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Thursday, May 31

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Cazenovia wins first-ever sectional baseball title

Lakers roll past Sherburne-Earlville 10-1 in B-2 final

Given that the Cazenovia baseball program had never won a league or Section III title prior to this week, what was a few days' more waiting? That was what the Lakers had to do - wait - before polishing off Sherburne-Earlville 10-1 Thursday night at Alliance Bank Stadium to earn the Class B-2 championship.

CNY Shakespeare Inc. to perform in Cazenovia

The Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College will present two plays by Central New York Shakespeare Inc. in June and July, “King Lear” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

Library to host Alzheimer’s workshops

Two educational workshops will be presented at the Cazenovia Public Library by the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Fishing and fun for families this Saturday at Mercer Park

The Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce and the Baldwinsville Kiwanis are bringing a boatload of activities to Mercer Park this Saturday for families to enjoy.

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F-M schools hosting 'Dunk your kicks' program to support families battling cancer

From May 31 until the end of the academic school year, five Fayetteville-Manlius schools — Fayetteville, Mott Road and Enders Road elementary schools, as well as Eagle Hill and Wellwood middle schools – will be collecting used sneakers to recycle.

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Peony Fest returns with artists, musicians and plenty of plant talk

Baldwinsville’s Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse will host Peony Fest 2012 on Saturday June 9.

Durgee JHS inducts 131 students into honor society

On May 16, Durgee Junior High School inducted 131 students into the school’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.

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B’ville falls turn red this week in recognition of ACR fundraiser

For 20 years, this has been the primary goal of AIDS Community Resources, specifically the organization’s Teen AIDS Task Force, which has reached 5,572 young people in the nine-county coverage area including Onondaga County since inception.

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B’ville students receive 171 scholarships

Baker High School held its annual Moving Up Day ceremony on Friday, May 25. The event awards more than $100,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors, many of which are funded through the Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation.

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Baker honors students during recognition week

Every year, the faculty, staff and administration of Baker High School take time each morning for one week to recognize students for their achievements and service to the school and/or the community.

DeWitt man elected to Clarkson University board of trustees

Robert Goldman, of DeWitt, was elected to Clarkson University’s board of trustees to serve on the finance and budget committee.

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Wildcats’ 10-year title reign ended by Liverpool

Class boys lax final goes to OT, where Warriors prevail 6-5

West Genesee boys lacrosse fans poised for another celebration as overtime started in Wednesday night’s section III Class A final against Liverpool at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium and the Wildcats had the ball on its stick.

Ludden wins C-1 softball; Solvay, WG eliminated

Gaelic Knights hold off Sauquoit Valley; Bearcats taken out by CBA

From terrific pitching to timely hitting, whatever the Bishop Ludden softball team needed to earn the Section III Class C-1 championship, it found in abundance.

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J-D fights off Carthage, wins Class B sectional title

Rams get away in third quarter for 14-8 win

In the pursuit of something larger and quite historic, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team nearly forgot about snaring its fourth consecutive Section III Class B championship. But the Red Rams broke out of its doldrums in ample time and, with two big third-quarter runs, got away from pesky Carthage to prevail 13-7 in Wednesday's Class B final at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

Baseball Bees slam F-M, win first sectional title since '04

B'ville's 10-3 win completes dominant playoff run

From the start of the season, Baldwinsville baseball head coach Dave Penafeather and his staff have emphasized making the most out of every single pitch in every single at-bat. They feel that is a major part of having a successful hitting team. Their players seem to have gotten the message.

Wednesday, May 30

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Lacrosse Lakers fall to Homer in Class C final

Caz unable to snare face-offs, key to 10-5 defeat

Close to 12 months ago, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team's reign as state Class C champions commenced on the turf at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium. And it was there that the Lakers' reign would end, courtesy of the Homer Trojans.

J-D baseball denied by New Hartford in Class A final

Red Rams squander scoring chances in 3-2 defeat

New Hartford baseball pitcher Mark Chanatry said he was more nervous than ever before. His Spartans held a tenuous one-run lead on Jamesville-DeWitt in Wednesday's Section III Class A final at Alliance Bank Stadium and were one out away from turning a 6-10 regular season into a championship.

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Liverpool wins first boys lacrosse title in 23 years

Warriors beat West Genny on OT goal by DeAngelis

Kyle DeAngelis delivered the goal for which everyone associated with the Liverpool boys lacrosse team - players, coaches and fans alike - had waited 23 years to see. When DeAngelis scored near the end of the first overtime period, he pushed the Warriors past West Genesee 6-5 in Wednesday night's Section III Class A championship game at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

Board of Ed to meet June 4

B'ville school board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4.

Camillus Erie Canal Park hosts second annual Dog Show Sunday

Park directors Liz and Dave Beebe are encouraging residents to bring their dogs to be entered in the dog show, where canines will be judged in the categories of funniest, most talented, closest resemblance to owner, most obedient, best groomed and best dressed.

NYC jazz collective brings New Orleans sound to Kelish Hill Friday

When you hear single-string bass player Peter Ford sing “Digga Digga Doo,” you know you’re in for something special.

Taste of Syracuse comes to Clinton Square this weekend

Best Bets

The 15th annual Taste of Syracuse will draw thousands of hungry visitors to Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.

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Caz Pop Warner athletes recognized

19 local youths honored as Pop Warner All-American Scholar nominees

While 11-year-old James Pavelchak undoubtedly enjoyed touring Walt Disney World during his recent trip to Florida, he was on official business as a representative of the Cazenovia Pop Warner Association.

We should be fishing

Mayor Joseph Saraceni and I met at Canal Walk Café last Tuesday and talked about all the events happening in and around Baldwinsville and how exciting and busy the month of May was for our community.

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Say Yes to Education, Syracuse officials report on program’s success in city schools

Say Yes to Education officials held the press conference to update residents on the progress of its program, which was implemented in Syracuse in 2009. Officials also presented four children’s books which were written by SCSD students through Say Yes’ Young Authors Series, supported by the National Grid Foundation.

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Memorial Day parade honors service and sacrifice

The rain came for a brief downpour and the thunder rolled slightly over the village as the 2012 Skaneateles Memorial Day parade took place Monday, May 28. Jack Haggerty, an Air Force major, summed up the morning well when he said, “It’s like Norman Rockwell; this is what Skaneateles is all about.”

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American Legion, Troop 119 scouts place flags in B'ville

On Tuesday, May 22, volunteers from the American Legion and Boy Scouts from Troop 119 placed flags on the graves of veterans in St. Mary’s Cemetery in recognition of Memorial Day.

Library Focus: Check out this weekend’s spring flower show

Memorial Day is past and we’ll soon be knee deep in picnics and high school graduation parties but the workaday world goes on. Stop in soon to see how the library can help you both at work and on the weekend.

B’ville resident’s son selected for Rear Admiral, United States Navy

The son of Baldwinsville resident Vivian Neagley was recently selected for promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Navy.

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Caz College gallery to exhibit ‘A Hundred Thank Yous’

Gratitude shows its face in 100 paintings by Cazenovia artist

Cazenovia College’s Summer Art Series will open with a one-day, one-woman show, “A Hundred Thank Yous: a gratitude project by Lori Portka,” from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 16, at the Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall, located at 6 Sullivan St, Cazenovia.

A second ‘so long’

Editorial

Although I had a letter to the community in the paper May 16, people still do not realize I am retiring from the advertising department of the Cazenovia Republican. Friday, May 25 was my last day.

FTGU to offer volunteer training

From the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc. will hold a Volunteer Training Day from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, at its location on Mystic Mountain Farm, 2130 Webber Road in New Woodstock.

‘Kristen sings and plays and rings’

Kristen Shiner McGuire is a drummer, jazz singer, solo marimbist, orchestral timpanist and contemporary chamber musician. No wonder she’s so multi-talented. Kristen’s got great genes.

Tuesday, May 29

CBA holds on for Class C girls lacrosse title

Brothers edge past Skaneateles 9-8 to repeat sectional honors

Once again, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team holds the Section III Class C crown - but not by much. The Brothers had to rally from a two-goal deficit in the second half of Tuesday night's sectional final against Skaneateles at West Genesee High School, and then hang on for dear life in the waning seconds to edge the Lakers 9-8.

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Lakers' title dreams denied by CBA in tense final

Skaneateles falls to defending state champs, 9-8

By most objective standards - even the other side seemed to agree - the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team played better than Christian Brothers Academy in Tuesday night's Section III Class C final at West Genesee High School. Yet when the final horn sounded, it was the Lakers forced to accept a painful 9-8 defeat as its quest to dethrone the defending state champions fell literally inches short.

Girls lacrosse Wildcats steamroll to Class A title

WG's superb all-around effort buries Liverpool, 19-5

A home field, a motivated opponent playing in its first championship game since 2004, a memory of a close encounter back in mid-April - several different factors could serve as motivation for the West Genesee girls lacrosse team heading into Tuesday night's Section III Class A final against Liverpool.

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Second-graders celebrate writing

Second-graders at McNamara Elementary School recently celebrated their writing accomplishments with a pourquoi publishing party in the school library.

The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen tribute bands to perform Friday night in Van Buren

To showcase Van Buren Park, the local destination will play host to a tribute concert beginning at 6 p.m. this Friday with ticket sales from the event benefiting local youth organizations all while providing an improved experience for Kiwanis golf tournament participants.

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Alec Baldwin in Camillus for West Genesee modified sports fundraiser Sunday

Alec Baldwin, star of NBC's 30 Rock, will be in Camillus Sunday for the fundraisers to benefit West Genesee's modified sports programs.

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Honors Convocation shines spotlight on juniors and seniors

Parents and educators honored a select group of students at an Honors Convocation in the Commons at Skaneateles High School on Monday, May 21.

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Play Ball! Optimist Field gets new outfield

A new set of cleats will call Optimist Field home this year — the county-wide fall ball program will be playing at the field nestled on the town and village line on Milton Avenue.

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SAVES looks to past, future during National EMS Week, five-year anniversary in building

You see the ambulance, the personnel in their blue uniforms, at parades, school events, community events, athletic competitions like SkanRaces — but do you understand who they are and what they do for the community? When the ambulance with SAVES on the side drives by with lights and sirens going, do you understand the EMS responders inside could be going to save a life?

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High school teacher Rick Garrett awarded grant to study ecology in Maine

Skaneateles Education Foundation names first Jean Graham Fund award winner

The Skaneateles Education Foundation has announced its inaugural Jean Graham Fund grant has been awarded to high school science teacher Rick Garrett. The $3,000 grant will provide funding to spend two weeks at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, to study animal behavior, field ecology and natural history.

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Webster Duck Pond brings nature to city's Valley

The Webster Duck Pond is "nature's best kept secret," said Bill Norton.

SU grad student killed in Syria

A Syracuse University student was killed in Syria by armed forces Monday while working as a citizen journalist.

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Caz village resident to run for state Assembly

Spires seeks seat for 121st district

As area politicians begin to campaign for the upcoming New York State 121st Assembly District election in November, Cazenovia village resident Levi Spires has decided to throw his name into the mix.

Assemblyman Magee works to expand local produce program

New York State Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Nelson) announced that two bills he recently sponsored to expand the Pride of New York program moved out of the Assembly Agriculture Committee (A.9877 and A.9868).

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Syracuse Fire outfits apparatus with QR codes

If you see people taking out their cell phone around Syracuse fire scenes, it may not be for the reason you expect.

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Caz women follow collegiate lax dreams

Caz natives Cannizzaro, Jaquith experience success on the field

On Saturday, May 19, the Carrier Dome in Syracuse was host to the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Quarterfinals.

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Colleagues remember C-NS teacher who died of lymphoma

Marty Campbell was the kind of guy everyone loved. “He was the kind of person who brought light into whatever space he was in with his warmth, his smile and his kindness,” said Lisa Goldberg, who taught in the social science department with Campbell at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. “Marty was like the 'universal donor' in that there was some way he could connect with almost anyone. I wish you could have known him — he would have dazzled you.” Campbell, 29, died May 17 from lymphoma, a diagnosis he received last December.

Deadly Tahoes shouldn’t be used by troopers

Late Friday night, on a rain-slicked road, New York State Trooper Amanda Anna was driving a state-issued 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe on Oswego County Route 37 in the town of Hastings. Anna, of Liverpool, mother to 4-year-old Ethan, a former basketball star, planning her wedding to a fellow trooper, expected to finish her shift, go home to her fiancé and pick up Ethan in the morning. Instead, something terrible happened, and Amanda Anna never came home.

Sleeping off I’ll Have Another

Tom Peat, who lives in Liverpool at the Village Mall Apartments, won a tidy sum by betting Kentucky Derby longshot I’ll Have Another across the board on May 5. As tall as a tree and just as solid, Peat’s a hard-working dude who sports a well-trimmed moustache and sometimes can be seen biking on village streets. He planned to back the horse again when it ran in the Preakness on May 19, but Murphy’s Law interceded. Or maybe it was the sandman. “I fell asleep,” Tommy told me last week. When you snooze, you lose.

Free concert series at Johnson Park runs June 4 through Aug. 22

The sound of music rings out in Johnson Park when the annual Liverpool Is The Place Summer Concert Series kicks off June 4 with the Liverpool Central Schools’ JazzFest. Two dozen free concerts are scheduled at 7 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday from June 4 through Aug. 22, in the Johnson Park amphitheater in the village center at the corner of Vine and Oswego streets. “We’ve booked a wide variety of bands playing all styles of music from rock’n’roll to country to traditional jazz,” said Colleen Gunnip, chairwoman of the Liverpool Is The Place Committee. “We even have a polka band in August.”

COLUMN: State Veterans Cemetery authorized in budget

As we pause to honor those who have gone before us on Memorial Day, many will visit cemeteries across the nation. I'm pleased that this year's State Budget enables New York State to work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to create a State Veterans' Cemetery.

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Marcellus to celebrate unique tradition at Olde Home Days

Village of Marcellus Mayor John Curtin describes the Olde Home Days as a kind of “family affair.”

Newsweek and Washington Post rank Baker among top high schools

C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville has been named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Best High Schools 2012. The school is ranked 743 out of the top 1,000 public high schools in the country.

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Cityscapes: Everson, OHA collaborate on local art exhibit

The most memorable art – be it a painting or a book, music or a movie – shines new light on our everyday world so that we see it with fresh eyes. So it is with the artworks in the Everson Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibit, “People, Place and Progress: Local Landscapes in Paint and Print.”

School Is In — and still SAYing YES

School Is In

The success of education involves more than just a means for teachers to pass out information. It involves students having the opportunity to learn.

Gildemeyer named outstanding senior athlete

The College at Brockport has announced the winner of the first-ever George M. Rich Outstanding Senior Athlete award. Baldwinsville’s Brian Gildemeyer of the men's soccer team has been selected as the first recipient of the award.

Funky Flea market to host more than 50 vendors

Local vendors are preparing their vintage wares, antiques, artwork and records for the summer 2012 Syracuse Funky Flea Market.

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Delmonico/Mulhall wed

Heather Anne Delmonico and John A. Mulhall were married September 3, 2011 on the riverfront lawn of the bride's home in Baldwinsville. Pastor Daniel L. Schallmo officiated the outdoor Christian ceremony amongst flower gardens and facing the Seneca River.

Monday, May 28

LETTERS: Eldridges endorse Joseph for village board

I am writing this letter in support of the candidacy of Jim Joseph for the Cazenovia Village Board.

LETTERS: Long endorses Porter for village board

I am a resident of the town of Cazenovia and am writing to endorse David Porter for the position of village trustee.

LETTERS: Driscoll endorses Joseph for village board

It is particularly encouraging to see the high level of interest that has been expressed by many in serving the village of Cazenovia as a trustee.

LETTERS: Kuhn endorses Joseph for village board

It is my pleasure to endorse Jim Joseph as the Republican candidate for the office of Cazenovia Village Trustee.

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Caz resident receives Inspirational High School Educator Award

Carpenter, a teacher at Chittenango Central Schools, honored at commencement

Elizabeth Carpenter, of Cazenovia, a Regents and AP physics teacher at Chittenango Central Schools, was awarded Clarkson University’s Inspirational High School Educator Award on May 11 and 12.

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Community Chest awards 2012 funding to local non-profits

The United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson recently awarded nearly $32,000 to 12 local non-profit organizations this spring.

ACT ‘super scoring’ a puzzling practice

Community Columnist

The issue of “super scoring” seems to create a great deal of confusion among college applicants. Super scoring is the practice of combining students’ best SAT or ACT scores and reporting the highest combined scores on college applications.

Paw prints: How to be proactive in preventing dog bites

Community Columnist

Last week is Dog Bite Prevention week, so I thought I’d dedicate this column to awareness of how serious the issue is, how to prevent dog bites, and what to do in the event of a dog bite. It is important to recognize that any dog can bite if they feel scared or threatened, even the friendliest puppy.

Directions from the front porch

Community Columnist

Approached by a noble citizen, I was honored to be thanked for my recent columns in this publication. I was told that it is much appreciated that I could routinely lift the intellectuality of the local consciousness by offering my peculiar insights on a variety of contemporary topics. He called me the front porch philosopher of Cazenovia. Aw, shucks!

Oscar’s track: Laughter is the best medicine

Community Columnist

Next time someone sends you a text message containing “LOL” (Laugh Out Loud), do it! It just might make you healthier. No joke — when it comes to relieving stress, research suggests that laughter might actually be the best (and safest) medicine.

Grimes' title dream ends in C-2 final

Cobras nearly rally in 4-3 loss to Fabius-Pompey

If nothing short of light regard was given to the Bishop Grimes baseball team at the start of the Section III Class C-2 playoffs, all that was shown was respect by the time the Cobras were done. In Monday's hot, steamy C-2 final at Rome's DeLutis Field, Grimes, the no. 6 seed, gave top seed Fabius-Pompey a real score, only to come up just short in a 4-3 loss to the Falcons.

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Bollinger appointed executive director at HealtheConnections

HealtheConnections recently announced the appointment of Cazenovia native Sara Wall Bollinger as the new executive director for health planning.

Westhill rides hot bats to B-1 baseball title

Warriors pull away from Utica-Notre Dame, 12-3

For large portions of this season, the Westhill baseball team suffered from a lack of run production, even in the many games it won. That wouldn't be a problem in Monday's heat-drenched Section III Class B-1 final at Rome's DeLutis Field, where the top-seeded Warriors' mid-game outburst translated into a 12-3 victory over no. 6 seed Utica-Notre Dame.

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Rain holds off for the 66th annual Camillus Memorial Day Parade

Hundreds, if not thousands, showed their support in Camillus Monday morning for the 66th annual Camillus Memorial Day Parade.

CNY Winds will perform Tuesday evening at Paper Mill Island

CNY Windswill perform for free at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Paper Mill Island Amphitheatre in Baldwinsville. Performing Broadway and movie-themed compositions as well as patriotic and pop numbers, Andy Perry and Jim Tapia, will conduct the ensemble, and Donald Schuessler will be the guest vocalist.

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Korean War vets to be honored during B’ville’s Memorial Day Parade

Event will take place Wednesday, May 30

Commemoration of Memorial Day will extend through Wednesday in Baldwinsville.

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Memorial Day cheer

The Kindergarten students of St. Mary's Academy share a little cheer this Memorial Day with the patients of the VA hospital in Syracuse.

Sunday, May 27

Solvay softball eliminates Marcellus in Class B quarterfinal

big late hit sends Ludden into C-1 title game

On many different fronts, Solvay’s softball team enjoyed the course of events during Saturday’s Section III Class B quarterfinals. Not only did the no. 2 seed Bearcats eliminate no. 7 seed Marcellus 4-0, it saw top seed Adirondack, who beat Solvay in last year's sectional final, get knocked out by South Jefferson, the same side that ended Westhill's season in the first round.

C-NS, Liverpool softball return to Class AA semis

Northstars get late runs against RFA; Warriors' Stoddard earns 9 RBIs

Whether on a familiar proving ground, or seeking redemption 12 months later, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool softball teams both made it back to the Section III Class AA semifinals in their own manners.

F-M boys stopped again by Liverpool in Class A semis

Hornets unable to solve zone defense in 10-7 loss

Another year…and another semifinal exit for the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team in the Section III Class A playoffs at the expense of Liverpool. The no. 3 seed Hornets fell to the no. 2 seed Warriors 10-7 Saturday night at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, and as with the 2011 semifinal and their regular-season meeting earlier this month, the culprit was F-M’s inability to solve Liverpool’s zone defense.

CBA softball advances to Class B semis

Brothers outscore Homer, edge General Brown 1-0

A season full of tough competition against Class A foes in the OHSL Freedom division helped the Christian Brothers Academy softball team once it moved down to the Class B ranks for the Section III playoffs.

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Marty’s Barn Cellar plans ‘Hot Diggity’ celebration

Marty’s Barn Cellar, located at the corner of Route 5 and Kingston Road in Elbridge, will host its fourth annual Hot Diggity Dog Celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Stop by for free Hofmann hot dogs and refreshments.

Saturday, May 26

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West Genny turns back B'ville in lacrosse semifinal

In the mind of Baldwinsville boys lacrosse coach Pete Fiorini, the Bees’ start in Saturday night's Section III Class A semifinal against West Genesee could have been worse. That said, it certainly could have been a lot better, too.

Boys lacrosse Warriors stop F-M, return to Class A final

Liverpool to get another shot at West Genny in title game

The Liverpool boys lacrosse team has used last year’s heartbreaking overtime loss to West Genesee in the Section III Class A championship game as motivation throughout this season. Now the Warriors are one win away from replacing that disappointment with a sectional title.

Westhill edges VVS, reaches B-1 baseball final

Ludden's season ends in Class A semis

Little about the Westhill baseball team's 2012 season has been easy, despite an 18-4 record and a top seed in the Section III Class B-1 playoffs. So it only figured that the Warriors' 6-5 victory over no. 5 seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill in Saturday's B-1 semifinal was a tense, close affair not decided until Kevin Karleski drove home the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Red Rams rip Spartans in lacrosse semifinal

J-D to face Carthage in Class B title game

Going after a fourth state Class B championship in six years, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team first had to handle neighborhood business in the Section III Class B playoffs. The Red Rams, with the top seed in the Class B tournament, went after no. 5 seed East Syracuse-Minoa in Saturday night's Class B semifinal at Central Square, easily handling the Spartans 20-3.

F-M, J-D, Grimes reach sectional baseball finals

Hornets beat top seed Watertown in AA semis

Three area baseball teams - from Fayetteville-Manlius, Jamesville-DeWitt and Bishop Grimes have opportunities to win Section III baseball championships next week.

Baseball Lakers topple top seed Clinton

Caz advances to B-2 final against Sherburne-Earlville

In order to claim the Section III Class B-2 championship, the Cazenovia would need to overcome all sorts of obstacles, chief among them needing to win three road games in six days. Now two-thirds of that task is done, and Saturday's B-2 semifinal may have provided the sweetest victory so far as the no. 5 seed Lakers knocked off top seed and defending champion Clinton 11-3 in Saturday's B-2 semifinal.

Bees smother Liverpool in AA baseball semifinal

B'ville to face F-M for sectional title Wednesday

With the Baldwinsville baseball team, it was not a case of sneaking onto the big stage at Alliance Bank Stadium to play for the Section III Class AA championship. No, the no. 3 seed Bees had to get there with high style, as symbolized by Saturday's 16-6 dismantling of no. 2 seed and defending champion Liverpool in the AA semifinals.

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Big comeback sends Caz lacrosse to Class C final

Caz, down, 10-5, rallies to beat LaFayette in OT

A five-goal deficit, barely seven minutes to play - yes, it did look like the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team's state Class C championship reign would conclude on the same Bragman Stadium turf where it claimed that state crown nearly 12 months ago. Yet by the time when Ryan Cook delivered a goal 1:49 into overtime, the no. 1 seed Lakers had made it all the way back and, by an 11-10 margin, stunned no. 4 seed LaFayette in Saturday's Section III Class C semifinal.

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Erie Canalway Photo Contest accepting entries

Entries are being accepted now through Sept. 7 for the seventh annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest. Winning photos will be displayed in the 2013 Erie Canalway calendar.

CBA, ESM tennis players advance to state tournament

Nardellas dominate singles; Stone brothers get third in doubles

Four local high school boys tennis players will end their season playing for state championships at the annual home of the United States Open. CBA singles players Matt and Colin Nardella are joined by another brother tandem, East Syracuse-Minoa’s doubles team of Parker and Brandon Stone, who finished third in the Section III state qualifier, which ended Friday at Syracuse University’s SkyTop Courts.

Liverpool girls beat B’ville, reach Class A final

Warriors' breakthrough in semis fueled by Flood's four early goals

As much as Liverpool’s girls lacrosse team had accomplished through the years, and as much as its alumni had done at the college level and beyond, it mostly lacked the sort of big win that could catapult them to the next level.

C-NS boys lax falls in overtime to B’ville

Girls Northstars also fall in Class A playoff opener

Each of Cicero-North Syracuse’s lacrosse teams, armed with no. 5 seeds, wanted long stays in the Section III Class A playoffs, but could not quite get them. Of the two, the boys Northstars carried more frustration, going to no. 4 seed Baldwinsville Thursday and nearly knocking off the surging Bees before a 7-6 overtime defeat.

CBA wins B-2 boys track championship

J-D a close second to Indian River at Class A meet

From sprints to throwing events, Christian Brothers Academy's boys track and field team covered every discipline en route to the Section III Class B-2 championship. In Friday's B-2 meet at Canastota High School, the Brothers piled up 200 points, holding off Clinton, who had 169 points, for the top spot.

Brent, Garrett Boleslav heading for state tourney

WG duo finishes second at Section III qualifier

As the culmination of a successful spring, West Genesee's talented boys tennis brother tandem of Brent and Garrett Boleslav will play in the state championship tournament at the annual site of the United States Open. They earned this trip to New York City by finishing second in the Section III state qualifying tournament, which culminated Friday at Syracuse University's SkyTop courts.

Friday, May 25

Wilcox, Sayko win sectional tennis qualifier

Skaneateles pair to appear in state tourney for second straight year

Twelve months ago, Skaneateles boys tennis players Ethan Wilcox and Ryan Sayko earned a place in the state championship tournament, played at the annual home of the United States Open at Flushing Meadows, Queens. Now Sayko and Wilcox are on their way back to the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center after a victory in the Section III state qualifying tournament.

Skaneateles boys track nearly grabs B-1 title

Lakers finish just seven points behind first-place Solvay

Star turns in field events and sprints, especially by Khiary Gale and Malik Merritt, almost gave the Skaneateles boys track and field team the Section III Class B-1 championship. Instead, the Lakers, with a total of 105 points, had to settle for second place in Friday's B-1 meet at Canastota High School, finished second to Solvay, who prevailed with 112 points.

Solvay wins Class B-1 track championship

Bearcats hold off Skaneateles; Marcellus takes fifth

At just the right moment, the Solvay boys track and field team found its way to the top. The Bearcats claimed a furious nine-team battle for the Section III Class B-1 championship Friday at Canastota High School, earning 112 points to edge Skaneateles (105 points) for first place. Marcellus, with 67 points, slid into fifth place.

CBA girls lax returns to Class C finals

Brothers top Caz, Tully, earn rematch with Skaneateles

Two more impressive efforts left the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team a single victory away from repeating as Section III Class C champions.

Softball Rams, Spartans head to Class A semis

J-D rallies past New Hartford; ESM bashes Indian River

Memorial Day weekend proved far more relaxing for the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa softball teams after both of them knew they would still be playing once the weekend was over.

ESM, J-D girls lax beaten in Class B playoffs

Spartans drop close semifinal to Oswego, 12-11

Things broke well for the East Syracuse-Minoa girls lacrosse team, in that it gained a no. 2 seed for the Section III Class B playoffs and a bye directly into the semifinals. However, the Spartans could not take full advantage as, in that semifinal Thursday at Liverpool High School Stadium, it took a 12-11 defeat to no. 3 seed and defending champion Oswego.

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Scouts plant lasting gifts at Canton Woods

Girl Scouts from Troop 10134 (pictured) recently spent a spring Saturday at Canton Woods Senior Center weeding the flower bed around the center's gazebo and planting beautiful flowers for the seniors to enjoy throughout the summer season.

Boys lax Bees need OT to get past C-NS

Petrelli's game-winner sets up semifinal with West Genny

Once again, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team finds itself in a Section III Class A semifinal, charged with the heavy task of trying to knock the area's resident dynasty, West Genesee, off its throne.

The price is right, we just need the attitude

City Scuffle

Three years ago Walter Dixie approached Mayor Matt Driscoll seeking support for developing a supermarket to serve Southside neighborhoods.

Baseball Bees stomp past Syracuse West, 21-0

Win sets up dramatic AA semifinal against Liverpool

Baldwinsville's baseball team now knows that the path to the Section III Class AA championship will have to run straight through Liverpool. The no. 2 seed Bees and no. 3 seed Warriors square off Saturday in the AA semifinals at 1 p.m., with the winner advancing to the finals at Alliance Bank Stadium against Watertown or Fayetteville-Manlius.

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B’ville teacher receives $500 Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Dan Griffin, manager of the Barnes and Noble in Clay, congratulates Anne Hughes, right, for winning a $500 gift card from the book retailer, as McNamara Elementary Principal Jane Nadolski claps.

Elbridge Town Board holds two public hearings; resolutions passed

Elbridge Town Supervisor Ken Bush described the Town Board meeting as a “very short, quiet” one.

Girls lacrosse Bees fall to Liverpool in Class A semis

Warriors avenge 2011 semifinal defeat to B'ville

For a long time, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team could count on getting the best of its neighbors from Liverpool. At the worst possible moment, though, the Bees’ grasp of this rivalry slipped away – and the price was elimination in the Section III Class A semifinals.

Softball Bees stunned by late Oswego rally

B'ville takes 6-5 defeat to Bucs in Class AA quarterfinal

So how close was the Baldwinsville softball team to advancing past Oswego in last Thursday’s Section III Class AA quarterfinals? One strike away, that’s how close.

Family Fest welcomes Elvis

Best Bets

Elvis will take the stage at the North Syracuse Family Festival, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Lonergan Park, off Route 11.

LETTERS: Thank you Timber Tree Service

The Female Charitable Society would like to publicly thank Stan Dombrowski's Timber Tree Service for donating their services in taking care of some offending tree limbs that were potential problems to one of our buildings.

Skaneateles girls lax returns to Class C final

Lakers roll past Mexico, IHC, seeks payback against CBA

Properly rested, and primed for a championship push, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team roared through all of its opposition to return to the Section III Class C title game.

Skaneateles girls track finishes second at B-1 meet

Lakers' Adams, Fiutak each earn victories

As it had done throughout the spring, the Skaneateles girls track and field team found itself chasing Cazenovia in Thursday’s Section III Class B-1 championship meet at Marcellus High School. By meet’s end, Skaneateles had picked up 88 points, but that barely was half the total those other Lakers gained as, with 165 points, Cazenovia easily finished in front.

Lakers’ boys lax season ended by Homer

Skaneateles again slumps on offensive side against Trojans

In large measure, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team’s 2012 odyssey got defined by one opponent it simply could not solve on three different occasions. It was just the Lakers’ luck, as the no. 7 seed, to draw no. 2 seed Homer in Thursday night’s Class C quarterfinal at Butts Field, and from start to finish the Trojans would rule, especially on the defensive end, as it knocked out Skaneateles 9-3.

Softball Lakers ousted by Holland Patent

After working hard down the stretch to earn a spot in the Section III Class B playoffs, the Skaneateles softball team wanted to stay for a while.

Westhill, Ludden advance in baseball playoffs

Warriors blank Solvay; Marcellus, West Genny eliminated

Five local high school baseball teams entered the chaotic fray of the Section III Class B playoffs on Thursday afternoon. Only two of them got out alive. Westhill, the top seed in Class B-1 and looking to reclaim the titles it won in 2009 and 2010 (on the way to back-to-back state championships), met no. 8 seed Solvay in a neighborhood Class B-1 quarterfinal, and Alex Godzak tossed a one-hitter as the Warriors knocked out the Bearcats 2-0.

Marcellus rips CBA in Class C lax playoffs

Mustangs to play Homer in semis; Westhill ousted by Caz

Throughout the entire spring, the Marcellus boys lacrosse team had inched closer to the kind of breakthrough performance that signaled to all of Central New York that a new powerhouse had arrived. Should that take place, Mustang fans can look back on Thursday’s 14-8 victory over Christian Brothers Academy in the Section III Class C quarterfinal at Alibrandi Stadium as a possible turning point.

Ludden's Kibling throws no-hitter in playoff opener

Solvay softball gets Marcellus in sectional quarterfinals

For the most part, the area's high school softball teams escaped the opening phase of the Section III playoffs unscathed. Bishop Ludden did more than that, though, as pitcher Korey Kibling threw a no-hitter in the Gaelic Knights' 8-0 victory over Pulaski in Thursday's Class C-1 quarterfinal.

Mission accomplished along History Trail

The Dabrowski family participated in the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse’s History Trail held Saturday, May 19, in Baldwinsville.

J-E girls track snares titles at B-2 meet

Hourigan wins pentathlon; Gugel, Byrnes also prevail

Tough competition within the OHSL Liberty division positioned the Jordan-Elbridge girls track and field team well for Thursday's Section III Class B-2 championship meet at Marcellus High School. Without powers Cazenovia and Skaneateles to worry about (they were in the B-1 division), the Eagles earned 67 points for fourth place in a nine-team field. Adirondack, with 125 points, took the top spot.

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Caz track girls ‘three-peat’ Section III title

Marshall, Vogl smash records in championship effort

The Cazenovia girls track and field team won its third consecutive Section III championship in overwhelming fashion on May 24, outscoring runner-up Skaneateles 165 to 88 for the title.

WG girls lacrosse rolls into Class A final

Wildcats get seven goals from Geremia, beat F-M 19-6

No distractions this time for the West Genesee girls lacrosse team – and no contest, either, as it rolled into yet another Section III Class A title game. Led again by Erica Geremia and Emily Tripodi, the no. 1 seed Wildcats put away no. 4 seed Fayetteville-Manlius 19-6 Thursday night at CBA’s Alibrandi Stadium in the Class A semifinals.

Caz baseball zooms past Ilion in B-1 opening round

Chittenango, top seed in Class A, stunned by Oneida

Getting through its first test in the Section III Class B-2 playoffs, the Cazenovia baseball team went to Ilion Thursday afternoon and knocked out the Golden Bombers 5-1.

Caz boys lax handles Westhill in playoff opener

Donovan, Cannizzaro both get five goals in 16-5 win

If ever any team needed a week to rest and recuperate, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse Lakers did so. The end of the Lakers’ regular season had been a tough one, with hard-fought wins over CBA, Skaneateles (in overtime) and Homer, and a loss to Baldwinsville that ended Cazenovia’s two-year, 33-game win streak.

Thursday, May 24

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North Syracuse police chief resigns

Village of North Syracuse Police Chief Thomas Connelly has resigned. The police chief's resignation was announced at the May 24 village board meeting. The resignation was accepted by the village board, giving Mayor Mark Atkinson the power to appoint an interim chief for three months.

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Stand Against Suicide to hold first fundraiser in Jordan

Tara Dennee was in the psych unit at Upstate University Hospital when she had an epiphany. It doesn’t have to be like this. Dennee checked herself into the hospital in the spring of 2011 after fighting depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder in the wake of her father’s 2008 suicide. For three years, rather than seek help for her own emotional problems, she let them spiral out of control until she felt like she might take her own life. Not wanting her own daughter to suffer like she did, she spent 11 days in intensive, inpatient treatment.

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CPF walks under a full moon at SQHAP

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and guiding light provided by the “Super Moon” set the mood for the night creature hunt on May 5.

LETTERS: McLean thanks community voters for support

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who voted for me last Tuesday in the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education election.

LETTERS: Durfee thankful for reopening of Clark Street bridge

I started crossing the Clark Street bridge when I was approximately 10 years old and pedaling newspapers for my late uncle John F. “Jack” Ryan.

LETTERS: Free ‘Family Fun Night’ at CCP a success

On Friday, May 27, families gathered for a few relaxing hours of crafts and food at Cazenovia Community Preschool. Children enjoyed activities such as creating marshmallow structures, decorating bookmarks, playing on the playground and others.

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Students create character trait posters

At McNamara Elementary School, Jeffrey Seltzer, the school’s social worker, and art teacher Leslie Nicoletti worked with 10 students from second grade through fourth grade to create original artwork that illustrates the district’s 10 character education traits.

East Syracuse, Manlius police reports ending May 19

East Syracuse, Manlius police reports ending May 19

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St. Mary’s Students receive Communion

Second grade students at St. Mary's Academy, recently received the Sacrament of Communion during the month of May.

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Rabid bat caught in village

Residents urged to be aware of bats in house, near pets

A bat recently captured in a home in the village of Skaneateles has tested positive for rabies, and although no people were infected and the pets were up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations, village residents are urged to be aware and careful of these nocturnal creatures getting in their houses.

F-M Rotary Club plans pancake breakfast

The Fayetteville-Manlius Rotary Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 11 a.m. this Monday at Fayetteville Elementary School.

Sen. Valesky announces $250K grant to support Fayetteville Free Library 'Fab Lab'

The Fayetteville Free Library will receive a $250,000 grant to put toward building a Fab Lab and business center, announced New York State Senator Dave Valesky today at the library.

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GBAC celebrates 50 years

The Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary at the Red Mill Inn, at which the corps gave out new uniform patches to commemorate the past 50 years.

Onondaga County Parks to open beaches early

With expected hot temperatures heading to the area, Onondaga County Executive Mahoney and County Parks are pleased to announce they will be opening the beaches a day ahead of schedule at 11 a.m. Friday, May 25.

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KBR receives district support

The Baldwinsville Board of Education recently showed its support of the Baker High School after Senior Ball party, Keep the Ball Rolling, with a donation of $300.

Liverpool second, C-NS third at sectional track meet

Both sides earn wins, but F-M claims team AA title

Points found, and points lost, had much to do with how Wednesday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Bragman Stadium unfolded.

B’ville boys take fourth at sectional track meet

Bees gain series of top-five finishes, but no wins

High finishes in relays, sprints and field events propelled the Baldwinsville boys track and field team to fourth place at Wednesday’s Section III Class AA championship meet, even as it could not win any of those contests.

WG track sides battle for sectional honors

Barriere, Uczen win on girls side; Potash takes boys 400

Wins by junior Emily Barriere and freshman Abby Uczen highlighted the West Genesee girls track and field team’s sixth-place finish in its sectional Class AA meet Tuesday at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

Volunteer Connections: Lock 24 Visitor Center set to open

The B’ville Visitor’s Center, located on Lock 24, will be opening soon to greet boaters and other visitors to our community and offer helpful information about where to find services, restaurants, points of interest and events happening in and around our area.

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Two ‘Cuse artists plan public art fund forum

If you ask Syracuse artist Ty Marshal, public art is more than just a way to beautify a city — it’s an investment.

When war ended, ‘Cuse nightclubs rocked

After more than five years of death and destruction, of buzz bombs and A-bombs, Panzer tanks and kamikaze planes – after 60 million men and women had perished during World War II, if you were one of the lucky ones who survived, well, it was time to dance!

Wednesday, May 23

West Genesee presents Kaleidoscope concert Thursday

400 students will gather onstage for the final number at West Genesee's 37th annual Kaleidoscope concert Thursday.

Dunkin’ Donuts, AAA to partner with Make-A-Wish Central New York

Make-A-Wish Central New York is partnering with Dunkin’ Donuts and AAA Western and Central New York to promote the foundation’s Wishes in Flight program, the organization announced Tuesday, May 22.

C-NS girls track settles for second at sectional meet

Watterud, Thomson get wins; Osborne is three-time runner-up

Nicole Watterud and Mariah Thomson gave the Cicero-North Syracuse girls track and field teams its lone wins during Tuesday’s Section III Class AA championships at Bragman Stadium. And that lack of wins may have hurt the Northstars, who despite 135 points had to settle for second place behind Fayetteville-Manlius, who rode its domination of distance running to gain most of its 162 points. Liverpool, with 56 points, settled into fourth place.

Baseball Northstars ousted by playoff newcomer

C-NS takes 3-1 first-round defeat to Syracuse West

In the end, things just never clicked for the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team, its 12-8 season defined as much by the narrow defeats as by all it accomplished.

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C-NS's Sovring qualifies for state golf tournament

Northstars sophomore fires 87 to advance

All through the spring, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls golf team had displayed steady improvement, with sophomore Brianna Sovring at the forefront. And when the top golfers in the area gathered for Tuesday’s Section III championships at Foxfire, Sovring burst into the limelight and earned a berth in next month’s state tournament.

Proposed consolidation, public hearing

The town of Van Buren will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed consolidation of the Lakeside Fire District and the Southeastern Fire Protection District at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the town hall, corner of Ellsworth and Van Buren roads.

Bey kicking government in the butt

Fourth District Common Councilor Khalid Bey opened his 15th Ward Community Forum by noting for the two dozen attendees, including representatives from the city’s Department of Public Works, Water Department, Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs, Code Enforcement, Police Department and the City School District, that sometimes elected officials don’t have a clue.

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Liverpool loses FOCUS

Liverpool's 2012-13 budget cut the alternative high school program, but not due to lack of success.

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Living with Lyme

You’d never know Taryn Hafner Hullsiek has a debilitating disease. The former Cicero-North Syracuse High School athlete could once swim five miles. Now there are days she can’t get out of bed. Hullsiek, who now lives in Madison, Wis., has chronic Lyme disease, a diagnosis she finally received after seeing more than 30 doctors over five and a half years. “It’s changed my life in every way possible,” Hullsiek said. “Living day to day, your expectations of what your live was going to be, everything across the board — having a family, having a career, all those things. It’s a tough pill to swallow.”

Wind whips off the Willow Museum door

The wind had whipped itself into a frenzy on the last Sunday in April as Joan Cregg and Dorianne Elitharp-Gutierrez tidied up the Willow Museum, preparing it for the upcoming summer season. “Suddenly the wooden door was ripped off its hinges by the wind,” recalled Dorianne, the village historian. “It flew down the sidewalk and landed face down, smashing its window to pieces.” Joan, the president of the Historical Association of Greater Liverpool which maintains the museum, stepped forward to pay for its repair, forking over a tidy sum that would be reimbursed by the association at its May 12 meeting. Longtime Liverpool resident Ken Hurst, whose 19th century ancestors crafted willow baskets and furniture in the willow shop which is now the museum, called the door mishap “an act of God.”

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Program for homeless veterans provides shelter, job training

On the campaign trail, there’s been a lot of talk about helping veterans get jobs. But in a two-story brownstone on Gifford Street in Syracuse, a small team of dedicated professionals is actually making it happen. The Veterans Residential Program is run by Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment funded by the Veterans Administration. The program is based on Father Peter Young’s “three-legged stool” program: provide veterans with treatment for their issues, whether they are related to substance abuse, mental health or something else; give them a place to live; and help them get vocational training and find a job. Once they have all of those, they will land on their feet. The program, which has been in existence for over 50 years, has homes from Buffalo to New York City.

Carnovale wins twice for Bees at sectional AA meet

B'ville girls finish third behind F-M, C-NS

Sprint titles from senior Gina Carnovale proved the main rallying point for the Baldwinsville girls track and field team during Tuesday’s Section III Class AA championships at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

Walsh leads B’ville golfers at sectional tournament

Baldwinsville’s girls golf team again got to stay close to home for Tuesday’s Section III championship tournament. Playing at Foxfire at Village Green, the Bees scored 388, finishing fifth overall and fourth among Division I (large school) teams.

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League gets second hole-in-one in 27-year history

Baldwinsville’s Greg Massaro, second from right, hit a hole-in-one on the 143-yard (par 3) 17th hole at Foxfire Golf Course on Monday, May 14.

A Report from Station 54

On Saturday, April 28, the members of the Skaneateles Fire Department and their guests attended the annual dinner and installation of officers at the Orchard Vali Golf Club in LaFayette.

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Presbyterian Church nears end of 20-year window restoration project

More than just art, the stained glass windows reveal history, spirituality, community ties

Skaneateles residents passing down East Genesee Street soon will notice boarded-up window frames have replaced the beautiful stained-glass windows in the top story, front façade of the First Presbyterian Church. Don’t worry — the church is not moving, or going defunct, but rather nearing the completion of a 20-year project to restore all the stained glass windows to a structurally sound state.

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Jordan Senn: Principal for a day

As it turns out, a lot of students think it would be cool to be a principal — at least for a day. Jordan Senn got that chance at State Street School recently when her name was drawn in a contest that was held to raise funds to send two Skaneateles Odyssey of the Mind teams to World finals in Iowa May 23 through 26.

Baker teacher honored by former student

Kaitlin Strathdee, left, a graduate of Russell Sage College, presents Karel James with the Russell Sage College Inspirational Teacher Award at the college’s graduation ceremony on May 11.

COLUMN: Hustle and bustle increases as school year comes to close

The school year is hurrying toward the end full of projects, concerts, picnics, tests and of course graduation with all the attendant hoopla.

Boleslav brothers win Class A tennis title

Breault, Arnold reach first doubles finals

Together, West Genesee boys tennis stars Brent and Garrett Boleslav are quite formidable. Good enough, in fact, to earn victory in the first doubles division at this week’s Section III Class A tournament, held at Syracuse University’s SkyTop Courts.

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‘Open Your Heart’ yields more than $3K for CazCares

The fourth annual “Open Your Heart” event was held on Saturday, May 12, in the Cazenovia Presbyterian Meeting Hall to honor CazCares’ 30th Anniversary.

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Local youths study Caz Lake ‘Creatures of the Deep’

Cazenovia College Extended Learning helps students learn about life beneath the surface

Not only New York state biologists have been testing the aquatic life of Cazenovia Lake. An education program offered by Cazenovia College’s Office of Extended Learning has given area children the chance to monitor indigenous fish.

The tools for success

Editorial

Yet another facet of the Cazenovia Central School District has been recognized for its excellence on a national level. Members of the high school technology department were recently given a commemorative plaque, after having been named as one of Project Lead The Way’s 16 nationwide “Model Schools” for the 2010-11 school year.

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Caz Lions Club to lead ‘Ride for Sight’

Annual motorcycle tour to benefit sight, hearing projects

The Cazenovia Lions Club is calling all motorcycle riders to take the afternoon off and join other bikers on Saturday, June 9 for the Seventh Annual “Ride for Sight.”

Madison County village voters need to be registered by June 8

Those wishing to vote in the Cazenovia, Hamilton or Morrisville village elections on June 19 must be registered by June 8.

Caz students place in 2012 CNYAMT Vocal Competition

Cazenovia High School senior Rebecca Yaciuk and junior Kyle Johnson performed at a winners recital Saturday, May 12 in the Hosmer Auditorium at the Everson Museum of Art, after placing in the Central New York Association of Music Teachers High School Vocal Competition.

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Marris, Lyga win doubles at tennis sectionals

Cudney teams with Concilla for second-place finish

Cazenovia’s boys tennis team concentrated its strength into doubles for the Section III Class B tournament, held early this week at Utica Parkway Courts. And the duo of Pat Marris and John Lyga went all the way to the championship in the second doubles division.

Caz girls lacrosse eliminated by CBA

Defending state champs outscore Lakers 18-11

It took the reigning state champions, hungry for another crown, to end the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team’s venture through the Section III Class C playoffs. The no. 9 seed Lakers fell, 18-11, to top seed Christian Brothers Academy in Tuesday night’s Class C quarterfinal at Alibrandi Stadium.

Caz, Chittenango golfers play in sectional tournaments

Christakos ties for third in boys Class B final

Whether fresh from spring work or back from a fall and winter break, the area’s boys and girls golf teams hit the links for their various Section III championships early last week.

Police Blotter: Three charged with DWI

At 10:20 p.m. April 29, a vehicle was observed speeding on East Genesee Street. The vehicle was stopped and the driver identified as Holly V. Zegarelli, 26, of 615 Village Blvd. South, Baldwinsville.

COLUMN: Infrastructure projects set to begin

As we officially put the winter weather behind us, our focus in county government turns to the needs of our infrastructure and planning for a very short construction season. At our April committee meetings, the Department of Transportation presented the 2012 Highway Plan for bridge, paving and roadway repair projects that will be performed this year.

Tuesday, May 22

F-M track sweeps to sectional Class AA titles

Hornets dominate girls, boys distance races to pile up points

Sheer numbers of talented runners, especially in the distance events, proved the secret to Fayetteville-Manlius capturing both Section III Class AA championships at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

J-D girls track stomps to Class A sectional title

Relay sweep keys Red Rams' rout; ESM takes fifth

Leaving no questions, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls track and field team pulled far away from a deep field to claim the Section III Class A championship Tuesday at Camden High School. The Red Rams picked up 187 points, more than triple the total of runner-up Mexico, who had 62 points. East Syracuse-Minoa, with 39 points, pulled into fifth place.

DeWitt Police honor residents, officers at annual awards ceremony

In a crowded courtroom, residents from all over Central New York gathered to celebrate outstanding citizens and officers at the 2012 DeWitt Police Department Awards Ceremony.

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Manlius Mayor: Joe LaGuardia put 'stars in my path'

It was with great sadness that I learned of the unexpected passing of Joseph LaGuardia. In June 1982, I knocked on Joe's door at the NYS Fair with a few sample portraits in my portfolio.

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Five girls golfers qualify for state tournament

F-M's Kingsley aces 17th hole at Foxfire

Without question, Fayetteville-Manlius girls golf senior Meghan Kingsley struck the most memorable shot of Tuesday's Section III championship tournament. On the par-three 17th hole at Foxfire in Baldwinsville, Kingsley, from 120 yards out, struck an eight-iron that found its way to the cup for a hole-in-one.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Dark Shadows’

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

Lysander appoints highway superintendent

Lysander officials appointed Eugene Dinsmoor to the position of Lysander Highway Superintendent during the May 14 board meeting. Filling a position vacated by Bruce Reeves, who retired at the end of April, Dinsmoor will receive a prorated salary of $55,000 and will have to run for election in November.

Police say Jamesville man accused of destroying swan eggs was driving 109MPH

A Jamesville man accused of destroying swan eggs in the village of Manlius has been charged with speeding after police say he was driving 109 miles per hour in Lafayette.

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Kellish Hill hosts second annual American Music Festival

The Kellish Hill Music Farm has concluded its successful second annual American Music Festival. The fun lasted all weekend.

Camillus village board debates hiring company to clean firehouse

Members of the Camillus volunteer fire department would like to hire professionals to come into the firehouse on a biweekly basis and do routine cleaning, a job that would cost at least $6,000.

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Minoa Field Days set to return May 31 to June 2

A long-standing community tradition is readying to return next weekend. The Minoa Fire Department Field Days is set for Thursday, May 31 to Saturday, June 2.

Lysander may face lawsuit

Lysander officials may have to make a decision on the Transfer of Development Rights program whether ready or not.

Westhill roars to Class B sectional golf title

Marcellus takes third; Ludden's Wallace shares individual Class C honors

Perfect within the OHSL Liberty division, the Westhill boys golf team took that good work to Oneida’s Kanon Valley course Monday afternoon and brought home the Section III Class B championship.

B’ville students inducted into National Technical Honor Society

Twenty-two Baker High School students who attend career and technical education programs at OCM BOCES were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society in a ceremony held at OCM BOCES on May 10.

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COLUMN: A tasty night out for B'ville mom

It’s rare my husband and I get an evening out without the girls.

Chabad-Lubavitch of CNY to celebrate Shavout

Jewish educational outreach organization Chabad-Lubavitch of Central New York will begin its celebration of Shavuot this year with a “Bridge the Generations Ice Cream Party and Reading of The Ten Commandments” event.

Monday, May 21

Camillus raises $2K for fireworks; show to be held Saturday

Faced with a tight budget, Mayor Patricia Butler and village treasurer Sharon Norcross made the appeal to local businesses to fund the fireworks. Otherwise, the annual Memorial Day parade and weekend-long celebration would have been without the night show.

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Elden celebrates male role models

Elden Elementary School held its fifth Annual Dunkin’ Donuts for Dudes, a celebration of male role models, on May 10.

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Kraetz Physical Therapy specializes in women’s health, orthopedic rehab

On the six-month anniversary of opening her own business, physical therapist Dr. Shelly Kraetz is excited. She loves what she does, her reputation is growing, her business is looking toward expansion and she feels that her work makes a difference in people’s lives.

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Community volunteers build new Austin Park playground in three days

Hundreds of Skaneateles community members, groups and local businesses spent hours of their weekend — some spent their entire weekend — out in the sun and summer weather at Austin Park this past weekend helping to build in three days a new playground for Skaneateles. The Austin Park playground project, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Council of Skaneateles, came to fruition May 18 through May 20 after nearly one year of fundraising and organizational efforts.

Town board sets tennis court policy

Private lesson instructors to provide insurance certificate, fee

A request to rent one of the town-owned tennis courts for private lessons has prompted the Skaneateles Town Board to set a written policy pertaining to court use.

Memorial Day parade information

The Robert J. Hydon Post 239, American Legion of Skaneateles, is respectfully honored to host the 2012 Memorial Day Parade and Service on Monday, May 28. All veterans as well as members of the American Legion (past and present) are invited to participate in the parade and service.

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Balliet/Vasquez to wed

Mr. Eric Balliet, son of Elizabeth Balliet and the late Robert Balliet of Baldwinsville, NY, is engaged to Ms. Felice Vasquez, daughter of Joe and Jeannie Vasquez of Santa Fe, NM. The groom-to-be is a 1995 graduate of C. W. Baker High who received his bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher in Rochester, NY, in 1999. He is currently a special agent for Homeland Security Investigations.

Caz Town Board: Whitman student survey complete

The Cazenovia Town Board’s most recent monthly meeting, held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 14 in the Gothic Cottage, was sparsely attended by local residents. Councilors reported the Whitman School student survey of lakefront residents, regarding the potential new sewer district, has concluded.

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The call of duty

In its 38th year of operation, the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps recently appointed two of its youngest officials, 41-year-old President Greg Widrick and 24-year-old Chief of Operations Ryan Ammann.

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Caz HS named as one of best in STEM education

Project Lead the Way, the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum, named Cazenovia High School as one of the 16 national 2010-11 “Model Schools” for their leadership in STEM education.

Office for the Aging to hold discussion at Caz library

Madison County Office for the Aging Executive Director Theresa Davis and advocate Patty Edwards will share an informative presentation regarding the services provided by the Office for the Aging at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room.

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Caz Rowing Club to help newcomers ‘Learn to Row’

The Cazenovia Rowing Club will hold a “Learn to Row” clinic from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, June 2, at Gypsy Bay Park, located at the south end of Cazenovia Lake on Route 20.

LETTERS: Skinner thankful for regained use of Clark Street bridge

Although I am not a resident of the village of Cazenovia, I daily travel its streets and bridges. The Clark Street bridge had become unsafe to use and was closed to traffic.

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F-M Science Olympiad places seventh at nationals

Fayetteville-Manlius High School's Science Olympiad team placed seventh in the Science Olympiad National Tournament Saturday at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

LETTERS: Van Arnam endorses Porter for second term on village board

I am writing to endorse my fellow Cazenovia Village Trustee David Porter for re-election, and to encourage you to vote for him on June 19.

LETTERS: Moore endorses Porter for re-election as village trustee

As the spouse of current Cazenovia Village Trustee, Dave Porter, it has been a revelation for me to observe the amount of time, dedication and effort that is expended by a village trustee in the course of fulfilling his or her responsibilities.

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Abstract painter joins Cazenovia Artisans

Elizabeth Cummings-Monroe, a locally-based artist who works with watercolor, acrylics and collage, recently joined Cazenovia Artisans.

Superhero capes should come standard with every new mom

Guest Column

It’s the cape, the magical, flowing cape, that makes a superhero, right? After she gives birth, each mother should be presented with her own cape — much more stylish than hospital gowns, anyway.

Some bellyaches are bigger than others

Guest Column

In the wake of the obesity epidemic in America and upon discovering that 30 percent of white people my age are overweight, I decided to embark on a celery diet.

East Syracuse police officers respond to fire call, save 54-year-old’s life

On May 18, at around 8:51 p.m., East Syracuse police officers Dale Barhite and Robert Wolfe responded to a fire call at 210 McCool Ave.

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Fine and Performing Arts Center to open in Warners' old white church'

The buildings once housed Our Lady of Good Counsel, but now the church and parish hall will see a re-birth as a fine arts and performing center in Warners.

Robert Cudworth named grand marshal of Camillus Memorial Day Parade

For the better part of two decades, Robert Cudworth has marched in the Camillus Memorial Day Parade. This year, he’ll ride in a convertible as the honored guest, the grand marshal of the 66th annual parade.

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Fine Fiasco: what defamation suits could really mean in the Boeheim, Fine case

A wild case of accused sexual abuse has turned into an embittered battle in civil courts, as two people on opposite ends of the Bernie Fine abuse allegations seek justice from libel litigation. But experts say the defamation suits by both Laurie Fine and Bobby Davis could face a long, complicated road in the court systems.

Liverpool, C-NS baseball both take close losses

Warriors start AA title defense as no. 2 playoff seed

Nothing has proven smooth for the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse baseball teams, as they both had to absorb close defeats in the last week of the regular season.

Liverpool softball beats West Genny, Auburn

Warriors no. 2 seed for AA playoffs, with C-NS top seed

Though it knows that it will chase favored Cicero-North Syracuse in the Section III Class AA playoffs, the Liverpool softball team still has plenty of reason to think it can prevail, too.

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B’ville woman honored with Peer Recognition Award

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center celebrated Nurses’ Day May 11 at the hospital.

F-M baseball takes win streak into sectionals

Hornets beat West Genny, but faces rematch with Wildcats

For its last week of regular-season work, the Fayetteville-Manlius baseball team had an odd mixture of opponents and intentions, but it all seemed to work out as it went 3-0.

J-D softball, baseball head for Class A playoffs

Both sides will host sectional quarterfinal games

With most of its roster back from 2011, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team had nothing less than a Section III Class A championship in mind. Now the Red Rams’ post-season quest begins. With a no. 3 seed in Class A, J-D hosts no. 6 seed New Hartford in the quarterfinal round, with the winner to get Phoenix or Chittenango in the semifinals.

Boys lacrosse Brothers split OT thrillers

CBA enters Class C playoffs, routs Clinton in opening round

Only by a narrow margin did the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team miss dropping its last four games of the regular season in the wake of an 11-1 start.

EMA names B’ville man executive creative director

Eric Mower + Associates has promoted Tom Merrick, of Baldwinsville, to executive creative director.

Sunday, May 20

B’ville baseball wins Ilacqua Tournament title

Bees close regular season with rush, improve to 16-3

A good reputation may have much to do with the Baldwinsville baseball team’s no. 4 state Class AA ranking, but its play in the last week of the regular season offered a lot of justification to that high standard as the Bees won all five games it played to improve to 16-3 on the season.

Girls track Bees win invitational at C-NS

B'ville boys are third at site of sectional, state championships

In a span of 23 days, Baldwinsville’s track and field teams will make as many as seven trips to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium for various competitions, all the way to the state championships on June 8 and 9. But it started with last weekend’s invitational meets. And in the inaugural C-NS Star-Light Girls Invitational on Friday, the Bees finished well out in front, earning 149 points, more than double the total of runner-up West Genesee, who had 73 points.

Skaneateles boys lax opens playoffs, rips J-E

Lakers score first seven goals in 16-7 romp of Eagles

Expectations for the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team for the 2012 edition of the Section III Class C playoffs are the same as in years past, even if the Lakers are in a far different position than normal. But when the sectional tournament began on Saturday night, the Lakers were ready for it, as it proved by controlling things from start to finish in a 16-7 victory over Jordan-Elbridge in the opening round.

Girls acrosse teams share fateful playoff Saturday

Marcellus, J-E beaten in close calls; alums shine in college spotlight

The fact that the Marcellus and Jordan-Elbridge girls lacrosse teams were eliminated in Saturday’s opening round of the Section III Class C playoffs was difficult for fans of both teams to take. However, those feelings were tempered by the immense pride shared in the fact that, across the country and across the divisions, local stars were busy shaping national-championship chases.

Saturday, May 19

Marcellus, Westhill boys advance in lacrosse playoffs

Mustangs rout General Brown; Warriors take out Cortland

In their own particular ways, and on home fields both permanent and temporary, the Marcellus and Westhill boys lacrosse teams passed their first tests in the Section III Class C playoffs. Going first, the no. 8 seed Warriors knocked out no. 9 seed Cortland 15-9. A couple of hours later, it was the no. 6 seed Mustangs pulling away from no. 11 seed General Brown for a 16-7 victory.

Caz girls lax holds off Marcellus in playoff opener

Lakers to face CBA in sectional quarterfinal

Twice in a span of six days, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team would prove better than Marcellus. It was the second of those wins that counted the most, as the no. 9 seed Lakers led most of the way and held on to eliminate the no. 8 seed Mustangs 14-13 in Saturday's opening round of the Section III Class C playoffs.

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Elbridge man, 23, escapes house fire as 20 departments battle blaze

A 23-year-old man escaped injury after the home he was sleeping in caught fire in Elbridge Saturday afternoon.

Friday, May 18

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Gent Treadly to bring blues-based rock n’ roll to Caz

Group will play May 25 at Catherine Cummings Theatre

The Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College presents Gent Treadly in Concert, Friday, May 25, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and a cash bar is available. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students.

Solvay softball blanks Homer, clinches league title

Baseball Bearcats also win, hands Liberty title to Westhill

Solvay's softball team was not in a sharing mood Friday afternoon. With a chance to snatch the outright OHSL Liberty division regular-season championship in Friday's showdown against Homer, the Bearcats seized it, combining offensive opportunity with defensive efficiency to beat the Trojans 5-0.

Portion of Avery Avenue in Syracuse to close Monday

Avery Avenue, from Whittier Avenue to Yale Avenue, will be closed northbound and southbound from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, May 21, City of Syracuse Water Department officials said.

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One fatality in head-on crash near Hilltop Restaurant in Skaneateles

A two-car head-on collision around 2 p.m. Friday, May 18 on Route 20 in Skaneateles resulted in one man dead and a second uninjured.

J-D track sides sweep to Freedom meet titles

Fairbanks, Sterriker, Peters each win twice for Red Rams

Building on its regular-season success, Jamesville-DeWitt’s track and field teams both easily claimed the top spots in Thursday’s OHSL Freedom division championship meet at Fulton.

C-NS lacrosse sides get pre-sectional wins

Boys Northstars top RFA; girls handle Oswego

Right at the end of the regular season, each of the Cicero-North Syracuse lacrosse teams earned a valuable victory.

Liverpool lacrosse sides win big

Boys, girls Warriors will host sectional playoff games

For an entire weekend, the Liverpool boys lacrosse team recuperated in the wake of its 14-4 defeat at West Genesee on May 10, its lone defeat of the season.

B'ville softball hangs close in loss to C-NS

Bees topple Phoenix, Oswego in impressive closing stretch

Though it faced a lot of work in the last week of the regular season, the Baldwinsville softball team relished the chance to build up some momentum as it got nearer to the Section III Class AA playoffs.

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Wild Carp Week returns this weekend

Professional carp anglers from the all over the world will arrive in town this week to catch (and release) carp from the Seneca River during the second annual Wild Carp Week, and one of them will be leaving a national champion.

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Three F-M boats medal at state rowing championships

Top boys, girls crews headed to nationals in New Jersey

The Fayetteville Manlius 4+ boats officially raised the bar at the New York State Scholastic Rowing Association Championship Regatta in Saratoga on the weekend of May 11-12.

DeWitt Community Library introduces 'Universal Class'

Technically Speaking

There is always something new to learn, and the DeWitt Community Library is now bringing it right into your home – for no cost at all!

Joanie Mahoney appoints Onondaga County CFO

Steve Morgan has been appointed as the county’s new Chief Fiscal Officer, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney announced today.

Something for everyone in B'ville this Saturday

It will be hard to claim boredom this Saturday in Baldwinsville as there are numerous activities taking place throughout the community.

J-D named semi-finalist in state mock trial tournament

Jamesville-DeWitt High School has been named a semi-finalist in this year’s New York State mock trial tournament.

Help support Cystic Fibrosis research

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The Great Strides Walk is this Sat. May 19 at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse. We and many others are walking to make a difference.

Students prepare for Syracuse Soapbox Derby

Students in grades 3-10 in the Syracuse City School District are gearing up to participate in the eighth annual Syracuse Soapbox Derby June 9 on the 2100 block of South Geddes Street near Bellevue Heights United Methodist Church.

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B’ville native graduates from the Coast Guard Academy

Cadet Amanda M. Hamlet, of Baldwinsville, was one of 233 cadets to graduate Wednesday, May 16, from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

Cazenovia Police Blotter: April 21 to May 5

The Cazenovia Police Blotter is compiled and submitted by the Cazenovia Police Department, located at 90 Albany St.

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Caz students compete in 2012 GHD Student Engineering Contest

For the past two months, nearly 50 students from four local high schools participated in the Second Annual GHD Student Engineering Contest.

Lorenzo to celebrate Caz heritage

Since 2003, The Friends of Lorenzo has celebrated Preservation Month in May by hosting public events promoting the many social, cultural and economic benefits in preserving historic architecture, landscapes and archaeology.

B’ville woman graduates US Marine Corps boot camp

Pvt. Lydia Grace Darling, 18, of Baldwinsville, graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on May 11.

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Cazenovia baseball upends Homer, 5-3

Big second inning, solid pitching from Rogers beats state-ranked Trojans

Something about the bigger-name opponents turns the Cazenovia baseball team into a much more dangerous force. Further proof of this was offered in last Thursday’s game against Homer, where the Lakers avenged an extra-inning defeat to those same Trojans a day earlier and won by a score of 5-3.

Caz softball runs up against Class B powers

Lakers competitive in losses to Solvay, Homer

Still in the midst of its own fight to get into the post-season, the Cazenovia softball made a serious upset bid at OHSL Liberty division-leading Solvay last Monday night, but fell to the Bearcats 4-1, foretelling the week ahead.

Baker students honored

Shannon Hines, of Baldwinsville, was recently honored for her academic achievement during the Presidential Scholars Program ceremony at Western New England University.

Board of Ed to meet May 21

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School.

Thursday, May 17

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Land bank to combat vacancy approved for Syracuse, Onondaga County

To combat growing vacancy issues in the city, the county and city are exploring a new option in tandem — a land bank. That program was approved today by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

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Kellish Hill hosts second annual American Music Fest this weekend

For the second year in a row, Kathy Kellish’s old family farm on Pompey Center Road will swing and sway to the sound of music at the 2012 American Music Festival.

NYSSPCA elects Anthony Abboud as Syracuse chapter representative

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants elected Anthony Abboud, of Manlius, as the director representing the Syracuse chapter at the organization’s 115th annual election meeting and dinner held May 10 in New York City.

B’ville Girls Crew Booster Club sponsors electronics collection

The Baldwinsville Girls Crew Booster Club will host a “Recycling for Rowers” electronics collections event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in Kimbrook Plaza parking lot (behind Tim Hortons) at the corner of routes 31 and 57.

Camillus, Geddes police reports ending May 10

Camillus, Geddes police reports ending May 10

‘Workforce Basics for Success’ to be offered at CPL

Heather Hawkins, Career Counselor at Morrisville State College will again offer the course “Workforce Basics for Success” on two consecutive Fridays — from 9 a.m. to noon on May 18 and 25 — in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room.

Manlius, East Syracuse, DeWitt police reports ending May 15

Manlius, East Syracuse, DeWitt police reports ending May 15

B’ville girls lax topples F-M, Brighton

Boys top Syracuse East, to meet C-NS in sectional home game

Before it could proceed to the Section III Class A playoffs, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team had a small bit of payback to execute and a tough non-league opponent to challenge them.

CBA fights off J-D for OHSL golf title

Hair takes individual title by three shots; F-M falls to Auburn

A season-long trend continued for Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt when the two sides battled for the Onondaga High School League tournament title Wednesday at Woodcrest Golf Club.

'Ebony Hillbillies' sing May Memorial Friday

The Ebony Hillbillies, an old-time string band featuring washboard and fiddle, performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church on Syracuse’s East Side. The band will also perform Saturday at the Southwest Community Center.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards $14,980 to Literacy Volunteers Greater Syracuse

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation, of Goodlettsville, Tenn., has awarded a $14,980 grant to Literacy Volunteers Greater Syracuse. The organization will use the money to fund literacy and basic education programs for adults.

P.E.A.C.E. Inc. honors Big Brothers, Sisters for 'making a difference'

On May 9, more than 200 attendees gathered at Drumlins to honor volunteer mentors who participate in P.E.A.C.E., Inc. Big Brothers Big Sisters traditional and school-based programs.

Skaneateles boys lax has mixed finish

Lakers shut down Westhill, drop OT battle to CBA

A lot of frustration surrounded the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team in the days leading up to the Section III Class C playoffs.

Skaneateles girls overwhelmed in rematch with CBA

Once ahead 4-1, Lakers victimized by Brothers' all-out attack

For a while Wednesday night, it appeared that the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team was on its way to restoring its place atop the Section III Class C ranks, storming to a three-goal lead against defending state Class C champion Christian Brothers Academy at Alibrandi Stadium.

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Caz library to host Impressionism presentation

All are invited to the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30 for “American Impressionism: Paintings of Light and Life,” an insightful commentary by Dr. Paul D’Ambrosio, vice president and chief curator for the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown.

Skaneateles golfers win West End Classic

Girls Lakers finish third at OHSL tournament

Right before the regular season concluded, the Skaneateles boys golf team earned a prestigious tournament title. The Lakers knocked off five other OHSL Liberty division foes in Monday’s West End Classic, played at Bellevue Country Club. Skaneateles had a team score of 206, just one shot better than runner-up Westhill.

West Genny baseball runs past Liverpool

Randall's dash secures 4-3 win over defending AA champs

Enough bad weather popped up in the spring so that the West Genesee baseball team had to play five times in the last week of the regular season, two of them made up from previous postponements. Of those games, none had more importance than Wednesday’s clash with defending Class AA champion Liverpool, which was supposed to happen April 23.

J-E girls lax wins twice, reaches .500 mark

Marcellus rolls to much-needed win over Westhill

For a quartet of local girls lacrosse teams, just reaching the Section III playoffs was enough of a chore, and not all of them would get there. Of them, it turned out that Jordan-Elbridge carried the most momentum, a late-season surge capped by beating the combined Bishop Ludden/Bishop Grimes entry 11-8 last Wednesday to improve its mark to 8-8.

West Genny lacrosse sides sweep into playoffs

Girls top F-M again; boys beat Corcoran to go to 15-1

Again, West Genesee’s lacrosse teams enter the Section III playoffs fully expecting to finish with two more championships to add to the winning tradition.

Marcellus boys lax handles Westhill again

Mustangs complete regular-season sweep of Warriors, 11-6

All the momentum the Westhill boys lacrosse team thought it had picked up by knocking off state-ranked CBA on May 11 did not last long. The Warriors met Marcellus in Wednesday’s regular-season finale, and the Mustangs, coming off its own tough defeat to Homer, would recover by beating the Warriors 11-6.

Golf teams compete in West End Classic

Westhill finishes second; girls vie for OHSL honors

All of the area’s boys golf teams gathered last Monday at Bellevue Country Club for the annual West End Classic. Westhill shot 207, finishing second, one shot behind Skaneateles. Jordan-Elbridge posted 224, while Marcellus shot 225 and Solvay had 231.

Westhill baseball rallies past Marcellus, 5-3

Godzak shakes off poor start, earns 17 strikeouts

For the briefest moment Tuesday afternoon, the Marcellus baseball team had to feel like it was 2011 all over again. Just like in last year’s Section III Class B playoffs, the Mustangs were leading rival Westhill and appeared to solve the Warriors’ left-handed ace, Alex Godzak, in the process. Not long after that, though, reality returned, in the form of Godzak dominating on the mound and the Mustangs seeing its lead slip away in a tough 5-3 defeat.

Palmer receives Kiwanis Club grant

The Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club has awarded a $1,000 grant to Palmer Elementary School for its READy for Kindergarten program. This program is co-sponsored by Palmer Elementary School, the Palmer PTA, and the Kiwanis club, and is designed to provide parents with activities they can do at home with their future kindergarteners to help them make a successful transition to school.

Police: Man had 46 grams of cocaine when he crashed into DeWitt home

A Syracuse man has been charged with numerous misdemeanors and felonies after a traffic stop, turned police chase.

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Boys lacrosse Lakers turn back Homer again

Caz wins 11-9, recovers from defeat to Baldwinsville

Keen awareness of the situation helped the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team along as it earned, arguably, its important win of the 2012 regular season right at the end. The Lakers’ 11-9 victory at Homer Wednesday night served all kinds of purposes, from locking down the Division II regular-season championship to securing the top seed for the Section III Class C playoffs.

Caz, Chittenango golfers vie for league honors

Arnold shoots 99 at Woodcrest for Bears

During the last week of the regular season, the Cazenovia and Chittenango girls golf teams both would see action, culminating in Wednesday’s Onondaga High School League championship tournament, held at Woodcrest Golf Club.

Wednesday, May 16

CBA girls shake off bad start, rout Skaneateles

Senior night at Alibrandi Stadium featured two of the top three ranked girls lacrosse teams in the state as Christian Brothers Academy greeted Skaneateles in Wednesday's regular-season finale. In actuality, though, the Brothers didn't show up until midway through the first half - and when it did, it smothered the Lakers with a 15-1 outburst on its way to a 17-6 victory.

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Marcellus hosts open house for new composting plant Saturday

The village of Marcellus’ Bio-solids Composting Facility was an investment — and for village residents, it’s already paying off.

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I-81’s future is in your hands

Syracusans offer input at public forum

At the public I-81 Challenge held May 9 at the Oncenter, the study to determine the future of the road that divides the city took another step in the rehabilitation process by displaying thoughts from the May 2011 meeting, while also gathering more information from the more than 450 people who attended the forum.

Magee announces grants for local libraries

More than $118,000 to be allocated to three area facilities

On Tuesday, May 8, New York State Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Nelson) announced more than $118,000 in construction and renovation grants for local public libraries and public library systems. These grants will allow the libraries to make much-needed renovations, giving them the opportunity to enhance and develop their facilities.

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Project CAFÉ members, mentees ‘Zumba’

On Sunday, April 29, students involved in Project CAFÉ’s Friend to Friend mentoring program met at the Cazenovia American Legion Hall to participate in a zumba class.

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Olan Mack is Westcott Community Center’s new director

The 44-year-old used to run a community center in Ithaca

Though Steve Susman has retired as executive director of the Westcott Community Center, the place has a new person in charge. And Susman believes he’s the perfect person for the job.

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Touching BASE in the classroom

School Is In

To a large degree, Mark Teahen and Josh Wilkie are baseball opposites.

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Learn and play in the ‘green classroom’

Richard Harpham and Glenn Charles each have a spare seat for those with an adventurous spirit.

RMS among top 21 in USA

Firm assists providers in conducting patient satisfaction surveying

Research & Marketing Strategies’ dedicated healthcare division (RMS Healthcare) is listed in the Top 21 of the Modern Healthcare’s Patient Satisfaction Measurement Firms Survey.

School board begins information process of hiring interim superintendent

The Skaneateles CSD Board of Education has begun the process for finding an interim district superintendent by consulting with the head of the regional BOCES to learn how and when to start the transition.

Generations enjoy each other’s company

Silver Fox Senior Social Club and Elden Elementary School have received the Outstanding Intergenerational Program award from the Onondaga County Department of Aging & Youth.

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Laurie Fine accuses ESPN of libel

Laurie Fine has accused the sports network ESPN of libel.

COLUMN: Senior living - Assess hazards in home to prevent falls

Silver Fox Senior Social Club’s goal is to keep seniors in their own homes safely and independently in the community for as long as possible. Unfortunately, elders fall while in their own homes every day, leading to injuries that perhaps could have been prevented.

Peace Action forum seeks new priorities

City Scuffle

Howie Hawkins walked into ArtRage last week looking a little disoriented.

Baker makes U.S. News’ list of Best High Schools

U.S. News released the fourth edition of its Best High Schools rankings on May 8. Charles W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville is ranked 179th in New York and number 1,391 in the nation.

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Ticket sales on hold for New York State Fair grandstand acts

Tickets for Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan at the New York State Fair have been put on hold, pending a completed contract with the fair’s ticketing company.

Village of Camillus hosts One-Mile Sale Saturday

The businesses and organizations of the village of Camillus will hold their annual One-Mile Sale from 8 a.m. through mid-afternoon Saturday, May 19.

Cazenovia Veterans prepare for Memorial Day

Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 Commander John J. Mott calls the community to come to Memorial Park on Albany Street, on Monday, May 28, to participate in the observance of Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 15

School budget easily passes, new members elected to school board

When the polls closed at Waterman Elementary School at 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, the Skaneateles Central School District had an overwhelmingly approved budget, an authorization to buy new school busses, one reelected school board member and two new members.

Delta Sonic looks to build at Fairmount Center

Fairmount Center, which hinges on the Geddes and Camillus town line, could be the location of a new gas station.

ESM voters approve $72.1M budget

East Syracuse Minoa voters passed the school district’s $72.1 million budget by a vote of 949 to 337 at the polls today.

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CCSD 2012-13 budget approved, incumbents re-elected

Voters say ‘yes’ to proposed budget, bus purchases, library support

Seven hundred and sixty residents of the Cazenovia Central School District visited the high school auditorium on May 15 to cast their ballots for the 2012-13 proposed budget, the purchase of school buses, funding for area libraries and for four candidates vying for three seats on the board of education.

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Liverpool, North Syracuse budgets pass

Voters in Liverpool and North Syracuse overwhelmingly passed school budgets on Tuesday, May 15.

West Genesee voters approve budget with 4-to-1 ratio

Voters approved the West Genesee school budget nearly four to one Tuesday.

F-M voters approve budget, elect three to school board

Fayetteville-Manlius residents approved the school district’s $74.6 million 2012-13 budget by a vote of 1,328 to 531 today, while also electing three school board members.

Marcellus voters pass budget, library proposition; three incumbents win BOE spots

David Kelly will remain Board of Education President.

Jordan-Elbridge passes, Paul Fried to join school board

The Jordan-Elbridge $27.2 million budget was passed by voters Tuesday, with 422 voting yes and 268 against. The budget will bring a 1.2 percent tax levy increase.

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J-D budget passes with ease; incumbents win re-election

Community gives resounding yes to budget and propositions

B’ville passes school district budget

Voters have approved the Baldwinsville Central School District’s proposed budget for the 2012-13 school year with 1,224 residents voting in favor and 306 voting against. Residents also passed a separate proposition for the purchase of eight school buses with 1,074 voting in favor and 437 voting against.

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Area residents vote on J-D budget, board of education

By 5 p.m. on May 15, more than 650 people had shown up to vote on the Jamesville-DeWitt school district’s proposed 2012-2013 budget, as well as the candidates for the board of education.

J-D girls lacrosse tops ESM, 15-14

Narsipur scores twice down stretch for Red Rams

Regardless of the month, and regardless of the venue, the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa girls lacrosse teams cannot avoid playing tight, exciting contests against each other. So it was again on Tuesday afternoon at ESM Stadium, where the Red Rams gave up a five-goal lead in the second half, but still pulled out a 15-14 victory over the Spartans.

Track Northstars rout Henninger, 128-13

Win locks up sixth CNYCL National title in seven years

At the end of its busiest stretch of the season, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys track and field team ripped past Henninger 128-13 on Monday afternoon at Bragman Stadium to lock up the CNY Counties League National division regular-season title.

C-NS softball goes 2-2 at Morabito tourney

Two close losses followed by one-sided wins

When the Ace Morabito Tournament in Herkimer was done last weekend, the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team emerged with a 2-2 mark.

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F-M boats cruise through Section III championships

Fayetteville Manlius won seven of 17 events at the Section III Rowing Championships held on Onondaga Lake May 5. The Hornets’ crew took advantage of great weather conditions to post many of their best races of the season.

Asbestos abatement completed at old Eastwood Steak & Sundae

Asbestos abatement at the former Steak & Sundae in Eastwood has been finished as businesses prepare to move into the renovated building.

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Manlius fire departments look to cooperate, not consolidate

Instead of consolidation, Manlius fire departments are looking at cooperation. The four fire chiefs in the town -- Kirkville, Minoa, Manlius and Fayetteville -- are working together to consolidate costs in the town.

CBA boys track wins OHSL Liberty meet

Smith wins steeplechase, 3,200 for victorious Brothers

From distance races to field events to sprints to the pentathlon, the Christian Brothers Academy boys track and field team had answers in every discipline. As a result, the Brothers won Monday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Marcellus, earning 132 points. Hannibal was second with 108 points, while the host Mustangs (72 points) finished third.

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Middle school track record setters

The boys and girls modified track teams went to the Jamesville-Dewitt relay Invitational on Friday, May 11. The girls team set a new Skaneateles middle school record in the 4x100m relay with a time of 55.4 seconds.

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Veterans memorial committee looks to add Iraq, Afghan vets to Shotwell Park

The Veterans Memorial Committee of Skaneateles is hoping to add a new wall that honors Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, active military members and reservists to the Shotwell Park Veterans Memorial, the village board of trustees was informed at its May 10 meeting.

YMCA announces four new fitness instructors

The Skaneateles YMCA is pleased to announce the addition of four new fitness instructors.

Village board decides not to pave Prentiss Drive pedestrian pathway

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees has decided not to pave the pedestrian walkway in the Prentiss Drive subdivision and instead to restore it to a crushed gravel appearance, closing an issue that has caused much friction between the neighborhood residents and the village in recent months.

Tri-M to hold fundraiser events in Caz

Looking to enjoy a Friday night listening to live music and/or get your car washed — all while supporting your favorite school district?

Spafford Landing to get oiled, stoned

After having experienced such a mild winter, the Spafford Highway Department has a little extra cash on hand for projects. During its regular meeting May 10, the Spafford Town Board approved Highway Superintendent Carl Wiers’ request to use funds for the purpose of oiling and stoning Spafford Landing.

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The Redhouse rocks eight days a week

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Redhouse stages some of the edgiest theater, films, concerts and gallery exhibitions in Central New York.

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Caz High School seniors prepare for departure

Cazenovia High School seniors were invited to take a little time out of their schooldays, and enjoy some cake on May 1.

Skaneateles girls take second at OHSL Liberty meet

Fiutak, Tonzi, Adams each win; Gale, Weyneth wins boys events

Kaela Fiutak, Erin Tonzi and Madeline Adams each won events as the Skaneateles girls track and field team claimed second place in Monday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Marcellus.

Salina still howling over coyote saga

A pack of residents piled into Salina Town Hall to hear more on the possibility of lifting the town’s restriction on the use of firearms in the Scottsdale Farms tract after a coyote was spotted in the area a few months ago. The town held another public hearing Monday, May 14, to consider allowing residents in the neighborhood to hire a wildlife control agent to shoot the animal. The issue first appeared on the town board’s agenda April 9, when the board considered the possibility of allowing a trapper to use a crossbow or longbow. After that hearing, it was determined that method was unsatisfactory; Monday night’s hearing was to consider the possibility of using a firearm.

East Syracuse man accused of intending to sell handgun at Regional Farmers Market

Detectives in the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Burglary Investigation Unit have charged Ronald Cottrell, 32, of East Syracuse with possession of a handgun as well as breaking into multiple storage facilities in 2011 and 2012.

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Democrat Gary Morris announces run for County Clerk

Republic Sandra Schepp gets party designation

The race for the Onondaga County clerk's office is heating up.

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NOVA to hold open house May 19

For too long, Northern Onondaga Volunteer Ambulance (NOVA) has been something of an enigma for town of Clay residents. “We haven’t had the funds to market ourselves,” said NOVA Vice President Dale Cuny. “A lot about us isn’t known.” The ambulance corps’ headquarters on Buckley Road didn’t even have a sign until a couple of weeks ago; when the facility was constructed in 2001, the town’s planning board didn’t permit the construction of a sign. That proved particularly challenging when people in need of medical help sought the building.

CNCC teacher receives 2012 Terri Lynne Lokoff National Child Care Teacher award

Denise Swindon of Liverpool received her award at a special ceremony in Philadelphia.

Giusti heads inaugural C-NS baseball honorees

Former major league star Dave Giusti (North Syracuse Class of 1957) and six other distinguished players/teams will be saluted on Saturday, May 19 when Cicero-North Syracuse High School and the baseball booster club dedicate their Baseball Wall of Fame at approximately 1 p.m. at the Gillette Road Middle School varsity diamond.

Liverpool anticipating pension increases

The Liverpool Village Board of Trustees doesn’t want to get taken by surprise, financially speaking. So at its April 23 meeting the board unanimously approved the transfer of $120,000 from the village’s unreserved fund balance to a new retirement pension reserve fund.

Local track teams vie for OHSL Liberty honors

Host Marcellus has best team finish; Solvay's McLeod wins twice

Each of the nine Onondaga High School League Liberty division track and field teams gathered Monday at Marcellus for the league championship meet. In both instances, the host Mustangs fared best among local sides, rising to third place in the boys meet with 72 points, trailing only CBA, who won with 132 points, and Hannibal, who was second with 108 points.

West Genny tennis edges Baldwinsville, 4-3

Marcellus sweeps Westhill, clinches winning record

Earning its most impressive win of the season, the West Genesee boys tennis team went to Baldwinsville Monday afternoon and had a nice balance between singles and doubles play to fight past the Bees 4-3.

B’ville Girl Scouts earn Gold and Bronze

Baldwinsville’s Kaitlyn Allen and Nicole Peinkofer, along with 11 other local Girl Scouts, will earn their Girl Scout Gold Award later this month. The prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn.

Tom picked Derby longshot; Preakness looms

They call him Kentucky Tom because he always roots for the Wildcats. Once basketball season’s over, though, the Bluegrass State turns its attention to horse racing, the Sport of Kings. Kentucky Tom’s real name is Tom Peat. He lives in Liverpool at the Liverpool Mall apartments right in the center of the village business district. On May 5 he traveled outside Onondaga County to visit an Off-Track Betting Parlor to place a small wager on the 138th annual Kentucky Derby. “I don’t know anything about horse racing,” Tom admitted to me later. “But I saw there was a horse running named I’ll Have Another. I liked that name so I played him across the board.”

North syracuse cops nab burglar with help of historian

Village of North Syracuse police were able to apprehend a suspect on May 7 in the burglary of the old Schoolhouse Museum with the help of assistant village historian Eddie Fagan. According to Police Chief Tom Connelly, who discussed the arrest at the village board meeting May 10, police arrested Sonny Howland, 23, of 208 North Main Street, North Syracuse, on third degree burglary charges. Howland is accused of having stolen at least two vintage photos from the one room building and then selling them to Serendipity antiques shop in North Syracuse. Fagan not only discovered the items missing from the museum on May 1, but also discovered the two photos on display at the shop.

Intersection of Allen and Bear will see improvements this year

Each year the Onondaga County Department of Transportation puts together a plan that outlines the bridge and road work projects for the upcoming construction season. Some of the projects will be completed this year, and others are just beginning the engineering and design phases. This year, the county legislature has authorized $1,500,000 for bridge repairs and $11,904,000 for highway improvements.

Stand Against Suicide to hold fundraiser June 2

This summer, SAS will hold its first-ever “Take a Stand, Save a Life” fundraiser. The soon-to-be annual event will feature a craft fair, car and motorcycle show, live music, raffles, children’s activities and food.

SyracuseFirst encourages participation in 'Bike to Work Day'

SyracuseFirst is asking Central New York residents to participate in “Bike to Work Day” this Friday.

COLUMN: Remember FAST for stroke prevention

Few know the warning signs of a stroke. Learning them and acting FAST can save your life or the life of a loved one. FAST is an acronym. It stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time.

Girls track Lakers crush field in OHSL Liberty meet

Winn, Biviano both prevail twice; Muller wins boys pole vault

No one would come close to the Cazenovia girls track and field team as it rocketed toward the top spot in Monday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Marcellus High School.

Caz win streak ended by Baldwinsville

Lakers had won 33 straight prior to 15-10 defeat to Bees

Though it still heads into the post-season as a favorite to repeat both its Section III and state Class C titles, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team would not go there with a perfect mark. The Lakers lost, 15-10, to Baldwinsville Monday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, putting an end to a 33-game win streak that had built over the previous two seasons.

Girls lacrosse Lakers beat Marcellus, 11-7

Win seals Cazenovia's return to sectional playoffs

Urgency, and a reminder of what had worked earlier this season, helped the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team secure a return trip to the Section III Class C playoffs.

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Farm Fest: A celebration of farming in Lysander

Lysander is not singular in its identity. This northwestern Onondaga County community draws tourists in from all over the world for recreational activities along the waterfront, as well as for its rich history in milling, architecture and transportation, and its many parks including Lysander and Mercer parks, Beaver Lake Nature Center and Three Rivers Wildlife Management. Oh, and let’s not forget the vast agricultural community.

LETTERS: Verdict sets unfair precedent

To the editor: Over two weeks ago, I sat through a court hearing over a small claims case that I thought was related to official town business. A previous Lysander Town Board member was being sued by a citizen over a hospital bill incurred from a 911 call. This call was related to the Republican Primary, and the people involved were on opposing sides. After hearing this, I questioned why the town would be representing the previous board member in a clearly political issue.

Monday, May 14

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After two-year hiatus, Avellino returns to principal role

When Greg Avellino lost his job as the executive principal of Liverpool High School due to budget cuts in spring 2010, he wasn’t sure if he’d be back in the role of educational leader any time soon.

B'ville boys lacrosse ends Cazenovia win streak

Bees start fast, hang on to beat Lakers 15-10

When the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team put together a 15-10 victory over Cazenovia Monday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, it was much more than a high-quality win over an elite opponent. By prevailing, the Bees ended the Lakers' 33-game win streak, built up over two seasons and including a state Class C championship in 2011.

Humane Society of the United States weighs in on Salina coyote controversy

The town of Salina will again take up the issue of coyotes at its regular board meeting Monday, May 14, when the town board holds a public hearing to determine if the town should relax its firearms controls to allow wildlife control agents to shoot the animals in the Scottsdale Farms tracts near Donlin Drive. Now, the Humane Society of the United States has something to say on the issue.

B’ville library receives funding for building improvements

The Baldwinsville Public Library has been awarded funds to help conserve energy use.

B'ville receives Save the Rain grant

I recently sat down with Mayor Joseph Saraceni at the B’ville Diner to learn about what is new in the village. While he gave me an update on the Village Square project (sidewalks should be in within the month then topsoil and seed will be spread) and this weekend’s Carp Tournament (Joe will participate as a local celebrity), the breaking news was the village receiving a $492,000 Save the Rain grant.

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Cazenovia Forum presents Anne Kreamer

Kreamer was at the Catherine Cummings Theatre on Friday, May 4 for the second of four Cazenovia Forum events this year.

Oscar’s track: You’re never too old to play

Community Columnist

Older Americans Month is celebrated each May to honor and recognize older Americans for the contributions they make to our families, communities and society.

‘M’ is for the way she made me

Community Columnist

What’s the difference between a soccer mom and Cazenovia? The soccer mom actually knows what season it is. The Climate Center at Cornell recorded an average of higher temperatures in March than in April this year.

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DEC surveys Caz Lake wildlife

Testing of aquatic life, water quality to continue this summer

Although local anglers have traditionally depended on word-of-mouth to get the scoop on prime fishing areas, they will soon be able to learn more about the vitality of aquatic life in Cazenovia Lake through reports released by the New York State Department of Conservation.

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Students enjoy school sponsored breakfast

Reynolds Elementary was able to provide every child in third through fifth grades with a healthy breakfast all three mornings of the ELA assessment, which students took the week of April 16.

Memphis resident: 'I will vote no' to J-E budget

I will vote "no" on the Jordan-Elbridge 2012-13 budget proposal and bus Propositions -- "yes" on the library budgets.

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Tuxedo rental promotion at Baker a win-win

Baker High School Senior Ball attendees needing tuxedos had the opportunity May 8 and 9 to rent their formal wear during school lunch.

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Redistricting consultants makes final recommendation for West Genesee

At the last meeting of the committee Thursday, May 10, the consulting group suggested their “option B” be implemented in the district. This option shifts around many students, though parents at the public meetings spanning five months were most upset with one area — the “old Fairmount” area.

Chiefs on a roll: Five-game win streak shows Syracuse’s strengths

After a nightmarish month of April, the Syracuse Chiefs are finally enjoying sweet dreams in May.

Hornets, Red Rams sweep weekend track meets

F-M takes over at Oneida meet; J-D handles foes at Weedsport

With league titles already behind them, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt track and field teams continued to roll over opposition in a pair of weekend meets.

J-D boys lacrosse pulls away from ESM

Rams' 16-5 romp is same score as in first regular-season meeting

On a splendid, sun-filled Saturday, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team gave another efficient demonstration of its capabilities against its neighbors from East Syracuse-Minoa. The Red Rams handled the Spartans 16-5, the exact same score by which J-D prevailed the first time they played this season on April 19 at ESM Stadium.

CBA girls lax beats Brighton in overtime

Romeo, Poplawski combine for all 14 goals

By the time they would get together Wednesday for a highly-anticipated regular-season finale at Alibrandi Stadium, the Christian Brothers Academy and Skaneateles girls lacrosse teams both were firmly entrenched in the state Class C top five.

F-M baseball edged by B’ville in extra innings

Hornets go 4-1 overall as Godleski wins twice

Another week of strong play was helping to push the Fayetteville-Manlius baseball team toward another high seed for the Section III Class AA playoffs. The lone blemish was last Thursday’s game at Baldwinsville, where the Hornets were one strike from defeat, rescued the game, went into extra frames, took the lead – and still lost a 4-3 decision to the Bees in nine innings.

J-D baseball beats ESM in 3-0 week

Red Rams also get past Fulton, Cortland

Jamesville-DeWitt’s baseball team had all kinds of difficulty with one of its neighbors this spring, but not the other. Swept by CBA in two head-to-head-meetings, the Red Rams turned around and did the exact same thing to East Syracuse-Minoa, capping it with last Monday’s 7-2 victory over the Spartans.

CBA golfers beat J-D for second time

F-M girls set team mark in win over West Genesee

Even deep into May, the area’s girls golf teams were working their way through bad weather, and making the best of things.

Sunday, May 13

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In a day's work: their vigilance is vital

The long hours and interesting situations don’t make it a glamorous job, but EMTs stress the job is worth it. It’s a labor of love put into each community. Not for the faint-of-heart, or for the heartless. Just for someone who wants to walk into a situation and help.

DeWitt Police locate missing man, 89, in hospital

DeWitt Police are asking locals to be on the lookout for a missing East Syracuse man.

Driver Middle School band honors U.S. service members Wednesday

The Driver Middle School Band will dedicate its upcoming spring concert to active members of the U.S. military. The performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in Groeling Auditorium at Marcellus High School

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A SKEWED VIEW: Bonamassa brings hot licks back to CNY

Talented guitarist, born in New Hartford, is playing the Landmark on Thursday.

Weekend violence leaves seven injured in Syracuse

Seven people are in the hospital after at least four shootings and three stabbings on Syracuse streets over the weekend.

B’ville girls lax handles Auburn, Central Square

As it pointed toward one more shot at reigning champ West Genesee in the post-season ahead, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team still had to take care of regular-season matters first.

Camillus man opens B'ville's Merlins Ice Cream and Bounce House

It’s a bounce house, with a twist. Literally.

Boys track Lakers tie J-D at Weedsport meet

Gale wins triple jump; Skaneateles gets 90 points

The Skaneateles boys track and field team would rise up in a big way during Saturday’s Weedsport Invitational, where with 90 points it tied Class A power Jamesville-DeWitt for team honors.

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Skaneateles boys lax lose OT thriller to Cazenovia

Lakers also beaten by Marcellus, 8-7

Events in the last full week of the regular season left little doubt as to the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team’s role in 2012 – that of a young challenger, not expected to win a Section III Class C title, but capable of surprising people before it’s all done.

Skaneateles baseball goes 1-2, edged by Homer

Lakers split back-to-back meetings with Hannibal

Three times in as many days, the Skaneateles baseball team would take the field, determined to gain a fair amount of momentum and lock up a Section III playoff berth, too. At the end of this sequence, the Lakers faced Homer on Saturday, making up a game rained out last Tuesday afternoon. Despite making a stirring mid-game comeback, Skaneateles could not pull off the surprise, falling to the Trojans 4-3.

Skaneateles softball rolls to pair of big wins

Lakers take out Syracuse West, Hannibal

As the weather cleared up and dried out, the Sknaeateles softball team resumed action, still with a chance to get into the post-season.

Solvay softball beats Marcellus, goes to 11-1

Bearcats keep pace with Homer after Trojans edge Westhill

Continuing its rise up the state Class B rankings, the Solvay softball team was also interested in hanging on to the top spot in the OHSL Liberty division, especially since Homer was keeping pace and the two sides would meet to close the regular season – and possibly decide the league title.

J-E boys lax goes 2-0; Westhill stuns CBA

Entering the last full week of the regular season, the Jordan-Elbridge boys lacrosse team carried a 3-9 record, but would get wins on back-to-back days.

WG baseball beats B’ville, Syracuse West

Softball Wildcats earn no-hitter as D'Avirro returns

From the beginning of this season, West Genesee’s baseball team has counted on Sean Pisik as a stopper, earning key wins whenever it was really needed.

Marcellus baseball sweeps Solvay

Mustangs' win streak halts with weekend defeats

Denied a chance at upending Westhill by last Tuesday’s heavy rains, the Marcellus baseball team instead set its sights on another neighbor to continue its late-season surge. The Mustangs met Solvay twice in three days, and won them both to extend its win streak to six games before finally cooling off in a Saturday doubleheader.

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Cazenovia baseball, softball build win streaks

Lakers handle Hannibal, J-E, Marcellus

On the heels of knocking off unbeaten, state no. 1-ranked Westhill on May 4, the Cazenovia baseball team had to follow it up with more wins to make sure it would get to the post-season. It did so, and moved above the .500 mark (8-7) in the process.

Chittenango baseball makes state Class A rankings

Bears follow up with 3-1 week; softball wins twice

Wet weather early in the first full week of May nearly caused havoc with the schedule of Chittenango’s baseball and softball teams, but things had settled down by week’s end and, more importantly, both sides were doing well.

Saturday, May 12

F-M celebrates refurbished track

As the sun began to set, the bright lights surrounding the Fayetteville-Manlius School District track matched the twinkle in the eyes of those who came May 9 to celebrate the track’s official opening.

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Lady Lakers pursue perfection

Track girls break records, complete third undefeated season

The Cazenovia girls track and field squad defeated Homer and Jordan-Elbridge on May 9 to raise its 2012 record to 9-0 and wrap up its third consecutive undefeated OHSL Liberty league championship campaign.

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OT goal keeps Caz lacrosse win streak alive

Cannizzaro nets game-winner over Skaneateles

For the second time this spring, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team was pushed to overtime and stared at the end of its long win streak. Once again, the Lakers were able to keep it going, as Connor Cannizzaro's goal near the end of the first extra period gave his side a 9-8 victory over Skaneateles Friday at the Sean Googin Sports Complex.

Child porn charges levied against East Syracuse man

Timothy P. McKennan, 35, has been charged in the town of DeWitt with three counts of possessing a secual performance of a child, and one count of first-degree attempted disseminating indecent material to a child in the village of Manlius. McKennan is on the career staff at the Manlius Fire Department in the village as a firefighter and paramedic.

Friday, May 11

UPDATE: VersuS gallery to open Saturday night at new location

On Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight, VersuS is holding its version of opening day, with an exhibit that features 30 artists.

Clutch hit, pitching pushes Warriors past C-NS

Liverpool prevails 4-3 with seventh-inning heroics

Alex Caruso worked with timely precision. Ryan Contegni worked with ruthless efficiency. Together, the pair helped Liverpool's baseball team edge past Cicero-North Syracuse 4-3 in Friday night's latest chapter of this fierce local rivalry at the Gillette Road complex.

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What you're saying: Moms share memories in DeWitt

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, we asked moms walking the Erie Canal trail in DeWitt to share a memorable moment from their motherhood.

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McNamara hosts art show

Fifth-graders Emily Evans, back, Leah Carpenter, left, and Faith Scheemaker stand in front of a display of fifth-grade artwork at McNamara Elementary School.

Girls track Bees win ESM Invitational

B'ville also claims league meet over Henninger

The Baldwinsville girls track and field team, coming off its big May 3 win over Liverpool, hit it big again on Thursday when it won the East Syracuse-Minoa Girls Invitational.

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Financial planner named planner of the year

John P. Enright, of Baldwinsville, was appointed Planner of the Year of the Northern New York Regional Planning Office of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corps. Enright received the honor by being the leading producer in the region, which was comprised of 75 planners in 2011.

B’ville boys lax beats Oswego, Corcoran

Wins move Bees to 8-6 as Class A playoffs near

Nearing the post-season, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team was in good form, as evidenced by its 8-7 win over then-unbeaten Penn Yan on May 5.

Looking back on life in Cazenovia

Guest Column

As graduation day quickly approaches, I often reflect on my past four years at Cazenovia College. I remember the first day I stepped foot onto campus and walked around the beautiful streets of Cazenovia.

CORRECTION: Wrong locations given for voting in North Syracuse district1

A breakout on page 9 of this week's Star-Review incorrectly stated that if you live north of Route 31 you vote at Cicero Elementary, and if you live South of Route 31 you vote at the District Offices on Taft Road. That is incorrect. If voters live north of Route 481, they vote at Cicero El and if they live south of Route 481 the vote at the District Offices. The correct locations were reported elsewhere in the paper (on page 5). We apologize for the error.

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New scoreboard brightens stadium; Chiefs need more wins to brighten season

Syracuse Chiefs fans now bask in the glow of color video images beaming down upon them from a spanking new scoreboard.

Plainville to honor volunteer firefighters

The Rev. Rarick is planning a Volunteer Firefighter Memorial Service to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, in the Plainville Christian Church sanctuary.

Westhill baseball drops rematch to Homer

Warriors held to two hits; softball side also beaten by Trojans

In the short span of a week, the Westhill baseball team’s elite status – unbeaten, no. 1 in the state in Class B – has taken a couple of hits, and even the weather didn’t cooperate. This rough patch culminated Thursday afternoon, when the Warriors fell 1-0 to Homer, exactly one week after Westhill beat those same Trojans 2-0 at home in what was, at the time, a clash of two unbeaten sides.

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West Genesee shows impact of DWI through simulated crash

Seniors preparing to leave for senior ball were joined by the junior class at West Genesee High School Friday morning for a simulated driving while intoxicated crash.

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Cazenovia College to conduct 187th Commencement May 12

Bruder, Titcomb, Riester to receive acknowledgments

The close of Cazenovia College’s 2011–12 academic year will see more than 250 Cazenovia College seniors crossing the stage to receive their diplomas at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, on the campus quad.

LETTERS: Development over historic preservation is a poor choice

Let’s give kudos to the planners that abetted the destruction of a piece of area history.

LETTERS: Caz Public Library appreciates ongoing community support

All of us know that today’s libraries are about much more than books, and through continued community support, the Cazenovia Public Library has been able to expand its collections, programs, exhibitions and services to meet the ever-changing needs of the people in this area.

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High school musicians to present ‘Cazenovia in Concert’

The Cazenovia High School Music Department will present “Cazenovia in Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the John H. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter.

B’ville student places first in State Skills Competition

Ryan McArdell, a senior at Baker High School, placed first in the automotive refinishing category at the New York State SkillsUSA competition held on April 26 at the New York State Fairgrounds.

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Soccer Shots visits Little Lukes

The children of Little Lukes Preschool and Childcare center enjoyed a fun-filled day of learning the fundamentals of soccer thanks to Soccer Shots, a high-energy sports program based on teaching the fundamentals of soccer.

Thursday, May 10

Baseball Bees outlast F-M in nine innings

Denied in regulation, B'ville wins 4-3 over Hornets ace

By the time the Baldwinsville baseball team found itself in extra innings Thursday against Fayetteville-Manlius, only two choices remained - a bitter and disappointing defeat, or a satisfying and momentum-building victory. It nearly turned into the former, but the Bees ultimately created the latter scenario, beating the Hornets 4-3 in nine innings.

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Wildcats pound Liverpool in boys lacrosse duel

Glesener sets tone, finishes with five goals

Ted Glesener found the key to solving a zone defense - take accurate shots, frequently. Because Glesener did so, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team once again asserted itself as the Class A team to beat, dominating from start to finish in a 14-4 victory over Liverpool Thursday night at Wildcat Stadium.

Five vie for three spots on J-D BOE

With the Jamesville-DeWitt School Board election slated for 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 15 at the high school, the Eagle Bulletin has reached out to each candidate with a list of questions to help voters get to know them.

Tillie’s Touch drive happening Saturday

Tilie’s Touch, a sports equipment drive started by Dale Johnson back in 2009, is holding its annual charity event on May 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Manlius Rec Center on Stickley Drive.

Four vie for three spots on Marcellus BOE

Marcellus Board of Education members Jeffrey Crysler and David Kelly’s terms are expiring, but both will run again in the upcoming election.

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Workout class keeps seniors moving

This isn’t Planet Fitness, rather a workout class for seniors taught by Miri Ely, a certified personal trainer, at the Camillus Senior Center.

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DeWitt Rotary hosts 58th annual Pancake Day this weekend

The Rotary Club of Dewitt will hold its 58th Annual Pancake Day under the big tents at Shoppingtown Mall from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12. This is the club’s only fundraiser of the year.

Making tracks for celiac at Jamesville Beach

Best Bets

gather at Jamesville Beach Park this weekend to help Central New Yorkers suffering from celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine.

A Thousand Islands mystery

Downtown After Dark

Nineteenth century Broadway star May Irwin never wore blackface, but she was known far and wide as one of America’s best-loved “coon shouters.”

Save West Genesee Sports to hold run/walk and faculty softball game

Because of their efforts in 2011, more than 300 middle school students were able to stay on the field in West Genesee modified sports.

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Paige’s Butterfly Run and Upstate streamline registration process

Runners get ready to fundraise – the 16th annual Paige’s Butterfly Run returns next month and every penny raised will directly benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

B’ville track teams handle Henninger

Sargeant wins three times for boys Bees

In its last CNY Counties League National division meet of the regular season, the Baldwinsville boys track and field team met Henninger on Wednesday and had little trouble with the assignment, putting together a 71-31 victory over the Black Knights.

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Baldwinsville is a tree community

Village named tree city for 26 consecutive years and the Women's Garden Club honored founding member with tree planting.

Skaneateles again ranked one of nation’s best high schools

US News has just released its online rankings of the Best High Schools in the U.S., and Skaneateles High School is again ranked among the top schools.

Open Book Club continues at library

The “Open Book Club” for adults will resume at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 and at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room. All are welcome.

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Caz AD team ranks 25th in U.S.

After competing at the nation level on April 26 and 27 in Albuquerque, N.M., members of the Cazenovia Academic Decathlon Team arrived back in Cazenovia the afternoon of April 29. The squad placed 25th overall and fifth in Division III in the nation.

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5 Ledyard Ave. hosts FCA Sports Camp meeting

Jim Griffin and Eric Weber, of 54Freedom, hosted a well-attended meeting of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) on Sunday, April 29, at 5 Ledyard Ave. The meeting was held in preparation for the upcoming summer sports camps, including football, baseball, softball, basketball, wrestling, soccer, tennis and track, among others.

Caz students attend ‘STOMP!’

Music is all around you, whether you see it or not, or should I say hear it? A young boy walking down the street clanking a stick against a picket fence, a baby banging his mother’s wooden spoon against pots, the sound of washing dishes, clapping and much more is all music — if it is used and combined in the right way.

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Seussical actors sought for B'ville play

Baldwinsville Theatre Guild is proud to announce their 2012 Summer Musical Production of “Seussical The Musical.”

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Muller breaks Caz school record in pole vault

Girls Lakers sweep J-E, Homer as Biviano wins four events

On most occasions, the Cazenovia girls track and field team’s completion of an 8-0 sweep through the OHSL Liberty division would suffice as a headline. That changed, though, because in last Wednesday’s meet at Jordan-Elbridge Dylan Muller made some history in the boys pole vault.

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Canton Woods Never too old to play

In honor of Older Americans Month, Canton Woods Senior Center will host the 2012 Health & Wellness Event “Never Too Old To Play” from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the center, 76 Canton St., Baldwinsville. The event is open to everyone.

Wednesday, May 9

C-NS boys track fights off Liverpool, 72-69

Northstars sweep both parts of long-time rivalry

By a slim margin, the Cicero-North Syracuse track and field teams lay claim to both of the CNY Counties League National division regular-season championships. Though the girls Northstars had clinched the league crown before Wednesday's showdown with archrival Liverpool, the C-NS boys had to beat the Warriors - and did so, leaning on its strength in field events to pull out a 72-69 win at LHS Stadium.

Lacrosse Lakers fight past CBA, extend win streak to 32

Caz close to securing Class C playoff top seed

If the Cazenovia and Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse teams have a post-season encounter to look forward to, they'll both have a lot to draw on, based on their regular-season clash Wednesday night at Alibrandi Stadium. The Lakers won, 9-6, which is a positive all by itself. But the Brothers learned that it could contain Cazenovia's high-powered attack, something few opponents have done in the Lakers' 32-game, two-season win streak.

F-M administrator named next principal of ESM High School

Greg Avellino, associate principal at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, will be the next principal of East Syracuse Minoa Central High School.

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Girl Scouts donate books to Literacy Volunteers

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County recently received a boost to their book collection from Girl Scout Daisy Troop 10785 of the Baldwinsville School District.

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Three Skaneateles teams finish at top of CNY Envirothon competition

A Skaneateles High School team came out on top when students from school districts in four counties gathered at Rogers Conservation Center in Sherburne, NY, for the annual Central New York Regional Envirothon. The Skaneateles team Bedrock Stars took first place for Onondaga County and first place for the entire region at the hands-on learning event.

Skaneateles Garden Club News

Lenore Mack was recently honored for celebrating 60 years with The Skaneateles Garden Club. A tribute written by P.J. Lemp and Ann Merrill was read at April’s annual luncheon at the Skaneateles Country Club.

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Sudanese refugee recounts experiences at AAUW breakfast

Sudanese refugee Martha Akech spoke on May 5 at the annual Issues at Breakfast hosted by the Skaneateles Branch of the American Association of Women at the Skaneateles Country Club. She and her husband, John Dau, were part of the Lost Boys and Lost Girls who fled civil war in South Sudan.

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Skaneateles Boy Scout Troop 61 participates in 25th Annual “Operation Tenderfoot” camping trip

On the weekend of April 27, 30 scouts of Skaneateles Boy Scout Troop 61 went to Lourdes Camp on the south end of Skaneateles Lake for its 25th annual “Operation Tenderfoot” camping event. Operation Tenderfoot is the Troop’s showcase camping trip where the older scouts in the Troop organize and teach the new scout recruits all the requirements for the first rank award in Boy Scouts, the Tenderfoot badge.

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In profile: Skaneateles Police Chief H. Lloyd Perkins

Retiring after 42 years in police work

Skaneateles Police Chief H. Lloyd Perkins III has never been afraid of change. In 42 years of police work he has held eight different positions from trainee up to chief; instituted numerous policy, training and even cultural changes in his departments; and moved with the times to keep up to speed on the latest technological innovations and necessities in law enforcement. After a recent announcement he made at the April 26 village board meeting, Perkins’ newest challenge will be: retirement.

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Historic Skaneateles building purchased by local developers

Commercial tenants to stay; luxury apartments to be ready this summer

Skaneateles’s Seitz Building, in foreclosure since last year, has been purchased by a team of local developers for $2 million.

Skaneateles Farmers’ Market increasing in size, preparing to open

In two weeks the Skaneateles Farmers’ Market will open for the 2012 season outside the Austin Park Pavilion. This year there will be at least two more vendors than last year, with an increase in shoppers expected as well.

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Budweiser donates $50K to United Way

A longtime supporter of United Way, Anheuser-Busch presented the organization with a check last week for $50,000 towards their 2011-12 Community Campaign, a $15,000 increase from last year’s contribution.

Skaneateles girls track sweeps CBA, Hannibal

Lakers finish 7-1 in OHSL Liberty, second to Cazenovia

At the close of its OHSL Liberty division slate, the Skaneateles girls track and field teams would stand in second place with a 7-1 mark, the lone blemish coming against Cazenovia. In the regular-season finale Tuesday at Alibrandi Stadium, the Lakers roared to a pair of victories in a three-way meet, topping host Christian Brothers Academy 89-24 and routing Hannibal by a 100-24 margin.

Marcellus track sweeps Westhill, Solvay

Garn, Fallon leads girls Mustangs with six combined wins

All the rain stopped just as the Marcellus, Solvay and Westhill/Bishop Ludden track and field teams got together for a big local meet Tuesday afternoon on the Mustangs’ home track.

Beaver Lake Nature Center - Pizza and Pull Party and more activities

The Pizza and Pull Party, held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, allows participants to learn about invasive species in a practical way.

Marcellus boys lacrosse edges Skaneateles

West Genny beats RFA, meets Liverpool in Thursday showdown

Perhaps the Marcellus boys lacrosse team, frustrated so many times in close contests against powerful opponents this spring, will win bigger games in the weeks ahead. But the Mustangs took particular joy in going to Skaneateles Tuesday night and knocking off the Lakers 8-7 at Arthur Hyatt Stadium.

WG track teams splits with Corcoran

Girls Wildcats win 100-30; Potash sweeps boys sprints

With the CNY Counties League National division portion of its schedule winding down, West Genesee’s track and field team got wildly varying results from Tuesday’s home meets with Corcoran. On the girls side, it was no problem for the Wildcats, who prevailed 100-32. But the WG boys side took a 78-63 defeat to the Cougars.

B’ville inducts 93 students into NHS

On May 2, Baker High School inducted 93 students into the National Honor Society.

Celebrating Mom with solos, steps and soul

City Scuffle

Ike Wynn and Larry Mathis began singing together in the Seventies, and by Century’s end had each or both sung with so many groups that when they formed their own in 1997, they labeled it with the initials UAD, for Uplites, Avatar and Destiny, to commemorate some of their past experiences.

Tuesday, May 8

Warriors top F-M, move to 14-0

Win sets up Thursday showdonn with West Genesee

Austin Hope, Logan Thomas and Nick Kline took turns on Tuesday night, flinging shots into the net as the Liverpool boys lacrosse team took charge in the second quarter of Tuesday night's pivotal game against Fayetteville-Manlius. By the time they were done, the trio had four goals apiece - and the Warriors had a 13-8 victory over the Hornets, remaining undefeated.

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Clean up efforts pay off in B'ville creek

Organized by the Baker Environmental Club, an Onondaga County Earth Day cleanup was held Saturday, April 21. From 9 a.m. to noon, 28 student volunteers cleaned up the area in and around Tannery Creek, which is adjacent to the school’s main campus.

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Local officials: Carpenter’s Barn is ready for restoration

Restoration of the 122-year old structure located at 1 Forman St. in Cazenovia is finally ready to begin. At a ceremony outside of Carpenter’s Barn on May 4, local officials and members of the Carpenter’s Barn Committee discussed the grants that have been received and thanked all involved on the project.

Porter to run for re-election to Caz Village Board

Dave Porter, who has served as a Village Trustee since 2010, has been nominated by the Cazenovia Democratic Party to run for re-election. He will also run on the Strong Community Party line in the election to be held on Tuesday, June 19.

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Caz Action: ‘This is here’

The Drug Free Task Force of Madison County’s Promise and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsored “This Is Here” on May 1.

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Caz LWV hosts BOE candidate forum

In preparation for the upcoming vote on May 15, the four candidates hoping to occupy one of the three available seats on the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education gathered for a forum on May 3 in Cazenovia High School.

Baker receives state approval for CTE Seal of Endorsement

Baker High School has received approval from the New York State Education Department to offer its Business Finance and Business Marketing strands as career and technical education programs.

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CHE plants pinwheel garden for child abuse prevention

Students at Chestnut Hill Elementary School planted a garden on Wednesday, May 2, but it wasn’t a traditional garden. Instead of vegetables or flowers, the kids planted 400 pinwheels. The pinwheels were planted on the school’s front lawn as part of a fundraiser the school conducted for the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center throughout the month of April. The Character Education Committee, advised by school counselor Christine Shea, and the Snack Shack Committee, led by special education teacher Susan McDonald, raised $400 for the organization, which opened its doors to a totally renovated 30,000-square-foot building, the former Reid Hall (former location of Syracuse University’s University College) at 601 East Genesee St. in June 2011.

LPL trustee election is contested

For the first time in a number of years, the Liverpool Public Library’s board of trustees has more candidates than seats available. The election will take place at the same time as the school board and budget election. When voters go to the polls to determine the fate of the Liverpool Central School District budget, they’ll also choose two library trustees and approve or deny the library’s $3.6 million budget. The budget is up 1.36 percent from last year and calls for a 1.997 percent tax increase. Three candidates are running for two trustee seats. Incumbents Timothy Dodge and Joseph Spado seek to hold onto their positions, while newcomer Karen Ingeman, a former LPL employee, hopes to gain a seat on the board.

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NAMOW holds fourth annual Spring Gala

Supporters of the North Area Meals on Wheels turned out in their finest for the organization’s fourth annual Spring Gala, held Friday, May 4 at the Doubletree Hotel in East Syracuse. The fundraiser included wine tasting, silent auction and numerous raffles. Guest speaker Yvonne Conte spoke about the value of humor in everyday life, while music was provided by Todd Hobin and his band.

Komen for the Cure awards $44K grant to Crouse Hospital

Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Central New York has awarded Crouse Hospital a grant for $44,300. The funding will be used to help increase the number of women in the community who get tested for breast cancer though community outreach programming.

Liverpool school board candidate profiles

School board and budget elections will be held May 15. In Liverpool, voters can cast their ballots from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Liverpool High School, 4338 Wetzel Road, Liverpool. In North Syracuse, you can vote from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Read on to find out more about the three candidates running for three open seats on the Liverpool school board.

North Syracuse school board candidate profiles

School board and budget elections will be held May 15. In North Syracuse, you can vote from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you live north of Route 481, vote at Cicero Elementary School, 5979 Route 31, Cicero; if you live south of Route 481, polling will take place at the Jerome F. Melvin Administrative Office Building, 5355 West Taft Road, North Syracuse. Read on to find out more about the four candidates running for three seats on the North Syracuse Board of Education.

NYSUT ads aim to keep cash flowing its way

Every year at this time our television sets and radios carry commercials bought and paid for by the New York State United Teachers. What’s their message? They want you to vote in favor of the multi-million-dollar school budgets that go before school district residents statewide every mid-May. Why do they want you to vote yes for the expenditures? They say it’s for the school kids, but the real reason is because the lion’s share of the money goes to teachers. That’s right, a full 70 percent of the budgeted funds go to its employees in the form of salaries, benefits and pensions. No wonder they want you to vote yes. They don’t want you to derail their gravy train.

B’ville students awarded for excellence

On April 26, three Baker High School students who attend automotive programs at OCM BOCES each received a Snap-on Ratcheting Screwdriver from BOCES to commemorate their exceptional accomplishments in their courses.

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Friends remember avid racer Dan Cerio

Cerio, a 2008 Fayetteville-Manlius graduate, was racing at Michigan’s US 131 Motorsports Park, when his modified snowmobile had a mechanical failure and crashed at 170 miles per hour. The race was the last in a long line that pitted him as “up-and-coming” in the circuit.

Sunoco, Subway approved for village of Camillus

The Sunoco, Subway and car wash planned for the village of Camillus has been approved.

Monday, May 7

ESM softball rallies, beats J-D in eight innings

Spartans erase 4-0 deficit, win on Gocklin's single

As far as habits go, the East Syracuse-Minoa softball's propensity to play close contests is getting pretty ingrained. Five of the Spartans' last six games have been decided by a single run, three of them in eight innings. And that included Monday's come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over visiting Jamesville-DeWitt.

LETTERS: Mary Jo Paul supports Riefler in Marcellus BOE race

Former village trustee speaks in favor of BOE candidate Ryan Riefler.

Eagle editors honored by Syracuse Press Club, New York Press Association

Eagle Newspapers writers were among journalists honored with awards for excellence in their field at recent award ceremonies.

EDITORIAL: Let bikers bike

On a warm, sunny day, we’re told being on a motorcycle is practically perfect. It’s the ultimate freedom. If only bikers were able to ride in peace.

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Spring season paves way for bikers on the road

What to do before, after an accident is crucial

He spent nine months in the hospital after a driver ran a red light. From there, Jerry Letson was on crutches and in casts for the better part of three years. The Clay man remembers his 1986 motorcycle accident like it was yesterday.

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Clark Street bridge reopens to traffic

Three-hundred and sixty-two days after the Clark Street bridge was deemed unsafe and closed by the New York State Department of Transportation, it was reopened for public use.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Find your family line using online genealogy resources

Stop in soon for our Teen Photography display and a chance to see some of our new technology in action.

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Fenner holds hydrofracking meeting

Residents hear additional information, push for moratorium

About 125 people crowded the Fenner town offices May 1 for a meeting on hydrofracking. Sponsored by the Fenner Neighbors Group, attendees spilled out into the parking lot as they listened to two speakers on the issue.

Town Planning Board approves demolition of Ender's House

Although three Cazenovia Town Planning Board members voted against approving a demolition permit for the 185-year-old structure known as Ender’s House, four voted in favor, and the motion was passed May 3.

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Titanic survivor had ties to Cazenovia, Nelson area

A recent piece on “NBC Nightly News” featured an interview with Katherine Bucknell, who discussed her ancestor, a survivor of the R.M.S Titanic disaster 100 years ago. That survivor was Emma Ward Bucknell.

Open Your Heart to feature local artists

The fourth annual Open Your Heart fundraiser for CazCares will feature the art of local artists from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday May 12 in the Cazenovia Presbyterian Meeting House.

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CRIS prepares for annual purse auction

The Second Annual Silent Purse Auction to benefit Community Resources for Independent Seniors will be offering an exciting raffle at this year’s event on May 9 and 10.

Six county libraries receive grants from state

Senator John DeFrancisco announced Monday that six libraries in the county will receive grants from the state for Public Library Construction.

Radziewicz leads Brothers past Mustangs in OT

Win sets up clash between CBA, Cazenovia on Wednesday

All is now lined up for the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team as it takes its shot at defending state Class C champion Cazenovia and its 30-game win streak Wednesday night at Alibrandi Stadium. For that to happen, though, the Brothers first had to negotiate last Friday’s trip to Marcellus. And CBA nearly got derailed, but Cody Radziewicz, with yet another star turn, helped conquer the Mustangs 10-9 in overtime.

B’ville residents reenlist into Army National Guard

Sgt. James Glowacki and Sgt. Sterling Mason, of Baldwinsville, recently reenlisted into the New York Army National Guard.

CBA baseball completes sweeps of Ludden, J-D

Brothers handle pair of rivals in 24-hour span

Christian Brothers Academy’s baseball team enjoyed its best 24-hour stretch of the season over the weekend, completing a pair of satisfying regular-season sweeps. First, the Brothers knocked off Bishop Ludden 5-2 Friday night at Alliance Bank Stadium. Then, a day later, it went to Jamesville-DeWitt and held off the Red Rams 5-4 to improve to 10-1 on the season.

Hornets, Tucker polish off West Genesee

F-M also sweeps two games over Oswego

Whether the Fayetteville-Manlius baseball team would carry major momentum into the closing stages of the regular season hinged, to some degree, on Friday’s game against West Genesee, an opponent with a similar record and outlook. It helped, of course, to have pitching ace Zach Tucker in top form, and that translated into a 5-1 victory over the Wildcats.

J-D softball powers past CBA, 11-5

Red Rams bounce back from second loss to Phoenix

To get to double digits in the win column, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team first had to get past its neighbors from Christian Brothers Academy on Friday afternoon. Thanks to some potent bats, the Red Rams did so, beating the Brothers 11-5 to complete a regular-season sweep, having knocked off CBA 7-4 back on April 12.

CBA track hosts Brother Basilian meet

Brothers, ESM Spartans both earn titles

Christian Brothers Academy’s track and field teams would serve as hosts on Friday for the 14th annual Brother Basilian O’Connell Memorial Invitational.

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Baker students receive awards in photo show

Two Baker High School students have received awards in the 27th Annual Storrs All-High Photo Show sponsored by the Kenan Center Gallery in Lockport.

Van Buren resident to act as student ambassador for World Expo

Forty U.S. college students including Marisal Dobbins, of Memphis, were chosen to represent the United States from May to August 2012.

Sunday, May 6

Boys track Bees rise to second at New Hartford meet

B'ville girls take third at Rome Invitational

Baldwinsville's boys track and field team made up for Wednesday's loss to Liverpool a big way. The Bees nearly won Friday’s 59th annual New Hartford Invitational as, with 67 points, it topped everyone in the 22-team field except Cicero-North Syracuse, who won with 75 points.

Boys lacrosse Bees fight past Penn Yan

Last-second win caps 3-0 week for B'ville

Even though it wasn’t a victory, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team’s overtime defeat to state-ranked Fayetteville-Manlius on April 27 signaled that it was making rapid improvement and could prove a real headache in May, both in the regular season and post-season.

B’ville girls toppled by West Genny again

Bees start fast, but Wildcats take over in 16-10 decision

Now, just as at the end of March when they first played, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team still find itself looking up at West Genesee. For a brief moment, the Bees teased its fans into thinking it could reverse recent history, leading early in Friday’s showdown with the Wildcats at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. But the Wildcats took over from there, getting away and prevailing by a score of 16-10.

B’ville boys tennis sweeps pair of foes

Bees still unbeaten going into clashes with West Genny, F-M

Baldwinsville’s boys tennis team improved to 6-0 by meeting Cicero-North Syracuse last Tuesday and gaining every point in a 7-0 win over the Northstars.

Skaneateles girls lax improves to 10-2

Lakers pound Onondaga, J-E, Homer in 3-0 week

While still preparing for the crucial regular-season homestretch, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team made sure it didn’t trip up in any of the three games leading up to it, outscoring its opponents by a combined 52-16 margin.

Skaneateles track sweeps Marcellus, Homer

Adams, Tonzi both take titles at CBA Basilian meet

After they co-hosted a meet on April 28, the Skaneateles and Marcellus girls track and field teams took to facing each other three days later, this time on the oval at Hyatt Satdium, in an OHSL Liberty division that also featured Homer.

Tennis Lakers win three of four matches

Skaneateles splits 3-2 verdicts with rival Marcellus

More than a week of inactivity ended for the Skaneateles boys tennis team when it played in an April 28 tournament at Baldwinsville. Ryan Sayko won the first singles division, beating Oswego’s Austin Demott in the finals in straight sets 7-5, 6-2. And after that, it got crowded, the Lakers playing four times in six days and going 3-1 during that span.

Skaneateles boys lax falls to Homer again

Lakers pay for second-quarter drought in 9-5 defeat

A higher level of play was needed for the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team if it wanted to get through a brutal regular-season homestretch. That trek commenced Friday night, against Homer, a team that pummeled the Lakers 13-5 back on April 20. While the rematch proved a lot closer, the Lakers could not get payback, falling again to the Trojans by a 9-5 margin.

Boys golf Lakers stop Solvay twice

Skaneateles girls beat Cazenovia, Chittenango

The Skaneateles boys golf team got back into the win column last Monday, going to the Links at Sunset Ridge and beating Jordan-Elbridge 218-232 to start off a week where it won three times in four outings.

Baseball Lakers have 1-3 week

Skaneateles beaten by Marcellus in 3-2 thriller

That quick start the Skaneateles baseball team had enjoyed was quickly fading into memory by the time the calendar turned to May.

Skaneateles softball beats Cazenovia, J-E

Lakers' 2-1 week includes loss to Marcellus

Still harboring some post-season ambitions, the Skaneateles softball team earned a key win at Cazenovia last Monday, going to eight innings to prevail 10-5. What made this win so remarkable was the fact that Cazenovia crushed Skaneateles 28-2 in their first meeting on April 2. Nearly a month later, everything turned around.

WG boys track takes fourth at New Hartford meet

All area teams compete in multiple weekend events

In four different locations, local high school track and field teams went to work in a quartet of weekend meets. At the 59th annual New Hartford Invitational on Friday, the West Genesee boys team finished fourth out of 22 entrants with 45 points, as Cicero-North Syracuse (75 points) went to the top as Solvay earned 21 points to claim 12th place.

Oscar’s track: The health risk of pain relievers

Community Columnist

In this column, I’d like to talk about keeping your liver and kidneys healthy when taking over-the-counter or non-prescription pain medications. Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers are among the most widely used medications in the world.

Floral notes: Color your world

Community Columnist

Black and white is a classic style combination, safe and secure in looking like Audrey Hepburn when going out. In the home, beige and ‘earth tones’ are the fall back choices of the timid.

Justice is no lady

Community Columnist

Historically, Lady Justice has been depicted holding the scales of truth and fairness in one hand and the double-edged sword of authority and righteousness in the other. She also wears a blindfold, representing impartiality regarding identity, power, money or weakness.

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Caz Scouts visit area churches, study Ten Commandments

On Saturday, March 31, Cazenovia Boy Scouts spent more serious time learning about the original Ten Commandments as they hiked throughout the village of Cazenovia as part of the “Duty to God” program.

Saturday, May 5

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Social Security education meeting held at 5 Ledyard Ave.

Bernie McGee, CFS President of MT Flanagan & Associates at 5 Ledyard Ave., hosted an educational seminar on May 3 at 54Freedom headquarters in Cazenovia.

Baseball Mustangs build four-game win streak

Mustangs edge Skaneateles, 2-1, to highlight surge

Perhaps it took a couple of weeks, but the Marcellus baseball team is showing that it can move past the sudden mid-season departure of its entire coaching staff and put the focus back on the field - where the product is proving successful again.

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‘The Showgirls Strike Back’

Barr, Incammicia to perform at Catherine Cummings Theater

After numerous sold-out performances throughout New York City, comedy troupe “The Haus of Mimosa” will bring its hilarious off-Broadway musical production to Cazenovia at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in Catherine Cummings Theater.

LETTERS: Caz school district needs to keep educators like Lonergan

I enjoyed your article “Saved from the chopping block,” in last week’s issue. It reminded me of an article I read years ago, in which school administrators at the time argued that if the school budget was not approved, the school would no longer be able to provide milk for children, many of whom did not have breakfast at home.

LETTERS: CRIS-CAT is valuable to residents, community

I would like to send my gratitude to the wonderful members of CRIS-CAT, the group who gives ride to elders for medical needs.

Friday, May 4

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Caz baseball stuns state no. 1-ranked Westhill

Rally in sixth, McEntee's pitching keys shocker

Even at this late point in the regular season, it's unclear whether the Cazenovia baseball team will make its way to the Section III Class B playoffs. It it does, though, the Lakers will take with it enormous confidence based on one effort alone - Friday night's 5-1 upset of Westhill, the no. 1 team in the state Class B rankings.

West Genny girls lax rolls past B'ville, 16-10

Defense, balanced scoring keys regular-season sweep of Bees

Two-goal deficits are not a big deal in girls lacrosse, especially in the early part of a game. Unless it's West Genesee that's trailing. Faced with this rare situation of having to catch up Friday night at Baldwinsville, the Wildcats not only did so, but with a 16-10 victory over the Bees proved that, again, the road to a Section III Class A title must wind through Camillus.

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Skaneateles siblings catch huge fish, shark on Hawaii trip

On their return to Skaneateles from a recent trip to Hawaii, Massimo and Bella Capozza, ages 10 and 11 respectively, both brought back stories about catching a big fish — but not just any fish. Fish that were bigger than they were. Massimo caught a 65-pound amberjack and Bella a six-foot reef shark.

Jordan presents adopted budget

The Village of Jordan adopted its 2012-13 budget on April 19 and presented it to the press at a board meeting on May 4.

DeWitt secures two sizeable green grants

Through Save the Rain program, town lands $342,00 for two projects.

Foreign Trade Zone law promotes regional economic development

Legislation (A.9336) sponsored by Assemblyman William Magnarelli, who represents the town of Van Buren, was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

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East Syracuse awarded grant to help stop sewage overflow

The village of East Syracuse can solve a sewage overflow problem that has plagued the village for more than 50 years thanks in part to a $279,000 Green Innovation grant from the Central New York Economic Development Council.

Bryce’s great expectations

Not long in Syracuse, Harper part of long history of baseball prodigies

A young man, not even to 20, strode up to the plate at Dodger Stadium for his first major league at-bat – and heard the boos cascade down, as if he was from San Francisco. Alas, Bryce Harper is with the Washington Nationals. But the team affiliation did not matter. The talent he possesses, and the impact he could have on baseball, was the reason why his debut was so eagerly covered and analyzed.

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America’s oldest flour company teaches young people to bake

Homework never tasted so good

On a crusade to give young people the life-giving skill of home bread baking, The King Arthur Flour Company of Norwich, VT, traveled to Ray Middle School on May 1 to teach more than 500 seventh grade students to bake their own loaves of bread from scratch.

Lacrosse Hornets fall to West Genny again

F-M rebounds with smashing 17-2 win over C-NS

Three seconds – not a long time, but enough to hurt the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team.

J-D boys lacrosse smashes trio of foes

Girls Red Rams go 1-1, takes loss to Fulton

With an April full of big-time match-ups behind them (and a 1-3 mark against nationally-ranked teams), the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team settled into May and pummeled anything in its path.

Girls golf teams provide top performances

Hair shoots 29 for J-D; F-M topples Baldwinsville

Everywhere one turned during the first week of May, local girls golf teams provide a reason to feel proud, regardless of affiliation.

Liverpool softball gives Spataro 400th win

Warriors rally past RFA; C-NS blanks Oswego

Nothing about the Liverpool softball team’s 28-0 destruction of the combined Syracuse West entry on a gloomy Monday afternoon was memorable or useful. Except that the win gave the Warriors’ long-time head coach, Nick Spataro, 400 for his career, just a few weeks after Cicero-North Syracuse’s Kerry Bennett reached the 600-win plateau.

C-NS lacrosse teams both go 1-1

Boys Northstars run into red-hot F-M, fall 17-2

Not that there was too much suspense about it, but the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team officially sealed its Section III Class A playoff berth Tuesday night with a 12-6 victory over Auburn at Holland Stadium.

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Skaneateles 6th Graders to Present Joust! on May 5

Skaneateles Summer Theatre and sixth grade drama will present Joust! Saturday, May 5, at 7 pm in the Skaneateles High School Auditorium.

Five B’ville students recognized for top PSAT scores

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized five Baker High School juniors for their outstanding scores on the 2011 PSAT. Emily Ekross, David Hutter, David Magowan, Antonio Martinez and Scott Wolff have been invited to participate in the 2013 National Merit Program’s College Plans Reporting Service.

F-M tennis edges CBA, 4-3

Hornets prevail 4-3, move win streak to 207

Only an outbreak of bad weather kept the Fayetteville-Manlius boys tennis team from extending its long win streak in the waning days of April. Once May hit, though, it was time to work again. And no work proved harder than a match against Christian Brothers Academy where the Hornets needed every bit of its depth to beat the Brothers 4-3 and extend the streak to 207 straight matches.

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West Genny Class of ’72 seeks classmates for 40th reunion

The West Genesee High School Class of 1972 is looking for classmates to attend their 40th reunion.

Final school district budget ready to go to voters

The Skaneateles Board of Education held its final district budget review and public information session at its May 1 meeting, giving local residents one final chance to question or comment on the budget before it goes to public vote on Tuesday, May 15.

COLUMN: Identity theft - ways to prevent becoming a victim

An estimated 8.6 million households were victims of identity theft in 2010, the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics reports. I hear from people on a regular basis who have, unfortunately, been among those statistics.

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Lacrosse Lakers' win streak hits 30

Caz flattens LaFayette, eases past Westhill

With a high-charged regular-season homestretch looming, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team is finding its top form on both ends of the field. That was quite evident in Tuesday’s game against LaFayette at the Sean Googin Sports Complex, where the state Class C no. 1-ranked Lakers smashed through the Lancers in a 17-3 rout.

Caz girls lacrosse has wild 2-2 stretch

Lakers edge past General Brown, Westhill by one goal each

Regardless of the opposition, things got tight for the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team as it crossed the midway point of the regular season and endured a stretch where it had to play four times in six days – and those games were decided by a combined five goals.

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B’ville officer recognized

The Central New York Association of Chiefs of Police presented recognition awards to four citizens and 23 law enforcement officers on Tuesday, April 24.

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SQHAP celebrates achievements of Caz High School students

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park recently announced the season opening exhibition, “Celebrating Creative Achievements of Cazenovia High School,” will feature artistic works from the portfolios of local high school art students.

Thursday, May 3

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Superintendent Phil D’Angelo to leave Skaneateles School District in June

Skaneateles Schools Superintendent Phil D’Angelo has been hired as the new superintendent of the Wantagh Union Free School District, Nassau County, on Long island, N.Y., and will leave his current position in Skaneateles by the end of June.

Westhill claims baseball showdown with Homer

Godzak throws another shutout; freshman starts key DP

Combined, the Westhill and Homer baseball teams sported a 22-0 mark when they got together for the first of two highly-anticipated regular-season showdowns on Thursday afternoon. And the battle did not disappoint, the state Class B no. 1-ranked Warriors and no. 5-ranked Trojans matching each other until the pivotal sixth inning, when a heads-up defensive play sparked Westhill to a 2-0 victory.

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Crawfish Fest finds Clinton Square Saturday

Operation Southern Comfort/Northern Comfort will host its fifth annual Crawfish/Taste of Louisiana Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in Clinton Square, downtown.

Boys track Warriors rips B’ville

Liverpool to face C-NS for first place

Clearing the last hurdle before this week’s showdown with Cicero-North Syracuse, the Liverpool boys track and field team was quite impressive in Wednesday’s home meet against Baldwinsville, roaring to a 90-51 victory over the Bees.

C-NS track sweeps past West Genesee

Northstars go into Liverpool meets unbeaten

One more preliminary remained before the Cicero-North Syracuse track and field teams could focus on its annual pair of showdowns with Liverpool. And the Northstars took care of both parts, beating West Genesee last Wednesday afternoon. At Bragman Stadium, the C-NS girls flattened the Wildcats 105-36, while in Camillus the C-NS had a closer call, but still won by an 82-59 margin.

Beyond RICO: the next gang generation

City Scuffle

When members of Southside turf crew Boot Camp first faced RICO (federal racketeering) charges in July 2004, courtroom testimony revealed that police had been under orders from the administration of Mayor Roy Bernardi not to use the G-word in their reports. It was felt then that admitting Syracuse had a gang problem would be bad PR.

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Caz Library literacy programs take on new challenges

Like other small towns in Central New York, Cazenovia has seen an influx of refugees and immigrants. Cazenovia Public Library Literacy Coordinators Cindy McCall and Carla Zimmerman have been working with Syracuse-based ProLiteracy to meet the challenges presented by new learners from diverse backgrounds.

Preservation of Enders House is vital to Cazenovia’s history, future

Guest Column

Why is it important to our community to preserve the Enders House? The answer in part is not just about the house, it is representative of a broader issue about the future of our community and the vision we have about our community and ourselves.

B’ville girls track beats Liverpool

Carnovale wins three events; boys Bees fall to Warriors

Led by the likes of Gina Carnovale and a deep pack of distance runners, the Baldwinsville girls track and field team turned back Liverpool by a score of 75-66 Wednesday afternoon at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

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Caz Watercolor Society to show work at NWFL

Watercolors by the members of the Cazenovia Watercolor Society will be on display at the New Woodstock Free Library from May 2 through May 31.

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B’ville elementary collects more than $1,000 to fight disease

Van Buren Elementary School students who acted as classroom representatives in the school’s “Pennies for Patients” collection present the school’s donation to Daniel Wood, a volunteer with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Green initiatives in east-side suburbs to be funded by Save the Rain grants

The county's Save the Rain program will be extended to 12 suburban communities with 14 projects, resulting in $3 million in updates. The projects will now go before the county legislature to be approved in May and June.

Downtown Writing Center offers pro baseball as inspiration

In conjunction with The Syracuse Chiefs, the Downtown Writing Center is offering “Writing at the Ballpark,” an opportunity for writers to use a professional baseball game as inspiration.

Camillus approved for $421K grant for green initiatives in Shove Park

The town of Camillus is expected to receive $421,000 to create porous pavement, rain gardens, rain barrels and plant trees. All work is expected in Shove Park in order to reduce stormwater runoff on impervious surfaces. The work will also help reduce stormwater inflow and infiltration to the sewer system. It's expected to reduce runoff by 4.5 million gallons annually.

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Spirit of Syracuse places second at international sing-off

The Spirit of Syracuse, an all-women barbershop quartet, placed second in the annual Sweet Sounds of Sweet Adelines competition, which took place over the weekend at the Civic Center's Crouse-Hinds Theater and saw participation from nearly 1,500 female singers

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B’ville junior selected for prestigious summer music program

Bridget Conway, a junior at Baker High School, has been selected to attend the internationally acclaimed Music Horizons summer program at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester in July.

Solvay softball beats Westhill, Marcellus

Bearcats complete regular-season sweep of Warriors

Much would be learned by the Solvay and Westhill softball teams in their head-to-head clash on Wednesday afternoon. And for the moment, it’s the Bearcats holding the upper hand, improving to 9-1 on the season with a 6-2 victory that completed a regular-season sweep of the Warriors.

A lesson worth learning

School Is In

There is no question that in public education, parents and their children are entitled to certain things. What they are not entitled to, however, is the ability to tell the English teacher how to teach, the orchestra director who the first chair should be or the baseball coach who the first baseman should be.

Lysander Parks and Recreation: Summer Program Registration

The Lysander Parks and Recreation summer program registration begins Monday, May 7.

Track Lakers flatten Westhill, Hannibal

Caz girls now 6-0 in OHSL Liberty division

Now the Cazenovia girls track and field team is one meet away from repeating its OHSL Liberty division regular-season title. The Lakers easily handled two sets of Warriors in Wednesday’s three-way meet at Buckley-Volo Field, turning back Westhill/Bishop Ludden 103-39 and ripping Hannibal by a 130-11 margin.

Chittenango baseball tops CBA, ESM

Bears get past Spartans in 12-inning classic

Just in time for May, the Chittenango baseball team earned a pair of exciting victories.

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Preparing for Plainville spring barbecues

Plainville Christian Church UCC members young and old, big and small gather April 15 to work on their annual spring grounds cleanup.

F-M celebrates new track with 'community mile' May 9

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District is inviting the community to celebrate the official opening of the F-M track by completing a mile on the refurbished surface.

Wednesday, May 2

Baseball Warriors escape Baldwinsville, 4-3

Liverpool holds off late B'ville comeback in seventh

Perhaps the Liverpool and Baldwinsville baseball teams will cross paths again in the Section III Class AA playoffs later this month. If so, they have quite an act to top, as the Warriors squeaked out a 4-3 victory over the Bees Wednesday afternoon, a game that was in doubt until the last ground ball.

Syracuse's First Presbyterian sings swan song Sunday

Best Bets

Syracuse’s First Presbyterian Church United celebrated its final service on Easter Sunday, but the choir and organist will reconvene for one more rousing choral concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the historic church at 620 W. Genesee St.

Customers paid for services not rendered

Downtown After Dark

As owner of Yardsmith Groundskeepers in Syracuse, Craig Smith profited handsomely this winter even though his customers rarely needed their driveways cleared.

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B’ville Girl Scout ready to refurbish village mural

Emily Ekross, 17, is diligently working to complete her Girl Scout Gold Award project — refurbishing the mural on the southwest corner of Oswego and Genesee streets, which contains vignettes of Baldwinsville and Erie Canal history.

The Rhythm-Airs perform Saturday at St. Luke’s

The Rhythm-Airs, a 17-piece orchestra that plays a wide array of Swing Era favorites, will perform for dancers from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5402 W. Genesee St., in Camillus.

Onondaga Lake Park to host Race on the Lake

The excitement of high speed boating racing is set to return to Onondaga Lake next month Onondaga County Parks Commissioner Bill Lansley announced Wednesday. Race on the Lake, an American Canadian Hydroplane Association-sanctioned event, will be held at Onondaga Lake Park from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 and feature on-water action all day.

Baldwinsville Earth science teacher awarded grant

Jill Gravante, an Earth Science teacher at Durgee Junior High School, has been awarded a $500 Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Studies Grant.

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Earth Day cleanup efforts in Baldwinsville

Members of Daisy Scout Troup 10633 participated in an Earth Day activity at Palmer Elementary school to help spruce up the grounds.

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How will erroneous state tests affect teacher evaluations, school funding?

Did you hear the one about the talking pineapple? How about the one about the math question with no right answer? These aren’t riddles. They’re questions from the New York state math and English Language Arts exams given to third- through eighth-graders statewide from April 16 to 27. The tests are designed by Pearson, Inc., which has a $32 million contract from the state to provide the tests, and vetted by a team of psychomatricians (test experts) before they are distributed to school districts. The pineapple question refers to a much-maligned reading passage on the eighth grade ELA exam describing a race between a pineapple and a hare, a twist on the old fable of the tortoise and the hare. The entire passage and related questions can be read here: usny.nysed.gov/docs/the-hare-and-the-pineapple.pdf. The passage so confused such a great number of students that the state had to pull the questions; they won’t be counted towards the final assessments.

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Plainville FD hosts Recruit New York event

Members of the Plainville Fire Department participated in the NY statewide recruitment weekend held Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22.

Tuesday, May 1

Boys lax Wildcats come back, beat F-M 9-7

Schattner goal just before half serves as turning point

West Genesse's latest conquest of Fayetteville-Manlius in boys lacrosse, a 9-7 decision Tuesday night on the Hornets' new artificial turf field, is a prime example of how a single, well-timed goal can turn a troubling situation into a triumphant one.

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CazCares turns 30

Local food pantry, community closet gears up for fundraiser

As CazCares members and local volunteers gear up for the fourth annual “Open Your Heart” fundraiser on May 12, the organization is also preparing to celebrate its 30th birthday.

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Caz village election heats up

Two seats on the Cazenovia Village Board will be contested during the June 19 election. Trustrees serve two-year terms; David Porter and Tim Mahoney are incumbents, and they are fighting to retain their positions. Jim Joseph is challenging Porter for his seat.

Magee announces ‘ReCharge New York’ projects to retain jobs

Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Nelson) announced on April 25 that several local businesses and non-profit organizations will be granted low-cost power allocations under the statewide ReCharge New York (RNY) initiative.

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Air 1 expected to return to service this month; $105K raised to date for Foundation

To date, just over $105,000 has been raised to help finance the flights by Air 1, the helicopter service provided by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

Special meeting called for Camillus Sunoco plan, no action taken

Camillus village board was called to a special meeting Monday, April 30 to vote on and discuss the proposed Sunoco gas station.

Something for every taste at Taste of Baldwinsville

This year’s Taste of Baldwinsville will have a little something to appeal to every taste, be it food or beverage, auction items or music.

Take Back drive brings in 145 pounds of prescriptions in Camillus

The annual Take Back initiative through the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration brought in more than 145 pounds of unused or expired medications in Camillus.

Caz Preservation Foundation receives grant funding

Non-profit land trusts given $1.4 million statewide

The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation and the Great Swamp Conservancy were recently awarded two grants, totaling $25,300, through the Land Trust Alliance’s Conservation Partnership Program.

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Van Buren Republican Women’s Club celebrates milestone

The Van Buren Republican Women’s Club is celebrating 50 years.

COLUMN: Remember Your Grandmother this Mother's Day

From Grandma's Kitchen

What is a mother? Someone who shares her life and her love with the child that she bears. What is a grandmother? Someone whose child bears a child and changes a grandmother’s life forever.