Stories for March 2012


Saturday, March 31

Girls Wildcats claim opener over Baldwinsville

WG girls keep control in sectional finals rematch

West Genesee picked up just about where it left off in 2011, beating Baldwinsville, 11-6, on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. The game was a rematch of last year’s Section III Class A final. The Wildcats won that day and eventually reached the state semifinals.

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Caz lacrosse starts next chapter

Lakers open defense of 2011 state Class C title, bash B'ville

The last time the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team was together on June 10, 2011, it was celebrating the program's first-ever state Class C championship, which followed a first-ever sectional title. From there, all that head coach Jim Longo's Lakers can do in 2012 is match those feats - a tall order, but the initial results are encouraging.

Lakers beat Marcellus, wins Finger Lakes Face-Off

Skaneateles boys lax hosts season-opening tourney

Instead of the typical season-opening non-league contests, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team brought together three of its closest neighbors to Arthur Hyatt Stadium for the inaugural Finger Lakes Face-Off Tournament - but still kept the first-place trophy for itself. The Lakers handled Jordan-Elbridge 17-4 in Friday night's opening round after Marcellus beat Auburn 7-1. Then, in Saturday's title game, Skaneateles pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Mustangs 7-4.

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Lacrosse Wildcats start fast, hold off Pittsford

First-quarter blitz creates early margin in 8-5 win

Decades of reign as Central New York's top boys lacrosse program has not softened West Genesee one bit. Nor has winning 10 consecutive Section III Class A titles. As always, head coach Mike Messere's Wildcats are after more, and the latest quest for glory commenced Saturday with a 9-6 victory over Pittsford at Wildcat Stadium.

Girls lacrosse Mustangs sprint to 2-0 start

Mustangs rout Clinton, rally for win at C-NS

Nora Barry is already playing a starring role at Florida - but the Marcellus girls lacrosse team she left behind is doing just fine. The Mustangs, who never could rise to the top of the Section III Class C ranks despite Barry's brilliance, still has plenty of talent on hand, as seen in wildly varying season-opening wins in the last days of March.

Solvay softball rallies past Bishop Ludden, 4-1

Late power surge includes Delperuto home run

An inspired run to last spring's Section III Class B championship game and a large returning cast has the Solvay softball team nursing grand notions for the 2012 season. And it started well for the Bearcats, who turned to its bats late in Friday's opener to beat Bishop Ludden by a score of 4-1.

Friday, March 30

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St. Mary's Academy students are the gold at the end of the rainbow

St. Mary's Academy students participated in the St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown Syracuse.

NSCSD tax levy limit calculated at 4.78 percent

The North Syracuse Central School District has calculated its property tax levy limit, with exclusions, to be 4.78 percent for the 2012-13 budget year. This figure represents the most the North Syracuse property tax levy could increase without a supermajority (at least 60 percent) approval by residents who vote. School officials caution that just because the district could propose a budget that calls for a 4.78 percent tax increase and still need just a simple majority of voters to approve it, doesn’t mean a decision has been made yet to do so. No final decisions have been made for the proposed 2012-13 school budget.

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DeFrancisco holds video conference with Palmer students

Shannon Failmezger has connected Baldwinsville children with their government. As a student in the SUNY Oswego Childhood Education program, Failmezger was student teaching in Mrs. Felicia Graham’s third grade class at Palmer Elementary School where students were learning about government.

Westhill lacrosse sides split season openers

Boys Warriors edge General Brown 7-6; girls fall to Liverpool

Far apart from each other, the Westhill lacrosse teams started off on their respective 2012 seasons, which will mostly be spent on the road. Due to the installation of a new artificial turf field at the high school, both groups of Warriors will have to travel, even for home games that will be played at, among other venues, Solvay High School’s Earl Hadley Stadium and Onondaga Community College.

Fire leaves eight B'ville families homeless

A fire broke out at Town Square Apartments in Baldwinsville on Monday, March 26, leaving eight families homeless.

COLUMN: Sportsmen Day raises important awareness on impact hunting, fishing, riding has on economy

Sportsmen from all over the state gathered in Albany last week to draw attention to hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and all terrain vehicles that are significant to our Upstate economy.

Thursday, March 29

LETTERS: Sally Tallman thanks Marcellus voters for support

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank those residents of the village of Marcellus who voted for me in the recent election for village trustee.

Mayor Olson: Thank you voters for continued support

To the editor: My thanks to all the residents of Fayetteville who came out and voted this past Tuesday.

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B’ville residents compete in 4-H Club challenge

Onondaga County 4-H Club members attended the Region 3 Horse Bonanza held March 10.

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How much do we care? This much!!

Members of the Lysander Youth Hockey Association, which plans to put together a team for this year’s Paige's Butterfly Run, held a Bowl a Thon fundraiser Feb. 20 at the Sports Bowl in Baldwinsville to raise money for their team.

LETTERS: Thank you to LRC

How many times have you put your faith in politicians and been let down?

B'ville elementary artwork on display

In April, the works of Baldwinsville elementary student artists will be on display for public viewing in two locations.

‘Manlius Square’ project eyed: Village refers application to planning board

A developer’s plans for the vacant lot at the intersection of Fayette Street and Highbridge Road will be brought before the village of Manlius Planning Board after a presentation given at the village board of trustee’s regular meeting Tuesday, March 27.

On the wings of words

Community Columnist

From thinking it, to making it so; in the beginning there was the word. We live our lives by what we say and how we say it, but in order to record and organize these thoughts we must be taught the word; it doesn’t embrace us independently through some sort of natural maturation.

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Paw prints: Strong defense is good offense

Community Columnist

Each spring, as the wildlife becomes more active, it is a good time for us all to keep in mind the danger of rabies and make sure our pets are current on their rabies vaccination.

The 2009 comprehensive plan has been a huge success

Guest Column

I want to take a moment to voice my feelings about current discussion related to the 2009 comprehensive plan in general, and Village Edge South in particular.

Floral Notes: Do you believe?

Community Columnist

The bluebird we photographed less than three weeks ago in South Carolina is now singing at the top of my pine tree. Bulbs of all kinds and colors are carpeting the ground and my star magnolia is about to pop its bright white blossoms. Is spring (or is it summer) really here?

Health department bans sale of synthetic marijuana in NY

The health department has issued a ban on the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana.

Syracuse University named among nation's worst schools for free speech

Syracuse University has been listed among the 12 worst colleges for free speech in 2012 by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

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Village of Minoa Trustee Ronald L. Cronk retires

After a total of 24 years on the Minoa Village Board, Ronald L. Cronk sat in the front of the boardroom for the last time Monday, March 19.

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Caz Library to host O’Baoill lecture

Cazenovia College will present its final Great Minds / Great Ideas Faculty Library Lecture Series of the semester at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at both the Cazenovia Public Library and Manlius Library.

LETTERS: Keating supports Caz High School Agricultural Program

I was recently informed that the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education is considering cutting the high school agriculture program in half.

LETTERS: Pvt. Holstein confused by wonderings of March 14 letter

I am somewhat confused by a letter from Richard Brown published in the March 14 issue, in which he alleges that a newspaper delivery vehicle ran over his American flag, and wonders if “Maybe I should hold out for an apology from Obama!”

LETTERS: Keep tobacco products out of sight, out of mind of youth

As a member of the Madison County Board of Health and a pediatrician who sees the direct effects of secondhand smoke and tobacco marketing on children in my office every day, I have a strong interest in protecting the health of youth.

Solvay to rename field in Merola’s honor

For more than three decades, Al Merola paced the sidelines at Earl Hadley Stadium, coaching his Solvay High School football team to more than 200 victories. Now the artificial turf field at what is popularly known as “The Pit” will be named in Merola’s honor during the 2012 football season. The Solvay School Board, on March 19, unanimously approved this decision.

Girls lax Lakers scramble past Watertown

Tough week of games, including title-game rematch with CBA, awaits

Hungry again, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team will waste little time getting into tough competition in the 2012 season. In the first week of April, the Lakers will host Westhill and visit Fayetteville-Manlius before a key showdown with CBA, the defending state Class C champions.

Wednesday, March 28

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The heat is on! Hot-shot Palmieri returns to bolster Crunch offense

The Syracuse Crunch won two out of three games last week but the team received some even better news on Monday.

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Woman of the Year Award presented to Linda Donalson Hicks

The Syracuse Commission for Women presented its Woman of the Year Award to Linda Donalson Hicks on Wednesday at the Sustainability Center.

Marcellus schools superintendent outlines budget difficulties

Dr. Tice talks about issues with adapting the district's budget.

Elden Elementary announces contest winners

Elden Elementary School has announced the winners of it antibullying poster contest.

LETTERS: Oh boy, it's spring

Two "crotch rocket" motorbikes just went tearing down Van Buren Road in Baldwinsville at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night.

Spring Plant FunShops underway

It may be too cold to start your Spring planting, but that doesn’t prevent you from designing your hanging baskets or container gardens now.

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BCSD Marching Band Honored with NYS Legislative Resolution

Congratulations to the Baldwinsville Central School District Marching Band, which is pictured performing at the 2012 Gator Bowl in Florida.

B’ville VFW celebrates Diamond Jubilee

Richard L. DeNoyer, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, has announced the presentation of a Diamond Jubilee Award citation to VFW Post 153 in Baldwinsville. The Post celebrated its 75th anniversary on March 20.

Caz Public Library offers new genealogy resources

Have you ever wondered who your ancestors were or what role your family played in history? Through the continued generosity of the Friends of the Library, the popular online resources Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest are now available at the Cazenovia Public Library.

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CRIS invites all to discover their purse-onality

The Second Annual Silent Purse Auction to benefit Community Resources for Independent Seniors will be held on Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10.

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From Laker, to pro, to coach

Stec succeeds in Cazenovia, Siena, Denmark, Holland

While the majority of college athletes become professionals in fields other than sports, Cazenovia High School alumna Heather Stec is one of the few exceptions.

Manlius Police charge man who they say tried to force woman into trunk

Manlius Police have charged a Minoa man in connection to last week's incident, where a Fayetteville woman was followed from the DeWitt Wegmans.

C-NS boys lacrosse starts 2-1

Girls Northstars squander late lead in loss to Marcellus

With a large returning cast and high expectations, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team would begin the 2012 spring campaign with a pair of impressive home victories.

LETTERS: A night the kids at Camp Good Days will never forget

To the editor: The children of Camp Good Days & Special Times gratefully thank Pete Sala, Carol Ryan and the Syracuse University Carrier Dome staff for a “Monstrous” Good Time at the March 10 Monster Truck show that was held at the Carrier Dome!

‘The Prince of Kosher Gospel’ sings in Syracuse this weekend

Best Bets

Russ Tarby offers his best bets for the week of March 28.

Tuesday, March 27

Suit against town of Salina alleges cat law is unconstitutional

Two Salina residents and an animal rescue group are suing the town of Salina in order to have its controversial cat law nullified. The suit was filed in Supreme Court of Onondaga County on March 23. The plaintiffs in the suit are Becky Zinsmeyer and John Mislinsky, both residents of the town, and the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse Inc. (AAGS), which has an office in Salina. Zinsmeyer owns two cats, one of which, a longhaired male named Simon, was trapped by the town in December of last year. Mislinsky owns a shorthaired male named Highlight; according to the suit, he was also caring for a feral female and her three-month-old kitten, which Highlight had fathered. The suit alleges the town trapped the all three cats; the mother and kitten were by the SPCA before Mislinsky could get them out.

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Gentile’s Restaurant moves to North Geddes Street

The restaurant is taking its talents to a much bigger location.

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Bunnies abound: East Syracuse woman marks season with lawn art

Anyone who passes by can’t miss that 102 W. Ellis St. is always brimming with holiday spirit.

OUR VIEW: Right on, Syracuse

Things are looking up for the city and surrounding areas, if you ask us.

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Rooted in Westcott, Daffodil project blooms across city

What began as an idea to help the Westcott-area neighborhoods spruce up in appearance has morphed into a city-wide initiative of sorts.

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Village of Manlius plans for new park

The village of Manius is making a new park on Pleasant Street after tearing down an abandoned building that used to be there.

SubCat-produced ‘Ragamuffin’ a terpsichorean triumph

Downtown After Dark

East meets West in a spectacular new music video produced at Syracuse’s own SubCat Music Studios.

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Skaneateles girls varsity swim team record holders add the last letter at spring ceremony

Five members of the Skaneateles girls varsity swimming and diving team met at the YMCA pool on Tuesday, March 20, to officially mark the team records they accomplished during this year’s season. Each of the athletes climbed a ladder to place the last letter of their last names next to their records on the Lakers swimming team record board.

Thank you from trustee-elect Jones


I write to thank all of the village residents who took the time to vote in this year’s election for the two open village trustee seats.

Easter Bunny to Visit Skaneateles

The Easter Bunny will be hopping into Skaneateles at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, for a grand Easter Egg Hunt at Clift Park.

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Rematch 2012: Buerkle vs. Maffei

Two years ago, Republican newcomer Ann Marie Buerkle beat out Democratic incumbent Dan Maffei for the 25th Congressional district seat by a margin of 648 votes. In 2012, the two will once again go head to head, but a number of factors have changed, including the shape and number of the district in which they’re running, the political makeup of that district and, to an extent, the political climate. The candidates are running in a presidential year, which will likely have an impact on voter turnout, at the very least. One thing’s for sure: despite the fact that she’s the incumbent, Buerkle hardly has this race in the bag. “This race is going to be a tough one to handicap beforehand,” said Dr. Grant Reeher, a professor of political science at Syracuse University. “It’s going to be a tough one to predict. My hunch is that it’s going to be a pretty competitive race.”

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Salina faces cat suit

The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse and two residents of the town of Salina are suing the town on the grounds that its controversial cat law is unconstitutional. The suit was filed in New York State Supreme Court Monday, March 26, in advance of a town board meeting during which the board was scheduled to make a decision on a proposed moratorium on a provision of the law pertaining to caretakers of feral cat colonies. The moratorium has now been tabled to give town attorney Robert Ventre time to examine the suit.

B'ville students voice concern over schedule change

Some BOE members not on board with reducing class periods

A proposed budget cut has people up in arms in Baldwinsville. More than 100 concerned parents and students attended the Baldwinsville Board of Education meeting Monday, March 19, many asking the board to rethink current plans to change class schedules from nine periods a day to eight, which would result in an approximate $625,000 savings for the district. The change could also mean the layoff of 7.5 full-time employees.

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Local leaders help out at North Area Meals on Wheels

About two dozen local officials, business owners and other community leaders donned aprons and lent their vehicles to help serve meals to seniors at North Area Meals on Wheels (NAMOW) last Wednesday as part of March for Meals. The month-long effort aims to raise awareness of the mission of Meals on Wheels, while the one-day endeavor formerly known as Mayors for Meals invites leaders in the area to participate in the day-to-day activities of Meals on Wheels to give them a look at what goes on behind the scenes at the organization.

Proposed Limestone Plaza renovations could see changes

Fayetteville’s proposed renovations to Limestone Plaza could see some additional changes.

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CanTeen is home at last

For the last five months, the CanTeen has been homeless. For a teen center whose mission was to provide a safe place for teens to go, it’s been rough, to say the least. But on March 14, the doors finally opened to the center’s new home — a spacious split-level with a media room, a full kitchen, a wide-open rec room, his and hers bathrooms, a conference room, office space and more. “We actually feel like we’re in a home now,” said participant Ashley Bubb. “It feels like home,” echoed Melissa Mizzoli. “It’s ours. It’s comfortable.”

C-NS alum writes ‘beguiling’ Caribbean thriller

When he attended Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Christopher Hebert cared more about the sports page than the opinion page. “My after-school activities were sports, not debate club,” he wrote in a recent blog on his website. “If I looked at the newspaper, it was to study box scores. In this I was no different from any of the rest of my friends.” The author of a compelling debut novel called “The Boiling Season,” Hebert clearly demonstrates that his thinking has changed dramatically. In fact, he’s obsessed with what he calls “political aversion,” the condition that plagued his youth.

NSCSD superintendent asks for community input to address budget deficit

On March 19, residents in the North Syracuse Central School District were given a clearer picture of what lay ahead for the 2012-13 budget. During the Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Management Donald Keegan provided the audience with a rundown of the district’s budget deficit of $9.2 million and potential cuts necessary to close the gap for the upcoming school year. “North Syracuse has been struggling financially for the last three years,” Keegan said. “Since 2009, expenditures have been cut 15.2 million, including 200 positions.”

B'ville district staff members honored for years of service

On March 16, the Baldwinsville Central School District honored staff members who have 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service with the district in a ceremony that began the district’s professional development day.

COLUMN: Nature’s corner - Peepers mark the arrival of spring

Given the mild winter we have had, it might be hard to determine when winter has ended and spring has begun. The flocks of migrating snow geese can be seen by the thousands and the trees have started to bud, marking the end of the sugaring season.

C-NS releases spring sports schedule

School to host lacrosse sectionals, track state meet

Cicero-North Syracuse will host the state high school track and field championships June 8-9, capping a busy spring season. Here is the varsity sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Liverpool announces spring sports schedule

Warriors are defending Class AA baseball champs

Liverpool High School’s 2012 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

West Genny announces spring sports schedule

Boys, girls lacrosse Wildcats defend sectional titles

West Genesee High School’s 2012 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Marcellus announces spring sports schedule

Baseball Mustangs defend sectional Class B title won in 2011

Marcellus High School’s 2012 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

J-E releases spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse Eagles open at Skaneateles tourney

Jordan-Elbridge High School’s 2012 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Westhill announces spring sports schedule

Westhill High School’s 2012 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Ludden releases spring sports schedule

Fresh on the heels of Bishop Ludden’s boys basketball state Class B championship, the spring sports season begins for all of the school’s teams within the next couple of weeks. Here is the varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

Solvay releases spring sports schedule

Solvay High School’s 2012 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

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Mayor speaks at Optimist meeting

Baldwinsville Mayor Joe Saraceni discusses some of the village’s future projects with Baldwinsville Optimist member Thom Conklin during a break at an Optimist dinner meeting March 12.

B’ville firm hires Syracuse woman

Research & Marketing Strategies, of Baldwinsville, has added Michele Treinin to the staff as a RMS healthcare analyst

Monday, March 26

SU season ends in Elite Eight loss to Ohio State

Orange pays for Melo's absence against Buckeyes

Syracuse’s magical run came to an abrupt halt one win short of college basketball's biggest stage. Instead, Ohio State advanced to the Final four in New Orleans for the 11th time in its school history, the No. 2 seeded Buckeyes defeating the top-seeded Orange 77-70 on Saturday night in Boston.

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Marcellus school cafeterias begin cutting-edge compost program

That old adage about one man’s trash being another one’s treasure will soon come to life in Marcellus school cafeterias. Well, sort of.

Get hooked on fishing at Carpenter's Brook

Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery has been busy gearing up for trout fishing season and County Executive Joanie Mahoney is pleased to announce the return of the popular Public Fishing program.

Village board accepting applicants for codes enforcement officer

The village of Skaneateles is in need of a new codes enforcement officer, and the village trustees are accepting applications.

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New Lincoln book by Skaneateles Press editor released early

First definitive biography of Robert T. Lincoln has already sold half its print run

Jason Emerson, editor of the Skaneateles Press and independent historian, last week saw the publication of his fourth book, “Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln,” by Southern Illinois University Press.

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Skaneateles Figure Skaters showcase their skills in 'Ice Dreams 2012' performance

The Skaneateles Figure Skating Club's Ice Dream 2012, “Road Trip—Skating Across America” showcased on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, as the end of their primary skating season. Skaters with the SFSC were able to demonstrate their skills in short performances with others of their age-group and skating levels.

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Caz College student designs for HGTV

LaPorte’s internship leads to work on ‘Showhouse Showdown’

Cassandra J. LaPorte, of Hadlyme, Conn., recently had an unexpected opportunity to work on a design challenge for HGTV’s “Showhouse Showdown.”

Caz BOE budget work session to be held April 2

District officials weigh in on date change, budget updates

After initially changing the next meeting date for Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education from March 19 to March 26, last week the district postponed the next public budget work session until 6:30 p.m. April 2 in the Cazenovia High School Auditorium.

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Friends hold birthday party for local centenarian at YMCA

Skaneateles resident Loretta Jackson turned 100 years old on Thursday, March 22. Family members and friends held a birthday party in her honor at the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center the day before, Wednesday, March 21, during the Senior PEACE Luncheons, which Jackson attends every week.

Third Annual Natural Healing and Wellness Fair to be held in May

Wellness is varied and includes all of the aspects of everyday life, animal companions, Planet Earth and so much more. The Third Annual Natural Healing and Wellness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 in the Cazneovia American Legion Hall, 26 Chenango St.

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Village hall sold for more than $850K

Buyer plans probable building conversion to mixed residential and commercial use

The first phase of the plan to move the village municipal offices to a new location occurred last week when the board of trustees unanimously voted to sell the current village hall building at 46 E. Genesee St. to Chittenango developer Rick Moscarito for $855,000.

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BSPTA donates gift of music

The Burton Street Parent Teachers Association recently donated an electronic piano to replace an old classroom piano which was rendered unusable in Burton Street Elementary School.

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Baker team places in healthcare Olympiad

Baker High School has winning team at the Healthcare Olympiad.

J-D announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse Red Rams pursue third straight state title

In the spring of 2012, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team will seek a third consecutive state Class B championship, with home games at a revamped stadium that includes new grandstands. Here is the J-D varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

F-M announces spring sports schedule

Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s 2012 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

ESM releases spring sports schedule

East Syracuse-Minoa High School’s 2012 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

CBA announces spring sports schedule

Girls lacrosse team to defend state Class C title

Christian Brothers Academy’s girls lacrosse team begins the defense of its state Class C title April 3 at Homer. Here is CBA’s spring sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Beaver Lake Nature Center: Last chance for fresh maple syrup

Beaver Lake is bustling with activities this spring.

Bishop Grimes releases spring sports schedule

Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School’s 2012 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

LETTERS: Nine periods offer more opportunity

I’m writing this letter because of the suggestion by the superintendent, Jeanne Dangle, to move the high school to an eight-period day.

Detectives investigate rash of burglaries

Detectives are investigating a recent rash of break-ins at local self-storage facilities, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department.

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B’ville man joins architecture firm

Ronald Bagliere, of Baldwinsville, has joined VIP Architectural Associates, PLLC.

Watching the people watching the police

City Scuffle

Crystal Collette has a full-time job as Education and Outreach Manager at Planned Parenthood, but she recently took on a role that she knows will require the energy for a second full-time effort. She threw her hat in the ring for chair of the newly legislated Citizen Review Board, and was elected by her colleagues.

Sunday, March 25

Girls basketball: Stewart closes out career with one more title

UConn-bound senior leads C-NS past Bergtraum in Fed final

Breanna Stewart capped her high school career with a 22-point effort as Cicero-North Syracuse defeated New York City public school champion Murry Bergtraum 60-28 in Sunday's Federation Tournament final.

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Bald is beautiful at Kitty Hoynes' St. Baldrick's fundraiser

With a warm heart and a cold head, Central New Yorkers helped raise more than $300,000 to find a cure for childhood cancer.

Village of Liverpool to lower tax rate

Liverpool tax rates will go down slightly if the Village Board of Trustees approves a proposed $2,625,665 budget for 2012-13. At its monthly meeting March 19, the trustees heard a brief presentation from Village Clerk/Treasurer Mary Ellen Sims, who outlined the new spending plan. If the budget is approved as expected later this month, the tax rate for village property owners will go down by 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. In 2011-12, the rate was set at $12.40 per $1,000 of valuation, but for 2012-13, it would stand at $12.25 per $1,000 of valuation. Village residents and business owners are invited to comment on the proposed budget at a public hearing set for 7:01 p.m. April 9, at the Village Hall, 310 Sycamore St.

B’ville announces spring sports schedule

Baldwinsville’s 2012 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Cazenovia announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse will defend state Class C title

Cazenovia High School’s boys lacrosse team begins its state Class C title defense Saturday against Baldwinsville at the new Cazenovia College turf field. Here is the 2012 spring sports varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

Chittenango releases spring sports schedule

Chittenango High School’s 2012 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Skaneateles announces spring sports schedule

Lacrosse Lakers host Finger Lakes Face-Off this weekend

Skaneateles High School’s spring sports season commences with lacrosse games this week, including the boys Finger Lakes Face-Off on Friday and Saturday. Here is the varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

End of the Orange run

SU's defeat to Ohio State closes memorable, eventful season

Saturday afternoon passed into Saturday evening. Hours and minutes passed. Nerves clashed with excitement, everyone from diehard fan to casual follower aware of the contest, the stakes, the meaning of this night.

Girls basketball: Northstars one win away from Fed title

Stewart sets tournament record with 42-point performance

After losing in the Class AA semifinal round of the New York State Federation Tournament last season, the Cicero North-Syracuse girls basketball team set just one goal for this season.

Saturday, March 24

Manlius Art Cinema to present acclaimed documentary on bullying

The Manlius Art Cinema will premier “Bully,” the acclaimed documentary on the effects of bullying, on Friday, April 20.

Ludden basketball reaches Federation title game

Gaelic Knights beat Nazareth, fall in final to Collegiate

One perk of Bishop Ludden winning the boys basketball Class B New York State Public High School Association championship was that it got one more weekend of action on the court. And the Gaelic Knights took full advantage, going to Albany's Times Union Center Friday and making it to the championship round of the Federation tournament.

Friday, March 23

Village of North Syracuse likely to override 2 percent tax cap

Although they don't expect to need it, the North Syracuse Village Board is likely to pass a law allowing them to override the state's 2 percent property tax cap soon. The village held a public hearing on the matter on March 22, but none of the public showed up to voice concerns. “It will give us the ability to exceed the two percent tax cap that the state has given to all municipalities,” said Mayor Mark Atkinson. “The only reason we want the authorization to exceed it is because the formula is extremely complicated when determining what that 2 percent is. It involves tax growth, New York state retirement payments, any PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes), any judgments, any claims, and some of the municipalities have been having a hard time with that formula. Some of them have been over 2 percent when they thought they were under 2 percent.”

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Wigge Reviews: ‘A Separation’

“A Separation,” now playing at the Manlius Art Cinema, is a powerful, thoughtful domestic drama that has the significant perspective of contemporary Tehran.

LETTERS: Area newspaper carriers deserve recognition, benefit of the doubt

Although I hesitate to call further attention to it, I am compelled to speak up for our daily newspaper carriers, whose reputation was assailed last week by a self-proclaimed “proud flag flyer” in a letter that appeared on these pages.

LETTERS: Resident says school board prefers litigation to transparency on $2-to-3 million expansion plans for Fenner Fields

On Feb. 15, the state Supreme Court in Madison County denied our petition to require the Cazenovia Central School District to comply with the State Environmental Quality Review Act, which stipulates it tell the community its long-term plans and review the environmental impacts thereof.

LETTERS: Dr. Usborne announces retirement after 53 years

Dr. Samuel G. Usborne, practicing chiropractor in Cazenovia for the past 53 years, recently announced the closing of his office.

LETTERS: Open your home to an AFS exchange student

As a local volunteer for AFS Intercultural Programs (formerly the American Field Service), I am writing with a plea that more area families consider becoming AFS host families for high school students from abroad.

B'ville Lions announce raffle winners

The Baldwinsville Lions recently held their annual raffle.

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F-M German students take first place in national video contest

F-M’s German Club this year participated in the National Goethe Institut Step into German Madsen Video Contest. The students won the first place prize for their music video, a Lip Dub of the Madsen song, “Lass die Liebe regieren,” which they filmed in the halls of the high school. Peter Zygowsky from the San Francisco Goethe Institut called Frau Stewart, the club’s advisor, to congratulate her in early February.

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Caz high school students prepare for financial reality check

Simulation aims at providing insight for solid financial futures

Most teenagers don’t have a firm grasp on upcoming financial realities of buying a home, raising a family, planning for a sound financial future and dealing with unexpected expenses.

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DeWitt Police ID remains as Tracy Kulas, missing since 2005

The remains were found by a 13-year-old boy playing in the woods on Kinne Street, adjacent to a parking lot of Shoppingtown Mall.

Where have all the mayors gone?

From the Editor

Last week, I attended ECHO Meals on Wheels’ annual Mayors for Meals event for the second time. And for the second time in two years, not every mayor or supervisor who committed to show up bothered to follow through.

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B'ville Optimists donate $1,200 to KBR

The Baldwinsville Optimists gave a $1,200 donation to Baker High School PTSA's Keep the Ball Rolling senior ball after-party.

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Grace Episcopal of Baldwinsville has new priest in charge

The Rev. Kathy Corley wants to bring the community closer.

Baker group collects 200 pounds of food

The Baker High School Family, Career, Community Leaders of America collected approximately 200 pounds of food with a food drive at the school in conjunction with the St. Patrick Hunger Project Food Drive.

Brianne Murphy withdraws from race for Congress

Brianne Murphy has withdrawn from the race to fill the 25th Congressional District seat.

Thursday, March 22

F-M students stopped by white van a case of mistaken identity

Three Fayetteville-Manlius students were approached by a suspicious man in a white van, today.

Green Lakes golf course opens early

New York State Park golf courses in the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions, including Green Lakes in Fayetteville, have opened for the season.

School board continues budget discussions, recognizes students

The Skaneateles school district 2012-13 budget proposal was discussed for nearly one hour at the March 20 board of education meeting, including a line item review of the current budget assumptions by Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Dale Bates.

West Genesee hosts fourth annual Culture Fair Saturday

The culture fair is free to everyone. To sign up to assist, call Mike Free at 487-4673 or email mfree@westgenesee.org.

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Fayetteville-Manlius math wizards compete on Pi Day

Pi Day is celebrated by mathematicians around the world on March 14 because the date (3/14) approximates the digits of pi (π ≈ 3.14159…), the ratio of the circumference of any circle to its diameter.

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The Changing Room offers feminine, vintage-inspired clothing and accessories

“A changing room is where the magic happens.” This phrase is Kathy Morris’ fashion philosophy as well as the inspiration for her new shop, The Changing Room.

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Book review: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

Yes, that is the real title of a real book that came out in 2010 and, this June, will be a major Hollywood movie produced by Tim Burton. I recently watched the movie trailer, which got me thinking about the book, which I absolutely hated when I read it immediately upon its publication two years ago.

Skaneateles GOP seeking town justice candidate nominations

The Skaneateles Republican Committee is in the process of accepting nominations for the Republican candidate for the office of Town Justice.

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Two Skaneateles athletes named Academic All Americans

Two of Coach Jill King’s most record-setting athletes were also recently named Academic All Americans. King describes Skaneateles High School seniors Kaela Fiutak and Rachael DeWitt as “two of the most accomplished athletes ever in the pool.”

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Loftus appointed to LeMoyne board of regents

David A. Loftus of Skaneateles has been appointed to the LeMoyne College Board of Regents.

Triple the love this week


This year, for the first time ever, the United Nations has recognized March 21 — 3/21, for three copies of the 21st chromosome — as World Down syndrome Day.

Baltimore Woods seeks votes for CNY 85 contest


Just as sap comes into the maple buckets drop by drop, you can help Baltimore Woods Nature Center with something- vote by vote.

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Caz College to present ‘An Ecology of Mind’

Documentary centers on anthropologist Gregory Bateson

Cazenovia College, in collaboration with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Cornell University and SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, will present a screening of the award-winning film “An Ecology of Mind,” a portrait of Gregory Bateson, celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, systems theorist and filmmaker, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre.

Regardless of legitimacy, reason happens

Community Columnist

For whatever reason, I’ve followed sports for most of my life, and have seen Mickey Mantle, Jim Brown and Michael Jordan. I saw Mookie’s grounder go through Buckner’s legs and Warrick’s block on that final shot.

Raising money feels good


The St. Baldrick’s fundraising event this past Sunday, March 18, at which participants raise money and then shave their heads as a show of support and solidarity for children battling cancer was an amazing show of community support and an incredible thing to experience.

Camillus/West Genesee Sports Hall of Fame seeking nominations

Organizers of the Camillus and West Genesee Sports Hall of Fame are looking for their next inductees.

Colella combo marks ruby anniversary

Downtown After Dark

What a swell way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stan Colella Orchestra!

Caz College professor brings ‘Drinks for 9 Million’ to Manlius Library

On Tuesday, April 10, at the Manlius Library, Thad Yorks, assistant professor of environmental studies, will delve into the topic of the New York City’s water supply with "Drinks for 9 Million: Water’s 100-mile journey from the Catskill Mountains to New York City.”

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City-sponsored SU class to help redefine Creekwalk

SU students update on project to revitalize the Onondaga Creekwalk.

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Syracuse celebrates St. Pat's with 30th parade

It’s an Irish celebration, St. Patrick’s Day, but for the city of Syracuse, it was a gathering of people from all walks of life.

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Optimist Foul Shooting Contest winners announced

Baldwinsville Optimist Foul Shooting Contest was held March 10 at Durgee Junior High School.

Spring Plant FunShops underway

It may be too cold to start your Spring planting, but that doesn’t prevent you from designing your hanging baskets or container gardens now. Spring Plant FunShops begin at Oliver Paine Greenhouses on March 24.

Wednesday, March 21

A vote for local control of Cazenovia’s future

Guest Column

The Cazenovia School Board and administration are to be commended for the exceptional efforts they have made during the past two years to rein in spending in the face of millions of dollars of lost state and federal aid.

Oscar’s track: Improve your posture, improve your life

Community Columnist

Last week I talked about how our posture affects our health and well-being. This week, as promised, I’ll give you some advice and a few exercises to help you achieve and maintain correct posture, balance, and ultimately, better health.

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Water main break closes Caz schools Thursday, BSE Friday

A water main break that occured the afternoon of Wednesday, March 21 has caused all academic buildings in Cazenovia Central School District to close for Thursday, March 22. Burton Street Elementary will also be closed Friday, March 23.

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Leasing begins at old Camillus Cutlery site

Leasing has begun for the medical offices that will be built in the former Camillus Cutlery site.

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Mark Hoffmann swings Friday at Sheraton

Best Bets

Russ Tarby offers his best bets for the week of March 21.

COLUMN: Manufacturers in need of incentives; undoing costly mandates

I wanted to update you on a few matters this week. This is a busy time of year in Albany. I’ve met with many people across New York State and throughout the district recently and I wanted to bring you up to date on some items of interest.

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Mayors move meals across western suburbs

Village of Camillus Mayor Patricia Butler, a retired nurse, was more than willing to assist ECHO Meals on Wheels deliver hot lunches as part of today’s Mayors for Meals initiative.

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Spa on the River now offers acupuncture

Rhonda Marr has brought her healing methods to Baldwinsville.

LCSD BOE votes to eliminate alternative high school program

After voting 5 to 4 last week to keep the program, the Liverpool Central School District Board of Education decided at a Monday night budget work session to get rid of the FOCUS program as part of the 2012-13 budget. The vote was 7 to 2. The alternative high school program, which provided classes for ninth- and 10th-graders this year but was intended to expand to include juniors and seniors in the future, opened in September in the former Wetzel Road Elementary building.

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Benefit to support Fleming family attracts 700 to 800 people

On Sunday, March 18, at Drivers Village in Cicero, Taylor Fleming was everywhere. She smiled down from photos on the walls. Her laugh echoed from old videos playing on a television in the corner. Stories of her passed from table to table. It was almost like she was really there. That was the goal of TayStrong, the benefit and celebration organized by Taylor’s uncle, David Guido, to raise money for Taylor’s family. Taylor was on her way home from volunteering at the Smith Road Elementary School Christmas tree lighting and concert in Cicero on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 when her 2003 Dodge Neon was struck broadside by a 2000 Lincoln Continental driven by 45-year-old Timothy Williams of Phoenix. Williams was later charged with driving while intoxicated. Fleming was removed from life support three days later so that her organs could be donated. In order to help her parents pay her medical bills and other expenses, Guido and other family members organized the benefit, which was also intended to be a celebration of Taylor’s all-too-brief yet inspiring life.

Controversy swirls over appointments at Cicero board meeting

Questions arose over contracts and committees at the Cicero Town Board’s regular meeting Wednesday, March 14. First, Supervisor Jim Corl asked for a resolution to “enter into an agreement for a period of one year with David Kirk to perform professional information technology services to the town of Cicero and authorizing the Supervisor to execute a contract for services. The town has received a proposed scope of services from Mr. Kirk which includes, among other services, providing the town with a stable and budgeted computing platform. The cost of the contract is an amount not to exceed $5,500 annually.”

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Deonna comes home: Girl abducted by non-custodial father in 2007 returned to Onondaga County

For nearly five years, Luba Shipman waited for her little girl to come home. Shipman remained in her Liverpool apartment, holding onto the hope that her daughter Deonna’s non-custodial father Jeffery Shipman, Luba’s ex-husband, would slip up, that the FBI, Interpol, a concerned citizen, someone would find him. The two had shared custody of the little girl since their divorce in 2004. While Luba had physical custody, Jeffrey was allowed visitation. Both parents filed petitions seeking to modify the order in July of 2007 in Onondaga County Family Court. Deonna went to her father’s for her scheduled court-ordered visitation on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. She was supposed to return by 5 p.m. Thursday July 12. Instead, Jeffery took Deonna, then 3, and fled the country.

State houses present plans; on-time agreement expected

The New York State Senate and Assembly presented their one-house budget proposals last week, and both have sent representatives to committee to negotiate with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in hopes of passing a satisfactory state financial plan by April 1. Already, lawmakers in Albany have approved key aspects of the reform plan Cuomo presented on Jan. 17, including a new Tier VI pension plan, new teacher evaluations and expanded gaming and casinos.

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Post 88 receives commemorative bell

At the regular monthly meeting of the Cazenovia American Legion on March 5, Marilyn Koglmeier presented to Post 88 a brass bell that was donated by her mother, originally given in honor of her deceased father, Maurice Roche, to his local American Legion Post 15 in Queens, N.Y.

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Caz residents join CRIS Board of Directors

Community Resources for Independent Seniors recently announced the election of three new members to its board of directors.

CCH to host ‘Every Child Ready to Read’ program

Director of the Cazenovia Public Library Betsy Kennedy will be presenting “Every Child Ready to Read” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Cazenovia Children’s House.

B’ville winter athletes score high

All of the Baldwinsville Central School District’s winter athletic teams have qualified for recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for outstanding academic achievements.

Cazenovia College to host CNY Economic Development forum

Central New York’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) will hold the latest in a series of public forums from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in the Morgan Room of Hubbard Hall at Cazenovia College.

B’ville aims for Smart Growth Planning with new law

Village officials recently passed NY RPT Law 485-A, which allows an eight-year exemption on property taxes (plus four additional years of reduced taxes on a sliding scale) for improvements made to the residential portion of a mixed-use property.

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Awards dinner for B’ville volunteers of 2011 scheduled for April 21

The Baldwinsville Volunteer Center invites the public to celebrate volunteers in Baldwinsville for the year 2011. This event is held annually to honor an outstanding man and woman who go above and beyond to give back to the community of Baldwinsville through volunteerism.

Village election results

Incumbents Bruce Stebbins, Megan O'Donnell and Mike Shepard ran uncontested for the seats receiving 78, 78 and 83 votes, respectively.

Tuesday, March 20

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Lanning and Jones win Skaneateles village election

After a hard-fought campaign in the village election, challenger Jim Lanning and incumbent Sue Jones were declared the winners of the two seats on the village board of trustees on election night, Tuesday, March 20.

Sara 'Sally' Tallman wins in Marcellus village election

Sara "Sally" Tallman will be the next village trustee in Marcellus.

WINNERS: Fayetteville, Minoa residents decide in village elections

Results are in for Fayetteville and Minoa.

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After 26 years, Tuesday's tournament could be the final Drug Quiz Show

An annual tradition for the better part of three decades could be coming to an end if thousands of dollars aren't raised.

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WAVES paramedics credited with saving life of Camillus man

Local paramedics are being lauded for saving a Camillus man’s life last week in an unordinary turn of events.

Police scour for clues in area where skeleton was found near Shoppingtown Mall

Police are continuing to search the area where skeletal remains were found over the weekend.

Cusha scores! Schaus nets game-winner for Crunch Friday

The victories weren’t pretty, but the Syracuse Crunch managed to win all three games last week to extend its winning streak to a season-high four games.

COLUMN: Are corporations people? Is money speech? We don’t think so

Two years ago, the Supreme Court, in a decision known as “Citizens United,” ruled that corporations are people and have the same rights under the constitution as people. This ruling allows corporations to make unlimited donations to political campaigns.

Signs of summer: Town of Marcellus approves ‘Monster Mile Race’ for July

The Marcellus Town Board met Monday and approved a motion to bring a Monster Mile Race to Marcellus Park. The run is scheduled for July 13 at 6:30 p.m. It is part of series of mile races. Event organizers are holding similar races in Skaneateles and Auburn.

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Vernak Farms finds its niche with specialty pharmacy, great pizza

A few miles outside of Skaneateles, down Route 41 towards Borodino, there’s a modern store with an old-fashioned twist: a country general store that offers great food, various groceries and gift items, and a specialty pharmacy that is akin to an old-time apothecary shop where drug prescriptions can be made to order on site.

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Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center celebrates first decade

A look at the creation and life of the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on April 2.

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Husband and wife author/illustrator team inspire elementary students

Skaneateles students in grades three through five last week learned how books are written and illustrated from the married team of Mary Jane and Herm Auch, the authors/illustrators of more than 20 books, who spoke at State Street School’s visiting author’s day on March 15.

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B’ville scouts attend 100-year celebration

Members from Baldwinsville Girl Scout troop 261 recently attended the event in honor of the 100th birthday of Girl Scouting.

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Trustees receive four bids for village hall building

Bids for the purchase of the village hall building at 46 E. Genesee St. were opened by members of the village board of trustees at a special meeting Monday, March 19.

B’ville firm hires North Syracuse woman

Research & Marketing Strategies recently added Mary Borland Wainman to the staff as the QualiSight Supervisor.

Police: Man followed Fayetteville woman home, tried to push her into car

Manlius Police are looking for a man who allegedly tried to force a woman into the trunk of her own vehicle.

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B'ville PEACE hosts Irish celebration

Four-year-olds Kendra Stock, left, and Hannah George show off their shamrock painted faces while enjoying mint-green Oreo cookies during PEACE, Inc. County West Family Resource Center’s St. Patrick’s Day event held March 14 with the help of Baker High School’s Key Club.

Are state tournaments doomed?

Concerns about costs could threaten championship dreams

We just had a big weekend in high school sports, with state basketball championships decided in Glens Falls and Troy. This on the heels of other state titles, handed out over a month’s span, everything from wrestling and ice hockey to boys swimming, indoor track, girls gymnastics, even rifle and skiing.

Monday, March 19

LCSD BOE votes to eliminate alternative high school program

After voting 5 to 4 last week to keep the program, the Liverpool Central School District Board of Education decided at a Monday night budget work session to get rid of the FOCUS program as part of the 2012-13 budget. The vote was 7 to 2. The alternative high school program, which provided classes for ninth- and 10th-graders this year but was intended to expand to include juniors and seniors in the future, opened in September in the former Wetzel Road Elementary building.

New forecast for Taste of B’ville

Taste of B'ville moves from March to May.

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Mustache contest to benefit Burn Foundation is growing

The firefighter mustache contest is growing. Onondaga County emergency personnel — firefighters, 911 operators, police officers, EMTs and paramedics — will be growing the facial hair for a good cause.

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Huge turnout for St. Baldrick’s fundraiser

Head-shaving event raises over $25K for pediatric cancer research

David Plogman thought that when the St. Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraiser he co-chaired kicked off Sunday, March 18, there would be about 20 people there to participate and maybe help them reach the event goal of raising $3,000. Instead, the chapel hall at St. James Episcopal Church was thronged with more than 100 people, about 70 of whom got their heads shaved and raised more than $25,000.

A Report from Station 54

During the course of February, the dedicated members of the Skaneateles Fire Department responded to 39 emergency alarms with members spending 366 personnel hours on these alarms.

SKARTS Announces Spring Funding for Grants

The Skaneateles Area Arts Council is pleased to announce its second grants initiative of 2012, for interested individuals or groups that live or present performing, visual or arts-related events in the Skaneateles area. The deadline for applicants for spring funding is April 30, 2012.

Town board to consider revision of town sign ordinance

Also keeps open water district extension hearing, makes new town appointments

The Skaneateles Town Board has agreed to establish a committee whose task will be to review and update the town’s current sign ordinance to make it less cumbersome and more up-to-date.

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B’ville woman retires Home Aides of CNY

Karen Koegel, of Baldwinsville, retired from Home Aides of Central New York after more than 20 years of dedicated service.

Orange eliminates K-State, advances to Sweet 16

SU pulls away in second half, earns date with Wisconsin

Was the Syracuse men’s basketball team living on borrowed time, or did their fans jump off the bandwagon prematurely? Both of those questions were emphatically answered Saturday at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, as the top-seeded Orange knocked out no. 8 seed Kansas State 79-65 in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32.

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Caz BOE presents preliminary 2012-13 budget

Community voices concerns of cuts to staff, academic programming

At the March 12 Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education meeting, board members and administrators discussed the preliminary 2012-13 budget with more than 40 community members and educators.

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Jamesville's North Street construction set to start

Work on Jamesville’s North Street is expected to start up within the month, said Onondaga County Department of Transportation Commissioner Brian Donnelly.

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Caz students bring Academic Decathlon title back home

Team captures seventh state title in eight years

Cazenovia High School’s Academic Decathlon team has brought the state championship title back home and is now preparing to make the trek to Albuquerque, N.M., for the national competition.

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Shamrock Animal Fund to dedicate celebration in memory of Marcellus woman

A lover of animals and a woman with a heart full of compassion, Diane Smith worked tirelessly to help those in need. She acted as the liaison between Fairmount Animal Hospital, where she worked as the finance director for years, and Shamrock Animal Fund, a local not-for-profit that helps pay for veterinary work.

Town discusses New Woodstock aquifer overlay, local road repairs

The Cazenovia Town Board held its most recent meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 in the New Woodstock firehouse. Dozens of local residents were in attendance.

B’ville Girls Crew to host ‘Recycling for Rowers’

The Baldwinsville Girls Crew Booster Club will host a “Recycling for Rowers” electronics collections event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in Kimbrook Plaza parking lot (behind Tim Horton’s) at the corner of routes 31 and 57.

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Fibers of the Cazenovia community

Local knitting club raises funds, donates to Project Café

The Project Café after-school program at Common Grounds recently received a financial boost from a local knitting club. Matt LeBlanc, head coordinator of the after-school program, accepted the donation on Monday, March 12.

Caz alumnus graduates OSTU

Army National Guard Spec. Joseph E. Duszak recently graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training.

Village of Manlius ups ambulance fees, collection procedures

The village of Manlius Board of Trustees raised its ambulance fees to match those of the village of Fayetteville at its regular meeting Tuesday, March 13.

Registration for village of Manlius summer playground days under way

It’s not too early to start thinking about the village of Manlius’s summer playground program.

Sunday, March 18

Mityashita to perform in Cazenovia

Classical guitarist Sachiko Miyashita, of Sapporo, Japan, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Cazenovia College’s Catherine Cummings Theatre, located at 16 Lincklaen St. in Cazenovia.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Act of Valor’

My initial inclination about a movie with real (or former) Navy SEALs conducting an operation across several continents was skeptical. I was wrong.

Girls basketball: "13" is a lucky number for Stewart

Senior forward contributes at both ends in Northstars' state title victory

It wasn't Breanna Stewart's best offensive night of the season, but it was one of her most complete games. The senior forward scored 13 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked 13 shots to help Cicero-North Syracuse beat Penfield 62-48 in Saturday's Class AA state championship game at Hudson Valley Community College.

Saturday, March 17

Bishop Ludden wins Class B state basketball title

Gaelic Knights hold off Watervliet comeback, win 43-42

Not far from Tipperary Hill sits Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School - and barely an hour before midnight on St. Patrick's Day, there was another reason for the neighborhood to celebrate. The Gaelic Knights earned the second state boys basketball championship in program history, holding off Section II champion Watervliet 43-42 at Glens Falls Civic Center.

J-D stunned by Tappan Zee in state Class A semis

Peterson's 28 in second half sinks Red Rams in 55-46 decision

Almost by himself, Pat Peterson thwarted the Jamesville-DeWitt's boys basketball team's historic quest for a fifth consecutive state Class A championship. Peterson, a 6-1 senior guard from Tappan Zee, unloaded on the Red Rams in Saturday's state Class A semifinal at Glens Falls Civic Center, scoring 28 second-half points to lead the Dutchmen past the Red Rams 55-46.

SU survives first-round NCAA scare

Orange rally past UNC-Asheville

All season long the Syracuse man's basketball team has had to overcome adversity, from the molestation charges against Bernie Fine to a related lawsuit against Jim Boeheim to the news that 7-foot center Fab Melo was ineligible for the NCAA Tournament, reportedly for academic problems.

Movin’ and shakin’


There is a lot happening on Cazenovia’s main drag these days.

LETTERS: BSPTA thanks local contributors of ‘Game Night’

On Jan. 27, the Burton Street PTA hosted over 250 people for Game Night. Students entered the event with a bingo card and the hopes of winning big!

LETTERS: Lucas family thankful for caring community members

The family of Doris Lucas wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, notes and acts of kindness.

Friday, March 16

Bishop Ludden beats Olean, reaches state Class B final

Kaigler's second-half surge sets up title shot

As St. Patrick's Day winds down, the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team, with green uniforms and "Gaelic Knights" as its nickname, will chase the program's second state championship. A monstrous second half from sophomore forward Dan Kaigler broke a close contest open and helped Ludden defeat Section VI champion Olean 60-44 in Friday night's state Class B semifinal at Glens Falls Civic Center.

New water treatment plant in Elbridge is complete

The federally mandated ultraviolet water treatment plant on 4969 Kingston Road in the village of Elbridge, a nearly $1 million project, has been fully completed.

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Easter Egg-stravaganza—free fun for families

Community Wesleyan Church in Baldwinsville invites families to its annual Easter Eggstravaganza held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 7.

B’ville man appointed to OCBA

L. Micha Ordway has been appointed to the Onondaga County Bar Association Judiciary Committee, which serves to review the qualifications of judicial candidates.

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Welch Allyn appoints new president and CEO

Executive vice president and chief global business officer Stephen F. Meyer will take the reins in April

Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic products and solutions, announced Thursday it has appointed Stephen F. Meyer president and chief executive officer, effective April 16, 2012.

Three running for two board spots in Minoa

Area voters will be able to cast their ballot in two local, village elections on Tuesday. Residents in Minoa will decide their next mayor and two trustees Tuesday, March 20. Voting runs from noon to 9 p.m. at village hall.

A lot is happening at Beaver Lake Nature Center

In Central New York, one of the signs of spring is it's maple syrup time at Beaver Lake Nature Center. The Beaver Lake staff is now preparing extensive programming centered around the year's "first harvest" including a demonstration sugarbush with six different stations to introduce visitors to the heritage of maple sugaring as well as an opportunity to sample the fruits of photosynthesis.

LETTERS: Thank you from B’ville MOW

The board of directors, staff, volunteers and clients of Baldwinsville Meals on Wheels would like to sincerely thank the Baldwinsville/Liverpool communities for their generous donations during our recent fundraiser.

LETTERS: The beginnings of a new park in Manlius

To the editor: On the former site of an abandoned house, the village of Manlius has the beginnings of a new park.

Thursday, March 15

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Red Cross DRV to tour Cazenovia, CNY this month

Since 1943, the month of March has been declared “Red Cross Month” by every United States president. To celebrate, the American Red Cross is sending its Disaster Response Vehicle (DRV) out into Central New York, and thanking its many donors.

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Friends of Lorenzo to celebrate successes of past year at meeting

In marking another year of achievement, President Casey Frazee and the trustees of The Friends of Lorenzo will be hosting the 37th Annual Meeting of the Friends of Lorenzo at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 in Stone’s Throw of the Lincklaen House.

Free concert at B'ville First Presbyterian Church

At 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, a very talented young musician will be returning to Baldwinsville to perform a free program at the First Presbyterian Church located just a block north of the four corners of Baldwinsville.

Baldwinsville plans for Earth Day 2012

The Village of Baldwinsville is planning to hold a community Earth Day cleanup on Saturday, April 21, and seeks interested groups or individuals to participate. This cleanup will take place along designated banks and shore areas of the Seneca River located in Mercer Park, Community Park, Canal Park, Meadow Street and the Sergei Yevich Trail and other areas of the village.

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F-M High School students 'do the right thing,' get recognized for it

Fayetteville-Manlius High School has launched a new student recognition program geared toward creating a positive culture throughout the school community.

Syracuse hosts 30th annual St. Pat’s parade Saturday

Best Bets

The 30th annual Guinness Syracuse St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon Saturday, March 17, on South Salina Street in downtown Syracuse. This year’s theme is: “Irish roots in Ireland, Irish spirits in Syracuse.”

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BCA sends stuffed love to Philippines

Just before Christmas, the BCA students collected the gifts for the Kids of the Chapel Pre-school in Manila, Philippines. In appreciation, the preschool children performed the Tingingling - a traditional Filipino dance.

COLUMN: From the Legislature - Collaboration for sustaining Air One continues

As I begin my first term in the Legislature, I am pleased to report that my colleagues and I have already instituted policy changes that will result in measurable improvements for County taxpayers. At our organizational meeting on Jan. 3, for example, we restructured the Legislature’s staff to create a $30,000 annual savings.

Proposed budget means taxes stay flat in Fayetteville

Taxes will stay flat in the village of Fayetteville for the fifth year in a row.

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ESM closes on sale of Heman Street School

Lakewood Development will convert former school building into senior housing

The East Syracuse-Minoa School District has completed the $460,000 sale of Heman Street School to Lakewood Development LLC. The project is estimated to cost $6 million and will result in 37 affordable senior housing units.

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Village of Manlius Swan Pond plan gets makeover, of sorts

The village of Manlius’ planned makeover of the Swan Pond and park around it is in the midst of a makeover of its own.

Wednesday, March 14

Friday ceremony to honor Tipp Hill Cafe owners Bob and Julie Rudd

The Tipperary Hill Neighborhood Association and the City of Syracuse will honor Bob and Julie Rudd at a St. Patrick's Day Ceremony at noon Friday, March 16, at Tipp Hill Memorial Park.

Camp Good Days CNY director: Thank you F-M community for tireless efforts

To the editor: The Central New York Regional Office and Administration at Camp Good Days and Special Times would like to profoundly thank the Fayetteville-Manlius High School community for their consistent, tireless efforts in raising $133,000 at the 2012 “Run DM-12” F-M High School Dance Marathon.

Sidewalk talk: Manlius residents speak against Park Drive plan

Village of Manlius residents spoke against a plan to install sidewalks on Eureka and Park drives as part of a community development grant application during a public hearing Tuesday.

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$1.4 million DeWitt youth center eyed

The town of DeWitt has grand plans for the park donated by Carrier Corporation in 2010 to turn it into a $1.4 million youth sports mega-complex that will contain energy sustainability in parts.

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Greyrock Farm flourishes, caters to all tastes

Got raw milk? Greyrock Farm CSA in Cazenovia does. Owner Matthew Volz began selling unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk on East Lake Road almost two years ago, hand-milking his one Brown Swiss cow named Minnie.

Caz committee to review Comprehensive Plan, zoning of Village Edge South

In hopes of expanding Cazenovia’s tax base, a committee to reevaluate the Comprehensive Plan and examine what areas in the village may benefit from development, was established at the March 5 village board meeting.

Deonna Shipman found

Deonna Shipman, who was taken out of the country by her non-custodial father in July of 2007, has been found, according to Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh.

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Durgee raises money for Coaches vs. Cancer

Durgee Junior High School held its annual version of “March Madness” on March 2 when the school’s eighth-grade teachers challenged the school’s ninth-grade teachers to a friendly game of basketball in the school’s gymnasium as a fundraiser for Coaches vs. Cancer.

It’s election time again


Village trustee elections are next Tuesday, March 20, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Skaneateles Fire Hall. And we encourage everyone to get out and vote. Every election is important, and this one no less so than any other.

At long last, the Press is now in every Skaneateles home

This week, the Skaneateles Press enters a new chapter in its long history as the leading source of local news for this great community. After three months of preparation, the Press will, from this point forward, be mailed to every home and business in the 13152 zip code. It is a big step for the newspaper, and one that took several months longer than it should have.

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Skaneateles H.S. senior places third in regional Shakespeare competition

Skaneateles High School senior Kaitlin Spear placed third out of 164 students at the recent English-Speaking Union of the United States twenty-fourth annual Shakespeare Competition.

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Skaneateles teen Nico Petrocci wins USSA eastern skiing finals

Next he heads to Alaska for the national competition

Nico Petrocci skis for the love of skiing. His parents go along and support him, but are general newcomers to the competitive world of ski racing. And so it has been a bit of a surprise to have coaches and ski academies approaching them after seeing Nico fly down the slopes at the USSA Eastern Finals in Okemo, Vermont, last week.

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Skaneateles Urgent Care reduces hours

The Skaneateles Urgent Care center on West Genesee Street has reduced its operating hours on both weekdays and weekends in response to a system evaluation that determined the longer hours were no longer cost effective.

B’ville Ice Hockey scholar champions

The Baldwinsville Central School District’s ice hockey team is the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc.’s Winter 2011-12 Scholar/Athlete Ice Hockey Team State Champion.

Village of Minoa announces tentative budget with no tax increase

The village of Minoa’s proposed tentative budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 will have no tax increase, according to Mayor Richard J. Donovan.

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B’ville man given prestigious award

The New York Water Environment Association, a statewide nonprofit organization of water quality management professionals based in Syracuse, has awarded Mark R. Greene, of Baldwinsville, with the Milton T. Hill Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions for improving the status of water pollution control personnel and operators through training and education.

Bruce, with something to say

New Springsteen album speaks out on current events

Bruce Springsteen did not forget where he came from. And he didn’t pay too much heed to the voices around him that doubted his path. For both reasons, we should be eternally thankful.

COLUMN: Senior living - Healthy eating leads to a happy spring

Enjoying comfort food and snuggling on the couch in the cold winter months was fun, but it’s time for a change. With the promise of spring, comes a change in our eating and exercising habits. Longer days and warmer temperatures translate into a healthier lifestyle and mindset for a lot of people in Central New York.

Tuesday, March 13

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Still waiting in the wings

Construction on Albany Street dance studio continues

About one year into a renovation project at 52-54 Albany St., owners Mark and Patricia Burritt are anxiously awaiting the completion and opening of Allure, their planned dance and fitness studio.

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Caz Tree Commission to host Bassuk presentation

The Cazenovia Tree Commission invites the public to its third annual educational seminar from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Community Room of the Cazenovia Public Library.

LETTERS: Caz LWV reminds public of importance of transparent government

March 11 to 17 is “Sunshine Week,” a nationwide effort to call attention to transparency in government and freedom of information.

LETTERS: Bodley family thanks Cazenovia community

The family of Michael Bodley would like to thank everyone for their kindness and thoughtfulness during Michele’s courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. The many acts of kindness are appreciated.

LETTERS: Resident disgusted with recent treatment of his American flag

Last Sunday morning, after “brushing my teeth,” I looked out my bathroom to see that my American flag had blown of my flagpole and ended up by my neighbor’s mailbox.

COLUMN: Violent felony offender registry would save lives

I am a sponsor of legislation that would create a violent felon registry, similar to the sex offender registry. This registry would enable the public to better protect itself against heinous crimes that cannot be undone.

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New Austin Park playground to be ready in May

PARCS group now seeking volunteers to help construction

The new playground at Austin Park, currently being planned by a group of community parents, is ahead of schedule thanks to mild winter weather and is less than 70 days away from construction.

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Mark Wood teaching, concert electrifies Skaneateles

A sensational, “electrifying” event occurred at Skaneateles High School on Wednesday, March 7, when world-renowned electric violinist Mark Wood brought his educational program Electrify Your Strings! to the Skaneateles Central Schools strings program.

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Skaneateles dominates at Odyssey of the Mind competition

Skaneateles elementary, middle and high school students had a typical strong showing at the Odyssey of the Mind competition held Saturday, March 10, with six teams winning their competitions and therefore heading to the state competition in Binghamton at the end of the month.

Spafford equalization rates may rise again, affect school taxes

Preliminary estimates from the state Office of Real Property Services estimate that the equalization rate for the town of Spafford will likely increase six or seven percentage points this year, which could result in higher school tax rates for the other towns in the Skaneateles school district.

Village board eager to move forward on sale of village hall

The Skaneateles Village Board had a relatively light meeting on March 8, approving one charity event, accepting five new members to the Skaneateles Fire Department and scheduling a public hearing concerning a local business. The board also heard updates on some ongoing village business.

Spafford seeks to end lease with gas company

The Spafford Town Board is opting not to renew a land lease with Chesapeake Operating Inc., a gas company based in Oklahoma City. “I think we better send the check back and send them a note saying we won’t renew the lease,” Town Supervisor Webb Stevens said.

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Open government, transparency shine in Onondaga County for Sunshine Week

Eagle Newspapers reporters Amanda Seef and Sarah Hall took an in-depth look at numerous issues in the community regarding open government and transparency.

Bey brings fresh perspective to the Council

City Scuffle

Khalid Bey, the new Common Councilor for the 4th District, stopped by the monthly meeting of the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association last week to talk about his vision for downtown and his feelings about the role of city government in the various phases of development.

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B'ville: Dwyer/Hewitt to wed

Mr. Paul S. Dwyer, of Baldwinsville, announces the engagement of his son, Patrick Shaun Dwyer, to Jessica Gail Hewitt, daughter of Mr. and Ms. Norman K. Hewitt of Hillsborough, NJ.

F-M names athletic director to take over when Rich Roy retires

The Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education has approved hiring Scott Sugar as the school district’s director of physical education and athletics, effective July 1, according to fmschools.org.

B’ville native turns 90

Former Baldwinsville resident Fred D. Voorhees turned 90 years old on March 13, 2012.

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Benefit to aid family of C-NS senior killed in December car crash

At the start of her senior year at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Taylor Fleming was asked to complete a homework assignment in which she described herself and her life goals in her own words to her teacher. “I’m not your ordinary girl,” she wrote. Not two months after Taylor typed those words, her life would be cut short. Taylor was on her way home from volunteering at the Smith Road Elementary School Christmas tree lighting and concert in Cicero on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 when her 2003 Dodge Neon was struck broadside by a 2000 Lincoln Continental driven by 45-year-old Timothy Williams of Phoenix. Williams was later charged with driving while intoxicated. Fleming was removed from life support three days later so that her organs could be donated. “When I get into things, I never give up,” Taylor wrote in that September 2011 essay. “As much as things frustrate me, I never give up. I am determined to prove what I was born for, and that is to be a leader.”

Trustee candidate Jim lanning seeks support

Letter to the Editor

On the first day of spring we will elect two village Trustees. I plan to win this election. You have all seen my work ethic and my passion for this wonderful community. Please elect me as your next Village Trustee.

County Comptroller's 'Project Sunshine' marks first year

It’s been one year since the county comptroller’s office began releasing documents on its website for “Project Sunshine.”

Cicero committee provides a model for other towns to follow

In the town of Cicero, “open government” isn’t just a buzzworthy term. It’s a way of life. That’s what the Cicero Committee on Open Government has been driving toward since it was founded at the beginning of 2012. The committee, made up of both residents and government officials, aims to make town government more accessible to the people of the town. It also has the added advantage of acting as a model for other towns and villages in Central New York.

Towns, villages slow to get on board with new open meetings law provision

A provision in the state’s open meetings law aims to help the public understand what’s going on at board meetings.

Let the sun shine in

“Sunshine is said to be the best of disinfectants.” United States Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote those words in a 1913 Harper’s Weekly article entitled “What Publicity Can Do” to emphasize the importance of government openness and transparency. Nearly a century later, how far have we come?

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Executive sessions often improperly scheduled by school boards

If you’ve ever been to a school board meeting in Central New York, you’ve probably noticed something on the agenda called an executive session. You probably didn’t know that the school board isn’t allowed, under New York state’s Open Meetings Law, to schedule an executive session on its agenda. Odds are the members of the board who put together the agenda weren’t aware of that fact, either.

Committee on Open Government director an idealist at heart

For many, the heady dreams and lofty ideals of the 1960s gave way to more pragmatic goals; it was less about saving the world and more about saving for retirement. But that wasn’t necessarily the case for Bob Freeman. “When I was in college in the late 1960s, it was the era of protest and idealism,” Freeman said. “Many of us were very much involved in the civil rights and antiwar movements. So what did we do? We sat around talking about how we were going to change the world. What I’ve discovered is that if we can make a dent in the world, that is a sign of success.”

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Lysander Clerk steps up with lifesaving air equipment for pets

For any pet lover, making sure your pet is safe is a big priority. In the event of a fire, it's often difficult to locate a pet and get them to safety.

J-D budget calls for no instructional cuts

Jamesville-Dewitt’s proposed budget of $47,835,195 for 2012-13, up almost 1 percent from last year, doesn’t call for the elimination of any instructional positions.

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Upstate Golisano opens area’s first pediatric urgent-care center

Upstate Golisano After Hours Care, the area’s first pediatric urgent-care center, officially opened its doors March 6 with a well-attended ribbon ceremony. The four-room center is dedicated to caring for children, from newborns to those 21 years of age, suffering from minor injuries or illnesses that do not require a visit to the emergency room.

NY Times best-selling author to visit West Genesee, discuss bullying

The West Genesee Anti-Bullying Task Force and High School English Department are teaming up to bring Jay Asher, New York Times best-selling author of “Thirteen Reasons Why,” to the school on Tuesday, March 20.

Y to select new site in April

The Greater Baldwinsville YMCA Board of Managers has narrowed its search for the best site for the Northwest Family YMCA. Board members plan to make a final selection next month.

Monday, March 12

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Famed Irish group performs Thursday at Eastwood's Palace Theatre

Proceeds from the performance will go toward the purchase of dresses and other expenses for the 80 students at the Drumcliffe School’s Syracuse and Rochester studios.

A community of teachers

School is In

A dictionary will tell you that a teacher is “a person who teaches, especially in a school.” The emphasis, and implied responsibility, is on the designated teacher to direct the learning – to make it happen. That’s the view from the outside, but that’s not completely the way it is.

Lysander resident Burtch causes commotion

An incident erupted last Wednesday, March 7, at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

LETTERS: Kudos to B’ville Board of Ed and musical players

I am a “Theater Dad.” I never planned to be one but it happened. It started when my children began singing in elementary school in Baldwinsville and has been nurtured and developed through their involvement in the top notch productions at C. W. Baker High School. It is no secret that the Baldwinsville music and theater program are locally and nationally recognized.

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Marissa Mulder climbs from Syracuse church basement to NYC spotlight

Downtown After Dark

It’s a long way from a church basement in Taunton to the spotlit stages of midtown Manhattan! Marissa Mulder, who got her start singing in musicals and concerts at St. Ann’s Church on 4461 Onondaga Blvd., in Syracuse, is now a 20something budding cabaret star being reviewed by The New York Times.

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Coleman’s Irish Pub adding pavilion to upper lot

‘Tipperary Square’ to open by St. Patrick’s Day

A 47’ x 93’ pavilion will cover the north end of Coleman’s upper parking lot in time for St. Patrick’s Day, said publican Peter J. Coleman.

Library trustees prepare to present budget

Baldwinsville Public Library will hold its annual budget vote and trustee election from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the library at 33 East Genesee St., Baldwinsville. The library's budget for 2012-13 is currently under study by the Board of Trustees.

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Manlius woman opens gift shop in Limestone Plaza

Wendy Lee has opened Paola Kay, a specialty gift shop, in Fayetteville's Limestone Plaza.

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‘With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come’

Students participate in annual Shakespeare competition

Cazenovia High School sophomore Orresta Paddock was recently declared the winner of this year’s English Speaking Union Annual Shakespeare Competition.

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Anti-violence activist Kaczynski to speak at Cazenovia Forum

David Kaczynski, the executive director of New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (NYADP) and the brother of so-called “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski, will deliver the next Cazenovia Forum lecture, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30, in Cazenovia College’s Catherine Cummings Theatre on Lincklaen Street.

Caz village budget nears completion

The Cazenovia Village Board is continuing to move toward creating a preliminary budget for 2012-13. At the March 5 meeting, trustees held a public hearing and then passed a resolution which will allow them to surpass New York state’s 2 percent cap on property tax levy, if need be.

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FOILed again: Investigation shows use of Freedom of Information Laws in Onondaga County

More than 20,000 pages of documents were released by Freedom of Information Law last year in Onondaga County. Those documents correspond to more than 2,500 requests made across 20 towns, villages and the city of Syracuse.

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B’ville youth featured in ‘The Sound of Music’

Baldwinsville residents (back row, from left) Chris Tack, Caleb Goldberg, Brittany Allen, Colin Walsh, John Linnenbach, (front row, from left) Mason Smith, Mackenzie Bruen, Gianna Togias, Natalie Bullis and Sera Bullis will all be featured in the Christian School of Performing Arts’ production of “The Sound of Music,” which will open at 7 p.m. March 16 with additional showings at 1 and 7 p.m. March 17 at the theater at Roxboro Road Middle School, 300 Bernard St., Syracuse.

Camillus Police warn of St. Patrick's Day driving dangers

Camillus Police are reminding drivers of the dangers of drunk driving as Onondaga County residents gear up for St. Patrick's Day.

Crunch take two: Jacques nets game-winner in Friday shootout

Last weekend, the Syracuse Crunch played as though someone lit a fire under the players’ chilly butts. The local American Hockey League team coached by Trent Yawney won two out of three games, one by a shootout and one by a landslide.

Burgers on the Creek Walk?

City Scuffle

For Glen Lewis, a successful idea has many parents. Lewis, according to Andy Maxwell, is the Planning Guru of the city’s Parks Department. Maxwell oversees the municipal Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Together they provide the point where the buck stops on the Creek Walk, one of Syracuse’s most successful ideas, they both agree.

Sunday, March 11

Lions Club increases scholarships

The Cazenovia Lions Club began awarding yearly scholarships to Cazenovia High School Seniors in 1984. Since that time, more than $27,000 in scholarships has been awarded.

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Cazenovia College Board of Trustees welcomes two new members

Area professionals add experience, insight to board

Steven J. Infanti, Sr., of Syracuse, and Richard Smith, of Canastota and Albany, have recently joined Cazenovia College’s Board of Trustees.

Clearspeak: By their loopholes shall ye know them

Community Columnist

In the summer of 2009, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who has done much to clean up the Hudson through the Waterkeeper Alliance he founded, enthusiastically declared that natural gas production from fracking “has made it possible to eliminate our dependence on deadly, destructive coal practically overnight.”

Connecting the dots and the twinkling stars

Community Columnist

When I was young and impressionable, I read a book on my own. It was Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden.” Being a musician in a rock band, I found the “different drummer” quote to be compelling, but really, I thought the book was about camping.

Oscar’s track: Play ball!

Community Columnist

Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to put away the shovels and mittens and get out the lawn rakes. It’s time to take off the studded snow tires and get out the bicycles.

Saturday, March 10

Ludden tops Norwich, advances to state final four

Sophomore duo again leads Gaelic Knights in 56-44 win

Ben Hackett got things started, Dan Kaigler took it from there - and because they did, the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team is headed for Glens Falls and the state Class B final four. The Gaelic Knights' superb pair of sophomores led the way as it beat Norwich 56-44 in Saturday's Class B regional final at Binghamton High School.

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Camillus Chamber: Let’s make Camillus the ‘Sunny Side of Syracuse,’ again

Sunflower seeds are available at GCCC member businesses (look for the door decal) and Camillus Town Hall, 4600 W. Genesee St.

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West Genny beaten by Suffern in state semifinal shootout

Wildcats, Mounties go four OTs after 2-2 regulation tie

Three long hours after it started, West Genesee's ice hockey team trudged off the ice of Utica Memorial Auditorium, its dream of a fourth state Division I championship denied in the most painful of manners. The Wildcats and Suffern endured 45 minutes of regulation and four overtime periods in Saturday's state Division I semifinal, not resolving anything until a shoot-out, when the Mounties converted twice to finally prevail.

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‘Legally Blonde’ opens at F-M Friday

140 students will stage pop musical inspired by 2001 movie

Most high school musicals have been done before. And then there’s “Legally Blonde.”

Friday, March 9

Lysander Parks and Recreation to host B'ville Youth Fair

Lysander Parks and Recreation Department will offer a defensive driving course and present the B'ville Youth Fari and Junk in Your Trunk sale

Non-resident member fee considered for Canton Woods

Officials are considering charging a non-resident user fee for individuals who use the Canton Woods Senior Center facility and do not reside within the village of Baldwinsville or the towns of Van Buren or Lysander.

Police reports for Manlius, East Syracuse, DeWitt ending 3/1

These are the police reports for the Manlius, East Syracuse and DeWitt police departments ending on March 1.

Police reports for Camillus ending 3/4

These are the police reports for Camillus ending March 4

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ES-M students win $15K with texting while driving video

The TV studios at East Syracuse-Minoa High School will be getting a facelift, thanks to the video work of students Chris Steinberger and Matt Pede.

COLUMN: Life goes on in the age of email

When the phone rings, no one answers. That’s been my experience lately with some phone calls I tried to make.

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B’ville man receives state award

F-M director of physical education and athletics demonstrates devotion to athletes

The New York State Athletic Administrators Association selected Rich Roy, Fayetteville-Manlius School District’s director of physical education and athletics, as the 2012 Chapter 3 New York State Athletic Administrator of the Year.

Thursday, March 8

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Caz foreign-exchange student to attend HWS

While many high school seniors anxiously await acceptance letters from the colleges and universities to which they have applied, Cazenovia’s Korean foreign-exchange student Bora Kang can rest easy.

LETTERS: All are welcome to attend ‘State of the Lake’ Summit

Everyone is invited to the “State of the Lake” Summit on from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012 in the Cazenovia Village Office upstairs meeting room.

LETTERS: Girls Modified teams do more than learn basketball

Coach Axelson and I would like to thank all the players on both the seventh and eighth grade girls modified basketball teams this past season for their efforts in fundraising with “Free Throws vs. Cancer.”

LETTERS: Proceeds from 21st Annual Tuscarora Lake Ice Fishing Derby used to restock lake

Even though this was a very mild winter, with lots of people skeptical about whether we would be able to have the derby, a week of cold nights and then snow the night before made for a safe and beautiful day on Saturday, Feb. 18.

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Local dentist, ‘Mighty Molar’ assist CazCares

Mighty Molar delighted pre-school students with his recent visit to CazCares at Cazenovia Public Library’s dental health awareness program, “TEETH.”

Village board election 2012: Meet the candidates

Q & A profiles of the three candidates for two seats on the village board of trustees, to be elected on Tuesday March 20

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Baltimore Woods, MAVES combine to offer CPR training

Baltimore Woods Nature Center and Marcellus Ambulance Volunteer Emergency Service are collaborating to train the community in life-saving CPR, first aid and babysitter courses, thanks to a grant from Key Bank.

IRS gives Camillus Volunteer Fire Department not-for-profit status back

The Camillus Volunteer Fire Department has regained their not-for-profit status, Sen. Charles Schumer said today.

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Belgium-Cold Springs FD volunteer honored for 60 years of service

Irving Candee defines the word dedication. For 60 years, Candee has served the needs of his community through the Belgium-Cold Springs Fire Department.

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Rescue Mission celebrates 125 years with new Mission District

It’s a big year for the city’s Rescue Mission.

Library Focus: Get your annual Celtic booster this month

Even if spring is still a month or two away, March is the month when everyone is thinking green and the library is no exception.

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Syracuse couple opens senior care franchise

Aimed at meeting the growing needs of seniors in Onondaga County, Home Instead Senior Care has opened a franchise on Ridings Road.

Tipp Hill’s Shamrock Run registers record 3,200 participants

The seventh annual Geddes Federal Tipperary Hill Shamrock Run has registered a record number of participants, with 3,200 runners currently signed up.

B'ville Theatre Guild review: Old-fashioned fun

BTG’s musical ‘The Drunkard’ hits high notes

What’s all that noise coming from the Presbyterian Education Center on weekends? It’s the sound of delighted audiences booing the bad guy and cheering the hero as Baldwinsville Theatre Guild stages a musical version of the ageless melodrama, “The Drunkard.”

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Betsy Baldwin DAR Chapter to host breakfast meeting

Betsy Baldwin DAR Chapter will hold a breakfast meeting at 10 a.m. March 19 in the Baldwinsville Public Library, 33 East Genesee St., Baldwinsville.

F-M Board of Education to meet Monday

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the library at Eagle Hill Middle School, 4645 Enders Road, Manlius.

Wednesday, March 7

J-D basketball teams win regional openers

Girls get away from Massena; boys rip Franklin Academy

By getting through one long road trip, each of the Jamesville-DeWitt basketball teams earned the right to take another one on Saturday - and play for a spot in the state final four. The girls Red Rams, making its first state playoff appearance since 1998, pulled away late to beat Massena 46-31 Wednesday night at SUNY-Potsdam, right before the J-D boys, at full strength, handled Malone's Franklin Academy 72-41.

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ES-M students' texting and driving video could net up to $15K

Erratic driving isn’t just for the drunk. That’s the message two East-Syracuse Minoa High School students are trying to send with their video showcasing the similarities between drunk and distracted driving. Now, they’re in the running for a $10,000 or $15,000 prize for the school district, thanks to their video genius.

Teens charged in two separate bomb threats at West Genesee High School

The person responsible for Tuesday's bomb threat at West Genesee High School has been apprehended, according to Superintendent Chris Brown.

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Tickets still available for ‘Sweeney Todd’

“Sweeney Todd” will premiere at 7 p.m. March 8 with additional performances at 7 p.m. March 9 and at 1 p.m. March 10 in the Baker High School auditorium.

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Marcellus students stage ‘Footloose’ this weekend

Marcellus High School students will perform “Footloose” this Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the school’s Groeling Auditorium.

EDITORIAL: F-M students beat the odds

When Fayetteville-Manlius High School students announced their ambitious fundraising goal for this year’s Dance Marathon at a pep rally back in January, we were, at first, skeptical.

Ritts – Schafer wed

Katherine April Ritts, of Baldwinsville, wed Daniel Robert Schafer, of Baldwinsville, on Oct. 1, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church, 620 West Genesee St., in Syracuse. Pastor Beth H. DuBois performed their Unity Sand Ceremony.

Skaneateles district teaching approach changes with new state standards

New York state recently adopted the newly-developed “common core” education standards in English and Math, which has prompted a slight shift in the way teachers in the Skaneateles Central School District teach those subjects.

Church service offers communion for native (and non-native) Spanish speakers

St. James Episcopal begins its second year of bilingual outreach

Once a month for the past year, native Spanish-speaking immigrants, Spanish-speaking Americans and even Spanish language students in high school and college have been attending bilingual communion services at St. James Episcopal Church in Skaneateles.

Andrea Miceli and Moss make music on the Hill

Best Bets

Russ Tarby's Best Bets for the week of March 7.

COLUMN: Grandma’s Kitchen: Enjoy cabbage potato soup during this Lenten season

If you eat standing over the kitchen sink or counter, while talking on the phone or using the computer, or grab a bite on the run, please stop. Eating should be a pleasure, a time to relax, unwind and refuel our bodies.

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CPF to help residents build a bluebird house

Cazenovia Preservation Foundation will kick off the 2012 Walk ‘N Talk Series from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, in the Community Room of the Cazenovia Public Library.

Caz Lake Association to hold ‘State of Lake’ Summit March 10

With the sparse amount of ice almost off of Cazenovia Lake, this year’s almost nonexistent winter is coming to a close. It has been an unusual year, and as a result, it seems as if spring is coming much more quickly this year than it has in previous years.

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Caz LWV to host discussion on privatization

The League of Women Voters of Cazenovia will examine the topic of privatizing government services during a meeting at 7 p.m. on March 14 in the Community Room of the Cazenovia Public Library. The event is free and open to all interested persons.

Never a sure thing in March

Kentucky favored, SU flawed? Might not turn out that way

So it is March, the month when casual college basketball fans join the die-hards, all intoxicated by the smell of newly printed brackets in the morning and the certain thought that they, the greatest experts of all, will win their NCAA pool and take home the (technically illicit) dough.

J-D volleyball beaten in sectional playoffs

VVS pulls out five-set decision in Class B semis

Jamesville-DeWitt’s boys volleyball team entered the Section III Class B playoffs with a chance to upend perennial power Vernon-Verona-Sherrill – and nearly pulled it off.

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Bud shines spotlight on B’ville brewery

Digital experience traces origins of ‘Your Budweiser’

A Budweiser from the Baldwinsville brewery will now be unmistakable.

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Campaign to save the white church in Elbridge begins

A building serving the Elbridge community for the last 189 years needs a little bit of love. The Elbridge Community Church on Main Street in the village needs structural and roof repair. Inspired by the snowfall-related collapse of multiple area church roofs last year, church officials have decided to reinforce the structure and replace the roof.

Bing, Yip and ‘It’ at Cinefest 32

Downtown After Dark

One of the best vocalists of the 20th century, Bing Crosby, got his start singing with the Rhythm Boys, a vocal trio featured with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. When the Syracuse Cinephile Society presents its 32nd annual Cinefest March 15 through 18, at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, one of the five dozen featured films will show a dashing young Crosby harmonizing with the Boys, Harry Barris and Al Rinker.

Tuesday, March 6

SU slugs Louisville, finishes 30-1 regular season

Orange sweeps Cardinals, takes top seed to Big East Tournament

The Louisville Cardinals, once upon a time, had Syracuse’s number winning seven straight games. But the Orange eliminated those painful days, getting some measure of revenge as it defeated the Cardinals again, 58-49, in Saturday's regular-season finale inside the Carrier Dome.

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Tait trial set for July 16

Tait appeared before Chenango County Justice Brian D. Burns at 1:45 p.m. March 6 in the Madison County Courthouse for a chamber conference with the prosecuting team and defense counsel.

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Maple syrup flows at Beaver Lake

The Beaver Lake staff has prepared extensive programming centered around the year's "first harvest" including a demonstration sugarbush with six different stations to introduce visitors to the heritage of maple sugaring as well as an opportunity to sample the fruits of photosynthesis.

OUR VIEW: To combat violence among Syracuse teens, community must coordinate

Violent criminal activity among city of Syracuse teenagers is on the rise — a tragedy Syracuse Police say is connected to the teens’ increasing involvement with gangs.

Wanna run Green?

City Scuffle

A Green Party gathering at ArtRage last month was an informational session typical for the group, but when a member of the Green Hawks, the volunteers who door-knock to turn voters out on Election Day, shared that perennial candidate Howie Hawkins had lost the 4th District Common Council seat race by 96 votes, and that, without a Republican in on the ballot, Greens had outpolled Democrats, a realization settled in.

Manufacturing still plays vital role in NY State economy

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced this month that general business conditions for manufacturers in New York improved–the highest point since June 2010.

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Students dismissed early at West Genesee High after report of bomb

West Genesee High School officials have confirmed a bomb threat has been called into the school.

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Swan Pond project takes flight this spring

Village of Manlius plans park clean-up, renovations

The Swan Pond, a favorite walking destination of village of Manlius residents, has been targeted by the village for a series of improvements.

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F-M's Dance Marathon surpasses lofty fundraising goal

Fayetteville-Manlius students raised $133,000 for Camp Good Days through this year's Dance Marathon.

Girl Scouts can shatter the glass ceiling

For 100 years, the Girl Scouts of the USA has helped girls develop skills that will help them succeed in life. “Girl Scouts’ rich history of building girls of courage, confidence and character, girls who make the world a better place, makes Girl Scouting the premiere leadership development program for girls in the country,” said Judy Gallagher, director of communications and marketing for Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, the local Girl Scout branch office headquartered in Cicero. “Girls learn by doing, working cooperatively with others and leading the activities they participate in.” Now, as the organization moves toward its next chapter, the Girl Scouts of the USA seeks to further expand those leadership skills with its new ToGetHerThere initiative.

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Operation Northern Comfort seeks to help those in need across CNY

Lots of people spend their weekends cleaning their homes. But how many spend their weekends cleaning other people’s homes? That’s the task undertaken by Operation Northern Comfort, a Liverpool-based nonprofit that provides labor, donations and support to anyone in need throughout Central New York. According to the organization’s mission statement, “Whether it is delivering donated furniture, painting a room or organizing a fundraiser, the volunteers at ONC will do whatever they can to help. Following the example of its sister organization, Operation Southern Comfort, Operation Northern Comfort has no paid staff and welcomes volunteers of all skill and experience level; no job is ever too small. ONC is geared toward one day reconstructing houses in the area.”

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Girl Scouts commemorate 100 years

The Girl Scouts have grown significantly since their first meeting in the Low mansion in Savannah, Ga. on March 12, 1912, where topics covered ranged from caring for babies to securing a burglar with eight inches of cord. The meeting was headed up by Juliette Gordon Low, known colloquially as “Daisy,” who believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, she created the Girl Guides to offer them the opportunity to do just that. Under her guidance, those first 18 girls hiked, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars and studied first aid. As time went on, the Girl Guides — later called Girl Scouts — became more and more popular. In addition to outdoor activities, the organization began to take on community service activities, especially after America became mired in World War I and later the Great Depression. It’s now a staple of the institution.

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From Mattydale to Moscow, vinyl album sales are spreading

Vinyl records are making a powerful, if relatively small, comeback and one local businessman has been reaping the rewards from it. Jack Wolak's mail order and Internet outfit in Mattydale, called Rare Necessities, has seen a doubling of sales in recent years. “We're definitely sending over 200 parcels a week now,” he said. “For a long period of time, we were shipping about 5,000 to 6,000 parcels a year, but that has really changed.”

North Syracuse schools: Department heads discuss budgets

After last week’s revelation that, without significant cuts, North Syracuse school district residents will face a 12.7 tax levy increase, department heads approached the Board of Education with their own proposals to cut costs. At the March 5 North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education meeting, representatives from the athletic and physical education department, business office, office of professional development, special education department, mathematics and business department and technology department explained their costs, presented their 2012-13 budgets and offered suggestions for potential savings.

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Monster Trucks to jam out at Carrier Dome

Maximum Destruction renews rivalry with Grave Digger Saturday

When Tom Meents was a youngster, there was no reason for him to think that one day he would become the most successful monster truck driver in the world.

Skaneateles lax alums reunite at Cortland-Union game

Richards, Brownlee, Christine, McQuiggan all see action

Four of the most recent products of the Skaneateles boys lacrosse program found themselves on the same turf Saturday when Cortland State hosted Union College. Senior Eric Richards and freshman Zach Brownlee, both midfielders, play for the Red Dragons, while junior Kyle Christine and sophomore Kyle McQuiggan suit up for the Dutchmen.

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KBR continues effort

After ball party provides safe fun for students

Three years ago a group of dedicated parent volunteers in Baldwinsville launched the high school PTSA’s first-ever “after” Senior Ball party for just that reason – safety.

Eckler/Hart to wed

Steven and Michele Eckler, of Baldwinsville, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tori Elizabeth Eckler, to John Thomas Hart, Jr., son of Kathleen Hart and the late John Thomas Hart, Sr.

B'ville elections scheduled for March 20

Village of Baldwinsville elections will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Village Hall, 16 W. Genesee St., Baldwinsville.

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Youth centers bustle, but violence continues in Syracuse

Gun shots rang out on Furman Street late last month, leaving a teenager, not even old enough to drive, critically injured. The mid-day shooting was the latest in a spate of violent criminal activity involving teenagers, a problem Syracuse Police say is growing.

Monday, March 5

Syracuse Crunch head south: Season fizzles, new affiliate sizzles

At 24-26-4-4, and mired in 14th out of 15 places in the Eastern Conference, the Syracuse Crunch has all but given up the ghost of its 2011-12 season.

Oswego County drive-by shooting leads to arrest at DeWitt motel

A man staying at an East Syracuse motel has been charged in connection to a morning drive-by shooting in Granby, Oswego County.

Two charged in Ackerman Avenue burglaries

Syracuse Police have charged two people in connection to burglaries in the University area.

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Baker senior wins raffle after giving blood

Kate Mangicaro, a senior a Baker High School, stands with her new 19-inch flat-screen television, which she won after giving blood at PEACE, Inc. in Baldwinsville.

B'ville banner fee stands

Village officials recently implemented a $100 fee for installing and removing banners that hang along Oswego Street in the village’s business district. This decision was based on the costs incurred by Baldwinsville’s Department of Public Works in equipment, resources and man hours.

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B’ville Library hosts meet the author event March 6

Linda Meyers will be speaking about “Letters From The Ledge” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the community room of the Baldwinsville Public Library, 33 E. Genesee St. in Baldwinsville.

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New children’s service at St. James bringing JOY

A new type of children’s worship service is exciting members of St. James’ Episcopal Church this season. Director of Children's Ministries Colleen Smith along with Rector Becky Coerper have helped develop a service known as JOY Church, an interactive service lead by the children of St. James'.

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Students, staff save more than 200 lives

Students and staff at Skaneateles High School donated 74 pints of blood Thursday, March 1, at the American Red Cross Blood drive held in the gym. Students were excited to learn they had helped 222 people — maybe even saved 222 lives — by rolling up their sleeves and giving the gift of life.

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Buerkle tours local agri-businesses, listens to farmers concerns

Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle recently came through Skaneateles and visited Anyela’s winery as part of a day-long tour of local agricultural businesses in her district.

County legislator Plochocki endorses Jim Lanning for village trustee

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: It is my pleasure to endorse Jim Lanning for the office of Skaneateles Village Trustee.

Town board seeks clarification on water restriction

The need for clarification on a water volume matter during its most recent meeting kept the Skaneateles Town Board from voting on a request to extend the consolidated water district to service a new Victory Sports Medicine facility on East Genesee Street.

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Caz Equipment constructs new headquarters

Despite the season’s unpredictable weather conditions, construction has continued on Cazenovia Equipment Company’s new headquarters.

17th annual Maple Weekend approaches

New York state will celebrate its 17th annual Maple Weekend March 17 and 18, as well as March 24 and 25 at more than 140 locations across the state, including Critz Farms in Cazenovia and Sterns Farm in Erieville.

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Caz girls modified B-ball teams make free throws against cancer

Over the last few months, the seventh- and eighth-grade girls modified basketball teams have been fundraising for a teammate’s mother who has been battling cancer.

Notice for parents of students attending non-public school

Pursuant to Section 3635 Education Law: Each year it is necessary to request transportation to non-public schools.

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Caz decathletes prepare to take on New York

The Cazenovia Academic Decathlon Team competed in the Section III regional competition on Jan. 28, and came in first place overall, winning 25 individual medals and placing second in the “Super Quiz” category.

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Fayetteville Elementary principal Nancy Smith set to retire July 1

It’s not going to be easy for Nancy Smith to walk away from her 25-year stint as principal of Fayetteville Elementary on July 1.

WG girls hoops beaten in sectional final at Dome

Stewart, C-NS overwhelm short-handed Wildcats

From a 6-12 mark a season ago, the West Genesee girls basketball team made a turnaround this winter that was nothing short of remarkable, going all the way to the Section III Class AA finals.

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Village of Manlius’ second annual Daddy Daughter Dance draws 200

Close to 200 danced the night away at the village of Manlius’ second annual Daddy Daughter Dance held Feb. 10 at the Village Centre Auditorium. The event tripled its participation from a year ago.

Sunday, March 4

Red Rams roll to fifth straight Class A title

Cavanaugh nets 25 points, injures hip in win over Cortland

Two seasons of pitched battles between the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team and Cortland had conditioned fans on both sides to expect another of them Sunday night when the two met for the Section III Class A championship in the Carrier Dome. Instead, it turned into yet another coronation for the Red Rams, who now own five consecutive sectional titles as Tyler Cavanaugh's first-half shooting barrage keyed a 66-54 victory over the Purple Tigers.

Henninger drops AA final thriller to Utica Proctor

Delee 3-pointer to win it at buzzer rims out

Kavon Delee had the look, from 20 feet out, and he took it, a 3-point attempt that, one way or another, would decide Sunday night's Section III Class AA championship game at the Carrier Dome between Henninger and Utica Proctor. The shot was right on line - but just a fraction strong, clanging off the rim. And with that, the Black Knights lost, 46-44, to the Raiders, who avenged last year's defeat to Henninger and earned its first sectional title since 2008.

Ludden stops Grimes for first sectional title since '01

Effective defense from Gaelic Knights lead to Cobras' poor shooting

No one would consider the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team's 52-41 victory over Bishop Grimes in Sunday's Section III Class B final at the Carrier Dome a pretty performance. There were plenty of missed shots, missed free throws and other mistakes that, on typical occasions, would cause head coach Pat Donnelly to fret for days or weeks.

Liverpool’s Watkins wins state 1,000-meter run

For many different reasons, the Liverpool indoor track and field teams had a reason to feel proud at the end of Saturday’s state championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall. Chief among them was seeing Penn State-bound senior Zavon Watkins add another state title to his growing resume in the boys 1,000-meter run.

Girls Hornets dominate, win 4x800 state relay

F-M's Rutledge claims third in 3,000-meter run

In two miles and less than 10 minutes, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls indoor track and field team got to display its greatness once more. The Hornets’ overwhelming victory in the 4x800 relay highlighted a strong effort by local athletes at Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.

Gale, Fiutak hit top 10 at state indoor meet

Lakers stars shine in boys triple jump, girls pole vault

Skaneateles seniors Khiary Gale and Kaela Fiutak both battled their way to top-10 finishes at Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.

Saturday, March 3

Wildcats win fourth regional hockey title in five years

WG pulls away from Niagara-Wheatfield, 4-1

Now it's reached the point for the West Genesee ice hockey team where it would only feel right if the season ended on the second weekend in March, at Utica Memorial Auditorium, with a chance at a state Division I championship. The undefeated (24-0) Wildcats are going to Utica again in the wake of Saturday night's 4-1 victory over Section VI champion Niagara-Wheatfield in the Division I state quarterfinals at Shove Park.

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Nolan family support boosts Cornell’s Dyson School

The leadership of Cornell University’s School of Applied Economics and Management has been named in honor of a Cazenovia agricultural leader.

Tickets now available for CHS production of ‘State Fair’

Tickets are now on sale for the Cazenovia High School Drama Club production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair,” to be presented at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15, as well as 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, in the Cazenovia High School Auditorium.

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NYS Police announce new Troop D Commander

Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico promoted Rodney W. Campbell of Richfield Springs to the rank of major, effective Feb. 17, and assigned him to the position of Troop Commander at Troop D Headquarters in Oneida.

Indoor track Lakers compete at state meet

Winn, Biviano both reach sprint semifinals

Cazenovia's girls indoor track and field team had a large presence, and would record some high finishes, during Saturday's New York State Public High School Association championship meet at Cornell University's Barton Hall.

The tech of walking

Technically Speaking

There was a time when people walked because they had to, but those days are no more. Walking has come to be one of the most popular and simplest exercises, but with advances in technology, “Low-Tech” walking has turned into a very “High-Tech” activity.

Friday, March 2

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Stewart, C-NS win fourth straight sectional AA title

Northstars overwhelm West Genesee, 69-33, at Carrier Dome

True, many honors have flooded toward Breanna Stewart, but she's most pleased about what she and her Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball teammates have done together. And that resume now includes four consecutive Section III Class AA championships, the fourth of them attained Friday night as the Northstars breezed past the Wildcats in the sectional final at the Carrier Dome.

Village of Jordan dealing with plowing issues; village hall to get roof repair

The village of Jordan is currently looking into the legality of having police officers wear cameras on their vests, and has not voted on anything regarding it.

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Camillus Erie Canal Park to celebrate 40th birthday

Liz and Dave Beebe have dedicated the better part of their lives to the project.

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Hillview collects paper products for PEACE

On the first Sunday in February, the congregation at Hillview Community Church was surprised to find an outhouse had been erected in the front of the church directly beside the pulpit.

Volunteer Connections: March launches Vera House 2012 White Ribbon Campaign

Vera House has many volunteer opportunities for crisis and support line coverage, sexual assault advocates, family court support assistance, support and assistance at Vera House shelters, general office assistance and pet foster care.

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Mott Road students see principal ride tricycle after tripling fundraising mark

The halls have been abuzz with excitement at Mott Road Elementary School ever since Principal Lynette Bonner announced she would ride a tricycle through the halls if the students collected 2,000 Box Tops for Education labels during the month of February.

Ephesus develops world’s first LED stadium lighting

The newest innovation in stadium lighting will be unveiled to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, March 9, in the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds, during move-in for the “Gater Racing News” Motorsports Show.

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Palmer announces top PARP readers

From left) Brianna Manning, Daniel Fabrizio, Sarah Cavino, Sydney Huhtala and Jonathan Stevens were some of Palmer Elementary School’s top readers in the school’s PARP reading program, which was held from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31 to encourage all students to read every day.

Thursday, March 1

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J-D girls end 14-year sectional title drought

Rams fight off Cortland rally, win 47-38 in Carrier Dome

No more waiting for the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team - after a quest that consumed 14 seasons and all sorts of near-misses, the Red Rams are, at last, Section III champions again.

Support Baldwinsville's thespians

The month of March features not one, but two theater productions brought to the community by Baldwinsville organizations.

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Easter Egg Fun at B'ville's St. Mark's

Easter egg hunt to be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Baldwinsville.

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Caz locals raise funds for endangered animals

Betsy Chanatry and Cassidy Rockwood are taking action to help save endangered animals. The two children — Chanatry, 10, and Rockwood, 9, need the help of fellow Cazenovia residents.

Thank God for apples and oranges

Community Columnist

Last week, when I wrote this column during winter break, we had the presidents’ birthdays and Ash Wednesday to acknowledge.

Clearspeak: Burn on, big river

Community Columnist

Back in the bad old days, before the Clean Water Act had a chance to do much good, the Cuyahoga River where it runs through Cleveland was so polluted it periodically caught on fire.

Oscar’s Track: Fit for life

Community Columnist

Did you know that many health insurance plans are now providing benefits for exercise and fitness activities? That’s not out of the goodness of their hearts. It’s because healthy people have fewer medical problems and fewer insurance claims

Solve a puzzle at your community library

The Onondaga County Public Library system is hosting its third annual Library Puzzler contest. In the weeks leading up to National Library Week (April 8 through 14), your community libraries invite you to find clues and solve this Library Puzzler: Which Character has disappeared from which well-known Book, and in which Onondaga County Public Library did this happen?

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Caz artists to show work at 19th annual KidsArt Exhibit

Spring is just around the corner, but the Earlville Opera House’s West Gallery is already bursting with color. Celebrating 19 years in 2012, the annual KidsArt Exhibit arrives March 3 and remains through April 7.

F-M's Rich Roy named athletic administrator of the year

The annual award is given to an athletic administrator who has shown evidence of devotion and idealism to athletes through the New York State Athletic Administrators Association and has demonstrated influence and power in the promotion of athletics in a positive manner. Rich Roy is a resident of Baldwinsville.

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B’ville senior to row for Mercyhurst

Laura Ebersbach, a senior at Baker High School and a member of the Baldwinsville girls’ varsity crew team, signs her national letter of intent to row with the women’s crew team at Mercyhurst University next year.

Activities happening this month at Beaver Lake Nature Center

In Central New York, one of the signs of spring is it's maple syrup time at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

From Masters of Reality to Moyuba Jazz

Downtown After Dark

Drummer Vinnie Ludovico can play any style of music.