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Saturday, June 30

Caz Rowing Club to host annual July 4 Pancake Breakfast

The Cazenovia Rowing Club will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 4, in Lakeland Park.

Friday, June 29

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Fayetteville Free Library unveils creation lab as part of larger renovation

Fayetteville Free Library members will now be able to use up and coming technology, such as 3-D printers, green screens and editing software, in the library’s new “creation lab.”

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Swan Pond patrol members breathe sigh of relief as four eggs hatch

After the first set of eggs were destroyed back in April, Manlius residents were unsure if they’d ever get the chance to see a set of baby swans—called cygnets – at the revered Swan Pond.

Mr. Lemon, groundhogs and a Father’s Day to remember

OPINION -- ALONG THE LAKESHORE

The Father's Day affair at the rink was just as good as it always has been. The rumor mill said that the eggs were better on the west side. There was a long line on the west side so, it must have been true.

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Skaneateles community, school district say goodbye to D’Angelo

The wall of portraits of former Skaneateles School District superintendents in the district office increased from three to four Tuesday night, June 19, as outgoing superintendent Phil D’Angelo had his likeness added to the group. The event was only one part of a night of community and district honors and farewells for D’Angelo before he leaves next week for Long Island to become superintendent of the Wantagh Union Free School District.

Skaneateles Library annual book sale coming July 12 to15

The annual Skaneateles Library book sale will be held July 12 through 15, rain or shine, on the library lawn, 49 East Genesee Street. The sale hours are Thursday, July 12, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday, July 13, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. New this year, there will be a “Bag Sale” from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15.

Recollections of a Skaneateles printer’s devil

Armed with five years of printing experience at age 18, I applied to the Press to work after school and full time during the summer and was hired at the rate of $1.50 per hour, the going rate for the time.

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Skaneateles Pickleball Club members compete in Empire State Senior Games

Ten members of the Skaneateles Pickleball Club competed at the recent Empire State Senior Games in Cortland.

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Welch Allyn assists with humanitarian efforts in Guatemala

Employees participate in mission trip as part of global corporate social responsibility initiative

Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of frontline medical products and solutions, recently sent a team of employees on a mission trip to Guatemala as part of a humanitarian effort sponsored by Heart to Heart International. For six days, the group educated elementary school children on the importance of healthcare and trained doctors and nurses how to use Welch Allyn diagnostic devices donated by the company to clinics in the region.

The Mere Mortals to perform in SKARTS free summer concert

In this fourth edition of “SKARTS 'N the Park” — a free summer concert presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council in Clift Park and sponsored by Cowleyweb, Sherwood Inn and the Skaneateles Press — The Mere Mortals will give a free concert from 8 to 10 p.m. at Clift Park.

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Skaneateles Lake health and water quality best it’s been in years

New report to town board shows positive changes

Skaneateles Lake is cleaner, clearer and has less invasive species in it today than it did five years ago, according to a new report by the Town Lake Monitoring Committee.

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Old fire station antenna tower removal postponed

Removal of the defunct antenna tower from the old Fennell Street fire station by an independent contractor, which was approved by the village board at its June 14 meeting, has been called off after the village attorney refused to authorize the contract.

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New Community Bike drop location in Caz

Community Bikes has a new drop-off location for bicycles in Cazenovia at the First Presbyterian Church on Albany Street.

Paw prints: Cat care 101

Community Columnist

June is Adopt-a-Cat Month. Each year around this time kittens are joining the millions of cats that are already in shelters across the country.

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Elden celebrates Flag Day

Makayla Schanz, left, and Aaron Sprague fold up the American flag during Elden Elementary School’s Flag Day ceremony, held June 14.

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Cazenovia Teddy Bear Parade to include guests

All are invited to participate in the Teddy Bear Parade on Saturday, July 7. Participants gather at Cannon Park on Albany Street in the grassy area behind the Farmer’s Market at 10 a.m.

LETTERS: Caz explorer Robert Hubbard’s treasures featured in Utica exhibit

On June 17, Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute’s Museum of Art exhibition, “Shadow of the Sphinx,” opened — with some treasures borrowed from Cazenovia on view.

LETTERS: CASA thanks area bowlers for support

We’d like to share some interesting senior news from the Cazenovia Area Senior Association. Formerly under the auspices of RSVP, the senior bowling program is alive and well, being held at 1 p.m. each Wednesday at Caz Sports Bowl.

Fire district consolidation approved

Van Buren’s Southeastern Fire Protection District has joined forces with Geddes’ Lakeside Fire District.

COLUMN: Seven tips to help your landscape beat the heat this summer

Summer has arrived and for many gardeners that means heat, drought and watering bans. This can be hard on gardeners as well as their landscapes.

Gage Center to host reading of 'Declaration of the Rights of Women'

Pamela Poulin will dress up as Gage and lead the reading of the declaration, which Gage wrote with her friend and colleague, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, despite the threat of arrest, for the Fourth of July 1876 Centennial celebration in Philadelphia.

Thursday, June 28

Village of North Syracuse taxes due July 2

A reminder for property owners in the village of North Syracuse: July 2 is the last day to pay your village property taxes without penalty.

LETTERS: Newly-elected village trustee thanks community residents

First and foremost, I wish to thank Tim Mahoney for putting his heart and soul into our campaign for Cazenovia Village Trustee.

West Genesee teacher blogs from space academy

West Genesee Middle School technology teacher, Dan Howard has been keeping a blog of his experiences at the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., this summer.

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Paige’s Butterfly Run breaks two records

Danae Polsin, 20, of Baldwinsville crosses the finish line during this year’s Paige’s Butterfly Run held Saturday, June 2, in downtown Syracuse.

EDITORIAL: A trust worth noting

When retired Onondaga County Sheriff’s sergeant Earl Smith was sworn in as School Resource Officer at Marcellus High School, he said he planned to approach the job like a partnership.

F-M to host inaugural Race of Champions

On Sunday, July 22, The Fayetteville-Manlius All Sports Booster Club will host the inaugural Fay-Man Race of Champions 5K Road Race and kids 1K Fun Run.

Johnstone earns Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame nod

Pitcher spent eight years with four Major League teams

A long baseball journey that sent John Johnstone from Liverpool to the Major Leagues now has placed him among the select few in the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. Johnstone, who now lives in Baldwinsville, received his induction medal Wednesday at Driver’s Village in Cicero, where the Hall of Fame is located and where the entire Class of 2012 was introduced for the first time.

Baldwinsville scholars announced

Cathleen Green, of Baldwinsville, was honored for academic excellence at the College of Saint Rose in Albany. Green was honored for publication of an article in the College's Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Lawsuit filed against Lysander

Don Power is suing the Town of Lysander.

Lysander Parks and Recreation program

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.

Wednesday, June 27

Local quartet named to Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame

Dee, Donnelly, Kotz, Newell part of Class of 2012

Accomplishments that span at least seven decades - from the 1950s all the way to the present time - helped four local sports figures earn spots in the 2012 class of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.

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Madden named to Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame

Cazenovia native first equestrian honored by Hall

Beezie Madden has made plenty of history on her way to earning two Olympic gold medals. Now the Cazenovia resident has another piece of history to savor - the first equestrian athlete named to the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.

Caz, Nelson to draft Farmland Protection Plans

Farmers, farmland owners, business operators and residents are invited to attend a public informational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, in Nelson Town Hall.

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CORE FCU awards grants to Caz groups

Six area organizations share $3,250 in funding

CORE Federal Credit Union recently accepted grant requests for its Community Grant Program from not-for-profit and community organizations serving the communities of central and southern Madison County.

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Still ‘groovin!’

Felix Cavaliere to play solo show Friday in Caz

In the late-1960s, when rock-n-roll ruled the airwaves on AM radio, Felix Cavaliere played keyboards for the Young Rascals.

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DeWitt Fire Department donates 3 AEDs to JDYAA, DeWitt Police Department

When Jamesville-DeWitt student Dan Cochran was hit in the chest with a lacrosse ball that sent him into cardiac arrest, timing was everything.

Police chief addresses permit law at DeWitt town board meeting

DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conway appeared before the DeWitt Town Board to clarify a misunderstanding that happened back in April: the town, he said, did not authorize Onondaga County Sheriff’s officers to arrest 33 protesters at the New York Air National Guard’s base at Hancock Field.

Fayetteville Free Library is first New York library to offer 3M Cloud eBook lending

Fayetteville Free Library is the first library in the state to offer the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service this week, following the close of the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference.

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Fay Road Baptist Church moves summer worship to Wednesday evenings

The congregation at Fay Road Baptist Church will soon begin gathering to worship Wednesdays evenings instead of the usual Sunday morning time.

District establishes committee to determine how to close a school

One of the Baldwinsville Central School District’s major projects for the 2011-12 school year was to explore building usage due to the continuing decrease in enrollment in the district’s elementary schools.

Fayetteville Free Library launches 3-D printing lab Friday

The Fayetteville Free Library will launch the FFL Creation Lab Friday, June 29. Community members will have the opportunity to use this digital media lab to create and edit videos, podcasts and use design software that might otherwise be out of reach.

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberries are ripe for the picking now at Hencle’s Berry Patch (Perry Road, Van Buren), Abbott Farms (Route 370, Cold Springs Peninsula), Hafners U-pick (West Genesee Road, Lysander), Hahn Farms (Dunham Road, Lysander) and Reeves Farms (Route 370, Lysander). Don’t fill up on strawberries because blueberry and raspberry seasons are just around the corner.

Highland Meadows coming to Lysander

Developers of the Highland Meadows subdivision received the go ahead from the Lysander Planning Board.

The great indoors: technology based summer camps

Technically Speaking

There was a time when “summer camp” meant activities like camping, swimming and hiking. Children benefit from meeting and playing with other children — this helps them develop important social skills. But these benefits can also be attained through summer camps that are geared toward math, science and technology.

COLUMN: Dairy Day brings home lessons of farming, value-added products

We had some fun last week in Albany at the annual Dairy Day. One newspaper quipped "Dairy Day ups Cheese Intake in the Well of the LOB (Legislative Office Building)."

Tuesday, June 26

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J-D High School holds commencement

Class of 2012 selects three students to speak at graduation

As pointed out by Jamesville-DeWitt Superintendent Alice Kendrick during her remarks, the graduating seniors decided to depart from the traditional commencement guest speaker and allow three of their peers, Erik Davis, Aishwarya Masrani and Samuel Wormuth, to share the honor of addressing the Class of 2012.

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Wellwood students renovate courtyard with help from Home Depot grant, volunteers

The completed courtyard has six benches, enough to seat about 24 students.

15th annual golf tourney to benefit Fayetteville Senior Center planned

Nintendo Wii games, shuffleboard and table bowling are all enjoyed at the Fayetteville Senior Center thanks to gifts from the Congressman George C. Wortley Foundation. Other gifts from the Wortley Foundation have steadily updated the kitchen and dining facilities, provided a fire-proof filing cabinet, helped with landscaping and supported the memory Tree. Most of these gifts are the result of the annual Wortley Golf Tournament, which this year will be held July 12 at Woodcrest Golf Course, on Cheesefactory Road.

LETTERS: June is Scleroderma Awareness Month

You may have never heard of scleroderma. If you have, chances are you, a friend or family member has scleroderma. Approximately 300,000 Americans are diagnosed and there are still many looking for answers and coping with a variety of symptoms. If you are one of those it may be 3 to 5 years before a diagnosis is confirmed.

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Jordan-Elbridge alumni help OCC girls lacrosse win national title

One year was all it took for Jordan-Elbridge girls lacrosse alumni Chelsea Maitland and Lilly Patrick to experience life as champions at the college level.

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B’ville Knights of Columbus honor leadership award winners

Baldwinsville Knights of Columbus Youth Awards Chairman Bill Rosentel, left, and Grand Knight John Christopher, right, stand with Catholic Youth Leadership Award Winners (second from left to right) James Wafful, Schuyler LaBeef, Ryan Peters, Jessica Testa, Hope Murphy, Meredith Starczewski and Emily Malone (award recipient Virginia Kamide is not pictured).

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Earlier pool closures upset Salina residents

When the town of Salina pools opened for the season on Friday, June 22, Christine Wood’s kids planned to do the same thing they do every summer: swim as much as they could in their neighborhood pool at Electronics Park. “My son wanted to go back for the evening, so my husband drove him back, and it was all closed up. I tried looking up the hours, and I couldn’t find them,” Wood said. “There’s a big permanent sign on the wall with the hours posted, saying the pool is open until 8 p.m., but it had closed at 5:45.” So Wood posted a question on the town’s Facebook page, asking if the hours had permanently changed. They have.

The Eagle Tavern flies at Bear & Buckley

For many years, Arleen Hallock has fed and watered hungry fair goers at Hallock’s Hard Times, her stand just off the midway at the New York State Fair. But Hard Times is only open for a fortnight every summer. Now Arleen’s making customers happy all year ’round at the new Eagle Tavern in the Sugarwood Plaza, at the junction of Bear and Buckley roads; 451-4447. Don’t bore Arleen with any blonde jokes. She’s a sharp cookie as well as a sweet dish. How sharp? Well, the golden-haired gal had the foresight to hire one of the area’s most creative chefs, Miercella Lunes, a native of Peru who previously cooked at Alabrassa in the village of Liverpool. At the Eagle, Miercella reprises her signature hand-made chicken salad, grills magical flatbread pizzas and piles mounds of meats and cheeses onto sandwiches and paninis. For instance, the cleverly named Philadelphia Eagle combines seasoned pulled pork, broccoli rabe and sharp provolone on a fresh ciabatta roll, complemented by chips and a pickle.

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North Syracuse police focus on neighborhoods, crosswalks

The North Syracuse village police department is focusing on revitalization of the community's neighborhood watch program and securing the crosswalks on Main Street under the leadership of interim Chief William Peverly.

An update from the Environmental Protection committee

The Onondaga County Legislature’s Environmental Protection committee has been hard at work as we begin the summer construction season. Last year, the legislature authorized $3 million in spending to implement green infrastructure projects on municipally-owned properties. In June, we authorized the spending on specific projects, several which are in our district. At our June committee meeting we received an update on the Emerald Ash Borer, an insect that is making its way toward our region. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been steadily destroying ash trees, starting in the Midwest, for over a decade. Lastly, we received our monthly update on the projects taking place along Onondaga Lake.

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Pine Plains Cemetery celebrates its bicentennial

This past Saturday, Pine Plains Cemetery in the town of Clay celebrated its 200 anniversary with a ceremony that drew about 60 people. The cemetery, one of the oldest businesses still in operation in Onondaga County, has seen nearly 10,000 burials, and it is the resting place of veterans from every war in which the United States has taken part.

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B’ville Baseball Hall of Fame makes two inductions

On June 1, the Baldwinsville Baseball Alumni Council and Baldwinsville Booster Club met for the purpose of induction into the Baldwinsville Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Dog attack incidents look the same, but have very different outcomes

It’s yet to be a full year since I lived through a nightmare, a nightmare that doesn’t seem to have an ending. On Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, my dog, Rock, and I were attacked by a pit bull running loose in my old Syracuse neighborhood. Rock, a Rottweiler that I rescued from a shelter in Colorado, had just turned 12 years old a few months prior. To this day, I know that if it weren’t for Rock sacrificing his own life, it would have been a child, an adult, another animal or me that would have been hurt or killed. He acted with the utmost bravery that day and proved he would always make me feel safe. Sadly, many people (myself included) do not feel safe. While my incident happened in the city of Syracuse, near Le Moyne College, I recently learned of a similar situation happening in the town of Clay.

On Point for College seeks supplies

As On Point for College prepares to send 400 new first-generation college students from the inner city off to college this fall, the organization is asking the community to donate school and dorm room supplies for these low-income students.

Monday, June 25

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F-M’s Nick Ziobro to perform across country after winning national singing competition

Not many people can say they’ve performed in the presence of legendary American singers. But at only age 15, Nick Ziobro can say he’s done just that.

CNY coalition given $1M grant for sustainability planning

A coalition of Central New York counties, towns and organizations has received $1 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to create a comprehensive smart growth plan for regional sustainability.

COLUMN: Mandate relief, economic development, community safety top to-do list

Much has been accomplished this session – a stark contrast to the recent past in Albany. We passed the budget on time and did not raise taxes. We expanded the DNA databank –something I’ve supported for years.

Macaroni Kid comes to B’ville

Macaroni Kid is now serving Baldwinsville. A free weekly e-newsletter and website, Macaroni Kid highlights all of the great things for kids and their families to do in the community.

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Market matters: Q&A with Mary Carlic, the Wren’s Den

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.

Reviewing the recent herbicide treatment of Caz Lake

From the Cazenovia Town Board

At our Cazenovia Town Board meeting a few weeks ago, a new resident asked whether it is safe to swim in Cazenovia Lake, in light of the chemical treatment program to control the invasive aquatic plant, Eurasian watermilfoil.

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New CAVAC compound recognized

Headquarters named ‘2010 Building of the Year’

The National Frame Building Association recently recognized CAVAC’s headquarter location, at 106 Nelson St. in Cazenovia, as the “2010 Building of the Year” in the Institutional Category.

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Carpenter's Barn undergoes stablization

Anyone driving along Routes 20 and 13 in the last month has probably noticed construction crews hard at work on one of Cazenovia’s most historical structures.

The contrarian thinker: Minding your mutual fund fees

Community Columnist

Getting investing “right” is no easy task. There is one thing, however, you can definitely get right every time — your mutual fund costs.

Clearspeak: The monuments we destroy

Community Columnist

I lived and worked in New York City for 22 years and know the place well — except for Staten Island (most New Yorkers think of Staten Island as New Jersey living under an assumed name).

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Free Tuesday concerts return this summer to Paper Mill Island

On a beautiful summer Tuesday, the sun lowers in the sky and great music floats out over the Seneca River. Singles, couples and families are spread around Paper Mill Island on blankets, lawn chairs and picnic tables, enjoying great music plus ice cream, snacks and beverages purchased from vendors right there on the island. Boats float by, passing through Lock 24. The living is easy, and the concert is free.

Super-sizing the hoax in an election year

Community Columnist

Just as the sun choreographs the orbital dance of the planets with the sheer omnipotence of its energy, the social order of this earth is dictated by the most powerful beings among us.

Sunday, June 24

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Marcellus High School holds commencement

Retired Onondaga County Sheriff’s sergeant Earl Smith had the full attention of the more than 140 candidates for graduation as he delivered the commencement address.

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F-M's Kunal Sangani wins national award for hydrofracking research

Kunal’s project, “Modeling and Environmental Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing in Upstate New York,” was top among 49 state Stockholm Junior Water Prize winners at the national competition held June 14-16 in Boston.

Friday, June 22

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Cazenovia Rowing Club readies for summer programs

This year’s 2012 varsity and novice scholastic rowing programs begin on June 25 and run through Aug. 17. Novices practice from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday and varsity rowers practice from 7 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

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Cudney appointed to New York Works Task Force

Beardsley Design Associates Architecture, Engineering & Landscape Architecture, P.C. recently announced Cazenovia resident Ray Cudney, PE, LEED AP was named one of 15 members on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Works Task Force.

LETTERS: Local political offices have no business in village storefronts

I apologize in advance to anyone who might be put off by my letter, however, I feel a strong need to voice my opinion.

LETTERS: Destroyed gardens leave wake of heartbreak in Caz

Whereas loss is a universal experience, for seniors losses of particular kinds — health, friends, mobility — are especially keen and make it imperative for them to maintain holds on the pulse of life through active engagement with both the physical world and human contact in any ways that they can.

LETTERS: CPF President responds to column wondering if Cazenovia has ‘lost its mojo’

in the “Clearspeak” column which appeared within the June 6 edition of the Cazenovia Republican, the author describes his disappointment over the Cazenovia Town Planning Board’s May 3 vote authorizing demolition of the Zephania Comstock farmhouse (also known as the Enders house) and asks whether Cazenovia has “lost its mojo.”

LETTERS: Caz athletes congratulated on another successful lacrosse season

Congratulations to the Cazenovia varsity boys lacrosse team for a season well done.

LETTERS: ‘Circles of Change,’ House Tour Charity Event were big successes at Jepshon Estate

On behalf of Ophelia’s Place and The Hillcrest Jepshon Estate, we would like to thank all the volunteers and guests for coming out and supporting our House Tour Charity Event.

LETTERS: Many grateful after Civil War Weekend in Peterboro

The 20th Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend Committee is grateful for the re-enactors, volunteers and visitors who did not let soggy weather interfere with the annual educational and fund-raising event for the Smithfield Community Association.

Town board passes local law on property maintenance, schedules public hearings

It was a longer than usual town board meeting Thursday, June 21, as the board approved a new local law on property maintenance, took action regarding unsafe buildings in the town and scheduled multiple public hearings.

COLUMN: Volunteer Connections - Teen opportunities available this summer

Silver Fox Senior Club, a daycare program for seniors, could use help between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays (help is especially needed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.).

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Baldwinsville’s Colonial Festival celebrates 30 years

About 400 fourth-graders in the Baldwinsville Central School District took a step back in time to colonial New York at the district’s annual Colonial Festival held June 7 and 8.

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Library receives ‘travelers’ donation

Baldwinsville Public Library Director Marilyn Laubacher, center, accepts a check from Millie Sauter, treasurer of the Travelers Club of Baldwinsville.

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Senior signs letter of intent to run cross country

Matthew Pond (center), a senior at Baker High School in Baldwinsville, signs his National Letter of Intent to run cross country at Niagara University.

Thursday, June 21

MPH phys ed teacher, assistant AD charged with forcibly touching student

A Manlius Pebble Hill physical education teacher has been charged with forcibly touching a student.

Minoa Road Bridge construction starts tomorrow

Work on Minoa Road Bridge just south of the village of Minoa is slated to begin tomorrow, June 22, the Onondaga County Department of Transportation announced.

COLUMN: Senior living - Get outdoors, visit local destinations

We are quickly approaching summer here in Baldwinsville. At Silver Fox Senior Social Club, our members love sitting outside on the beck deck overlooking the Seneca River and enjoying the outdoors.

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F-M's Mike Vespi earns state 'Outstanding Workplace Contribution Award'

Fayetteville-Manlius School District Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Michael Vespi has received the New York State Association of School Business Officials’ Outstanding Workplace Contribution Award. Vespi was selected for his efforts to convert retiree health insurance payments from a manual to an electronic process.

Summer theater workshop

Baldwinsville Theatre Guild will once again offer a very popular summer youth theater workshop, open to all students in fifth through 12th grades.

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Scout to build benches in Perry Springs

Perry Springs in Manlius will be the site of two benches to be constructed as part of a local scout’s Eagle Scout project.

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Onondaga Community College receives 2012 Engineering Excellence award

Mac MacMurray, chairman of the C&S Companies, presented Debbie Sydow, president of Onondaga Community College, with a 2012 American Council of Engineering Companies Engineering Excellence award on Thursday, June 14.

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Tait attorney pushes to dismiss charges

Defense counsel claims case includes insufficient information, no lack of consent

On the morning of June 21 at Madison County Courthouse, Syracuse-based lawyer Emil Rossi filed a motion to dismiss the case against Brian H. Tait, director of Tait Funeral Home Inc. in Cazenovia, on the grounds that Tait’s actions did not indicate a lack of consent, although they could be considered “deceitful seduction.”

YMCA set to open July 16 in Manlius

Members of the East Area YMCA will see a dramatic increase in programs this fall. That’s because the organization will be purchasing and expanding the Eastside Racquet Club, located at 140 W. Seneca Turnpike in Manlius, for $2.2 million on June 27.

Baldwinsville schools and scholars

Baldwinsville residents are honored for academic accomplishments

West Genesee BOE approves redistricting plan, full-day kindergarten program

Students and parents in the West Genesee School District will face many changes in the next few years.

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KBR 2012 is a success

Andrea Moore, center, was the lucky grand prize winner at Keep the Ball Rolling, an event Baker High School seniors and their guests attended after senior ball. Moore won a 2005 Toyota Corolla, which was generously donated by Burdick Automotive BMW, Ford, Lexus and Toyota-Scion. With her are Kevin Burdick, right, and Kelly Pelcher.

Camillus man to be featured on HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’

Central New York will get its 30 minutes of fame Tuesday, June 26, during an episode of HGTV’s popular television show, “House Hunters.”

Still doing this

A need for good journalism amid troubled times

Oh, the question keeps arising, a simple one, a query that has remained unchanged through the heavy turmoil engulfing our industry, and this company in particular. Namely, why still do this?

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Market matters: Interview with Karen Jackson, Kirkville

Karen Jackson of Kirkville has been selling her handmade goods at area farmers’ markets for about 40 years.

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Skaneateles HS announces senior athletic awards

Skaneateles High School gave out awards to top senior athletes in various categories at a ceremony held Wednesday night at the High School cafeteria.

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BPD to host Ropes Challenge event for teens on June 28

This will be the 16th year the Baldwinsville Police will offer our local youth a one-day community service program called the Ropes Challenge.

Wednesday, June 20

An apology to local veterans

From the editor

Last week I fielded a phone call from a Cazenovia resident and veteran of the Korean War, who was upset about the lack of coverage of the 2012 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in the Cazenovia Republican.

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Caz track girls celebrate championship season

The Cazenovia girls track and field team gathered on June 5 at the Lincklaen House to celebrate their record-setting 2012 season.

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5 Ledyard Corp. launches CertainRate.com

New website offers fixed annuity rates, fiscal security

In an effort to continue to educate local and area residents of financial prudence and planning, the Cazenovia-based business 5 Ledyard Avenue Corp. recently launched CertainRate.com.

36th Lorenzo Driving Competition to be held July 21, 22 in Cazenovia

The Lorenzo Driving Competition, a summer time Cazenovia tradition always held on the third weekend in July, will take place for the 36th time on July 21 and 22.

Joanie Mahoney extends county beach hours tonight and tomorrow

Due to the high temperature and humidity, Jamesville Beach and Oneida Shores will stay open until 8 p.m. tonight, June 20, and tomorrow, June 21, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney announced.

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Moxie: Manlius Historical Society highlights women who fought in war

The Manlius Historical Society Museum’s current exhibit is dedicated to the women who defied societal expectations and fought in war, and gives special recognition to three local patriots — Dorothy Adams of Kirkville, Eva Albanese of Manlius and Theresa Zupan of Manlius.

Fireworks launch over Gillie Lake in Camillus Saturday

The town of Camillus Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual concert and fireworks Saturday, June 30, at Veteran’s Park at Gillie Lake.

Caz Lions Club hosts annual ‘Student of the Month’ banquet

The 10th Annual Cazenovia Lions Club Student of the Month Banquet was held Wednesday, June 6 at Cazenovia College.

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Songbird, Sunshine Superman fly at Syracuse Jazz Fest this weekend

The best-selling jazz musician of all time and an icon of the psychedelic Sixties will headline the 30th anniversary M&T Bank Syracuse Jazz Festival when Kenny G and Donovan perform at Jamesville Beach on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, respectively. As usual, admission will be free.

LETTERS: Memorial Day Committee thanks community

On behalf of the Memorial Day Parade Committee, we wish to thank the many volunteers and parade participants for their enthusiastic support.

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Manlius Police continue search for man who took off on valuable bike

Manlius Police continue to search for the man who “test rode” a valuable bike from the Bike Loft East store in the village of Manlius and never came back.

DeWitt woman surrenders to police after threatening to detonate bomb

DeWitt Police set up a perimeter around a Tulipwood Lane home today, following a 911 call from a woman who said she had a gun and knife, and would detonate a bomb within a matter of minutes, police said.

COLUMN: County to embark on exciting venture with SMG

For many years, Onondaga County’s OnCenter Complex has been operating at a loss, requiring the taxpayers to cover the deficit. When the OnCenter was constructed in 1992, its primary purpose was not to generate revenue for itself, but rather to be an economic driver for the region.

ESM to offer free lunches during summer months

Starting July 9 and ending Aug. 17, the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District will once again offer free lunches to kids in need.

Jordan-Elbridge Athletic Hall of Fame inducts four

The Jordan-Elbridge Athletic Hall of Fame has inducted four new members into its ranks. The following inductees were honored June 12 at the J-E High School Auditorium:

Gillette Road Middle School teacher suspended

A teacher at Gillette Road Middle School in Cicero has been suspended without pay, but the North Syracuse Central School district won’t say who the teacher is or why.

Baldwinsville 2011-12 Athletic Awards

The Baldwinsville Central School District held its annual athletic awards ceremony on June 6 to honor outstanding fall, winter and spring athletes from the 2011-2012 school year, as well as several members of the community.

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Baker graduate lands television gigs

Last spring, David Peters flew to California on a fluke. After three trips in six months, Peters decided to pack his bags and make a permanent move to the West Coast.

Tuesday, June 19

Skaneateles board of education appoints interim superintendent

Dr. Judy Pastel to take the reins July 1

The Skaneateles Board of Education unanimously appointed Dr. Judy Pastel as interim superintendent effective July 1, a position to last for one year. Pastel, who has 40 years of experience in education, previously served 15 years as superintendent of the Ithaca City Schools, and is just completing a six-month term as interim superintendent in Trumansburg, N.Y.

Caz Lions Club ‘Ride for Sight’ rescheduled

Motorcycle tour, benefit ride to be held June 23

Due to rain cancelling the “Ride for Sight” on June 9, all local bikers still have a chance to support the local Lions Club in the seventh-annual fund raiser on June 23.

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Porter re-elected, Joseph elected to Caz Village Board

Porter, an incumbent who ran on the Democratic and Strong party lines, received a total of 305 votes. Joseph, who ran on Republican and Independence party lines, received a total of 291 votes. Incumbent Tim Mahoney also ran on the Republican and Independence party lines, and received 225 votes.

Beaver Lake Nature Center - Celebrate the summer solstice

Beaver Lake Nature Center has a host of events and activities coming up this summer kicking off with their Celebrate the Summer Solstice on Wednesday, June 20, the first official day of summer.

LETTERS: Town’s decisions questionable

At the latest Lysander Town Board Meeting, two very important issues were brought up. One was news to me that our fired dog control officer was suing the town for more than $230,000.00.

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Community committed to finding a Cure

Baldwinsville’s Ninth Annual Relay For Life

Fifty-one teams consisting of 865 participants turned out for the ninth annual Baldwinsville Relay For Life held Friday, June 15. This community based event is put on every year to not only honor those whose lives have been touched by cancer, but to raise awareness and funds to further research for a cure.

COLUMN: Library Focus - School’s out but learning continues

The rumble of the buses is receding and the parties on the island are getting revved up – summer has arrived in CNY and the library is ready with all sorts of activities for you and yours.

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Brewerton’s Liquor Town to open NYS Wine Tasting Room

Liquor Town will soon unveil the newly renovated 1,400-square-foot space with a grand opening celebration showcasing many locally produced wines. The space also includes a tasting bar.

Lunch prices to increase in the NSCSD

The price of lunch was the point of contention during the North Syracuse Central School District’s Board of Education meeting on Monday, June 18. As the school district strives to provide more healthful food to its students, it faces increasing food prices and declining sales. The board of education voted in favor of a $0.10 increase in lunch prices to account for the deficit.

A thank-you letter to Debbie Sydow

A true leader has been defined as someone who “inspires others to produce excellent results over and over and over.” I don’t know anyone who fits that description better then Dr. Debbie Sydow from OCC. Dr. Sydow and I came into county government the same year. At that time many felt OCC stood for “Only Chance at College.” Morale was low, achievements were slim and, after 40 years, the campus was decaying. Flash forward to today. OCC is currently the fastest-growing college in the country. Currently, almost half of college-bound students from Onondaga County go to OCC, and 95 percent remain in the community once they graduate. The school has developed a reputation for academic excellence that allows students to transfer to four-year schools, sometimes at the same tuition as they enjoyed at OCC. OCC has become an economic engine in developing workforce training programs for companies like Byrne Dairy, Dupli Graphics and St. Joseph’s Hospital. These have allowed our local companies to prosper with a steady stream of skilled workers. There are now dorms on campus, and OCC has proudly produced multiple national championship sports teams. The campus itself is the envy of many four-year institutions. Yet with all of this improvement, the cost to local taxpayers and to students has risen very little. OCC is rated the most cost efficient college in the SUNY system. This is a story that is remarkable from every perspective.

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North Syracuse hires Peverly as interim police chief

The North Syracuse village board has appointed William Peverly as its interim police chief, replacing former Chief Thomas Connelly, who stepped down in May. The 70-year-old Taunton resident attended the June 14 board meeting where he was appointed. Peverly has a broad range of experience in law enforcement. From 1964 to 1978, he worked as an officer of the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office. From 1978 to 1981, he worked in the Onondaga County Department of Corrections. He was the chief of police for East Syracuse from 1981 to 1996. In 1996, he moved to a higher position with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, acting as a deputy chief of civilian and administrative affairs.

Steve Pierce lights up the skies of CNY

The man who lights up the sky for Syracuse Jazz Festival lives in Liverpool. Steve Pierce is the main man at Pyrotecnico, the fireworks firm which rose from the ashes of Auburn’s Telstar Display Fireworks where Pierce had worked with his old friend, the late Bill McDowell. Pyrotecnico uses state-of-the-art computer-generated illuminated choreography to present its mind-blowing fireworks extravaganzas.

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Hydroplane competition returns to Onondaga Lake

After a two-year absence, high-speed boat racing made a dynamic return to Onondaga Lake this past weekend. Race on the Lake, an American Canadian Hydroplane Association-sanctioned event, featured some 60 inboard/drivers and 15 vintage hydroplane boats from throughout the United States and Canada. The inboards’ top speeds reached 200 miles per hour, while the vintage boats, which were also on display for spectators, topped out at 150 miles per hour.

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Syracuse Chargers cancel fun run program at Onondaga Lake due to lack of volunteers

For 40 years, runners looking for a low-key training opportunity could get it through the “fun runs” put on by the Syracuse Chargers Track Club at Onondaga Lake Park in the summer months. Those days are gone, at least for the 2012 season. “Unfortunately, we've had to cancel the Thursday night Fun Runs at Onondaga Lake Park for the 2012 season because no one has volunteered to oversee them this season,” said Bob Heimenz, webmaster for the Syracuse Chargers, in an email to the CNY Triathlon Club. “As an all-volunteer organization, the Chargers can only do as much as our volunteer resources support.”

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West Genny Superintendent: Class of 2012 were model students with unparalleled success

For West Genesee Central School District Superintendent Chris Brown, this year's graduation ceremony was extra special.

Strength in numbers: What it's like to be a twin

From the editor

My mom once told me, “We come into this world alone; we go out of it alone.”

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Fayetteville-Manlius graduates seven sets of twins

If you attended the Fayetteville-Manlius Class of 2012 graduation ceremony, there may have been times when you felt you were seeing double.

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And they’re off! F-M High School holds commencement

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Class of 2012 is ready to go out and make its mark on the world.

Monday, June 18

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Eagle Scout builds booth for Seneca River Days

James Keegan was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Saturday, June 2.

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Kitten shower to be held at Nantucket Cat

Summer is the height of kitten season and local animal shelters are flooded with litters of homeless kittens.

Basketball camp offered this summer

The Baldwinsville Boys Basketball Booster Club will once again offer summer basketball camps.

Vernak Farms to host Spafford music festival in August

Plans are being made for a new summer event in Spafford. Chris Vernak, owner of Vernak Farms, a country store and deli, approached the Spafford Town Board at its June 14 meeting to provide information about a proposed music festival to be held mid-August on the store grounds.

Spafford building poses safety hazard, causes local stir

Unsafe structure tied up in estate settlement

A debilitated structure on Borodino Landing — the tail end of Bockes Road — is causing a stir with at least one Spafford resident. Joe Vecchio approached the town board at its June 14 meeting with a presentation and verbal complaint of the structure, which is literally falling apart.

Officer Dave Wawro to receive commendation

Skaneateles Village Police Officer Dave Wawro will receive a commendation for his work on two investigations he recently concluded, Police Chief Lloyd Perkins told the village board at its June 14 meeting.

New village hall two steps closer to done

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees continues to move forward with approving plans and work to renovate the old Fennell Street fire station and create the new village hall. At its June 14 meeting, the board approved two new actions for the village hall project.

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B’ville golfer qualifies for national tournament

Polsin wins Optimist qualifier at Timber Banks

Brendan Polsin, a graduating senior from Baker High School, fired an even-par 72 winning the Optimists sectional qualifier at Timber Banks Golf Course.

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2012 July Fourth Fireworks: bigger and better than ever

The Lions Club of Cazenovia is busy coordinating the biggest fireworks display that has ever been prepared for the annual July Fourth celebrations Cazenovia.

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Local group ‘lights up’ Caz sports

Light Up Fenner illuminates Field One at Sean Googin Memorial Sports Complex

Following almost a year-and-a-half of conceptualizing, planning and fundraising, the group “Light Up Fenner” officially switched on the lights at Field One of the Sean Googin Memorial Sports Complex on June 2.

Town board looks to approve new sewage systems, disposal methods

During the June 11 meeting of the Cazenovia Town Board, councilors scheduled a public hearing to introduce Local Law No. 1 regarding alternative septic systems within the town for the evening of July 9.

B'ville schools and scholars recognized

Danielle Crabtree, of Baldwinsville, a class of 2012 biochemistry, molecular biology and mathematics major at Wells College, earned the Fleissner German Prize, awarded to the student who has acquired the greatest knowledge of the German language and literature in at least two years of college work in German.

Manlius, East Syracuse, DeWitt police reports ending June 14

Manlius, East Syracuse, DeWitt police reports ending June 14

Another season gone

On-field glory, off-field controversy marked 2011-12

This has turned into the mandatory point, at the end of each high school sports season, to look back, reminisce, celebrate and pontificate on the last 10 months. One easy conclusion can be drawn – that this 2011-12 season was unlike all others, both in the extreme ability of some to shine, and in the extreme volatility of others, leading to all kinds of off-the-field dramas.

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KeyBank volunteers at Canton Woods

Generous volunteers from KeyBank in Baldwinsville donated their time painting at Canton Woods Senior Center on KeyBank's Neighbors Make a Difference Day.

Sunday, June 17

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Sernett to present at OCCW Round Table

Local historian to present on the Freedom Trail, Underground Railroad

Cazenovia resident, Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and History and Adjunct Professor of Religion at Syracuse University, Dr. Milton C. Sernett, will present a program on New York’s Freedom Trail and the Underground Railroad during the Onondaga County Civil War Round Table at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, in the Town of DeWitt Community Room.

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Pisaneschi joins Cazenovia Republican staff

Central New York native Sandy Pisaneschi is the new advertising sales consultant for the Cazenovia Republican.

Saturday, June 16

Oscar’s track: Remember to be mindful

Community Columnist

Last weekend, I had plans to meet with friends for a short hike. Unfortunately I missed the group because I was at the wrong trail head, so I went for a walk by myself.

Darn those holy socks

Community Columnist

The pursuance of philosophy is oftentimes a license for non-activity, while the disregard for it allows for mistakes and eventual failure.

Friday, June 15

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Caz resident given award at Bishop Grimes Prep

Harken receives President’s Academic Award

Timothy Harken, son of Patrick and Lorie Harken of Cazenovia, recently received the President’s Academic Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement from Bishop Grimes Prep School, where he is in seventh grade.

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Duckling reunited with mother after DPW employee lifts it from Manlius sewer

Traffic stopped at the corner of Fayette Street and Highbridge Road in Manlius Tuesday morning, as village firefighters and DPW employees worked to save a baby duck that had gotten stuck in the sewer.

Residents voice their concerns about Onondaga Lake cleanup project

Officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation, Honeywell, the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fielded public questions and comments at a public information session regarding the Onondaga Lake dredging and capping project.

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‘Goin’ to the Green’: New restaurant at Foxfire golf course

Partners Mike Tanzella and Chris Bandera are taking great strides to make Pasta’s on the Green a great place for golfers and spectators to come and have a good time.

Board of Education to meet June 18

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 18, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School.

Fulton man dies working on roof in Camillus

A construction worker died Thursday after falling 30 feet from a Camillus roof, police said.

Lysander Parks and Recreation activities

The Town of Lysander Parks and Recreation Department will offer a Red Cross babysitting course from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Lysander Town Hall, 8220 Loop Road, Radisson.

Remember to visit the polls

Editorial

Another election is upon residents of Cazenovia. This year, three residents are vying for two available seats on the Cazenovia Village Board.

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Seventh graders are tops in math

This spring, Ray Middle School’s math department held a Math Problem of the Week Contest open to all students in sixth and seventh grades.

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Former Morris’ Grill space to return to use as local pub

Coleman’s Pub in Syracuse to branch into Skaneateles

The long-vacant village space that once housed the popular bar Morris’ Grill will soon have a new tenant – and it will continue the tradition of being a local village pub. The new owners of the Seitz Building, along with the owner and general manager of Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub in Syracuse, announced Thursday, June 14, that a new venture named The LakeHouse Pub will come to Skaneateles by late summer. Dennis Coleman, general manager of Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub, and two Skaneateles partners, Joseph I. Goethe and Michael I. Wamp, will own the establishment.

LETTERS: Thank you for support

We wish to thank all who supported Paige’s Butterfly Run 2012.

Menorah Park celebrates 100 years of care to older adults

Menorah Park, formerly The Jewish Home for the Aged, is celebrating 100 years of providing care to older adults in Central New York.

LETTERS: Thank you for highlighting B’ville crew

On behalf of the Booster Club, all our coaches, athletes and parents, thank you to the Baldwinsville Messenger and writer Miranda L. Pennock for highlighting Baldwinsville Girls Crew and the four sets of sisters who are part of our team.

Thursday, June 14

Caz Presbyterian Church to celebrate Baccalaureate Sunday

The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will celebrate Baccalaureate Sunday during its morning worship service at 10 a.m. on June 17. The public is invited.

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Caz Methodist Church to host musical performance by Mulondo

A unique musical performance awaits congregants and the interested public at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 17 in the Cazenovia United Methodist Church.

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Lorenzo readies for busy summer season

Annual Garden Gala, Car and Art shows, Shakespeare events this summer

Since 1983, The Friends of Lorenzo have undertaken the restoration of the formal Ellen Shipman garden at Lorenzo.

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‘Teal There’s A Cure’ race registration underway

The fourth annual “Teal There’s A Cure” certified run/walk for ovarian cancer awareness and education will be held Wednesday, July 4, at Marcellus Park in Marcellus. The annual run/walk was started in 2008 by the O’Hara family, to educate people about ovarian cancer and raise awareness for the disease.

‘Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia’: Q&A with Karen Winters Schwartz

Marietta author Karen Winters Schwartz was at Creekside Books and Coffee in Skaneateles Sunday to discuss her second published novel, “Reis’s Pieces: Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia.” She took time to answer a few of our questions.

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Join McHarrie Place’s volunteer team

Now that summer is approaching, why not consider volunteering at Syracuse Home at McHarrie Place? There are plenty of exciting volunteer opportunities to choose from.

COLUMN: Fruit farmers need federal disaster relief

While many enjoyed the record warm temperatures March offered, fruit farmers held their breathes and wondered what this would mean as trees began to bud earlier than they could remember.

Seneca River boat cruise returns July 12

The Baldwinsville Public Library’s third annual Seneca River Boat Cruise will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

Air 1 Foundation Poker Run slated for Saturday

The second annual Air 1 Foundation Poker Run will be held Saturday, June 16.

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B’ville booster club donates $1K

Baldwinsville Central School District boys’ varsity basketball coach Tim Solomon, left, accepts a donation from Cindy and Brian Kesler for the boys’ and girls’ basketball boosters.

‘People In Action’ seek volunteers for DeWitt playground build

After two years of writing grants, gathering donations and coordinating volunteers, the Town of DeWitt’s People in Action program is gearing up to build a brand new playground at the Springfield Garden apartment complex on June 22 and 23.

Wednesday, June 13

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Thirty-four Enders Road kindergartners and their families beautify Mill Run Park

In all, about 115 kids and adults pitched in to beautify the park.

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Grace Episcopal plants community garden

May 26 was the big day for the Episcopal Church's Garden of Grace crew.

Visitors bureau: Ironman to generate millions in revenue for Onondaga County

The Ironman 70.3 Syracuse, scheduled for June 24, has more than 1,300 athletes from more than 33 states and 16 countries registered to participate.

LETTERS: Thomas endorses Porter for village board

Dave impresses me. He is the type of guy who quietly just gets things done. He possesses a strong sense of propriety and ethics.

LETTERS: Spires endorses Mahoney for village board

Do you remember why you moved to Cazenovia? Maybe you were born and raised here. Or maybe, like my family, you discovered Cazenovia and adopted it as your home. It’s an amazing treasure we’ve been entrusted with.

LETTERS: Green endorses Joseph for village board

I normally vote as a Democrat in most elections. But every once in a while, an individual comes along who possesses such excellent credentials that you want to support his new goals for the future benefit of our Cazenovia community, by electing him as a new village trustee on June 19.

LETTERS: Smith endorses Porter for village board

I have known Dave Porter for more than 20 years as a trusted neighbor, friend and committed citizen.

LETTERS: Skinner endorses Porter for village board

With the hard work started by Kurt Wheeler and Amy Mann, and now being continued by Village Trustee David Porter, Cazenovia Lake is being protected through its intensive inspection system from new and non-native invasive species entering the lake by boats and trailers at Lakeside Park.

LETTERS: Bartlett endorses Porter for village board

A few elections ago a strong coalition of Cazenovia village residents from all party affiliations worked very hard to get Kurt Wheeler (and others) elected as village trustees.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

A local at the theater

“Snow White and the Huntsman” is a bizarre and untidy film.

DeWitt Town Board approves East Genesee Street construction

Those traveling on East Genesee Street will soon see an increase in construction as the town of DeWitt moves in to repair about 1,800 feet of water main in the area.

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B’ville band programs victorious in spring competitions

The Baldwinsville Central School District’s band programs recently competed in two spring competitions with great success.

Sheriffs investigate Van Buren robbery

A convenient store on State Fair Boulevard in Van Buren was robbed by a female suspect.

COLUMN: Making our waterways safer

As the boating season gets underway, many of us will be setting out on some of Central New York’s most beautiful waterways.

Village of Caz seeks candidates to serve on various boards

From the Cazenovia Village Board

Cazenovia is blessed with many talented residents who have much to offer. One way to give back is to serve on one of the village boards or committees which organize, guide and enforce the activities and regulations of the village.

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Elbridge Elementary students sew flag for traveling soldiers

By drawing lengths of red, white and blue polyester yarn through perforated rectangles of plastic canvas, third-graders in Carolyn Sherlock’s class at Elbridge Elementary School hope to create more than a needlepoint American flag. They want to craft a message, too, for U.S. service members.

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Market matters: Q&A with Jim Lowry, Raindrop Farms

The village of Manlius Farmer’s Market opened Sunday, June 3, in the lot behind Sno Top. Throughout the summer, the Eagle Bulletin 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.

Gearing up for July Fourth in Cazenovia

The annual Fourth of July parade will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 4.

EDITORIAL: Do your part to keep the birds at bay

We do our best to make sure the news we bring you is not “for the birds.” But lately there’s been an influx — a migration even — of stories on the subject.

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Caz Summer Concerts to start June 21

The Greater Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce recently announced the lineup for the 2012 Oneida Savings Bank Summer Concert Series, to be held in Lakeland Park.

Tuesday, June 12

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Delta awards $20,000 to local YMCA

Delta Air Lines New York senior vice president Gail Grimmett presented a sizable check for $20,000 to YMCA officials Tuesday afternoon at the East Area Y on Towne Drive in Fayetteville.

Town of Manlius Fire Study Implementation Advisory Committee makes recommendation

Beginning some four years ago the town of Manlius, its villages, fire district and the town of Pompey began a process to evaluate the status of our emergency services A committee has concluded that an “operational consolidation” is currently the wisest course of action.

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B’ville couple honored during Luau event

During a fundraiser Luau hosted by the Van Buren Republican Committee on May 10 at the Red Mill Inn, Charles, left, and Liz Bowers, center, of Baldwinsville, were presented with a Gold Seal from the County Legislature presented to them by County Legislator Derek Shepard.

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St. Mary’s students visit zoo

Pre-K students and their fifth grade reading buddies at St. Mary's Academy recently shared a day at the Burnett Park Zoo.

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OHA returns sacred wampum belt to Onondaga Nation

The Onondaga Historical Association completed a series of repatriations to the Onondaga Nation Tuesday, June 12, by voluntarily handing the Native American group a wampum belt that had been in its possession since 1919.

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Van Buren holds family carnival

The families of Van Buren Elementary School recently celebrated spring with a carnival held on May 18.

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DeWitt Police carry Special Olympics torch

Members of the DeWitt Police Department braved 90-degree temperatures on Monday, June 11, to run in support of an organization they believe in: Special Olympics New York.

COLUMN: From Grandma’s Kitchen

June is a music filled month. We have high school and college graduations and weddings to celebrate. Special songs are played to celebrate these happy occasions.

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B’ville native promoted to Colonel

United States Air Force Col. Scott R. Weichert, a Baldwinsville native, was promoted to full Colonel on April 1.

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Farmers market opens at Drivers Village

The Cicero Farmers Market at Drivers Village kicked off its inaugural season Tuesday, June 5, and it was a rousing success, according to director Julie Raddell. “We definitely had a few hundred people,” Raddell said. “We had a steady stream of customers all day. They started coming as we started setting up, and they kept coming all the way until the time we closed down.”

‘Harmony of tastes’ brewing on Lower First Street

The sweet and spicy aromas of Southeast Asia will soon fill Lower First Street. Two local entrepreneurs with roots in the Kingdom of Thailand plan to open an “appeThaizing” restaurant at 105 First St., the former site of busy bistros such as Foster’s and Tutor’s. The new eatery should be cooking with gas within a couple months. First Street will be the co-owners’ third area appeThaizing location. They already serve soup, noodles, curries and sautéed dishes on the Syracuse University Hill and at Kimbrook Plaza at the corner of Route 31 and Route 57, in the town of Clay.

Fire pits are illegal in the town of Salina

As the weather gets nicer and our residents want to spend more time outside, fire pits may seem to be a popular way to enjoy the outdoors. In the town of Salina, however, they are not allowed. Although you can find a variety of fire pits at local home improvement stores, what homeowners may not realize is lighting up the backyard fires is illegal in the town of Salina, and several other communities in the county. The Town of Salina Fire Code works in conjunction with the New York State Fire Code, and in some cases, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Two trustees, judge will run unopposed in June 19 L’pool village election

Republicans will sweep the 2012 Liverpool Village election on Tuesday, June 19. How do we know? All three incumbent candidates are running unopposed. Village voters will cast their ballots from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Village Hall, 310 Sycamore St.

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Caz resident, Upstate CEO named among top 100 physician leaders

Upstate University Hospital Chief Executive Officer John McCabe, MD, was recently named one of the nation’s top 100 physician leaders of hospitals and health systems by Becker’s Hospital Review.

CRIS resource directory is now in print, operational online

Community Resources for Independent Seniors, serving those over 55 years old in the Cazenovia, Nelson and Fenner areas, recently announced the availability of its Senior Resource Directory.

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‘A mess you can step in’

East Syracuse Mayor addresses growing goose population at Walmart pond

Just like the goslings that inhabit the pond next to the East Syracuse Walmart, the area’s Canadian geese population is growing. Mayor Danny Liedka calls it “a mess.”

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Camillus Middle School students test water in Nine Mile Creek

On May 18, Camillus Middle School science teacher Suzanne Potrikus brought her seventh and eighth grade classes to Nine Mile Creek to learn about the biological, chemical and physical conditions of the water.

Monday, June 11

LETTERS: ‘Irresponsible children’ on the road

To the editor: I had to chuckle about the Robert C. Scudder's [recent letter in the Post Standard] regarding seat belt checks and what a great waste of taxpayer money/police time checking for seat belts. He says it is demeaning to law officers to be relegated to playing nanny and demeaning to all citizens to have the government treat them like irresponsible children who need watching.

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Nine achieve Eagle Scout rank in local Boy Scout troop

Nine young men from Skaneateles Boy Scout’s of America Troop 61 have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and were recognized in a ceremony on Sunday, June 10, at the First Presbyterian Church.

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Taoist Tai Chi classes in Skaneateles help with medical issues, physical recovery

Every Friday morning a group of local people come together in the community room of the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles to help themselves, and each other, move … slowly. They are people of all ages and genders, but they typically have one thing in common: a need for physical health maintenance, improvement and recovery. They come together on Fridays to undertake the ancient martial art of Tai Chi.

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Honor Flight Syracuse chartered as new hub to serve CNY veterans

Group transports vets to Washington DC war memorials

Honor Flight Network, formed “to transport veterans to Washington, DC, to visit memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices,” officially entered Honor Flight Syracuse into its network as a new hub to serve Central New York veterans.

A Report from Station 54

With the arrival of summer vacationers and the return of the snow birds, please remember to call 911 to report an emergency. To ensure a rapid response to your emergency, please make sure your house numbers are visible from the road and should measure a minimum of four inches in height and be reflective in nature.

Town hydrofracking committee to host fundraising picnic

The Skaneateles Committee on Hydrofracking is putting together a fundraising picnic to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Brook Farm in Skaneateles.

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‘Sweet man’ Dana Coye honored for 50 years of giving

Just over a week before the 44th annual Rotary Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast, Rotary members honored the man who helped found the event in 1968. Dana Coye was honored for 50 years in Rotary during the organization’s regular weekly meeting on Thursday, June 7.

Camillus police report ending 6/1

Camillus police report ending 6/1

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Town board proposes law to improve property maintenance

Due to numerous community complaints about unkempt properties within the town, the Skaneateles Town Board last week proposed a new local law to allow the town to maintain structures, equipment and exterior property within town limits and bill the owner for the work.

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Cub Scouts plant weeping cherry trees

Cub Scouts from the Bear Den of Pack 234 celebrate after planting two weeping cherry trees in the sensory garden outside the Aspen House in Radisson.

B’ville woman recognized for outstanding service

The New York State Public Service Commission and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority presented achievement awards this week to three New York residents, which included Baldwinsville’s Kate Granger, for outstanding commitment to serving low-income energy consumers.

Syracuse Symphony Association announces change in name, mission

Volunteer fundraising organization Syracuse Symphony Association, Inc. is changing both its name and its mission.

Four area students to receive JazzIgnition scholarships

New York State Sen. John DeFrancisco and Cultural Resources Council executive director Steve Butler will award four scholarships to area students on Tuesday, June 26.

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Betsy Baldwin DAR Chapter visits Sackets Harbor

Members of the Betsy Baldwin DAR Chapter took a field trip to Sackets Harbor Monday, May 23, in commemoration of the upcoming bicentennial of the War of 1812. There were 20 DAR members and two HODARS (husbands of DAR members) on the trip.

Caz Library promotes Madison County Passport Program

The Cazenovia Public Library announced it is proud to be one of the 12 locations for the newly created “Cultural and Historic Attraction Passport Program.” During the summer and fall of 2012, the goal of the program is to encourage visitors to cultural and historical sites in Madison County.

COLUMN: What it means to be a volunteer at Beaver Lake Nature Center

The Friends of Beaver Lake recently held their Volunteer Banquet. Service awards were presented for 250 hours of service to our highest 6,000-hour award earned by Judy Levey, of Baldwinsville. Last year alone, Beaver Lake volunteers served a total of 11,300 hours.

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Olkowski joins Caz Hunt Real Estate

Hunt Real Estate Corporation recently announced the addition of Kim Olkowski to its team at the Cazenovia office.

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Caz athlete transitions from turf to surf

Track, basketball, field hockey star makes big splash on college rowing team

Just eight months after first learning to row competitively, Cazenovia native Ellen Burr has been selected to partake in the 2012 USRowing Women’s National Team Freshman Camp.

Sunday, June 10

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Manlius Lions honor the late John Barrett

The Manlius Lions Club has dedicated a bench in honor of the late John “Kenny” Barrett, who served the club for more than 35 years.

Watkins captures one more state track title

Penn State-bound Liverpool senior wins Division I 800

Really close to home, Liverpool's Zavon Watkins had one more chance to add to his spectacular high school resume before heading off to Penn State. Watkins took full advantage of it, winning the 800-meter run at this weekend's state track and field championship meet, held at Bragman Stadium.

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Marcellus Open Air Market debuts with local, homemade goods

Seventeen vendors set up shop Thursday, June 7, for the debut of the Marcellus Open Air Market in Marcellus Park.

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Track girls win eight medals at State Championship

Biviano wins state title

The Cazenovia girls track and field team put the perfect capstone on the best season in program history as Captain Paige Biviano brought home a state championship in the pentathlon to lead a record total of eight medals at the state meet.

Caz village board discusses area roads, sidewalks

At the June 4 Cazenovia Village Board meeting, trustees discussed moving toward establishing a set of specifications for future road construction and repair as well as the inclusion of additional benches and tables on the sidewalks of the Historic Cazenovia Business District.

Gayle takes second in state triple jump

Fiutak, Adams both get top-10 finishes on girls side

Everything this season pointed toward Skaneateles senior Khiary Gayle earning the top prize at this weekend’s state track and field championship meet at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

J-D softball state title bid falls just short

Red Rams win semifinal, but fall 5-4 to Sayville in title game

High drama and continual excitement followed the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team to the very brink of a state Class A championship. However, the Red Rams’ bid to win it all fell just short as, in Saturday’s title game at Queensbury’s Adirondack Sports Complex, Sayville, from Long Island, edged J-D 5-4.

Softball: Northstars fall in finals again

Two-run rally in sixth inning lifts Clarence to state title

The Cicero-North Syracuse Northstars found itself in an all-too-familiar position following Saturday's state Class AA softball title game: wearing the runner-up medals.

Saturday, June 9

Ryan, Smith run to state championship glory

F-M star sweeps mile, 3,200: CBA senior dominates steeplechase

All through a glorious weekend at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium during the state track and field championships,, top local runners found their way to the finish line before anyone else got there.

Biviano captures state Division II pentathlon

Winn takes third, fourth in 100, 200 sprints; Caz second in 4x100

Offering a storybook ending to her high school career, Cazenovia senior Paige Biviano earned a victory in the Division II pentathlon at the state track and field championship meet, held Friday and Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

Erie Canal path in DeWitt closed until further notice

The Erie Canal path between Butternut Drive and Cedar Bay Park in DeWitt will be closed until further notice, the Town of DeWitt Police Department reports.

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Baseball Bees drop dramatic AA state semifinal

Late B'ville rally ties it, but Victor prevails 5-4

Down three runs in the seventh and final inning, and against a pitcher who had never lost in his high school career, the Baldwinsville baseball team was up against it in Saturday's state Class AA semifinal against Victor at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton.

F-M appoints new administrators

The Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education appointed two new assistant principals and an administrative intern at its meeting Monday, June 4.

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West Genny girls lacrosse wins state Class A championship

Late surge pushes Wildcats past Penfield,

At last, West Genesee's girls lacrosse team has the sixth state championship it waited four long years to attain. A tense, low-scoring state Class A final against Penfield Saturday at SUNY-Cortland broke open when seniors Emily Tripodi, Erica Geremia and Shannon Hawley combined for four goals late in the second half, leading the Wildcats past the Patriots 9-5.

Friday, June 8

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F-M sends two boats to SRA grand final

Fayetteville Manlius placed two Senior 4+ boats in the grand finals at the Scholastic Rowing Association National Rowing Championships, held May 25-26 in Camden, N.J.

Step out to cure scleroderma

The Scleroderma Foundation / Tri-State, Inc. Chapter will hold its annual Syracuse “Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma” walk at 10 a.m. June 10 at the Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool.

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The Machine to perform Saturday night

Hailed for their “chilling accuracy” by Rolling Stone, The Machine brings the music of Pink Floyd to Paper Mill Island this Saturday.

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Lacrosse Wildcats finally climb back to state finals

WG girls fend off Bay Shore 10-9, in tense semifinal

Those five state Class A state championships earned in the previous decade were nothing but a distant memory to current members of the West Genesee girls lacrosse team. All these Wildcats had known were three consecutive years of cruel frustration, each time stopped in the semifinal round of the annual state final four at SUNY-Cortland.

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Plainville recognizes volunteer firefighters

At 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, Plainville Christian Church UCC held a Volunteer Firefighter Memorial Service in its sanctuary in the hamlet of Plainville. In commemoration of Memorial Day, the service remembered those members of local volunteer fire departments who passed away during the last year.

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Junior from B’ville sets meet record in winning 200 meters

Oneonta State junior Sean Bernstein of Baldwinsville made men's track & field history on May 26 as he became the first male to win an individual national championship in the program's 10-year history.

CBA comeback denied in final seconds of state semifinal

Down seven goals, Brothers nearly rally in 14-13 defeat

Seven goals down, four players down, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team still came within an eyelash of a historic comeback in Friday's state Class C semifinal at SUNY-Cortland. The Brothers scored six straight goals in the final minutes to charge at Shoreham-Wading River, only to have the Wildcats hang on and prevail 14-13 to end CBA's dreams of repeating as state champions.

Farm Fest a wonderful experience

On Saturday, May 19, my family and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Farm Fest in the Town of Lysander.

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Submit your perfect peony

Everyone is invited to enter the annual peony flower show when it returns to Peony Fest this Saturday at the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse at 46 Canton St. in McHarrie Park.

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C-NS SADD group aims to give students a safe place to go after the ball

It’s been a tough year for the kids in Cicero-North Syracuse High School’s Class of 2012. In December, popular senior Taylor Fleming was killed in a car accident. Last month, class advisor Marty Campbell, a social studies teacher, lost his battle with lymphoma. With the Senior Ball this weekend, the Students Against Destructive Decisions club is hopeful that their classmates will be mindful of those losses and think carefully about what they’ll do to celebrate after the dance.

Zumbathon for a Cure in B'ville

Walgreens will host a zumba event this Saturday to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

Thursday, June 7

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Kiwanis fishing event draws children to the river

Kids Fishing Derby participants are pictured during the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Family Fun Day at Mercer Park Saturday, June 2, which included the derby sponsored by the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club.

Skaneateles looks to combined boys’ hockey team with Marcellus

An unofficial straw poll of the Skaneateles Board of Education at its May 15 meeting showed a unanimous agreement to combine the Skaneateles boys’ varsity hockey team with players from the Marcellus School District starting in the 2012-13 school year. The combination, at least at first, would need to be renewed on a year-to-year basis to ensure the effectiveness of the merger.

COLUMN: 1957 Memorial Day Remembrance

The 122nd Regiment Infantry Onondagas re-enacted stations at the Civil War monument in Riverview cemetery as a wreath was laid in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the war between the states.

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Caz track girls advance to State Championship

Winn tops all sprinters, smashes 200-meter record

The Cazenovia girls track and field team added to the glow of their third consecutive Section III Championship last week by advancing athletes in a school-record total of six events to the New York State Championship Meet.

LETTERS: Need parking for visiting out-of-town guests?

As we welcome friends and family to Cazenovia for reunions, weddings, picnics and other summer gatherings, some of us find our driveways are not long enough to accommodate all the overnight parking we require.

LETTERS: Caz LWV to hold village candidate forum June 12

On June 19, there will be an election for Trustees of the Village of Cazenovia. Three candidates are running for two positions on the village board.

LETTERS: CRIS thanks community for successful purse auction

Community Resources for Independent Seniors would like to sincerely thank our many community members who made the CRIS Purse Auction a success.

LETTERS: Magee fights to protect shelter animals, avoid unfunded mandates

I care deeply about animals. As the proud owner of my pet, Simon, a shelter-adopted cat, I know how important it is to protect and rescue every animal we can.

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CPF helps residents find where the wild things are

Curious nature lovers joined the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation and Amy Kochem, a professional naturalist associated with the Friends of Rogers Center in Sherburne, in search for signs of wildlife May 12 at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.

Jody Manning appointed as new OCM BOCES superintendent

Solvay Union Free School District Superintendent Jody Manning will serve as the new district superintendent for the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services, effective Aug. 1.

LETTERS: Thank you for making Marcellus ‘A Welcome Home’ for all

To the editor: The Marcellus Olde Home Days Committee, 2012, would like to thank all of those individuals, groups and businesses, who, through their generosity, support and contributions, helped to make the Olde Home Days so successful.

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Barn burns in Lysander

A barn owned by Reeves Farms burns on the evening of Friday, June 1, in Lysander.

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AIDS Walk/Run, TATF hand-in-hand for 20 years

More than a thousand people shared a piece of history Sunday as the AIDS Walk/Run, presented by Empower Federal Credit Union and UPS, surpassed the $2 million dollar mark in total fundraising over 20 years.

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Caz LWV to hold Annual Dinner Meeting June 13

The Cazenovia League of Women Voters will hold its Annual Dinner Meeting at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at the Lincklaen House’s Stone’s Throw.

Baldwinsville Community Band announces summer schedule

The Baldwinsville Community Band, founded in 1979 by conductor Phill Sterling, is proud to announce its schedule for summer concerts in 2012.

Library Focus: Be a tourist in your own backyard

Summer is for Stories no matter what your age or stage. Our youngest users are invited to get back in the storytime habit despite hectic summer schedules with our summer series of drop in storytimes.

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Firm hires B’ville man

Pinckney Hugo Group, a full-service marketing communications firm, has hired Colin Hack, of Baldwinsville, as an assistant account manager in the agency’s account services department.

Wednesday, June 6

Miracle comeback sends J-D softball to state final four

Red Rams' late rally topples South Glens Falls, 4-3

In a matter of minutes, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team went from a grim acceptance of defeat to a jubilant celebration of a trip to the state Class A final four. Trailing undefeated, state no. 1-ranked South Glens Falls by three runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning of Wednesday's Class A regional final at the Gillette Road complex in Cicero, the Red Rams made it all up to stun the Bulldogs 4-3.

J-D lacrosse stopped by Irondequoit in state semis

Red Rams' quest for third straight state title halted

Earning back-to-back state Class B championships was an extraordinary accomplishment - but a third consecutive state title proved out of the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team's reach. The Red Rams' quest ended Wednesday night when Irondequoit, the Section V champions, beat them 8-5 in the state Class B semifinals at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

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Women’s Garden Club hosts annual sale

The Women’s Garden Club of Baldwinsville hosted its annual and perennial plant sale Saturday, May 26.

From the Messenger archives

Louise Gauani submitted the following item for publication after researching her family history and finding an editorial that her uncle, Benjamin R. Webber, had submitted to the Baldwinsville Messenger in the 1940s regarding Memorial Day.

We should all give thanks

EDITORIAL

It was announced this week that the Skaneateles School Board of Education will hold a public reception to honor outgoing Superintendent Phil D’Angelo on Tuesday, June 19, in the high school Commons area. D’Angelo has led our school district for nearly seven years and leaves at the end of this month to begin a new chapter in his career as the Superintendent of Schools for the Wantagh Union Free School District. In his time at Skaneateles, D’Angelo has been not just an effective superintendent, but an extraordinary one.

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A day on the River: Casting for Skaneateles Creek wild trout

OPINION

After viewing the creek for about 10 minutes my search was rewarded. There was a slight disturbance of the water as the flow enters the main pool. The creek was more at normal flow or slightly below normal. Skaneateles Creek can be very clear at times, which makes the fishing more difficult.

Along the Lakeshore: Some family time – and “dogfusion” – on Memorial Day weekend

OPINION

I was very glad to see that my ramblings about the lake, Lemon, and whatever causes my head to snap around is remaining in our newspaper. I read the new columns last week and found them very interesting. I especially like the Troutman. Here is a man who has lived in places and done many of the things I imagined I would like to have done, but never fitted it into my life.

LETTERS: Andersen endorses Porter for Caz Village Board

I am very happy that Dave Porter is running for re-election to the Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees, where he has served since 2010.

The Placebo Effect: Should we be giving sugar pills to our depressed patients?

OPINION

There is currently a big debate in psychiatry: Do anti-depressant drugs really work? The fact is that in clinical trials to discover new drugs, the placebo (sugar pill) group of depressed patients gets about one-third better, while the patients that actually get a successful new drug show little more than a 50 percent improvement.

LETTERS: Frazee endorses Mahoney for Caz Village Board

Personally, and on behalf of Cazenovia Equipment Company, I would like to express my support for Tim Mahoney in his bid for a second term as Cazenovia Village Trustee.

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Schools and scholars

Baldwinsville residents are recognized for academic achievements

LETTERS: Rushworth, Ridlon endorse Joseph for Caz Village Board

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter in support of Jim Joseph for a position on the Cazenovia Village Board.

LETTERS: Mann endorses Porter for Caz Village Board

It has been a pleasure serving with Dave since his election in 2010. He is consistently prepared, professional and present.

LETTERS: Sheridan endorses Mahoney for Caz Village Board

Tim Mahoney was appointed to the Cazenovia Village Board last July and was able to significantly reduce the village’s cost of borrowing because of his knowledge of government bonds.

LETTERS: Tilison endorses Porter for Caz Village Board

Serving as the president of the Cazenovia Youth Soccer Association has afforded me the privilege to work one on one with Cazenovia Village Trustee candidate, Dave Porter.

Creekside Books & Coffee merging into one space

Will be closed two days for renovations in mid-June

Creekside Books & Coffee, located at 35 Fennell Street in the village of Skaneateles, announces an upcoming merger. After seven years of living side by side Creekside Books and Creekside Coffee are taking the plunge and uniting as one. The merger means that Creekside Books & Coffee will function as a book café, a new trend in bookstores and cafes within the indie marketplace.

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CRIS-CAT drivers honored for 20,664 miles of service

On May 15, the second annual appreciation luncheon to honor CRIS-CAT volunteer drivers was held at the Lincklaen House in Cazenovia. Close to 50 volunteers and several Community Resources for Independent Seniors board members gathered to celebrate, share stories and get to know each other better.

Clearspeak: Has Cazenovia lost its mojo?

Community Columnist

In many a blues song, the singer hedges his misfortune by exulting that at least: “I’ve got my mojo working.” “Mojo” can be defined as “a basis for belief in one’s capacity to prevail.”

Finding grace in a lemon

Community Columnist

Some say grace is being handed a lemon and making lemonade. I say what’s wrong with the lemon? Isn’t the lemon what God intended for us, filled with vitamins and juicy goodness? Why do we have to sugarcoat it and call it grace? Is grace something we just made up or did it exist before mankind came along, like electricity or drinking water?

Cicero Community Festival marks 20th anniversary this weekend

It’s one of the sure signs of summer: the Cicero Community Festival is taking place this weekend. The annual event marks a milestone anniversary this year, commemorating 20 years of bringing Cicero businesses and residents together behind Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church on Route 11. “It shows how vibrant Cicero is,” said Steve Becker, one of the festival’s organizers. “It’s one of the fastest growing areas in Onondaga County. Businesses are continuing to come into the area. People are enjoying this community. It’s a very stable community. I think through all the ups and downs with the economy, people are still doing business in Cicero. They want to have an address in Cicero. Over the last 20 years, the chamber has felt that the festival is a way to bring businesses and the community together.”

Father O celebrates a joyous jubilee

The Rev. Daniel J. O’Hara is a dyed-in-the-wool Central New Yorker. He’s a priest with a passion for our drumlins and lakes, our proud history and our hopeful ambitions. But most of all, Father O appreciates our people. Born and raised in Camillus, the pastor of both Immaculate Heart of Mary in Galeville and St. Joseph the Worker in the village of Liverpool has remained ever-faithful to his Upstate roots. This Sunday, June 10, Father O will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ordination with a Mass of Thanksgiving at noon at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 425 Beechwood Ave., just off Old Liverpool Road, in Galeville. The Mass will be followed by a reception at St. Joseph’s, 1001 Sixth St., at the corner of Tulip Street, in the village.

Eldercare Foundation honors William Kriesel

The 2012 Eldercare Celebrity Open will be held in honor of William Kriesel, a distinguished professional, prominent community volunteer and longtime Syracuse area resident.

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Junior high students honored for academic effort

Durgee Junior High School held its Certificate of Achievement Recognition Breakfast on May 22 to honor students for their academic efforts.

B’ville man attends conference

Kent Schmidt, of Baldwinsville, who works for Haylor, Freyer & Coon Financial Services in Syracuse, recently attended the Masters conference in Washington D.C., an event organized by LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer, and restricted to less than 10 percent of the leading financial advisors affiliated with the firm.

Schedule for last week of school

Following is the schedule for the last week of school, June 18 to 22, in the Baldwinsville Central School District

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B'ville Memorial Day Parade 2012

Baldwinsville celebrated Memorial Day on Wednesday, May 30.

Tuesday, June 5

Westhill baseball state title bid stopped by Oneonta

Warriors shut down in 4-1 regional final defeat

Terrific pitching was a large reason why Westhill's baseball team won another Section III Class B title. But it was also great pitching that kept the Warriors from a third state championship in four years.

B'ville baseball advances to state AA final four

Orr pitches Bees to regional win over Columbia

Just one more day of competition remains for the Baldwinsville baseball team - one that could prove quite historic. The Bees advanced to the state Class AA final four as left-handed pitcher Scott Orr delivered a memorable mound performance in a 6-1 win over Section II champion Columbia in Tuesday's regional final at the College of Saint Rose in Albany

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Caz native featured in ‘Crooked Arrows’

Local lacrosse star assists with, acts in major motion picture

Lacrosse star Jamison Koesterer is the latest Cazenovia native to have their name appear in the credits of a major motion picture.

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Republicans occupy Albany Street in Caz

Over Memorial Day weekend the Republican Committee of Cazenovia moved into 82 Albany St., established the location as its headquarters and began distributing material regarding local candidates running for seats at the village, town and state levels.

Cazenovia Scouts to hold annual lawn sale

The annual Cazenovia Boy Scouts Troop 18 Great Recycling Lawn Sale will be held from noon on Friday, June 8, to noon on Sunday, June 10, just east of McDonald’s on Route 20.

How easy is it being ‘green’?

Technically Speaking

It’s that time of year again. The weather is warming, and your neighbors are out in their yards working to make their lawns and flower beds as pretty as can be – or at least as pretty as yours or your other neighbors’.

Clare snares top-five finish in state tournament

WG golfer trails new champ, New Hartford's Bard

On a historic day for Section III boys golf, West Genesee junior John Clare had his own big moment. Clare moved all the way up to a tie for fifth place in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament, which concluded Monday at the Cornell University course in Ithaca.

Nature’s Corner: Nurture children’s creativity with outdoor exploration

Recently, research has shown the importance of introducing children at an early age to exploring in nature, in an unstructured and to some extent unsupervised way.

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B’ville Girls Crew team touts four sets of sisters for 2012 season

For the first time in the Baldwinsville Girls Crew 12-year history, this year’s team consists of four sets of sisters — Amanda and Abby May, Erin and Kristen Mohr, Meredith and Morgan Starczewski, and Maria Teresa and Grace Bianchetti — and while some will be heading off to college in the fall, traditions live on with the younger sisters.

McNamara student places third in state competition

McNamara Elementary fourth grader Shivam Nanavati (pictured) received third place in the fourth-grade level of the 2012 Annual New York Agriculture in the Classroom “I Love New York Agriculture” Art and Writing Contest.

B’ville’s spring athletes score high

All of the Baldwinsville Central School District’s spring athletic teams have qualified for recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for outstanding academic achievements. In order to qualify, a varsity team must have a team composite grade point average of 90 percent or above.

B’ville superintendent to hold two community meetings

From 6 to 7 p.m. June 13, Superintendent Jeanne Dangle will hold a meeting of the Baldwinsville Central School District’s Key Communicators’ Network in Baker High School’s large group room (the original meeting location was the cafeteria).

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Fayetteville native learns ins, outs of filmmaking in Los Angeles

For Lauren Ludwig, it’s a dream come true. The 30-year-old Fayetteville native is one of only eight women who were selected to participate in the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women.

That most elusive crown

I'll Have Another tries at Belmont for racing immortality

Flash back to June 10, 1978. It’s a sun-drenched Saturday, and on the homestretch at Belmont Park an epic plays out. Ridden by a profusely talented teenager named Steve Cauthen, Affirmed noses out Alydar and gains horse racing’s Triple Crown.

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‘Cazenovia in Concert’ a success

Choir member recounts a recent performance at the Civic Center

Since the 1970s, Cazenovia High School has had the privilege to perform biennially at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in Syracuse. It is such a great experience being able to perform in the same place that many highly esteemed ensembles and even Broadway productions have performed.

Turning points you can’t refuse

Community Columnist

The advent of spring always brings offers I can’t refuse. The chores of the house expand out to the chores of the yard, adding fresh air to the honey-do list as well as the coinciding perspiration.

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SQHAP to exhibit work of George Van Hook

“George Van Hook, An American Impressionist” is being presented by The Gallery of CNY and sponsored by The Richard Mather Fund and Joseph A. Stagnitti, Jr., will run from Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, July 27 in the John and Virginia Winner Memorial Art Gallery at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.

Monday, June 4

Funeral home defeated in Clay

The Clay Town Board narrowly voted down a zone change along Buckley Road that would have allowed Farone and Son to build a funeral home. The applicant had requested a zone change from R-10 One Family Residential District to NC-1 Neighborhood Commercial District on property located at 7353 Buckley Road. The property is owned by Red Barn Country LLC.

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ASPCA grants $29,000 to Wanderers’ Rest

Funds to assist low-income Madison County families with costs of spaying and neutering

Last month, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals awarded $29,000 to Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association to expand its spay/neuter assistance program through the New York State Animal Population Control Program.

Oscar’s track: The importance of playtime

Community Columnist

Summer is fast approaching. It’s the perfect time to think about the benefits of free time for kids.

Floral Notes: Who, what, where?

Community Columnist

It’s hard to ignore the abundant choices in every nursery tempting us with color, scent and texture — both in annual and perennial form. It’s not safe to even get milk without the siren call of a plant we “need” finding its way into our carts.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Dark Shadows’

Community Columnist

I wonder what Tim Burton was thinking when he made “Dark Shadows.” I mean, unless you are over 50 and a soap opera fan, who would know what this slop is about.

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[GALLERY] Camillus Erie Canal Park hosts second annual dog show

Camillus Erie Canal Park hosted its second annual dog show Sunday, June 3, at the park grounds on Devoe Road.

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Skaneateles School Drumline debuts at Memorial Day parade

The Skaneateles Laker Drumline made its debut to the community at last week’s Memorial Day parade, as more than 20 students from grades seven through 12 put on a show during the march that garnered much applause along the parade route.

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Veterans visit middle school, share war experiences

When Joe Owen, decorated veteran of WWII and the Korean War, looked out into the Skaneateles Middle School courtyard and asked eighth graders to raise their hands if they live in a great country, all hands were raised.

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Spafford celebrates Memorial Day with parade, speech by Rep. Buerkle

The Spafford area community turned out on Sunday, May 27, to honor Memorial Day with a parade and celebration from the Borodino Fire Hall down Nunnery Road to the veterans memorial at the four corners.

Party to benefit the Vincent House

The Skaneateles Vincent House Guild will host its annual party on Friday, June 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the lakefront home of Dr. Robert Kiltz.

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‘What’s Blooming?’ garden tour coming this weekend

The Skaneateles Garden Club’s 2012 Garden Tour, “What’s Blooming?” will take place in and around the village of Skaneateles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16.

‘Giro of Otisco Lake’ bicycle race to occur June 16

Still accepting participants and sponsors for fundraising event

The Spafford Area Historical Society is hosting its annual bicycle race, “Giro of Otisco Lake,” at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 16, and racer registration and sponsorship opportunities are still available. The event is a fundraiser to support both the living history program held in the Side Hill Schoolhouse, circa 1813, on the corner of Willowdale and Stanton Roads, and the maintenance of the Borodino Hall Community Center, circa 1833.

Sunday, June 3

Marcellus Open Air Market debuts Thursday

A new farmer's market opens in Marcellus this week.

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Alec Baldwin shows support at West Genesee modified sports fundraiser

More than 800 people came out to show their support for West Genesee modified sports, including the star of NBC’s “30 Rock,” actor Alec Baldwin.

Lacrosse Warriors ousted by Ithaca in regional

Warriors fall to Little Red, 18-8, just days after sectional win

An argument could be made that, in going all-out to end its 23-year Section III Class A title drought, the Liverpool boys lacrosse team cost itself a chance to go further. What is true is that the Warriors had very little time to savor its dramatic overtime conquest of West Genesee. Less than 72 hours later, it had to return to Bragman Stadium to play Saturday’s regional final against Section IV champion Ithaca.

Red Rams outlast Vestal in lacrosse regional

Burns, Evans pace J-D in return to state Class B semis

Even as two-time defending state Class B champions, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team eyed its return to the state playoffs in 2012 with the appropriate caution.

CBA girls lacrosse roars to state final four

Brothers rout Massena, Owego to return to SUNY-Cortland

Due to its dramatic 9-8 victory over Skaneateles in the Section III Class C final, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team advanced into the state playoffs, needing to win twice more to earn a trip back to SUNY-Cortland for this weekend's state final four. And both of those victories were easily attained, a stark contrast to the tension felt when the Brothers squeaked past the Lakers.

Skaneateles pair goes 1-1 in state tennis tourney

Sayko, Wilcox eliminated in third-set tie-breaker in round of 16

For their second appearance in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament, the Skaneateles boys tennis doubles team of Ryan Sayko and Ethan Wilcox made it quite exciting.

Graveline goals send Wildcats to state final four

WG girls lax need OT to top Corning in regional classic

Vicki Graveline still has plenty of lacrosse games left in her career. But she might never hit bigger goals than she did on Saturday night, when in the clutch she pushed the West Genesee Wildcats back to the state Class A final four.

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Baseball Lakers fall to Westhill in Class B final

Caz shut down by Godzak's one-hitter in 8-1 defeat

Already the authors of a historic campaign with its first-ever Section III title, the Cazenovia baseball team wanted more - but could not get it, thanks to the work of a long-time power and a potent pitcher.

Saturday, June 2

Godzak, Westhill routs Caz for Class B baseball title

Warriors ace throws one-hitter in 8-1 win over Lakers

Frustrated as the Westhill baseball team may have felt by the numerous delays that plagued the Section III Class B baseball championship game, it all worked out. For when the Warriors finally encountered Cazenovia in that title game Saturday night at Rome's DeLutis Field, it had ace left-hander Alex Godzak in top form, which was more than enough as Westhill conquered the Lakers 8-1.

Ludden softball stopped by Sandy Creek in Class C final

Game-opening home run sets tone in Gaelic Knights' 5-0 loss

Two pitches were all it took for the decisive blow to be struck in Saturday's Section III Class C softball final between Bishop Ludden and Sandy Creek at Hopkins Road Park. It was that second pitch, thrown by Korey Kibling and hit over the fence by Chelsea Claflin, that proved the defining moment of the Gaelic Knights' 5-0 defeat to the Comets.

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CBA, J-D earn sectional softball titles

Brothers handle APW; Red Rams blank Oneida in Class A

Whether it was new territory, or very familiar ground, the Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt softball teams both left Hopkins Road Park Saturday as proud owners of Section III championships.

C-NS softball conquers Liverpool for AA title

Northstars claim sectional honors for third straight year

Amy Van Hoven dealt with two choices in the matter of a few seconds during the first inning of the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team's duel with Liverpool for the Section III Class AA championship Saturday at Hopkins Road Park.

[VIDEO] Fayetteville Free Library offers 'live music of all sorts'

Reading and books have been part of Dave Pierce’s life since he was a boy. So he says in a new video produced by the Fayetteville Free Library called “My Library My Story: Music,” which highlights the library’s offerings beyond books.

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Caz softball takes division at DAVS tourney

On Saturday, May 19, the Cazenovia varsity softball team won its division of the Disabled American Veterans Softball Tournament, held at the Mudville Softball Complex located near Herkimer.

LETTERS: Brods endorse Mahoney, Joseph for village board

We write in strong support of Tim Mahoney and Jim Joseph as candidates for Cazenovia Village Trustees.

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College student works displayed at McDonald’s

The Cazenovia McDonald’s Restaurant is currently displaying a new group of art works by a Cazenovia College photography student and a visual communications illustration class now through early July.

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CCH unveils new playscape

Patrick Cunningham, a Cazenovia Children’s House alumnus and Cazenovia High School student in Bill Paben’s sculpture class, recently prepared the site at the CCH Windy Willow Playscape for the “Willow Hut Sculpture Project.”

Friday, June 1

Eagle publisher responds to Syracuse.com story

In the past month, we at Eagle Newspapers have put ourselves under the microscope, as every business does when times are tight. This self-evaluation has led to some wonderful discoveries as well as a greater awareness of some tough realities. And it has caused us to take necessary action, which has been publicized and speculated upon on Syracuse.com.

An unfortunate farewell

Do the Write Thing

It was somewhere between calling Belle Brown about the dissolution vote in the village of Camillus, and the first town board meeting with public comment banned in Manlius, that I realized I loved Central New York.

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Manlius Chamber gives $6K-plus to local food pantries

Following its 11th and most successful Spring Dinner and Auction in April, the Greater Town of Manlius Chamber of Commerce has donated more than $6,000 in proceeds to two local food pantries.

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Manlius residents keep watch over Swan Pond

Melanie Uhlig views herself as a protector of sorts. The 52-year-old Fayetteville woman is one of 30 residents who are volunteering their time to patrol the Manlius Swan Pond 24 hours a day in order to protect the swans, Manny and Faye, and their eggs.

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Missionaries help rebuild Memphis First Baptist Church

Thanks to the 13 members of a northern Ohio-based organization, the cost of rebuilding the First Baptist Church of Memphis will be almost cut in half.

East Syracuse, DeWitt police reports ending May 30

East Syracuse, DeWitt police reports ending May 30

Watkins, Akinpelu among qualifying meet winners

Liverpool, C-NS both get wins to set up state track meet

Zavon Watkins will lead a large contingent of Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse track and field athletes that will populate next week’s state championship meet at Bragman Stadium.

Carnovale wins two sprints at state qualifier

Allen adds 400-meter title for girls Bees

Both of Baldwinsville’s track and field teams went to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium Thursday to compete in the Section III state qualifying meet, hoping to return a week later to be part of the larger state meet.

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B’ville kids compete in Special Olympics

Jack Denny, 10, of Baldwinsville, leads the 100m dash at the Special Olympics, which took place Thursday morning, May 17, at the Cicero-North Syracuse High School Athletic Complex.

F-M, CBA athletes win big at state qualifier

Ryan wins boys mile, 3,200-meter run

Having already proven themselves in a successful spring, area high school track and field athletes got one more chance to compete in advance of next weekend’s state championships at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

Fiutak, Gayle, Adams among qualifying meet winners

Skaneateles girls also take 4x400 relay at C-NS

Both Skaneateles track and field teams had plenty of reasons to feel good after the wins they earned during Thursday’s Section III state qualifying meet at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

Lysander Parks and Recreation: Play date at Lysander Park

Register to play in the 10 and under play date from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Lysander Park.

Track athletes pile up victories at state qualifier

Garn, Manahan both win for Marcellus in distance events

Most of the area’s high school track and field teams would find some degree of success during Thursday’s Section III state qualifying meet at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium. At the same C-NS oval where next week’s state meet takes place, Marcellus earned win on both the boys and girls Division II (small school) sides.

An enlightening journey – Thank you for what you taught me

Seventeen years ago, my daughter sat with my parents in the Solvay High School auditorium as I walked across stage to receive my diploma. This June, the cycle will come full circle as I watch her walk across the stage to get hers.

Winn leads Lakers’ charge into state meet

Caz sprinter wins 100, 200 at qualifier; Marshall prevails in 1,500

Ashley Winn and the rest of the top Cazenovia girls track and field stars are making their way to Cicero-North Syracuse next weekend for the state championship meet. First, though, the Lakers had to get through Thursday’s state qualifier, also held at C-NS’s Bragman Stadium, where high finishes in Division II (small schools) were a common occurrence.

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Village officer recognized for second year in a row

Officer Robert A. Thibault was recently recognized as the 2011 Baldwinsville Police Officer of the Year during a ceremony held at the May 17 Village of Baldwinsville Board Meeting.