Stories for July 2012


Tuesday, July 31

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CCP to launch new Afterschool Enrichment Program this fall

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.

2012 Mad. Co.w run to benefit Madison County

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.

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Town, SRCT at odds over return of YMCA assets -- litigation a possibility

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.”

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Lions celebrate long-standing service to B’ville

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.

Quaker Steak hosts Redneck Games

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.

Lysander hires CPA firm

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.

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More cases of animal cruelty in the media

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.

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Village’s newest shop owner opens Kashani

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.

View from the lake puts park in perspective

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.

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Salt City Brass plays Eastern European dance tunes Aug. 8 in village

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.

L’pool hosts two big bashes on Sunday, Aug. 5

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.

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Revitalized North Syracuse one-room schoolhouse cause for celebration, reminiscence

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.

Cicero board looks at East Taft, Totman roads again

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.

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Major League veteran John Johnstone of B’ville to be inducted into the Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame

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).

COLUMN: Community Policing in Baldwinsville

I had a candid conversation recently with Mayor Joe Saraceni and Chief of Police Michael Lefancheck.

Monday, July 30

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Tito Puente Jr. gets Skaneateles dancing at SKARTS gala

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.

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Antique and Classic Boat Show has successful year after battling early Saturday rain

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.

Trustees approve $50K for village water system study

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.

SUNY Oswego awards scholarships to B'ville residents

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.

Cazenovia High School names LeRoux as Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach

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.

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Henneberg Tavern opens on Albany Street

Cazenovia’s newest restaurant and tavern promises to be a place where families can enjoy comfort food in a comfortable setting.

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A(nother) special place in Caz

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.

Bill to revive area hop production becomes law

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.

B'ville residents question nuisance vehicle code

Baldwinsville’s nuisance vehicle law was a hot topic at the July 19 village board meeting.

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2012 July Fourth Cazenovia Firework Fund Contributors

The fireworks displayed the evening of July 4, 2012 were coordinated by the Cazenovia Lions Club and organized by Zambelli Fireworks.

LETTERS: Teal There’s A Cure Committee thanks community

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.

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Visit from Zoo to You

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.

LETTERS: Thank you for donation

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

Final-round 68 gives Elizabeth Symetra Tour title

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.

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Marcellus Fire Department looks to implement reward program for its volunteers

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.

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Albany Street: Looking a-maize-ing

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

Cicero Little League falls in NYS tournament

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.

Elizabeth takes charge at Credit Union Classic

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.

Mayor, Wegmans chef face off at Taste of East Syracuse Wednesday

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

Eagles lift Kueny to share of Symetra lead

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.

B’ville graduates announced

Jean Goloski, of Baldwinsville, received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam in music education.

Fenner Neighbors Group to host ‘Gasland’ viewing, discussion at Caz library

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.

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Wright snags 27-inch trout

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.

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Caz resident opens for minor league Yankees

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.

The contrarian thinker: When life gives you lemons, make entrepreneur-ade

Community Columnist

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.

One sentence does not a column make

Community Columnist

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?

B’ville woman becomes consultant

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.

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CNY students to educate boaters

The first New York Sea Grant Launch stewards are now at public boat launch sites along Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake and the Salmon River.

Library Focus: Check out Mario DeSantis July 31 at Paper Mill Island

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

Songwriter Melody Calley to perform on Quiet Storm show at Lost Horizon

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.

Fight like a Jedi at Guzmán’s Dance Studio next week

It’s not every day you get the chance to fight like a Jedi.

Skaneateles Historical Society to sponsor tour of village

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.

SkanRaces.com preparing for Labor Day race weekend

Registration for the MiniSkinny Youth Triathlon race, part of the SkanRaces.com Labor Day Race Weekend, is now open.

A brief update on the new village hall project


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.

What you can do about low back pain


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".

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Busy Bee offers timeless fun this Sunday

Flora Johnson is in the business of entertainment.

Paw prints: Pet first aid

Community Columnist

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.

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Annual Jazz in the City concert series to begin Aug. 2

The annual Jazz in the City Neighborhood Outreach Concert Series will return to the city of Syracuse next month.

LETTERS: Dolan warns village residents to beware of vicious animals in Caz

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.

CRIS looking for volunteers to ‘Lend a Hand’

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.

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Brownback joins Dark Horse Wealth advisory board

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.

Highway superintendent: From elective to appointed?

Both Lysander and Van Buren officials have had discussions about changing elected town positions to appointed positions, specifically that of the highway superintendent.

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Relaxing cruise along the Seneca River

Baldwinsville Public Library supporters listen to music while cruising along the Seneca River.

LETTERS: Seneca River Days a success

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

Local officials: License, vaccinate dogs

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.

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BTG musical touts youngest production team in 70-year history

The oft-memorable words long ago written by Dr. Seuss are coming to a stage near you very soon

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Volunteer Center announces scholarship winner

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.

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Risky fishing in B'ville

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

Moore looks to recuse himself from Benedict case

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.

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Friends of CPL make final arrangements for annual sale

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.

B’ville man participates in Chinese theatrical event

David Grindle, of Baldwinsville, was one of the featured speakers at the recent PALM Expo and China Entertainment Technology Summit in Beijing.

Reynolds celebrates students’ accomplishments

Reynolds Elementary recently held its annual Presidential Academic Awards Ceremony.

Cicero Macker Block Party for all ages coming Aug. 10

Bring the family to the Macker Block Party on Friday, Aug. 10, hosted by The Friends of The CanTeen.

Village businesses buzzing this summer

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.

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iCan event brings flavor back to home food preservation

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.

Discover Clean & Safe Sailboat to visit antique boat show

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.

Youth football camp returns to Skaneateles

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.

SkanRaces.com preparing for Labor Day race weekend

Registration for the MiniSkinny Youth Triathlon race, part of the SkanRaces.com Labor Day Race Weekend, is now open.

Clay holds annual history camp

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.

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ADA celebrates 22nd anniversary this week

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.

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Enable provides wide range of services to those with special needs across CNY

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.

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Third-party candidate seeks to present alternative to Buerkle, Maffei in Congress

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.

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B’ville man bikes for cancer patients of today and tomorrow

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.

COLUMN: Study reports prescription drug abuse on the rise; I-STOP to help combat abuse

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 bout scheduled for Aug. 11

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.

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A first for Jordan: Lifetime farmer brings market to Main Street

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.

B’ville woman named to honor society

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

F-M, ESM golfers share second at Pro-Junior Challenge

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.

B'ville school district conducts annual fire inspection

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.

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Skaneateles First Friday introduces Victorian dance cards

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.

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Village officials, neighboring mayors take night off aboard ‘Judge Ben Wiles’

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.

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Duck Dash has successful inaugural event

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.

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Youth fishing derby an intercontinental event

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.

Signature saved

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.

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Huge Spafford barn fire is ‘no reason to quit’

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.

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‘Won’t you be my neighbor?’

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.

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Now open for business

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.

Property issues dominate town board meeting

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.

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B'ville Silver Fox celebrates milestone

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.

COLUMN: Help deliver bikes, donate blood this summer

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.

Oktoberfest seeks vendors for fall festival

The Baldwinsville Oktoberfest Committee, a committee of the Greater Baldwinsville Community Benefit Fund, has been hard at work planning this year’s event.

Real darkness

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.

Village, SRCT approved for low-cost hydropower grant for YMCA

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.

B’ville deans’, president’s lists announced

Universities, colleges announce spring semester deans' and president's lists with names of Baldwinsville residents.

Sunday, July 22

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A sobering time in Madison County: Prohibition

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.

Under new name, ladies’ golfers return to Drumlins

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.

LETTERS: Many thanks from Cazenovia July Fourth footraces

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.

LETTERS: CAVAC sends a grateful ‘thank you’ to the Cazenovia community

On July 7 and 8, Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corp held its annual Arts and Crafts Show at Lorenzo State Historic Site.

LETTERS: Red Cross thanks Cazenovia community for support

Please extend our warm appreciation to your readers in Cazenovia for such a warm welcome during the Cazenovia Foutth of July Parade.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

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

B’ville woman selected for M3 1000

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.

B’ville lax players to represent CNY in tourney

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.

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Everson, Stickley look to turn vacant Gustav Stickley House into museum

The now vacant Gustav Stickley House in Syracuse could soon be turned into a unique tourist attraction.

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Marcellus grads launch app web site Applits.com

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.

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Fourth place finish for B'ville duo

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.

COLUMN: Passports generate most income for town

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.

Beaver Lake Nature Center: Sharing Nature Summer Camp

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.

B’ville graduates announced

Garrett Biedermann, of Baldwinsville, received an Artium Baccalarius’ degree in English and music from Cornell University on May 27.

Thursday, July 19

Marcellus grad turns tweets into light show at Summer Olympics

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.

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Baldwinsville Christian Academy appoints new headmaster

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.

Sometimes everything isn’t enough

Community Columnist

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.

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Vaulting team to perform at Lorenzo competition

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.

Summer Reading Program continues at Caz Library

The exciting activities for “Dream Big,” the theme for the 2012 New York State Summer Reading Program, continue on Wednesday, July 25 with “Planetarium.”

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NWFL to exhibit Weimar photography

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.

B’ville students earn perfect regents scores

Congratulations to the following students in the Baldwinsville Central School District who earned perfect scores on June Regents exams:

St. Joseph’s named one of nation’s ‘most wired’ hospitals

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.

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Ready, set, float?

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.

LETTERS: Reservations about possible appointments

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.

Lysander Parks and Recreation: Defensive driving course offered

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.

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Sidnam recipient of John Pepper Award

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 returns to F-M stage for ‘A Chorus Line’

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.

B’ville student awarded scholarship

Nathan James, a member of Baker High School’s Class of 2012, was awarded a National Merit Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Scholarship.

Wednesday, July 18

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Local 16-year-old artist sells original design to UK band

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.

Along the Lakeshore: thoughts on antique cars, cash crops and a fattening beagle


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.

A Day on the River: West Branch of the Delaware River


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.

Skaneateles churches form new version of Vacation Bible School

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.

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B’ville woman joins law firm

Jennifer Maxwell Alfieri recently joined the law firm of Costello, Cooney and Fearon PLLC.

Reynolds students receive study skills awards

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

COLUMN: Become a member of the Solo Cup Brigade

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.

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Budweiser Clydesdales visit B’ville in rare appearance

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.

New York State Fair to offer donut dog

The New York State Fair’s donut burger now has a partner in crime.

Singer Jane Monheit headlines Fayetteville Jazz concert Thursday

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.

LETTERS: Require comprehensive driver training

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.

Syracuse resident appointed financial representative by Northwestern Mutual

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.

East Syracuse residents arrested in exploitation case

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.

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Caz youth lacrosse team excels at 1812 shootout

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.

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Cazenovia's Whiteman headed for Illinois college

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

Caz High School Fourth Quarter Honor Rolls

Students of Cazenovia High School that were named to the Honor Roll, High Honor Roll and Highest Honor Roll.

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NaviSite appoints Grimes as CTO

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.

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Caz Police see rise in bath salt-related incidents

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.

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Middle school students complete memorial to friend

A group of Baldwinsville seventh-graders has memorialized a friend with a special collage at Ray Middle School.

Thirsty throngs wet whistles at White Water Pub

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.

Minoa mayor warns North Syracuse board of difficult times ahead

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.

Possible zone change in Cicero causes debate

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.

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Hope for Heather creates Angel Fund at Upstate University Hospital

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.

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Market matters: Q&A with Kathleen Barry, Syracuse

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.

Town of Elbridge considers local ban on bath salts

The Elbridge Town Board is considering implementing a local law banning the sale of synthetic drugs, including bath salts, in the town of Elbridge.

Route 5 roadwork in Fayetteville delayed two months

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.

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Nice catch!

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

Caz resident, assistant US attorney charged with criminal nuisance

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.

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Some tips on plastics recycling and agriculture

There is potential to recycle plastics from the agricultural and horticultural industries in Onondaga County. Here are some tips on how best to recycle.

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Borodino Hall gets new stage, fresh paint job

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.

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Weekend events keep Skaneateles bustling

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.

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More than 700 Welch Allyn employees give back to community

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.

‘Race for the Lake’ event to be held next week

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.

Skaneateles urgent care center changes hours again

The Skaneateles Urgent Medical Care center on West Genesee Street has changed its hours of operation for the second time in four months.

Spafford adopts hydrofracking ban

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.

Village looks to change law on peddling and soliciting

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.

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Making homes out of houses

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.

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BTOP classes to be held at Caz Library

Through the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program, several free computer classes will be available at the Cazenovia Public Library during July, August and September.

PEACE receives donation from Key Club

Family Advocate Joanne Wynings, left, accepts a donation from Kate Mangicaro, a senior representing Baker High School’s Key Club.

Caz Town Board approves new septic system law

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.

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Van Hook exhibition in Caz ends soon

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.

Madden going for gold again

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.

LETTERS: 22 years later: Americans with Disability Act

Twenty two years ago, the world – well at least the United States – was quite a different place.

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CPF hikers partake in wild mushroom bonanza

A successful Cazenovia Preservation Foundation Walk ‘n’ Talk, on Wild Mushrooms, took place June 9 at the Burlingame Road Trail.

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Plainville man receives OHA medal

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.

Preschool directors meet to discuss early childhood education issues

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.

Onondaga West wins Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic regional

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

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Area car company ahead of the electric curve

From the Madison County Historian

I find great humor when I hear talk of the electric car being a “new” innovation.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

Community Columnist

Every bio-pic prompts the question, “Did that really happen?”

Destiny USA hosts second job fair Thursday

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.

Early morning crash claims life of Phoenix teen

Onondaga County Sheriff deputies are investigating an early morning crash that claimed the life of a Phoenix teen.

Saturday, July 14

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Cazenovia July Fourth 10-mile Footrace results

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.

Onondaga teams to battle for Babe Ruth regional title

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.

Former L’pool mayor dies

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.

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Local sides remain alive in Babe Ruth regional

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

North Syracuse village citizens aid in robbery investigation

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.

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Additional ‘Rising Stars’ to perform during Cazenovia Counterpoint

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.

Saratoga Race Course to host 32nd annual open house

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.

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BSE students celebrate at ‘End-of-the-Year-Carnival’

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.

The light of life and enchantment

Community Columnist

In order to subvert the recent heat wave, my family persuaded me to drive them to Old Forge.

Pompey Historical Society to host exhibition of J.C Perry works

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.

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CatFISH volunteer drivers help Camillus seniors stay independent in their homes

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.”

Raising awareness: a community’s mission


Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States.

LETTERS: A plea for help

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 returns from Poland after yearlong stay through Rotary Exchange

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.

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Good nutrition, exercise showcased during wellness fair

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.

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Local teams get underway in Babe Ruth regional

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.

Community Wesleyan Church hosts annual Vacation Bible School

Put on your aviator glasses and leather jackets – we are going flying.

Thursday, July 12

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Market matters: Q&A with Travis North, Anna’s Flowers and Vegetables

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.

Now they want to tell us what to eat


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.

Barrow Gallery thanks SKARTS for grant


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.

Nothing like a July 4 Pops concert with cannons firing


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.

Tips for avoiding bike-related injuries


Bicycle-related pain and injuries are commonly associated with poor bike fit. Following these tips will help you minimize the risk of injury.

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Palmer student goes on to state PTA Reflections

Fifth grade Palmer Elementary student Kaitlyn Devine, center, has moved on to the state PTA Reflections competition with her literary submission for "Diversity Means."

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Fayetteville’s versatile Jeff Schuessler opens the Silverwood Gallery in Manlius

Jeff Schuessler knows that to make it as an artist, you have to play all the angles.

Baldwinsville scholars announced

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

Community Christian Reformed Church offers VBS

Parishioners prepare for this year’s Vacation Bible School at Community Christian Reformed Church. The theme of the school is “Adventures on Promise Island.”

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Marcellus Town Board approves zoning change

The Marcellus Town Board’s approval of an extension on an existing light-industrial zone last night left some residents furious.

Scott Kingsley, of Manlius, named 'Financial Executive of the Year' by BizEventz

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 selects GHD for desalination project

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.

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Project CAFÉ seeks local support

Project CAFÉ, founded in 1995, has had a positive impact on the Cazenovia community for nearly 17 years.

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‘Hats Off’ to 36th Lorenzo Driving Competition

July in Cazenovia includes fireworks, parades, sidewalk sales swimming, fishing and the annual Lorenzo Driving Competition.

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B’ville Rotary to host 18th annual Seneca River Days

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.

LETTERS: Library literacy coordinators thank Noll, CCH families

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.

LETTERS: Former resident reflects on Cazenovia, Sean Googin

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.

LETTERS: The importance of conserving water

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.

ESM graduate Madeline Chopskie to intern with NBC at Summer Olympics

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.

Dream Factory ‘kicks’ momentum into high gear

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.

New village hall building hoping for a darker shade of green

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

ESM mourns loss of Austin Elmore, 17, who died in bicycle accident

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.

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CPF offers interpretive bike loops

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.

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Not to be found via Kindle

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.

Harvest Moon Cidery opens for summer

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.

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East Syracuse Police Department earns state accreditation

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.

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Jamesville taskforce to host 'Main Street Visioning Workshop'

Vicki Baker has a vision for Jamesville.

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Ray donates boo-boo bunnies to Ronald McDonald House

Ray Middle School Sixth-grader Jack Todora, left, holds a boo-boo bunny he created to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.

Manlius Police investigate fatal bicycle accident

A bicyclist riding near East Syracuse Minoa High School this morning died after being hit by a car, Manlius Police said.

DeSantis celebrates Sunday in Johnson Park

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.

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Nonprofit renovates veteran’s Bridgeport home

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.

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DeJaynes pleads guilty to lesser charge in death of her newborn

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.

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Summer lunch program helps feed kids under 18 in need

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.

‘Mediation for People who Can’t Meditate’ Workshop

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

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Paper product collection on a roll among CNY churches

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.

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Caz village residents sworn in to respective boards

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.

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‘Rising Stars’ to perform during Caz Counterpoint

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.

Cazenovia Counterpoint to present Invitational Art Exhibit

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.

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Caz library to feature ‘Shadow of the Sphinx’ presentation

Since the dawn of recorded time, no civilization has mesmerized and influenced the world like Ancient Egypt.

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Skaneateles Historical Society to sell vintage boat

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.

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Tito Puente Jr. to headline Skaneateles Area Arts Council Gala

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.

Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre to stage “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in Clift Park

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 to perform “Little Shop of Horrors”

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.

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School lunch menu to be healthier, yet its offerings mandatory

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.

UPDATE: Canoeist who drowned in Caz Lake identified as Arthur Morris, of Manlius

The 65-year-old man who drowned while canoeing on Cazenovia Lake yesterday has been identified as Arthur Morris III, of Manlius.

Manlius man killed by drunk driver

Brian R. Cook, of Manlius, was killed last week in an accident involving a drunk driver.

Lysander Parks and Recreation: Walking and yoga at Lysander Park

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

One canoeist dead after incident on Caz Lake

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.

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Village names bridge in honor of Assemblyman Magee

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.”

Practice summer safety for pets

Community Columnist

Ah, sunny summertime. The season of baseball, beaches and boating; picnics, parades and popsicles.

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Elementary students move up, donate to CazCares

During the month of June, fourth-grade students at Burton Street Elementary School in Cazenovia conducted a cereal drive.

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Burton Street students treat Principal Dubik to lunch

Over the last school year, third graders at Burton Street Elementary School earned points based on how many pages they read.

Caz College to host 20th Signature Music Camp

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

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Ride for Alive! bicycle race becomes community festival

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.

Baseball halfway report

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

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Caz Rotary Club honors Neuland

Cazenovia Rotary Club presented the Paul Harris award to Bill Neuland during a recent meeting held at the Cazenovia Golf Club.

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Defunct gas stations on West Genesee Street being removed, improved

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.

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Tait pleads guilty to sexual misconduct

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.

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Enjoy a delicious evening aboard the Emita II

This year’s library cruise will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

Board of Education to meet July 9

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.

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Municipal codes officers work to clean up greater Baldwinsville

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.

State Senate awards F-M $65K to replace elevators

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.

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Teal There’s A Cure run for ovarian cancer awareness raises $40K

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.

Parks & Trails New York launches photo contest

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.

Babe Ruth Baseball regional comes to Syracuse

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.

Benefit scheduled for July 8

A benefit will be held for George Brown Sunday, July 8, at the Cicero American Legion.

COLUMN: Productive session comes to close in Albany

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

Caz resident wins $10K lottery prize

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.

Roller derby bout to be held in Radisson

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.

Marcellus man joins Red Cross’s relief efforts in West Virginia

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.

Western Gateway improvement project moves forward

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.

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Show jumper extraordinaire

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.

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McGrath welcomes Madden

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.

‘Kisses for Caz’ voting underway

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.

Caz Library to offer additional basic genealogy labs

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.

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Pearsall joins A-Z Massage Therapy in Caz

A-Z Massage Therapy in Cazenovia recently added Lorie Pearsall as a new massage therapist.

This is the place

I’m driving and driving and all I hear is “Are we there yet?”

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Portion of Burton Street to undergo construction

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.

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Entertainment announced for 2012 Seneca River Days

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.

Grandparent/Grandchildren's Fishing Days return to Carpenter’s Brook

Grandparents are invited to fish with their grandchildren at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery this summer.

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Manlius hosts annual Fourth of July parade

People from all over Central New York lined East Fayette Street in anticipation of the annual Fourth of July parade in Manlius.

Skaneateles Press regains official school district newspaper status

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.

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Baldwinsville man named CEO, president

After a three-month national search, Colonel Gary Yaple, of Baldwinsville, was named the new president and CEO of the Veterans Outreach Center.

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McArdell wins Ashe Memorial at Drumlins

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.

Camillus Hall of Fame announces 2012 class

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.

B’ville firm named in top five vendors nationally

Research & Marketing Strategies has once again proven to be a leader in healthcare initiatives.

Wednesday, July 4

Skaneateles school district opens new chapter with new leaders

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.

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New DAR officers installed

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 is bustling with activity

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.

COLUMN: From Grandma’s Kitchen - Take advantage of fruits from farmers’ stands

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.

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F-M grad teaches yoga at Manlius Swan Pond

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

East Syracuse to host Ice Cream Social, Community Day

The Village of East Syracuse will host its annual Ice Cream Social and Community Day this weekend.

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Market matters: Q&A with Karen Pardee, Serendipity Saori Studio

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.

Baker athletes selected All-Americans

Four Baker High School students have been named as 2012 Brine National High School All-Americans.

B’ville native wins $10,000 fishing tourney in Alaska

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.

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Youth enjoy Summer Olympics at elementary schools

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.

Local teens help urban neighbors through ‘Summer Servants’ program

Summer Servants is a one-week, overnight immersion camp where teens go to learn about service and their Christian faith.

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Village of East Syracuse dedicates courtroom to Judge Don Harrison

Judge Don Harrison was no ordinary judge. On Monday, the village of East Syracuse courtroom was dedicated in his name.

Baldwinsville man reenlists into National Guard

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 Buerkle addresses health care concerns at town hall meeting

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.

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Post 88 defines proper flag care, display regulations

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.

McKnight completes U.S. Marine Corps basic training

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.

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Common Grounds Inc. looks to establish community calendar, center

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.

Caz Public Library gears up for Fourth of July

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.

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Cazenovia HS scholar-athletes honored

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.

Floral notes: Things I did and learned this summer [so far]

Community Columnist

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.

‘Farm and Fork’ to be held at Critz Farms

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.

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The Mere Mortals light up Clift Park

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.

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Palmer playground dedication

Kim Blasiak, President of Palmer Elementary School's PTA, cuts the ribbon on the school’s new playground equipment on June 14.

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Skaneateles Festival begins August 8

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.

53rd Annual Antique Show returns in July

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.

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New all-women triathlon started by local entrepreneur coming July 22

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.

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Hearing about Roosevelt Hall’s storied history

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.

Fireworks, music in Baldwinsville

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.

REACH CNY hosts Camp Green Teen

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.”

Lucky’s legend lives on in village biz

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.

Cicero residents divided over streetlight proposal

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.

Community Development money can help with lead paint removal

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.

Village of North Syracuse to give senior firefighters their due

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).

When life hands you lemons....

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.

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UPDATE: Cicero lemonade stand raises money for pediatric cancer research

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 addresses ‘Silver Tsunami’ of Americans

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.

Boards in brief: Lysander hires special counsel

The Lysander Town Board has appointed Scott Chatfield, Esq. as special counsel to handle Transfer of Development Rights contracts and other materials.

Lysander bridge repair poses safety problems

Cold Spring residents will have limited access to home once work begins on the Route 370 bridge over the Seneca River.

Sunday, July 1

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Onondaga Fire Training Center unveils new burn tower, updated technology

Town of Onondaga officials, firefighters and police say the new burn tower was a long time coming.