Wednesday, February 29
Three of the seven people charged in the Occupy Syracuse raid in January are due back in court Thursday.
Enrollment at Fayetteville-Manlius is on the decline — though you wouldn’t know it from counting tassels at recent graduation ceremonies.
February will be done in a flash but the march of history and events goes on here at the library.
These are the police reports for Manlius, East Syracuse and DeWitt ending February 24.
These are the police reports for the New York State and Onondaga County Sheriff departments ending February 21.
A characteristic of the Syracuse University men’s basketball team in 2011-12 is winning close and competitive games, especially within the familiar sphere of the Big East. So why would anything be different in the rematch between the Orange and the host Connecticut Huskies late Saturday night?
Proceeds to benefit local food pantry
Hillview Community Church Coffeehouse will present Dennis Shortslef in concert to benefit Baldwinsville area food pantries at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Organizers invite the public to “enjoy an evening of great music” while working “to fill the food pantry.”
The Syracuse University men’s basketball team brings its regular season to a close when Coach Jim Boeheim’s boys tip off against the University of Louisville Cardinals at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at SU’s Carrier Dome. The game will be telecast by CBS.
All parents share that startling moment of reverse recognition, usually while attending an elementary school function, when the focus of dominance shifts.
With the almost nonexistent ice almost off of Cazenovia Lake, this year’s almost nonexistent winter is coming to a close. It has been an unusual year, and as a result, it seems as if spring is coming a lot quicker this year than it has in previous years.
2010 Jamesville-Dewitt graduate Jessica Kramer is finding success both on the court and in the classroom at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Lyga advances efforts of Irish employment initiative
Although 21-year-old Tom Lyga is currently a full-time student at Champlain College and will be looking to begin his professional career upon graduation in 2013, he has already helped more than 2,500 unemployed workers find jobs.
Pole vault standout ties school record
Dylan Muller, of the Cazenovia Boys Indoor Track team, vaulted his way into the State Championship Meet at the Section III State Qualifier held on Feb. 22.
The total proposed budget is $5,195,985, a 1.4 percent increase from last year.
For the past four years, Jessica Amidon has been operating an interesting and useful business called Caz Cans.
State boys basketball tourney could move to Syracuse
For 20 high school basketball teams, a one-time fantasy gets transformed into sweet reality when they play the Section III championships at the Carrier Dome.
The board and staff of Community Action Partnership for Madison County would like to give our sincerest thanks to the members and supporters of the United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson for their years of commitment to the community and strong support of our mission.
Feb. 29 is National Rare Disease Day. A disease, or disorder, is defined as “rare” in the United States when it affects fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time.
Faced with the opportunity to see Jennifer Aniston frolic in a commune or former Navy SEALs “act” while shooting live ammunition, I chose to see “Hugo,” a movie that has been in the theatres for three months. I chose wisely.
Dorris H. (Sterling) Lavallee celebrated an early birthday on Sunday, Feb. 19, with family and friends. The Baldwinsville woman officially turned 95 on Feb. 24.
It’s a little more than three months away, but volunteers are deep into the planning process for the western suburbs’ most coveted celebration — the Camillus Memorial Day Parade.
From noon to midnight on Saturday, March 3, more than 1,000 students will come together for this year’s event, which the students are calling “RUN DM 12.”
One organization’s devotion to helping animals has proven to be a little piece of luck for Central New York.
This January, 24.6 inches of snow fell at Hancock International Airport, which was less than the month’s average of 34 inches and well below last year’s mark of 43.4 inches, according to the National Weather Service. This trend has held up for all the winter months, resulting in a smaller need for the streets to be plowed by local highway departments.
Tuesday, February 28
Foul trouble for Ross hurts Warriors in battle of unbeatens
Over the last nine years, much of the reason why the Westhill girls basketball team has not earned a Section III title is because South Jefferson has stood in the way. And so it was again Tuesday night at Liverpool High School, the Warriors victimized by both its own foul trouble and the splendid effort of the Spartans in a 52-41 defeat.
Warriors hit 16 of 18 free throws in fourth quarter
Given the recent struggles of this program, just the fact that the Skaneateles girls basketball team got within a few minutes of a Section III championship was remarkable enough. Still, the pain of what happened in the last four minutes of the Lakers' 64-51 defeat to Hannibal in Tuesday night's Class B-2 final at Liverpool High School could not be easily masked.
I wrote an article in last week’s Messenger about the trail system in Baldwinsville and what residents can expect for the coming summer namely the completion of Village Square and the Southshore East Trail.
Jellystone Park marks 42nd year
Open since 1970, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park offers fun activities for families wishing to “get away,” relax and enjoy being outdoors. Weekends from May 1 until the end of October are planned around a different theme.
Focus for 2012: Expand company’s portfolio, customer base
2011 was an eventful year for Marquardt Switches Inc. in Cazenovia. The company had been busy improving its products, facility and workforce at 2711 Route 20 East.
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield: Upstate New York has relatively high job-based health insurance coverage, below-average uninsured rates
Upstate New York’s uninsured rate is 5 percentage points below the national average, thanks in part to higher levels of employment-based health insurance coverage in the region, according to an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield census data analysis.
For local ash trees, the arrival of a devastating pest in Western and parts of Central New York is very bad news. The Emerald Ash Borer has been an unwelcome guest in the United States for several years, but until recently it had not been found in our area. Unfortunately, all that’s changed and the beautiful ash trees that shade our neighborhoods and line our streets are now in danger.
Travel Leaders experts provide protection at minimal costs to travelers
Consider how you would cope with these travel snafus: You’ve waited years for the big vacation, and you receive a pink slip shortly before you are ser to depart. A storm results in your flight being canceled and you miss your cruise departure. You break your leg and need immediate medical attention on your fantasy getaway. Just unlucky? Should you avoid planning that trip? Think again! Situations like these happen every day, and each could have a significant financial impact on you as a traveler.
Joining the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 43 has quickly become a family affair for Tom Ryan.
Developments aim to keeping business local, natives home
Finishing touches: B’ville waterfront development to be completed this summer Facelift eyed for Inner Harbor
Melodrama musical comedy features music by Barry Manilow
Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s production of The Drunkard is based on "the world-famous melodrama by W.H.S. Smith."
It’s much easier to stumble upon a car insurance commercial on television today than it is to avoid one. The over-abundance of ads may leave consumers wondering what makes one company a better fit for them than another.
Find helpful information at micheltaxservice.com
Highly skilled, professional and exceptionally friendly staff, combined with fair, honest preparation fees are what sets Michel Tax Service in downtown Baldwinsville far above any other tax preparation service anywhere, according to Dan Michel, the owner of the firm.
They don’t make things like they used to” is an all-too-common phrase uttered today, whether discussing products manufactured on American soil or abroad. If your thoughts fall in line with the above sentiment, consider Karl Lutz Monument Company, Inc. a business that has bucked that trend, instead exhibiting exceptional quality and craftsmanship, as it has since 1932 in the Eastwood section of Syracuse.
CNY RV Show comes to the Fairgrounds March 1-4
If you’re in the market for a recreational vehicle, look no further than the 42nd annual Central New York RV Show this March 1-4 at the New York State Fairgrounds.
The Princeton Review and USA Today have named SUNY Oswego to their 2012 list of 150 “best value” colleges and universities in the nation.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 43, have been performing the highest quality electrical construction for Central New York for over 100 years and hope to continue the trend for another 100, with a focus on entering the green workforce.
When the Salina Town Board Monday night tabled its vote on a moratorium that would pause prosecution of feral cat caregivers, residents reacted. “The overwhelming number of people [present at the public hearing], who are in favor of the moratorium, was considerable, with so much information provided to back these opinions up,” said Jan Markarian, resident and member of the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse. Her concern, she said, was why the board would not read aloud the emails and letters received at the public hearing. “If there are people who could legitimately not make it tonight, then at least read their comments so that [they are] public,” Markarian said. “We played by the rules of making [comments] public by coming out. Some people chose not to. We have no idea the numbers of people and what [their emails and letters] represent.” Eleven people spoke out during the Feb. 27 public hearing. Nine were in favor of adopting a moratorium that would ease a law that fines animal advocates who care for feral cats.
Christian Brothers Academy prides itself in its college preparatory education. Since 1900 the school has offered an education, steeped in Catholic, Lasallian values, that is unmatched in Central New York. Brothers Pride abounds in the classroom, on the athletic field, in the performance hall and extends to the real world where CBA graduates excel in their professions and service to their communities.
Just like districts across Central New York, Liverpool is facing a tough budget year. Having made cuts to nonessential programs and personnel the last three years, Superintendent Richard Johns said during his budget presentation Monday night in the Soule Road complex that crafting the 2012-13 budget was the hardest task he’d yet faced. “What makes this budget so incredibly difficult is the cumulative effect of underfunding schools, and Liverpool in particular, at the state and county levels,” Johns said. “[The state has] moved education to a shamefully low priority.” Johns’ budget, which both he and the board of education emphasized was only the initial presentation, offered a total spending plan of $129,251,183, down from $132,966,686 last year. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s preliminary budget proposal, Liverpool is set to receive $48,874,978 in state aid. Johns is looking to raise $72,536,226 in local tax dollars, roughly a 2 percent increase. He is asking that the remainder — $4,719,382 — come from the district’s fund balances.
The new International Center for Excellence in Animation (ICEA) at Daemen College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in animation. The ICEA presents a unique opportunity for students pursuing a future in the dynamic animation industry. The program’s mission is to give graduates the tools they need to both succeed in the industry and express their own unique creative visions.
“GCC is tech savvy,” so says a third party student opinion survey. Genesee Community College ranked first among all 27 participating SUNY community colleges for the quality of computer support services, Internet access, effective use of information technology, innovative use of technology in learning, quality of the student union, and safety / security services.
Before and After School Child Care on Location, Inc. (BASCOL) has been providing the best possible before- and after-school child care for children in grades K through sixth in Onondaga County since 1992. BASCOL, a New York State licensed before- and after-school program, is celebrating its 20th anniversary of serving families in 13 locations in five school districts: Liverpool, Onondaga Central, Solvay, West Genesee and Westhill.
Monday evening, residents of the North Syracuse Central School District heard the bleak outlook on the coming budget year from school administrators. With decreased revenues in the form of state and federal aid, the district is looking at tough decisions where cuts are concerned, but trying to keep the community part of ongoing “courageous conversations” about the financial condition at NSCSD.
With the launch of an extensive nanotechnology partnership and a series of ongoing campus improvements, SUNYIT is building a unique reputation as an academic innovator—and a college of opportunity for tomorrow’s students. Because of its recent growth and continued dedication to academics, SUNYIT provides students interested in pursuing degrees in technology and professional studies an exceptional value at an affordable cost.
University College (UC) of Syracuse University announces the newly named Talent and Education Development Center (TEDCenter), formerly called the WorkKeys Center. Under its new mission the TEDCenter will expand its programming to support the workforce needs of businesses and to provide career development opportunities for individuals in Central New York and across the state.
D’Youville College, long known for its excellent reputation for quality health care programs and teacher education, has quietly developed a reputation for offering quality academic majors in business as well.
Help, resources available for CNY high school students
It’s a rite of passage – graduation from high school. A milestone. A first step on the road to becoming a successful part of the workforce. So, where to go from here? For many, the obvious answer is college, the military or a trade school.
Onondaga County’s “Save the Rain” campaign has quickly become a nationally recognized program throughout the United States. It has saved the county thousands of dollars in expensive treatment costs and is projected to save millions in the future.
57-year-old Karen L. Komarnicki of 8266 Honeysuckle Drive in Liverpool, was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Her BAC was .18 percent. Komarnicki was also found to be in possession of several controlled substances, having no obvious prescription for them and all outside of original prescription containers.
State Police in North Syracuse investigated a two-car personal injury accident that occurred shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday on East Taft Road at Totman Road in the town of Cicero.
In an effort to reduce the national deficit, Community Development grants have been cut in half. Funded through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Development grants have helped fund various projects throughout greater Baldwinsville including park and sidewalk improvements as well as rehabilitation to crumbling infrastructure.
The Baldwinsville Optimist Club celebrated their December and January students of the month at a dinner meeting at Dawn’s Canal Walk Café, Monday, Feb. 12.
Monday, February 27
Fayetteville Elementary School Principal Nancy Smith will retire after 23 years on the job.
Brian H. Tait, director of Tait Funeral Home Inc. in Cazenovia, is due back at the Madison County Courthouse in Wampsville at 1:45 p.m. March 6 for a conference with Judge Brian D. Burns, the defense counsel and the prosecuting team. The conference will not be open to the public.
When it comes to romance, Susie Birchenough thinks she may have been born in the wrong century. Birchenough’s belief in romance and intimacy, as well as her experience and keen eye for female fashion and jewelry, has led her to create a new online boutique business, named Scarlet Ribbon.
This year, in support of the Skaneateles High School Drama club's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Phantom of the Opera,” local artists are putting together an art show. Headed up by Kim Baker, owner of Bijou Salon in Skaneateles, ten artists had the opportunity to contribute original works of art inspired by the musical.
In what seems to be becoming a favorite venue for local charity events, The Red Rooster Pub recently played host once again to a unique culinary contest to benefit a local fire department. The “Crockpot Cook-off” challenged any person to bring in any tasty dish that could be cooked in that ubiquitous kitchen icon — the crock-pot.
Owners parting ways after nearly five years in Skaneateles
People all over Skaneateles have been talking since last week when word leaked out that local restaurant Joelle’s French Bistro has been put up for sale.
Residents urge outright ban on drilling
After a public hearing lasting little more than an hour Thursday night, the Spafford Town Board unanimously approved the extension of a moratorium pertaining to hydraulic fracturing.
The Skaneateles Village Hall building at 46 E. Genesee St. contains no “recognized environmental conditions associated with the property,” according to the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment recently completed.
The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees and local labor union officials have resolved a longstanding dispute over what the union claimed were unfair labor practices, specifically that non-bargaining unit employees were performing work previously done by union workers who were laid off last year.
Baldwinsville Wrestling students donned red socks to help raise funds for the American Heart Association.
Working as a snowplow driver in Cazenovia for 30 years, Rickey DeKing said he has never seen a winter like this one.
At 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, the Cazenovia community was treated to the opening reception of the annual Cazenovia College Student Juried Exhibition.
The annual Burton Street PTA Spring Book Fair will be held Monday, March 5, through Monday, March 12.
Team to assist town with proposed sewer system
A team of students working toward their master’s degrees in business administration at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management is working with the town of Cazenovia on the proposed sewer system implementation around Cazenovia Lake.
McNamara students were named winners in the school’s Anti-bullying Poster Contest.
My office receives calls on a regular basis from people who are questioning a call they received from a vendor, or a product or service they purchased that isn't what they expected. Unfortunately, there are many individuals and businesses that prey on trusting people, especially seniors.
J-D/CBA teammates both beaten by eventual state champs
Back at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division I championship meet for the second year in a row, CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestlers (and Cazenovia natives) J.T. Romagnoli and Aaron Benedict looked for a better finish than in 2011
Liverpool star falls in first round to eventual finalist
Not until last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division I championship meet did Liverpool wrestler Pat Carroll-Marsh have to face defeat.
Indie rock band Dr. Dog name-drops Marcellus Shale
Psychedelic indie rock band Dr. Dog references the geological formation named for an Upstate New York vision in its latest release.
Sunday, February 26
The 2012 Central New York Regional Scholastic Art Awards took place in January at Onondaga Community College.
Cazenovia College sophomore Jerome Bright, an outfielder for the Wildcat baseball team, was recently signed to play with the NYCBL Utica Brewers.
“Safe House” advances the myth that there are numerous black cells operating within the intelligence community, all working violently against one another with unlimited funds.
Megan Horowitch, of Cazenovia, earned Highest Honors on the dean’s lists at the University of New Hampshire for the fall semester of the 2011-2012 academic year. Highest Honors are awarded to UNH students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.7 or better out of a possible 4.0.
The Cazenovia Police Blotter is compiled and submitted by the Cazenovia Police Department, located at 90 Albany St.
Senior Pat Nasoni and sophomore Kevin Paul both represented Baldwinsville’s wrestling team during last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Albany’s Times Union Center.
Saturday, February 25
Through 38 matches this winter, Chittenango senior Wes Blanding had remained perfect, moving within a couple of victories of earning the school's first-ever state championship. But an overtime takedown in the 132-pound semifinal round of the Division II state meet at Albany's Times Union Center kept Blanding from fulfilling that ultimate goal as he settled for fifth place overall.
Start to finish, the Skaneateles ice hockey team found itself outclassed with a Section III Division II championship on the line. The no. 2 seed Lakers, after its first sectional title since 2008, ran into a superb effort from top seed Oswego and lost, 5-0, to the Buccaneers in Saturday's championship game at Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Defense pushes WG to 1-0 victory over Black Knights
Make that five consecutive Section III Division I titles for the West Genesee ice hockey team, attained in quite a familiar manner. The Wildcats' suffocating defense, a proven anchor all season, may have topped itself in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Rome Free Academy in the sectional final at Utica Memorial Auditorium.
A 17-year-old has been charged in connection to a double stabbing in Manlius early Saturday morning.
Two people were stabbed Saturday morning after a house party altercation in Manlius.
Friday, February 24
Everyone can identify with the statement, “If you were going to do it, you would have done it by now.” For that reason, B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow) member and Cazenovia native Shelly Kempton developed a process to help people get beyond their limitations.
I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the recent piece about Cazenovia’s declining school enrollment. The numbers are real and I understand that, but there are so many positive things we can do as a community to respond.
CazCares Food Pantry is one of the annual recipients of the Cazenovia, Nelson and Fenner United Community Chest’s fundraising campaign.
The family of Barbara Pace would like to thank all our friends for their prayers and expressions of kindness.
In Uganda, a rebel named Joseph Kony has been waging war with the government, and abducting children to serve as soldiers. Since the 1980s Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has conducted a brutal insurgency against the Ugandan people.
The Singing Boys of Pennsylvania will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre, located at 16 Lincklaen St., in Cazenovia.
The Marcellus Town Board met last week and discussed its application for a Local Government Efficiency grant to improve the town and village’s sewer system.
The high-end FT-IR spectrometer allows students to analyze samples using a comprehensive database.
On Tuesday, Feb. 28, all central New York locations of UNO Chicago Grill (Clay, Fayetteville, Carousel Mall) will participate in “Dine to be kind,” a one-day event that raises money to enable the CNY Cat Coalition to continue to fund spay and neuter assistance programs for the cats they rescue.
A Sullivan man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after an accident in DeWitt.
St. Mary's Academy in Baldwinsville focuses on service to the community. Each month the children participate in a service project to help those in need or brighten someone's day. This year, the kindergarten class of Mrs. Cathy Schotthoefer and the third grade class of Ms. Liz Aiello decided to make Valentine cards to send to the VA Hospital in Syracuse.
Town of Elbridge sends letter of support for Air 1 to county.
Students in the Baldwinsville Central School District celebrated 100 days of school the week of Feb. 13.
Three MPH seniors have advanced to finalist standing in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Coleman, Cavanaugh again lead J-D in 62-44 decision
Dajuan Coleman and Tyler Cavanaugh played like the NCAA Division I recruits they are last night, powering top seed Jamesville-Dewitt past upset-minded New Hartford, 62-44, in Thursday night's Section III Class A boys basketball semifinal at Chittenango High School.
J-D to play Cortland in Carrier Dome
Jamesville-Dewitt's girls basketball team jumped ahead early and never looked back in beating Carthage, 53-30, Thursday night in the Section III Class A semifinal at Chittenango High School. With that win, the top-seeded Red Rams (19-1) square off with no. 3 seed Cortland (17-3) in next Thursday’s Class A championship game at the Carrier Dome. J-D swept the Purple Tigers in regular season play.
Thursday, February 23
Missed free throws, traveling call doom C-NS
One step too many, a couple of missed free throws - small things in basketball that, by themselves, mean little. Put together here, though, they spelled the end of Cicero-North Syracuse's Section III Class AA title quest, as it dropped a gut-wrenching 71-68 overtime decision to Utica Proctor in Thursday night's semifinal at Le Moyne College.
Black Knights to face Proctor again in title game at Dome
For most basketball teams, a 10-0 deficit to start an elimination game, in any round, would be a major concern. Not with the Henninger Black Knights, though, who shook off that poor start and fought to a 54-49 victory over Fayetteville-Manlius in Thursday night's Section III Class AA semifinal at Le Moyne College.
Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that deputies are investigating a car/pedestrian crash that left a Liverpool man hospitalized with a head injury.
Before winter break, Van Buren Elementary School’s art club revealed three large posters students created to promote the school’s Parents as Reading Partners program.
Substances used to replicate the effects of marijuana could soon be banned by the federal government.
Baldwinsville’s Waterfront Revitalization Plan will come full circle as construction on Village Square is completed this summer.
Warriors also win 4x200; C-NS's Osborne prevails twice
A mark that stood for more than three decades finally fell, thanks to the work of Liverpool’s 4x400 relay team at Wednesday night’s Section III indoor track and field state qualifying meet at SRC Arena. The Warriors’ quartet of Zavon Watkins, Steve Fiorello, Keewan Rondinello and Ryheim Lawes tore through the 1,600 meters in three minutes, 26.40 seconds. That broke the sectional record of 3:26.54 CBA set all the way back in 1979.
Cazenovia seventh grader Kate Frost was awarded a gold medal in ice skating during the Empire State Games, which took place Feb. 2 through 5 in Lake Placid.
The free presentation is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.28, at ArtRage Gallery (505 Hawley Ave.). The drone protesters are due to appear in court the next day.
With the success SU Men's Basketball is having, there is a real opportunity to capitalize on some of that hype and some of the out of town business that might be coming in for the Louisville/SU game on Saturday, March 3.
The mystery of the seasons delights me. We’re blessed to have all four seasons in Baldwinsville. I know the jokes – that we have two seasons, fall and winter. But for all our teasing about Central New York winters, we’re proud of our heartiness.
The Cazenovia High School Drama Club will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15, and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17.
My immediate family consists of myself, my wife, our two sons and two daughters. I feel it’s my responsibility to care for them all, but not solely my responsibility. The burden is distributed evenly regardless of age, financial status or gender.
During more than 30 years in practice, I have treated many patients with injuries and painful chronic conditions. Often these conditions could have been reduced in severity or prevented altogether. Many times, sports injuries can be avoided with proper physical conditioning.
B'ville routs F-M in relay; Carnovale second in girls 300
Amid a string of high finishes at Wednesday’s Section III state qualifying meet at SRC Arena, the Baldwinsville boys indoor track and field team made a particular splash in the 4x800 relay.
Rutledge breaks 3,000 mark; F-M shatters 4x400 relay standard
Even if the Fayetteville-Manlius indoor track and field team sees the winter season as a bridge between bigger endeavors in the fall and spring, that doesn’t mean the Hornets are immune to putting together spectacular performances.
These past few weeks have been full of tears. We lost a good friend, a man who lived a healthy, athletic life, had a loving family, volunteered as hockey coach at his town’s high school and was only 50 years old.
Cazenovia natives Kara Cannizzaro, a junior at the University of North Carolina, and Chris Nourse, a junior at Georgetown University, were recently named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List.
Lecture to focus on social and ethical issues surrounding mankind’s management of the environment
Cazenovia College’s Spring Semester Reisman Lecture is focused on the environment and the social and ethical issues surrounding mankind’s management and stewardship of it.
A panel exhibit curated by the Onondaga Historical Association hangs in Coyne Lobby during Syracuse Stage’s production of “Caroline or Change,” which runs through Feb. 26, at Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee St. The musical by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori is set in Lake Charles, La., in 1963.
Cobras need late baskets to beat Red Devils 62-57
Now the Bishop Grimes boys basketball team can exhale – and more importantly, look forward to an appearance in the Carrier Dome with a Section III Class B title on the line. The no. 3 seed Cobras withstood a fierce challenge from no. 15 seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill in Wednesday night’s Class B semifinal at Cicero-North Syracuse, needing some key baskets down the stretch from Gai Ater and Eisa Adam to get past the Red Devils 62-57.
Baldwinsville Christian Academy held a special breakfast Wednesday, Feb. 1, to show its appreciation to the pastors of 36 churches that have students attending Baldwinsville Christian Academy.
Skaneateles senior takes second; Fiutak is runner-up in girls pole vault
By the tiniest margin possible, Skaneateles senior Khiary Gale missed on prevailing in the triple jump during Wednesday night’s Section III indoor track and field state qualifying meet at SRC Arena.
Caz junior wins 55, 300-meter events at OCC
Establishing herself as the preeminent sprinter in local girls indoor track, Cazenovia junior Ashley Winn twice beat a field of large-school opponents during Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.
The United Church of Fayetteville will present baritone David Griffiths, recently named Christian Songwriter of the Year by the International Singer Songwriter Association, at its 10:30 a.m. worship service Feb. 26.
The Fayetteville-Manlius School District’s Transportation Department in April will temporarily move to the O’Brien & Gere facility on Route 5 in Fayetteville.
Wednesday, February 22
WG to meet Rome Free Academy in rematch of 2011 final
Cooly efficient, West Genesee shut out Fayetteville-Manlius, 2-0, Wednesday night in the Section III Division I ice hockey semifinal at Shove Park. The No.1 state-ranked Wildcats got second period goals from Jon Lauer and David Procopio and let its vaunted defense and goaltending do the rest, as goaltender Jacob Pelton needed only 14 saves to post the shutout, WG's 14th of the season.
Warriors go to 20-0, will meet unbeaten South Jefferson
Five points down and with two starters in foul trouble, the Westhill girls basketball team was starting at some of the biggest adversity of its magical season in Wednesday night's Section III Class B-1 semifinal against Bishop Ludden at Jamesville-DeWitt High School. But the top-seeded Warriors shook it all off and gradually imposed its will on the no. 4 seed Gaelic Knights, prevailing 56-45 to set up a showdown of undefeated teams against South Jefferson in the sectional title game.
Several buildings will be torn down in Eastwood following the city’s approval for a Kinney Drugs to be built on James Street.
In last November’s election perennial Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins established a unique status among seekers of public office. With his name written-in for a myriad of races, he earned a place in political urban mythology as the Person Most Electable Without Winning.
Richard Nixon was the nation’s president when Ron Russell III began his journey in the village of East Syracuse’s Department of Public Works.
The Marcellus School District has taken to the web with an electronic survey, in an effort to gauge the community’s level of satisfaction with the school district and also seek some direction from residents about the state’s new property tax cap threshold.
These are the police reports for Camillus and Jordan ending February 15.
These are the police reports for East Syracuse ending February 16.
Seven Girl Scout troops from Jamesville-DeWitt recently celebrated the organization’s 100th birthday with a winter encampment at Vanderkamp in Cleveland, N.Y.
Church Women United of Baldwinsville and the Baldwinsville Ministerial Association will again sponsor the 2012 Lenten Luncheon Series at 12:05 p.m. every Friday during Lent with a meditation in the First United Methodist Church.
Grandstanding is not becoming of any political power, especially not in a position that was created to bring justice and fairness — which is why Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick’s behavior over the past few months is so troubling. This isn’t to say Fitzpatrick hasn’t helped victims of crimes — in recent years he helped to bring justice to Jenni-Lyn Watson’s family, he helped bring Stacey Castor to justice. There’s no doubt Fitzpatrick has been an effective district attorney in thousands of cases.
WG avenges Jan. 31 defeat with second-half surge
For the third year in a row, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls basketball team saw its season halted one win short of an appearance in the Section III Class AA title game. Itching to appear in this year’s final in the Carrier Dome, the no. 2 seed Hornets led for long portions of Tuesday night’s AA semifinal against no. 3 seed West Genesee at SRC Arena, only to fall victim to a late Wildcat surge that led to a 52-46 defeat.
Bucs score twice in final 34 seconds to break 3-3 tie
On the brink of forcing overtime and having an opportunity to reach the Section III Division II finals, the CBA/J-D ice hockey team saw that chance slip away in a painful manner. The Brothers, tied with top seed Oswego in Tuesday’s semifinal at Crisafulli Rink, were victimized by two goals late in regulation, falling to the Buccaneers 5-3.
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On Feb. 11, 10 teams from the Baldwinsville Central School District competed against several hundred students in the county in the annual Onondaga County Math League meet held at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
Baldwinsville’s Cub Scouts Pack 248 had fun with this old adage during their annual Pinewood Derby held last month in the First Baptist Church’s basement.
C-NS girls tear through 39-2 first half in easy win
Going into Tuesday night's Section III Class AA semifinal, the consensus was that top seed and defending state champion Cicero-North Syracuse would handle its neighbors from Liverpool with relative ease and proceed to the Carrier Dome for the final against West Genesee. What no one, perhaps even the Northstars, could imagine was how one-sided it would get.
Tuesday, February 21
Lakers to face Oswego after upending state champs
Skaneateles took Cazenovia’s best early shot, survived, and eventually wore down their fellow Lakers, 5-2, Tuesday night in the Section III Division II ice hockey semifinal at Allyn Arena. The win earned no. 2 seed Skaneateles (13-2-6) a berth in Saturday's 1 p.m. title game at Utica Memorial Auditorium. Top seed Oswego will be the opponent after the Buccaneers defeated CBA/J-D 5-3 in Tuesday’s other semifinal.
WG uses 19-2 push in second half to beat Hornets
Dan Hallinan said that his first season at the helm of the West Genesee girls basketball team would be a success with one playoff win. Well, the Wildcats now own two playoff wins - and as a result, it will go to the Carrier Dome and have a shot at toppling a superpower with the Section III Class AA championship on the line.
Indoor track girls repeat title win, cap perfect season
The Cazenovia girls earned their second consecutive Section III Indoor Track title with a resounding win in the Class B championship meet on Feb. 18.
The Cazenovia Town Board adopted the final State Environmental Quality Review scoping document for the 2012 lake herbicide treatment at its Feb. 13 meeting.
Baker High School will present the musical, tells the story of barber Sweeney Todd and his murderous activities in London, at 7 p.m. March 8 and 9, and at 1 and 7 p.m. March 10 in the school auditorium.
Parts of the expansion are open now, and the spring will see many more of the 100-plus new tenants opening their doors to Central New York’s shopping needs.
Babysitting course, snow tubing, yoga, winemaking and tai chi offered this spring through Lysander Parks and Recreation Department
While most businesses in Carousel Center have an atmosphere designed to sell, entertain or convince people to spend their money, The Franciscan Place offers peace and quiet.
It’s difficult to see where Rob Schoeneck finds any sort of free time in his schedule.
Carousel Center and the Destiny USA expansion is creating a social environment online. Their social media initiative was launched in October of last year, focusing on three main platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, said Destiny USA’s Sara Wallace.
After months of bitter dispute, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the New York State Education Department (SED) and the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) have finally reached an agreement regarding teacher evaluations. The compromise comes on the day the governor had set as a deadline in his January budget address to come up with a system; otherwise Cuomo himself would devise one.
Robert Congel has a love for Syracuse.
Sustainability and environmental consciousness has been a top goal for the Pyramid Group as it constructs the Destiny USA expansion.
Last week, we told you what we thought were the good points of the executive budget presented by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as presented in Syracuse Feb. 8, including SUNY reform, a focus on infrastructure and Medicaid relief. But we have one major bone to pick with the governor.
When a Jewish child and a black maid bond during the waning days of Jim Crow in St. Charles, Louisiana, musical magic ensues. Even the washing machines and dryers sing like archangels! So you can imagine the width and breadth of the musical genres in “Caroline, or Change” the unconventional musical by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori now playing at Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee St., down city.
The village of North Syracuse is looking into ways to dispose of the community's electronic waste or “e-waste” through Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery, a company out of Victor, NY. New York state's Electronics Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act was passed on May 28, 2010, and it is now illegal to throw electronics out with the regular trash. This includes computers, televisions, small scale servers, monitors, keyboards and computer mice, fax machines, printers, scanners, cell phones, VCRs, DVRs, portable digital music players, DVD players, digital converter boxes, cable or satellite receivers, electronic or video game consoles and other devices.
As an active participant with Syracuse Marine Parents, an organization created for Marine families to support one another, Sharon Blair attended a picnic where others saw the sketch she had done of her son Forest, a Marine deployed to Afghanistan. The requests flooded in — will you paint my Marine, too? “They all have that same look in their eyes. You know they’ve been through something,” she said. “I want to capture that emotion.”
Baldwinsville police blotter from February 2012
Syracuse University has been awarded $55,750 to look into denials of the Freedom of Information Act.
Servers, cooks needed for Beaver Lake pancake breakfast
Every Saturday during March, Beaver Lake Nature Center will hold their pancake breakfasts from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are needed to help between 8:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 to set up, serve and clean up.
Proceeds from fundraiser fund local student scholarships
Phones will be ringing in the Baldwinsville area the evenings of March 4 and 11 when more than 100 Baker High School students will call residents during the annual Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Phone-a-thon, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. both Sundays.
Volunteers must be in seventh grade and above; student volunteers will receive community service hours to fulfill requirements and a notice of completion. Purim is a lively, joy-filled holiday, which is why many communities celebrate with a carnival.
Monday, February 20
SkanRaces.com is open for registration for all 2012 events. Go to SkanRaces.com to reserve your spot now in any or all 2012 races before they sell out.
Named “Awesome Woman of the Month” for March
Amy Schiek of Skaneateles, is featured in the March issue of Ladies’ Home Journal as “Awesome Woman of the Month” for March. The magazine recognizes her four-year volunteering and advocacy record for Dining for Women, an 8,000-member giving circle that empowers, educates, and supports women and girls in extreme poverty around the world.
The Skaneateles Board of Education approved new union employment contracts for district teachers and support staff at its Feb. 14 meeting. Both contracts are for three years, beginning with the current school year (effective July 1, 2011) and expire June 30, 2014, and both include pay raises of 1.5 percent for each year of the contract.
Three candidates are officially running for the two village trustee positions coming up for election on Tuesday, March 20.
The building that houses Skaneateles Village Hall, 46 E. Genesee St., is officially for sale, the village Board of Trustees announced at its Feb. 13 operations meeting after passing two resolutions to allow the action. Local realtors, many of whom attended the meeting at the trustees’ invitation, are now at liberty to show the property to prospective buyers, and are vying to find the highest bidder.
Charles L. Blomquist III, 52, owner of the immense and conspicuous blue-roofed, castle-like, lakeside mansion on West Lake Road, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison last week in U.S. District Court in Syracuse for money-laundering and tax fraud.
54Freedom moves into 5 Ledyard Ave., restores structure
As the Cazenovia-based national financial planning firm 54Freedom continues to increase its workforce and improve its headquarters at 5 Ledyard Ave., everyone involved shares a common bond: their zipcode.
Local to compete in national snowshoeing championship
With scarce snow accumulation, area snowshoe racers jettisoned their distinctive footwear and strapped on sneakers to compete at Highland Forest on Feb. 12.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, socially conscious Cazenovia High School students, restless after the season’s first snow day, braved the cold and descended upon the American Legion for the Second Annual Mucho Dinero dance.
C-NS girls, boys both finish second to F-M in team event
With his trademark finishing kick, Liverpool’s Zavon Watkins earned two more victories, and nearly a third, during Friday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at SRC Arena. It was all part of a wild evening where the Warriors, with 74 points, finished just behind Cicero-North Syracuse (75 points) for the runner-up spot as Fayetteville-Manlius, with 97 points, claimed sectional team honors.
Liverpool's Roche, Burdo, Clarke also qualify for state meet
In both the pool and on the diving board, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys swim teams would find various amounts of success during last week’s Section III championships at Nottingham High School.
C-NS eliminated in sectional playoffs; record nearly similar to 2010-11
After making a run to the semifinal round a season ago, the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team looked for the same success this time – but someone else, familiar to the Northstars’ surroundings, denied that chance.
No doubt, it helped Cicero-North Syracuse bowlers Joe Bodnar and Beth Piston that the Section III championships took place Saturday at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, the Northstars’ home facility. And the pair took full advantage, winning both of the individual titles as C-NS’s girls team also made a bold run for the team championship, only to fall just short against Fulton.
F-M star sets mark in 100 fly; Speidel shines in 200 free
Though the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA boys swim teams had difficulty keeping up with the top contenders during last weekend’s Section III championships at Nottingham, they still had moments of individual glory.
Cavanaugh passes 1,000 career points in rout of Whitesboro
With twin top seeds in the Section III Class A playoffs, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys and girls basketball teams set off on far different quests. For the boys Red Rams, history beckons as it goes after an unprecedented fifth consecutive state public title. Meanwhile, the J-D girls want to end a 14-year sectional championship drought.
Zbikowski rises to second at boys sectionals
Though the Baldwinsville girls bowling team was unable to keep up with the likes of Fulton and Auburn in last Saturday’s Section III championship at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, it still came away with a big consolation prize. Annie Peterson emerged in second place at the sectional individual tournament held earlier in the week, qualifying for the March 3-4 state championships at Valley Bowl in Waverly.
Sunday, February 19
In December, Jerry Wilcox, a fine and well-respected basketball coach for more than three decades in the Syracuse area, was fired at Liverpool, a single bad incident in a game at West Genesee cited as the reason.
Girls Rams nearly sweep field events; ESM's Wall wins twice
Over consecutive days, the Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy boys track and field teams would both earn Section III titles, and the girls Red Rams, won too.
F-M gets hat tricks from Holick, Chase, beats C-NS 7-4
A decade into its existence, the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team had steadily worked its way from upstart to contender before it took on Cicero-North Syracuse in Friday's opening round of the Section III Division I playoffs. But the Hornets’ 7-4 conquest of the Northstars at Cicero Twin Rinks held its own special value, as it marked F-M’s first-ever post-season win and set up a chance to beat four-time defending champ West Genesee in this Wednesday’s semifinal round.
Westhill/Ludden finishes second in Class A boys, girls meets
Over the course of two days, a full complement of local indoor track and field athletes would seek out Section III championships at SRC Arena. The Class AA and A events took place Friday, as Westhill/Bishop Ludden’s combined unit was second in Class A on both sides – 78 points for the girls, 69 points for the boys – each time behind Jamesville-DeWitt, who swept the team honors.
Westhill moves to 19-0; Gaelic Knights knock out Holland Patent
Undefeated and owning the top seed in the Section III Class B-1 playoffs, the Westhill girls basketball team is finding that its road to the finals is one filled with local color. Not only did the Warriors have to eliminate no. 8 seed Marcellus 52-24 in Friday’s quarterfinal round, it will have to topple no. 4 seed Bishop Ludden in the semifinals after the Gaelic Knights disposed of no. 5 seed Holland Patent 64-40 in its quarterfinal.
Saturday, February 18
F-M girls use total sweeps in distance events to pile up points
In their own unique manners, indoor track and field teams from Fayetteville-Manlius both emerged with titles from Friday night's Section III Class AA championship meet at SRC Arena.
Cobras advance to face VVS in Class B semis
For all the fast-paced intensity of Saturday night's Section III Class B boys basketball quarterfinal between Bishop Grimes and Skaneateles, the game turned on what took place when everything stopped. The no. 3 seed Cobras' ability to consistently covert at the free-throw line, and the Lakers' immense struggles at that same charity stripe, had much to do with Grimes prevailing by a score of 61-53.
When Whitney Houston’s death was announced on Feb. 11, my thoughts flashed back to one of the best concerts I’d ever heard, and I’ve attended thousands.
Fiutak, Adams, Tonzi earn individual titles
Finding success in most of the disciplines, the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team gained a second-place finish in Saturday's Section III Class B championship meet at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena. With 114 points, the Lakers beat everyone except that other Laker unit, from Cazenovia, who went to the top spot with 165 points.
Lakers amass 165 points in sectional meet
Capping off a winter full of first-place finishes, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team pulled away from Skaneateles and the rest of the field to win the Section III Class B championship Saturday at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena. All told, Cazenovia had 165 points, while Skaneateles claimed the runner-up spot with 114 points. Homer, with 53 points, was far back in third place.
Bees star dominates 100 backstroke, holds on in 200 IM
Baldwinsville boys swimmer Dan Burke showed everyone in Central New York his multiple talents as he earned two victories in in Friday's Section III Class A championship meet at Nottingham High School.
Carnovale wins 300-meter dash; Vasteno second in 55 sprint
Gina Carnovale’s sprint title highlighted the Baldwinsville girls indoor track and field team’s effort during Friday night’s Section III Class AA championship meet at SRC Arena.
WG crushes Hamilton, 13-3, to reach Division I semis
Leading for most of the night, the Solvay ice hockey team was in good condition to fight past upstart Central Square in Friday night’s Section III Division I playoff opener at Allyn Arena.
High finishes not enough to fend off upstart Watertown
West Genesee’s boys swim team saw its reign as Section III Class A champions put to an end by a new force in the pool. The Wildcats managed 308 points in Friday night’s Class A meet at Nottingham, second only to Watertown, who won its first-ever sectional title by earning 335 points.
Defensive switch keys 59-51 win over Bucs
Long gone are the days where the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team settled for nice regular seasons and token playoff appearances. Now the Northstars are making regular forays deep into the Section III Class AA tournament, returning to the semifinals again after Friday night's 59-51 win over Oswego in the AA quarterfinals.
Skaneateles beats Eagles for second time in as many weeks
Maybe the only logical destination for the Skaneateles girls basketball team, in this turnaround 2011-12 campaign, is a Section III Class B-2 title. The no. 5 seed Lakers are now just two wins from that destination, having upended no. 4 seed Jordan-Elbridge 58-49 in Friday night's B-2 quarterfinal.
Friday, February 17
Atoms avenge two regular-season defeats to Eagles
Two regular-season losses to your in-city rival vanish quickly from the mind when you’re able to beat that team in the post-season, when it matters most. No. 5 seed Syracuse Academy of Science, after dropping a pair of games to no. 4 seed Institute of Technology Central earlier this winter, advanced to the Section III Class C boys basketball semifinals with a 76-64 win over the Eagles Friday at Lincoln Middle School.
Schurman, Nesher lead short-handed boys Hornets past Nottingham
Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball coach Tom Blackford has won plenty of big games in his long coaching career, including a pair of state Class D boys basketball championships during his tenure at Hamilton. Yet Blackford called the Hornets' 66-54 victory over Nottingham in Friday night's Section III Class AA quarterfinal his most satisfying win yet.
Warriors' two-year title reign ends as Marcellus wins, 43-35
From the depths of an 0-5 start, the Marcellus boys basketball team now finds itself one of four survivors in the Section III Class B playoffs. Kyle Hastings scored 22 points to power the no. 12 seed Mustangs past no. 13 seed and two-time defending champion Westhill, 43-35, in Friday night's Class B quarterfinals.
Young helps Black Knights pull away in late going
For the first 16 minutes of Friday night’s Section III Class AA boys’ basketball quarterfinal final, West Genesee, fresh off a road win over Rome Free Academy in the first round, was able to force defending champion Henninger out of its comfort zone. The no. 10 seed Wildcats, though, ran out of fuel in the end, as the No. 2 Black Knights advanced with a 72-51 win thanks to stellar paint play from senior forward Marquies Young in the fourth quarter.
While snow was late to the party, residents of Cazenovia were right on time for 2012 Winter Festival celebrations.
Eighty-one students and 10 coaches were recognized during the approximately 40-minute ceremony.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Baldwinsville Grange #1251 was privileged to present dictionaries to each of the third grade students of the Cato-Meridian School District.
Clubs present $3,825 check to Habitat for Humanity
After reading an article about Habitat for Humanity’s struggle to complete a project damaged by vandals, Sally Fedrizzi, president-elect of the Baldwinsville Rotary Club, decided to take action.
The Manlius Police Department is now offering a community information service for public safety alerts. The department will now be using Nixle, joining the Camillus Police Department as the only other agency in Onondaga County to use the service.
To the editor: I have been blessed to be able to build a career on a God-given talent that gives me great satisfaction every day as an artist, graphic designer and now as the Mayor of Manlius. Since 1982, I have been drawing and presenting portraits to celebrities across New York State commemorating their performances or appearances.
Ryan Peters, a senior at Baker High School, received the Elks Community Service Award from Liverpool Elks Lodge 2348 on Feb. 6.
"Dolphin Tale" is the featured showing for the “Advocates Winter Break Movie” event, sponsored by Advocates, Incorporated. The showing is set for 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at the Palace Theater, 2384 James Street, Syracuse
The Baldwinsville Central School District varsity ice hockey team hosted its Teacher Appreciation Night at the team’s home game on Feb. 3.
Lavin assists on tying goal, then nets game-winner
Everything pointed toward a close encounter when the CBA/J-D ice hockey team faced Auburn in Thursday night's opening round of the Section III Division II playoffs at Onondaga Nation Arena.
Unlike 2011 playoff meeting, Romeo's last-second shot does not fall
With time running out, Marisa Romeo took the shot that, if successful, would send the Christian Brothers Academy girls basketball team past Liverpool in Thursday night’s Section III Class AA quarterfinal.
Benedict, Romagnoli claim second straight sectional titles
Until last year, it had been 45 years since anyone from Cazenovia had won Section III titles in wrestling. Now, it’s happened two years in a row. A pair of wrestlers who attend Christian Brothers Academy and who live in Cazenovia, Aaron Benedict and J.T. Romagnoli, claimed sectional Division I titles again on Feb. 11 at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.
Lakers get 31 saves from Vecchiarelli in 3-1 decision
For all the ups and downs in the regular season, the Cazenovia ice hockey team will accept them if, at the end, it still holds the Section III and state Division II crowns it earned a year ago.
Thursday, February 16
The young and young at heart will not want to miss illusionist Leon Etienne, an accomplished magical-arts performer mystify audience members at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, as he makes his second visit to the Cazenovia Public Library.
Retired Stickley Furniture Corporation Manager Roger Davenport, of Main Street in New Woodstock, recently designed, built and donated six light-weight, large, stackable pedestals to the New Woodstock Free Library.
Wildcats' 61-45 win earns trip to Class AA semis
West Genesee's girls basketball team dominated the paint in its 61-45 girls’ basketball rout of visiting Corcoran Thursday night in the Section III Class AA quarterfinals. When the no. 3 seed Wildcats (15-4) weren’t dropping in layups, they were pulling down offensive rebounds, and Corcoran coach Jim March came away impressed by the hosts effort down low.
Seymour keys rally with late 3-pointers
As Marisa Romeo's shot flew toward the basket at the overtime buzzer of Thursday night's Section III Class AA quarterfinal, the Liverpool girls basketball was hoping that past ghosts of various kinds would not rise up and haunt them again.
In its final tune-up before the Section III Championship, the Cazenovia girls indoor track team used the Central New York Select meet to post a series of season-leading performances.
Marijuana has been a hot topic in the news recently with the debates over whether or not to legalize the drug, but who has heard of the already-legalized synthetic marijuana?
Baldwinsville PEACE offers fundraiser and St. Patrick's Day celebration
Baldwinsville Alliance Church has a new name and new mission. Located on Route 48 in Baldwinsville, the church is now known as New Hope.
The JE Musical Players are looking for a small dog to play the role of "Toto" for their March 16 and 17 production of “The Wiz.”
On Wednesday, March 7, the Lysander Republican Committee will meet to begin the process of endorsing a slate of candidates for this year’s general election.
After months of bitter dispute, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the New York State Education Department and the New York State United Teachers have finally reached an agreement regarding teacher evaluations. The compromise comes on the day the governor had set as a deadline in his January budget address to come up with a system; otherwise Cuomo himself would devise one.
Lysander Parks and Recreation offers February programs such as babysitting course, snow tubing night, ballroom dancing, winter tennis lessons
Durgee Junior High School eighth-graders Brina Reed, back, Nicholas Spurchise, seated left, and Maria Ragonese were winners in the local portion of the 2012-13 Elks Americanism Essay Contest, sponsored by the Liverpool Elks Lodge 2348.
Children who will be kindergarteners at Palmer Elementary School in the 2012-13 school year and their parents are invited to the school to participate in READy for Kindergarten, a Palmer program designed to familiarize children with various kindergarten activities, their teachers, and the school.
The organization called Thank a Service Member gave a ceremonial send-off to soldiers from the 444thEngineer Company of Oswego as they prepared to deploy to Afghanistan recently.
Eighty-one students created 48 exhibits that were entered for judging in the Camillus Middle School Science Fair on Feb.2.
Camp Good Days and Special Times is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges.
James Froio took the helm of the J-E Central School District amid one of the biggest scandals in the district’s deeply-rooted history. One hundred days into the school year, Froio is helping J-E rebuild.
The Camillus Rotary Club, in memory of longtime member John Gallinger, recently presented a check for $3,000 as part of a $15,000 total commitment to the Syracuse Ronald McDonald House.
To honor the Boys Scouts of America's 102nd anniversary, Fremont Cub Scouts Pack 244 held a Blue and Gold Banquet where 12 boys crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts.
B'ville girls hampered all season by key injuries
In a way, the entire 2011-12 season for the Baldwinsville girls basketball team ended up as an unanswered question. Short-handed from the start, the Bees still managed to go 12-6, but as the no. 10 seed in the Section III Class AA playoffs, it was given a quick exit in Wednesday night’s opening round, falling to no. 7 seed Utica Proctor 43-41.
Top seed Whitesboro prevails in three-set sweep
Ever since the Section III girls volleyball winter championship matches moved to Jamesville-DeWitt a few years ago, the regular residents have dreamed of getting a chance to play a sectional final on their home court. It hasn’t happened yet, though.
Mike Foster, owner of Crow Hill Hardwoods in Marcellus, has won a trip for two to the Bahamas after participating in Mullican Flooring’s “Get Lost in Atlantis” sales incentive campaign.
Wednesday, February 15
Sutton's "Pavilion" will premier at South By Southwest Festival
Tim Sutton, a native Cazenovian and acclaimed filmmaker, was notified his recent work “Pavilion” was accepted into the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin Texas, where it will make its world premiere.
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Sue Gorton turns 55 in August, making her just eligible to retire in September.
Rush-hour motorists are by definition in a rush. But some drivers making their way through the village of Liverpool are in such a hurry they’re breaking the law by running red lights. At the village board’s Feb. 14 meeting, Liverpool Deputy Mayor Nick Kochan told Liverpool Police Chief Bill Becker that drivers are routinely ignoring traffic stop lights during both morning and afternoon rush hours.
A trial date has been set for 30-year-old Nicole C. DeJaynes, the town of Clay woman indicted for second-degree murder in connection with the death of her newborn daughter discovered Jan. 6, 2010, in a trash bin in the village of Liverpool. DeJaynes also faces a charge of first-degree manslaughter.
New York Air National Guard Col. Dawne Deskins, an Air Guardsman since 1995 and a Cazenovia resident, has been selected as the next commander of the Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS).
When ballet class is over, my daughters call my wireless — but I don’t answer, because I don’t have or want one. I’m not saying I long for the old rotary-dial dinosaurs of the 60s or the privacy of booths in days of yore. I just happen to think this current cell phone craze will pass and suffer the fate of the Sony Betamax and New Coke.
Downtown After Dark
When a Jewish child and a black maid bond during the waning days of Jim Crow in St. Charles, Louisiana, musical magic ensues. Even the washing machines and dryers sing like archangels! So you can imagine the width and breadth of the tunes’ genres in “Caroline, or Change,” the unconventional musical by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori now playing at Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee St.
This Saturday, Feb. 18, Thornden Park will be the scene of two great winter events.
Eagle columnist Russ Tarby offers his best bets for the week of Feb. 15.
These are the Camillus police reports ending February 9.
These are the police reports for DeWitt, East Syracuse, and Manlius ending on February 9.
Upstate Medical University employees have raised $650,043 for their 2011 United Way/Community Giving Campaign, exceeding their goal of $650,000.
The National Football Foundation recently honored Section III Scholar-Athletes during an awards dinner at Turning Stone Resort.
By now you’ve likely heard that the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education in January approved hiring a school resource officer to serve the school district.
On behalf of Cazenovia Children’s House, we wholeheartedly wish to thank all those who supported the Eighth Annual Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk.
This is to express sincere thanks on behalf of the RSVP Advisory Council Board, RSVP Volunteers and staff to all community members who generously donate to the United Community Chest Campaign.
If you enjoy getting startled vertically out of your theatre chair, you should run and see “The Woman in Black.” It is the best and kickiest scary movie I have seen in a long time.
Mrs. Dunham’s students at Ray Middle School recently wrote poems about their favorite memory.
The American Red Cross of Central New York has been quite busy in the last few months in the wake of many recent fires in the Syracuse area.
Manlius Police have charged two teens in connection to vandalism and criminal mischief in Erie Village.
Skaneateles avenges December defeat to Golden Knights
For the Skaneateles boys basketball team, a deep run in the Section III Class B playoffs will require at least two instances of atonement for regular-season defeats.
Westhill to meet Marcellus in Friday's quarterfinals
For much of this winter, a matchup between Marcellus and Westhill in the Section III Class B boys basketball playoffs was a preposterous notion. Yet now the Mustangs and Warriors, with the no. 12 and 13 seeds, will meet Friday night in the Class B quarterfinals.
The towns of Van Buren and Salina have entered into an intermunicipal agreement to share a comptroller.
WG to get another shot at Henninger in AA quarterfinals
For the second year in a row, the West Genesee boys basketball team will take a shot at Henninger in the Section III Class AA quarterfinals. The Wildcats earned that chance in Tuesday night's opening round, when it went east and, led again by Phil Allen, took out no. 7 seed Rome Free Academy 69-65.
Orange Appeal and The Mandarins, both from SU, The Binghamton Crosbys from SUNY Binghamton and two local favorites Five to Life and NoXcuse will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Holy Cross Church (4112 East Genesee St. in Dewitt).
Brownie Troop 10319 recently delivered 402 sandwiches, which the girls made with the help of junior troops 10261 and 10130, as well as toiletries, clothes and extra jars of peanut butter and jelly to the Samaritan Center in Syracuse.
Yoga instructor Clare Vole leads the Baldwinsville Garden Club through a yoga session during the club’s Feb. 2 meeting.
Jacqueline Firenze, a senior at Baker High School and a member of the girls’ varsity soccer team, signs her national letter of intent Feb. 1 to play soccer for Syracuse University next year.
Tuesday, February 14
Brothers to face top seed Proctor in quarterfinals
Christian Brothers Academy’s second-half surge ousted Corcoran from the Section III Class AA boys’ basketball playoffs Tuesday night, 56-43, at Lynch Gymnasium. The No. 8 seed Brothers outscored the Cougars, 35-13, after intermission in the first-round game, advancing to face top seed Utica Proctor in Friday night's quarterfinal round.
Warriors' freshman hits go-ahead 3 in closing seconds
A long-range shot falls, a close-range shot misses - and just like that, the Cazenovia boys basketball team's turnaround 2011-12 season came to a quick end in the opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs. The no. 4 seed Lakers fell, 45-41, to no. 13 seed Westhill Tuesday night at Buckley Gym, victimized in the closing seconds by its own mistakes, as well as the clutch play of Warriors freshman Jordan Roland.
Resident Jim Lanning files paperwork to run
The upcoming election for village trustee will be a contested race. Village resident Jim Lanning filed his paperwork to run for a seat on the village board.
The former North Syracuse post office is coming to life again after sitting vacant for a year. The North Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, formerly known as the Plank Road Chamber of Commerce, has moved into the building. The chamber is located in the back office of the former North Syracuse post office, 201 South Main St., Suite 101, but the phone number is the same as it was (458-4181).
Several residents appeared before the Salina Town Board Monday night to address the town’s controversial cat law, which is Chapter 70, sections 19 to 21 of the town code. Under the auspices of following said law, Salina’s animal control officer has been setting traps throughout the town after receiving nuisance complaints. Those traps have captured cats – some of which are feral, or wild, cats, but some of them are family pets – which the ACO has then transported to the CNY SPCA. If the animals aren’t claimed within five days, the animals can be put up for adoption or euthanized. According to the residents who spoke at Monday’s meeting, neither the animal control officer, the neighbors who made the complaints nor the SPCA made any effort to locate the trapped cats’ owners.
Nicole Hershberger wants kids to understand that science is cool. That’s why Hershberger, the children’s librarian at NOPL @ Cicero, initiated Second Saturday Science at the library. The program kicked off last Saturday, Feb. 11, with a program about air pressure and how air moves. Hershberger said she wanted to give kids more hands-on experience with science and technology, as well as open up the library to more scientific pursuits.
School is In
On the down side, the newly self-appointed lobbyist for students, Governor Andrew Cuomo (see my last column for details), is already failing at the job. The good news is that five SCSD teachers demanded more of themselves, and earned National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
The Media Unit, Central New York’s national award-winning teen performance and production troupe, holds auditions for both spring and summer tours Monday through Friday, Feb. 20 to 24.
The Fayetteville Village Board of Trustees held a public hearing regarding proposed revisions to the Limestone Plaza area.
The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Monday night proposed a $74.47 million spending plan for 2012-13 — a .62 percent increase from 2011-12 — that would eliminate seven full-time positions through either staff cuts or attrition.
Monday, February 13
Eleven miles south of the Village of Skaneateles is a unique establishment meant specifically for people seeking a secluded, peaceful place to relax. This small red building, once a 19th century one-room schoolhouse, is now Grammie’s Pantry, a tea room and gift shop designed for people, and especially women, to come and “get away from the stress of life for a while.”
The town of Salina’s Republican Committee will open its doors to the public when it conducts a pre-caucus meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at American Legion Post 188 on South Cypress Street, in Liverpool. The evening’s guest speaker will be the newly elected chairman of the Onondaga County Legislature, Ryan McMahon.
To understand how a school district operates, it’s imperative to know about fund balance and budgeting. That was one of several messages Monday evening, Feb. 6, during a presentation by Donald Keegan, assistant superintendent for management, to the North Syracuse Board of Education.
Director Mickey Kringer says his 50th production is ‘epic’
When stage director Mickey Kringer uses the word “epic” to describe an upcoming show, take notice. And out of all of those shows over the past 24 years at Skaneateles High School, he says the upcoming production of “Phantom of the Opera” is “the biggest and most challenging show we’ve ever done.”
St. Baldrick’s event battles childhood cancer
Members of St. James Episcopal Church are excited to get their heads shaved, and they are inviting Skaneateles residents to join them. The upcoming event is a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to help fight childhood cancer.
Members of the Skaneateles Fire Department will hold a bottle and can drive in late March to help support a home remodeling project for a family with 29 children and a father with failing health.
A family separated by hundreds of miles has maintained a bond through the power of the Internet — and hand-made doll clothes.
After losing 2-1 to the Hershey Bears Friday, Feb. 10, at the Onondaga County War Memorial, Crunch forward Andrew Gordon said he and his teammates are playing “desperate hockey.”
In the next installment of the Skaneateles Speaker Series, advertising executive Brian Sheehan, associate professor at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, will speak on “Did You Blink? Look What’s Happened to Online Communications.”
Safety concerns prompt board to cap drainpipe on Spafford Landing
Spafford Highway Superintendent Carl Wiers has been handed the task of creating a grate to fit in the end of the new sluiceway pipe on Spafford Landing Road at the south end of Skaneateles Lake.
Skaneateles Village Code Enforcement Officer Eric Sell has resigned after less than six months on the job. The village board approved his resignation, which will take effect on April 1, at the Feb. 9 meeting.
On his first day in town, Syracuse Chiefs new manager Tony Beasley sat for an early morning chat that proved thoughtful.
Amid recent talks of a medical center being built within the village of Cazenovia, it seems the vacant lot on Riverside Drive will remain vacant in the following months.
The Skaneateles Central School District has reached an out-of-court settlement with District III Athletics over a disagreement concerning legal fees for last year’s suspension of the Skaneateles varsity football program.
Cazenovia High School students who have excelled in their first-quarter studies have been recognized on either the Highest Honor Roll, High Honor Roll or Honor Roll.
The Clark Street bridge is expected to be reopened for public use almost a year to the day it was closed by the Madison County Highway Department.
As Empire Brewing Company’s award-winning beer and gastronomic offerings continue to garner attention at the Walton Street location in Syracuse, owner and Cazenovia resident David Katleski is evaluating the possibility of opening a microbrewery in Cazenovia.
Several choral students from Cazenovia High school had the privilege of attending the New York State School Music Association’s Area All-State Festival Feb. 3 and 4 at Ithaca College.
At its Feb. 6 meeting, Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 made great strides toward improving its ability to locally commemorate holidays and significant events.
It seems the Town & Country Plaza on Route 20 in Cazenovia will be undergoing substantial modifications during the next year.
The state budget process has long been marred by an overwhelming amount of politicking and grandstanding. An on-time budget was rarely heard of until 2011, the first budget season of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tenure at the helm of the state.
F-M boys have no. 3 seed; girls snare no. 2 seed
Despite fabulous regular-season marks, neither of the Fayetteville-Manlius basketball teams will enter the Section III Class AA playoffs with the high burden of expectations.
Cobras recover for OT win over Westhill, has no. 3 playoff seed
For three periods last Tuesday night, the Bishop Grimes boys basketball team did everything it could to earn some payback against Bishop Ludden for the Jan. 6 defeat it took on its home court. But then the fourth quarter started, and the Cobras’ magic disappeared amid hot Gaelic Knights shooting and a self-inflicted wound or two, leading to a 75-60 defeat.
Sunday, February 12
Liverpool senior wins at 285 with trio of pins
Pat Carroll-Marsh is not one to waste much time on the wrestling mat. The Liverpool heavyweight expects - almost demands - that he take down every opponent and pin them. That's led to a 31-0 record in the 2011-12 season and, thanks to his 285-pound victory in Saturday's Section III Division I meet at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, he's on his way to the state meet.
Two Occupy Syracuse protesters have filed a complaint against the Syracuse Police Department in connection to the camp’s eviction from Perseverance Park last month.
CBA/J-D teammates prevail; F-M's Quinlan takes second
CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestler Aaron Benedict looked ready to take a loss to Fulton's Adam Wallace in Saturday night's 138-pound title match in the Section III Division I championships at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.
Henninger is no. 2 seed in Class AA title defense
Some notable changes are part of the 2012 edition of the Section III boys basketball playoffs, chief among them the fact that the finals, on March 4, will all be played at the Carrier Dome after a two-year stint at Utica Memorial Auditorium. What hasn't changed, though, are the aspirations of all five Syracuse city schools, including Henninger, who looks to repeat the AA title it won a year ago in an overtime classic over Utica Proctor.
Guard says a few low-scoring outputs aren't affecting his motivation
B'ville rises to third in Division I team standings
In their own unique ways – one quite methodical, the other quite dramatic – Kevin Paul and Pat Nasoni gave Baldwinsville a pair of Section III Division I wrestling titles Saturday night at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena. Paul emerged with the 106-pound title and Nasoni earned the 195-pound crown, both of them advancing to the Feb. 24-25 state meet at Albany’s Times Union Center.
Late slump culminates in 4-2 defeat to Bearcats
With a single and decisive result, the Solvay ice hockey team moves into the Section III Division I playoffs - and Baldwinsville is kept out. Solvay ended B'ville's season with a 4-2 triumph in a Division I boys’ hockey game Friday night at Allyn Arena in Skaneateles, which has served as the Bearcats' home rink for most of this season.
When it all was finished, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team had the same win total (five) this winter as it did in 2010-11. The Bees had two chances to improve on that number in the last week of the regular season, but missed on both occasions against Class AA title contenders.
Junior claims first Wildcat title since 2008
As the tension built Saturday night inside Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, West Genesee junior wrestler Connor Grome knew what he had to do. Tied with Liverpool’s Derek Eason in the 132-pound Section III Division I championship match, Grome was one good move from advancing to the state tournament - or one false move from seeing his season end.
Boys, girls Mustangs sweep Homer
As they charged down the stretch, each of the Marcellus basketball teams used late victories over Homer to make the field for the Section III Class B playoffs.
Caz scores 21 goals in routs of Whitesboro, Clinton
With the playoff defense of its Section III Division II title looming ahead, the Cazenovia ice hockey team played three times in six days to close the regular season – and by the end of it, its offense started to resemble the juggernaut that captured a state title one year ago.
Chittenango senior returns to state meet; Carbery take second
Though in a new venue, it was the same result for Chittenango wrestling star Wes Blanding as he earned a second consecutive Section III Division II championship. Blanding, who prevailed at 135 pounds a year ago at Utica Memorial Auditorium, made a simple adjustment to 132 pounds and has gone 36-0 this year, including three victories in the sectional meet Saturday at Onondaga Community College’s brand-new SRC Arena.
Saturday, February 11
C-NS senior to play in pair of elite games in late March
Accolades continue to pile up for Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball senior Breanna Stewart, which now includes a place on the McDonald's All-American team. Stewart was one of 24 seniors named to participate in the annual contest March 28 at Chicago's United Center, to be telecast by ESPNU. Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball senior DaJuan Coleman will play in the boys game that same night.
Skaneateles boys dominate Eagles, surge into playoffs
Whatever else may yet take place, the Skaneateles girls basketball team can proudly wear the mantle of Onondaga High School League Liberty American division champions. The Lakers clinched the title Friday night, going to Jordan-Elbridge and rolling past the short-handed Eagles 54-44 to finish with a 9-4 league mark, one game ahead of J-E's 8-5 mark.
Friday, February 10
Bees ousted in last game of regular season
With a single and decisive result, the Solvay ice hockey team moves into the Section III Division I playoffs - and Baldwinsville is kept out. Solvay ended B'ville's season with a 4-2 triumph in a Division I boys’ hockey game Friday night at Allyn Arena in Skaneateles, which has served as the Bearcats' home rink for most of this season.
Hot-shooting first half helps Brothers to 62-50 win
Only at the last hurdle did the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team get denied in a quest to complete an undefeated regular season. The 17-0, state Class A no. 6-ranked Red Rams ran into a red-hot Christian Brothers Academy Friday night, watching the Brothers hit close to everything in the first half and prevail by a score of 62-50.
Opening New York up to private enterprise casino gambling seems like a safe bet for injecting some badly needed cash into the state’s economy, according to some lawmakers. But other sources suggest that the change may only provide a quick windfall for the state.
Snow aficionados might object, but for many Central New Yorkers this is the season for indoor sports and the library has plenty to offer from recently released DVDs, book and magazines to fun and useful programs for all ages.
The Baldwinsville Central School District’s transportation department would like to remind district parents that if their children will be attending a private or parochial school next school year, they must submit a transportation request form to the department by April 1.
The Baldwinsville Boys Basketball Booster Club will hold their 19th annual winter-session basketball camp Tuesday Feb. 21 through Friday Feb. 24 at Baker High School.
Students at St. Mary’s Academy enjoy a breakfast celebration with their grandparents on Friday, Feb. 3. The event, which was a tribute to grandparents complete with a Mass and breakfast, was part of a week-long celebration at the Baldwinsville school celebrating Catholic Schools week. Other events the children partook in included roller skating, “beach day,” pajama and movie day, and a character education singing assembly.
Jordan-Elbridge's Susan Gorton is expected to retire in September.
These residents of the western suburbs of Syracuse are making waves at the university level.
I’m the first to admit that I love shopping. If there is a bargain to be had, I’m there. If there is a product in high demand, I will hunt it down.
A very mild winter, by Central New York standards, at least, has forced David Steinberg to get creative with the rebranding of some of his products. Steinberg, whose family has owned and operated the sporting goods department within Ra-Lin since 1959, has begun calling wool and flannel gear “shirt jackets.” Long underwear is now also known as an “extra layer.”
Townley breaks Section III mark in loss to B'ville
When bowling rivals Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool got together again last Tuesday at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, the Northstars won on both sides.
Think Bill Rapp Superstore
When it’s time for you to purchase a vehicle, think Bill Rapp Superstore. The family-owned dealership sells new, stellar products from Buick, GMC, Subaru and Nissan, as well as numerous pre-owned vehicles of various makes and models. And when it comes to customer service, the dealership is equally impressive.
Did you know that Geico has a presence in Syracuse? The local sales office opened its doors four years ago on Erie Boulevard East with just two licensed agents. Five full-time agents now occupy the bustling office that sees a steady stream of customers – easily 100 – each day. Incoming phone calls reach upwards to 300 daily.
Longley Dodge has seen a number of changes over the years, but that hasn’t stopped the dealership, located on Route 57 in Fulton, from continuing to grow and thrive.
Mutually owned by you our members, lending decisions that are made locally, and personal customer service, all attributes of Seneca Federal, proudly serving the Central New York community for 84 years.
B’ville biz reduces footprint, educates community
While some snow enthusiasts have been left wondering where winter is, Baldwinsville business owners and avid snowmobilers Greg and Cathy Hudson are taking advantage of the sun.
Northside opened their original location on North State Street in Syracuse in 1974 and has experienced a methodical growth plan over the past 38 years.
Features new body shop, Saturday service hours
Chrysler Group LLC posted its second straight year of improved model sales in 2011, and Par-K Chrysler-Jeep in Fulton is excited to show consumers what the buzz is all about.
If you are looking for a new car or if your vehicle needs servicing, look no further than the 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility at Lou’s Car Care, located at 7361 State Fair Blvd. in Baldwinsville.
Driver’s Village in Cicero is constantly looking for ways to make both buying a car and getting it serviced a pleasant experience for its customers.
In the market for the family car? The one that will take the kids to soccer games, the grocery store, even on camping trips? Seems like a tall order, but U.S. News Best Cars, a known source for car rankings and reviews, can help you make the right choice.
Car Club Association of CNY gives back, keeps members informed on auto issues
The Car Club Association of Central New York was founded in the fall of 1988 by a group of dedicated car enthusiasts to provide communication among local clubs.
Hearth, Cabinets and More is true to its name, and the Liverpool business, with a newly remodeled showroom, is devoted to helping customers tackle jobs big or small, from design to installation.
“Seneca Federal Savings and Loan Association is not an average mortgage originator but it IS an average community bank,” said Katrina Russo, president-CEO of Seneca Federal Savings and Loan Association.
Homeowners often look to make improvements to their homes to improve aesthetics, save money or make their homes more energy efficient. What they may not know is that certain home improvements may qualify them for manufacturer or energy supplier rebates and even federal tax credits that can help a person save even more.
Busch Products is known for unmatched quality in countertops
Busch Products, a family-owned and operated business with more than 25 years of experience in the countertop industry. Based out of Central New York, Busch Products is equipped to meet the various surfacing needs of the northeast region.
Well versed in both matters, Bruce Gianni much prefers the story of a phoenix rising from the ashes to the fate of the dodo bird, metaphorically speaking.
Paying property taxes is a necessary side effect of home ownership. Across the United States, residents are required to pay property taxes based on an assessment of their homes’ value.
Hill’s Heating and Air Conditioning is fully insured and all work is guaranteed. They feature six fully-stocked service trucks throughout Central New York. In fact, if you have purchased your system from Hills and require an emergency service call chances are 99 percent that they have the repair part on the service truck.
Timber Banks Golf Club & Marina Community, located just off of River Road in Baldwinsville, is host to the newest lifestyle in Central New York. Owner and developer Gary Pooler had a vision more than 10 years ago about what Timber Banks would become.
Nedrow business stresses customer service
In the 1950s Bernie Carter spent time “dabbling” with replacing automobile tops and seat covers for friends and family. Now, more than 60 years later, the upholstery business born from his early efforts is still thriving in Central New York.
White’s Farm Supply stands behind its philosophy of putting customers first, and it shows in the books. The family-run business enjoyed a 40 percent growth spurt last year in the agricultural industry.
Rachel Heyman of DeWitt paused briefly during a rehearsal to answer a few questions about her role as one of the leading characters in the upcoming production of “Les Miserables” at Jamesville-Dewitt High School.
Girls bowling Bees win twice; sectional tourney is next
Not only did both of Baldwinsville’s bowling teams earn a sweep over Liverpool in Thursday’s regular-season finale at Flamingo Bowl, Ryan Zbikowski got within inches of a perfect game. Zbikowski rolled 11 consecutive strikes before leaving a single pin in his final frame, leaving him with a 299 on his way to a 715 series. Meanwhile, teammate Tyler Watchus had 10 strikes in a 289 game that was part of a 682 series.
CBA, Bishop Grimes both eliminated in five-set battles
A wild, dramatic Thursday evening of Section III girls volleyball playoff action saw four local teams compete - and only one survive into the semifinal round.
Can you believe another year has passed? GreenHomes America is appreciative of their customers in helping them in their achievement as NYSERDA’s most recognized and awarded weatherization contractor.
The Home Builders & Remodelers of CNY is encouraging area residents to celebrate spring with its annual Home and Garden Show, one of the largest events of its kind in the Northeast.
Bob Auchinachie has been affiliated with Kinetico Water Systems for more than a decade, yet he still marvels at the products he sells and installs as part of his H2ahh Water Purification System. And Auchinachie and his family have plenty of experience with all things water: He’s the fourth-generation owner of Auchinachie Plumbing, which started in Binghamton in 1906.
Street Emporium to debut this spring
The Wild Bird Center is growing, and the Manlius area will be prettier because of it - and not only from the beautiful birds gracing feeders in residents’ yards.
Legacy of family business’s success credited to loyal employees, customers, dealers and Stickley’s unparalleled quality
One couple with great aspirations certainly had their work cut out for them when they decided to purchase a struggling furniture company with a sterling reputation.
If Clay follows national trends, the town could see a marked increase in residential new construction starts, as well as housing sales as a whole, in 2012.
CNY real estate market holding its own
The Central New York home real estate market experienced a bit of growth, according to Mark W. Re, vice president and general manager of RealtyUSA Central Region and president of Central New York Information Service Inc.
After deciding it was time to downsize to a smaller home, Dr. Garo and Sue Taft found that Springside was the perfect solution.
Some people want to join the growing healthcare industry as administrators. Some people already working as healthcare professionals want to move into management. For both groups, the best way to achieve their objective is Bryant & Stratton College’s new bachelor’s degree program in Health Services Administration.
“When it comes to identity theft, most people assume that it won’t happen to them, but you can never be sure,” said Mike Flaherty, VP-Information Technology at Seneca Federal Savings and Loan Association.
In a first for the region, Upstate University Hospital outpatients will be able to access their own health records, request medical appointments and help to manage their own care from their home computer or smartphone through a new, confidential electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management system. The program launches today in the Family Medicine practice and will expand incrementally to cover all Upstate ambulatory patients by the end of the year.
"It’s almost immeasurable. It’s wonderful." Those are the words Eileen uses to describe Embracing Age. In its fourth month of existence, the elder life concierge business (part of the Franciscan Companies family) has given Eileen’s father new purpose in life.
Seneca Family Dental is celebrating its 30th year of providing dental health care in Central New York. The office, which was originally 500 square feet, has grown to 2,200 square feet.
When either chronic or acute conditions or post-surgical pain and inflammation become a constant issue in your life, it’s difficult too ignore. Because more pain can result from further surgery, LiteCure laser therapy has become a viable alternative to surgery.
Warriors take out Bishop Grimes behind 11 3-pointers
When the Westhill girls basketball sets off in hot pursuit of its first Section III Class B title since 2003, it does so in the wake of a perfect regular-season mark. The last chapter in this unbeaten march for the 18-0, state Class B no. 5-ranked Warriors came Thursday night, when in front of the home fans it used red-hot outside shooting, especially from Sam Peebles, to sail past Bishop Grimes 68-46.
To the editor: I dislike your article, I like the photo... a lot. I am not a journalist nor should you expect a grammatically correct and perfect response. I am a firefighter, and after reading this article I must ask if you ever considered your personal argument to be considered “burning bridges.”
Thursday, February 9
Bees star fourth player in school history to reach milestone
Everything aligned for Baldwinsville girls basketball senior Maggie Monnat to hit a big personal milestone. In front of a large home crowd Thursday night in the Baker High School gym, Monnat surpassed 1,000 career points, even though the Bees went on to a 47-40 defeat to Fayetteville-Manlius.
A Skewed View
Columnist Neil Benjamin Jr. offers his take on the Occupy movement.
One Sunday morning, 75-year-old Laura Zimmerman got lost while driving to church. It was the same route she’d taken for the past 50 years. Another day, she forgot to add sugar to her famous lemon pie recipe. As time went on, her family noticed a change in her personality, too.
When it comes to matters of the heart, women tend to put their own needs aside to care for the needs of their loved ones. That’s great for the loved ones, but it could prove deadly for the woman whose own heart needs tending and mending.
In an effort to seek further reimbursement for Medicaid expenses incurred during a recipient’s lifetime, New York passed a law in the 2011 budget regarding estate recovery from Medicaid recipients.
The National Kidney Foundation of CNY, Inc. has screened thousands of individuals since it started 28 years ago. They are to conduct their 95th free Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) health screening on Thursday, March 8, at their offices at 731 James St. from 10-2. It is a comprehensive preventative screening program that takes approximately of 45 minutes. KEEP includes blood pressure, blood glucose, serum creatinine, serum hemoglobin, full lipid panel, and urine test for protein. These tests identify the risk factors for kidney disease. A physician will advise you on the results at the conclusion of the program
Park Terrace at Radisson family owned – not a corporation
Many features set Park Terrace at Radisson, an assisted living community, apart from other assisted living facilities.
Bayberry Uniform & Shoe doubled in size after it relocated Nov. 7 from one end of Bayberry Plaza to the other. It now fills the 12,000 square-foot space that Kinney Drugs formerly occupied, expanding its inventory approximately $100,000.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in July
Hematology-Oncology Associates of CNY, a national leader in cancer care, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this July. Cancer care has come a long way in 30 years but what has not changed is the practice’s dedication and commitment to their patients, employees and our community.
The Dental office of Dr. Suzanne Shapero, has made several changes over the last year in order to better serve the Central New York community.
Camillus Ridge Terrace has offered a safe, cheerful environment for older adults to reside for the past six years. The assisted living community provides its residents with long-term dedicated staff, 24-hour supervision, all-inclusive services and social activities in which to participate.
The 21st annual Tuscarora Lake Ice Fishing Derby will officially begin at 5 a.m. Feb. 18.
Students enrolled in Cazenovia College’s Breeding and Foaling Management classes will be hosting a Tag Sale and Silent Auction from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb 19.
Many women dread having a mammogram. For some, it’s the anticipation of any discomfort during the exam. For others, it’s the fear of what the procedure may reveal.
After the team of chefs from the Brewster Inn claimed first place in the first annual Iron Fork competition on Jan. 29, they were crowned as the best in Syracuse.
I was driving down the road this morning, giving someone a lift because his Jetta wouldn’t start and he was late for work, when the car in front of me stopped.
Leisha Tedford talks about why she chose to ‘Go Red’
February is National Heart Month and Friday, Feb. 3, marks National Wear Red Day. In a nutshell, having heart disease and health awareness should be at the forefront of our minds every day, not just during the month of February.
For more than 40 years, the central mission of the Internist Associates of Central New York has been to provide quality internal medicine and related services to their patients in a courteous, professional and efficient manner.
I heard that “The Grey” was formulaic and predictable. I have to disagree. The Grey addresses the question of survival in a manner that is tense and horrifying beyond description.
Joshua Cook, of East Syracuse, was awarded a presidential scholarship to Alfred State University, consisting of $6,100 a year.
Two CNY orthopedic groups discuss the changing face of care in their field
Upstate Orthopedics is affiliated with Upstate Medical University and University Hospital and is located at the Bone and Joint Center, a 100,000 square foot center at 6620 Fly Road in East Syracuse. According to its website, Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, PC (SOS) “is a group of specialty trained and focused orthopedic surgeons and mid-level providers [of] customized care to patients at our seven conveniently located offices in and around the Syracuse area.” So, is bigger better? Yes, according to those associated with both practices.
Community members are rallying around a family whose home was destroyed in a fire earlier this month.
Letter to the editor
It was amusing to read about efforts to improve the Western Gateway to Skaneateles.
Thomas Jefferson stated in the Declaration of Independence that people will tolerate innumerable wrongs before they stand up against them. The corollary also seems true, that people who are happy or in agreement with certain policies will say nothing in their support, while the few opponents rent the air with their objections and criticisms.
Alex Bono, a senior at Baker High School and a member of the boys’ varsity soccer team, signs his national letter of intent Feb. 1 to play soccer for Syracuse University next year.
Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli has scheduled four community information nights including a town of Van Buren meeting to be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 8 at the town hall, corner of Van Buren and Ellsworth roads.
If you are looking for relief from the dreary winter weather, try a night of music to lift your spirits. The district has scheduled several concerts in February and March to showcase its students’ musical talents in band, orchestra and chorus. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Spartans top Fowler, share first place with CBA
Whatever might take place in the Section III Class A playoffs that start this week, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys basketball team already has a permanent niche in the school’s athletic history. When the Spartans beat Fowler 81-65 in Wednesday night’s regular-season finale, it clinched a share of the OHSL Freedom National division championship with Christian Brothers Academy.
Come mid-February, when the wind is raw and the snow drifts are two feet deep, some kernel of conscious responsibility deep inside pops open: “We have to get pruning the orchard.” We have about 12 acres of apple trees on our farm. The orchard is tiny by wholesale growers’ standards, but it’s a handful for us.
Kindergarten open registration for the 2012-13 school year will take place at the Baldwinsville Central School District elementary schools from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 28.
Instead of staging a local protest, demanding answers or working with the police department, they released a list of usernames and passwords associated with syracusepolice.org. Showcasing nominally embarrassing passwords of public officials did not, in fact, solve the Bernie Fine case.
To the editor: Pompey Center Road runs between Route 92 in Manlius and Route 80 in Fabius. It is a two-lane country road. It is gravel, pavement and paint; an inanimate non-living thing. By itself it poses no danger.
Skaneateles completes season sweep of Maroons
A long, frustrating week passed between the Skaneateles ice hockey team’s loss to Clinton on Feb. 1 and its return to the ice for last Wednesday’s game against Auburn at Allyn Arena.
Fate of two passes in Super Bowl leads to overreactions
One pass got dropped, and another got caught. Wes Welker, open with a chance to enhance his New England Patriots’ chances of a fourth Super Bowl title (if not clinch it), could not come up with the ball.
Lakers' 14-4 mark a vast improvement from a year ago
At this time a year ago, the Cazenovia boys basketball team was recuperating from a bruising end of a 5-13 campaign, wondering when, or if, things would turn around. Now the Lakers soar into the Section III Class B playoffs with a 14-4 mark, having proudly earned the OHSL Liberty American division regular-season title.
Chittenango makes huge rally to beat J-D in five sets
Twice within a span of 24 hours, the Chittenango boys volleyball team earned wins that were total contrasts, in terms of tension and excitement.
Wednesday, February 8
Lady Lakers dominate division and earn repeat title
The Cazenovia girls indoor track team turned in another dominating performance to win its second straight OHSL title on Jan. 31. The Lady Lakers outran their Liberty-Patriot Division rivals Skaneateles 151 to 101 to claim the championship in the 13-team field.
A Strathmore store was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night.
Until March 31, visitors to the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery can enjoy “Keeping Up Appearances,” the latest collection by local artist Elizabeth Cummings Monroe.
Applications are now available to eligible municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to compete for funds through Preserve New York, a grant program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Russ Tarby offers his best bets for the week of Feb. 9.
Hyde, Broughton among C-NS stars; Liverpool girls take 4x200
Especially on the boys end, indoor track teams from Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool made big strides during Tuesday’s Section III Select Meet at SRC Arena, the last event before this Friday’s Section III Class AA championships.
Clarke, Hens both win twice for Warriors
Even after the Liverpool boys swim team spotted an early lead to Fayetteville-Manlius in Tuesday night’s meet at Nottingham, it had plenty of firepower to come back. As a result, at the same Nottingham venue where they’ll contest the Section III championships next week, the Warriors beat the Hornets 101-84, improving to 8-2 on the season.
The town of Cicero has agreed to settle a $2 million lawsuit filed by a town resident in federal court for a fraction of that amount. At its regular board meeting Wednesday Feb. 8, the town board authorized Supervisor Jim Corl to sign a confidential settlement agreement regarding Merola v. Town of Cicero et al. Albert Merola Jr. of Brewerton sued the town of Cicero, the Cicero Police Department and Officer James Snell in federal court on March 23, 2011. The suit alleged that Snell assaulted Merola during an attempt to arrest him without cause on April 12, 2010. Merola, who was permanently disabled in a work accident in 2000, wears a neck brace; he alleged in the lawsuit that Snell continued to harass him after the incident, pulling him over without cause on April 17, 2010 and attempting to charge him with driving while intoxication, but letting him go after three box tests revealed that Merola wasn’t intoxicated. Merola originally sought $1 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages, plus attorneys’ fees. Instead, the town will pay Merola $4,500. The town’s insurance company will actually cut the check; the town is responsible for a $2,500 deductible.
We asked Central New York residents and visitors to the area to share their Valentine's Day plans, thoughts and stories.
The Syracuse Chiefs have a new 11-year lease to keep playing ball at Alliance Bank Stadium.
B'ville girls take 4x400; Soeder second in high jump
With one more chance to tune up before the Feb. 17 Section III Class AA championships, the Baldwinsville indoor track and field teams returned to SRC Arena Tuesday night for an appearance at the annual sectional Select Meet.
F-M, J-D runners sweep through sprints, distance events
Given the gap of nearly three weeks between league and sectional championships, it only figured that the Section III Select Meet took place in between those big events. When they gathered Tuesday at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, Fayetteville-Manlius again earned a fair share of victories on the boys and girls sides in distance races and sprints.
It used to be the most sickening time of year, when stores turned from normal into red, heart-engulfed advertisements.
On Sunday, Feb. 12, St. James Catholic Church is planning an afternoon of fun traditional Irish music and dancing as part of Cazenovia’s WinterFest 2012.
After 400 episodes, it’s clear that viewers give “The Ivory Tower Half Hour’’ an “A.” The Ivory Tower Half Hour commemorated its 400th episode with a special hour-long show at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, on WCNY channel 24.1.
These are the Camillus and Geddes police reports ending January 28.
The NY Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects presented its Distinguished Practitioner Award in the Private Practice to Donald L. Ferlow, FASLA, at its Annual Awards Dinner held in Rochester.
These are police reports for Manlius ending on February 1.
Last summer, Teddy, a sheltie collie dog, ran away from his owners in Skaneateles during Fourth of July weekend. Frightened by the noise of fireworks, he slipped his collar and ran into the woods. Seven months to the day after he was lost, Teddy has been found less than five miles from where he was lost, and is in excellent health.
Adams, Ford both have second-place efforts for Lakers
Kaela Fiutak, by prevailing again in the pole vault, led another strong effort from the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team during Tuesday night’s Section III Select Meet at SRC Arena.
The Ithaca-based Gypsy jazz band Djug Django comes to Pensabene's Casa Grande, on Syracuse's West End, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, to play a Valentine’s Day concert hosted by the Jazz Appreciation Society of Syracuse.
About two dozen Occupiers waited quietly in the hall outside the entrance to the Mayor’s office while four television news cameras we setting up in the Mayor’s second floor conference room and city officials and staffers found seats or standing room along the side wall. At 3:01 the Occupiers filed in filling the seats as the Mayor, who is also chair of the three-person SURA board, opened the meeting, saying she had asked the Police Chief to answer questions and have a discussion.
Two people are arrested, but connection to shots fired is not yet known.
Caz seniors take three titles; Lakers also second in 4x800
In between league and sectional championship outings, Cazenovia’s girls indoor track and field team would test itself – and find plenty of success – in Tuesday night’s Section III Select Meet at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.
Even the Cazenovia girls basketball team’s surprising win over Jordan-Elbridge on Feb. 2 could not jolt them into a belated run to reach the post-season.
Baldwinsville officials have purchased the property at 313 Meadow St. in the village for $63,000 to proceed with development of the Southshore East Trail, which will connect the village of Baldwinsville to Community Park. According to Village Engineer Tim Baker, the property was a key parcel in developing the trail.
Gregg Humphrey, the village of Baldwinsville codes officer, has been actively identifying unsafe properties within the village. Humphrey identified the three worst properties (72 and 74 Lock St. and 108 Syracuse St.) during the last village board meeting, citing rotting foundations, collapsed roofs and sagging ceilings. In addition, the property at 108 Syracuse St. runs the risk of sinking into Crooked Brook.
Many thanks are extended to the 13 former Van Buren School gym class “kids” for helping me collect bottles and cans on Dec. 3, 2011. The kids presently are men and women in their 30s, 40s and 50s who helped me to collect $533 to benefit the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau.
Despite a lack of snow, the Liverpool Elks held their annual Winter Olympics this past Saturday, Feb. 4, welcoming members from other lodges as well as the general public to participate in events such as the tug of war, volleyball, horseshoes and more.
After a frigid day of ice climbing, Cazenovia resident Bob Rose decided to venture into his kitchen and experiment with creating an edible performance energy product that enhances circulation to combat the cold.
Cicero officials are prepared to agree to settle a $2 million lawsuit against the town, the chief of police and a specific police officer at the town board meeting Wednesday. The suit was brought in federal court by Albert Merola Jr., a resident of Beach Road in Brewerton, against the town of Cicero, Cicero Police Chief Joseph Snell and Cicero Police Officer James Snell. The suit, filed in United States District Court, Northern District of New York, on March 23, 2011, stems from incidents that took place in April of 2010. The suit alleges that James Snell physically assaulted Merola during an attempt to arrest him without cause, exacerbating injuries Merola sustained in a work accident in 2000 that left him permanently disabled and wearing a neck brace. James Snell’s actions caused numerous other injuries, the suit alleges.
Tuesday, February 7
Gaelic Knights are solo OHSL Liberty champs after 75-60 win
True, the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team has a lot of ambitious goals ahead, not the least of which is a Section III Class B title for which it is now the odds-on favorite. But the Gaelic Knights, no. 13 in the latest state Class B rankings, were still quite satisfied in the wake of Tuesday night's 75-60 victory over Bishop Grimes that clinched the outright OHSL Liberty National division regular-season championship.
Downtown After Dark
Super Bowl Sunday didn’t feel the same here this year. Someone was missing. The city’s most prominent bookmaker – George Bedigian – died Jan. 28, exactly one week before the biggest betting day on the calendar. He had celebrated his 67th birthday on Dec. 6.
The Onondaga County Legislature voted unanimously to approve the Syracuse Chiefs’ new 11-year lease to remain in Alliance Bank Stadium.
This couple’s business is love, and they want to make your love their business.
A 2,770-square-foot gas station with a convenience store, Subway restaurant and car wash is being proposed for the corner of Newport Road and Main Street in the village of Camillus.
Rich Roy will leave behind quite a legacy at a program ranked No. 4 by ESPN Rise.
Wildcats run win streak to 36 in a row
Now the West Genesee boys swim team has 36 consecutive meet victories as it sets out to defend its Section III title next weekend at Nottingham. Before that, though, the Wildcats had one more home meet, against the combined Syracuse team Monday night, and handled it with ease, prevailing by a score of 101-70.
The organization, which turns 30 this year, is halfway completed on its brand-new, handicapped-friendly building.
If you ask Clark and Jean McHuron how they met, you’ll get two different stories. “She claims that she came and stayed with my sister Helen, who passed away at 12,” Clark said. “She was in bed during that time, and Jean says she would come and play with her. I don’t remember Jean in that situation at all. She claims I threw snowballs at her. I deny that.”
If you want to see one of the truest definitions of selflessness, take a trip to the Marcellus Grange on a Thursday afternoon and just do some people watching.
Bijou Salon, the five-year-old business on Jordan Street in the village of Skaneateles, has been named one of the top 200 salons in the United States by Salon Today magazine, the most prestigious publication for salon and spa owners in the country.
Cornell student Emily Devins seeks volunteer job in South Africa
When she was student-athlete at Skaneateles High School playing soccer, ice hockey and softball, Emily Devins, class of 2009, sustained her share of sports injuries. But these injuries — and more specifically the medical care and physical therapy she underwent as a result — actually influenced the course of her life.
The team from West Genesee High School came in second overall, edging out third-place Westhill and finishing just behind first-place Cazenovia. West Genesee brought home a total of 20 medals.
Charles is trying to become a legacy. His grandfather Joshua, a big, black Newfoundland dog, won the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2004, and, in less than one week, Charles hopes to do the same.
Numerous Skaneateles students have earned academic honors at colleges and universities around the country.
Superintendent Chris Brown started off Wednesday’s West Genesee Board of Education meeting by noting that the district budget was coming together — and with minimal cuts to programming expected.
'The Artist' offers nostalgia, plus subtle dig at modern cinema
You know it’s February when the awards-season backlash begins against the movies getting the awards, the chorus growing that the films so honored, whatever the year and genre and stars and director and other details, are not that great.
Attention Baldwinsville student basketball players: the Baldwinsville Optimist Club will hold its sixth annual basketball foul shooting contest from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10, in the Durgee Junior High School large gym.
On Jan. 23, Superintendent Jeanne Dangle presented the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education with an overview of the data the district’s Facilities Feasibility Study Committee has been reviewing since the end of October to study enrollment trends, building usage and the financial aspects of potentially closing an elementary school.
Governor Cuomo recently unveiled the proposed 2012-13 Executive Budget. To deliver a final budget by April 1, there is a procedure set by the Budget Reform Act of 2007, which includes joint legislative public budget hearings and joint budget conference committee meetings.
Why did you steal the wheelbarrow from in front of a home on Van Buren Road in Baldwinsville last Monday night?
Fouts is coming to Syracuse this week to pitch his Simply Smart Food pilot program to a group of area school administrators. He’s in the process of turning his second school district’s kitchen and menu around at Hinton Schools in Oklahoma, and he hopes to make Syracuse his next customer.
Monday, February 6
After the American Hockey League All-Star break, the Syracuse Crunch returned to the Onondaga County War Memorial last weekend primed to make a second-half run at the playoffs. The team has failed to qualify for post-season play since the 2007-08 season, four long years ago.
Heiselman, Vaught key effort on Senior Night
With the post-season looming, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team needed a high-quality win. How it accomplished that feat made it more impressive. The Cobras, no. 20 in the latest state Class B rankings, scored the game's final seven points and beat state no. 12-ranked Bishop Ludden 53-47 Monday night in East Syracuse.
Senior Kaitlin Spear, president of Skaneateles High School’s National Honor Society, was in search of an inspiring, articulate person who might be keynote speaker at the annual induction ceremony for juniors. She wondered if Dr. David Smith, the Upstate president, might be willing to speak. He was.
Hopes for an early summer completion for the Western Gateway Improvement project have been dashed due to changes in state law that require the town to receive additional approvals for certain aspects of the plan.
The U.S. Postal Service recently released four $.65 postage stamps honoring “Dogs at Work,” and a Skaneateles German Shepherd named Mittru was honored as one of the four.
Letter to the editor
Thank you to everyone who supported the Skaneateles Polar Bear Club by attending and participating in the 2012 Polar Bear Plunge. The lack of ice and snow did not deter the energy of the hundreds of plungers and spectators.
“What’s Blooming” will be this year’s Skaneateles Garden Club’s tour on June 15 and 16, 2012. Save the date for a tour of seven beautiful gardens in Skaneateles.
On Friday, Feb. 3, yet another student-athlete from Cazenovia High School declared her intention to play NCAA Division I sports.
Here's a list of some of the Valentine's Day events and offerings going on this week in and around Skaneateles.
As members of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet made their way across New York presenting the 2012-13 budget and reform messages on Feb. 3, former Syracuse Mayor and current President of the Environmental Facilities Corporation Matt Driscoll visited the Cazenovia Public Library.
Please note that all outdoor events are subject to weather conditions.
Last week Bob Dubik, the Cazenovia Central School District Superintendent, came to the high school’s Advanced Placement Government class to talk about the upcoming school budget.
Although Cazenovia residents have suspected it for some time, on Jan. 29 it was made official that the chefs of The Brewster Inn are the best in Syracuse.
Beneath parts of the Northeastern landscape lies a massive Utica Shale formation. The coal-black sedimentary rock has trapped valuable natural gas under several thousand feet of rock and water.
The owner of Market Diner, near Carousel Center, has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated.
Warriors win four titles, but finish 3.5 points behind Bees
A mere 3.5 points ended up separating the Liverpool wrestling team from earning the Section III Class AA championship Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse. Instead, the Warriors, with 222.5 points, finished just behind Baldwinsville, who prevailed with 226 points. Liverpool did finish ahead of host C-NS, who had 192 points for third place in the 11-team field, which reversed the Northstars’ 40-30 win from their regular-season encounter on Jan. 25.
Bees' playoff hopes ride on finale with Solvay
A pair of ill-timed late-season defeats means that the Baldwinsville ice hockey team’s post-season fate will hinge on Friday night’s regular-season finale against Solvay at Allyn Arena in Skaneateles.
Though it may miss the post-season again, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team is determined to earn some more happy moments before exiting the stage. And the Bees earned one of those moments on Friday night, going to Central Square and hanging on to earn a 51-49 victory over the Red Hawks.
Hornets get big wins over B'ville, Cortland-Homer
With a spectacular finishing kick, the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team moved itself into the Section III Division I playoffs and might even host a post-season game, too. The Hornets’ 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Baldwinsville Friday night at Lysander pushed F-M into second place in Division I West, with 13 points, one ahead of Solvay and Corcoran and two points clear of the Bees.
Benedict, Romagnoli, Honis all win individual titles
Wins from Aaron Benedict, J.T. Romagnoli and Ben Honis helped the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestling earn fifth place in a 10-team field during Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Cicero-North Syracuse.
Troop 261 of Baldwinsville recently baked cookies for the Rescue Mission.
From March 12 to 16, 10 students from the Baldwinsville Central School District will have their artwork on display in the New York State Art Teachers Association’s 22nd Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibition at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
Censorship can be defined as “suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable.” In this case, open and honest public communication, my recent letter to the editor, YMCA – Why Lysander, was found objectionable and suppressed by the RCA board.
Sunday, February 5
The Syracuse Police website remained inoperable over the weekend after the hacking group “Anonymous” gained access to the site and released a list of usernames and passwords.
Despite numerous setbacks from the city of Syracuse, protesters at the downtown Occupy Syracuse site are just as energized on day 127 as they were on day one.
The Skaneateles wrestling team would finish ninth in a 12-team field during Saturday’s Section III Class C championship meet at Sherburne-Earlville High School. Overall, the Lakers had 59 points, far removed from a compelling championship battle where Canastota, with 211 points, barely held off General Brown (209.5 points) and Holland Patent (206 points) for team honors.
Lakers move to 11-6, get Atkinson back
Perhaps just in time, the Skaneateles boys basketball team got whole again, and it led to a pair of impressive road wins. By far, the better of the two was last Tuesday’s visit to Cazenovia, where the latest battle of Laker teams went in the other direction, Skaneateles prevailing this time by a score of 60-49.
Mustangs' junior improves to 26-5 with 220-pound title
True, the Marcellus wrestling team only managed 11th place among 13 entrants at Saturday’s Section III Class B championship meet at Cazenovia’s Buckley Gym. But the Mustangs’ John Cavaretta stood out as the 220-pound champion, the junior sweeping his way to the title and improving his record to 26-5 on the season.
Boys Mustangs rout Warriors, 60-39, still alive for playoff berth
Westhill’s girls basketball team moved closer to an undefeated regular season – but the boys Warriors would hit another snag. In twin contests against Marcellus Friday night, each school would win once. Moving to 16-0, the state Class B no. 6-ranked girls Warriors won big, 70-35, but it was the boys Mustangs coming out on top in an impressive 60-39 decision.
Boys Wildcats beaten by Hornets, Raiders
With a good chance that they could see each other again in a month’s time, the West Genesee girls basketball team put its 12-3 mark on the line last Tuesday night against 12-2 Fayetteville-Manlius.
Vogl returns in Lakers' win at Jordan-Elbridge
Part of rising to success in sports is maintaining momentum after a big win and avoiding a downturn – as the Cazenovia boys basketball team found out.
Chittenango eighth, Cazenovia 10th in sectional at Buckley Gym
Cazenovia High School got yet another chance to show off its refurbished Buckley Gym during Saturday’s Section III Class B wrestling championships. However, the host Lakers, despite the credentials of an OHSL Liberty division regular-season and tournament title, could not finish higher than 10th in the 13-team field, with 85 points.
Saturday, February 4
Bees go four-for-four in individual finals
By a tiny margin, the Baldwinsville wrestling team fended off a challenge from Liverpool and won the Section III Class AA championship. In Saturday's AA meet at Cicero-North Syracuse, the Bees picked up 226 points, while the Warriors gained 222.5 points to finish a very close second. Host C-NS, with 192 points, took third place.
Police have charged a 15-year-old with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest after an incident at Carousel Center.
Young adults who love books and movies are invited to the next meeting of the “Book to Film Club” at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 in the Community Room of the Cazenovia Public Library.
Patricia Thomas-Becker, 75, a resident of Menorah Park’s Jewish Health and Rehabilitation, will become a bat mitzvah. Patricia was inspired by her grandchildren, Caroline and Jonathan Kahn.
A Syracuse woman has died from injuries sustained in a Marcellus car accident last month.
A Fayetteville woman was critically injured after being hit by a car on East Genesee Street in Fayetteville.
Police say an Oswego County man forced a woman to have sex with him in Syracuse.
New executive chef, general manager hired
The Krebs restaurant, a Skaneateles landmark for more than 100 years but one that has been closed since 2010, will reopen its historic doors this fall with a renovated building, a new general manager and a new executive chef.
Depth, balance help Northstars top rival Warriors
Cicero-North Syracuse scrapped its way past archrival Liverpool 65-58 Friday night in a Class AA CNYCL National boys’ basketball game. But when Northstars coach John Haas and his Warriors counterpart, Matt Jacob, review the game film, they’ll have to cover their eyes through large parts of it. Turnovers, poor free throw shooting, bundles of missed layups, and mental mistakes far outnumbered sound basketball in front of a large crowd at C-NS.
Friday, February 3
Boys Hornets nearly reach 100; girls need OT over Cougars
In vastly different settings and in vastly different manners, the Fayetteville-Manlius basketball emerge from Friday night's festivities with strong wins over Corcoran and continue to move toward high Section III Class AA playoff seeds.
On Tuesday evening in the Huntington School Cafeteria, the brains, brawn and ‘boarders behind the project informed the public just what’s up with the plans to build a skate plaza in Huntington Park, just a block from the school.
The Village of Jordan may soon be embracing the computer age.
Mrs. Cathy Schotthoefer's kindergarten class at St. Mary's Academy in Baldwinsville celebrate the Chinese New Year with a parade around the school. The children also celebrated by eating with chopsticks, using lucky money and they ended their celebration by eating fortune cookies.
To the editor: Sidewalks can be treacherous when winter hits. I am a walker and I sometimes use part of the road. The reason is I hate to see ice on sidewalks and I have seen them in the village of Baldwinsville.
B’ville Baseball Alumni game scheduled for June 1
The Baldwinsville Baseball Alumni Committee would like to consider new members to the Baldwinsville Baseball Hall of Fame. Last year, the first class to be inducted included Otis Sennett (former coach and athletic director) and John Lindenmayer (former coach and founder of Kiwanis Little League).
The Marcellus Town Board last month voted 3-1 to appoint longtime councilor Don Sherman to a one-year term. Supervisor Dan Ross and councilors Thomas Lathrop and Peter Hakes voted yes to the appointment; Councilor Kevin O’Hara voted no.
Bees overwhelmed by defending state AA champs
Now it was the Baldwinsville girls basketball team’s turn to undergo the full experience of facing the nation’s top player from right down the road.
ESM, J-D win close matches; boys Red Rams rip VVS
In the last full week of the regular season, the area’s girls volleyball teams sought one more wave of success. And Christian Brothers Academy got, by far, it biggest win of the season Monday night when it took out undefeated Homer in three sets 25-21, 26-24, 25-21. It was, in fact, Homer’s first defeat after amassing 33 consecutive match wins.
Skaneateles to meet J-E for league title next Friday
For the Skaneateles girls basketball team, its quest for the OHSL Liberty American division regular-season championship will go down to the last game of the regular season. The Lakers, 8-4 in league play, will have a first-place showdown with Jordan-Elbridge (7-4 in league play)next Friday night.
A 32-year-old East Syracuse man was killed in a one-car crash on East Taft Road Thursday night.
Gara picks up hat trick against Red Raiders on Senior Night
With its place in the Section III playoffs well secured, the Cazenovia ice hockey team still could move up the regular-season standings to improve its seeding, perhaps as high as a no. 3 spot.
Thursday, February 2
Knee hurt on same court against same opponent as last season
This is one example of deja vu that left the Jordan-Elbridge girls basketball team fuming - and its star senior, Molly Hourigan, hobbling. The Eagles' 45-41 defeat to Cazenovia Thursday night at Buckley Gym was all but decided when, with 4:26 left, Hourigan was fouled, fell to the court and injured her left knee, forcing her out of the game.
The Syracuse Police Department website, syracusepolice.org, was the latest target of international hacking group Anonymous.
The display case at McDonald’s Restaurant in Cazenovia currently boasts a variety of illustration work by students in Cazenovia College’s Visual Communications Program.
In a ceremony that sent chills down our spine, the Camillus Police Department honored one of their own last week.
With the school district projecting a smaller number of incoming students each year, we are happy to hear that local officials have begun to examine ways to reverse the trend and expand Cazenovia’s tax base.
Music warms a cold winter weekend for area students
In the afternoon on Friday, Jan. 20, fifty-four Cazenovia students boarded two school buses. These students, however, were not going skiing or attending a sporting event.
Finally, winter has arrived with its blanketing snow to protect the crowns of our perennials and quiet the awakening bulbs and budding trees. It’s time to curl up with the seed and plant catalogs that have been filling the mailbox.
A few more thoughts about the Muraco development proposal for the historic Enders property.
Yesterday I was waiting to pay for my bag of carrots for stew on the express line at Tops when a snafu occurred at the register.
Watkins races to first in 300 and 1,000; Northstars dominate field events
Bigger goals remain for the Cicero-North Syracuse boys indoor track and field team, but at least the first bit of post-season honors are squared away. The Northstars were in full command of Wednesday’s CNY Counties League National division meet at SRC Arena, where it picked up 194 points, nearly double the total of Liverpool, who was second with 101 points.
Liverpool pulls out 84-82 decision with late points
Excitement and suspense pervaded throughout the Liverpool boys swim team’s clash with Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA Wednesday night. With a record diving performance from Dan Roche and enough points in the other events, the Warriors edged the Red Rams 94-92.
Carnovale, Sargeant both win 55 sprints
Baldwinsville’s indoor track and field teams began a month full of post-season activity with the CNY Counties League National division championships.
For the second year in a row, Maureen’s Hope Foundation has been chosen as one of 15 charities to benefit from the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association Charity Preview, which will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the OnCenter.
Students at Reynolds Elementary School recently received Study Skills Awards for the second quarter.
Welcome to the brief but important month of February. The weather outside may be frightful but things can still be delightful.
A two-part Leadership Challenge Workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on two consecutive evenings (Tuesday, Feb. 28, and Wednesday, Feb. 29) at the Baldwinsville Public Library, 33 East Genesee St., Baldwinsville.
Ryan wins twice for Hornets; ESM, CBA stars also stand out
In their own manners, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt boys indoor track and field teams matched their girls counterparts with league championship efforts on Wednesday night.
F-M easily beats Mexico, improves mark to 5-3
In one of the season’s best meets, the Jameville-DeWitt/CBA boys swim team battled right to the last race against Liverpool in Wednesday night’s clash, only to fall to the Warriors 94-92.
The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees met with their advising architect Andrew Ramsgard this week to discuss exactly how to move beyond talk and into the preliminary planning stages in the Fennell Street fire station reuse project.
Girls fall in shoot-out; boys squander late lead to Clinton
For each of the Skaneateles ice hockey teams, the first night of February proved singular in a way neither side would like to remember.
Marcellus Mayor John Curtin provided the update that everyone wanted to hear at last week’s village board meeting. “We did sell the old library,” he said. “It was sold on Jan. 13.”
A greatly anticipated tradition will once again continue! The 5th Annual Sweetheart Dance for fathers and daughters in Kindergarten to fifth grade will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Skaneateles High School cafeteria.
Part 2 of an ongoing opinion series
In 2003, the Village Board commissioned Environmental Design and Research (EDR) to perform a master planning study for Fennell Street which came to be known as the Fennell Street Master Plan
Letter to the editor
I have just finished reading Mr. Dolmatch’s column in last week’s Skaneateles Press. As I read through his article, I highlighted several comments that I wanted to address.
Letter to the editor
While growing up in this tight-knit community and graduating from Skaneateles High School, I developed a strong and sincere desire to care for and help others. It has been my family and friends and the people of Skaneateles who I owe much of the credit to for paving the path to where I am today.
This year’s Winterfest celebration was a great time for everyone, and it always is exciting to see the village streets swarming with enthusiastic people.
What is manliness, and how does one live a life of manly virtue? Authors Brett and Kate McKay believe that true manliness and manly virtues are being lost in modern society. In their latest book, “Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues,” The McKays seek to help men find the manly path once again.
Wins from Honis, Wilkinson among OHSL Liberty highlights
Each of the area’s boys indoor track and field teams would rack up points and victories during Wednesday’s CNY Counties League and Onondaga High School League championships at SRC Arena. No one got closer to a title than Westhill/Bishop Ludden, whose 64 points left them second to Tully (74 points) in the OHSL Liberty/Patriot division. Solvay was fifth, with 57 points, as Marcellus tied for sixth with 48 points.
Over a span of three days, all of the area’s indoor track and field teams went to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena to vie for CNY Counties League and OHSL honors. The girls went first on Monday night as West Genesee, without star sophomore Laura Leff in the lineup, took fourth place in the CNYCL National division with 62 points.
While we hear lots of noise from the West Fayette Street-Delavan-Lipe Park art initiatives, the Hawley-Lodi neighborhood continues to quietly blossom into a vibrant arts district.
Wednesday, February 1
If numbers stay steady, residents of the Jordan-Elbridge School District could see a small increase in the annual budget.
Win secures league title, regular-season sweep of Atoms
It is said that a rivalry never turns full-blooded until both sides have found success. If so, then the boys basketball saga of Syracuse's two smaller high-school powers, Institute of Technology Central and Syracuse Academy of Science, is maturing into something special in a hurry.
When the DeWitt Community Library turns 50 on April 8, in no way will it be “over the hill.”
Martha Dygert discusses her new position as clerk-treasurer for the village of Manlius.
One of the top 10 teams in the nation, Syracuse University’s mens basketball squad hosts the Georgetown Hoyas at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in a game to be broadcast by ESPN.
This week’s warm spell is well timed for Café Kubal in Eastwood — which is serving coffee out of a trailer in order to stay open during renovations.
An appellate court has determined the state is responsible for the death of a former East Syracuse mayor.
Hornets pull away late; boys blow out Wildcats at home
More than likely, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls basketball team is making its way toward a no. 2 seed for the Section III Class AA playoffs. By far, the Hornets’ biggest obstacle to that mark was West Genesee, and when the two sides clashed in Camillus Tuesday night, F-M got away in the fourth quarter to beat the Wildcats by a score of 49-41.
Boys Brothers avenge earlier defeat to Spartans
At just the right moment, the Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball team is finding its best form, which might make future Section III Class AA playoff opponents worry. East Syracuse-Minoa could attest to that improvement, having lost to the Brothers 64-54 Tuesday night at Buddy Wleklinski Court.
These are the Camillus police reports ending January 28.
These are police reports ending January 24.
At 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 in the Cazenovia Public Library, Matthew Driscoll, president and CEO of the State Environmental Facilities Corporation, will present the Executive Budget for the State of New York.
Syracuse fans weigh in on Super Bowl.
An appellate court has ruled that the Jordan-Elbridge School District violated the open meetings law on three occasions by going into executive session.
Columnist reveals the real reason to root for the Giants this Sunday.
A homeless Syracuse man has been charged in a burglary after his photo appeared in the Post-Standard.
Pelton makes 22 saves for team's 12th shutout
With just one more victory, the West Genesee ice hockey team will have gone through the entire 2011-12 regular season, 20 games full, without a blemish. One big obstacle to that perfect mark was last Tuesday’s visit to Lysander to play Baldwinsville. As a large and loud crowd looked on at Greater B’ville Ice Arena, the Wildcats were pushed hard, but still kept the Bees off the board in a 3-0 win, the team’s 12th shutout of the winter.
Girls Gaelic Knights halt Mustangs' four-game win streak
Everything in the OHSL Liberty National division will hinge on next Tuesday night’s boys basketball showdown between Bishop Ludden and Bishop Grimes. Having already won the first meeting 63-53 at East Syracuse on Jan. 6, the Gaelic Knights will enter the rematch well-rested (a week off, to be exact) and in prime form following wins on back-to-back nights at the end of January.
A Syracuse city schoolteacher is facing sexual abuse charges.
Retired Morrisville-Eaton English teacher Jay Dunn has been selected as the first executive director of the Madison County Literacy Coalition, a collaborative effort between education, government, social services and community agencies in Madison County.
What started out as an ordinary Friday for four Central New Yorkers including Baldwinsville’s Cynthia Mitchell turned into an exciting day as each learned they were Step Up Challenge Grand Prize winners for this year’s United Way community campaign.
To the editor: The Lysander town board held a 7 p.m. Jan. 23 public hearing on its proposal of a local law to increase the town’s planning board members from five to seven.
Twelve students from the Baldwinsville Central School District have advanced to the state portion of the 2011-12 National PTA Reflections program.
Mark and Sandy Baker, of Baldwinsville, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie E. Baker to Rocco F. Arcuri, II, son of Rocco and Victoria Arcuri of Utica, NY.
Lysander resident and former town supervisor Barry Bullis, 64, was arrested last Tuesday, Jan. 31, by New York State Police for one count of fourth degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.