Monday, Oct. 24, at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center in downtown Syracuse.

F-M football players recognize teachers as honorary coaches

When Fayetteville-Manlius Varsity Football Team Co-Captain Conner Chen was asked to choose a teacher for the F-M Honorary Coach program, he immediately thought of Eagle Hill Middle School teacher Anita Davis.

Monday, October 10

Camillus Village Board will meet Oct. 20 and 27

The Camillus Village Board will not meet this Thursday, Oct. 13.

Mustangs take second at soccer tournament

Marcellus beats ESM in overtime, falls to Clinton

From its 0-5 low point in late September, the Marcellus boys soccer team is now back at the .500 mark, ready to make a serious post-season push.

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Elan Interiors holds open house

New boutique business added to Fennell Street

From elegant candlesticks to stylish picture frames, the new Elan Interiors home boutique on 37 Fennell St. is sure to offer Skaneateles residents a variety of accessories that could spice up any home décor.

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How near-death experiences change a life

Local authors publish first book, will speak at Creekside

David Bennett drowned in 1983 during a violent storm off the California coast. While technically “dead,” Bennett believes he “met beings of light, relived his life, and peeked into his future,” all of which made him rethink and repurpose his life after being rescued. Bennett, a Skaneateles resident, shares these stories and the lessons he learned from them in his upcoming book, “Voyage of Purpose: Spiritual Wisdom from Near-Death Back to Life."

Spafford town candidates to attend election forum

Spaffords residents next week will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of candidates for the Spafford town elections.

OPINION: Some of us need to remember: football is only a game

The Oct. 4 school board meeting at which was publicly discussed the status of the investigation into allegations of illegal recruiting and false residency of football players, was not only frustrating to witness, but also embarrassing. And I’m not talking about the board of education.

Parking Trust Fund changes to be proposed

After months of discussion, drafting, and debate, the ad hoc parking committee appointed by the Village Board has come up with recommendations for changes to the Parking Trust Fund law — no fee to businesses for a lack of required parking spaces and a scaling back on the requirement for off-street parking spaces.

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B'ville quilt show features Civil War display

Candlelight Quilt Guild of Baldwinsville will present their biennial quilt show in October with an added display celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the role of quilts in that conflict.

Eric Mower hires B’ville woman

Eric Mower and Associates, one of the top U.S. independent marketing communications firms, has hired Caitlin Rounds as project manager. Rounds will be responsible for managing the execution of multi-channel marketing campaigns that span both digital and traditional mediums for a number of EMA clients.

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B'ville: Second annual four legged food drive

CNY Cat Coalition volunteers will seek donations of pet food for families in need on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Tractor Supply Company, Route 31 in Baldwinsville.

Lysander Parks and Recreation offers programs

Zumba fuses hypnotic musical rhythms and tantalizing moves to create a dynamic workout system designed to be fun and easy to do. The goal is simple: Get people to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked.

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Rollin to speak at Caz Forum

Author to discuss life options, final choices

Television correspondent and accomplished author, Betty Rollin, will discuss end-of-life choices during the next Cazenovia Forum lecture, to be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 in Catherine Cummings Theatre.

Caz Row Club to race in Boston

Three boats to compete in Head of Charles Regatta

The Cazenovia Rowing Club will be sending three boats to compete in the internationally-acclaimed Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston this year.

State of the skates

New NHL season offers hope for most of teams

You might find this hard to believe, given the Red Sox fallout (get over it already), but in Boston last week they actually had a happy sports-related moment. For the first time in 39 years, the Bruins franchise got to raise a Stanley Cup banner.

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College community supports CROP Walk

Students in Cazenovia College’s Equine Ambassador’s Club and “Introduction to Human Services” course are enthusiastic supporters of Cazenovia’s CROP Hunger Walk.

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Winning attitudes, winning record

Cazenovia alum, new JV soccer coach leads team to the top

There are a number of fresh faces on the Cazenovia junior varsity boys soccer team this year, and not only the eighth-grade players are new.

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Marcellus Library Friends plan book sale

The Friends of Marcellus Free Library are preparing to celebrate “National Friends of Libraries Week” which will take place this year from Oct. 16-22. Friends of the Library assist with outreach, advocacy, volunteer support and fund-raising. The group will highlight these activities with a lobby display all week and feature daily Friend— related raffles and membership information. Bon-Ton Community Days booklets will be for sale for $5 with the entire amount going directly to the library. 

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Longley raises awareness for MS

Camillus Rotary Club recognizes Winn and makes a special donation to the MS Resources of CNY.

Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures was just what the Camillus Rotary Club asked for as it celebrated its Community Recognition luncheon and welcomed News Channel 9 Chief Meteorologist Dave Longley as its keynote speaker Thursday afternoon at the Camillus Elks Lodge.

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Schuldt named project consultant

McClurg Remodeling and Construction Services has named Donn Schuldt project consultant.

Long term care advocates needed

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County is seeking Long Term Care Advocates for their Onondaga/Oswego County Ombudsman Program. There more than 5000 older adults currently living in long-term care facilities in Onondaga and Oswego Counties. Many of those frail adults do not have any family support and require advocates to assure they receive quality care and continue to be recognized as individuals.

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Physical education stalwart proves perseverance pays off

Janine Corning has a ferocity about her. Ask her fellow colleagues at Camillus Middle School and they will use words like “spitfire” and “great” when describing the physical education teacher of 10 years.

J-E School Board approves hiring of varsity wrestling coaches

In light of the Jordan-Elbridge School Board voting against the hiring of several varsity wrestling coaches at their previous board meeting, resident Shannon Hamer stood up during the Oct. 5 meeting to address the board about the public comments that prompted the decision.

Girls soccer Warriors win twice

CNS goes 1-0-1, earns draw with F-M

Flush with momentum after its come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Baldwinsville on Oct. 1, the Liverpool girls soccer team got a bit of rest before resuming its winning form.

CNS, Liverpool boys soccer cruise to wins

Two rivals will meet again Friday at LHS Stadium

In advance of their second regular-season encounter this Friday night, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys soccer teams both found the win column twice.

CNS girls volleyball tops Proctor, stays unbeaten

Liverpool girls wins twice; boys Northstars have 3-1 week

In its only action last week, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls volleyball team dropped a third set to Utica Proctor, but still took out the Raiders 25-23, 25-29, 24-26, 25-15 to remain undefeated.

Liverpool, CNS tennis sides face late struggles

Each of the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls tennis teams were in search of positive results as the regular season wrapped up.

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Occupy Syracuse takes aim at Wall Street

A grass-roots movement protesting greed and corruption on Wall Street is sweeping the nation. Here in the Salt City, a group calling itself Occupy Syracuse set up camp on Oct. 2, in Perseverance Park, at the corner of Fayette and South Salina streets in the center of downtown’s financial district.

B’ville soccer roars to first 12-0 start

Bees' showdown with F-M looms on Saturday

As the season has worn on, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team had to know that one regular-season contest loomed over all the others – its meeting with Fayetteville-Manlius. The two undefeated sides, both ranked in the state Class AA top five, will finally meet each other Saturday afternoon at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, with the winner (if there is one) likely to snare the top seed for the Section III Class AA playoffs later this month.

Girls soccer Bees shut out Proctor

An intense week of practice followed the Baldwinsville girls soccer team seeing a two-goal lead vanish in a 3-2 loss to Liverpool on the first day of October.

Defense attorney for Osama bin Laden’s driver to speak at Le Moyne

Former JAG attorney Charles Swift will talk about the famous Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case and related issues in his talk “The Rule of Law in the War on Terrorism” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Grewen Auditorium at Le Moyne College.

Sunday, October 9

F-M girls runners win Manhattan Invitational

Fanning takes individual title; boys Hornets finish second

Sunshine and warm temperatures provided an unexpected autumn treat to the thousands of cross country runners gathered for Sunday's Manhattan Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. What was expected, though, was the high standard Fayetteville-Manlius set on the girls side, as the five-time defending national champions again claimed the top spot in the massive meet's main event, the Eastern States Championship.

Jamesville man killed in motorcycle accident

A Jamesville man was pronounced dead yesterday morning at the scene of a two-vehicle accident, Onondaga County Sheriff’s deputies said.

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Skaneateles boys cross country sweeps Homer, Caz

Girls split league meet, then win at Union-Endicott

A pack of three Skaneateles boys cross country runners never relented as they grabbed the fourth, fifth and sixth spots to set the tone at last week’s OHSL Liberty division meet against Homer and Cazenovia at Lime Hollow’s three-mile layout.

Skaneateles tennis edged by Cazenovia

Numerous times, the Skaneateles girls tennis team had a chance to knock off OHSL Liberty division leader Cazenovia on Thursday afternoon, only to get stymied in a 4-3 defeat to that other group of Lakers.

Skaneateles boys soccer beaten twice

Losses to Marcellus, Caz put playoff hopes in peril

Instead of moving forward and improving, the Skaneateles boys soccer team found itself in danger of regression.

WG boys soccer goes 2-1, puts scare into F-M

Wildcats were tied with Hornets in second half before late rush

If ever a final score deceived, it was the West Genesee boys soccer team’s 5-1 loss to Fayetteville-Manlius last Monday night in Camillus. With less than 20 minutes to play, the two sides were even, 1-1, the Wildcats keeping up with the state no. 3-ranked Hornets, before F-M took over with a big offensive surge in the late stages.

Cazenovia field hockey returns home, wins twice

Weeks of travel to other venues finally ended for the Cazenovia field hockey team, but the winning continued, even if it remained, at times, a tight proposition.

Girls tennis Lakers hang on to first place

Caz earns close wins over Westhill, Skaneateles, Marcellus

Trying to stay in first place in the OHSL Liberty division, the Cazenovia girls tennis team went through a trio of tough contests, but still hung on to both the matches and the league lead.

Caz volleyball beaten by Marcellus

For a long time, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team measured itself against Marcellus. And with the exception of the Lakers’ classic five-set win over the Mustangs in the 2006 Section III Class B final, the other side always loomed bigger. Such proved the case again in the first fall meeting between the two programs last Tuesday night, where Marcellus pulled through in three tough sets.

Shepperd, Media Unit win Champions of Diversity award

PEACE, Inc. announced recently that at the 10th anniversary Champions of Diversity Dinner The Eagle columnist Walt Shepperd and the Media Unit will receive a Lifetime Achievement

Best Bets: Film

'This Gun For Hire' and 'Pressure Cooker' screen this week

Gear up for the Syracuse International Film Festival with these two silver-screen picks for early in the week.

Letters: Thanks to city clean-up volunteers

 It is all too easy for some people to continually complain about stressed run-down neighborhoods as well as to show an unwillingness to do anything to improve those areas. Thankfully there are some people who are willing to help improve these neighborhoods. 

Saturday, October 8

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Bees ring up season-high point total, rout RFA

Rouse, with 289 yards, zooms past 1,000 for season

Controversies behind them, the Baldwinsville football team had two more chances to work on its strengths and weaknesses before the post-season pursuit of a third straight Section III Class AA title. In the first of these outings, the Bees went east on Friday night and added to the troubles of a one-time power, setting a season mark for points in a 61-20 victory over Rome Free Academy.

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Wilson, Lakers blank Ilion, 52-0

Big first half sends Lakers to 6-0 mark

Jake Wilson and his Cazenovia football teammates could not have picked a better weekend to showcase their prowess. Why? It was Homecoming, and Buckley- Volo Field was full to capacity with kids and parents showing pride in their school. As usual, they expected to see a win, and a big one at that. The Lakers did not disappoint.

Liverpool keeps Star Wars Cup from CNS

Warriors prevail 27-21 in latest rivalry chapter

For the second straight game, Jordan Stenson, captain of the Liverpool football team, was on the sidelines. The Warriors' captain wasn't in trouble, and he wasn't hurt. The problem was that coach Dave Mancuso didn't think he tried to tackle right, instead only going for big hits.

Mustangs top Phoenix for fourth straight win

Westhill watches as Chittenango claims B West crown

Once at 0-2, the Marcellus football team has built a month-long win streak and is charging toward another appearance in the Section III Class B playoffs. The Mustangs made it four in a row Friday night when, in front of the home crowd, it broke a tight battle with Phoenix open in the third quarter on its way to beating the Firebirds 28-14.

Ludden drops thriller to Tully; J-E falls to Skaneateles

Gaelic Knights see Class C playoff hopes hurt

Should the Bishop Ludden football team miss the Section III Class C playoffs, it will look back on Friday night's game against Tully as the moment where the chance slipped away.

Football Bears snare B West regular-season title

Chittenango routs Westhill, moves to 6-0 on season

Not in 18 years has the Chittenango football team started so well - and not since 2004 has it grabbed even a piece of a regular-season title, either. But this group of Bears is casting aside plenty of recent struggles and making some history of its own, further helping the cause with Friday night's 45-14 victory over Westhill.

Words for Thought: The Amazing Story of Calm

Calm, as it turns out, is an exciting word with an unusual gap between its meaning today, and its Latin origins. The history is not only interesting, but it demonstrates how words become twisted through time, and may end up meaning the opposite.

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JD, Mexico soccer players raise more than $2,300 for American Cancer Society

Jamesville-DeWitt and Mexico soccer players came together for the second annual Coaches vs. Cancer games Saturday, Oct. 1. Players sold teal colored t-shirts to raise more than $2,300 for the American Cancer Society.

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Review: Funk ‘N Waffles

Pulled Into Syracuse

Since opening in January 2007, Funk ‘N Waffles has been serving up coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, and most importantly great waffles to the Syracuse University crowd for years.

Green sets sectional record in Lakers' rout of J-E

Skaneateles QB throws for seven touchdowns

Troy Green threw seven touchdown passes, establishing a new Section III single-game record, to power the Skaneateles football team over Jordan-Elbridge, 70-28, Friday night at Hyatt Stadium.

Friday, October 7

Brothers douse Central Square; F-M crushes Auburn

CBA locks up AA-1 top seed; Hornets move to 4-2

Road trips on successive evenings did not test the Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy football teams all that much as they inch closer to a possible post-season clash with each other.

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Wildcats get away from Proctor, clinch AA-2 title

WG blanks Raiders in second half after shaky start

With constant trips to the end zone from both sides and countless shifts in momentum, the West Genesee football team found itself in a very familiar predicament throughout the first half of Friday night's game against Utica Proctor at Wildcat Stadium. But the Wildcats soon tired of the drama and used a complete team effort in the second half to beat the Raiders 53-27, moving to 6-0 and clinching the Class AA-2 division regular-season championship.

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Johnson, Spartans tackle J-D for league title

ESM quarterback burns Red Rams for six TD's

Tyler Johnson and the East Syracuse-Minoa football team made sure that, if Jamesville-DeWitt was going to gain respect and credibility, it wasn't going to do so at the Spartans' expense.

Sharing is caring

Sometimes we are reminded just how true the adage, “Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten,” really is.

The appearance of a room tied together

Looking for work while maintaining my standards, I accepted a gig to review a movie bundle. The show was called, “Citizen Kane and The Big Lebowski: 50 years of Simulacrum in American Cinema.” The popcorn was $8, soda $4, candy $3. I had already spent $15 before I found out the gig was cancelled, the rug had been pulled out from under me.

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Area producers thrive, thanks to Nelson Farms

Local processing plant helps entrepreneurs gain exposure, success

We’ve all frustratingly attempted to replicate an old family recipe, remarking, “if only there was somewhere that sold that stuff, life would be a lot easier.”

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‘Lion King’ play: a roaring success

Cazenovia students take in theater production

The long-time Disney classic “The Lion King” was brought to life during multiple spectacular performances, from Sept. 6 to Oct. 2 at the Mulroy Civic Center at OnCenter, directed by Julie Taymor.

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Show casts B’ville father-daughter duo

It runs in the family. Baldwinsville residents Harlow Kissselstein and daughter, Kate, will appear in the musical “Man of La Mancha” opening at Salt City Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 14 at the New Times Theatre in the State Fair Grounds. Harlow’s other daughter, Lisa, also a singer and actress, was the original Belle in Pat Lotito's first production of “A Dickens of a Christmas.”

Village of B'ville offers YMCA support

Baldwinsville officials have pledged support of the Northwest YMCA.

Volunteer Connections: Enchanted Beaver Lake seeks assistance

Many volunteers are needed for Enchanted Beaver Lake, a Halloween family-fun event held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 to 30 at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

B'ville Board of Ed announces budget calendar

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education and administrators are beginning the development of next year’s budget several months earlier than usual in order to thoroughly analyze every aspect of the budget including expenditures, programs and anticipated revenues.

CNS swimmers top F-M, 96-90

Liverpool passed by unbeaten B'ville

Earning its first victory of the 2011 season, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls swim team claimed most of the individual races and knocked off Fayetteville-Manlius 96-90 Thursday night at Nottingham High School.

Liverpool field hockey blanks CNS, 2-0

Warriors also tie RFA in wild 2-2 battle

A bit of re-scheduling meant that the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey teams did not see each other face-to-face until October. When they did meet Thursday night, the Warriors had to stay patient, but took over in the late stages for a 2-0 victory over the Northstars.

Celeriac: celery flavor minus stringy stalks

What's in the Box?

If a vegetable’s beauty is related to its flavor, no one would even bother with celeriac.

Best Bets: Saturday's music

Rhythm-Airs and Tenor Madness on Saturday

Here are Russ Tarby's picks for musical best bets on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Letters: Syracuse needs major changes to thrive

The city of Syracuse is requesting feedback regarding the upcoming reconstruction of Route 81. This is a great opportunity to explore the possibilities of creating a pedestrian- and bike-friendly city.

B’ville swimmers beat Liverpool, go to 4-0

Martin wins 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle over Warriors

With each week, each meet and each strong effort, the Baldwinsville girls swim team reinforces its status as a championship contender in the CNY Counties League. Now the Bees are 4-0 after hosting Liverpool Thursday night and, led by Kaitlyn Martin, put together a 53-41 victory over the Warriors.

CBA swimmers beat Manlius-Pebble Hill

J-D rips Cazenovia; F-M falls to CNS

Still undefeated, the Christian Brothers Academy girls swim team handled the challenge from Manlius-Pebble Hill/Westhill Wednesday night, prevailing by a score of 92-82 at the LeMoyne College pool.

Skaneateles volleyball beats Liverpool, Westhill

Lakers quickly recover from Sept. 29 Marcellus defeat

Without too much difficulty, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team shook off its Sept. 29 loss to Marcellus and roared through its pair of opponents in the first full week of October.

Girls soccer Mustangs fight off Skaneateles, Homer

Marcellus boys, once 0-5, have turned season around

No matter how difficult it got, the Marcellus girls soccer team remained right behind Westhill in the OHSL Liberty division, twice pulling out close victories over determined opponents.

Westhill soccer sides sweep Solvay

Girls Bearcats do beat ESM, Westhill to stay above .500

By flying out of the gate, the Westhill girls soccer team made sure that Solvay did not get close in last Tuesday night’s clash, the Warriors prevailing by a score of 4-0.

Best Bets: Music

Keller Williams and Two Hour Delay play locally Friday

Here are Russ Tarby's picks for musical best bets on Friday, Oct. 7:

Howie Hawkins: Perennial power to the people

Urban CNY

It was a hot summer day, a day when most people are trying to get in from the 90 degree-plus temperatures. Howie Hawkins was speaking with people in front of the now shuttered Valley Plaza P&C grocery store about something called the Green Party.

Manlius Town Board to consider proposed zoning update

The Manlius Town Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at town hall to consider amending its local zoning law.

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New music revives old movie

The lovely Lillian Gish — The First Lady of the Silent Screen — graces that big screen again when the Syracuse International Film Festival presents D.W., Griffith’s 1920 blockbuster “Way Down East,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at The Palace Theater in Eastwood.

Thursday, October 6

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UPDATE: Arrest made in hit and run

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh has announced that an arrest has been made in the hit and run that claimed the life of 19-year-old Joseph Ozimek early Wednesday morning. Aaron Sakaran, 19, of Inverrary Drive, Liverpool, was expected to be arraigned on charges of criminally negligent homicide between 10 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday in Clay Town Court.

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J-D boys soccer blanks CBA, ESM

Defense carries state no. 1-ranked Rams again

Eleven times, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys soccer team has played in 2011. Eight times, it has ended with the opponent unable to put anything on the scoreboard.

Women’s Heart Disease Awareness Forum slated for Friday, Oct. 14 at Camillus Municipal Building

The Town of Camillus and Family Care Medical Group are partnering together to sponsor a Women's Heart Disease Awareness Forum 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at the Camillus Municipal Building, 4600 West Genesee St., Camillus.

Liverpool, CNS golfers compete at AA sectional

Six advance to state tournament qualifier in May

Each of the area’s three boys golf teams culminated their respective fall campaigns by going to Green Lakes State Park for Wednesday’s Section III Class AA championship tournament. Cicero-North Syracuse’s Blue side was sixth, with a total of 409, six shots ahead of Liverpool (415) in seventh place. CNS Green took 10th place as Fayetteville-Manlius, with a score of 386, edged West Genesee (390) for the top spot.

To the Editor: Enough is enough

After seven years on the ESM school board (one as president) and four plus years on the Manlius Town Board, I feel that I know a little about behavior at public meetings.

B’ville cross country sweeps Utica Proctor

Fleming, Miller take individual races

Both of Baldwinsville’s cross country teams handled the challenge at Utica Proctor in Wednesday’s meet, the boys winning 22-43 over the Raiders and the girls Bees prevailing by a margin of 15-50.

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B’ville’s Polsin takes second at AA golf final

By the margin of a single shot, Baldwinsville boys golfer Brendan Polsin missed grabbing a share of the Section III Class AA championship Wednesday afternoon at Green Lakes State Park.

F-M boys golfers win Class AA championship

Six Hornets qualify for spring sectionals at Seven Oaks

Amid abundant sunshine, and in its own backyard, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys golf team fought off West Genesee and the rest of the field Wednesday to win the Section III Class AA tournament at Green Lakes State Park.

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Call for bakers for annual Gingerbread Gallery

Summer must be over: the Erie Canal Museum is now accepting entries for its 26th Annual Gingerbread Gallery.

Westcott Parade shows campaign styles

City Scuffle

Candidates for a November ballot display their campaign styles in the annual Westcott Cultural Festival parade by how they wave, who they wave to, who they might step out of line to schmooze, and ultimately whether they hug.

Best Bets: Gatherings

Daffodils sweeten Skunk City

The Skunk City Initiative 3,000 Daffodil & Tulip Bulb free giveaway is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., corner of Rowland St. There will also be crafts for kids.

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Officer Knaul provides a safe learning environment at Baker HS

A 19-year member of the Baldwinsville Police Department, Officer Knaul has served five of those years as the school resource officer at Baker High School, a position he sought out and obtained after receiving detailed training.

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B'ville schools devote morning to wellness

Two schools in the Baldwinsville Central School District devoted the morning of Sept. 23 to health education and wellness activities to promote a healthy lifestyle.

F-M observatory to open for moon viewing Saturday

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Observatory will mark the 2011 International Observe the Moon Night Saturday, Oct. 8, by hosting moon viewing opportunities for the public.

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Golf tourney in B'ville raises $11K

The 10th annual Raise the Green Golf Tournament raised $11,000 for Ophelia's Place in Liverpool. The tournament took place Thursday afternoon, Sept. 22, at the Foxfire Golf Course.

Skaneateles swimmers go 1-1, beat Mexico

Cole wins four total races; Fiutak puts up impressive diving numbers

A busy week of activity for the Skaneateles girls swim team included two road meets, both inside and outside the Onondaga High School League.

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B'ville: iPads enhance learning experience

Each school in the Baldwinsville Central School District now has at least 15 iPads available for teachers to use for instruction. The district’s teaching staff is infusing 21st century technology into their instruction to enrich their students’ learning experiences.

Girls soccer Lakers fall to Marcellus, Caz

Skaneateles scares Marcellus in 1-0 defeat

In no way would the Skaneateles girls soccer team get embarrassed by Marcellus this time around. The rematch between the Lakers and state Class B no. 5-ranked Mustangs Monday night did not bear any resemblance to their first meeting early in the regular season. Even with an injury to goalie Mary Buck, Skaneateles hung in to the end of a 1-0 defeat.

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Baker HS KBR keeps momentum

Everyone survived – and no one went hungry – at the last Keep the Ball Rolling, which is Baker High School PTSA’s annual all night alcohol/drug-free celebration immediately following the senior ball.

Car-motorcycle accident leaves Pennsylvania man in critical condition

Jonathon Cooper, of Chalfont, Pa., was listed in critical condition Monday following a two-vehicle accident that occurred at around 9:40 a.m., Manlius Police said.

WG golfers finish second at Class AA tournament

Clare shoots 72, one shot behind Central Square's Payne

By just a handful of shots, the West Genesee boys golf team missed grabbing the Section III Class AA championship Wednesday at Green Lakes State Park. Instead, the Wildcats had to settle for second place with a team total of 390, which topped everyone except Fayetteville-Manlius, who won with 386.

Swimming Wildcats rip past Auburn, go to 4-0

WG's Pedrotti wins 200 IM, 500 freestyle

A series of meets in October would determine whether the West Genesee girls swim team kept its crown as the top side in the CNY Counties League. In the first of these tests, the Wildcats went to Auburn last Wednesday night and, led by distance-swimmer Kim Pedrotti, put together a 92-72 victory over the Maroons to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Caz girls cross country topples Skaneateles

Depth helps Lakers to sweep at Homer

A large step toward the Cazenovia girls cross country team’s defense of its OHSL Liberty division title was taken Wednesday when it defeated main challenger Skaneateles 22-34 in a three-way meet at Homer where the Lakers also beat the host Trojans 22-38.

Caz girls soccer beats Hannibal, Skaneateles

Two more wins allowed the Cazenovia girls soccer team to improve to 7-3 and stay right behind Westhill and Marcellus in the OHSL Liberty division.

‘Good Egg’ signatures net 3,600 donated eggs for Food Bank

During the Great New York State Fair, 3,600 fairgoers took a few moments to sign the “Good Egg Pledge” in the Poultry Barn.

Our view: Candidates should seek students’ social media help

Just as important as knowing where your candidate stands on issues important to you is knowing how, and where, to find that information.

Wednesday, October 5

Best Bets: Stage

Radio Star at Red House, new play staged reading at Jazz Central

Our picks for what's hot on stage this weekend.

Grocery shoppers can help feed the hungry

For the 20th year, the Rescue Mission’s Scan-Away Hunger campaign will make feeding a hungry person as easy as scanning a coupon every time you grocery shop this holiday season.

CNS cross country sweeps Liverpool

Girls prevail 23-33; boys Northstars pull out 26-29 decision

Perfect competitive conditions - sunshine, comfortable temperatures, a fall breeze - greeted the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool cross country teams for their annual head-to-head meet Wednesday afternoon at Longbranch Park. And in this case, it was the Northstars prevailing on both fronts, by a narrow margin of 26-29 on the boys side, by a more comfortable 23-33 margin on the girls side.

Gluten-free focused businesses to be showcased at DeWitt Library

Librarian assistant Kelly Sickler, diagnosed with Celiac Disease earlier this year, knows firsthand the challenge of finding foods that will not aggravate the condition. Her successful search for gluten-free food in Syracuse area restaurants and grocery stores led her to create the program.

Letter from Town Justice Kathy Dell

Letter to the Editor

Fellow citizens, my name is Kathy Dell and I am nearing the end of my first term as one of your town justices in the Skaneateles Town Court. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve in this elected position, doing the work that I love. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself and my experience as your town justice.

Experiencing a barefoot revelation

Last Saturday, Sept. 24, I had the chance to experience the world the same way Bob Piekiel does — barefoot.

Dependence leads to dependence


The Skaneateles school district gets less state financial aid than most other districts in New York, and yet simultaneously we have one of the best school systems in the state. People have been lamenting the lack of government aid to Skaneateles, yet we think we should celebrate it.

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Football investigation concluding soon

Board says answers could be out in 48 to 72 hours

The formal investigation into allegations of illegal recruitment and false residency of players on the Skaneateles High School football team is “technically over” and the final report is expected to be sent to Section III Athletics — and made public — in 48 to 72 hours, the Skaneateles Board of Education announced at its Oct. 4 meeting.

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Plugged-in politicos

Are your local candidates using social media to reach you?

Many political candidates have figured that out the advantages of using social media to promote a their campaigns. But what about here on the local scale?

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Manlius Republicans endorsed for re-election

All Manlius Town Board candidates are Republicans, uncontested

The town of Manlius Republican Committee recently announced its endorsements for the Nov. 8 election. Town of Manlius Republican candidates for re-election were all endorsed by their party as well as the Conservative, Independence and Veterans parties. All are running unopposed.

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LHS senior killed in hit and run on Route 57 in Clay

The body of 19-year-old Joseph J. Ozimek III was found shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday, the apparent victim of a hit and run, according to Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh. Ozimek was found several feet from Route 57 near the intersection of Willowbrook Drive, where he was apparently thrown after the crash.

Manlius homeowners say Congel is draining Snook's Pond

Snook’s Pond in Manlius isn’t what it used be, and residents in the area say developer Robert Congel is to blame.

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A busy year at the Reisman gallery

Numerous shows offer residents, students chances to encounter art

There is a lot happening at Cazenovia College’s Reisman Hall Art Gallery. Director Jen Pepper just wrapped up the last exhibition, “Dwell,” on Oct. 2, and is busy preparing the gallery for the next show, “HiFi D2.” The upcoming exhibition, which will feature an artist lecture and opening reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 6 will focus on design through a number of media.

Caz College to begin construction on turf field

The following letter was sent by Cazenovia College president Mark J. Tierno to Cazenovia residents on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

CCH thanks community for successful ‘Taste of Cazenovia’

Letter to the editor

The Cazenovia Children’s House Administration, Board of Directors, and Staff were deeply touched by the overwhelming support of all who sponsored and attended the Taste of Cazenovia. The event, which supports Children’s House programs and tuition assistance for families with financial need, is the largest fundraiser, and this year was attended by over 500 supporters!

Beale endorses Moran for position on Town Board

Letter to the editor

Cazenovians will face town elections this November. I urge my fellow citizens to support the candidacy of Liz Moran for a seat on the town council.

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CPF, residents examine airborne arthropods

Guided walk draws numerous participants, insects

There are many different species of dragonflies and other flying insects that can be found in the Cazenovia area.

Perkins-Carpenter to speak at CRIS workshop

Community Resources for Independent Seniors will host Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter as the next workshop presenter at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, at 101 Nelson St. in Cazenovia.

B’ville tennis tops West Genny, falls to F-M

Reisinger, Pollard win pair of singles matches

So there was another close contest between teams from Baldwinsville and West Genesee, and this time it was the Bees finishing on top.

Girls volleyball Bees turn back Oswego

B'ville still with perfect mark, having not lost a set

Just as in most recent campaigns, the lone suspense around the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team is whether any opponent can even notch a set against them.

J-D girls tennis edges CBA, 4-3

Rams gain two points in singles, doubles to avenge earlier loss

When all was finished in the heated OHSL Freedom division girls tennis race, Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy were dead even.

Marcellus boys runners fight off Solvay, Hannibal

Manahan, Garn earn individual wins for Mustangs

In what might prove the key meet in the OHSL Liberty division regular-season championship race, the Marcellus boys cross country team won hard-fought decisions over Hannibal and Solvay Tuesday afternoon at Longbranch Park.

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Baldwinsville students celebrate grandparents

First-graders in teacher Shana Bach’s class at Reynolds Elementary School invited their grandparents to lunch on Sept. 27.

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Optimists bring back popular Halloween window painting event Oct. 22

The traditional, tricky treatment continues for Baldwinsville windows.

B’ville Grange celebrates 100 years

Baldwinsville Grange 1251 will celebrate its 100th anniversary this month.

Library Focus: Make the most of your time with library’s help

A month of school is already in the rear view mirror and Halloween is dead ahead. Time is fleeting folks and we’re here to help you make the most of your time and money with free books, eBooks, audio books, music, movies and programs for all ages.

Bud continues to invest in B'ville brewery

Anheuser-Busch has announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in its breweries and other facilities nationwide to support the growth of its brands and reinforce its commitment to local U.S. communities where it operates.

Tuesday, October 4

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Public servants should run to do the job of protecting citizens

To the editor: Bob Antonacci has, and is, doing a very commendable job as Comptroller for the county, but as a County Legislator representing the people, I cannot justify the need for a raise.  The notion that this job needs to be brought up a notch to attract qualified people for the job simply is not true. 

McIntosh and Hayes newest IPD: E additions

IPD: Engineering president Samuel Cosamano announced the addition of two new staff members.

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Camillus attorney named SuperLawyer

Tim Perry, of Camillus, an attorney of Sugarman Law Firm was included in the annual New York SuperLawyers publication— which features the top five percent of Upstate New York attorneys.

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Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home open house a success

Home shows off new location

Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home open house a success, show off new location

Consolidation: A word for our time

The results of the recent referendum involving the future of the tax receiver’s office in the town of Camillus could be considered a possible harbinger of things to come.

Marcellus Memories: 50 years ago - 1961

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Welch of Kasson Road announced the engagement of their daughter Miss Ellen T. Welch to Mr. John Doust, son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Doust of Marietta.

Adventures are what you make them

My cell phone rang. I had been waiting at the Syracuse Airport for a half-hour, anticipating my spouse’s arrival from his weekend celebration in D.C. at the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps. His plane was due in about 10 minutes. It was 11:15 p.m. Who else would be calling me at that hour? 

Manlius Town Board suspends public comment for 30 days

The Manlius Town Board voted unanimously Wednesday, Sept. 28, to suspend public comment from the meeting agenda for 30 days. Supervisor Ed Theobald said during that time he will study the public comment period and report on ways to improve it at the Oct. 26 meeting.

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WG high school seniors named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program

West Genesee High School seniors Nathaniel Brusa, Cheyanne Fedder, Martin Leff and Alyssa Zeman have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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‘There’s No Place Like Home’

Annual Francis House fundraiser slated for Oct. 12 

The Francis House, a home for those with terminal illnesses, celebrates its platinum anniversary throughout the year and on Oct. 12 will hold its most popular fundraising event, “There’s No Place Like Home.”

B'ville Y starts grassroots campaign

The Northwest YMCA wants to be your friend. Using a grassroots campaign, the volunteers working to bring a YMCA to Baldwinsville are asking the public to pledge their moral support for the proposed facility on Facebook.

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Canton Woods hosts fundraiser

Pete Ferstler, left, Avis Neupert and Pete's dogs, Lady and Jake, support Canton Woods during its Walk for the Woods event held Saturday, Sept. 24.

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B'ville students engage in character reading

(Back, from left) Colleen Chiesa, Cheyanne Long and Kyleigh Anderson listen as Lucia Cataldo, a retired school library media specialist, brings a character from a novel to life for fifth-graders at Palmer Elementary School in Baldwinsville. Cataldo presented character book talks to all of the school’s fifth-graders to generate excitement for reading.

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Festival moves to larger venue

Oct. 15 event benefits Syracuse Home activities committee

This year’s edition of the Syracuse Home Auxiliary Arts and Crafts Festival is packed with some exciting changes.

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Civil War book talk and signing in Auburn

Well-known historian Thomas J. Craughwell will be in Auburn on Oct. 6 to speak on his newest book, “The Greatest Brigade: How the Irish Brigade Cleared the Way to Victory in the American Civil War.”

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Baltimore Woods hosts barefoot nature hike

On Saturday, Sept. 24, Bob “Barefoot Bob” Piekiel hosted the third annual Barefoot Hike at Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus. The program was a way for Piekiel to share his views on barefoot living with the Marcellus and surrounding communities.

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Noises Off! To be performed by high school drama program

The Skaneateles High School Drama program will present the Award Winning Comedy “NOISES OFF!”, Nov. 3, 4 and 5, in the Skaneateles High school Auditorium.

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Hoedown a hopping hit for Skaneateles Education Foundation fundraiser

The smell of straw and barn dust, the sound of cowboy boot heels stomping in time to music, and the sight of a surprising sea of cowboy hats around the large crowd in Mandana Barn on Saturday, Oct. 1, were all indications of a highly successful turnout to the Skaneateles Education Foundation’s first annual “Hoedown for Education” fundraiser.

Spafford Democrats pick town board candidates

Spafford Democrats held a caucus on Sept. 10 at Borodino Hall to select candidates for town offices in the Nov. 8 general election.

PTC holds annual Laker Clothing Sale

The Skaneateles High School Parent Teacher Committee is holding its annual “Spirit Sale” now through Oct. 14.

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No three-way light for 41A intersection

DOT will revisit decision next summer

A three-color traffic light is not only unnecessary at the intersection at Kane Avenue and West Genesee Street in the village, but could worsen existing traffic congestion problems, the State Department of Transportation informed village mayor Marty Hubbard in a recent letter.

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Clay will end contract with sheriffs

Effective Jan. 1, 2012, the town of Clay will no longer have a contract for enhanced services with the sheriff’s department. According to Clay Supervisor Damian Ulatowski, there just isn’t room in the town’s $12,166,584 budget for the nearly $1.5 million annual expense.

Editorial: Advantage Spanish

The Fayetteville-Manlius foreign language task force’s proposed plan to start Spanish a year earlier than French, German and Latin suggests that Spanish is the foreign language district administrators would like to see prosper at F-M.

Monday, October 3

Soccer Hornets pull away late from West Genny

F-M responds well after Wildcats force tie

This was something the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team had not experienced in a month - namely, seeing a goal scored on them.

F-M superintendent presents plan to start Spanish in seventh grade

Fayetteville-Manlius Superintendent Corliss Kaiser presented a plan at Monday night’s school board meeting to start offering Spanish to seventh grade students. Currently, the district offers Spanish, German, Latin and Spanish starting in eighth grade.

Railroad repairs won’t shut down Route 31

Clay Supervisor Damian Ulatowski isn’t sure what agency put up the signs saying that Route 31 will be closed from Soule Road to Route 57 all next weekend, but he spent most of the day Monday fielding calls about it. “A portion of Route 31 between Soule Road and Route 57 will be closed this coming week between Saturday and Sunday where CSX rail crossing crosses Route 31,” Ulatowski said. “That does not mean that the entire route will be closed, just that section where the repair is taking place. Our residents and anyone else will have full access to Route 31 up to that interruption on both the Soule Road side and the 57 side.”

Syracuse man accused of resisting arrest in DeWitt Panera Bread bathroom

A Syracuse man has been charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest and second-degree harassment after trying to steal food from Panera Bread in DeWitt, said DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conway.

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Special visit for Ray students

Deanne Bell, host of ESPN’s “Rise Up,” speaks with technology students at Ray Middle School on Sept. 19.

Superintendent to hold budget input meetings

Jeanne Dangle, superintendent of the Baldwinsville Central School District, has scheduled two public meetings this fall to receive community input regarding the budget for the 2012-13 school year.

Lysander: ‘Bullies’ should take no as answer

We still see in your papers from time to time letters in support of or opposition to the proposed North West YMCA.

Sloppy Orange drops Big East opener to Rutgers

Turnovers, penalties hurt in 19-16, double-OT loss

A third home game for the Syracuse University football team in 2011 went to overtime – only here, the Orange would taste defeat.

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XC girls open season 2-0

The Cazenovia girls varsity cross country team kicked off their OHSL Liberty Division season with a double win over CBA and Hannibal on Sept. 28. The Lakers outran the brothers 23-36 and swept Hannibal 15-50 to start their regular season a perfect 2-0.

Westhill school board meeting changed to Tuesday, Oct. 4

The Westhill school board will not hold its regularly scheduled board meeting tonight, according to President Doreen Bronchetti.

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Residents remember Joel Namy at ‘Canoe and Kayak Paddle’

The Third Annual Canoe and Kayak Paddle, a fundraising event for the Joel David Namy Scholarship Fund, was held on Sunday, Sept. 18.

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Cooperation in Madison County

Caz lends unused equipment to Earlville in exchange for repairs

The Village of Cazenovia recently agreed to lend some of its unused skatepark equipment to the nearby Madison County municipality of Earlville.

Three local fire departments plan open house

The Cazenovia Fire Department, in conjunction with the New Woodstock and Erieville Fire Departments, will host an Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Cazenovia firehouse at 121 Albany St.

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OCC nursing students teach preschoolers good health habits, ease fears

On Friday, Sept. 30, 28 preschoolers visited "stations" manned by 12 pediatric clinical nursing students, including one where students demonstrated proper bandaging technique on each child's favorite stuffed animal.

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J-D girls soccer fights past ESM

Boys Red Rams still unbeaten, host charity event

In the first of their two regular-season encounters, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team got quite a battle from East Syracuse-Minoa last Tuesday night, but still did enough to beat the Spartans 2-0 and remain undefeated.

F-M girls cross country wins Tully meet

Hornets sweep Central Square in league competition

Another example of the depth of quality runners on the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country was displayed in last Saturday’s Tully Invitational. Despite the absence of most of its top performers, the Hornets, with 31 points, still beat Cicero-North Syracuse (48 points) and 21 other squads present on a chilly, wet and muddy course.

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MPH, Grimes boys soccer tie, 2-2

Boys Trojans, girls Cobras both lose to Fabius-Pompey

When they met for the first of two regular-season encounters, the Bishop Grimes and Manlius-Pebble Hill boys soccer teams ended up in a 2-2 draw last Wednesday afternoon In DeWitt.

Free pet clinic for West Side residents

Second free pet clinic for Near West and South West side residents scheduled for Oct. 9.

CBA, J-D golfers set pace in Freedom division

F-M goes 3-0 to stay in CNYCL title race

Now the Christian Brothers Academy boys golf team would have to keep winning in order to hold off rival Jamesville-DeWitt in the race for OHSL Freedom division regular-season honors.

F-M, CBA tennis sides still unbeaten

The epic win streak held by the Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis team was set to get challenged again Monday by West Genesee, with first place in the CNY Counties League on the line, too.

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Cazenovia Casino Night: A sure bet

Friends of Lorenzo fundraiser to be held Oct. 21

Fellas, grab your dames for an evening of dice rolling, wheel spinning and card shuffling at the Casino Night fundraiser to benefit the Friends of Lorenzo — an event that’s sure to be the cat’s pajamas.

Sunday, October 2

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West Genesee/Town of Camillus Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22

The West Genesee/Town of Camillus Sports Hall of Fame will recognize Anne Schmutzler, Kevin Donahue, Jim Ouderkirk, George Mezey, John Desko and the 2001 West Genesee girl’s varsity lacrosse team as this year’s 2011 inductees 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at McNamara’s in the village of Camillus.

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'There's No Place Like Home' Annual Francis House fundraiser slated for Oct. 12

The Francis House, a home for those with terminal illnesses, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Jan. 28. The house has been celebrating its platinum anniversary throughout the year and on Oct. 12 will hold its most popular fundraising event, “There’s No Place Like Home.”

B’ville girls soccer stunned by Liverpool comeback

Bees squander 2-0 lead in first loss of season

Situated at the no. 3 spot in the state Class AA rankings, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team primed itself for, arguably, its biggest test of the regular season. The Bees paid a visit to Liverpool Saturday night, a rematch of the Sept. 13 game where the two sides played to a 0-0 draw in warm, sunny conditions on the grass at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

Boys, girls volleyball Bees earn one-sided wins

While waiting until Oct. 17 for another shot at Oswego, the Baldwinsville boys volleyball team proceeded to dismiss other CNY Counties League rivals.

B’ville golfers beat Syracuse, Oswego

Bees also drop close match to Liverpool, 206-209

Just a handful of shots separated the Baldwinsville boys golf team from a sweep of all three CNY Counties League matches in the closing days of September.

WG's Leff wins at McQuaid meet

Wildcat runners star in Rochester after sweep of Auburn

For Laura Leff and the West Genesee cross country teams, another big spotlight moment loomed when they went to Rochester’s Genesee Valley Park for Saturday’s massive McQuaid Invitational.

Marcellus, Westhill girls soccer top Laker teams

Warriors rip Skaneateles; Busa leads Mustangs past Cazenovia

Weather temporarily interrupted the plans of the Westhill girls soccer team, who was planning to precede Marcellus in facing Cazenovia during the last days of September. When rain and lightning hit the Sean Goggin Sports Complex last Tuesday, it kept the state Class B no. 4-ranked Warriors from meeting the Lakers.

WG boys soccer rallies for tie with CNS

Girls Wildcats shut out pair of opponents, improve to 9-2

Everyone on the West Genesee boys soccer team knew that Thursday night’s visit to Cicero-North Syracuse provided a chance to move up the ladder of major Class AA contenders.

Girls tennis Wildcats move to 10-0

WG to meet F-M on Monday; Marcellus goes 3-0

All was supposed to be on the line on Friday when the West Genesee girls tennis team took another shot at ending the long win streak of Fayetteville-Manlius. Weather issues altered the schedule, though, and pushed the match back to this Monday afternoon, where, weather permitting, the Wildcats would defend its 10-0 mark.

WG golfers fall to Oswego, CNS

Close matches continue as Wildcats handle Liverpool

Gaining some payback, the West Genesee boys golf team took on Liverpool last Tuesday and finished up with a 185-195 victory over the Warriors, which would turn to be the Wildcats’ lone win of the week.

Ludden girls soccer has 3-0 week

Gaelic Knights beat F-P, Onondaga, Faith Heritage

A 6-1 start powered the Bishop Ludden girls soccer team into the no. 10 spot in the state Class C rankings as September neared an end.

Field hockey Lakers win tourney final in OT

Caz edges New Hartford, 2-1, on Silfer goal

For the second week in a row, the Cazenovia field hockey team was forced into overtime – and once again, it came out on top.

Girls tennis Lakers win rematch with Homer

Caz roars into first place in OHSL Liberty division

Some key matches in the latter stages of the regular season would determine whether the Cazenovia girls tennis team would claim the OHSL Liberty division regular-season title. Of them, the most important was set to be Friday’s battle with Homer, who handed the Lakers its only loss of the season, a 5-2 decision on Sept. 14.

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Caz boys soccer falls to Westhill, Marcellus

Warriors' Scaravillo, Mustangs' Waite both hurt Lakers

Cazenovia’s boys soccer team had a big opportunity when it visited Westhill for last Tuesday night’s OHSL Liberty division showdown. A win would put the Lakers into first place in the league standings, and it did find early success – only the Warriors found more, especially from Anthony Scaravillo, and it led to a 4-2 defeat.

Chittenago golfers go 1-2, lose twice to J-D

Bears break slump with win over Mexico

Weather issues from earlier in the season forced the Chittenango boys golf team to have matches against Jamesville-DeWitt on consecutive days.

Saturday, October 1

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Caz hangs on, edges VVS to go to 5-0

Lakers clinch B East regular-season title

Cold, wet and weary, the Cazenovia football team could do nothing more, except watch.

Football Lakers pile up points on Hannibal

Skaneateles now 5-0 after 67-7 romp of Warriors

If all goes to plan, by the end of October the Skaneateles football team will be on the brink of its first Section III title in nearly two decades. That would mean five games of work, and on Saturday the Lakers started its October slate by ignoring the windy, cold and wet condition at Hannibal and smashing the Warriors 67-7.

Warriors, CNS head into football showdown

Liverpool takes out RFA: Northstars fall to CBA

They put the 'Star Wars' Cup on the line again next Friday night, when the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse football teams gather for their annual battle at Bragman Stadium. But these teams head there in wildly contrasting manners.

Bears run all night, devour Solvay

Chittenango moves to 5-0, nears B West crown

A one-sided, run-oriented performance has the Chittenango football team within one step of an outright Class B West regular-season championship.

Ludden moves to 4-1; J-E beaten at home

Eagles drop to 3-2 in 32-27 loss to APW

Going into October, the Bishop Ludden and Jordan-Elbridge football teams are both in the mix for Section III Class C playoff berths - but the Gaelic Knights appear to be in a stronger position.

Best bets: Film

From Hitch to the big house

Hitch Fest begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, with “The Lady Vanishes,” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 thriller starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. The suggested donation is $5.