Stories for November 2012


Friday, November 30

J-D basketball sides start title defenses with wins

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 Genny hockey opens, beats Fairport

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.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Lincoln’

Community Columnist

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.

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Rouse garners State Player of the Year honor

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.

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Durgee students learn self-defense techniques

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.

LHS evacuated due to smoking grill

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.

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Concert benefits local food pantry

Hillview Community Church Coffeehouse will present The Harvesters in concert to benefit Baldwinsville area food pantries at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

Planning Board wants answers to multiple questions on VSM project

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.

Christmas in the Village - B’ville tree lighting event scheduled for Dec. 1

Take the family out for a festive evening in the village this Saturday.

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BCA soccer players honored

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.

LETTERS: Kudos for positive election season

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.

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Camillus' Daniel Meyer wins Order of the Towman Award

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

Carnegie, Evans leads Grimes past ESM

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.

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Palmer kindergartners hold harvest feast

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.

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Jordan-Elbridge fourth grade students delve into the guts of learning

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.

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Caz native to star in ‘Hairspray’ production

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.”

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NWFL to honor volunteers, exhibit local students’ work

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).

Floral notes: Shine a light

Community Columnist

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.

Paw prints: Lumps and bumps

Community Columnist

Finding a lump on your dog is quite common, especially as they age.

Caz Presbyterian Church to begin Season of Advent

Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day, which this year is Sunday Dec. 2.

Man dies after early morning fire in B’ville

At 2:02 a.m. this morning, a call was received at the 911 Center from Larry Gillette, 54, of 208 Conifer Drive, Baldwinsville.

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Gentlemen of Grace lend a hand

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.

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Christmas is ‘Unsinkable’ at NSBC

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.”

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Rotary club to host annual holiday luncheon

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.

Caz wrestlers claim season opener over Hannibal

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.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Open mic celebrates 10 years at BPL

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.

Gray Matters: In praise of church suppers

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.

Difficult act to follow

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.

LETTERS: Barclay thanks constituents

I am writing to thank the voters of the 120th Assembly District for your support on Election Day.

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Village of Manlius hosts Christmas Tree Lighting, Winter Fest Sunday

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

C-NS wrestlers claim showdown with Liverpool

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.

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Eagle Hill Middle School students stage ‘Beauty and the Beast’ this weekend

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.

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Kiwanis Turkey Trot launches successful new 5K course

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.

LETTERS: Popcorn fundraiser a success

Cub Scout Pack 71 would like to thank the Baldwinsville community for supporting our popcorn fundraiser.

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Preservation of history recognized

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.

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‘Freezin’ for a reason’

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.

Caz College Chorale to present Annual Holiday Concert

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.

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Solvay Public Library welcomes new trustees, to host open house

Solvay Village Mayor Kathleen Marinelli recently appointed two new trustees to the Solvay Public Library Board: Carole Marascalchi and Ty Pitoniak Marshal.  

Skaneateles native to coach lacrosse at Richmond

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.

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East Syracuse Minoa assists family of fallen hero cop Artur Kasprzak

Greg Avellino is thankful for the East Syracuse Minoa school community.

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The ringing of the bells

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.

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Chill thrills

Five fun things to do in CNY this winter.

Plowshares crafts fair celebrates peace, justice this weekend at Nottingham High

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.

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Walk will raise awareness about condition that affects pregnant women

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

Schools team up for Gleason fund-raiser

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.

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Three B'ville athletes sign letters of intent

On Nov. 14, three Baldwinsville varsity athletes signed their letters of intent to play lacrosse and baseball for Division I schools.

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Cazenovia Forum hosts pollster John Zogby

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.

Vision CNY seeks input on Regional Sustainability Plan

Do you have ideas for the future of Central New York? What would make the region more sustainable for the long-term?

National Grid seeks substation in town of Clay

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.

White urges Liverpool residents to chime in on term lengths for mayor and trustees

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.

Village of Liverpool looks to save thousands of dollars by sharing services

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.

Redistricting options discussed at LCSD board meeting

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.”

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Ronald McDonald House celebrates expanded home

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.

No change in Paper Mill Island rental rates

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.

Locally-owned Pint Size Pies and Pals opens at ShoppingTown

Pint Size Pies and Pals opened last week on the upper level across from Hollister at ShoppingTown Mall.

SU handles Colgate again, goes to 4-0

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

Fayetteville continues debate on proposed rental law

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.

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Minoa Mindstormers Robotics team qualifies for regional competition

The Minoa Mindstormers Robotics team recently placed in the top 10 at the FIRST LEGO League tournament in Rome.

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B'ville code enforcement officer helps with assessment efforts in Long Island

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.

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Cannizzaro, Nardella sign letters of intent

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.

Holiday traditions abound at Lorenzo

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.

School district consultants discuss superintendent search with community

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.

Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program to hold annual meeting

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.

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Lorenzo raffle offers chance of owning a ‘new’ piece of history

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.

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Navy Caption David Tucker of Marcellus provides Sandy relief

Captain David J. Tucker of Marcellus has his plate full.

COLUMN: Volunteer Connections - Get into the holiday spirit by helping out

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.

Liverpool hockey opener turns into fund-raiser

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.

C-NS wrestlers go 4-1 at Cortland Dual Meet

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.

B’ville shares services with Van Buren

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.

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Marcellus readies for Starlight Tree Lighting

The annual Marcellus Starlight Tree Lighting is drawing near.

Sunday, November 25

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Cazenovia Lions Club names ‘students of the month’

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.”

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New Dickens Christmas Ale now on tap

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.

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F-M finds form in time for Nike Nationals

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.

Cross country Bees run at Northeast Regional

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.

Hockey Lakers win Queensbury Tournament

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.

F-M announces winter sports schedules

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

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Knights of Columbus raise $2,200 for Skaneateles, JE food pantries

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.

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Political Analyst to speak in Caz

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.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Skyfall’

Community Columnist

“Nobody does it better…” Then, as now, Carly Simon was spot on. Nobody does it better than James Bond.

J-D releases winter sports schedule

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.

Ludden, Westhill, Solvay announce basketball schedules

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

SU hoops cruises to 3-0 start

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.

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Discrepancies in water use numbers raise concerns over Victory Sports Medicine development

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 schedule - Nov. 24 to 30

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.

Seasonal vehicle storage discussion continues

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.

Volleyball Lakers make history with 2012 season

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.

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Hole-in-one: 50 years in the making

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.

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American Legion honors participants of Boys, Girls State

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.

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Tom Macdonald to speak at Caz Library

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.”

Caz College expands faculty

Cazenovia College recently announced the hiring of two new faculty members.

Thankful to be crazy, inspirational

Community Columnist

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 seeks resumes

Lysander officials are seeking resumes

Jordan-Elbridge releases winter sports schedule

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.

CBA announces winter sports schedule

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.

C-NS announces winter sports schedule

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

Baker Drama Club to present… A Company of Wayward Saints

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.

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Beaver Lake’s new children’s room honors memory of Gretchen Snedeker

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.

LETTERS: Spooky Sprint, Pumpkin Run organizers thank community for support

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.

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Manlius KeyBank celebrates opening with ribbon cutting, community day

KeyBank held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, Nov. 19, to celebrate the opening of the new Manlius branch at 7670 Highbridge Road.

Marcellus announces winter sports schedule

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.

East Syracuse man’s light show to help feed hungry

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.

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First Night regroups

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.

Liverpool releases winter sports schedule

Hockey Warriors open this weekend with tournament

Liverpool High School’s 2012-13 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

B’ville announces winter sports schedule

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.

Pro-Act program can save you money on prescription drugs

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.

ESM releases winter sports schedule

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

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Chamber seeks bell ringers for Salvation Army kettles

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.

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Temporary business directory signs to be up through end of year

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 now offers food delivery from Wegmans

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.

Local Meals on Wheels program ending service

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.

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Smallwood named Optimist Club’s student of November

Austin Smallwood has been selected as its Student of the Month of November by the Baldwinsville Optimist Club.

EDITORIAL: In Manlius, let the pond ripple on

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.

Fayetteville Village Board to consider moratorium on animal law

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.

Caz College Art Gallery to host Arts & Crafts Fair

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.

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Joyful Noise series Jan. 27 concert: “Arts in the Afternoon for Families”

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.

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Hats for hurricane relief

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.

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Project CAFÉ annual Toy Shop event approaches

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.

Why executive session?

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.

LETTERS: Father defends daughter’s ‘workplace violence’ complaint against Manlius mayor

To the editor: Last Tuesday I was witness to a supremely proud moment.

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Presbyterian Church to host community soup, dessert café, Christmas Carol Fest

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.

Village offers update on public parking

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.

Book fair at Barnes and Noble to benefit library

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.

Chittenango releases winter sports schedule

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.

Jo’s Li’l Cupcake update; Jan Fetterly send-off Saturday

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.

Bishop Grimes announces winter sports schedule

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.

West Genesee announces winter sports schedule

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.

Cazenovia announces winter sports schedule

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.

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Jamesville first grader Melissa Crossett collects goods for food pantry

Melissa Crossett is a first grade student who attends Jamesville Elementary School who had an idea to help people in her community.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Support the library during Barnes and Noble fundraiser

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

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Fourteen students advance in spelling bee

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.

West Genny athletes compete in state races

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.

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Wood-fired and ready: Ironwood sets up shop in Manlius

John Freightenburgh isn’t afraid to be different.

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Dedication, donations make shed project possible

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.

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NWFL technology exhibit ending soon

Bob Chevako’s “Past Technology” display will continue to be available for view at the New Woodstock Free Library through Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Abe comes alive again

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.

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LHS staffers walk Lights on the Lake to raise money for students in need

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.

LETTER: Operation Sandy Relief thanks donors

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.

North Syracuse Chamber encourages businesses to Adopt-A-Family

The Greater North Syracuse Chamber of Commerce is launching its annual campaign to give back to the community.

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North Syracuse vets called out for honors

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.

Schools and scholars: Honor list announced

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.

Northern Onondaga County towns OK budgets

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.

Skaneateles announces winter sports schedule

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.

DeWitt tables proposal to ban parking on Halton Road

Three residents voiced their concerns about a proposal to further limit parking on Halton Road at the Nov. 12 DeWitt Town Board meeting.

Schmitt leads local swimmers at state meet

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.

COLUMN: Hurricane Sandy reminds all of importance of fire, CO alarms

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

East Genesee Street crash claims life of Manlius woman

Dewitt Police have identified the victim of the two-vehicle crash that occurred today on East Genesee Street at Elinor Peth, 82, of Manlius.

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Beaver Lake Gardeners in Thyme create Kokedama

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 to hold Thanksgiving Eve Service

Grace Episcopal Church will hold a traditional service of thanksgiving at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.

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Burrell sisters share recipe for success, donate 10K to juvenile diabetes research

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.

Manlius Town Board adopts budget, agrees to plow county roads

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.

Manlius mayor responds to Chief Whorrall’s announcement

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.

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Remembering Baldwinsville: Longtime resident Dick Clarke recalls days of yesteryear

Dick Clarke spoke at the museum on Veterans' Day 2012.

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FM Pop Warner cheerleaders qualify for nationals

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.

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Paul Whorrall, Manlius fire chief, to run for mayor in March

Manlius Fire Chief Paul Whorrall said he is tired of seeing the village he’s lived in for 60 years turn into a “laughingstock.”

LETTERS: Congratulations to Richard Doran

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.

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WAVES Ambulance launches fall and injury prevention campaign

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.

LETTERS: Thank you voters

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.

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Caz students to participate in NYSSMA Conference

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.

CCSD Music Department readies to present three concerts

The Cazenovia Central School Music Department is busy preparing to present three concerts in the months of December and January.

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5 Ledyard Corp. to market blind motivational speaker’s book, DVD

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.

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Joseph takes on new roles at Le Moyne

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

Bees stopped again in state volleyball final

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.

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Red Rams beaten in state Class A soccer final

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.

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Camillus Chamber of Commerce welcomes Sports Physical Therapy

Sports Physical Therapy received the Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet welcome last month.

Skaneateles reaches Class B state volleyball final

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.

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Liverpool field hockey beaten in state title game

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.

Cross country Warriors rise to sixth at Federation meet

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.

Murphy swims for Liverpool at state meet

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.

Boys volleyball Bees go 2-4 in Glens Falls

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.

Peinkofer takes third at Federation meet

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

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Brothers stopped by Orchard Park in state AA semifinal

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.

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J-D blanks Brighton, reaches state Class A final

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.

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Warriors advance to state field hockey final

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.

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Camillus Police Officer James Pollard recognized for DWI enforcement

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

Hansen's predecessor says Manlius Village Board interfered with his work

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.

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Canton Woods art contest winner

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.

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Paul Muench, F-M football coach, steps down

Hornets' mentor departs after 13 successful seasons

Paul Muench has lived and breathed high school football.

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Manlius Stickley Factory evacuated when smoke from roof work gets inside

The Stickley Factory in Manlius was evacuated today when smoke got into the building from the outside.

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Lesson in philanthropy

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.

Town Board approves 2013 budget

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.

Town, SRCT agreement over YMCA assets expected in December

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.

Cazenovia Police Blotter

Oct. 24 to Nov. 7

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

Caz Presbyterian Church receives NYLC grant for steeple, window repair

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.

Repair decision made for Cold Springs bridge

Officials have opted for the safest plan for the Route 370 bridge repair, which also reflects cost savings for the state.

Thursday, November 15

Outgoing parks and rec director: Manlius mayor created 'intolerable’ work environment

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.

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Thirteen women-run businesses breathe new life into Jordan

Linda Boehm is thrilled to be part of a growing community of women business owners in the village of Jordan.

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Parks named Optimist’s Student of October

Gwendolyn Parks was named the Baldwinsville Optimist Club’s Student of the Month for October.

Fayetteville Freedom of Espresso reopens after early morning fire

The Freedom of Espresso in Fayetteville is open for business after a small fire caused by beans roasting in the shop's coffee oven.

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‘Homelessness can happen to anyone’

Nine girls recently spent the night in a cardboard box – no phones, no music and, most importantly, no food or drink.

Lysander, Van Buren approve 2013 budgets

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).

Operation Southern Comfort now does good turns in the north

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.”

Cicero churches unite for ecumenical service, seek food donations

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.

Cleaning up a Fine mess

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 Nature Center: Trail Tales

Beaver Lake happenings for the month of November.

F-M Turkey Trot registration gets underway

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

LETTERS: CCH urges support for United Community Chest Fund Drive

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.

LETTERS: Reynolds reacts to local, national election results

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.

LETTERS: Coufal: We are a socialist country

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.

LETTERS: Sampsons commend local residents for raising questions on proposed sewers

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.

LETTERS:Johnsons, Kutiks in favor of town’s proposed sewer, water systems for lake

I am writing to express my support of the proposed extension of the town water and sewer lines to areas around the lake.

Teens charged with attempted robbery during drug deal in Fairmount Wegmans lot

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.

LETTERS: Thank you to the Fayetteville firefighters who rescued my kitten from a tree

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.

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Shane Hacker named new principal of Fremont Elementary

Shane Hacker is ready to lead Fremont Elementary.

Celebrate the holiday season with music

Kick off the holiday season by treating yourself to the gift of music at a concert in the Baldwinsville Central School District.

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Caz College student raises funds for aid agencies

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 Rotary makes improvements

Cazenovia Rotarians are excited about the recent community improvements they helped to complete over the past month.

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Chamber of commerce welcomes three new members

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.

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Chamber of Commerce seeks new village signs to help local businesses

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.

Celebrate life through chocolate Thursday in Fayetteville

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.

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Kiwanis support B’ville baseball

Baldwinsville Kiwanis Tony Saraceni (left) presents a $1,000 check to the Baldwinsville Baseball Booster president Jim Carson on Nov. 5.

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The Victory Sports ‘Victory Campus’: Delving into the details

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.

Honestly! My first column as a contributing columnist

Community Columnist

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.

The honeymoon is over

Community Columnist

They say, after disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, there is a romance period when everybody gets together and pitches in.

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C-NS teacher named American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences 2012 Teacher of the Year

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.

Oktoberfest donates proceeds

At a recent village board meeting, Oktoberfest committee members Kim Presley and Jim Jones presented donations to local organizations and projects.

CNY Ronald McDonald House celebrates expansion Nov. 20

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York will officially open the doors to its new Ronald McDonald House this month.

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Former Clay supervisor remembers growing up in Clay

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.

B’ville special ed info sessions

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.

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Students across eastern suburbs offer relief to victims of Sandy

Schools all across the eastern suburbs are doing their parts to help aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Tuesday, November 13

Colonial Holiday Sale returns for 32nd year

Fall is in the air and Christmas is right around the corner.

ESM DECA hosts Fashion Show to benefit The Kara Fund Saturday

Models to include high school principal Greg Avellino, school board president Debbie Kolod and ESM students and alumni.

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Hundreds gather for Veterans Day remembrance ceremony

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.

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St. Mary's is all about the saints

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.

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Bluegrass banjoman: Mark Allnatt brings his band to Marcellus Sunday

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.

God bless our local veterans

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.

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Community steps up to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy

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.

Lysander approves fire protection contracts

The Lysander Town Board recently approved two one-year contracts with fire protection districts.

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Rozum to remain active in the wake of last week’s election

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.”

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Marching Warriors take donations to Sandy survivors

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.

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The comeback kids: What brought Maffei, Stirpe back to office?

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”?

North Syracuse considers ban on door-to-door sales

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.

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Menorah Park celebrates past, looks ahead at 100-year gala

In a genuine show of community support, Menorah Park celebrated 100 years of serving Central New York seniors, Saturday evening, Oct. 27.

DeWitt tables budget vote, schedules special meeting for Nov. 19

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 schools shell out for Sandy relief

West Genesee students are doing their part to help aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Blood drive held to honor Gleason family

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.

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$7,000 missing from county tax rolls in Spafford

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.

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Caz Village Board approves purchase of 22 Lincklaen St., plans public parking lot

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.

School district seeks resident input on search for new superintendent

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.

Blackler resigns as village historian, Batlle appointed

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.

Village, Perkins agree to new part-time police chief role

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.

Community Thanksgiving service set for Nov. 18

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.

Caz Winter Farmers Market returns this month

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.

Liverpool runners help sectional teams win at state meet

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.

Van Buren approves snowplow contract

The Town of Van Buren will plow Onondaga County roads within the town for a rate of $6,600 per mile for 2013.

COLUMN: Identity, Health Services, and Employment Laws Improved to Benefit Veterans

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.

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Mott Road students recognize Veterans Day

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

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Helping area farmers, saving the environment

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.

Warriors denied again in AA soccer regional

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.

Bees runners help Section III to state team titles

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.

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Neal, Adams earn All-State cross country honors

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.

Volleyball Lakers earn first trip to Glens Falls

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.

Manahan races to state Class B cross country title

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.

Soccer Warriors stunned in regional final

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.

Volleyball Lakers beaten by Eden in Class C regional

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

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Football Lakers stopped by Chenango Forks, 28-21

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.

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Cazenovia football overwhelmed by Maine-Endwell

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.

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CBA hammers Binghamton in AA football regional

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.

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CNY Playhouse debuts at Shoppingtown Mall with a show-biz farce

“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.

F-M girls run to another state cross country title

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.

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B'ville volleyball sides both heading to Glens Falls

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.

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J-D girls soccer reaches first-ever state final four

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.

ESM field hockey stopped in Class B regional

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.

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Field hockey Lakers' title run ended by Greene

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.

Blues Project revived

Big Apple roots rockers reunite Tuesday in Caz

What the Grateful Dead was to the Haight, the Blues Project was to Greenwich Village.

Marcellus, Elbridge town boards reduce taxes for 2013

Taxes are on the decline in the towns of Marcellus and Elbridge.

Village, Perkins agree to new part-time police chief role

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.

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DeWitt Library: ‘How have we made a difference in your life?’

The DeWitt Community Library's 50th Anniversary Year draws to a close. Now, the library wants to hear from you.

Friday, November 9

Camillus park volunteers begin work on Clyde Ohl Exercise Trail

A longtime public servant in Camillus is being honored with his own trail at Camillus Erie Canal Park.

B'ville reduces sound penalty

Village officials recently reduced a penalty fee imposed upon Hollerback Productions.

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Buster the Bus teaches F-M students about bus safety

“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.

Hey, let’s work together

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.

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The Victory Sports Medicine 'Victory Campus': What is it?

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.

Caz Village Board looks to draft sidewalk codes

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.

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First 100 get into Wonderworks free Saturday

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.

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Family finds its way into B’ville field hockey season

When the girls of Baldwinsville’s field hockey teams head out to play, they’ve got each other’s backs.

LETTERS: King commends educators, students at BSE

It was my privilege last week to lecture and read to second and third grade classes at Burton Street Elementary School.

LETTERS: It’s our birthday, but you get the cake

Cazenovia Artisans celebrates its 10th birthday this month.

LETTERS: Davies comments on missing military absentee ballots

Recently, I read an article in my monthly VFW magazine that caught my attention and made my blood boil.

The processes and procedures of the CCSD Board of Education

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.

Medical marijuana soothes the pains of Multiple Sclerosis

Community Columnist

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.

Paying club dues with don’ts

Community Columnist

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.

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Jouraeva joins Caz College faculty

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.

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Russell Graziano wins West Genesee spelling bee; 12 advance to written test

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.

LETTERS: FM-JD Meals on Wheels thankful for generous gift

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

LETTERS: Manlius YMCA welcomes community Saturday

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.

B'ville to hold seasonal vehicles informational meeting

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.

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CNY SPCA Pet of the Week: Nala

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.

LETTERS: Proposed Fayetteville rental law would lead to mandatory home inspections

Dear property owners of the village of Fayetteville: Your village government is seriously considering creating what the mayor is calling a "rental registry."

From Tipp Hill to Liberty Island to the village

Old-timers recall driving down North Geddes Street and marveling at the Heaphy Man.

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Sculpted tree at Village Hall memorializes newborn manslaughter victim

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.

County budget reflects five percent reduction in spending

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.

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West Genesee’s Family Fun Night raises $645 for victims of Hurricane Sandy

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.

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Marching band scores Carrier Dome win

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.

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First annual Wicked Woods a spooktacular success

A truly spooktacular time was had by one and all who attended the first annual Wicked Woods held Oct. 27 at Green Lakes.

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Truett named program coordinator for MCRA

Madison County recently announced lifetime local resident Tara Truett has stepped up to lead the Madison County Reads Ahead program.

F-M BOE considers plan to start foreign languages one year earlier

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.

Project CAFÉ readies for annual Toy Shop event

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.

A great year for cheer

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.

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Pop Warner B-Team crowned Tri-Valley League Pee-Wee Division champions

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.

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Kiwanis Club offers support to Marine Toys for Tots

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.

Joseph Hennigan named chief financial officer at Welch Allyn

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.

ZBA reschedules lighting variance public hearing on VSM sports complex

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 to rebuild elderly woman’s deck

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.

Beaver Lake Nature Center: Cloud formations and other activities

Upcoming happenings at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Transition game

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 - Center closed Monday for Veteran’s Day

Canton Woods Senior Center schedule from Nov. 8 through 16, 2012.

Phase One of Swan Pond renovations is underway

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

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B'ville sweeps boys, girls volleyball sectional titles

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.

The backup plan

Technically Speaking

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.

Manlius YMCA celebrates Grand Opening Saturday

The new Manlius YMCA is open and ready to strengthen the community.

Hunt RE collecting donations for Sandy victims in NJ

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.

More women must run for office

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.

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UPDATE: Maffei declares victory in 24th District race

Dan Maffei has issued a statement declaring victory in the 24th District Congressional race.

Burrill E. Wells, Jr. award to be presented Nov. 15

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.

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Sam Roberts easily holds onto New York State Assembly seat

Syracuse Democrat Sam Roberts will return to Albany for a second two-year term.

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‘The Odd Couple’ to be staged in Cazenovia

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.”

Soccer Mustangs stopped by Schalmont in regional

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.

Politicians Magee, Hanna, Gillibrand keep seats

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.

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Company B combines music, crafts for unique experience

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.

Field hockey Lakers beat NY Mills, 4-0

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.

COLUMN: Coffee with Baldwinsville’s Mayor

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.

Local election results: town justice races in Skaneateles and Spafford

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.

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Sandy Schepp of Manlius elected to Onondaga County Clerk seat

Manlius Town Councilor Sandy Schepp has won the race for Onondaga County Clerk.

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Stirpe regains assembly seat

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.

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Cecile wins family court race; Miller will be new county court judge

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

Westhill beats Caz in Class B soccer final

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.

MPH falls in Class C boys soccer final

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.

Highway superintendents remain elected positions

Lysander and Van Buren residents have spoken loud and clear – they value every vote including that for the position of highway superintendent.

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J-D soccer stuns Burnt Hills in Class A regional

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

Skaneateles stops Marcellus in volleyball final

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.

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Award winning author hails from B’ville

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).

High voter turnout in Skaneateles, Spafford for election

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.

Au Chocolat returns to B'ville biz district

Sweet treats and special promotions await you.

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Marcellus elementary students vote in mock election today

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.

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Laughter abounds with ‘Showgirls’ in Caz

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.

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B’ville resident earns 40 under Forty award

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.

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Buerkle casts ballot at Onondaga Free Library

Republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle left Onondaga Free Library after casting her vote today feeling optimistic.

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Miller heads to the polls

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.

Reisinger wins consolation bracket at state tennis tournament

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.

MPH girls beat Grimes, win C-2 soccer title

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.

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Maffei casts his vote

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.”

COLUMN: Food pantries aim to accommodate need

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.

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Manlius Swan Pond renovations get going

If you drove past the Swan Pond in Manlius last week, you may have noticed that it looks a little different than usual.

A man of many plans: Manlius Director of Planning and Development David Tessier retires

David Tessier was not your average code enforcement officer.

Monday, November 5

Northstars beaten by Proctor in AA boys soccer final

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.

Lysander proposes decrease in spending, increase in tax levy

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?”


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.

Post 88 to host Veterans Day gathering in Caz

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.

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Caz crossing guards Stevens, Davies recognized for service

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.

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B’ville student to receive Aurora’s Excellence Award

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.

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DeWitt Community Library's Senior Fair draws 200

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.

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Zogby to offer post-election analysis at next Caz Forum

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.

Caz High School sports marketing class to host Third Annual Birdie Tourney

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.

Liverpool will send quartet to state cross country meet

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.

F-M dominates again at sectional cross country meet

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.

J-D, CBA swimmers nab lots of sectional honors

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.

Hornets stopped by Liverpool in AA girls soccer final

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.

CBA shares sectional soccer title with Fowler

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.

COLUMN: From Grandma’s Kitchen - Embrace the colors of the season

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

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Neal, Adams earn berths in state cross country meet

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.

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Marcellus churches raise $3,672 for Habitat for Humanity's Interfaith Build

The fundraising totals are in for the sixth annual Habitat for Humanity Chicken BBQ, a joint effort of Marcellus’ four churches.

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Bees fall to CBA in sectional final thriller

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.

Floral Notes: The birds and the bees [and other bugs]

Community Columnist

These are a collection of occurrences that over the past year amused or delighted me and hopefully, will you, as well.

Discipline allows hope before an audience of talent, luck

Community Columnist

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.

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Caz College Art Gallery exhibition emphasizes fluidity of space

‘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.

B’ville quartet earns state cross country meet berths

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.

Local runners dazzle at sectional cross country meet

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.

Fourth annual Jordan Turkey Trot food pantry benefit set for Thanksgiving Day

For the fourth straight year, Jordan community members will come together on Thanksgiving Day to help put food on the tables of others.

Is there a conflict of interest on the planning board against the proposed VSM campus?


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?

Marcellus volleyball tops Westhill in Class B semis

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

Girls soccer Warriors repeat as Class AA champs

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.

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ESM nabs historic Class B field hockey title

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.

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Liverpool edges C-NS, repeats as field hockey champs

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.

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Lakers dethrone Bears as Class B football champs

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.

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Field hockey Lakers roll to another sectional title

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.

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Brothers stop B'ville in AA football final

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.

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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.

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Skaneateles beats Herkimer for Class C football title

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.

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Westcott is ‘Nelson Citizen of the Year’

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.

LETTERS: Thank you to the man who saved our Shih Tzu

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.

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Town of DeWitt, named Tree City in April, celebrates Arbor Day in fall

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.

C-NS, Liverpool volleyball sides all beaten in semis

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.

B’ville volleyball sides advance to AA finals

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.

Volleyball Lakers sweeps Homer in semifinal match

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.

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Red Rams denied Class A football title by Nottingham

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

Skaneateles swimmers roar to sectional Class C title

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.

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Mustangs take Class B soccer title in overtime

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.

LETTERS: Bull weighs in on situation with proposed Caz Lake sewers

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.

LETTERS: Questions about sewers in the Caz Lake Watershed

Last week Jerry Maywright and Peter Hubbard questioned the Cazenovia Town Board’s decision-making process regarding improving wastewater treatment for lakeshore properties.

LETTERS: Fox commends Maywright, Hubbard for vital questions

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.

LETTERS: Wheeler: Think hard about the ramifications of your vote

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.

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Marathon (wo)man

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.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Cloud Atlas’

Community Columnist

“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.

Soccer Lakers stopped by Caz in Class B semis

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.

DECISION 2012: Sam Roberts vs. John Sharon for 128th Assembly District

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.

Murphy sets sectional swim mark in 50 freestyle

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.

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Baldwinsville Girls Crew Booster Club Sponsors Electronics Collection Fundraiser

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.

B’ville swimmers finish third at sectional Class A meet

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.

Thirteen Central New Yorkers deployed to assist in Red Cross' Sandy relief efforts

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

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Hornets fall just short in AA soccer semifinal

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.

F-M girls volleyball reaches AA final

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.

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Red Cross of CNY offers volunteer training for Sandy relief effort Saturday

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.

COLUMN: Volunteer Connections - Thanksgiving donations needed to help feed local families

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.

West Genny edges CBA for Class A girls swim title

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.

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Westhill tops Clinton, reaches Class B soccer final

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.

Program Log Baldwinsville PAC-B (Channels 98,1498, FiOS 30)

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.

State Sen. David Valesky runs unnopposed for District 53 seat

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.

LETTERS: OASIS thanks DeWitt Library for highlighting senior organizations

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

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Northstars make AA final; Warriors stunned in OT

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.

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J-D girls soccer earns fourth straight sectional title

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.

Race hat trick powers Caz to Class B soccer final

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.

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Scarecrow Fest winners announced

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.

Magnarelli to run unopposed for 120th district

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.

Two vie for Onondaga County Court Judge seat

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.

Two vie for Onondaga County Clerk seat

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.

Two vie for Onondaga County Family Court Judge seat

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.

Highway Superintendent referendum discussed

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.

CCSD to offer Carrier Dome transportation Nov. 3

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 seeks 11th term

State Sen. John DeFrancisco is running for reelection to his eleventh term.

LETTERS: Mary Jo Paul to run for Marcellus Town Board in 2013

To the editor: Rumors have been running rampant recently as to whether or not I’m running for Town Board.

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Theater review: A sparkling ‘Sunshine Boys’

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.

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He said, she said: Negative campaign ads and the 2012 election

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.

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DECISION 2012: Al Stirpe

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.

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DECISION 2012: Don Miller

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.

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DECISION 2012: Ursula Rozum

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.

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DECISION 2012: Ann Marie Buerkle

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.

LETTERS: Elected positions provide a choice

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.

Beaver Lake Nature Center happenings

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.

LETTERS: County comptroller highly qualified to conduct study

Will those in favor of more power for themselves stoop any lower?

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BOCES students offer good, cheap salon services for seniors

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.

LETTERS: Support Russ Johnson

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.

Grimes, MPH advance to C-2 girls soccer final

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.

LETTERS: Dinsmoor right man for job

This is a letter in support of Gene Dinsmore for the position of Lysander Highway Superintendent.

Canton Woods Senior Center Schedule: Nov. 1 to 9

Election Day Pretzel Sale, Mini craft sale

LETTERS: It’s like déjà vu all over again

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.

LETTERS: Accountability needed in highway department

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.

LETTERS: Separate arms of government necessary

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.

LETTERS: Conduct study before putting vote on ballot

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.

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Historic Octagon House of Camillus to open its doors

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.

LETTERS: Hickey offers experience, pride and more

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.

Elections commissioner runs unopposed for Camillus Village Trustee seat

Helen Kiggins Walsh is no typical candidate for village trustee.