Stories for January 2012


Tuesday, January 31

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Young Caz inventor builds wheelchair for dog

There are few bonds stronger than that of a boy and his dog. When Jonathan Peter English, an 11-year-old Boy Scout in Cazenovia, noticed his 16-year old Italian Greyhound “Juliet” was unable to walk properly because of poor eyesight and stability, he immediately began to think of ways to help.

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Cazenovia College Art Gallery presents ‘Sabbatical Returns’

Cazenovia College’s art gallery at Reisman Hall saw the opening reception to the Sabbatical Returns Exhibition at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26.

J-D basketball sides topple Cortland again

Girls win big at home; Drescher leads boys past Purple Tigers

No matter the venue or the gender, Jamesville-DeWitt's basketball teams put together valuable and instructive conquests of Cortland on Tuesday night. The girls Red Rams are still unbeaten following an impressive 49-29 home victory over the Purple Tigers, and the J-D boys remain the team to catch in Class A after surviving a 54-46 test in Cortland's packed and raucous gym.

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NWFL exhibits work of artist Tom Whitmarsh

A collection of works by multitalented and storied artist Tom Whitmarsh will be on display Feb. 4 through 29 at the New Woodstock Free Library.

Caz Row Club to hold ‘Learn to Row’ clinic

Master and Scholastic members of the Cazenovia Rowing Club will be conducting a Learn to Row clinic from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Auxilliary Gym at the Cazenovia High School.

LETTERS: Hubbard is current owner of Brewster Inn

I read with some interest the article in the Jan. 25 Cazenovia Republican entitled “Benjamin Brewster: Friend of Rockefeller, owner of present-day Brewster Inn.”

Caz BOE sets goals, approves budget calendar

At the Jan. 23 meeting of the Cazenovia Board of Education, members discussed their 16 newly defined goals and approved the budget calendar for 2012-13 school year.

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CCP to hold Open House event during Winterfest

Cazenovia Community Preschool is now accepting applications for enrollment in all programs. In order to give area residents an opportunity to learn more about CCP programs, the organization is hosting a Winterfest Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 in CCP, at the corner of Lincklaen and Nickerson streets in Cazenovia.

WG swimmers earn key win over Oswego

Wildcats' streak reaches 35 straight meets

For the second time in the span of a week, the West Genesee boys swim team passed a major road test. Mostly relying on second and third-place efforts, the Wildcats defeated Oswego, 103-83 on Tuesday to earn its 35th consecutive meet victory.

Northstars win girls indoor track league title

Osborne, Liverpool's Akinpelu both win two events

Katie Osborne set the pace for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls indoor track and field team as it beat Liverpool in Monday’s CNY Counties League National division championship meet at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.

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Stewart earns USA Basketball national award

C-NS senior also gets 2,000th point in rout of Auburn

In a career full of superlatives, Cicero-North Syracuse senior Breanna Stewart achieved two more rare honors on Friday. First, Stewart was named USA Basketball's Female Athlete of the Year. Hours later, in front of the home fans, Stewart passed the 2,000-point milestone as the state Class AA no. 1-ranked Northstars rolled past Auburn 92-39.

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Maureen’s Hope a SADA Charity Preview beneficiary

Last year at this time, Tracy Licamele’s life was turned upside down. Her son, Connor, was diagnosed with Wilms’s Tumor at 4 years old, and was hospitalized for 11 days after having a tumor and his left kidney removed. He immediately began chemotherapy. While this was a devastating time for Licamele and her family, she was able to find comfort thanks to Maureen’s Hope Foundation, a Baldwinsville based organization that offers support and assistance to people facing the challenges of a cancer diagnosis and other life altering disease.

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Win a date with Mark Nicotra

Meet Mark Nicotra. Town of Salina supervisor, Syracuse University basketball fan and… eligible bachelor? That’s right. Nicotra is this year’s candidate for the 93Q Five Dates in Five Days, something the station has done for the last five years around Valentine’s Day.

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A lesson in teamwork, good sportsmanship

Daniel Stevens, a member of the Syracuse Silver Knights, teaches (from left) Chase Trombley, Molly George and Katherine Cornell a soccer technique at Elden Elementary School. Elden hosted members of the indoor pro-soccer team on Jan. 20.

Governor’s budget reforms Medicaid, pension system, boosts education aid some

Gov. Cuomo proposed his executive budget recently and, overall, it’s a good start that addresses contentious issues and has the taxpayers in mind.

B’ville students receive Scholastic Art Awards

Twenty-seven students from the Baldwinsville Central School District were winners in the 2012 CNY Scholastic Art Awards, sponsored by M&T Bank.

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Driscoll comes to Cicero

Former Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll appeared at the Cicero Town Board meeting Wednesday, Jan. 25 to stump for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal and to answer questions from the public about the plan, speaking for about an hour on the merits of the governor’s budgetary message. Driscoll, who is now president and CEO of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp., was sent as a representative of the state to give a presentation that mirrored the one Cuomo gave in Albany on Jan. 17. “It’s really a new way to reinvent New York state government and really tackle some difficult issues,” Driscoll said.

Elementary attendance area 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.

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North Syracuse police officer to be deployed to Kuwait

Roberta Comerford has been pulling double duty for some time. Comerford is both a sergeant in the North Syracuse village police force and a major in the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team out of Syracuse. But for the next year, her duties will be of the military kind alone. In February, Comerford and her unit are headed to Camp Shelby in Missisippi to prepare for deployment. By this spring, they’ll be in Kuwait.

F-M, J-D earn league indoor track titles

Fanning leads Hornets with 1,000, 1,500-meter wins

For local indoor track and field teams, the post-season lasts a full month, with at least four different meets of increasing importance leading up to the March 3 state championships at Cornell University.

Skaneateles girls finish second at OHSL Liberty meet

Adams, Fiutak, Tonzi all win events for Lakers

Were it not for that other band of Lakers, the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team might have possession of the Onondaga High School League Liberty division title by now. Instead, Skaneateles claimed the runner-up spot during Monday’s league meet at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, amassing 100 points. Only Cazenovia, with 150 points, fared better.

This time, it’s Super personal

Giants-Patriots quite similar to Super Bowl four years ago

Sequels, the cliché goes, are never like the original. Whether at the movies or in the world of sports, we let our happy and pure memories of the first chapter color our feelings about any chapter (or chapters) that may follow.

Biviano gets three wins as Lakers sweep OHSL meet

Caz senior has best overall efforts in 55 hurdles, long jump

Led again by senior Paige Biviano, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team added to the collection by going to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena and claiming first place in Monday’s OHSL Liberty division championship meet. Overall, Cazenovia earned 151 points and outlasted another Laker squad from Skaneateles, who finished second with 101 points. Homer, with 49 points, was well back in third place.

Monday, January 30

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Elbridge Fire Department finds new energy after last year's village shut-down

The Elbridge Fire Department of 2012 is a far cry from the department whose contracts were suspended in February 2011. One year later, the department has reorganized, and re-energized, to continue serving the Elbridge community.

City Scuffle: Check the memo, or try to find the cc:

For convenience and speed, the journalist’s version of the pink slip was two carbon papers and two different colored copy pages bound with adhesive to the top sheet for original text, easily detachable for distribution.

SU outlasts West Virginia, 62-60

Controversial ending follows key road win at Cincy

Saturday afternoon inside the Carrier Dome, Syracuse and West Virginia went down to the wire, and the Orange pulled it out, 62-60, over the Mountaineers, but not without a lot of adversity and no small amount of controversy.

Salina tax office to offer extended hours

The Salina Tax Department will have extended hours for residents’ convenience for the collection of taxes on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

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Leading the way: Clear Path for Veterans works to heal wounds of war

The relationship between veterans and dogs is being fostered at Clear Path for Veterans, a non-profit organization that aims to help veterans returning from war re-acclimate to American life. It provides Dogs2Vets, among other programs, to help re-acclimate and reintegrate veterans into their daily lives after returning to the States.

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Caz school district examines declining enrollment

Over the last decade, administrators at Cazenovia Central School District have watched fewer students graduate as seniors and even fewer register as kindergartners.

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Town Councilors review Caz Lake treatment

Board moves toward continuing Eurasian Milfoil management with herbicide, Renovate

With the invasive plant Eurasian Milfoil still present in Cazenovia Lake, officials are planning another herbicide treatment this June.

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Winterfest celebrates mild weather, raises money for charities

The snow and rain held off but the wind and cold made it a brisk afternoon Saturday, Jan. 28, as upwards of 1,000 people came to downtown Skaneateles to sample food, shop, explore and watch people jump into the frigid lake for this year’s Winterfest celebration.

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Art teacher John Smolenski wins award

John Smolenski attended the Scholastic Art Awards presentation as a proud father this year, because his youngest child, Nick, was receiving two Gold Keys in the category of Drawing for work he did while in ninth grade last year. Smolenski, an art teacher in Skaneateles for 27 years, had no idea that he was going to receive an award as well.

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‘Vagabond Gals’ comes to Creekside

Club offers companionship for women seeking travel partners

More than one dozen women from the Skaneateles and Auburn areas came together last week at Creekside Books and Coffee for the first local meeting of Vagabond Gals, a travel club sponsored by Vagabond Tour and Travel of Baldwinsville. The club caters to women in search of like-minded travel companions.

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Lakeview House reconstruction nearing expected April finish

Residents and observers of downtown Skaneateles may have noticed during the past few weeks that the 140-year-old Lakeview House, currently being reconstructed at 4 Genesee St., is nearing completion.

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Mirbeau wins AAA Four Diamond Award

For the eighth consecutive year, Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award for outstanding accommodations.

Spafford man faces weapons, drug charges

Injures self trying to explode beaver dam

A Spafford man faces five criminal charges relating to weapons and drugs – not to mention recovering from a severe injury – after a botched attempt to blow up a beaver dam near his property with a homemade explosive ended with a visit from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department.

Trustees approve park use for SkanRaces 2012

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved a request from SkanRaces to use Clift Park as the main hub of this year’s SkanRaces events during Labor Day weekend.

Skaneateles school budget little affected by governor’s proposals

The Skaneateles Central School District will receive only a 0.25 percent increase in state aid under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent budget proposal for 2012.

ESM hoops sweeps Phoenix, Chittenango

CBA boys sweep weekend in advance of clash with Spartans

Though it took a home defeat to Fayetteville-Manlius on Jan. 23, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys basketball team had no time to fret about it. The Spartans were back on the court 24 hours later, at Phoenix, and it led from start to finish in a 53-42 victory over the Firebirds that clinched a winning record for 2011-12.

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B’ville artist joins forces with Eat Art to feed hungry children

“Edible” isn’t usually the first word to come to mind when people think about art. But for Baldwinsville resident Roni Delmonico, eating and her passion for photography go hand in hand.

Schools and scholars: B'ville natives named to deans’ lists

Baldwinsville natives have been named to deans' lists at numerous colleges across the country.

Barclay appointed Deputy Minority Leader

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I-Pulaski) was recently appointed Deputy Minority Leader by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua). Barclay had been serving the Minority Conference as Assistant Minority Leader.

LETTERS: Recusals are in order for Lysander appointments

Recently, our newly elected Lysander Town Board members appointed a new person to our Town Planning Board. Not only to the board, but also they appointed him chairman. I have a question regarding Mr. Frederick Allen and his new appointment. Will Mr. Allen, when and if the YMCA of Greater Syracuse submits an application, whether at Drakes Landing or another Lysander site, recuse himself?

Sunday, January 29

East Syracuse man charged with DWI after crashing car, fleeing police

An East Syracuse man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing his car and fleeing from police.

B’ville girls take out Hannibal, Oswego

Monnat shines again as Bees move to 11-3

Baldwinsville’s girls basketball team is assured of a winning record, regardless of what happens the rest of the 2011-12 season.

Boys hoops Bees take pair of defeats

Losses to West Genny, Oswego wound playoff hopes

What had seemed, in mid-December, as a season where the Baldwinsville boys basketball team could step forward has, instead, led to more frustration.

Skaneateles wrestlers compete in league meet

Saunders picks up third place at 126 pounds

A busy and important week for the Skaneateles wrestling team culminated Saturday with its appearance in the Onondaga High School League Liberty/Patriot division tournament. In that meet, the Lakers picked up 68.5 points, leaving them in 10th place among 12 entrants. Cazenovia, with 195 points, earned the top spot.

Girls hockey Lakers beat Ithaca, Oswego

To be sure, the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team has vastly improved its play during the latter portion of the 2011-12 season.

Skaneateles boys hoops inch closer to winning record

Lakers handled by Westhill, rebound to beat Homer

One bit of good news for the struggling Skaneateles boys basketball team was that Jimmy Atkinson briefly returned to action last week, still nursing a sore ankle.

Solvay hockey goes 1-1; WG rolls again

Bearcats fall to Corcoran as Wildcats go to 17-0

Facing its most important stretch of the regular season, the Solvay ice hockey team knew that success here could lead to a post-season berth. As the week began, the Bearcats, with eight points, were tied with Corcoran for the fourth and final playoff spot in Division I West, one point behind third-place Fayetteville-Manlius. And it just so happened that the Hornets and Cougars were Solvay’s next two opponents.

Marcellus, J-E wrestlers compete at league meet

Ruggles wins 106 pounds for Mustangs; Alpha injured in final

Marcellus and Jordan-Elbridge’s wrestling teams would both take their turns at Saturday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty/Patriot tournament. In a 12-team field, the Mustangs finished seventh, with 92 points, while the Eagles took eighth with 85.5 points. Cazenovia prevailed with 195 points.

Westhill boys spilt, fall in OT to Cazenovia

Girls Warriors remain unbeaten after pair of romps

Though it might not always manifest itself on the scoreboard, there’s little doubt that the Westhill boys basketball team is rounding into better form and looming as a threat for the Section III Class B playoffs in a couple of weeks’ time. Still, it had to hurt the Warriors to squander a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 48-46 overtime defeat to Cazenovia.

Ludden girls take out Solvay, Hannibal

J-E gets crucial late-season win over Bishop Grimes

Still at no. 13 in the state Class B rankings despite a Jan. 19 defeat to Westhill, the Bishop Ludden girls basketball team rebounded with a pair of impressive wins.

Teens charged after fights in Shoppingtown Mall parking lot

Two teens were charged Saturday night after a series of fights in the parking lot of Shoppingtown Mall.

Cazenovia wrestlers win OHSL Liberty/Patriot meet

Lakers put five in finals; Petroff takes 120-pound title

As the newly-minted Onondaga High School League Liberty division regular-season champions, the Cazenovia wrestling team now hit the post-season circuit, which would consume three consecutive weekends. It all began with Saturday’s OHSL Liberty/Patriot tournament, where the Lakers repeated its regular-season glory, earning 195 points to beat 11 other opponents as Hannibal (178.5 points) and Port Byron (157 points) rounded out the top three.

Caz hockey pulls away from New Hartford

Lakers' Marshall earns six points in 7-3 win

A full week of rest, practice and recuperation was just what the Cazenovia ice hockey team needed as the homestretch, and the Section III Division II playoffs, loom close. The Lakers all but sealed its return to the post-season when play resumed Saturday, at New Hartford, as Cazenovia’s offense gradually took over in a 7-3 victory over the Spartans.

Saturday, January 28

Tentative schedule for 2012 Cazenovia Winter Festival

Event times and locations subject to change. Dates will soon be finalized and posted.

J-D teams win, set up Cortland clashes

Girls Red Rams hold off Fulton to reach 14-0

On the last night of January, both of Jamesville-DeWitt's basketball teams will engage in key late-season clashes with Cortland that will determine who takes momentum into the Section III Class A playoffs. The girls Red Rams go there undefeated, at 14-0, having survived a scare Friday night at Fulton as it held on to beat the Red Raiders 49-46.

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Cazenovia's Golden Pheasant undergoes transformation

Albany Street restaurant becomes community sports bar

When the familiar Cazenovia eatery The Golden Pheasant closed its doors for renovations on Monday, Jan. 16, owner Peter Kuzawski wasn’t planning on reopening the same restaurant.

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‘Our Farm’ owner joins CNY Solar

Jimmy Golub, of Peth Road in Cazenovia, recently accepted a position as a sales representative for CNY Solar.

CCP to host annual ‘Snowball’

Cazenovia Community Preschool, Inc. will hold its annual Winterfest “Snowball” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Brae Loch in Cazenovia.

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Highland Forest to host USSSA qualifier

Highland Forest in Fabius will once again be the setting for area snowshoe racers to gather on Feb 12.

Caz girls indoor track gets another title

Lakers beat RFA in invitational at Colgate

Back in a familiar setting, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team knocked off eight opponents to win the Independents Invitational Friday night at Colgate University's Sanford Field House. The Lakers, who had not competed since its win at the Bob Grieve Invitational on Jan. 16, shook off the 12 days of rest and, with 148.66 points, soared to the top as Rome Free Academy (94.33 points) took second place in the meet held alongside the Center State Conference Championships, won by West Canada Valley.

Friday, January 27

Wildcats beat Nottingham, nab playoff spot

WG uses pair of scoring runs to cool off Bulldogs

West Genesee's boys basketball team won a game of spurts, 58-47, Friday night over visiting Nottingham and, in the process, insured that it will return to the Section III Class AA playoffs.

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Caz boys basketball rallies for OT win at Westhill

Defense helps Lakers in comeback; Whiteman 3-pointer forces extra period

Even at 10-3, with twice its win total from a season ago, the Cazenovia boys basketball team still lacked the pressure-filled, attention-grabbing victory that could leap them into contender status. That changed, though, on Friday night, when the Lakers, down by eight to two-time defending Section III Class B champion Westhill late in regulation, came back and forced overtime, and went on to top the Warriors 48-46.

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Laker girls indoor track tops CNY

OCC victory fuels winning streak

Undefeated though six Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association Invitationals to start the season, the Cazenovia indoor track girls were pleased with their start, but couldn’t help but wonder how they would fare in the larger, more competitive meets of the CNY Indoor Track Association held at the new SRC Arena at OCC.

Marcellus BOE outlines budget issues at Thursday's forum

The Marcellus School District held its own community budget forum, where the school board outlined the early stages of the budget-producing process before turning the floor over to residents, parents and students.

Fayetteville seeks architect for Canal Landing Park project

The Village of Fayetteville Parks Commission announced plans Thursday night to hire a landscape architect for Phase II of its development of Canal Landing Park.

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Sled for Red beats the cold at Four Seasons in Fayetteville

Not even the crackling cold could stop the fundraising festivities Saturday evening at Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center in Fayetteville.

New name, new sponsor for ladies golf event at Drumlins

Credit Union Classic part of newly-branded Symetra Tour

For more than 15 years, ladies professional golfers looking to make it to the LPGA have made a summer stop in Central New York, and will do so again – even if the name is a bit different.

EDITORIAL: Keep it coming

The East Suburbs gave back in a big way this week.

Skaneateles girls basketball earns split

Lakers fall to unbeaten Westhill, rip past Homer 70-23

In a 48-hour span, the Skaneateles girls basketball team got a full glimpse of both ends of the OHSL Liberty division, with predictable results.

WG swimmers hold off B’ville, maintain win streak

Wildcats have claimed 34 consecutive meets

With its long win streak on the line, the West Genesee boys swim team did exactly enough work at exactly the right times to stay undefeated. The Wildcats’ 48-45 conquest of Baldwinsville Thursday night at the Baker High School pool was far from a smooth affair, as throughout the meet the Bees threatened to end WG’s string of 33 consecutive victories.

Girls hoops Mustangs beat J-E, Solvay

Marcellus on three-game win streak, pushing for playoffs

Rising from early struggles, the Marcellus girls basketball team is making a push to get into the Section III Class B playoffs.

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Utica chanteuse opens January JazzFest Sunday at Mohegan Manor

Utica chanteuse Julie Falatico will wrap her honey-smooth voice around tunes from the Great American Songbook at noon on Sunday, Jan. 29, to open the January JazzFest at Mohegan Manor, 28 Oswego St. in Baldwinsville. She and her accomplished accompanist, guitarist Joe Ferlo, will perform for the festival’s jazz brunch.

LETTERS: Political favors owed and promptly paid

Imagine the Lysander Town Hall packed with residents and not one person stepping forward, when asked, wanting or willing to speak out in favor of increasing the Lysander Planning Board membership from five to seven members.

Forty-six B’ville elementary students selected for All-County Music Festival

Forty-six Baldwinsville Central School District students have been selected to perform in the OCMEA Elementary All-County Music Festival, to be held March 2 and 3 at Eagle Hill Middle School in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District.

Lysander adds lost pet page to website

Lysander’s Town Clerk Lisa Dell has announced the addition of a lost pet page to the town’s website, townoflysander.org, to assist residents in the event their pet became lost.

Caz girls fall to Bishop Grimes, Westhill

Defeats hurt Lakers' hopes of making Class B sectionals

A simple, yet difficult assignment faced the Cazenovia girls basketball team, as it still needed two more victories to secure a Section III Class B playoff berth.

Thursday, January 26

F-M boys humbled by Utica Proctor

Girls Hornets handle pair of foes, move to 12-2

As far as the young Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team has traveled in this exciting winter, there's still plenty of distance to cover before it can rise to the top of the Section III Class AA ranks. That point got reinforced, in a painful manner, Thursday night when the Hornets took the difficult road trip to Utica Proctor and, from the start, were overwhelmed in a 60-34 loss to the Raiders.

Skaneateles hockey holds off Oswego, 3-2

Lakers tie Bucs for first in Division II standings

In two very important ways, the Skaneateles ice hockey team got even with Oswego. First, by prevailing 3-2 at Crisafulli Rink Thursday night, the Lakers avenged an earlier defeat to the Buccaneers. Just as importantly, it pulled into a tie for first place in Division II, both sides now owning 22 points with two weeks left in the regular season.

LETTERS: In response to letter on Marcellus budget forum

To the editor: My children have benefited from their participation in both athletics and the fine arts, and I want to see those opportunities continue next year and beyond.

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Caz sixth-grade boys capture Cooperstown hoops crown

The Cazenovia sixth-grade boys basketball team won four straight games to win the Eighth Annual Patrick Fetterman Basketball Tournament on Jan. 15 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown.

LETTERS: West Genesee BOE should reconsider decision to uphold policy 1540

To the editor: Residents of the West Genesee School District were surprised and shocked to learn that the school board recently adopted policy 1540 which states that no building or field will be named to honor an individual.

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Cazenovia native Steve Hayes to perform ‘Hollywood Reunion’

Redhouse Arts Center recently announced they will present award-winning actor Steve Hayes in his one-man comedic play, “Steve Hayes’ Hollywood Reunion,” at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 through 11 in Redhouse’s location at 201 S. West St. in Syracuse.

LETTERS: Caz Library thanks community for ongoing support

A new year rings in with excitement at the Cazenovia Public Library as we look forward to all of the events and programs planned for 2012.

LETTERS: 2012 Winter Festival Talent Show looks for participants

Can you sing, dance, act, play music, or do you have a special talent? Do you like performing in front of an audience and hearing the cheers of adoring fans? Are you hoping to be discovered and someday be a star? If so, we need your participation in this year’s Winter Festival Talent Show from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.

LETTERS: American Red Cross thanks Cazenovians for donations

Please extend our heartfelt thanks to my neighbors in Cazenovia for including the American Red Cross in their 2011 charitable giving.

Northstars top Warriors in wrestling clash

C-NS earns four pins to Liverpool's two in 40-30 match

One big event remained for the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool wrestling teams before they entered the post-season – namely, their meet against each other. The two neighbors and rivals clashed Wednesday night in the C-NS gym, and nearly split the 13 contested matches. Fueled by a quartet of pins, the Northstars beat the Warriors 40-30.

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ESM students to ‘Put on a Happy Face’

‘Bye Bye Birdie’ performances set for Feb. 9-11

East Syracuse-Minoa Musical Theatre will perform the classic musical “Bye Bye Birdie” at 7 p.m. Feb. 9, 10 and 11 with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Feb. 11, at the high school.

Liverpool, C-NS swimmers earn big wins

Warriors take out Oswego; Northstars beat Syracuse

On the same Wednesday night, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse’s boys swim teams both emerged with high-quality wins.

One resident’s opinion on the proposed Fennell Street Fire Station reuse proposal

Opinion column

This is the first of several articles that will discuss the factors that an informed public should know about the former Fennell Street fire station building (and site), Fennell Street itself and the village board’s current plan.

Let us reserve judgment


The Skaneateles school district has been accused of racial discrimination, and a formal complaint filed by an African American student with state and federal civil rights agencies. We caution our readers to remember that this is only a complaint — and anyone can make a complaint about anything — and no investigation has been done or comments made by the federal or state agencies, the school district or the board of education at this time.

In defense of Canada geese

Letter to the editor

In defense of Canada geese: I love them all, and we have record flocks this winter.

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Energy efficient: B’ville business reduces carbon 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.

Baldwinsville waives rental fee for concert series

Baldwinsville officials have teamed up with the Baldwinsville Concert Series Partnership to continue bringing free Tuesday night concerts to residents during the summer.

Beaver Lake Nature Center: Seventh Annual Mid-winter Blues Run returns

Beginning at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, Beaver Lake Nature Center will host its 7th annual Mid-winter Blues Run for participants of all ages.

B’ville wrestlers handle Central Square

Bees use series of pins to top Red Hawks 42-27

Baldwinsville’s wrestling team did not go as far as Central Square during the Jan. 21 Section III Dual Meet, falling in the opening round as the Red Hawks made it to the quarterfinals. But when the two sides met at Central Square Wednesday night, it was the Bees taking control with six pins that accounted for the mast majority of points in a 49-26 victory.

State redistricting committee releases maps to public

The New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment released new district maps for all 213 legislative seats Thursday afternoon, creating a new seat in the state senate, eliminating a seat in the assembly and shifting district lines across the state.

Hockey Hornets raise $10,000-plus for cancer awareness

F-M defeats C-NS, 6-3, in front of massive crowd

For the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team, the question of whether it gets into the Division I playoffs will not get answered until the end. What cannot be questioned, though, was the immense generosity of the players, coaches and fans of the F-M program, put on full display in last Wednesday night’s 6-3 victory over Cicero-North Syracuse.

Downtown After Dark: Jack ‘Penetrator’ perseveres with debut solo disc

No wonder Jack Lipton calls himself “Forgotten Boy.”

Wednesday, January 25

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Manlius Town Board lifts ban on public comment

Adopted rules end ban, but remove comment period from agenda

New rules of decorum for Manlius Town Board meetings were unanimously adopted at the regular board meeting Wednesday, Jan. 25.

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DeWitt Community Library planning a move

If all goes according to plan, the DeWitt Community Library will be getting a late birthday present in the form of a new location.

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CBA announces winner of 21st annual Corvette Raffle

Syracuse resident Fred Muratore is the winner of a brand new 2011 torch red Chevrolet Corvette.

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Best Bets: ‘Pressing Print’ opens at SU

Russ Tarby offers his best bets for the week of Jan. 26.

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Caz students sign letters of intent

Goris, Donovan, Baldwin, Gates declare college lacrosse intentions

On Thursday, Jan. 12, four Cazenovia High School students declared their intentions to play lacrosse at the college level.

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Village, town snow budgets in good standing

Mild winter weather costs less for municipalities

Although it took longer than expected, winter weather officially arrived in Cazenovia on Friday, Jan. 13, with snow, cold temperatures and the school district’s first snow day.

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Syracuse Crunch penalty kill short circuits, then power play implodes

The Syracuse Crunch penalty-kill units allowed five goals on 12 chances Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins overwhelmed the visitors 6-2 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

What are we really afraid of?

Community Columnist

I awoke last night with a scream and the sweats. I tried to face my fears and recollect my nightmare, to no avail.

Travis Oot named to dean’s list at York College of Pennsylvania

Universities have announced their dean's list for the fall 2011 semester.

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Onondaga Road students present fleece blankets to Golisano Hospital

Fifth-grade students from Onondaga Road Elementary School in the West Genesee School District presented 15 hand-made fleece children’s blankets to staff at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, outpatient care.

F-M to host February budget forums

Fayetteville-Manlius School District officials will host two community budget forums Tuesday, Feb. 7, to discuss the challenges facing the district as it develops the 2012-13 school budget.

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Big Chill boasts record amount of plungers

year's Polar Bear Plunge alone has raised more than last year's entire two-day Big Chill event.

Assemblyman: Legislation would make sale, use of synthetic drugs illegal

You may have heard the term “synthetic marijuana” or synthetic drugs. The drugs come in small packages and have names like “Spice” or “Happy Shaman,” they are often labeled as incense and are allegedly smoked. People can purchase them in stores that sell smoking accessories and even at convenience stores.

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BOCES science lessons get students out of the classroom, into the field

Central New York high school students interested in exploring science careers have an opportunity to step outside and do some hands-on learning through the New Vision Animal and Environmental Science class.

The good, the bad and the ugly

Cuomo’s budget proposal brings ups, downs for CNY

Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a $132.5 billion budget on Tuesday, Jan. 17, earning praise from some and derision from others.

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Waterman principal Marianne Young to retire this year

The Skaneateles Board of Education reluctantly approved the retirement of Waterman Elementary School Principal Marianne Young at its Jan. 24 meeting. Young, who has been principal of Waterman for the past 10 years, will end her tenure at the school effective June 30.

Tuesday, January 24

Manlius FD facility improvements a step closer

The village of Manlius is one step closer to renovating its Fire Station No. 2, located at 4500 Pompey Center Road.

Marcellus fire station ups taxes, saves money in long run

Costs for fire services in the town of Marcellus are up, but it’s not because of the fire department, Supervisor Dan Ross said.

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SU men's basketball: Winning breeds economic immunity

In the midst of the stunning accusations about former assistant coach Bernie Fine's sexual involvement with underage boys is a university engulfed with pride for a team that right now can seem to do no wrong.

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Jamesville-DeWitt students to stage Les Miserables

The musical Les Miserables comes to Jamesville-Dewitt High School Feb. 9, 10 and 11 with more than 100 talented JD students in the cast, crew and pit orchestra. The show is the longest running musical in the world and among the most famous.

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LYLA prepares for winter camp

Earl Hall is a big believer in the power of lacrosse.

Sometimes news bytes bite back

Monday night’s Liverpool Central School District Board of Education meeting contained some important discussions regarding the $10.3 million budget gap the district faces and possible solutions for that crisis, as well as the continuing day-to-day business of running one of the largest districts in Central New York. But if all you did was watch the 11 o’clock news, you wouldn’t know it. No, if you watched the television news, you learned that Liverpool was cutting back to half-day kindergarten as a cost-cutting measure.

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Party for a Cure is Jan. 29

Heather Weeks loved a good party. That’s why her mom, Frieda Weeks, thinks she would have appreciated Party for a Cure, the Jan. 29 fundraiser at Meghan MacMurphy’s designed to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. “Heather loved music and dancing and a good party,” Frieda Weeks said. “I think she would love it. Heather’s mission in life was to tell women about ovarian cancer and the color teal, which is the awareness color for ovarian cancer. She would be 100 percent for any event that did that.”

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Biz briefs: Two businesses close, one to open

The Fireside Inn in Lysander is temporarily closed to undergo renovations, according to a restaurant representative.

LETTERS: CNY Bike Give-Away a success

A big thank you to Baldwinsville community for the year-long donation of all types of bicycles. Another thank you to the Baldwinsville guys that repaired them and loaded at the fairgrounds and help with the distribution.

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Girls soccer in B’ville CARES

Baldwinsville Varsity Soccer players (from left) Carson Judkins, Angelica Tomasello and Lily VanDeValk are pictured with items collected by all the girls soccer teams in Baldwinsville ranging from modified up to the varsity level.

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Liverpool Central School District faces $10.3M budget gap

With a $10.3 million budget gap looming, the Liverpool Central School District faces a difficult budget season ahead. However, the board of education soundly rejected the possibility of reducing kindergarten to a half-day program, as well as the idea of closing an elementary school before the fall of 2013. The school board was asked to consider those proposals at its regular board meeting Monday, Jan. 23 by Superintendent Richard Johns as possible cost-cutting measures. Johns emphasized that he was not recommending those measures, but that they had been suggested to him by members of his administrative team and that he wanted to bring them forth to the board before including them in or rejecting them from the budget he’ll present to them Feb. 27.

Monday, January 23

Y the rush?

Lysander increases size of planning board

Controversy did not end with the former Lysander town board. At the Jan. 23 board meeting, a contentious public hearing was held regarding the new board’s desire to increase the planning board from five to seven members. After nearly an hour of comments from residents and the board, most of which were against the proposed law, a vote was held and the law was approved, 4-1.

DeWitt Town Board names new code enforcement officer

Maureen A. Wafer was selected out of a pool of 13 applicants for code enforcement officer, replacing Jim Conlon, who moved to the planning board.

F-M wins three straight, improves to 11-2

Hornets dispatch ESM after romps of Nottingham, C. Square

So much for the brief skid that the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team encountered early in January, when it lost back-to-back games at Henninger and Oswego. The Hornets promptly responded with three wins in the span of a week, moving to 11-2 and increasing the possibility that it will have one of the top seeds when the Section III Class AA playoffs start late next month.

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East Syracuse FD seeks village’s approval to go independent

An uneasy economy could be to blame for the restructuring of the East Syracuse Fire Department into an independent district. Fire officials have been working with a Buffalo-based fire services attorney to look into the option of dissolving the village-owned department, as-is, and create an independent district run by an elected team of fire commissioners.

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Camillus officers gather to celebrate officer's retirement

Officer Dennis Welch retired from the force Monday, Jan. 23, after nearly 14 years with the department.

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Owera Vineyards improves with age

Cazenovia’s first winery awarded grant, plans for expansion

Although the winter season isn’t conducive for cultivating grapes, Owera Vineyards is growing.

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Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce welcomes new and returning board members

The Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed two new members and two re-elected members to its board of directors at the first board meeting of the year on Jan. 18.

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Town historian remembers local Titanic survivor in new Creamery Museum display

Skaneateles Town Historian Beth Batlle is working on two research projects that mark important anniversaries in history — and Skaneateles residents connected to historic events — this year. This April marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic; while the year 2012 marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

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Girls varsity hockey growing, looks toward playoffs

The Skaneateles girls varsity hockey team is coming to the end of their season, hoping and intending to win their playoff games and end up state champs. “We started a little rough, but now we’re back on track,” said team co-captain Nina Elia, a senior at Skaneateles High School.

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Group rallies behind Tedesco

Throughout recent weeks, students and faculty from Cazenovia High School have come together in support of local resident Diane Tedesco, as she battles Leukemia.

Library offers computer tutoring and eReader drop-in lab

From 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday, Calixto Suarez, a retired engineer with extensive computer knowledge, will provide free computer tutoring at the Cazenovia Public Library.

CAVAC awarded $57,000 grant

On Jan. 6, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps is the recipient of $57,000 from the fourth-round of the FY11 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

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Faith Heritage utilizes a different tradition

Look at most high school basketball teams - say, Jamesville-Dewitt, or Christian Brothers Academy, Liverpool, or West Genesee, or many others. Watch their pre-game routines and rituals. Each of them are different in a small way, but at the same time they're all pretty much the same.

Orange reach 20-0 before first loss to Notre Dame

Before they graduate in the spring, the two main seniors on Syracuse's men's basketball team, Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine, have one more goal in mind - a national championship. So it was ironic that academics may have caused the first serious on-court crisis of the Orange's season.

C-NS girls basketball blasts West Genny, 89-31

Stewart nets 37 first-half points against Wildcats

Another week for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team, and another chance for a high-quality opponent to offer a challenge to the defending state Class AA champions.

Liverpool girls hoops topples Baldwinsville

Warriors finish busy stretch above. 500

Liverpool’s girls basketball team welcomed the rest at the end of a stretch where, in eight days, it had played five times, starting with the quadruple-overtime defeat to West Genesee on Jan. 12. That stretch ended in a big way Friday night as the Warriors, fueled by hot 3-point shooting, upended Baldwinsville by a score of 51-39.

Wrestling Northstars, Warriors appear in sectional Dual Meet

C-NS ousted by Sandy Creek; Liverpool falls to Holland Patent

Strong efforts from the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool wrestling teams meant that they both would earn invitations to the Section III Dual Meet, which took place Saturday at the C-NS gymnasium. Yet both the Northstars and Warriors fell in the first round of the 16-team tournament, as C-NS fell to Sandy Creek 55-21 and Liverpool took a 49-22 defeat to Holland Patent.

C-NS, Liverpool hockey sides faces adversity

Northstars beaten twice; Warriors go 0-1-1

All of a sudden, both of the area’s ice hockey teams found itself struggling to various degrees. Cicero-North Syracuse, sitting in second place in Division I East, stumbled in last Wednesday’s match against Ithaca at the Twin Rinks, losing a 4-3 decision to the Little Red.

Attorney appointed to Lysander position

L. Micha Ordway has been appointed to the Town of Lysander Zoning Board of Appeals and will act as chairman of the board.

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B’ville man promoted to controller

Walt Larkin, of Baldwinsville, has been named controller at CXtec and TERACAI.

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B'ville Kids Kount receives visit from Santa

Children from B'ville C.A.R.E.S. Kids Kount program visit with Santa on Dec. 19.

Police blotter: Marijuana charges filed against four

At 4:24 p.m. Dec. 13, police observed Zachary M. Scott, 17, of 7645 Van Buren Road, throw a glassine baggie on the driveway at 30 Elizabeth St. that contained marijuana.

LETTERS: Female Charitable Society invaluable

We would like to thank the “Female Charitable Society, Inc.” of Baldwinsville for loaning crutches and canes to my husband, Andrew Olson, who recently had a knee problem.

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West Genesee superintendent uses Twitter to break snow day news

Twitter was the first place the news broke of a snow day on Friday, Jan. 13. A heavy band of snow came in late in the game — the buses had hit the road and were looking to pick up students. Brown said he tried calling the television stations, but the lines were busy. He put the message on Twitter at 6:30 a.m

LETTERS: Marcellus BOE to hold budget forum

To the editor: As many of you already know, our school district, like so many others, is facing difficult times financially. Recent reductions in state funding coupled with increasing costs have forced us to cut more than 40 full-time positions in the last three years.

West Genesee upholds ban on naming fields, buildings after individuals

The West Genesee Board of Education has again decided to support a decision that would bar the district from naming a building, field or area after an individual.

Sunday, January 22

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With sales on the rise, Chocolate Pizza Company renovates headquarters

The former McClurg Construction showroom on Main Street in Marcellus is no longer displaying state-of-the-art cabinetry — but it’s just as vibrant as ever. The room is now home to the Chocolate Pizza Company, which has expanded its Marcellus location following a 30 percent increase in sales in 2011 over 2010, a record-breaking year for the company

Water main breaks on Hinsdale Road in Camillus

Camillus Police are advising motorists to avoid Hinsdale Road between Sanderson Drive and West Genesee Street until at least 1 a.m Monday.

Boys hoops: Corcoran hopes to pile up wins on way to sectionals

The dirty work — qualifying for the sectional playoffs — is done for the Corcoran boys basketball team. It’s time now for the Cougars to gobble up as many wins as possible to ensure a favorable seed in the upcoming Section III playoffs.

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Recent tragedy highlights danger of Pompey Center Road

More than 30 accidents, with three deaths, have been reported on the road in three years

There have been 34 accidents on Pompey Center Road since 2009, three of which have been fatal.

B’ville wrestlers fall to Phoenix at Dual Meet

Bees handle West Genny, stay atop league standings

A 15-5 record helped the Baldwinsville wrestling team land a spot in Saturday’s Section III Dual Meet, held at Cicero-North Syracuse. But it didn’t give the Bees any break, as far as the draw was concerned. B’ville had to go up against powerful Phoenix in the first round, and quickly fell out in a 55-12 loss to the Firebirds.

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Camillus Police Officer recognized for DWI enforcement

Nearly half of all driving while intoxicated arrests in the town of Camillus in the past year can be attributed to one officer.

Girls basketball Bees fall to Liverpool

B'ville tops Henninger with Monnat's 35 points

Even though the Baldwinsville girls basketball team could snare a high Section III Class AA playoff seed next month, things have turned uneven. The Bees went to Liverpool Friday night and saw its attack stymied, especially in the second half, of a 51-39 loss to the Warriors.

B’ville indoor track takes third at Kirschenheiter meet

Back in action, the Baldwinsville girls indoor track and field team topped most of the field in Friday’s Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.

Four charged in underage drinking sting in Fayetteville, Manlius

Four individuals were charged with serving alcohol to a minor after a sting operation in Fayetteville, Manlius and DeWitt Saturday night.

Skaneateles wrestling sweeps home duals

Lakers go 4-0, beat Herkimer for title; Saunders is MOW

Regular-season work ended for the Skaneateles wrestling team last week, culminating in its own dual meet on Saturday against a quartet of opponents. And the Lakers would beat them all to earn top honors.

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Girls hoops Lakers rally past Hannibal

Skaneateles still in Class B playoff hunt

Just when it needed a respite, the Skaneateles girls basketball team skidded against high-level competition before getting a much-needed reprieve.

Skaneateles boys basketball earns split

Lakers fall to Bishop Grimes, shut down Hannibal

Amid turmoil, the Skaneateles boys basketball team somehow had to find a way to focus on court matters against first-rate opposition. And it didn’t help that the Lakers faced it without an injured Jimmy Atkinson in the lineup, starting with Tuesday's home test against Bishop Grimes.

Saturday, January 21

Indoor track teams have winning weekend

C-NS boys take Kirschenheiter meet; Watkins wins in NYC

In different locales, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool indoor track and field teams found their own kinds of success as the regular season began to wind down. The boys Northstars again beat a local field in the Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, while the Warriors went to New York City's Armory and had some big moments at Saturday's New Balance Games.

Hornets pull away, prevail at Kirschenheiter meet

J-D girls, F-M boys both have second-place efforts

For the second time in a five-day span, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls indoor track and field team hunted down a title - and this time, got it. The Hornets, second to Cazenovia at Monday's Bob Grieve Invitational, returned to Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena and, without the Lakers to worry about, pulled away for a first-place finish over Jamesville-DeWitt and more than 20 other entrants.

Littlejohn buzzer-beater gets Ludden past Westhill

Long-range shot helps Gaelic Knights to 50-47 win

No pressure, from a figurative standpoint, was on Bishop Ludden boys basketball player Cameron Littlejohn when his long-range shot flew toward the hoop as time ran out in regulation of Friday night's game against Westhill. The game was tied, after all, and even if the low-percentage shot missed, they would play four minutes of overtime.

WG's Leff shatters Section III indoor mile record

Wildcat sophomore wins at New Balance meet in NYC

Amid another busy weekend of indoor track activity, West Genesee sophomore Laura Leff again drew the most notice. During Saturday's New Balance Games at the Armory in New York City, Leff set a new Section III record in the 1,600-meter run and posted the second-fastest mile a sophomore has ever run in the state.

SU's Fab Melo to miss next two road games; Mookie leaves team

Syracuse University basketball's star center Fab Melo will not play in tonight's road game against Notre Dome or Monday's game at Cincinnati.

Friday, January 20

Henninger needs overtime to get past Proctor

Spinner nets 21 points in 62-55 win over Raiders

Maybe the Henninger and Utica Proctor boys’ basketball teams like each so much they just have to spend more time together. For the second time in three games, the Black Knights and the Raiders needed overtime to settle the issue. Henninger got the win Friday night, 62-55, on its home court. The Black Knights also captured the other overtime tilt, in last March's Section III Class AA final at Utica Memorial Auditorium.

J-D basketball teams sweep CBA

Girls Rams stay unbeaten; boys pull away in second half

One Jamesville-DeWitt basketball team is undefeated. The other is in its usual spot atop the state Class A rankings. And both got to deliver victories over rival Christian Brothers Academy to the home fans on Friday night, as the girls Red Rams used improved outside shooting to gain its 12th straight win, 59-49, and the boys relied on old and new stars to pull away from the Brothers 69-47.

CCH to hold three-day open house

Perspective families, current families and the community are invited to an open house for the Cazenovia Children’s House preschool programs, located at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

The times they are a changin’

From the editor

This past week, I was able to sit down with the staff of the newly formed East-Wellington Times.

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F-M community rallies around fallen student Matt Murphy

Matt Murphy was was a one-of-a-kind kid, according to those that knew him best.

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City Scuffle: Occupy Syracuse no longer a walk in the park

The next noon the pile is gone, replaced by plastic chests of food, one of the few items permitted. The occupiers cannot have chairs, cannot sit, cannot occupy from dusk ‘til dawn when the park is closed.

New Elbridge dog control officer saves time and money

The town of Elbridge has a new dog control officer in Carl Collier, owner of Finger Lakes Dog Protection Agency in Auburn.

Town to solicit bids for Western Gateway Improvement Project

The Skaneateles Town Board will open bidding on the Western Gateway Improvement Project in early March, in hopes the longstanding project will finally come to fruition.

Cuomo’s budget proposal brings ups, downs for CNY

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's state budget proposal calls for several economic development initiatives, streamlining of the state government, mandate relief, educational reform and more – all of which will have an impact on Central New York.

Best Bets: Local photos at Edgewood

The Eagle’s own Herm Card is among four photographers whose work is on display through Feb. 17, at the Edgewood Gallery, 216 Tecumseh Road, on Syracuse’s East Side.

Boys hoops Bees top Liverpool again

B'ville repeats Dome triumph as Muldoon, Brower step up

In order to salvage its once-promising season, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team needed to gain a win over Liverpool Thursday night at the Baker High School gym. And with increased contributions from some unlikely sources, the Bees did just that, beating the Warriors 75-70 to complete a regular-season sweep and improve to 4-7 overall.

B’ville girls bowlers top Central Square

After a week of rest, the Baldwinsville girls bowling team returned to action Thursday afternoon and delivered a 3-0 shutout of Central Square at Thunderbird Lanes.

Skaneateles hockey ties Cazenovia, 2-2

Despite end of shutout streak, Diamond still makes 38 saves

Of the 15 games the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team has played this winter, five have ended without a resolution. This trend toward ties continued Thursday night when, in the latest battle of Laker teams, Skaneateles and Cazenovia could not resolve anything in a 2-2 decision at the Morrisville State College IcePlex.

B'ville approves $4 million budget

Village officials have approved the 2012-13 budget totaling $4,003,082.

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Caz hockey falls to Oswego, ties Skaneateles

Lakers stay in good position for playoff berth

Lodged in third place in Division II, the Cazenovia ice hockey team’s only real chance to move up the top of the standings came when it faced the first and second-place teams in the league in consecutive games – and against them, it could only manage a single point.

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Boys hoops Lakers improve to 10-2

Lakers battle past Marcellus, Solvay; girls earn split

With a chance to reach double digits in the win column and clinch a winning record for 2011-12, the Cazenovia boys basketball team did not squander that opportunity.

Thursday, January 19

Caz wrestlers beat Hannibal, seize first place

Lakers assume OHSL Liberty lead with 49-24 romp

Now the Cazenovia wrestling team is exactly where it wants to be - atop the Onondaga High School League Liberty division. In Wednesday night's first-place showdown with Hannibal, the visiting Lakers won six of seven matches in the higher weight classes, five of them pins, accounting for most of the points in a 49-24 win over the Warriors.

Westhill girls handle Ludden, move to 13-0

Key late shots thwart Gaelic Knights rally

With its most difficult stretch of the season behind them, the Westhill girls basketball team, at 13-0, can start to entertain the notion of an undefeated regular season. The state Class B no. 5-ranked Warriors were pushed by state no. 11-ranked Bishop Ludden Thursday night, but again responded with a big-time victory, toppling the Gaelic Knights 55-50.

Syracuse JCC hosts annual Phone-A-Thon Sunday

Anyone interested in volunteering their time on Super Sunday should contact Marianne by phone at 445-2040 x102 or by email at mbazydlo@jewishfederationcny.org

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Camillus Chamber hosts annual chili cook-off

The winner, by popular vote, was Terry Hulchanski, who submitted a pork loin chili on behalf of Whelan Brothers & Hulchanski Funeral Home.

Great Decisions discussion group to meet at Caz library

The public is invited to participate in “Great Decisions 2012”, a discussion group about U.S. foreign policy, sponsored by the Cazenovia League of Women Voters, , starting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Library Reference Room at the Cazenovia Public Library.

Cazenovia students recognized for academic accomplishments

Schools and Scholars

Kiley A. Barr, of Cazenovia, a senior working toward a bachelor of fine arts degree in visual communications. Megan E. Kim, of Cazenovia, a sophomore working toward a bachelor of professional studies degree in management specializing in fashion merchandising.

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CBA welcomes incoming students

More than 300 accepted students, family members and friends gathered on Randall Road for a celebration of hard work and preparation for what the future will hold.

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Wigge Reviews: The Iron Lady

I’ll cut right to it. Meryl Streep is phenomenal; she is remarkable as “The Iron Lady,” the biographical story of Dame Margaret Thatcher.

Lifeguard certification course begins Jan. 28 at JD Middle School

Starting Jan. 28, Onondaga County Parks will offer an American Red Cross lifeguard training and certification course from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays for five consecutive weeks at the Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School pool.

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Retired Skaneateles teacher to star in Auburn Theatre musical

Ted Davenport plays Senex in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

When the curtain opens on the Auburn Players Community Theatre’s winter musical, Skaneateles residents will see a familiar face in one of the leading roles.

EDITORIAL: A good plan for Fennell Street


The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees took an impressive and important action last week by broaching the idea to renovate the old Fennell Street fire station and move the village offices to the revamped building.

LETTERS: Thank you to the community

I would like to express my appreciation to the local community for the interest and support they have given to The Davey’s Forest Project.

LETTERS: Please return a missing coat

On Saturday, Jan. 7, I wore my favorite coat to the Cedar House. Somehow, it left before I did.

Applications now being accepted for the 2012 Robinson Award

Skaneateles Festival seeks applicants for $1,500 music scholarship

The Skaneateles Festival is now accepting applications the 11th annual Robinson Award, a $1,500 scholarship designed to recognize an outstanding young musician for success in music performance, citizenship, and contributions to the community.

Spafford town board facing numerous issues as 2012 opens

The Spafford Town Board talks budget items, SPCA funding, hydrofracking and tax exemption issues at latest meeting.

Clearspeak: Wanton destruction

Community Columnist

“Appalling.” That’s how Town Historian Sara Chevako characterizes developer David Muraco’s proposal to demolish the historic farmhouse on the Enders property.

Teaching to teach

Community Columnist

The old Chinese proverb goes like this: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” My daughter got an A in every subject for the marking period and I yelled at her. Why? Because I didn’t even know.

St. Joseph’s appoints director for new management position

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center has appointed Steven Fondario to Director of Supply Chain Management, a newly created position.

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Occupy Syracuse camp comes down; protesters back with signs

The end of the mayor's 24-hour eviction notice for Occupy Syracuse came about 44 hours later, resulting in seven arrests.

Random Thoughts: No need for an ‘Idol’

Great music can be found far from the realm of TV singing contests

For millions of viewers, this Wednesday and Thursday night was a second Christmas. Their most-anticipated present, a new season of ‘American Idol”, rolled out.

COLUMN: Stage Set for New Legislative Year in Albany, but Will Albany Deliver?

It was good to be back in the State Capitol last week and embark on this legislative year.

WG swimmers top Liverpool, run win streak to 33

Zapisek brothers each claim two races in 102-84 meet

Now the West Genesee boys swim team has 33 victories in a row, dating back to 2008, as it went out on Wednesday and fought off Liverpool by a score of 102-84.

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B’ville student’s artwork selected for permanent display

Daniel Fabrizio, a student at Palmer Elementary School, displays his artwork, which will be on permanent exhibit at the New York State School Boards Association headquarters in Latham.

Baldwinsville Board of Education to meet Jan. 23

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School.

Opinion: School is in, and the Governor is in the lobby

In his recent “State of the State’ address, governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he has appointed himself to a new position — that of self-styled “students’ lobbyist.”

Wednesday, January 18

Jordan-Elbridge approves $415K transfer to cover legal fees

The Jordan-Elbridge School District Board of Education a fund transfer tonight that will put $415,000 into the general fund to cover legal fees.

West Genny hockey blanks Solvay, 6-0

Lynch notches five points for state no. 1-ranked Wildcats

Through the winter, the Solvay ice hockey team could take a small comfort in the knowledge that it scored more goals - three - on West Genesee than anyone else this season. But the Wildcats remembered that, too, and when the two neighbors met again Wednesday night at Shove Park, the Bearcats would not get on the board, serving as WG's latest shutout victim in a 6-0 decision.

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Hockey Bees beat Corcoran, move into second place

Schneid records hat trick in 6-5 thriller

With a mid-January surge, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team now finds itself sitting in second place in Division I West, only behind state no. 1-ranked West Genesee. The Bees, overall, have won three in a row, none more important than Wednesday night's 6-5 victory over Corcoran at Meachem Rink, fueled by Steve Schneid's three-goal hat trick.

Jamesville man honored by Upstate Medical

N. Barry Berg, Ph.D., of Jamesville, has touched the lives of countless students during his 40-year career as an educator, mentor and advisor for the College of Medicine at Upstate Medical University.

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Manlius food pantry seeks post-holiday support

Local food bank and food pantry workers are pleased with the amount of food they took in during food drives over the holiday season, but remain concerned over the long term stocking of local pantries.

LETTERS: Resident requests consideration of drive-up postal mailbox in village

I would like to recommend for our community that the post office install a new drive-up mail box that we can have access to without getting out of our vehicles.

LETTERS: Subscriber says recent letter headline mislead readers

Your recent mailbag headline, “County conservative chair wary of Tea Party members and political ideals,” grossly misleads the reader as to the true meaning of Chairman Chris Kendall’s satirical letter.

LETTERS: CPF reacts to DEIS request for demolition of Ender’s Property

There are a number of reasons why the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation Board of Directors opposes this application.

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Monforte named Chair of Planning for Madison County

Along with his duties as Cazenovia Town Supervisor, Ralph Monforte also has numerous responsibilities at the county level.

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Young journalists start neighborhood newspaper in Cazenovia

An enthusiastic group of six young journalists, ranging in age from 8 to 11, recently started a new monthly-publication in Cazenovia, covering the news and all happenings in and around Wellington Drive and East Road.

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Eviction Day: No moves made to remove Occupy Syracuse camp

Twenty-four hours after Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner gave the Occupy Syracuse an eviction notice, the campers are still present, with no intent to leave.

City Scuffle: The search for an Uncommon Council

Power corrupts, they say, and absolute power, well, for the city and county it tends to foster folks fussing with each other, digging themselves into the trench warfare of legislated procedure.

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B'ville Big Chill - Time for Plunge

Despite an unseasonably warm start to winter, the single digit weather Central New York typically experiences in January finally arrived this past weekend, and just in time for Baldwinsville’s Big Chill.

Lysander Parks and Recreation: Babysitting course offered Feb. 22

A babysitting course for youth 11 years and older will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Lysander Town Hall auditorium.

COLUMN: Consider becoming more involved with the school district

Happy New Year! The beginning of another year is traditionally a time to establish goals. Have you made any resolutions for the year? If not (and even if you have), you may want to consider becoming more involved in the school district as one of your goals for this year.

Tuesday, January 17

Northstars top unbeaten Utica Proctor in OT

Tricarico hits key 3-pointer in extra period

At last, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team pulled out a close one - and did so against a big-time opponent. The Northstars squandered a 19-point lead in Tuesday night's game against unbeaten Utica Proctor and trailed in the fourth quarter, but rallied to force overtime and outlasted the Raiders 66-63.

Cuomo presents his executive budget

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2012-13 executive budget closes the $2 billion budget gap faced by the state without assessing new taxes or fees, and it even leaves room for more local aid to school districts. Cuomo presented his budget proposal in an hour-long address Tuesday, Jan. 17. He said putting together this year’s budget was easy because much of the hard work was done in formulating the 2011-12 budget. “The good work we did last year is paying dividends in many ways,” Cuomo said. “Last April, we reduced the deficit and we made real cuts. Late last year, we reformed the tax code so that we could avoid major problems when we sat down to do this year’s budget.”

New councilor gets feet wet as Camillus parks committee chair

Eric Hammerle is still learning the ins and outs of his job, but already has a lot on his plate.

Longtime F-M athletic director to retire this spring

Fayetteville-Manlius director of physical education and athletics Rich Roy will retire this spring after 22 years on the job.

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Eastwood home catches on fire, 5 displaced

Syracuse Firefighters responded to a South Collingwood Avenue home Tuesday afternoon.

C-NS track holds on at weather-delayed Grieve meet

Northstars beat F-M by four points for top boys honors

Though far from overpowering, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys indoor track and field team maintained its win streak. During Monday night’s Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena (postponed due to snow on Jan. 13), the Northstars picked up 44 points, but it was enough to hold off Fayetteville-Manlius (40 points) for first place.

Cicero to form committee on open government

Cicero may soon become a model for openness in government. At its Jan. 11 meeting, the Cicero Town Board approved the creation of a citizens’ committee whose purpose is to encourage more openness in government. “The purpose of the Cicero Committee on Open Government is to think of what information to which the public would like ready access and how to make that information more accessible to the residents, and then suggest ways to implement those ideas,” said Deborah Gardner, who set up the committee.

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Sled for RED: Event to benefit AIDS Community Resources Jan. 21

Last winter, Ben Rabin shot down the hill at Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center in Fayetteville in a Harley Davidson motorcycle made of cardboard and duct tape in just 22.1 seconds. Did he lose a dare, or is he just crazy? Neither. The Syracuse attorney was part of a team competing in Sled for RED, an event that raises both funds and awareness for AIDS Community Resources. The Syracuse-based organization started the cardboard sled derby last year as an interesting and different way to draw attention to its mission to eradicate HIV/AIDS in Central New York. This year’s event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center in Fayetteville.

Chris’ Flowers Etc. closed again by state tax authorities

For the second time in four years, Chris’ Flowers at 141 First St., in Liverpool, has been seized by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. The state claims the shop’s owner, Christine Wojtalewski, 46, of 5014 Homeview Drive, Liverpool, owes more than $430,300 in unpaid sales taxes and penalties.

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DeJaynes rejects deal

Nicole C. DeJaynes appeared in Onondaga County Court on Wednesday, Jan. 11. She stood before Judge Anthony Aloi who presented the defendant with a plea deal that would have allowed her to forgo a jury trial on charges of second-degree murder. DeJaynes, 30, was indicted on Nov. 17 in connection with the death of her newborn daughter who was found in a Liverpool trash bin last January. An Onondaga County Grand Jury also charged DeJaynes with two counts of first-degree manslaughter.

‘Shop for Tim’ at All in the Kitchen

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, shop at All in the Kitchen, Sugarwood Center, 7575 Buckley Road, North Syracuse, to benefit Tim Tyler.

Battle against cyberbullying underway in local schools  

According to information provided by the New York State Police School and Community Outreach Unit, 42 percent of children have been bullied online. Somewhere between 10 percent and 33 percent of teens face harassment online. The same information indicates that the prevalence of internet harassment appeared to be stable as of 2008.

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Clay youngster collects blankets for the Rescue Mission

For many people, the season for giving ended around the time they dragged their Christmas trees down to the curb. But not for 8-year-old Damon “DJ” Villnave of Clay. “People don’t care about other people after the holiday season,” DJ said. “I wanted to do something so people are still caring about people that are cold and are poor.” That’s why the third-grader at Karl W. Saile Bear Road Elementary in North Syracuse organizes his annual blanket drive every year in January.

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Occupy Syracuse served eviction notice

Occupy Syracuse has been evicted from their encampment on Salina Street. The demonstrators have been at the grounds at Perserverance Park for 108 days, but Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner delivered the eviction notice Tuesday morning.

Cazenovia beats track powers at Grieve Invitational

Lakers knock off large-school powers F-M, J-D for top honors

With one field of opponents fully conquered, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team turned its attention to a larger crowd – and beat them, too. Individual titles from Paige Biviano, Ashley Winn, Jillian Vogl and Molly Woodworth pushed the Lakers to the team title at last Monday’s Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College’s brand-new SRC Arena.

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James Hickey fills Lysander seat

Two weeks ago, Lysander officials appointed James Hickey, a local business owner and family man, to the town board. Hickey fills the seat vacated by Brian May, who was elected to the Onondaga County Legislature representing residents in the first district.

COLUMN: B'ville Library Focus - Ready or not, we’re off into the future

Maybe it’s the weather or maybe it’s the Mayans, but that was one of the fastest holiday seasons I can ever recall.

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B'ville WOL offers more than just preschool

Word of Life Christian Academy's will soon open registration for its third year of Begindergarten, a two-day literacy program for 4 year olds designed to prepare preschoolers for WOLCA’s Kindergarten curriculum.

Monday, January 16

Manlius woman, 23, dies in Pompey Center Road crash

A 23-year-old Manlius woman was killed in a one-car crash on Pompey Center Road Monday morning.

F-M BOE to meet Wednesday morning and enter executive session

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the F-M District Office, 8199 E. Seneca Turnpike.

No. 1 Orange dump Providence, match record start

SU shuts down short-handed Friars

Up until this point it has been very difficult to defeat the No. 1 ranked Syracuse men's basketball team - as was amply demonstrated again Saturday evening inside the Carrier Dome.

EDITORIAL: Your negativity brings our communities down

The village of Camillus is a mess.

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Fire Finances: Camillus FD ends 2011 with hefty surplus

Once final numbers for 2011 are booked, the Camillus Volunteer Fire Department will see about 20 percent of its budget left unused.

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Goris, O’Sullivan begin new partnership

Attorneys Mark D. Goris and Patrick J. O’Sullivan are pleased to announce their new partnership, Goris & O’Sullivan, LLC, located at 5 Mill St. in Cazenovia.

Caz town board discusses 2012 lake treatment, hydrofracking

The Cazenovia Town Board held their first meeting of 2012 the evening of Jan. 9 in the town offices at the Gothic Cottage. Newly elected councilor Liz Moran was absent.

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Caz College Art Faculty to exhibit recent work

Show focuses on work done during sabbaticals

The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall opens Thursday, Jan. 26 with a “Sabbatical Returns” exhibition that features work by Cazenovia College professors recently returned from sabbatical leave.

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NHL star, B’ville native gives $100K to Upstate

Tim Connolly, a Baldwinsville native who has played professional hockey for 10 years and is now a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, has contributed $100,000 to the Upstate Cancer Center fundraising campaign.

Column: Head to Lysander town offices before traveling abroad

For those of you who will be traveling abroad, I want to remind you that the town clerk’s office is one stop shopping for passport book/card applications.

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Shacksboro hosts super clearance sale before shutdown

An extensive interior maintenance project has triggered a deep discount shop sale at the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse. Faced with limited storage space, the museum shop will hold a clearance sale from Jan. 18 to 22.

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Track girls claim MVTA title

Lady Lakers remain undefeated

The Cazenovia girls track and field team won their third consecutive Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association title, Jan 10, at Colgate University.

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Rolling with the punches: Assault City Roller Derby calls Syracuse home

Throw away any idea you may have brewing about roller derby — it’s not just girls on skates, and it’s not for the faint of heart.

Academic Achievements

Skaneateles students receive honors from numerous colleges and universities

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Village board gives $10K to Austin Park playground project

The village board of trustees voted to donate $10,000 to the upgrade of the Austin Park playground at its Jan. 12 meeting, after hearing an update on the progress of the project from the Parks and Recreation Council of Skaneateles. The village contribution comes from funds given to the village from the will of the late David G. “Duke” Schneider, a local resident who died in 2008 and gave a bequest of $150,000 to the village to be used for recreation projects.

New hiring procedures for Skaneateles coaches developing

In an effort to hire the most qualified, certified coaches for its athletic programs, the Skaneateles school district is updating its procedures and guidelines for the hiring process.

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Community Center fights for municipal power

National Grid vying to maintain contract

In an effort to cut costs, the Skaneateles Recreation Charitable Trust wants to contract with the village municipal power system to supply electricity to the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center. The only problem – National Grid is challenging the SRCT’s right to opt out of its current contract.

A Report from SVFD Station 54

The Skaneateles Fire Department answered 387 calls during 2011, an increase of 37 alarms from 2010. This is the highest response total in the department’s 179-year history.

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Sunoco station spurs planning board discussion in Camillus village

A local law recently disbanded the village of Camillus planning board, but recent board meetings have discussed bringing the body back to the village.

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Closing on Camillus Cutlery buildings expected soon

Closing on the old Camillus Cutlery plant should be happening within the next month, said Skaneateles developer Tom Blair.

Liverpool boys basketball wins Juggler Classic

Warriors beat host Utica-Notre Dame in title game

Not too long ago, the Liverpool boys basketball season appeared in shambles, with an 0-4 start, an unexpected coaching change and the vast majority of a brutal Class AA schedule still ahead. Yet now the Warriors appeared to have turned things around, going 4-3 under interim head coach Matt Jacob and capturing the championship of the 39th annual Juggler Classic at Utica-Notre Dame.

C-NS boys basketball has 2-1 week

Northstars take another close loss to Nottingham

Two narrow defeats to Fayetteville-Manlius and Oswego left the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team eager to get back in the win column – and it did so twice, with yet another close loss in between.

Liverpool wrestlers top WG, win Hannibal meet

Warriors rise to second in CNYCL National division

While it might not catch Baldwinsville atop the CNY Counties League National division due to a Dec. 14 defeat to the Bees, the Liverpool wrestling team could still land in second place, should it beat archrival Cicero-North Syracuse on Jan. 25.

Female, 23, dies in Pompey Center Road crash

Manlius Police are investigating a fatal, one-car accident on Pompey Center Road.

Sunday, January 15

Caz wrestling claims seventh as Invitational host

Chittenango ninth out of 16 teams despite Blanding, Carbery wins

Cazenovia’s wrestling team hoped to conclude one of its busiest portions of the season by hosting its own invitational meet on Saturday, featuring 16 entrants. Overall, the Lakers had 75 points, taking seventh place, while Chittenango was seventh with 87 points. Vestal, with 198 points, topped the field, with Baldwinsville (145.5 points) in second.

Technically Speaking: Watching TV isn’t what it used to be

Although you can now have access to hundreds of cable channels, can you always find something you like? How can your Internet provider enhance the way you use your TV?

Saturday, January 14

Ross pushes Westhill past Grimes, 50-42

Warriors get to 11-0 in Class B showdown

Sometimes, in basketball, it boils down to the best player on the court. So it was Saturday afternoon, when Westhill sophomore Anna Ross made sure that her undefeated, state no. 6-ranked Warriors did not suffer its first blemish of the season at Bishop Grimes, hitting key baskets in the stretch as her team beat the Cobras 50-42.

Take free Tai Chi classes in Elbridge this month

Elbridge Wellness Etc., located at 243 E. Main St., Elbridge, will offer free Tai Chi classes at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays this month.

Friday, January 13

C-NS girls win big on weekend road trip

No matter how bad the weather got, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball was determined to get on the road for its last out-of-state trip of the season. Hours before all C-NS activities on Friday were canceled, the Northstars got on the bus and made their way to Springfield, Mass., site of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the annual Spalding Hoops Hall Classic, a four-day gathering of the country's top boys and girls teams.

Albany Street stores join to form ‘Wishlist’

Melissa Zomro Davis, the owner of The Show Trunk, and Dragonfly Beads proprietor Erin L.M. Harris recently announced they are combining efforts and retail space to form the new store “Wishlist” at 53 Albany St.

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Gagné joins Caz College workforce

Elizabeth Gagné, of Oneida, recently joined Cazenovia College’s Division of Institutional Advancement as director of advancement information systems.

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The heat is on...

Resident runners gear up for Eighth Annual Chilly Chili

This year’s race will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29. The race will begin at 1 p.m. in front of the Cazenovia Middle School at 31 Emory Ave. All who pre-register online or by mail on or by Jan. 20 will receive a 2012 Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk T-shirt.

Trustees Jones and Cromp to run for reelection in March

Village board elections are only two months away, and current Trustees Sue Jones and John Cromp both have decided to run to maintain their seats.

New Camillus councilor has eye on communication, economic development

One of Camillus’ two new councilors is Mike LaFlair, whose specific spot is the second ward.

A Skewed View: If you want it, you will get it

Yes, America is fat. We hear about it all the time, yet we’re not getting any slimmer, which if done the right way can extend your life and its quality. Easier said than done, yes, but I’d like to share my story with you.

Ramblings from the empty nest: Sweet songs of temptation

I am a big Weight Watchers fan. And, no, this isn’t a commercial for the program; I’d prefer to think of it as an investigation of how the program and I are getting along.

Camillus chiropractor to share anti-aging strategies in library talk

Doctor of Chiropractic Bernard Straile will share techniques for healthy aging, based on research and experience from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Maxwell Memorial Library in Camillus.

Best Bets: Pulp and periodicals

Here are Russ Tarby's best bets for this weekend.

LETTERS: Comstock/Enders property: an irreplaceable piece of Cazenovia’s history

Thursday night, Jan. 5, the Cazenovia Town Planning Board held a public hearing on the proposal of David Muraco to demolish the house and barn known as the Comstock property or Enders property.

LETTERS: County conservative chair wary of Tea Party members and political ideals

I am not associated in any way with any Tea Party organizations, but I have met and know many people who identify with and are involved with those organizations.

Hockey Bees get crucial win over Solvay

Ferrigan, Strodel, Zandri earn goals in 3-2 decision

All season long, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team has swayed back and forth, never staying too long in good or bad territory. A return to the former position took place Tuesday night as the Bees put together a 3-2 victory over Solvay at Greater B’ville Ice Arena.

Bees bowl over Liverpool, West Genesee

Baldwinsville’s bowling teams continued an impressive run through January when they defeated Liverpool on both the girls and boys sides Wednesday at Thunderbird Lanes.

Marcellus Town Board could extend hydrofracking moratorium

The Marcellus Town Board will hold a public hearing to discuss the hydrofracking issue at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26

B’ville girls basketball takes second loss

Corcoran tops Bees, 59-45, after week-long layoff

When the Baldwinsville girls basketball team disposed of Auburn on Jan. 3, it marked the team’s third consecutive win as it improved to 8-1 at the midway point of the regular season. Nine days passed before the Bees took the court again for game action on Thursday night– and perhaps that break cost B’ville some momentum, if a 59-45 defeat to Corcoran was any indication.

B’ville boys basketball edged by Corcoran

Hython's 27 points not enough in rematch with Cougars

At 3-6, the Baldiwnsville boys basketball team nearly pulled off the big win it needed to zoom back into playoff contention. The Bees visited Corcoran Thursday night and outplayed the Cougars for long stretches of the game, but one bad quarter proved costly in a 69-66 defeat.

Hornets upended by Oswego, 62-49

Foul trouble, cold shooting costs F-M against upstart Bucs

A small bit of reality has hit the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team following its 8-0 start. The Hornets’ first defeat of the season, to Henninger on Jan. 6, hurt a bit, but Thursday night’s 62-49 loss at Oswego stung more, for varying reasons.

Former Marcellus mayor takes lifelong interest in public service to county legislature

Mike Plochocki, Onondaga County’s newest legislator, has been on the job for less than two weeks. After guiding the town of Marcellus as mayor for four years (2006-10), Plochocki decided it was time to follow his dream of moving up the political chain.

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Indoor track girls rewrite Caz record book

Laker squad breaks ten records in three meets

The Cazenovia girls indoor track team remained unbeaten as they won three meets in an eight-day span.

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3D printing experts engage with community at FFL Fab Lab open house

The Fayetteville Free Library hosted an open house Saturday for the community to learn about the development of the FFL Fab Lab, the world's first Makerspace in a public library.

Skaneateles boys hockey blanks Whitesboro

Lakers guarding long shutout streak; CBA/J-D game snowed out

Only an act of nature, it appears, could prove successful against the Skaneateles ice hockey team’s stifling defense, as it hasn’t allowed a regulation goal since giving up a pair to Clinton in a 3-2 victory back on Dec. 21.

Boys Lakers split, drop thriller to Ludden

Barron's 24 points not enough against Gaelic Knights

For four quarters, Brandon Barron had done everything possible to give the Skaneateles boys basketball team the chance for a season-defining win at Bishop Ludden Tuesday night. Yet with just 1.6 seconds to work with and his team down by two, all Barron could do was heave a shot beyond midcourt as the buzzer sounded. It missed, and the Lakers fell to the Gaelic Knights by a score of 55-53.

Skaneateles girls fall to Bishop Ludden, J-E

Lakers fall below .500 mark, watch Hourigan earn triple-double

For the first time, Skaneateles girls basketball coach Jill Blasi led a team against the school that is her alma mater, and it didn’t work out. The Lakers, frustrated by foul trouble to its key players and unable to sustain a run, fell to Bishop Ludden 54-42 Tuesday night in its first game in 13 days.

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B'ville Father and Daughter dance returns Feb. 11

With a theme of Valentine’s Day, the dance will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Canton Woods Senior Center (76 Canton St., Baldwinsville). Young ladies from second to 12th grade, accompanied by their father, guardian or an adult relative, are invited and semi-formal attire is requested (dresses and skirts for the girls, suit/suit coat attire for the males).

COLUMN: Looking up for inspiration

I’m really enjoying the steeple in town. I honestly don’t remember what it looked like before, but since the United Methodist Church in the village repainted and replaced it, it truly looks awesome.

B’ville woman earns prestigious certification

Cynthia Cronin of Baldwinsville has been named to the 2011 Class of National Board Certified teachers, which includes four other educators from the Syracuse City School District where Cronin works as a foreign language instructor at Nottingham High School.

Thursday, January 12

West Genesee girls basketball beats Liverpool in four OTs

Wildcats earn 10th win in marathon over resilient Warriors

The original plan was for West Genesee and Liverpool's girls basketball teams to play four quarters Thursday night, with the Wildcats seeking its 10th win of the season and the Warriors looking to rise above the .500 mark. They ended up playing longer - a lot longer.

Shoemaker leads Hornets to second win over CBA

F-M senior notches 26 points in rematch

For the second time in as many months, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls basketball team worked its way past Christian Brothers Academy, and Kiley Shoemaker had much to do with it. The Hornets' senior center, who came into the contest averaging less than seven points per game this winter, exploded for 26 points and led her side's fourth-quarter surge as F-M beat the Brothers 61-45.

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Baltimore Woods in Marcellus to celebrate locally produced food

Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus celebrates the third annual Local Harvest Dinner Sunday, Jan. 22.

Fayetteville mayor makes push for development

Four large properties in the village of Fayetteville remain vacant, despite the mayor’s best efforts to interest developers in the areas.

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bc Restaurant goes for an image shift

The Armory Square eatery has given its store a big facelift in time for Friday's reopening.

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Syracuse Woman Magazine celebrates first anniversary

Syracuse Woman Magazine held its first anniversary party at the Cafe at 407 in Liverpool on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Wigge Reviews: The Devil Inside

I used to think that demonic possession was pretty standard stuff.

B’ville wrestlers beat CNS, seize first place

Now the Baldwinsville wrestling team has climbed past all the major hurdles on its way to claiming the CNY Counties League National division regular-season title. The Bees squared off with Cicero-North Syracuse Wednesday night at the Baker High School gym, overcoming struggles in the lighter weight classes to record a 35-28 victory over the Northstars.

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Marching Bees sweep Gator Bowl competition

The Baldwinsville Marching Band ended its season as the 2012 Gator Bowl Sweepstakes Champions.

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Lysander seeks in-house engineer

Lysander officials are seeking to follow suit with local municipalities. After considering appointments for the new year, the town board, which consists of several newly elected members, has decided to seek an in-house engineer, a practice that the village of Baldwinsville and the town of Van Buren adopted several years ago.

Attorney appointed to Lysander position

L. Micha Ordway has been appointed to the Town of Lysander Zoning Board of Appeals and will act as chairman of the board. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Salvation Army of the Syracuse region and is an attorney at Green & Seifter.

LETTERS: Christmas Bureau thanks community

With the 2011 holiday season over, the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau would like to thank each and every person that made it possible for the less fortunate families in the Baldwinsville School District to have Christmas.

East Syracuse man charged with DWI after Kirkville crash

An East Syracuse man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after a car crash in the town of Sullivan.

Hockey Wildcats win big, go to 12-0

WG, no. 1 in state rankings, handles F-M, Ontario Bay

Having already met once, the West Genesee and Solvay’s ice hockey teams deliver their rematch Wednesday night at Shove Park in Camillus. In the lead-up, both the undefeated, state no. 1-ranked Wildcats and Bearcats were to have Division I West encounters against Fayetteville-Manlius.

West Genesee swimmers handle C-NS

Wildcats take two of three relays; Byrne wins in diving

Keeping itself undefeated, the West Genesee boys swim team hosted Cicero-North Syracuse Wednesday night and improved to 3-0 with a 100-79 victory over the Northstars.

Playoff time at last?

College football might finally get long-awaited playoff

Well, that finally did it. Take nothing away from Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s absolute shutdown of LSU, the limiting of a 13-0, no. 1-ranked team that beat the Rose, Orange and Cotton Bowl champs in the same year to a mere 92 yards of offense was convincing enough. Fine, we get it. ‘Bama is no. 1. Yet the whole thing felt like a gigantic letdown. Instead of a dramatic resolution and redemption for a college football season gone mad on and off the field, we had a sense that, wait, that’s all? No one else gets a shot?

Postseason push: Corcoran hockey poised for second half of league slate

While ice hockey is played in three periods, Corcoran has arrived at halftime in its league schedule on solid ground.

Wednesday, January 11

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State, local officials address constituents at State of the Area Forum

More than 100 Cazenovia residents and local business owners spent the evening of Jan. 10 listening to area officials discuss the last 12 months in Central New York and outline their hopes for the upcoming year at the annual State of the Area Forum, hosted by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce.

J-D school board outlines budget obstacles for 2012-13

The Jamesville-DeWitt Board of Education began the arduous task of setting the framework for the district’s 2012-13 school budget on Wednesday night at the high school.

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Officers from across the county honored for traffic safety

Camillus, Manlius, East Syracuse, DeWitt, Marcellus, Solvay, Liverpool, North Syracuse, New York State Police, Syracuse and Onondaga County Sheriff's Office officers, troopers and deputies were honored at the annual ceremony.

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Volunteers shunted aside as county department takes over part of Ste. Marie

There’s a battle brewing at Ste. Marie Among the Iroquois, and it’s not a reenactment. Onondaga County Parks Commissioner Bill Lansley announced Sept. 1 that part of Ste. Marie would be converted into office space for the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District (OCSWCD).

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Caz High School continues move toward accreditation

Just four months after administrators and faculty of Cazenovia High School began seeking accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, they have moved into the fourth stage of a five-phase plan to craft a new mission statement, establish a seven-year outlook and enhance relationships within the school and community.

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CBA student-athletes receive Believe to Achieve Award

The CBA girls swimming and diving team and senior Brendan Smith were each chosen to receive the Believe to Achieve Award.

The wintry flight of hawks and angels

They say it’s time to come in from the cold. Like a hunter in the tall reeds, winter has decidedly pounced in full flagrance here in our chapter of the woods.

Baldwinsville woman named director of Jamesville senior living community

Jennifer Ingerson, of Baldwinsville, has been promoted to the position of executive director of The Nottingham Senior Living Community in Jamesville.

School district begins to consider budget cuts

Tough economic times are forcing the Skaneateles Central School District to take a hard look at its 2012-13 budget and see what cuts can be made to save money. At the Jan. 10 work session of the school board, district business manager Dale Bates laid out the current discussion points and progress of district budget considerations.

Ludden basketball sweeps Skaneateles

Boys hang on at wire; girls defeat former coach

High levels of excitement, for varying reasons, surrounded the Bishop Ludden basketball team’s encounters with Skaneateles on Tuesday night.

Westhill girls beat J-E, stay unbeaten

Eagles beaten by Westhill due to 22-0 run

Just as the calendar turned to 2012, the Jordan-Elbridge girls basketball team’s fortunes took a serious downward turn. In the span of a week, the Eagles lost guard Ashley Foote for the season with a torn ACL, saw guard Kelsey Soderberg sidelined with an ankle sprain and had a third player leave the team.

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Mother, young daughter injured in James Street hit-and-run

A mother and her young daughter were injured in a hit-and-run accident in the 2500 block of James Street in Eastwood Wednesday morning.

Girls Lakers win MVITA Division I crown

Caz completes season sweep of meets at Colgate

Capping off a month of unbroken success, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team earned the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association Division I championship Tuesday night at Colgate University’s Sanford Field House. Though Rome Free Academy offered a serious challenge, the Lakers, with 209.5 points, still took the top spot, leaving the Black Knights second with 148 points.

Caz boys hoops handle Homer, move to 8-2

Girls Lakers also record lopsided win over Trojans

Instead of sitting out the post-season, as it did a season when it went 5-13, the Cazenovia boys basketball team will gladly take part in this winter’s edition of the Section III Class B playoffs. When the Lakers dismantled Homer 46-24 Tuesday night in its only game action of the week, it secured the eighth win that, at worst, guaranteed a .400 or better regular season, and automatic playoff qualification.

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New greater Baldwinsville legislators begin terms

Brian May (R-Lysander), left, and Derek Shepard (R-Van Buren) are new Onondaga County Legislators representing the first and 13th legislative districts, respectively. The two were sworn in at a ceremony on Dec. 27.

B'ville Chamber to host re-gifting party

The Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce will host a re-gifting party from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the chamber office, 27 Water St., B’ville.

LETTERS: Reflections – A Journalistic Travesty

Without question, the YMCA’s plans for Drakes Landing have been a long-standing controversy within the Radisson community.

B'ville Big Chill returns Jan. 20, 21

The Big Chill returns next weekend for its fifth year. The two-day event will kick off on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Red Mill Inn with wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and something new then continue into Saturday with family fun activities such as a snowman making contest, the Best in Bowl cook-off and the signature Polar Bear Plunge in which teams and individuals will raise money while taking a frosty dip into the Seneca River at Mercer Park in the village.

Tuesday, January 10

Downtown After Dark: First Night fall-out; Frisina fired

Is there anything quite as satisfying as being able to say “I told you so”? I don’t think so.

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Trustees consider selling, moving village offices

Idea to renovate Fennell Street fire station and relocate municipal and police departments there

Should the village board of trustees sell the current village offices on E. Genesee Street, use the profit to renovate the old firehouse on Fennell Street and move the village offices and the village police department into the renewed structure?

DeWitt, Manlius release list of county roads they will no longer plow

We’ve been lucky so far this winter in terms of snow accumulation, which is good for local budgets . A few towns said a while back they intend to not plow county roads as a cost-cutting measure.

Driver charged with imprudent speed after tractor-trailer spills in Camillus

A tractor-trailer accident closed portions of West Genesee Turnpike in Camillus on Monday.

Saunders wins at Port Byron Invitational

Wrestling Lakers finish seventh in 14-team field

In its first event of 2012, the Skaneateles wrestling team ventured to the Port Byron Invitational on Saturday and finished seventh out of 14 teams with 70.5 points. North Rose-Wolcott took the top spot with 222.5 points.

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Air-1 to bill for medical transports after FAA approves license change

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office is now able to charge for medical transports, traditionally offered for free.

Luck of the draft

Even for likely first NFL pick, success is not a guarantee

So it’s settled. A few months from now, the Indianapolis Colts will select Andrew Luck first overall in the NFL Draft. Then he will take over, at some undetermined point, for Peyton Manning, start for 10 or more years, and attain unimagined heights of glory. Or he won’t.

Tax cuts, but only a beginning

I voted in favor of restructuring New York’s antiquated and overbearing tax code for one simple reason: New Yorkers in every class – lower, middle, and upper – have earned a tax break. New York is special because we are the highest-taxing state in the nation. That means it doesn’t matter if you are in the 99 percent like me, or in the top 1 percent of wage earners, every New York resident is over-taxed. Whether you are a Wall Street banker or a Main Street baker, Albany owes you an apology and a refund.

First Night fall-out: I told you so

Is there anything quite as satisfying as being able to say, “I told you so”? I don’t think so. The phrase implicitly reminds those who hear it that, “You should have listened to me.” Well, I told you so.

Wrestling Lakers rise to third at Port Byron meet

Caz gets titles from Phillips at 182, Wilson at 160

A week before hosting its own invitational meet, the Cazenovia wrestling team had a strong showing during Saturday's Port Byron Invitational. The Lakers, helped by titles from Jake Wilson at 160 pounds and Dan Phililps at 182 pounds, earned 170 points for third place in a 14-team field. North Rose-Wolcott won with 222.5 points and Hannibal (175.5 points) edge out Cazenovia for the second spot.

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Youth Movement coming to LPL

Liverpool Public Library’s Fifth Annual Folk Music Series celebrates The Youth Movement when it kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, with 22-year-old banjo phenom Nick Piccininni in the Carman Community Room at the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Admission is free; 457-0310.

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Liverpool's Clausen on cover of Syracuse Woman Magazine

Mary Ellen Clausen is leaving the helm at Ophelia’s Place, the center for eating disorders awareness in Liverpool. Although it was her brainchild, Ophelia’s Place now has a new executive director, Jodie Wilson-Dougherty. Since Jan. 2 , Clausen has moved on to a role of fund development. This role is her final role as she closes this chapter of her life.

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Fourth annual Snowmobile Ride for Children with Special Needs is upcoming

Don’t let the lack of wintry weather stop you from enjoying winter sports. Rob Bick sure won’t. The Clay assessor, a winter sports enthusiast, said the annual Snowmobile Ride for Children with Special Needs will go on with or without snow. “We have a prepared trail behind town hall, so all we need are five or six inches,” Bick said. “And even if we don’t have that, we’ve got ATVs the kids can ride. We’re going to make this happen, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate.”

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Legend of Whiskey Hollow

Feature film about B’ville locality draws 270 premiere attendees

Several Baker High School graduates made their debut on the silver screen this past weekend. Held Saturday night at the Palace Theater in Eastwood, 270 guests attended the premiere of Whiskey Hollow, the first full length feature from Lipke Productions, founded by Matt Lipke, a 2011 Baker grad.

Van Buren parks and recreation: Family swim held at Baker HS

Family Swim is held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 17 at Baker High School pool for a $1.50 fee per person.

Van Buren murder update

Last week, the Onondaga County Medical Examiner, Dr. Robert Stoppacher, determined that Rebecca Dethlefs’ death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head.

Volunteer Connections: January is National Mentoring Month

The Volunteer Center would like to salute our 17 adult mentors and 55 Baker High School student mentors who are giving their time to help make a difference in the life of the child that they mentor every week here in the Baldwinsville Central School District.

Monday, January 9

F-M Board of Education votes to hire school resource officer

The halls of Fayetteville-Manlius High School will soon be patrolled by a full-time police officer.

Cicero eliminates planning and development director

In an attempt to save the town money, Cicero Supervisor Jim Corl proposed cutting the director of planning and development at the town’s organizational meeting Wednesday, Jan. 4. “Unfortunately, development has been down within the town, and this is an area to look at for reducing costs and where we can find savings,” Corl said.

East Syracuse passes tax cap override; taxes not expected to rise

The local law was passed by the village board unanimously at Monday’s regular village board meeting. East Syracuse is the first village in Onondaga County to pass such a law.

Neighborhood clothing sale coming to Fayetteville

Fayetteville resident Donna Newman wants to share her massive clothing collection with you. In fact, she hopes you’ll find something you like and make a purchase.

Syracuse crime down 7 percent; shots fired calls increase

The Syracuse Police Department will be focusing on shots fired complaints in 2012 — the crime type saw the biggest increase in the city last year.

CNS hockey dominates Optimist Tournament

Northstars rebound from 9-2 loss to West Genesee

As it took the ice Friday night for the start of its own Opitmist Tournament, the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team was glad for the chance at immediate redemption – which it got by sailing through both of its tournament opponents by a combined 11-2 margin.

Boys hoops Warriors have 1-1 week

Liverpool girls beat Nottingham, move back to .500 mark

Perhaps the Liverpool boys basketball team is getting the hang of new head coach Matt Jacob’s new system quicker than anticipated, as the team’s level of play improved during a split of its first two games in 2012.

Liverpool hockey undergoes coaching change

Benedetto steps down; Warriors split with Ithaca, Ontario Bay

Having passed last season’s meager win total, the Liverpool ice hockey team still faced some upheaval in the early days of 2012. Citing personal reasons, head coach Mark Benedetto stepped down on Thursday, and his two assistants, Mike Tamilia and Chris Mathes, will lead the team the rest of the season.

Boys Northstars edged by F-M, Oswego

Close contests leave CNS with 5-4 mark

Things have bounced up and down for the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team, who finds itself with a 5-4 record as it hit the midway point of the regular season following a pair of close defeats.

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Local resident closes in on a century

97th birthday celebration for Aurelle Walton held at The Athenaeum

Skaneateles resident Aurelle Walton, formerly of Onondaga Street and now a resident at The Athenaeum, celebrated her 97th birthday on Jan. 2.

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Musings on village life

The simpleness of Portugal and the quietude of Skaneateles

It never ceases to amaze me how differently humans throughout the world live their lives. I am yet again pondering this truth after returning to America from a couple of weeks abroad over the holidays. My husband and I traveled to Portugal, via Madrid, Spain, to be with my family where they live in a small village in the hills surrounding Lisbon.

Welch Allyn president and CEO to retire

Julie Shimer will leave at the end of 2012

Julie Shimer, president and CEO of Welch Allyn for the past five years, has announced her intention to retire at the end of this year.

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The honk stops here –Canada Geese overstay their visit

The Canada Goose — or geese, if there’s more than one then it’s a flock — are still here. Usually gone just before Dickens Christmas starts, they haven’t gotten that inborn migratory memo yet. Anyone who lives along the northern shore of the lake has no doubt heard them.

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Total loss in Owasco fire

An 84-year-old man lost his house and everything in it during a fire last week on Swarthout Road in Owasco. The fire, which lit the night sky on Jan. 2, was made brighter by the presence of a propane tank venting itself next to the house.

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It’s a Wonderful Life: Rotary credits Eberhardt for preserving Skaneateles

It was an admiration-fest when the Skaneateles Rotary Club recently awarded Bill Eberhardt with one of its highest honors — the club Presidents Award — during a recent Thursday club meeting in one of the Sherwood Inn’s dining rooms.

Jordan man, 4 others accused of beating, robbery in Oswego County

A Jordan man and four others have been charged in the alleged beating and robbery of a Hannibal man.

Board hires new town constable

The town of Skaneateles has a new town constable to enforce town laws, particularly at the transfer station and as a town court officer. The new constable, Thomas Adessa, is trained in and will have a variety of law enforcement tools and weapons, and will carry a sidearm while on duty.

Three football Lakers named to all-state team

The New York State Sportswriters Association has named three Skaneateles varsity football players to the 2011 Class C All-State team. Quarterback Troy Green and Offensive End Koree Reed were named to first team offense, and Offensive End Jake Cooney was named to second team offense.

Skaneateles dairy farm cited for water pollution

A Skaneateles dairy farm recently received a violation for polluting the Owasco and Skaneateles Lake watersheds after heavy rains caused severe manure runoff from its fields.

Cazenovia Police Blotter

The police blotter is compiled by the Cazenovia Police Department, located at 90 Albany St.

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Twenty-three B’ville students selected for Jr. High All-County Music Fest

Twenty-three students from the Baldwinsville Central School District have been selected to perform in the OCMEA Junior High All-County Music Festival (seventh through ninth grades), to be held Jan. 27 and 28 at Skaneateles High School.

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B'ville Village Hardware announces toolbox winner

Baldwinsville’s Jon Roppel, Sr., second from right, accepts his prize of a toolbox, valued at $129.99, which he won from Baldwinsville’s Village Hardware’s giveaway during the holidays. With Roppel are his sons (from left) Gregory, Johnny Jr. and Joshua. Village Hardware is located at 43 East Genesee St. in the village.

Baldwinsville continues budget hearing

Village officials elected to continue a public hearing regarding the proposed 2012-13 budget to the Jan. 19 meeting.

Priorities in New Year: Cut spending, mandates and help job creation

I recently listed the highlights of2011 in this space. They included an on-time budget, a property tax cap, middle class income tax relief, and finally, a Power for Jobs plan that won’t expire, which includes a cost-savings measure that manufacturers and large employers can count on. Last year laid the groundwork for more progress that can be made in 2012.

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Cazenovia counselors help students look at their future

Eighth-graders use exam results, websites to find preferred careers

With many college students and young adults still struggling to find their professional roles in society, Cazenovia High School Counselors Bob Oldfield and Britt Zumpano are giving eighth-graders a jumpstart.

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Village board reviews current projects

Officials discuss status of Riverside Drive, Clark Street bridge

The village board discussed the Riverside Drive project and reviewed bid documents for the repair of the Clark Street bridge during the Jan. 5 meeting.

CBA’s Wleklinski earns 400th coaching win

Bishop Grimes drops early showdown to Bishop Ludden

Compelling boys basketball stories were found in two different locales Friday night – one having to do with a milestone, the other a big showdown atop the OHSL Liberty National division.

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Planning Board considers Ender’s Property demolition

It was standing room only at the Town of Cazenovia Planning Board’s public hearing on the future of the Zephaniah Comstock House Thursday, Jan. 5, in the Gothic Cottage.

Girls Red Rams win twice, stay unbeaten

J-D battles past Corcoran to improve to 8-0

A 6-0 tear through December helped put the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team in a place its male counterparts know quite well – the state Class A top 10. To be exact, the Red Rams are in the no. 9 spot, and following its two wins in the Pete Hyde Tournament at Johnson City on Dec. 28 and 29, J-D returned to action in the OHSL Freedom division and remained in top form against a pair of city foes.

Caz Village Board authorizes new water main pipes

Amid some debate, the village amended local law to allow PVC and HDPE pipe to be used for water mains in cases approved by the village.

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Manlius, DeWitt, East Syracuse Police Reports ending 1/3

These charges were compiled from police reports from East Syracuse, Manlius and DeWitt Police Departments.

F-M swimmers zoom past J-D/CBA

Koh leads Hornets to 96-86 decision

Both of the area’s boys swim teams got together on Saturday night, and it proved memorable for Fayetteville-Manlius as it defeated Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA by a score of 96-86.

Spartans stumble in losses to Skaneateles, Cortland

ESM takes first losses after 7-0 start

Not until the calendar hit 2012 did the East Syracuse-Minoa boys basketball team taste defeat – but when it did, it happened twice in a four-day span.

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College planning workshop returns to library

Back by popular demand, Paul Celuch, of College Assistance Plus, will present an informative lecture entitled “Get a Degree…not Debt,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the Community Room of the Cazenovia Public Library.

F-M hockey takes out Central Square, B’ville

CBA/J-D drops overtime rematch with Cazenovia

Entering the new year, the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team was 6-3, in position to move up from fourth place in Division I West during the second half of the regular season. A pair of victories helped garner momentum toward that goal.

CBA/J-D wrestlers topple Cortland

ESM edged by Mexico; F-M overwhelemed by Liverpool

In a contest that went down to the final match, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestling team went to Cortland last Wednesday night and put together a 34-26 victory over the Purple Tigers.

Sunday, January 8

Top-ranked Orange survive Marquette, stay unbeaten

SU withstands second-half surge, avenges NCAA tourney loss

Saturday afternoon inside the Carrier Dome, 25,134 animated spectators celebrated a hard fought Syracuse men's basketball victory over Marquette 73-66. It was a tale of two different halves as the no. 1-ranked, 17-0 Orange dominated the first 20 minutes, only to see the Golden Eagles storm back in the second half before SU regrouped and closed it out.

Rogers, Bishop Ludden take down Bishop Grimes 63-53

On a roster dotted with oodles of young talent, it was a cagey veteran that led Bishop Ludden past Bishop Grimes 63-53 this past Friday night on Grimes’ home floor in East Syracuse.

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Wigge Reviews: War Horse

I have learned that certain animals have heart and nobility beyond description.

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F-M students kick-start annual Dance Marathon fundraiser

It’s go time for members of the Fayetteville-Manlius High School Student Council and Dance Marathon committee.

Girls Bees share sixth at Constantino meet

B'ville boys win 4x800 relay, tie for seventh overall

Despite a win by the boys side, it was the Baldwinsville girls indoor track and field team that finished higher in the standings during Friday’s George Constantino Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Field House.

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B’ville hockey earns mid-season split

Bees top Hamilton, fall to F-M in 4-2 games

Entering the new year with a 3-4 mark, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team would need a pair of strong performances to rise above the .500 mark, but only accomplished half the task.

Girls hockey Lakers break into win column

Skaneateles downs Canton, 4-2; also ties Massena

Winless in the 2011 portion of its schedule, the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team saw its fortunes turn once the calendar flipped over to 2012. The Lakers’ first victory of the season arrived on Saturday, at Canton, where it would fight its way to a 4-2 victory over the Golden Bears.

Fiutak wins pole vault at Constantino meet

Skaneateles girls also second in 4x400 relay

Starting 2012 on literally a high note, Skaneateles girls indoor track and field senior Kaela Fiutak soared to victory in the pole vault, highlighting Friday’s George Constantino Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.

Indoor track stars get wins at weekend meets

Honis, Wilkinson, Garn prevail at Constantino Invitational

In two different venues over a 24-hour span, local indoor track and field teams found varying degrees of success. First, at Friday’s George Constatntino Memorial Invitaitonal at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, Westhill/Bishop Ludden finished third in the boys event with 30 points, while Marcellus got wins on both sides, too.

WG basketball earns split with Corcoran

Girls improve to 7-2, beat Cougars for second time

For more than a week, each of West Genesee’s basketball teams rested and practiced, all in advance of what promised to be an intriguing set of contests in 2012.

J-E volleyball goes 1-2, beats Cato-Meridian

Eagles rally in fifth set to break brief skid

Fresh off winning its own holiday tournament, the Jordan-Elbridge girls volleyball team returned to the Onondaga High School League portion of its schedule in the early days of 2012. And the Eagles lost its first two matches of the New Year before a Friday battle with Cato-Meridian where, in five sets, J-E would prevail to improve its overall record to 5-7.

WG swimmers power past Auburn

In an impressive start to the 2012 portion of its schedule, the West Genesee boys swim team went to Auburn Friday night and mostly relied on its depth to put together a 92-78 victory over the Maroons.

Girls indoor track Lakers sweep Partner Relays

Biviano set school records in 55 hurdles, long jump; boys improve

Twice in the first week of 2011, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team went to Colgate University’s Sanford Field House to vie for top honors in the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association Partner Relays, and won easily on both occasions.

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Cazenovia hockey splits, gets key OT win

Lakers stunned by Whitesboro on banner-raising night

Past glory, and present reality, collided in a big way when the Cazenovia ice hockey team started the 2012 portion of its schedule. The Lakers chose Tuesday night’s home game against Whitesboro at the Morrisville State IcePlex as the night to unveil the 2010-11 state Division II championship banner, since most of the graduated players would be back in town to participate in the ceremony.

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Caz boys hoops wins twice, improves to 7-2

Girls Lakers fall to Hannibal, 48-39

Entering 2012, the Cazenovia boys basketball team carried a solid 5-2 mark. More importantly, it was well-rested and energized, having not played since a Dec. 22 defeat to Bishop Grimes, and that refreshment translated into back-to-back wins.

Saturday, January 7

J-D indoor track rises to top at Constantino meet

Red Rams beat F-M; Hornets also second in boys meet

Wins from Liz Pieri and Sierra Vasilliou helped push the Jamesville-DeWitt girls indoor track and field team fend off Fayetteville-Manlius for the top spot in Friday's George Constatino Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena. The Red Rams finished with 60 points, while the Hornets got 47 points. East Syracuse-Minoa rose to 10th place, picking up 14 points.

Lakers edged in shoot-out in Schneider tourney final

Diamond makes 49 saves, but Canandaigua prevails

On and on in went, the Skaneateles and Canandaigua boys ice hockey teams enduring 12 rounds in a penalty shoot-out Saturday afternoon to determine the championship of the Duke Schneider Memorial Tournament at Allyn Arena. And the Braves would prevail over the Lakers, 5-4, in that shoot-out, ending a weekend where the hosts would not give up a single goal in the normal flow of play, but still finish second.

CNS indoor track wins again at Consantino meet

Hyde, LaBarge go 1-2 in pole vault

Continuing, in 2012, what it did at the end of 2011, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys indoor track and field team claimed another victory in Friday night's George Constantino Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena. This time the Northstars finished with 65 points, enough to fend off Fayetteville-Manlius (51 points) and the rest of a large field of more than 20 sides from the CNY Counties League, Onondaga High School League and even the Frontier League.

Friday, January 6

Hornets dealt first defeat by Henninger

F-M unable to hit outside shots against defending AA champs

Youth did not cost the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team its first defeat of the season. Yet when the Hornets fell, 61-52, on Friday night to defending Section III Class AA champion Henninger, it could not escape notice that the older, more experienced Black Knights kept calm and made crucial plays in the stretch to turn back F-M's stubborn effort.

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Radisson Community Holiday a huge success

The Dec. 3 Community Holiday event held at the Aspen House was a huge success, according to Lori McCarthy, director of community programs and events at the facility.

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Baker student wins DAR award

Mary Hennesey presented the Good Citizen Essay Contest Award to Nathan James for his winning essay during the Dec. 19 of the Betsy Baldwin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Nathan’s mother, Carol James, watched as he received the award. Nathan then read his essay to the group.

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Santa visits B'ville PEACE

Santa Claus visited PEACE Inc. in Nobles Plaza on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

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An unfolding storyline: Rochester's Bob Lonsberry comes to WSYR

Bob Lonsberry isn’t from Syracuse. He’s never lived here, studied here or worked here — but he’s not trying to act like he has, either.

Village trustees consider future of old fire station

Structure on Fennell Street could be demolished, renovated, used as village offices

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees is going to consider the future of the old fire station on Fennell Street, and will hold an operations meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Village Office to discuss it.

B’ville girls bowlers earn pair of wins

Bees take out CNS, Syracuse

Firmly in place near the top the CNY Counties League standings, the Baldwinsville girls bowling team set out to reinforce that lead in the first days of 2012.

CNS bowling sides sweep Liverpool

Boys Northstars also topple Baldwinsville

Back on the lanes in 2012, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool bowling teams looked to move up the CNY Counties League standings. And they met with each other Thursday afternoon at Flamingo Bowl, where the Northstars were the visiting side, but still prevailed 3-0 on the girls side and 2-1 on the boys side.

Liverpool swimmers defeat Baldwinsville

Success in relays, along with some individual breakthroughs, helped the Liverpool boys swim team as it went to Baldwinsville Thursday night and beat the Bees 55-38.

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Elbridge board members sworn in at organizational meeting

Rita Dygert and Doug Blumer were sworn in as councillors at the Jan. 5 organizational meeting.

J-D boys volleyball starts 1-1, edges Chittenango

CBA girls beat ESM in four sets

Beginning its winter campaign, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys volleyball team rallied from an 0-2 deficit to beat Chittenango in five sets in last Tuesday night’s opener.

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Marcellus Rotary announces more flexible meeting schedule

Marcellus Rotary Club was one of a select group of clubs worldwide whose innovative meeting-option proposal received approval by Rotary International as a pilot project. The option proposed by Marcellus was designed to offer an alternative to the weekly meeting schedule.

Cazenovia wrestlers rally past Homer

Chittenango runs into Fulton, takes 55-20 loss

Midway through the first week of 2012, activity picked up again for the Cazenovia and Chittenango wrestling teams following some holiday rest. For the Lakers, that meant taking on Homer Thursday night at Buckley Gym, and a key push in the latter stages of the meet helped Cazenovia beat the Trojans 42-34.

Thursday, January 5

Grimes girls take first loss to Bishop Ludden

Nine-game win streak ends in 59-55 thriller

Only in its 10th outing did someone catch up and pass the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team. That 'someone' was Bishop Ludden, who defended its home court and, improving to 8-2 on the season, held off a furious late rally from the Cobras to prevail in a 59-55 thriller on Thursday night.

CCSD to host community forums

As it nears annual school budget season, the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education will hold its annual community forums this week.

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Wigge Reviews: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Probably half the Western world has already read Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The novel is an exceptional mystery, layered with subplots and wonderful characters.

Auld Lang Syne

From the editor

With the publishing of this most recent issue, I have officially been editor of the Cazenovia Republican for one year.

North Syracuse Central School District public listening session rescheduled

The North Syracuse Central School District public listening session originally scheduled for next Wednesday, Jan. 11, has been moved to Thursday, Feb. 9 at Roxboro Road Middle School (300 Bernard Street) in Mattydale at 7 p.m.

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Syracuse Police unveil online database of 67 unsolved homicides

The Syracuse Police Department is hoping a new push with technology will help solve the city’s 67 unsolved homicides.

OPINION: Manlius officials discuss goals for 2012

We asked local elected officials to outline their resolutions for the coming year. Here’s how they responded.

Mid-Lakes Navigation to exhibit at New York Boat Show

For the first time in a decade, Skaneateles-based Mid-Lakes Navigation Company will have a presence at the New York Boat Show, taking place Jan. 4 to 8 at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

National Girls Hockey Academy coming to Skaneateles

Skaneateles has one of the few high school varsity girls’ hockey teams in the state. Soon, the town itself will be home to an elite girls’ hockey academy that will draw players from across the United States and Canada.

Jordan-Elbridge schools to share transportation services with Auburn

An agreement between Auburn and Jordan-Elbridge schools will allow the districts to share a transportation supervisor

Pedestrian bridge to be built over Limestone Creek at Fayetteville park

A grant to implement the second phase of the Canal Landing Park has been awarded to the village of Fayetteville.

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Ray students celebrate season with science

Accelerated science students at Ray Middle School celebrated the holidays by applying their science knowledge and creativity to making an ornament.

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Rare honor: Four CNY men receive boating safety award

Four members of Syracuse Flotilla 21, two of whom hail from Baldwinsville, have been awarded the Recreational Boating Safety Device Award, announced U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 2 Commander Helen Lou Cummings of Utica.

B'ville Board of Ed to meet Jan. 9

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School.

Canton Woods parking lot receives funding for repairs

Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes announced the town received funding from Community Development to make repairs to the Canton Woods Senior Center’s parking lot.

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Skaneateles native selected for art exhibition

Photo of Skaneateles Lake chosen from 400 entries

A photograph of broken cloud cover over Skaneateles Lake, taken by a Skaneateles native, has been selected for a nationally-renowned juried art exhibit and will compete for award-winning recognition next week.

LETTERS: Thank you from Canton Woods

Canton Woods Senior Center Board, staff and seniors extend a heart-felt thank you to the Greater Baldwinsville community for their generosity during the holiday season and all through the year.

West Genny hockey flattens CNS, moves to 11-0

Kurz produces hat trick for state no. 1-ranked 'Cats

All through its 10-0 start and rise to the top of the state Division I rankings, about the only concern for the West Genesee ice hockey team was that, sometimes, its offense would stagnate, leaving it to the vaunted back line to preserve slimmer-than-normal leads.

DeWitt man charged in head-on crash involving Manlius patrol car

A DeWitt man has been charged in Monday's head-on collision with a Manlius Police car.

Wednesday, January 4

Camillus attorney, auto mechanic accused of fraud

An attorney and a Camillus business owner have been charged with fraud in connection to items presented at court in the town of Brutus.

Camillus drops two from town planning, zoning boards

A move to save the town of Camillus more than $13,000 has eliminated two positions from both the planning and zoning boards.

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Syracuse JCC to host 10th annual Battle of the Bands

The winning band will perform live on the 95X morning show and receive a six-hour demo recording package SubCat Music Studios in downtown Syracuse.

DeWitt Rotary hosts former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell Monday

Colonel F. William Smullen III will be the guest speaker at the evening meeting of the Rotary Club of Dewitt on Jan. 9.

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MAVES responders kick back, save lives at new facility

The front of the building is more than appealing, but you don’t really see the charm until you’re inside.

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Caz Police discover, detain five illegal immigrants

At approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, officers of the Cazenovia Police Department detained five illegal immigrants after a routine traffic stop and brief roadside investigation.

Skaneateles hockey blanks Auburn, 5-0

Three early goals launch Lakers into Division II lead

Right after the New Year, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team started its highest-profile stretch of the season, with a key rivalry and its annual Duke Schneider Memorial Tournament on the agenda. First, the Lakers went to Casey Park Rink to face Auburn Tuesday night and played, arguably, its best first period of the season, using it as the springboard to a 5-0 shutout of the Maroons.

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Palmer crowns geography champ

Palmer Elementary School held the school portion of the National Geographic Geography Bee on Dec. 16. The school is waiting for the results of a written test that Bartell took that will determine if she qualifies for the state portion of the geography bee.

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Paige’s Butterfly Run donates $168K

Butterfly-topped cupcakes and a $168,000 check were delivered to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Dec. 28.

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Atkinson, Skaneateles deal ESM first loss

Laker guard pours in 35 points in 78-65 win

In the original plan, the Skaneateles boys basketball team was going to open its season against East Syracuse-Minoa on Dec. 1, but the Spartans’ deep forays into fall sports playoffs in football and soccer forced the game to be pushed back a month. Once the Lakers finally got that shot at ESM on Tuesday night, it was ready to pounce. Ignoring the Spartans’ gaudy 7-0 mark, Skaneateles rode the hot hand of Jimmy Atkinson to a 78-65 victory.

Library Focus: Winter-spring story time signups underway

Beginning Monday, Jan. 9, you may register your child for Winter-Spring Story Time, a program of stories, fingerplays, songs and crafts. Story Time sessions meet once a week from Jan. 24 through March 29; advance registration is required, call 635-5631 or stop by the Children’s desk. For full information on dates and times, visit bville.lib.ny.us under Children’s services.

Lysander Parks and Recreation: Swim lessons for children begin Jan. 14

Swimming lessons for children 5 years old and older and more than 44 inches tall will be held Saturdays, Jan. 14 through March 31 (no lessons Feb. 4 and 25), at the Baker High School pool.

New Lysander board reorganizes town government

The Lysander Town Board, which consists of four new members out of a total of five, held an organizational meeting followed by its first regular town board meeting of 2012 Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Westhill girls hold off Ludden, go to 8-0

Tripodi, Ross lead Warriors to 69-63 win

A 7-0 start pushed the Westhill girls basketball team into the state Class B top five, a place it has known well through the years. Now the trick was to maintain that high mark as the OHSL Liberty division schedule got tougher. That started with Tuesday night’s short road trip to Bishop Ludden, where the Warriors, fueled by big performancess from Maggie Tripodi and Anna Ross, beat the Gaelic Knights 69-63.

Best Bets: Syracuse Orange on a roll

Syracuse University’s nationally ranked men’s basketball team hosts the Marquette Golden Eagles at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Carrier Dome. Saturday’s game will be telecast by The Big East Network/SNY.

Tuesday, January 3

WSYR to add Rochester's Bob Lonsberry to lineup

WSYR will add a new host to its lineup next week.

F-M students set ambitious Dance Marathon fundraising goal

Hundreds of F-M High School students will gather from 12:34 to 1:18 p.m. and from 1:24 to 2:06 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, to kickoff fundraising for Dance Marathon, which will take place March 3.

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation awards $10,334 to United Cerebral Palsy in Syracuse

United Cerebral Palsy in Syracuse will receive $10,334 to fund its parent training curriculum, Enabling Parents, which addresses the need for family training and support for caregivers.

School is In: More lessons learned outside of school

In the last week and a half I have been accused of not understanding sports, having something against cross country, being a bad journalist, being rude, butting in, having poor research skills, having a bad attitude, not grasping meaning, and a few more things. I have also been congratulated for my willingness to make a point, showing respect for my critics, my good writing, my respect for athletics and a few other complimentary things. All of these things stemmed from the preview of an article that I had not yet written.

Cazenovia Mayor: Reflecting on 2011, looking ahead to 2012

The biggest change for the village during 2011 was bidding farewell and saying thank you to Tom Dougherty for his 17 years of service as a Cazenovia Village Trustee and Mayor. His long-term concern for our village and good stewardship of our resources provided a solid foundation for me as I began my service as mayor on July 1.

Caz Chief of Police: Looking back at 2011, ahead to 2012

The officers and the department have embraced a community policing attitude and I feel that the community has responded very positively to this. Such as the donation from SecureIt Tactical for the second TASER.

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Sheriff's Office seeks to ID Home Depot power tool thieves

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying suspects from a larceny at Home Depot in DeWitt.

American building blocks

Community Columnist

There is nothing better than to know something. Not just know it, but be right about it. The worst is to think you know something that you really don’t know at all. That’s why I’m always on the fence, without too many convictions.

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Feola fills in as director of historic area choir

Over the past month, the members of the historic Countryside Community Choir have been performing seasonal favorites around Madison County under the direction of Cazenovia High School alumnus Eric Feola.

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Usbornes celebrate 55 years of matrimony

Sam and Barb Usborne recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29.

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Eagle Star-Review 2011: The Year in Review

It’s gone, but it’s not forgotten. Let’s take a moment and remember some of the stories that made headlines in your community in 2011.

Tax talk takes up time at village board meeting

The village of North Syracuse covered two tax issues during its Dec. 23 meeting. The village discussed the nature of section 485-a of the county's real property tax law, an exemption, and decided to give more payment options when it comes to property taxes.

Manlius Police car hit head-on on Kirkville Road

Manlius Police are investigating a head-on collision with a Manlius Police car.

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B'ville Optimist recognized for community dedication

Baldwinsville Optimist Paul Hunt, right, presents Optimist Charles Ebner with a Lifetime Membership award during this year's annual Optimist Christmas Party. Charles was honored for his many years of service to the club and Baldwinsville community.

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First graders host publishing party

First-graders at Van Buren Elementary School in Baldwinsville marked a milestone in their writing progress with a publishing party on Dec. 16.

Lysander approves two fire contracts

During the Dec. 12 town board meeting, Lysander officials approved two fire contracts; one for the Smokey Hollow Fire Protection District and one for the West Phoenix Fire Protection District.

LETTERS: YMCA – Why Lysander?

No one can question the overall community benefit provided by YMCA fitness centers, nor can anyone question the good intentioned motives of its hundreds of thousands of volunteers, paid employees and contributors nationwide.

Police blotter: Criminal mischief charged

At 7:57 p.m. Dec. 10, members of the police department arrested Vincent Regan, 24, of 85 W. Genesee St., Baldwinsville, on a charge of fourth degree criminal mischief.

Monday, January 2

Downtown After Dark: Community doctor recalls massaging Lennon’s heart

Dave Halleran wants to set the record straight.

City Scuffle: Black Lites, Five to Life, Anna and the Media Unit

Since 1976, almost 80 percent of Media Unit alums have achieved careers in television, stage and related industries.

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Syracuse native’s love of coffee percolates downtown

Matt Godard is crazy about coffee.

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Local man charged with criminal possession of weapon, reckless endangerment

On Dec. 31, New York State Police charged Cazenovia resident, James H. Nichols, 45, of 3587 Pompey Hollow Road, with two misdemeanors, after neighbors called 911 to report a stray bullet that struck their house.

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Long-time employee purchases East Syracuse Chevrolet

East Syracuse Chevrolet has a new owner in 25-year employee Gino Barbuto.

Marcellus prepares for village budget season

A state-wide law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo could provide a difficult twist for the village budget planning in Central New York.

Sunday, January 1

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Village of Camillus holds special meeting to appoint, swear in 2 to board

The village of Camillus held a special meeting Sunday to appoint and swear in two people to the board.

Caz girls dominate John DiMao Invitational

Lakers earn another indoor track win by big margin

In three 2011 appearances, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team never lost, which might bode well for 2012, too. The Lakers overwhelmed all competition at Friday's John DiMao Memorial Invitational at Colgate University's Sanford Field House, earning 146.5 points. Rome Free Academy was second with 71 points, not even half Cazenovia's total.

Caz hockey takes third at Cortland-Homer tourney

Lakers pull out OT victory in consolation game

Nostalgia about recent glory will be on everyone's mind when the Cazenovia ice hockey team starts 2012 action in Tuesday night's home game against Whitesboro at the Morrisville State IcePlex.

CNS hockey tops Auburn, 7-4

Northstars to get unbeaten West Genny on Wednesday

For the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team, the first test of 2012 might prove the biggest one, as it clashes with 10-0, state no. 1-ranked defending Section III champion West Genesee on the Wildcats' own imposing home ice at Shove Park in Camillus. At least the Northstars go in with some momentum, though, as it beat Auburn 7-4 last Friday afternoon at the Twin Rinks to improve to 6-2 on the season.

B’ville wrestlers go 7-3 at Mountain Duals

Bees tie Burnt Hills, Amsterdam for third at year-end meet

Other than practices and the Larry Brown JV Tournament that it hosts on Saturday at the Baker High School Gym, the Baldwinsville wrestling is resting in the first week of 2012, anticipating a Jan. 11 first-place showdown with Cicero-North Syracuse. The rest was well-earned, because in the last days of 2011 the Bees were quite busy, meeting 10 different opponents last Thursday and Friday during the annual Mountain Duals at Dolgeville.

Van Buren woman slain

Deputies arrest parolee husband for death

Onondaga County Sheriff’s Detectives have made an arrest in the death of a Van Buren women.

Grimes girls beat Mercy in holiday tourney final

Cobras improve to 7-0; Cifonelli gets 200th win

In the course of working through its own holiday tournament, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team had more on the plate than just staying undefeated. When the Cobras defeated Solvay, 56-26, in Thursday night’s opening round, it gave head coach John Cifonelli his 200th victory with the team.

CBA/J-D hockey ties Clarence

F-M finishes second at Cortland/Homer Tournament

For the most part, the CBA/J-D ice hockey team got some rest during the holiday break, getting recharged for what promises to be a tight race for the Division II regular-season title. Only once did the Brothers take the ice, in a non-league game against Clarence (Section VI) last Tuesday at Onondaga Nation Arena, which ended in a 2-2 tie.