Stories for April 2012


Monday, April 30

Softball Northstars rebound from first defeat

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.

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Wage wars: Workers for, business against a hike

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?

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A force out in Marcellus?

Marcellus baseball coaches say the school forced them to resign because they put 'the best team on the field.'

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Passing the torch

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.

Local historian talks Lincoln at The Creamery Museum

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.

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Oneida Savings Bank donates to Project CAFÉ

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.

B'ville music groups team up

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.

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Teens raise $2K for world hunger during 30-Hour Famine event

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.

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Handbell composition debuts at Presbyterian Church

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.

Manufacturing plants in Skaneateles Falls, Moravia to close next year

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.

Village board begins to limit charity races on village streets

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.

Village residents speak out over possible change to neighborhood walkway

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.

To question a law


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.

C-NS track sides win plenty on weekend

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.

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Bryce Harper, Tyler Moore both promoted

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.

Track Warriors contend at Chittenango Invitational

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.

C-NS softball goes 3-1 at Binghamton tournament

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.

Crunch falls to St. John’s in first-round of AHL playoffs

Making the American Hockey League playoffs had been the Syracuse Crunch’s No. 1 objective over its 2011-12 season.

Liverpool girls lax goes 3-0, beats F-M

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.

Cazenovia Police Blotter: March 29 to April 19

The Cazenovia Police Blotter is compiled at submitted by the Cazenovia Police Department, located at 90 Albany St.

Caz Impressionism showcased at library

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.”

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B'ville senior signs to row at Duquesne University

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.

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The wall, blocking Caz youth from dangers

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.

LETTERS: Caz students participate in ‘Mad City,’ get financial reality check

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.

LETTERS: Farm Bureau happy for good news, thankful for Magee

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.

LETTERS: Young Caz activists thank donors, send funds to NWF

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.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Bully’

Community Columnist

“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.

State: Elbridge business owes $2M in back sales tax

More than $2 million is owed in back sales tax by an Elbridge business, the state department of taxation and finance says.

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B’ville youth takes first place in WCNY contest

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.”

F-M track sweeps to Chittenango Invitational titles

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.

J-D boys lacrosse edged by Fairport

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.

Baseball Brothers, Rams, Hornets go 2-0

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.

CBA lacrosse sides combine for 5-0 week

With much larger challenges ahead, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team tore through three different opponents in a six-day span.

B'ville Library budget passes

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.

COLUMN: Organ donors can register online; one donor has potential to save eight lives

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

Mounting pressure forced Marcellus baseball resignations, say coaches

Former coaches tell their side of the story, with response from the district.

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Area men grow mustaches for Burn Foundation of CNY

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.

C-NS grad Corbin moves up to Major Leagues

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.

CBA softball wins thrillers over Phoenix, ESM

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.

Fiutak, Tonzi, Gale earn wins at Saturday meets

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.

Girls lacrosse Lakers improve to 7-2

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.

Marcellus baseball returns, gets no-hit by VVS

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.

Local track teams take part in weekend meets

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.

Marcellus boys go 3-0, rise above .500 mark

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.

Girls lacrosse Mustangs handle pair of foes

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.

Girls track Lakers finish second at Chittenango meet

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.

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Boys lacrosse Lakers rip Ludden, MPH

Caz gets easy wins after early-week weather issues

Maybe the only thing that could stop the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team was a snowstorm.

Caz girls lacrosse goes 1-1, beats MPH

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.

Chittenango boys lacrosse edged by ESM

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 opens salon in Fayetteville Square

Judy Stonecipher, of Chittenango, has opened Shear Motion in Fayetteville Square.

B'ville baseball reaches state rankings, tops C-NS

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.

Boys lacrosse Bees fall to F-M in overtime

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.

OUR VIEW: The fight against blight

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

Lacrosse Hornets rally, beat B'ville in overtime

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.

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Fayetteville Elementary, town of Manlius celebrate Arbor Day

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.

Liverpool, C-NS baseball pick up close wins

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.

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Father and son team cook it up online

George Rossi’s email address gives a hint to his personality: pianna plunker.

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RMS celebrates 10 Years in business

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.

Comedian ANT’s performance at ESM rescheduled for May 18

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.

B’ville girls lax rips past C-NS, Oswego

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.

Police chief Perkins announces retirement plans

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.

Wildcats fight off C-NS, rip Syracuse East

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.

Marcellus, J-E engage in close track meets

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.

Skaneateles boys lax earns pair of big wins

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.

Skaneateles girls track falls to Cazenovia

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.

Village of North Syracuse considers background checking

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.

North Syracuse residents to vote on bus proposition

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.

B'ville's Keep the Ball Rolling goes social

Expanding its reach to students and the community, Baker High School’s PTSA Keep the Ball Rolling event has launched a social media platform.

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B’ville student receives art award

Audrey Hicks, of Baldwinsville, has been honored for her commitment and potential.

Thursday, April 26

F-M High School’s Raymond Kilmer named Administrator of the Year

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.

UPDATE: One remains hospitalized after fire at Soule Road Middle

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.

Update: Swan Pond watch group formed; video surveillance system donated

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.

Track Northstars get sweep of Baldwinsville

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.

B'ville track sides fall to C-NS

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.

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Bruder to speak at Caz College Commencement

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.

Prochna, Lakers fall victim to Westhill no-hitter

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.

Paw prints: Fleas, ticks and worms … Oh my!

Community Columnist

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.

Clearspeak: Bang, bang, I was just defending myself

Community Columnist

Someone should have taught George Zimmerman, the Florida man who killed teenager Trayvon Martin, the difference between forward and backward.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘The Three Stooges’

Community Columnist

“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.

ESM Marching Band hosts massive garage sale Saturday

The East Syracuse Minoa Marching Band’s annual 100-Family Garage Sale will be held Saturday, April 28, in the ESM High School gyms.

Mercer Park receives improvement funding

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.

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LETTERS: For the benefit of Tim Bailey’s family

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.

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Mother inspires daughter to organize B'ville fundraisers

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.

Caz girls track rolls past Skaneateles

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.

Cazenovia boys golfers take first loss

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.

DeWitt Community Library hosts Bollywood event Monday

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

No-hitter, power display mark wild Westhill Wednesday

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.

A SKEWED VIEW: Levon Helm remembered by Dead drummer Mickey Hart

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.

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Man exposes himself to girl in Salina

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.

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BlueCross pledges $90K donation to Hillside youth program

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.

Manlius, DeWitt, East Syracuse police reports ending 4/18

These are the police reports for the Manlius, DeWitt and East Syracuse police departments ending April 18.

Reynolds students receive study skills awards

Students at Reynolds Elementary School recently received study skills awards for the third quarter.

Texting and Driving Simulator stops at MPH Saturday

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.

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Police say Jamesville man destroyed Manlius swan eggs

A 23-year-old Jamesville man has been charged in the case of seven broken swan eggs in Manlius over the weekend.

Fayetteville, Manlius to host Bike and Blade Sale

The villages of Manlius and Fayetteville will host a Bike and Blade Sale at the Fayetteville Firehouse this weekend.

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CPF chugs along old railroad tracks

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.

News on the Onondaga Lake cleanup

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/.

Cicero launches new website

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.

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Cicero teen center celebrates permanent homecoming with a grand opening Sunday

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.”

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NSJHS Builders Club focuses on connecting students to community, each other

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.”

SQHAP names new director, Radell to board

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, of Cazenovia, recently named Sarah Helbig Webster as director, and Patricia J. Radell to its board of directors.

St. James Church to host Caz College Spring Concert

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.

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And the award goes to … Sarah Baker and Ed Barlow

Tom McMahon recognized during annual BVC event

Ed Barlow and Sarah Baker are Baldwinsville's 2011 Man and Woman of the Year.

Lysander accident leaves 7 hospitalized

Deputies are investigating an SUV rollover crash that has left seven hospitalized.

Girls Wildcats return home, top Oswego

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.

B'ville school budget: spending down, tax levy increases

Maintain quality education with less funding was the challenge facing the Baldwinsville Central School District’s Board of Education this year.

Who’s in charge here?

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.

LETTERS: A Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation ‘Thank You’

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.

SavorSyracuse returns to Liverpool Thursday

Russ Tarby gives his best bets for the week of April 26.

Manlius Police collect prescription drugs Saturday

The town of Manlius Police Department will take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s prescription drug “Take Back” campaign.

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Cat Russell carries on her family’s musical legacy

Downtown After Dark

Vocalist Catherine Russell possesses one of the most impressive pedigrees in jazz.

Tuesday, April 24

Liverpool boys lax pushes past B'ville

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.

Marcellus adopts $30 million budget

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.

Update: Congel family pledges $5K for swan egg reward

The reward for whoever destroyed the swan eggs continues to grow throughout Tuesday.

Police blotter: Woman faces grand larceny charge

Baldwinsville Police arrested Melinda A. Barrett, 29, of 10313 Slab City Road, Jordan.

EDITORIAL: Swan Pond trust shattered by heinous act

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.

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West Genny grad given AMA Foundation’s Leadership Award

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.

Local teens to participate in 30-hour famine in Thayer Park

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.

Board of Ed approves staff members for tenure

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education approved 16 district employees for tenure at its April 16 meeting.

Master’s Touch Chorale performs in Marcellus Sunday

The Master’s Touch Chorale will perform at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Marcellus United Methodist Church.

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Ballerinas pose with CNY landmarks at Tech Garden Thursday

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.

J-D track teams sweep ESM

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.

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Baldwinsville's Canal Park clean up

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.

DA sees no reaction to death of Rashaad

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.

LETTERS: Questionable decisions made in Lysander

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.

Marcellus baseball coach forced to resign

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.

Concerts scheduled for greater Baldwinsville venues

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

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Fayetteville firehouse recognized by three organizations for design

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.

DeWitt board says Aldi is 'just about a go'

The long-awaited Aldi grocery store is about to to be coming to DeWitt, according to members of the town board.

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Reward for swan egg suspect up to $3,000 and growing

Two Manlius businesses and the village board have each allocated $1,000 for the reward fund, Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin said.

No decision on coyotes in Salina

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.”

Syracuse Crunch lose one, win one against first-round rival St. John’s

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.

Village of Manlius proposes tax increase

The village of Manlius Board of Trustees presented its tentative budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday, April 17.

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Trustee Sally Tallman takes seat on Marcellus Village Board

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.

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Fundraiser for local resident suffering medical crisis a success

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.

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Town Board postpones vote on hydrofracking law

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.

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Schoolhouse Farms prepares for third year of Community Supported Agriculture program

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.

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B’ville firm hires Lyncourt man

Research & Marketing Strategies recently added Al Tripodi to the staff as a RMS Healthcare Administrative Assistant.

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Saved from the chopping block

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.

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Internet auction maestros

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.

LETTERS: Light Up Fenner achieves goal, thanks local organizations, supporters

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.

Crunch evens playoff series with St. John's

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.

Manlius restaurant offers $1K reward for swan egg perpetrator

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.

LETTERS: Caz High School Class of 1972 prepares for reunion

Calling all classmates: The Cazenovia High School Class of 1972 will be holding its reunion the weekend of July 6 to 8.

LETTERS: CFA members: bowling tournament ‘a huge success’

The Cazenovia Firemen’s Auxiliary would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals that donated raffle prizes for our annual bowling tournament.

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Padgett to host art class at Schweinfurth

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.

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Dormant since opening day, Harper hits first home run for the Chiefs

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.

C-NS track stars dominate weekend meets

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.

Boys lacrosse Warriors improve mark to 8-0

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.

Power, pitching key softball Northstars in 4-0 run

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.

C-NS girls lax beats RFA, Westhill

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.

Softball Warriors put together 4-1 week

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.

C-NS baseball pounds Tucker, F-M

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.

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B’ville library book sale returns April 26

The Baldwinsville Public Library will host the semi-annual book sale in the Community Room of the library at 33 East Genesee St., Baldwinsville.

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City battles growing vacancy problem; taxpayers foot the bill

Nearly 1,7000 buildings within city lines have been left empty, costing city taxpayers nearly $2 million a year in upkeep costs.

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East Syracuse-Minoa students build home on Clemons Road

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.

CBA girls lacrosse flies past F-M

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.

Boys lacrosse Hornets build win streak

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.

Kulas investigation continues

The investigation continues into how Tracy Kulas died and how she ended up in a wooded area behind Shoppingtown Mall.

Grimes baseball rallies past Marcellus

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.

J-D baseball edges ESM, sweeps week

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.

F-M track sweeps Corcoran, Nottingham

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.

LETTERS: Renter’s insurance should be mandatory

On March 26, there was an apartment fire here in Baldwinsville at 116 Oswego St.

B'ville: Best community for music education

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

Drone protesters charged at Hancock Air Base for marching without a permit

Thirty-three activists were charged after an anti-drone protest at Hancock Air Base Sunday.

EDITORIAL: A legend’s clause

Even as he neared the nation’s all-time wins record of 747, West Genesee lacrosse coach Mike Messere remained grounded.

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Swan eggs destroyed at Manlius Swan Pond

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.

Boys track Bees finish second at Arcaro meet

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.

Skaneateles baseball falls to Marcellus

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.

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Boys Lakers outscore LaFayette, rip J-E

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.

Chittenango softball edged by Phoenix

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.

Boys golf Lakers blaze to 3-0 start

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.

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Rippleton Schoolhouse Summer Camp readies for upcoming eighth season

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.

Caz boys tennis topples Homer, Westhill

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.

Girls lacrosse Lakers have 1-2 week

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.

Caz softball beats Hannibal; baseball goes 0-2

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

J-D lacrosse topples West Genesee

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.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’

Watching “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” reminded me that great filmmaking begins with story, script, characterization and acting.

Everybody wants to be the good guy

Community Columnist

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.

Cazenovia College needs continued enhancement of athletic facilities

Guest Column

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.

Oscar’s track: Healing through natural therapy

Community Columnist

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.

Good citizenship matters on college admissions

Community Columnist

Colleges and universities are no longer satisfied with top students and high test scores. Increasingly schools are examining students’ commitment to service and volunteerism.

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Lowenstein brings Broadway to Caz

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.

Minoa man critically injured in Kirkville motorcycle accident

A Minoa man was critically injured in a motorcycle accident Friday afternoon.

Friday, April 20

Defense leads girls lacrosse Bees past Liverpool

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.

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The Ice Device: East Syracuse duo invents handy tool

It’s a simple solution for an everyday annoyance.

'Why Jazz?' offers short answers to big questions

Downtown After Dark

Here’s a book that should be required reading for Jazz 101 courses worldwide.

Lysander Parks and Recreation prepares for two programs

Lysander Parks and Recreation prepares for Pitch, Hit and Run Skills Competition and Lysander Day Camp.

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St. Joseph’s Hospital breaks ground on expansion

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center held a ground-breaking ceremony today to start “Phase Two” of its planned expansion project.

Baseball Bees sweep trio of foes

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.

B’ville tennis rips Auburn, Oswego

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.

Girls lacrosse Lakers hold back Tully

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.

Skaneateles softball puts up runs

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.

COLUMN: Senior living - Gardening enriches mind, body and soul

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.

Several modified J-D sports programs reinstated

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 running uncontested for ESM Board of Education

Two incumbents are up for re-election to the East Syracuse-Minoa Board of Education this spring.

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PEACE hosts project Build-A-Basket

On April 5, PEACE, Inc. provided Easter basket materials and filling for 23 families and 43 children at the County West Family Resource Center.

Upcoming activities at Beaver Lake Nature Center

Check out activities happening this weekend and throughout next month at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Thursday, April 19

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Messere breaks national wins record

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.

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F-M teens get life lessons with DWI simulation

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.

Boston’s best sings in Syracuse Friday

Best Bets

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.

Westhill baseball tops Marcellus, 3-1

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.

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‘The Wall’ continues to grow in Caz

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.

Caz Tree Commission to commemorate Arbor Day

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.

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CRIS to hold annual meeting

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.

CGC Plant Sale to be held at Lakeside Park

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.

BVFC hosts firefighter recruitment day

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.

Skaneateles girls track gets 2-0 league start

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.

A pair of pioneers

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.

J-D track rips Chittenango, Fulton

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.

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Caz Forum to host Anne Kreamer

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.

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COLUMN: Leave large tree removal to the professionals

My husband, Brian, and his buddy, Tony, decided to take down two large trees in our backyard.

B’ville resident co-chairs nuclear conference

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.

Old Marcellus library building thriving under new ownership

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.

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B'ville women honored with Presidents’ Awards

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.

Caz girls track pounds Marcellus, CBA

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.

Town of DeWitt joins CNY Energy Challenge

The Town of DeWitt has become a participating community in the Central New York Energy Challenge.

Wednesday, April 18

CBA baseball tops Bishop Ludden, 3-2

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.

YOUR VIEW: Salt City Horror Fest extends thanks

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.

Rozum biking for Congress as a Green

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.

SU design students give final presentation on Creekwalk revitalization

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 to try for Guinness World Record

CNY Real Diaper Circle will take part in an international cloth diaper changing event taking place on Saturday, April 21, at Shoppingtown Mall.

A SKEWED VIEW: Comedian's show hits the wrong nerve

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 named Westcott's new director

Olan Mack has been named the new executive director of the Westcott Community Center, and he’ll begin duties on May 1.

OUR VIEW: A new Susman

“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”

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The Departing Director: Steve Susman leaves quite the legacy

When this story hits the newsstands, Steve Susman will be living it up in Italy — Venice to be exact.

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Elena Colegrove, 6, makes opera debut in Madama Butterfly Friday

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.

Police reports for Camillus ending 4/8

These are the police reports for the Camillus, state and county police departments ending April 8.

Police reports for DeWitt, East Syracuse ending 4/12

These are the police reports for the DeWitt and East Syracuse police departments ending April 12.

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Stirpe announces run for 127th Assembly district

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.

Sunoco vote postponed in village of Camillus

A special meeting of the village board in Camillus has been scheduled for the fifth Monday of the month, April 30.

MPH sponsors free showing of ‘Finding Kind’ documentary Thursday

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.

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Detour ahead: Route 5 in Fayetteville to close for a month this summer

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.

Three incumbents seek re-election to West Genesee board

No new candidates are running for the West Genesee Board of Education in May.

Liverpool baseball returns, rips Central Square

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.

Caz village board passes 2012-13 budget

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.

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DeWitt Rotary celebrates outgoing exchange students

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.

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B’ville juniors selected for Boys State

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.

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Building a better pizza pie

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.

Benefit planned to help Camillus man battling leukemia

Community members are coming together to support a Camillus man who has been battling leukemia since October.

B’ville track earns split with West Genesee

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.

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McShane's revisited by Restaurant Impossible crews

Restaurant Impossible crews were back at McShane's Restaurant in DeWitt on Tuesday.

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Caz College remembers Jay Wason, Sr.

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.

Skaneateles BOE adopts $29.1M spending plan

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.

New Welch Allyn president addresses chamber of commerce

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.

Village board adopts 2012-13 budget with minimal change

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.

COLUMN: Legislation expands Foreign Trade Zone to create jobs, investment in CNY

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.

B'ville boasts five generations of Chalifoux

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.

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Get involved, thank our volunteers

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

West Genny's Messere ties lacrosse national wins record

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.

Caz boys lacrosse fights off Skaneateles

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.

Board meetings scheduled for Monday, April 23

B'ville school district board meeting, Lysander Town Board meeting scheduled for this Monday.

J-D’s Paul Gasparini named ‘High School Principal of the Year’

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.

Three to run uncontested for F-M BOE

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.

Three sitting BOE members will keep seats in Liverpool

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.

2 new people vie for Marcellus school board slots

Marcellus Board of Education members Jeffrey Crysler and David Kelly's terms are expiring, but both will run again in the upcoming election.

Three leaving Jordan-Elbridge Board of Education

Three members of the Jordan-Elbridge Board of Education are not running for re-election in May's election.

Jamesville-DeWitt Schools has two new people vying for 3 board spots

Three current members will be running against two new people.

Elden boasts Principal of the Year

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.

Library Focus: Budget vote, book sale held next week

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.

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Clay eighth-grader collects Crayola products for Golisano Children’s Hospital

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.”

Proposed funeral home causes controversy

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.

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Café @ 407, Community Growth Project team up to bring local produce to the menu

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.

N. Syracuse board adopts $138.8M budget

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.

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Strikes against Strokes: Third annual event raises money for Upstate Stroke Center

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.

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New Liverpool spa offers opportunity for stylists

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.

LETTER: Shooting coyotes in Salina is not the answer

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?

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Chiefs rookie first baseman leads the league with five homers

After smacking five home runs in the last six games, Syracuse Chiefs rookie first baseman Tyler Moore leads the league in long balls.

F-M girls lacrosse knocks off B’ville, 10-9

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.

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Evans Chevrolet uses Facebook to help animal shelter

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.

B’ville woman chosen for Poster Project

On Thursday, April 19, the Syracuse Poster Project will unveil 16 posters to be displayed in downtown Syracuse.

Skaneateles boys tennis edges Marcellus

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.

WG girls lacrosse handles Liverpool

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.

Syracuse Home campus renamed McHarrie Life

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

J-D softball breezes past ESM, 9-2

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 PD investigate accident in village

Manlius Police are investigating an accident in the village.

After roof collapse, First Baptist Church of Memphis begins rebuilding process in Camillus

By the end of 2013, the First Baptist Church of Memphis is expected to be moved to Route 5 in Camillus.

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DeWitt to host array of Earth Day events

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.

Springtime in the Village

B’ville business district hosts second annual event

Get ready for Springtime in the Village, the second time around.

Gov. Cuomo announces funding for flood control projects in CNY

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.

LETTERS: Celebrate Earth Day with Project Cafe: Drop off old electronics at Common Grounds

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?

Library usage up, proposed tax rate down

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.

DeWitt woman charged with selling morphine near J-D High School

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.

Two weekend wins earn Syracuse skaters a shot at the AHL’s Calder Cup

Less than six weeks ago the Syracuse Crunch languished in 14th place in the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference.

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‘Our Town’ indeed!

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."

Caz Town Board names School Street, moves toward lake treatment

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.

Track Northstars sweep season-opening relays

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.

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The season of change

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.

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Mike Messere: Approaching history he never expected

Look out Joe Cuozzo: Mike Massere is coming for you.

LETTERS: Village should get back to basics

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.

J-D softball drops rematch with Phoenix

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.

F-M boys lax goes 3-0; girls struggle again

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.

J-D girls track takes third at C-NS Relays

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.

F-M baseball wins twice; Tucker now 2-0

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.

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Seniors delight in spring tea party

Seniors at Silver Fox Senior Center in Baldwinsville recently visited Elden Elementary School for a breakfast spring tea party.

Shacksboro to lead history trail in May

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

B’ville track sides take fifth at C-NS meet

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.

B’ville boys lax falls to West Genny, F-M

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.

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Wildcats go 3-0 as milestone win nears

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.

Baseball Warriors sweep through South Carolina

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.

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Laker lacrosse rips past Onondaga

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 reopens after serious one-car crash

James Street has reopened between Grant Boulevard and Mildred Avenue after a serious one-car crash early Sunday morning.

EDITORIAL: Volunteer firefighters 'still stand for some good in the world'

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.”

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Wanderers’ Rest announces annual ‘Bone Appétit’ event

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.

New trends in college admissions

Community Columnist

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.

Seasons in the sun: got’m, need’m

Community Columnist

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.

Oscar’s track: Increasing autism awareness

Community Columnist

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.

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Geese are a growing problem amid shrinking crops

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

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Caz Action: Seen the signs lately?

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.

LETTERS: Mother of three to run for seat on Caz board of education

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.

LETTERS: Right to Repair Act supports military families at home

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

East Syracuse adopts $4.9M budget, keeps taxes flat for 5 years

The village of East Syracuse adopted their $4.9 million budget at a special meeting Friday.

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SEAS now offers Pre-K class

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.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Mirror Mirror’

Community Columnist

“Mirror Mirror” is a devilishly irreverent and funny movie that plays off of the story of “Snow White,” one of Hollywood’s original icons.

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BSE students explore Caz history, library museum

The students of Burton Street Elementary School are learning what it was like to live in Cazenovia long ago.

B’ville Kiwanis to hold open house

The Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club will hold an open house from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville.

Boys lacrosse Lakers battle past Tully

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.

Skaneateles girls go 1-1, fall to Canandaigua

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.

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Village of North Syracuse passes budget 4-1

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.

Marcellus softball beats Fabius-Pompey, OCS

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.

Organizations work together to keep Van Buren beautiful

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.

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Sheriff’s detectives arrest Cicero bank robbery suspect

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.

Girls lacrosse Lakers beat Westhill

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.

Chittenango boys lacrosse earns first win

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.

YMCA volunteers: More study needed before selecting site

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.

Let’s join together to build the Northwest Family YMCA

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.

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Caz College students cut, sew, fashion

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.

Red Mill Inn officials address concerns with concerts on Paper Mill Island

Officials from the Red Mill Inn addressed the village board Thursday, April 5, to discuss issues with Paper Mill Island events.

Thursday, April 12

C-NS softball coach picks up 600th career win

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.

CBA boys lacrosse pounds LaFayette, 20-9

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.

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Movers and shakers: B’ville Women to be honored at YWCA luncheon

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.

Baldwinsville: Meigs Road properties to be annexed

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.

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Camillus Police name Officer of the Year, recognize two former town councilors

Camillus Police recognized three individuals at the last regular meeting of the Camillus Town Board.

Open Book Club continues at the Caz Library

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.

Investing in Cazenovia’s future


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.

Track Warriors sweep West Genesee

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.

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Elden Elementary presents the play ‘Rules’

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.

F-M track opens, sweeps Central Square

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 Parks and Recreation activities announced

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.

WG track sides swept by Liverpool

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 rescinds deputy superintendent appointment

Lysander officials have rescinded the appointment of Al Yager as deputy highway superintendent, as well as the attached salary of $10,000 per year.

LRC nominates Johnson for councilor seat

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

First come, first served

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.

A SKEWED VIEW: Courage prevails over lowly crime

Despicable. It’s the best word used to describe what thieves did to Catherine Meeker and her 13-year-old son Joshua.

Man pronounced dead after driving bulldozer into Onondaga Lake identified

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.

COLUMN: Nature’s Corner - Beaver Lake to celebrate Earth Day with many activities

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.

Van Buren approves mixed use law

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.

Police reports for East Syracuse, Manlius ending 4/7

These are the police reports for the East Syracuse and Manlius police departments ending April 7.

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Baker HS elective provides real world experience

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.

Police reports for Geddes, Camillus ending 4/6

These are the police reports for the Geddes and Camillus police departments ending March 31.

B’ville girls lacrosse sweeps San Diego trip

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.

A Report from Station 54

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.

A report from the Mottville Fire Company

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.

Joe Riposo's new jazz tune recalls Three Rivers Inn

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.

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Caz bike donors aid county project

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.

Friends of Van Buren Park formed

Van Buren has formed Friends of Van Buren Park, a not for profit to benefit the town’s namesake park.

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Girl Scouts plant trees in Cazenovia, Eagle Hill middle schools

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.”

Bubba, the self-made golfer

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.

From the blotter: Man charged in Van Buren arson

Karl Coe, Jr., of Clay, was charged with arson for a town of Van Buren house fire.

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National retailer to move to Cazenovia

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.

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B’ville shows support for Y in village

Despite the cold rain, hundreds turned out to show support for a YMCA at Smokey Hollow Plaza.

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It takes a city: Syracuse City School District honors volunteers

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

West Genny girls survive classic battle with CBA

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.

Film: Fourteen hours of fear at Palace Theater Saturday

Best Bets

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.

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Smoked out: Synthetic marijuana likened to cocaine, meth

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.

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Final decision expected next week on Camillus Sunoco

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.

Lacrosse Warriors pull away from C-NS, get to 3-0

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.

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EAVES looks to build $1.2M ambulance station

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 ticketed after Thompson Road crash

Two men were ticketed this morning after an accident on Carrier Circle.

Bulldozer runs into Onondaga Lake after driver has medical emergency

A bulldozer was driven into Onondaga Lake Tuesday morning after the driver had a medical emergency.

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Opera star Marcus Haddock of Skaneateles fights stroke effects to sing

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.

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Venditte Rule(s) at Alliance Bank Stadium

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.

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Centerstate CEO names Crouse Hospital ‘Business of the Year’

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.

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Matilda Joslyn Gage Center celebrates essay contest winners

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.

COLUMN: Barclay NYS budget review - Spending kept in line; no new taxes

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.

Clay man ejected, critically injured in DeWitt accident

A Clay man is in critical condition after a serious accident in DeWitt overnight.

Girls track Warriors win Tully meet

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.

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Syracuse Marine Parents make neck coolers for troops overseas

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.

Making your tax bills easier to understand

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.

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100 days in: Legislator Shepard discusses first few months in office

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.

J-D softball starts strong, wins F-M tournament

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.

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Christakos family gift names Caz College field

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.

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Henderson to step down from CACDA

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association Board of Directors recently announced it regretfully accepted resignation of Executive Director Barbara Henderson, effective April 13, 2012.

Track Lakers win three times at Tully meet

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.

Caz softball struggles at F-M tournament

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.

Chittenango track competes at Tully meet

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.

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Ray Middle hosts career fair

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.

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B'ville officers recognized for bravery

Baldwinsville officials have noted the recent bravery of two members of the Baldwinsville Police Department.

Support the super Y in B'ville tonight

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

Late surge brings Crunch to the brink of post-season play

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.

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Chiefs lose three of first four games, but starters show promise

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.

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Family, pets make it out of Manlius house fire safely

At least eight departments were called to a house fire in the village of Manlius Monday night.

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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.

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Answering the call of the community: fire departments gear up for Recruit NY

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.

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Faces of volunteerism: Fire departments seek new members

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.

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Pizza made with love

Cam’s Pizzeria opens new location in Baldwinsville

Cam’s Pizzeria aims to bring “pizza people together over one great pie.”

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Skaneateles drama club receives multiple awards for ‘Phantom of the Opera’ production

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.

Cogswell not seeking BOE reelection

Skaneateles Board of Education vice president and three-term incumbent Kate Cogswell has decided not to seek reelection to the board this year.

Village board approves new RBC replacement contract for wastewater treatment plant

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.

Town to replace Irish Road Bridge, approves water district

The Skaneateles Town Board last week voted to approve the rebuilding of the Irish Road Bridge at a cost of approximately $150,000.

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Caz village board addresses water infrastructure

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.

Growing greener: Caz becomes official Tree City USA

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.

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Cazenovia Forum hosts lecture by Kaczynski

“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.

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Caz track girls open 2012 season with win

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.

Noted author to visit Caz, speak on Dutch delicacies

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.

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Friends of Lorenzo announce upcoming season

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.

Titanic presentation to be held at CPL

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.

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Chester Will Chappell: Cazenovia native, casket company tycoon

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.

Oscar’s track: Holistic healthcare

Community Columnist

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.

Wilder’s play lives on, like a simple fact

Community Columnist

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.

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Wrestler visits Durgee

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.

Boys lacrosse Warriors begin another title pursuit

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.

CNS girls lax defeat Carthage, RFA

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.

Girls lacrosse Warriors fall to B'ville

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.

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Canton Woods hosts retirement party

Baldwinsville’s Canton Woods Senior Center recently honored Jude Laurange with a retirement celebration on March 19.

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Van Buren boats set afloat

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

Late-season surge takes Crunch to overtime six games in a row

Hockey games consist of three periods of 20 minutes each. But sometimes 60 minutes are just not enough.

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Easter eggs aplenty in East Syracuse for annual hunt

Hundreds of children and their parents headed to East Syracuse for their annual Easter Egg hunt.

Skaneateles girls lacrosse drops close decision to CBA

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.

Skaneateles baseball beats Ludden, starts 3-0

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

C-NS baseball shuts down CBA in season opener

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.

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Families flock to Jordan for 'Breakfast with the Easter Bunny' [GALLERY]

The First Baptist Community Youth Group held Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday morning at the Jordan-Elbridge Community Center.

J-D lacrosse win streak ended by Niskayuna

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.

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Wildcats earn first win over F-M since 2009

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

Letters for the week of 4/4

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.

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F-M Girl Scouts put plants in Eagle Hill, Cazenovia classrooms

Fayetteville-Manlius Girl Scout Troop 526 has made a difference in not one, but two middle schools: Eagle Hill and Cazenovia.

No school in B'ville District May 18

School will not be in session for all students on Friday, May 18. All staff will report to work on this day.

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Lively performance for Canton Woods

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.

‘The C word’ comedy show comes to Jazz Central Friday

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.

Understanding college financial awards

Community Columnist

Over the last 10 years, colleges have increased the number of scholarships they offer to students.

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Caz sophomore donates winnings to class

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.

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McNamara students use Ipads

Teachers in the Baldwinsville Central School District are infusing technology into lessons for all students.

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Lady Lakers attend SU softball camp, visit Fenton

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.

Cazenovia Police Blotter: March 14 to 28

The Cazenovia Police Blotter is compiled and submitted by the Cazenovia Police Department, located at 90 Albany St.

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Hart recognized by RealtyUSA

Cazenovia-based agent Lynn Hart was recognized as the “Rookie of the Year” by RealtyUSA.

CORRECTION: Loughnot never placed under arrest

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.

Police reports for DeWitt, East Syracuse, Manlius ending 3/31

These are the police reports for the DeWitt, Manlius and East Syracuse departments ending March 31.

Police reports for Camillus ending 3/25

These are the police reports for Camillus ending March 25.

Caz boys lacrosse survive tests, reaches 3-0

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.

Whispering Oaks extension informational meeting

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.

Caz girls lax goes 1-1, beats Homer

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.

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BSE Book Fair concludes

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.

EDITORIAL: Thank you Board of Education

Thank you to the Baldwinsville Board of Education for listening to the community and to what our students want from their education.

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B'ville family to hold walk honoring daughter

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.

COLUMN: Library will close for Easter Sunday

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

Tucker spins no-hitter for baseball Hornets

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.

Power pushes C-NS softball past Liverpool

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.

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It’s ‘Go’ time: Syracuse club draws visitors, locals to annual tourney

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.

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F-M Science Olympiad wins 10th straight state title

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.

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Welch Allyn honored for environmental stewardship

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.

Baldwinsville purchases snowflakes

Five new LED snowflakes will grace the village streets this holiday season.

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Construction on Key Bank at Madison Row begins

Construction of the retail, office and residential complex in the village of Manlius has been stalled for about six months, the developer said.

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Village board approves tentative budget, makes annual appointments

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.

West Genny girls lacrosse pounds F-M, 16-4

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.

Girls lacrosse Warriors outscore Marcellus

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.

Solvay softball beats Westhill; Marcellus starts 2-0

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.

Westhill baseball battles past Solvay, 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.

Boys lacrosse Lakers beaten by LaFayette

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.

Skaneateles softball has wild opening week

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.

F-M names next Fayetteville Elementary principal

The Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education approved hiring Eileen Lux as the next Fayetteville Elementary School principal, effective July 1.

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West Genesee Middle School teacher to attend Space Academy

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

Durgee to host 14th annual spaghetti dinner

COLUMN: From Grandma’s Kitchen: Sample a taste of spring with asparagus

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.

Softball Lakers have 1-1 start

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.

Caz baseball falls to Skaneateles

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.

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Kids create Easter crafts at Kids Kount

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

B'ville girls deliver statement win at Liverpool

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.

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Chiefs, Harper and all, set to open season on Thursday

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.

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New Waterman Elementary principal named

The Skaneateles board of education has decided to hire a former district administrator to return as the new principal of Waterman Elementary School.

Tentative school district budget would have only minor tax increases

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.

Tasty treats and high expectations

Ovations holds food-tasting event; board members see great season ahead.

April happenings at Beaver Lake Nature Center

Honey Bees in the garden demonstration tonight at 7 p.m.

North Syracuse teachers’ union agrees to wage freeze

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.

LCSD board approves 3.2 tax increase

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.

F-M BOE adopts $74.6M spending plan

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.

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International guitar and singing duo to perform in B'ville

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.

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NCTA pursues legal action after clearing of county trail

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.

LETTERS: High school After Prom, Ball planning committees look for local support

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.

LETTERS: Resident agrees academics should stay off chopping block

I think Molly Woodworth has the right idea; cut what it takes, but not academic programs!

LETTERS: Invisible children of Uganda need continued coverage

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.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’

“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).

COLUMN: DNA expansion passes; remember basics of road safety

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.

BCCE, Working Solutions partner for manufacturing industry training

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.

B’ville district earns safety excellence award

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.

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B’ville Christian Academy opens Crunch Game

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.

Coffee with Baldwinsville's Mayor

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.

Observing the Drug War disaster

City Scuffle

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

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Caz BOE solicits community input, works toward 2012-13 budget

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.

Camillus FD to replace three chief vehicles

The Camillus Volunteer Fire Department will be replacing its three chief’s vehicles.

Additional funding sent for road, bridge projects in Onondaga, Madison Counties

Hundreds of miles of bridges and roads will receive nearly $30 million in funding for replacement bridges and paving treatments.

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Fishing access point opens on Nine Mile Creek

A public access point along Nine Mile Creek was filled by local fisherman in the first week of trout season.

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Optimists announce February student of the month

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.

26 Skaneateles men served in the War of 1812

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.

Spear named finalist in 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program

Skaneateles High School senior Kaitlin Spear has been named a National Merit Finalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Skaneateles couple starts new charity bike ride to benefit cancer survivors

“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.

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Mandana Inn ready to open new season with new owner, restored building

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.

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Jazz Fest 2012: Songbird flies with Sunshine Superman

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.

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‘Everything’s fresh’ at ABS: Chiefs anticipate electrifying 2012 season

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.

Haverford School names building after B’ville native

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.

Daktronics installing huge new display for the Chiefs

The Syracuse Chiefs have a lot going on right now between star players arriving and an overhauled food concession.

Ovations taking over food service at Chiefs games

Bryce Harper isn’t the only new and exciting entity coming to the Syracuse Chiefs this year.

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Caz students partake in countywide music festival

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.

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Caz Action asks community to ‘Be the Wall’

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.

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Seventh-grade Sting shines

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.

Ludden baseball gets Klamm 200th win

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.

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Great ending for Sting

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.

Back to the ballgame

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.

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Radisson Nursery School to host open house tonight

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.

LETTERS: Lysander appoints highway superintendent?

I would like to commend the Lysander Town Board by hiring an engineer in an effort to reduce costs for Lysander.

Lysander appoints on-staff engineer

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

ADA charged with DWI in Salina crash that shut down I-81

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.

Barclay applauds synthetic marijuana ban by health department

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.

Library Focus: Library will close Easter Sunday

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.

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Larry Hoyt, others play Kellish Hill Music Farm

Larry Hoyt and others gave an excellent concert at Kellish Hill Music Farm on the evening of Friday, March 23.

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CNY SPCA launches campaign against animal cruelty

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.

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Two Skaneateles Odyssey of the Mind teams heading to world championships

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.

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Anyela’s wins multiple medals at international wine competitions

Anyela’s Vineyards, Skaneateles’ sole winery, has won more than one dozen medals at two international wine competitions in the past month.

Dreyfuss to run for school board reelection

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.

Skaneateles Press editor wins state and regional journalism awards

The Skaneateles Press and its editor Jason Emerson have recently won awards in both state and regional journalism competitions.

Liverpool girls lax handles Westhill, Carthage

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.

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Bateson screens documentary, lectures in Caz

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.

Survey deadline extended for proposed Cazenovia town sewer district

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.

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CPF plays ‘I Spy’ with national bird in Caz

Cazenovia Preservation Foundation’s Burlingame Road Trail has recently turned into nature’s “I Spy” game.

Caz Public Library to host discussion on long-term care

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.”

Lacrosse Hornets, Brothers, Spartans win openers

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.

F-M, ESM win close girls lacrosse openers

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.

J-D’s Kinsey stars in Zebra Classic

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.

Man dies after he shoots himself, rolls SUV in Camillus

The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

F-M BOE to meet Monday, April 2

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

No trespass signs remain at St. Mary's in Jamesville as Easter approaches

St. Mary's church in Jamesville won't be open in time for Easter as leaders of the church originally had thought.

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Camillus EMTs keep finger on pulse of new technology

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.

One-car accident in Jamesville leads to DWI charge

A Jamesville man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after an accident in Jamesville.