Stories for September 2011


Friday, September 30

Spartans, Rams win in advance of first-place clash

ESM routs New Hartford; J-D rallies past Carthage

Rarely, if ever, have the East Syracuse-Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt football teams met with as much on the line as they will next Friday afternoon on the Red Rams' home turf. The Spartans and Red Rams are tied for first place in the Class A American division, and both are coming off wins against National division opponents, ESM having bashed New Hartford 56-6 and J-D having topped Carthage 28-20.

Football Mustangs finally conquer Westhill

Macellus win over Warriors ends 14-game skid

The Marcellus football team took out a whole lot of frustration on its nemesis Westhill Friday night, pounding the host Warriors, 43-31 in a Class B West clash. By doing so, the Mustangs ended a 14-game losing streak to Westhill that included regular-season games and post-season encounters like the 2009 Section III Class B final.

Hornets, Brothers earn key football wins

F-M rallies past Henninger; CBA pulls away from CNS

Thanks to Friday night's events, there's a good chance the area will witness two Section III Class AA football home playoff contests a few weeks from now. Fayetteville-Manlius used a big fourth-quarter offensive outburst to topple visiting Henninger 54-39 on the new High School turf field, while Christian Brothers Academy stayed atop the Class AA-1 division standings with a 49-14 win over Cicero-North Syracuse at Bragman Stadium.

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Wildcats win gridiron classic over B'ville

WG prevails, 39-38, with backup QB, two-point conversion at end

Where to start when describing the West Genesee football team's epochal 39-38 victory over Baldwinsville Friday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium?

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Baldwinsville’s voice behind the beat

Baldwinsville resident Karl Sterling grew up in a musical household, so it was natural for him to have an interest in music.

FUMC offers loss program, free dinners

The First United Methodist Church in Baldwinsville will offer a presentation on "Coping With Loss" at 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Main speaker Sharon Rusaw, a counselor and educator for grief and loss counseling at Hope for Bereaved at the Rosamond Gifford Center of Hope in Syracuse, will talk about coping with various kinds of loss, followed by a question and answer session.

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B'ville Optimists announce Chinese auction winners

The Baldwinsville Optimist Club has announced the winners of its Chinese Auction, which was held at the organization’s booth during Baldwinsville’s Oktoberfest on Paper Mill Island.

Still about the money

In post-'Moneyball' era, small markets still face long odds

October is here. The month where baseball decides its champion, adds to its rich lore and cedes far too much of its soul to broadcasters who absolutely, positively, must tell you about 50 times about the hot new sitcom.

Best bets: Music

Rodgers at Sparky Town, Stompin’ Sunday in Camillus and more

The Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers Trio performs songs by the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Anna Nalick and Elvis Costello from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Sparky Town, 324 Burnet Ave.

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Best bets: Stage

Not Another Theater Co. stages captivating courtroom drama

The Fire & Ice Banquet Facilities at The Locker Room never looked so good as it does remade as a theater “in the round” decorated in camouflage colors for a riveting version of “A Few Good Men.”

Words for Thought: The history behind the sign

Have you noticed the sign for “Palatine Bridge” on the New York State Thruway near Herkimer? I used to commute both ways on the thruway — at first I ignored it, then I started wondering what this strange name was about.

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Marcellus JV football coach suspended two games without pay, will donate remaining salary to St. Francis Xavier cemetery for upkeep

Marcellus JV head football coach Jim Marsh has been suspended two games without pay for making his players lie down in St. Francis Xavier cemetery in Marcellus following a loss to Skaneateles Superintendent Craig Tice announced in a press conference Thursday, Sept. 29.

Soccer Bees rally past Nottingham in OT

Guardino keeps B'ville unbeaten in 3-2 drama

Without a clutch turn from Mike Gaurdino, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team stood a good chance of taking its first blemish of the 2011 season. Instead, Guardino, with a pair of big plays, helped the Bees escape a scare from Nottingham and pull out a 3-2 overtime victory over the Bulldogs Tuesday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

B'ville swimmers edge Auburn, improve to 3-0

Parker claims two races, helps in 200 medley relay

Charis Parker led the way for the Baldwinsville girls swim team as it claimed a 48-46 victory over Auburn Thursday night at the Baker High School pool and improved to 3-0 on the season.

B’ville field hockey blanks Cato-Meridian

With newfound momentum following its Sept. 22 win over Rome Free Academy, the Baldwinsville field hockey team started to build a win streak in non-league play.

Skaneateles girls soccer beaten twice

Trying to dig out of a 2-5 start, the Skaneateles girls soccer team passed the midway point of its regular season and still had a fair amount of struggles.

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Scaravillo carries Westhill soccer to pair of wins

Warriors senior notches seven goals in two games

With a pair of stunning one-man shows in the first half of consecutive outings, Westhill boys soccer senior Anthony Scaravillo made sure his Warriors remained undefeated in the OHSL Liberty division.

Boys soccer Wildcats rally, tie CNS 2-2

Stamoulacatos also helps WG hold off Proctor

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. It turned out in a mixed manner, though. Following a bad start, the Wildcats did catch up to the Northstars, but could not quite pass them as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Thursday, September 29

Volleyball Mustangs win duel with Skaneateles

Rivalry renewed as Marcellus prevails in four sets

More than 18 months had passed since the Marcellus and Skaneateles girls volleyball teams met on the court. But that separation ended Thursday night, when the two long-time rivals reunited in the Lakers' gymnasium and, in a battle of unbeaten sides, the Mustangs beat the Lakers in four sets.

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CNYUSNAA to host Busch

Historian to discuss new book at Linckaen House Oct. 6

The Central New York Chapter of United States Naval Academy Alumni recently announced they will sponsor an upcoming presentation by historian and author at on Thursday, Oct. 6 in Cazenovia, at the Lincklaen House.

FTGU to host Mystic Mountain Trail Ride

From the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc. will host the second annual Mystic Mountain Trail Ride on Oct. 1, rain or shine. All riders will start at 10 a.m. Boxed lunches and T-shirts will be provided while supplies last.

St. James to host annual silent auction

Committee currently accepting donations for Oct. 15 event

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, St. James Catholic Church will host its annual Silent Auction.

Liverpool splits cross country race with B'ville

Girls Warriors prevail; CNS sweeps Syracuse West

A solid amount of depth on both of its rosters nearly gave the Liverpool cross country teams a sweep of Wednesday’s key CNY Counties League National division meet at Baldwinsville. Instead, the Warriors had to split with the rival Bees, prevailing 25-30 on the girls side, but taking a 23-33 defeat in the boys race. Both sides raced on the same course as they did in the Baldwinsville Invitational four days earlier.

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Machamer updates jewelry shop in Caz

Cazenovia Jewelry is undergoing some changes. The company’s landmark location on Albany Street in Cazenovia was recently outfitted with new display cases from the Manlius store, a new lighting system will be installed in the coming weeks and the local workforce will grow.

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Hot Club hollers!

Country-swing trio pays tribute to Wills on Sunday

The Hot Club of Cowtown — the country swing combo featuring fiddler Elana James — laid down roots in San Diego and Austin, but when the threesome needed to name itself, Fort Worth was the city to make the moniker.

Liverpool swimmers defeat CNS, 96-89

Warriors pull out win by taking 400 free relay

Rivals Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse had their annual girls swimming clash Wednesday night at the LHS pool, and it was in doubt all the way through. Not until the final relay did the Warriors pull it out, beating the Northstars 96-89, though both sides had plenty of reason to be proud of their respective efforts.

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Hancocks recognized for expertise, dedication

Everson to honor those who help others to find their voice

The Everson Museum of Art and Hiscock Legal Aid Society have named Cazenovia residents, the Honorable Stewart F. Hancock, Jr. and his wife, Ruth Hancock, as honorary chairpersons for VOICES, a fundraiser to be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse.

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XC girls battle at B’ville

The Cazenovia Lakers girls cross country team battled a pair of state-ranked rivals for position in a huge field at the September 24 Baldwinsville Invitational.

Cross country Bees split with Liverpool

Peinkofer, Miller win individual races for B'ville

Baldwinsville’s cross country teams both encountered Liverpool, renewing their long-time rivalry Wednesday afternoon on the grounds of the B’ville school campus. And it ended in a split, with the boys Bees prevailing 23-33, but the girls taking a 25-30 defeat to the Warriors.

ESM, J-D cross country splits league duel

Coogan leads boys Spartans; girls Rams win by one point

The cross country teams from Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa got together Wednesday for a large meet featuring two others from the OHSL Freedom division, Chittenango and Cortland.

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Heman Street School building will be used for senior housing

The East Syracuse Minoa Central School District can now complete the sale of Heman Street School to Lakewood Development LLC of East Syracuse.

Eighteen F-M students named to All-State performance groups

The New York State School Music Association has named 18 Fayetteville-Manlius High School musicians to the 2011 All-State performance groups.

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Girls Lakers run past J-E, Solvay in league opener

Skaneateles boys improve, though taking defeats

With early speed and a daring attitude, the Skaneateles girls cross country team took off against OHSL Liberty division rivals Jordan-Elbridge and Solvay as they swept the top five places in the meet Wednesday at the Andrews Road Polo Fields, ultimately taking eight of the top 10 spots.

Boys cross country Mustangs earn sweep

Westhill/Ludden girls top Mustangs; J-E

A frenzied start to OHSL Liberty division saw each of the local cross country teams quite busy and mixing in wins and losses. The Marcellus boys team, with the no. 9 state Class B ranking, swept Westhill/Bishop Ludden 18-38 and Homer 16-41 to get off to a quick league start. Westhill/Ludden topped the Trojans 20-41.

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How’s she doing?

Syraucse's Mayor Stephanie Miner gives herself a report card

With a chill in the air and the young folks settling back into school, with festival tents wrapping up for storage and protestors gathered outside City Hall chanting opposition to the closing of a senior center, it seemed an appropriate time to give Mayor Stephanie Miner a pause for reflection on her performance so far in the city’s top job.

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Cottage Designs hosts handbag auction

Proceeds from month-long event to benefit Maureen’s Hope Foundation

Cottage Designs is fashioning area women while simultaneously helping Maureen’s Hope Foundation.

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Syracuse Ride for Missing Children raises $50K

Organizer dubs first annual run a success

Escorted by police vehicles, 120 bicyclists hit Route 48 last Friday morning as they started a 100-mile trek around Onondaga County visiting local schools in an effort to prevent child abductions.

Cross country Lakers streak to 2-0 league start

Caz girls fight past CBA, dominate Hannibal

With three weeks of preliminaries behind them, the Cazenovia girls cross country team plunged into the fight in the OHSL Liberty division and quickly moved to the top of the standings.

Caz volleyball handles Westhill in three sets

Lakers to face old rival Marcellus next Tuesday

Perhaps the greatest moment in Cazenovia girls volleyball history involved beating Marcellus in a five-set epic in the 2006 Section III Class B finals.

Wednesday, September 28

And the beat goes on


This past weekend offered area residents a plethora of opportunities to enjoy live music. In its 10th year, Jazz’N Caz boasted nine live performances at three different venues, over three days. While a unifying theme of this year’s festival was the commemoration of Jimmy van Heusen, a legendary musician with local ties, music enthusiasts without knowledge of Heusen were still able to enjoy the weekend.

Independence Party endorses Supervisor Monforte

Letter to the editor

The Democratic and Republican Parties have dominated the political scenes for our entire lifetimes. Republican parties endorse republican candidates and democrat parties endorse democrat candidates, but ask yourself this: “Is political affiliation a requirement for the job, or even a guarantee that the candidate is in any way qualified for the office?”

Sparks family thanks community for successful Memorial Golf Tournament

Letter to the editor

The entire Sparks family would like to thank everyone that participated in the First Annual Ralph K. Sparks Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament, at Poolsbrook Golf Course.

Clearspeak: Is Netflix the next ‘New Coke?’

Remember “New Coke”? The Coca-Cola Company’s 1985 attempt to change its flagship drink’s formula was a marketing debacle MBA candidates still study because it throws light on a law of the universe: If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

Village of Camillus board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29

The Camillus Village Board meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Village Hall, 37 Main St., Camillus.

DeWitt homes targeted in tax fraud scheme

A New York City man has been charged in a fraudulent tax refund check scheme that targeted residential addresses in the town of DeWitt, DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conway said.

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Dickens’ Auditions to be held Oct. 12

Would you like to be a part of the troupe of actors that put on Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles? This is the 18th year Dickens Christmas will be presented in Skaneateles! Come be a part of the excitement.

Thank you from the Abrams family

Letter to the Editor

We would like to thank all of our friends and relatives who attended the funeral service at St. James Episcopal Church on July 29, for Clifford C. Abrams

Thank you for the Sept. 11 observances

Letter to the Editor

The residents of the town and village of Skaneateles recently displayed an overwhelming respect for those who died from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

It’s not prohibition


The village trustees’ decision on Sept. 22 to uphold their previous vote against serving alcohol on village-owned properties — specifically in The Creamery for a chamber of commerce-sponsored Business After Hours event on Oct. 6 — does not seem as dire to us as some reactions would indicate.

Book signing at library Oct. 6

Local author Martin Sweeney will be at the Skaneateles Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, to give a talk and sign copies of his new book “Lincoln’s Gift to Homer: A painter, an editor and a detective.”

Swim team selling fall bulbs

The Skaneateles Lightning Swim Team will be selling fall bulbs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 1 during the Annual Skaneateles Fall Fest in Clift Park, and organizing a door to door campaign in the village.

Middle school PTC magazine sale now on

The Skaneateles Middle School PTC has only one fundraiser a year: an annual magazine sale. Funds raised help purchase items like a specialty microscope for science classes, new tumbling mats for the gym, and make scholarships as well as veterans, library and interactive student programs possible.

Will you be walking to school?

The sidewalks in town will be busier on Wednesday, Oct. 5, during International Walk to School Day if the Skaneateles Elementary PTC succeeds in its mission.

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Elan Interiors Home Boutique opening in Skaneateles

Home accessories, unique gifts, and design consultation

Elan Interiors, a full service interior design firm, announced the grand opening of Elan Interiors Home Boutique in the Village of Skaneateles. The boutique will offer home accessories, hostess and wedding gifts, and a small selection of furniture.

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Ma Poole’s Green Tomato Chutney launched in Skaneateles

For years John Dyson of Skaneateles has been making his chutney for an ever-widening number of friends and family who love the stuff and have faithfully kept the used jars to return them for a refill. But production in his kitchen is getting out of hand.

Syracuse OASIS offers thought provoking classes in 10th year

One of the many popular instructors at OASIS is John Langdon, long time professor of history at Le Moyne College. Langdon is nationally acclaimed and has recently received the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award from the Central New York Council for the Social Studies for his service to education

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Two Hour Delay delivers dynamic disc

Downtown After Dark

A relatively new Syracuse rock band named Two Hour Delay is rocking the socks off the rest of the field.

Swimming teams sweep league meets

CBA still unbeaten; J-D, F-M also prevail

Each of the area’s three high school girls swim teams hit the pool for league competition Tuesday night, and each of them won with relative ease.

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Take the 'Cardiff Giant Challenge'

Calling visual artists with gargantuan imaginations: submit an original piece portraying or inspired by The Cardiff Giant Hoax.

Our view: Arts funding changes a good sign of long-term planning

Finally: the county is taking steps to address how arts and cultural agencies receive public funding.

Collard greens

Urban CNY

As a child, I really wasn’t particularly fond of collard greens or their importance in the diet of African-Americans.

Holmquist endorsed by Veterans’ Party

Last month, the Onondaga County Veterans’ Party endorsed County Legislator Kevin Holmquist in his bid for re-election to the 10th District, representing most of the town of Manlius.

State grant funds secured for ‘Save the Rain’

At the September session, the Onondaga County Legislature accepted grant funds for Save the Rain projects, our forensic laboratories and Air-One. Additionally, a public hearing was set for the 2012 county budget. This hearing will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the legislative chambers.

Skaneateles swimmers beaten by J-D

A difficult early-season slate for the Skaneateles girls swim team continued with Tuesday night's meet against Jamesville-DeWitt at the Community Center pool. And though the Lakers lost, 95-87, to the Red Rams, it still had plenty of fine individual efforts.

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Two businesses surprise B'ville fire station

Simmons Bedding Company and Raymour & Flanigan surprised Moyers Corners Fire Department’s volunteer firefighters on Sept. 12 by outfitting Station One with 10 new ComforPedic Loft memory foam mattresses, helping firefighters who “work hot” to “sleep cool” thanks to the cooling properties featured in the mattresses’ proprietary ComforPedic Loft NxG Memory Foam.

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Library media specialist to speak at national conference

Leslie Savage, library media specialist at Palmer Elementary School, has been invited to speak at the American Association of School Librarians 15th National Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Minneapolis in October.

Baldwinsville seeks sound control on Paper Mill Island

Village officials are seeking solutions to sound problems on Paper Mill Island.

Library Focus: Prepare for cupcake wars, Halloween fun

When the government is at odds, economies can still be improved from the ground up with community effort and we are here to help the process. Stop in soon and discover what we can do to help you invest for the future, improve your personal job skills and discover programs and supports for your small business.

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"The Marcellus community deserves a day like today"

“The Marcellus community deserves a day like today, it is a very close knit community and today is just absolutely fantastic,” said Kathy Kusnierczuk, 35 year Marcellus resident and President of the Optimist Club of Marcellus.

Tuesday, September 27

F-M boys soccer blanks CNS again

Forbes notches both goals in 2-0 decision

For the second time in September, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team confronted Cicero-North Syracuse, and did not allow anything. The Hornets, backing up its state Class AA no. 2 ranking, beat the Northstars 2-0 Tuesday night at the new High School turf, improving its record to 8-0-1 as it passed the midway point of the regular season.

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Flight to freedom: Exodus 3 Ministries plans fundraiser

Debra Person knows what rock bottom looks like. She knows it all too well. But she also knows how to rise back up.

Stewart to play at Pan-American Games

CNS senior headed for festival in Guadalajara

The site of Cicero-North Syracuse's Breanna Stewart on a United States national team has turned into a routine - but this latest honor has a twist. From Oct. 21 to 25, Stewart will play on Team USA in the Pan American Games, an Olympic-style multiple sports competition in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Salina OKs Burdick Property vote

Salina residents spoke out Monday night when the possibility of purchasing a Burdick Chevrolet building was discussed as a solution to the aging infrastructure of the Salina Town Hall and highway garage.

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Humane Association to host silent auction, drop-a-thon

The Humane Association of Central New York will host its fourth annual Silent Auction and Drop-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 1. The event allows people to drop off goods at the no-kill shelter on Taft Road in Liverpool; members of the community are also invited inside for an open house, where they can take part in a silent auction and check out the shelter’s many pets for adoption.

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Down and out: Colvin Street eyesore gets demolished

The long abandoned gas station on the western border of DeWitt is finally no more.

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B'ville Board honors perfect Regents scores

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education recognized 40 students who received perfect scores on Regents exams last June. The following students were honored with the President’s Spotlight at the board’s Sept. 19 meeting:

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A voice from Solvay inspires audiences and shares messages of hope

Anyone who meets Solvay resident and director of marketing, communications and public relations at the Centers at St. Camillus Joanna Jewett for the first time will immediately recognize her enjoyment of life.

The art of apple picking

I love being in the orchard in the fall. Rustling leaves are brittle, swishing in the early autumn breeze. A cidery-pungent smell wafts up from the orchard floor, where drop-apples are baked into the ground by the late-summer sun.

Livestock law approved in Van Buren

Van Buren officials have unanimously approved a law that will allow the town to ticket irresponsible livestock owners.

McClurg named 63rd largest full-service remodeler

Remodeling Magazine has named McClurg Remodeling and Construction Services the 63rd largest full-service remodeling company in the United States and the largest in Upstate New York.

B'ville Board of Education to meet Oct. 3

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School.

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On your feet: Sitting too much can kill you, but are standing desks the answer?

For the last three years, Gary Grossman has worked at a standing desk, electing to be on his feet all day. Sort of an unusual choice for an accountant.

Swimming Wildcats sink Oswego, 102-74

Pedrotti, Castro both double winners; WG now 3-0

Now the West Genesee girls swim team owns a 3-0 mark, thanks to a superb road effort in Monday’s trip to Oswego. The Wildcats crushed the Buccaneers 102-74, its effort led by Olivia Castro and Kim Pedrotti, both of whom won two individual races.

Monday, September 26

J-D's Cavanaugh commits to Wake Forest

Forward has led Red Rams to two state titles

Going into the fall, two large decisions on the playing futures of a superstar duo loomed over the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball program. Now one of them is settled - Tyler Cavanaugh is on his way to Wake Forest University.

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Riding high — B’ville girl competes

Jennifer Sandore, of Baldwinsville, rides Kat County during the New York State Fair 4-H Statewide Horse Competition where she competed in the dressage and hunt seat divisions. Sandore also volunteered her time and horses for the horse judging competition for Statewide 4-H and FFA youth.

B'ville: Big M, Thrifty Shopper fight hunger

Through Dec. 31, Big M in Seneca Knolls is participating in the Rescue Mission’s Scan-Away Hunger campaign, which makes feeding a hungry person as easy as scanning a coupon every time you grocery shop this holiday season.

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B'ville firm adds new staff

Sandy Baker joins RMS as director of business development

Research & Marketing Strategies (RMS) welcomes Sandy Baker to its staff as the director of business development.

B'ville Rotary to host fifth annual 5K

Event changes season, venue

The Baldwinsville Rotary Autumn 5K Run/Walk – Key Way to Community, a.k.a. Rotary Run, will take place Sunday Oct. 16 at Baker High School. This year’s race has been moved to the fall to allow the event to grow and accommodate even more runners than when the race was part of the Rotary Club’s annual Seneca River Days event each summer.

Library Association announces ‘One for the Books’ event

The Skaneateles Library Association announced today the One for the Books Fundraiser will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.

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Sounds of ‘Dixie’ coming to Camillus

McNamara’s hosts Morgan Street Stompers on Sunday

The Morgan Street Stompers trace their roots back to 1972 when drummer Jack Bacon invited a few fellow musicians over to play some “Dixie” at his house on Morgan Street in Tonawanda.

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CPF spreads fern fever

Residents explore, identify indigenous foliage

The morning of Aug. 27 was the perfect setting for Cazenovia Preservation Foundation supporters to “rummage” through area swamplands, during the CPF Summer Walk.

SU survives Toledo in controversial finish

Errant PAT not called, Orange go to 3-1

In overtime, Syracuse University football senior cornerback Kevyn Scott made the defensive play of the contest, saving the Orange in Saturday’s wild contest against the Toledo Rockets in the Carrier Dome.

Village historian to retire in 2012

Village Historian Pat Blackler has announced her planned retirement from the position she has held for the past 17 years. She has given 15 months of notice before her retirement takes effect, during which time she plans to find and train her replacement.

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New village laws approved, appointments made

At the Sept. 22 meeting of the village trustees, two local laws were passed, new appointments were made, and a Halloween race approved.

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Composting project gains steam

On Monday, Sept.  26, the village of Marcellus Board of Trustees awarded bids for its composting project, set to be completed by the first of the year.

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Trustees vote to allocate up to $5,000 to assess repairs needed to re-open the Clark Street bridge.

During a meeting on Sept. 22 the Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees unanimously decided to authorize an in-depth inspection the Clark Street bridge.

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Parpard carves niche in community

Local artist creates signs, murals for Cazenovia, surrounding areas

Although some artists seek exposure by illegally plastering their works on the sides of buildings and in public places; numerous area businesses have lined up to commission Paul Parpard to hang his art up outside their stores.

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NY Wine Festival grows in flavor, stature

When the last bottle of wine finally was corked at Mirbeau this past weekend, the second year of the annual New York Wine Festival was deemed an unqualified success that drew double the crowd from last year’s event.

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J-E School Board holds off on hiring of varsity wrestling coaches 

With a vote of 3-4, and one person abstaining, the Jordan-Elbridge School Board voted against the hiring of the head varsity wrestling coach and three volunteer assistant coaches during the board’s Sept. 21 meeting.

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Annexation might be ‘Nice N Easy’

Inclusion of land into village open to public comment

During an upcoming meeting, the village board will open public comment on the proposed annexation of land for the construction of a Nice N Easy gas station.

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Tastes of success

Fundraiser attracts supporters of education, libation

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, more than 500 area residents gathered at Owera Vineyards for the annual Taste of Cazenovia. More than 15 local businesses offered samples of their grub and grog to those in attendance, while music from acoustic duo, the Noisy Boys, provided the soundtrack. The event benefited the Cazenovia Children’s House, a local non-profit organization which is celebrating 40 years of operation.

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Town GOP committee holds meet and greet

More than 100 people turned out for the Skaneateles Town Republican Party’s candidate meet and greet on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Sherwood Inn.

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More CPR instructors trained at SAVES

SAVES now has eight trained CPR instructors in its ranks — a large increase from the two it has typically had at its disposal.

Still looking for Larry

City Scuffle

AIDS Community Resources staffers sang along a little and boogied a little setting up for a press conference last week as Age of Aquarius blared on the sound check and Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same filled the Palace Theater big screen.

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Tipp Hill remembers Big Ed’s rise ball

Downtown After Dark

It’s no easy feat to hit a home run at the Burnet Park softball fields, but Big Ed Zacholl routinely whacked ’em over the fence. In fact, a Tipperary Hill neighbor claims Big Ed once drove a ball all the way to Monkey Island in the Burnet Park Zoo

F-M, CBA soccer joins up for fund-raiser

Thousands raised as Hornets sweep Brothers

Just as in 2010, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy soccer teams teamed up for a Saturday doubleheader to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

F-M field hockey falls victim to Liverpool rally

Hornets have 2-1 week; ESM hits mid-season slump

Though it ended up second at last weekend’s Holland Patent Fall Classic, the Fayetteville-Manlius field hockey team left with more confidence than at any point this season. That was mostly due to what took place in Saturday’s final against Liverpool, where the Hornets jumped all over the undefeated Warriors before stumbling late in a 4-3 defeat.

J-D soccer sides stay hot; ESM struggles

One big contrast between the boys and girls soccer situations in the OHSL Freedom division is that Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa only meet once on the boys side, but have two contests on the girls side. So the first of those girls games take place Tuesday, after a week where the Red Rams won twice and the Spartans had to settle for a split.

Grimes girls soccer beats MPH in overtime

Trojans teams both beaten by Tully

Local private-school girls soccer rivals got together last Monday, and it was Bishop Grimes pulling it out over Manlius-Pebble Hill in a 3-2 overtime classic.

CBA golfers topple J-D, remain unbeaten

Brothers win despite Rams' Davis shooting 31 at Drumlins

Still atop the OHSL Freedom division standings, the Christian Brothers Academy boys golf team fought to maintain its undefeated mark, through sunshine and rain.

CBA, F-M tennis sides remain unbeaten

Brothers squeak past Chittenango; J-D hits hot streak

Each of the area’s girls tennis teams tore into the second half of a crowded regular-season slate and remained in top form before rain interrupted all the schedules.

Man in critical condition after Lysander collision

Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a car/tractor-trailer accident on Route 370 in the Town of Lysander, which sent one person to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

Sunday, September 25

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F-M community comes together for final ‘Pat’s Pavement Pounder’

Hundreds of community members lined up today at the Fayetteville-Manlius High School track to walk and run in the twelfth and final Pat’s Pavement Pounder, which benefits childhood cancer research and treatment in memory of Patrick Cole.

Lupia, CNS boys win at Utica meet

Girls Northstars take second; Liverpool runs at B'ville classic

Led again by Anthony Lupia, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys cross country team beat nine other entrants in the large-school portion of Saturday’s E.J. Herrmann Invitational at Proctor Park in Utica.

Liverpool field hockey survives F-M scare

Warriors rally past Hornets in HP Fall Classic final

Hitting the halfway mark of its regular season, the Liverpool field hockey team still does not have a blemish on its record. However, that fact nearly changed in Saturday’s exciting final of the Holland Patent Fall Classic Fayetteville-Manlius had the Warriors in a two-goal deficit, but Liverpool stormed all the way back to pull out a 4-3 victory.

CNS, Liverpool volleyball sides earn wins

Boys Northstars have 3-0 stretch late in week

Cicero-North Syracuse’s girls volleyball team has emerged as the clearest challenger to Baldwinsville among the Class AA ranks.

CNS Blue golfers beat local rivals

Northstars top Liverpool in unbeaten week

In their annual head-to-head meeting, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys Blue and Green golf teams played a fairly tight match at Northern Pines last Monday afternoon.

Liverpool tennis goes 1-1; CNS beaten

Warriors tripped up by West Genny in 5-2 decision

Strong singles play lifted the Liverpool girls tennis team in last Monday’s match against Central Square, leading to a 5-2 victory over the Red Hawks in a week whose activity was abbreviated by rain at the end.

Peinkofer posts fastest time at B’ville Invitational

B'ville boys take fourth; girls Bees finish fifth

Both of Baldwinsville’s cross country teams served as hosts for Saturday’s 60th annual invitational meet, where hundreds of runners on more than 40 boys and girls teams took part. And it was one of the hometown runners, junior Alec Peinkofer, that produced the best time of the entire boys event.

Boys volleyball Bees toppled by Oswego

B'ville girls dominate West Genny, Proctor

In a hurry, the Baldwinsville boys volleyball team found out that its path to a second Section III Class AA title in three years will not be a smooth one.

B’ville golfers split, fall to West Genny

With a chance to move to the top of the CNY Counties League, the Baldwinsville boys golf team could not quite grab it, falling to West Genesee 179-197 last Monday afternoon at Westvale Golf Club in Camillus.

Boys soccer Lakers go 2-1, edged by WG

Skaneateles sweeps league foes Homer, J-E

Quite unlike the powerhouse on its way to a state championship 12 months ago, the Skaneateles boys soccer team is having to earn its own name and face plenty of adversity along the way.

Skaneateles girls soccer gets back-to-back wins

Mired in early-season struggles, the Skaneateles girls soccer team pulled out of it by beating a pair of OHSL Liberty division foes.

Manahan, Mustangs win at B’ville Invitational

Curry prevails at East Aurora race for Westhill/Ludden

In a 15-day span, Marcellus boys cross country junior Ryan Manahan has won all three invitational races he has started.

Westhill boys soccer tops Marcellus, J-E

Warriors claim OHSL Liberty lead

In order to maintain its top spot in the OHSL Liberty division, the Westhill boys soccer team had to withstand challenges from two local rivals.

Caz soccer sweeps through opposition

Boys Lakers win twice in OT; girls have 5-0 league mark

Aided by a pair of dramatic overtime battles, the Cazenovia boys soccer team is trying to make itself one of the main contenders in the OHSL Liberty division, and the girls Lakers also have found a place atop the league standings.

Cross country Bears split with Phoenix

Caz girls rise to third at B'ville Invitational

For the Chittenango cross country teams, the start of OHSL Freedom division competition had a mixed result.

Caz volleyball edged by Fulton in five sets

Lakers dominate Fowler as home gym reopens

For the second time this fall, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team found itself on the wrong end of a five-set defeat, this time beaten by Fulton last Tuesday night at Buckley Gym.

Chittenango girls soccer splits, beats Mexico

As they moved deeper into OHSL Freedom division play, both of Chittenango’s soccer teams fought to find any sort of good news.

Caz girls tennis beats Westhill, Marcellus

Chittenango splits, drops 4-3 thriller to CBA

Amid a close race for the OHSL Liberty division regular-season championship, the Cazenovia girls tennis team could not afford any slip-ups.

Saturday, September 24

City schools sweep to football wins

Fowler ends long skid, tops Fulton in OT

It proved a rare treat for Syracuse high school football fans, seeing all four of the team's large high schools claim victories on a single Friday night.

J-E tops LaFayette; Ludden routs Hannibal

Eagles, Gaelic Knights both improve to 3-1

Both the Jordan-Elbridge and Bishop Ludden football teams will have much to say about how the Class C West division playoff race goes in the second half of the regular season.

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Lakers, Bears both move to 4-0

Caz rips Holland Patent; Chittenango tops Mexico

Nearing the end of September, the Cazenovia and Chittenango football teams are the dominant forces in their respective Section III Class B divisions.

Lakers dismiss Tully in first-place showdown

Reed, after reinstatement, piles up receiving yards

One way too look at the Skaneateles football team's 41-13 victory at Tully Friday night was that it put off-field issues aside and, focused on the task and the opponent, continued to dominate Class C West division opponents.

CNS football rally falls just short

Nottingham hangs on for 19-14 win

For the second consecutive week, the Cicero-North Syracuse football team fell victim to a Syracuse city opponent, even if the pattern was a bit different.

Mustangs fight past Oneida in double overtime

Westhill dips to 1-3; Solvay still winless

True, it didn't count in the league standings. But the Marcellus football team's 21-20, double-overtime victory over visiting Oneida Friday night may serve as a a major turning point, should the Mustangs make a big run later this season.

CBA prevails in shootout with Liverpool

Brothers take 49-35 win, stay unbeaten in AA-1

The postgame talks were short. There wasn’t much to say. Christian Brothers Academy had just won a football game disguised as a track meet over Liverpool, 49-35, Friday night at LHS Stadium, and it didn’t take long for the coaches to wrap up their speeches.

Friday, September 23

ESM moves to 4-0; J-D scares Whitesboro

Spartans handle Cortland as Rams take first defeat

In one brave effort that led to defeat, the Jamesville-DeWitt football team may have proven more than in all of its three victories in 2011 combined.

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Bees sink Central Square, improve to 3-1

B'ville to clash with unbeaten West Genny next

It only figured that a player named Ricky Sparks provided the spark for the Baldwinsville football team's 41-13 victory over Central Square on Friday night.

Naton, Wildcats take out F-M in rain

WG football improves to 4-0, takes AA-2 lead

Staying undefeated was just one of the benefits that the West Genesee football team picked up from Friday night's 44-14 victory over Fayetteville-Manlius at Wildcat Stadium.

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Trustees stand firm: No alcohol on village property

The Village Board of Trustees at its Sept. 22 meeting refused to overturn its previous decision to prohibit alcohol consumption on village-owned property, causing consternation and anger in members of the Skaneateles Historical Society who requested a new vote on the issue.

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That's a Wrap

For the sixth year in a row, Waterman Elementary School Principal Marianne Young got wrapped in wrapping paper in front of the entire school to help kick off the Parent Teacher Committee’s annual gift wrap sale and fundraiser.

B'ville Volunteer Recruitment Fair returns

The greater Baldwinsville community is invited to explore the many ways to serve the community during the Baldwinsville Volunteer Recruitment Fair held from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

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Four B’ville students invited to All-State Music Conference

Four Baker High School students have been invited to attend the 2011 NYSSMA All-State Music Conference, to be held in Rochester in December. The following Baldwinsville students have been selected: Nicole Damon, flute alternate; Benjamin Bardenett, trombone; Sean Honsinger, mixed chorus alternate (tenor) and Julianna Grabowski, mixed chorus (alto).

Coffeehouse returns with Alan Taylor performance

After a long summer of reconstruction, the Hillview Coffeehouse is back.

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B'ville Oktoberfest 5K a run-away success

Saturday, Sept. 17, marked the second annual Baldwinsville Oktoberfest 5K race and by all accounts it was an overwhelming success. One hundred and sixty runners and walkers completed the event, which began and finished near the corner of Tappan and Canton streets.

Boys soccer Northstars top Nottingham, Oswego

Liverpool draws F-M 0-0, roars past Henninger

Following their head-to-head meeting at LeMoyne College on Sept. 17, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys soccer teams remained in the spotlight.

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Twelfth annual Jewish Music & Cultural Festival hits DeWitt Sunday

The 12th annual Jewish Music & Cultural Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt.

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B’ville field hockey stuns RFA, 2-1

Bees come back in rematch of 2010 sectional final

For at least one happy afternoon, it was 2010 all over again for the Baldwinsville field hockey team.

Renovation project at DeWitt Travel Plaza suspends fuel services

The NYS Thruway Authority announced fuel service will be suspended at the DeWitt Travel Plaza beginning Monday, Sept. 26, located eastbound between exits 36 and 35.

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Elevate eggplant with simple prep

What's in the Box?

Shiny, aubergine-colored skin is the eggplant’s calling card, but eggplants come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

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The first day: 2011-12

School Is In

“The times they are a-changin’” said Bob Dylan in 1964, the year I graduated from high school. True then, true now, and on September 7, the times changed for over 20,000 Syracuse City School District Students.

Skaneateles volleyball tops Phoenix, Fulton

Lakers improve to 8-0, dropping just one set

Though the tough parts of the schedule still lay ahead, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team is not getting tripped up in any of the preliminaries, improving to 8-0 on the season.

Volleyball Mustangs sweep twice; WG splits

Westhill beats LaFayette in five sets

Still rolling through the early part of its schedule, the Marcellus girls volleyball team demolished a pair of overmatched foes to improve to 5-0 on the season.

WG girls soccer edged by B’ville, 1-0

Wildcats now 6-2 following close battle with AA champs

If timing does matter, then the West Genesee girls soccer team appeared to catch defending Section III Class AA champion Baldwinsville in the right position when they met Wednesday night in Camillus.

Van Buren home destroyed by fire

Fire destroyed a home in Seneca Knolls early this morning.

Thursday, September 22

Student removed from LHS Thursday morning after disturbing Facebook post

A student was removed from Liverpool High School Thursday morning by Onondaga County Sheriff’s deputies after posting a “very alarming” message on Facebook Wednesday night.

‘TEETH’ to promote healthy dental care

CazCares, Cazenovia Public Library team up

CazCares and Cazenovia Public Library will be sponsoring an 8-week dental awareness program this fall, “TEETH,” for preschoolers and their families.

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Cross-country girls race to success at VVS

The Cazenovia girls varsity cross country team posted another impressive performance at the massive Veron-Verona-Sherrill invitational, which featured 123 teams from across New York state.

Fire at Ray Middle School

No one injured in incident

At approximately 9:25 a.m. this morning, a student at Ray Middle School reported a fire in the boys bathroom.

Town to allow display of farm equipment

During the Sept. 12 Cazenovia Town Board meeting, councilors adopted a resolution that will allow the display of farming equipment by sales and repair businesses along Route 20.

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Budweiser takes two titles in KickOff CookOff

United Way of Central New York held its ninth Annual KickOff CookOff event in September at the Syracuse Regional Market.

It’s easier in the fall at Sollecito Landscaping

Megan Sollecito, of Baldwinsville, will be among the NYS Certified Professionals leading demos and seminars for an autumn celebration this weekend, Sept. 24 and 25, at Sollecito Landscaping Nursery.

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GCACC hopes extend seasonal successes

Website upgrades look to increase member participation, community awareness

The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce recently held their regular monthly member meeting, the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Les Pates et Les Nouilles.

Lysander Parks & Rec Commission vacancy

The Lysander Parks & Recreation department is seeking candidates for the Lysander Parks & Recreation commission, which is a seven-member board made up of town of Lysander residents who act in an advisory capacity to the Parks & Recreation director and department.

Syracuse Ride for Missing Children

Be on the lookout Friday morning for cyclists traveling east from Baldwinsville.

B'ville school district to survey stakeholders

Between Oct. 3 and 14, the Baldwinsville Central School District will ask parents, students (fourth through 12th grades) and staff members to participate in a survey to determine their perceptions of the district.

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Horsing around with da Vinci

CCEEC to host musical lecture next Friday

The Cazenovia College Equine Education Center will host “Horsing Around with Leonardo da Vinci,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, in the Center’s Great Hall.

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CRIS to hold additional community workshops

Community Resources for Independent Seniors is continuing the series of workshops on subjects of interest to senior adults and their families.

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‘These are my roots’: What keeps two up-and-coming filmmakers in Syracuse?

Solon Quinn and James Domroe are poised to conquer the world of cinematography, but not before they finish stomping their footprints in Syracuse, the city they love.

Swimming Bees improve to 2-0, beat Syracuse

Double wins by Parker, Martin mark quick start

Improving to 2-0 on the young season, the Baldwinsville girls swim team beat the combined Syracuse city entry 101-76 Wednesday night at Nottingham High School, where the Section III championships are annually held.

Cross country Rams, Spartans Hornets sweep

J-D tops Mexico, Cortland; ESM handles Fulton

Most of the area’s cross country teams moved into league competition Wednesday afternoon, and all of them managed to find wins.

CBA girls swimmers beat F-M, Skaneateles

J-D earns first win of season over MPH

In yet another big early-season showdown, the Christian Brothers Academy girls swim team withstood the challenge of Fayettevile-Manlius last Monday night, beating the Hornets 104-79, one of two wins in three days that pushed the Brothers’ record to 3-0.

Skaneateles tennis wins rematch with Marcellus

Close doubles matches turn in Lakers' favor

Strong play on the doubles side helped the Skaneateles girls tennis team prevail in its second regular-season encounter with rival Marcellus Wednesday afternoon, edging past the Mustangs by a score of 4-3.

Swimming Lakers competitive in loss to CBA

DeWitt breaks school record in 100 backstroke

All sorts of high-level competition could be found in the Skaneateles girls swim team’s 100-86 defeat to Christian Brothers Academy Wednesday night at the Community Center.

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Salina may purchase old Bresee property

The Salina Town Board will hold an informational hearing at its regular meeting Monday night to discuss the possibility of purchasing the old Bresee property on Old Liverpool Road.

Cross country Wildcats handle Central Square

Leff posts quick time of 18:32 on Red Hawks' home course

Somehow, Laura Leff managed to top herself with the margin she created during the West Genesee cross country team’s sweep at Central Square Wednesday afternoon.

WG girls swimmers handle F-M, 99-81

Castro, Cahalan both win two events

Further enforcing its status as the CNY Counties League favorites, the West Genesee girls swim team battled past Fayetteville-Manlius 99-81 Wednesday night in the home opener at the Wildcats’ pool in Camillus.

Wednesday, September 21

Field hockey Lakers survive OT scare

Vogl goal lifts Lakers past Cortland

What was built over six years, and 65 consecutive games, nearly ended for the Cazenovia field hockey team in Wednesday night's game at Cortland. But the Lakers withstood the challenge from the Purple Tigers, prevailing 2-1 in overtime as Jillian Vogl notched the game-winner.

Westhill claims soccer showdown with Marcellus

Warriors score twice in one-minute span

As the battle for girls soccer supremacy in the OHSL Liberty division resumed between Westhill and Marcellus, count round one to the Warriors.

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School board speaks on football recruiting investigation

About 50 community members — residents, parents, coaches, teachers, students — attended the Sept. 20 Skaneateles School Board meeting in hopes of hearing some news about the district’s investigation into allegations of illegal recruiting and false residency concerning a handful of high school football players. They were not disappointed.

To the Editor: Thank you Manlius Historical Society members, volunteers, supporters

Recently, I resigned from my position as the executive director of the Manlius Historical Society to find full-time employment. Sadly, there are many that I have not had the pleasure to personally thank.

Manlius Historical Society appoints interim executive director

Donna L. Nortman has been chosen as interim executive director of the Manlius Historical Society by members of the board of trustees.

County Executive’s proposed budget includes approval system for funding arts, cultural agencies

When County Executive Joanie Mahoney presented her tentative 2012 budget last week to the Onondaga County legislature, she included long-term plans that would require arts and cultural agencies to secure outside funding before the county would appropriate funding for projects, events and operations.

The Orange and the ACC

In the end, SU had to leave Big East for long-term viability

Well that sure happened in a hurry. From Friday-night murmur to Saturday-morning rumor to Sunday-morning fact, Syracuse University’s move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference was considered, consumed and confirmed in what looked like record time.

CNS soccer holds off Nottingham, 2-1

Liverpool forges 0-0 draw with F-M

Following their head-to-head meeting at LeMoyne College on Sept. 17, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys soccer teams remained in the spotlight.

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A bicycle journey from Skaneateles to Fenway Park

As I pulled out of our driveway in Skaneateles it was just light enough to safely ride my bike. I had been planning this trip to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, for a few months and it was now time to start my adventure.

Online poll results: ‘no’ to parking waiver fee

The results of our first online poll show, “What amount should the village parking waiver fee be?” were unanimous that there should be no fee.

A locavore’s dream night


Sometimes the catchphrases “buy local” and “sustainable farming” seem like empty words that people use but don’t heed. The recent EnvIRONmental Chef homegrown competition held at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, which we report on in this issue, was not only a great time, but a true and honest example of putting these ideas to work.

Closing the Loan Closet

Letter to the Editor

After volunteering for 51 years supporting or Loan Closet, the Skaneateles Fireman’s Auxiliary has regretfully turned the Loan Closet over to the Outreach Program through the town of Skaneateles.

A sincere and hearty thank you

Letter to the Editor

The Skaneateles Historical Society recently held a fundraiser at the summer home of noted designer and TV personality, Thom Filicia. Everyone had a great time and the event was financially successful.

A letter from Lishui, China

Skaneateles resident in China teaching English

It is 6:30 p.m. The place, a newly constructed classroom on the fourth floor of a five-year-old building which is part of the Lishui Central Hospital complex. The students arrive. Many are wearing white coats. Their work day is over. Now they are studying English.

SKARTS Announces Fall Funding for Grants

The Skaneateles Area Arts Council is pleased to announce its second grants initiative of 2011, for interested individuals or groups that live or present performing, visual or arts-related events in the Skaneateles area.

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Skaneateles farmers promote conservation practices

John F. Tucker & Sons Farm one of many working with Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program

What do dairy farms do with all their cow manure in the winter? That’s not a trick question. In fact, it is an important consideration for farm costs, soil and animal health, and even lake watershed purity.

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Tim’s Pumpkin Patch open for season

New kids mazes, same pumpkin prices

You know it’s autumn in Skaneateles with the opening of Tim’s Pumpkin Patch on Rose Hill Road. And if the Great Pumpkin visits anywhere in Skaneateles, it’s safe to say he comes to Tim’s — that iconic fall destination where pumpkins cost only $2 and the apple cider donuts are impossible to resist.

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Dog grooming right at your doorstep

Bailey’s Bubble Bus offers mobile pet pampering

One of Skaneateles’ newest businesses is not only unique but also has no address — in fact, you’ve probably already seen the large black van with a picture of a golden retriever puppy on the side somewhere in the village without realizing what it was.

Dinosaur BBQ comes to town on Sept. 27

Area residents can enjoy an easy meal on Tuesday, Sept. 27, when the Middle School Student Council brings Dinosaur BBQ and Gianelli Sausage to Skaneateles.

Lysander Parks and Recreation fall programs announced

Learn basic horsemanship and care of a horse, as well as parts of equipment. (You will need hard soled shoes with a heel). This four-week class, designed for participants from 7 years old to adult, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 26 to Oct. 17, at Smoke Tree Farms on Plainville Road, Lysander.

B'ville School District changes spring break week

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education has changed the district’s spring break to the week of April 9 to 13, 2012.

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Final ‘Pat’s Pavement Pounder’ is Sunday

From 1 to 3 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 25, community members will gather at the Fayetteville-Manlius High School track to honor Patrick Cole one last time.

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B’ville student artwork to be exhibited at State Conference

Nine elementary students from the Baldwinsville Central School District will have their artwork on display at the 92nd Annual New York State School Boards Association Conference in Buffalo, Oct. 27 to 30. The exhibit is intended to highlight achievement in visual art across the state. Congratulations to:

Shepard thanks supporters

I would like to express my appreciation to all the voters who came out to cast their ballots in primary election for the 13th district seat on the Onondaga County Legislature on Sept. 13.

Rutherford thanks supporters

My family and I thank you for your support during the past primary elections. I am the republican candidate for re-election as the Lysander Town Justice. See you on Nov. 8.

Cemetery association seeks maintenance funds

The Jacksonville Cemetery is a quaint community cemetery located near the Onondaga/Oswego County Line in the Town of Lysander. The cemetery was created by the Second Religion Baptist Society about 1833, in what was once known as Palmertown and now known as Jacksonville.

Library Focus: Check out Candlelight Quilt Guild display

Time seems to run faster when the school doors open. Nevertheless, it’s a great time to take a breather, drop in for a book or film and enjoy our glorious art display from the Candlelight Quilt Guild.

Tuesday, September 20

Wildcats give B'ville soccer big-time scare

WG falls, 4-3, on Price's goal in second OT

In perhaps the season's most thrilling boys soccer game to date, four-time defending Class AA champion Baldwinsville held off a gritty effort from host West Genesee 4-3, in double overtime Tuesday night.

Girls soccer Warriors, Bees play to 0-0 draw

Both sides see players hurt; rematch is Oct. 1

So nothing got settled when the Baldwinsville and Liverpool girls soccer teams met for the first time in 2011 on a sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

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Sunny skies, friendly faces at Fall Festival

Those who attended the 65th annual Jordan Fall Festival this past weekend got their fill of rides, food, and fun amongst sunny skies and friendly faces.

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The Erie Canal Cloggers start back up with its 2011-12 campaign

It started with a percolated interest. For Dale Burl, his interest in clogging lead to the founding of the Erie Canal Cloggers in 1994.

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Marcellus churches join together for Habitat for Humanity

The Marcellus churches, St. John’s Episcopal, St. Francis Roman Catholic, Marcellus First Presbyerian and United Marcellus Methodist Church have once again formed a partnership to help with the upcoming Interfaith Builds of Syracuse Habitat for Humanity. Final details of the homes to be started this fall on Syracuse’s West Side are in the works.

Help Stand Against Suicide win $10,000 from Pepsi

A local nonprofit needs your help to win a $10,000 grant from Pepsi.

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Duck race raises thousands for Bridgeport Food Pantry

It might have had to wait a week, but the Bridgeport Duck Race was no less a success for the delay.

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Operation Southern Comfort still going strong

Norm Andrzejewski understands how people could forget about those affected by Hurricane Katrina. “I understand how a person could do that,” Andrzejewski said. “There are so many catastrophes out there. Look at what [Hurricane] Irene has done up here. But the need is still there.”

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Westcott neighbors: pick up your bulbs Saturday, Oct. 1

Annual Bulb Give Away Day offers plenty for non-neighborhood residents, too

The 9th annual Bulb Give Away is set for Saturday, Oct. 1, but the four-hour event features much more than the 5,400 perennial daffodil bulbs set aside for Westcott neighbors.

To the Editor: Kudos to Eagle Hill on Blue Ribbon designation

I am pleased to learn that Eagle Hill Middle School has been named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education... And the only school in Central New York to receive the honor!

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Rotary spaghetti dinners take on new focus

Monthly dinners will benefit different charities to show where dollars go

Wednesday Oct. 12 will be the first of a seasonal feature in Baldwinsville – the Rotary Club’s spaghetti dinner.

From the Town Clerk’s Desk: Licensing, rabies shots, spay, neutering of pets

We are approaching our one year anniversary of having the sole responsibility of the dog licensing program after it was turned over to municipalities by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone for your patience during the transition.

B’ville art teacher awarded grant

Jessica Voigt, who teaches art at Baker High School, has been given the 2011 Raymond C. Henry Award from the New York State Art Teachers Association.

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Field of dreams: F-M dedicates new turf field, track complex

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District celebrated its new turf field and track complex during Friday night’s varsity football game among a roaring crowd of students, parents and school officials, and a sea of green t-shirts reading “We did it!”

Monday, September 19

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First graders enjoy ‘ice breaker’ picnic

First-grade classmates Ryan Bunker, left, and Quinn Reid get to know each other at a special Meet and Greet Picnic their teacher, Julie Gottlieb, arranged at a local playground at the end of August.

Join the stars in Baldwinsville

Parker Pennington, a U.S. National Champion at four different levels, will bring some of his talented friends to Baldwinsville for a figure skating and dance show spectacular.

Observe Constitution Week

The National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution reminds everyone that on Sept. 17, 1787, 39 delegates from 12 of the 13 original states, met in Philadelphia and signed the Constitution of the United States. By inspired wisdom, they declared their freedom as an independent nation and, after many months of debate, dissension and compromise, our forefathers designed, framed and ratified the Constitution, which is revered as the greatest charter of human liberties ever written.

Join me for a free senior event at NYS Fair

I would like to invite you to my seventh annual Senior Fair, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds. I am hosting this free, informative event for Central New York senior citizens because I know it is sometimes difficult to find the programs and services that best fit your needs.

West Genesee schools, town of Camillus to host 13th annual Race for Respect

Race slated for noon on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the high school

The West Genesee School District and town of Camillus will host the 13th annual Race for Respect at noon on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the high school.

DeWitt man charged in stabbing incident

A 34-year-old man was taken to Upstate Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries last night after being stabbed at Folands Trailer Park, 407 N. Midler Ave., said DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conway.

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Students learn how to address, avoid bullying

Glasgow tailors multiple presentations for middle school students

As the problem of bullying grows in classrooms and Internet chatrooms nationwide, Cazenovia Middle School Guidance Counselor Jennifer Glasgow is ensuring the issue won’t become a concern for district students. During the week of Sept. 14, she gave multiple presentations regarding how to identify and avoid bullying, to pupils in fifth, sixth and seventh grades.

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Caz Forum hosts Thomas Flynn

Sept. 11, 2011, the 10-year anniversary of the day that shocked our nation, saw the first Cazenovia Forum event of the fall season. The meeting followed the 7 p.m. candlelight vigil, organized by members of Project Café, at Memorial Park, and provided a speaker who had been witness to the events in New York City. Thomas Flynn, a journalist and the author of the epic poem “Bikeman,” spoke at Cazenovia’s Presbyterian Church Meeting House about his experiences.

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Jazz’N Caz to leave residents ‘swingin’ on a star!’

Tenth annual weekend-long festival to honor Jimmy Van Heusen

The world knew him as Jimmy Van Heusen, songwriter for the stars. But in Cazenovia he was Chet Babcock, the guy who played the piano in Williams Hall. This weekend the 10th Annual Jazz’N Caz festival will pay homage to Jimmy Van Heusen, who attended Cazenovia Seminary before rising to stardom composing for films and Frank Sinatra.

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Skaneateles H.S. senior named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Skaneateles High School senior Kaitlin Spear has been named a semifinalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Spear, the only 2012 applicant chosen from the entire Skaneateles district, now has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring.

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Anticipation builds for Taste of Cazenovia

Reservations are flowing in for a delightful and delicious evening at Owera Vineyards. Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of Cazenovia Children’s House and the new vineyard’s beginnings in Cazenovia, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21.

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Reisman Lecture to feature Nobel Prize-winning chemist

Cazenovia College’s Reisman Lecture Series continues to focus on social and cultural issues. The fall 2011 lecture, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre, will be given by Roald Hoffmann, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (with Kenichi Fukui).

FTGU thanks supporters across Central New York

Letters to the editor

rom the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc. would like to express gratitude to the many individuals and organizations that have so generously supported our organization during our current programming season.

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Schermerhorn learns the tricks of the trade as an administrative intern at J-E High School

Mark Schermerhorn’s time is precious. The Jordan-Elbridge High School technology teacher is balancing more than just his teaching responsibilities, but as an administrative intern, too. Schermerhorn is working alongside Acting Principal Mary Thomas-Madonna and Associate Principal and Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Eric Varney with a majority of administrative tasks from Sept. 6 to June 22.

Milfoil litter plagues southwest shore of lake

Letter to the editor

There seems to be a new use for our beautiful lake, and that is as a trash collector for cut, un-harvested milfoil.

CNS boys soccer beats Liverpool, 3-1

Cooper scores twice in clash of rivals at LeMoyne

At the end of another eventful week, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer teams renewed their rivalry Saturday afternoon at LeMoyne College.

Northstars edges Liverpool head-to-head at VVS meet

Lupia, Gill helps CNS on state championship course

Though the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool cross country teams don’t face each other in CNY Counties League action until Oct. 5 at Longbranch Park, they would race each other anyway at Saturday’s Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational.

Fenner Street residents wary of lighting proposal

Letter to the editor

We have been following the story on “Light Up Fenner” and, as residents of Fenner Street, have some concerns that we have not seen addressed. This is going to effect the whole village but primarily the area surrounding the fields and Fenner Street.

Girls tennis Warriors take out CNS

Liverpool needs three sets in three doubles wins

In their lone regular-season encounter, the Liverpool girls tennis team roared past rival Cicero-North Syracuse 6-1 on Friday afternoon, though the final total did not quite reflect the close nature of the contest.

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Cazenovia prepares for CROP WALK

Annual fundraiser to benefit food pantries, meal programs

With new statistics revealing that one in seven people in the world are hungry, and half are children, Church World Services is determined to solve this daunting hunger problem.

Liverpool golfers go 1-1; CNS Blue wins twice

Through its early-season work, the Liverpool boys golf team is a clear contender for top honors in the CNY Counties League, though a late-week defeat hurt those chances as Cicero-North Syracuse’s Blue side went 2-0.

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Town of Manlius seeks photos of ‘Hometown Heroes’

For town of Manlius assessor Pat Duffy, father of Army Sgt. Matthew Duffy, supporting the troops is about more than being proud of his son.

Clearspeak: Remembering the World Trade Center

It’s the tenth anniversary of that terrible day when the world changed forever — Sept. 11, 2001. I remember the World Trade Center Twin Towers well. For five years during the 1990s, I worked in a large law firm on the 57th floor of the north tower. My firm had the whole floor, which was an unobstructed acre in area, unobstructed because the towers’ support system were placed on the buildings’ exteriors.

Knowing who you are

He didn’t really know who he was. Osama Bin Laden thought he was that guy, like the Bruce Willis character in “Die Hard With a Vengeance,” when he shot down a helicopter with a car because he ran out of bullets. The man thought he was righteous. He sent videos taunting the world and nobody could get him for the longest time. He just wouldn’t go down.

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‘Jean would’ve loved this’

Mollinger, Leahy win EnvIRONmental Chef competition

Joelle Mollinger of Joelle’s Bistro and Ellen Leahy of bc were crowned the People’s Choice champions at the inaugural EnvIRONmental Chef homegrown competition at Baltimore Woods on Sept. 18.

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Withstanding the tests of time

Cazenovia photographer’s work displayed in new book

Local photographer Gene Gissin recently lent a hand, and his lens, to help historian G. Russel Oechsle document an expansive clock collection for the newly-released book, “Good for a Time: The Christopher R. Brown Research Archive of Early American Wooden Works Shelf Clocks.” Gissin documented Brown’s collection of 295 clocks, with some dating back to 1817, by taking more than 900 photographs. The 250 first edition prints of the book were published and released earlier this year.

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Runners compete in ninth annual Fayetteville 10K Classic [RESULTS]

Here are the results from Saturday’s ninth annual Fayetteville 10K Classic.

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Name the creature contest

Name the creature contest puts the "public" in public arts.

Tennis Hornets, Trojans claim invitational titles

J-D edged by B'ville after showdown with CBA

A full and exciting week of girls tennis action culminated with three local teams playing in invitational tournaments Saturday in scattered locales – and winning two of them.

F-M, ESM field hockey roll to wins

Hornets top CNS to start win streak; Spartans prevail twice

Perhaps the move to an all-weather field, and all the side benefits with it, has made brought stability and confidence to the Fayetteville-Manlius field hockey team.

F-M volleyball teams both go 1-1

Boys Hornets drop five-set classic to CNS

In a long, tough battle, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys volleyball team took defending Class AA champion Cicero-North Syracuse to the wire Wednesday night, but lost to the Northstars in five games.

Sunday, September 18

Cross country Hornets sweep VVS Invitational

F-M girls, boys beat large fields at state meet site

So the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country machine fires up again, ready to pursue more sectional, state and national titles all the way into December.

Cross country Bees shine at VVS meet

High finishes follow league-opening sweep of Syracuse East

In one of the fall’s largest gatherings, the Baldwinsville cross country team joined more than 70 other squads at Saturday’s Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational.

B'ville girls tennis stays unbeaten

Bees sweep league foes, claim invitational in Cortland

In a busy but productive stretch, the Baldwinsville girls tennis team played three times in four days, winning on every occasion to improve its mark to 5-0.

B’ville golfers go 3-1, beat Liverpool

Bees stay close to top of CNYCL standings

In both summer-like and winter-like conditions, the Baldwinsville boys golf team tried to keep up with the CNY Counties League leaders.

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B’ville field hockey splits league games

Bees take losses to Liverpool, Cortland after topping Auburn

While it has not fallen all the way back into the Class A pack, the Baldwinsville field hockey team is now quite aware that work remains before it can climb back to the top.

Should we pay college athletes?

Scandals, hypocrisy are too big to ignore

Maybe soon the charade will end. For far too long, the people who run college sports in America has driven a fictional narrative about humble “student-athletes” playing for love of the game and nothing else. Fans bought it. The media bought it. We all wanted to believe it.

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Cross country Lakers win at Maine-Endwell meet

Adams takes girls varsity race as Skaneateles claims team honors

With military helicopters swooping in overhead while ferrying in supplies to the flood-stricken Southern Tier last Saturday, the cross girls of Skaneateles were busy toiling away on the muck and mud while winning their first invitational of the young season at Maine-Endwell.

Marcellus volleyball sweeps Phoenix, Westhill

WG drops five-set classic to Skaneateles

Growing more accustomed to the fall routine, the Marcellus girls volleyball team encountered no serious hurdles in its first full week of action.

Skaneateles volleyball survives West Genny scare

Lakers need five sets to stay unbeaten

Regardless of the time of the year they are playing, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team is making itself difficult to beat.

Tennis Lakers sweep Grimes, compete in tournament

Herbst advances to first singles final

Looking for back-to-back wins, the Skaneateles girls tennis team met Bishop Grimes on Friday and blanked the Cobras in a 7-0 decision.

Leff, Manahan shine at VVS Invitational

WG, Marcellus runners solve state championship course

Most of the area’s high school cross country teams made their way to Saturday’s Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational, on the same spot where the state championships will get decided less than two months from now.

Soccer Mustangs, Warriors head toward showdown

Marcellus has 3-0 week; Warriors rip Solvay, Hannibal

On their way to a head-to-head encounter Wednesday night, the Marcellus and Westhill girls soccer team had little trouble with other foes.

WG, Marcellus tennis stay unbeaten in league

Wildcats hold off Auburn; Mustangs second in Invitational

Amid a crowded week of activity, the West Genesee girls tennis team somehow kept itself undefeated and Marcellus did the same within the OHSL Liberty division.

‘Tis (almost) the season for Everson Festival of Trees

The Everson Museum of Art is calling for the donation of trees, wreaths and more for this year’s Festival of Trees.

Saturday, September 17

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Football Lakers take out Camden, stay unbeaten

Caz sits alone top B East standings

Nothing is new or different with the Cazenovia football team - which is just how the Lakers and all its followers like it.

CNS victimized by late Corcoran comeback

Northstars fall to 1-2 in 33-24 defeat

Just when it looked like it was poised to earn back-to-back wins, the Cicero-North Syracuse football team received a late and unpleasant surprise.

Hornets demolish Oswego; CBA holds off Nottingham

F-M's turf debut features 63 first-half points

Absolutely nothing was going to deter Fayetteville-Manlius from the official celebration and dedication of its new artificial turf field - including a football game.

J-D rallies, joins ESM with 3-0 start

Red Rams top Fulton; Spartans rip Fowler

One quarter of football remained in Friday night's game at Fulton, and Jamesville-DeWitt's followers feared that a promising start to the 2011 season would start to dissipate, just like so many hopes in so many seasons past.

Wildcats bash Auburn; F-M clash looms

Howard gets five TD's as WG goes to 3-0

Now the preliminaries for the West Genesee football team are over, and the big tests of the 2011 season loom dead ahead.

J-E runs to easy win in home opener

Eagles hammer ITC; Ludden holds off Watertown IHC

Home at last, the Jordan-Elbridge football team knew only one proper way to celebrate the occasion.

Marcellus gets first win; Westhill surprised by Ilion

Mustangs knock off unbeaten Mexico; Solvay falls to Phoenix

Just before it got too late, the Marcellus football team rose up and re-entered the conversation among Class B West division contenders.

Beefy Bears beat up Homer, go to 3-0

Chittenango uses power to take B West lead

Once it got over its own shaky start and asserted its will on both sides of the ball, the Chittenango football team took charge of the Class B West division race.

Skaneateles football rips LaFayette, 61-12

Lakers easily move to 3-0 in home opener

At least for now, the Skaneateles football team continues to feast on Class C competition. In the latest example, the Lakers routed LaFayette, 61-12 Friday night in the team's home opener at Hyatt Stadium.

Attention: Pet owners, would-be pet owners

The Central New York Animal Welfare Coalition is inviting pet owners in some of Syracuse’s neediest neighborhoods to healthy pet clinics this fall.

Best Bets: History

Stroll through Solvay Sunday

Take a walk through historic Solvay on a tour led by Preservation Association of Central New York.

Friday, September 16

Girls soccer Red Rams flatten CBA, 6-0

Devereaux sisters lead all-out J-D attack

A mere 12 days after roasting in brutal heat during the finals of its own tournament, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team visited Christian Brothers Academy amid conditions more than 40 degrees colder. But if the air was chilly, the Red Rams were still flaming hot.

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Late scores lift B'ville past Liverpool

Rouse amasses 291 yards, 5 TDs, Bees go to 2-0

Through familiar and unfamiliar means, the Baldwinsville football team fended off a fierce challenge from long-time rival Liverpool.

Library Focus: Storytime registrations underway

The buses are back in business, but the library rolls on providing a wealth of education and entertainment for patrons of all ages even if they aren’t in school.

Community, church, home: All are welcome

Many churches use the phrase "All Are Welcome." If you drive by St. Mark's Lutheran church on Route 370, you will see "All Are Welcome" posted on the sign in the front. St. Mark's wants to make sure that each and every Sunday everyone who attends the church feels comfortable and welcome.

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B’ville student returns from inspiring leadership summit

Allyson Burzynski, an eighth grade student at Durgee Jr. High School, recently returned from Washington, DC where she attended a People to People World Leadership Forum.

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Williams Realty Changes Hands, But Not Heart

Longest operating real estate brokerage in Skaneateles has new owner

As of Sept. 1, Renee Dwyer has taken ownership of the longest operating real estate firm in Skaneateles: Williams Realty. Dwyer, who has been living in and selling property in Skaneateles for 11 years, took the operational reins from previous owners Grace Snook and Janet Tardiff, who had owned the business since 1975.

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Upstate Medical University to offer ‘music for healing’ course

Upstate will be the first and only academic training site in New York for certification in the national Music for Healing and Transition Program, which is accredited by the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians.

Liverpool swimmers hold off F-M, 93-90

Led by Madison Sestak and Madeline Murphy, the Liverpool girls swim team won a tightly-fought CNY Counties League opener Thursday night, beating Fayetteville-Manlius 93-90.

Community Foundation expands nonprofit executive sabbatical program

The Central New York Community Foundation has enhanced the offerings available to those who apply for the John F. Marsellus Sabbatical.

Best Bets: Music

Cavallo returns to rock Festa

Central New York’s Godfather of Rock’n’Roll, Jimmy Cavallo, will once again headline Festa Italiana this weekend.

CNS volleyball teams pull out close wins

Boys, girls Northstars need five sets; Liverpool wins twice

In perhaps the most closely-fought match of the young season, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys volleyball team battled its way past Fayetteville-Manlius in Wednesday night’s five-set epic, one day before the girls Northstars went to the wire to edge Oswego.

Around town: Village dissolution discussion continues in Camillus

Village and town of Camillus dignitaries gathered at Town Hall Wednesday, Sept. 7 for a special work session regarding the dissolution of the village. 

Whatever happened to our Civil Defense System?

Urban CNY

With natural disasters hitting our shores almost weekly, isn’t it time to rebuild our Civil Defense System?

B’ville boys soccer edges Liverpool again

Second-half Lauko goal enough for 1-0 win

A mere nine days after they first got together, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team met up with Liverpool again, this time on the Warriors’ home turf.

Boys volleyball Bees rip pair of foes

B'ville girls dominate Nottingham, F-M

So far, all is going quite smoothly for the Baldwinsville boys volleyball team in its first round against local Class AA opponents.

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Our cup runneth over (with locally-roasted coffee)

Seven different roasters were marketing their beans in the Salt City, and the Near West Side, East Side, Eastwood, Downtown and North Side neighborhoods all boast their own roasteries (more than one, in some areas), each with their own personalities and defining characteristics.

CBA swimmers survive J-D scare, win 95-91

Schmitt breaks two pool records, anchors decisive relay

For a long time now, the Christian Brothers Academy girls swim team flicked aside the challenge offered by its neighbors from Jamesville-DeWitt.

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Liverpool resident finds her ‘voice’ after years of domestic abuse

After six years, two months and seven days of marriage, Liverpool resident Elaina Leonardo packed what she could fit into the family minivan, picked up her three children from daycare, and left her home and her husband. Recalling that day more than two years ago, Leonardo observes, “Someone from the outside would have said that I walked away from a good life. Those that know me, know that I escaped hell. That I escaped from a hard-handed husband, a prison, and unimaginable control, and secured my children’s future happiness.”

Skaneateles girls swimmers topple Cazenovia

DeWitt aids in three race wins; Lakers get CBA next

Still pushing itself to join the elite ranks in the Onondaga High School League, the Skaneateles girls swim team is off to a successful start in 2011.

Skaneateles soccer splits against league rivals

Boys beat Marcellus, get shut out by Cazenovia

Still dealing with all the changes within its roster, the Skaneateles boys soccer team stepped into OHSL Liberty division play and had both positive and negative moments against two of its main rivals.

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Syracuse Nets 5th grade girls place 6th at nationals

The Syracuse Nets AAU 5th Grade Girls Team recently finished 6th in the nation after a National Tournament competition with the finals held during July in Hampton, Virgina. The Nets boast 11 locally-based 4th and 5th grade girls who practice and play under the tutelage of their coaches, John Cargian of Jamesville, Sam Vinci, Jeff Hibbard and Michael Vaughan.

WG golfers topple Fayetteville-Manlius

Wildcats stay near top of CNYCL race

Fuming at its narrow home defeat to Liverpool on Sept. 9, the West Genesee boys golf team had to wait nearly a week to bounce back.

Caz soccer teams conquer Skaneateles

Dorsey, Duffy earn goals in 2-0 boys shutout; girls win, too

Just a season ago, the very notion of the Cazenovia boys soccer team keeping close to Skaneateles, much less beating them, was fanciful.

Volleyball Lakers resume winning form

Caz tops Solvay in four, sweeps ITC

Shaking off the back-to-back defeats to Cicero-North Syracuse and Skaneateles the week before, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team quickly rose above the .500 mark again.

Caz swimmers open, fall to Skaneateles

Two relay titles proved the main highlights for the Cazenovia girls swim team during last Thursday night’s season-opening 100-73 defeat to Skaneateles.

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Explore the Near West Side Saturday with business open house event

Open house event on the Near West Side showcases three local, independent businesses.

Thursday, September 15

Caz field hockey handles Weedsport

League win streak at 64; long road stretch looms

Not until October will the Cazenovia field hockey team play again at its home field next to Burton Street Elementary School.

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West Genesee wins communications contest awards

The West Genesee school district will be awarded by the New York School Public Relations Association in its 32nd annual Communications contest for outstanding district publications. Awards will be presented at the 2011 NYSPRA Awards Luncheon Oct. 28 at the 2011 convention of the New York State School Boards Association in Buffalo.

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Get to know your neighbors at the Fayetteville Festival this weekend

In Fayetteville, the third Saturday in September can only mean one thing: time to get out to the Fayetteville Festival.

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Deaf rights advocate opens ‘Baby Signs’ in ShoppingTown Mall

Baby Signs is designed to be a floating business; Baby Signs with Mrs. Cincotta is the first classroom of its kind in the United States.

Liverpool field hockey tops RFA, B’ville

Warriors remain unbeaten, emerge as Class A favorite

In a span of 48 hours, the Liverpool field hockey team would undergo a pair of high-profile home encounters against its two main rivals – who are also the holders of the last two Section III Class A titles.

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Immaculate Conception welcomes triplets, nine sets of twins

IC welcomed nine sets of twins, and one set of triplets, into its halls on the first day of school Wednesday, Sept. 7. Of IC’s 276 enrolled students, 21 are either twins or triplets.

When to say 'when'


At last week’s village board meeting, Trustee John Cromp made an excellent observation and asked an poignant question that we think deserves acknowledgment and consideration.

B’ville swimmers hold off Oswego in opener

Parker, Martin both win two individual races

Baldwinsville’s girls swim had just enough points to fend off Oswego’s late push in Wednesday night’s season opener, earning a 48-46 victory over the Buccaneers.

District to offer tax bill information session

In order to provide information about how tax bills are calculated, and to also field questions about property tax bills, the Cazenovia Central School District will be holding an information session.

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Martin speaks on education at Caz College

Student delivers the Webster Address during Wheler Conference

Elizabeth G. Martin, of Cortland, is a Cazenovia College senior working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in inclusive elementary education. She was chosen to deliver the Sarah Webster Address at the Tenth Annual Wheler Family Conference on World Affairs, held Sept. 7, at Cazenovia College. This year’s address, titled “On Education,” reflected on the ways Martin’s educational experiences have influenced her life.

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Fayetteville-Manlius turf field, resurfaced track open for use

Community celebration planned for Friday

The new turf field at the Fayetteville-Manlius School District is open for use, and a celebration is planned for Friday, Sept. 16, to mark its completion.

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… and so begins another school year

Cazenovia students return to academia after long, hot summer

As of Tuesday, Sept. 6, summer recess ended and classes resumed for students of the Cazenovia Central School District. Hallways and lunch lines are busy once again at the district’s three academic buildings. For Cazenovia High School Principal Eric Schnabl, life is back to normal.

Eagle Hill Middle School named Blue Ribbon School

Eagle Hill was one of 19 schools in the state, and the only school in Onondaga County, to receive the National Blue Ribbon award.

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Baldwinsville’s Oktoberfest returns this weekend

Oktoberfest has moved. This weekend’s event, which kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday, will be held at Paper Mill Island. While the venue has changed, the festival continues to offer food, fun and entertainment. Event organizers are also continuing the 5K race, which was launched last year.

The Codes Corner: Prevent flooding by clearing drainage easements

Upstate New York has had its share of flooding this month and the damage caused has been very expensive. Flooding of homes and properties can happen even when we do not live in flood prone areas (as defined by FEMA).

B'ville ‘Annie’ turnout incredible

I want to say a big thank you to the whole Baldwinsville community for the wonderful support that they gave to the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild's recent Youth Theatre production of "Annie."

Lysander Planning Board screwed up big time

I’ve been paying close attention to the news articles about the Northwest YMCA planned for the corner of Route 31 and Drakes Landing in the Radisson development. As a life-long resident of Baldwinsville, in Lysander, I remember when this development was being built.

Take Bullis south

Now that was an exciting primary! Gestapo Barry and his Lysander Republican Committee skirted the issues and attacked with a P.I., two former police officers and one sitting police officer on a path of personal destruction. Yet no issues.

B'ville: Benefit for Michael Wood, victim of home invasion

On April 9, Michael Wood of Baldwinsville was assaulted by two men while visiting with friends and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He has gone through several steps in recovery including a comatose state, surgery, several step-down stages in the hospital, inpatient rehab and outpatient rehab.

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‘Swingin’ on a Star!’

Downtown After Dark

The world knew him as Jimmy Van Heusen, songwriter for the stars. But in Syracuse he was Chet Babcock from down in The Valley.

Boys cross country Wildcats edge RFA

WG girls, led by Leff, post win over Black Knights

The West Genesee boys cross country team had a tough CNY Counties League opener with Rome Free Academy last Wednesday afternoon, needing a tie-breaker on the boys end to prevail after both sides finished with 29 points.

WG swimmers return to defend league title

Still the reigning champions of the CNY Counties League, the West Genesee girls swim team began another push toward a league crown – and also, perhaps, a challenge to Christian Brothers Academy for Section III Class A honors later this fall.

Benderson Center: Safe! Caring! Clean! Closing?

City Scuffle

State Assembly Member Sam Roberts schmoozed the nearly full house at the Common Council Chambers last week, mostly gathered to express support for the Ida Benderson Senior Center they attend regularly on Salina Street between Fayette and Washington.

Wednesday, September 14

Q Center takes long-term focus on funding

The Q Center, a not-for-profit drop-in facility for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered and questioning youth, is the only center of its kind within an 80-mile radius.

Block Blitz to focus on Near Westside, Skunk City

The Home HeadQuarters Annual Block Blitz Neighborhood Clean Up will tackle projects in the Near Westside and Skunk City, focusing on the 700 block of Otisco Street and the 100 block of Hoefler Street.

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Westcott Street Cultural Fair gears up for 20th year

The 20th annual fair kicks off at noon Sunday, Sept. 18, and runs until 6 p.m., with entertainment on six different stages and a comprehensive collection of vendor booths throughout the Westcott neighborhood.

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ESM welcomes new principal to Woodland Elementary

Tom Colabufo said it has been his “dream job” to be an elementary principal working with younger students. As the new principal at Woodland Elementary School, he is ready to lead and make a difference.

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Creating a ‘little piece of historic legacy’

Local decorative artist restores 19th century schoolhouse one warm weekend at a time

Heather Bruno-Sears found the bones of an oxen in her front yard, a 1902 Indian-head penny by her front doorstep, a handmade glass marble in the interior dirt under the window, and a 19th century cast-iron toy pull horse in her garden. She’s not a treasure hunter, an intense antiquer or a “pawn star,” but rather a lover of historic buildings who is restoring a circa 1814 one-room schoolhouse in Spafford one warm weekend at a time.

Ironman 70.3 to start and end in Jamesville Sunday

Back in Syracuse for the second year, Ironman 70.3 will take place Sunday, Sept. 18. Though the route has changed, the event will again start and end at Jamesville Beach Park.

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Baseball alumni form baseball hall of fame

On June 3, the Baldwinsville Baseball Alumni Committee held its annual alumni game at Baker High School. Alumni ranging from the class of 1964 to the class of 2010 participated in the game. The alumni present had a great time and spent quality time reliving their past and telling stories that haven’t been shared in years, with Coach Bader leading the charge.

Onondaga County approves In-Bev PILOT, budget hearing set for Oct. 6

The Onondaga County Legislature met Sept. 6 with a light agenda as most departments are preparing for the 2012 budget. At this session, the public hearing for the budget was set for 7 p.m. Oct. 6 to be held in the legislative chambers.

Tuesday, September 13

Cox loses 403-962 in District 12 Republican primary challenge

Robert Cox will not hold the District 12 legislative seat for another term.

Girls soccer Warriors blank West Genny

Quick goals lead to 3-0 win over unbeaten Wildcats

At least through the early portions of the 2011 season, the Liverpool girls soccer team is proving itself a formidable force.

Bullis, Mantione win nominations

Incumbent Barry Bullis has unofficially won the republican nomination for Lysander Town Supervisor against contender Fred Burtch during today’s primary election.

Shepard wins republican nomination

After a heated primary race, republicans in the 13th district of Onondaga County have chosen their candidate.

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Camillus couple to open ‘Lune Chocolat’ in Manlius

Ever have chai tea or stout beer flavored chocolate? Pretty soon you won’t have to go far to try them.

Future of receiver of tax office hangs on Sept. 20 Town of Camillus referendum

Town of Camillus residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to vote whether or not to abolish the town’s receiver of taxes office.

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Haberstock crowned champion in ‘Tennis for Herm’

The ‘Tennis For Herm’ event organizers would like to thank Meg O’Connell, Eric Allyn, Joan Christy and Tom Bersani as primary sponsors of the Tennis For Herm Tournament that took place on Saturday, Sept. 3. Their support and the support of the participants have been pledged to the Parks and Recreation Department of Skaneateles.

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Classic Wooden Boat Author to Speak for Glen Haven

Anthony S. Mollica, Jr. will give an illustrated talk entitled, “Classic Wooden Boats,” to the members and friends of the Glen Haven Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Scott United Methodist Church, 6816 New York Route 41, Scott, New York. The program is without charge, and all are invited to attend.

B’ville girls soccer shuts out F-M

Emma Firenze scores twice in rematch of 2010 sectional final

Sure, it’s early in the proceedings. But once again the Baldwinsville girls soccer team is offering up a daunting combination of explosive goal-scoring ability and a tendency to shut an opponent down.

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DeWitt pays tribute to 9/11 [GALLERY]

Residents and visitors gathered at DeWitt Town Hall Sunday, Sept. 11, to honor the memory of lives lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Syracuse Philharmonic holds public forums to share plan, receive feedback from community

The new Syracuse Philharmonic Society will host two public forums to share its plan for a future orchestra with the community.

Call for volunteers

Volunteer training at From the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship.

Skaneateles girls tennis edges Westhill

Lakers win all four of its matches in three sets

With determination and perseverance, the Skaneateles girls tennis team moved into the win column for the first time in 2011 last Monday afternoon, going to Westhill and beating the Warriors by a 4-3 margin.

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What we really lost

Vanessa Langer was a New York girl, through and through. “Her favorite song was ‘New York, New York,’” recalled her mother, Liverpool resident Donna Marsh O’Connor. “There is actually a wedding video from a woman she used to work for where she and her boyfriend at the time were dancing to ‘New York, New York.’ She just loved the city.”

Baldwinsville HS Class of ’62 seeks classmates

The Baker High School Class of 1962 is currently making plans to hold our 50th anniversary reunion, scheduled for Sept. 14 and 15, 2012. We have been unable to locate several members of our graduating class, and are requesting the assistance of your readers in locating them.

Maffei announces 2012 candidacy

Since January a shock wave of Tea Party driven partisanship and inflexibility has rolled across Congress. When I lost my election last November by 648 votes, I hoped that such a close result would convince our new Congresswoman to put aside her radical ideology, and set about finding ways to bring people together and create new opportunities for Central New Yorkers.

Landscaping needed near Tri-County

The Tri-County Mall is no more. It’s pretty bad to see an establishment fall to the ground. It would be nice to have it come up once again with new stores.

Lysander Parks and Recreation fall registration underway

Fall registration for the Lysander Parks and Recreation Department began Sept. 12. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and pre-registration is required to attend a program. There are many new programs this year as well as favorites from last year.

Baldwinsville Codes Corner

Remove growth, garbage to reduce mosquito threat

The ‘buzz’ word everywhere right now is mosquitoes. We have had quite a bit of rain this month and it seems the little pests are everywhere. Not only do they bite and itch, but now they are carrying two very real and very serious viruses – Triple ‘E’ or Eastern Equine Encephalitis and the West Nile Virus.

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Baldwinsville harvest of sounds, scents and savors

Beaver Lake’s fall festival boasts variety of entertainment

Blue skies and sunshine provided the perfect backdrop for the 34th Annual Golden Harvest Festival held this past weekend at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Evaluating the Evaluation: A look at the validity of 3-8 assessment testing

School Is In

In 2006, I was part of the group that conducted the final grading of the New York State Grade 8 ELA Assessment Tests (or so we thought).

‘Unsung Heroes’ film series begins Tuesday at Red House

Red House Arts Center launches a new film series of eight award-winning documentary films celebrating everyday heroes from all walks of life accompanied by a guest speaker, panel or performer.

Monday, September 12

Ridall earns 500th victory at MPH

Trojans' soccer coach gets milestone in win over Ludden

On the third attempt, Manlius-Pebble Hill's boys soccer delivered a major milestone for the man who has coached them for 35 years.

LCSD proposal approved

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education voted 8 to 1 to adopt a proposal made by its Grade Reconfiguration Committee to change the configuration of its grades from a K-6 elementary/7-8 middle/ninth grade annex/10-12 high school to a K-5/6-8/9-12 configuration. The board emphasized that this is the first prong of a three-part process; the proposal will next go to the district’s Building Usage Committee, which will determine if the district can actually implement the proposal.

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Cazenovia harrierettes start fast

Cross Country team sprints to second place finish at ESM Invitational

The defending Section III Class B champion Cazenovia girls cross country Lakers got their 2011 season off to a fast start with a strong second place finish among 22 teams competing at the East Syracuse-Minoa Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 10. Only Class AA Baldwinsville finished ahead of the Lakers, with Liberty Division rival Marcellus finishing one point behind.

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SQHAP to offer lecture, walking tour, reception

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park will feature a 2011 Artist in Residence Walking Tour and Lecture, by the artists at the sites of their new installations. The tour will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, followed by a “Meet the Artists” reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the park’s Art Barn.

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Lorenzo to host another Community Day

Annual Rippleton Schoolhouse event to be held Sept. 25

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, the Friends of Lorenzo will once again host Community Day. The annual free event serves as an afternoon to celebrate the beginning of autumn and a bountiful harvest, just as they did in yesteryear. This fun-filled tradition has become a staple in Cazenovia’s fall calendar.

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New parking changes to come in Cazenovia

Village to construct pedestrian walkway, committee to assess downtown parking

Finding a parking space is about to get a little easier downtown. An easement granted by the Cazenovia Public Library has allowed village officials to approve the construction of a pedestrian walkway, connecting the parking lot behind the library to Albany Street. At the Sept. 8 meeting of the Cazenovia Village Board, trustees outlined the project, which is expected to begin this week.

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Cazenovia Community gathers to remember 9/11

A candlelight vigil was held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11, in Cazenovia’s Memorial Park. The 10-year anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks in New York City. The vigil was coordinated by members of Project Café, and served to honor victims of the fateful day in 2001.

Village, town to discuss future of Cazenovia

At the Sept. 8 meeting of the Cazenovia Village Board, trustees discussed holding a joint meeting with members of the Cazenovia Town Board at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Municipal Building. Members from both board will gather to discuss the possibility of shared services, potential hydrofracking consequences and benefits, as well as the prospective annexation of the Stowell property, off of Route 20, as village territory.

Were the lessons learned?

Exploring the post 9/11 America

You might have heard that Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City, The Pentagon and Pennsylvania. Anyone who lived through that day remembers the emotions, the hurt, the vulnerability, the desire to tell family and friends that you were okay even if you were nowhere near the attacks.

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Land Trust announces public access to Skaneateles lakefront preserve

The Finger Lakes Land Trust on Sept. 7 announced that it has formally opened its Cora Kampfe Dickinson Conservation Area for public visitation. Located on the east side of Skaneateles Lake in the Town of Spafford, the 20-acre nature preserve features 1,300 feet of shoreline and a significant portion of the Staghorn Cliffs — a prominent lakeside landmark that is well known for its fossilized coral reef.

Bullis a YMCA supporter

I have known Barry Bullis both personally and as a Lysander Republican Committee member for more than 20 years and therefore feel I can support his candidacy for town supervisor. Barry is a person who truly believes in the democratic process and has been involved in making our town of Lysander a better place for growing families and the businesses in our area.

Fatal accident in Skaneateles

New York State Police in Elbridge are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred at 6:31 a.m. on State Route 38A in the Town of Skaneateles.

Village board busy with event requests

At their Sept. 8 meeting, the Village Board of Trustees approved two requests to hold public events in Clift Park and tabled requests to serve alcohol on village property and to hold a public Halloween four-mile run.

Town Board in ‘good shape’ after 2010 audit

A report from an independent auditing firm concerning the Town of Skaneateles’ 2010 finances concluded that the town was in “good shape” financially and actually ahead of many other municipalities who have higher budget balances.

DEC releases revised hydrofracking report

Few changes added from preliminary July report

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released its revised report offering recommendations on how, where and whether or not high-volume hydraulic fracturing — commonly called “hydrofracking” — should be allowed in New York state.

Lysander, Van Buren: Primary election polling locations announced

Tomorrow marks the culmination of two hotly contested primary election campaigns. Van Buren republicans will choose between incumbent Bob Warner and challenger Derek Shepard for their representative in the Onondaga County Legislature. Lysander republicans will choose between incumbent Barry Bullis and challenger Fred Burtch for town supervisor. Independent and conservative residents in Lysander will also have the opportunity to choose between town justice candidates Claire Rutherford, the incumbent, and Charles Mantione, Jr., the challenger.

Spafford board votes for fracking moratorium

The Spafford Town Board voted to impose a 180-day moratorium on hydraulic fracturing activities within the town. The 4-1 vote at the board’s Sept. 8 meeting created a law known as the “2011 Moratorium Law on Hydraulic Fracturing and/or Hydrofracking of the Town of Spafford.”

SU holds off Rhode Island, 21-14

Orange 2-0 heading into USC trip

It was a very competitive battle and a game much closer than expected, but nevertheless it was the 2-0 Syracuse men's football team that narrowly ousted the Rhode Island Rams 21-14 Saturday night in the Carrier Dome.

Girls soccer Warriors handle F-M, Skaneateles

Liverpool starts fast after rain postpones B'ville clash

Ever since the Liverpool girls soccer team fell to Baldwinsville in last fall’s Section III Class AA semifinal, the Warriors had waited for another chance to upend the Bees.

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Magnarelli secures funds for Van Buren

Much needed capital improvements made to town facilities

Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes recently viewed capital improvements that were recently completed at town facilities.

CNS boys soccer starts 2-1, drop tourney final

Northstars fall to F-M in double-OT classic

Tired of watching others (namely, Baldwinsville) steal all the glory at the end, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team wants to reclaim the Section III Class AA throne in 2011.

Liverpool, CNS golfers pick up wins

Warriors edge West Genesee by single shot

Once the early-week rains finally stopped, Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse’s boys golf teams returned to the courses and found a fair amount of success

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ELA date changes continue to frustrate area superintendents

West Genesee modified sports programs say, "Thank you" to the community

It has come as no surprise the topic of conversation at West Genesee Board of Education meeting on a rainy Wednesday evening was the recent spring break date change school districts now face in Onondaga and Madison counties so it doesn’t conflict with the English Language Arts state assessment exams.

In the city, no decision yet on how ELA test dates might change calendar

Syracuse City School District communications coordinator Michael Henesey said the district’s academic calendar has not yet been changed to accommodate the new testing dates, but the school board will likely address the situation at its next meeting.

Why weather doesn’t bother me anymore

Urban CNY

Since almost succumbing to pneumonia two years ago, I greet each day differently than most.

Walmart Foundation grant, Meals on Wheels helps feed hungry seniors

E.C.H.O. Meals on Wheels, Inc.  has been awarded $8,748 through a Walmart Foundation grant to the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

Ida Benderson’s son disappointed in center’s closing

Ida Benderson's son, Bruce, expresses his disappointment in the city's decision to move the senior program.

Help define development rules for the city

The city of Syracuse is seeking public input on the Land Use and Development componenet of the city-wide comprehensive plan.

City kids

We lived in Brooklyn, also known as the city of churches. Brooklyn in the 40s and 50s was a city, like any large metropolitan area, with its share of dens of varying iniquities, shady characters, perverts, and as my Dad, with his homegrown vocabulary and lifelong training in the apprehensions of urban life would call them bums.

A love, hate relationship with words

The concoction of words and I are a lethal combination.  Letters, sentences and paragraphs are things that I come into contact every day as an editor. Intertwined together, words have made me proud and at the same time, have caused me great distress.

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J-D High School senior reflects on 9/11 at DeWitt ceremony

Jamesville-DeWitt High School senior Max Bregande read the following essay, which he composed, during yesterday’s 9/11 memorial ceremony held in front of DeWitt Town Hall.

J-E school board resolves ongoing personnel issue

At their most recent meeting, the Jordan-Elbridge School Board approved a settlement agreement with a former teacher over disciplinary action taken by district officials some time ago.

Nominate an exceptional physician for Anita Award

Do you know an exceptionally compassionate physician, one who communicates openly, honestly and sensitively?

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Crunch seeks hot Ice Girls

Downtown After Dark

The Syracuse Crunch — this city’s American Hockey League franchise, the top farm club of the Anaheim Ducks — seeks attractive young women willing to shake their booties.

Soccer Hornets beat CNS in Optimist Tournament final

F-M goes though double-OT before Forbes notches game-winner

Seven years have passed since the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team could claim a Section III Class AA title all by itself.

ESM cross country rises to second at opening meet

CBA's Smith third among individuals; B'ville sweeps team honors

Three of the area’s high school cross country teams began 2011 close to home – or, in the case of East Syracuse-Minoa, at home.

J-D, CBA boys soccer sweeps Westhill, Marcellus

Rams defend sectional title; Brothers welcome back Collins, Bunn

Though they’re both situated in the Onondaga High School League’s Freedom division, the Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer team will meet just once in the regular season, on Oct. 6.

Local tennis teams gain fast starts

F-M streak continues; J-D, CBA still unbeaten

Through a pair of large rainstorms in the early part of September, local high school girls tennis teams still managed to get deep into their regular-season slates.

Sunday, September 11

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Mott Road students reassemble American Flag monument

Most of Kate Smith’s fourth grade students at Mott Road Elementary School were born the same year as the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people.

To the editor: Celebrate the turf this Friday at F-M

Friday evening, Sept. 16, will be a very special night.

CNS cross country sweeps New Hartford meet

Lupia wins boys race; Waterrud, Halstead lead girls charge

Back for another autumn of steep challenges, the Cicero-North Syracuse cross country teams overwhelmed the field in its first large-scale meet of 2011.

B’ville girls soccer sweeps Mercy, John Jay

Bees look to defend AA title with Firenze, Monnat sisters

Twice in the last three seasons, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team has battled its way to the state Class AA final four, only to fall two victories short of the ultimate summit.

Girls tennis Bees get off to winning start

B'ville takes out Liverpool in opening sequence

Setting off on another championship quest, the Baldwinsville girls tennis team breezed through its season opener Sept. 1, beating Syracuse East 7-0.

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Adams wins cross country season opener

Skaneateles sophomore posts fastest time of Newark meet

The watery deluge that swamped the state’s Southern Tier last week didn’t spare the City of Newark near Rochester. But by race time at last Thursday’s Early Season Scramble, the turf was ready for high school cross country competition. And the Skaneateles girls were ready, too.

Skaneateles volleyball sweeps Caz, LaFayette

Sweeps move Lakers' early mark to 3-0

No longer are the Skaneateles and Cazenovia girls volleyball teams alone in pursuit of high honors during the fall season, thanks to the expansion of the Onondaga High School League.

Tennis Lakers edged by Marcellus, Homer

Skaneateles sees Herbst, Ellison prevail in singles

Just before Labor Day weekend, the Skaneateles girls tennis team opened its season, playing close against rival Marcellus before taking a 4-3 defeat to the Mustangs.

Caz girls cross country take second at ESM meet

Cudney, with top-10 effort, helps Lakers edge Marcellus

Before it could set out to defend league and sectional titles, the Cazenovia girls cross country team first had to go through a pair of high-quality meets to start its 2011 slate.

Chittenango girls soccer edges Cazenovia

Bears saved by Shafer effort in net in 1-0 decision

Madison County rivals Chittenango and Cazenovia got together Saturday in a girls soccer showdown on the Bears’ home turf. And it proved a close, exciting contest, in doubt until the very end – but the Bears would prevail in a 1-0 decision.

Boys soccer Lakers split opening games

Chittenango is 1-2, lone win comes over Phoenix

Already, the fickle Central New York weather has caused some havoc for the Cazenovia boys soccer team. The Lakers were supposed to open last Wednesday, at Tully, but the flooding rains (three-plus inches in the area) forced a postponement.

Caz volleyball beaten by Skaneateles, CNS

Lakers off to 2-2 start, will face full OHSL slate

Now the Cazenovia girls volleyball team has some company, a year after moving its schedule from the winter to the fall.

Caz girls tennis blanks Pulaski in opener

Chittenango has 1-2 start, beats Fulton

Having waited a bit longer than it wanted to hit the court for match play, the Cazenovia girls tennis team did not suffer for it.

Manahan, Curry win season-opening races

Marcellus, Westhill cross country stars top strong fields

In two far-flung venues on Saturday, local cross country runners set out for the first time in 2011 and found immediate success, especially on the individual side.

Soccer tournament sees WG girls improve to 4-0

Wildcats handle Auburn, Westhill; Ludden takes third

As an early-season treat for local girls soccer fans, highly-regarded teams from West Genesee, Westhill and Bishop Ludden joined Auburn for a two-day tournament co-hosted by the Warriors and Wildcats.

Solvay second, J-E third at Bearcats’ soccer tourney

Bearcats, Eagles both beaten by Fowler

As a culmination to the first full week of the regular season, the Solvay boys soccer team hosted its own annual tournament at Earl Hadley Stadium, with Jordan-Elbridge as one of the visitors. The Bearcats would finish second and the Eagles third by tournament’s end.

Westhill, Marcellus fall to OHSL soccer powers

Bishop Ludden off to 1-1 start

Before going after each other in the OHSL Liberty division, the Westhill and Marcellus boys soccer teams got together for a two-day, two-venue challenge against Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy.

Marcellus volleyball sweeps Fowler

Solvay, Westhill also new to fall schedule

Of all the girls volleyball teams that moved from winter to fall schedules, none, perhaps, was more famous than Marcellus, winners of nine Section III titles in the last 12 seasons.

WG, Marcellus girls tennis earn key wins

Wildcats off to 3-0 start; Mustangs beat Skaneateles

Though wet weather created a fair amount of havoc to the early-season girls tennis schedule, teams from West Genesee and Marcellus both earned victories.

Saturday, September 10

B'ville cross country sweeps ESM Invitational

Boys Bees beat 20 foes; girls hold off Caz, Marcellus

It's never bad to start2 at the top, as the Baldwinsville cross country teams will assert with full confidence.

Northstars zoom to easy win over RFA

CNS gains 21 points in first-quarter blitz

For an entire week, the Cicero-North Syracuse football team went over what had gone wrong in its Sept. 2 opener at Central Square, especially the fact that it trailed 19-0 before the first quarter was over.

Liverpool football rebounds, tops Central Square

Warriors claim AA-1 league opener over Red Hawks

A discouraging opening defeat, a short week to recuperate, a determined opponent next on the docket looking for a rare 2-0 start - things did not too look too encouraging for the Liverpool football team.

Westhill, Marcellus, Solvay take football losses

Warriors edged by Homer in battle of unbeatens

Through two weeks of football, Westhill is the only local side with a victory - but its shaky offense still has a lot of work to do.

Eagles edged by Tully, 14-7

J-E football 1-1 going into home opener

Ideally, the Jordan-Elbridge football team would have headed into next Friday's home opener with a 2-0 mark and a leg up toward possible Section III Class C playoff contention.

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Strong defense pushes Lakers past Oneida

Caz wins sectional finals rematch, goes to 2-0

When facing any small trace of doubt about its ambitions, the Cazenovia football team can always turn to its defense to straighten things out.

J-D, ESM football roar to 2-0 starts

Rams crush New Hartford in Dome; Spartans top Carthage

No one is too surprised at the East Syracuse-Minoa football team's 2-0 start. But for Jamesville-DeWitt, this is new and exciting territory.

F-M bashes Proctor; CBA beaten in Dome

Hornets rebound from Corning loss in 56-21 drubbing

From the Class AA side, the Fayetteville-Manlius football team had to leave the Carrier Dome to find the win column, while Christian Brothers Academy took its turn on Syracuse University's stage and met the same fate as the Hornets did seven days earlier.

Bears take out Marcellus, stay unbeaten

Chittenango now 2-0 after getting past Mustangs

Maybe this move of the Chittenango football team from the Class B East to West division will work out after all.

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Bees recover with road win at Nottingham

Rouse puts up 209 yards, three TD's in 35-13 decision

As Nottingham's Derrick Gore sped to the end zone with the opening kickoff Friday night, the Baldwinsville football team had to wonder if the nightmare of its season-opening 27-0 defeat to Christian Brothers Academy had lingered for another week.

Friday, September 9

Football Wildcats handle Corcoran, 41-15

WG offense has scored 107 points in 2-0 start

Something special may be brewing in Camillus. West Genesee's football team pounded its second straight Class AA-2 victim Friday night, piling up points again in a 47-15 romp over the Corcoran Cougars.

Lakers pull away from Ludden, go to 2-0

Strong defense, big plays help beat Gaelic Knights

In two short weeks - and with two strong late-game bursts - the Skaneateles football team has informed the rest of the Section III Class C ranks that it will be difficult to stop.

Bridgeport Duck Race rescheduled

Due to the recent heavy rains, the Bridgeport Duck Race has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday Sept. 17.

Boys volleyball Bees sweep CNS in three

B'ville knocks off defending champs in league opener

What took place when the Baldwinsville boys volleyball team met Cicero-North Syracuse last Thursday night might resonate for the rest of the season.

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Field hockey Bees stopped by CNS

B'ville has new coach, many new starters after 2010 sectional title

A whole lot has changed for the Baldwinsville field hockey team since it made an inspired run to its first-ever Section III Class A championship in 2010.

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From roaring engines to wedding bells

While many brides spend hours perfecting every detail before their wedding, Toni Hunter-Grant will be doing no such thing. Instead, she and her soon-to-be husband Larry Barnes will be focusing on hitting 60 miles of pavement just hours before saying, “I do.”

Van Buren: Support Shepard in primary

I would like to tell the voters of the 13th Legislative District about the accomplishments of Derek Shepard, the endorsed Republican candidate for County Legislature.

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Fall Flamenco Festival features award-winning dancer from Spain

Syracuse’s Puente Flamenco (still the only flamenco troupe in Upstate New York) has planned a series of events and performances for the coming weeks as part of its inagural Fall Flamenco Festival, which will feature award-winning flamenco dancer Sergio Aranda.

B’ville: Thank you for 9-11 tribute

First of all, I would like to say a very sincere salute to Mr. Erick Sell of Fingerlakes Landscape & Design, LLC for their efforts and the bumpy road they have encountered while being the primary contractor for Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company's 9-11 Memorial on Baldwinsville Fire Company's Station No. 2 on State Fair Boulevard in the town of Van Buren.

Van Buren: Vote Shepard in primary

On Sept. 13, I urge you to vote for change in representation for those living in the13th Legislative District. Derek Shepard, currently a town councilor in Van Buren, has a proven record of lowering taxes and being responsive to the concerns of his constituents.

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Baldwinsville will ‘never forget’

The 10th anniversary of 9/11 is Sunday. This year, Baldwinsville and sister communities, Lysander and Van Buren, will have a memorial of their very own. It is being built by the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Department in collaboration with many donors.

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Dexter Parkway drainage improvements near completion

The Town of Lysander is nearing completion of phase II of the Dexter Parkway drainage improvement project, which is a continuation of the phase I box culvert project installed under Route 370 last year in partnership between the town and the New York State Department of Transportation.

Thursday, September 8

Town and village of Camillus hold special work session regarding the dissolution of the village

Village and town of Camillus dignitaries gathered at Town Hall Wednesday night for a special work session regarding the dissolution of the village.

Guest column: When they say it’s great, they’re right

Growing up in New Jersey, my “state fair” was a glorified carnival shoved into the corner of the Meadowlands, a sports complex in which Jimmy Hoffa purportedly took a permanent cement nap. There was no livestock to view, no Horticultural Building, and certainly none of the wine slushies that New York’s edition deliciously offers.

KickOff CookOff marks start of United Way campaign

United Way of Central New York will launch their 2011 Community Campaign on Friday, Sept. 9 with the 9th Annual KickOff CookOff event sponsored by Crouse Hospital.

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Hundreds participate in 2011 Mad Co(w) Run

Even the threat of rain couldn’t keep 213 runners and walkers away from the third annual Mad Cow Run on Aug. 6 in Nelson. The race, hosted by In Your Pace Running Club to benefit Community Action Partnership and Wanderer’s Rest Humane Association, went off without a hitch, or a sprinkle, in the heart of Madison County’s dairying region.

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Baker to lead B.I.G. meetings in Cazenovia

Popular professional networking organization now available to area women Hundreds of women across America are already participating in “Believe, Inspire, Grow,” an organization designed to empower women toward professional growth. Now, thanks to Cazenovia resident Lisa Baker, women throughout Cazenovia and Central New York will have the opportunity to join and participate in B.I.G.

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International llusionist to perform at library

The young, and young at heart will not want to miss illusionist Leon Etienne, an accomplished magical arts performer, at the Cazenovia Public Library at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.

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Cazenovia woman to walk 60 miles for breast cancer research

McGee will complete trek in three days to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Sixty miles in any direction can take a person many places. Cazenovia resident and breast cancer survivor, Lori McGee, hopes walking 60 miles, along with thousands of other breast cancer supporters, will take them closer to finding a cure for the life-threatening disease. She plans on walking 60 miles over the course of three days in late September, as part of the 2011 Susan G. Komen Washington, D.C., Three-Day for the Cure.

Syracuse-area events to commemorate Sept. 11

List of public events happening in and around the Syracuse area to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Opinion: Fatal in Jamesville a reminder that more volunteer firefighters are needed

I feel that it is important to add to the story in Tuesday’s Post-Standard relative to the fatal car crash in Jamesville and the headline of whether it was a fluke or problem.

CNS cross country rolls to opening win

Northstars sweep Syracuse East amid heavy rain

By the time the high school cross country season is over in Central New York, runners tend to get exposed to every possible element.

F-M students to recognize 9/11 terrorist attacks this Friday

Most of Kate Smith’s fourth grade students at Mott Road Elementary School were born the same year as the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people.

Van Buren: Mayor supports Shepard

As mayor of the village of Baldwinsville, I have never endorsed a candidate outside of village elections. However, in the race for the 13th district seat for the Onondaga County Legislature, I feel compelled to encourage those residents living in towns of Van Buren, Camillus and Elbridge to vote for Derek Shepard.

Van Buren: Shepard gets things done

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

Van Buren: Shepard will cut budget

Derek Shepard has the experience to understand and represent seniors in a unique way. Derek was previously employed by Park Rose Estates, an assisted living facility, as their executive director. He is also the Van Buren representative for the Canton Woods Senior Center. Derek's ability to understand real world budgets gives him a perspective career politicians don't have.

Van Buren: Shepard knows the issues

On primary day, vote for the best county legislator candidate to represent us, Derek Shepard. Derek has been a valuable Van Buren Town Board asset in charge of the Labor Committee, liaison for Canton Woods Senior Center, councilor on the Parks Committee and president of the Greater Baldwinsville Economic Development Agency.

F-M teams take first steps on new turf

Field hockey, girls soccer Hornets have home openers

After years of failed public measures and concerted private fund-raising, Fayetteville-Manlius sports teams got their first taste of game action on the school’s new $1.38 million artificial turf field.

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Syracuse Silver Knights hold Open Tryouts

The Syracuse Silver Knights held open tryouts at the CNY Family Sports Centre on Jones Road Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26. The Silver Knights are a professional indoor soccer team in the Major Indoor Soccer League.

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Best bets: This weekend's gatherings

Syracuse Irish Fest and the Golden Harvest Festival highlight this weekend's multi-day event options.

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B'ville book sale showcases more than 10,000 selections

A 20-year tradition continues this week as The Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse holds its annual used book sale on the museum grounds at 46 Canton St., Baldwinsville. More than 10,000 books will be offered during the five-day event, which opens at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.

Glen Haven book discussion

Lisa Genova’s first novel, “Still Alice,” will be the subject of the fourth and last of the summer’s book discussion groups sponsored by the Glen Haven Historical Society.

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Doing double duty

Skaneateles administrator Stacey Tice looks after students’ minds and bodies

Stacey Tice does not have much spare time. For the past year, she basically has been doing the job of two people in her “combined” administrative position in the Skaneateles school district.

Let us not forget


As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it is only appropriate that we all pause and remember the event and the lives taken away.

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A month in Skaneateles as seen through the eyes of an eight year-old

Amelia, our granddaughter, just turned eight years-old. She lives in San Mateo, Calif., with her mom and dad, her brothers, Aiden and Keevan, and her dog, Lillie.

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Picking who takes the cake at Fair culinary competition

Whether it’s cream or crust, every detail counts when it comes to the culinary competitions at the New York State Fair.

Our view: Automation not quick fix, but long-term process that could save lives

The Jamesville Volunteer Fire Department came under scrutiny last month when members took 13 minutes to respond to a burning van with a man trapped inside on the night of Aug. 21.

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Todd’s Fund keeping a generous memory alive

Charity honors local 9/11 victim through nine years of assistance to needy children

Last week, Gail Calloway wrote checks to girls in Moravia and Weedsport that allowed them to attend a Girl Scout trip their families otherwise could not afford; she also sent a Wal-Mart gift certificate to a mother to help her buy back-to-school clothes for her children. Last year, Calloway wrote a check that allowed a single mother to buy a reliable used car in order to drive to college to get a better education to support her children.

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Frackleton and Hodges to wed

John Frackelton and Susan Jones, both of Skaneateles, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ellen Pierson Frackelton, to William Thomas Hodges of Williamsburg, Va.

Marcellus soccer opens, tops Indian River

Bird contributes to every goal in rainy 3-1 win

As if the Marcellus girls soccer team did not already know what kind of work lay ahead, it got a quick taste less than three minutes into Wednesday night’s rain-soaked season opener against Indian River.

WG, Marcellus girls tennis earn early wins

Wildcats get 2-0 start; Mustangs beat Skaneateles

Though wet weather created a fair amount of havoc to the early-season girls tennis schedule, teams from West Genesee and Marcellus both earned victories.

Wednesday, September 7

Vera House, Loretto volunteer has eye on DeWitt Town Board seat

John “Jack” Dooling is making his first run for public office.

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Fixing Syracuse’s bike problems requires a full tool kit

Syracuse transportation planner Paul Mercurio, (with the help of several dedicated interns, he says), spent nearly two years building the blueprint for what will hopefully, one day, become a comprehensive bicycle infrastructure plan for the city of Syracuse.

Victim of fatal car crash in Jamesville identified

Leon Williams, 16, of Syracuse, was reported missing two weeks prior to crash

The victim of the fatal car crash that occurred Aug. 21 in Jamesville has been identified as Leon D. Williams, Jr., 16, of Syracuse.

Van Buren approves YMCA resolution

Van Buren officials want to see a YMCA built in the town. To support their desire, the town board unanimously approved a resolution endorsing the concept of a YMCA facility within Van Buren.

J-D, ESM, CBA soccer win league openers

Spartans' Wall, Brothers' Gordon both land hat tricks

An exciting local girls soccer battle is shaping up within the Onondga High School League’s Freedom division, where Jamesville-DeWitt, Christian Brothers Academy and East Syracuse-Minoa could all rise to the top.

Field hockey Lakers drop opener to CNS

Caz lost 10 seniors from state Class C title team in 2010

As it worked out, the Cazenovia field hockey team’s 2011 season began in the same spot where last season concluded – but with a far different outcome.

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Pastor finds niche at Immanuel United Methodist Church

Pastor Heather Williams is a mother, friend, consoler, listener and an example within the Immanuel United Methodist Church community. Her journey has been long and it hasn’t always been on a quick or easy path, but Williams has been truly fulfilled and content as the churche’s pastor for the past three years.

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Two vie for county seat: Robert Warner

Republican primary set for Sept. 13

The Onondaga County Legislator seat for the 13th district, representing the towns of Van Buren and Elbridge, as well as the northeast corner of the town of Camillus, is open for election this year. Two candidates, incumbent Robert Warner and opponent Derek Shepard, are competing for the Republican nomination in the Sept. 13 primary. The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed both men to get a better understanding of each candidate’s qualifications and viewpoints. The following are responses from Warner:

Sunday hours resume at the B'ville Library

The buses are rolling, the school sales are over and the Halloween candy is creeping on to the store shelves. Welcome to another school year here at the people’s university. We hope to see you soon and often.

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Two vie for county seat: Derek Shepard

Republican primary set for Sept. 13

The Onondaga County Legislator seat for the 13th district, representing the towns of Van Buren and Elbridge, as well as the northeast corner of the town of Camillus, is open for election this year. Two candidates, incumbent Robert Warner and opponent Derek Shepard, are competing for the Republican nomination in the Sept. 13 primary. The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed both men to get a better understanding of each candidate’s qualifications and viewpoints. The following are responses from Shepard:

B'ville Board of Ed to meet

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School. District residents are encouraged to attend board of education meetings to view proceedings and to express their opinions on issues of concern to them.

Tuesday, September 6

Girls volleyball Bees sweep Liverpool

B'ville starts defense of state title

Think large-school girls volleyball in Central New York, and immediately Baldwinsville springs to mind.

B'ville boys soccer edges Liverpool in overtime

Lauko key to both goals in 2-1 battle

Twice in a 10-day span, the Baldwinsville and Liverpool boys soccer teams would get together, measuring each other long before championships will get settled.

Our view: Connections we can see

Will this finally be the year the Connective Corridor takes hold?

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Pulled Into Syracuse Review: Chorong House

Unassuming in its appearance on a desolate block in the city’s East Side, little do many know that Chorong House offers some of the most authentic ethnic food in all of Syracuse.

Spafford Democrats to caucus

Jim O’Connell, chair of the Spafford Democratic Committee, recently announced that a caucus of voters registered in the Democratic Party in the Town of Spafford will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Borodino Hall (the former Grange Building) at 1861 East Lake Road in the hamlet of Borodino.

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Skaneateles locals showing well in State Fair competitions

Skaneateles residents are putting up a good showing in state fair competitions this year, with nearly two dozens ribbons won in two weeks. As of press time, awards in winemaking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography, horsemanship, and rabbit and cattle breeds had been won by more than a dozen local residents.

Board of Education statement on new tax rate increase

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: We would like to thank you for your clear and concise article about the changes to our tax rate as a result of surprise changes in equalization rates by the State of New York. The state action shifted a portion of the tax responsibility from one town (Spafford) to the other towns in our district.

Bells, prayer service to honor 10th anniversary of 9/11

Beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, more than one dozen bells throughout the village of Skaneateles will ring in honor of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Auburn Memorial designated NYS stroke center

Partnership with University of Rochester Medical Center neurosciences program enhances care

Auburn Memorial Hospital President/CEO, Scott A. Berlucchi today announced that the New York State Department of Health has designated Auburn Memorial Hospital as a Stroke Center. This designation recognizes its excellent emergency services and in-patient capabilities in stroke evaluation, diagnosis, continuing treatment, and rehabilitation.

Have you tested your well water lately?

CCE told hold well testing and maintenance workshop

It’s up to you to determine if your drinking water is safe. Unlike public water systems, private drinking water wells are not routinely tested by a regulatory agency. To help residents determine the quality of their water supply and learn how to protect their wells, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County will host a well testing and maintenance workshop at the Skaneateles United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Pleasure to meet you

Our view

We’d like to extend a big “thank you” to everyone who came out to the debut Meet The Eagle happy hour event at Benjamin’s on Franklin Wednesday, Aug. 24.

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CPF leads locals on aquatic excursion

Recently on Aug. 13, a number of area residents explored Chittenango Creek during a Cazenovia Preservation Foundation sponsored nature walk “Stream Macroinvertebrates.”

So you want to be a foster parent

Are you thinking about becoming a foster parent?

In brief: the village of Marcellus

The village of Marcellus board meeting highlighted a few notable items on Aug. 22 including its amending of Chapter eight, section 8-35 of the existing local law.

Out of the ashes

It happens to all of us: We grow up, we move out and we leave our childhood homes behind. But what do you do when your childhood home doesn’t exist anymore?

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Area students examine ‘creatures of the shallows’

Local waters abound with varied and interesting species

Students in Cazenovia College’s recent summer course, “Creatures of the Shallows,” caught and identified more than 300 types of fish of 16 different species during their week-long exploration of the shorelines of Cazenovia waters last week.

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A tragic end to a beautiful life: The Rock in my heart

Guest column

At approximately 4:40 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, my wonderful dog, Rocky, was attacked and killed by a large pit bull running loose on the city’s East Side. Rocky, a Rottweiler, was 12 years old and already fighting age-related ailments in his back, a knee and a hip.

Try melons in salad, sorbet or smoothies

What's in the Box?

On a hot, summer day there is nothing more satisfying than biting into a sun-ripened, thirst-quenching melon.

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First Street Family Daycare one-of-a-kind

Sitting on her spacious porch, surrounded by every toy imaginable, Theresa Greenfield, owner of the First Street Family Daycare in Marcellus, is enjoying a moment before she heads back into the house to finish up painting and prepping for the upcoming school year, set to start after Labor Day.

J-E restores varsity tennis, golf, indoor track, modified basketball teams

AD’s cost analysis report shows there is enough to operate for the 2011-12 school year.

Jordan-Elbridge Athletics Director Eric Varney has been busy calculating and number crunching to make this year’s sports programs - varsity tennis, golf, indoor track and seventh-grade and eighth-grade modified basketball teams — a reality. 

Spring break snafu: A pain for parents


It looks as though many parents may have a tough choice this spring, thanks to the state of New York. Most districts have long ago sent out their school calendars, outlining when the various breaks, including mid-winter recess and, yes, spring break will occur. Many parents use that calendar to plan family vacations, booking well ahead to make sure that popular time of year does not result in excessively expensive or unavailable plane fares and hotel reservations.

J-E Board of Education discusses 2011-12 school year

The Jordan-Elbridge Board of Education held a special meeting before the new school year. The meeting was held Aug. 25 in the large group instruction room of Ramsdell Middle school.

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Town of DeWitt to memorialize lives lost on 9/11

More than 3,000 American flags will be placed around memorial monument

The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will be observed with a memorial ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, by the town of DeWitt 9/11 Memorial monument at DeWitt Town Hall, 5400 Butternut Drive.

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Soccer Academy completes 2011 summer camps

Students athletes ready to kick off school year

The annual youth soccer camp for children in kindergarten through fourth grade recently concluded. The camp acted as a fundraiser for the boy’s and girl’s high school programs. The boy’s varsity soccer coach, Adam Reynolds, and newly appointed girl’s varsity soccer coach, Keith Comfort headed the program.

Manlius Town Board could update R-M district zoning law

The Manlius Town Board reentered an ongoing discussion regarding the resident multiple use (R-M) district along East Genesee Street at its meeting Aug. 24.

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Community members to honor John Colligan

The Friends of John Colligan are inviting the Cazenovia and surrounding communities to come to an open house to help celebrate John’s retirement from Colligan and Sons Service Station, a familiar automoblie company and longtime fixture at 117 Albany St.

Concern continues to rise for Fenner lighting project

Letter to the editor

I’m really shocked about the plan to install four powerful, stadium-size lights at Fenner Field. As a neighbor to the fields, I’ve been concerned about the general expansion taking place there, not only the additional fields, but unattractive accessories, ugly buildings and soda machines with lights that are on year around.

Resident reacts to ‘brotherhood of the badge’

Letter to the editor

Is anybody else irritated and annoyed that our well-paid law enforcement officers hired to uphold the law, hold themselves and fellow officers above the law? All too often, we read about serious crimes committed by police officers that are handled “internally.” Many times, what we do not read about are the events that never surface - due to the brotherhood of the badge.

Nottingham win highlights opening weekend

Bulldogs prevail in Patterson debut; Henninger smashes Auburn

True, one week, and one result, does not signal a complete turnaround. But there's little doubt that the Nottingham football team is newly energized with Nick Patterson at the coaching helm.

BRiDGES warns against being a patsy for teen prescription pill abuse

Letter to the editor

Prescription drug use has been a growing topic of concern. Teens are using prescription drugs for recreational purposes at an alarming rate. According to the 2010 Teen Assessment Project data from Madison County, 11 percent of teens in grades 7 through 12 reported using controlled substance prescription drugs.

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Jazz-N-Caz to celebrate 10 years of melody, musicianship

Annual jazz and blues festival to honor legend Jimmy Van Heusen

Jazz–N-Caz will celebrate its 10th year this month with a tribute to Syracuse native Jimmy Van Heusen, and performances by local and nationally-known jazz and blues artists. Festivities will commence Sept. 22 at the Brae Loch Inn, and continue through Sept. 24, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College and Seven Stone Steps at the Lincklaen House.

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Coyne to be honored at 2011 Eldercare Appreciation Awards

The Eldercare Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2011 Eldercare Appreciation Awards, who will be honored at the fourth annual “Gift of Age Cabaret” on Friday, Sept. 30, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Syracuse. Of the distinguished honorees receiving awards, is longtime Cazenovia resident W. Carroll “Nick” Coyne.

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Cazenovia cleans up at NYS Fair

Locals enter many competitions, receive many blue ribbons

From the midway to roller coasters, the concerts to the butter sculpture; there is something for everyone at the New York State Fair. One aspect that continually draws participation from a number of Cazenovia residents is the robust competition. Every year, thousands of New Yorkers enter their baked goods, preserves, wines, crafts, flowers, artwork, even livestock into contests, to see where they place in the state. This year, along with several other Cazenovia residents, culinary artists Mary and Susan Reeve brought back multiple blue ribbons.

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B'ville Bees prepare for home show, Florida

The Baldwinsville Central School District’s marching band home show is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Pelcher/Arcaro Stadium, 29 East Oneida Street in the village of Baldwinsville. Admission is $6, and food and beverages will be available to purchase.

Golden Harvest Festival returns to Beaver Lake

The colorful Golden Harvest Festival returns to Beaver Lake Nature Center this weekend.

Monday, September 5

F-M girls volleyball edges Central Square

Girls nearly squander 2-0 lead; boys fall to CNS

In a long battle to start its 2011 season, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls volleyball team was taken to five games Friday night, but still beat the Central Square Red Hawks.

Challenging season lies ahead for WG cross country

Boys see roster turnover; all top girls runners return

In the absence of experienced runners, tradition will play a key role in the 2011 edition of West Genesee boys cross country.

Boys soccer Bears take second at own tournament

Cazenovia girls drop opener to Cortland

Hosting its own tournament to start the 2011 season, the Chittenango boys soccer team made it to the finals, only to run into an inspired Class AA foe.

Ludden volleyball ends 13-year victory drought

Gaelic Knights edge ITC: Solvay drops fall debut

Amid the constant change and growth in girls volleyball, the Bishop Ludden Gaelic Knights had only known misery.

West Genny soccer sides open with wins

Boys go 1-1 at Canandaigua; girls rip Skaneateles

It proved a busy Labor Day weekend for both of West Genesee's soccer teams, the boys taking second place at a tournament in Canandaigua, while the girls impressed in its opener at Skaneateles.

Soccer Lakers learn plenty in opening tournament

Skaneateles goes 1-1 at Canandaigua; girls lose opener

Okay, so at least the Skaneateles boys soccer team doesn't have to worry about going undefeated again - just the normal things instead.

Unlocked, and set to go

NFL sheds shaky offseason, kicks off this week

Rejoice, for the NFL lockout is done and gone. No more talk about gross percentages, but plenty of talk about yards, blocks and tackles as we near another autumn full of gridiron Sundays.

Sunday, September 4

F-M girls soccer edges J-D in tourney final

Hornets make three comebacks, beat Rams in PK's

Through a long and hot Saturday afternoon, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer teams slugged it out in the championship game of J-D's fifth annual King of the Hill Tournament.

Saturday, September 3

Boys soccer Bees win Clarence Tournament

B'ville in pursuit of fifth straight sectional title

With four consecutive Section III Class AA championships on the resume, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team has every intention of making it five in a row.

Warriors whipped by St. Francis in Dome

Liverpool taken out by Buffalo-area Catholic power

So the quest for the Liverpool football team to turn around its 2010 fortunes will have to wait for another week - at the very least.

CNS takes first loss to Central Square since ‘99

Northstars give up late TD as Red Hawks prevail, 33-27

Trying to turn things around after a 2-5 regular season in 2010, the Cicero-North Syracuse football team appeared to have a good opportunity at a quick start with last Friday’s season opener at Central Square, a team it had not lost to in the current millennium.

ESM rolls in Dome; F-M outscored by Corning

Spartans score fewer points, but win 40-15 as Hornets fall 62-50

When paired together Friday night as part of the annual Kickoff Classic in the Carrier Dome, the Fayetteville-Manlius football team outscored East Syracuse-Minoa. The only problem was that they were playing different opponents – and had far different outcomes.

Red Rams roll past Fowler, 41-6

J-D football gets fast start in A American race

For many high school football teams, the season opener involves all sorts of inconsistency – bad snaps, penalties, turnovers, a general sense of nerves that can prove costly.

Skaneateles football wings past General Brown

Through every means imaginable, the Skaneateles football team loudly announced on Friday that it is ready to make a Section III Class C championship push.

Westhill works past Solvay; Marcellus falls to Homer

Low-scoring games mark start of B West football slate

Right away, the local high school football teams in the Class B West division found themselves in tight, low-scoring affairs on the opening Friday night of the season.

J-E, Ludden both score impressive wins

Eagles shut out Hannibal; Gaelic Knights handle ITC

For the area's pair of Class C high school football teams, it proved a fun and festive Friday to open the 2011 season.

Football Wildcats smash Oswego, 66-8

Howard brothers combine for six TD's in season-opening rout

With warm affection, the West Genesee football team welcomed Oswego back into the Class AA fold in Friday night's season opener.

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Football Lakers, Bears win season openers

Caz outscores South Jefferson; Chittenango handles Phoenix

Even before school started, both the Cazenovia and Chittenango football teams found themselves quite happy in the wake of season-opening victories. Taking a trip to Adams, the Lakers, despite all sorts of new faces in its lineup, still managed plenty of production as it beat South Jefferson 41-22.

Call for poets

Poets needed for public event.

3 minutes with... DR4WARD

Our "3 minutes with..." interview with new SU professor of social media, William J. Ward.

Friday, September 2

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Brothers blank B'ville in sectional finals rematch

CBA defense shuts down Rouse in 27-0 romp

Perhaps it wasn't a surprise that the Christian Brothers Academy football team gained a measure of payback in Friday night's highly-anticipated season opener against Baldwinsville. What was surprising was how the Brothers did it - and how lopsided it was, too.

SU rallies for overtime win over Wake Forest

Down 15 in fourth quarter, Orange pull out opener

A single comeback, on the first night in September, may have set up the Syracuse University football team for another winning campaign.

West Side native takes helm at Corcoran

Corcoran’s football program also has a native of the city taking over, trying to restore the Cougars to its past glory.

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With plenty of bite, a Bulldog is back

Nick Patterson returns to alma mater as head coach of Nottingham football

For Nick Patterson, a dream will come to fruition — his ultimate way of giving back on the gridiron — when the Nottingham High School first-year head coach guides his alma mater onto its home field for the Bulldogs’ season opener Friday, Sept. 2 against Rome Free Academy.

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B’ville native debuts first novel

Clay Barnes and Noble to host book signing event

Justin Torres has a story to tell. The 31-year-old Baldwinsville native, who currently lives in San Francisco, will return to Central New York this month to promote his semi-autographical debut novel, “We The Animals,” the story of three brothers tearing their way through childhood.

Thursday, September 1

CNS girls volleyball rallies past Liverpool in five

Boys Northstars begin title defense with sweep of F-M

Always rivals, Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool made their first varsity athletic encounter of the 2010-11 school year a great one.

Girls volleyball Lakers sweep Solvay

Skaneateles begins Class C title defense in larger OHSL

Now the Skaneateles girls volleyball team has much more company than it had a season ago, when it only had to conquer one opponent - Cazenovia - on its way to a berth in the state Class C tournament.

Optimism joins runners at cross country boot camp

Skaneateles runners return with high 2011 expectations

The sun emerges from behind the eastern hills as summer’s song birds take flight to southern climates.

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East Syracuse woman accused of attempting to have Minoa man killed

Marnie L. Nappi, 39, of East Syracuse, is accused of paying more than $20,000 to various people in multiple attempts to have her girlfriend's husband killed.

Tiger Woods stars in Turning stone charity event

Famous golfer attempting comeback from scandal, injuries

The world’s most famous golfer returned to Central New York on Wednesday afternoon, far removed from the heights he occupied when in this same spot two years ago.

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RMS expands to meet increased needs

B’ville research company to host open house Sept. 15

Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc. (RMS), a full service market research firm, recently expanded its call center, which offers inbound and outbound communication services to companies seeking to outsource various department functions, especially those which traditionally require extensive staffing and intensive management.

B'ville: Jim Burton Memorial Golf Classic thank you

On Aug. 6, Ironwood Golf and Country Club hosted the 16th Annual Jim Burton Memorial Golf Classic. This tournament is played the first Saturday of August. All proceeds go to the Jim Burton Scholarship Fund.