Stories for August 2012


Friday, August 31

Football Hornets crush Central Square, 55-7

F-M piles up 49 first-half points against Red Hawks

The Fayetteville-Manlius football team looked in mid-season form. Central Square looked as if it never got off the bus. The Hornets pounded the visiting Red Hawks 55-7 in the Class AA season opener Friday night. The score might have been more lopsided had FM’s starters not spent the entire second half watching from the bench.

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Bees push to opening win over C-NS

Sanfilippo passes father for career coaching wins

For a brief while, Cicero-North Syracuse's football team put aside all of the off-season drama and gave visiting Baldwinsville a scare in Friday night's season opener at Bragman Stadium. But then reality - or more accurately, Tyler Rouse - set in before halftime, and the Bees went on to defeat the Northstars 34-7 in what proved to be a special night for B'ville head coach Carl Sanfilippo.

Second-half rally pushes Lakers past Ludden

Skaneateles claims key early-season C West duel

It wasn't even September, and yet the Skaneateles football team appeared to take a giant step toward maintaining the place atop the Class C West division it earned in 2011 before events off the field derailed the whole project.

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Alan Taylor to perform Sept. 15

Stop by the Hillview Coffeehouse for an evening of easy listening.

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DAR discusses antique items

Carol Ledwith, of the Betsy Baldwin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, holds an antique pickle jar, which she talked about during a recent meeting of the local DAR chapter.

Former SU rower shares Olympic experience

As alternate in London, Gennaro gained hunger for 2016 games

Mike Gennaro missed rowing in the 2012 Olympics by the slimmest of margins. He was the last cut from the United States men’s eight Olympic boat on April 30. Runner-up in the U.S. pair with Ty Otto six weeks later, Gennaro was one spot away from achieving his dream of rowing in the Olympics - twice.

High school golfers play through August heat

F-M, second in Syracuse Invitational, beats B'ville

With fall, and cooler temperatures, still far away, all of the area’s high school boys golf teams were quite busy plunging into their respective regular-season slates.

Beaver Lake Nature Center happenings

At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, Beaver Lake Nature Center offers an in-depth look into the natural history of ferns. During this program, a part of Beaver Lake Nature Center's Field Guide Series, participants will join a naturalist to learn more about identifying native ferns. $5; registration required.

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Camillus Town Board considers changing code to allow for more signage

Camillus business owners have never been allowed to set up A-frame signs outside their stores — but that could soon change.

Boards in brief: Public hearing rescheduled, demolition to take place

Van Buren officials have rescheduled a public hearing regarding an amendment to the property maintenance law, which would require owners of property zoned as industrial to maintain the land. The hearing will be held at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the town hall, corner of Van Buren and Ellsworth roads.

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Boosters, Alec Baldwin rally again to save West Genesee modified sports

The West Genesee Modified Sports Boosters have raised the $75,000 necessary to once again save modified sports for the coming school year.

Oneida man faces multiple charges after two-county, three-hour pursuit

Chase came through Cazenovia, ended on college campus

Cazenovia and Morrisville colleges issued a lock-down notice to students in the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 31, as an Oneida man reportedly led Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies on a chase through Madison and Onondaga counties.

COLUMN: New law creates better access to jobs listings, trainings for veterans

Maybe some of you have heard of Dakota Meyer. At the age of 24, Dakota Meyer became the first living Marine in 38 years to receive the nation’s highest award for combat valor, the Medal of Honor.

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Caz residents receive ribbons at NYS Fair

As visitors to the New York State Fair make their way through the bustling crowds and past the various attractions, many eyes will come to rest on the numerous contest entries by Cazenovia residents this year.

Thursday, August 30

Skaneateles girls XC opens with no. 2 state ranking

Lakers set sights on top-ranked Bronxville

Not a single race has been run, and already the prognosticators have ranked the Skaneateles girls cross country team second in pre-season state Class C polls.

Boys cross country Lakers open at ESM meet

Skaneateles draws 20 runners for 2012 season

Numbering 20-strong, the Skaneateles boys cross country team is dominated by eight seniors and it’ll be up to them to determine the fate of the team and the memories created this coming fall.

Caz field hockey goes for third straight state title

Seventy-nine years without a state championship. That’s how long Cazenovia Central High School’s drought lasted. But two years ago the Lakers field hockey program showered their school with a Class C title — a championship which also marked the culmination of an 11-year turnaround under head coach Lorraine Schefitc.

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Downer Street, Meigs Road under construction

Downer Street was closed to traffic early Monday morning as crews worked to remove old pavement along the stretch of road from Seneca Street to M&T Bank.

B’ville golfers win Syracuse Invitational

At least in the first phases of the 2012 season, the Baldwinsville boys golf team has proven itself to be equal to, or better than, any of its CNY Counties League rivals.

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Sweet Spot Development closes on Camillus Cutlery property

Sweet Spot Development has closed on the former Camillus Cutlery property, the Skaneateles-based company announced Tuesday.

Former wrestling champ to speak at Baker

Baker High School’s faculty and staff, in conjunction with the Baker High School PTSA, will host “Choices” Family Night at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 in the school auditorium.

Clare claims second straight Syracuse Invitational

WG golfer shoots two-under-par 34 at Drumlins East

Following a summer of strong play in various amateur tournaments around Central New York, West Genesee’s John Clare began the fall high-school slate with another victory. Clare, for the second year in a row, was the low individual at Monday’s Syracuse Invitational, a season-opening gathering of 10 Class AA boys golf teams at Drumlins Country Club.

Gregory/Taranto to wed

Roger and Janet Gregory, of Baldwinsville, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Jennifer Lynn Gregory to Andrew Thomas Taranto, son of Tom and Terry Taranto, also of Baldwinsville.

COLUMN: From the supervisor - Van Buren offers alternative to historic method

The following is Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes’ reply to the letter received from Joseph Amico, president of the NYS Association of Town Highway Superintendents, which ran in last week’s Baldwinsville Messenger.

Wednesday, August 29

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DeWitt Community Library celebrates 50 years Saturday

The DeWitt Community Library celebrates 50 years of service to the DeWitt and Jamesville communities with two special events this fall.

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West Genesee welcomes two new principals

West Genesee has two new principals for the coming school year.

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What’s new for Baldwinsville schools

School begins on Sept. 5 for students in the Baldwinsville Central School District and it will be a full day for first through 12th grades and a half-day, as usual, for kindergarteners.

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New coach, new team

Varsity football Lakers eager for new season

When the latest incarnation of the Skaneateles football team gathered on Aug. 13 for three weeks of practices leading up to Friday night’s Aug. 31 opener against Bishop Ludden, much was on the agenda for first-year head coach Joe Sindoni.

School tax rate lower than expected, new tax collection location announced

The Skaneateles CSD tax rate was announced as 2.62 percent for the 2012-13 year, which was below the 3.28 percent projected in the original school budget, said Dale Bates, assistant superintendent, business and finance, at the Aug. 21 school board meeting. Bates also said the Skaneateles school property tax collection location has changed this year and will no longer be in the Town of Skaneateles offices.

First state fair awards announced

Local winemakers win an armful of medals

The first awards from the numerous competitions at the 2012 New York State Fair have been posted on the fair’s website, and Skaneatelans have once again brought home medals for their original creations.

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Imagine Gallery prepares for First Friday ‘yarn bomb’ exhibit

With fall fastly approaching, Imagine Gallery of Skaneateles will present “Wearable, Warm and Wonderful,” a new and improved fiber art exhibit as part of Skaneateles’s First Friday Art Night. Imagine Gallery will showcase a never-before-done “yarn bombing art installation,” which will feature an exterior yarn decoration of a bench, lamppost and tree outside the shop.

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Skaneateles Festival heads into final week

For the fourth and final week of the Skaneateles Festival, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, strings are the thing as the festival closes with return visits from two favorite, in-demand ensembles. Tf3 brings its innovative, highly entertaining style back to Brook Farm, and the dynamic musical electricity of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra lights up the evening on closing night.

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Award winning author, journalist Pete Earley to speak in Auburn

Pete Earley, an award-winning author and journalist, will present his book, “Crazy: A Father's Journey Through America's Mental Health Madness,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Cayuga Community College in Auburn. Sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cayuga County, Earley’s talk will describe his attempts to help his son after he is denied mental health treatment during a psychotic break and arrested.

New communication towers to be built in Scott

Two new 195-foot communications towers have been approved for construction in the Town of Scott, with groundbreaking expected in spring 2013, announced Jeff Paul, owner of TCT Tower Services, LLC., which will build the towers.

Manlius Pebble Hill School names two administrators

Manlius Pebble Hill has named two new administrators for the coming school year.

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[GALLERY] New York State Fair celebrates opening day

Fair fans traveled distances near and far to enjoy opening day of the New York State Fair Thursday, Aug. 23.

Is there rain? Snow? Gloom of night?

Words for Thought

The revered U.S. Postal Service is in trouble. So is the not-so-revered NYS Thruway. Both are caught in a downward spiral of raising their fees and eliminating services, and then wonder why the volume of users keeps diminishing. If they do not wake up, both are going to price themselves into obsolescence.

Clerk remains elected, highway position goes to voters

Lysander officials have dropped a motion to make the town clerk’s position an appointive rather than elective position.

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Eli Marris’ ‘Hoot’ takes first place in New York State Fair photography contest

Eli Marris has another feather to add to his cap. The Liverpool Middle School eighth-grader recently won first place in the New York State Fair’s photography contest in the seventh- through 12th-grade age division for his photo, “I Give A Hoot,” taken at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. The photo is of an owl.

Another losing season, but Chiefs hold heads high

It has been a long, hot season for the Syracuse Chiefs. Literally. The Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals must’ve played four-dozen games in 90-degree weather or worse. While the heat wave lingered, the Chiefs’ bats often went cold, and the pitching proved inconsistent. New skipper Tony Beasley arrived in town with an impressive winning record over his six-years as a minor-league manager, but — unless the team wins seven of its final nine games — 2012 will not be among his winning seasons.

‘Africa by Safari’ showcased at CPL

Until the end of September, visitors to the Cazenovia Public Library will enjoy “Africa by Safari” on exhibit in both the lobby and art gallery.

Shacksboro to host annual book sale

The 22nd annual used book sale to benefit The Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse will be held Sept. 6 to 10 on the museum grounds located at 46 Canton St. in the village’s McHarrie Park.

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Not the GED

External Diploma Program at OCM BOCES provides another route to a high school diploma

In 2009, Erieville resident Brian Eberst finished four years at Cazenovia High School, where he was given a diploma for completing an Individualized Education Program.

Liverpool field hockey starts another title run

Lamison returns; Warriors have new faces elsewhere

Defending Section III field hockey champion and state tournament semifinalist Liverpool is sporting a new look. That happens to teams that graduate all but four starters.

CCSD Transportation Department announces bus routes

All buses leave the district’s transportation center between 6:40 a.m. and 7 a.m. There have been adjustments to routes this year. Bus numbers and driver assignments for the 2012-13 school year are listed below.

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LETTERS: Manlius church raises funds for caregiver's fire-damaged home

To the editor: Linda Barnwell, a longtime resident of Manlius, is a caregiver at SonShine Child Care. On the Monday after Easter, April 9, 2012, her home was damaged by a house fire.

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Pine Grove students sing in NYS Honors Choir

Ten Pine Grove students participated in the fourth annual New York State Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association Middle School Honors Choir on Aug. 19. The students performed under the direction of Francisco Núñez, a highly sought-after conductor/composer.

COLUMN: September activities abound at your library

Here we go again folks – the summer weather and backyard barbecues will probably linger but the cares of everyday life will soon be on the front burner as we head into September.

Tuesday, August 28

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Skanda Equine brings new life to Sanctuary Stables

On Sept. 1, the former Sanctuary Stables at 4000 Moseley Road in Cazenovia will change ownership and begin a new equine venture under the name of Skanda Equine LLC.

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Style runs in the family

Thrifty, After the Stork open at Cottage Designs

Cottage Designs is a co-op that offers many different shopping opportunities to customers.

School district ready for new year with better communication, improved website

The Skaneateles Central School District is ready for the start of the 2012-13 school year with plans for better communication with parents and the community, an improved website and web presence, completed improvements on the school buildings and grounds and a plan of specific action for beginning the search for a new district superintendent.

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For love of Lily

Lily Sateriale was the puzzle piece that completed her family. “We always wanted a big family. When we had Lily, our whole family dynamic changed. It was like we were a complete family finally,” said Laura Sateriale, Lily’s mother. “We all got along so well. The kids got along. We had a good system.” Born May 28, 2010, Lily was the youngest of four with twin older sisters, 8, and a big brother, 5. The 20-month-old was perpetually in pigtails, always singing, always laughing. “She had a dog that adored her. He was her prized possession,” said Micah Sateriale, Lily’s father. “She was just starting to learn how to color, and it really surprised us with how well she could hold a crayon and a pencil.” “She was always making us laugh. She was really funny, really sweet,” Laura said. “She was a really laid back baby. She was the perfect baby everyone wants to have. She was really easygoing.” But the Sateriales’ idyllic life with Lily was all too brief. The little girl died on Feb. 16, 2012 in her sleep without an explanation.

Village may hire its own trapper to remove troublesome skunks

In August 2008, several Third Street residents appeared before the Liverpool Village Board to complain about skunks inundating the neighborhood. Mayor Gary White, who was then a trustee, acknowledged the problem. “Typically skunks are nocturnal,” White said then, “but now we’re seeing them out in bright daylight, which makes me worry about rabies.” As they’ve done for decades, however, village officials urged the troubled residents to utilize the trapping program administered by the town of Salina. It cost $16 for each resident to have traps set. In April 2011 in two separate incidents, Liverpool Police officers shot and killed two skunks which had been behaving strangely in village yards in broad daylight. One animal was dispatched behind a house on Oswego Street, while another was killed a few blocks away on Sixth Street. Now, skunks have infested Second Street.

Board of ed says coach’s firing won’t be revisited

Dismayed. Angered. Hurt. Those three words describe the emotions of more than 100 residents, athletes and parents in the North Syracuse Central School District as they abruptly left Monday night’s Board of Education meeting after hearing 10 people speak proudly of their time under the wings of Kerry Bennett, who was fired Aug. 17, and being told by President Pat Carbone the board will not be revisiting its decision. Bennett’s position was called into question following the July 9 testimony of C-NS graduate Brittany Paul and her father, Jeff, in regard to alleged incidents involving harassment and forms of bullying by teammates and coaches. Though regularly situated at first base, Brittany Paul was moved to the outfield in order for coaches to prepare another player to cover first as Paul had previously made comments about attending the C-NS Senior Ball instead of the New York State Class AA championships scheduled for the same day, June 9.

LYSANDER NEWS: Secretary position changed to part-time

The Lysander Town Board recently cut costs by changing the status of a town position.

Annual 9/11 community observance planned

A candlelight vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in Cazenovia’s Memorial Park to remember the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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First Presbyterian Church receives Sacred Sites Grant

The New York Landmarks Conservancy recently announced 23 Sacred Sites Grants totaling $294,500 will be awarded to historic religious properties throughout New York state — including $1,500 to the First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia.

Ducking Google with DuckDuckGo: Internet searching and your privacy

Technicall Speaking

While most search engines are constantly gathering information about your searches and allowing that information to be shared with marketers and other websites, there is one that makes a point not to – DuckDuckGo.

McAndrew, C-NS football tries to put chaos aside

Interim coach assembled staff just days before practice started

Any time a new coaching staff takes over a high school football program, there is bound to be some uncertainty and a fair amount of transition to go through. For Cicero-North Syracuse, though, the circumstances are far different – and far more cramped than most programs would deal with.

LETTERS: Donors made tournament possible

The Baldwinsville Boys Soccer Booster Club hosted its second annual golf tournament on Aug. 11. This event was not only a fun time, but a huge success.

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Natur-Tyme health store moves into expanded home on Erie Boulevard

As the owner of Drumlins Pharmacy, Stan Meyerson began offering vitamins to his Central New York customers long before the health craze caught on. As the owner of Natur-Tyme, the 30-year-old business her father would buy and eventually make his own, Wendy Meyerson is carrying on the old man’s dream — and she’s doing it with a flair for innovation that must run in the family.

Monday, August 27

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Radisson Nursery School launches new Kindergarten Booster program

A brand new program at Radisson Nursery School begins this September.

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Community units to welcome Lynne Cox: author, open water swimmer, motivational speaker

A dream of bringing a record-breaking long distance swimmer and acclaimed author to Skaneateles Central Schools has expanded to involve and unite the entire community. Motivational speaker Lynne Cox will be in Skaneateles the week of Oct. 10 to meet with students and community members. She is the author of “Swimming to Antarctica” and several other books.

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Twin Birch dairy farm honored by state groups, officials for new biogas technology

Political officials, business representatives, agricultural groups, local farmers and multiple media outlets attended a celebratory event last week at Twin Birch dairy farm on Benson Road to recognize and extol the new biogas energy technology operating at the Skaneateles farm.

Trustees pass new village peddling and soliciting law

Peddlers and solicitors who come into the village of Skaneateles now have a new set of rules to abide by as they conduct their business. Village trustees, at their Aug. 23 meeting, unanimously passed a new local law to change the regulations regarding peddling and soliciting from a system of licensure to one of registration.

NY State wine festival cancelled

This year’s New York Wine Festival, which was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, at Mirbeau Inn & Spa, has been cancelled.

Library to host workshop on Alzheimer’s Disease

An educational workshop on “Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease” will be presented at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room by the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Caz College students return to campus

Last week marked the return of Cazenovia College students. Freshman were invited to the campus on Aug. 23, giving them a few days to assimilate to college life before returning students moved in Aug. 26 and classes officially begin Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Friends of Van Buren Park officially forms

Van Buren Councilor Tony Saraceni announced that the Friends of Van Buren Park not-for-profit organization has officially formed. The purpose of the group is to increase awareness of Van Buren’s park, which he called “a beautiful asset.”

Sheriff’s deputies investigate fatal crash in Fenner

On Saturday, Aug. 25, Madison County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 8 p.m. on Peterboro Road in the town of Fenner.

Manlius' Kevin Bradley promoted to brigadier general in NY Air National Guard

New York Air National Guard Colonel Kevin Bradley, the former commander of the 174th Fighter Wing and Hancock Field Air National Guard Base and a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War and the Iraq War, was promoted to brigadier general on Friday, Aug. 24.

LETTERS: Thank you Legislator May

On behalf of the Friends of Beaver Lake, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to County Legislator Brian May.

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Wildcats charge into AA title defense

Howard, Ginestro, Glesener, Colvin lead high-octane WG attack

Once a chaser, the West Genesee football team clearly assumes a different role in 2012 as it tries to win the Section III Class AA championship once again. “They know the target is on their backs,” said head coach Joe Corley. “But they’re looking forward to the challenge.”

COLUMN: Heart disease still leading cause of death

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, and stroke is the number fourth cause of death and a leading cause of disability.

F-M to open football season with Armed Services Night

The Fayetteville-Manlius football season opener will have added excitement under the lights as an F-M High School student group, the Patriots Club, recognizes local veterans and active duty service members as part of an armed services themed evening.

Sunday, August 26

Boys soccer Bees face new challenges

Five-time defending sectional champs lost 15 seniors

Smooth has been an appropriate word to describe Baldwinsville boys’ soccer the past half decade. The Bees won glided to its fifth successive Class AA Section III championship last fall, posting an 18-2 record.

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CRIS readies to ‘lend a hand’ to local senior citizens

From Oct. 1 to 7, Community Resources for Independent Seniors will conduct “Lend A Hand Week,” to assist those over age 55 and people with special needs with various tasks in the Cazenovia, Nelson and Fenner areas.

O vote, all ye faithful

Community Columnist

The word “procedure” is used as a simplification for a complicated set of operations or calculations.

Syracuse Zonta Club announces new officers, takes part in global conference

The members of the Zonta Club of Syracuse have elected new officers and directors, and look forward to working with them in the fall to fulfill the club mission of advancing the status of girls and women locally and worldwide.

Solvay football working hard to reclaim past glory

Bearcats try to shake off winless 2011 in Shutts' second year

Nine months ago, the Solvay community lost a high school football coaching legend when Al Merola passed away of cancer at at the age of 73. Merola won 210 games in his three-plus decades with the Bearcats, casting a large shadow over anyone that would follow him, from long-time assistant Phil Merrill to current head coach Matt Shutts, who enters his second season at the helm.

Football Spartans gear up for Class A title defense

McDuffie, Sanchez poised to be breakout offensive stars

Anything the East Syracuse-Minoa football team accomplishes this fall will have to live up to the high standards set during a memorable 2011 season. “Last year was special, no doubt about it,” said head coach Kevin DeParde. “We felt, talent-wise, that we had as a good a team as anybody in the state.”

Early to the gridiron

High school football ready to kick off 2012

Get used to it, folks – those TV types are starting to dig Section III high school football a lot more. There’s 22 games, including a full slate of Thursday-night rivalry specials, on Time Warner between now and the championship games in the Carrier Dome on the first weekend of November. That includes the opener, Homer against Cortland, two rivals and neighbors getting back together to kick off the season…on Aug. 30.

Saturday, August 25

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Wigge reviews: ‘Hope Springs’

Community Columnist

There is no greater joy than a man’s love for his wife; no greater beauty than the woman in his life.

Friday, August 24

Village of Manlius begins handing out rain barrels thanks to Save the Rain grant

The village of Manlius is making use of the $3,000 in Onondaga County Save the Rain grant funds it was awarded in May.

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B'ville scouts help beautify elderly community

Eagle Scout Candidate Jack Martin, center, and Boy Scout Troop 119 planted a butterfly garden around the gazebo at McHarrie Towne on Sunday, Aug. 6.

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LakeHouse Pub opens today at 6 p.m.

The LakeHouse Pub, at the site of the former Moriss's Grill in Skaneateles, will open for business at 6 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 24.

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Ambitious dark comedy 'King Lee' to recall tarnished reputation of Mayor Lee Alexander

Cast as a “mayoral groupie,” actress Peggy Sundberg will personify any number of real-life ladies who dated Lee Alexander, a married man who served 16 years as mayor of Syracuse, from 1970 to 1985.

B’ville woman to study abroad

Kiera Tormey, of Baldwinsville, will spend the fall 2012 trimester abroad studying engineering in the Czech Republic. A member of the class of 2014 at Union College, Tormey is a mechanical engineering major.

Caz High School 2012-13 homeroom assignments

Classes at Cazenovia High School begin Sept. 4.

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Eagle Scout project to benefit Caz community

A universal access fishing dock is under construction on Chittenango Creek, behind the Cazenovia Public Library.

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Camillus family’s story inspires home makeover

Dave Peek and his wife, Michelle, bought their home on Kastor Avenue in the village of Camillus with plans to fix it up. They couldn’t have planned for what happened next. “The second we had our daughter, Sarah, there were a lot of medical complications, and life just changed,” Dave Peek said. “All of our priorities changed.”

Red Rams look to continue gridiron turnaround

J-D went 5-2 a season ago, hosted first playoff game in 14 years

Something new, novel and refreshing has entered the Jamesville-DeWitt football program – a taste of success, followed by reasonable expectations to do even better.

Football Warriors want to break string of near-misses

Liverpool, perennial playoff team, hasn't made sectional final since '98

A pattern has formed for the Liverpool football team that has stuck throughout Dave Mancuso’s seven-year coaching tenure, one that is pleasing and frustrating at the same time. Each fall, the Warriors put out a solid, hard-working unit that forges a winning record and gets into the Section III Class AA playoffs. And each time, the goal of reaching the title game in the Carrier Dome remains elusive.

COLUMN: Life-changing programs offered through Onondaga County

Do you know an elderly or disabled person who lives in an unsafe home? Do you know a hard-working family that genuinely deserves a shot at being a homeowner? Are you aware of any families living amidst deteriorating, toxic lead-based paint?

Thursday, August 23

Rouse, Bees look to reclaim AA football summit

Coach says defense holds key to B'ville title push

Carl Sanfilippo is quick to point out the chief reason why his Baldwinsville football team, in 2011, could not add a third consecutive Section III Class AA championship to the titles it won in 2009 and 2010. "Defensively, we didn't play very well," said Sanfilippo as he watched his Bees prepare for next Friday's season opener at Cicero-North Syracuse.

On the campaign trail

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) America’s largest federation of labor unions, released its list of endorsements last week, and, not surprisingly, the candidates were overwhelmingly democratic.

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Fourth annual duck race to raise money for Bridgeport Food Pantry

It wouldn’t be out of line to say that the fate of the Bridgeport Food Pantry rests on the back of a plastic duck — or a whole creek full of them. The pantry will hold its annual “Don’t Duck Hunger” duck race fundraiser at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 in the parking lot of St. Francis Parish in Bridgeport. The race typically raises somewhere in the range of $25,000 for the pantry. “We were very successful last year. We raised $25,000. Every year, we’ve gone up $5,000, so you know what I’m going for this year,” said Patti Hedrick, coordinator of the food pantry. “I don’t know what we’re going to do if this isn’t successful. We’re required by federal mandate to give them so much protein, a fruit and a vegetable. It’s not like they can come in and we just give them some crackers and a roll of toilet paper. They have to get the requirements. We can’t cut down.” The food pantry, which is affiliated with the Food Bank of Central New York, serves between 150 and 165 families a month in the towns of Cicero, Manlius and Sullivan. That number spikes to near 300 around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since July of 2011, the pantry has provided 72,230 meals, an increase of 24 percent since July 2009.

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First-ever NEDA walk coming to Onondaga Lake Park

Next Sunday, in conjunction with Ophelia’s Place, NEDA will hold its first-ever Syracuse area walk at Willow Bay at Onondaga Lake Park. The walk begins at 1 p.m. (check-in is at 12:30) and goes until 3 p.m. The local walk is one of 32 taking place over the next year nationwide, according to C.J. Redfern, national walks director for NEDA. The walks, which started in 2009, are critical because they not only raise money for NEDA as well as Ophelia’s Place, but they raise awareness of their joint mission.

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Elbridge-based nonprofit sends baskets to those who’ve lost a loved one to suicide

Every 15 minutes in the United States, someone takes his or her own life. That means every 15 minutes, a family is left to wonder why. In order to help loved ones struggling to find answers, Stand Against Suicide (SAS), an Elbridge-based nonprofit that seeks to raise awareness about the risks of mental illness and to encourage those in need to get help, is sending Sympathy Baskets to families who reach out to the organization. “A friend of mine has a terminally ill parent,” said Tara Dennee, who founded SAS in 2010 in memory of her father, Wayne Olmstead, who died by suicide in 2009. “Her father has cancer. A group sent them a book and a ‘gift basket’ with little things to make them feel comforted. I thought, what a wonderful idea for us!” SAS sent out its first Sympathy Basket Thursday, Aug. 9, to a family in Missouri that lost its mother to suicide in May. That basket contains a sympathy card, the book “No Time To Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One” by Carla Fine with a handwritten message from Dennee in the front cover, handmade beaded "Hope" bracelets made by SAS volunteers, SAS T-shirts and brochures and a few miscellaneous items specific to the family.

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Parade of lights planned for Seneca River

You’ve heard about Lights on the Lake. Now prepare for lights on the river, literally. In conjunction with Baldwinsville’s Oktoberfest, the Baldwinsville Optimist Club, Chamber of Commerce and Oktoberfest Committee have organized a Boat Parade of Lights fundraiser to be held after sunset on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Westhill football looks for 2012 turnaround

Warriors deal with smaller numbers, will play on new turf field

To equate football with the tenets of Murphy’s Law – whatever can go wrong, will go wrong - is strange, but perfectly appropriate when describing the 2011 edition of the Westhill football team. A mere two seasons after winning the Section III Class B championship, the Warriors claimed the season opener 14-7 at Solvay – and did not win again for the rest of the regular season, a 1-6 mark.

Canton Woods prepares for new lot

Last spring, Canton Woods Senior Center lost use of 20-plus parking spots due to buckling pavement in its back lot. Eighteen months later, the center will finally receive a new lot, thanks to a $60,500 Community Development Grant, which the town of Van Buren applied for in the spring of 2011 and received this year.

LETTERS: Thank you for Jim Burton Golf Classic support

The 16th annual Jim Burton Memorial Golf Classic, hosted by Ironwood Golf and Country Club on Aug. 4, raised $2,010 for the Jim Burton Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Sindoni, football Lakers vow not to look back

After 2011 controversy, Skaneateles still has high aspirations

When the latest incarnation of the Skaneateles football team gathered on Aug. 13 for three weeks of practices leading up to Friday night’s opener against Bishop Ludden, much was on the agenda for first-year head coach Joe Sindoni.

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Cazenovia to Montgomery: Douglass to King

In recognition of the Great Cazenovia Convention of Aug. 22, 1850, Hugh C. Humphreys, the author of “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate! The Great Fugitive Slave Law Convention and its Rare Daguerreotype,” will use images, research and oratory to connect the famous 1850 event in Cazenovia to events in Montgomery, Ala.

COLUMN: Coffee with the Mayor

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski last Tuesday at Canton Woods Senior Center to chat about what’s new in the village. Last week’s discussion touched upon various topics brought up by residents visiting the center.

Wednesday, August 22

COLUMN: Summer Reading raffle winners announced

Storytime is on hiatus and the “official” summer reading programs for kids and teens have ended but there is still plenty of reading left in the season. Come on in and take a look at the crop of new books or browse the stacks for a forgotten classic. Find a shady nook and fuel your mind while you beat the heat.

Fire department announces theme for Labor Day parade

The theme for this year’s Skaneateles Volunteer Fire Department’s Labor Day parade will be cancer awareness, parade chair Paul Jones informed the Skaneateles Town Board last week. Carol Baldwin, founder of the Carol M. Baldwin Cancer Research Fund, will be the guest of honor and ride in the department’s parade, schedule to begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. The full schedule of Field Days events is listed below.

SAVES annual fundraiser now on

The annual SAVES fundraiser “Fun in the Sun” is now in full swing. The grand prize this year is $5,000 with additional prizes like dinner cruises, savings bonds and $50 gift certificates.

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Tunin' time at the state fair

Two from Skaneateles ready the 1925 organ for the year's biggest audiences

In the state fairgrounds that are just starting to bustle with life for next week’s opening, in an empty theater, in front of an empty stage, two men in casual working clothes tuned an organ — for about eight hours. Dale Abrams and Harvyn Tarkmeel, both from Skaneateles, spent their entire day on Friday, Aug. 17, in the Empire Theater preparing “Wilma,” the 87-year-old electro-pneumatic organ, for her upcoming performances at the New York State Fair. This meant checking every single one of Wilma’s nearly 700 pipes and extensions to ensure they were all properly tuned.

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Memorial fund created to help fight invasive lake species

The Skaneateles Lake Association recently received a $10,000 donation from the family of a deceased local man who loved the lake and would have wanted to help preserve its purity and character. The money, officially called the David “Lee” Hardy Memorial Fund, will be used for education and stewardship programs to help keep invasive species out of Skaneateles Lake.

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Krebs project making headway, slated for 2013 opening

Sometime in early 2013, the community will see a brand new Krebs restaurant open its doors on W. Genesee Street. A renovation of the building and property costing more that $4 million is currently under way. Owner Adam Weitsman said he believes the restaurant will be ready for the public around the first of the year.

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Healthy diet, exercise is focus at Camp Hickory

Baldwinsville Lions Club members and volunteers busily prepared for Lion’s Camp Hickory held earlier this summer. The kitchen and meeting areas were cleaned, the programs for the campers were finalized, and camp materials, crafts and games were taken out of storage. By the second week of July, the Lions Clubhouse in Baldwinsville Community Park, also known as the Joe Ritter Community House, was converted from a meeting place for the Lions to a home base for Camp Hickory.

LETTERS: Hillcrest thanks the Yarn Cupboard

Many thanks to Susan Miller of the Yarn Cupboard and the wonderful group of women for holding their event as part of our Circles of Change campaign for Ophelia’s Place.

LETTERS: Manlius resident thanks auto professionals of Cazenovia for professionalism

I extend extra thanks to “R” at Napa and “L” at Quality Car Care. They both gave me quick service when I was waiting for help with my car.

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Dorsey retires from New York Air National Guard

29-year veteran served in combat, and help 174th Fighter Wing transition to new mission

New York Air National Guard Colonel Charles “Spider” Dorsey, of Fenner, recently retired from the military after 29 years of service.

BTOP Computer Classes continue at Caz library

Through the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program, free computer classes continue at the Cazenovia Public Library during August and September.

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Marcellus voters approve fire department service award program

Residents voted 153-84 in favor of the Marcellus Fire Department implementing a service award program for its firefighters during a referendum held yesterday from noon to 9 p.m.

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U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team finishes sixth

Hard luck continued for the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team as they rallied for a sixth place finish in the Team Championship at Greenwich Park in London.

Ludden football prepares for 2012 season sprint

Much will hinge on season opener at Skaneateles

Whatever the Bishop Ludden football team wants to accomplish in the 2012 season, it must happen quickly – and to a small degree, the Gaelic Knights are a reason for the urgency.

Archives made available free with new Ancestory.com, New York Archives agreement

An agreement between ancestory.com and several state and local genealogical resources, as well as State Archives and the State Library, have helped to create a searchable database of New York records on the site for free. The New York State Archives Magazine features the site in its latest issue and reports that thousands of additional documents will continue to be made available.

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Experienced Hornets gear up for title push

F-M still a contender despite loss of Austin Perez

The way it has worked with Fayetteville-Manlius football throughout head coach Paul Muench’s 13-year tenure, every other year a new group of core players establish themselves so that, the following season, they’re poised for a championship run.

CBA football looks for another finals berth

Brothers have lost last three sectional AA title games

Christian Brothers Academy’s football experience in the last three seasons can be looked at two ways. Put in one light, it’s an exercise in frustration, as the Brothers have reached the Section III Class AA finals in the Carrier Dome in 2009, 2010 and 2011, only to get beat each time – by Baldwinsville twice, and then by West Genesee in last November’s title game.

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Lakers hungry again after surprise 2011 ending

Caz wants to atone for playoff semifinal loss to Oneida

All went as planned for Cazenovia’s football team for eight games and 43 minutes as, last autumn, it remained undefeated and appeared on its way to defending its Section III Class B championship it won in 2010. But it was those other five minutes that derailed the whole plan.

COLUMN: New Laws Created to Improve Breast Cancer Screenings, DNA Databank, Organ Donation

I wanted to take some time to update you on a few new health-related laws that passed during session and were recently signed into law by the Governor. I was pleased to support all of these in the Legislature during session that will work toward better breast cancer detection, fighting crime and improving New York's organ donation rates.

Accident leaves teen in critical condition

Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a car pedestrian accident that sent a 19-year-old Liverpool man to University Hospital with life threatening injuries.

Tuesday, August 21

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Manlius community comes together for first-ever Swan Jam

As a way to further showcase the area’s young talent and to benefit the Manlius Swan Pond, the Swan Jam will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the outdoor amphitheater behind the Swan Pond.

Floyd memorized every beverage at Heid’s

One of the most popular songs of 1942 was “Jukebox Saturday Night,” as performed by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, vocalized by Marion Hutton and the Modernaires. Teenagers across the country danced to Al Stillman’s lyrics: Moppin’ up soda pop rickies To our hearts’ delight, Dancing to a swingeroo quickie, Jukebox Saturday night... One of those teenagers was Floyd Tillotson who lived in Liverpool where he worked at Heid’s.

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Dinosaur sculptures memorialize frequent LPL patron

Millions of years ago, herds of pig-sized herbivores known for their large skulls and neck frills roamed the deserts of Mongolia with a variety of other brawny beasts. That’s right, they were the Protoceratops, and as of Monday, Aug. 13, they have begun to inhabit the village of Liverpool. Three of them are making their home just outside the Liverpool Public Library. Unlike the dinosaurs of the Cretaceous age, these Protoceratops are made of metal and concrete, created by local sculptor John Kennedy.

Mustangs want more than contender status

Marcellus football again seeks elusive sectional title

Now it isn’t a question of whether the Marcellus football team is among the top Section III Class B programs, because consistent winning results over the last five years have answered that concern. It’s just a matter of the Mustangs taking those last – and most difficult – steps to a championship, something head coach Joe Fiacchi and his charges are eager to do in 2012.

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Circles of Change benefit Ophelia’s Place

Clare Murray Volo, right, presents Jodie Wilson-Dougherty, executive director of Ophelia's Place, with a $500 donation to Ophelia’s Place.

Youthful Eagles seek new gridiron prominence

J-E, 4-4 in 2011, has larger roster, is built for long-term

Mike Smart has seen a fair amount of high points – and low points – in his tenure as Jordan-Elbridge’s varsity football coach. So it makes his words on the eve of the 2012 season carry a bit more resonance. “Our program is as high as it’s been in 10 years,” he said.

Bears now take aim at state football crown

Chittenango, reigning Class B champs, returns entire backfield, linebacker corps

What many would consider a landmark campaign is, to the current members of the Chittenango football team, a starting point to larger possibilities ahead.

Liverpool announces fall sports schedule

Girls soccer Warriors defend Class AA title

Liverpool High School’s 2012 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

C-NS releases fall sports schedule

Cicero-North Syracuse High School’s 2012 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Fayetteville's Stuart Chase named ‘Volunteer of the Month’

Stuart Chase, of Fayetteville, has been named July Volunteer of the Month by Dunkin’ Donuts. Chase is a volunteer driver for the American Red Cross.

Clean up Tri County Mall area

I recently took the back way to get to Rite Aid [on Downer Street] to pick up prescriptions at the store. On my way, I passed the Tri County Mall. Workers were in the vicinity cleaning up the area. But they need to do more cleaning and they also need to knock down the mall. What will it take to knock down the mall? It needs to come down.

Monday, August 20

Fayetteville Fire Department awarded $49,000 FEMA grant

The Fayetteville Fire Department has been awarded a $49,659 grant from FEMA for the purpose of boosting fire prevention.

DeWitt Town Board approves hire of healthcare consultant

The DeWitt Town Board is taking a closer look at the health insurance provided to town employees in an effort to cut costs.

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B’ville youths advance in horse competition

Jennifer Sandore, left, and Niki Krebs show off blue ribbons they received for showmanship after participating in Onondaga County’s 2012 Youth Fair held July 26 to 29.

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Mirbeau hosts third annual New York Wine Festival

For the third consecutive year, Mirbeau Inn & Spa will take the reins in hosting the New York Wine Festival in the village of Skaneateles from Sept. 28 to 30.

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‘envIRONmental CHEF homegrown’ event returns to Baltimore Woods

Second culinary cook-off competition focuses on local foods prepared by local chefs

The second annual “envIRONmental CHEF homegrown” culinary competition has been announced for Sunday, Sept. 16, at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, with last year’s winners taking on new challengers and a new dessert competition added to the event. The competition celebrates the abundance of locally grown and produced foods in Central New York, and pits the area's finest chefs in head-to-head cook-off challenges that are tasted and decided by the audience.

Town, SRCT meet on assets issue, no solution yet

The Skaneateles Town Board sat in an attorney advice session for one hour last Thursday, Aug. 16, and at least some of that meeting was to discuss its ongoing disagreement with the Skaneateles Recreation Charitable Trust. While town board members could not divulge what they discussed specifically in their attorney advice session, Town Attorney Patrick Sardino said he and Town Supervisor Terri Roney did meet with SRCT board members last week.

Manlius Police investigate Minoa-Schepps Corners Road motorcycle crash

A Bridgeport motorcyclist was taken to University Hospital and listed in serious condition after colliding with a pickup truck last night.

Police blotter: Woman arrested after domestic dispute, other charges

At 11:43 p.m. Aug. 8, police responded to 211 Meadow St., Baldwinsville, regarding a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, police determined that Hollie M. Sims, 26, of that address had been involved in a dispute with another female and had punched her and had also choked the victim so she could not breathe.

Owahgena Toastmasters consider next 30 years

Community Columnist

Owahgena Toastmasters met on Aug. 14 at the Lincklaen House for a special meeting to decide our way forward going into the next 30 years of our existence.

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Cazenovia Triathlon: a runaway success

Five-hundred well-rounded athletes ran, swam and biked Sunday, Aug. 12 in the 12th Annual Cazenovia Triathlon.

Caz Town Board responds to demands for reduced speed limits

Among the issues addressed at the Aug. 13 Cazenovia Town Board meeting were the speed limits on Linklaen Street and Ridge Road.

‘Tour De Farms’ will offer cyclists a slice of Caz, Madison County

Event to begin, conclude at Critz Farms

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County invites local residents to hit the road and support local farmers on Saturday, Sept. 22.

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Cazenovia team wins OCS summer basketball league championship

On Aug. 8, the Cazenovia Central School District once again claimed the Onondaga Central School Junior Varsity Boys Summer League Championship title.

LETTERS: Protect local voters’ rights

The Town of Van Buren is considering a change for the highway superintendent position to go from elected by the people to appointed by the town board. The New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways opposes this change. Currently, the highway superintendent is accountable to the people of the town and should remain that way.

ESM releases fall sports schedule

Football, boys soccer Spartans defend sectional Class A titles

East Syracuse-Minoa High School’s 2012 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

J-D announces fall sports schedule

Girls soccer Red Rams out to win fourth straight sectional title

Jamesville-DeWitt High School’s 2012 fall sports season includes girls and boys volleyball, who have moved from a winter to fall season. Here is the varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

F-M announces fall sports schedule

Girls cross country Hornets after seventh straight national title

During the Fayetteville-Manlius High School fall sports season, the girls cross country team will be in pursuit of a seventh consecutive national title, and the boys cross country team is the defending state Class AA champions. Here is the varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

B’ville announces fall sports schedule

Baldwinsville has a lot to look forward to in the 2012 fall sports season, from girls volleyball’s latest state title pursuit to the boys soccer Bees trying to win a Section III Class AA title for the sixth year in a row. Here is the 2012 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Cazenovia HS announces fall sports schedule

Field hockey Lakers pursuing state championship three-peat

Among the stories for Cazenovia High School’s fall sports teams in 2012 is the field hockey Lakers pursuing a third consecutive state championship, and the fact that both soccer teams will play home games under the lights on a regular basis for the first time at the Sean Googin Sports Complex. Here is the varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

Solvay releases fall sports schedule

Football Bearcats open against defending Class B champ Chittenango

Solvay High School’s 2012 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Ludden releases fall sports schedule

Gaelic Knights' football opener at Skaneateles Aug. 31

Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School’s 2012 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Westhill releases fall sports schedule

New turf installed in time for football, soccer seasons

Westhill High School’s 2012 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change. Both the football and boys and girls soccer teams will have games on a newly-installed artificial turf field at the high school stadium.

Chittenango releases fall sports schedule

Football Bears defend sectional Class B title

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

J-E releases fall sports schedule

Football Eagles have just six regular-season games

Jordan-Elbridge High School’s 2012 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Marcellus announces fall sports schedule

Girls volleyball, soccer Mustangs are perennial title contenders

Marcellus High School’s 2012 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

West Genesee announces fall sports schedule

Wildcats begin AA football title defense against Clarence F-M

West Genesee High School’s varsity football team is the defending Section III Class AA champions, opening with big games against Clarence in the Sept. 2 Kickoff Classic at the Carrier Dome and, six days later, a showdown with Fayetteville-Manlius. Here is the 2012 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Skaneateles HS announces fall sports schedule

Skaneateles High School’s 2012 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Grimes releases fall sports schedule

Cobras football open against Class D champ Westmoreland

Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School’s 2012 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

CBA releases fall sports schedule

Four home football games include Proctor, C-NS

Christian Brothers Academy’s 2012 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Sunday, August 19

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UPDATE: Victims of East Syracuse pickup truck fatal identified

The victims of Friday night’s fatal pickup truck crash in East Syracuse have been identified as Christina Davis, 36, of Minoa, and Jeffery Hubbard, 34, of Syracuse.

Saturday, August 18

Two pronounced dead after pickup truck crashes in East Syracuse

The driver and passenger of a pickup truck were killed in a one-vehicle crash in East Syracuse last night.

Friday, August 17

C-NS fires softball coach Kerry Bennett

In three decades, Bennett's teams won four state championships

Three decades of work building one of the state’s top high school softball programs has come to a sudden end for Cicero-North Syracuse coach Kerry Bennett. Just two months after leading the Northstars to another state Class AA final, Bennett was let go by the school district. He said the decision had to do with circumstances surrounding C-NS’s latest state final four appearance in Queensbury.

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B'ville: School year approaches, practices begin

Signs that summer break is quickly coming to a close – the Baldwinsville Marching Band and varsity football team began practicing for their upcoming seasons Monday, Aug. 13, at Baker High School.

COLUMN: Escape the heat and do some book browsing

Storytime is on hiatus and the “official” summer reading programs for kids and teens have ended but there is still plenty of reading left in the season. Come on in and take a look at the crop of new books or browse the stacks for a forgotten classic. Find a shady nook and fuel your mind while you beat the heat.

Camillus’ Robert Battaglia recognized for ‘Outstanding Customer Service’

A business leader and involved citizen in the Camillus area, Allstate exclusive agency owner Robert Battaglia has been designated an Allstate Premier Service Agent for 2012.

Thursday, August 16

Fayetteville man shows knife during attempt to rob The Wild Orchid flower shop

Manlius Police responded to a complaint of armed robbery at The Wild Orchid in Manlius at around 12:04 p.m. today.

Lafayette man charged after pointing laser light at Air-1 helicopter

A Lafayette man has been charged with reckless endangerment after pointing a laser light at the Onondaga County Sheriff's Air-1 helicopter last night.

Manlius Police reports ending 8/11

The following police reports span July 21 through Aug. 11.

Backpack safety tips for back-to-school shopping


It’s almost time for school to start. It’s hard to believe the summer is almost over. Many parents are starting to shop for school clothes and a new backpack. From a physical health standpoint, purchasing an appropriate backpack and wearing it the proper way can have a major impact on the muscles and joints of a child’s shoulders, neck and back.

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That’s classic: Canton Woods hosts third annual car show

Thirty six classic cars filled the grounds at Canton Woods Senior Center for the facility’s third annual car show held Monday, Aug. 6.

A Day on the River – An August Snow Storm


When was the last time you have seen an “August Snow Storm”? There is a phenomenal visual experience that can appear as a heavy snow fall, it is the Ephoron Leukon mayfly hatch. It just does not happen up here in the northeast. I did encounter one in late August in Pinedale, Wyo., on the Upper Green River, but that was about it. In reality, the vision of what you see and what it reminds you of may not be the frozen flakes from the sky, but that is what it looks like.

News from the Skaneateles Lake Association

Every member of the Skaneateles Lake Association is special because every member has committed to be a part of an organization of citizens concerned with Skaneateles Lake — maintaining it as a supply of pure water and keeping it clear for its beauty and the enjoyment of all who live on the lake and in the lake area and all who visit the area contributing to the village economy.

Onondaga teen hospitalized after being hit by friend’s SUV

An Onondaga teen was left hospitalized Monday after being struck by an SUV while driving an ATV.

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Saving Face gives away 75 haircuts, raises $700 for Ronald McDonald House

Saving Face Barbershop in Camillus raised about $700 in six hours at Sunday’s third-annual Barber-Q fundraiser to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York.

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Cedar House to host fundraiser for local girl

Erin Patrick recovering from 13-hour surgery for genetic disorder

The Cedar House will host a fundraiser for the family of 11-year-old Erin Patrick, a local girl who recently underwent an extensive 13-hour operation for a genetic disease.

B’ville woman becomes consultant

Baldwinsville resident Amanda Rose recently became an independent consultants with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 delicious, easy-to-prepare foods.

LETTERS: Rome was not built in a day

I reside in the Town of Lysander, but this is an issue in Van Buren also. Our town governments are looking into appointing certain elected positions in our towns. This will come to a public vote for both towns probably this fall, and I have reservations about appointing these positions. I am not affiliated with any political party.

Wednesday, August 15

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Congressional candidates stress jobs, small business at Manlius forum

Local business owners and other residents heard from federal, state and county candidates for November election at a political breakfast held Tuesday at the Cavalry Club in Manlius.

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B’ville to dedicate concession facility

On Friday, Sept. 7, the Baldwinsville Central School District will dedicate its new concession facility at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium in memory of Coach Bill Neufang.

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Tickets for Doris Kearns Goodwin lecture now on sale

Goodwin, author of “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” will speak in Auburn in November

Tickets for the much-anticipated November lecture in Auburn by world-renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin are now on sale and are going fast. Officials at the Seward House Museum in Auburn are urging people interested in attending the event to move quickly before it sells out. Goodwin will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Auburn High School auditorium.

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Skaneateles Festival opens another year

New additions seek to broaden audience appeal

The 33rd year of the Skaneateles Festival started off last week with a fundraiser at a lakeside mansion, an informative collaborative event at the Barrow Art Gallery and the first of five concerts at Brook Farm — and every event was filled with excited attendees.

Invasive lake species workshop coming to Skaneateles next week

Cornell Cooperative Extension will host an invasive lake species workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Skaneateles YMCA, 97 State St. The event will feature Asian clam and hydrilla identification, prevention and monitoring, and will be free and open to the public.

Skaneateles VFD announces annual classic car show

The Skaneateles Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 7th annual Classic Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Austin Park Arena on Jordan Road.

Mottville Fire Company seeks annual golf outing sponsors

The Mottville Fire Co. is currently looking for sponsors and donations for its 22nd annual Captain and Crew Golf Outing at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Links at Sunset Ridge in Marcellus.

AAUW announces scholarship for female college students

The Skaneateles Branch of the American Association of University Women announces the availability of a Queen’s Legacy Award, a $500 scholarship to a female student will be awarded by Dec. 31, 2012.

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Attempted burglary at New Woodstock Post Office

Madison County Sheriff’s deputies are currently investigating an attempted burglary at the United States Post Office located on School Street in New Woodstock.

COLUMN: Volunteers needed for Beaver Lake Nature Center’s Golden Harvest Festival

Volunteers are needed for this two-day event held Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9, to help with children’s crafts and games, T-shirt printing, parking, canoe dock, food booths, set up and clean-up.

Fayetteville's Kathleen Tyrel graduates from Phoenix Firecamp

Kathleen Tyrel, 16, of Fayetteville, was one of 22 young women from the United States and Canada to graduate from the sixth annual Phoenix Firecamp, a weeklong overnight camp in Utica designed to introduce teenage girls to the opportunities for women in fire and emergency services.

Around Skaneateles Lake in Five Generations

Glen Haven Historical Society hosts picnic and illustrated talk

Elsie Gutchess will share a foundational part of her family’s history in an illustrated talk entitled, “All the Way Around Skaneateles Lake,” at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, at the Glen Haven School and Public Library, 7325 Fair Haven Road, at the head (south end) of Skaneateles Lake. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, August 14

Cupcake Wars winner Doron Petersan to speak in DeWitt

Doron Petersan, author of “Sticky Fingers’ Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes,” will be at Barnes & Noble in DeWitt on Friday, Aug. 17.

Marcellus couple launches Starfire Travel Club

First meeting will toheld at Fayetteville Free Library

Travel experts Don and Mary Merritt, of Marcellus, have started a free travel club to bring together people interested in travel and learning about travel.

The perfect setup: Why you should see a film at the Manlius Art Cinema

From the Editor

There’s nothing quite like seeing a movie at the Manlius Art Cinema.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church to hold country fair

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is holding its annual Country Fair Saturday, Aug. 18.

Manlius town supervisor named to state Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council

Manlius Town Supervisor Ed Theobald was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a member of the New York State Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council on July 3.

Children's High Point program kicks off Sept. 12

Community Wesleyan Church kicks off the High Point weekly kids program on Sept. 12.

North Syracuse waste pickup schedule to change

This summer we will be changing the pickup schedule for bulk waste. In the past, we did it once a year in the fall. This created a two-week period that turned the village into an eyesore. Additionally, we have noticed that approximately half of the bulk waste picked up could have been picked up during the weekly waste pickup. We pay approximately $380,000 a year in a contract for weekly pickup. It is not financially efficient for us to pick up waste during bulk waste that could have been handled during our weekly pickup. We will now pick up bulk waste twice a month, April through September, and during the winter months, weather permitting. We will also be adding a new category of waste to be picked up at your house. Electronic waste, or e-waste, will also be picked up twice a month. Go to northsyracuseny.org under the Department of Public Works for more detailed information. The following is some information regarding the pickup of weekly waste, bulk waste, e-waste, brush waste and fall leaf pickup.

Prominent Bayberry businessman elected to Syracuse Chiefs board

One of the most successful businessmen in the Liverpool area, Joseph J. Janowski, has been elected to the Syracuse Chiefs board of directors. The Chiefs baseball club — which is playing in its 52nd season of community ownership – is the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Janowski’s membership on the Board of Directors of the Community Baseball Club of Central New York, Inc. took effect in April and was officially announced by the ball club last week. Janowski is the managing general partner of the Bayberry Plaza and Clay Medical Center. He replaces Jay Wason Jr. on the Chiefs board.

A matriarch’s passing has a message for us all

The passing of a family member can rock a person’s very foundation, even when that ultimate end is expected. One of the village’s most prominent families – the Hursts – lost their matriarch last week. Shirley Moyer Hurst died calmly and quietly Thursday, Aug. 9, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. She had lived to the ripe old age of 87.

Village group seeks donors to fund clock for Washington Park

A group of business owners in the village of Liverpool is raising money to construct a clock in the village. The group hopes to raise $35,000 to purchase and install a vintage-style standalone clock for Washington Park at the intersection of Route 57 and First Street. The clock will light up at night and is meant to stand as a symbol to “let our friends and neighbors see how proud we are of our lakeside home,” according to a release from the fundraising campaign, which formed about six weeks ago.

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Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament draws nearly 800 athletes to Cicero

Gus Macker has put Cicero on the map. “People talk about it as a destination on the New York Macker circuit,” said Julie Raddell, director of the Syracuse-Cicero Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, held this past weekend at Drivers Village. “Cicero actually gets mentioned as a place now where people want to come and participate. Last year, we were too new, but this year, we’re much more part of the Macker circuit.”

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Impact Martial Arts donates $3,000 to Golisano Children’s Hospital

Impact Martial Arts & Fitness recently donated $3,000 to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

The contrarian thinker: Becoming financially literate

Business is built on trust. Good businesses always put the customer’s interests first.

B’ville athletic program ranked fourth in state

The New York State Sportswriters Association has ranked the Baldwinsville Central School District’s athletic program as one of the top five in Class AA for the 2011-12 school year.

Cazenovia High School receives outstanding agriculture program award

The agriculture program at Cazenovia High School was recently selected as the 2012 New York Outstanding Middle/Secondary School Agricultural Education Program.

Van Buren sends voters to the polls, Lysander postpones referendum vote

Lysander alone in seeking change to town clerk position

Greater Baldwinsville residents turned out in high numbers to recent town board meetings. Both the towns of Van Buren and Lysander held public hearings Aug. 7 and Aug. 13, respectively, to listen to comments regarding a proposal to change elective positions to appointive.

Monday, August 13

Bath salt community forum to be held Aug. 21 in Oneida

A panel of experts will discuss the growing issue with the synthetic drugs known as “bath salts,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Oneida High School Auditorium, located at 560 Seneca Street in Oneida.

Wigge reviews: ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”, now playing at the Manlius Art Cinema, is a vivid, affectionate, often troubling view of an alternative world.

Cazenovia Village Board mulls over changes to Comprehensive Plan

A lengthy public hearing on potential changes to Cazenovia’s Comprehensive Plan at Monday’s Village Board meeting ended in a decision to continue the public discussion at the Sept. 4 meeting.

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The house behind the rainbow

At the very top of a tall hill, accessible only by one windy road, sits a piece of literary history -- and it is for sale.

Money, well spent?

Lavish Texas HS football stadium contrasts budget concerns here

A warm morning in mid-August, and across Central New York the rituals start up again. Put on your helmets. Line up. Stretch out. Run from one end of the field to the other. Learn to block, tackle, throw, catch and kick. Then put on the pads at the end of the first week and start hitting each other – cleanly, we hope.

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Rotary completes path at Lysander Park

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville has installed a new sidewalk at the Lysander Town Park. The grass seed still needs to grow, but the path is now open to help park-goers reach the pavilion without having to trek through the lawn; all thanks to the help of a grant, the town and club members sweat and shovels.

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Skaneateles festival opens 33rd year

New additions seek to broaden audience appeal

The 33rd year of the Skaneateles Festival started off last week with a fundraiser at a lakeside mansion, an informative collaborative event at the Barrow Art Gallery and the first of five concerts at Brook Farm — and every event was filled with excited attendees.

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Local composer and choir director has new publications

Choral compositions and arrangements by Crawford R. Thoburn, chancel choir director at the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, are now being published by St. James Music Press.

Spafford prepares for town-wide property reassessment

Each year, as the housing market fluctuates, so do equalization rates. Like many other towns, Spafford is no stranger to the highs and lows in the market, but now the town’s equalization rate is taking a hit having reached 114.55 percent.

Village, town coordinate on water system

The Skaneateles village water system has completed its ultraviolet water filtration system and is moving forward with its plans to tie-in village water to the town, the village board of trustees announced at their Aug. 9 meeting.

Baldwinsville residents named to deans’ lists

Baldwinsville residents were recently named to deans’ lists.

COLUMN: Fight against synthetic drugs culminates in Operation Log Jam

Late last year, I introduced legislation to ban synthetic drugs from our state after many local people were reportedly ending up in the emergency room as a result of synthetic drug use. Many reported high blood pressure, high temperatures, severe paranoia and hallucinations.

Sunday, August 12

Traffic advisory in Salina Monday morning

Please be advised that there will be a disturbance in the traffic flow along 7th North Street between Buckley Road and Electronics Parkway beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13 and lasting until approximately 3 p.m.

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‘Moonlight Medley’ to be held Aug. 16 at Lorenzo

The Friends of Lorenzo and the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce will present a free night of entertainment on the front lawn of Lorenzo on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Fayetteville man charged in double bank robbery

A Fayetteville man has been charged in connection with two recent bank robberies in the town of Manlius.

Saturday, August 11

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Wigge Reviews: ‘The Watch’

Community Columnist

According to “The Watch,” there are problems brewing in small, blissful Glenview, OH.

Equine, canine supply shop to open in Atwell’s Mill

Rebecca Coons and Earl Flanders recently announced the launch of their new horse tack and pet supply store, Equine & K-9 Supply.

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Manlius Police investigate second bank robbery in two days

Manlius Police are investigating the second bank robbery to occur in the town of Manlius in two days.

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Liverpool lacrosse team gains local honor

'Believe to Achieve' award given to sectional Class A champs

Barely two months after ending a 23-year sectional championship drought, the Liverpool boys lacrosse team picked up one more trophy. The Warriors were presented with the ‘Believe to Achieve’ Male Team Award for the spring sports season by the Syracuse Sports Corporation at a ceremony held last Thursday inside the Hank Sauer Room at Alliance Bank Stadium.

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Athletes, coaches earn ‘Believe to Achieve’ accolades

F-M's Ryan, CBA, J-D softball all honored

A memorable spring high school sports season, full of high accomplishment by local teams and athletes, has led to multiple ‘Believe to Achieve’ awards from the Syracuse Sports Corporation. These honors, handed out Thursday in a ceremony at Alliance Bank Stadium, went to Fayetteville-Manlius track and field star Nick Ryan, Christian Brothers Academy’s softball team and Jamesville-DeWitt softball coach Phil DeAugustine.

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Penafeather rewarded with ‘Believe to Achieve’ honor

B'ville baseball coach led side to state Class AA semifinal

In a year full of accomplishment, honors and accolades for Baldwinsville’s baseball program, head coach Dave Penafeather received another one this week. As part of the spring ‘Believe to Achieve’ awards handed out by the Syracuse Sports Corporation, Penafeather was given the Coaches Award in a ceremony on Thursday at Alliance Bank Stadium.

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Fiutak honored with ‘Believe to Achieve’ award

Skaneateles grad starred in diving, track and field

Kaela Fiutak, a recent graduate of Skaneateles High School, is the latest recipient of the ‘Believe to Achieve’ award handed out by the Syracuse Sports Corporation.

Friday, August 10

Manlius Police investigate village bank robbery

Manlius Police are investigating a bank robbery that took place at around 12:38 p.m. today at the SECNY Federal Credit Union, 115 Fayette Street, in the village of Manlius.

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Fresh breads, treats and pies, oh my!

Dave's Diner to offer patrons fresh baked good

It’s been 16 months since Dave’s Diner owner Bill Tilison officially took over the space at 35 Albany St.

Packed house views ‘Gasland,’ discusses impacts of hydrofracking

The Fenner Neighbors Group sponsored a showing of the award-winning documentary “Gasland” on Monday, July 30 at the Cazenovia Public Library.

LETTERS: Another successful Cazenovia Counterpoint concludes

The Cazenovia Counterpoint committee wishes to thank all those who participated in the 2012 festival, truly a community effort in an historic gem of a village.

Beaver Lake Nature Center activities

Beaver Lake offers the following activities:

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Upstate Chiropractic Beaver Lake Run returns Aug. 19

On Sunday, Aug. 19, Beaver Lake Nature Center invites walkers and runners to the 9th Annual Upstate Chiropractic Beaver Lake Run.

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New North Syracuse police chief sworn in

Village of North Syracuse mayor Mark Atkinson swore in new police chief Michael Crowell at the Aug. 9 village board meeting. Crowell was chosen for his experience with community policing, something the village wants to focus more on in the future. The emphasis on community policing comes not only from the village board but from the expectations of the public, Atkinson said. Interim Chief William Peverly and a board of law enforcement experts made the recommendation of Crowell to the mayor after going through the civil service process and interviewing three likely candidates.

B'ville residents take part in internships

Residents from Baldwinsville recently took part in SUNY Oswego's Experience-Based Education program.

COLUMN: Proposed change could streamline operations, bring more accountability

We have been asked why we are looking into changing the status of two long-standing elective town positions to appointive. Time and circumstances often bring a need for change.

Thursday, August 9

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B’ville hosts first-ever Coed Alumni Lacrosse Game

Male, female players were teammates, opponents on same field

In an unusual twist, Baldwinsville’s annual Lacrosse Alumni Weekend got livened up with the first-ever coed alumni game, which turned into an exciting event full of fun on a hot Saturday morning, Aug. 4, at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

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Syracuse Select AAU team wins national tournament

Following opening loss, local stars go 7-0 for tourney title

Overcoming a slow start, the Syracuse Select AAU boys basketball team went on to win the Under-15 National Championship Tournament, held July 28-31 in Hampton, Va.

LETTERS: Lysander demonstrates lack of transparency, motive and rationale

During the Lysander town board meeting on July 30 there were several thoughts that I wanted to share but did not because of the intimidating and hostile environment. This was the first town board meeting I have attended; I was shocked at the circus like atmosphere.

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Local siblings finish first and second in Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest

The walls of the Capozza house in Skaneateles are covered in framed artwork from the five children that live there. While the siblings, ranging in ages from 13 to 6, create their art for pleasure, they also recently won four awards in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest put on by the U.S. Fish & Game Service.

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Local swimmer competes in Olympics this week

Ithaca native won Escape from the Judge in 2005, 2006

Alex Meyer, of Ithaca, will compete in the London Olympics for the United States this week in the 10K open water swim. Meyer is not only a former New York state open water swimming champion and 2011 national champion – he is also a former winner of the SkanRaces “Escape from the Judge” event on Skaneateles Lake.

Camillus Canal Society to host annual Towpath Days Saturday

Step back into the Erie Canal era this weekend when the Camillus Canal Society hosts its annual Towpath Days, now in their 20th year. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Erie Canal Park, 5750 Devoe Road.

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Cow Patty Power -- Local dairy farm creates electricity from manure

Twin Birch dairy farm finalizes biogas generator system

Twin Birch Dairy Farm in Skaneateles has been a model New York state farm with state-of-the-art technology and a high priority on environmental stewardship for more than a decade. Recently, owner Dirk Young added a new benchmark for his business by adding a methane-powered generator, thereby making Twin Birch a totally self-sustaining farm from corn to cow to manure to electricity. This latest achievement — one of only two in the Syracuse region — will be celebrated later this month by state officials

Saving Face Barbershop hosts third 'Barber-Q' charity event Sunday

Saving Face Barbershop will host its third annual “Barber-Q” charity event Sunday, Aug. 12.

Fayetteville boy to grace cover of Parenting Magazine

Hayden Wall, 8, of Fayetteville, will be featured on the cover of Parenting Magazine School Years, which has a readership of over half a million nationwide.

Board of Ed meeting schedule announced

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education has announced its schedule for its regular meetings for the 2012-13 academic year.

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Camillus Canal Society recognizes supporters of aqueduct restoration

On July 21, the Camillus Canal Society dedicated two large limestone monuments, originally used on the canal, containing bronze plaques recognizing the efforts of those who were responsible in funding and providing support to the 1842 Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct restoration project.

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McArdell lays claim to SDGA District Amateur

B'ville golfer follows up Ashe title with another big win

Capping off a memorable summer, Baldwinsville native Tyler McArdell earned first place in the Syracuse District Golf Association District Amateur Championship. In the match-play final Sunday at Bellevue Country Club, McArdell beat Gair Carrigan 3 and 2, adding the SDGA crown to the Gerry Ashe Memorial he claimed six weeks earlier.

COLUMN: Microwave comes in handy during lazy days of summer

I hope you are enjoying the lazy hazy days of summer. Kick off your shoes, sit on the porch, sip a glass of lemonade or iced tea, and watch the world go by.

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Imani Winds performs free concert in Fayetteville Tuesday

World-renowned wind quintet Imani Winds will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St.

Wednesday, August 8

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B'ville: Russett/Farritor to wed

Barbara Ann and Francis Joseph Russett, of Baldwinsville, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Karen Marie, to Bret William Farritor, son of CJ and Robert Burrows of Indio, CA and Jean and John McKinley of Vista, CA. The couple was engaged in Niagara Falls, Ontario in April.

B'ville schools and scholars announced

The following individuals have been recognized for academic achievement.

Warning: When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple…

Words for Thought

The poem “Warning” by Jenny Joseph has become a declaration of independence for women of a certain age, my age and older.

Fayetteville’s Gage Center awarded grant for international project

The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation of Fayetteville has been awarded grant funds to participate in project that will unite girls from the Gage Foundation, the Villa Grimaldi museum in Chile and the Institute of Social Development in Sri Lanka. The one-year project is called Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights.

Syracuse Woman Magazine to host fashion show in honor of Ophelia's Place

All ticket proceeds to benefit nonprofit

Syracuse Woman Magazine, a publication of Eagle Newspapers, will host a Runway Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 16, at Destiny USA, to benefit Ophelia's Place in Liverpool.

B’ville man awarded certification

University at Buffalo’s TCIE has awarded certifications to professionals and UB students who have successfully completed training in the continuous improvement methodologies of Lean and Six Sigma.

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Lorenzo offers historic twist on camp

While some local children enjoy a week of summer camp on area lakes, or visiting faraway relatives, others choose to step back into history and visit another time period.

Village, town discuss sanitary sewers, dog control

The concept of including sanitary sewage systems around portions of Cazenovia Lake is no longer a focus of just the town board; the Cazenovia Village Board has also expressed interest in the potential project.

Area farmers deal with drought

Despite an incredibly dry July, rain spells have local farmers optimistic.

Geocaching: High tech treasure hunting for everyone

Technically Speaking

Geocaching, you ask? It certainly is a funny sounding word, but what is it?

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Annexation talks begin

Empire Brewing Company moves forward with plan for Cazenovia location

Empire Brewing Company’s petition for annexation of 22 acres off of Route 13 in Cazenovia was officially received and acknowledged during the village and town joint public hearing on July 31 in the Municipal Building.

COLUMN: FreshConnect brings more produce to rural areas; farmers' markets show bountiful harvests of Upstate New York

With August upon us, farmers' markets and local produce stands are displaying a bountiful harvest. From flowers to peaches to honey and all the makings for a great salad, the markets have something to offer us all.

Tuesday, August 7

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Couple celebrates 50 years of marriage

Lindalee, David and Dennis Sawyer are pleased to announce the 50th wedding anniversary of their parents, Bill and Pat Sawyer of Phoenix, former Maple Road, Baldwinsville residents.

B'ville transfer students announced

The following individuals will all be SUNY Oswego transfer students this fall.

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B'ville softball team wins Salt City Classic

Baldwinsville’s Custom Logo USA fielded a 50-year-old team that, earlier this summer, won the Salt City Classic tournament.

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Village improves public parking

Parking is about to get a little easier in the village of Cazenovia.

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Market matters: Q&A with Kim Ramsden, Byrne Black Angus

Throughout the summer, the Eagle Observer will interview farmers and other vendors at the local market to find out what’s in season and what’s in store for the coming months.

COLUMN: Protect yourself from mosquitoes

West Nile Virus found at Beaver Lake, four other locations in CNY

On Aug. 1, Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Cynthia B. Morrow announced that the New York State Health Department laboratory reported finding evidence of West Nile virus in five different locations in Onondaga County.

NAMI Syracuse offers educational program to local schools

The local chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering an innovative educational program free of charge to local schools. NAMI Syracuse raised funds by selling T-shirts in order to do so.

Monday, August 6

Allyn offers town $30K to end YMCA assets issue

William F. “Bill” Allyn, former president and CEO of Welch Allyn and scion of the Allyn family, has offered the town of Skaneateles $30,000 of his own money if it will end its battle with the Skaneateles Recreation Charitable Trust over YMCA assets.

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Mirbeau wins Wine Spectator 2012 Award of excellence for Wine Bar

Mirbeau Inn & Spa has earned yet another award for the quality of its offerings. The latest accolade, an Award of Excellence in the Wine Spectator 2012 Restaurant Awards, was a repeat performance for the spa’s wine bar.

First annual Conservation Day on the Farm arrives Aug. 18

The first annual Conservation Day on the Farm sponsored by the Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at Rohe Farm on 4207 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. The public is invited to attend.

Skaneateles named one of best ‘hideaways’ in NY

A recent story on CNN.com named Skaneateles as one of the five best hideaways in New York state.

Customer Appreciation Day at Skaneateles Farmers Market


On Thursday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 18 the market will offer free popcorn and a chance to win a gift basket of assorted market related items donated by the vendors of the market.

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B'ville Rotary member honored for service

Rotarian Lizzy Flinn-Brown has been named a Rotarian of Excellence.

Man drowns while helping others

A Lysander man drowned in the Seneca River last Friday afternoon.

COLUMN: Attract birds and butterflies no matter what size your landscape

Add a little extra color and motion to your summer garden with containers designed to attract birds and butterflies.

Sunday, August 5

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Runners honor memory of Bryan Place with third annual Manlius Mile

Nearly 200 runners helped honor the memory of Brian M. Place Saturday by competing in the third annual Manlius Mile races at Mill Run Park.

Saturday, August 4

Hugs and kisses and sleeping with the fishes

Community Columnist

In the last few years, after President Barak Obama assumed his love affair with the common man and accepted his daunting responsibilities, the Republicans promised an even better country.

Floral notes: Cut and come again

Community Columnist

The chore of deadheading spent blooms and stalks is upon us, made especially weighty by this recent hot and dry weather.

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Wigge reviews: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Community Columnist

As interpreted by director Christopher Nolan and actor Christian Bale, Batman is a dark, brooding character.

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Onondaga wins Babe Ruth World Series championship

Blewett strikes out 15 in 4-1 title game victory

Scott Blewett's masterful effort on the pitcher's mound helped Onondaga's baseball all-stars capture the 16-18 Babe Ruth World Series championship. Striking out 15 batters while only allowing six hits, the Baldwinsville right-hander shut down host team Texas Tri-Counties as Onondaga won by a score of 4-1 in Saturday's World Series championship game in Weimar, Texas.

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Peterboro to celebrate Emancipation Day, Hometown Day

The 2012 Peterboro Emancipation Celebration will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, and annual Peterboro Hometown Day will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5.

Friday, August 3

Los Blancos to entertain at CACDA’s ‘Farm & Fork’

On Aug. 24, the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association will host “Farm and Fork,” the fourth annual community celebration.

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Theater Review: Spectacular Seussical soars at BTG

Baldwinsville Theatre Guild has surpassed all expectations in its 2012 children’s production of “Seussical the Musical.” It is a fun romp through a difficult show starring 29 of the most talented students in some nine school districts in the county and eight musicians all under the direction of Daniel Mullarney.

Canine Carnival moves to Long Branch Park

The Canine Carnival, an event featuring more than 50 rescue organizations with hundreds of animals for adoption, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Long Branch Park in Liverpool.

Alumni Weekend: An evening with old friends

This Friday and Saturday marks the third annual Alumni Weekend in Baldwinsville.

COLUMN: Immersed in India - Life at Sahasra Deepika

I’ve been at SDI for 10 days, with three more left to go. When I’m not filming, I mostly spend my time hanging out with the kids – drawing, playing games, teaching them card games or just talking.

Thursday, August 2

Independence Open to be held Aug. 5 at Caz College

Returning for the eighth year is the annual Independence Open Horse Show for Riders of All Abilities, hosted by From the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship Inc.

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GCACC holds annual golf tourney

The Cazenovia Golf Club was host to the 11th annual Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament the afternoon of Friday, July 27.

LETTERS: Caz Garden Club hopes to ensure no caps are included with regular recyclables

To the great recycling Cazenovians, I would like to announce a new helper in the local garden club’s effort to keep the caps — from gallon milk and juice jugs, water and soda, detergent and more — from ending up in the trash.

LETTERS: Lorenzo Driving Competition thankful for turnout, another successful year

On behalf of the many volunteers involved with the Lorenzo Driving Competition, I would like to thank the staff of the Lorenzo State Historic Site, under the leadership of site director Barbara Bartlett, as well as the entire Cazenovia community for the assistance and hospitality expressed to the hundreds of spectators and competitors that attended this year’s event.

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Jordan hosts first farmers market

The village of Jordan played host to day one of its brand new farmers market Sunday.

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Franklins to make annual trek to Caz

When the 59th Annual Franklin Trek makes visit to Cazenovia Aug. 4 to 11, the classic automobile owners won’t only be bringing nostalgia and history, but also non-perishable goods to be donated to the local food pantry, CazCares.

Westcott Community Center hosts first annual ‘Wheels for Westcott’ Saturday

The first annual “Wheels for Westcott” benefit ride and rally kicks off Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Westcott Community Center. Anyone with a motorcycle moped or scooter is invited to ride.

What's happening at Beaver Lake Nature Center?

Children and their parents can drop in at 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays this August for Lemonade & Sunshine, free programs described below. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy following the activity, and the nature center will provide an accompaniment of lemonade.

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Legislation passed to honor local hero

The Baldwinsville Post Office has been officially designated as the "Corporal Kyle Schneider Post Office Building."

Third annual Manlius Mile is Saturday

The third annual Manlius Mile and Bryan’s Grizzle 5K will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, at Mill Run Park in the village of Manlius. The mile run/walk starts at 9 a.m., the kids’ run/walk follows at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K kicks off at 10 a.m.

Lysander sets ball in motion

In a 4-to-1 vote, the Lysander Town Board has scheduled public hearings to discuss changes in local laws affecting the highway superintendent and the town clerk. With the exception of Councilor Art Levy, who was the sole vote against the motion, officials seek to change the positions from elective to appointive, said Supervisor John Salisbury.

DeWitt celebrates history with Canal Day this Saturday

The DeWitt Parks and Recreation Department is will host the 44th annual Canal Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Cedar Bay Park.

COLUMN: Sample the riches at your local library

Summer is speeding by but there is still time to make the most of the season here at your library.

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DeWitt Police, Make-A-Wish surprise Ashton Fox, 8, with swearing-in ceremony

The DeWitt Police Department has welcomed a new police officer into its ranks.

Wednesday, August 1

Fayetteville-Manlius recognized for ‘green’ practices

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District has been recognized for its environmentally friendly practices.

Lysander Parks and Recreation offers tennis lessons

Lessons will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. (for beginners) and from 7 to 8 p.m. (for intermediate players) Tuesday nights from Aug. 7 to 21 at Lysander Town Park.

B’ville students named to dean’s list

Tyler Candee, of Baldwinsville, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Villanova University.

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F-M graduates cycle the state to celebrate 40th high school reunion

Robin Hodgskin and Anne Stack, Fayetteville-Manlius High School Class of ‘72, put their own spin on arriving in style this week.

Budweiser brews B’ville beer

Six small-batch beers being sampled nationwide this summer

Call it a friendly competition, one best argued over a bottle or pint. Its name is “Project 12.”

Counsel reports former supervisor signed fraudulent TDR document

Open market system should work

Scott Chatfield, a municipal and land use lawyer based in Central New York, gave a report on the status of Lysander’s Transfer of Development Rights program during the July 30 Lysander town board meeting. Chatfield was appointed as special counsel to handle TDR contracts and other materials earlier this summer by the Lysander Town Board.

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Fayetteville’s fishery: Susan Hullar keeps fishing fun at Spring Ponds

To the young girls who visit Spring Ponds Fishery in Fayetteville, Susan Hullar is more than just “the fish lady” — she’s a role model.

Baldwinsville Boards in brief

At the July 3 village board meeting, Humphrey said those responsible for Tri County Mall plan to remove two of the structures at 197 Downer St. and may have an interested party for the third structure. The board suggested that the village continue the 28A process.

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Madden’s Olympics start Saturday

Cazenovia resident looks to medal in 2012 Olympic Games

Cazenovians can tune in this coming weekend to see one of their own at the 2012 Olympic Games.

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iCan event brings flavor back to home food preservation

Vegetable stands and farmer’s markets are full of delicious fresh from the field foods — a sign the summer growing season is well under way.

Onondaga advances in Babe Ruth World Series

Local side goes 3-1 in round-robin portion

Whether it was a one-sided breeze or a dramatic late comeback, Onondaga’s 16-18 baseball All-Star team found different ways to succeed early in the Babe Ruth World Series, in Weimar, Texas, advancing out of the round-robin portion of the tournament and reaching the elimination rounds later this week.

Priorities in order?

If things must change at Penn State, they should elsewhere, too

We heard Mark Emmert loud and clear last Monday when he and his fellow NCAA brass offered their brass-knuckles answer to the Penn State football crisis.

COLUMN: Free cancer screenings available to uninsured; income limits do not apply

I recently had the opportunity to meet with health professionals who work to prevent cancer and help detect the disease in its early stages.

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Undersheriff Ball attends statewide training conference

Madison County Undersheriff John E. Ball, along with 36 undersheriffs from across New York state, recently attended a training conference at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs.