Monday, April 30
C-NS blanks Auburn, 9-0, as O'Hara strikes out 13
Just before April concluded, the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team had a brief letdown, courtesy of the same opponent that denied them a state Class AA championship one year ago. The Northstars lost, 5-4, in eight innings to John Jay-East Fishkill Sunday afternoon in the Blue Chip High School Challenge at the BAGSAI complex near Binghamton.
It’s old news that there is a proposal in front of New York state to push the minimum wage up. How do people feel about it?
Marcellus baseball coaches say the school forced them to resign because they put 'the best team on the field.'
Fallon resigns as Caz Joint Youth Program Director, welcomes DiGiacomo
After 21 summers as director of the Cazenovia Joint Youth Recreation Program, Joe Fallon will be not be reprising his familiar role, due to a recent ankle injury. Elizabeth Digiacomo, a Cazenovia resident and health and wellness professional, will head up the popular program, which runs from June 25 to Aug. 3 at Lakeland Park.
Myths about Robert T. Lincoln abound. Jason Emerson, historian, editor and author, has demystified those myths through his recently released 750 page book, “Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln.” Emerson spoke about his book April 24 before a large audience at the Skaneateles Historical Society Museum at the Creamery.
Project CAFÉ was recently presented a check for $3,000 from Oneida Savings Bank, in connection with Project CAFÉ’s campaign to partner with area businesses due to ongoing reductions in government-funded grants.
Proceeds to benefit scholarship in Memory of Cpl. Kyle Schneider
Last summer, the Baldwinsville community lost Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider, a United States Marine who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 30, 2011. Cpl. Schneider was a Baker High School graduate who gave to his country and to all of us his ultimate sacrifice in our defense.
What would motivate 42 teenagers to come together on a weekend, stop eating and spend their time learning about world hunger and how they can help? “It feels good to do something for people less fortunate than us,” said Mikaela Terhune.
Susan Grady conducts the First Presbyterian Church Bell Choir during morning service on Sunday, April 29, for a performance of the original piece "Invitation,” composed by Kevin McChesney, one of the nation’s foremost composers of handbell music.
Clear Edge Filtration announced last week that it is shutting down its manufacturing plants in Skaneateles Falls and Moravia and transferring the work to a new plant in Tulsa, Okla., home of the company’s corporate headquarters.
During the summer, the village of Skaneateles is host to numerous walking, running and bicycling races of local, regional and national fame and including anywhere from dozens to hundreds of people per race. Last year, the village board of trustees wondered when the number of events downtown was too many. This year, it seems, the board has decided to draw a line.
Residents of the Prentiss Drive subdivision in the village came en masse to the village board meeting on Thursday, April 26, to voice their opinions over whether or not the village should pave a pedestrian walkway that connects their neighborhood to West Lake Street.
Last week’s town board meeting, which included a public hearing on the proposed law for prohibiting hydrofracking within town limits, was not a typical occurrence in the ongoing saga of confronting the contentious issue in our town. What was different this time was that people actually spoke out against the proposed law — which was a refreshing change.
Northstars impress in meets at Utica, Marcellus
With almost no rest, the Cicero-North Syracuse track and field teams went to separate weekend meets and found plenty of success. It started on Friday, when the boys Northstars went to the Cook-DeStefano Relays at Utica Proctor and won with 211 points, beating the host Raiders, who was second with 151 points.
Meanwhile the Chiefs show some life after sluggish start
In the middle of the Syracuse Chiefs’ first significant winning streak of the 2012 International League season, two of the team’s most promising young players were suddenly called up to the Washington Nationals last weekend.
Rondinello, Akinpelu, Barrett all claim individual events
Liverpool’s track and field teams made spirited pushes for the top spots during Saturday’s Chittenango Invitational. And though the Warriors didn’t quite snare team honors, it still finished second among 21 boys entrants with 67 points and third in the girls event with 72 points. Fayetteville-Manlius won the girls event with 145 points and the boys event with 110 points.
Northstars fall to John Jay in 2011 state finals rematch
In advance of Monday’s key showdown with Auburn, the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team was busy enough, between league competition and a three-game tournament, the Blue Chip High School Challenge, at the BAGSAI complex near Binghamton.
Making the American Hockey League playoffs had been the Syracuse Crunch’s No. 1 objective over its 2011-12 season.
Warriors improve to 8-3, also rally past Watertown
After a weekend to absorb its April 20 defeat to Baldwinsville, the Liverpool girls lacrosse team quickly reclaimed its winning form.
The Cazenovia Police Blotter is compiled at submitted by the Cazenovia Police Department, located at 90 Albany St.
A recent visitor to the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery commented, “It’s so nice to be able to enjoy good art without driving to a museum and spending an entire day in the process.”
Meredith Starczewski, a senior at Baker High School and a member of the Baldwinsville Girls’ Varsity Crew Team, signs her National Letter of Intent to row with the D1 Women’s Crew Team at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh next year.
Members of the Cazenovia community are sharing the message that they want to “Be The Wall” between alcohol and youth.They aspire to be supportive of building healthy social patterns.
The First Annual Cazenovia “Mad City” event took place on March 27 in the Cazenovia High School Gymnasium. My personal and business finance class, along with the Credit Union National Association, planned and hosted this educational event.
This year’s final state budget had a lot of good news for local farmers. It marked the second year in a row, that a fiscally responsible budget was approved on-time and without any increases in taxes or fees.
Thank you for printing an article about our fundraising for the National Wildlife Federation. We think it is important for all of us to help protect our wildlife, especially animals on the endangered list.
“Bully,” now playing at the Manlius Art Cinema, is an extraordinary documentary that addresses the psychology, the effects, and response of being pushed around as an adolescent boy or girl. It is not a pretty film; it bounds the subject to young people in school and it goes where the subject takes it.
More than $2 million is owed in back sales tax by an Elbridge business, the state department of taxation and finance says.
Ella Joy Smith has been named a first place winner in the WCNY-TV/FM’s annual Treehouse Tales Young Writers & Illustrators Contest. A fourth grade student residing in Baldwinsville, Smith’s entry was titled “Leo Solves the Riddle.”
Girls Hornets also win 4x800 at Penn Relays
In just three days, the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field teams accomplished plenty, both outside and inside the Central New York area. It all began Thursday, at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia. F-M’s girls sent its 4x800 relay team of Heather Martin, Katie Brislin, Katie Sischo and Jillian Fanning to take on top national competition.
Girls' Red Rams also have one-goal defeat, to Mexico
For the third time on an April Saturday, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team suffered a close defeat to a high-ranking opponent. This time, the opponent was Fairport, undefeated and no. 2 in the state Class A rankings. In a game played at Hobart College, the Red Rams squandered a five-goal lead in the second half and watched the Red Raiders roar back to prevail by an 11-10 margin.
CBA holds off Phoenix, Cortland in one-run thrillers
A return of cold, wet weather caused some changes to the schedule for local high-school baseball, but play did resume by mid-week, and four local sides would combine for a 6-1 overall record, with only Jamesville-DeWitt taking a blemish.
With much larger challenges ahead, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team tore through three different opponents in a six-day span.
The Baldwinsville Public Library's proposed budget of $1,459,560 for fiscal year 2012-13 was approved by voters of the Baldwinsville School District on April 26 by a vote of 198 to 25. It is estimated that for homes in the school district with $100,000 market value in the towns of Lysander, Van Buren and Clay, the total library tax bill for 2012-13 will be $58.51. This is an anticipated decrease over last year’s total bill.
In recent years, New York was criticized for having a low organ donation rate compared to other states. This month, the process became easier and those who wish to donate their organs can do so online.
Sunday, April 29
Former coaches tell their side of the story, with response from the district.
The mustache is back. Or, at least, it was for the month of April as men from fire departments, ambulance corps and the general public grew the finely-shaped facial hair to raise money for the Burn Foundation of Central New York.
Left-hander to debut Monday for Arizona Diamondbacks
It was quite a Saturday for the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball program, beyond the two games it played at the Gillette Road complex where it lost to Baldwinsville and beat Binghamton Seton Catholic. Late that night, it was announced that C-NS graduate Patrick Corbin, a left-handed pitcher, was getting called up to make his Major League Baseball debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks, a start Monday against the Miami Marlins.
J-D pounds past Chittenango, New Hartford
Christian Brothers Academy’s best chance at softball success in 2012 hinges on pitcher Jordan Sheridan winning duels against other top hurlers, which she did twice in a span of three days. In Thursday’s game against defending Section III Class A champion Phoenix, Sheridan matched her talents against the Firebirds’ Brittney Sears and emerged with a 1-0 victory.
Skaneateles girls excel as co-hosts with Marcellus
As a mid-season highlight, the Skaneateles girls track and field team got to co-host a meet Saturday with its neighbors from Marcellus, using the Mustangs’ track as a home venue.
Skaneateles handles Ludden/Grimes, outscores LaFayette
By the time it was back on the field late in the week, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team was well-rested and ready to plunge into the latter half of its regular-season slate.
Solvay gets pair of league wins; Ludden stops Mexico
Aside from all the off-the-field turmoil that included the resignation of head coach Pete Birmingham and his entire staff, the Marcellus baseball team had to endure a week of inactivity due to bad late-April weather.
Marcellus hosts girls meet; Coon wins at Chittenango Invitational
The weekend in high school track and field included Marcellus serving as the venue for a girls invitational co-hosted by the Mustangs and Skaneateles.
Westhill struggle continue; Ludden overwhelmed
With April winding down, it was important for the Marcellus boys lacrosse team to stock up victories so that it didn’t have to worry about post-season qualification in the month of May.
J-E upsets Cazenovia; Westhill falls to Tully
Now in a winning groove, the Marcellus girls lacrosse team passed the midway point of the regular season, continuing to build momentum.
Biviano dominates pentathlon; Winn claims pair of sprints
Just before April ended, Chittenango’s track and field teams got together and hosted its annual invitational meet, bringing together many of the area’s top athletes.
Caz gets easy wins after early-week weather issues
Maybe the only thing that could stop the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team was a snowstorm.
A short stretch near the end of April would go a long way in determining where the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team would stand, relative to everyone else in the Section III Class C ranks.
Antelmi's eight goals lead girls Bears past Clinton
Chittenango’s boys lacrosse team came within inches of its most significant victory of the season when it hosted East Syracuse-Minoa last Tuesday night. Instead, the Bears emerged with a 7-6 defeat to the Spartans, negating what had been a strong comeback after a quiet first half.
Saturday, April 28
Judy Stonecipher, of Chittenango, has opened Shear Motion in Fayetteville Square.
Blewitt limits Northstars to four hits
Nine long days passed between the Baldwinsville baseball team's 2-0 shutout of Oswego and its return to action Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse. Yet the unanticipated layoff did nothing to slow down the Bees, who again got a strong pitching performance, from Scott Blewett, and beat the Northstars 4-1.
B'ville's three-goal lead disappears in second half
Ben Paprocki's shot was on its way. If on target, it would give the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team a season-altering victory over state Class A no. 11-ranked Fayetteville-Manlius on a frigid, windy Friday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
Urban blight is, without a doubt, one of the biggest road blocks in the city’s path to self improvement. The numbers are staggering.
Friday, April 27
F-M carries eight-game win streak into West Genny rematch
Only once did the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team move ahead of Baldwinsville Friday night - the only time it mattered. Junior Ryan DaRin's goal, 35 seconds into overtime, gave the Hornets an 8-7 victory over the Bees at cold, wind-swept Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
Superintendent Corliss Kaiser recognized Nancy Smith for her efforts to improve the school grounds during her 22 years as Fayetteville Elementary’s principal at today's Arbor Day celebration.
Warriors get past F-M; Northstars stop Syracuse East
Somehow, Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse’s baseball teams beat the rain on Thursday for hard-earned victories.
George Rossi’s email address gives a hint to his personality: pianna plunker.
RMS celebrates 10 Years in businessMay 5 marks the Baldwinsville firm’s anniversary
At a time when businesses were moving out of state, Mark Dengler chose to stay in Central New York and start his own company.
Nationally known comedian ANT will perform at East Syracuse Minoa High School Friday, May 18, in a comedy show fundraiser to help former “Lost Boy” Clement Kuek build a school in South Sudan.
Bees building momentum toward West Genny rematch
With the April 16 hiccup against Fayetteville-Manlius further behind them, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team scored a pair of impressive efforts to make it four wins in a row.
Says he intends to leave by end of the year
Skaneateles Village Police Chief Lloyd Perkins intends to retire at the end of the year, he told the village board of trustees at its April 26 meeting.
Pair of wins sets up Tuesday rematch with F-M
If ever the West Genesee boys lacrosse team needed any reason to focus again once the hype over Mike Messere’s national wins record died down, a third straight loss to Jamesville-DeWitt on April 21 provided the tonic.
Solvay boys sweep Skaneateles, Cazenovia
All kinds of tension and excitement marked the Marcellus and Jordan-Elbridge track and field team’s head-to-head match Wednesday, part of a three-way meet at Hannibal.
Lakers rip past Ludden, OCS by combined 38-4 margin
That late-April winter blast affected the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team, who was unable to play last Monday’s game against Onondaga at Hyatt Stadium. That late-April winter blast affected the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team, who was unable to play last Monday’s game against Onondaga at Hyatt Stadium.
Fiutak has top pole vault of Section III season
Even with big efforts from the likes of Kaela Fiutak and Madeline Adams, the Skaneateles girls track and field team could not quite keep up with OHSL Liberty division favorite Cazenovia. Skaneateles lost the battle of Laker teams Wednesday by a 90-51 margin last Wednesday at Buckley-Volo Field, though it did manage a split of the three-way meet by beating Solvay 121-20.
The subject of background checks for new village employees came up during the April 26 meeting of the North Syracuse Village Board. The board is considering how best to implement such a system, what the needs are and what the requirements should be. “We're in the research mode right now,” Mayor Mark Atkinson said.
When taxpayers head to the polls May 15 to cast their vote on school budgets throughout the area, many will decide on bus purchases as well. The North Syracuse Central School District is one such district and residents will be asked to vote on a bus bond proposition, essentially making a decision on the purchase of 10 65-passenger and two specialty buses. The total purchase amount is $1,250,652. With the district’s aid ratio being 81 percent, the impact of the purchase on homes costing $100,000 is $1.50 a year before STAR, which is a “nominal investment,” said Donald Keegan, assistant superintendent for management, during the April 23 Board of Education meeting.
Expanding its reach to students and the community, Baker High School’s PTSA Keep the Ball Rolling event has launched a social media platform.
Audrey Hicks, of Baldwinsville, has been honored for her commitment and potential.
Thursday, April 26
Fayetteville-Manlius High School Principal Raymond Kilmer has been named the 2012 Empire State Supervisors and Administrators Association’s Administrator of the Year for Region 8, which includes 25 school districts in Central New York.
Everyone injured in a small explosion at Soule Road Middle School in Liverpool is expected to be okay, according to Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns. As of Friday morning, Johns said that all of the injured had been released from Upstate University Hospital except for one of the girls.
A community watch group has formed following a Jamesville man’s destruction of the cygnet eggs of Manny and Faye, the Manlius Swan Ponds prized swans.
Volino leads boys effort; girls sweep all field events
For the second time in five days, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys track and field team found itself at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. This one, though, was a head-to-head meet between the Northstars and Baldwinsville. As in the April 21 Arcaro Relays, though, C-NS finished on top, 81-60, mostly by showing its versatility and depth.
Sargeant wins twice in boys meet; both sides find relay success
Both of Baldwinsville’s track and field teams found a fair amount of success in Wednesday’s pair of meets against powerhouse Cicero-North Syracuse. However, the Northstars prevailed on both ends, claiming an 81-60 decision on the boys side at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium and beating the Bees 96-45 at Bragman Stadium.
Entrepreneur was named in Top 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME
Ron Bruder, an accomplished entrepreneur and advocate for educational opportunities in developing countries, will address the graduates at Cazenovia College’s 2012 Commencement Ceremony, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, on the college’s quad.
Godzak strikes out 15 for state no. 1-ranked Warriors
When Skaneateles baseball senior pitcher Ryan Prochna matched up against state no. 1-ranked Westhill Wednesday afternoon at Frank O’Neill Field, he put up a brilliant effort, striking out eight and only allowing three hits. Yet Prochna, and his Lakers, were still on the wrong end of a 1-0 decision because Westhill’s ace, left-hander Alex Godzak, put together a no-hitter.
Options for parasite control are becoming more numerous and deciding which product to give your pet can be overwhelming. Your veterinarian can guide you on what is best for your pet based on his lifestyle and general health, but the following will summarize what parasites you should be concerned about for dogs and cats in our region.
Someone should have taught George Zimmerman, the Florida man who killed teenager Trayvon Martin, the difference between forward and backward.
“Was it really stupid?” was the question my wife asked as I walked in from seeing “The Three Stooges.” Of course, it was stupid. The Stooges define stupidity … and grossness, and slapstick violence and utter absurdity.
The East Syracuse Minoa Marching Band’s annual 100-Family Garage Sale will be held Saturday, April 28, in the ESM High School gyms.
Baldwinsville officials have received $15,000 in funding from Onondaga Community Development for improvements to be made at Mercer Park including renovations to the kitchen facility.
Tim Bailey, a lifetime resident of the Baldwinsville community and a 1993 graduate of C.W. Baker High School has recently passed away from lung cancer.
This June marks the 20th anniversary for the annual AIDS Walk/Run, which will be held June 3 at Beaver Lake Nature Center. It also marks an impressive 18th year of volunteering for Dawn Haskins and her daughters, Danielle and Devon.
Sweep includes rout of Solvay as Lakers move to 4-0
For a long time, the Cazenovia girls track and field team, like everyone else in the OHSL Liberty division, looked up at its fellow Lakers from Skaneateles in the standings. That’s changed in recent years, as Cazenovia again proved Wednesday when it beat Skaneateles 90-51 in a three-way league meet at Buckley-Volo Field where the hosts also beat Solvay by a more lopsided 129-12 margin.
Lakers fall to Westhill; Caz girls beat Chittenango
In barely the span of a week, the Cazenovia boys golf team had played – and thrived – in wildly varying conditions. After playing in summer-like warmth during a win at Skaneateles on April 20, the Lakers had to deal with chilly temperatures, wind and rain at Pine Grove for last Tuesday’s match at Solvay.
The DeWitt Community Library invites teens, 20-somethings and all interested in dancing to a special free event at 7 p.m. Monday, April 30.
Wednesday, April 25
Godzak shuts down Skaneateles; Mascari hits four HRs
For those Westhill baseball and softball fans who bundled up and ventured out to Skaneateles for Wednesday's OHSL Liberty division slate, they received a double treat. Alex Godzak put together a no-hitter in the baseball Warriors' tense 1-0 win over the Lakers, while Kelly Mascari pulled off an even rarer feat - four home runs in a game - during the softball Warriors' 13-1 win.
The Band's drummer passed away last week, but will live on forever through the music he produced. Columnist Neil Benjamin Jr. spoke with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, who knew Helm very well.
On April 23, an unknown suspect was at the Salina Public Library, located at 100 Belmont Street, where he was seen exposing himself to a young girl. The suspect left the library as the young girl alerted an adult of the incident.
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has announced it will make a $90,000 donation to Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection as a part of a three-year program to teach Syracuse students healthy habits.
These are the police reports for the Manlius, DeWitt and East Syracuse police departments ending April 18.
Students at Reynolds Elementary School recently received study skills awards for the third quarter.
Area teens will get to experience firsthand the perils of distracted driving next Saturday, April 28. Manlius Pebble Hill School will let them take a spin on the Texting and Driving Simulator, being toured nationally by the PEERS Foundation, an advocacy group dedicated to youth and teen safety.
A 23-year-old Jamesville man has been charged in the case of seven broken swan eggs in Manlius over the weekend.
The villages of Manlius and Fayetteville will host a Bike and Blade Sale at the Fayetteville Firehouse this weekend.
On the beautiful morning of Saturday, April 14, John Taibi and Jim Georges, local railroad historians and authors, guided a historic tour of the Cazenovia station and turntable of the old Syracuse and Chenango Valley Railroad sponsored by the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation.
Periodically, I receive updates from Honeywell on the lake clean-up effort. Below is a recent article from Honeywell’s newsletter that discusses some of the work that will take place this summer. I will do my best to pass along information to keep the public as up-to-date as possible. If you would like to receive current project updates from Honeywell, sign up for their E-Newsletter at lakecleanup.com/newsletters/.
During their bimonthly town board meeting on March 28, the town of Cicero officially launched its new website to strive toward more open government communications. In fact, the source of the aforementioned information is available on the new website, where the town has begun posting the board meeting agendas, along with other documents for interest of the public. “This truly has been a joint effort to improve our town website to make it user-friendly and ensure that the residents of the town can access as much information as possible about their local government,” said Cicero Supervisor Jim Corl.
For 12 years, the CanTeen bounced from place to place, from rental to rental, never able to find a home to call its own. No more. On Sunday, April 22, the teen center celebrated the grand opening of its permanent home at 6046 Route 31, right next to Cicero-North Syracuse High School. The festivities included speakers ranging from local dignitaries to past and present program participants. While the speakers were varied, the theme was the same: It’s good to be home. “This type of occasion will never happen again,” said Toni Brauchle, the CanTeen’s executive director. “We will celebrate milestones and anniversaries and many, many, many other things, but we will never, ever have to celebrate the grand opening of another home. This is it. This is home.”
For many school clubs, getting cut from the district’s budget means the end of the road. For the Builders Club at North Syracuse Junior High School, it just meant organizers had to get creative. “Most people, once your organization is cut, it’s cut,” said social studies teacher Chris Leahey, the club’s co-advisor. But we think it’s an important thing, particularly for those kids who don’t have a lot of connections at school. So we kept it going… It’s something that we value — the school values it, the administration values it. Even if the money’s not there, I think it’s a valuable thing and something worth keeping.”
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, of Cazenovia, recently named Sarah Helbig Webster as director, and Patricia J. Radell to its board of directors.
The Cazenovia College Chorale and the College Singers will present their annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Cazenovia. The concert is free and open to the public.
Tom McMahon recognized during annual BVC event
Ed Barlow and Sarah Baker are Baldwinsville's 2011 Man and Woman of the Year.
Deputies are investigating an SUV rollover crash that has left seven hospitalized.
Tripodi picks up nine assists in 17-9 win
In some ways, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team’s trip to Oswego Tuesday night offered one of the season’s supreme challenges. Here were the Wildcats, who had just played three games in as many days in New Jersey and Maryland on April 20-22, returning to the field less than 48 hours after returning home, with the long bus rides to go with a long road trip.
Maintain quality education with less funding was the challenge facing the Baldwinsville Central School District’s Board of Education this year.
High school coaches facing more intense scrutiny
One night, Mike Messere, a lacrosse coaching legend at West Genesee breaks the all-time record for national wins in front of hundreds of fans and dozens of alumni touched and affected by his principled leadership. The very next day, and just a few miles up the road, Pete Birmingham, the coach who led Marcellus to a Section III Class B championship, is forced out of his position, possibly because he had the nerve to use the same principled leadership.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of the Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation, I would like to thank the Baldwinsville community for its support of our recent Dollars for Scholars Phone-A-Thon.
Russ Tarby gives his best bets for the week of April 26.
The town of Manlius Police Department will take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s prescription drug “Take Back” campaign.
Downtown After Dark
Vocalist Catherine Russell possesses one of the most impressive pedigrees in jazz.
Tuesday, April 24
Warriors improve to 9-0, lone remaining Class A unbeaten
Mike Felice sensed the trouble that his Liverpool boys lacrosse team was in, all due to the work of his alma mater from Baldwinsville. So the Warriors' head coach called a time-out early in the second half of Tuesday night's game at LHS Stadium - and settled down, the hosts proceeded to make a decisive move to help beat the Bees 12-6.
The Marcellus Board of Education has adopted a $30,222,222 budget for the 2012-13 school year that will now be up to the voters to decide on May 15.
The reward for whoever destroyed the swan eggs continues to grow throughout Tuesday.
Baldwinsville Police arrested Melinda A. Barrett, 29, of 10313 Slab City Road, Jordan.
In Manlius, Earth Day 2012 will forever be remembered as the day we learned of a most heinous crime against nature — the destruction of seven out of eight eggs laid by Faye, the Swan Pond’s prized female swan.
National award recognizes community service, public health efforts
Sam A. Schueler, a third-year medical student at Upstate Medical University, has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation's 2012 Leadership Award.
Everyone knows something about world-hunger. But what can we do about it? This weekend, many Skaneateles kids in sixth through twelfth grade will be participating in a worldwide program called 30 Hour Famine that does try to do something about it.
The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education approved 16 district employees for tenure at its April 16 meeting.
The Master’s Touch Chorale will perform at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Marcellus United Methodist Church.
Syracuse City Ballet has teamed up with photographer Kay Lavonier to create Central New York’s own “Ballerina Project” — a series of photographs depicting the grace and elegance of ballet dancers posing against well known CNY landmarks and scenes. Lavonier is excited to bring this concept, influenced by the work of Dane Shitagi and Jordan Matter, to Syracuse.
Vasiliou, Fairbanks lead girls Rams; Sterriker, Perrone top boys sides
In their head-to-head encounter, the Jamesville-DeWitt track and field teams rolled to wins over host East Syracuse-Minoa Monday afternoon, prevailing 104-37 on the girls side and 98-39 on the boys side.
Bartlett Tree Service and the Baldwinsville Women’s Garden Club teamed up again on Saturday, April 14, to clean up Canal Park in Baldwinsville. The two organizations have been working together for years trimming trees, weeding gardens and cleaning up brush in the park.
Following his personal attention to the prosecution of Saquan Evans for the murder of 20-month-old Rashaad Walker, Jr. in November 2010, District Attorney William Fitzpatrick reflected that he thought the case would have a watershed moment for the community in terms of gang violence, but it didn’t.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter about the Lysander Town Board hiring a town engineer and attempting to also make this person deputy highway superintendent.
Birmingham led Mustangs to 2011 sectional Class B title
Less than a year after leading the Marcellus varsity baseball team to the Section III Class B championship, head coach Pete Birmingham, and his entire staff of assistants, are out.
On June 1, the Baldwinsville Kiwanis are bringing two tribute bands to Van Buren Park featuring music from Bruce Springsteen and The Beatles.
Monday, April 23
Firehouse first in the state to be LEED certified
Three awards have been given to the Fayetteville Fire Department for the design of the firehouse on Genesee Street.
The long-awaited Aldi grocery store is about to to be coming to DeWitt, according to members of the town board.
Two Manlius businesses and the village board have each allocated $1,000 for the reward fund, Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin said.
No one will be shooting coyotes in Salina – at least, not yet. The Salina Town Board announced at its April 23 meeting that it would take no action that night in the controversial matter of a request to approve a temporary exception to the prohibition of the use of firearms in Scottsdale Farms, where coyotes had been spotted. Residents had asked that the restrictions be lifted to that they could hire a wildlife control agent to dispose of the animals. Instead, a new public hearing has been scheduled for the town board’s next meeting May 14. “The public hearing we had at the last meeting revolved around a crossbow or a bow and arrow, which, as we found at that meeting, is not an effective means to accomplish what those neighbors wanted,” said Supervisor Mark Nicotra. “We have to call another public hearing for the use of a shotgun. We’re erring on the side of caution here. We want to be as transparent as possible and provide as much information within the law that we can.”
Just 41 seconds into Saturday night’s game, the Onondaga County War Memorial crowd of more than 5,000 went silent after St. John’s IceCaps center Aaron Gagnon pushed the puck past Syracuse Crunch netminder Iiro Tarkki.
The village of Manlius Board of Trustees presented its tentative budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday, April 17.
Sally Tallman was sworn in as village of Marcellus trustee on April 2 following her win over Bill Burnette in the March 20 election. Tallman was born and raised in Marcellus, and lives with her husband, Clint, on Reed Street, where the couple raised their two kids, Jeanine and Thad.
Approximately 300 people came out to the Skaneateles High School cafeteria on Thursday, April 19, to show their community, emotional and financial support for a local resident suffering a medical crisis and in need of a medically-appropriate home renovation. The fundraising event, hosted by Caring Connections in Skaneateles to help longtime resident Mary Beth Grau, raised as of press time about $7,000, said Michele Tarnow, one of the event organizers.
At the conclusion of a standing-room-only public hearing concerning the town’s proposed law to amend the zoning law to regulate hydrofracking, the board — with two members absent — voted to table the law until the next meeting, to the disappointment of the crowd.
Mother Nature can be a fickle overseer for farmers, as evidenced by early April temperatures up near 80 degrees but snow this past Sunday night. “We always joke that Mother Nature runs the roost, but this year everything looks pretty good so far,” said Richard Malcolm, owner, along with his wife Rebecca, of Schoolhouse Farms in Borodino. The Malcolms, who farm mostly by hand on about 15 acres of land on Rose Hill Road just off the four corners of Borodino, currently are planting and preparing not just for the upcoming growing season but also for their third year offering a Community Supported Agriculture program.
Research & Marketing Strategies recently added Al Tripodi to the staff as a RMS Healthcare Administrative Assistant.
Teaching positions, academic programming taken off list of possible BOE budget cuts
Mary Kate Lonergan loves her job. Currently employed as a social studies teacher at Cazenovia High School, her position was in jeopardy last month, when initially listed as a possible cut in the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education’s tentative 2012-13 budget.
Cazenovia Town Highway Department gains sterling reputation online
While the Cazenovia Town Highway Department has maintained excellent standing with local residents for its ability to cope with unexpected overnight blizzards, the department has also been gaining a sterling reputation online, on the Internet auction site AuctionsInternational.com.
We would like to extend our most sincere appreciation to the individuals, families and businesses that have helped to achieve our goal for permanent lights at the Sean Googin Sports Complex. Thank you to the community at large for your support to make night games another positive community venue.
Friday evening at the Onondaga County War Memorial, it was right wing Jason King who played the role spoiler in the Syracuse Crunch's long-awaited return to the American Hockey League's Calder Cup playoffs.
A Manlius restaurant has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the person or people who destroyed eight swan eggs in Manlius overnight Saturday.
Calling all classmates: The Cazenovia High School Class of 1972 will be holding its reunion the weekend of July 6 to 8.
The Cazenovia Firemen’s Auxiliary would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals that donated raffle prizes for our annual bowling tournament.
Cazenovia-based artist Mary Padgett will soon present “Plein Air Pastels” at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn. The class, which will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 and 20, is a chance for adults to learn pastel techniques while working at various outdoor venues in Auburn.
The 19-year-old prospect from Las Vegas drilled a 3-1 fastball from Buffalo Bisons hurler Jeurys Familia over the 350-foot sign in right-field in the fourth inning of the first game of an April 22 doubleheader at Alliance Bank Stadium.
Osborne takes pentathlon at Tully; boys edge B'ville at Arcaro Relays
On consecutive days, in varying locales and widely varying conditions, both of Cicero-North Syracuse’s track and field teams would find unqualified success.
Liverpool pounds Corcoran, Central Square, Shaker
No doubt, the scare that the Liverpool boys lacrosse team got April 14 at Marcellus, trailing in the fourth quarter before rallying late to win 9-7, had an immediate effect.
C-NS sweeps Saturday twin bill from Horseheads
With the milestone of head coach Kerry Bennett’s 600th win safely tucked away, the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team could return to normal business.
Boys Northstars split, takes loss to Baldwinsville
It was nice for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team, after an up-and-down start, to get a breather last Tuesday during a 15-3 victory over Rome Free Academy.
Liverpool posts double-digit run totals three times
Back from its solid showing in Myrtle Beach, the Liverpool softball team started to tear its way through challengers in the CNY Counties League National division.
Northstars bounce back from close loss to West Genny
Some amount of urgency surrounded the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team’s encounter with Fayetteville-Manlius last Thursday at the Gillette Road complex. And the Northstars responded to that urgency, jumping all over the Hornets’ pitching ace, Zach Tucker, and roaring to a 12-4 victory.
The Baldwinsville Public Library will host the semi-annual book sale in the Community Room of the library at 33 East Genesee St., Baldwinsville.
Nearly 1,7000 buildings within city lines have been left empty, costing city taxpayers nearly $2 million a year in upkeep costs.
For 17 East Syracuse-Minoa students, their class project will be standing in the community for a long time. After all, their project is a home for one Minoa resident.
Brothers also rip J-E, LaFayette in 3-0 week
This is, arguably, the strongest period in the history of Christian Brothers Academy lacrosse, with a girls team offereing a strong defense of its state Class C championship and a boys side determined to make its own championship push.
F-M holds off Oswego before routs of Corcoran, ESM
Once it got past an early-week scare, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team settled back into a comfortable winning groove.
The investigation continues into how Tracy Kulas died and how she ended up in a wooded area behind Shoppingtown Mall.
Softball Cobras win pair of one-run decisions
Mired at 2-6, the Bishop Grimes baseball team earned its most impressive win of the season on Saturday when it came back from a four-run deficit to beat defending Section III Class B champion Marcellus 7-6.
Rams also take out Fulton, Cortland
Jamesville-DeWitt’s baseball team did not give East Syracuse-Minoa a warm welcome back from its South Carolina school-break trip, even if the weather was plenty warm. A single rally, plus great pitching from Max Bregande, pushed the Red Rams past the Spartans 2-1 last Monday, launching a week where J-D would sweep all three of its opponents.
Hornets improve to 3-0 in CNYCL American division
Going to 3-0 on the season, the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field teams beat two city opponents in a three-day span.
On March 26, there was an apartment fire here in Baldwinsville at 116 Oswego St.
B’ville School District receives national honor for third consecutive year
The NAMM Foundation has announced the results of its 13th annual Best Communities for Music Education survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the country for their commitment and support for music education as part of the core curriculum.
Sunday, April 22
Thirty-three activists were charged after an anti-drone protest at Hancock Air Base Sunday.
Even as he neared the nation’s all-time wins record of 747, West Genesee lacrosse coach Mike Messere remained grounded.
The eggs would have been the first to hatch in 8 years
Manlius Police are seeking the person who removed numerous swan eggs from the village of Manlius Swan Pond and destroyed them.
B'ville wins in four relays; Ross, Soeder prevail at girls Tully meet
Only the efforts of the rivals from up Route 31 kept the Baldwinsville boys track and field team from claiming the top honors as it hosted Saturday’s John Arcaro Relays. Fighting cold, wet conditions, the Bees picked up 96 points, topping everyone in the 12-team field except Cicero-North Syracuse, who earned first place with 112 points.
Lakers also beaten, 3-2, by West Genesee
Off to a 4-0 start, the Skaneateles baseball team would get plenty of chances to further enhance its reputation once play resumed after the school break.
Caz lacrosse win streak now stands at 26
In no way could the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team feel comfortable after surviving a tough, physical 7-6 win at Skaneateles on April 17.
Bears go 2-2; baseball side wins two straight
Back from the April school break, the Chittenango softball team hoped to keep up with some of the bigger-name contenders in the OHSL Freedom division. And for much of the week, the Bears did so, carrying momentum into Friday’s game at defending Class A champion Phoenix and nearly knocked off the Firebirds before taking a painful 13-12 defeat.
Depth displayed in wins over J-E, Skaneateles
Able to practice more outdoors than in seasons past, Cazenovia’s golf teams were fully prepared for the start of the 2012 spring campaign, as evidenced by a string of three consecutive victories in as many days.
Whirligigs, slate boards, lunch pails, knickers and aprons, fountain pens and a real school bell will once again help to set the stage for a week of engaged learning and fun at Lorenzo’s one room schoolhouse from July 30 through Aug. 4.
Lakers offer challenge to top OHSL Liberty contenders
To reach the win column for the first time in 2012, the Cazenovia boys tennis team needed some late heroics on the doubles side. Sure enough, James Duffy and Joe Romagnoli delivered in the clutch, and it made the difference for the Lakers in last Monday’s 3-2 victory over Homer.
Caz holds off Ludden/Grimes before pair of defeats
A 2-1 start, anchored by strong defensive play, helped the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team move into the no. 18 spot in the state Class C rankings, but things would get more difficult from there.
Instead of a warm welcome back from the April school break, the Cazenovia softball and baseball teams both got slapped around for much of the ensuing week.
Saturday, April 21
Rams beat powerful Wildcats for third straight year
Jamesville-Dewitt and West Genesee both put on a display of quality boys lacrosse Saturday afternoon, but there could only be one winner in this annual battle of powerhouse programs. And it proved to be the Red Rams, again, as it continually fought off the Wildcats' second-half rallies to emerge victorious, 13-11. It marked the third straight year J-D has won in this series.
Watching “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” reminded me that great filmmaking begins with story, script, characterization and acting.
In the old westerns, the good guys wore the white hats and the bad guys wore the black hats. It was simple enough for me to understand and I had a rooting interest in the story. In fact, without the good guys and the bad guys, there was no story.
As recently reported, Cazenovia College has received a donation to finalize their $1 million campaign for the new state-of-the-art artificial turf field.
A few weeks ago in my column on holistic medicine, I mentioned I’d be inviting local natural therapy practitioners to share information about their practices.
Colleges and universities are no longer satisfied with top students and high test scores. Increasingly schools are examining students’ commitment to service and volunteerism.
Cazenovia College is currently in the midst of presenting its spring theatre production, “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder, at the Catherine Cummings Theatre. Produced by Colleen Prossner, along with artist-in-residence Director David Lowenstein, the play was shown multiple times over the weekend of April 14, and will be presented again April 20, 21 and 22.
A Minoa man was critically injured in a motorcycle accident Friday afternoon.
Friday, April 20
B'ville sweeps regular-season meetings with Warriors
Safe to say, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team did not like losing to Fayetteville-Manlius last Monday night, but used that bitter taste to sweet effect. The Bees swept away the residue of that 10-9 defeat to the Hornets by week's end, especially on Friday night as the Bees ripped through Liverpool in the first half and cruised to an 11-6 victory at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
It’s a simple solution for an everyday annoyance.
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Here’s a book that should be required reading for Jazz 101 courses worldwide.
Lysander Parks and Recreation prepares for Pitch, Hit and Run Skills Competition and Lysander Day Camp.
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center held a ground-breaking ceremony today to start “Phase Two” of its planned expansion project.
Strong pitching marks early B'ville win streak
Back from its work in Florida during the April school break, the Baldwinsville baseball team was eager to show local opponents the sharpness it picked up in the warmer weather.
Bees remain unbeaten, outscore foes 13-1
Baldwinsville’s boys tennis team started to hit the bulk of its schedule, succeeding so far in its main quest to keep itself undefeated and ahead of the CNY Counties League pack.
Skaneateles gets 11 saves from Byrne, two in homestretch
Well-rested, and sporting a no. 6 state Class C ranking, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team set out Thursday to turn back the challenge of Tully, who was right behind them in that state poll at no. 7.
Lakers have 0-2 week, fall to Marcellus
Even as it struggled against OHSL Liberty division opponents, the Skaneateles softball team was generating offense on some occasions.
Spring has sprung in Baldwinsville! At Silver Fox Senior Social Club, our members have embraced the promise of seasonal temperatures and longer days by tending to the rapidly growing plants in our indoor greenhouse.
It’s been a long and financially difficult road, but the Jamesville-DeWitt School District has reinstated several modified sports teams that were cut in the 2011-12 budget.
Two incumbents are up for re-election to the East Syracuse-Minoa Board of Education this spring.
On April 5, PEACE, Inc. provided Easter basket materials and filling for 23 families and 43 children at the County West Family Resource Center.
Check out activities happening this weekend and throughout next month at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
Thursday, April 19
West Genny fights off Oswego to reach no. 748
For almost three quarters on Thursday night, the Oswego Buccaneers appeared ready to spoil West Genesee boys lacrosse coach Mike Messere’s record-breaking night.
he mock DWI presentation was part of the Every 15 Minutes program, a nationwide initiative to remind drivers one person dies from an alcohol-related collision four times an hour. Schools are approaching a critical time with teens, as prom and graduation celebrations start.
Patty Larkin takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday April 20, at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 3800 E. Genesee St. Admission costs $20.
Warriors win rematch of 2011 sectional playoffs
Ben Walsh and his Westhill baseball teammates carried long memories of how Marcellus, in 2011, had kept them from a third consecutive Section III Class B title - and perhaps another state championship, too. So it was particularly sweet for the Warriors to beat the Mustangs 3-1 Thursday afternoon in their first encounter since that playoff classic.
Members from multiple sectors of the Cazenovia community are sharing the message that they want to “Be The Wall” between alcohol and youth. They aspire to be supportive of building healthy social patterns.
The public is invited to join the Cazenovia Tree Commission at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 21 in front of Cazenovia Jewelry on Albany Street, for a ceremony and tree installation in observance of Arbor Day.
Community Resources for Independent Seniors (CRIS), a 501(c)3 organization aimed at addressing the needs of seniors in the Cazenovia, Nelson and Fenner areas, will hold its second annual meeting at 4 p.m. on May 14 at 101 Nelson Street (next to McDonald’s on Route 20) in Cazenovia.
The 2012 Cazenovia Garden Club Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held (rain or shine) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at a new location: the pavilion at Lakeside Park on East Lake Road.
Visit B’ville Fire Station No. 1 on April 21 to learn about volunteer opportunities
The Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company will open its doors to area residents Saturday, April 21, so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community. This effort is part of a statewide program called Recruit NY.
Girls Lakers defeat Westhill/Ludden, Jordan-Elbridge
With relative ease, the Skaneateles girls track and field team sprinted to a 2-0 start within the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty division. In the first of four weekly league meets Wednesday afternoon, the Lakers went to Jordan-Elbridge and knocked off the host Eagles 93-39 while, at the same time, rolling past Westhill/Bishop Ludden 103-39.
Dick Clark, Don Cornelius brought music, dancing to millions
Those that believe in cosmic forces have to think this was all planned out in advance. On the first day of February, Don Cornelius was found dead in his home, believed to be suicide. Exactly 11 weeks later, Dick Clark also passed away, the cause a heart attack.
Sterriker wins three events for boys Red Rams
Jamesville-DeWitt’s track and field teams both rolled through Wednesday’s three-way meet against Chittenango and Fulton. On the girls end, several different Red Rams earned multiple titles, leading to a 125-15 victory over the Bears and 124-17 conquest of the Red Raiders.
Author will discuss ‘Emotion in the New Workplace’
How people cope with emotional issues at their jobs will be the topic of the next Cazenovia Forum lecture. Author Anne Kreamer will discuss her latest book, “It’s Always Personal: Emotion in the New Workplace,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 4, in Cazenovia College’s Catherine Cummings Theatre on Lincklaen Street.
My husband, Brian, and his buddy, Tony, decided to take down two large trees in our backyard.
Sherry Faye, of Baldwinsville, is one of the co-chairs of the nation’s largest gathering of nuclear science and engineering students, American Nuclear Society.
On Jan. 13, the village of Marcellus finalized its sale of the library building to Alex Mitchell, who is using it as a studio to design the prefabricated material that keeps alive the vision of a business started by his grandfather in 1930.
Syracuse Home at McHarrie Life’s Auxiliary held its annual appreciation luncheon April 10 at the McHarrie Towne Center in Baldwinsville and two members, Marilynn Butcher and Beth Northrup, were honored for 33 years and 22 years, respectively, of service to the auxiliary.
Biviano wins four events; Winn captures pair of sprints
With all the preliminaries and early practices cast aside, the Cazenovia girls track and field team set out to, once again, take ownership of the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty division. And the opening statement was quite strong, Paige Biviano and Ashley Winn leading the way as the Lakers ripped past Marcellus 106-34 and Christian Brothers Academy 127-14 Wednesday at Alibrandi Stadium.
The Town of DeWitt has become a participating community in the Central New York Energy Challenge.
Wednesday, April 18
Wiley home run, Glover's pitching key 'Holy War' win
If there is a place where the 'Holy War' between Christian Brothers Academy and Bishop Ludden burns the most, it's on the baseball diamond, where both sides share the same OHSL Freedom division and high-quality programs with championship ambitions.
To the editor: On behalf of the Salt City Horror Fest, we would like to thank the many horror movie fans who came out to the festival on April 14 and a very special thank you to the area print and broadcast media for the excellent coverage given to the 2012 Salt City Horror Festival, our annual festival of 35mm print genre films.
Ursula Rozum biked to the Regional Transportation Center last week to announce she was boarding a train to Albany to file papers with 61 signatures on petitions, 23 more than needed to meet the required 3.75 percent of registered Greens.
The Syracuse University Design Students showed their final presentation for the Onondaga Creekwalk revitalization project Wednesday in the auditorium of The Warehouse.
CNY Real Diaper Circle will take part in an international cloth diaper changing event taking place on Saturday, April 21, at Shoppingtown Mall.
It was Saturday morning, April 14, when I decided I was going to head to The Landmark in Syracuse to catch Daniel Tosh, a comedian who has grown famous because of his web-fueled show Tosh.O.
Olan Mack has been named the new executive director of the Westcott Community Center, and he’ll begin duties on May 1.
“So long, honey babe. Where I’m bound, I can’t tell.” – A line from Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”
When this story hits the newsstands, Steve Susman will be living it up in Italy — Venice to be exact.
Six-year-old Elena Colegrove of Syracuse, a kindergartner at Ed Smith Elementary School, will make her opera debut in Syracuse Opera’s production of “Madama Butterfly,” to be staged April 20 and 22 at Crouse-Hinds Theater.
These are the police reports for the Camillus, state and county police departments ending April 8.
These are the police reports for the DeWitt and East Syracuse police departments ending April 12.
Former Assemblyman Al Stirpe announced Wednesday that he will run for the 127th Assembly seat he held from 2007 to 2011. The seat is currently held by Don Miller. Stirpe made the announcement at a press conference on the lawn of the NSEA offices in North Syracuse in front of representatives from the Democratic party, labor and local nonprofits.
A special meeting of the village board in Camillus has been scheduled for the fifth Monday of the month, April 30.
Manlius Pebble Hill School is sponsoring a free public showing of “Finding Kind,” a documentary that focuses on the mean behavior of girls and the devastating and lasting impact of girl-to-girl aggression. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Palace Theater in Eastwood.
More than 25,000 cars will need to find a new route through Fayetteville this summer, as the state Department of Transportation anticipates closing Route 5, the main thoroughfare through the village, for about a month.
No new candidates are running for the West Genesee Board of Education in May.
Contegni strikes out 14 in 15-0 shutout
So now the next chapter for the Liverpool baseball team is underway – where, at the least, the Warriors hope to successfully defend its Section III Class AA championship.
Cazenovia Village Mayor Kurt Wheeler and the board of trustees were confident they would not need to raise taxes higher than 2 percent, but wanted to keep the option open.
The Dewitt Rotary Club continues its longstanding commitment to youth and the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. The club celebrated with the outgoing exchange students on March 26.
Six juniors from Baker High School have been selected to attend the prestigious American Legion Boys State leadership conference this summer at SUNY Morrisville, and four juniors have been selected as alternates.
New pizzeria opens for business, brings Friday fish fry back to Cazenovia
Owahgena Pizzeria, the newest eatery to inhabit 118 Albany St., is hoping to give the established pizzeria up the road a run for its money.
Community members are coming together to support a Camillus man who has been battling leukemia since October.
Girls Bees win 87-54; boys fall despite distance wins
Amid a busy and important week, the Baldwinsville track and field teams both took on West Genesee Tuesday afternoon. In each instance, the home team won. At Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, the girls Bees roared to an 87-54 victory, while in Camillus the boys lost to the Wildcats 81-60.
Restaurant Impossible crews were back at McShane's Restaurant in DeWitt on Tuesday.
Cazenovia College and the surrounding community learned with great sadness earlier this month that one of its own, Trustee Emeritus Jay W. Wason, Sr., had passed away.
Budget reductions total $400K since December
Fiscal responsibility is being touted once again in Skaneateles. The Skaneateles Central School District Board of Education adopted the proposed $29,140,500 spending plan during the board’s April 17 meeting. The 2012-13 budget is $119,743 more than 2011-12, a mere 0.41 percent increase.
Stephen F. Meyer talks business, personal
When Stephen F. Meyer, the recently named president and chief executive officer of Welch Allyn, spoke at the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Welch Allyn Lodge April 12, he had just four days before officially assuming the title.
Without any commentary from the public, the Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees moved swiftly through a public hearing on Thursday, April 12, and adopted the 2012-13 budget, which contains a 1.7 percent tax increase.
I was pleased to co-sponsor legislation that aims to draw more businesses to Central New York. In March, the Assembly unanimously passed legislation that will expand the Foreign Trade Zone. The Senate also passed this bill and it awaits the Governor’s review. The legislation would expand the Foreign Trade Zone, established at Syracuse Hancock International Airport, to include Oswego, Cayuga and Madison counties.
Baldwinsville’s Rolande Beth Chalifoux, center, is surrounded by four generations of her family including daughter Helen Mae Olson, second from right, granddaughter Linda Lee Sheldon, right, great-granddaughter Kelye Lea Unger, left, and the newest addition to the Chalifoux family, great-great-granddaughter Dannika Skye Unger.
This week marks National Volunteer Week, which recognizes the efforts of volunteers and urges others to get out and volunteer in their communities.
Tuesday, April 17
Wildcats pull away from Auburn, 14-4
So many times over the years, West Genesee's boys lacrosse team would thwart Auburn, and Tuesday night's 14-4 victory at Holland Stadium was no different. Except that on this occasion, when the clock struck zero, head coach Mike Messere had 747 career wins and now stood even with Ward Melville's Joe Cuozzo with the most wins of any high school lacrosse coach in America.
Turnovers, tough defense mark 7-6 decision
Ten and a half months after they last saw each other, the Cazenovia and Skaneateles boys lacrosse teams had a reunion Tuesday night at Hyatt Stadium - and it wasn't too friendly. Physical play, penalties, a rash of turnovers on both ends and tough defense marked this latest clash of Laker teams, with Cazenovia hanging on for a 7-6 victory to extend its state-best win streak to 24 games.
B'ville school district board meeting, Lysander Town Board meeting scheduled for this Monday.
Paul Gasparini, principal at Jamesville-Dewitt High School, has been selected as the 2012 New York State High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State.
12-year board member will not seek re-election
Three people will run uncontested for election to the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education this spring.
There will be three open seats on the Liverpool school board this May, and only three candidates have submitted petitions to run for election to the board.
Marcellus Board of Education members Jeffrey Crysler and David Kelly's terms are expiring, but both will run again in the upcoming election.
Three members of the Jordan-Elbridge Board of Education are not running for re-election in May's election.
Three current members will be running against two new people.
Tony Cardamone, principal of Elden Elementary School, has been selected as the 2012 New York State Elementary School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State.
If the bait and switch weather is making you a mite grumpy, stop in and check out this month’s Elementary Art Show at the library.
Four and a half years ago, Ryan Gilbert witnessed something no child should have to see. Ryan watched his cousin Bianca Bresadola, 7, as she first became sick from osteosarcoma. He and his sister Lauren, as well as Bianca’s twin sister Mia, watched as Bianca fought valiantly against the disease, only to lose the battle on December 3, 2008. Ryan doesn’t like to talk about his cousin, to whom he was very close. But Ryan, now 13, is showing his feelings for her in another way. “People have been telling me that there is a doll fundraiser, but I wasn’t really into it,” Ryan said. “I heard that the money goes to the hospital for art supplies and stuff. It’s Crayola only, so I decided to give back and see what I can get. My goal was 100. The goal is 500 right now. And it’s really exciting. It’s just a fun thing to do. I know it goes for a good cause.”
A number of residents appeared at Monday’s Clay Town Board meeting to speak out against a zone change proposal along Buckley Road. Red Barn LLC and Farone and Sons Funeral Home are looking to change the zoning at 7353 Buckley Road and the surrounding parcels from R-10 One-Family Residential District to NC-1 Neighborhood Commercial District. They filed an application for a zone change, which was discussed at a public hearing on Monday, April 16 at the town board’s regular meeting. The issue was first discussed at the town board’s previous meeting on April 2. The two businesses are looking to turn the now-vacant parcel, which is comprised of approximately two acres, into a funeral home. Red Barn LLC owns the parcel, and Farone and Sons is looking to purchase it.
same as the one outlined above — and raise funds for its goals. “Ophelia’s Place’s vision is our vision,” said café manager Dan Hamon. “We provide space in the café for community to build. We strive to provide a relationship with our local community through good coffee, healthy and delicious meals and desserts, local musicians and artists, and to provide a place to represent and share the people, products and produce that are grown locally. With every cup of coffee and biscotti, with every bowl of soup, you are supporting Ophelia’s Place and their vision, as well as supporting and nurturing the community and people around you.” Part of the way the café supports and nurtures its customers is by providing a full, healthy menu chock full of locally grown produce, grains and other foodstuffs.
After months of working through the numbers and tuning in for presentations, the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education adopted the final 2012-13 budget, which includes a tax levy increase of 4.23 percent, the maximum allowed under the new tax cap law. Superintendent Kim Dyce Faucette said that, even in the midst of making hard decisions, those involved in the process are first and foremost “here for our kids.” “We have succeeded in becoming more cost effective while preserving programs for our students,” Dyce said.
When she was just 17, Kim Head was at a high school dance with her boyfriend when the right side of her body suddenly shut down. She lost her ability to speak, and she developed a piercing pain behind her left eye. Though she was only a senior in high school, Head was experiencing a stroke. She was rushed to the hospital in Hamilton and then moved to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. Doctors found that her stroke was the result of arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a typically congenital abnormal connection between veins and artieries. After brain surgery and extensive therapy, Head was able to make a full recovery and graduate on time. In order to help stroke patients like Head, Upstate Medical University’s Upstate Stroke Center is holding its third annual Strikes Against Strokes bowling fundraiser on Sunday, May 6 at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool. The idea came from Head’s sister, Carrie Head Garcia, who now lives in Clay.
Shear Perfection, the salon and spa Bonnie Marini built at the corner of Route 57 and John Glenn Boulevard in Liverpool, is helping several area stylists reach their own goals at the same time it fulfills a dream for the Fulton resident. Marini's dream of starting a private business to help people read, set in the same space for a few years, didn't bear fruit, but the North Syracuse school psychologist didn't give up; she just switched to a new dream.
Shooting coyotes in Salina is not the way to solve a problem. The Town of Salina is considering the very real possibility of allowing the local nuisance control person(s) to kill coyotes in the town by gun. This would be done on residential properties, jeopardizing homes and citizens. There is information available and offered by true experts on “coyote issues” refuting the information being given to the Town by local nuisance control people. There is the added cruelty element of killing any animal during breeding season, condemning its young to death by predation, starvation/dehydration and suffering. And who is to say that the alleged “problem coyote” will actually be the target?
After smacking five home runs in the last six games, Syracuse Chiefs rookie first baseman Tyler Moore leads the league in long balls.
Hornets shake off 1-4 start; Ryu scores five goals
True, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls lacrosse team endured a 1-5 start, but it wasn’t like the Hornets were playing weak opponents. West Genesee, Liverpool, Skaneateles and Brighton had all tripped up F-M in the season's opening stages, making the Hornets’ schedule perhaps the toughest in the state through mid-April.
Mark Evans, president of Evans Chevrolet in Baldwinsville, loves animals and wants to help make sure pets are kept safe and healthy. That’s why he recently used his company Facebook page to raise awareness and make a generous donation to Wanderer’s Rest Humane Association, an animal shelter in Canastota.
On Thursday, April 19, the Syracuse Poster Project will unveil 16 posters to be displayed in downtown Syracuse.
Wilcox claims USTA tournament in Rochester area
Both inside and outside of its own matches, the Skaneateles boys tennis team is making lots of noise. It was exciting enough in Monday’s home match against rival Marcellus, where the Lakers needed some clutch play in doubles from Matt Carroll and Matt Kallas to pull out a 3-2 victory over the Mustangs.
Varied attack, solid defense help Wildcats past Warriors
By the middle of April, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team had already achieved the impressive feat of sweeping all of its closest rivals for local Class A supremacy. The completion of that sweep took place Monday night, when the Wildcats ventured to Liverpool and spread its production around, leading to a 13-8 victory over the Warriors.
Earning your trust for more than 160 years, Syracuse Home Association has provided our community with caring and compassionate healthcare for older adults in Central New York.
Monday, April 16
Bregande pitches baseball Red Rams to win over Spartans, too
If the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team fretted in any way about its 2-0 defeat to defending Section III Class A champion Phoenix on April 7, it didn't last long. For the Red Rams were back on its home turf two days later, hosting East Syracuse-Minoa, and its potent bats roared back to life as it beat the Spartans 9-2.
Manlius Police are investigating an accident in the village.
By the end of 2013, the First Baptist Church of Memphis is expected to be moved to Route 5 in Camillus.
On Saturday, April 21, the day before Earth Day, the town of DeWitt will hold an Earth Day fair in addition to its annual “Clean Up to Green Up” trash pickup.
B’ville business district hosts second annual event
Get ready for Springtime in the Village, the second time around.
New York State will invest $6,250,000 in NY Works for 15 flood control system and dam repair projects in Central New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.
Earth day is just around the corner, and it’s time to think about how you can do your part. This can become overwhelming; sea turtles need saving, manatees need rescuing, oceans need cleaning and energy needs preserving, so where do you start?
Residents of the Baldwinsville Central School District will be asked to approve a $1,282,925 budget for the Baldwinsville Public Library for the 2012-13 fiscal year Thursday, April 26.
35 animals taken from home after search warrant
More than 35 animals were taken from a DeWitt home after police charged the homeowner with selling narcotics near Jamesville-DeWitt High School.
Less than six weeks ago the Syracuse Crunch languished in 14th place in the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference.
Varied cast gives Wilder’s classic a reverential performance at Catherine Cummings Theater
Near the start of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Our Town,” newspaper editor Charlie Webb admitted that not much of anything happens in Grover’s Corners, NH. “The people here are a little better-behaved than most,” he said. “Perhaps a little duller…There’s not much culture."
At the April 9 meeting of the Cazenovia Town Board, councilors updated the public on the upcoming chemical treatment of Cazenovia Lake and approved a resolution authorizing the official naming of School Street in New Woodstock.
C-NS boys hold off Liverpool; girls earn 100 points
A Cicero-North Syracuse track and field season that will culminate with hosting the June 8-9 state championship meet began with an event at a much smaller scale.
Cazenovia Arts redesigns walls of Dave's Diner
Dave’s Diner in Cazenovia underwent substantial changes on Sunday, April 15. While no adjustments were made to the menu, the artwork displayed on the restaurant’s walls was updated by local group Cazenovia Arts.
Look out Joe Cuozzo: Mike Massere is coming for you.
Having lived next to Mercer Park for the last 12 years, my family and I have enjoyed many park activities but have endured frequent foul behavior coming from Mercer Park.
Rams undone by Sears' pitching, power in 2-0 loss
As it turned out, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team’s challenges only grew after it claimed the season-opening Fayetteville-Manlius tournament.
Hornets quickly recover from April 7 West Genny defeat
With the close April 7 defeat at West Genesee just behind them, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team quickly jumped back into winning gear.
Rams excel in field events; ESM's Wall wins triple jump
Jamesville-DeWitt’s girls track and field team had its first big test Friday when it went to Bragman Stadium (site of the state championship meet in June) for the ninth annual Cicero-North Syracuse Relays.
Hornets nearly rally in wild defeat to Clarence
The Fayetteville-Manlius baseball team stayed at home during the April school break and nearly won all three of its games.
Seniors at Silver Fox Senior Center in Baldwinsville recently visited Elden Elementary School for a breakfast spring tea party.
Discover Baldwinsville’s History Trail by participating in The Museum at Shacksboro Schoolhouse’s special event celebrating Preservation Month on May 19.
Sunday, April 15
Boys, girls Bees both win relay races
Both of Baldwinsville’s track and field teams made the first of many trips to Cicero-North Syracuse Friday for the ninth annual C-NS Relays. And each of the Bees’ sides would finish fifth, the boys picking up 31 points and the girls gaining 28 points. C-NS swept the team honors with 100 points for the girls and 92 points for the boys.
Bees get first win of season over Auburn
If nothing else, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team aimed to delay the rush of history when it took on West Genesee last Friday afternoon.
Messere now just one from tying national mark
A weird sort of atmosphere settled over the West Genesee boys lacrosse team in the second week of April as a large chunk of history loomed ahead. The quest to put head coach Mike Messere ahead of the 747 wins Ward Melville’s Joe Cuozzo earned and become the all-time national leader for victories was nearing its climax. Success in three games during the week of the school break would put Messere just one win from Cuozzo’s mark.
Westhill goes 4-0 at Myrtle Beach tournament
As it does each April, the Westhill baseball team trades a week of potential weather issues in Central New York for guaranteed playing time – and bonding time – in Myrtle Beach, S.C. All told, the Warriors played four games – and won each of them, improving to 6-0 in the process and gaining a full dose of momentum heading into the heart of OHSL Liberty division play.
Caz boys have state's longest active win streak
More than a week removed from its overtime scare at Marcellus, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team did not want the same thing occurring again, especially since key showdowns with Skaneateles and LaFayette loomed.
James Street has reopened between Grant Boulevard and Mildred Avenue after a serious one-car crash early Sunday morning.
There aren’t words we can put together that would sum up fire service any better than what former Camillus Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief and current Assistant Chief Scott Binns told us last week. “It’s a noble calling and that’s what I think it should be,” he said. “Something that still stands for some good in the world.”
Animal Shelter kicks-off spring 2012 with wine tasting, silent auction, celebrity guests
From 7 to 9:30 p.m. on April 27, the Lincklaen House in Cazenovia will once again come alive with the sounds of celebration and music as the Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association celebrates its 31st year of service to Madison County and Central New York.
Many families were caught off guard this year, anticipating the college admission process to be less competitive. There was an expectation that the number of applicants would decrease as the number of high school seniors has declined.
It’s opening day and everybody is in first place. I throw the ball up in the air, swing and a miss. I’m still the greatest ballplayer ever. Yes, once again, baseball season has begun.
Recently, I heard a news report about the growing number of children diagnosed with autism. Autism is one of a group of serious developmental problems called autism spectrum disorders (ASD) that appear in early childhood.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently issued a General Depredation Permit (GDP) allowing the disturbance or removal of Canada geese, their nests or eggs, under certain situations and conditions without having to apply for individual state and federal permits.
Saturday, April 14
A growing number of members of the Cazenovia community are continuing to pledge to “Be The Wall” for youth. This social media campaign is designed to bring the problem of underage drinking to the forefront.
My name is Nicole McLean and I am running for a seat on the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education. I’d like to explain why a mother and wife, working a full-time job, wants to serve our children and this community.
The American Military Society (AMS) urges Congress to pass the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 1449) on behalf of its membership which includes active, reserve, National Guard, retired and veterans of the uniformed services, their families and survivors.
Friday, April 13
The village of East Syracuse adopted their $4.9 million budget at a special meeting Friday.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Preschool will now accept registrations for the Pre-K class, a unique class for children who will turn 5 in the late summer or fall, but are not yet ready for kindergarten.
“Mirror Mirror” is a devilishly irreverent and funny movie that plays off of the story of “Snow White,” one of Hollywood’s original icons.
The students of Burton Street Elementary School are learning what it was like to live in Cazenovia long ago.
The Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club will hold an open house from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville.
For a vast majority of the April school break, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team practiced and rested, trying to pace itself as it knew all sorts of tough Class C opposition lay ahead.
Lakers rip past Homer behind McNeilly's four goals
True, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team’s comeback effort against defending state Class C champion CBA fell short in a 9-7 home defeat on April 7. From that game, though, the Lakers came away with an increased belief in itself, knowing it wasn’t that far away from the level of play required to reclaim the Class C throne from the Brothers.
The North Syracuse village board passed a $4.6 million budget on Thursday, April 12 by a margin of four to one. The new budget, which covers the fiscal year running from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013, calls for a 1.4 percent increase in property taxes for residents. The tax increase comes down to about $10 on a $75,000 house, according to Mayor Mark Atkinson.
Witkowski leads attack of 4-0 Mustangs
Uneven weather kept local high school softball teams from consistent on-field work during the April school break. However, Marcellus did get on the field twice and won them both to keep itself undefeated.
The Town of Van Buren Highway Department will host its annual tire and metal drop of day in conjunction with Earth Day and OCRRA from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 20, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21, at 7895 West Dead Creek Road.
Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that detectives have arrested a man for the robbery of a town of Cicero bank. Last night Onondaga County Sheriff’s detectives charged Timothy E. Okun, 25, of 104 Jefferson Street in Phoenix, with robbery in the second degree, criminal use of a firearm in the second degree and grand larceny in the third degree in connection with yesterday’s robbery of the Fulton Savings Bank on Bartel Road in Cicero just before 5 p.m.
Caz defense continues strong play in 9-7 win
Quickly, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team has let opponents know that it won’t be easy to put up goals against them. The Lakers have allowed just 18 in the first three games, including Thursday’s 9-7 victory over Westhill at the Sean Googin Sports Complex which moved Cazenovia to 2-1 on the season.
Phelps picks up nine points as Bears beat Whitesboro
Chittenango’s boys lacrosse team, who began the season with four consecutive defeats, finally found its way into the win column. The Bears did so in last Tuesday night’s game against Whitesboro, surviving raw, cold conditions to get past the Warriors 10-7.
A decision on the location for the Northwest Family YMCA is at least four months away. Members of the Greater Baldwinsville YMCA Board of Managers, meeting Thursday, April 12, to weigh the merits of three finalist sites, agreed that they needed more information before making a final recommendation.
The YMCA builds community by changing lives. As the Chair of the Greater Baldwinsville YMCA Board of Managers, I’ve met dozens of people who have told me how important the YMCA has been in helping them recover from cancer, bond with their family or connect with their community.
Cazenovia College’s Fashion Program is once again ready to display the creativity of its students on the catwalk during this year’s fashion show.
Officials from the Red Mill Inn addressed the village board Thursday, April 5, to discuss issues with Paper Mill Island events.
Thursday, April 12
Northstars rally past Rome Free Academy
Three decades, and four state championships, into a historic tenure, Cicero-North Syracuse softball coach Kerry Bennett reached another milestone. When the Northstars defeated Rome Free Academy 9-3 on Thursday afternoon, it gave Bennett his 600th coaching victory.
Girls lacrosse, baseball Brothers also win on busy Thursday
To this point, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team has met all the challenges - and might just be getting better. Further proof of this was offered Thursday afternoon at Alibrandi Stadium, where senior Nick Papayanakos helped the state Class C no. 10-ranked Brothers dismantle no. 3-ranked LaFayette by a score of 20-9.
Patricia Brecht, of Baldwinsville, has positively impacted Upstate Medical University through her advocacy, support and promotion of employment recruitment programs to ensure a diverse current and future workforce.
After holding a joint public hearing on April 3, officials from the village of Baldwinsville and the town of Van Buren are ready to annex several Meigs Road properties into the village from the town.
Camillus Police recognized three individuals at the last regular meeting of the Camillus Town Board.
The “Open Book Club” for adults will continues in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room on at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 and on at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. All are welcome.
In an effort to improve the village’s current infrastructure and plan for the future, the Cazenovia Village board recently voted to establish a dedicated capital account to fund the replacement of old water lines throughout the village.
Liverpool girls also prevail at Tully Spring Break meet
Liverpool’s track and field teams both stepped up during the April school break, on two different fronts. The Warriors gained an early edge in the CNY Counties League race by sweeping Wednesday’s pair of meets against West Genesee, prevailing 74-67 in the boys meet at LHS Stadium and 79-62 in the girls meet in Camillus.
At Elden Elementary School, Rose Mercer, left, plays Catherine and Jack Michaels plays David in “Rules,” a play adapted from the novel of the same name.
Four girls win twice; Ryan sweeps boys distance races
Part of the enthusiasm for the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field teams this spring is the chance to compete at home on a brand-new oval surface. The Hornets debuted on that surface Wednesday afternoon, against Central Square, and won big on both ends, topping the Red Hawks 105-35 in the girls meet and 90-51 in the boys meet.
Lysander Day Camp runs for six individual weeks and offers a variety of activities including a weekly field trip for children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade.
Westhill/Ludden earns wins at Tully Spring Break meet
Both inside and outside their respective leagues, area high school track and field teams continued to work through the April school break. In fact, West Genesee had its CNY Counties League opener, against Liverpool, in two venues on Wednesday afternoon. In both of them, the Wildcats lost, a tight 74-67 boys match at LHS Stadium and, back home in Camillus, a 79-62 defeat to the Warriors.
Lysander officials have rescinded the appointment of Al Yager as deputy highway superintendent, as well as the attached salary of $10,000 per year.
On Tuesday, April 3, the Lysander Republican Committee overwhelmingly voted to endorse former Oswego County Legislature Chairman and retired Fulton Police Lieutenant Russ Johnson as their candidate for the upcoming special election this November, to fill the vacancy on the Lysander Town Board.
Wednesday, April 11
There are few things in life that are certain, but for Sno Top, the ice cream stand with a rich history in Manlius, one thing has been the same for 12 years now: Erin Griffin, a Fayetteville-Manlius sophomore, is always the first customer of the season.
Despicable. It’s the best word used to describe what thieves did to Catherine Meeker and her 13-year-old son Joshua.
A man who died Tuesday while operating a bulldozer at a construction site in Geddes has been identified as Christopher Johnson, 46, of Leroy, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s office.
April 22, 1970, marked the first Earth Day. It was during a time of growing concern for our environment, brought on by the publication of Rachel Carson’s bestseller “Silent Spring” and the evidence of environmental degradation across our country. What started as a grassroots effort ended with 20 million people across our country participating in the day’s festivities.
After holding a public hearing, Van Buren officials approved NY RPT Law 485-A, which allows an eight-year exemption on property taxes (plus four additional years of reduced taxes on a sliding scale) for improvements made to the residential portion of a mixed-use property.
These are the police reports for the East Syracuse and Manlius police departments ending April 7.
Elaine Ryan gives her students lessons in life. Offering the elective money management at the high school, a class that covers budget planning, vehicle expenses, college costs and more, Ryan often invites local business representatives in to talk to her students.
These are the police reports for the Geddes and Camillus police departments ending March 31.
Bees outscore Poway, La Jolla by combined 27-8
Just before Easter, the Baldwnsville girls lacrosse team boarded a plane and, once again, made their way across the country. This time, as before, the destination was Southern California – the San Diego area, to be specific, for a pair of games against local opponents, including one with a Central New York connection.
On the evening of April 2nd, the members of the Skaneateles Fire Department convened at the main station on West Genesee Street to conduct annual firematic and corporate elections.
Once again the volunteers from the Mottville Fire Co., Inc., responded to another very busy month of alarms to those who were in need. The dedicated volunteers responded to 31 alarms in the month of March bringing to year total to 87, another increase from last year. These are alarms included numerous fire alarm activations, motor vehicle accidents, CO Alarm activations, and emergency medicals service calls.
Downtown After Dark
When we were kids my mom and dad would take us out for dinner and a show at Three Rivers Inn, up in Phoenix, N.Y. We heard top-shelf singers such as Paul Anka, Teresa Brewer, Brenda Lee and Nat “King” Cole. So when I heard that Joe Riposo recently composed a tune about Three Rivers titled “Through a Child’s Eyes,” naturally I recalled my childhood visits to the legendary CNY nightspot owned by the late Dom Bruno. But that’s not what it’s about at all.
Community Bikes has received an increased number of donations in advance of the annual Bike Day this Sunday, April 15, when more than 300 bicycles will be placed with families in Madison County who can’t afford one.
Van Buren has formed Friends of Van Buren Park, a not for profit to benefit the town’s namesake park.
Girl Scout Troop 526 has made a difference in not one, but two middle schools: Eagle Hill and Cazenovia. The troop members — seventh graders Gillian Hall, Taylor Ketcham, Olivia Mulloy and Stephanie O’Malley — put plants in several classrooms as part of their Cadette Journey, “It’s Your Planet, Love It — Breathe.”
New Masters champ proof that self-made golfers can win big
Sunday evening, the sun slowly setting behind tall Georgia pines, the tension unbearable…okay, enough poetry. Two men were still trying to win the Masters in a sudden-death playoff. One, Louis Oosthuizen, had just left his second shot on the 10th hole short of the green. A tough spot, yes, but still better than his opponent, whose tee shot was jailed deep right in the trees, his ball sitting on pine needles.
Karl Coe, Jr., of Clay, was charged with arson for a town of Van Buren house fire.
Sears Hometown Store eyes space in Town and Country Plaza
After more than a year of dormancy, the vacant 8,750-square-foot retail space at Town and Country Plaza on Route 20 East will soon be occupied by a Sears Hometown Store.
Despite the cold rain, hundreds turned out to show support for a YMCA at Smokey Hollow Plaza.
To paraphrase the “It takes a village to raise a child” axiom, in Syracuse, it takes a city to educate a child.
Tuesday, April 10
Late goals by Geremia, Datellas enough for 10-9 win
Nothing less than a clash of champions was on the menu when West Genesee and Christian Brothers Academy's girls lacrosse teams gathered on a chilly, wet Tuesday night at Alibrandi Stadium. And despite the adverse elements, the Wildcats and Brothers put on a terrific effort, each side with chances to pull it out until WG inched ahead in the late stages and held on for a 10-9 victory.
Do you have the patience and the nerve to sit through 14 hours of frightening films? Find out at the 2012 Salt City Horror Fest, from noon to 2 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Palace Theater, 2384 James St., where eight fearsome films will flicker across the big screen.
State health officials have banned the substance for sale in NY
Three lives in upstate New York were lost in the last year, due in part to synthetic marijuana, a drug that some say could be likened to crystal meth or cocaine.
The village of Camillus is expected to make a final decision on a proposed gas station and car wash at their next regular board meeting, April 16.
Attack sharpens in second half of 12-3 decision
Most of the Liverpool boys lacrosse team's most important contests in 2012, against the likes of West Genesee and Fayetteville-Manlius, take plate late in the regular season. There was an important exception, though. The Warriors met rival Cicero-North Syracuse Tuesday afternoon at Bragman Stadium and patiently waited until the second half to see its all-around game click in a 12-3 victory over the Northstars.
They’ve been there since 1976, but Eastern Area Volunteer Emergency Services is looking to move from their home base on New Venture Gear Drive.
Two men were ticketed this morning after an accident on Carrier Circle.
A bulldozer was driven into Onondaga Lake Tuesday morning after the driver had a medical emergency.
He has circled the globe singing the greatest operas ever written. He has performed with divas and demanding conductors. He has dedicated his life to honing his voice into an instrument of beauty. But talented tenor Marcus Haddock now faces his life’s toughest challenge.
It’s unlikely that Pat Venditte ever thought he would be the impetus behind the creation of a baseball rule, but when Rule 8.01 (f) was created, it was because of him. Pitching for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees against the Syracuse Chiefs last week, he threw lefty against lefties and righty against righties, giving up one hit and striking out four in the Chiefs’ 6-5 win.
Crouse Hospital was recently given CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity’s Business of the Year – Community Involvement award. Crouse was selected from a competitive field of 40 nominees.
On Mar. 24, the 186th Birthday of Matilda Joslyn Gage, students from six Central New York Schools were honored for their entries to the Gage Essay contests for 2011-12.
As I write this column, we are closing out on a long week of budget talks and have just passed the state budget in Albany. I was happy with the budget process. It was done during the daylight and lawmakers had plenty of time to review the bills before voting.
A Clay man is in critical condition after a serious accident in DeWitt overnight.
Akinpelu, Watkins both win races; Liverpool boys take second
Just before its CNY Counties League opener against West Genesee, the Liverpool track and field teams nearly swept the top spots at Monday's Tully Spring Break Invitational.
In a stuffy room full of sewing machines, about two dozen people spent a recent Saturday afternoon stuffing sleeves of fabric with polymer beads and sewing them shut. The project was an initiative of the Syracuse Marine Parents, and the sleeves would ultimately end up as what the group calls Neck Kool-Eze, neck coolers that would ultimately be sent as part of care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Strips of fabric are sewn together, filled with polymer beads and sewn up, then shipped overseas. The coolers are soaked in water and the beads retain the water, keeping them wet for hours at a time. The idea is that the wet strips will help keep soldiers in desert climates like Afghanistan and Iraq cool on long, hot treks. They can be tied around the neck or placed under the helmet. Syracuse Marine Parents founder Sharlene Nemitz said the group has been making the coolers for at least five years.
No one looks forward to their tax bill, whether it is from the state, county or town government. However, having a concise, comprehensible bill would help alleviate some of the frustration of trying to understand where your tax dollars are being spent.
Derek Shepard was elected to the position of Onondaga County Legislator for the 13th district, covering the towns of Van Buren, Camillus and Elbridge, last November. Sworn into office Jan. 1, 2012, April 9 marked his 100th day on the job.
Rams beat RFA in final; Hornets top Cazenovia for third place
Though it waited a bit longer than some others to take the field, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team easily made up for it.
New turf at college to be known as ‘Christakos Field’
On Wednesday, April 4, Cazenovia College officials announced a $350,000 commitment from the Christakos family, of Cazenovia.
The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association Board of Directors recently announced it regretfully accepted resignation of Executive Director Barbara Henderson, effective April 13, 2012.
Merritt, Gayle claim individual titles, help in 4x100 relay
Wins from Malik Merritt and Khiary Gale highlighted a strong showing by the Skaneateles boys track and field team during Monday’s Tully Spring Break Invitational.
Lakers fall to J-D, host Hornets, move to 1-3
Cazenovia’s softball team was all too glad to return to the grind of OHSL Liberty division play following a pair of defeats in Monday’s Fayetteville-Manlius Tournament.
Girls Bears win 4x100 relay; Given second in boys 200
Before it took on the OHSL Freedom division, the Chittenango track and field teams both went to Monday’s Tully Spring Break Invitational. Despite cold, windy conditions, the girls Bears picked up 39 points to tie for fifth place in a 13-team field. Liverpool took team honors with 76 points.
More than 60 professionals representing a variety of careers were available to answer Ray Middle Scool students’ questions about their job responsibilities, education and training, and other aspects of their professions. As part of the seventh-grade family and consumer sciences curriculum, students explore career possibilities and learn interviewing skills, how to write a resume and how to fill out a job application.
Baldwinsville officials have noted the recent bravery of two members of the Baldwinsville Police Department.
The village of Baldwinsville will host a rally at 6 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, April 10, night at the Smokey Hollow site (corner of Route 48 and Smokey Hollow Road in the village) to show the YMCA Board of Directors how much residents want a 98,000 square foot super Y in the village.
Monday, April 9
The Syracuse Crunch should thank Thruway rival the Rochester Amerks for beating the Adirondack Phantoms Sunday night, April 8, by a score of 4-2. As a result, the Phantoms failed to move into 8th place in the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference to move within two points of the Crunch.
The Syracuse Chiefs new manager Tony Beasley knows his club can hit. They looked like sluggers during pre-season games in Florida. Once they opened the season last Thursday here at frigid Alliance Bank Stadium, however, their bats went noticeably cold.
At least eight departments were called to a house fire in the village of Manlius Monday night.
Salina considers loosening firearms regulations to allow trapper to hunt coyotes on Scottsdale Circle
Laurie Turton lost a cat to a coyote attack in February. Now, she and her neighbors are asking the town of Salina for help so that her children and others in the Scottsdale Farms tract will be safe from future attacks. Neighbors in the subdivision have approached the town board to request that the town relax its regulations pertaining to the use of firearms so that they may hire a wildlife control agent to dispose of coyotes seen in their neighborhood. A public hearing was held on the matter at the board’s regular meeting Monday, April 9.
The public will soon get a chance to find out what the local departments are doing, and why they volunteer their time. The state-wide recruitment drive, Recruit NY, will be held April 21 and 22 at the tail end of National Firefighter Week. Nearly all departments will open their doors to anyone interested in learning more about how they operate or how to apply to be a member. The program aims to bring fresh faces to the departments and to showcase what local departments are doing.
Recruit NY to be held April 21, 22 at all local departments
The public will soon get a chance to find out what the local departments are doing, and why they volunteer their time. The state-wide recruitment drive, Recruit NY, will be held April 21 and 22 at the tail end of National Firefighter Week. Nearly all departments will open their doors to anyone interested in learning more about how the departments operate or how to apply to be a member. The program aims to bring fresh faces to the departments and to showcase what local departments are doing.
Cam’s Pizzeria opens new location in Baldwinsville
Cam’s Pizzeria aims to bring “pizza people together over one great pie.”
The Skaneateles High School Drama Club has won seven awards and scholarships for its recent production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic musical, “The Phantom of the Opera,” by the Michael Harms Theater Festival.
Skaneateles Board of Education vice president and three-term incumbent Kate Cogswell has decided not to seek reelection to the board this year.
New contractor found after first agreement not fulfilled
The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees is making a second attempt to replace major equipment at the wastewater treatment plant after the original contractor it hired failed to fulfill its contract agreement.
The Skaneateles Town Board last week voted to approve the rebuilding of the Irish Road Bridge at a cost of approximately $150,000.
During the recent repaving of Burr and Williams streets, village employees unearthed a three-foot segment of original wooden water line, which was placed there and used sometime prior to 1890. As much of the existing water lines in the village of Cazenovia were installed around the same time period, local officials have begun to plan for the future of the community’s infrastructure.
From the Village of Cazenovia Deputy Mayor
I am pleased to report that I traveled to Albany on March 29 to accept the “Tree City USA” designation for the village of Cazenovia.
“It takes all kinds of people to make a world.” That’s what David Kaczynski told the audience at the latest Cazenovia Forum lecture about his brother Ted, the infamous “Unabomber” of the 1980s and 90s.
100-41 victory extends win streak to 19 meets
The Cazenovia girls track and field team opened their 2012 campaign the same way they ended 2011; with a win.
The Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library and The Friends of Lorenzo are pleased to announce the first in a series of culinary-themed educational programs this year, with a discussion about the imprint of the Dutch on culinary traditions by author Peter Rose.
Early American foodways, historic gardens and landscapes, Cazenovia church architecture and Dutch art are among the themes to be explored during the 2012 program season at Lorenzo State Historic Site.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Cheryl Pula — librarian, historian and author — will present “Night to Remember: The R.M.S. Titanic” at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room.
From the Madison County Historian
Madison County’s history of inventors and businessman can be traced back to its founding in 1806. People who lived here at the county’s outset had to be creative and shrewd.
In my previous columns, I’ve focused mostly on topics of physical health. Today, I’d like to broaden my focus and talk about how wellness involves health in all aspects of our lives.
Next week, and the weekend after, Cazenovia College will present its annual spring theatre production, “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder at the Catherine Cummings Theatre, produced by Colleen Prossner and directed by David Lowenstein.
WWE champion delivers inspirational speech to students
Marc Mero addressed students Friday, March 30, at Durgee Junior High School as part of his New York “I Believe” tour in which he tackled topics like bullying, substance abuse and suicide prevention and talked to the students about how he wrestled with each of those issues.
Liverpool roars to early wins over ESM, Essex
More than two decades since it last had claimed a Section III Class A title, the Liverpool boys lacrosse team came within inches of seeing that drought it ended. The fact that it didn’t happen – West Genesee beating the Warriors in a 6-5 overtime battle in the sectional final – has given the Warriors all the motivation it needs for the 2012 season.
Boys Northstars shut out South Jefferson; Liverpool next
Off its season-opening defeat to Marcellus on March 30, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls made a nice recovery in last Monday’s game against Carthage, slipping past the Comets 12-8.
Poor start hurts Warriors in playoff rematch
Ten months ago, Liverpool’s girls lacrosse team engaged Baldwinsville in a two-day, two-overtime Section III Class A semifinal classic, but got beat one win short of reaching the championship round. When they met again last Wednesday night on the LHS Stadium turf, the Warriors had plenty of production in the game’s middle stages, but paid for a poor start and finish in a 17-11 loss to the Bees.
Baldwinsville’s Canton Woods Senior Center recently honored Jude Laurange with a retirement celebration on March 19.
Reese Rookey, left, Thomas Gaughan, center, and Corinne Kleiner display boats they designed in their third-grade class at Van Buren Elementary School.
Sunday, April 8
Hockey games consist of three periods of 20 minutes each. But sometimes 60 minutes are just not enough.
Hundreds of children and their parents headed to East Syracuse for their annual Easter Egg hunt.
Lakers stay close to defending state champs
Though a long season remains, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team may have already endured its most difficult stretch. A six-day test culminated Saturday with the Lakers measuring itself against defending state Class C champion Christian Brothers Academy. And though the Lakers lost, 9-7, to the Brothers, it left with more confidence that its best effort could lead to a different result later.
Lakers also get league wins over Cazenovia, J-E
As it took the field to begin its 2012 season, the Skaneateles baseball team knew that early success was crucial if it wanted to challenge powers like Marcellus and Westhill within the OHSL Liberty division. And after claiming a pair of league wins, the Lakers made an even bigger statement on Saturday, knocking off long-time power Bishop Ludden by a score of 5-3.
Saturday, April 7
Cummings pitches five strong innings in 5-1 decision
Bright sunshine and cold temperatures greeted the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team Saturday as it began its quest to wrest the Section III Class AA crown away from its Liverpool neighbors. The Northstars passed the first small test, relying on strong pitching and one big rally at the plate to beat Christian Brothers Academy 5-1 at Gillette Field.
The First Baptist Community Youth Group held Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday morning at the Jordan-Elbridge Community Center.
Red Rams had won 45 consecutive games
For the first time in 45 games, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team did not get to celebrate a win after the final whistle. Niskayuna, a Section II power from the Albany area, knocked off the two-time defending Class B state champions 17-10 Saturday at J-D to snap the Red Rams' (1-1) 45-game win streak. The Silver Warriors took advantage of an inexperienced J-D defense and never trailed throughout the contest.
Goals late in regulation help WG beat Hornets 7-5
True, the boys lacrosse game between West Genesee and Fayetteville-Manlius on Saturday afternoon did not count in the league standings. But it still meant a lot, especially to the likes of Tim Barber. Over the last two seasons, Barber and his fellow Wildcats had twice gone into battle against the Hornets, and had twice lost.
Friday, April 6
F-M school board should follow J-D’s lead
To the editor: The Jamesville-DeWitt District recently announced that it would not be replacing an assistant superintendent who is retiring. The J-D Board of Education and administration are to be commended for this decision, given these challenging economic times, during which school districts struggle to formulate budgets that are fiscally sound and that maintain as much of the instructional program as possible. In contrast, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District recently announced the retirement of an elementary principal and advertised the vacancy in the Post-Standard classified section.
Fayetteville-Manlius Girl Scout Troop 526 has made a difference in not one, but two middle schools: Eagle Hill and Cazenovia.
School will not be in session for all students on Friday, May 18. All staff will report to work on this day.
Dancers from Rince Na Sonas School of Irish Dance entertain patrons of Canton Woods Senior Center in Baldwinsville on March 16 during the center’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Three funny females – Jessimae Peluso, Amy Carlson and Anna Phillips – will perform together in “The C Word,” a show with a unique twist on stand-up comedy, at 9 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St., in downtown Syracuse.
Over the last 10 years, colleges have increased the number of scholarships they offer to students.
After being announced as the big winner of $350 at this year’s dance marathon, Cazenovia High School sophomore Edie Connor did something extraordinary: she donated her winnings to her class.
Teachers in the Baldwinsville Central School District are infusing technology into lessons for all students.
The Cazenovia High School Varsity Softball Team spent an exciting Saturday at the Carrier Dome on March 24, where they participated in a team softball camp hosted by Syracuse University Softball.
The Cazenovia Police Blotter is compiled and submitted by the Cazenovia Police Department, located at 90 Albany St.
Cazenovia-based agent Lynn Hart was recognized as the “Rookie of the Year” by RealtyUSA.
In our April 4 story, "Cicero settles another excessive force lawsuit," we incorrectly stated that both Ray Smeader and Josh Loughnot were placed under arrest. In fact, Loughnot was never arrested.
These are the police reports for the DeWitt, Manlius and East Syracuse departments ending March 31.
These are the police reports for Camillus ending March 25.
Lakers edge Marcellus in OT, rally past Homer
When the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team ventured to Marcellus Thursday night, it marked the start of a two-week stretch where it would play five consecutive road games and, through that, get a much better idea of what still needs to be worked on. The Mustangs proved difficult enough, as the Lakers had to rally in the fourth quarter and go to overtime before claiming a 9-8 victory.
Lysander officials have scheduled a second informational meeting for the proposed expansion of Whispering Oaks Sewer District, which will create the West Genesee Expansion Sewer District no. 2.
Lakers display strong defense, balanced attack in opening week
At least on one end of the field, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team has little to worry about, if the early results are any indicator.
The Burton Street Spring Book Fair was a big success thanks to the Burton Street Elementary School Elementary families, friends community members and all the volunteers that helped run the event.
Thank you to the Baldwinsville Board of Education for listening to the community and to what our students want from their education.
Proceeds from annual event to benefit Ronald McDonald House of CNY
At the tender age of 26, Kimberly Sharfstein passed away at home in Baldwinsville.
Whatever the weather is doing, spring has arrived with all sorts of new materials and opportunities here at the library. Drop in or check our website at bville.lib.ny.us to find out what’s in store.
Thursday, April 5
F-M blanks Proctor, 6-0, behind lefty's 14 Ks
In a couple of months, Fayetteville-Manlius baseball pitcher Zach Tucker expects to graduate, and then move on to Le Moyne College. Before that, though, Tucker's still working for the Hornets, and the senior left-hander put together a no-hitter in Thursday's season opener, a 6-0 shutout of Utica Proctor.
O'Hara goes deep twice in 13-6 win over Warriors
On her first swing in her first at-bat during her first game of the season, Cicero-North Syracuse softball star Sydney O'Hara hit a home run. In her second at-bat, O'Hara went deep again - and those pair of round-trippers set the Northstars on its way to a 13-6 victory over archrival Liverpool Thursday afternoon.
To the untrained eye, it looks something like chess or Chinese checkers. However, people who play the game of Go know it can be more complicated than most other board games, says Richard Moseson, president of the Syracuse Go Club.
For the tenth year in a row, Fayetteville-Manlius High School took first place at the New York State Science Olympiad, which took place over the weekend at Canisius College in Buffalo.
Company achieves LEED Gold certification for $35M headquarters expansion
Being environmental stewards is far from a fad at Welch Allyn. It’s a way of life. That message was clear as more than 50 members of the Welch Allyn family, government and media gathered Monday, April 2, in the atrium of the company’s Skaneateles Falls-based global headquarters to celebrate the grand opening of the facility’s addition and newest recognition as a recipient of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Five new LED snowflakes will grace the village streets this holiday season.
Construction of the retail, office and residential complex in the village of Manlius has been stalled for about six months, the developer said.
The tentative 2012-13 Skaneateles village budget, which contains a 1.7 percent tax increase — about an extra 6 cents for every $1,000 — was approved by the village board at its April 2 reorganizational meeting, and will now stand before the public at a budget meeting on April 12.
Wildcats have 3-0 mark after impressive opening run
Barely a week into the season, the familiar narrative of the West Genesee boys lacrosse team leaving all Section III Class A challengers behind them has taken hold.
Westhill recovers from early defeats; J-E drops opener
Though two more months of action remain, it will be hard for the Westhill and Marcellus girls lacrosse teams to top their showdown Wednesday night at Solvay’s Earl Hadley Stadium. When it was done, the Warriors had outlasted the Mustangs 16-15 to earn its first victory of the season in the wake of an 0-2 start.
Mustangs shine with wins over Homer, Cazenovia
Momentum in the softball rivalry between Solvay and Westhill has shifted – or at least that was the indication in the wake of Wednesday’s game where the Bearcats pulled away late to beat the Warriors 12-6.
Warriors off to 2-0 start before Myrtle Beach trip
On its way south to Myrtle Beach for its annual school-break tournament work, the Westhill baseball team put together an impressive 2-0 start against local foes. The key part of that equation was Wednesday’s game at Solvay, where the Warriors broke a close contest open in the late going and got past the Bearcats 12-5.
Lancers' goalie records 14 saves in 8-5 decision
Now the long-running boys lacrosse rivalry between Skaneateles and LaFayette has a new look. After taking control of the series the last few years, the Lakers bore witness to the Lancers’ revival last Wednesday night, losing an 8-5 decision at Arthur Hyatt Stadium.
Lakers routed by Caz, then romp past J-E
At least in its opening stretch, the Skaneateles softball team went to both extremes, getting badly beat – and then turning things around less than 48 hours later.
The Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education approved hiring Eileen Lux as the next Fayetteville Elementary School principal, effective July 1.
West Genesee Middle School science teacher Daniel Howard has been accepted to attend “Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy,” a program for teachers held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., this summer.
Durgee to host 14th annual spaghetti dinner
April showers bring May flowers, and I am so looking forward to spring and warmer weather, although we had a very mild winter. My poor daffodils popped out of the ground in January, confused by the higher temperatures. Hopefully, they will still bloom.
Caz blasts Skaneateles, drops home opener to Marcellus
A single, unpleasant memory provides ample motivation for the Cazenovia softball team going into the 2012 season. Favored to make a run at the Section III Class B title a year ago, the Lakers went 13-6 and garnered a no. 3 seed for the sectional tournament, only to see Solvay knock them out 5-4 in the sectional quarterfinals.
Following opener, Lakers head to Myrtle Beach for seasoning
Unlike so many other springs, the Cazenovia baseball team got to start its season on time, though that promptness did not translate into immediate success.
Ellen Stevens, far left, Janet Therrien, behind children, and Cindy McCaffrey, right, of B’ville Cares enjoy making Easter crafts with the children of the Kids Kount program.
Wednesday, April 4
Fast start, finish mark Bees' 17-12 conquest of Warriors
In every kind of manner, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team is testing itself. From a demanding set of pre-season scrimmages against the likes of CBA, Skaneateles and Guilderland, the Bees moved on to meet its two main rivals for local Class A supremacy, all before a trip to Southern California during the April school break.
If you were at Media Day at Alliance Bank Stadium for the Syracuse Chiefs on Wednesday afternoon, you would have thought Bryce Harper is the only member of the 2012 squad.
The Skaneateles board of education has decided to hire a former district administrator to return as the new principal of Waterman Elementary School.
No cuts to programs or staff projected for this year
After months of labor, discussions and variable financial projections, the Skaneateles CSD board of education is preparing to put forth its latest budget with a 2.5 percent tax levy increase and no cuts to educational programs or reduction of staff levels except through attrition.
Ovations holds food-tasting event; board members see great season ahead.
Honey Bees in the garden demonstration tonight at 7 p.m.
In its first action of the evening at its April 2 meeting, the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education meeting accepted a contract from the teachers’ union that held the district’s teachers to a wage freeze for the next three years. The board approved the contract unanimously after a brief executive session at Monday’s meeting Board President V. Pat Carbone praised the union for recognizing the district’s financial situation. “You came to the plate not just this year, but over next three years,” he said. “I think that’s wonderful.” The contract runs through June 30, 2015.
After facing its third straight year of severe budget deficits, the Liverpool Central School District's board of education approved the proposed budget for the 2012-2013 school year on April 2. The proposed $129 million budget will increase school taxes by 3.2 percent, cut 49 jobs within the district and terminate the FOCUS program that caters to at-risk students.
Proposed budget keeps tax levy increase at 1.95 percent
On Monday, the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education adopted a $74,576,122 budget proposal for 2012-13 that calls for a 1.95 percent tax levy increase and increases spending by 0.75 percent.
Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb, both outstanding guitar players individually, will share the stage together for an afternoon of world class guitar playing at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Grace Episcopal Church.
As spring progresses and the summer season nears, Cazenovia’s many hiking trails will no doubt begin to see increased traffic from nature-enthusiasts, near and far.
Spring is here and with this season comes planning for our upcoming high school events. Each year, the ”After Prom” and “After Ball” parties are planned by two volunteer committees of parents.
I think Molly Woodworth has the right idea; cut what it takes, but not academic programs!
Students at Cazenovia College continue to raise awareness of the plight of children conscripted as soldiers in Uganda. The Invisible Children organization debuted their new documentary film a few weeks ago. The main focus of the film was to inform the public about the man leading the Lord’s Resistant Army in Uganda and surrounding countries, Joseph Kony.
“We Need to Talk About Kevin,” playing at the Manlius Art Cinema, is a well-crafted film that is troubling to the bone. It is a story of “nature vs. nurture” — are we born evil or are we made that way? In this case, Kevin (Ezra Miller) is the evil, conniving malignancy born of Eva (Tilda Swinton) and Franklin (John C. Reilly).
I was pleased to support expanding the DNA databank in the Assembly. This was signed by the Governor on March 19. I have advocated for expanding the DNA databank for a long time. I was happy to see this finally become law.
The BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education (BCCE) and Working Solutions are partnering to offer a free 15-week training program for Madison County residents interested in working in the manufacturing industry.
The Baldwinsville Central School District is one of 112 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services in the state to receive the 2012 School Safety Excellence Award from the Utica National Insurance Group. Utica National officials presented the award at its 32nd annual school safety seminar on March 27.
Baldwinsville Christian Academy's junior and senior high choir sings at the opening of the Syracuse Crunch hockey game on Saturday, March 17, with direction from their directors, Miss Becky Kozma and Miss Elisabeth Austin.
Editor and Mayor discuss snack bar at Mercer Park
Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski last Wednesday at Shamballa Café and Coffee Roasters in the village to chat about what’s new in the village.
Born and raised in Syracuse, Ursula Rozum developed a conscience about El Salvador in a religion class at Bishop Ludden High School.
Tuesday, April 3
After recently receiving an additional $40,893 in state aid, the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education is continuing to move toward finalizing the 2012-13 budget.
The Camillus Volunteer Fire Department will be replacing its three chief’s vehicles.
Hundreds of miles of bridges and roads will receive nearly $30 million in funding for replacement bridges and paving treatments.
A public access point along Nine Mile Creek was filled by local fisherman in the first week of trout season.
The Baldwinsville Optimist Club honored its February Student of the Month, Justine Silberman, at Sharkey’s Restaurant Monday, March 12. Silberman was given a Optimist Student of the Month Certificate, $100, an Optimist mug and a dinner for her, her mother, Maria, and her sister, Catherine.
Previously unrecognized local veterans will be included in new veterans memorial plaque
The search is over! Twenty-six veterans of the War of 1812 have been verified as residents of the Town of Skaneateles when they enlisted in the militia. They therefore qualify to be included on a plaque, which will be placed in Shotwell Veteran’s Memorial Park along with the other plaques honoring veterans of former wars.
Skaneateles High School senior Kaitlin Spear has been named a National Merit Finalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.
“Ride for Alive!” will take participants up to 100 miles around three lakes
A new charity to support cancer survivors has recently been started in Skaneateles, with its first major fundraising event — a 100-mile bike ride around Skaneateles, Otisco and Owasco lakes — announced for July.
The Mandana Inn restaurant on West Lake Road has been a destination restaurant — a Skaneateles Lake institution — for more than 100 years. On April 6, after three months closed for building restoration work, the Inn will reopen for its first full year with a new owner, new chef and enhanced menu and wine list with an emphasis on using local products and producers.
Downtown After Dark
The best-selling jazz musician of all time and an icon of the psychedelic Sixties will headline the 30th anniversary M&T Bank Syracuse Jazz Festival when Kenny G and Donovan perform at Jamesville Beach on June 22 and 23, respectively.
With baseball’s No. 1 prospect wearing a Syracuse Chiefs’ uniform, the season gets off to a rip-roaring start here at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5.
Nostrant readies for annual lacrosse tourney to benefit cancer research
For the last 21 years, Baldwinsville native John Nostrant has taught and guided the boys of The Haverford School in Pennsylvania.
The Syracuse Chiefs have a lot going on right now between star players arriving and an overhauled food concession.
Bryce Harper isn’t the only new and exciting entity coming to the Syracuse Chiefs this year.
Several music students from the Cazenovia Central School District participated in the Madison County Spring All-County Music Festival on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24 at Camden High School.
The local community coalition Caz Action is launching a multimedia campaign intended to encourage and support parents, retailers and community members in their efforts to keep teens from drinking.
The Baldwinsville Sting seventh-grade basketball team recently completed their 2012 campaign by participating in the Phoenix Firebird Tournament held at E.J. Dillon Middle School.
Gaelic Knights open with wins over Chittenango, Cortland
Accustomed to winning and contending for top honors, the Bishop Ludden baseball team would like to see that work translate into actual championship hardware by the time the 2012 season is done.
The Baldwinsville Sting sixth-grade basketball team entered the Phoenix Tournament March 9-10 and swept to a 4-0 record, winning the championship by beating Phoenix, Oswego and Little Falls along the way.
Tumultuous offseason over, MLB steps into 2012 campaign
Big names like Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder switching teams. A PED suspension offered, and then overturned, on reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun. A (quietly attained) collective bargaining agreement and labor peace. The Marlins now have the Miami moniker and a real ballpark to play in.
The Nursery School in the Radisson Community has a new Director, Terri Ferrigan and according to her, it was time to freshen up a bit.
I would like to commend the Lysander Town Board by hiring an engineer in an effort to reduce costs for Lysander.
In an effort to save money, the Lysander Town Board voted 4 to 1 to hire an on-staff engineer. After reviewing the qualifications of several candidates, the board appointed Al Yaeger, of Oneida. Formerly employed by Barton & Loguidice, Yaeger brings five years of engineering experience specific to Lysander as B&L was the engineering firm of the town’s last administration.
Monday, April 2
Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that an assistant district attorney involved in a one-car crash has been charged with driving while intoxicated.
Assemblyman Will Barclay, a leader in the movement to ban synthetic marijuana statewide, welcomed the news March 30 that Governor Cuomo ordered the state Health Department to ban the statewide sale and distribution of these dangerous drugs.
Whatever the weather is doing, spring has arrived with all sorts of new materials and opportunities here at the library. Drop in or check our website at bville.lib.ny.us to find out what’s in store.
Larry Hoyt and others gave an excellent concert at Kellish Hill Music Farm on the evening of Friday, March 23.
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and the Central New York SPCA announced their “Captains Against Cruelty” campaign against animal cruelty Monday at the SPCA headquarters in Syracuse.
Two Skaneateles teams — one from State Street Elementary School and one from Skaneateles High School — finished at the top of their divisions at the recent Odyssey of the Mind state competition and will head to the OOTM World Competition at Iowa State University at the end of May.
Anyela’s Vineyards, Skaneateles’ sole winery, has won more than one dozen medals at two international wine competitions in the past month.
No other candidates have yet declared or filed to run
With less than two weeks left before the deadline to submit the official paperwork to run for a seat on the Skaneateles School District Board of Education, only one candidate has turned in the paperwork and only two others have taken petitions to fill out.
The Skaneateles Press and its editor Jason Emerson have recently won awards in both state and regional journalism competitions.
Warriors are 2-0 heading into early showdown with B'ville
With a veteran lineup and a bitter memory of how last season ended, the Liverpool girls lacrosse team put together an impressive opening effort. Back in May 2011, the Warriors were on the brink of reaching the Section III Class A final, to be played on the home turf of LHS Stadium, only to squander an 8-4 lead and fall to Baldwinsville in a 12-10 overtime game that stretched out over two days and two different venues due to weather issues.
At 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, Cazenovia College, in collaboration with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Cornell University and SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, screened the documentary “An Ecology of Mind” in the Catherine Cummings Theater before dozens of viewers.
Over the last year, the Cazenovia Town Board has been working toward the development of a proposed vacuum sewer system; a project which councilors believe will have a positive effect on a number of lakeside property owners.
Cazenovia Preservation Foundation’s Burlingame Road Trail has recently turned into nature’s “I Spy” game.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room, Mary Zielinski, admissions coordinator at Colonial Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Rome, will present a informational lecture “How to Navigate Long-Term Care.”
F-M debuts on home turf field; CBA takes out C-NS
A trio of local high school boys lacrosse teams hit the field for the first time in the 2012 season as March wound to a close. None carried the burden of Fayetteville-Manlius, a perennial boys Class A contender that, despite winning records every spring, still has not won a Section III title in nearly two decades and was denied again in 2011, falling to Liverpool in a lopsided sectional semifinal after getting there with a 16-1 mark.
J-D girls rip past Carthage, 16-2
Nothing was easy for the Fayetteville-Manlius and East Syracuse-Minoa girls lacrosse teams on the opening Saturday of the 2012 season.
Red Rams sophomore leads B&R Glass team to title
Many of the area’s top boys and girls basketball players had one more chance to showcase their talents during the 26th annual John Sherlock Zebra Classic, held at Nottingham High School and Onondaga Community College.
The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the library at Eagle Hill Middle School, 4645 Enders Road, Manlius.
Sunday, April 1
St. Mary's church in Jamesville won't be open in time for Easter as leaders of the church originally had thought.
Western Area Volunteer Emergency Services, or WAVES, a Camillus paramedic company, has been using iPads in their rigs for about a year, getting the idea from the Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps.
A Jamesville man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after an accident in Jamesville.