Friday, November 30
Girls shut down ESM; Kinsey leads boys Rams past Mexico
Having a Jamesville-DeWitt basketball team start out as a defending Section III Class A champion is an old story. But having two of them as defending champions is something new. Both the girls and boys Red Rams would start 2012-13 with winning efforts on Friday night, as J-D's girls prevailed at East Syracuse-Minoa 43-32 while, back home, the boys cruised past Mexico 61-42.
West Genesee opened its latest quest for ice hockey glory with a 3-1 Wildcat Classic win over Fairport on Friday night at Shove Park. The early game saw defending Division I state champion Suffern outplay Massena, 4-1. That, and the late result set up a Saturday rematch of last year’s memorable state semifinal, when Suffern defeated the Wildcats in a penalty shootout at the Utica War Memorial.
It should be no surprise to most people that “Lincoln” is an extraordinary film, with superb script and direction and an uncanny portrayal by Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln.
B'ville runner first Section III honoree since 2007
Now the post-season accolades begin to pour in for Baldwinsville football standout Tyler Rouse. The senior running back, who led the Bees to the Section III Class AA final this fall, was just named the Gatorade Player of the Year in New York State, the first Section III player selected for that high honor in six years.
In November, Durgee Junior High School’s physical education department collaborated with Impact Martial Arts to teach students the basics of martial arts for fitness and as an introduction to self-defense.
A smoking grill led administrators to evacuate Liverpool High School for 17 minutes this morning, according to Liverpool Central School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns.
Hillview Community Church Coffeehouse will present The Harvesters in concert to benefit Baldwinsville area food pantries at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
Hundreds attend special meeting on controversial development proposal
Faced with mounting public – and now government – concerns over the accuracy of certain statements and numbers in the controversial Victory Sports Medicine development project plans, the Skaneateles Town Planning Board requested this week that VSM respond to nearly half a dozen questions and requests for clarification concerning the business’s proposed 99.5-acre sports campus development project.
Take the family out for a festive evening in the village this Saturday.
Five Baldwinsville Christian Academy soccer players were honored with end-of-the-year awards. Seniors Ann Marie Van Doren (left), Steve Taddeo (center), Ian Conway (right) and Junior Martha Caster (second from left) represented BCA at the Empire State Christian Athletic League All-Star games at Norwich High School on Nov. 2.
This past April I announced my intention to seek the open Lysander town councilor seat that had been temporarily filled with an appointment in anticipation of the November 2012 elections.
Daniel Meyer, owner of Meyer's Towing, is the winner of the 2012 Order of the Towman Award sponsored by American Towman.
Thursday, November 29
New coaches debut for both Cobras, Spartans
The big changes found throughout Section III boys basketball going into the 2012-13 season were not limited to teams changing classes. Bishop Grimes and East Syracuse-Minoa both had new coaches pacing in front of the bench during Thursday night's opener, where Jon Carnegie and Casey Evans led the Cobras past the Spartans 67-47.
Declan Downes, left, and classmate Xander Mills cut up bananas for fruit salad for Palmer Elementary School’s kindergarten harvest feast, which they held before Thanksgiving break.
Dissecting frogs or earthworms is usually a rite of high school science, but in the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District, getting into the guts of how life works isn’t just for older students.
Hayes returns to area to portray 'Edna'
On Friday, Dec. 30, Red House Arts Center will present “Hairspray,” with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film, “Hairspray.”
The New Woodstock Free Library annual volunteer recognition celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1, in the library located at 2106 Main St. (Route 13).
Christmas is upon us. As a firm believer in go-big-or-go-home, when it comes to decorating, I’ve amassed quite a large inventory of shiny and sparkly baubles.
Finding a lump on your dog is quite common, especially as they age.
Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day, which this year is Sunday Dec. 2.
At 2:02 a.m. this morning, a call was received at the 911 Center from Larry Gillette, 54, of 208 Conifer Drive, Baldwinsville.
Church brings its popular cookie walk back for the seventh year
Under the tutelage of Casey Hamilton, a group of eight gentlemen got together on a recent Friday evening to try their collective hand at baking some treats.
We’ve all been there: the whole family’s over for a big holiday dinner, and a major appliance gives out. That’s the story behind this year’s Christmas pageant at North Syracuse Baptist Church (NSBC), “The Unsinkable Christmas,” according to pageant director Annette Davie. “It’s about the Bradley family, Grandma and Grandpa, and the kids are coming,” Davie said. “They don’t get to see each other very often, so there’s the anticipation of that and the excitement, all the hustle and bustle, what we all expect at Christmas. Then you’ve got a lot of people all packed into a small place. All the siblings are picking on each other. There’s a lot of humor.”
B’ville area senior citizens asked to register by Nov. 30
The annual Senior Citizen Holiday Luncheon, hosted by the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville, will be held Dec. 12 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Route 31.
Lakers gain early edge in OHSL Liberty race
Just a few days into a new season, the Cazenovia wrestling team has already taken a major step toward keeping the Onondaga High School League Liberty division regular-season title it claimed a winter ago.
I sort of skipped Thanksgiving again this year but it doesn’t mean I’m not thankful especially for the chance to spend my days helping provide and promote great resources and opportunities for everyone in our community.
The aroma's in the air! The signs are everywhere! Ah, one of my favorite seasons of the year has begun yet again. No, I'm not referring to the holiday season, Thanksgiving, Christmas or even football. I'm talking “church supper season,” that autumnal odyssey of comfort food and good company. Today's column features these very successful fundraisers, which are also wonderful gatherings for socializing and sampling homemade specialties at very fair prices.
High school hoops will be fine without Stewart, Coleman
For the high school basketball season, just underway, to be as potent and exciting as it was a season ago, just a few things need to happen. Three teams would have to win state championships. Four others would need to reach the state final four weekend festivities. A pair of megastars must garner McDonald’s All-American status, with one of them the consensus national player of the year.
I am writing to thank the voters of the 120th Assembly District for your support on Election Day.
The Village of Manlius Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Winter Festival from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Village Centre, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave. in Manlius.
Wednesday, November 28
Late decisions key 34-28 win over Northstars
It only figured that a close, tight and tense contest would symbolize Wednesday night's wrestling showdown between Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool. Late in the meet, with the victory essentially hanging on their match, 220-pound wrestlers Matt Mastro and Ron Wilson went at it for six minutes, but it was Mastro pulling it out, which helped push the Northstars past the Warriors 34-28.
The Eagle Hill Middle School Drama Club presents “Beauty and the Beast” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
Once again, the Baldwinsville Kiwanis saw record numbers for the club’s annual Turkey Trot held Thanksgiving Day. The 44th annual event drew 2,670 participants.
Cub Scout Pack 71 would like to thank the Baldwinsville community for supporting our popcorn fundraiser.
On Thursday, Nov. 15, the annual Burrill E. Wells, Jr. Historic Preservation Award was given out at the annual meeting of the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse. Ed McManus presented the award, which was given to more than one person this year.
Budnar, Goldacker to participate in Sunday’s CNY Polar Plunge
This Sunday, Dec. 2, Special Olympics New York athletes and Cazenovia residents, Diane Budnar and Ryan Goldacker, will help lead the Sixth Annual Central New York Polar Plunge at Oneida Shores in Brewerton, with members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The Cazenovia College Chorale’s Annual Holiday Concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Cazenovia First Presbyterian Church on Albany Street.
Solvay Village Mayor Kathleen Marinelli recently appointed two new trustees to the Solvay Public Library Board: Carole Marascalchi and Ty Pitoniak Marshal.
Chemotti was assistant on NCAA title team at Loyola (Md.)
Skaneateles native Dan Chemotti has gone from reaching the peak of college lacrosse to getting an opportunity to build his own program. Chemotti, 33, was hired on Oct. 29 to coach the men’s lacrosse program at the University of Richmond in Virginia, who will enter the varsity ranks in 2014 after one more season of club play.
Greg Avellino is thankful for the East Syracuse Minoa school community.
Local students, residents collect funds for Salvation Army, less-fortunate families
The foundry that has traditionally produced the Salvation Army’s famous bells for years was recently destroyed by fire, but that isn’t keeping local volunteers — most of them Cazenovia High School students — from collecting money for area families in serious need.
Five fun things to do in CNY this winter.
For thousands of years, this special season has promised peace, and for the past four decades the Syracuse Peace Council has risen to the occasion by hosting the annual Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival.
This spring, in conjunction with the Preeclampsia Foundation, Lorelle Lashway is coordinating the first-ever Syracuse Promise Walk at Onondaga Lake Park. The walk will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Registration opens to the public on Jan. 1 at promisewalk.org/Syracuse, and costs $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
Tuesday, November 27
Liverpool hockey raises money for injured B'ville student, father
Though Liverpool and Baldwinsville are long-time high school sports rivals, they got together Tuesday night at Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena to do something special on behalf of a recuperating Baker High School student and her family.
On Nov. 14, three Baldwinsville varsity athletes signed their letters of intent to play lacrosse and baseball for Division I schools.
About 140 people turned out at the latest Cazenovia Forum lecture to hear nationally known pollster and Utica native John Zogby analyze the results of the recent presidential election.
Do you have ideas for the future of Central New York? What would make the region more sustainable for the long-term?
National Grid is seeking a permit to build a utility substation at 4683 Wetzel Road in Clay to help handle power within the town. The utility company approached the town board at its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 19, to request permission for the construction at a site located west and south of Henry Clay Boulevard, west of the railroad crossing. The substation would get its power from a 115KB transmission line that would run along the eastern portion of the site. If approved, the station would help carry the load from the Belmont, Euclid and Pine grove substations, tying into existing infrastructure west to the Seneca River and east to Cicero.
At the Nov. 19 meeting of the Liverpool Village Board, Mayor Gary White reminded trustees that, in an effort to save money, they should consider lengthening their terms of office. The four trustees and the mayor currently serve two-year terms. White invited residents to voice their opinions on the matter via a simple, one-question survey on the village website, villageofliverpool.org.
As a four-month trial period comes to a close, village leaders have expressed satisfaction with its shared-services agreement with its new part-time police chief. At the Village Board’s monthly meeting on Nov. 19, Mayor Gary White and Trustee Jim Rosier, the board’s liaison with the police department, both praised Police Chief Don Morris who is serving as a part-time chief here while continuing as the full-time chief in East Syracuse. Morris works 20 hours a week in Liverpool and 40 in East Syracuse.
In accordance with the recommendations of a Liverpool Central School District Board of Education subcommittee, the district will be going ahead with redistricting. The question is how that redistricting will proceed. At its Nov. 19 meeting, the BOE once again raised the discussion, which had last been addressed in September. “Several meetings ago the board may recall that we talked about redistricting,” said BOE President Patricia DeBona Rosier. “[Board member John] Kennedy and his [building utilization] committee gave us a very nice report. We are indeed going to redistrict.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York has officially opened the doors to its new Central New York Ronald McDonald House and guest families are expected to stay at the house starting in December.
After reviewing Paper Mill Island revenues and operation costs for the 2012 season, village officials have decided the rates and regulations will remain the same for the 2013 season.
Pint Size Pies and Pals opened last week on the upper level across from Hollister at ShoppingTown Mall.
Carter-Williams contributes career-best 14 assists
Michael Carter-Williams racked up a career-high 14 assists, James Southerland registered 18 points and Brandon Triche added 15 points and seven rebounds. It was a recipe for success as Syracuse played 40 solid minutes of basketball and hammered Colgate 87-51 Sunday afternoon in front of 17,156 spectators at the Carrier Dome.
Monday, November 26
Debate ensued when the Fayetteville Village Board opened a public hearing on the proposed rental law Monday, Nov. 19. About 20 residents attended and about half of those residents spoke.
The Minoa Mindstormers Robotics team recently placed in the top 10 at the FIRST LEGO League tournament in Rome.
As part of Code Enforcement Disaster Assistance Response (CEDAR), a program administered by the New York State Division of Code Enforcement Administration, Gregg Humphrey traveled to Long Island Nov. 3 where he worked with a team to provide rapid assessments of homes damaged from the storm.
CCSD students headed to college on lacrosse scholarships
After school on Monday, Nov. 19, two senior students of the Cazenovia Central School District signed official letters of intent to attend college, both as students and athletes, in fall 2013.
The opulence of a holiday-bedecked mansion, the jingling bells of Lamplit Farm horses, the sounds of live seasonal music, greetings from Father Christmas and the taste of wassail and homemade sweets are but a few of the outstanding delights “Christmas at Lorenzo” offers patrons this year.
Consultants to the Skaneateles Board of Education on the hiring of a new district superintendent spent an entire day last week meeting with students, teachers, administrators, parents and residents in the district in order to get a sense of what characteristics the community wants in its new school district leader. Henry J. Peris, Tim McElheran and Fred Wilie, of the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, will use all the feedback they collected, along with the results of a community survey posted online by the BOE, to report to the board the qualities it should seek in a new superintendent.
The Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program will hold its annual meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Dobson Hall community room at the Skaneateles Presbyterian Church, 97 East Genesee St.
Unique lottery offers Eldridge interpretation collection item
This holiday season, the Friends of Lorenzo announced they are thrilled to offer a very special raffle; a hand-sculpted table created by local business owner, Dr. David Eldridge.
Captain David J. Tucker of Marcellus has his plate full.
The Baldwinsville Optimist Club’s Annual Christmas Tree Sale begins Dec. 1 and they are looking for volunteers to help. Hours will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Please call either Nancy Conley at 638-0251 or Gene Hearl at 516-1787 for more information about how you can help.
Warriors to support Gleason family
When the Liverpool field hockey team hits the ice Tuesday night at Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena in Lysander for its home opener against Clinton, much more than the game is on the mind of those in attendance.
Northstars to meet Liverpool, host Anderson meet this week
This might be as exciting an opening stretch as ever put together by the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team. Head coach Dereck Bigford’s Northstars will meet archrival Liverpool Wednesday night in the CNY Counties League opener and, just three days later, will play host to the annual Andersen Tournament, where more than 20 teams, from Section III and beyond, will participate.
Baldwinsville officials have entered into an intermunicipal agreement with the town of Van Buren to share the services of comptroller Greg Maxwell. The village Treasurer, Anna Custer, plans to use Maxwell as a resource.
The annual Marcellus Starlight Tree Lighting is drawing near.
Sunday, November 25
Every year, the Cazenovia Lions Club honors a number of local students for their academic and civil accomplishments by honoring them as a “Student of the Month.”
Seasonal beer by Empire Brewing Co. exclusively at Sherwood Inn
Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles is famous throughout Central New York for its holiday revels and interesting shopping, and starting this year it will be known for another unique offering – beer. The Sherwood Inn has teamed with the Syracuse-based Empire Brewing Company to create the new Dickens’ Christmas Ale: a strong, dark Scottish-style ale, with flavors of cardamom and allspice, reminiscent of the beers drunk in the time of Dickens himself.
Ryan sets Bowdoin Park course record at regional qualifier
A seventh consecutive national championship beckons for the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country team as it makes yet another pilgrimage to Portland for the Nike Cross Nationals. They’ll have company, too, as the F-M boys, led again by Nick Ryan, also emerged victorious from Saturday’s Nike New York Regional qualifier, held last Saturday at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.
Peinkofer gains 12th-place finish against strong field
Baldwinsville’s boys cross country team kept on running, all the way through Thanksgiving weekend. The Bees’ strong 2012 campaign earned them an invitation to the Nike Cross Regional Championships, held Saturday at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.
Cooney, Herr make quick transition after football season
So much for the need to tune up and spend inordinate amounts of time fine-tuning the game until all was ready. Not even two weeks after getting its full roster together, the Skaneateles ice hockey team ventured east and began its championship quest in 2012-13 with a first-place trophy earned at the Queensbury Tournament over the Thanksgiving Day weekend.
Boys hoops Hornets meet Ludden, C-NS on opening weekend
Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s 2012-13 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Saturday, November 24
Each year, Monsignor Meaney Council 9042 Knights of Columbus of Elbridge conducts a golf tournament for the benefit of the Jordan-Elbridge and Skaneateles ecumenical food pantries. With the generous support of the Welch Allyn Corporation, this year’s tournament raised more than $2,200 in cash and provisions. Grand Knight Brian Dristle recently presented checks to the pantries’ respective boards.
Cook, National Journal political writer, to present Nov. 28
Cazenovia College’s Reisman Lecture Series will present Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of “The Cook Political Report” and columnist for the National Journal, who will deliver the fall 2012 Reisman Lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre.
“Nobody does it better…” Then, as now, Carly Simon was spot on. Nobody does it better than James Bond.
Boys, girls hoops Red Rams defend sectional titles
Jamesville-DeWitt’s basketball teams are both defending Section III Class A titles. Here is the 2012-13 varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Gaelic Knights won boys state Class B title last winter
A highly-anticipated winter high school basketball season begins shortly, with Bishop Ludden, the reigning state Class B champions, moving up to Class A and picking up games against the likes of CBA and Jamesville-DeWitt. Here are the boys and girls basketball schedules for Ludden, Westhill and Solvay. All dates and times are subject to change.
Friday, November 23
Orange lean on defense in first two home wins
Starting the season no. 9 in the national polls, the Syracuse basketball team didn't complain about traveling to the West Coast to open its season, never mind facing No. 20 San Diego State on the flight deck of a retired aircraft carrier ship. Instead, the Orange savored the majestic outdoor setting and the sunshine overlooking San Diego harbor. Both teams struggled shooting the ball, but the Orange struggled less, prevailing 62-49.
Village Board, citizens’ group request new SEQR determination on project
The Town Planning Board’s October declaration that the proposed Victory Sports Medicine “Victory Campus” will have no significant adverse environmental impacts on Skaneateles was incorrect and must be reevaluated and revised according to correspondence sent to the Town Planning Board by two separate groups. Both groups, neither coordinating with the other, cited concerns over apparent inconsistencies in the VSM plans, especially proposed water usage, and stated that various project approvals in 2012 were based on outdated information which no longer accurately reflects the development specifications.
Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer wreathmaking workshops at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28 and at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Participants will fashion their own wreath from a simple household coat hanger and evergreen boughs. The final product will be a treasure to take home or an impressive handmade gift. $15; registration required.
Prior to the Nov. 15 village board meeting, Baldwinsville officials held an informational meeting regarding a proposed change to the village code dealing with storage of seasonal vehicles such as boats, RVs and snowmobiles.
Lakers reached state finals in Glens Falls for first time
In 13 years at the helm of the Skaneateles girls’ volleyball program, Doreen Doctor has ushered hundreds of high school-aged girls through her program. She knew entering this season that she had inherited more talented players than the 2012 Lakers. Sure, Julianna Augustine and Jo Anna Dean were strong hitters, but Doctor had coached harder.
Taking advantage of the good weather on Nov. 12 on the seventh hole at Pearl Lakes in Skaneateles, Joe Inman, of Baldwinsville, finally got his hole-in-one.
During the Nov. 11 Veterans Day luncheon at the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88, Boys State participants Joseph Colligan and Andrew Sparks, along with Girls State participant Emily Stoker, were honored.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room, mystery buffs will not want to miss author Tom Macdonald’s discussion of his highly acclaimed debut novel, “The Charlestown Connection.”
Cazenovia College recently announced the hiring of two new faculty members.
Thanksgiving is a political holiday based on a religious theme, but while we thank God for life’s blessings, we seem to disregard the rest.
Lysander officials are seeking resumes
Wrestling team combines with Cato-Meridian for 2012-13
Changes this year for Jordan-Elbridge High School winter sports include the wrestling team pairing up with Cato-Meridian and ice hockey players from the area going to Corcoran. Here is the 2012-13 varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Brothers meet J-D, Ludden twice in boys basketball
Christian Brothers Academy’s 2012-13 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Girls basketball Northstars are two-time state champs
Among the stories in Cicero-North Syracuse’s winter sports season is how the two-time defending state Class AA champion girls basketball Northstars do in the post-Breanna Stewart era. Here is the 2012-13 varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.
Thursday, November 22
Is it possible to sit back and relax while you’re on the edge of your seat laughing? Well, come to the C.W. Baker High School Drama Club’s presentation of George Herman’s A Company of Wayward Saints and find out.
On April 10, 2008, 24-year-old Gretchen Snedeker was driving through the city of Oneida when she was hit head on by a vehicle traveling at 55 mph. The driver, a mechanic whose license had been suspended seven times, survived. Gretchen did not.
To all the participants, volunteers, and sponsors of the Cazenovia Central School District Class of 2014 Pumpkin Run — the junior class would like to send a huge “thank you” out to all who helped make our 5K race a huge success.
KeyBank held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, Nov. 19, to celebrate the opening of the new Manlius branch at 7670 Highbridge Road.
Basketball Mustangs open against Caz Dec. 4-5
Marcellus High School’s 2012-13 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Jeff Koehler, of 6514 Kermit Lane, East Syracuse, has created elaborate and entertaining light displays on his family home for several seasons, and this year he has decided to add a charitable aspect to the production.
When the second annual First Night celebration was staged last New Year’s Eve at Onondaga Lake Park, some 7,000 Central New Yorkers — including hundreds of young families enjoying a non-alcoholic holiday alternative — turned out to ring in 2012. Instead of being inspired by hope for the New Year, however, many attending families were outraged when main-stage headliners the New Boyz, a rap act from Southern California, delivered a suggestive and profanity-laced performance.
Hockey Warriors open this weekend with tournament
Liverpool High School’s 2012-13 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Hockey Bees begin Nov. 30 against Cazenovia
Without much time to rest, Baldwinsville has a transition from the fall to winter sports season. Here is the 2012-13 varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.
Onondaga County is one of the counties across 10 states that has committed to helping lower prescription drug costs for our underinsured residents. Onondaga County’s relationship with the Pro-Act Prescription Discount card began in 2007. In the last five years, residents have saved over $15 million on prescription drugs. The goal of the program is to ensure that Onondaga County residents with little or no prescription coverage can obtain their medications at a reasonable price.
Basketball includes Celi tournaments, Hall of Fame game
East Syracuse-Minoa High School’s 2012-13 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Wednesday, November 21
The 2012 Dickens Christmas will celebrate its 19th year in Skaneateles, and, as in years past, Salvation Army Red Kettles will be in three different locations throughout the village raising money for people in need. The Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce coordinates volunteers to ring for the Salvation Army each year, and is currently looking to fill one-hour shifts consisting of two people for each shift on all 12 days of Dickens Christmas.
The village board of trustees voted last week to allow two temporary business directory signs to be erected on the corners of Genesee and Jordan and Jordan and Fennell streets until the end of the year as a way to gauge the effectiveness and public opinion of placing permanent signs at the same locations.
Laker Limo, the non-profit service that offers transportation to Skaneateles senior citizens and people with disabilities, is expanding its services to include a food delivery program two days a week with prepared foods from Wegmans in Auburn.
After more than three decades of delivering meals to the homes of local senior citizens, Meals on Wheels is ceasing its operations in Skaneateles at the end of the month, due mainly to rising costs.
Austin Smallwood has been selected as its Student of the Month of November by the Baldwinsville Optimist Club.
You can’t throw a rock in a pond and not expect there to be a ripple effect. In a swan pond, you might even ruffle some feathers.
Mayor says law doesn't address issues of noisy dogs, roosters
The Fayetteville Village Board is having second thoughts about a local law that limits pet ownership to three dogs, three cats and three rabbits.
The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall on Sullivan Street will host its Third Annual Arts & Crafts Fair from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, in conjunction with the village of Cazenovia’s 35th Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Walk.
An afternoon in the arts especially for children is the opening event for the spring 2013 season of Joyful Noise Concert Series for the community. The free concert and following activities, including nutritional snacks, will be held at Liverpool First United Methodist Church Jan. 27 at 4 p.m.
Jennifer AuClair, a teacher at Durgee Junior High School, gives a student a sticker to place on his hat, indicating he donated to the ninth grade’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts fundraiser. For a $1 donation students received a sticker, allowing them to wear hats in school for the day. Hats are not normally allowed in Baldwinsville’s schools. The ninth grade raised $450.
With the holiday season fast approaching, Project CAFÉ is getting ready to host its fifth annual Toy Shop on Dec. 7 and 8 at Burton Street Elementary School.
From the Cazenovia Central School District
To put it simply, public school districts like Cazenovia belong to their local communities. They reflect their values, needs and concerns. We are here to serve you and your children. We work for you.
To the editor: Last Tuesday I was witness to a supremely proud moment.
The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will host a Soup and Dessert Café, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 in the Meeting House of the Church. Entrance to the Meeting House is on Sullivan Street.
The village of Cazenovia’s recent purchase of the house at 22 Lincklaen St. to create a parking lot is exciting for those tasked with providing parking, as well as for those whose livelihoods depend on customers finding available parking.
The fourth annual book fair to benefit the Baldwinsville Public Library will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 3956 Route 31 in Clay.
Planning Board cancels public hearing for Victory Sports Medicine development, schedules special meeting
The Skaneateles Town Planning Board, which is the lead agency for all issues concerning the proposed Victory Sports Medicine ‘Victory Campus’ project, has canceled its previously-scheduled Nov. 27 public hearing on the development, but has replaced it with a “special meeting” on VSM for the same day.
Girls hoops Bears open Nov. 30 against Oneida
Chittenango High School’s 2012-13 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Shirley and Mike Martin planned to open their new business – Jo’s Li’l Cupcakes – on Election Day, but they needed a few extra days to complete the interior renovation of the shop that had long housed Chris’s Flowers Etc. at 141 First St., in the village. The ovens went into overdrive and the doors swung open on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Mike’s contractor brother, Jeff Martin, gave the room a wide-open feel complemented by a couple tables and a few easy chairs and a rock’n’roll décor accentuated by electric guitar imagery and a tabletop collage of concert tickets. Comfort is a bonus at Jo’s Li’l Cupcake where the namesake confection gets top-billing. Every day the Martins bake 15 different colorful cupcake varieties from orange to pumpkin to peanut butter. They sell them for $1 each or $5 for a six-pack.
Cobras basketball teams open with ESM Nov. 28-29
Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School’s 2012-13 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Hockey Wildcats look for return to state championships
Much is in store for West Genesee High School in the winter sports season, including the ice hockey team’s latest state championship pursuit. Here is the 2012-13 varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Lakers won state ice hockey title in 2010-11
Cazenovia High School’s 2012-13 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Melissa Crossett is a first grade student who attends Jamesville Elementary School who had an idea to help people in her community.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. In fact, thanks to the merchandisers who started blasting Christmas carols the second Halloween was over, Christmas is already feeling a bit delayed. Nevertheless, the library is here to help you celebrate in grand style while helping support even more library programs and services.
Tuesday, November 20
On Nov. 7, the Baldwinsville Central School District held its Oral Spelling Bee Championship to determine 14 finalists for the Post Standard/WCNY Spelling Bee written test, which will be held on Jan. 19, 2013.
Leff runs to sixth at Federation cross country meet
During the weekend of Nov. 16-17, athletes from West Genesee and other local schools took part in a pair of state championship events, achieving a fair amount of success.
John Freightenburgh isn’t afraid to be different.
John Luczak, left, drills holes into boards while Frank O’Donnell holds the wood in place. A group of volunteers led by O'Donnell, a member of the Canton Woods Senior Center Board, have been busy repairing and restoring two large sheds on the senior center’s grounds that provide valuable storage space.
Bob Chevako’s “Past Technology” display will continue to be available for view at the New Woodstock Free Library through Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Spielberg's 'Lincoln' a masterful portrait
Not until the plans were made, and executed, did the meaning of the date sink in. Sure enough, though, I attended a screening of Lincoln on Monday, exactly 149 years to the day after the 16th president, on Nov. 19, 1863, ventured to the dedication of a new cemetery at Gettysburg and delivered the “few appropriate remarks” that became the most famous and meaningful speech in American history.
Among the holiday revelers and young families enjoying their first glimpse at Onondaga Lake’s light display were about two dozen members of the staff from Liverpool High School raising money for a good cause. The evening offered a chance for all current and former Liverpool High School staffers to walk through Lights on the Lake during the event’s kickoff for pedestrians on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Participants were asked to make a donation in the amount of their choosing in support of the staff’s Adopt-A-Family initiative, which assists students and families within the district.
To the editor: On Monday, Nov. 5, and again during the weekend of Nov. 10 and 11, volunteers from Operation Sandy Relief traveled to Broad Channel and Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY, to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our volunteers were inundated by countless donations from individuals, organizations and businesses, and we are extremely grateful to those who stepped up and continue to do so to help in this time of need.
The Greater North Syracuse Chamber of Commerce is launching its annual campaign to give back to the community.
A lone voice called out in the Cicero-North Syracuse auditorium on the evening of Nov. 16. It was deep and respectful. “Semper Fi, brother!” Kyle Francis had just painstakingly made his way up the aisle on crutches to receive his certificate of appreciation from the North Syracuse Central School District. He was among 166 Cicero-North Syracuse graduates who were the inaugural induction into the district’s Military Honor Roll.
Jordan Gentile, of Baldwinsville, was inducted into Ithaca College's Oracle Honor Society in November. First-year students who maintain a GPA that puts them in the top 10% of all students in their school throughout their first full academic year are invited into the society. Gentile is majoring in business administration in the college's School of Business.
All three towns have approved their final budgets for the 2013 fiscal year. Residents in all three towns will see increases in their taxes at varying levels. All budgets will be implemented as of Jan. 1, 2013. Both Clay and Salina were able to keep their tax levy increases under the state’s 2 percent tax cap, despite passing laws to go beyond the cap as a precaution. The town of Cicero, however, will see a 5.5 percent increase. Read on to learn about your town’s 2013 budget.
Boys, girls ice hockey Lakers hit rinks again
Skaneateles High School’s 2012-13 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Three residents voiced their concerns about a proposal to further limit parking on Halton Road at the Nov. 12 DeWitt Town Board meeting.
CBA star is second in 100 butterfly, third in 100 backstroke
Christian Brothers Academy girls swimming star Summer Schmitt nearly emerged with two titles from this weekend’s state championship meet at Ithaca College.
The New York state Health Commissioner recently urged residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy to be aware that carbon monoxide (CO) can result from the improper use of alternate power sources. Poisonings from CO are often caused by faulty furnaces, improperly operating portable generators or using other fuel-burning devices indoors. With so many millions of people without power in the wake of the hurricane, many were using generators. Poisoning occurs when CO – an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas – escapes from fuel-burning appliances and becomes trapped in enclosed spaces.
Monday, November 19
Dewitt Police have identified the victim of the two-vehicle crash that occurred today on East Genesee Street at Elinor Peth, 82, of Manlius.
Terrie King, member of Gardeners in Thyme, recently led the Beaver Lake Nature Center group in making a Japanese form of Bonsai known as Kokedama.
Grace Episcopal Church will hold a traditional service of thanksgiving at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Cazenovia resident Jane Burrell-Uzcategui recently traveled to New York City to visit with her sister Anne Burrell, a celebrity chef on Food Network, and to cook some good food for a great cause.
The Manlius Town Board approved a $12.93 million spending plan for 2013 at its Nov. 14 meeting. The plan includes a tax rate increase of 18 cents per $1,000 assessed valued — up to $4.77 from $4.59 — and represents a 4.74 percent increase in spending from 2012.
The following is a statement by Manlius Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin in response to Chief Paul Whorrall’s announcement last week that he plans to run for mayor in March.
Dick Clarke spoke at the museum on Veterans' Day 2012.
Benefit planned for Nov. 29
A benefit planned for Nov. 29 at Trapper’s Pizza Pub will help send the Fayetteville-Manlius Pop Warner Pee Wee cheerleaders to the National Cheer & Dance Competition held in December at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
Manlius Fire Chief Paul Whorrall said he is tired of seeing the village he’s lived in for 60 years turn into a “laughingstock.”
The Baldwinsville Baseball Alumni committee inadvertently failed to recognize Mr. Richard Doran as a member of the Class of 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame team, which reached their milestones from 1946 through 1950.
In response to staggering statistics related to elderly people falling and injuring themselves, WAVES Ambulance has launched a pro-active program in Central New York to combat this expensive and debilitating problem in elderly individuals’ homes.
Blessed be the voters of Lysander. They have reaffirmed my confidence in their ability to discern the issues and choose the candidates to keep us moving on a reasonable path to sustain our wonderful community.
Two Cazenovia High School music students have been selected for the New York State School Music Association Conference All-State Mixed Chorus, which will take place Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 in Rochester at the New York State Winter Conference.
The Cazenovia Central School Music Department is busy preparing to present three concerts in the months of December and January.
Local lawyer published in ‘Chicken Soup’ series
5 Ledyard Corporation, located at 5 Ledyard Ave. in Cazenovia, led by the communications training of Cazenovia resident Bob Gabor, recently announced its plans to market a book and DVD featuring Angela Winfield, a Syracuse-based lawyer who has become a leader in the blind and black communities both locally and nationwide.
Jim Joseph, a Cazenovia Village Trustee and Le Moyne’s Executive-in-Residence, was recently named director of the Jesuit Business Case Series and chairman of the advisory board for the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne.
Sunday, November 18
B'ville reaches title match against Mercy, falls in four sets
The Baldwinsville girls volleyball team’s bid for a second state championship in three years ended in the finals. Section V’s Our Lady of Mercy pulled away over the final two sets to defeat the Bees in four sets in Sunday’s Class AA championship match at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
South Side claims 17th state title over J-D, 2-0
What was already a historic season for the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team would feel complete if it could claim a first state Class A championship. But an opponent with a trove of titles to its credit, South Side, prevented the Red Rams from realizing its ultimate dream, prevailing 2-0 in Sunday's Class A state final at SUNY-Cortland.
Sports Physical Therapy received the Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet welcome last month.
Lakers drop title match in straight sets to John Glenn
What had gone so well for the Skaneateles girls volleyball team for three months, all the way to the state Class B championship match, only went wrong in the final chapter. The Lakers, in Sunday's final at Glens Falls Civic Center, got overwhelmed by Long Island power John Glenn, falling in three sets to end a remarkable and historic season.
Sachem East defends title, tops Warriors 3-0
Rising from the depths of an 0-2 start and uncertainty that lingered throughout the autumn, the Liverpool field hockey team reached the first state Class A championship game in the program's history. However, the Warriors could not go all the way as undefeated, defending champion Sachem East prevailed 3-0 in Sunday afternoon's title game at Bragman Stadium.
Petrella finshes 16th, best among freshmen at Bowdoin Park
Given the youth in the core of its lineup, the Liverpool boys cross country team might be in for much better results in the next couple of years. For now, though, the Warriors could take a lot of pride in the sixth-place finish it put together during Saturday’s state Federation championship meet at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.
Sophomore takes fourth in 50 freestyle, fifth in 100 freestyle
Fresh off setting a Section III record in the 100-yard freestyle, Liverpool girls swimmer Madeline Murphy lined herself up against the best in New York during last weekend’s state championship meet at Ithaca College.
B'ville splits with Bethlehem, Lindenhurst, falls to McQuaid
In the final analysis, anything the Baldwinsville boys volleyball team accomplished, beyond reaching the state Division I championship tournament for the first time, was just extra. Still, the Bees went to Glens Falls Civic Center Saturday night fully determined to grab the big prize, only to claim just two of six sets in round-robin play against the other members of the state final four.
B'ville senior beats 255 other runners; team finishes 14th
As a result of its full body of work during the fall, the Baldwinsville boys cross country team earned an invitation to run in Saturday’s state Federation championship meet, held again at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.
Saturday, November 17
CBA suffers four turnovers in 26-14 loss to defending AA champs
Eight years ago, Christian Brothers Academy's football team achieved its only state Class AA championship when it beat Ray Rice and New Rochelle. The Brothers were after the exact same scenario in 2012, and got within one game of it - but defending champion Orchard Park stopped them, relying on a mix of power running and timely turnovers to prevail 26-14 in Saturday night's state semifinal at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester.
Holmes scores as Red Rams win another 1-0 decision
An exciting and improbable journey for the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team will end in the most dramatic way possible - with a state Class A championship on the line. The Red Rams got to the title game by fighting past Section V champion Brighton 1-0 in Saturday's state semifinal game at SUNY-Cortland.
Liverpool survives penalty strokes, edges Niskayuna
Weary from the season's longest and most dramatic contest, the Liverpool field hockey team still found enough strength and character to make some history. The Warriors outlasted Section II champion Niskayuna in Saturday's state Class A semifinal at Bragman Stadium, requiring seven rounds of penalty strokes to prevail by a 3-2 margin after a 2-2 draw in regulation and overtime.
Camillus Police Officer James Pollard has been awarded the 2012 Mothers Against Drunk Driving – STOP DWI Individual Law Officer Award, sponsored by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Friday, November 16
Outgoing Manlius Parks and Recreation Director Kristen Hansen said she came forward about what she saw as inappropriate behavior by Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin in hopes that others might too. Well, someone has.
Rev. George Sanderson displays his Halloween watercolor, which was voted first place in the Canton Woods Senior Center's Halloween art contest, and is pictured with his wife, Rev. Diane Sanderson, during the center’s Halloween celebration.
Hornets' mentor departs after 13 successful seasons
Paul Muench has lived and breathed high school football.
The Stickley Factory in Manlius was evacuated today when smoke got into the building from the outside.
Allexia Kimball, a sixth-grader at Ray Middle School, uses the sewing machine to make a walker bag in her family and consumer sciences class. Sixth-graders made walker bags to donate to local hospitals and nursing homes.
The Skaneateles Town Board approved the final 2013 town budget at its Nov. 15 regular meeting. The $3.6 million budget has a 3 percent decrease in spending from 2012 and calls for a tax rate, without special districts, of $2.4784 per $1,000 of assessed value, down from the 2012 rate of $2.4787 per $1,000.
Attorneys for the town of Skaneateles and the Skaneateles Recreation Charitable Trust met behind closed doors for more than an hour with a state supreme court judge Thursday, Nov. 15, in an attempt to reach a settlement in the two-year-long dispute over ownership of Skaneateles YMCA assets.
Oct. 24 to Nov. 7
The police blotter is compiled and submitted by the Cazenovia Police Department, located at 90 Albany St.
The First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia recently announced it has been awarded a matching grant of $1,500 from The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Program to assist in offsetting the costs of the current steeple/rosette window repair on the church.
Officials have opted for the safest plan for the Route 370 bridge repair, which also reflects cost savings for the state.
Thursday, November 15
What was expected to be a typical Manlius Village Board meeting turned into anything but Tuesday when trustees and audience members alike began screaming and throwing accusations around the room.
Linda Boehm is thrilled to be part of a growing community of women business owners in the village of Jordan.
Gwendolyn Parks was named the Baldwinsville Optimist Club’s Student of the Month for October.
The Freedom of Espresso in Fayetteville is open for business after a small fire caused by beans roasting in the shop's coffee oven.
Nine girls recently spent the night in a cardboard box – no phones, no music and, most importantly, no food or drink.
Despite facing increased expenses and shortfalls in revenue, both Lysander and Van Buren were able to hold the line on next year’s budgets and neither municipality exceeded the 2 percent tax cap imposed by New York State on the tax levy (amount raised through property taxes).
Back in October 2005, Norm Andrzejewski formed Operation Southern Comfort to help rebuild homes on the Gulf Coast which had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Andrzejewski, who lives in Liverpool, assembled OSC’s army of volunteers, and together they rebuilt hope among Louisianians while rebuilding homes, one at a time. Seven years later, the effort continues down South and last week, after Superstorm Sandy blasted the East Coast, Operation Southern Comfort became Operation Southern/Northern Comfort. “A small group of volunteers went down to Staten Island and New Jersey last weekend to take some goods and supplies for Sandy’s victim,” Norm said. “They’ll also try to identify organizations for us to partner with.”
To help defray hunger for hundreds of residents who use local food pantries, four Cicero churches are teaming up this Thanksgiving season to collect food and other necessities needed to help those who need it during the tough times. At 7 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 20 an ecumenical Thanksgiving service will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 8229 S. Main St. in Cicero, and worshippers are asked to bring donations of food. The ecumenical effort brings together the Cicero and Brewerton United Methodist churches, Faith Lutheran Church and Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. Food items can also be dropped at any of the four churches.
Saga of ex-SU assistant a cautionary tale in many ways
This news dropped on a Friday morning, and given the attention elsewhere (see Petraeus, David), it didn’t go beyond the sports sections nationwide. A year of investigation, more than 130 interviews and 100,000 documents later, the FBI decided that no charges could be brought against Bernie Fine - the same conclusion that was drawn by Syracuse University, Syracuse police and the Onondaga County DA’s office when charges of sexual abuse against Fine were leveled in 2005.
Beaver Lake happenings for the month of November.
Put the pumpkin pie in the refrigerator and lace up your running shoes before heading over to the Third Annual F-M Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning on the Fayetteville-Manlius High School cross country trails.
Wednesday, November 14
The bright yellow envelope in all of mailboxes signals the launch of The United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign drive.
All the candidates who ran for office in this past election deserve our heartfelt thanks. They gave their time, their energy, their resources and sacrificed their privacy.
The election is over (finally, after four years) and its time to see if cooperation can become a byword once again, or if the attack dogs will still go at it.
We would like to commend Jerry Maywright and Peter Hubbard for raising important questions regarding what is the definition of the cause of the problem of water quality in Cazenovia Lake.
I am writing to express my support of the proposed extension of the town water and sewer lines to areas around the lake.
Two Syracuse teens have been charged with first-degree attempted robbery in connection with a drug deal that took place in the Fairmount Wegmans parking lot Friday.
To the editor: I would like to thank the Fayetteville Fire Department for their heroic efforts in rescuing my kitten out of a very tall tree on Saturday night, Nov. 10.
Shane Hacker is ready to lead Fremont Elementary.
Kick off the holiday season by treating yourself to the gift of music at a concert in the Baldwinsville Central School District.
Art and crafts sale on Nov. 30 will benefit children around the world
“Hakuna Matata,” inspirational art with an everlasting impact, was created by Cazenovia College student Heather Murfitt, a human services major from Syracuse, to raise money for children in need and children in trouble.
Cazenovia Rotarians are excited about the recent community improvements they helped to complete over the past month.
The Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed three new village businesses into its fold last week with ribbon cutting ceremonies at each location and the presentation of membership plaques to the owners. Isadora, the LakeHouse Pub and UTD Gallery all opened their doors in Skaneateles this past year.
The Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce asked the village board last week to approve three new signs in the village that would direct pedestrian and automobile traffic to local businesses that reside off the main Genesee Street corridor and therefore are often unknown or ignored by visiting shoppers. The sign posts, each about eight feet in height and holding multiple signs with a total length of six feet across, would be placed at the corners of Genesee and Jordan streets, Jordan and Fennell streets and West Genesee Street and Kane Avenue.
Hospice of Central New York presents "Celebrating Life Through Chocolate" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Stickley showroom in Fayetteville Towne Centre.
Baldwinsville Kiwanis Tony Saraceni (left) presents a $1,000 check to the Baldwinsville Baseball Booster president Jim Carson on Nov. 5.
The proposed Victory Sports Medicine and Orthopedics ‘Victory Campus’ development, to be set on 99.5 acres of land off Route 20 just east of the village of Skaneateles, continues to be the talk of the town. Numerous details of the proposed VSM development continue to be of great public concern, such as environmental impact, drainage, future development around the property, traffic and parking on the campus and allowed public use of the fields.
I’ve written a column in the Cazenovia Republican twice so far. One was an ode to my mom and the other about legalizing marijuana for medical reasons. Both have created quite a stir.
They say, after disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, there is a romance period when everybody gets together and pitches in.
Congratulations to Shirley Ware, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, for being named by the New York State Affiliate of the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) as 2012 Teacher of the Year. As a finalist for New York, Ware will now go on to compete for the association’s national-level award. Ms. Ware was presented with her award at the unified conference of NYSAFCS and NYSAFCSE awards banquet on Friday, Oct. 12, in Albany.
At a recent village board meeting, Oktoberfest committee members Kim Presley and Jim Jones presented donations to local organizations and projects.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York will officially open the doors to its new Ronald McDonald House this month.
Earl Butterfield, our 49th supervisor, served in 1970 and 1971. I was fortunate to catch him in town to learn of his present life. At 97, he celebrated his birthday here and was headed to California for a reunion of the remaining members of the Jolly Rogers 90th Bomber group, which served in WWII, to celebrate his birthday again with them. Colonel Rogers was their commanding officer.
The Baldwinsville Central School District’s Department of Special Education is planning to host a series of general information sessions for district parents of children with special needs.
Schools all across the eastern suburbs are doing their parts to help aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Tuesday, November 13
Fall is in the air and Christmas is right around the corner.
Models to include high school principal Greg Avellino, school board president Debbie Kolod and ESM students and alumni.
Along the shore of a choppy Skaneateles Lake, 151 American flags blew in the wind Monday, Nov. 12, in Shotwell Park as more than 200 community members gathered to remember and thank local veterans.
St. Mary's Academy fourth grade students dress up as a saint during a lesson in Mrs. Sandra Vinette's class in which the students researched saints and dressed up for a special Mass on all Saint's Day, Nov. 1.
Mark Allnatt's band will play a handful of gospel numbers such as his song, “Goin’ Up to See My Lord,” at the American Legion in Marcellus Sunday.
From the mayor
This week marks Veterans Day, when we honor the men and women of our nation’s Armed Forces who for generations have answered the call of duty to preserve the freedom we as Americans cherish today.
It started small. Mike Di Giglio, a Rockaway native, wanted to bring some supplies down to his family, who had lost one house and seen damage to another after Hurricane Sandy, so he posted something to his Facebook page reaching out for donations and looking to fill up his Jeep. By the next day, the living room and dining room of his Liverpool home were so full of donations that he and his wife, Melanie, couldn’t walk through the rooms. Di Giglio, realizing he was onto something, reached out to his friends and Verizon co-workers, Brian Borchik, Don Locke and Jim Dunn. Together, they created a page called Operation Sandy Relief on Monday, Nov. 5, with the goal of collecting more goods to take down later in the week. By Friday, Nov. 9, when volunteers loaded up a rented truck (offered at a discount from Ryder) and left for Rockaway, the Di Giglios’ house was again so full they couldn’t clear a path. The Operation Sandy Relief page has almost 400 likes, and more trips to the New York area are planned for the future.
The Lysander Town Board recently approved two one-year contracts with fire protection districts.
Ursula Rozum won’t be Central New York’s first Green congresswoman, but she’s still pleased with the results of last week’s election. “I am very pleased with the results. An overwhelming majority in Central New York rejected Ann Marie Buerkle’s extreme right-wing views and an unprecedented number decided to vote against the policies of the corporate parties,” Rozum said. “Of course, we don’t know how many would have voted in support of my progressive policies if we had a truly democratic voting system. But it’s heartening to know there are so many people in our district that support a positive progressive program and who are fed up with the bipartisan policies that are not addressing the serious problems we’re facing.”
This past Saturday, kids from the Liverpool Central School had the chance to be a part of something bigger than themselves. It wasn’t just the opportunity to compete at the USBands National Championships at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, though the students did have that honor. They also participated in the USBands’ food and hurricane supplies drive, carried out in partnership with the Salvation Army, to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
On Election Day, voters in Central New York resoundingly rejected national Republican candidates, re-electing President Barack Obama by a vote of 59 percent to Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s 38 percent, choosing Democrat Dan Maffei over conservative opponent Ann Marie Buerkle for Congress and, at a more local level, selecting more liberal Al Stirpe instead of Don Miller. While the presidential vote isn’t a big surprise — Obama took Onondaga County by a similar margin in the 2008 election — both Maffei and Stirpe lost those seats in the 2010 elections to Buerkle and Miller, respectively. So what made voters change their minds? What made these two candidates, as one politician at the Democrats’ Election Night celebration put it, “Central New York’s Comeback Kids”?
The village of North Syracuse is considering banning soliciting within village boundaries. Originally, the board was discussing background checks for door-to-door solicitors in the village, but the discussion turned to the possibility of banning solicitation in the village outright for for-profit enterprises.
In a genuine show of community support, Menorah Park celebrated 100 years of serving Central New York seniors, Saturday evening, Oct. 27.
The DeWitt Town Board was not ready to vote on a $17.6 million spending plan with a slight tax rate increase for 2013 following a second budget hearing Monday night.
Monday, November 12
West Genesee students are doing their part to help aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
On Oct. 21, a fatal accident in Darien took the life of Audrey Gleason, 55, of Baldwinsville, and seriously injured her daughter, 16-year-old Kelly, who was traveling in the back seat of the family’s Toyota Rav 4, which was being driven by Dennis Gleason, Audrey’s husband and Kelly’s father.
Despite the privacy of an “executive session” being allowed by state law and a safety net for municipalities needing to discuss sensitive issues, the occasional slip happens and the rumor mill runs wild. Recently the issue of missing tax money in Spafford has been brought to light in such a manner. The money in question — $6,904.68 — was reported missing from the county tax rolls after the county received the 2012 town taxes.
In a continual effort to appease parking frustrations in the village of the Cazenovia, trustees have begun to plan for the inclusion of a new parking lot between the Catherine Cummings Theater and United States Post Office on Lincklaen Street.
Online survey, upcoming forum opens process to the community
Consultants from the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education will hold a community forum in Skaneateles next week to discuss with and receive feedback from local residents as they begin the process of working with the district to hire a new superintendent.
The village board of trustees accepted the resignation of Village Historian Pat Blackler at its Nov. 8 regular meeting, and appointed Jorge Batlle to succeed her.
The Village Board of Trustees and Police Chief Lloyd Perkins have signed an agreement that will keep Perkins at the head of the village police department on a part-time basis for the 2013 calendar year. The arrangement, which was the result of Perkins’ intended retirement at the end of this year, will allow the village to still have a police chief and Perkins to begin reducing his workload in preparation for full retirement.
The Skaneateles Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Skaneateles United Methodist Church, 26 Jordan St. It is the opportunity to give thanks for things received during the past year and a time to remember those still in need.
As in recent years, the Cazenovia Winter Farmers Market will be held at the American Legion Hall in Cazenovia the third Saturday of each month, November through April.
Petrella, Muldoon, Mahoney, McNamara all run well
Consider the Liverpool cross country quartet of Ben Petrella, Dan Muldoon, Morgan Mahoney and Abby McNamara as newly-crowned state champions. All of them went to Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association meet at Elma Meadows, near Buffalo, and helped Section III’s pair of All-Star teams go right to the top.
The Town of Van Buren will plow Onondaga County roads within the town for a rate of $6,600 per mile for 2013.
During Veteran's Day in November, we pause to honor our veterans and thank them for their many sacrifices. I wanted to make you aware of some legislative changes that took place this year in our state affecting veterans and their families.
The Mott Road Elementary School gymnasium was filled with red, white and blue during a Nov. 9 special assembly to honor veterans who are relatives of current Mott Road students.
Sunday, November 11
Madison County looks to recycle plastics, turn waste into fuel
A new program on the Madison County Department of Solid Waste’s drawing board purports to safely and economically recycle Agricultural (AG) and rigid plastic, which will help the environment, save space in the county landfill and also help to solve a longstanding problem for area farmers.
Liverpool rally falls short in 2-1 defeat to Guilderland
For 12 long and sometimes difficult months, the Liverpool girls soccer team put all of its efforts into getting back to the same point it reached in 2011, and going a little bit farther. In the end, though, the Warriors did repeat its Section III Class AA title, but was again stopped there, beaten 2-1 by Guilderland in Saturday night’s AA regional final at Fulton.
Peinkofer finishes eighth among Class A boys individuals
Four of Baldwinsville’s best cross country runners - Alec Peinkofer, Josh Perez, Annie Peterson and Rachael Miller – made their way to Elma Meadows, near Buffalo, for last Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.
Laker freshman rises to eighth place at state Class C meet
The Elma Meadows 3.1 mile race course near Buffalo has seen a lot of cross country races in the past three decades, but none as fast as the state championships held on Saturday.
Skaneateles sweeps Olean in Class B regional final
From the moment the Skaneateles girls volleyball team switched from a winter to fall schedule, it had all led to this. The Lakers, by sweeping Section VI champion Olean in Saturday’s Class B regional final at Jamesville-DeWitt, has earned its first-ever trip to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament at Glens Falls Civic Center.
J-E's Gugel misses on Class C girls crown by just 1.8 seconds
A margin of less than two seconds separated the area from boasting two state cross country champions in 2012. Marcellus senior Ryan Manahan fulfilled his destiny, briefly setting a course Record in last Saturday’s state meet at Elma Meadows, near Buffalo, while Jordan-Elbridge’s Abby Gugel nearly grabbed a state title as a ninth-grader.
Susquehanna Valley shuts out unbeaten Westhill, 1-0
This was supposed to be the year where Westhill’s boys soccer team shook off eight years of varying disappointment and made a triumphant return to the state championship weekend.
Defending state champs sweep Cazenovia in three sets
When defending champion Skaneateles petitioned for, and was granted, a move up to the Class B ranks, Cazenovia’s girls volleyball team automatically gained the Section III spot in the state tournament, which was the good part.
Saturday, November 10
Rally falls just short in first-ever state playoff game
To the last whistle, the Skaneateles football team remained in the fight, a state Class C championship a goal not that far away - but ultimately, proving elusive.
No. 1-ranked Spartans beat Lakers in Class B regional
The Cazenovia football team's defense was helpless. Playing against an explosive and experienced Maine-Endwell team, the Lakers could do nothing but watch as the trio of Nick Sorrenti, Justin Jacoby and Luis Uceta ran over and around them en route to a 50-14 B state quarterfinal thrashing Saturday at East Syracuse-Minoa.
Brothers put away Patriots with 31 first-half points
Every Section III football team in 2012 finds its season over - except for Christian Brothers Academy, who now sits two victories away from a second state championship to go with the one it claimed in 2004.
“Don’t Talk to the Actors” – a 2007 comedy by Buffalo-born playwright Tom Dudzick – opened Nov. 9 as the first full-length show staged by the newly named Central New York Playhouse at Shoppingtown Mall in DeWitt.
Ryan snares individual title with course-record 15:07.9
Once more, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country team has proud possession of the state Class A championship, and has much more in mind. The Hornets fought off the challenge of Saratoga Springs in Saturday's state meet at Elma Meadows, near Buffalo, while Nick Ryan sped his way to the boys state championship with the day's best time.
Boys take out Horseheads; girls sweep Shenendehowa
Baldwinsville sending a volleyball team to Glens Falls in late November is not a new thing - but sending two of them is. To join the girls Bees, who swept Shenendehowa (Section II) Saturday to earn a fourth straight trip to the state championships, B'ville's boys team broke through with its first-ever regional title Friday night when it beat Horseheads (Section IV) in four sets.
Red Rams rally past Massena, 2-1, in regional final
Simply put, the two Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer seniors responsible for four straight Section III Class A titles did not want to leave until they experienced the state final four.
Maine-Endwell sweeps past short-handed Spartans 4-0
East Syracuse-Minoa’s field hockey team was entering new territory when it took on Maine-Endwell in Saturday’s Class B regional final at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium. But the Spartans did not stay there too long. Short-handed on the defensive side, ESM was overwhelmed as M-E, the Section IV champions, beat them 4-0 to advance to this weekend’s state final four.
Section IV power stops Caz 40-game win streak
In a few swift strokes, Cazenovia’s two-year reign as state Class C field hockey champions, along with its 40-game win streak, all ended. Greene, from the Section IV ranks, controlled matters from start to finish against the Lakers, leading to a 4-0 defeat in Saturday’s regional final at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.
Big Apple roots rockers reunite Tuesday in Caz
What the Grateful Dead was to the Haight, the Blues Project was to Greenwich Village.
Taxes are on the decline in the towns of Marcellus and Elbridge.
The Village Board of Trustees and Police Chief Lloyd Perkins have signed an agreement that will keep Perkins at the head of the village police department on a part-time basis for the 2013 calendar year. The arrangement, which was the result of Perkins’ intended retirement at the end of this year, will allow the village to still have a police chief and Perkins to begin reducing his workload in preparation for full retirement.
The DeWitt Community Library's 50th Anniversary Year draws to a close. Now, the library wants to hear from you.
Friday, November 9
A longtime public servant in Camillus is being honored with his own trail at Camillus Erie Canal Park.
Village officials recently reduced a penalty fee imposed upon Hollerback Productions.
“Wake up, Buster!” The eager Fayetteville-Manlius School District first grade students shouted in unison at the child-sized yellow bus that was “sleeping” before them in the school cafeteria.
Election reveals changing America, need for bipartisanship
Right about 11:12 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2012, as the first call was made and the other networks would soon follow – one of them quite reluctantly, to their eternal shame and deserved mockery – the postmortems of our latest presidential election began to spill out.
An exclusive interview with VSM owner Dr. Pietropaoli and COO Lance Wardell
What exactly is the proposed plan for the Victory Sports Medicine 'Victory Campus' off Route 20? VSM owner Dr. Pietropaoli and Chief Operating Officer Lance Wardell agreed to sit down with the Skaneateles Press for what turned into a two-and-a-half-hour interview to discuss the details. The Press also has examined the entire four years of planning board records for the VSM project.
The village of Cazenovia is one step closer to defining a set list of regulations for local business owners to follow when looking to include tables, chairs and other items on the sidewalk outside their stores.
WonderWorks at Destiny USA officially cut the ribbon and opened its doors Nov. 9. The WonderWorks celebration continues on Saturday, Nov, 10, when the first 100 guests in line will received free general admission. Doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday.
When the girls of Baldwinsville’s field hockey teams head out to play, they’ve got each other’s backs.
It was my privilege last week to lecture and read to second and third grade classes at Burton Street Elementary School.
Cazenovia Artisans celebrates its 10th birthday this month.
Recently, I read an article in my monthly VFW magazine that caught my attention and made my blood boil.
From the Cazenovia Central School District
As much as we hear about activities from the state Legislature or Congress, there is one uniquely democratic institution that is close to home and responsive to your needs — a board of education.
I have Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed in 1993. I am on 11 medications daily, most of them associated with keeping daily pain at bay — including a 75 micro gram morphine patch.
I have lived on the razor’s edge my entire life trying to amass only what is necessary with nothing left over to leave behind.
Environmental chemist interested in mitigating water, soil pollution
Dr. Venera A. Jouraeva, an environmental chemist, has joined Cazenovia College’s faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry.
West Genesee Middle School eighth grader Russell Graziano faced off against West Genesee Middle School seventh grader Collin Puchta spelling such words as filibuster and adjournment until Graziano emerged as the first place winner in the West Genesee Spelling Bee held Nov. 6.
To the editor: FM-JD area Meals on Wheels would like to thank the CNY Community Foundation and the Carriage House Foundation of Fayetteville for their generous donation of $3,595.
Thursday, November 8
To the editor: At the YMCA, our cause is strengthening the foundations of community. That’s why we’re so happy to invite everyone in the community to the grand opening of the new Manlius YMCA on Nov. 10.
dwinsville residents are encouraged to attend an informational meeting being held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the village hall (16 E. Genesee St.), which will focus on language in the village code regarding seasonal vehicles in relation to the nuisance vehicle code. During this meeting, the village board will hold a work session to discuss possible changes to the law.
We want the world to know that Nala recently took a two hour road trip to an adoption event where she met lots of dogs and was truly an angel — just look at that adorable face! Everyone at the shelter is at a loss as to why our friend Nala still hasn't been adopted. She is a very loving, friendly, playful, sweet dog who likes to go for walks. Nala has successfully learned basic obedience such as “sit,” “down,” “stay” and how to walk nicely on a leash. Nala needs to go to a home with no cats.
Dear property owners of the village of Fayetteville: Your village government is seriously considering creating what the mayor is calling a "rental registry."
Old-timers recall driving down North Geddes Street and marveling at the Heaphy Man.
When residents visit the Village Hall at 310 Sycamore St., they’ll see a distinctive miniature Asian elm tree planted there Oct. 26 as a memorial for baby Isabella Marie.
As a freshman legislator and member of the Ways & Means Committee, I am pleased with the results of the 2013 Onondaga County Budget, which features the lowest property tax levy in more than 20 years. However, there is much more work to be done.
West Genesee Middle School staff and Camillus Police Department officers squared off during Family Fun Night on Friday, Nov. 2, at the middle school gym.
Bees hit the road for NYC competition this weekend
The Baldwinsville Marching Bees “stomped” competition during the 2012 Field Band Championship Show held Oct. 28 at the Carrier Dome.
A truly spooktacular time was had by one and all who attended the first annual Wicked Woods held Oct. 27 at Green Lakes.
Madison County recently announced lifetime local resident Tara Truett has stepped up to lead the Madison County Reads Ahead program.
The Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education is considering a proposal to begin offering four foreign languages a year earlier at F-M — in seventh grade instead of eighth.
With the holiday season fast approaching, Project CAFÉ is getting ready to host its fifth annual Toy Shop on Dec. 7 and 8 at Burton Street Elementary School.
While Pop Warner Football came to a close — all three teams owe a debt of gratitude to the spirit and enthusiasm of their cheerleading squads.
In a game that kept the score 0-0 until the last two minutes the Cazenovia Pop Warner B-Team defeat the Norwich Cyclones 13-12 in double overtime to take home the championship.
The Solvay-Geddes-Camillus Kiwanis Club will soon deliver some 2,000 toys to 15 locations — including five church food pantries, Head Start Schools, Eastern Farm Workers, needy school groups and church outreach programs. Marine Toys for Tots will provide 1,400 of those toys and 600 toys will come from other community sources.
Welch Allyn has announced that Joseph Hennigan has joined the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Hennigan will lead the Welch Allyn global finance team to align finance and business strategies with the strategic objectives of the privately-held business.
The Town Zoning Board of Appeals has announced the rescheduling of the Nov. 13 meeting concerning the Victory Sports Enterprises LLC lighting variance request for its proposed ‘Victory Campus’ project off Route 20.
Fayetteville Firefighters Tim Chrysler and Lt. Jeff Jones got more than they bargained for when they responded to a routine EMS call to an elderly woman’s home Oct. 23.
Upcoming happenings at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
SU just part of massive changes in college hoops landscape
So it’s college basketball season again, which means that Syracuse, a bedrock of the Big East, will be tipping off its season with nice, cushy home games against delicious cupcakes and…wait a minute, the Orange are going to the ACC next year? And they’re starting against San Diego State? And they’re traveling across the country to play it? And it’s on an aircraft carrier?
Canton Woods Senior Center schedule from Nov. 8 through 16, 2012.
From the Mayor
As a part of our NYS Parks Grant award of $100,000, Phase One's scope of work for the Swan Pond infrastructure renovation includes making the West Path ADA compliant, cleaning/rehabbing the fountain, upgrading the electrical services, replacing the paving bricks in the Pond Lookout (where the feeders are located), relocating the existing ornamental fence closer to the water at the north end to create more green gathering space (near Bella Cigna), resetting retaining walls and dewatering/dredging/cleaning the Pond.
Wednesday, November 7
Boys Bees rally past Oswego; girls sweep F-M
For the second time in four years, Baldwinsville is the proud home of both of Section III's Class AA volleyball champions. In Wednesday night's championship doubleheader at Cicero-North Syracuse, the boys Bees avenged last season's finals loss to Oswego, prevailing in four sets, followed by the girls Bees rolling past Fayetteville-Manlius in a three-set sweep.
A couple has two young children, ages 2 and 6, whose lives they’ve been lovingly documenting in digital photos and videos for the past six years. One day their hard drive crashes. All of their photos are lost.
The new Manlius YMCA is open and ready to strengthen the community.
The images of the devastated Jersey Shore are haunting, particularly for those with a lifetime of memories swept away by Hurricane Sandy. Among those are Jim Siciliano and his daughter Gabby, who moved to Manlius from Ocean Township, N.J., 12 years ago, when Gabby was in fifth grade.
This election cycle, more women ran for Congressional office than ever before, with 18 running for the Senate and 141 for the House. In New York, both candidates for the Senate race were women; two of the three candidates for the 24th Congressional District race, one of the nation’s most hotly contested seats, were women.
Dan Maffei has issued a statement declaring victory in the 24th District Congressional race.
McHarries Legacy membership meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse, 46 Canton St., Baldwinsville. At this time, the Burrill E. Wells, Jr. Historic Preservation Award will be presented.
Syracuse Democrat Sam Roberts will return to Albany for a second two-year term.
College to present female version of classic play
Cazenovia College will present a production of “The Female Odd Couple,” a 1985 adaptation by Neil Simon of his 1965 Broadway hit, “The Odd Couple.”
Marcellus takes 2-1 defeat to defending state champs
What ultimately prevented the Marcellus girls soccer team from advancing further in the state Class B playoffs was a powerful opponent with plenty of similar characteristics. Schalmont, the undefeated defending state champions from the Section II ranks, maintained its perfect mark by defeating the Mustangs 2-1 in the regional round Tuesday night at Fulton.
While area election officials wait to count absentee ballots, the unofficial numbers show that incumbent politicians in the New York State Assembly, as well as United States Congress and Senate each received enough votes on Election Day, Nov. 6, to keep their seats for another term.
The holidays are quickly approaching. Get a head start on your shopping at the Company B craft show all while supporting Baker High School’s vocal jazz ensemble.
Caz earns all goals in second half of C-D state qualifier
Armed with a 40-game win streak and a confidence that seems to grow with each outing, the Cazenovia field hockey is still on the march toward a third consecutive state Class C championship.
Mayor Joe Saraceni kicked off the conversation responding to a question about Tri County Mall. He said the larger of the two buildings was scheduled for demolition, an effort made by the current property owners and owners of Golden Legacy Apartments. However, the demolition will be delayed because asbestos was found in the building.
Jacques wins contested race in Spafford
Charles Major easily won reelection in his unopposed race, while Democrat Kathleen Jacques will be Spafford's new town justice.
Manlius Town Councilor Sandy Schepp has won the race for Onondaga County Clerk.
Democrat Al Stirpe retook the 127th District Assembly seat from Republican Don Miller, defeating him by a vote of 32,013 to 26,035. Stirpe had previously held the position from 2006 to 2010. The district encompasses the towns of Clay and Cicero and part of the town of Manlius.
Democrat Julie Cecile beat out Onondaga County Legislator Patrick Kilmartin for the open seat in the Onondaga County Family Court on election night. Cecile defeated Kilmartin, a Republican, by a vote of 98,742 to 78,425. Cecile is currently the executive director of McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. Kilmartin is a practicing attorney.
Tuesday, November 6
Undefeated Warriors rally past Lakers 2-1
As the public address announcer read off the last few names on the Westhill boys soccer roster, Conor Powell walked over to the orange Gatorade cooler sitting on the team bench. The Warriors had just won the Section III Class B title with a 2-1 win over Cazenovia in the championship game at CBA's Alibrandi Stadium. The players and coaches were being called forward to receive their championship badges.
Fabius-Pompey takes title 1-0 in overtime
Nick Randall called his shot. Tied 0-0 with Manlius-Pebble Hill in overtime of the Section III Class C boys soccer championship game Tuesday night at CBA's Alibrandi Stadium, Randall huddled with Fabius-Pompey teammate Ben Kogut 25 yards of the net. The Falcons had a free kick and Randall was preparing to take it.
Lysander and Van Buren residents have spoken loud and clear – they value every vote including that for the position of highway superintendent.
Red Rams avenge three straight defeats to Spartans
At last, the fourth time around Jamesville-DeWitt's girls soccer team finally turned back the nemesis that kept it from further advancement in the state Class A playoffs. The Red Rams, beaten three straight years by Section II power Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in the regional round, nabbed an early goal in Tuesday night's regional game at Fulton and, with superb defense, held on to beat the Spartans 1-0
Lakers rally from opening-set loss for Class B title
In the last act, when it mattered most, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team got the best of Marcellus. The Lakers, who won Class C a season ago but moved up this fall, rallied past the archrival Mustangs in four sets in the Section III Class B girls’ volleyball championship match Tuesday night at Jamesville-Dewitt High School.
The fantasy novel, The Hounds of Set, by Baldwinsville native Troy A. Carrington, is a Silver Award recipient named by the Mom’s Choice Awards in the Fantasy, Myths & Legends category (ages 9 to 12).
There are no local contested races in Skaneateles and only one in Spafford, and yet polling places in both towns had heavy voter turnout this morning and early afternoon. Election races for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and state assembly and state senate seats are driving a large number of residents to the polls.
Sweet treats and special promotions await you.
In anticipation of today’s presidential election, students in Lisa MacLachlan’s second-grade class at K.C. Heffernan Elementary have not only been learning about the electoral process. They’ve been participating in it, too.
Native performer brings character-driven comedy to town, again
Cazenovia native Travis Barr returned to Cazenovia the weekend of Oct. 27 to see family, observe the autumn foliage and visit the Catherine Cummings Theater — this time as a performer.
Meredith Price, chief administrative officer of Upstate University Hospital Community campus, has been named to BizEvents’ 2012 “40 Under Forty” list for her contributions in both the workplace and community. This award recognizes 40 Central New Yorkers under the age of 40 who thrive on active community involvement and appreciate the importance of their role in advancing public good.
Republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle left Onondaga Free Library after casting her vote today feeling optimistic.
Don Miller, 127th District Assemblyman and Republican candidate for the seat, cast his vote this morning, confident that he would retain his seat in the state legislature.
B'ville singles player goes 4-0 after opening-round defeat
Discouragement can lead to further discouragement, or to determination to do better. Kahlei Reisinger chose the latter path, and the Baldwinsville girls tennis singles player was rewarded with a victory in the large consolation bracket of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Tournament.
Netusil scores both goals for victorious Trojans
At first glance this fall, it appeared that the Manlius-Pebble Hill girls soccer team lagged far behind its neighbors from Bishop Grimes. By the time they were done, though, it had all turned around. The Trojans now held sway, and it also had possession of the Section III Class C-2 championship.
Democratic Congressional candidate Dan Maffei was confident as he cast his vote early Tuesday morning at the DeWitt Community Church, praising his campaign volunteers and urging Central New Yorkers to get to the polls. “We had the largest get-out-the-vote effort that I’ve ever seen in this region, so I’m very proud of that,” Maffei said. “Literally hundreds of volunteers who have worked not just today, but for many, many months, and I will tell you this, I am very, very confident that we have put everything into this effort that any campaign can, and I am very, very proud.”
With the holidays approaching, many organizations will prepare food baskets. Food pantries across the state have begun to reach out to the community in hopes to have enough to stock the shelves for all in need.
If you drove past the Swan Pond in Manlius last week, you may have noticed that it looks a little different than usual.
David Tessier was not your average code enforcement officer.
Monday, November 5
C-NS denied first sectional championship since 2006
Seven years since it last finished atop the Section III Class AA ranks, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team badly wanted to get there again. But Utica Proctor, who never had even played in a sectional final before, denied the Northstars that ultimate prize, beating them 3-1 in Monday night's championship game at Morrisville State College.
Despite a 17.8 percent decrease ($306,570) in revenue, Lysander officials have presented residents with an 8.9 percent decrease ($420,613) in spending for the proposed 2012-13 budget. In order to balance the proposed budget, however, the tax levy (amount raised through property taxes) will increase 4.6 percent ($221,457) from $1,914,128 in 2012 to $2,136,585 in 2013.
Response to editor Jason Emerson’s Opinion piece, “Is there a conflict of interest on the planning board against the proposed VSM campus?”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: I want to clarify my comment that Town Planning Board Member Joe Southern and Town ZBA Chairman Dave Graham are “members” of CPCS. I used this in a larger context which the editor failed to grasp.
The Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 invites the community to attend a Veterans Day gathering at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Memorial Park on Albany Street in Cazenovia.
Muriel Stevens and Suzann Davies, two of the Cazenovia Central School District’s most dedicated crossing guards, were honored by village officials for their combined 53 years of service to the youth of Cazenovia.
Megan Mullen, a senior at Baker High School, will be honored with Aurora of CNY’s Excellence Award at the organization’s annual meeting on Nov. 15. She was nominated by several community members and is being recognized for her perseverance in spite of numerous personal and medical challenges.
The DeWitt Community Library's Senior Fair, held Oct. 26, offered more than 200 seniors and their caregivers a chance to talk with local area organizations, agencies and businesses about services and programs they provide for seniors.
Top pollster to offer thoughts after Election Day
Three days after America decides who will occupy the White House for the next four years, top political pollster John Zogby will offer his views and analysis on the election results at a Cazenovia Forum event at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at St. James Roman Catholic Church, 6 Green St. in Cazenovia.
Cazenovia High School business students in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing class will fight heart disease this fall as they raise money for the American Heart Association and bring awareness to heart disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer, during the annual badminton “Birdie Tourney” at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Buckley Gymnasium.
McNamara, Mahoney, Petrella, Muldoon advance from sectional meet
Battling through rain, sleet, wind, mud and chilly temperatures, four Liverpool cross country runners earned berths in this weekend’s state meet. They did so with strong efforts at last Saturday’s Section III Class A championship races, held at the same Vernon-Verona-Sherrill course that was host to the state meet in 2011.
Avery, Ryan both post fastest times of day at VVS course
When the calendar turns to November, the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams get even more serious – which is trouble for anyone that wants to get in their way. Those serious-minded Hornets would sweep both portions of Saturday’s Section III Class A championship meet, held amid cold, wet, windy and muddy conditions at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, which also played host to the 2011 state meet.
Red Rams win team title; Schmitt named Most Outstanding Swimmer
A wild and exciting course of events unfolded during the Section III girls swimming championship meet at Nottingham High School, with Christian Brothers and Jamesville-DeWitt in the center of most of the activity.
F-M attack unable to get going in 1-0 loss to Warriors
For the third time in four years, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls soccer team had a chance to break the Section III Class AA title drought that stretched back to 1996. But just as in 2009 (to CBA) and 2010 (to Baldwinsville), the Hornets were denied, this time by Liverpool, who fought past the Hornets 1-0 in Saturday night’s title game at Chittenango High School.
Falcons prevail in shoot-out to advance to state tournament
For the 12th time, the Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer team claimed a Section III championship – but could go no further.
Hi, everyone! I love the colors of fall. The spectacular bursts of color paint our hills and valleys into unbelievable works of art. They take your breath away. What joy to see.
Sunday, November 4
Girls Lakers finish second to Tully in Class C sectional
Skaneateles girls cross country runners Kailtyn Neal and Madeline Adams will dig their spikes into the turf at the Elma Meadows course, near Buffalo,. this Saturday in the state championship meet after qualifying in last Saturday's Section III meet at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill. It will be Adams’ third consecutive trip to the championship race, while Neal, a freshman, will be participating for the first time.
The fundraising totals are in for the sixth annual Habitat for Humanity Chicken BBQ, a joint effort of Marcellus’ four churches.
Late touchdowns push Brothers past B'ville 35-24
Baldwinsville’s football team sought the same happy ending in the Carrier Dome that it got when it beat Christian Brothers Academy in the 2009 and 2010 Section III Class AA championship games. But the Brothers, who had lost three consecutive sectional finals overall, would not get beat this time, emerging from a classic second-half struggle to fight past the Bees 35-24 in Saturday’s title game.
These are a collection of occurrences that over the past year amused or delighted me and hopefully, will you, as well.
For some dark reason of happenstance, the three-sided coin of talent, luck and discipline did not flip their way, the New York Yankees will not be winning the World Series this year.
‘Here and Elsewhere’ reception to be held Nov. 8
The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall will host “Here and Elsewhere,” a group exhibition of works that emphasize the fluidity of space, including photographic, print, video and paintings, from Thursday, Nov. 8 through Friday, Dec. 7.
Peinkofer, Perez, Peterson, Miller star in Class A sectionals
Team honors continued to elude Baldwinsville, but it still earned plenty of recognition during Saturday’s Section III Class A cross country championships at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
Manahan, Garn, Gugel all win races; Westhill/Ludden sweeps Class B
Whether it was the individual talents of Ryan Manahan, Rachel Garn and Abby Gugel, or the team efforts put together by Westhill/Bishop Ludden, local cross counry fans had a lot to smile about while shivering through the cold at Saturday’s Section III championship meet at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
For the fourth straight year, Jordan community members will come together on Thanksgiving Day to help put food on the tables of others.
Town Planning Board member Joseph Southern last week attended the meeting of the Citizens to Preserve the Character of Skaneateles in which he advised the CPCS on their opposition tactics against the proposed Victory Sports Medicine campus. CPCS Executive Director Holland Gregg also told me that Southern was a member of the group. Considering that the Town Planning Board is the designated lead agency on the multi-million-dollar VSM campus project and its decisions can make or break the project, is it not a conflict of interest that Southern, who has a vote and a say on all aspects of this project that come before the planning board, gave the CPCS advice on how to oppose the development?
Mustangs to meet Skaneateles in sectional final
In order to return to the state Class B tournament for the second year in a row, the Marcellus girls volleyball team had to take the most difficult path possible, needing to beat two teams, Westhill and Skaneateles, that it lost to during the regular season.
Saturday, November 3
Liverpool claims tough 1-0 final over F-M
No matter how tough it was to watch at times, the Liverpool girls soccer team sure found it beautiful when there was another Section III Class AA championship waiting at the end.
Spartans beat Whitesboro, 2-1, in overtime
Five years ago East Syracuse Minoa didn’t even have a field hockey program. It didn’t receive varsity recognition until three years ago. But on Saturday, the Spartans won the Section III Class B championship, defeating Whitesboro 2-1 at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium to get the team's first championship since its earlier incarnation pulled it off way back in 1977.
Burns nabs winning goal in 1-0 Class A final
Emma Lamison and Emily Burns stood side-by-side on the Bragman Stadium sideline. It was a frigid and overcast 41-degree afternoon, and with the sun setting, both Liverpool field hockey players were already shivering just minutes after stepping off the pitch. But underneath their reddening ears and cheeks, they wore full smiles stretching ear-to-ear.
Big runs by Wilson keys Caz victory in Dome
After a year's absence, the Section III Class B football crown is returning to Cazenovia. Better yet for all the Laker faithful, it came at the expense of its neighbors from Chittenango, as Jake Wilson's pair of long fourth-quarter touchdown runs helped to deliver a 35-21 victory over the Bears Saturday night at the Carrier Dome.
Cazenovia turns back Holland Patent, 2-0
Many remarkable streaks remain intact for the Cazenovia field hockey team, in fast pursuit of a third consecutive state Class C championship.
CBA comes back twice in fourth quarter for 35-24 win
All that was anticipated from Saturday's Section III Class AA championship game at the Carrier Dome manifested itself in a second half full of big plays, bigger momentum shifts and multiple lead changes. And when it was done, Christian Brothers Academy had claimed the crown, shaking off three years worth of frustrations to beat Baldwinsville 35-24 by scoring twice in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter.
Opposition to proposed sports campus mobilizes, hires attorney -- Planning Board member Southern advises group on how to proceed
Skaneateles residents who claim the character of their community is being threatened by development have hired an attorney, are coordinating a large letter-writing campaign to public officials and local newspapers and, in general, are mobilizing their efforts to oppose the proposed Victory Sports Medicine and Orthopedics health, wellness and sports campus off Route 20.
Herr throws five TD passes, four to Cooney, in 33-16 win
What the Skaneateles football team started in 2011, it finished in 2012, and no outside force could do anything about it. Four touchdown passes from Conor Herr to Jake Cooney, combined with a defense that continually made key stops when they were needed, helped the Lakers defeat Herkimer in Saturday's Section III Class C championship game in the Carrier Dome.
The town of Nelson and the Erieville Nelson Heritage Society recently announced the Christabell J. Westcott is this year’s recipient of the Norman Odell Citizen of the Year Award.
To the editor: Thank you to the gentleman who was kind enough to stop traffic Saturday, Oct. 13, on Rte. 92 near the Madison County line and put our lost Shih Tzu, Fritz, in his car so he wouldn’t get killed.
The Town of DeWitt celebrated its new status as a Tree City USA Friday by planting a tree outside the David G. Klim Learning Center, located within Springfield Gardens off Thompson Road.
Girls Northstars fall to F-M; Warriors ousted by B'ville
Before it was done, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls volleyball teams would both go 1-1 in their respective Section III Class AA playoff runs.
Boys rout C-NS; girls Bees sweep Liverpool
On consecutive nights, Baldwinsville’s pair of volleyball teams assured that there would be a large and loud presence of fans in red at next Wednesday’s pair of Section III Class AA championship matches at Cicero-North Syracuse.
Skaneateles to meet Marcellus in sectional final
Early on Tuesday evening, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team will take to the court, bent on erasing the lone scar in an otherwise sterling 2012 performance. It is the top-seeded Lakers against archrival Marcellus in the Section III Class B championship match, taking place barely two weeks after the Mustangs stunned the then-undefeated Lakers with a straight-sets sweep on Oct. 22.
Late touchdown pushes Bulldogs past J-D 14-7
Having waited 15 years to return to the top of the Section III ranks, the Jamesville-DeWitt football team got denied a championship by a neighbor that had gone more than twice as long without that ultimate prize.
Friday, November 2
Teixeira wins twice, helps in pair of relay races
Even a change of venue just 24 hours before the fact did not stop the Skaneateles girls swim team as it once again claimed the Section III Class C championship. In Friday's sectional meet at Rome Free Academy, the Lakers, with 418 points, dominated 11 other entrants in the field, with Holland Patent (284 points) far back in second place.
Belvito goal sends Marcellus past Clinton 2-1
Overtime had arrived again for the Marcellus girls soccer team in Friday night's Section III Class B final, just as it had a year ago when the Mustangs had to settle for a co-championship with Lowville and was beaten in penalty kicks. This time around, the Mustangs would settle the matter long before a shoot-out was required.
On Oct. 9, Cazenovia Town Supervisor Ralph Montforte sent a letter and survey form to some Cazenovia Lake watershed residents to question the feasibility of extending water and sewer lines to areas on the northern and eastern sides of the lake.
Last week Jerry Maywright and Peter Hubbard questioned the Cazenovia Town Board’s decision-making process regarding improving wastewater treatment for lakeshore properties.
The excellent letters discussing “Cazenovia Lake sewers: A rush to judgment” (Oct. 24, 2012 Cazenovia Republican) by Jerry Maywright and Peter Hubbard contain important, helpful suggestions for dealing with the problem of plant growth in Cazenovia lake.
With the elections only a week away, I would like to remind those of you who will choose to vote, there is more at stake than who will govern our country for the next four years.
Chary Griffin competes in World Triathlon Championship
Cazenovia resident Chary Griffin recently traveled to Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband, Jim, but sightseeing and observing the Kiwi culture were low on her to-do list.
“Cloud Atlas” is a large, totally consuming movie spanning six chronologically disparate stories. You need patience and an open mind to see this film, but by all means, you should see it.
Race hat trick dooms Skaneateles in 3-1 defeat
Were it not for the presence of Conor Race, the Skaneateles boys soccer team would likely have secured a spot in the Section III Class B championship game. However, Race was there for Cazenovia, and his amazing second-half performance was the main reason why Cazenovia eliminated Skaneateles 3-1 in Thursday night’s Class B semifinal Laker showdown at West Genesee High School.
State Assemblyman Sam Roberts, a Democrat from Syracuse, is running for reelection to his second term. He is being challenged for a second time by John Sharon, a Republican from DeWitt.
Liverpool swimmer also claims 100 freestyle in Class A meet
While the Liverpool girls swim team could only claim a fourth-place finish in Thursday’s Section III Class A championship meet at Nottingham, Madeline Murphy rose above the clamor to make a bit of history.
The Baldwinsville Girls Crew Booster Club will host a “Recycling for Rowers” electronics collections event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in Kimbrook Plaza parking lot (behind Tim Horton’s) at the corner of routes 31 and 57.
Parker tears to victory in 100 breaststroke, edges Coughlin
Charis Parker’s exciting victory in the 100-yard breaststroke highlighted the efforts of the Baldwinsville girls swim team during Thursday’s Section III Class A championship meet at Nottingham High School.
In Central New York, 13 volunteers from the Red Cross CNY Chapter left Syracuse Wednesday afternoon for the Red Cross operational headquarters in White Plains, N.Y., where they will receive their deployment assignments
F-M turned back, 2-1, by Cicero-North Syracuse
Aaron Epling had given himself another chance, just in front of the net, as the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team tried to catch up to Cicero-North Syracuse in Thursday night’s Section III Class AA semifinal.
Hornets avenge 2011 semifinal defeat to B'ville
In impressive style, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls volleyball team backed up its no. 2 seed and made it to the Section III Class AA championship match. The Hornets hosted no. 3 seed Cicero-North Syracuse in Thursday night’s AA semifinal, and were in control throughout the match, taking just three sets to eliminate the Northstars.
The class will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Red Cross Central New York Chapter, 220 Herald Place, Syracuse.
We need your help to be able to continue a long time Thanksgiving tradition here in our Baldwinsville community. Many less fortunate families are not able to afford a real Thanksgiving dinner without this help. Last year, with donations from churches, schools, businesses, organizations and many individuals, 70 families were able to take home all the makings for a complete Thanksgiving dinner.
Castro wins 200 freestyle; Wildcats rally in final races
One side had the individual star power, but the other had the depth required to gather up enough points and finish on top. That was the tale told in Thursday’s Section III Class A girls swimming championship meet at Nottingham High School, where West Genesee prevailed over Christian Brothers Academy in one of the closest contests in the event’s history.
Late goals by Haber, Powell set up final against Cazenovia
When the Westhill boys soccer team looked across the field at Clinton in Thursday night’s Section III Class B semifinal at Chittenango High School, it saw more than just another team with the Warrior nickname.
Baldwinsville PAC-B, the Public Access channel at cable channel 98, now has a digital sister channel and Verizon channel. The locally produced programs seen on PAC-B for the past decade can now also be seen on Time Warner Digital Channel1498 and Verizon FiOS Channel 30. In addition, newly installed digital equipment at PAC-B's new facilities at 8 Mechanic St. is providing improved signal quality to Channel 98 viewers.
Following 2012’s redistricting, Valesky will represent the 53rd District, which includes the bulk of the city, the southeastern corner of Onondaga County, all of Madison County and two towns in Oneida County.
To the editor: OASIS would like to publicly thank the DeWitt Community Library for conducting a Senior Fair on Friday, Oct. 26. The number of support organizations for seniors that exhibited at the fair is testimony to what makes Central New York a great place to live.
Thursday, November 1
C-NS hangs on, will meet Utica Proctor for sectional title
Twelve long years ago, Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool squared off for a Section III boys soccer championship. They came close to clashing again, but Utica Proctor spoiled those plans in a dramatic Thursday-evening Class AA semifinal doubleheader at Nottingham High School.
Red Rams fend off Whitesboro 1-0 in Class A final
Make that four consecutive Section III Class A championships for the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team, none of them more difficult to attain than this one. An early goal, caused by an opponent's mistake, pushed the no. 2 seed Red Rams ahead of top seed Whitesboro, but J-D held on from there to edge the Warriors 1-0 in Thursday night's title game at Chittenango High School.
Win over Skaneateles sets up final against Westhill
Cazenovia head coach Adam Reynolds called it magical. A magical feat for a Lakers boys soccer team that had already won its first league title in 27 years. After falling behind to Skaneateles 1-0 in the 51st minute of Thursday night’s Section III Class B semifinal at West Genesee High School, senior captain Conor Race scored three goals in a span of just 10 minutes.
A number of friendly scarecrows, created by Cazenovia High School art students, were visible throughout the Historic Cazenovia Business District from Oct. 25 to 31 as part of the First Annual Scarecrow Fest.
NYS Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli is running unopposed in the 120th district, which represents residents of the city’s Northside, Westside, Eastwood, Strathmore and Valley areas of the City of Syracuse, as well as the towns of Geddes and Van Buren. Magnarelli has served on the NYS Assembly since 1998.
County residents will have two candidates to choose from when filling the vacant seat on the Onondaga County Court bench, which consists of three judges. Judge Anthony Aloi and Judge Joseph Fahey currently hold the other two seats on the bench, which has jurisdiction over the fifth judicial district. The third seat was left vacant after Judge William Walsh resigned.
County residents will have two candidates to choose from when filling the Onondaga County Clerk seat left vacant after County Clerk M. Ann Ciarpelli resigned in July after four terms in office.
County residents will have two candidates to choose from when filling the Family Court Judge seat left vacant after Family Judge Bryan Hedges retired in April.
Lysander and Van Buren residents will both have the chance to choose whether they want to see the position of highway superintendent changed to an appointed position or remain as an elected position within each town.
More information can be found on the district website, here: http://caz.cnyric.org/football-game-ticket-and-passenger-bus-information/
State Sen. John DeFrancisco is running for reelection to his eleventh term.
To the editor: Rumors have been running rampant recently as to whether or not I’m running for Town Board.
B’ville Theatre Guild stages Neil Simon’s crotchety comedy
Drawing on one of its strengths – its deep pool of experienced comic actors – the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild breathes new life into Neil Simon’s old show-biz warhorse, “The Sunshine Boys,” now running weekends through Nov. 11.
You’ve all seen the commercials: Dan Maffei’s campaign accusing Ann Marie Buerkle of colluding with Todd Akin to redefine rape. Buerkle’s ad lambasting Maffei for giving bonuses to his staff with taxpayer money.
A lifelong Central New Yorker, Al Stirpe was born and raised in Clyde, where his family owned and operated Albert's Restaurant for more than 25 years.
Don Miller was elected to represent the people of the 121st Assembly District (now the 127th) on Nov. 2, 2010. The district encompasses the towns of Cicero, Clay, Manlius, LaFayette and Pompey in Onondaga County.
Ursula Rozum is a Syracuse native, the daughter of Polish immigrants who were exiled due to their work with the anti-Communist Solidarity trade union. She holds a BA Political Science and Latin American Literature from McGill University. In recent years, she has worked with Citizen Action of NY, the Working Families Party and the Green Party. Currently, she works on staff at the Syracuse Peace Council. She has been active locally working on issues of peace, immigrant rights, Latin America Solidarity and in the movement to ban hydrofracking in New York.
A native of Auburn, Ann Marie Buerkle is a nurse, healthcare attorney, mother of six and grandmother of thirteen. After graduating as an R.N. from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, Buerkle worked at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. For many years while raising her family, she was a substitute school nurse. In 1994, she obtained a J.D. from Syracuse University School of Law. Buerkle served as an assistant attorney general for New York state from 1997 until deciding to run for Congress in 2009. She is a former member of the Syracuse Common Council, a former volunteer legal council for abused persons at the Vera House crisis shelter, and former volunteer legal council for Syracuse families through the Onondaga County Bar Association’s Pro Bono program. Buerkle defeated Dan Maffei for the 24th district seat in 2010.
The Onondaga County Association of Highway Superintendents would like to make some clarifications and respond to recent articles that have been published in the various media. In particular, it pertains to the towns of Van Buren and Lysander, and whether the highway superintendent should be elected or appointed.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, Beaver Lake Nature Center hosts the founders of Mission: Wolf of Silver Cliff, Colorado, for a program with live timber wolves. Mission: Wolf has evolved from a very remote sanctuary for wolves and wolf-dog hybrids into a leading nationwide force supporting wolf education and captive wolf welfare.
Will those in favor of more power for themselves stoop any lower?
One of the little-known secrets to save big bucks when trying to improve one's appearance is to visit your local BOCES. The BOCES hair and nail salon, if you’re lucky enough to have one fairly close by, is invaluable to those of us looking to save some money in our senior years. Almost within walking distance for me here in the village of Liverpool is the OCM-BOCES (Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services) Career Training Center, located on Crown Road in Liverpool.
I would like to encourage voters in the Town of Lysander to vote for Russ Johnson for town councilman. Russ is very well qualified to serve as councilman and would bring administrative experience and leadership qualities to the town board.
Cobras and Trojans pull out one-goal wins
An entire season, full of accomplishment and milestones, leaves the Bishop Grimes and Manlius-Pebble Hill girls soccer teams staring at each other Monday night at Chittenango High School with the Section III Class C-2 championship on the line.
This is a letter in support of Gene Dinsmore for the position of Lysander Highway Superintendent.
Election Day Pretzel Sale, Mini craft sale
I see Russ Johnson’s campaign slogan, “Restore Pride,” on signs all over town. This political punch-line may sound like a good slogan, but it just doesn’t ring true in real life. I don’t believe that the Lysander Republican Committee hopes to restore pride to Lysander. Instead, I think it plans to put professional politicians like Russ in office, so that it can once again exert power, influence and control over the business of the town.
The sore subject of elected vs. appointed positions has reached levels of emotion not seen in many years, mostly because of misinformed opinion and/or special interest fear. It is our duty as elected officials to educate and lead discussion in these matters, but it is also the duty of citizens to keep our feet to the fire by asking questions. This means attending public meetings to get and stay informed. Passively watching our proceedings on Channel 98 is not enough unless you follow through, and I can tell you my phone has not been ringing.
Driving around town this week, it became apparent that someone has challenged me to a “most signs” campaign. I wish to decline that challenge and instead rely on written and person-to-person communications.
After attending the joint town meeting on appointed vs. elected highway superintendents, and noticing the fewer than expected turnout, I would like to offer my thoughts on the referendum.
The Octagon House of Camillus will hold its annual Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18. A community event where there is something for everyone, it helps start the holiday season in Camillus.
This is truly a watershed year for voters. For this reason, if for no other, it’s absolutely essential that you exercise your right to vote on Nov. 6, regardless of how you choose to vote.
Helen Kiggins Walsh is no typical candidate for village trustee.