Stories for February 2012


Wednesday, February 29

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Occupy Syracuse protesters due in court Thursday

Three of the seven people charged in the Occupy Syracuse raid in January are due back in court Thursday.

Fayetteville-Manlius reports declining enrollment

Enrollment at Fayetteville-Manlius is on the decline — though you wouldn’t know it from counting tassels at recent graduation ceremonies.

Prepare for the whirlwind of activities in March

February will be done in a flash but the march of history and events goes on here at the library.

Manlius, East Syracuse, DeWitt Police Reports Ending Feb. 24

These are the police reports for Manlius, East Syracuse and DeWitt ending February 24.

Local police reports ending Feb. 21

These are the police reports for the New York State and Onondaga County Sheriff departments ending February 21.

SU survives UConn rally, wins outright Big East title

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?

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Coffeehouse brings Dennis Shortslef to B’ville

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.”

On to the Big Dance!

Best Bets

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.

Come see my daughter’s movie

All parents share that startling moment of reverse recognition, usually while attending an elementary school function, when the focus of dominance shifts.

Caz Lake Association to hold 2012 Lake Management Progress meeting March 10

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.

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J-D grad earns athletic, academic honors at RIT

2010 Jamesville-Dewitt graduate Jessica Kramer is finding success both on the court and in the classroom at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Caz alum helps establish ‘Hireland’

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.

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Cazenovia's Muller advances to States

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.

Fayetteville introduces tentative budget

The total proposed budget is $5,195,985, a 1.4 percent increase from last year.

LETTERS: Caz Cans, Amidon provides valuable service for Cazenovia, Hamilton

For the past four years, Jessica Amidon has been operating an interesting and useful business called Caz Cans.

Glens Falls…or the Dome?

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.

LETTERS: CAP thanks UCC for vital ongoing support

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.

LETTERS: Remember to observe National Rare Disease Day on Feb. 29

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.

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Wigge Reviews: Hugo

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.

B’ville woman celebrates 95th birthday

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.

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Parade Prep: Plans underway for Camillus' 66th Memorial Day celebration

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.

F-M hosts Dance Marathon Saturday

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.”

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Charmed: Shamrock Animal Fund celebrates third year of helping CNY pet owners

One organization’s devotion to helping animals has proven to be a little piece of luck for Central New York.

Mild winter lets Manlius, Marcellus highway departments stay ahead

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

Westhill falls to South Jefferson in B-1 final

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.

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Girls Lakers caught late by Hannibal in B-2 final

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.

Get back to nature within village of Baldwinsville limits

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.

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Yogi Bear…Family fun-close to you!

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.

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Marquardt Switches continues to grow, improve

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.

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Ask the expert: Protecting your trees from the Emerald Ash Borer

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 insurance advised

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.

IBEW 43: Work done well, work done right

Joining the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 43 has quickly become a family affair for Tom Ryan.

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Project: Improve CNY

Developments aim to keeping business local, natives home

Finishing touches: B’ville waterfront development to be completed this summer Facelift eyed for Inner Harbor

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B'ville Theatre Guild presents ‘The Drunkard’

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."

Auto Insure Direct, Archer make insurance process painless

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.

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Michel Tax Service offers year-round financial planning, accounting services

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.

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Karl Lutz Monuments: Quality craftsmanship since 1932

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.

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This summer, go exploring, camping in beautiful NYS

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.

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SUNY Oswego makes list of ‘Best Value Colleges’

The Princeton Review and USA Today have named SUNY Oswego to their 2012 list of 150 “best value” colleges and universities in the nation.

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IBEW means quality, skill

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.

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Cat fight continues in Salina

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.

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CBA, where college preparation is key

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.

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Liverpool: Super calls for personnel cuts, spending down reserves

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.

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Animation program offered at Daemen

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.

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Survey says: GCC is top in t­ech

“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.

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BASCOL celebrates 20 years of service

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.

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North Syracuse schools preparing for cuts

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.

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SUNYIT: Campus, academic and industry growth continues

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.

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University College’s TEDCenter to provide workforce needs for businesses and job seekers

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.

Business is good at D’Youville

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.

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Choices now can determine career marketability later

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.

‘Save the Rain’ is coming to the suburbs

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.

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Liverpool woman arrested for DWI and drug charges

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.

Liverpool woman in critical condition after crash in Cicero

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.

Municipalities seek Community Development funds

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.

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Best friends receive B'ville Optimists honors

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

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Fayetteville Elementary principal to retire

Fayetteville Elementary School Principal Nancy Smith will retire after 23 years on the job.

Tait case continues

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.

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New concierge gift service helps men shop for the women they love

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.

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‘Phantastic Art’ auction to benefit high school drama program

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.

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Red Rooster hosts Crockpot Cook-off for Mottville Fire Department

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.

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Joelle’s French Bistro for sale

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.

Spafford extends hydrofracking moratorium

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.

No environmental hazards found in village hall building

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.

Village, union resolve labor issue

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.

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Wrestling team goes red with socks

Baldwinsville Wrestling students donned red socks to help raise funds for the American Heart Association.

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Dave Eichorn: CNY weather is getting more erratic

Working as a snowplow driver in Cazenovia for 30 years, Rickey DeKing said he has never seen a winter like this one.

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Caz College presents annual Student Juried Exhibition

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.

Burton Street Book Fair to be held in Caz next week

The annual Burton Street PTA Spring Book Fair will be held Monday, March 5, through Monday, March 12.

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S.U. MBA students to survey lakeside residents

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.

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Students protest bullying with posters

McNamara students were named winners in the school’s Anti-bullying Poster Contest.

State launches new senior consumer Info hotline

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.

Romagnoli, Benedict battle for state wrestling honors

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

Carroll-Marsh goes 1-2 at state wrestling meet

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.

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Hydrofracking seeps into national pop culture

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

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Caz students receive recognition at regional art show

The 2012 Central New York Regional Scholastic Art Awards took place in January at Onondaga Community College.

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Bright signs with NYCBL Utica Brewers

Cazenovia College sophomore Jerome Bright, an outfielder for the Wildcat baseball team, was recently signed to play with the NYCBL Utica Brewers.

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Wigge Reviews: Safe House

“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.

Cazenovia residents honored for academic achievement

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.

Cazenovia Police Blotter Jan. 25 to Feb. 5

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

B’ville’s Nasoni, Paul wrestle at state meet

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

Blanding fifth, Carbery sixth at state wrestling meet

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.

Skaneateles dropped by Oswego in sectional hockey final

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.

Hockey Wildcats beat RFA, win fifth straight sectional title

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.

Teen charged in overnight stabbing in Manlius

A 17-year-old has been charged in connection to a double stabbing in Manlius early Saturday morning.

Two people stabbed after fight in Manlius

Two people were stabbed Saturday morning after a house party altercation in Manlius.

Friday, February 24

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B.I.G. to introduce Kempton, ‘resiliency factor’

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.

LETTERS: Enrollment may be low, but Caz needs to stay positive

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.

LETTERS: CazCares grateful for funds received through Community Chest

CazCares Food Pantry is one of the annual recipients of the Cazenovia, Nelson and Fenner United Community Chest’s fundraising campaign.

LETTERS: Pace family thanks community for support in time of bereavement

The family of Barbara Pace would like to thank all our friends for their prayers and expressions of kindness.

LETTERS: Caz College Honors Program to tackle issue of child soldiers in Uganda

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.

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Singing Boys of Pennsylvania to perform in Caz

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.

Town of Marcellus eyes sewer grant

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.

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Partnership gives ESM students access to high-tech research tool

The high-end FT-IR spectrometer allows students to analyze samples using a comprehensive database.

CNY Cat Coalition partners with Uno Chicago Grill

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.

Sullivan man charged with DWI after DeWitt accident

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

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St. Mary's students show heart

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.

Elbridge supervisor: We need Air 1

Town of Elbridge sends letter of support for Air 1 to county.

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B'ville students celebrate 100 days of school

Students in the Baldwinsville Central School District celebrated 100 days of school the week of Feb. 13.

Three from MPH named finalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

Three MPH seniors have advanced to finalist standing in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Rams get away from New Hartford in Class A semis

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.

Girls Rams handle Carthage, advance to Class A final

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

Northstars drop semifinal thriller to Proctor in OT

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.

Henninger edges F-M in Class AA semifinal

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.

Pedestrian crossing Old Liverpool Road struck by car

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.

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Students create posters to promote reading

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.

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Schumer seeks ban on synthetic marijuana

Substances used to replicate the effects of marijuana could soon be banned by the federal government.

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B’ville to complete major components of waterfront development this summer

Baldwinsville’s Waterfront Revitalization Plan will come full circle as construction on Village Square is completed this summer.

Liverpool boys set sectional mark at state qualifier

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.

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Frost takes gold at NYS competition

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.

Hancock 38 drone protesters to speak at ArtRage prior to court appearance

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.

Chamber of commerce seeks business participation for SU weekend

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.

COLUMN: Changing seasons offer opportunity for farming tradition

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.

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CHS Drama Club prepares for ‘State Fair’

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.

A long way, but we’re not there yet

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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.

Oscar’s Track: An introduction to the field of physical therapy

Community Columnist

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.

Boys Bees win 4x800 at state qualifying meet

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.

Hornets set two sectional records at state qualifier

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.

Floral Notes: Losses and gains

Community Columnist

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.

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Caz natives Cannizzaro, Nourse named to Tewaaraton list

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.

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Dr. Carl Safina to deliver Reisman Lecture

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.

Coyne Lobby art exhibit exudes nostalgia

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.

Grimes survives VVS, meets Ludden for sectional title

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.

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Pastors honored at B'ville breakfast

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.

Gale edged in triple jump at state qualifier

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.

Winn captures sprints at state qualifier

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.

Fayetteville church presents ‘Christian Songwriter of the Year’ Sunday

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.

F-M Transportation Department to temporarily move to Route 5

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

Wildcats blank F-M, 2-0, in hockey semis

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.

Westhill girls upend Ludden, advance to B-1 final

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.

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Kinney Drugs gets OK for Eastwood

Several buildings will be torn down in Eastwood following the city’s approval for a Kinney Drugs to be built on James Street.

Most electable without winning — Howie for President

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.

East Syracuse DPW Superintendent recognized for service

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.

Marcellus School District polls residents online

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.

Police reports for Camillus, Jordan ending 2/15

These are the police reports for Camillus and Jordan ending February 15.

Police reports for East Syracuse ending 2/16

These are the police reports for East Syracuse ending February 16.

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Jamesville-DeWitt girls celebrate Scouting anniversary

Seven Girl Scout troops from Jamesville-DeWitt recently celebrated the organization’s 100th birthday with a winter encampment at Vanderkamp in Cleveland, N.Y.

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Lenten Luncheon Series kicks off Friday

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.

EDITORIAL: DA Fitzpatrick showcases law and disorder

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.

Girls Hornets fall in AA semifinal to West Genny

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.

CBA/J-D drops semifinal hockey thriller to Oswego

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.

Library Focus: Tax help, movie night and leadership challenge offered this week

Meet your everyday challenges and discover your potential for leadership right here in beautiful downtown B’ville.

B’ville students score high in math competition

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.

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B’ville cub scouts learn sportsmanship, competition in Pinewood Derby

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.

Northstars handle Warriors in AA semis

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

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Skaneateles beats Caz, goes to Division II hockey final

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.

Girls Wildcats upend F-M in Class AA semis

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.

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Lady Lakers are Section III champs

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.

Town moves toward Caz Lake herbicide treatment

The Cazenovia Town Board adopted the final State Environmental Quality Review scoping document for the 2012 lake herbicide treatment at its Feb. 13 meeting.

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Baker to present ‘Sweeney Todd’

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.

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Road to Destiny: Spring will bring formal expansion opening

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.

Lysander Parks and Recreation - Spring activities

Babysitting course, snow tubing, yoga, winemaking and tai chi offered this spring through Lysander Parks and Recreation Department

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‘The quietest place in the mall’: Franciscan Place offers church services

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.

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The mayor of the mall: GM Rob Schoeneck has been there since '91

It’s difficult to see where Rob Schoeneck finds any sort of free time in his schedule.

Destiny goes social

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.

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SED, NYSUT agree at last

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.

Congel: Committing to Syracuse is ‘right thing to do’

Robert Congel has a love for Syracuse.

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Destiny goes green: In color, sustainable efforts

Sustainability and environmental consciousness has been a top goal for the Pyramid Group as it constructs the Destiny USA expansion.

No school districts served by ‘competitive’ state aid policy

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.

Local violinist sweetens ‘Caroline’

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.

North Syracuse e-waste program a ‘win-win’

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.

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North Syracuse artist captures trials of war in mixed media pieces

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.”

Police blotter: Man arrested twice for violating order of protection

Baldwinsville police blotter from February 2012

Syracuse University awarded nearly $56K to investigate FOIAs

Syracuse University has been awarded $55,750 to look into denials of the Freedom of Information Act.

COLUMN: Volunteer Connections

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.

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B'ville Phone-a-thon scheduled for March 4, 11

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.

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Jewish Community Center seeks volunteers for annual Purim Carnival

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

Registration now open for SkanRaces 2012

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.

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Skaneateles woman featured in Ladies’ Home Journal

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.

School board passes teacher, staff contracts

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.

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Final candidates in for village board election

Three candidates are officially running for the two village trustee positions coming up for election on Tuesday, March 20.

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Village hall for sale, open for purchase bidding

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.

Blomquist sentenced to federal prison

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.

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With a little help from some friends

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.

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Griffin, Highland Forest host USSSA qualifier

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.

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‘Mucho Dinero’ dance draws crowd

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.

Watkins earns pair of wins at sectional indoor meet

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.

C-NS's Werksman sets diving record at sectionals

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.

Hockey Northstars taken out by F-M

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.

Bodnar, Piston win individual sectional bowling honors

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.

Koh, Speidel set records at sectional swim meet

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.

Rams earn easy sectional playoff sweep

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.

Peterson advances to state bowling tourney

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

How tough is too tough?

Random Thoughts

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.

J-D sweeps Class A indoor titles; CBA boys prevail

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.

Hockey Hornets hail first-ever playoff win

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.

Indoor track stars battle for sectional honors

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.

Girls Warriors handle Marcellus, get Ludden in B-1 semis

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

Indoor track Hornets sweep to sectional AA titles

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.

Free throws push Grimes past Skaneateles

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.

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A voice that could move mountains

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.

Skaneateles girls claim second at Class B indoor meet

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.

Caz girls rise to Class B indoor track title

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.

Burke wins twice at sectional swim meet

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.

Girls indoor track Bees take fourth at AA meet

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.

Solvay hockey ousted by Central Square

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.

WG swimmers finish second at Class A meet

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.

C-NS avenges loss to Oswego, moves to sectional semis

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.

Leslie, Lakers master J-E again in B-2 playoffs

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

SAS stops ITC in Class C quarterfinals

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.

F-M basketball teams fly into AA semis

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.

Hastings leads Mustangs past Westhill, into Class B semis

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.

Henninger stops West Genny in AA 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.

EDITORIAL: Until next Caz WinterFest

While snow was late to the party, residents of Cazenovia were right on time for 2012 Winter Festival celebrations.

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F-M celebrates state, national title runs, academics

Eighty-one students and 10 coaches were recognized during the approximately 40-minute ceremony.

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B’ville Grange donates dictionaries

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.

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Rotary clubs meet district-wide challenge

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.

Manlius PD looks to increase communication with texting, email service

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.

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LETTERS: Manlius Mayor reflects on Whitney Houston's ‘generous spirit’

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.

Liverpool Elks honor Baker student

Ryan Peters, a senior at Baker High School, received the Elks Community Service Award from Liverpool Elks Lodge 2348 on Feb. 6.

Advocates Inc. to host winter break movie for individuals with developmental disabilities

"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

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B’ville Varsity Ice Hockey team honors teachers

The Baldwinsville Central School District varsity ice hockey team hosted its Teacher Appreciation Night at the team’s home game on Feb. 3.

CBA/J-D hockey rallies for playoff win over Auburn

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.

CBA girls edged by Liverpool in AA playoff thriller

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.

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Cazenovia natives make return to wrestling state meet

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.

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Caz hockey takes out Clinton in playoffs again

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

Illusionist to reappear at Caz Library

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.

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New Woodstock Free Library receives new pedestals from resident

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.

WG girls dominate paint, beat Corcoran

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.

Girls Warriors fight to OT playoff win over CBA

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.

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Track girls post peak performances

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.

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Synthetic marijuana: Anything but safe

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?

B'ville PEACE Happenings

Baldwinsville PEACE offers fundraiser and St. Patrick's Day celebration

New name, New ‘Hope’ Church aims to become more active in B’ville community

Baldwinsville Alliance Church has a new name and new mission. Located on Route 48 in Baldwinsville, the church is now known as New Hope.

JE Musical Players seek lovable pup to play Toto

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.”

LRC to begin candidate selection

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.

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Agreement reached on teacher evaluations

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

Lysander Parks and Recreation offers February programs such as babysitting course, snow tubing night, ballroom dancing, winter tennis lessons

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Durgee students named winners in essay contest

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.

Special program held for future Palmer kindergarteners, parents

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.

Thank a Service Member makes us mindful of sacrifices made

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.

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Camillus Middle School students get scientific

Eighty-one students created 48 exhibits that were entered for judging in the Camillus Middle School Science Fair on Feb.2.

Fayetteville woman, Syracuse family honored by Camp Good Days

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.

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Froio's first 100: Jordan-Elbridge Superintendent helps district rebuild

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.

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Camillus Rotary donates to Ronald McDonald House

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.

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Fremont Cub Scouts advance 12

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.

Bees stunned by Proctor rally in AA playoffs

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.

J-D volleyball falls in sectional semifinals

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.

Marcellus business owner wins trip to Bahamas

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

Work by Caz filmmaker accepted into SXSW

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.

J-E school board votes 9-0 to approve Sue Gorton’s retirement

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Sue Gorton turns 55 in August, making her just eligible to retire in September.

Liverpool's Deputy Mayor hopes to curb aggressive driving in village

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.

Nicole DeJaynes faces July 9 trial for infanticide

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.

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Caz resident takes command of Air Defense Sector

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).

The future not only calls, it pirouettes

Community Columnist

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.

All-star band sweetens ‘Caroline’ at Syracuse Stage

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.

Two fun-filled fundraisers happening at Thornden Park Saturday

This Saturday, Feb. 18, Thornden Park will be the scene of two great winter events.

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Ronnie Leigh sings at Sitrus

Best Bets

Eagle columnist Russ Tarby offers his best bets for the week of Feb. 15.

Camillus police reports ending 2/9

These are the Camillus police reports ending February 9.

Police reports for DeWitt, East Syracuse, Manlius ending 2/9

These are the police reports for DeWitt, East Syracuse, and Manlius ending on February 9.

Upstate Medical raises more than $650K for United Way

Upstate Medical University employees have raised $650,043 for their 2011 United Way/Community Giving Campaign, exceeding their goal of $650,000.

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Caz athlete receives Scholarship Award from NFF

The National Football Foundation recently honored Section III Scholar-Athletes during an awards dinner at Turning Stone Resort.

F-M Superintendent: An SRO will further improve school climate

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.

LETTERS: Chilly Chili organizers thankful for successful event

On behalf of Cazenovia Children’s House, we wholeheartedly wish to thank all those who supported the Eighth Annual Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk.

LETTERS: RSVP thanks Cazenovia for successful United Community Chest Campaign

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.

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Wigge Reviews: The Woman in Black

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.

B'ville Poetry Corner: Poems about a favorite memory

Mrs. Dunham’s students at Ray Middle School recently wrote poems about their favorite memory.

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Red Cross of CNY answers the call to assist

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.

Teens charged in Erie Village criminal mischief complaints

Manlius Police have charged two teens in connection to vandalism and criminal mischief in Erie Village.

Lakers handle HP in Class B playoff opener

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.

Warriors, Mustangs spring Class B playoff surprises

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.

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Van Buren, Salina to share comptroller

The towns of Van Buren and Salina have entered into an intermunicipal agreement to share a comptroller.

Wildcats topple RFA in playoff opener

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.

A Cappella for the Fellas benefit concert

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).

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B’ville Girl Scouts donate sandwiches, toiletries to Samaritan Center

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.

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Garden club partakes in yoga session

Yoga instructor Clare Vole leads the Baldwinsville Garden Club through a yoga session during the club’s Feb. 2 meeting.

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Firenze to play soccer at SU

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

CBA boys rally past Corcoran in AA first round

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.

Lakers knocked out by Westhill in Class B first 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.

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Village board election will be contested

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.

Chamber moves into North Syracuse village center

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).

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Salina cat law comes under fire again

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.

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Second Saturday Science takes off at NOPL

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.

Some good news and some same old for Syracuse schools

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.

Teen production group The Media Unit holds auditions next week

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.

Fayetteville residents weigh in on proposed changes to Limestone Plaza

The Fayetteville Village Board of Trustees held a public hearing regarding proposed revisions to the Limestone Plaza area.

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F-M outlines $74.47M preliminary budget

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

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Spafford tea room offers ‘pampered peacefulness’ to its customers

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.”

Public invited to meet GOP candidates Feb. 16 at Liverpool Legion

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.

North Syracuse BOE addresses governor’s budget

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.

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‘Phantom of the Opera’ coming to Skaneateles

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.”

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St. James Episcopal to host head shaving fundraiser

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.

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SFD to hold bottle drive for home remodeling project

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.

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Former Marcellus seamstress keeps family close through online business

A family separated by hundreds of miles has maintained a bond through the power of the Internet — and hand-made doll clothes.

Crunch spiral downward with three weekend losses; playoff hopes dim

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.”

Skaneateles Speaker Series examines online marketing

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.”

Sluiceway slated for protective grate

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.

Village code enforcement officer resigns

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.

Hail to the new Chiefs chief

On his first day in town, Syracuse Chiefs new manager Tony Beasley sat for an early morning chat that proved thoughtful.

Medical center pulls out of Caz's Riverside Drive project

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.

School district settles with District III over court costs

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.

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Caz High School releases first-quarter Honor Rolls

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.

Bridge to a better future in Cazenovia

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.

Empire Brewing examines viability of Cazenovia location

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.

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Students participate in NYSSMA All-State

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.

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Cazenovia Legion gets 9/11 flag and new rifles

At its Feb. 6 meeting, Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 made great strides toward improving its ability to locally commemorate holidays and significant events.

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Changes ahead for Town & Country Plaza

It seems the Town & Country Plaza on Route 20 in Cazenovia will be undergoing substantial modifications during the next year.

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EDITORIAL: A state budget well-fit for CNY

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.

Basketball Hornets streak into AA playoffs

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.

Grimes boys fall in rematch with Ludden

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

Carroll-Marsh dominates on way to sectional title

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.

Occupy Syracuse protesters allege forceful police behavior

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.

Benedict, Romagnoli earn sectional wrestling titles

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.

City teams get shots at Section III hoops titles

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.

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Recent slump doesn’t deter Triche

Guard says a few low-scoring outputs aren't affecting his motivation

Paul, Nasoni win sectional wrestling titles

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.

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B’ville hockey denied playoff spot by Solvay

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.

B’ville boys hoops falls to Nottingham, F-M

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.

WG’s Grome battles to sectional wrestling title

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.

Marcellus basketball teams reach playoffs

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.

Hockey Lakers erupt in fast regular-season finish

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.

Blanding stays unbeaten at wrestling sectionals

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

Stewart gets McDonald's All-American nod

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.

Girls basketball Lakers top J-E, win league title

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

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Solvay hockey beats B'ville, grabs playoff spot

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.

J-D girls denied unbeaten regular season by CBA

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.

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Legalized casino gambling: A good bet for New York?

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.

Library Focus: Learn computer basics and more

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.

Non-public school transportation notice for B'ville

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.

Play b-ball during break

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.

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St. Mary’s hosts event for grandparents

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 Sue Gorton to retire in September

Jordan-Elbridge's Susan Gorton is expected to retire in September.

Residents earn degrees, dean’s list honors

These residents of the western suburbs of Syracuse are making waves at the university level.

Confessions of a consumer: Retail therapy or shopaholism?

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.

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Steinberg offers a world of adventure within Ra-Lin

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.”

Liverpool bowlers earn sweep of C-NS

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.

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Time to buy a vehicle?

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.

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Geico growing in Syracuse

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.

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Longley Dodge still going strong

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.

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Seneca Federal releases officers’ report

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.

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Energy efficient equals smart savings

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 Collision celebrates 38 years in CNY

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.

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Par-K Chrysler-Jeep humming right along

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.

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Discover the difference at Lou’s Car Care

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.

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Driver’s Village – your one-stop shop for all things auto

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.

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And the winner is… best cars for families

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.

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Car fans unite

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.

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Home is where the hearth, and cabinets, are

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.

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Seneca Federal: Not an average mortgage originator

“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.

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Home improvements eligible for tax breaks or rebates

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.

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Tradition, set in stone

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.

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Jacobsen Rugs: Bigger, better, stronger

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.

The basics of property taxes

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.

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Hill’s Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.: Better customer service sets them apart

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.

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Timber Banks offers the newest lifestyle in CNY

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.

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Carter Upholstery all in the family

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.

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White’s Farm Supply puts the customer first

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.

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JD student discusses role in 'Les Miserables'

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.

Zbikowski rolls 299 game against Liverpool

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.

J-D beats ESM, advances to Class A volleyball semis

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.

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GreenHomes America: Helping reduce utility bills

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.

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Welcome spring with the 2012 Home & Garden Show

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.

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Ahh!…Simple steps to better water

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.

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Wild Bird Center spreads its wings Seneca

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.

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L. & J.G. Stickley: A company on the move

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.

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One town’s experience: Upswing in home construction in 2011

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.

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‘The best time to buy’

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.

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Tafts move to Springside

After deciding it was time to downsize to a smaller home, Dr. Garo and Sue Taft found that Springside was the perfect solution.

Bryant & Stratton College launches new bachelor’s program

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.

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Identity theft prevention and awareness is key

“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.

Upstate makes health records digital, accessible

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.

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Embracing age

"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.

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Seneca Family Dental: Serving CNY for 30 years

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.

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Dr. Laska offering laser therapy, surgery alternative

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.

Westhill girls wrap up unbeaten regular season

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.

LETTERS: Firefighter explains use of photos

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

B'ville's Monnat passes 1,000 points

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.

Get serious, Occupy

A Skewed View

Columnist Neil Benjamin Jr. offers his take on the Occupy movement.

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Sage Court Memory Care enriches lives

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.

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Strong Women, Strong Hearts event Feb. 4 is free and focuses on women and heart disease

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.

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Proposed Medicaid recovery regulations change the definition of ‘estate’

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.

National Kidney Foundation screenings help reduce risk of kidney disease

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

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A personalized assisted living facility

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.

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Bayberry Uniform & Shoe moves to larger home

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.

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Hematology-Oncology Associates of CNY, a national leader in cancer care

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.

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Dr. Suzanne Shapero: Family and cosmetic dentistry

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.

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Camillus Ridge Terrace: A safe, cheerful home

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.

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Area residents prepare for annual Tuscarora Lake Ice Fishing Derby

The 21st annual Tuscarora Lake Ice Fishing Derby will officially begin at 5 a.m. Feb. 18.

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Silent auction, tag sale to benefit Caz College equine students

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.

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Crouse navigators chart course for breast health

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.

Who’s really the best?


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.

Peace is typical in any language

Community Columnist

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.

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Circle of Red member shares her battle with heart disease

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.

Internist Associates of CNY provides the highest quality patient care

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.

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Wigge Reviews: The Grey

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 earns Presidential Scholarship; residents make dean's lists

Joshua Cook, of East Syracuse, was awarded a presidential scholarship to Alfred State University, consisting of $6,100 a year.

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Do supersized practices mean super service?

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.

Benefit planned for Elbridge fire victims

Community members are rallying around a family whose home was destroyed in a fire earlier this month.

Western Gateway a wasted effort unless

Letter to the editor

It was amusing to read about efforts to improve the Western Gateway to Skaneateles.

The (non) vocal majority


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.

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B'ville's Bono to play soccer at SU

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.

Magnarelli to hold NYS budget information meetings

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.

Kick those winter blues with music in B'ville

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.

ESM boys win first league title since ‘83

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.

Winter pruning is hard work, but rewarding

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.

B'ville kindergarten registration set for March 27, 28

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.

EDITORIAL: 'Anonymous' hack wasted police time

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.

LETTERS: Accidents highlight dangers of poor driving on Pompey Center Road

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.

Major hat trick leads Lakers past Auburn

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.

The thin margin

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.

Caz boys win twice, clinches league title

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.

Boys volleyball Bears get back-to-back wins

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

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Caz girls track are OHSL League Champions

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.

Strathmore store robbed at gunpoint

A Strathmore store was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night.

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Caz Library to showcase artwork by Elizabeth Monroe

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.

Preserve New York grants now available

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.

Orange host Huskies; Crunch pursue playoffs

Russ Tarby offers his best bets for the week of Feb. 9.

Northstars, Warriors both get wins at Select Meet

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.

Liverpool swimmers beat F-M, 101-84

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.

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Cicero settles suit

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.

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What you're saying about Valentine's Day: 'The best gift is me'

We asked Central New York residents and visitors to the area to share their Valentine's Day plans, thoughts and stories.

Chiefs GM: Clause to purchase stadium 'just an option'

The Syracuse Chiefs have a new 11-year lease to keep playing ball at Alliance Bank Stadium.

Bees secure relay win at Select Meet

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.

Indoor athletes earn wins at 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.

A Skewed View: A bond that can't be broken

It used to be the most sickening time of year, when stores turned from normal into red, heart-engulfed advertisements.

St. James plans Irish music, step dancing for WinterFest

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.

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‘Ivory Tower’ celebrates 400

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.

Geddes, Camillus police reports ending 1/28

These are the Camillus and Geddes police reports ending January 28.

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Caz resident receives award from ASLA

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.

Manlius police reports ending 2/1

These are police reports for Manlius ending on February 1.

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Skaneateles dog missing for seven months found

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.

Fiutak wins pole vault at Select Meet

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.

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UPDATE: Djug Django concert moved to Pensabene's Casa Grande

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.

Last bite at the Occupation apple

City Scuffle

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.

Syracuse PD responds to shots fired call

Two people are arrested, but connection to shots fired is not yet known.

Biviano, Vogl win at indoor Select Meet

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.

Girls hoops Lakers fall to Hannibal

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.

B’ville purchases property

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.

B'ville codes officer investigates unsafe properties

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.

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LETTERS: Van Buren ‘kids’ in action

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.

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Elks, friends enjoy outdoor Olympics

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.

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Cazenovia sportsman develops ‘Thermal Bar’

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.

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Cicero: Town, police department face down lawsuit

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

Ludden boys topple Grimes, secure league title

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.

George Bedigian withstood both paralysis and prison

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.

County approves Chiefs' new 11-year lease

The Onondaga County Legislature voted unanimously to approve the Syracuse Chiefs’ new 11-year lease to remain in Alliance Bank Stadium.

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Their business is love: Matchmaking service takes aim at singles

This couple’s business is love, and they want to make your love their business.

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Developer presents updated plans for gas station in Camillus village

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.

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F-M athletic director set to retire

Rich Roy will leave behind quite a legacy at a program ranked No. 4 by ESPN Rise.

West Genny boys swimmers beat Syracuse

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.

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Ronald McDonald Charities of CNY 'raises the roof'

The organization, which turns 30 this year, is halfway completed on its brand-new, handicapped-friendly building.

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Couple who met in North Syracuse as children to celebrate 70th anniversary

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.”

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Marcellus women sew love into every stitch

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.

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Bijou named one of top 200 salons in the country

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.

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Skaneateles graduate hoping to help medically underserved people

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.

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West Genny Academic Decathlon to compete at states

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.

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Skaneateles ‘Newfie’ headed to Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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.

Academic achievements

Numerous Skaneateles students have earned academic honors at colleges and universities around the country.

West Genesee works on spending plan

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.

Silence that says so much

'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.

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Prepare to shoot basketball

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.

District attendance maps are preliminary, no final decision made

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.

2012-13 NYS Budget process is under way, looks promising

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.

LETTERS: Attention midnight thief

Why did you steal the wheelbarrow from in front of a home on Van Buren Road in Baldwinsville last Monday night?

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Chef Dave Fouts presents on healthy school lunches Thursday

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

Left winger Josh Brittain scores his first-ever goal in Crunch loss

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.

Grimes girls gain payback, beat Ludden 53-47

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.

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President of Upstate Medical University inspires Skaneateles High School NHS inductees

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.

Western Gateway Improvement project delayed again

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.

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Local search and rescue dog honored on new U.S. postage stamp

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.

Thanks from the Polar Bear Club

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.

Skaneateles Garden Club plans spring schedule

“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.

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Vogl announces commitment to Monmouth

On Friday, Feb. 3, yet another student-athlete from Cazenovia High School declared her intention to play NCAA Division I sports.

Around town: Valentine’s Day (week) events

Here's a list of some of the Valentine's Day events and offerings going on this week in and around Skaneateles.

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Driscoll visits Caz Library, presents 2012-13 NYS budget

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.

Official 2012 Cazenovia Winter Festival Schedule

Please note that all outdoor events are subject to weather conditions.

Dubik discusses upcoming budget with Caz students

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.

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Brewster Inn chefs named best in area

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.

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Is hydrofracking on the horizon in Cazenovia?

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.

Police charge owner of Syracuse's Market Diner with felony DWI

The owner of Market Diner, near Carousel Center, has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated.

Liverpool wrestlers edged by B’ville at AA meet

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.

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B’ville hockey falls to West Genny, F-M

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.

Boys hoops Bees handle Central Square

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.

F-M hockey streaks into second place

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.

CBA/J-D wrestlers take fifth at Class AA meet

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.

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B'ville scouts bake thousands of cookies for homeless

Troop 261 of Baldwinsville recently baked cookies for the Rescue Mission.

B’ville artwork in Albany exhibit

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.

LETTERS: Censorship rears its ugly head

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

Syracuse PD website remains inoperable after "Anonymous" attack

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.

Occupied as ever: Protesters continue to persevere in downtown Syracuse

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.

Skaneateles wrestlers appear at Class C meet

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.

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Skaneateles boys get key road win at Cazenovia

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.

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Cavaretta wins at sectional Class B meet

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.

Westhill girls move to 16-0, rip Marcellus

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.

WG girls fall to F-M, edge past Proctor

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.

Caz basketball goes 1-1, falls to Skaneateles

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.

Blanding named top wrestler at Class B meet

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

B'ville edges Liverpool for AA wrestling title

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.

Teen charged after police find him with sawed-off shotgun in Carousel Center

Police have charged a 15-year-old with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest after an incident at Carousel Center.

Book clubs continue to grow at Cazenovia library

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.

75-year-old becomes bat mitzvah in Syracuse

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.

Syracuse woman dies from injuries in Marcellus accident last month

A Syracuse woman has died from injuries sustained in a Marcellus car accident last month.

Fayetteville woman critically injured after being hit by car

A Fayetteville woman was critically injured after being hit by a car on East Genesee Street in Fayetteville.

Oswego County man accused of raping Syracuse woman

Police say an Oswego County man forced a woman to have sex with him in Syracuse.

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The Krebs on a comeback with fall reopening

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.

C-NS boys hold off Liverpool, 65-58

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

F-M picks up basketball sweep of Corcoran

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.

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Skater’s paradise coming to Eastwood

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.

Village of Jordan plans website upgrade

The Village of Jordan may soon be embracing the computer age.

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St. Mary’s students celebrate Chinese New Year

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.

LETTERS: Icy sidewalks need clearing

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 Hall of Fame seeks nominees

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).

Following tie vote, veteran Marcellus town councilor appointed to one-year term

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.

B’ville girls basketball take loss to C-NS

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.

CBA volleyball stuns unbeaten Homer

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.

Girls Lakers rip past Cazenovia, Solvay

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.

East Syracuse man killed in East Taft Road crash

A 32-year-old East Syracuse man was killed in a one-car crash on East Taft Road Thursday night.

Caz hockey goes 1-0-1, rips Fulton

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

Hourigan injured again in loss at Cazenovia

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.

Syracuse Police website hacked by Anonymous

The Syracuse Police Department website, syracusepolice.org, was the latest target of international hacking group Anonymous.

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College student artwork shown at McDonald’s

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.

EDITORIAL: An honorable send-off

In a ceremony that sent chills down our spine, the Camillus Police Department honored one of their own last week.

EDITORIAL: Affordable homes will bode well for enrollment at schools

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.

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Caz students participate in All-County music festival

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.

Floral Notes: Seeds of change

Community Columnist

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.

Clearspeak: Self-interests, missing monuments and frackers

Community Columnist

A few more thoughts about the Muraco development proposal for the historic Enders property.

Up to speed, in ‘folksy’ Cazenovia

Community Columnist

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.

C-NS boys top Liverpool at indoor league meet

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.

Roche breaks record in Warriors’ win over J-D/CBA

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.

Girls, boys Bees land in third in league championships

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.

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Maureen’s Hope a SADA Charity Preview beneficiary

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.

Reynolds students receive Study Skills Awards

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

Library Focus: February offers numerous endeavors at your library

Welcome to the brief but important month of February. The weather outside may be frightful but things can still be delightful.

Leadership Challenge workshop offered at BPL

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.

Boys Hornets, Rams earn indoor track league titles

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.

J-D/CBA swimmers edged by Liverpool

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.

Trustees inch forward on Fennell Street fire station project

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.

Hockey Lakers endure rough Wednesday

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.

Village of Marcellus finalizes old library sale

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.”

Father-daughter sweetheart dance coming in February

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.

Fennell Street and the former fire station site

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

Suggestion on Fennell Street and a village-town merger

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.

Local student seeks donations for summer volunteerism

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.

Fundraising fun and seriousness


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.

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On living the seven manly virtues


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.

Westhill/Ludden takes second at league indoor meet

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.

Garn, Richardson among league meet winners

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.

Downtown After Dark: Arts quietly blossom in Hawley-Lodi neighborhood

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

Jordan-Elbridge proposes $27M budget

If numbers stay steady, residents of the Jordan-Elbridge School District could see a small increase in the annual budget.

ITC boys basketball topples SAS again

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.

EDITORIAL: At 50, DeWitt's library is just getting started

When the DeWitt Community Library turns 50 on April 8, in no way will it be “over the hill.”

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She’s on ‘board’ in the village of Manlius

Martha Dygert discusses her new position as clerk-treasurer for the village of Manlius.

Best Bets: Syracuse Orange host Hoyas tonight

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.

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Café Kubal in Eastwood to triple in size

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.

State responsible for former East Syracuse mayor's I-81 death

An appellate court has determined the state is responsible for the death of a former East Syracuse mayor.

F-M girls get key win at West Genesee

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.

CBA basketball sides take out ESM

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.

Camillus police reports ending 1/28

These are the Camillus police reports ending January 28.

DeWitt, East Syracuse, Manlius police reports ending Jan. 24

These are police reports ending January 24.

Caz Library to host Executive State Budget presentation

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.

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A timeless tradition for fans young and old

Syracuse fans weigh in on Super Bowl.

Jordan-Elbridge board violated open meetings law, appellate court rules

An appellate court has ruled that the Jordan-Elbridge School District violated the open meetings law on three occasions by going into executive session.

A Skewed View: No gratification for Boston's team

Columnist reveals the real reason to root for the Giants this Sunday.

Man charged in burglary after photo appears in Post-Standard

A homeless Syracuse man has been charged in a burglary after his photo appeared in the Post-Standard.

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West Genesee hockey battles past B'ville

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.

Ludden basketball sides have perfect 5-0 week

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.

Syracuse schoolteacher assigned to Justice Center faces sex charges

A Syracuse city schoolteacher is facing sexual abuse charges.

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Madison County Literacy Coalition selects retired area teacher as director

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.

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United Way surprises B’ville donor with prize

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.

LETTERS: Failure to exercise prudence

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.

B’ville students advance to state art competition

Twelve students from the Baldwinsville Central School District have advanced to the state portion of the 2011-12 National PTA Reflections program.

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Engagement: Baker/Arcuri to wed

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.

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Former supervisor charged with misdemeanor

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.