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Monday, December 31

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FPFCU, Caz High School to host second annual ‘Mad City’

Simulation prepares teens for financial responsibilities

Focal Point Federal Credit Union and Cazenovia High School are teaming up to give Cazenovia teens a taste of the real world for the second year in a row.

LETTERS: DeRuyter Citizens for a Voice to hold informational hydrofracking meeting

Shale gas extraction is on the horizon in New York and in our community. But is hydraulic fracturing safe? Find out how to protect your township.

LETTERS: Schreibman offers thoughts on the Newtown tragedy

As a lawyer, I think reasonable people can disagree about the meaning of the Second Amendment. Like most constitutional provisions, its language is abstract and susceptible of different interpretations.

LETTERS: Have healthy holidays with healthy examples

BRiDGES has kept you up to date on meth, bath salts and underage drinking through town hall meetings and more than a dozen educational opportunities in Madison County.

CPL to offer classes on advanced technology

Get a brand new iPad during the holidays? Have no idea how to use that new Nook or Kindle? Have pictures stuck on a digital camera? Stop by the Cazenovia Public Library for a class or one-on-one tutoring and learn how to use advanced technology.

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Baker promotes healthy living

Walking, kickboxing and salsa dancing – not typical classes taught in high school.

Schools and scholars: Dean’s list announced at RIT

RIT students hailing from Baldwinsville are named to fall semester dean's list.

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Life skills class prepares holiday treats

Durgee's life skills class recently invited staff members to take a break and enjoy some sweet treats and hot chocolate they prepared in their classroom before the holiday break.

The year that was: A look back at the stories that made headlines in the Star-Review in 2012

Read on to recall the biggest stories of the past year in Liverpool, North Syracuse, Clay, Cicero, Salina and Mattydale.

Eagles earn second-place finish in Hannibal Tournament

Solvay salvages third place at Chittenango classic

Jordan-Elbridge's boys basketball team returned to action Friday in the Hannibal Tournament, ruining the host Warriors’ memorable evening and breaking its own four-game skid with a 62-51 victory.

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2013: What’s to come in your hometown?

It’s that time of year — time for New Year’s resolutions. And while many of us are committing to getting organized or living a healthier lifestyle, our local municipal leaders are also resolving to provide better services, more efficient government and more value for our tax dollars. Read on to find out what your town and village leaders have to say about the changes coming in 2013.

North Syracuse approves contract with principals

The North Syracuse Central School District voted to approve a contract with the North Syracuse Principals Association Wednesday night, clearing the final hurdle in its efforts to put in place a teacher evaluation system mandated by New York state. The details of the contract were not immediately available, but the Star-Review has filed a Freedom of Information request for the document.

East Syracuse, Liverpool formalizing shared-services agreement

The informal agreement between the villages of Liverpool and East Syracuse which returned Don Morris to Liverpool as its part-time chief has been favorably reviewed by officials from both villages. East Syracuse Village Attorney Robert Germain is now writing an inter-municipal agreement to formalize the shared-services arrangement. Before becoming official, the new agreement will need to be approved by both Liverpool and East Syracuse village boards.

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B'ville Key Club cookie making

Baker high school’s key club members (from left) julia gorski, kassey milana and gina profetto ready cookies for the oven.

Gazella fun run changed to free indoor classes

If you were planning to participate in Gazella's annual fun run on Tuesday (New Year's Day) they have changed to event to free indoor classes instead due to the inclement weather.

SU takes out West Virginia in Pinstripe Bowl

Orange pull away in second half of 38-14 romp in snow

Even when it was 2-4, the Syracuse football team never lost its composure, concluding its regular season with a 5-1 surge and, remarkably, getting a share of the Big East title in its final season in the conference. By doing so, the Orange, once projected to finish at the bottom of the Big East, made it to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for the second time in three years.

COLUMN: Managing depression during and after the holiday season

Studies show that depression tends to increase either during the holidays or in the weeks following the holidays. I wanted to remind you of the signs of depression and help you be able to recognize its symptoms, and where to go for help.

Akinpelu leads indoor track Warriors to victory

Liverpool girls edge F-M to claim Jensen Holiday Relays

Already a key part of back-to-back Section III champions on the soccer field, Liverpool sophomore Ore Akinpelu made her way back to the girls indoor track Warriors - just in time to give her side an ideal parting gift for 2012. Led by Akinpelu, Liverpool claimed Friday's Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays at SRC Arena, picking up 54 points, just enough to fend off Fayetteville-Manlius (50 points) for the top spot as Cicero-North Syracuse, with 32.5 points, finished fifth.

West Genny girls take third at Jensen Relays

Uczen wins pole vault; Leff prevails at 1,000 meters

Abby Uczen and Laura Leff helped West Genesee’s girls indoor track and field team clam third place during last Friday's Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays at SRC Arena. Overall, the Wildcats picked up 43 points, a number that topped most of the 19-team field. Liverpool won with 54 points, edging Fayetteville-Manlius (50 points) for the top spot.

Hornets rule in CBA Holiday Classic

F-M completes sweep of struggling J-D

As originally planned, the 2012 edition of Christian Brothers Academy’s boys basketball Bottar-Leone Holiday Classic was a chance for three local powers to gather together for a series of unique contests unavailable at other times in the regular season.

Girls hoops Warriors earn first wins of season

Liverpool gains splits in Central Square, Binghamton tournaments

Once at 0-4, the Liverpool girls basketball team may be starting to turn things around. The Warriors earned its first win of the season Dec. 22, going to Central Square and prevailing 48-32 in the consolation game of the Traci Zimmer Memorial Tournament.

Grimes girls finish second at annual tournament

Cobras beat IHC, but fall to Mercy in tight final

Bishop Grimes’ girls basketball team would host its annual Christmas Tournament on Friday and Saturday, welcoming Oneida, Watertown IHC and Rochester Mercy to the “Cobra Pit” to raise money for the “More Than a Game” Foundation that benefits Golisano Children’s Hospital.

B’ville basketball sides go 1-1 at Celi Tournament

Boys drop last-second decision to Auburn on Charles 3-pointer

In their own ways, both of Baldwinsville’s basketball teams would endure deep frustration during their joint appearance at East Syracuse-Minoa’s Vince Celi Memorial Tournament, but still manage to come out of it with equal 1-1 marks.

CBA/J-D wrestlers take third at Haines Invitational

Honis, Shapiro, Friske, Romagnoli all lose in finals

Staying busy during the holiday break, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestling team made its way to SUNY-Oswego to compete in last weekend's Kenneth Haines Memorial Tournament.

Sunday, December 30

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Wigge Reviews: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

Community Columnist

I admit that “The Hobbit” was not my first choice of movies to see this week. Sometimes, though, you have to just watch a movie and appreciate it for its artistry, be it computer graphics, motion-capture or sweeping overhead panoramas of New Zealand mountainsides.

C-NS girls basketball play in national tournament

Northstars go 1-2 against tough foes in Title IX Classic

When the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team played in national tournaments in locales as far away as Arizona in recent seasons, the presence of Breanna Stewart had a lot to do with those invitations.

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Marcellus, Solvay girls win tournament titles

Mustangs conquer Mexico; Bearcats beat pair of city foes

The holiday-tournament circuit proved lucrative for both Marcellus and Solvay, who both won their respective events around various winter snowstorms.

Caz girls hoops take first loss in Unadilla Tournament

Sherburne-Earlville outscores Lakers, who settle for third

Brimming with confidence and a 6-0 record, the Cazenovia girls basketball went to this weekend's Unadilla Valley Tournament hoping to maintain its perfect mark heading into a huge Thursday-night showdown with Westhill.

Hockey Hornets get third place in holiday tournament

F-M drops shoot-out, rebounds to beat Cazenovia

During the holiday break, the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team would test itself against tough competition at the Cortland/Homer Tournament, and could only manage a third-place finish due to a dramatic opening-round defeat.

Hockey Lakers go 0-2 at Cortland-Homer tourney

Caz surrenders 14 total goals to Frontier, F-M

When the Cazenovia ice hockey team visited Whitesboro on Friday night, it does so needing victories to stay in Division II playoff contention. On Friday and Saturday, the Lakers played in the Cortland-Homer Tournament, where it lost both of its games to slide below the .500 mark.

ESM volleyball beats CBA for tournament title

Spartans win all six sets; Shaughnessy named MVP

Though it was Christian Brothers Academy serving as the host for last Friday’s holiday volleyball tournament, it was East Syracuse-Minoa who would claim the top spot.

B'ville wrestlers go through tournament slate

Bees second at own meet, record 6-2 mark at Mountain Duals

In between snowstorms and lots of holiday cheer, the Baldwinsville wrestling team somehow found the time to participate in a pair of tournaments that closed out the 2012 portion of its schedule.

Saturday, December 29

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J-E volleyball sweeps to tournament title

Eagles soar past Weedsport, Port Byron, Hannibal in 6-0 run

Giving home fans something to cheer about, the Jordan-Elbridge girls volleyball team roared past three different opponents and claimed first place in its annual holiday volleyball tournament held Friday at the J-E gymnasium.

CBA girls take first loss at RFA Tournament

Brothers beat West Genny, fall to host Black Knights in final

Though it possessed a 6-0 record, the Christian Brothers Academy girls basketball team would learn a lot about where it stood once the Rome Free Academy Tournament was completed.

F-M sides grab second at Jensen Relays

Hornets again win most of distance races; J-D girls fourth

Though they both got close to the top, each of the Fayetteville-Manlius indoor track and field teams could not quite earn victories during Friday’s Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays at SRC Arena.

Indoor track Lakers run at Jensen Relays

Ford gets second in 300 sprint; Skaneateles second in 3,000

Emma Ford and Kaitlyn Neal were among the standouts for the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team during Friday's appearance at the Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays at SRC Arena.

Girls Lakers sweep through another MVITA meet

Caz picks up 115 points, far ahead of field

Even a small matter like the holiday break could not keep the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team from another dominant effort. The Lakers roared to first place in the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association's second meet of the season, which was Friday's Partner Relays at Colgate University's Sanford Field House.

Friday, December 28

Westhill stopped by Oswego in Ludden tourney final

Warriors struggle in wake of upset over Gaelic Knights

All that the Westhill boys basketball team got out of its monumental win over Bishop Ludden was another game 24 hours later, which did not turn out as well. Oswego out-scrapped the Warriors', 42-31, to win the Rosemary Corcoran Memorial Tournament Friday night at Ludden's gym.

Boys indoor track Bees win again at Jensen meet

B'ville handles team event with 62 points to edge F-M

For the second time in as many weeks, the Baldwinsville boys indoor track and field team rose above a host of strong challengers for a meet title. In this case, it was the Bees earning 62 points in Friday's Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays at SRC Arena, just enough to hold off runner-up Fayetteville-Manlius (54 points) and 18 other teams hard at work during the holiday break, even after a 24-hour weather postponement.

Liverpool outlasts C-NS in OT tournament final

Boys hoops rivals go past regulation: Russo named MVP

In the decade-long history of the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team's Holiday Classic, it had never met its main rival - and after Friday night's events, might not want to do so again. Liverpool came into the Northstars' gym and survived a close, tense battle to prevail 67-62 in overtime and take the first-place trophy from the hosts, who won it each of the last two years.

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DAR donates to Veterans Association

Veterans Association Lead Recreation Specialist Suzanne Hawes, right, receives donations from the Betsy Baldwin Chapter DAR, presented by Chapter Regent Jane Jacobs.

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Machines and stars come to life in Maxwell Library pen and ink exhibit

James Walker of Camillus paints portraits. Many of his portraits portray people, but more of them depict machines in fine and loving detail.

ESM settles for second place in Celi Tournament

Spartans drop tight title game to Auburn

Aside from being gracious hosts of the annual Vince Celi Memorial Tournament, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys basketball team wanted to win the event, too. But Auburn, one of the surprising early-season stories in the Class AA ranks, prevented the Spartans from that happy ending, the Maroons rallying late in Friday's championship game to claim the title in a 73-66 decision.

Victory Sports Medicine hires additional law firm for Skaneateles project

Victory Sports Management officials have hired one of the state’s best land use and environmental law firms to supplement its legal team as it moves forward in its 99.5-acre ‘Victory Campus’ development project off Route 20 in Skaneateles. The firm of Gilberti, Stinziano, Heinz and Smith will join the VSM team in 2013, Lance Wardell, VSM chief operating officer, confirmed this week.

Town board approves appointments, salaries for 2013

During its first official meeting for the year 2013, the Skaneateles Town Board approved its annual resolution appointing certain town officers and employees, fixing wages and salaries and other matters.

A look back at Salina in 2012

As we look back on the year 2012 in the town of Salina, let’s take this time to review some key events that happened throughout this year.

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Palmer devotes day to wellness

After fueling up with a breakfast provided by Wegmans and Chobani yogurt, Palmer Elementary School students and staff members filled the school gym on Dec. 14 to hop, jump and crawl.

Marcellus boys end Skaneateles win streak

Merritt nets 25 as Mustangs avenge Dome loss to Lakers

Duncan Merritt, and everyone else on the Marcellus boys basketball team, remembered the low point of falling to archrival Skaneateles in the Carrier Dome in the Tip-Off Classic on Dec. 9. Less than three weeks later, the Mustangs got sweet revenge right on the Lakers’ home court, this time finishing with a flourish that led to a satisfying 59-49 victory on Thursday night.

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Movers and shakers: B'ville’s Anne Marie Mullin joins Hospice Board

Baldwinsville resident Anne Marie Mullin, senior vice president at Laboratory Alliance of Central New York, was recently appointed to the operating board of Hospice of Central New York.

C-NS hockey smashes Baldwinsville, 10-1

Northstars stay hot with victory over Auburn

While still chasing Rome Free Academy atop Division I East, the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team made quite an impression to a top West division challenger. The Northstars hosted Baldwinsville on Dec. 21 at the Twin Rinks, and with its best all-around effort of the season, C-NS put together an incredible mid-game charge that led to a 10-1 rout of the Bees.

COLUMN: My session priorities for 2013

Although we are in the midst of the holiday season, our New Year in Albany will gavel in before we know it. This year, I'm focused on getting more jobs to our state and our region.

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Local 4-H group gives back

Young Cazenovians donate time, help to community

The Lincklaen Shamrocks, a local 4-H group, has not been idle as 2012 draws to a close.

Thursday, December 27

Westhill boys stun Bishop Ludden, 47-43

Big second half by Roland keys Warrior comeback

They celebrated Bishop Ludden's 2012 state Class B championship at the start of Thursday evening's opening round of the Rosemary Corcoran Holiday Classic. A celebration took place at the end, too, only it was the visitors in the happy mood.

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Once in a lifetime holiday opportunity

Candace Edwards, of Baldwinsville, recently created the 2012 Holiday tree for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Headquarters Building in Washington, D.C.

CBSA warms up for new season

Caz Baseball and Softball Association readies for 2013

The Cazenovia Baseball and Softball Association held its annual meeting on Dec. 16 at the Lincklaen House in Cazenovia.

Paw prints: Holiday hazards

Community Columnist

This festive time of year may be enjoyable for us, but for our pets it can be quite dangerous.

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Caz College students design holiday cards for CRIS

Three designs to be sent to CRIS-CAT volunteers

Students in Dan Salamida’s illustration class at Cazenovia College designed holiday cards for Community Resources for Independent Seniors to send to people who volunteer for the CRIS-CAT program.

Lysander Parks and Recreation - Snow tubing tonight

Join the fun from 4:30 to 9 p.m. tonight at Four Seasons Ski Center (8012 East Genesee St., Fayetteville) for a night of snow tubing.

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Prayers for Connecticut

On Thursday, Dec. 20, the children of St. Mary's Academy showed their support for the families of Newtown, CT, and honored those who tragically lost their lives by wearing green and white, the school colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School, as well as a green ribbon with a gold angel on it.

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‘America’s Got Talent’ competitor Taylor Mathews added to First Night concert bill

When Central New Yorkers turn out for First Night on Monday, Dec. 31, at Onondaga Lake Park, they’ll be entertained by three up-and-coming pop groups including Louisiana native Taylor Mathews who was a finalist on television’s “America’s Got Talent.” Headlining the third annual AmeriCU Credit Union First Night here will be R5, a Colorado quintet whose young musicians have ties to the Walt Disney Company. Guitarist Ross Lynch, one of four Lynch siblings in R5, stars in the hit Disney Channel sitcom “Austin and Ally.” Bassist Riker Lynch has a recurring role in Fox TV’s musical drama, “Glee.”

COLUMN: Library Focus - Library closed Monday and Tuesday

Apparently the Mayans were wrong or at least misinterpreted, because we are still here! Congratulations on another hectic holiday survived but the New Year still looms large with new challenges and opportunities for all. Stop in soon and see what we can offer to help you deal with whatever the New Year brings. In the meantime, we’ll be rounding out the Christmas holidays with a few more fun offerings to ease the holiday hangover.

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Caz Lions Club names Langan, Pfohl as Students of the Month

Every year, the Cazenovia Lions Club honors a number of local students for their academic and civil accomplishments by honoring them as a “Student of the Month.”

Early deadline for submissions this week

Just a reminder that the Skaneateles Press has another early deadline this week due to the holiday season. Any and all submissions of letters to the editor, photos, press releases, etc., must be received no later than 5 p.m. today (Thursday Dec. 27) to be considered for inclusion in next week's issue.

Upcoming activities at Beaver Lake Nature Center

Upcoming activities in January and February at Beaver Lake Nature Center located on East Mud Lake Road west of Baldwinsville.

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Burn Foundation of CNY provides support for young survivors

On Saturday, Dec. 15, Moyers Corners Fire Department Station No. 1 opened its doors to a different kind of crowd. In addition to the usual crew of firefighters and first responders, several burn survivors and their families also came to the station in order to enjoy the holiday celebration of the Burn Foundation of CNY, to which the department volunteered to play host.

Wednesday, December 26

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Radisson Greens hires new golf pro

As new owners in pursuit of hiring a qualified golf professional to assist in the restoration of Radisson Greens Golf Course, Michael Samoraj and his partners were amazed at how many highly qualified candidates were desirous of having the title as head golf professional at Radisson Greens.

Honestly! Nothing to say

Community Columnist

In all of my paltry ramblings about problems I may have had or realizations yet to come, I am stymied and muted by the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

COLUMN: Volunteer Connections - Submit nominations for 2012 Volunteers of the Year

Christmas is the perfect time to begin thinking about those special people who have given the gift of their time, talent and energy by nominating them for the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award for 2012. Every year a man and woman are chosen to be recognized for this special award; do you know someone who should be nominated?

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NAHOF wins PBS Abolition Map of America Contest

Last month, the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro joined in partnership with “American Experience” on the Abolitionist Map of America — an interactive website that explores events, characters and locations connected to the anti-slavery movement.

Ludden basketball beats Watervliet again

Big second quarter keys Gaelic Knights in state finals rematch

Ten months ago, the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team survived a tense, close battle with Watervliet at Glens Falls Civic Center and emerged with the state Division II title. The stakes weren’t as high for last Saturday's rematch at College of St. Rose in Albany, but the result was the same – a Gaelic Knights victory, this time by a more lopsided 64-41 margin.

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B’ville Christian Academy Reads Across America

Baldwinsville Christian Academy Sixth graders Emmie Cooper and Windsor Ardner show their map for Read Across America, a reading project that involves eight categories of books that each student must read.

A dear granddaughter sings ‘Santa Baby’

Music has always filled the Condon family’s Fourth Street home. Patriarch Don Condon plays chromatic harmonica, matriarch JeanEllen plays piano, as does daughter Colleen. Daughters Ellen and Nan performed in school bands, and sons Don. Jr., Mark, Keith and Paul harmonized barbershop tunes. Nowadays Don Jr. teaches music in Indiana, Paul sings opera professionally and Keith vocalizes with the Syracuse’s Mario DeSantis Orchestra.

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Skaneateles Outreach provides food baskets for holidays

One of the places where the holiday spirit shines brightest in Skaneateles is in the Skaneateles Outreach office, where donations stream in from all over the community at this time of year. Outreach is dedicated to assisting local residents who are experiencing difficulties and need assistance, and this year it will serve 120 dinner baskets and be the secret Santa to some 32 families during the holiday season, said Jacque McConnaghy, who is outreach co-coordinator along with Pat Snyder.

School district to begin major building improvements

The Skaneateles Board of Education has started discussing plans to make major improvements to the middle school and high school buildings during the next six years at what is expected to be a large price tag which will need to be approved by public bond sometime in 2013.

Around Town: New Year's Eve dining options in Skaneateles

Have plans to dine out on New year's Eve? Here's a few local restaurants and their offerings.

A Christmas miracle

EDITORIAL

Just in time for the holidays, the town board and the Skaneateles Recreational Charitable Trust have reached an agreement to end their two-year dispute over ownership of YMCA assets. What a wonderful Christmas gift to the residents of the town, who have been watching the issue and its various phases — often with curiosity, sometimes with frustration and occasionally with incredulity — to see how this would be resolved.

Rotary thanks fundraiser donors

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The Skaneateles Rotary Club would like to acknowledge the generosity of the following merchants for their support of our annual Christmas Benefit.

I enjoy Joe Spaulding’s weekly columns

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I’ve been waiting for someone else to write a few words about Joe Spaulding’s nice columns in our Press. But, alas, I must take on the task.

Swine damage local farmland, risk water quality

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Feral swine, Susscrofa, also known as feral hogs, are invasive to the United States and are located in at least 37 states, with their range quickly expanding. Locally, Skaneateles Lake water quality, agricultural and forest lands, and residents are at risk.

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Moravia historical society houses unknown presidential history

Skaneateles and its surrounding towns and villages are known to hold numerous treasures of historical significance, both local and national, but some historical societies are more well-known than others. One of the more obscure repositories in the Skaneateles area is in Moravia, where treasures relating to President Millard Fillmore and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln are currently on display.

Westminster Church to present 'Service of Nine Lessons and Carols'

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Auburn will celebrate "The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols" on Sunday, December 30, at 9:30 a.m. The service tells the Christmas story, from prophecy to incarnation, through nine readings from the Old and New Testaments, and with hymns, carols, and special music.

A message to the little ones lost on Dec. 14

Dear Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Madeline, Jesse, Catherine, Chase, James, Grace, Emilie, Jack, Noah, Caroline, Jessica, Avielle, Benjamin and Allison, You were taken too soon, that is true. It is also true that you have experienced an unimaginable, horrifying end to your promising lives. I am so truly sad that this world will not experience you as teenagers, young adults, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandfathers and grandmothers. You didn’t get your chance to fulfill the promise in your shining eyes and wide grins depicted in the photos lovingly treasured and shared by your families.

‘Gasland’ to show at FUMC

Ann Horan, who is spearheading efforts to ban hydrofracking in the towns of Lysander and Van Buren, has organized a free public viewing of the movie “Gasland.”

B’ville woman helps create imaginative mural

Baldwinsville’s Cheryl Chapman, a student at Cazenovia College and member of the school’s Interior Design Club, recently participated in a project benefiting Casey’s Place, a facility for children with developmental disabilities and severe medical issues.

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Blood drive to honor C-NS senior killed in car accident last year

In order to ensure that her memory survives, Taylor Fleming’s family is conducting a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Drivers Village in Cicero. To sign up for an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code 8630. You can also call 1-800-REDCROSS and use the same code. The family has also set up a Facebook event for the drive at Facebook.com/events/569445799737936/?fref=ts. Donors get a coupon for a free pound of coffee from Dunkin Donuts.

Beards for bread: Contest raises money for St. Rose of Lima food pantry

Things got a little hairy at North Syracuse Junior High School the week before the holiday break. But it’s okay; it was all for a good cause. Thirty members of the staff at the school signed up to grow beards in support of NSJHS’s Beards for Bread fundraiser, which aimed to raise money for the Community Food Pantry at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church. The idea came from math teacher Zach Mekker and science teacher Jason Shannon, according to Assistant Principal Chuck Yonko.

Tuesday, December 25

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Ornaments for the elderly

Third-graders (from left) Emmett Bauer Rick Warner, and Harrison Meyers make bird seed ornaments for Syracuse Home.

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Fourth graders show kindness

Van Buren Elementary School fourth-graders (from left) Anya Pusztai, Lia Allen, Bella Tonk and Bobby Grems stand in front of a display listing some of the acts of kindness they and their classmates have been committing this holiday season.

Ninemile Creek Walk Project proposed in Marcellus

The development of a design study, whose concept and grant preparation began in 2001, is underway for the Ninemile Creek Walk Project in Marcellus.

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Reynolds holds food drive

Reynolds Elementary School recently conducted a large food drive to benefit the Salvation Army and the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau.

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Small gestures travel long way

Baldwinsville’s Boy Scout Troop 80 recently embraced the holiday spirit.

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Palmer Bus 46 donates to Red Cross

Palmer Elementary School students who ride Bus 46 recently filled a giant box with school supplies to donate to the American Red Cross for students affected by Hurricane Sandy. Bus driver Marci Kinslow coordinated the drive.

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Palmer holds food drive

Palmer Elementary School students (from left) Graeme Bradford, Brandon Vuono, Kody Milewitz and Cameron Brennan help prepare several hundred pounds of food collected by the entire school for donation to the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau to help families this holiday season.

Monday, December 24

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B’ville 4-H Club helps local family in need

Baldwinsville-based 4-H 4-Ever Horses group recently wrapped hats and mittens to help the Liverpool Elks Auxiliary.

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Palmer Bus 46 donates to Red Cross

Palmer Elementary School students who ride Bus 46 recently filled a giant box with school supplies to donate to the American Red Cross for students affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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Van Buren collects change to fight leukemia

Second-graders Tyler Bracy, left, Ally Clute and Miles Spiegel help with a change collection for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Van Buren Elementary School this holiday season.

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Reynolds holds food drive

Reynolds Elementary School recently conducted a large food drive to benefit the Salvation Army and the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau.

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Cazenovia Lions raffle off 50” TV

Joan McKissick, of Manlius, recently won a 50-inch LG Plasma Television in the annual Cazenovia Lions Club’s TV Raffle.

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In memoriam

Cazenovia community gathers in wake of recent national tragedy

Five days following the tragic deaths of 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., members of the Cazenovia community gathered together to grieve those lost, and show support to those affected.

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Palmer holds food drive

Palmer Elementary School students collected and donated food to the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau to help families this holiday season.

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Jamesville-DeWitt students advance in Shakespeare Competition

In the recently held first round of the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, seniors Alex Leblond and Brittany Fayle took first and second place, respectively.

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Fayetteville church gives time, resources to Rescue Mission and refugees

During the Christmas season, churches often seek additional ways to reach out to the community with kind acts and support. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Fayetteville decided to take an inter-generational approach to spreading useful cheer during the season of Advent.

Sunday, December 23

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Caz native athlete finds success on ice, fields at St. Lawrence

Franz finds success on baseball, hockey teams

It’s a long way from the wide open spaces of patrolling center field for St. Lawrence University’s NCAA Division III baseball team to playing in front of 5,000 fans at the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid in an NCAA Division I hockey game, but that is just the path Cazenovia’s Carter Franz has taken early in his senior year at St. Lawrence.

LETTERS: Owera Point Estates residents voice concern for development plans

As residents of Owera Point Estates at the north end of Cazenovia Lake, we are directly impacted by the town’s proposed northeast sewer and water districts.

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Sylvia Wyckoff art showcased at CPL

“It’s so nice to be able to enjoy good art without driving to a museum and spending an entire day in the process,” said a recent visitor to the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery.

It’s time to do the right thing

Guest Column

As a civil engineer and avid fisherman who has lived in Cazenovia for nearly 45 years, I have witnessed first-hand what the increased population around Cazenovia Lake has done to the lake.

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Caz College students paint mural for Casey’s Place

Children with developmental disabilities and severe medical issues who visit Casey’s Place for overnight, weekend or after-school care can imagine themselves all grown up with a career, thanks to students in Cazenovia College’s Interior Design Club.

LETTERS: Thank you to the Fayetteville Fire Department for saving yet another cat

To the editor: We wish to add a note of thanks for another cat rescue operation to the Fayetteville Fire Department as well as to very helpful neighbors.

Westhill, Solvay boys win local rivalries

Warriors topple Marcellus; Bearcats rout J-E

In the two days leading up to the long holiday break, four of the area’s high school boys basketball teams would face each other, looking for some momentum and local bragging rights.

Saturday, December 22

CRIS, CASA, Project CAFÉ to host event

Local organizations Community Resources for Independent Seniors (CRIS), Cazenovia Area Senior Association (CASA) and Project CAFÉ are collaborating to hold “A Warm Mexican Afternoon” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 in Common Grounds, at 35 Albany St.

J-D girls basketball rallies past Nottingham

Goodrum, Frank help Red Rams stay unbeaten

As it rested and got ready for 2013, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team did so maintaining an unblemished mark after a frantic week of activity. Starting on Tuesday, when it rallied past Fayetteville-Manlius 35-33, the Red Rams played three times in four nights, two of them against Class AA foes.

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J-E’s third grade concert warms hearts heavy after Connecticut school shooting

Parents and family packed Elbridge Elementary School's cafeteria on Dec. 20 for the annual Third Grade Holiday Concert.

Friday, December 21

West Genesee hockey falls to RFA, 4-3

Wildcats have rare instance of back-to-back defeats

What the West Genesee ice hockey team tried so hard to do in a frustrating overtime defeat to the Syracuse Cougars - namely, score a goal - did happen Friday night, twice, in the first period of a key early-season showdown with Rome Free Academy at Kennedy Arena. Still, it wasn't enough to upend the Black Knights, who went on to prevail 4-3, something it could not do against the Wildcats in either of the last two Section III Division I finals.

Hockey Lakers return home, slam New Hartford

Skaneateles drubs fast-improving Spartans 8-0

More than two weeks since it last played on home ice, the Skaneateles ice hockey team made a spectacular return to Allyn Arena and maintained its place atop the Division II standings. The Lakers dominated a strong New Hartford squad, 8-0, Friday night in a match-up of top league contenders.

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Skaneateles boys hoops stops Cazenovia

Eppolito's late surge helps Lakers to fifth straight win

A near-perfect start and near-perfect finish helped the Skaneateles boys basketball team cover up all the ugly stuff in between. By topping Cazenovia 52-40 Friday night in the latest clash of Laker sides, Skaneateles won its fifth consecutive game, making the team's 0-2 start seem like it happened months, and not weeks, ago.

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Creating an environment for cultural expression

Local dentist invests to bring community the Baldwinsville School of Music

John Damiano has combined his passion for music with his savvy business smarts to bring the Baldwinsville School of Music to the community.

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Marcellus writer Mike Raicht finds his voice in the world of comic books

The takeoff of Mike Raicht’s writing career is the epitome an oddly-propelled Cinderella story.

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B’ville man promoted to head of County Justice Center

Captain Esteban Gonzalez, of Baldwinsville, has been promoted to the rank of Chief Custody Deputy at the Onondaga County Justice Center effective Jan. 1. Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh announced the promotion during a brief ceremony held Friday, Dec. 14, at the center.

Town, SRCT reach agreement on YMCA assets

The Skaneateles Town Board and Skaneateles Recreation Charitable Trust have reached agreement to resolve their longstanding dispute over ownership of certain YMCA assets.

Skaneateles girls humbled by Cazenovia

Defensive pressure, turnovers hurt in Laker battle

Before it entered a two-week holiday respite, the Skaneateles girls basketball team had a chance to really build up momentum and confidence. Instead, in a game at Cazenovia Thursday night, Skaneateles found itself the far lesser of the two Laker sides, outplayed in just about every phase of the game during a 54-34 defeat.

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Bees, Wildcats raise money for Golisano Hospital

More than $3,000 donated in "Hoops for the Hospital" event

While the Baldwinsville boys basketball team took an 81-70 home defeat to West Genesee Thursday night at the Baker High School gym, the game result was far from the most important aspect of this event.

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Hall named to Syracuse Press Club board

Sarah Hall, editor of the Eagle Star-Review, has been named third vice president of the Syracuse Press Club.

LPD volunteers beefed up security last week at village schools

Three days after a deadly school shooting in suburban Connecticut, officers from the Liverpool Police Department volunteered to patrol two village schools during the five days preceding Christmas break. On Monday, Dec. 17, after the Friday, Dec. 14 tragedy in Newtown, Conn., Liverpool Mayor Gary White contacted Liverpool Central School District Superintendent Nick Johns, who welcomed the mayor’s offer to have officers assigned to Liverpool Elementary and Liverpool Middle schools last week. Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris and the department’s Police Benevolent Association president, Officer Sean Pierce, immediately responded by contacting off-duty officers who volunteered for the non-paid extra duty. “Several of our members are working shifts of various lengths at those two schools,” Pierce said.

West Genny swimmers roll past F-M, 96-70

Mullett, O'Donnell, Zapisek each win two races

Heading into the two-week holiday break, West Genesee’s boys swim team is finding a familiar – and winning – formula. The Wildcats’ trio of Collin Zapisek, Matt O’Donnell and Jake Mullett each won two races in its meet against Fayetteville-Manlius Thursday night at Nottingham (which serves as the Hornets’ home pool), leading to a 96-70 victory.

UMC to host Christmas Eve candlelight service

Little Utica United Methodist Church will hold a special candlelight service at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve.

From the editor: Thanks for all the stories

I’ve had so many experiences over the past two-and-a-half years that I never imagined having — all without venturing too far from my hometown of Cazenovia.

Caz girls indoor track wins MVITA opener

Cudney, Winn among Lakers' standouts at Colgate

Once again, Cazenovia’s indoor track and field teams are competing against its neighbors as part of Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meets at Colgate University’s Sanford Field House. During Thursday night's MVITA opener, the girls Lakers immediately rocketed to first place in a 13-team field, picking up 92 points. Clinton took second place with 76 points.

B’ville bowlers take defeats to Auburn

Peterson, Watchus post top individual series

Only Auburn stood in the way of the Baldwinsville girls bowling team’s attempt to rise to the top of the CNY Counties League standings. When the two sides squared off Thursday at Falcon Lanes, the Bees picked off the first point anyone had managed to get from the Maroons this season, but could not end Auburn’s 23-match win streak, taking a 2-1 defeat.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Killing Them Softly’

Community Columnist

Late in “Killing Them Softly,” Jackie (Brad Pitt) states that “…this country is not a democracy. All men are not created equal; Thomas Jefferson was a fraud. We are not a ‘Community of One.’ This is America, and America is about Business. Now pay me!”

LETTERS: In awe of Fayetteville's Christmas decorations

To the editor: As I drive through the village of Fayetteville at this Christmas season, I am in awe at all the beautiful decorated houses.

Fayetteville picks up ownership of Brooklea Drive

You may not have known that up until just recently, the village of Fayetteville did not own Brooklea Drive.

Thursday, December 20

Caz girls basketball rips Skaneateles, moves to 6-0

Kleine, Carpenter lead impressive effort in Laker duel

Chris Carpenter said that his main goal, when taking over as head coach of the Cazenovia girls basketball team this winter, was to bring the fun back to a program that reached the state Class B final four in 2011, but struggled plenty a season ago. Well, if a 6-0 start is any indication, the Lakers sure are having fun now.

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Fayetteville Village Board says goodbye to Judge Tom Miller

The Fayetteville Village Board gave Tom Miller, the village justice for the past 12 years, a proper send off on Dec. 17

Beaver Lake Nature Center: Weekend walks in December

Beaver Lake Nature Center schedule for December 2012 and January 2013

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Village water tower vandalized

The rivalry between Skaneateles and Cazenovia both on and off the athletic field has been longstanding, with the argument over who are the “real” Lakers being a sore spot. But last week someone took the fight a little far when they vandalized the village water tower and spray-painted the letter “F” over the letter “L” to make Skaneateles “The Home of the Fakers.” What may seem like a simple fix to cover over the red spray paint used by the perpetrators actually will cost the village – and therefore the taxpayers – thousands of dollars.

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A County Kerry Christmas

Singers and dancers bring an ‘Irish Christmas in America’ to Catherine Cummings Theater

Killarney’s a long way from Cazenovia, but this weekend musicians and dancers from Western Ireland will celebrate the season at the Catherine Cummings Theater.

Liverpool third, C-NS fifth at Arcaro indoor meet

Lawes beats back B'ville runners in 300-meter dash

While not quite able to match their high finishes from the Jack Morse Relays a week earlier, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys indoor track and field teams still did quite well in Wednesday night’s John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

Ryan earns state honor, wins at Arcaro meet

F-M finishes second to B'ville; Beeler takes first in 600

Honors continued to pour in for Fayetteville-Manlius running star Nick Ryan, just as he and his fellow Hornets were busy getting a second-place finish in Wednesday night’s John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

When it comes to connecting with loved ones, you make the call

Technically Speaking

The holidays are traditionally known as a time to get together with your loved ones, but what if you just can't find a way to get together?

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Santa Claus is coming to town

PEACE wraps up annual Christmas giveaway

Nearly 40 children received a little Christmas early last Thursday when Santa Claus stopped by PEACE Inc.

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School district looks to building security and student safety

The elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has raised concerns in towns and villages across America about the safety of their local school buildings and the children learning within them. Skaneateles is no different. Interim Superintendent Judy Pastel said Skaneateles administrators took actions in their district to improve school security immediately upon hearing of the Dec. 14 shootings in Connecticut, and also currently are reviewing the safety and emergency plans throughout the district.

Sargeant, Peinkofer power Bees to Arcaro meet title

Bees get 60 points in meet named for coaching legend

It was only fitting that Baldwinsville’s boys indoor track and field team would take charge at the meet named in honor of long-time coaching great John Arcaro.

Schwab wins pole vault at Arcaro meet

Skaneateles senior clears 12 feet for title

Skaneateles indoor track and field senior Carson Schwab is fast emerging as a season-long favorite in the pole vault. Schwab proved this point by winning his first event of the season during Wednesday night’s John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

J-E relay team prevails at Arcaro meet

Wilkinson wins for Westhill/Ludden in shot put

A strong performance by Jordan-Elbridge’s 4x800 relay team highlighted the local effort in Wednesday night’s John Arcaro Boys Invitational at SRC Arena.

Skaneateles boys hockey edges Clinton

Girls hockey Lakers tie Oswego, 1-1

A season-opening seven-game win streak for the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team ended on Dec. 14 with a 5-3 defeat to Oswego in the rematch of last winter’s Section III Division II final. It was now imperative for the Lakers to regain its edge before the holiday break, which it started to do in Wednesday night's game at Clinton, a tough, physical affair that saw the visitors rally to beat the Warriors 2-1.

B’ville wrestlers slam Liverpool with late surge

Bees close out Warriors with four straight pins

Though it’s not until Jan. 9, the stage has cleared for the Baldwinsville wrestling team to clash with Cicero-North Syracuse with the CNY Counties League regular-season title likely at stake.

School district conducting graduate survey

The Baldwinsville Central School District is looking to connect with C.W. Baker High School graduates for help with some critical market research.

C-NS wrestlers edged by Central Square

Liverpool overwhelmed by Baldwinsville surge

Both the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool wrestling teams would face defeats during the last CNY Counties League meets of 2012. In the Northstars’ case, it was a fierce battle against visiting Central Square Wednesday night, but by claiming five consecutive matches in the middle of the contest, the Red Hawks built up enough points to hang on and beat C-NS 40-37.

ESM voters say yes to 'Greener Greater Grove'

East Syracuse Minoa School District voters gave their overwhelming support for a plan to renovate and make critical upgrades to Pine Grove Middle School during a referendum vote yesterday. The “Greener Greater Grove” bond referendum passed by a vote of 601-221.

YMCA offers swimming programs starting in January

Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center has announced the availability of a number of new swimming lessons, programs and training courses to be held starting in January 2013.

A Report from Station 54

Put a freeze on winter fires — more fires occur in December, January and February

According to the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration the winter is the leading time of year for home fires in the United States.

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Skaneateles Squirt Travel wins shootout

The nine- and 10-year old Lakers participated in their home tournament Dec. 7 through 9.

Skaneateles wrestlers fall to Chittenango

Lakers unable to recover from series of early Bears pins

Though it enjoyed beating main rival Marcellus 46-36 on Dec. 15, the Skaneateles wrestling team did not get that much time to enjoy it. For the Lakers were back on the mat four nights later, this time to visit Chittenango, and the Bears were far from hospitable, easily prevailing by a score of 59-21.

B’ville swimmers fall to Auburn, 90-77

After winning first two races, Bees see Maroons take over

When the Baldwinsville boys swim team won each of the first two races in Wednesday’s meet at Auburn, things looked bright. But the Maroons quickly snuffed out the Bees’ hopes, taking each of the next seven races, which led to a 90-77 defeat as B’ville fell to 1-2 on the season.

Caz, Chittenango wrestlers both earn wins

Lakers follow strong Groton showing by beating ITC

Remaining strong within the OHSL Liberty division, the Cazenovia wrestling team totally dominated the lighter weight classes in Wednesday’s meet against Institute of Technology Central at Buckley Gym, prevailing by a score of 50-31.

Canton Woods Senior Center closed Monday, Tuesday

Dec. 20 to 28 schedule for Canton Woods Senior Center located at 76 Canton St. in Baldwinsville.

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Theater review: Two L’pool performers appear in uproarious ‘Man Who Came to Dinner’

Two performers who live in Liverpool — Colleen Deitrich and Tom Minion — are appearing in an uproarious revival of “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” now playing at the new CNY Playhouse at Shoppingtown Mall, in DeWitt.

Wednesday, December 19

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Hockey Wildcats lose in OT to Syracuse Cougars

WG stymied by Albright's 45 saves in net

Back home at Shove Park following a 3-0 road swing, the West Genesee ice hockey team went out Wednesday night and dominated the Syracuse Cougars, taking nearly six times as many shots as the newly-formed entry that includes former members of the Solvay squad. And the Wildcats lost.

Grimes bounces back, beats SAS 66-61

Four Cobras score in double figures against Atoms

For nearly a week, the Bishop Grimes boys basketball team sat and waited to get a shot at action again after a last-second defeat to Phoenix on Dec. 13. When the Cobras returned Wednesday night, it was at Syracuse Academy of Science, where it handed the Atoms its first loss of the season, prevailing by a score of 66-61.

Fayetteville-Manlius residents to vote on $10.5 million capital project

Project would address infrastructure issues with no new tax dollars

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District will ask residents in March to vote on a $10.5 million capital project proposal as part of the district’s ongoing efforts to maintain and upgrade its facilities, including replacing aging roof sections at four school buildings.

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JCC's annual Battle of the Bands moved to Shoppingtown Mall

Calling all high school rockers! The Jewish Community Center’s 11th annual Battle of the Bands will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, with this year’s event taking place at a new location.

Schurman, Hornets turn back Nottingham

F-M junior star pours in 28 points during 63-50 win

Two years ago John Schurman wasn’t big enough or strong enough to tussle with the titans. The Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball junior forward relied on his outside touch to fill the scorebook. But when the Hornets traveled to Nottingham Tuesday night, the now 6-foot-5 Schurman unleashed a furious repertoire of shots - converting layups, jumpers and 3-pointers with regularity as F-M ran out to an early 18-point lead and ultimately held off the Bulldogs 63-50.

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Cazenovians lend learned hands to S.U.

Hancock, Koennecke assist Syracuse University Law School class

On Monday, Dec. 10 at Syracuse Law School, a panel of judges, lawyers and law professors, known as the Room 400 Supreme Court, “decided” one of the most significant and closely-watched cases on the current United States Supreme Court docket.

Fayetteville trustees discuss proposal to lower speed limit in village

The Fayetteville Village Board is entertaining a proposal to lower the speed limit in a good portion of the village from 30 mph to 25 mph.

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Upstate forecast calls for a ‘White Christmas’": Syracuse Stage musical based on a movie based on a song

A beloved and heartwarming musical based on a movie that was based on a popular holiday song is now playing through Dec. 30, at Syracuse Stage.

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Baldwinsville Christian Academy honors local pastors

Baldwinsville Christian Academy held it's annual Pastor's Appreciation Breakfast this year, which 21 local pastors attended.

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B’ville hockey pulls away from Liverpool

Odd second-period goal sparks much-needed Bees win

Even in mid-December, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team felt some urgency going into Tuesday night’s game against Liverpool. The Bees were coming off back-to-back losses to Cortland-Homer and West Genesee, and could not afford to let the Warriors, who also play home games at Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena, make it three straight defeats.

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Northstars, Warriors get big wins before holiday tourney

C-NS turns back CBA; Taylor leads Liverpool past Oswego

As an extra treat, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys basketball teams could end up facing each other in the Northstars’ annual Holiday Classic. They’ll both go into the tournament in a good mood following big wins last Tuesday night, as the Warriors claimed a 63-62 classic over Oswego and the Northstars went to Christian Brothers Academy to claim a 71-63 victory over the Brothers.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Stock up for the holiday break at your library

Here we are in the final countdown. It’s time to finish the shopping, wrap the presents and stock the fridge.

Thanks from the Skaneateles Music Guild

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The Board of Directors of the Skaneateles Music Guild would like to thank the entire community for their support for our Annual Christmas Luncheon held at the Welch Allyn Lodge on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

To all municipal boards: Do not allow VSM to build here

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: As a resident of the town and village of Skaneateles for more than 20 years, I cherish the intimate, neighborly atmosphere of our community...I am relying on the boards concerned in this matter to determine that the proposed “VSM Victory Campus” complex be ruled neither appropriate nor sustainable for the town of Skaneateles.

Thank you from the SGLA

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The Skaneateles Girls Lacrosse Association (SGLA) thanks the entire Skaneateles community for its tremendous support in helping us pay tribute to our veterans with the Veterans Day flag display in Shotwell Park.

DPW workers do a great job

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I am consistently impressed with the quality and quantity of work that our DPW accomplishes on a daily basis.

Yes and no on permanent boat docks

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: While I believe the concept of a permanent boat dock parallel and adjacent to the pier might be a good idea to save the rebuilding of a temporary dock each summer, I absolutely object to any part of it extending west of the pier.

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Girls Scouts learn to make, use hoola hoops

More than 40 girls, ages five through 15, from six local Girl Scout troops made and decorated their own hoola hoops last week during a troop gathering at the Waterman Elementary cafeteria. Then, when the hoops were done, the girls all received a one-hour hoola hoop lesson.

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Model anti-bullying program has proven itself effective

Program conceived 20 years before New York State’s ‘Dignity for All Students Act’

Sixth graders learned how to navigate through middle school by being kind to others at a recent morning-long event called “Be Cool, Not Cruel.” They were given a clear road map for their journey by high school students who only recently walked the same hallways.

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SLWAP reviews 2012 successes, discusses green practices for 2013

It’s been a tough year for local agriculture, but there were still many conservation successes in the Skaneateles Lake watershed area in 2012, attendees of the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agriculture Program annual meeting were told last week.

COLUMN: Support our soldiers with cell phone donations

I am once again teaming up with the charity Cell Phones for Soldiers to help our military families stay connected, especially during the holidays. You can support this outstanding program by dusting off your gently-used cell phones and dropping them off at my various collection sites throughout Central New York.

Lysander Parks and Recreation offering winter activities

Join the fun from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Four Seasons Ski Center (8012 East Genesee St., Fayetteville) for a night of snow tubing.

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Cam's Pizza gives proceeds from Camillus Chamber breakfast to Samaritan Center

When the Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce recently met at Cam’s for its monthly Leads Breakfast, there was a nice surprise at the end.

LETTERS: What lessons are we teaching ‘youthful’ offenders?

To the editor: Several weeks ago my barn on Broadfield Road was broken into, vandalized and a classic Pontiac Firebird was stolen.

SU gets Jim Boeheim 900th coaching win

Orange holds off Detroit after win over Canisius

Jim Boeheim is at 900 career wins - but it did not come easily, and when it did happen, he used that platform to speak out in an unexpected manner.

Tuesday, December 18

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Girls Red Rams edge F-M, stay unbeaten

J-D defense shuts down Hornets in homestretch

When all other things don't work, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team leans back on the defense that helped produce one Section III Class A title and a good chance at another. That was how the Red Rams kept itself undefeated on Tuesday night, trailing Fayetteville-Manlius most of the way, but pulling ahead when it mattered and hanging on for a 35-33 victory to move its mark to 6-0.

LETTERS: Justice Tom Miller thanks Fayetteville for 12 great years

To the editor: For the past 12 years, I have been fortunate to serve the village of Fayetteville as its village justice.

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The Centers at St. Camillus reports successful ‘Stop Hunger’ campaign

In an effort to put an end to hunger in our community, The Centers at St. Camillus and Sodexo Senior Services recently partnered on a “Stop Hunger” food drive campaign

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Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce welcomes insurance agent Jeff Dukat

The Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently gave a Red Carpet welcome to new member Jeff Dukat, State Farm Insurance.

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Caz College students make finals in International Competition

Jones, Wallach kiosk design to be judged in April

Out of more than 200 entries from 10 countries, two students in Cazenovia College’s Interior Design Program have placed in the top 12 of the 2012-13 PAVE the Way 3D Design Challenge.

Caz Presbyterian Church to conclude Advent observation, hold Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will celebrate the last Sunday of the Advent Season during its morning worship service at 10 a.m. on Dec. 23 and hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 8 p.m. on Monday evening, Dec. 24.

Schools and scholars: SUNY Oswego announces graduates from Baldwinsville

Lauren M. Burke, of Baldwinsville, recently received a Master of Arts in Teaching degree for adolescence education from SUNY Oswego.

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Sinterklaas pays a visit to BSE

Caz students experience multicultural holiday season

On Friday, Dec. 7, the first-grade students in Dixie Conway’s class and Sharon Gifford’s second-grade students at Burton Street Elementary School in Cazenovia had a surprise visit from Sinterklaas, patron saint of children (also known as St. Nicholas).

A sunset hymn for my late Aunt Mary Jane

My Aunt Mary Jane died last month at Oswego Hospital. After living in Galeville for five decades, she spent her final months at a Port City nursing home. She was 88 years old. Born Mary Jane Korthas in 1924, she had married my mother’s brother, Ed Egloff, sometime after World War II.

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B’ville alum brings gift of laughs

Dan Frigolette performs in two comedy shows this holiday season

Everyone needs a laugh this time of the year. It’s fair to say that’s why Baldwinsville’s own Dan Frigolette is offering five opportunities to laugh this December.

Operation Northern, Southern Comfort seek to fill truck with goods for hurricane relief

Operation Southern Comfort, as well as Operation Northern Comfort, its locally-active counterpart, has sent volunteers to areas affected by Sandy twice since the beginning of November. Norm Andrzejewski, a Liverpool resident who has been to the hardest-hit areas of the Gulf Coast more than 40 times since Katrina struck, said it’s an all-too-familiar scene. “It’s a lot like New Orleans, a lot like Mississippi, especially in some of the harder-hit areas like Rockaway,” he said. “There’s a lot of sand, a lot of homes that need to be mucked out. There are a lot of families hurting.” That’s why ONC and OSC are teaming up in a new effort, one Andrzejewski is calling Operation Sandyland, to help those affected by the latest disaster. A team, led by Andrzejewski’s granddaughter Kristin, will be heading down with a rental truck on Dec. 22 to help out wherever they can.

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Cicero fifth-grader collects teddy bears for the troops

This Christmas, Ava Leahey wants every family to be together like hers will be. But, given the fact that the U.S. still has numerous troops stationed overseas, she knows that’s not a possibility for many. So instead, she thought she’d provide those troops with a little comfort to remind them of home this holiday season. The Cicero 10-year-old collected teddy bears, as well as other donations, to send to soldiers in Afghanistan. She sent several boxes of stuffed animals, as well as hygiene items, phone cards and other donations, to several different units on Monday, Dec. 17.

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CNYSPCA Dog of the Week: Bear

Bear is our little pittie friend who is full of love and happiness.

Village of North Syracuse may get some sales tax money back

The village of North Syracuse may be able to recoup some of the money it lost when the county ended its sales tax sharing agreement two years ago. At its Dec. 13 meeting, the village board passed a motion to apply for the 2013 Infrastructure Grant Request for Sales Tax Revenue from the county.

It takes courage

I have always been proud to be a teacher, and I have always been proud of teachers. I have a button that says, “Teachers are my heroes.” It takes courage to teach. Teaching requires conviction. It requires self-confidence and a sense that one is doing the right thing in the right way for the right reasons. It requires people to do the right thing at the right time. It requires the resolve to stand up to the fact that we live in a society that is all too ready to assign blame to teachers when the artificial standards that society sets are not met. We are all too ready to declare that things need to be fixed, that we could do a better job, and that we could solve the problems of education. And now we must mourn the loss of six of our colleagues who died doing not what teachers do, but doing what heroes do.

Newtown, then a new day

Tragedy in Connecticut demands real, meaningful action

Maybe there are adequate words to describe the events of Dec. 14, 2012, a day that, like few others in our nation’s history, evoked a sense of loss and hurt among people of all backgrounds and persuasions. But I haven’t found those words yet.

COLUMN: From the Lysander Clerk’s desk - Now is the time to get passports

With the holidays around the corner, we have so many things on our to do list.

SU sweeps to three easy home wins

Orange rip Eastern Michigan, Long Beach St., Monmouth

Do not tell Syracuse head coach Jim Boehiem that his out of conference schedule is a pushover, even if the results of the last week - routs in the Carrier Dome over the visiting trio of Eastern Michigan, Long Beach State and Monmouth would indicate otherwise.

B’ville Board of Education announces 2013-14 budget calendar

Community collaboration is a vital element in the budget development process in the Baldwinsville Central School District.

Monday, December 17

F-M School District responds to Connecticut school shooting

Following the tragic news of the Dec. 14 Connecticut school shooting, Fayetteville-Manlius School District personnel were preparing for its students to return to classes on Dec. 17 as well as responding to and supporting parents who are concerned about their children’s safety.

DeWitt massage therapist charged with forcible touching

A massage therapist who lives and works in DeWitt has been charged with three counts of forcible touching and one count of sexual abuse in the third degree.

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B’ville man named to professional board

S. Mark Alton, of Baldwinsville, was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils during its annual conference held the week of Nov. 5 in Orlando, FL.

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Hundreds attend 11th Annual Caz Men’s Night Out

For the 11th year, local men gathered in downtown Cazenovia to complete their holiday shopping under the cover of darkness while enjoying some camaraderie.

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Elementary youth inspires school

McNamara establishes student council to make community connections

Creating strong community connections is important to McNamara Elementary School’s fifth-graders, especially Jackie Boutilier. Last year, when she realized the school did not have a student council, she drew up a proposal for Principal Jane Nadolski, who gave the green light for the service learning, project-based council.

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New scoring shed built with wood from felled pine tree

The Cazenovia Central School District’s buildings and grounds department took advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures earlier last week by heading outdoors to complete construction of the new scoring shed at the Sean Googin Sports Complex on Fenner Road.

Heritage, family and identity

College Application Essay

Lamb, mixed with rice, garlic and spices, rolled tightly in grape leaves, then soaked in lemon juice and cooked with pork steaks — and a rock on top, to keep it all in the pot. It’s called Yebret, a Syrian family favorite.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Life of Pi’

Community Columnist

In “Life of Pi,” director Ang Lee portrays a young man’s survival, floating nine months across the Pacific, as a story of faith.

Honestly! Am I a sham?

Community Columnist

Am I really the person that I choose to let people see, or am I really the person that I don’t let anyone see?

Imagine there’s no deadline

Community Columnist

I’ll make it brief. Due to budgetary concerns beyond my control, I am no longer obligated to submit a column to the Cazenovia Republican.

Navigating the state’s new teacher/principal evaluation program

From the Cazenovia Central School District

Many of you may have heard of the acronym, APPR. However, it would not surprise me if you are not familiar with what it means.

Hockey Northstars build five-game win streak

Hamilton becomes program's all-time leading scorer

It’s already safely established that the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team need only worry about Rome Free Academy in the fight for Division I East regular-season honors.

Liverpool girls edge C-NS at Jack Morse Relays

Just a couple of points separated a group of girls indoor track and field teams during the season-opening Jack Morse Relays last Friday at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena. When it was done, though, Liverpool had tied Fayetteville-Manlius for first place, each of them picking up 41 points. Cicero-North Syracuse also had a strong meet, picking up 38 points to share third place with West Genesee.

COLUMN: State auto insurance laws in need of adjustments

One of my focuses as a lawmaker has been to improve insurance-related laws in New York. I’m currently the Ranking Minority Member on the Assembly Insurance Committee.

Girls indoor track Hornets share Morse Relays title

J-D scores well in both girls, boys season openers

Less than two weeks after the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country team was winning another national title in Oregon, indoor track and field got underway. Each of the area’s teams made it to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena for the Jack Morse Relays, spread out over two days – Wednesday for the boys, Friday for the girls.

CBA/J-D wrestlers defeat Homer

F-M, ESM move on from defeats to weekend meets

Off a third-place showing at the Dec. 8 Herkimer Invitational, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestling team remained in top form. During last Wednesday’s match against Homer, CBA/J-D got some key points in early matches, and then held on to beat the Trojans 36-34.

F-M hockey goes 1-1, falls to West Genny

CBA/J-D also splits pair of league games

As many wins as it can get against other top Division I programs, the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey program knows that it’s one program in particular that protects the summit.

LETTERS: BESPA helps Christmas Bureau

Again this year, instead of a canned food drive, Baldwinsville Educational Support Professionals (BESPA) Community Project was called "Adopt a Family."

Beaver Lake Nature Center offers movies for children

This December, January and February, the Children's Room at Beaver Lake Nature Center becomes a movie theater for nature videos at 3:45 p.m. every Monday afternoon.

Skaneateles indoor track opens at Morse Relays

Girls Lakers finish second in 4x400 relay

Now it was time for both of the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams to go to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena for another winter full of contests against the area’s best. In that first event, the Jack Morse Relays, the girls Lakers found its way to 10th place on Friday night, picking up 18.5 points in a tightly-bunched field where Fayetteville-Manlius and Liverpool, with 41 points apiece, shared top honors.

WG indoor track ties for third at Morse Relays

Richardson takes part in both wins for Wildcats

The revival of local indoor track and field continues as high school teams again begin to venture to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena for weekly meets. That started with the Jack Morse Relays, where in Friday’s girls meet West Genesee nearly went to the top, putting up 38 points to tie Cicero-North Syracuse for third place. Fayetteville-Manlius and Liverpool shared top honors with 41 points.

Sunday, December 16

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‘Survival: Adventure to Apocalypse’ opens in Fayetteville Square

Calypso Ford says her new store, “Survival Adventure to Apocalypse,” is not just for the coming end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21 which some are calling the end of days.

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Smith wins year-worth of groceries

Cazenovia resident wins Tops Supermarket giveaway

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Tops Friendly Markets announced Patricia Smith, of Cazenovia, was the fifth winner of free groceries for a year — as part of Tops’ 50th Anniversary Free For All Grocery Giveaway.

Wrestling Bees top F-M, go to 3-0 in league

McArdell, Nasoni both win at Phoenix Round Robin

Coming off a win over Fulton as part of its 4-1 effort at the General Brown Duals, Baldwinsville’s wrestling team took part in an unusual home opener against Fayetteville-Manlius last Tuesday night. In fact, the Bees lost each of the first four matches, only to turn around and win the next 11 in order to cruise to a 52-17 victory over the Hornets to move to 3-0 in the CNY Counties League.

Skaneateles wrestlers win clash with Marcellus

Lakers break out of late tie, topple Mustangs 46-36

Whatever else happens in 2012-13, the Skaneateles wrestling team wanted the particular satisfaction of defeating main rival Marcellus – and got it. Their showdown came on Saturday in the Lakers’ gym, and with a late and well-timed surge, Skaneateles broke out of a 30-30 tie and defeated the Mustangs 46-36.

LETTERS: Christakos: Press on with water and sewer

I just received another letter asking me to tell the town to “stop all work on its sewer/water proposal now.” Sorry, I cannot do that.

LETTERS: CPF - For the love of the land we live on

The early settlers in the greater Cazenovia area understood the raw beauty of the Cazenovia countryside.

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Cazenovia hockey blanked by Skaneateles

Lakers rally late to tie New Hartford, 4-4

In the ongoing ice hockey saga involving the Laker sides of Cazenovia and Skaneateles, it’s clear now that the power has shifted back west. Skaneateles proved this by going to the Morrisville State IcePlex last Tuesday night and taking apart Cazenovia in all phases of the game on the way to a 7-0 shutout victory.

Saturday, December 15

Girls hoops Hornets stop West Genny win streak

F-M avenges sectional semifinal defeat from a season ago

Freshman D’jhai Patterson-Ricks redeemed herself when it mattered most. The 5-foot-4 Fayetteville-Manlius girls basketball guard committed two crucial turnovers midway through the fourth quarter of Saturday's game at West Genesee, forcing Hornets coach Scott DeForest to call her back off the court less than two minutes after putting her in the game.

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Girls Northstars shut down Liverpool, 54-16

C-NS impresses again with suffocating defense

Clearly, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team's formula for maintaining Class AA supremacy, both in the local and state ranks, centers around making sure that the opposition rarely gets a moment to breathe. That was exactly what the Northstars did to rival Liverpool in Saturday's home opener, shutting down the Warriors for long stretches of time and rolling to a 54-16 victory.

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Caz boys basketball takes first defeat to Phoenix

Lakers recover with strong win over J-E

Wins in each of its first two games had quickly propelled the Cazenovia boys basketball team to the top in the OHSL Liberty American division. But the Lakers’ brief win streak would halt at Phoenix last Tuesday night as the Firebirds continued its surprising start by rallying in the second half to top Cazenovia 65-56.

Skaneateles hockey splits pair of road games

Lakers crush Cazenovia, fall to Oswego in title-game rematch

Having rolled to a 5-0 start, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team went back on the road for a pivotal week where it started out believing that it was pulling away from the rest of the Division II crowd – until the reigning champs proved otherwise.

Liverpool hockey gets pair of one-goal wins

Warriors' Kozikoski superb in wins over Syracuse, Cortland-Homer

One thing the Liverpool ice hockey team is getting used to is seeing an opponent rack up all kinds of shots on them. Just as importantly, though, the Warriors are also growing accustomed to seeing eighth-grade goaltender Steven Kozikoski turn them away.

Boys hoops Northstars smash Johnson City

C-NS gets first win of season in 93-50 romp

A three-game skid to open the season left the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team quite eager to turn it around before it got even worse. That’s exactly what the Northstars did in Friday night’s home opener against Johnson City, as the visitors from the Section IV ranks never could stop C-NS’s attack in a 93-50 romp.

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Caz girls basketball improves to 4-0

Lakers pull away from Phoenix, rout Jordan-Elbridge

Two weeks and four games into the season, the Cazenovia girls basketball team remains undefeated, ready for some bigger tests against the major powers in the OHSL Liberty division.

J-D boys beaten by Cortland, fall to 2-3

Red Rams drop rematch of last year's sectional final

For the last couple of seasons, Jamesville-DeWitt’s boys basketball team was the single obstacle that prevented Cortland from rising to the top of the Section III Class A ranks. But when the Red Rams and Purple Tigers got together again Friday night, the feeling was different, J-D still in search of its top form while Cortland, even with five new starters, had a real chance to knock off the Rams on its home floor.

J-D/CBA swimmers end West Genny win streak

Rams also lose tight meet to Auburn

Like so many other times in recent years, the Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA boys swim team could not match the individual talents of West Genesee in last Tuesday’s early-season showdown. What mattered most, though, was that the Red Rams had more depth, and it translated to a 102-83 victory over the Wildcats, the first time anyone has beaten WG since the 2007-08 season.

LETTERS: CCP Director urges residents to donate to UCC this season

Please consider a donation to the United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson this month.

LETTERS: Caz Forum thanks attendees, sponsors for successful 2012

The Cazenovia Forum’s very successful 2012 series of public affairs programs has come to a close.

LETTERS: Caz High School PTSA thanks community supporters

The Cazenovia High School Parent Teacher Student Association would like to extend a big “thank you” to all of those who helped make our Annual Technology Raffle a big success.

LETTERS: Pedestrians have right-of-way at crosswalks

Even though New York State law gives pedestrians the right-of-way, some drivers forget to yield at the various crosswalks throughout our village.

Friday, December 14

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Hockey Wildcats blank Baldwinsville, 3-0

WG maintains lead in Division I with latest shutout

With quick and ruthless efficiency, the West Genesee ice hockey team continues to turn away Division I challengers, even on the road. The Wildcats shut out Baldwinsville, 3-0, Friday night in front of a big crowd at the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena in Lysander.

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Ludden gets first hoops win over CBA since '05

Gaelic Knights score final 11 points, prevail 52-41

Seven long seasons of frustration for Bishop Ludden in its boys basketball rivalry against Christian Brothers Academy are at an end. For the first time since 2005, the Gaelic Knights emerged victorious in the "Holy War", needing a late surge to shake off the pesky Brothers and prevail 52-41 Friday night in front of a loud, overflow crowd in the Ludden gym.

F-M School District outlines security measures in wake of Sandy Hook shooting

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District sent an email to parents in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut today that claimed the lives of 27.

In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, LCSD, NSCSD emphasize security measures

In what experts are calling the one of the worst school shootings in history, a gunman opened fire on a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, killing 27 people and injuring at least three more. The majority of the victims were children. In the early stages of the investigation, police have not yet said how the shooter, tentatively identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, entered the school. They believe his target was his mother, Nancy, a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary. Nancy Lanza was one of six adults killed in the shooting. Inevitably, in the wake of such a tragedy, parents in Central New York will wonder what their children’s schools are doing to prevent something similar from occurring here. In North Syracuse and Liverpool, administrators want parents to be sure that all measures are being taken to protect their children.

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Dowd family welcomes baby girl

Nicole and Gregory Dowd, of Baldwinsville, proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Caleigh Jane Dowd, born November 5, 2012, at Crouse Hospital. Caleigh weighed 8 lbs. and was 20 3/4 inches long.

Lock your cars: break-ins on the rise in surrounding areas

Car break-ins and larcenies in the area surrounding Skaneateles have been on the rise in recent weeks, and the Skaneateles Village Police Department reminds all residents to both keep valuables out of their cars at night and also to lock their cars at all times.

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First United Methodist Church to present live nativity

Community invited to view Christmas story, visit Bethlehem Marketplace

The greater Baldwinsville community is invited to watch as the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church brings the Christmas story to life.

SFD to change ‘Big Money’ raffle to August casino event

The Skaneateles Volunteer Fire Department is hoping to raise more money in 2013 by changing the date and the theme of its annual ‘Big Money’ raffle to something bigger and better, and at the Dec. 13 village board meeting asked the trustees for their approval of the idea.

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Caz indoor track girls gear up for season

Lady Lakers seek help in obtaining new uniforms

The Cazenovia girls indoor track team is gearing up to replicate the most successful season in program history, which they achieved last year.

Cicero police looking for information on suspicious person

The Cicero Police Department is looking for information on an individual they say was behaving suspiciously at the Cicero Wal-Mart store between 2:30 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. According to the department, the individual in question was a male about 5’10” to 5’11”, average build, with short blond hair. He was clean shaven and wearing jeans with a blue hooded sweatshirt with “Syracuse” on the front.

Skanetaeles boys win twice, improve to 3-2

Lakers struggle past Chittenango, pull away from ITC

From the time it started its season Dec. 5 against Westhill to the time it hosted Institute of Technology Central Thursday night, the Skaneateles boys basketball team had played five games in an eight-day span.

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Making Christmas bright

A member of the Timber Tree Service team guides the village’s Christmas tree into its stand in Village Square.

Reminder for local merchants from the village code enforcement office

Emergency exits and adequate paths to those exits in all village shops must be kept clear at all times, regardless of the time of year, the village code enforcement officer reminds local business owners and employees.

LETTERS: Female Charitable Society, Rotary Club improve quality of life

I would like to express my thanks to two organizations: Female Charitable Society and the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville.

F-M High School senior achieves top score on ACT exam

Fayetteville-Manlius High School senior Laurel Moffat earned a score of 36 on a recent ACT college admission and placement exam — the highest possible score a student can earn.

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Sno Top owner Vince Giordano given Forrest Mock Person of the Year Award

Vince Giordano, owner of Sno Top in Manlius, was presented with the 2012 Forrest Mock Person of the Year Award on Nov. 10.

Thursday, December 13

Boys hoops Wildcats rout RFA, go to 2-0

WG dominant in home opener, win by 42

Saleem Lewis didn’t even want to dribble. Michael Henry knew it. Lewis’ eyes darted around the floor as he tentatively crossed midcourt. Lewis was fast approaching Henry at the top of West Genesee’s 1-3-1 zone, and Lewis had no intentions of trying to beat him off the dribble.

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Westhill girls send Skaneateles to first defeat

Torrent of 3-pointers crucial as Lakers fall to Warriors

While the Skaneateles girls basketball team is a short step from joining the elite in the local Class B ranks, Westhill made sure that, at least for now, the Lakers remain in that envious, but frustrating position in the pecking order.

F-M inducts 23 members to new French Honor Society chapter

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District has established a new French Honor Society chapter and recently inducted 23 students into the local group.

LETTERS: Fayetteville library director thanks Garden Club for holiday decor

To the editor: On behalf of the Fayetteville Free Library, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Fayetteville Garden Club for the beautiful holiday decorations on the library front porch.

Reynolds students receive Study Skills Awards

Students at Reynolds Elementary School recently received Study Skills Awards for the first quarter.

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Two Jordan-Elbridge students advance to Post-Standard-WCNY Spelling Bee

V-I-C-T-O-R-Y. That wasn’t one of the words during the 2012-13 Jordan-Elbridge Middle School Spelling Bee on Dec. 12, but you can bet bee champion Mason Schoenborn can spell it.

Contractor bids opened for new village hall project

About two dozen local and regional contractors attended the opening of construction bids for the new village hall renovation project on Wednesday, Nov. 12, to learn who is most likely to be hired for the five different contracts necessary for the work. Four of the five contracts – general construction, plumbing, mechanical and electric – had four or more bids submitted for consideration, while the fifth contract – geothermal construction – had only two. Some of the bids differed by hundreds of thousands of dollars, others by only hundreds of dollars.

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Fayetteville library director Sue Considine recognized for innovative qualities

Sue Considine, executive director of the Fayetteville Free Library, has received the Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director award from the New York Library Association.

C-NS gains victory at Jack Morse Relays

Northstars claim three events, hold off B'ville

With the start of another indoor track season at hand, Cicero-North Syracuse wasted little time rising to the top. The boys Northstars emerged victorious from a close battle with Baldwinsville during Wednesday’s Jack Morse Relays at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, picking up 51.83 points as it held off the Bees, who were second with 47 points.

Schools could face steep cuts if Congress fails to act on fiscal cliff

New York state schools stand to lose an average of $243,000 in federal funding next year if Congress and the White House can’t reach a compromise to avoid the “fiscal cliff” by Jan. 2, according to an analysis of federal grant allocations to school districts completed by the New York State School Boards Association. “The consequences of lawmakers not reaching agreement on the fiscal cliff are severe for students in New York schools, especially those in city school districts,” said New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer in a release.

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Christmas village on display at Shacksboro

The special magic of a vintage miniature Christmas village awaits visitors to the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse this year.

B’ville indoor track grabs second at Morse Relays

Bees dominate 4x800, take sprint medley by .02 seconds

By just a few points, the Baldwinsville boys indoor track and field team missed having an ideal start to its 2012-13 campaign. The Bees were a central figure in Wednesday’s Jack Morse Relays at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, picking up 47 points. That beat everyone except Cicero-North Syracuse, who prevailed with 51.83 points.

C-NS wrestlers prevail; Liverpool falls to C. Square

Northstars get 50-32 victory over West Genesee

Still undefeated within the CNY Counties League, the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team prevailed again in Wednesday’s meet against West Genesee, working the ends well in the course of a 50-32 victory over the Wildcats.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Send your letters to Santa, kids

The season is truly upon us now with all the nonstop social obligations and chores that seem to go with the package.

Bayberry’s Luther could’ve portrayed Superman’s Luthor

With his smoothly shaven head, Luther Everson vaguely resembles Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch-enemy. But our Luther, who works at Bayberry Service Center on Route 57, cares more about carburetors than Kryptonite. I don’t know what those Hollywood casting directors were thinking, but Luther himself would certainly have been a better choice to portray Luthor than a fey Kevin Spacey who played the villain in “Superman Returns.” Liverpool’s Luther makes Michael Rosenbaum’s Luthor in “Smallville” look absolutely wimpy. But let’s be clear, there’s nothing at all villainous about our Luther. He simply happens to share a name and a haircut with Superman’s Luthor. Not only is Everson a master mechanic working with Bayberry Service owner Matt Rahalski, Luther is a U.S. Army veteran of Desert Storm. Between tune-ups he recalls “eight months of sitting around the desert before we finally saw some action.” And by the way, he pronounces his last name with a short E. “Not Eeeverson, like the museum,” he insists.

Canton Woods Senior Center features speaker from National Grid Friday

Check out what is happening at Canton Woods Senior Center (76 Canton St., B'ville) this week.

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Holiday displays benefit the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign

They might look like something out of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” but the gigantic light displays on Carmel Drive in Fairway East and Harriet Fisher Drive in Lawton Valley Hunt serve a greater purpose than setting records for electric usage. The displays house the first-ever residential Salvation Army Red Kettles, allowing the homeowners who operate the light shows to capitalize on their success for a good cause.

Wednesday, December 12

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[GALLERY] Christmas trees lit across eastern suburbs

Local towns and villages jump-started the holiday season with Christmas tree lighting events.

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Baldwinsville Family Medical Care welcomes Julie King, M.D.

Baldwinsville Family Medical Care, an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, is pleased to welcome Dr. Julie King to the practice.

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Happy Birthday Joseph Mocyk!

An extra special day for an extra special man

It is once in our lifetime, and in this century, that we will experience the date 12/12/12. To celebrate your birthday on this date brings to our attention just how extra special you are and have always been.

Big Chill kick-off scheduled

The Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce is preparing for this year’s Big Chill event and has invited the public to two kick-off parties.

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Jewish Community Center of Syracuse lights menorah

The Jewish Community Center of Syracuse held the first of five public lighting events on Monday.

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Drama Club’s play-within-a-play is a ‘Double Whammy’

Rehearsing a scene from A Company of Wayward Saints are (from left) Katie Grabowski, Molly Makowiec, Joanna Damiano, Zach Colton, Matt Noll, Julianna Grabowski, Paul Herrmann, Amanda Funiciello and Brendan O’Toole.

Bayberry’s Luther could’ve portrayed Superman’s Luthor

With his smoothly shaven head, Luther Everson vaguely resembles Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch-enemy. But our Luther, who works at Bayberry Service Center on Route 57, cares more about carburetors than Kryptonite.

Cicero PD reports attempted abduction at Wal-Mart

According to the Cicero Police Department, a male suspect attempted to abduct at 13-year-old girl from the Wal-Mart parking lot Tuesday night.

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B’ville students to perform in All-State Music Fest

Nineteen Baldwinsville students have been selected to perform in the NYSSMA Senior High School Area All-State Music Festival.

COLUMN: EPIC restored, combatting elder abuse, home safety

Thankfully, in our last budget session, funding for co-payment assistance through EPIC was restored. I was pleased to support this restoration in the budget. EPIC is the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program that is available to New York State residents aged 65 years or older whose incomes are under $35,000 for singles and $50,000 for couples. EPIC helps pay the Medicare Part D drug plan monthly premiums for members with income up to $23,000 single and $29,000 married.

Columbian Presbyterian in LaFayette invites all to Christmas Cookie Cafe

The Columbian Presbyterian Church has a suggestion for how to thank someone for hosting a holiday party: a tray of delicious cookies.

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Have yourself a merry local Christmas

Want to get the people on your gift list something unique this year? Why not try something from one of Central New York’s many locally-owned businesses? To get you started, here’s an A-to-Z primer, with descriptions and suggestions. Got your own favorites? Feel free to share on our Facebook page.

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North Syracuse boy gives up birthday presents in favor of donations to local animal shelters

Parker Vavra thought about his approaching birthday and decided he didn’t want traditional presents like video games or toys; instead, he asked his family to donate any money they would spend to the CNY SPCA or the Humane Association of Central New York.

Tuesday, December 11

Warriors cooled down by Utica Proctor

Defending AA champs give Liverpool first loss

A 2-0 start, and the vast amount of points produced during those wins, had Liverpool's boys basketball team in a bright mood going into Tuesday night's home opener against Utica Proctor. But the defending Class AA champions would turn that feeling around.

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Girls hoops Wildcats blast B'ville in season opener

Fumano, Graveline lead Wildcats into AA title push

Eight minutes, one quarter of action - that's all it took for the West Genesee girls basketball team to let everyone else in the Section III Class AA ranks know that it is ready for a championship push. Led by junior Melissa Fumano and junior Vicki Graveline, the Wildcats roared past visiting Baldwinsville 78-43 in Tuesday night's 2012-13 season opener.

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Local artist’s work featured at Troyer’s

New Woodstock artist, Daniel K. Tennant, is now selling framed prints of his original gouache paintings at Troyer’s Country Store on Nelson Road.

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Durgee orchestra helps keep community warm

Karin Walker, left, and Mindy Striep count donations from a hat, glove and mitten drive orchestra students at Durgee Junior High School recently collected for the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau to help keep community members warm this winter.

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Learn to paint with pastels at Maxwell Library in Camillus

Adriana Meiss will demonstrate how to paint a night scene from a daytime photo from 1 to 2:30 p.m Wednesday, Dec. 19, during a free program at the library.

Local girls to head to Sri Lanka with Gage Foundation director

Leah Miller and Caroline Charles will travel to Sri Lanka with Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation Director Sally Roesch Wagner Dec. 1-8 as part of a “Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights” program.

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Gallery of CNY to host ‘Last Blast,’ change ownership

Jennifer Schutzendorf, the proprietor of The Gallery of CNY, recently announced she is looking to sell the space at 58 Albany St. after six years of ownership.

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Caz area plays host to many holiday events

'Tis the season

Though the annual Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting ceremony is over, there are a few holiday activities still coming up around Cazenovia.

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Caz Presbyterian Church to present ‘First Christmas’ children’s pageant

The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will celebrate the second Sunday of the Advent season at its morning worship service at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16.

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5 Ledyard acts as community venue

The last year was an active one for 5 Ledyard Corporation, located at 5 Ledyard Ave. in Cazenovia, as the building was a venue for a number of community events.

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Beak & Skiff vodka striking gold (and silver and bronze)

Beak & Skiff Apple Farms recently was awarded a gold medal for its artisanal vodka at the 2012 American Wine Society Spirits Competition in Portland, Ore. — marking the fourth time in less than four months the LaFayette distillery has won awards for its signature spirit.

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Palmer donates to Red Cross

Palmer Elementary School held a penny drive for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

NAMOW, Romano Subaru ‘share the love’

North Area Meals on Wheels has partnered with Romano Subaru this holiday season to increase awareness of hunger among seniors. During December, employees of Romano Subaru will volunteer to help deliver meals to area seniors. This local effort is part of the Meals on Wheels Association of America’s (MOWAA) participation in the Subaru of America, Inc. national Share the Love event. In addition, the event will raise funds to support MOWAA.

‘A day which shall live in infamy’… now forgotten by many

Few are left to remember what happened on Dec. 7, 1941. Now there are mostly memories of memories passed down through the generations. But that shouldn't stop us from commemorating what happened that day. There were only 20 or so on hand this year to remember the attack at a ceremony at the American Legion in Mattydale.

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Mattydale American Legion Post 1832 commemorates Pearl Harbor anniversary

Just over 20 people met on a cold Friday morning outside American Legion Post 1832 in Mattydale to commemorate what happened in Pearl Harbor in 1941 on Dec. 7. A lone car horn on Route 11 sounded in tribute to the ceremony happening by the side of the road in front of the Stars and Stripes. More than 2,400 Americans died during the attack by the Japanese in Hawaii that Sunday morning just over seven decades ago. Though no World War II veterans were on hand to remember, members of the Mattydale American Legion and VFW paid respect to the sacrifice made by those who were there in Pearl Harbor.

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North Syracuse’s Village Center plan ready to be adopted

North Syracuse's Village Center plan is near adoption by the village board, and the efforts towards revitalizing the community’s central area have already borne fruit. Two of three derelict buildings on Main Street have found new life. “The village center is key to everything,” said North Syracuse Mayor Mark Atkinson, “just having all those building filled. Those larger buildings [will be] mixed use with some apartments in them. That's what we're going to have on the top, because I think it would be a great place to live right in the village. “My vision is to have the village center [at a] full occupancy rate, no vacant buildings,” Atkinson continued. “We're going in that direction right now. Ideally, on my dream sheet, I'd love to see the telephone poles go away and have underground infrastructure. As you look down Route 11, you see all those poles but that is so cost-exorbitant, I don't know if we'll ever get to that. Everything's on the table with us. We're looking at everything.”

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Fayetteville-Manlius Cub Scouts earn ‘Law Enforcement’ badge

Cub Scout members from Den 1, Pack 369, in Fayetteville-Manlius recently had some help earning their “Law Enforcement is a Big Job” achievement from the Manlius Police Department.

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Operation Backpack launched in Camillus

The passionate generosity of two mothers in Pittsburgh is contagious.

Marcellus girls go 1-1, rout Jordan-Elbridge

Mustangs drop close opener to Caz; Solvay beats Phoenix

From last season’s 9-10 mark, the Marcellus girls basketball team has targeted 2012-13 as a chance to go after a winning record, at least. Through a week, though, the Mustangs were still at .500, helped by last Friday night’s 93-16 victory over Jordan-Elbridge that produced one of the highest point totals in the history of the Marcellus girls basketball program.

DeWitt Town Board votes 5-2 to spend $99,000 on park building roof repairs

The DeWitt Town Board voted 5-2 last night to pay Josall Syracuse Inc. $99,242 to fix the roof and shore up the structure of the parks maintenance facility located at 5889 Butternut Drive.

Monday, December 10

Edward Audi named president of L. & J.G. Stickley

L. & J.G. Stickley, Inc. of Manlius has a new president.

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Musical renderings at Radisson Nursery School

Radisson Nursery School 4-year-olds recently expressed themselves by painting to music.

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Baker orchestra takes up sock collection

Della Patterson, Gwen Parks, Morgan Starczewski and Emily Buis, members of Baker High School’s orchestra, display socks collected from the entire orchestra in a drive they coordinated.

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Skaneateles Education Foundation plans ahead to 2020

The Skaneateles Education Foundation is looking to accomplish big things — even bigger than they already have in four years of existence. With that in mind, SEF board members recently held a weekend strategy retreat at Welch Allyn to set out the organization’s vision as to where it will be in 2020 and how it can better accomplish its mission to solicit and manage charitable contributions and bequests for the benefit of student education.

Village board to open and consider new village hall construction bids

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees will open construction contract bids for the new village hall project at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, and hold an operations meeting to consider the bids at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the village office, 46 East Genesee St.

Town approves fire protection contract

The Skaneateles Town Board held a short meeting Thursday, Dec. 6, with little more than general business to attend to. The major item on the agenda was a public hearing on the Skaneateles Fire Protection Contract.

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Students spend $14K at annual charity shopping spree

Skaneateles Middle School students were let loose last week in the Camillus Wal-Mart with the goal of spending $14,000 on toys and other gifts for less fortunate children throughout Central New York.

College Board places Caz on AP District Honor Roll

The Cazenovia Central School District was recently named as one of 32 school districts across New York state to be placed on the AP District Honor Roll by the College Board.

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Caz High School Agricultural Education Program selected for National Award

Cazenovia High School’s Agricultural Education Program was recently named as one of only six agricultural education programs nationwide to receive the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agricultural Education Program Award.

Caz Village Board adopts standards for new streets

During its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 3, the Cazenovia Village Board unanimously approved the amending of existing standards and establishment of new regulations for the future construction of streets and sidewalks within the village.

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Caz boys basketball teams to hold fundraiser

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, the Cazenovia boys varsity and junior-varsity basketball teams will serve dinner to the community at Dave’s Diner.

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Liverpool boys hoops runs to 2-0 start

Warriors pile up points against Corcoran, B'ville

After all the turmoil it faced a season ago, including an early-season coaching change, the Liverpool boys basketball team finds itself in much more tranquil conditions going into 2012-13. Matt Jacob has now received the full-time job after replacing Jerry Wilcox early last winter in what turned out to be a 5-13 campaign where the Warriors missed out on the Section III Class AA playoffs.

Girls Northstars head into new, challenging phase

Minus Stewart, C-NS goes 1-1 at Utica Proctor tourney

One unavoidable characteristic trait marks the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team in 2012-13 – the fact that Breanna Stewart is no longer there.

C-NS hockey gets 18 goals in pair of wins

Liverpool struggles before beating IHC, 5-2

In an emphatic manner, the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team broke into the win column and bounced back from a season-opening Nov. 30 defeat to Rome Free Academy.

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Marshall returns to Caz, speaks to students

Recent graduate, field organizer for presidential campaign visits high school

One year after graduating from Cazenovia High School and becoming a field organizer for President Barack Obama, Caroline Marshall found herself walking the familiar hallways once again.

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Boys hoops Northstars fall to Nottingham, F-M

C-NS struggles in weekend games against AA contenders

Still in the process of introducing a new starting five, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team did not get much help from the tough schedule it had to encounter in two high-profile weekend games.

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‘Cazenovia Odyssey’ exhibits student art, creative writing

At Cazenovia High School, there is a special club dedicated to visual arts and writing.

LETTERS: Herr voices support of proposed sewer district

As a resident in the proposed Northeast Cazenovia Lake Sewer District I would like to voice my strong support for this project.

LETTERS: Recent column prompts submission of local’s poem

Willie Kiernan’s interesting column, “Home is where you find it,” in the Nov. 28 issue of the Cazenovia Republican triggered me to send the poem below as sort of a follow-up.

LETTERS: A good turn, both nationally and locally

Many thanks goes to the Cazenovia community for their part in the Boy Scouts of America “National Good Turn — Scouting For Food”, Nov. 4 and 10.

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F-M Pop Warner cheerleaders second in the nation

Trapper’s event will celebrate team’s accomplishment

A celebration will be held Friday at Trapper’s Pizza Pub, 5950 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, to welcome back the Fayetteville-Manlius Pop Warner Pee Wee cheerleaders who came in second place at the National Cheer & Dance Competition held last week at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

SUNY-ESF, Czech Tech to examine sustainable systems in Caz

What are the opportunities for developing sustainable food and energy systems in Cazenovia compared to a similar town in the Czech Republic?

Consider the challenge accepted

College Application Essay

I entered the water as a sudden burst of excitement and fear hit me at the same time.

Circa farmers market grows

There are several options for attending winter farmers’ markets in Central New York, but the Circa Farmers’ Market in Cazenovia, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month, is strictly for producers only.

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Forty-five students selected for All-County Music Fest

Forty-five Baldwinsville students have been selected to perform in the band, orchestra and chorus at the Senior High School All-County Music Festival.

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Hornets top C-NS in Tip-Off Classic at Dome

Schurman nets 27 as F-M recovers from Ludden defeat

With just 24 hours to recuperate following a hard-fought defeat to Bishop Ludden at the Peppino's Invitational, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team ventured Sunday night to the Carrier Dome to face Cicero-North Syracuse in the nightcap of the Holiday Tip-Off Classic.

Grimes, ESM boys hoops both win twice

Cobras score 35 points in second quarter of win at Hannibal

After Bishop Grimes topped East Syracuse-Minoa in the Nov. 29 season opener for both sides, the two sides went in separate directions, but both would find success.

CBA/J-D wrestlers take loss to Mexico

Combined side gets third-place finish at Herkimer tourney

Neither the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt nor East Syracuse-Minoa wrestling teams were able to find wins against tough OHSL Freedom division opponents in last Wednesday night’s meets.

J-D girls improve to 3-0; CBA also unbeaten

F-M takes season-opening defeat to Nottingham

It didn’t take that long for the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team to find out just what sort of challenge it expects as the prime target for any opponent that wants to knock off a defending Section III Class A champion.

F-M hockey gains split, beats Oswego

Hornets head to key games against West Genny, Syracuse

From massive production to a more modest approach, all in a matter of two games – that was the lot of the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team early in the 2012-13 season. But the team also displayed an ability to shake off a poor performance in a hurry.

Sunday, December 9

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CNY Playhouse serves uproarious ‘Man Who Came to Dinner’ at Shoppingtown

There’s never a lack of action as two dozen characters scurry and scuffle across the ample stage at the new CNY Playhouse in an uproarious revival of “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” now playing at Shoppingtown Mall

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Boys basketball Bees topped by Liverpool

B'ville drops Dome rematch with Warriors, 87-68

The second Baldwinsville-Liverpool boys basketball early-season showdown in the Carrier Dome did not end the way that the first one did. Struggles on the defensive end, combined with an inability to match the opposition's torrid scoring pace, would hurt the Bees in an 87-68 defeat to the Warriors in Sunday night's Tip-Off Classic.

West Genny boys hoops wins big in Dome

Marcellus falls to Skaneateles, takes third straight defeat

For its 2012-13 season opener, the West Genesee boys basketball team chose the same Carrier Dome court that it hopes to return to later this winter with a championship on the line. Here, though, it merely encountered Rochester's School of the Arts, which proved to be an easy conquest as the Wildcats rolled past the Silver Hawks by a score of 83-41.

Lakers' big finish stops Marcellus at Carrier Dome

Skaneateles uses 14-0 run in fourth quarter for first win

A grand stage, and a deep desire not to start its season with a three-game skid, would serve the Skaneateles boys basketball team well. The Lakers met up with long-time rival Marcellus Sunday as part of the Tip-Off Classic in the Carrier Dome, and a decisive 14-0 run in the fourth quarter would lead to a 59-41 victory over the Mustangs.

Hockey Bees go 1-0-1 at Conklin Tournament

Shoot-out loss to Syracuse Cougars leads to third-place finish

Play began on Friday in the Robert Conklin Memorial Tournament, with the Baldwinsville ice hockey team, fresh off a strong win over Fayetteville-Manlius earlier in the week, meeting the newly-formed Syracuse Cougars (a combination of the Corcoran and Solvay teams) in a tense opening-round classic.

B’ville wrestlers beat Fulton at General Brown Duals

Bees finish second to General Brown; also rout West Genesee

When the Baldwinsville wrestling team went to Dexter for Saturday’s General Brown Duals, it featured a battle between the Bees and one-time rival Fulton, who saw coaching great Mike Conners go to Oswego to take the athletic director’s post, replaced by Chris Stalker. To its great satisfaction, the Bees defeated the Red Raiders 33-24, by far the best of four wins it would attain in this tournament.

Local hockey players join Syracuse Cougars

Newly-merged team starts 2-0-1, wins Conklin Tournament

A long tradition came to a painful, but necessary end when Solvay ended its backing of an ice hockey team that featured players from across the western suburbs. All of them were able to make their way to Corcoran, and they joined forces on a team now called the Syracuse Cougars, who will play home games at Meachem Rink.

Saturday, December 8

Ludden claims tournament showdown with F-M

CBA rally falls just short against Henninger

They saved the best of the boys basketball Peppino's Invitational for the end - two high-quality games involving four high-profile programs, and even the two sides that lost did not walk away too disappointed. Late on Saturday afternoon at Henninger High School, reigning state Class B champion Bishop Ludden held off Fayetteville-Manlius 70-67. A couple of hours later, Christian Brothers Academy's late comeback attempt fell just short in a 67-63 defeat to Henninger.

B’ville boys go 1-1 at Kiwanis Tip-Off Classic

Rout of Onondaga follows defeat to Auburn in opener

The long, arduous process of bringing the Baldwinsville boys basketball program into the top level in Section III Class AA play continues. Before going to the Carrier Dome to face Liverpool on Sunday, the Bees had to navigate through a new event of its own creation, the Kiwanis Tip-Off Classic, staged Thursday and Friday at Baker High School’s gym and involving a rotation of four visiting teams – Auburn, Onondaga, Liverpool and Corcoran.

Colabufo earns 300th win for hockey Wildcats

WG blanks Cortland-Homer to earn coaching milestone

Perhaps the only real negative about the West Genesee ice hockey team’s defeat to Suffern in the Dec. 1 final of the Wildcat Classic was that it prevented long-time head coach Frank Colabufo from reaching a major milestone on home ice. Instead, Colabufo’s 300th career win, accomplished in his 19th season at the Wildcats’ helm, would take place at McDonald Arena Friday night, where WG blanked Cortland-Homer in a 4-0 decision.

J-E basketball starts 1-1, beats Marcellus

Eagles show vast improvement in opening week

Amid fierce competition in the OHSL Liberty division, the Jordan-Elbridge boys basketball team began its 2012-13 season. And the Eagles, beaten up for a long time both inside and outside league ranks (it went 4-14 a season ago), may finally be turning a corner toward success, as it pulled away from Marcellus for a 58-43 victory in Friday night’s home opener.

Friday, December 7

J-D defeated by Henninger at Peppino's Invitational

Taller, bigger Black Knights control paint in 78-62 win

Jamesville-DeWitt just didn’t match up. Four players on the Henninger boys’ basketball players stand taller than 6-foot-3, and three of them start. Reserve forward Matt King is Jamesville-DeWitt’s only player taller than 6-3, and he’s so far back in the Red Rams rotation that he didn’t even get on the court until there was 4:02 left in the third quarter of the Black Knights’ eventual 78-62 victory in the Peppino’s invitational on Friday night.

Boys basketball Lakers turn back Chittenango

Seeley stars again for Caz in Madison Country clash

One of the best parts of the Chittenango boys basketball team’s joint move into the OHSL Liberty division is one guaranteed match-up with Cazenovia, their Madison County rivals down the road. That came in the opening week of the 2012-13 campaign, as in front of a packed Buckley Gym and Time Warner Cable Sports' cameras Friday night, the Lakers relied on a three-pronged attack to turn back the Bears by a score of 56-41.

Westhill girls hoops battle past Grimes

Cold shooting hurts Cobras in 39-26 defeat

Any path for the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team toward the top of the OHSL Liberty division runs through Westhill. The Cobras, on its home court, got the opportunity to take down the Warriors on its home court Friday night, but the shots did not fall, early and late, and Westhill prevailed by a score of 39-26.

Caz girls romp past Chittenango, 44-20

Defense again solid for 2-0 Lakers

Through one week of the regular season, the Cazenovia girls basketball team is 2-0, largely due to its defense. The Lakers easily won an early-season battle of Class B girls’ basketball unbeatens Friday night, 44-20, over its Madison County neighbors from Chittenango.

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B’ville girls raise $4K for Rescue Mission

Baker High School juniors (from left) Melissa Voyer, Sarah Karl, Emily Soeder, Kirby Socker, Grace Santoro, Liz Wisely, Gretchen Grage, Sarah Dugan and Chrissy Linnenbach raised more than $4,000 for the Rescue Mission and presented the organization with a check during Channel 9’s Movie With a Mission fundraiser on Dec. 2.

Journalist Wanted

Eagle Newspapers is currently seeking an editor to join its team of writers.

So I finally saw the Lincoln movie…

OPINION

It’s only natural, I know, but for the past two weeks I could not meet, talk to or email anyone without the inevitable question being asked, “Have you seen the Lincoln movie?” And every time my response — sometimes embarrassed, sometimes meek — was, “Not yet.” Well, I finally saw it. And it was pretty spectacular.

New math assessment tool helps SCSD improve K-2 instruction

Many elementary school-age children can count to 100, but do they truly understand and recognize the numbers, what they mean and how they relate to each other? This is an important question for school educators and administrators, and one that Skaneateles is directly addressing this year with a new math assessment tool for grades K through 6.

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Olympia awards hoodie as part of Turkey Day Race

During the 44th Annual Baldwinsville Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving Day, participants in the 5K and 10K races were allowed to enter a drawing for a free hoodie from Olympia Sports in Baldwinsville.

Warriors run past Corcoran in season opener

Oyola leads with 22 points in 77-58 victory over Cougars

After all the turmoil it faced a season ago, including an early-season coaching change, the Liverpool boys basketball team finds itself in much more tranquil conditions going into 2012-13. Matt Jacob has now received the full-time job after replacing Jerry Wilcox early last winter in what turned out to be a 5-13 campaign where the Warriors missed out on the Section III Class AA playoffs.

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Help the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau make this a Merry Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner and nearly 165 families have registered for holiday assistance from the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau. That means our Christmas Bureau committee and volunteers are already hard at work.

Diamond Someday to sparkle at bluegrass Christmas bash in Marcellus

Diamond Someday, a lively local bluegrass band fronted by guitarist-singer Shirley Stevens, often opens its shows with a line from “Old Chunk of Coal,” the Billy Joe Shaver song which explains the band’s name: “I’m just an old chunk of coal, but I’ll be a diamond someday.”

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‘We All Learn Differently Olympics’ held at Fayetteville Elementary

What is it like for a child to navigate a wheelchair through a cluttered classroom? How would it feel to not hear everything your teacher said?

SAS to host Battle of the Bands

When you put some of Central New York’s most popular bands under one roof with the goal of having them compete for the title of “Best Band,” it should make for some good entertainment. When you do it for a good cause, it should make for a great fundraiser.

Thursday, December 6

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Girls basketball Lakers smash Bishop Ludden

Skaneateles hits nine 3-pointers in 79-36 romp

If offered a dream scenario for a game against her alma mater, Skaneateles girls basketball head coach Jill Blasi may have imagined something close to what actually took place Thursday night at Bishop Ludden - but it's doubtful. No one, in fact, could have predicted that the Lakers would do close to everything right against the Gaelic Knights, winning by a 79-36 margin and moving to 3-0 on the season.

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Varsity lax players sign letters of intent

Two Baldwinsville girls’ varsity lacrosse players have signed national letters of intent to play lacrosse for Division I & II schools.

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B'ville hockey steps up, topples F-M

Ferrigan, Pinard lead recovery from opening OT defeat

At home in Lysander throughout the opening portion of the 2012-13 season, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team had to, at some point, display its intentions to challenge for Division I supremacy. That moment arrived in Tuesday night’s game against Fayetteville-Manlius. A sound game plan, both on offense and defense, and superb execution helped the Bees beat the Hornets 4-2.

Girls hockey Lakers beat Alex Bay in opener

Skaneateles rallies for 4-1 win; Weiss scores twice

Now it was time for the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team to hit the ice for the 2012-13 season. Again, the Lakers are part of the Upstate New York League, a group of 13 teams grouped into three divisions, based on their sectional home. Skaneateles is part of the Section III league with Oswego, Ithaca and Alexandria Bay.

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Dukat family named Kiwanis ‘Wild Turkey’s’

This year, Baldwinsville Kiwanis hand delivered letters to every resident along the organization’s new 5K race route for the annual Turkey Trot held Thanksgiving Day.

Consults submit report on superintendent search

Final job announcement completed and posted online

Members of the Skaneateles community want their next school district superintendent to be a visionary passionate about his or her work, an outstanding communicator with a strong background in teaching and curriculum, someone who is approachable and with unquestioned integrity who is collaborative but also a strong decision-maker. These are the general results of the public survey, focus group discussions and individual interviews done by the consultants from the Warner School of Education for the Skaneateles Board of Education as it seeks to find the best candidate to be the next leader of the school district.

Tops acquires Jordan, Elbridge and Mexico Big M supermarkets

Tops Friendly Markets has entered into an agreement with the Farrugia family to acquire three Big M supermarkets located at 227 E. Main St. in Elbridge, 9 Mechanic St. in Jordan and 3385 Main St. in Mexico.

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Christmas is in the Air

Christmas in the Village, a holiday celebration organized by the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, took place this past Saturday, Dec. 1.

Beaver Lake offers movies for children, holiday activities

This December, January and February, the Children's Room at Beaver Lake Nature Center becomes a movie theater for nature videos at 3:45 p.m. every Monday afternoon. Elementary-age children can watch a different 25- to 45-minute film each week.

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Modified field hockey has enjoyed long reign of dominance

Caz just finished sixth straight undefeated season

Just take a look at the record – 118 wins, just eight losses, and 15 ties. That’s Cazenovia modified field hockey’s record since 1999. That incredible run of success continued this fall, as the Lakers just wrapped up its sixth straight undefeated season this fall, and its eighth in 11 years.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Take refuge from the wrapping frenzy

One party down, many to go. The holiday season is here with all its delights and distractions and the library is here to help you make the best of it with. Come on down to sample some holiday entertainment, create one of a kind gifts for the folks on your list or just take refuge from wrapping frenzy and mall madness.

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Paul de Lima coffee: A hometown product to be proud of

When we first moved to the Syracuse area two years ago, one of the many questions I asked myself was whether I would ever find a cup of coffee in my new hometown that I liked as much as in my old hometown, namely the coffee I would purchase on my way to work each morning at a gas station-convenience store. A trivial dilemma, yes, but not for a coffee lover who needs one small cup o' Joe to get going in the early morning hours. Their coffee was always fresh, and, to me, absolutely perfect. So, as we started to get used to our new home, I began sampling the different coffees available in this area and soon noticed that many diners and restaurants were serving something called Paul de Lima coffee, and I really liked it. When we just happened to stumble upon their outlet store and museum, located in Cicero, I liked it even more; here was a hometown product to be proud of, a great coffee at a great price, plus a store and little museum to boot!

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Senior transport program codFISH gets rolling in DeWitt

For more than 30 years, Fayetteville-Manlius seniors have relied on F-M FISH volunteer drivers for rides to medical appointments. And now, a group of volunteers is rolling out a similar program in DeWitt.

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Marcellus middle school students collect emergency supplies for Sandy victims

After witnessing the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy on large swaths of the Northeast, the National Junior Honor Society at C.S. Driver Middle School responded by rallying classmates to help.

West Genesee school dietitian: Students help revamp menus

We are excited to roll out our new December Menu for each of our schools in the West Genesee School District.

Canton Woods Schedule: Coffee with Van Buren Supervisor Tuesday

Activities happening at Canton Woods Senior Center at 76 Canton St., Baldwinsville.

Wednesday, December 5

Hockey Lakers beat CBA/J-D, move to 5-0

Skaneateles gets goals from Jones, Strods, Hill

Five games are in the books - and it's five wins for the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team. The Lakers remained unbeaten with a 3-1 win over CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt in a Division II showdown Wednesday night at Allyn Arena.

Roland pushes boys hoops Warriors to 2-0 start

Westhill beats Skaneateles, ITC as Roland nets 38 vs. Eagles

Though only a sophomore, Jordan Roland could make himself the key reason why the Westhill boys basketball team challenges Bishop Grimes for supremacy in both the OHSL Liberty division and in the larger Section III Class B ranks.

Winter parking ordinance in effect in Camillus

The Camillus Police Department is requesting the assistance of resident to keep roadways safe during the upcoming winter months.

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Baldwinsville students get glimpse of history

Students in the Baldwinsville Central School District had a rare opportunity to get a glimpse at a piece of Syracuse and American history when Jeffrey Marier, an engineer with Lockheed Martin and a member of Baldwinsville’s Board of Education, brought General Electric’s first prototype transistor radio to classrooms at Baker High School, Durgee Junior High School, Ray Middle School and Palmer Elementary School.

Chabad Lubavitch of CNY plans menorah lighting events

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 — the first night of Chanukah — Chabad Lubavitch of CNY will hold a special program at the Downtown Menorah Lighting in Hanover Square.

Bells & Motley revel in music of Christmas past Saturday at Kellish Hill

When Kathy Kellish promises an “old-fashioned Christmas celebration,” she’s not kidding. In this case, “old-fashioned” means all the way back to the Renaissance.

Lysander Parks and Recreation: Winter and spring registration to begin Dec. 10

Winter and spring registration begins Monday, Dec. 10, for the Lysander Parks and Recreation Department.

Two men charged in B’ville robbery

Two men have been charged in connection with a residential burglary in which several guns were stolen.

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Caz College Art Gallery to show student artwork

First-Year students to display seminar creativity

The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall will host the Annual First Year Seminar Exhibition, Dec. 10 through the end of the term.

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Cazenovia Artisans welcomes three new artists this month

As Cazenovia Artisans continue celebrations marking its 10th anniversary, the organization recently announced the addition of three new members’ work to its gallery of distinguished artwork.

Caz Presbyterian Church observes Advent

The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will celebrate the second Sunday of the Advent Season during its 10 a.m. morning worship service on Dec. 9.

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St. Peter’s Church transitions in Cazenovia

The Rev. Barb Schmitz is used to being a bridge between endings and beginnings.

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Kirkville Fire Company awarded $113,000 FEMA grant

The Kirkville Fire Company will be able to purchase some much-needed equipment thanks to the efforts of three volunteer firefighters.

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Syracuse Vocal Ensemble to perform ‘Mystical Christmas Pie’ in B’ville

St. Mark’s will host an audibly edible event next Sunday when the church welcomes the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble to the congregation for its Mystical Christmas Pie performance.

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Cazenovia hockey blanks Clinton, 1-0

Stowell nets lone goal; Lakers meet Skaneateles next Tuesday

A week in advance of next week's showdown with Division II leader Skaneateles, the Cazenovia ice hockey team got its first league win of the season in a tense, low-scoring affair.

New French class at Holy Trinity Preschool

Holy Trinity Preschool is now offering French instruction to all classes.

Bell choir hosting Christmas tea and concert

The First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Bell Choir is hosting its third annual Christmas Tea and Concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the church Great Room.

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Skaneateles school holiday concerts to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims

The upcoming holiday concerts at Skaneateles will have special meaning and a unique purpose this year. While producing music that is as uplifting and beautiful as ever, students and their teachers have decided to also put the spotlight on fellow residents of New York state who are suffering as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

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Baker graduate to join LeMoyne College concert program

James Kryshak, a 2001 graduate of Baker High School, will join the Le Moyne's College Jazzuits and Singers for their winter concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at the W. Carroll Coyne Center of the Performing Arts on the Le Moyne College campus.

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Creekside offers variety of music throughout holiday season

Creekside Books & Coffee welcomes local musicians to the Café during the first two weekends of December. Solo artist, Cielle will perform on Friday, Dec. 7, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Josh Dekaney and Wendy Ramsey perform on Saturday, Dec. 8, Jane Zell and da Zelltones perform on Friday, Dec. 14, and Creekside’s house band, Edgy Folk will play on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Cazenovia wrestlers take out Skaneateles

Key win improves OHSL Liberty mark to 2-0

Just two weeks into the season, the Cazenovia wrestling team has already beaten two quality opponents and taken control of the OHSL Liberty division title race. Cazenovia hosted Skaneateles Tuesday night at Buckley Gym, and having a full roster paid full dividends in a 51-29 victory over that other group of Lakers.

Skaneateles wrestling falls to Cazenovia

Forfeits costly in 51-29 defeat to defending league champs

As it turned out, the Skaneateles wrestling team got the toughest possible opening assignment within the Onondaga High School League Liberty division. Skaneateles had to face Cazenovia, the defending league champions, Tuesday night at Buckley Gym, and it was those other Lakers, with a full roster, that prevailed by a score of 51-29.

‘Brownie’ fixed instruments for free for kids in need

When it came to kids with broken musical instruments, Brownie was a soft touch. As an amazingly versatile musician and a repairman par excellence, Brownie knew the joy that a person derives from playing a well-tuned instrument. Everyone knew that he’d often repair instruments for children at no cost simply to encourage their love of music. Richard “Brownie” Brown passed away on Nov. 15 at Sunnyside Nursing Home in Kirkville. He was 88.

COLUMN: Craft breweries, tourism and agriculture assisted by new law

New York state is renowned for its wineries. The Finger Lakes region is on par with Napa Valley in California and other top-ten destination points in our country acknowledged for their arbors’ offerings.

Two village of Liverpool businesses plan improvements

The Cobblestone will add a new 31-by-7-foot deck along Tulip Street. The new brick deck will be located in front of the addition that opened in 2004 as a roof-topped outdoor patio. That outdoor room was recently enclosed when weatherproof windows were installed.

Tuesday, December 4

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Ludden claims early-season showdown with J-D

Red Rams held to one field goal in decisive first quarter

Though it took place in the opening days of December, the boys basketball clash Tuesday night between megapowers Bishop Ludden and Jamesville-DeWitt carried the intensity of one with higher stakes a few months down the road. Of course, the Gaelic Knights and Red Rams could have a post-season rematch - but for now, Ludden, at full strength, had the upper hand over J-D, prevailing 57-45.

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Elden Elementary collects food donations

(From left) Morgan Provo, Hunter Kent and Toby McIntyre help to pack up food items that Elden Elementary School collected for the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center for Thanksgiving. The school collected several hundred items such as stuffing and canned vegetables.

DeWitt Police to seek national accreditation status

The DeWitt Police Department will seek law enforcement accreditation status through the CALEA program.

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Two trees removed from Cannon Park

Historic Maples taken down due to old age, safety

Although many trees withstand the tests of time, all fall eventually. For two Maple trees in Cannon Park, their time has come.

Keeping the hope

Guest Column

There is a day that will forever be etched in my mind. It’s a day my heart ached so deeply I struggled with each breath.

Honestly! Honesty?

Community Columnist

What is it to be honest? Why is it so hard to figure out if you are really being honest with yourself?

It’s wise to winterize

Community Columnist

I get a kick out of those old, futuristic science fiction stories about what the years would bring and how things would logically extend.

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Post 88 receives American Ceremonial Bugle

Four officers of Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 joined the members and guests of the Cazenovia Rotary Club on Monday, Nov. 12, during their regular weekly dinner meeting at the Brewster Inn to celebrate Veterans Day.

Skaneateles Class of 2013 begins to sell ‘After the Ball’ raffle tickets

The Skaneateles High School Class of 2013 has announced the beginning of its “After the Ball” raffle ticket sale.

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B’ville hockey team helps fulfill community need

As part of their efforts to support their community, the Baldwinsville Varsity Ice Hockey Team conducted a food drive recently in Baldwinsville to benefit the food pantry at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwinsville, which is part of the area Food Pantry program and serves more than 150 families each month.

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Polar Plunge at Oneida Shores raises money for Special Olympics New York

On Sunday morning, Onondaga County Parks Director Bill Lansley and several of his co-workers ran into Oneida Lake in their suits. Had they gone mad? Nope. Lansley, along with Kim Hall, Nate Stevens, Bob Ellis and Meg Belovich, plus hundreds of others, were participants in the sixth annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics New York (NYSO), a fundraising event at Oneida Shores that included live entertainment, prizes, face painting, hot chocolate and coffee from sponsor Dunkin Donuts and more, along with the signature dip in the chilly waters of Oneida Lake.

Keep safe this shopping season

’Tis the season for shopping, and our friends at the North Syracuse Police Department have offered the following tips to keep yourself safe while you’re buying gifts for your loved ones. Heed these to avoid falling victim to unsavory types this holiday season:

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Benefit this weekend to help family whose home was destroyed by fire

During the holidays, there’s no place like home. But for the Fields-Hennessey family of Wynmoor Drive in Cicero, home is but a memory; theirs was destroyed in a devastating fire. The blaze broke out shortly after the family had gone to bed the night of Oct. 4. They were alerted to the conflagration by neighbors, who happened to see the flames through their back door, and banged on the Hennesseys’ door to wake them and get them out of the house. Maryann Fields and her daughter Marisa Falgiatano escaped without injury, but Fields’ husband David Hennessey suffered burns to his hands, and his son Connor suffered severe cuts to his hands and arms when he had to break through his bedroom window to escape. A family friend was also injured in the fire.

DASA working to take bullying out of schools

The hallways at North Syracuse Junior High School are decorated with posters begging students to change the way they act and think in the face of bullying. The North Syracuse Central School District is fighting against a culture that has taught children that discrimination and harassment are tolerable offenses. On Tuesday Nov. 27, a handful of parents joined district leaders to see a presentation about the Dignity for All Students Act, which was signed into law by former Gov. David Paterson on Sept. 13, 2010 and took effect July 1.

Operation Sandy Relief: Merry Thanksgiving: Local companies step up in the final weeks

In the final two weeks before Operation Sandy Relief’s next trip to Rockaway Beach, Queens, both Caz Limo and the Syracuse Silver Knights have stepped up in a big way, helping to make the next trip for the Operation Sandy Relief organization the best yet. The residents of Broad Channel and Rockaway Beach in Queens have been the focus of Operation Sandy Relief’s efforts following Superstorm Sandy.

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Scouts repair and restore McHarrie Towne birdhouses

Eagle Scout candidate Eric Johnson and his helpers Jack Martin, Stephen Keegan and Denis Keegan take a well-deserved pizza break at the Gazebo after putting up the repaired and restored birdhouses at McHarrie Towne in Baldwinsville on Nov. 11.

COLUMN: Grandma’s Kitchen - Christmas is time to share hugs, kisses and fortune

Many of us are getting ready to celebrate Christmas. It is the birthday of the Christmas Babe, and a very special day. To get ready, we decorate our homes, send cards and greetings to friends, and cook and bake up a storm. There are parties and get-togethers

Monday, December 3

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Big start propels Westhill girls past Ludden

Warriors prevail 54-40, get 2-0 Grimes on Friday

Both the Westhill and Bishop Ludden girls basketball teams could take some positive solace out of Monday night's neighborhood showdown. The Warriors could point to an overwhelming start that laid the foundation for a 54-40 victory, while the Gaelic Knights could take solace from the way it responded to a massive early deficit.

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Baldwinsville Christian Academy celebrates 40 years

Mrs. McCarthy's fourth and fifth graders at Baldwinsville Christian Academy celebrate Thanksgiving with crafted banners.

Skaneateles to be ‘sister city’ with African village

The villages of Skaneateles and Duk Payuel, South Sudan, are officially on the path to becoming sister cities after the Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees approved the relationship at its Nov. 29 meeting.

Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center offers multiple programs for kids in December

The Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center is offering an array of youth programs during the school break in December. The programs are open to both Y-members and the general public.

ZBA to hold Dec. 4 lighting variance meeting without VSM

Board will open up meeting for public comment however

Victory Sports Enterprises LLC has requested an adjournment for the Town Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing continuance scheduled for 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, until another regularly-scheduled meeting of the ZBA, the board has announced.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Cazenovia High School Chamber Choir spreads holiday cheer

For most of the year, there’s a pile of Santa hats stowed away in the choir room at Cazenovia High School — they come out of hiding every December so members of the school’s Chamber Choir can don them when they sing at various spots around Cazenovia.

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VIDEO: 35th Annual Cazenovia Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting a success

The 35th Annual Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting ceremony took place the evening of Nov. 30 in the village of Cazenovia.

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B’ville Optimists annual tree sale fundraiser underway

Eagle candidate gives back

Sam Stone, a 15-year-old sophomore at Baker High School, recently renovated the Baldwinsville Optimist’s Christmas Tree Sale trailer for his Eagle Scout project. Just in time, too, as the tree sale began Saturday, Dec. 1, next to the Rite Aid on Downer Street.

TWCS to televise Dec. 7 Caz boys basketball game

The Cazenovia Central School District Athletic Department recently announced the boys varsity basketball team’s season home opener against the Chittenango Bears will be televised live on Time Warner Cable Sports — Channel 19 — at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, from the Buckley Gymnasium in Cazenovia High School.

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Emerson to speak, sign books at Caz Public Library

All are invited to join author Jason Emerson, Cazenovia resident and independent historian, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room as he discusses his newest book, “Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln.”

C-NS, Liverpool inch into basketball season

Both sides play at Dome on Sunday; C-NS girls start at Proctor tourney

Replacing all five starters from a 14-6 side that went to the Section III Class AA semifinals a season ago, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team had a rough opening night. The Northstars lost, 63-36, to Webster Thomas (Section V) last Friday, mostly due to a first half where it only managed a handful of field goals.

Library to offer college planning workshop

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, the Baldwinsville Public Library will offer a program on planning for college. “Get a Degree . . . Not Debt” is a free workshop offered to parents of middle and high school students or those already in college or graduate school.

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4-H Lincklaen Shamrocks give back to community

The local 4-H group, the Lincklaen Shamrocks, located in Cazenovia, completed a number of activities last month.

COLUMN: Codes Corner - No parking in village streets, across sidewalks

The winter parking is in effect in the village of Baldwinsville until April 15. There is no parking on village streets from Nov. 15 to April 15 and the Baldwinsville Police Department will be enforcing this code.

Sunday, December 2

Home is where you find it

Community Columnist

Whether it’s home on the range, home for the holidays or just plain home sweet home, it’s not a mansion or a split-level or a bungalow — it’s the place where you can’t always be found but where you are never lost.

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Syracuse's symphony to announce new name at ‘Holiday Symphonic Spectacular’

The Holiday Symphonic Spectacular set for Dec. 14 in Syracuse will be much more than a holiday pops concert.

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Cazenovia Junior High presents ‘Annie Jr.’

The Cazenovia Junior High Drama Club recently performed “Annie Jr.” in the Cazenovia High School Auditorium for local residents three times during the weekend of Nov. 9.

Honestly! Am I poor or is it just the holiday season?

Community Columnist

I was wondering what my second column might be about as I strolled through the Salvation Army in Chittenango recently. I was hoping to run across a new set of silverware for this year’s Thanksgiving, but was actually searching for a cauldron for my son’s girlfriend, who wants to dabble in Wicca.

LETTERS: Holmes wonders about affect of proposed sewer district on lakeside residents

Several community members have obtained data showing that Cazenovia Lake is healthy and clean based on NYS DEC guidance values.

LETTERS: Daidone expresses support of Caz Lake sewer system

I live on Ormonde Drive, and am in favor of pursuing the sewer line project going forward.

LETTERS: Kavey reacts to town’s recent sewer district presentation

The Cazenovia Town Board’s presentation of plans to build sewer lines encircling Cazenovia Lake is based on the following assumptions: That the water quality of the lake is both poor and deteriorating; that the assumed poor water quality of the lake is caused by septic systems; and that installation of sewer systems would improve the water quality of the lake.

Girls hoops Lakers rout VVS in season opener

Skaneateles boys to play Marcellus Sunday in Carrier Dome

A trip to last season’s Section III Class B-2 title game has only increased the Skaneateles girls basketball team’s appetite to succeed.

Hockey Wildcats beaten by Suffern in tourney final

WG rally falls short in rematch of state semifinal classic

For 15 frantic minutes, the West Genesee ice hockey team waged an all-out attack on Suffern, trying to rescue the championship game of the annual Wildcat Classic last Saturday night at Shove Park. But the surge came too late, as the defending state Division I champion Mounties gained control in the first two periods, and it proved enough to beat the Wildcats 4-2.

Saturday, December 1

Bees fall to RFA in Middleton tournament final

B'ville nearly erases double-digit deficit at wire

Trailing Rome Free Academy by 13 points with one quarter to go, Baldwinsville's girls basketball team made sure that Saturday's championship game of the Bill Middleton Tip-Off Tournament did not get too far away. Through a frantic fourth quarter, the Bees chopped away at the Black Knights' margin, taking it to the last shot before falling just short in a 53-50 defeat.

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F-M girls win seventh straight cross country national title

Hornets dominate again at Nike Nationals

Seven cross country girls from Fayetteville-Manlius went to Oregon in pursuit of the program's seventh consecutive national championship, and got it. Best of all, there was nothing lucky about this seventh title - just pure, unfiltered excellence from a team accustomed to attaining glory when it matters most.

Skaneateles hockey blanks Fulton, Whitesboro

Lakers are 4-0, with shutouts in three of those wins

Thanks to its season-opening tournament victory in Queensbury over the Thanksgiving weekend, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team came back home with even more confidence than it possessed when the season got underway.

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B’ville hockey drops season opener in overtime

Late lead gets away in 5-4 defeat to Cazenovia

Though many more important games remain for the Baldwinsville ice hockey team, few would be as exciting as the 2012-13 season’s curtain-raiser against Cazenovia on Friday night. The Bees made a late comeback, exciting the home crowd at Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena, but surrendered that hard-earned margin, leading to a 5-4 overtime loss to the Lakers.

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Caz hockey goes 1-1 during opening week

Lakers get overtime victory at Baldwinsville, 5-4

Just two seasons removed from a state Division II championship, the Cazenovia ice hockey team is finding the path a lot rougher than before.

Grimes girls handle ESM, Solvay in 2-0 start

Cobras get big test when it meets Westhill next Friday

Once again, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team stares down a massive challenge as it goes after the best in the Onondaga High School League Liberty division in 2012-13.

Westhill girls return, flatten Hannibal

J-E, Solvay struggle in season-opening defeats

Almost from the moment the final horn sounded in last season’s Section III Class B-1 title game, the Westhill girls basketball team started to turn its attention to 2012-13, getting back to the post-season – and winning it all this time around.

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Chamber pitches permanent Clift Park dock plan to village board

After 18 years of having seasonal boat docks adjacent to the stone pier at Clift Park, the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce is proposing the installation of a new dock that would be permanent, larger, more attractive and, with an L-shaped configuration, more protective of boats from waves than the current dock.