Tuesday, July 31
A new kind of afterschool experience is the vision of Cazenovia Community Preschool’s enrichment program for children in grades K-4, which will begin fall 2012. The program will focus on art, music, foreign language and will also include tutoring.
The local group In Your Pace Running Club invites all area runners and walkers to the fourth annual Mad. Co.w 5K Race, a Route 20 road challenge event taking place on Saturday, Aug. 4 in Nelson.
After 18 months, two sides still can’t agree to issue resolution
After 18 months of discussions and an “agreement” announced at the June 21 town board meeting that subsequently fell apart, town officials and board members of the Skaneateles Recreation Charitable Trust remain at loggerheads over who owns what assets in the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center facility and how much money — if any — ownership of the items should cost to resolve the disagreement. With both sides certain in their legal interpretations of the issue, it appeared as of press time that no agreement would be reached. If such an impasse was to occur, the town would “have to pursue whatever legal remedy is open to us,” said Town Supervisor Terri Roney. “It’s been a very interesting two years. I perceive that this will end badly, and in litigation.”
On June 25, the Baldwinsville Lions Club celebrated its 64th anniversary of service to the Baldwinsville community at the Ritter Community House in Community Park.
There is always something happening at the Quaker Steak & Lube in Van Buren and this Saturday is no exception. Beginning at 2 p.m. Aug. 4, the Lube will host the fourth annual Syracuse Redneck Games at the 3535 Walters Road location.
The Lysander Town Board recently hired Testone, Marshall & Discenza CPAs, an independent consulting firm, to examine internal financial reporting, which includes assessing current controls over financial reporting, compliance with laws and regulations, identifying areas for improvement and providing recommendations to implement best practices.
The dog was huddled next to a trash bin at an apartment complex on Court Street in Lyncourt, barely recognizable. He wasn’t tawny or tan or black or gray; he was pink from mange. At 10 weeks old, he was all alone, abandoned by his owner. On July 12, the puppy was picked up by the Salina dog warden after he was reported wandering in the area and brought to the CNY SPCA, where his case of mange was deemed so severe that it amounts to animal cruelty.
In a way, Sohyla Ziaie’s life has come full circle. Liverpool’s newest business owner grew up in Iran, and has named her shop in the village after her own hometown. Kashani Home Décor and Gifts, located on Oswego Street, across from Johnson Park, opened in June. Previously an insurance office, the building underwent six months of refurbishing to become an elegant retail space that’s as beautiful to view as the glassware and furnishings you can purchase there. With an array of gift items and home décor pieces on display, the graceful shop is a fitting tribute to Kashan, a small desert city, in the northwest part of Iran.
A cloudless sky and a cooling breeze made for a perfect day for a boat ride on Tuesday, July 24, as the Emita II set sail on Onondaga Lake. Departing the dock from Dutchman’s Landing on Seneca River, Capt. Dan Wiles guided the double-decked tour boat past Kline Island and into the center of Onondaga Lake. Hosted by the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, the casual cruise drew 48 passengers as four crew members took drink orders and answered questions about Mid-Lakes Navigation, Co. Ltd., which owns the Emita II, 65 feet long and 22 feet wide.
The Salt City Brass will perform a free concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, as part of the 2012 Liverpool Is The Place summer concert series at Johnson Park; 457-3895.
One of the area's longest-running summer festivals and one of our newest summer she-bangs will both strike up the band on Sunday, Aug. 5.
The village of North Syracuse celebrated the reopening of the one room Conway Schoolhouse at 106 Singleton Ave. on Sunday, July 22. Several students who attended the school were at the celebration along with about 50 other people.
At the Cicero Town Board meeting on Wednesday, July 25, the Board voted in favor of adopting a resolution to support a proposal that is to go before the County Legislature. The proposal lays out improvements for the intersection between East Taft Road and Totman Road, and it calls for Onondaga County funds to be put towards these improvements. The intersection was the site of a fatality in February, and it has long been a concern of residents living in the area.
Baldwinsville resident John Johnstone treasures many memories of his eight-year Major League Baseball career. For instance, as a member of the San Francisco Giants in 2000, he recorded the first win ever for the home team at its new downtown ballpark, Pac Bell Park (now known as AT&T Park).
I had a candid conversation recently with Mayor Joe Saraceni and Chief of Police Michael Lefancheck.
Monday, July 30
The sounds of a Latin dance party mamboed across the grounds of Stella Maris last Saturday night as 300 people enjoyed the Latin jazz music of Tito Puente Jr. and his 12 piece jazz band during the eighth annual Skaneateles Area Arts Council Gala.
The annual Antique and Classic Boat Show achieved another successful year with thousands of visitors despite an early Saturday morning downpour. The 34th annual event — and the 18th consecutive one to be held in Skaneateles — which ran from 3 p.m. Thursday, July 27, to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29, offered more than 80 boat displays on water and land with participants coming from across Central New York, as well as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Ontario, Canada.
The village board of trustees last week approved the expenditure of nearly $50,000 to study the village’s 80-year-old water system in an ultimate effort to improve “fire flow,” the flow and pressure used by the fire department. The study, and the subsequent system improvements that result from it, also are expected to positively impact village property insurance rates.
Maxwell Cutie, of Baldwinsville, received a $1,000 Merit Award (scholarship) from SUNY Oswego. Cutie, a transfer student from Onondaga Community College, has enrolled for the fall semester at SUNY Oswego.
The Cazenovia Central School District Athletic Department recently announced that Danielle “Dani” LeRoux will be taking over as head basketball coach for the girls varsity program this coming school year.
Cazenovia’s newest restaurant and tavern promises to be a place where families can enjoy comfort food in a comfortable setting.
Wells, Nevison restructure memorial garden behind library
When visitors of the Cazenovia Public Library walk from the back parking lot toward the entrance, they are able gaze upon a special garden containing various species of flowers and shrubs.
New York State Assemblyman Bill Magee recently announced legislation he authored, hoping to help area farmers and businesses prosper and create jobs by allowing farms to grow, brew and sell locally made beer became law.
Baldwinsville’s nuisance vehicle law was a hot topic at the July 19 village board meeting.
The fireworks displayed the evening of July 4, 2012 were coordinated by the Cazenovia Lions Club and organized by Zambelli Fireworks.
To the editor: We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone that had a part in our very successful fourth annual “Teal There’s A Cure 5K Run/Walk” held on July 4 at Marcellus Park.
Capri Hartman (right), 4, and her classmates touch a python skin during a visit from the Zoo to You program at Bright Visions Early Learning Center, which is located in St. Augustine’s Church in Baldwinsville.
PEACE, Inc. at the County West Family Resource Center would like to thank the generous donor who dropped off six large bags of new children's clothing.
Sunday, July 29
Quick start, solid finish gives Ohio pro a two-shot win
At an age when many are still in the midst of their college years, Victoria Elizabeth has made her way to one of the grandest stages in all of women’s sports. With her victory Sunday in the Symetra Tour Credit Union Classic at Drumlins Country Club, the 20-year-old Elizabeth, a native of Dayton, Ohio, earned $15,000, and all but locked up the LPGA Tour card reserved for the tour’s top 10 money winners at season’s end.
The Marcellus Fire Department is asking Marcellus residents to vote in favor of a service award program for its volunteer firefighters. The service award is a defined contribution program that allows a volunteer firefighter to collect $700 a year for up to 40 years based on a point system.
Local residents join forces to grow some of the season’s tallest cornstalks
The numerous cornstalks outside of Marlene Burrell’s shop, Flowers on Main Street, located at 85 Albany St. in Cazenovia, are now about as high as an elephant’s eye and expected to yield upward of 20 ears.
Saturday, July 28
11-12 All-Stars reach semifinals before pair of defeats
In its six-decade evolution from an intimate gathering to a nationally televised spectacle, the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., has never seen a team based in the Syracuse area grace its diamonds. Cicero’s 11-12 All-Stars tried to break through that wall, but could not make it past the New York State tournament, contested at North Shore on Long Island.
20-year-old Ohioan shoots 65, leads by three shots
Though just 20 years old, Victoria Elizabeth is a seasoned professional, having joined their ranks just after high school as she pursued her dream of reaching the LPGA Tour. Now Elizabeth is one solid round from insuring that the dream comes true, having seized a three-shot lead with a brilliant Saturday performance at the rain-soaked Symetra Tour's Credit Union Classic at Drumlins Country Club.
The seventh annual Taste of East Syracuse will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, outside the East Syracuse Municipal Building. Food will be cooked and sold outdoors by local businesses and organizations.
Friday, July 27
Trio posts 66 in low-scoring first round of Credit Union Classic
Birdies flew all over Drumlins Country Club's East Course in Friday's opening round of the Symetra Tour's Credit Union Classic - and some eagles, too. Laura Kueny earned two of those eagles, which boosted her into a tie for the lead with a pair of Australian pros, Courtney Massey and Jessica Speechley, by day's end.
Jean Goloski, of Baldwinsville, received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam in music education.
As the subject of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas continues to gain momentum, discussions regarding the repercussions of this newest gas drilling technology are taking place at local town board meetings.
Caz resident has a fruitful day of fishing on Cayuga Lake
Cazenovia resident Brittany Wright, 13, does not fish too often, and, according to her father, rarely has caught anything more than a small bass.
On Sunday, July 8, Maddie Meigs, a Cazenovia resident and avid fan of the New York Yankees, sang the National Anthem at the Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse as she opened the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees game.
Increasingly, I see clients moving into retirement earlier than anticipated. Whether their jobs were “outsourced” or “downsized” or they’re “encouraged” to retire early, the boomer generation faces a “now what?” challenge.
I was asked a couple of interesting questions this past week. How do I come up with the ideas for my column? And, when I write a song, what comes first, the music or the words?
Karen Deaton, of Baldwinsville, recently became an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 delicious, easy-to-prepare foods.
The first New York Sea Grant Launch stewards are now at public boat launch sites along Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake and the Salmon River.
Summertime and the living is steamy. Take a break and come into the cool shade of the library. In addition to all the usual delights of books, music, movies, computers and programs for all ages we have a controlled climate and a gorgeous exhibit of colorfully quilted art by Sharon Cunningham
Thursday, July 26
Fresh from a July 14 performance at the Women’s Right to Rock Festival in Seneca Falls, Syracuse songwriter Melody Calley will be featured when The Quiet Storm descends on Lost Horizon at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 28.
It’s not every day you get the chance to fight like a Jedi.
The Skaneateles Historical Society will sponsor its annual narrated historic tour of the village on an air conditioned mini bus (the Laker Limo) during the Antique and Classic Boat Show.
Registration for the MiniSkinny Youth Triathlon race, part of the SkanRaces.com Labor Day Race Weekend, is now open.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: I hope the community has been following the proposed renovations to our new village hall. The coverage in the local papers has been both informative and accurate to date.
If you have experienced low back pain, you are not alone. Approximately one quarter of Americans report experiencing low back pain within the last three months at any given time, according to an article in "Spine".
Flora Johnson is in the business of entertainment.
What would you do if your pet consumed a toxin, had a seizure or became unconscious? To avoid panic, be prepared with a pet first aid kit and have a general understanding of how to handle a pet in distress.
The annual Jazz in the City Neighborhood Outreach Concert Series will return to the city of Syracuse next month.
We arrived home in the early evening of June 27. Upon leaving our car and approaching our porch, one of our four daughters (age 5) was repeatedly attacked by the neighbor’s German Shepherd while her three sisters watched.
Often, those over age 55 need a hand from time to time, especially if one is living alone. Tasks like flipping a mattress, putting up storm windows, cleaning the garage or weeding can be challenging.
Dark Horse Wealth LLC, located at 9 Albany St. in Cazenovia, recently announced the addition of Russell J. Brownback, of Cazenovia, to its advisory board.
Both Lysander and Van Buren officials have had discussions about changing elected town positions to appointed positions, specifically that of the highway superintendent.
Baldwinsville Public Library supporters listen to music while cruising along the Seneca River.
The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville would like to thank the community, their sponsors and club members for another successful Seneca River Days event.
Wednesday, July 25
Currently only 496 registered dogs in Cazenovia, many unlicensed
As Cazenovia residents spend more time outdoors enjoying the summer weather, many choose to do so with their canine companions.
The oft-memorable words long ago written by Dr. Seuss are coming to a stage near you very soon
The Baldwisville Volunteer Center would like to announce that the 2012 winner of the Marilyn Swete Memorial Outstanding Teen Volunteer of the Year Award is Casey Devlin, a graduating senior from CW Baker High School.
A couple of avid fishermen check to see if the fish are biting while getting a close up view of the dam in Baldwinsville on the first day of the Seneca River Days.
Tuesday, July 24
Benedict pleads not guilty to misdemeanor charge
On July 24 during Cazenovia Town Court, Justice Timothy Moore said he would look to recuse himself from the case involving Assistant United States Attorney Craig A. Benedict.
On Sunday, July 29, as the Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library gear up (a little later than the 9 a.m. Saturday start) for the 10 a.m. opening of the second day of the library book sale, there is a great feature in two of the venues — the tent and community room.
David Grindle, of Baldwinsville, was one of the featured speakers at the recent PALM Expo and China Entertainment Technology Summit in Beijing.
Reynolds Elementary recently held its annual Presidential Academic Awards Ceremony.
Bring the family to the Macker Block Party on Friday, Aug. 10, hosted by The Friends of The CanTeen.
All those years when it was a State Farm office, 512 Oswego Street never looked so good. The old house’s austere exterior promised a professional experience within as State Farm reps Bob Brittain, Jon Brittain and later Mark Schroeder sold insurance of all types. Now the property fairly sparkles with flowering potted plants, forest-green shrubs and miniature wrought-iron chairs.
Vegetable stands and farmer’s markets are full of delicious fresh from the field foods — a sign the summer growing season is well under way. But when the bounty is bigger than a family’s appetite, what can be done to save your harvest from spoiling? Find your mother’s or grandmother’s old Ball canning jars and prepare yourself to be schooled during the area’s first-ever iCan event Saturday Aug. 11, at the Liverpool Community Church, which focuses on the art of home food preservation.
The educational vessel for the 2012 Discover Clean & Safe Boating campaign, which educates boaters about legal, safe and environmentally-friendly boating on New York’s waters, will visit the Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show this weekend.
For the third year in a row, the Skaneateles Football Club is hosting a Youth Football Camp, which takes place Aug. 3 and 4. Open to all kids from Pre-K to eighth grade, the camp this year features a new format, new coaches and speakers.
Registration for the MiniSkinny Youth Triathlon race, part of the SkanRaces.com Labor Day Race Weekend, is now open.
The week of July 9, seven girls and seven boys from around town made some wonderful memories. Under the direction of Cindy Redhead, chairperson of this year’s History Camp, and nine volunteers and helpers, they were kept very busy for five days learning about the Civil War as it related to Clay.
On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed landmark legislation that would change the lives of the disabled nationwide. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications relay services.
Enable, which is also known as the United Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children's Association of Syracuse Inc., provides clinical, educational, personal and community services to people with disabilities all over Central New York. The agency serves more than 1,500 adults and children each year.
Ursula Rozum is running for the 24th District Congressional seat on the Green Party line. She hopes to defeat Democrat Dan Maffei and Republican incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle.
Chris Arnold marks a milestone this year as he participates in his 15th Pan-Mass Challenge. Held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5, the Pan-Mass Challenge is the nation’s pioneer charity bike-a-thon that raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country.
A study out last week reports that prescription drug abuse is on the rise. Thankfully this session we passed the I-STOP bill. This legislation creates the Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing (I-STOP) program. This is a “real-time” registry for doctors and pharmacists to track prescriptions.
Assault City Roller Derby will host a double-header roller derby bout at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena in Baldwinsville.
From growing up on her grandparents’ poultry and produce farm to later landing a job at Beak and Skiff Apple Farm in LaFayette, farming has always been Judy Wheeler-Kinch’s passion. Now she’s bringing that passion to Jordan by creating the village’s first-ever farmers market.
Macey Stockwell, daughter of Michael and Patricia Stockwell of Baldwinsville, has been selected for membership into the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society’s local chapter at the College of Saint Rose.
Monday, July 23
Local sides both trail Oswego's winning total of 27
For much of its brief history, the Pro-Junior Challenge that kicks off the week of the Symetra Tour's Credit Union Classic belonged to either Fayetteville-Manlius or Christian Brothers Academy. That wasn't the case in 2012, though.
This notice is given by the Baldwinsville Central School District, to all interested persons, that the annual fire inspection of the Baldwinsville Central School District buildings has been completed.
In its continuing celebration of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce has introduced Victorian dance cards to its First Friday celebrations, making participants eligible for monthly prize drawings.
More than two dozen elected and appointed Skaneateles village officials, along with their spouses, joined members of the Onondaga County Mayors Association for a three-hour dinner cruise aboard the Judge Ben Wiles last Wednesday, July 18.
Another busy weekend in the village includes Curbstone Festival and St. James Jumble Sale
More than 100 people jammed the freshly-cleared creek edge behind the CVS in Skaneateles to watch as 4,000 yellow rubber ducks floated swiftly down the water in the first-ever Duck Dash fundraising event. In the end, it was a duck named “Drake” who won first place, and $1,000, for its owner Jack Mahoney.
Children from seven states catch nearly 300 fish at Conservation Area
More than 70 children from seven different states spent three hours last Saturday morning catching nearly 300 fish during the annual youth fishing derby at the Skaneateles Conservation Area. Young anglers from as far away as Texas and Oregon came out to the Bill Pavlus Pond for the 12th annual event.
Cazenovia College provides venue for band camp; free concert to be held Saturday at Caz High School
Signature Music Camp had planned to strike up the band this month at SUNY Geneseo, but in June there was a water-main break in the music department building at the Livingston County campus in Western New York.
Fesko Dairy picking up the pieces following fire at main complex
A mere six hours before fire erupted on Thursday, July 19, at Fesko Dairy on East Lake Road in Spafford, owner Chris Fesko was high above the property taking aerial photos of the farm. No one was the wiser that by 3 p.m. a blaze would begin burning through the nearly 100-year-old farm’s main dairy complex, taking the lives of 40 yearling calves and three pigs.
Caz resident creates social networking site specific to village
There is a new social networking website gaining popularity in Cazenovia, with hopes of uniting village residents and serving as a virtual bulletin board.
Cazenovia Equipment Company unveils new headquarter location
Eleven months after a large fire claimed Cazenovia Equipment Company’s headquarters in Nelson, the new $3 million building in the town of Cazenovia was opened for business.
Five public hearings on various property issues took up much of the Skaneateles Town Board’s July 19 meeting, with the board addressing unsafe buildings, establishing a new drainage district and conveying land to Grace Chapel.
Silver Fox Senior Social Club celebrated five years of serving seniors on July 12 with live music by Dan Elliot as well as delicious food and raffles at the Baldwinsville facility.
The CNY Bike Give-away program needs a few people with pick-up trucks to help pick up bicycles being donated. Days and times are flexible, so if you have about two hours several times a month to spare, please call Will DeSain at 427-3889.
The Baldwinsville Oktoberfest Committee, a committee of the Greater Baldwinsville Community Benefit Fund, has been hard at work planning this year’s event.
Aurora tragedy casts permanent shadow on anticipated film
At first blush, Friday afternoon was supposed to be a chance to follow up on eager anticipation by stepping into a darkened movie theater and see the year’s most anticipated film. Then we woke up Friday morning to the news that, in the Denver suburb of Aurora, at one of those sold-out midnight showings of The Dark Knight Rises, a young man named James Holmes walked into one of those darkened theaters, unleashed a gas canister and then opened fire with multiple guns, killing 12 and wounding nearly 60.
Benefits don’t kick in, however, until Y released from National Grid contract
The New York Power Authority has approved a grant request to increase the Skaneateles village municipal electric output in order to help power the Skaneateles YMCA and its planned $4.9 million expansion. The problem, however, is that the grant is contingent upon the YMCA’s switch from National Grid to Skaneateles Electric Light as its power supplier — a switch National Grid has been blocking for nearly one year.
Universities, colleges announce spring semester deans' and president's lists with names of Baldwinsville residents.
Sunday, July 22
From the Madison County Historian
Prohibition was an interesting time in American history. In 1919, Congress passed the Volstead Act which prohibited the production of alcohol, determined what an “intoxicating” beverage was and set penalties for anyone who broke the law.
Credit Union Classic latest stop on LPGA's Symetra Tour
Ever since first coming to Central New York in 1996, the ladies professional golf event in Syracuse for up-and-coming players wishing to reach the LPGA Tour flew under the banner of the Futures Tour. Now it is called the Symetra Tour, and the event this week at Drumlins Country Club’s East Course also has a new title – the Credit Union Classic, as a group of local credit unions have taken over main sponsorship, with Wegmans as a presenting sponsor.
On a warm Fourth of July morning, we had approximately 1,000 participants entered in the l0-mile race around the lake, 5-kilometer run and one-mile fun run.
On July 7 and 8, Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corp held its annual Arts and Crafts Show at Lorenzo State Historic Site.
Please extend our warm appreciation to your readers in Cazenovia for such a warm welcome during the Cazenovia Foutth of July Parade.
In the event that you have not had enough of Spiderman, Ironman or the Avengers over the past 10 years, Marvel Productions now gives you “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
Friday, July 20
Kelli LaPage, owner of Baldwinsville-based WellTrail, Inc., which provides onsite consulting for employees with health or injury issues, will compete with hundreds of aspiring women entrepreneurs nationwide for resources to grow her business at the upcoming M3 1000 event, which will take place on Tuesday, July 31, at Barnard College in New York City.
Ronnie Bertrand, son of Ron and Susan Bertrand of Baldwinsville, and Scott Kirchner, son of Bob and Christine Kirchner of Baldwinsville, have been selected to represent Central New York in the Empire State Cup Tournament. The Central New York team will be coached by B.J. O'Hara and assistant coach J.T. Pitcher. Bertrand and Kirchner are both starting members of the Baldwinsville Varsity Lacrosse team and are rising seniors.
The now vacant Gustav Stickley House in Syracuse could soon be turned into a unique tourist attraction.
What if you could own a billion-dollar company? That is exactly what Keith Shields, a 2010 graduate of Marcellus High School and junior at Ohio State University, thought when he first came up with the idea for Applits.com, a web site that allows users to submit their ideas for smartphone apps, in hopes of having that app developed.
John Hudson and grandson Scott Hudson, both of Baldwinsville, pose after finishing their seventh Great Race. This year’s nine-day race started in Traverse City, MI taking them into Canada, around the Great Lakes, down to Watertown and Buffalo then ending up in Dearborn, MI.
As an independently elected official, I want to remind everyone that I only answer to the residents of the Town of Lysander. With that said, I am committed and dedicated to provide all of you with the best customer service and convenience, as well as keeping spending at a minimum.
Preschoolers can enjoy weekly explorations of Beaver Lake Nature Center this summer at Sharing Nature Summer Camp. Choose either Thursdays or Fridays and get in on five days of discovery, hikes, games and crafts.
Garrett Biedermann, of Baldwinsville, received an Artium Baccalarius’ degree in English and music from Cornell University on May 27.
Thursday, July 19
When the London Eye lit up the sky for the first time tonight, Marcellus native Justin Manor looked on with pride. He probably breathed a sigh of relief, too.
The Board of Education for Baldwinsville Christian Academy recently named James P. Gregory as Headmaster of the school, which serves kindergarten through 12th grade students.
They said I was impressionable because I wanted to be like the Beatles, because they added color to the black and white, spice to the bland, blessedness to the damned and cleanliness to the whistle.
Spectators coming to the Lorenzo Driving Competition, being held at the Lorenzo State Historic Site in Cazenovia on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, will have the opportunity to observe the sport of vaulting.
The exciting activities for “Dream Big,” the theme for the 2012 New York State Summer Reading Program, continue on Wednesday, July 25 with “Planetarium.”
A photography exhibit by local resident Jerry Weimar will be at the New Woodstock Free Library July 16 through Aug. 31. The exhibit will be open for public viewing during all regular library hours.
Congratulations to the following students in the Baldwinsville Central School District who earned perfect scores on June Regents exams:
For the third year in a row, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired,” according o the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
At the beginning of the 2012 Anything That Floats race, an anxious Gary Pachek watches as his sons’ Adam and Ethan placed their almost-seaworthy vessel into the Seneca River at Cooper’s Marina for the start of the race.
At the last Lysander Town Board Meeting, a concerned citizen asked the board if they had discussions looking into making some elected positions appointed. The board would not discuss specifically what positions they were looking at and the supervisor stated those talks had taken place in executive session, meaning they are yet to be public knowledge. I believe the positions they are looking into are the town clerk and highway superintendent.
Liberty Mutual will offer a driver’s reduction course from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, July 23 and 25, at the large group room at the Lysander Town Hall.
West Genesee goalie cited for accomplishments on and off the field
As part of the activities surrounding the annual John Pepper Lacrosse Tournaments, The John Pepper Memorial Athletic Fund, now in its 11th year, is proud to announce that Scott Sidnam is the recipient of the fifth annual John Pepper Memorial Award.
William Zino will return to the Fayetteville-Manlius High School auditorium stage when the Town of Manlius Recreation Department presents “A Chorus Line” at 7:30 p.m. July 19-21. Zino is a 2011 graduate of F-M now studying music education at the Crane School of Music.
Nathan James, a member of Baker High School’s Class of 2012, was awarded a National Merit Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Scholarship.
Wednesday, July 18
homeschooled artist also chosen for fine art seminar
At the age of 16, local artist Hailey Williams has seen more of the world and has better business sense than some people twice her age. With the help of her business-minded parents, Stephanie and Brandon Williams, who made the decision to begin homeschooling when Hailey was in third grade, the Skaneateles teen has a bountiful art portfolio and a colorful future that includes a recent trans-Atlantic business deal with a major rock band.
The Fourth of July passed last week without much news or excitement, but midweek holidays seem sort of crammed. Next year we can have a four-day event and folks will not be coming and going in such haste. My son Curt was here for his 35th high school reunion. The cocktails on the Judge, then the roast pig at the Legion were well executed and he enjoyed seeing some of his old pals.
We quietly floated into a position on an offshoot of the West Branch. Over the years of high water and/or flood stage flows, the river braided/branched out from its normal banks and formed a series of islands. As time moved on, one of the braids became larger and provided new habitat for trout to live in.
Vacation Bible Blast offers one-day, family-oriented program
Churches of the Skaneateles Clergy Association are experimenting with a new form of vacation bible school this summer that will consolidate the event to a one-day affair and invite parents to participate.
Jennifer Maxwell Alfieri recently joined the law firm of Costello, Cooney and Fearon PLLC.
Students at Reynolds Elementary School recently received Study Skills Awards for the fourth quarter.
TerraCycling? Is this a new form of bicycling? Something only Lance Armstrong would be interested in? No, but it is a fun and rewarding way to join ‘brigades’ of environmental stewards. TerraCycle is an innovative program where organizations are collecting different types of waste that are typically not recycled and are sending them to a collection station that is turning the waste into new recycled products such as park benches and backpacks.
The unmistakable sound of hooves on pavement filled the small village of Baldwinsville Friday July 13 as the Budweiser Clydesdales treated the community to a rare appearance.
The New York State Fair’s donut burger now has a partner in crime.
The first time I heard Jane Monheit it was over the airwaves of WAER-FM which programmed tracks from her debut disc, “Never Never Land” 12 years ago. Jane sang “Never Let Me Go,” and I thought this is a talent to be reckoned with.
More people have access to scooters and are in the streets and roads (seldom on the sidewalks) around the Town of Lysander, the Village of Baldwinsville and the Town of Van Buren. These scooters are low to the ground and very difficult to see. They are even harder to see than motorcycles.
Patrick Smeeding, of Syracuse, has been appointed financial representative by Northwestern Mutual in East Syracuse. He will be associated with Northwestern Mutual, the Greater New York Group.
DeWitt police arrested Christina Searles, 27, and Andrew Firnstein, 29, both of 131 Washburn Drive, East Syracuse, on Monday, July 16, for exploiting and stealing from an elderly man.
7-8 squad goes 4-0, outscores opponents 24-1
On July 14, the Cazenovia Youth Lacrosse Association’s 7/8 boys team took first place in the 1812 Shootout, an annual summer lacrosse tournament held in Sackets Harbor.
Three-sport star to play basketball at Benedictine
Tanner Whiteman, who starred in three sports at Cazenovia High School, is headed for Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., near Chicago where he will continue his basketball career.
Tuesday, July 17
Students of Cazenovia High School that were named to the Honor Roll, High Honor Roll and Highest Honor Roll.
NaviSite, Inc., a premier provider of enterprise-class hosting, managed application, managed messaging and managed cloud services, recently announced the appointment of Cazenovia resident David Grimes as chief technology officer.
Bath salts, the synthetic designer drugs commonly found in smoke shops and some gas stations, have been receiving much attention from legislators and law enforcement lately, but also from local residents.
A group of Baldwinsville seventh-graders has memorialized a friend with a special collage at Ray Middle School.
After a lengthy wait for the state liquor license which now hangs safely behind the bar, the White Water Pub flung open its doors at 110 S. Willow St. on Monday, July 9, to welcome thirsty throngs to its impressive indoor bar and pleasant patio. Owned by MaryKay Manns, the new pub boasts a classy, dark oak interior and a casual, sun-soaked deck.
Difficult times are ahead for small New York state communities, according to a local mayor, and the best option for villages like North Syracuse and others is to stick together. Richard Donovan, the mayor of the village of Minoa, president of Onondaga County Mayors’ Association and first vice president of the New York Conference of Mayors, appeared briefly before the North Syracuse village board during the July 12 meeting to speak in support of the OCMA and NYCOM.
Proposed zone changes brought up debates of progress versus preservation at last week’s Cicero Town Board meeting on Wednesday, July 11. Dan Bargabos, president of Heritage Homes, proposed a zone change from agricultural to residential for the property located at 5869 Ladd Road in Brewerton. His proposal included a subdivision of the land that would allow for possible future development. Currently, there is a home on the land that Bargabos would sell as is, and he has plans to build another home. The request for a zone change came with a positive recommendation from the planning board. The plan was met by some resistance from residents living close to the site of the potential rezoning. The area surrounding the property is in a residential zone, and residents voiced the complaint that they chose their home locations because of the fact that the adjacent agricultural property was free of development.
The Hope for Heather Foundation, created in Heather Weeks’ memory, has stepped up to help. The nonprofit has created an Angel Fund at the soon-to-be-completed Upstate Cancer Center to help women battling ovarian cancer with incidental expenses to help ease the burden on patients and their families.
The Marcellus Open Air Market opened Thursday, June 7, in Marcellus Park. Throughout the summer, the Eagle Observer will interview farmers and other vendors at the local market to find out what’s in season and what’s in store for the coming months.
The Elbridge Town Board is considering implementing a local law banning the sale of synthetic drugs, including bath salts, in the town of Elbridge.
Village board approves new stop sign on Clinton Street
Construction on Route 5 planned to start earlier this month has been pushed back to late August, said Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson.
Luis Rivera, of Clay, displays a bullhead fish he caught while fishing off the Route 48 bridge going over the Seneca River in the village of Baldwinsville.
Monday, July 16
Loud Benedict party yields assault complaint, misdemeanor charge
Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies charged a town of Cazenovia resident with second degree criminal nuisance, a class B misdemeanor, in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 15 after a large graduation party got out of hand.
There is potential to recycle plastics from the agricultural and horticultural industries in Onondaga County. Here are some tips on how best to recycle.
Anonymous benefactor, group of Welch Allyn volunteers help historic building remain viable
The Spafford Area Historical Society, which has been working for more than a decade to renovate and restore the historic Borodino Hall at the four corners in Borodino, has recently received some much needed — and somewhat unexpected — help from members of the local community. Employees of Welch Allyn volunteered their time to rebuild the deteriorated stage area of the hall while an anonymous benefactor recently paid for a complete exterior paint job on the building.
It was a weekend with something for just about everyone in Skaneateles, as not less than five major events occurred in the village and the town July 13 through 15. Traffic was heavy, pedestrians abounded on the sidewalks and sandwich boards advertising all the different sales, shows and festivals covered the corners of Genesee and Jordan streets.
Third annual “A Show of Hands” volunteer day offers help throughout CNY region
Welch Allyn held its third annual “A Show of Hands” corporate social responsibility campaign last Friday, July 13, during which more than 700 company employees spent the day helping more than 20 non-profit organizations in the Central New York area. Volunteers worked a variety of jobs from stuffing envelopes for fundraising to making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for homeless shelters to painting, building and landscaping local areas in need.
News from the Skaneateles Lake Association
This Sunday, July 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., our lake is going to be home court for a very special fun and educational event. The Skaneateles Country Club Sail School, the Skaneateles Lake Association, Mid-Lakes Navigation and 11th Hour Racing are joining together to hold a “Race for the Lake.” It will be an afternoon of fun/competitive racing and education on the health of Skaneateles Lake.
The Skaneateles Urgent Medical Care center on West Genesee Street has changed its hours of operation for the second time in four months.
Town board unanimously approves amendment to local law
The Spafford Town Board added itself to a growing number of municipalities putting their foot down in the face of hydraulic fracturing with the adoption of Local Law No. 2 during the board’s meeting Thursday July 12. Following a public hearing on the law, which was written to amend and supplement current zoning, the board unanimously adopted the regulations, ultimately banning hyrdofracking within the town.
The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees agreed last week to change the local law regarding peddling and soliciting from issuing permits for a fee to having peddlers and solicitors register at no charge with the police department. The change, made at the urging of Police Chief Lloyd Perkins during the July 12 board meeting, is intended to better protect residents from unwanted solicitors and also to protect the village from certain liability issues that could arise under the current code.
New Cazenovia business looks to enhance area residences
John David Hunter and Bob Winston, two of Cazenovia’s newest residents, are also the owners of one of Albany Street’s newest businesses, J.D Hunter Home.
Through the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program, several free computer classes will be available at the Cazenovia Public Library during July, August and September.
Family Advocate Joanne Wynings, left, accepts a donation from Kate Mangicaro, a senior representing Baker High School’s Key Club.
The Cazenovia Town Board met Monday, July 9, to vote on a law regarding the town’s policy towards the installation of alternative septic systems.
The exhibition “George Van Hook: An American Impressionist,” being featured in the John and Virginia Winner Memorial Art Gallery at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park is in its final weeks, and will close on July 29.
Cazenovia resident to represent USA at Olympic Games
John Madden Sales recently announced Cazenovia resident Beezie Madden has officially been named by the United States Equestrian Team as a member of the 2012 Olympic Show Jumping Team, with her mount Coral Reef Via Volo, for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Twenty two years ago, the world – well at least the United States – was quite a different place.
A successful Cazenovia Preservation Foundation Walk ‘n’ Talk, on Wild Mushrooms, took place June 9 at the Burlingame Road Trail.
Robert W. Bitz, whose family owned and operated Plainville Turkey Farms for five generations, was one of three recipients of the Onondaga Historical Association's medal at an awards breakfast June 21 at the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse.
Representing preschools from various parts of Onondaga County, preschool directors meet throughout the year to share ideas and offer support to each other as they each strive to offer excellent early childhood education programs.
Older side beats local rival in 8-7 classic
With college-age talent, home-field advantage and experience on its side, the Onondaga West baseball team expected to win the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional. And it did so, but only after a tense championship game on Sunday at Hopkins Road Park in Liverpool where upstart Onondaga East, featuring only high school-age players, tried to continue its improbable run from the loser's bracket, only to fall just short as Onondaga West hung on for a 7-6 victory.
Sunday, July 15
From the Madison County Historian
I find great humor when I hear talk of the electric car being a “new” innovation.
Every bio-pic prompts the question, “Did that really happen?”
Destiny USA will host the second in its series of job fairs for all tenants of the complex from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the mall expansion’s first floor canyon area near Lord & Taylor.
Onondaga County Sheriff deputies are investigating an early morning crash that claimed the life of a Phoenix teen.
Saturday, July 14
Three-hundred and eighty-seven runners partook in the 2012 Cazenovia July Fourth 10-mile race. Tom Hopkins, of Syracuse, was the first to cross the finish line, with an official time of 55:52.
West wins twice, joins undefeated East in local showdown
Onondaga West had high expectations entering the 2012 Senior Babe Ruth Mid- Atlantic Regional Tournament. They won the tournament last year, and with 11 college players on their roster, they boast more experience than any other team in the competition. Anything less than a finals birth likely would be a disappointment. As for their younger Onondaga East counterparts, reaching the finals seemed like a far-fetched dream.
Floyd W. Tillotson, who served as mayor of the village of Liverpool from 1977 to 1981, died Wednesday, July 11, at his daughter’s home in Brownsville, Kentucky. Mayor Tillotson succumbed to cancer at age 87. He had been living in Zephyrhills, Fla. Prior to his election as mayor, Tillotson had served four terms as a village trustee, under previous Mayor Oliver Masters. During his time at the village helm, Tillotson encouraged the development of Johnson Park. The construction of an amphitheater and pavilion was completed in 1984.
Big late comeback keeps Onondaga East in tournament
Two straight miracles kept the Onondaga East hopes alive in the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional baseball tournament. Trailing Winfield Baseball by three runs and down to their final out of the game, back-to- back errors by the Maryland state champions allowed Onondaga East to pull even.
Friday, July 13
On Tuesday, July 10, two village of North Syracuse residents arriving home observed a young male being physically attacked by a couple of other young males. The residents hollered at the attackers, who fled, and went to assist the youth being attacked and called for the North Syracuse police. Another youth approached the citizens, advising them he had also been attacked.
Erin Araujo, Moriah Dohner and Gregory Rosenthal will perform at 12:30 p.m. July 18, in St. Peter’s Episcopal Hall, at 11 Mill St. in Cazenovia, as part of the Cazenovia Counterpoint festival put on by the Society for New Music.
The New York Racing Association, Inc. will host its 32nd annual Open House, a tradition held prior to the start of racing season at North America’s most historic thoroughbred racetrack, Saratoga Race Course, 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs.
Despite soaring temperatures in Cazenovia, the fields and blacktop of Burton Street Elementary School were peppered with students joyously celebrating the end of the school year at the First Annual End-of-the-Year-Carnival, hosted by the Burton Street PTA.
In order to subvert the recent heat wave, my family persuaded me to drive them to Old Forge.
To introduce area art lovers to the work of 19th century portrait and landscape artist J.C. Perry, the Pompey Historical Society is hosting a grand-opening reception for the Perry Collection from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15.
The volunteer drivers of CatFISH have earned quite a following in Camillus. Thelma “T” Schroeder, of The volunteer drivers of CatFISH have earned quite a following in Camillus. Thelma “T” Schroeder, of Scott Avenue, calls them “her angels.”Scott Avenue, calls them “her angels.”
Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States.
To the editor: I have been volunteering in the Dominican Republic since 2006. But honestly I can say it no longer feels like volunteering; it is a joy to spend time with these kids who were abandoned tragically by their parents.
Sophia Beratta, a 2011 graduate of Marcellus High School, spent the year in Poland through the Rotary International Youth Exchange Student program, which is sponsored by the Marcellus Rotary Club.
Sixth-grader Brandon Steuer checks out a model of a lung damaged from smoking as his classmate Cody Neish looks on during Ray Middle School’s wellness fair. Held for sixth- and seventh-graders, the fair showcased good nutrition and exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Students rotated through activities inside and outside including aerobics, rowing, nutrition education and sampling healthy foods.
Onondaga West advances in winner's bracket
After an opening game win in the 2012 Senior Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament, Onondaga East head coach Mike Meola knew his team faced a much taller task in its second matchup. Onondaga West, representing Western New York in the tournament, awaited Meola’s local Host squad, and both teams’ managers believed a hot start would be a decisive factor in the game.
Put on your aviator glasses and leather jackets – we are going flying.
Thursday, July 12
The Marcellus Open Air Market opened Thursday, June 7, in Marcellus Park. Throughout the summer, the Eagle Observer will interview farmers and other vendors at the local market to find out what’s in season and what’s in store for the coming months. Introducing: Travis North, of Anna’s Flowers and Vegetables in Marcellus.
The newly announced state mandates on school lunch servings and nutrition, which we report on in this issue, are extremely troubling. The state this coming school year will now require students who buy school lunch to take certain foods even if the student has no intention of eating them and will only throw them in the trash.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
On behalf of the John D. Barrow Art Gallery I would like to express our deep gratitude for being awarded on of this year’s SKARTS grants.
COLUMN: ALONG THE LAKESHORE
I have mentioned several times that Jay's children, ages 12 and 10, sing in the Westerly Chorus. This is a choral group which masses at about 220 voices for concerts and particularly the Pops concert on the third Saturday of June, give or take a day or two. The chorus is directed by George Kent.
COLUMN: ON THE MOVE
Bicycle-related pain and injuries are commonly associated with poor bike fit. Following these tips will help you minimize the risk of injury.
Fifth grade Palmer Elementary student Kaitlyn Devine, center, has moved on to the state PTA Reflections competition with her literary submission for "Diversity Means."
Jeff Schuessler knows that to make it as an artist, you have to play all the angles.
Jamie Aloi, of Baldwinsville, was named to the spring semester dean's list at the University of Vermont. Aloi is a junior animal sciences major in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.
Wednesday, July 11
Parishioners prepare for this year’s Vacation Bible School at Community Christian Reformed Church. The theme of the school is “Adventures on Promise Island.”
The Marcellus Town Board’s approval of an extension on an existing light-industrial zone last night left some residents furious.
BizEventz has named Scott Kingsley, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Community Bank System, Inc., Financial Executive of the Year in the $50-300 million revenue category.
Poseidon Resources (Surfside) LLC, the developer and owner of the “50-Million-Gallons-Per-Day Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Project,” recently announced it has selected GHD to lead a team serving as the Owner’s Engineer for the project.
Project CAFÉ, founded in 1995, has had a positive impact on the Cazenovia community for nearly 17 years.
July in Cazenovia includes fireworks, parades, sidewalk sales swimming, fishing and the annual Lorenzo Driving Competition.
Mercer Park, Paper Mill Island to feature concert, a car show, fireworks, duck race and more
The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville’s 18th annual Seneca River Days will take place Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14. This year’s event will kick off with a concert featuring Letizia and the Z Band at 6:30 p.m. Friday on Paper Mill Island followed by fireworks.
The Cazenovia Children’s House’s recent donation drive for CazCares and Cazenovia Public Library’s Story Room literacy program has set us up for the summer.
I wonder if a day goes by that Sean Googin’s family and friends don’t think about that horrible Fourth of July weekend in 1992. On some level, I carry Sean’s death with me all the time, too.
Do you like having an endless supply of water? Well, if we want to keep it that way we need to start conserving. Conserving is easy, you just have to try.
For most high school students, choosing a college is a matter of finding a school that offers the right programs and atmosphere. But Madeline Chopskie had her eye on something bigger. Something that comes just once every four years.
New non-profit to host first annual kickball tournament
The Dream Factory of Syracuse recently wrapped its first fundraiser, which raised nearly a $1,000 for the organization. Now volunteers are excitedly working with the Syracuse Sports Association on their next event – Kicks for Kids.
Village to apply for state grant to make building a net-zero energy usage facility
Village officials have made a command decision in recent days to apply for a major state grant that would allow them to go beyond the environmentally friendly plans currently in the works for renovation of the new village hall and instead make the building a net-zero energy usage facility. The building, in essence, would not only save taxpayer money through energy efficiency, it would nullify energy costs by having the building produce as much energy as it uses.
Tuesday, July 10
The bicyclist who died in an accident this morning on Fremont Road has been identified as Austin Elmore, 17, a student at East Syracuse Minoa Central High School.
A trip along the back roads of Cazenovia is a visual treat. Winding through a natural landscape of rolling hills and glacial features, the roads yield ever-changing views of land use — a woodland here, cultivated field there.
This year, when visitors arrive at the Friends of Cazenovia Public Library Book Sale at the new starting time of 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, they will, of course, pass the penguin, at one point take a break from shopping in the tent and the newly-air-conditioned Community Room by sitting on the Janet Andrews memorial benches to the right of the barn door – but, eventually, find themselves in the crown jewel of the book sale venues – the barn.
A glass of Blissful Moon, the award-winning hard apple cider from the Harvest Moon Cidery at Critz farms, is made from apples grown in the nearby orchard and is pressed, fermented and chilled only feet away from the tap from which it was poured.
Tony Perez, deputy commissioner for the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services Office of Public Safety, presented the village of East Syracuse Police Department with a certificate of accreditation Monday, July 1.
Vicki Baker has a vision for Jamesville.
Ray Middle School Sixth-grader Jack Todora, left, holds a boo-boo bunny he created to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.
A bicyclist riding near East Syracuse Minoa High School this morning died after being hit by a car, Manlius Police said.
When Mario DeSantis debuted his orchestra back in 1947, the Number One hit in the nation was “Heartache” by the Ted Weems Orchestra, with Elmo Tanner whistling. Now, as Mario celebrates his big band’s 65th anniversary, the nation’s top pop tune is “Payphone” by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa. Over the intervening decades, Mario and his musicians have rolled with rock’n’roll, bounced to the Beatles, and reveled in rhythm & blues. The versatile 12-piece ensemble prides itself on its ability to entertain every audience whether they dance the Turkey Trot, the Twist or the Macarena.
Jason Moseley’s home in Bridgeport was in shambles, and Moseley, an Iraqi War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, was in no shape to fix it up. So he turned to RenovatingHope, a nonprofit that thanks American soldiers for their sacrifices by fixing up their homes at no cost.
A 30-year-old town of Clay woman charged with suffocating her newborn daughter on Jan. 6, 2011, lodged a last-minute plea to first-degree manslaughter to avoid a trial for second-degree murder.
For those in need, there is such a thing as a free lunch. This summer, sites across the country will provide free, nutritionally balanced meals to any child under the age of 18 who qualifies for free or reduced lunch during the school year. There are some 50 sites in Onondaga County alone.
Tim Emerson, a 1975 graduate of Baker High School, will lead a meditation workshop designed for beginners and those who have tried to meditate, but have had difficulties.
Monday, July 9
In February, Hillview Community Church issued a challenge to parishioners and churches throughout Central New York – take up a collection for toilet tissue and other personal hygiene paper products.
Cazenovia Village Trustees Dave Porter and Jim Joseph were officially sworn in for two-year terms on Monday, July 1 in the Municipal Building, as they took their oaths of office in front of the village board and members of the public.
Patricia Albright, Nicholas Blaney and Kaitlyn Dehority will perform at 12:30 p.m. July 11, in St. Peter’s Episcopal Hall, at 11 Mill St. in Cazenovia, as part of the Cazenovia Counterpoint festival put on by the Society for New Music.
During July, residents from Cazenovia and the surrounding areas are invited to enjoy art and beauty by regional artists as showcased at various venues throughout the historic village of Cazenovia.
Since the dawn of recorded time, no civilization has mesmerized and influenced the world like Ancient Egypt.
Money raised will help fund Interactive Lake Model completion for Creamery museum
Doug Clark, founder of Doug’s Fish Fry and long an icon of the village, has donated his 1961 Correct Craft Atom Skier, “The Little Fry,” to the Skaneateles Historical Society for their use as a fundraising tool. The SHS hopes to sell the boat and use the put the entire proceeds towards completion of the Interactive Model of Skaneateles Lake, a project currently under development.
The Latin magic of Tito Puente Jr. will excite a variety of music lovers, as the “Mambo King” brings his salsa music and dance band to the Skaneateles Area Arts Council gala from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Stella Maris Retreat Center.
Skaneateles residents will be able to enjoy a free outdoor performance of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in Clift Park at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 2.
Skaneateles Summer Theatre has announced its summer musical will be “Little Shop of Horrors” — the rockin’ musical comedy based on the low-budget cult film by Roger Corman.
School board, district, concerned about waste of food and money in new state directives
School lunches in Skaneateles for the 2012-13 school year will include more and bigger portions of healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while reducing and eliminating unhealthier foods from the menu. The problem, however, according to the school district lunch manager, is that New York is mandating that every student who buys lunch must take the foods offered on the menu — even if the student is not going to eat it.
The 65-year-old man who drowned while canoeing on Cazenovia Lake yesterday has been identified as Arthur Morris III, of Manlius.
Brian R. Cook, of Manlius, was killed last week in an accident involving a drunk driver.
Yoga is all about the union of the body, mind and spirit, and when you add the extra element of the outdoors, you can also make it about becoming one with nature. Enjoy and connect with the wonders of and freshness of the outdoors.
Sunday, July 8
County deputies currently investigating incident
Arthur Morris III, a 64-year-old Manlius resident, died the evening of July 8 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse after falling out of his canoe around 4 p.m. in the southwest corner of Cazenovia Lake.
Now that drivers and pedestrians crossing the Chittenango Creek via Clark Street in Cazenovia are able to do so once again, they will have to refer to it by its new title, the “Assemblyman Bill Magee Bridge.”
Ah, sunny summertime. The season of baseball, beaches and boating; picnics, parades and popsicles.
During the month of June, fourth-grade students at Burton Street Elementary School in Cazenovia conducted a cereal drive.
Over the last school year, third graders at Burton Street Elementary School earned points based on how many pages they read.
Cazenovia College, in conjunction with Signature Music, recently announced it will host the 20th season of Signature Music Camp on its campus July 15 to 28.
Saturday, July 7
What was expected to be a simple bicycle ride to raise funds to support cancer survivors has received so much Skaneateles community support during the past three months that organizers have decided to make the event an all-day community festival. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the grass field fronting the Skaneateles American Legion Robert J. Hydon Post 239 on Jordan Road, the public is invited to enjoy local food and drinks and live music while also supporting the ride and its participants.
Nationals, Pirates most compelling teams so far in 2012
No-hitters, solo and combined, two perfect games, a player hits for the cycle twice in as many weeks – some of the oddities of Major League Baseball as it heads to the All-Star break. Yet they aren’t as surprising as what’s happened on the team front. Two blinding stories of long-awaited diamond redemption highlight our mid-season tours through the divisions.
Friday, July 6
Cazenovia Rotary Club presented the Paul Harris award to Bill Neuland during a recent meeting held at the Cazenovia Golf Club.
Owner hopes to revitalize entire acreage
This week, the infamous and decade-long defunct Mobil gas station at the corner of W. Genesee and Fuller streets was razed by bulldozers and backhoes, and a layer of seeded topsoil spread to grow while plans are made by the owner for future use of the lot. What will replace the former gas station, and what will happen to the defunct BP gas station in the adjoining lot on W. Genesee Street, is currently under consideration by the landowner, who hopes to create a development master plan during the next few years.
Funeral home director accepts plea bargain for two misdemeanor charges
Cazenovia funeral home director Brian H. Tait, 46, of Lincklaen Road, pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges, third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, during his latest court appearance on July 7 at the Madison County Courthouse in Wampsville.
This year’s library cruise will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 12.
The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 9, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School.
Gregg Humphrey has been busy “cleaning up” the village. As Village of Baldwinsville Code Enforcement Officer, Humphrey can be seen driving all around the village checking out nuisance properties and investigating residents’ concerns.
The Fayetteville-Manlius School District is slated to receive $65,000 from the New York State Senate to replace four elevators to ensure accessibility for students with disabilities.
Kevin O’Hara couldn’t be happier with the results of this year’s Teal There’s A Cure run/walk for ovarian cancer awareness and education.
New Yorkers love their parks, and Parks & Trails New York is giving them more ways to show it with the launching of the “I Love My Park Because” photo contest. It runs through Aug. 31.
Local sides vie for World Series berth starting Thursday
As a mid-summer treat for local youth baseball fans, the Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament hits the Syracuse area with a full slate of games from July 12 to 15.
A benefit will be held for George Brown Sunday, July 8, at the Cicero American Legion.
It’s hard to believe the 2012 legislative session has already come to a close. Since passing an early budget in March, my colleagues and I took action to improve the quality of life for all our communities through many different pieces of legislation. With this year’s session concluded, I would like to highlight some of the real achievements of the past six months.
Thursday, July 5
On June 25, The New York Lottery announced Janet Sunderman, of Cazenovia, won $10,000 while playing the lottery’s “$5,000,000 Cash!” scratch-off game.
Assault City Roller Derby will be hosting a double header roller derby bout at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena in Radisson. The action begins at 7 p.m. as ACRD’s Battery Brigade takes on Hellions of Troy Roller Derby’s B-Team, followed by ACRD’s Assault Squad taking on Hellions of Troy A-Team at 9 p.m.
Robert Mueller, of Marcellus, left for West Virginia Wednesday morning to aid in the American Red Cross of Central New York’s recovery efforts following last week’s storms and power outages.
Town board awards construction bid to Auburn company
After more than a decade of starts and stops and various issues inhibiting the fulfillment of the Western Gateway Enhancement Project at the west end of town on Route 20, the nearly half-million-dollar construction bid has been awarded to an Auburn company and the project is finally moving forward.
Cazenovia equestrian Beezie Madden to be inducted into the Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame
She spends less than 30 days a year here, but horsewoman Beezie Madden and her husband, John, have put in Central New York on the map of the world’s top equestrian events.
Cazenovia tennis star Hal McGrath, who was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, welcomed Beezie Madden into the hall on June 27.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, in Telephone Park, “Kisses for Caz” will culminate with a well-known Cazenovia personality kissing a local pig.
Anyone interested in using Ancestry.com to begin their family history search is encouraged to take part in the labs offered by the Cazenovia Public Library.
A-Z Massage Therapy in Cazenovia recently added Lorie Pearsall as a new massage therapist.
I’m driving and driving and all I hear is “Are we there yet?”
On Monday, July 9, the Village of Cazenovia Department of Public Works employees will begin the Burton Street reconstruction project. Work will be done from the Fenner Street intersection to Evergreen Lane.
Letizia and the Z-Band will play Paper Mill Island before big fireworks display
The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville is excited to announce this year’s musical act for the concert on Paper Mill Island kicking off the 18th Annual Seneca River Days. Letizia and the Z-Band will bring their high-energy music to Baldwinsville at 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 13.
Grandparents are invited to fish with their grandchildren at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery this summer.
People from all over Central New York lined East Fayette Street in anticipation of the annual Fourth of July parade in Manlius.
The Skaneateles Press will be the official newspaper for the Skaneateles Central School District during the 2012-13 school year, the Skaneateles Board of Education voted at its July 2 reorganizational meeting.
After a three-month national search, Colonel Gary Yaple, of Baldwinsville, was named the new president and CEO of the Veterans Outreach Center.
B'ville native. St. John Fisher grad beats field by three shots
Fresh from his college graduation at St. John Fisher near Rochester, Tyler McArdell returned closer to home – and earned one of the biggest wins of his young golfing career. The 22-year-old McArdell, who plays out of Timber Banks, claimed first place in the Gerry Ashe Memorial, held June 22-24 at Drumlins Country Club’s East Course, the same venue used later this month for the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Credit Union Classic.
Group includes Navy grad Buzzell, 1990 hockey state champs
The West Genesee-Town of Camillus Hall of Fame committee has announced the class of 2012 that will be inducted in a late-October ceremony.
Research & Marketing Strategies has once again proven to be a leader in healthcare initiatives.
Wednesday, July 4
The Skaneateles Central School District started a new chapter Monday, July 2, with the first day of work for two new district administrators and two new board of education members. It was also the reorganizational meeting for the school board, during which policies and personnel were set in place for the 2012-13 school year.
Organization commemorates 200th anniversary of War of 1812
The June meeting of the Betsy Baldwin Chapter DAR began with the ringing of bells to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Following this brief ceremony a luncheon was held.
Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer evening Wildlife Walks, at 7 p.m. every Friday in July. Evening is a time when many animals are most active.
We are so fortunate to live in the Baldwinsville area and to be surrounded by farms. There are farmers stands that offer us fresh picked fruits and vegetables that are waiting for us to take home and enjoy.
Last week Trish Gallen took time to tell us what her classes entail, who can take them, and why offering them at the Swan Pond was an easy decision.
Tuesday, July 3
The Village of East Syracuse will host its annual Ice Cream Social and Community Day this weekend.
The Marcellus Open Air Market opened Thursday, June 7, in Marcellus Park. Throughout the summer, the Eagle Observer will interview farmers and other vendors at the local market to find out what’s in season and what’s in store for the coming months.
Four Baker High School students have been named as 2012 Brine National High School All-Americans.
Smiley catches 196.6 pound halibut for first prize
Six months ago, Baldwinsville native Mike Smiley left for Alaska to work – and for some other activities, like tournament fishing. That peaked, in more ways than one, on June 24 in Seward, Alaska, where Smiley snagged the biggest catch in the annual Halibut Tournament conducted by the Seward Chamber of Commerce.
In mid-June, elementary schools in the Baldwinsville Central School District held their field days and Summer Olympics to provide students with time outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air and to emphasize the importance of physical activity for a healthy lifestyle. Students participated in activities such as water games, jumping rope and sack races.
Summer Servants is a one-week, overnight immersion camp where teens go to learn about service and their Christian faith.
Judge Don Harrison was no ordinary judge. On Monday, the village of East Syracuse courtroom was dedicated in his name.
Staff Sergeant Jacob Miner, of Baldwinsville, has reenlisted to continue service with the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 102nd Military Police Battalion of the New York Army National Guard.
Monday, July 2
Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle fielded questions at a town hall meeting on Monday, July 2. Although Buerkle addressed several topics, one thing was clear: Democrat or Republican, Central New Yorkers are concerned about healthcare.
The Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 hopes that all American citizens and Cazenovia residents will fly the United States Flag on July 4, Independence Day.
United States Marine Corps Pfc. Brett T. McKnight, son of Lisa McKnight of Manlius, and Greg McKnight of Cazenovia, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Members of Common Grounds of Cazenovia Inc. have begun to put their heads together with village officials and local non-profit organizations in order to establish a digital 24-hour community calendar and meeting center for Cazenovia residents and area visitors.
All area residents will find something of interest at the Cazenovia Public Library during the Fourth of July holiday festivities — movies, museum tours and the Teddy Bear Parade.
Cazenovia High School graduating seniors Kathryn Costello and Patrick Marris were both honored on June 11 at the Section III Scholar-Athletes Dinner at the Rusty Rail in Canastota.
Yesterday I hosted a lovely group, Cazenovia Area Senior Association, for a tour of my gardens and lunch. This was the culmination of months of planning, planting, cleaning and weeding.
On Aug. 24, the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association will host “Farm and Fork,” the fourth-annual community celebration. This year, the event will be hosted by Critz Farms at the Harvest Moon Cidery.
SKARTS free summer concert draws nearly 1,000 people
The fourth edition of the annual “SKARTS 'N the Park” free summer concert presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council was an overwhelming success Sunday, July 1, with beautiful weather including a bright full moon, a great local band and nearly 1,000 people in attendance.
Kim Blasiak, President of Palmer Elementary School's PTA, cuts the ribbon on the school’s new playground equipment on June 14.
Four weeks of summer in a land of music
Each year more than 7,000 listeners trek to the scenic village of Skaneateles to hear some of today’s finest musicians give intimate performances of masterpieces old and new. The Skaneateles Festival, tucked away in the Finger Lakes, is world-renowned as a rare opportunity to witness extraordinary music-making.
It’s time to mark your calendars for a popular summer event in July. The 53rd Annual Skaneateles Antique Show and Sale, hosted by the Skaneateles United Methodist Church, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14.
Gillie Girl Sprint Triathlon to support Carol M. Baldwin Fund
Eric Prager, co-owner of Endurance Monster in Skaneateles, decided to start what he hopes will become an annual athletic event and celebration in memory of his mother, Carol Prager, who fought breast cancer for many years. “I really want to make this an event, not just a race,” Prager said of the upcoming Gillie Girl’s Sprint Triathlon, to benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY.
Local historian, new exhibit share tales previously untold at SHS meeting
When Kihm Winship was asked to give a presentation about Roosevelt Hall for the June 26 Skaneateles Historical Society meeting, he said he didn’t want to talk about the stuff in his book, “Skaneateles: The Character and Characters of a Lakeside Village.” While putting together information for a forthcoming display on the famed residence nestled on East Lake Road, Winship came across many interesting facts — from who made the furniture to what happened to Eleanor Roosevelt’s sheep.
Islandfest Entertainment is bringing the musical acts Under the Gun and The Reissues to Paper Mill Island July 3. And, to kick off Fourth of July celebrations, fireworks will follow the show.
Looking for a different kind of summer camp experience for your kids this summer? Look no further than REACH CNY’s Camp Green Teen, a day camp for 10- to 15-year-olds based at Liverpool Community Church. The camp is aimed at helping teens make healthy decisions for themselves and their surroundings and making them aware of the many unique facets of the Central New York environment, according to program coordinator Christina Mills. The camp’s activities are almost too numerous to mention. They range from a visit to the Onondaga Lake restoration site to fishing to an egg drop to a zipline and ropes course to discussions about healthy eating and local food. “We’re doing so much,” Mills said. “It’s all about having fun and learning, too. We’re going to be doing very active learning.”
Dan Stenham’s dad was a special agent for the FBI. While all FBI operatives are called “special agents,” Don Stenham was truly special. “He worked as a fed for 25 years,” Dan recalled, “and for nine of those years he was undercover posing as a member of the Mafia.” Don Stenham died in 1991 at the youthful age of 51. The lawman — who had worked out of the U.S. Justice Department’s Syracuse office for 20 years — succumbed to complications from a brain tumor.
A public hearing regarding a plan to install streetlights brought in a score of concerned residents to the Cicero Town Board meeting on the evening of Wednesday, June 27. The plan would include the addition of 11 streetlights along Hoyt Farm and portions of Electric Railway and Anglers Club in Cicero. A petition brought by more than 50 percent of the residents living in the affected area had requested that the lights be installed.
The mission of Onondaga County’s Community Development Division is to improve the quality of life for the county’s low- and moderate-income residents by preserving and rebuilding neighborhoods, revitalizing and increasing the county’s housing stock, upgrading the infrastructure and providing needed community facilities. The Community Development Division receives numerous state and federal grants throughout the year to aid in this mission.
The village board of North Syracuse resolved it would pay a $25,687 claim made by the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) at its June 28 meeting. The claim involves the fire department's Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP).
Alexandra “Alex” Scott was just a baby when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor that develops from nerve tissue common in infants and children. She defied all odds and learned to walk, battling one obstacle after another, beating doctors’ predictions. At the age of 4, after yet another hospital stay, little Alex decided she wanted to help others the way the doctors and nurses were helping her. She wanted to host a lemonade stand so that she could raise money for other kids fighting cancer. With that first lemonade stand, Alex raised more than $2,000.
The lemonade stand is a hallmark of childhood: that first symbol of entrepreneurial spirit, countless stands spring up on neighborhood corners in the summer, with signs in messy scrawl proclaiming the price of homemade goodies generally sold so that their makers can invest in a new bike or video game. But this weekend in Cicero, the lemonade and cookies sold by 8-year-old Madison King, 6-year-old Nadia Greco and 8-year-old Owen Greco won’t fund a new toy. Instead, all of the proceeds — a total of $1,257.08 with a $100 match from Carrier Corp. — will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a charity dedicated to pediatric cancer research.
CNY Care Connection is a group of dedicated local companies and professionals committed to providing the best, most comprehensive service offerings designed to allow the elderly and disabled to live independently at home.
The Lysander Town Board has appointed Scott Chatfield, Esq. as special counsel to handle Transfer of Development Rights contracts and other materials.
Cold Spring residents will have limited access to home once work begins on the Route 370 bridge over the Seneca River.
Sunday, July 1
Town of Onondaga officials, firefighters and police say the new burn tower was a long time coming.