Stories for October 2012


Wednesday, October 31

Brothers make Class A final; ESM ousted

DePerro scores twice as CBA blanks Whitesboro 3-0

Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer star Andrew DePerro has delivered 30 goals this season, nearly half his team's total. So it only figured that DePerro would deliver two of those goals in Wednesday night's Section III Class A semifinal as the no. 2 seed Brothers eliminated no. 3 seed Whitesboro 3-0 at Chittenango High School.

Give thanks, and food this Thanksgiving

Every year, the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center conducts a Thanksgiving food drive to provide less fortunate families within the greater Baldwinsville community with complete makings for a Thanksgiving dinner. This year, the BVC will continue the effort, while also reaching out to more community members and businesses to encourage donations.

Camillus residents vote 332-153 to make switch to OCWA

Town of Camillus residents voted 332-153 in favor of the town board’s proposal to enter a 40-year lease agreement with OCWA during a town-wide referendum yesterday

Two vie for Lysander Councilor seat

Lysander residents will have two candidates to choose from when filling the town councilor seat left vacant by Brian May in January after May became an Onondaga County Legislator.

COLUMN: Library Focus - November lining up to be a busy month

Hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween and then it’s on to another amazingly busy month here at the library including an absolutely awesome book sale full of books, music and media to tide you over when the weather outside is frightful.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Seven Psychopaths’

Community Columnist

“Seven Psychopaths” is a title that suggests uncontrolled violence. It is a bit deceiving. In fact, it is a movie within a movie, the title actually referring to a screenplay in work throughout the movie.

Annual Report on Domestic and Sexual Violence raises community awareness

More than 100 people turned out to the Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Downtown Syracuse despite the rainy weather.

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United Community Chest doles out funding to local non-profits

In 2012 the United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson awarded nearly $32,000 to 12 local non-profit organizations serving local residents and families in the community.

LETTERS: Brod family endorses Spires

We strongly encourage support for Levi Spires for the 121st Assembly seat, currently held by 22-year veteran Bill McGee.

LETTERS: Durfee: Assemblyman Magee is for me and you

Assemblyman Bill Magee’s district runs from Oneonta to Cazenovia and everything in between.

LETTERS: Joseph endorses Spires

There comes a time when one generation turns to the next and says, “I have given my life to this or that cause or community. I have done all that I can do. It is time to step aside and allow fresh ideas and new energy to propel us forward.”

LETTERS: Spires: Why I’m a candidate for New York Assembly

I constantly hear the question, “why are you in politics?” Many politicians have morphed a once honorable profession of serving your fellow citizen into a corrupt power game. It’s not right.

LETTERS: Osbornes thank community for successful fundraiser

What a way to end our last event at Hillcrest. This has been a whirlwind year of fundraising.

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Immaculate Conception students march in costume parade

Immaculate Conception School students took part in a costume parade on Friday, Oct. 26. Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were just two of the many clever costumes on display.

J-D girls hold off Camden, return to Class A final

Red Rams have title-game rematch with Whitesboro

So the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team is one win away from a fourth consecutive Section III Class A championship - but it almost didn't get there. The no. 2 seed Red Rams battled with no. 3 seed Camden through all 80 minutes of Tuesday night's Class A semifinal at Chittenango High Schoool, relying on the vast skills of Maddy Devereaux and Jessica Holmes to fend off the Blue Devils 2-1.

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DAR member highlight: Jean Disinger served in US Navy

What do Hezekiah Huntington and Jean Disinger share? A sense of patriotism and DNA.

Betsy Baldwin DAR announces essay contests

The Betsy Baldwin Chapter DAR is offering two essay contests for students in fifth through 12th grades. All school districts are eligible to participate. Each essay contest will provide monetary awards for the best essays.

NRCS-NY announces application cutoff dates for NRCS conservation programs

Farmers and landowners have until Nov. 16, 2012 to apply for 2013 conservation program funding. The programs falling within this deadline include the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).

Proposed athletic field lights should be opposed

To the editor: On Nov. 13 the Skaneateles Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a hearing regarding lighting for the proposed sports and medical project slated for an area just east of the village line. Just imagine having approximately 350,000 watts (the developer’s number) shining near your home till eleven every evening. None of this seems reasonable to ask of our eastern neighbors or the viability of our lake.

No 90-foot light poles at proposed sports complex


To the editor: The proposed Victory Sports Medicine Complex has submitted a request for a lighting variance for a 99 acre sports campus which includes 171,000 square feet of medical and recreational space. The problems associated with lighting at heights between 20 and 90 feet were established and known to the developer when the land was purchased. The denial of lighting above 20 feet is a problem for this mega sports/medical complex but it is a problem of their own making.

Open auditions announced for Auburn Players’ production of ‘The Women’

The Auburn Players has announced open auditions for its upcoming production of Clare Luce Boothe’s “The Women,” directed by Matthew Ryan Limerick. Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 and Thursday, Nov. 8, at Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn.

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Manlius Library hosts ‘Biblio Bistro’ fundraiser Saturday

Manlius Library will transform itself into Biblio Bistro from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Giving credit where credit is due, historically speaking

For decades I mistakenly believed that Onondaga Lake Parkway had been built under the auspices of the Works Project Administration, President Franklin Roosevelt’s ambitious public employment program designed to take the sting out of the Great Depression. And I’m not the only one. Thousands of visitors to the county’s most popular park are officially misled to credit the WPA for the park’s creation. Markers there make the WPA claim look like gospel. Turns out it’s sheer bunk. “The signs there are wrong,” says local historian Joyce Mills, “and it annoys me.” Mills, who lives in Liverpool, has meticulously researched the origins of the Onondaga Lake Parkway which opened along with park land and athletic facilities in 1933. Roosevelt’s WPA wasn’t established until 1935

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Ritter's Cleaners a staple in North Syracuse for more than four decades

What do Al Roker, Phil Donahue, Connie Francis and Frank Sinatra Jr. have in common? At one time or another, they've all had their garments cleaned at Ritter's Cleaners at 403 South Main St. in North Syracuse, according to owner John Ritter Sr. Ritter prides himself on taking care of his customers, be they a local resident or a famous celebrity. He's done it for 40 years now.

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Bees eliminated by F-M in semifinal shoot-out

Defeat echoes 2011 semifinal loss as top seed

Poised with the top seed in the Section III Class AA playoffs, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team’s intention was to reclaim the title it earned in 2010. Instead, the Bees saw that dream dissipate in the semifinal round at Nottingham High School at the expense of the no. 4 seed – which was exactly what took place a year ago.

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Boy Scout to add trails, repair bridge at Perry Springs Park — Manlius’ best kept secret

The Manlius Village Board approved Boy Scout Noah Chrysler's proposal to add more hiking trails, repair the bridge that overlooks the pond and add an additional bench to Perry Springs Park.

Second ‘Sarah Smiles PHun-Raiser' for pulmonary hypertension awareness is Saturday

The Second Annual Sarah Smiles PHun-Raiser for Pulmonary Hypertension will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Camillus Elks Lodge, 6117 Newport Road.

LETTERS: In support of Tom Miller

To the editor: As a 20-year veteran of local law enforcement, I have had the privilege to work with Tom Miller both in his capacity as Village of Fayetteville Judge and also as a practicing attorney in the Syracuse area for many years.

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Liverpool takes out C-NS in girls soccer semifinal

Warriors win 1-0, to meet F-M in title defense

A month apart, Liverpool's girls soccer team ran into Cicero-North Syracuse twice - and both times would emerge with 1-0 victories. It was the latter of these two occasions that meant more, for it came during Tuesday night's Section III Class AA semifinal at Nottingham High School.

Tuesday, October 30

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Girls soccer Hornets oust B'ville in semifinal shoot-out

Penalty kicks sends F-M to AA final against

Early in Tuesday night's Section III Class AA girls soccer semifinal at Nottingham High School, Fayetteville-Manlius junior midfielder Alexa Restante scored to put her team in front of Baldwinsville. More than two hours later, she did so again, at the tail end of a tense penalty-kick shoot-out, and sent the Hornets to the brink of its first sectional title since the 1990s.

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Marcellus blanks Westhill in Class B semifinal

Girls soccer Mustangs to meet Clinton for sectional title

By striking early, and handling the rest of the task in a calm and complete manner, the Marcellus girls soccer team disposed of its biggest rival and moved within one victory of another Section III Class B title.

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Caz Rowing, West Lake Sculling members compete at Head of the Charles Regatta

On Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21, members of the Cazenovia Rowing Club and West Lake Sculling Club — a subsidiary of the CRC — competed at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

Cazenovia Police Blotter

Sept. 8 to Oct. 20

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

Two vie for Lysander Highway Superintendent seat

Lysander residents will have two candidates to choose from when filling the highway superintendent seat left vacant by Bruce Reeves earlier this spring.

CRIS to host iPad info-sessions

Many people have iPads, and many want to know more about how they can use this technology to its fullest. Local resident and new Community Resources for Independent Seniors Board member, Jon Davidson, will facilitate a number of iPad information sharing sessions in November.

Donate food, reduce library fines in Jordan

Do you have fines on your library card? During the month of November, the Jordan Bramley Library will waive $1 in overdue fines for every nonperishable food item brought to the library.

Eagle Hill Middle School evacuated after bomb threat; search finds building safe

Eagle Hill Middle School students were evacuated from the building earlier today because of a possible bomb threat. Students were allowed back inside about an hour later after a search by Manlius Police deemed the building safe.

LETTERS: Mayor Olson gives nod to Tom Miller for County Judge

To the editor: I have the honor and privilege of working with Judge Tom Miller in the village of Fayetteville.

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Ice cream parlor reminiscent of Golden Film era

Grab a cup of coffee, order up a sweet treat and submerge yourself in an atmosphere that’s sure to take you back more than a few decades.

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Skaneateles High School students recognized for photography

Six Skaneateles High School photographers were recognized as finalists in the Bousquet Holstein PLLC annual photography contest.

LETTERS: DeWitt Town Supervisor endorses Gordon Cuffy for County Judge

To the editor: Gordon Cuffy has the right background, professional experience and personal temperament to serve as Onondaga County Court Judge.

Help us help you: News from S.A.V.E.S

As an absolutely stunning summer comes to a close and the local population begins to decrease to more usual levels for this time of year, your local Emergency Medical Services provider (Skaneateles Ambulance Volunteer Emergency Services, Inc.) would like to share some news of our service in the communities which we serve.

District ranks 20 in Upstate for efficiency

The Baldwinsville Central School District runs the most efficient school district in Onondaga County, according to Business First’s new administrative efficiency ratings of 430 Upstate districts. The district ranks number 20 overall for Upstate New York.

NaNoWriMo: Take the literary plunge at Fayetteville Free Library

Every year between Nov. 1 and 30, hundreds of thousands of people across the world participate in National Novel Writing Month. In Fayetteville, the fun begins with a NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Fayetteville Free Library.

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Onondaga County Sheriffs join pilot program to aid victims of domestic violence

For many struggling to find their way out of an abusive situation, the most uncertain time can be after the matter is taken to court. Now, in order to help address that uncertainty, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies statewide are taking part in a pilot program that will allow those who have been granted orders of protection by their local family court to register to receive alerts when those orders are served.

LETTER: Campaigning at a church is reprehensible

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Campaigning at a church is reprehensible To the editor: Two years ago on the Sunday before Election Day, we were dismayed to see political fliers attached to our car and all of the other cars in our church parking lot after Mass. These single-issue flyers were from the national and New York state Right to Life Committees.

LETTER: Stirpe a friend to business

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Stirpe a friend to business To the editor: Al Stirpe is a friend of the Central New York business community. When Roberts Office Furniture Concepts Inc. was in need of purchasing new equipment to expand our business and add new employees, Al came forward and offered assistance.

LETTER: Miller is reckless with the truth

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Miller is reckless with the truth To the editor: While watching [TV], I saw Don Miller’s commercial berating Al Stirpe for raising taxes in Cicero that adversely affected the people in his district. There is not one ounce of truth in the remarks that were approved by Mr. MIller’s campaign. Mr. Miller must really need a job to stoop to such low standards to try to ruin a man’s reputation for a few votes.

LETTER: Miller is what an elected official should be

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Miller is what an elected official should be To the editor: As a young professional in the community, I have never really paid attention to politics because no candidate ever caught my interest and I thought they were all out for a paycheck. This year though, assembly candidate Don Miller has changed my mind on what an elected official should be.

LETTER: Shame on you, Don Miller

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Shame on you Don To the editor: Don Miller knows that you can’t campaign on or in Church property. Don Miller allowed the Right to Life party to use his ad for re-election to be put on cars in the church parking lot before all the masses, telling people to re-elect Mr. Miller.

New baking biz on First Street will also make treats for pets

If you’re consciously downsizing your consumption of sweets, Jo’s Li’l Cupcake might become your new favorite bakery. Shirley and Mike Martin plan to open their new business on Election Day, Nov. 6, at 141 First St., in the village of Liverpool. On Oct. 22, the Liverpool Village Planning Board approved the Martins’ site plan for Jo’s Li’l Cupcake shop. The couple will set up four tables with four chairs each for a maximum seating capacity of 16. The site plan showed more than 20 available parking spaces including 15 on the property and others on the street. That location, 141 First St., formerly housed Chris’s Flowers Etc.

Elbridge town officials look forward to Tessy Plastic's 99,000-square-foot expansion

Tessy Plastics Corporation is going to change the town of Elbridge for the better.

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Nottingham grad is example for the girls of F-M's A Better Chance program

La Rae Martin-Coore is more than an example for the girls of Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s A Better Chance program.

J-D runners sweep to OHSL Freedom titles

Red Rams also win boys, girls regular-season crowns

Everything that took place for Jamesville-DeWitt’s cross country teams in the last full week of October amounted to a triumph. That included last Thursday’s Onondaga High School League Freedom division championship meet, held at East Syracuse-Minoa, where the Red Rams claimed both the girls and boys team titles.

LETTERS: Thank you for support

What a way to end our last event at Hillcrest. This has been a whirlwind year of fundraising. This wine tasting event raised $6,500 and counting for Ophelia's Place, a non-profit dedicated against the fight of eating disorders.

Monday, October 29

COLUMN: From the legislature - Negotiations underway to relieve burden of Van Duyn Nursing Home

The County Legislature recently approved the 2013 county budget with the lowest county-wide tax levy in more than two decades. With seven new members of the legislature, we are determined to sustain this momentum and further roll back the tax burden; however, an enormous financial liability threatens to overwhelm the county budget unless decisive action is taken to avoid it.

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‘Remembering Baldwinsville’ - Former mayor speaks at Shacksboro

Don Colon recently reminisced about his service to Baldwinsville as well as the history of the village during the series “Remembering Baldwinsville.”

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Spooktacular sketches in B'ville

For more than 40 years, the youth of Baldwinsville have enjoyed a great local tradition of painting area business windows (with the owners' consents) near the Halloween holiday.

Onondaga County officials monitor Hurricane Sandy's path

Onondaga County is expecting strong winds beginning later this afternoon and throughout the evening.

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Small school has huge heart

St. Mary's Academy students want a playground. They have been trying to raise the money needed to get this done. But then Baby Easton was born on born Aug. 23 with Epidermoysis Bullosa, a severely painful, incurable and rare genetic skin disease.

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Scouts join in National Good Turn

The Boy Scout slogan is “Do a good turn daily.” In November, the Boy Scouts of Troop 18 will participate in Scouting’s National Good Turn, Scouting for Food.

Skaneateles ranked second in Syracuse area for academic performance

For the second year in a row, Skaneateles CSD has been ranked fifth in the entire Upstate New York area — and second in the Syracuse region — in the academic rankings study released by Buffalo Business First magazine last week.

Paw prints: Be wary of your pet’s holiday diet

On Halloween, and for days after, many of us have an abundance of candy in our homes. Around holiday times, one of the most common problems seen at animal hospitals is poisoned pets.

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Field lighting variance decision for sports complex held until November

Close to 100 unhappy residents crowded into the truck bay of the Skaneateles Fire Hall last week for a Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing on a light variance request from Victory Sports Medicine Enterprises for its planned 99-acre sports complex off Route 20. The variance would allow the complex to have 17 poles with 70-to-90 foot athletic field lights.

BOE hires consultants for superintendent search

The Skaneateles Board of Education approved a motion to hire a firm to conduct its search for a new superintendent at its Tuesday, Oct. 23, meeting. The search will be conducted by the Warner Center for Professional Development and Education Reform, which is housed within the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

Village receives grants for increased seatbelt, DWI enforcement efforts

The village of Skaneateles has received two grants to help increase village police department enforcement of seat belt usage and DWI prevention. The grants were announced at the Oct. 25 village board meeting.

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As court date looms, no deal on YMCA assets dispute

Town board met twice last week in executive session to discuss the issue

The town board and town attorney met twice last week in early morning executive sessions to discuss the status of its lawsuit against the Skaneateles Recreation Charitable Trust over disputed ownership of YMCA assets. Neither meeting, each of which lasted about an hour, yielded a resolution of settlement over the issue. Town councilors said at the end of each meeting that the board was having “ongoing discussions.”

Appalled by planning board decision


To the editor: I am appalled that an appointed planning board whose responsibility is to protect the interest of its citizens, has instead chosen to unanimously support the commercial endeavor of one developer by recommending the approval of the light height variance, further ignoring the voiced concerns of residents in the Skaneateles community.

B’ville ranks nine in Syracuse

The Baldwinsville Central School District is ranked nine in academic performance out of 53 public school districts in the Syracuse area, according to Business First, a Buffalo-based business publication.

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Volleyball sides head into post-season

Marcellus wins OHSL round-robin; Westhill gets no. 2 seed

Much more happened in local high school girls volleyball after Marcellus gaining its enormous win against Skaneateles in a three-set sweep on Oct. 22. It started with the Mustangs themselves, who two nights after beating Skaneateles needed five sets to fight past the other Laker team from Cazenovia at Buckley Gym.

Business First names F-M top school district in Syracuse area

A Buffalo-based business magazine has ranked the Fayetteville-Manlius School District No. 1 in academic performance out of 53 public school districts in the Syracuse area. Jamesville-DeWitt earned sixth place on the list.

B’ville volleyball sides head for AA playoffs

Girls Bees are top seed; boys draw no. 2 seed

Anything less than the Baldwinsville volleyball teams sweeping both of the Section III Class AA championships would be a surprise now.

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Eagles soar, Wildcats roar: Marching bands win big at states

It's not often that teams from neighboring schools get to come out on top on the same day.

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Caz field hockey rips Canastota in Class C semis

Six different players get goals, Lakers meet Holland Patent in finals

At least for one 24-hour stretch, Cazenovia’s most accomplished teams took over Rome Free Academy Stadium and made it a Lakers showcase. First, it was the football team’s romp over Camden in the Section III Class B semifinals. Then it was the two-time defending state Class C champion field hockey Lakers taking its turn last Saturday afternoon and drilling Canastota 7-0 in its sectional semifinal.

EDITORIAL: Trick or treat safely

With Halloween right around the corner, now is a good time for parents to discuss safety measures with their children prior to heading out for a night of fun.

Sunday, October 28

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C-NS, Liverpool to meet in field hockey sectional final

Rivals win Class A semifinals by one-goal margins

In their own manners, Cicero-North Syracuse's Marie Aloi and Liverpool's Shelby Peck delivered the biggest goals of their field hockey careers. As a result, the Northstars and Warriors will play for the Section III Class A championship, this after a pair of riveting semifinal games played Sunday night at LHS Stadium.

Fayetteville man accused of threatening woman with knife at Lyndon Trailer Park

DeWitt Police responded to reports of an injured woman running down the street in her underwear near Lyndon Corners today.

ESM field hockey reaches Class A final

Spartans stun VVS with goals from Neff, Evans

East Syracuse-Minoa’s field hockey team had one thing in mind – making its way to the championship round of the Section III playoffs. And the Spartans got there, taking the next step in its evolution in Saturday’s sectional Class B semifinal at Rome Free Academy Stadium when it knocked off 2 seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill by a score of 2-1.

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Mustangs, Warriors reunite in Class B soccer playoffs

Westhill survives shoot-out; Marcellus blanks Ludden

It’s getting almost to be something a girls soccer fan in Central New York can count on, similar to death and taxes – Marcellus and Westhill, squaring off late in the Section III Class B playoffs with a lot at stake.

Westhill boys knock out Marcellus, stay unbeaten

Warriors to face Clinton in Class B semifinals

As the pattern was developing, the boys soccer drama between undefeated Westhill and its neighbors from Marcellus had gone from one-sided romp to competitive battle. This had to make fans of the undefeated, top-seeded Warriors a bit nervous heading into Friday night’s Section III Class B quarterfinal against the no. 8 seed Mustangs, aside from that whole cliché about how tough it is to beat someone three times in a season.

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Ludden football topped by Skaneateles in C-1 final

Gaelic Knights finish 7-2 season with 38-19 defeat

Except for one opponent, the Bishop Ludden football team proved better than anyone it faced during the 2012 season. Skaneateles proved the exception, both at the beginning and at the end, the latter part of it involving a 38-19 loss to the Lakers in Saturday night’s Section III Class C-1 championship game at Marcellus High School.

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Boys soccer Lakers roll into Class B semis

Caz tops Sherburne-Earlville, to meet Skaneateles for finals berth

One more dose of summer-like warmth and sunshine descended upon the Sean Googin Sports Complex in time for the Cazenovia boys soccer team’s 2012 Section III Class B playoff debut.

Saturday, October 27

Late goal sends Lakers past South Jefferson

Skaneateles boys to meet Caz in Class B semis

It took 74 minutes, but Austin Amory the Skaneateles boys’ soccer team finally broke through. Facing South Jefferson in Saturday night's Section III Class B quarterfinal, the Lakers thoroughly outpossessed and outshot the visiting Spartans throughout the duration of the match. In the second half, Skaneateles racked up eight corner kicks, two indirect free kicks within 20 yards of the net and a dozen shots.

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Skaneateles beats Ludden, takes C-1 football crown

Lakers head to Dome for sectional final against Herkimer

No courtrooms and no controversy this time around - the Skaneateles football team is really going to the Carrier Dome as the newly-crowned Section III Class C-1 champions.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Argo’

Community Columnist

There may be no more harrowing experience than being isolated in an angry, uncontrolled foreign country.

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Hornets’ rally falls just short in loss to B’ville

Down 20 points, F-M nearly catches up in AA semis

Not until the last minute, not until a swarm of eager punt-blockers roughed Tyler Rouse, did the Fayetteville-Manlius football team surrender in Friday night’s Section III Class AA semifinal against Baldwinsville.

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J-D returns to Class A girls soccer semifinals

ESM wins in opening round, falls to top seed Whitesboro

From opposite ends of the Section III Class A playoff bracket, the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa girls soccer teams had the same quest in mind – passage into the second week, and the latter rounds.

Skaneateles girls soccer ousted by Westhill

0-0 deadlock requires penalty kicks as Lakers end 13-3-2

With a no. 4 seed in a 13-team Section III Class B playoff bracket, the Skaneateles girls soccer team got few real breaks. For one thing, the Lakers were the highest seed that to play an opening-round game. Worse yet, it was in a half of the bracket that included top seed Marcellus, plus no. 5 seed Westhill, long considered the other favorites for the sectional title.

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Wildcats’ title reign ended by CBA in semifinals

WG falls behind 21-0, never recovers in 35-13 defeat

From roster turnover to ill-timed injuries, the West Genesee football team dealt with the sort of adversity it mostly avoided en route to last fall’s Section III Class AA championship. Most of all, the Wildcats had to deal with a powerhouse named Christian Brothers Academy, who would twice beat them, including Friday’s 35-13 decision in the Class AA semifinals at Liverpool High School Stadium.

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Caz, Chittenango to meet for Class B football title

Lakers smash Camden, Bears hold off Oneida in semis

All season long, the football teams from Cazenovia and Chittenango eyed each other, two Madison County powerhouses both seeking the same prize. Now they'll finally get together at the Carrier Dome, with that prize, the Section III Class B championship, waiting for whichever side proves more successful in its quest.

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CBA football makes fourth straight Class AA final

Brothers top West Genny, to face B'ville in title game

To be sure, the Christian Brothers Academy football team has figured out the part about reaching the Section III Class AA championship game. Now, it's just a matter of closing the deal.

Friday, October 26

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Bees hold off F-M, return to Class AA final

B'ville to meet CBA in title game at Carrier Dome

A rash of penalties, a season's worth of missed tackles and other mistakes - none of this mattered one bit to the Baldwinsville football team as the final seconds of Friday night's Section III Class AA semifinal against Fayetteville-Manlius ticked away at Liverpool High School Stadium.

Red Rams survive Whitesboro, get to Class A final

Hard-fought 7-6 win sets up Class A final vs. Nottingham

A tough, relentless defense is a large reason why the Jamesville-DeWitt is undefeated and on the way to the Carrier Dome to play for the Section III Class A championship - and every bit of it was needed to clear that final hurdle before the title game.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Check out library’s various technology classes

The leaves and the temperatures are dropping, but we are still here to keep your spirits up and provide a wide variety of information, entertainment and training as we move into the holiday season.

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Giannone family welcomes twin girls

Mary Grace and Michael Giannone, of Liverpool, announce the birth of their twin girls born on Sept. 13, 2012. Sophia Grace weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz and Caroline Marie weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. Grandparents are Marie and Robert Giannone, of Baldwinsville, and Josephine and Vincent Mineo, of Liverpool.

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Cazenovia schools ranked No. 3 in academics by Buffalo business journal

The Buffalo-based business magazine Business First has ranked the Cazenovia Central School District third in academic performance out of 53 public school districts in the six-county Syracuse region and seventh among all 431 Upstate school districts.

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Liverpool, C-NS girls to clash in AA soccer semis

Warriors top West Genny; Northstars shut out RFA

Not since 2007, when they met in the championship round, will the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer teams meet with so much on the line. The setting this time will be Nottingham High School, and the setting will be the Section III Class AA semifinal, a match set up by the comfortable wins both the Warriors and Northstars would attain in Thursday night's post-season openers.

Boys soccer Warriors advance to AA semis

Liverpool draws Proctor in semis after Raiders stun B'ville

Someone will emerge as the new Section III Class AA boys soccer champion, and Liverpool might be in the best position to claim that crown.

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Author visits Ray Middle School

Author Rob Buyea signs a copy of his latest novel, Mr. Terupt Falls Again, for Christopher Belliboni, a seventh-grader at Ray Middle School. Buyea visited the school on Oct. 16 where he gave two presentations for the sixth-grade and seventh-grade and met with students in the school library during lunches to read from his new novel and to answers students’ questions about books, writing and his favorite authors.

Program Log Baldwinsville PAC-B - Oct. 27 to Nov. 2

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.

ESM boys soccer survives New Hartford

Lewis OT goal sends Spartans to Class A semis

At least through one round, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys soccer team’s quest for back-to-back Section III Class A titles remains alive.

Girls soccer Bees sprint past Auburn

Bruen earns hat trick; B'ville to face F-M in AA semis

Going by the calendar, it’s an even-numbered year, which must please the Baldwinsville girls soccer team, given recent history. Both in 2008 and 2010, the Bees emerged as Section III Class AA champions. Now, in 2012, B’ville carried the top seed into the AA sectional tournament with every intention of making it three titles in five years.

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Marcellus churches host Habitat for Humanity BBQ Saturday

St. John’s Episcopal, St. Francis Roman Catholic, Marcellus First Presbyterian and Marcellus United Methodist Church have again formed a partnership to help with the current Interfaith Build of Syracuse Habitat for Humanity.

Thursday, October 25

Bees' AA title reign ended by Utica Proctor

Raiders upend Bees in sectional quarterfinals

Not since 2006 had anyone following the Baldwinsville boys soccer team witnessed the scene played out on the grass at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium on Thursday night. On one end, the Bees were stunned, crestfallen, its season having reached an abrupt end. On the other end, the opposition was celebrating a victory.

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Girls soccer Hornets eliminate CBA

F-M advances to Class AA semis against B'ville

Cheyenne Hall made sure that the Fayetteville-Manlius girls soccer team's Section III Class AA title quest lasts at least one more round. Hall scored twice and assisted on another goal to power the Hornets past Christian Brothers Academy, 3-1, in Thursday night's AA quarterfinal.

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CBA turns back J-D in boys soccer sectionals

Brothers win 2-1, advance to Class A semis

Tom Canfield ripped a goal past diving Christian Brothers Academy goalkeeper Mike Smith and into the net before being dog piled on the far side of the field by teammates. For no. 7 seed Jamesville-DeWitt, the score was arguably the most crucial of the season, tying No. 2 seed CBA 1-1 in the 55th minute of Thursday night’s Section III Class A boys soccer quarterfinal.

LETTERS: I value my vote

In reference to the proposition that will appear on the November ballot to change the Lysander Highway Superintendent to an appointed position, I am opposed to this change. I value my vote. I want and expect to be able to vote for my local officials.

LETTERS: Lysander never lost its pride

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly one year since we were swept into office by a two-to-one majority of voters in the town of Lysander. Although our ticket, Lysander First, consisted at the time of two Democrats and only one Republican, we received more Republican votes than did the candidates of the Lysander Republican Committee.

LETTERS: Vote Hickey Nov. 6

We are rapidly approaching Election Day 2012. This is a very important election. We will elect a President, Vice President, Senate and House members along with state and county positions.

LETTERS: Vote yes to appoint highway superintendent

We, the four new members of the Town Board of Lysander, have been working diligently on your behalf, rectifying the many problems that we have been presented with from the past administration. We have been accused, by some residents, of being too slow in making changes and by others of being too fast.

LETTERS: Elect Russ Johnson

This is a letter to endorse the candidacy of Mr. Russ Johnson for town councilman in the Town of Lysander. Mr. Johnson has the discipline and character to represent the voters in an honest and concerning manner.

LETTERS: Empower town to better manage tax dollars

It is important to understand that the office of highway superintendent has evolved over the years into a position that needs a well-trained individual to run the most costly department in town government.

LETTERS: Johnson brings experience to seat

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer in the face of a season of unprecedented heat. My thoughts go out especially to our local farmers, all of whom seemingly worked tirelessly this year to do the best they could to keep our local produce hydrated. For that we are very appreciative.

LETTERS: Russ puts constituents first

Voters in the Town of Lysander will have many difficult choices when they go to the polls in November, but for one office, town councilor, the selection is easy – Russ Johnson.

LETTERS: It’s His Way or the Highway

Over the past several months, I have observed the words and deeds of Gene Dinsmore with a mixture of frustration and concern. As you may recall, the current Lysander town board appointed Gene to the role of highway superintendent when I resigned as planned in April 2012.

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B’ville principal among America’s best

Anthony P. Cardamone is among 60 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation named to the 2012 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Cardamone was principal of Harry E. Elden Elementary School in the Baldwinsville Central School District for seven years and is serving as a principal on special assignment for the district this school year.

LETTERS: DeWitt Community Library board president thanks Friends group

To the editor: October 21 through 27 is the annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries week. On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the DeWitt Community Library, I want to publicly thank the Friends of DCL who contribute so much of their time and expertise to significantly enhance library services.

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West Genesee's Davern and Piato named to U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

WG seniors selected for U.S. Army All-American Marching Band West Genesee High School Seniors Shawn Davern and Nicholas Piato have been selected to be part of the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

LETTERS: Think twice before giving up vote

The election this November is an important one for Lysander. The town will be voting in a town board member, Russ Johnson or James Hickey. Lysander residents are also voting for town highway superintendent, Gene Dinsmore or Chris Patrick. We will also be voting on whether or not we want to give up our ability to vote in a highway superintendent in the future.

LETTERS: Caz Art Trail organizers thankful for successful event

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association and entire steering committee of the Greater Cazenovia Art Trail would like to thank the community and sponsors of the First Annual Cazenovia Art Trail.

LETTERS: Pace family thanks community for support in time of bereavement

The family of Charles H.S. Pace would like to thank all his friends, Cazenovia Fire Department, Cazenovia Firemens Auxiliary, CAVAC, Cazenovia Village Baptist Church, Barney Freeborn and Tait Funeral Home for all the consideration and support they provided us at the time of his passing.

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Caz resident named advocate for residents of long-term care facilities

Three Madison County residents successfully completed New York state’s 36-hour certification training course to become Long Term Care Ombudsmen.

Caz volleyball drops five-set thriller to Marcellus

Lakers twice lead, only to see Mustangs come back

A combination of good timing and the motivation to beat a long-time rival nearly led to the Cazenovia girls volleyball team’s biggest win of the season.

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DeWitt Community Library hosts Senior Fair Friday

Meet with more than 30 local organizations, government agencies and businesses that offer services to seniors at the DeWitt Community Library’s second Senior Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in ShoppingTown Mall.

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Northstars crush Corcoran, go to AA soccer semis

Sibble gets three-goal hat trick in 5-0 shutout

If nothing else, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team is a consistent force, every season finding its way into the latter stages of the Section III Class AA playoffs.

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B’ville student selected for US Army All-American Marching Band

Ryan Tighe is a standout musician. So much so, that the Baker High School senior and member of the Baldwinsville Marching Band was recently invited to join the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

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Marcellus Rotary thanks veterans with luncheon

The Marcellus Rotary Club will sponsor its second annual Veterans Day Luncheon Sunday, Nov. 11, at the American Legion Post in Marcellus.

Just ‘Luney’ for chocolate

Just as when in spring, a young man’s heart turns to thoughts of love, when it is Halloween, my heart turns to thoughts of candy, i.e., chocolate — rich, dark chocolate.

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Neal wins again at OHSL championships

Skaneateles freshman continues late-season surge

All through October, Skaneateles girls cross country runner Kaitlyn Neal has managed to dazzle both her teammates and the competition, winning races and sending course records. The freshman would strike again in Wednesday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Jamesville Beach Park, beating a field of 81 other runners.

A 100-acre rubber stamp?


Last week, the town planning board conducted its state-mandated environmental assessment and review of the proposed 100-acre health, wellness and sports complex of Victory Sports Management to be located two miles east of the village. It was a disturbing meeting. After declaring that a 100-acre sports complex with 13 athletic fields will impact individually every facet of social, economic and environmental life in town, the board then declared that collectively the project will have no significant adverse impact on life in the town.

Westhill/Ludden runners sweep OHSL Liberty meet

Manahan wins boys race; J-E's Gugel second in girls race

A quartet of local cross country teams met up with each other as part of Wednesday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Jamesville Beach Park. From a team standpoint, the day belonged to Westhill/Bishop Ludden, who swept to both the boys and girls championships in similar manners.

Manlius Town Board proposes $12.93 million spending plan

The Manlius Town Board proposed a $12.93 million preliminary budget for 2013 that calls for a 2-percent tax rate increase at Wednesday night’s regular board meeting.

LETTERS: Cooperation may not work

I do not reside in the town of Lysander, but I pay taxes to the town because I own property there. I have been reading the articles on making the town highway superintendent an appointed position. I have some thoughts I would like to share with the voters of the town.

Tassone chats with Schumer about RR crossing

This past summer, CSX alerted the village of Liverpool that it plans to temporarily close the railroad crossing on Old Liverpool Road. CSX wouldn’t say when and wouldn’t say how long Old Liverpool Road might be closed for repairs. After discussing the situation at the July 30 village board meeting, Liverpool Mayor Gary White contacted 4th District County Legislator Judy Tassone and asked her to make the county Department of Transportation aware of the CSX plans. Old Liverpool Road is a county road. “The county DOT wasn’t getting anywhere with CSX,” Tassone said last week, “so I met with the staff of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer to let him know about the problem.” During the week of Oct. 9, Tassone and a handful of local mayors met with Schumer personally at the Hanley Federal Building, down city. Turns out other area municipalities are also running into brick walls with CSX, a Class 1 Railroad which runs freight trains up and down the East Coast. “Several of the mayors spoke up and said they couldn’t get anything done with CSX,” Tassone said. “Sen. Schumer said he’ll look into it.”

Beaver Lake Nature Center - Enchanted Beaver Lake this weekend

On the evenings of Oct. 25 to 28, Beaver Lake Nature Center becomes transformed with two trails lit by more than 1,000 jack-o-lanterns and luminaria. In an atmosphere of magic and enchantment, but with nothing scary, visitors can enjoy face-painting, magic shows, storytelling and autumn treats.

F-M cross country sweeps to league titles

Hornets sweep CNYCL American sides as Avery, Ryan win

A post-season trail that the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country team hopes will end in Oregon on the first day in December began with an easy conquest of Wednesday’s CNY Counties League American division championship meet.

Kot, Pollard, Reisinger headed to state tennis tourney

B'ville doubles, singles stars shine at state qualifier

A memorable fall for the Baldwinsville girls tennis team will end where they intended to be all along – at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament. Three players – Natalie Kot and Amari Pollard in doubles, plus Kahlei Reisinger in singles – are on their way to Latham’s Tri-City Tennis Center for the big show, thanks to their successful work in the Section III state qualifier.

F-M trio earns state tennis tournament berths

Susko, Goldberg, Guarino all had to win third-place matches

Though it was far from easy, Fayetteville-Manlius will have three girls tennis players making their way to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament.

Heyn, Joyce advance to state tennis tournament

WG doubles team takes second at state qualifier

West Genesee is sending the doubles team of Samantha Heyn and Marisa Joyce to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament.

LETTERS: Government trying to stifle participation

Being a former resident of the Baldwinsville area, I would like to urge the Lysander, Van Buren and Baldwinsville village residents to retain your right to vote on any town or village office.

Wednesday, October 24

Liverpool runners sweep CNYCL National meet

Boys Warriors edge B'ville by two points

It wasn't just the fact that the Liverpool boys and girls cross country claimed victory in both sides of the CNY Counties League National division championship meet. What made it sweeter for the Warriors was that it won at Baldwinsville against the sides that took both regular-season championships - and also held off its other main rival, Cicero-North Syracuse.

OT goal sends boys soccer Hornets to AA semis

F-M outlasts Nottingham, 3-2, on Avarell game-winner

Though it took going beyond regulation, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team still finds itself in the chase for a Section III Class AA title. Lucas Avarell buried an overtime penalty kick to give the Hornets a 3-2 win over host Nottingham in Wednesday night's Class AA quarterfinal.

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Durgee to present ‘Annabelle Broom’

Witches, ghosts and skeletons – oh my! Well, have no fear, little tykes. Annabelle Broom is meant to delight, not cause fright.

Volunteers select location for Northwest Family YMCA

Regulatory approval and financing are next steps

The YMCA is starting fresh in Greater Baldwinsville.

COLUMN: State mandates revealed as tax cap works

In the last legislative session, we passed a property tax cap. Largely, municipalities and school districts have stuck to the tax cap. According to a report from the Governor's office that was issued in September, 81 percent of local governments that reported a proposed levy stayed within the cap and 92 percent of schools kept at or below the cap. With this new law, local governments cannot raise their levies by more than 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less, each year unless taxpayers (in the event it is a school district) or local governments choose to override the cap with a vote.

Cazenovia Lake Sewers: A rush to judgment

Guest Column

The town of Cazenovia has advised four groups of Cazenovia Lake property owners that they each need to install new waste treatment systems (sewers, a septic retrofit or a peat system).

Additional consideration is needed for Cazenovia Lake sewers systems

Guest Column

The Cazenovia Town Board has apparently decided that the town residents who live on the lake need or want sewers and public water.

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Local CRIS volunteers ‘lend a hand’

“Lend A Hand Week,” which took place the first week of October, was a success.

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B’ville FACS teachers honored

Two Baldwinsville Family and Consumer Sciences teachers were honored at the New York State Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Educators conference held Oct. 12 and 13 in Albany.

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‘Going Native’ at the Cazenovia Public Library

“Going Native,” one of the popular Zoo To You programs at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room.

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Wildcat swimmers polish off another perfect season

WG runs win streak to 24 in advance of sectional meet

Though it may have served as an anticlimax after prevailing in the first-place showdown over Baldwinsville on Oct. 17, the West Genesee girls swim team made sure it didn’t let down a week later. The Wildcats met the combined Syracuse city squad Tuesday night in Camillus, won by a score of 103-83 and earned its 24th consecutive meet win, completing another undefeated regular season in the process.

LETTERS: Johnson builds consensus across party lines

Kindly allow me the opportunity to provide you with a firsthand perspective of town councilor candidate, Russ Johnson. I ordinarily would not chime in on a political race outside of my home county but have made an exception in this instance. Why? Please let me explain.

B’ville swimmers handle F-M, improve to 8-1

Bees get two wins apiece from Connor, Martin

Though the Baldwinsville girls swim team was unable to upend West Genesee from the top spot in the CNY Counties League, it still could take great pride in its 8-1 regular-season mark and second-place league finish.

J-D swimmers upend CBA, snare league title

Coyne sisters lead Rams; Schmitt, Coughlin set pool records

One side may have employed the star power and the ability to rewrite the record books. But the other side had a determined sister tandem, more depth – and ultimately, possession of the Onondaga High School League regular-season title.

LPL board, support group still ‘friends’

The Friends of the Liverpool Public Library didn’t hold their annual used book sale this year, and they haven’t been hosting regular meetings at the Tulip Street facility in the village. The lack of activity has led some to speculate that there’s some kind of a break between the Friends group and library leadership, but both Friends President Pam Sprague and LPL Board President Mark Spadafore insist that isn’t the case. Instead, both sides say the situation is the result of what Spadafore calls “an internal process [on which] we are embarking.” “We are currently negotiating a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Friends of the LPL and the Board of Trustees,” Spadafore said. “Other libraries have MOAs and since the relationship in the past was more informal, we are both looking to formalize the relationship.”

Lysander Parks and Recreation: Family Halloween at Lysander town building

The Lysander Town Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, for some Halloween “trick or treating.” Stop by to pick up some candy at the different town departments; costumes are optional. There will also be guessing contests with prizes for the winners and free pumpkins for all the kids donated by Reeves Farm; limit one per child while they last.

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DeWitt Rotary, town rededicate Butternut Creek Nature Area

DeWitt Rotary Club members and local officials gathered Monday, Oct. 15, to rededicate the Butternut Creek Recreation and Nature Area, located off Kinne Road between Butternut Drive and Cedar Bay Road.

EDITORIAL: Help keep our kids safe this Halloween

With Halloween creeping around the corner, the Camillus Police Department offers the following tips for keeping your kids — and the kids of your neighbors — safe as they trick or treat.

Tuesday, October 23

Shaken, not stirred

Community Columnist

Hot on the heels of that festive holiday of discovery and ethnic purging known as Columbus Day, I can’t help but think of how national celebrations have deteriorated into insignificant acts of thoughtless routine.

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Haus of Mimosa to present ‘The Showgirls Strike Back!’ in Caz

Native Barr returns for second performance of comedy troupe

Returning from the successful performance at Catherine Cummings Theater last spring, native Travis Barr and musical theater actor Steven Incammicia will once again bring their character-driven musical-comedy show to Cazenovia.

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BTG’s 70th season begins with ‘The Sunshine Boys’

The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild began in 1942. The first offering for the 70th consecutive season of quality, community theater is Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys.” The comedy was last done by the guild in 1981.

Board of Education to meet Nov. 5

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School. District residents are encouraged to attend Board of Education meetings to view proceedings and to express their opinions on issues of concern to them.

Lucky Dogs Canine Services expands to mobile pet grooming

Lucky Dogs Canine Services, a Skaneateles-based pet care services company, has announced that they have purchased the mobile pet grooming van formerly known as Bailey's Bubble Bus. Lucky Dogs Canine Services currently offers in-home pet sitting at their clients’ houses, daily dog walking and pet taxi for pets to their vet appointments.

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‘Field of Dreams’ could become a reality for Syracuse Challengers baseball league

For years, children in the Syracuse Challenger baseball league have had to play through the heat of July and August because they haven’t had their own field to play on. But this summer, that will all change with the opening of the Town of Dewitt’s “Field of Dreams.”

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B’ville student artwork in state exhibit

Twelve elementary students from the Baldwinsville Central School District will have their artwork on display Oct. 25 to 27 at the 93rd Annual New York State School Boards Association Conference in Rochester.

SU throttles Connecticut, moves to 2-1 in Big East

Orange dominate second half in last meeting with Huskies

Looking at the big picture, Syracuse’s football game against Connecticut last Friday night was a must-win if it either side wanted a bowl appearance. But it was abundantly clear that only one team played with a sense of urgency.

LETTERS: Vote Russ Johnson

On Nov. 6, we will go to the poles and cast our votes for the local, state and federal candidates who we believe will do the best job for our people. It is one of the finest examples of freedom in, undeniably, the greatest republic of the world.

Volleyball Lakers take first loss to Marcellus

Skaneateles swept just 18 days after beating Mustangs at home

Just when the Skaneateles girls volleyball team appeared ready to stomp, uncontested, toward a perfect regular season, an all-too-familiar rival thwarted those plans. Marcellus, in a complete turnaround from what took place just 18 days earlier, stunned the Lakers with a three-set sweep in Monday night’s match at the Mustangs’ home gym.

On the campaign trail: Clinton stumps for Maffei

Dan Maffei earned the endorsement of former President Bill Clinton this week in his bid for the 24th Congressional District seat. Clinton came to Syracuse to speak on Maffei’s behalf at a rally that drew around 800 people. The Syracuse stop was part of a whirlwind tour across the Northeast that also included stops in Pittsburgh and Rochester, during which he stumped for President Barack Obama and Democratic Congressional candidates. During a speech that lasted about half an hour, Clinton lambasted Maffei’s opponent, Republican incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle, calling her “a tea party extremist” and criticizing her support of Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney and his policies. ““Why in the wide world would people give me a tax cut and cut benefits to kids with disabilities?” Clinton said.

Village trustees reluctant to extend their terms

As they informally discussed the possibility of extending terms for trustees and the mayor, village of Liverpool trustees showed no enthusiasm for longer terms themselves. They suggested, however, that doubling the mayor’s term from two to four years might be a good idea. Presently the four trustees and the mayor each serve two-year terms of public service. Mayor Gary White introduced the topic at the village board’s Oct. 15 meeting.

Salina budget a work in progress

The Salina Town Board is still working to get its budget under the 2 percent property tax cap, Supervisor Mark Nicotra said Monday night at the board’s regular meeting. “We’re working tirelessly,” Nicotra said. “It’s a work in progress. We will work until the last day to provide the most responsible budget that the taxpayers can afford.” First Ward Councilor and Deputy Supervisor Colleen Gunnip said the board is working with the town’s department heads to continue to cut costs from the tentative $9,633,631 budget.

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ESM proposes $29.4 million renovation to Pine Grove Middle School

It’s been 43 years since Pine Grove Middle School last saw significant construction work. That was 1969, when the school was first built.

Police blotter: Two face DWI charges

At 1:17 a.m. Oct. 10, police observed a vehicle traveling on Downer Street traveling into the oncoming lane of travel. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was identified as James P. Allan, 36, of 3508 Hayes Road, Baldwinsville. Alcohol involvement was detected and Allan was subsequently arrested and charged with DWI and failure to keep right. He was processed and released on his own recognizance to appear in court on Nov. 14.

C-NS boys soccer has 3-1 finish

OT defeat to B'ville may have cost Northstars top AA seed

By a tiny margin, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team missed grabbing the outright CNY Counties League National division regular-season championship. Instead, the Northstars took a 1-0 defeat to Baldwinsville last Saturday afternoon, which meant that C-NS, B’ville and Liverpool all tied for the league crown.

C-NS girls soccer robbed by B’ville

Northstars still get no. 3 seed for Class AA playoffs

By all fair accounts, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team did enough to charge into the Section III Class AA playoffs with a long win streak. The lone blemish in this late charge was last Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat to Baldwinsville at Archie Hall Stadium, a contest where the Northstars did close to everything right, and still got beat.

J-D girls soccer claims rematch with CBA

Rams, Brothers, ESM all take solid marks to sectional playoffs

Though they would have to go in separate directions once the Section III playoffs started, the Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy girls soccer teams always enjoy their mutual encounters. So it was fitting that the regular season ended with the Red Rams and Brothers squaring off at Alibrandi Stadium, a battle that turned exciting in the second half before a quick late flurry gave J-D a 3-1 victory.

DePerro leads CBA boys past J-D, 6-1

Brothers, Red Rams to meet again in Class A quarterfinals

At different times this fall, Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer star Andrew DePerro has just taken it upon himself to deliver big victories for his side. That happened again in last Thursday’s game at rival Jamesville-DeWitt, where an early DePerro blitz sparked the state Class A no. 19-ranked Brothers to a 6-1 victory over the Red Rams.

Liverpool girls soccer falls to Whitesboro again

Warriors have no. 2 seed in Class AA playoffs

Without question, the Liverpool girls soccer team that heads into the Section III Class AA playoffs is a unit that has started to click in all phases of the game. What’s more, the Warriors are not showing any fatigue, for it played six times in the last 12 days of the regular season and winning five of them.

Monday, October 22

Marcellus girls volleyball sweeps unbeaten Skaneateles

Mustangs completely turn around earlier loss to Lakers

When the Marcellus girls volleyball team left the Skaneateles gymnasium on Oct. 4, having lost in three sets to the undefeated Lakers, few could have imagined what would unfold when the two sides got together again less than three weeks later. Against a Laker team that had lost just one set all season, the Mustangs put everything together and prevailed in its own three-set sweep Monday night, completely altering the picture for the upcoming Section III Class B playoffs in the process.

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B’ville students selected for music fest

Eleven students from Durgee Junior High School have been selected to perform in the NYSSMA Junior High School Area All-State Music Festival, to be held Nov. 2 and 3 in Ithaca.

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Wigge reviews: ‘The Master’

Community Columnist

It is difficult to reconcile the view I have read and heard that “The Master,” now playing at Manlius Art Cinema, is a “masterpiece.”

LETTERS: Keep Van Buren highway superintendent an elected position

There is a reason for more than 90 percent of town highway superintendents being elected in New York State rather than appointed. “The public likes it that way.” One only has to glance at the front page of the Post Standard’s Sunday, Aug. 19, edition headline: “The County Exec’s Friends and Family Plan.”

Village to buy new fire equipment, starts work on Prentiss Drive path

The village board took two major steps forward on local issues last week when it decided to award a public bid in order to purchase new equipment for the Skaneateles Fire Department, and then announced that work upgrading the Prentiss Drive footpath, which was running behind schedule, is underway.

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Town Planning Board approves permit for 100-acre athletic complex off Route 20

Public opposition grows as plan moves another step closer to fruition

The town planning board last week declared the planned 99-acre sports complex to be built off Route 20 east of the village will have no significant environmental impact to the town, which cleared the way for the project to continue and a public hearing to be held next month. More than 50 local residents attended the meeting — which was not a public hearing — and many were visibly and vocally upset by the planning board’s decisions as they went through the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) checklist.

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Skaneateles Public Library gets new director

Local resident Nickie Marquis took over last week

Skaneateles resident Nickie Marquis has been appointed the new director of the Skaneateles Public Library, the Board of Trustees of the Skaneateles Library Association announced last week. Marquis, who has lived in Skaneateles since August 2010, brings more than 10 years of experience in library management, collection development, fundraising, public programming and reference services to the job.

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Students bring pets to school for blessing

Father Joseph Scardella, right, blesses Casey Burke’s dog Bailey during the Feast of St. Francis held Oct. 4 at St. Mary's Academy in Baldwinsville. Students were able to bring their pets to school for a special blessing by Father Scardella. The children enjoyed showing off their pets, which included dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, and more, to teachers and other students.

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Magee, Spires partake in Caz LWV candidate forum

On the evening of Oct. 18, a crowd of about 60 area residents packed the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room to observe a candidate forum for the two politicians seeking a seat in the 121st Assembly District.

Seasonal scarecrows to inhabit Caz village lampposts

This Halloween season, the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping to start a new tradition.

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Football Warriors take another early playoff ouster

Late lead gets away in AA defeat to West Genesee

At many different points in last Friday night’s Section III Class AA playoff opener, the Liverpool football team was on the verge of putting away defending champion West Genesee and keeping its hopes for a first sectional title in 14 years alive.

Liverpool girls edge C-NS at Chittenango meet

Cross country runners meet again before post-season

Once more, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse cross country teams met with each other before the post-season, this time gathering at Jamesville Beach Park for last Saturday’s Chittenango Invitational.

LETTERS: No itinerary for proposal

Please accept my apology to you and the people of Lysander for my part of the rhetoric and smoke in the air around town lately concerning the highway department.

MPH beats Grimes, gets Bentley 200th win

Girls soccer Trojans avenge earlier defeat to Cobras

Now this was the way to gain a milestone. Manlius-Pebble Hill girls soccer coach Patricia Bentley, who has steadily built her program into an annual championship contender, closed the regular season in ideal fashion, the state Class C no. 15-ranked Trojans knocking off no. 5-ranked Bishop Grimes 2-1 in last Saturday's regular-season finale.

District to conduct kindergarten census

The Baldwinsville Central School District is requesting that parents of children who will be eligible for kindergarten in September 2013 participate in the district’s online non-school age census by Feb. 28, 2013. In order to be eligible for kindergarten in September 2013, a child must be five years old by Dec. 1, 2013.

Skaneateles girls soccer surges into playoffs

Lakers rally past Ludden, edge Cazenovia

Immediately ahead of its entry into the Section III Class B playoffs, the Skaneateles girls soccer team had a pair of important road tests that would provide a good indication of what was working – and what still needed work.

Skaneateles boys soccer stops Solvay, Chittenango

Lakers earn no. 3 seed for Class B sectionals

At least the role for the Skaneateles boys soccer team is clearly defined going into the Section III Class B playoffs. True, the Lakers are one of the top contenders, but it doesn’t face the massive pressure that undefeated top seed Westhill has to deal with, and two defeats to the Warriors this fall (1-0 in September, 4-0 in October) means that no one would make them the favorite to win it all.

Westhill ousted from Class B football playoffs

Marcellus beats Oswego in OT; J-E's Trexler sets school record

After a one-year absence, the Westhill football team returned to the Section III playoffs – but it wasn’t anywhere near triumphant. Cazenovia, the Class B East division champions, turned back the Warriors 48-6 in last Saturday’s opening-round game at Buckley-Volo Field, part of a full weekend for local teams inside and outside the playoff realm.

Sunday, October 21

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Marcellus awarded $600,000 state grant for sewer consolidation

The funds are among $4 million in grants that will help 21 municipalities find new ways to reduce local government costs and save taxpayer dollars through consolidation and reorganization.

Skaneateles swimmers go 1-1, beat Mexico

Lakers' Teixeira, Buchholz both get pair of wins

Newly steeled after competing in the Onondaga High School League tournament that it hosted on Oct. 12, the Skaneateles girls swim team still had some regular-season work to do.

Girls volleyball Lakers near unbeaten regular season

Skaneateles sweeps through Phoenix, Mexico

Having proven that it could face some adversity and still get the job done, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team closed in on another unblemished regular season.

Daytime burglaries reported in DeWitt’s southern portion

The southern area of DeWitt has seen residential burglaries during the day over the last few months, said DeWitt Police Sgt. Scott Kapral.

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Lapham, Turck wed on the shores of Lake Ontario

Wedding Announcement

Mary and Rich Lapham are happy to announce the marriage of their daughter Jenna Lapham, of Cazenovia, to David Turck, of Watertown.

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Artist to install work in Caz College Sculpture Court

Rob Licht to work with students for 10 days in October

The Sculpture Court at Reisman Hall will host a new sculpture beginning in mid-October, when international exhibiting sculptor, Rob Licht will be on site working with students on a site-specific work titled “Domestic Landscape.”

B’ville boys volleyball takes first loss to McQuaid

Girls Bees still unbeaten after more sweeps

Baldwinsville’s boys volleyball team maintained its hot streak all the way until Saturday, when it finally tripped up during a three-set defeat to Rochester McQuaid.

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Neal leads Lakers to Marion Invitational title

Freshman sets another course record after clinching of league title

In the span of just 10 days, Kaitlyn Neal has set two course records and burst upon the New York State cross country scene, and it may be just the beginning.

Manahan wins again at Marathon Invitational

J-E's Gugel siblings sweep titles at Weedsport meet

Cross country teams remained busy in the lead-up to league and Section III championship meets during the latter stages of October. That included Marcellus and West Genesee, who both traveled to Saturday’s Marathon Invitational, where again Ryan Manahan proved the class of the field.

Caz field hockey finishes perfect regular season

Lakers shut out ESM, Homer, Cortland to go to 16-0

At least for another season, the Cazenovia field hockey team’s win streak against Onondaga High School League opponents is safe. The Lakers made it 84 in a row by getting three more victories last week, also culminating a 16-0 regular season, the only Section III team to go into the playoffs unblemished as it goes after a third consecutive state championship.

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Cazenovia cross country splits with Chittenango

Laker girls, Satchwell both win at Madison County meet

Local cross country fans saw Cazenovia and Chittenango get together once more last Wednesday afternoon in the Madison County Meet at the Sean Googin Sports Complex, where the girls Lakers prevailed by a score of 18-45 and the boys Bears won 21-37.

Spartans' title run ended by Whitesboro

Warriors surge late to beat ESM 34-12

In the clean and vast surroundings of the Carrier Dome nearly 12 months ago, the East Syracuse-Minoa football team conquered Whitesboro and, with it, captured the Section III Class A championship. But in Friday night's rematch, played in the mud and grass of Marcy, it was the Warriors' turn, as big runs by Matt Felitto in the fourth quarter propelled his side past the Spartans 34-12 in the opening round of the Class A playoffs.

Saturday, October 20

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Lakers pound General Brown in C-1 semis

Battle of unbeaten teams turns in 21-point second quarter

Make that eight wins in a row for the Skaneateles football team, though few of those wins were as impressive as the latest one. The Lakers completely outclassed General Brown, 49-14, Saturday afternoon in the Class C-1 semifinals at Chittenango High School.

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Hornets turn back Henninger in AA playoffs

F-M advances to AA semifinal against Baldwinsville

Henninger entered Saturday’s Section III Class AA football quarterfinal match-up with Fayetteville-Manlius averaging 38 points per game. But against the Hornets, the Black Knights managed just six, far from enough to keep F-M from inching one win closer to its first sectional title since 2001.

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Caz football crushes Westhill in playoff opener

Lakers win 48-6, to meet Camden in Class B semis

Penalties, turnovers, touchdowns called back for flags, missed assignments, more markers — there was enough for the Cazenovia football team to be mad about in Saturday's Section III Class B opening-round playoff game against Westhill at Buckley-Volo Field. And it did not matter one bit, as the Lakers dismissed the Warriors 48-6 behind the usual mix of big plays on the offensive side and consistent, physical domination on the defensive side.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Taken 2’

Community Columnist

I believe the rule in making a decent sequel is that the subsequent version should be at least as good, if not better, than the original. The sequel should be original and score on its own merits while borrowing thematically from the original.

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Playscape takes shape at CCH

The Windy Willow Playscape at the Cazenovia Children’s House is becoming a reality, as construction for the new playscape began last month.

JCC to host screening of 'Inventing Our Life,' Q&A with filmmaker

The JCC of Syracuse will host a screening of the film “Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Anne and Hy Miller Family Auditorium.

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Laboratory Alliance opens new Caz location

Laboratory Alliance celebrated the opening a new patient service center in Cazenovia on Oct. 1 at 132 1/2 Albany St., in the Atwell Mill Professional Building.

Ludden fights off Canastota in C-1 semifinal

Late Montgomery kick return clinches win over Raiders

Antoine Montgomery’s control over the Canastota kickoff team was near-hypnotic. The Bishop Ludden senior playmaker stood poised on the left side of the 20-yard line as Xavier Johnson’s squib kick tumbled toward him. Canastota had just cut Ludden's lead, once 21 points, to seven with 5:48 left in regulation of Friday night's Section III Class C-1 semifinal at Fayetteville-Manlius, and the Gaelic Knights' offense had not scored since the of the first quarter.

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Noted author to speak on ‘Food in Dutch Art’ at CPL

In tandem with an April 17 presentation entitled “The Influence of Dutch Culture on the American Kitchen,” the Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library and the Friends of Lorenzo will again host a free New York Council for the Humanities-sponsored program by noted author and historian Peter Rose.

Caz College to present ‘Science is Fun!’

Cazenovia College faculty and students will present “Science Fun!,” with demonstrations and activities for children ages 5 to 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the second floor science lab, room 208, of Eckel Hall on Lincklaen Street in Cazenovia.

Friday, October 19

Skanda Equine hosts open house

Skanda Equine hosted its first open house community event on Saturday, Oct. 6. A lively, fun-filled day for horse-enthusiasts of all ages, the event brought together equine professionals and horse people from across Equine Alley.

Brothers get away from Proctor in AA playoff opener

CBA tops Raiders 56-33, will meet West Genny in semifinals

Though it wasn't easy, Christian Brothers Academy's football team learned on Friday night that it doesn't have to lean entirely on its defense if it wants to reclaim the Section III Class AA crown. The unbeaten, state no. 6-ranked Brothers won a shootout over Utica Proctor, 56-33, Friday night in the opening round of the AA playoffs at Alibrandi Stadium.

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Football Bees smash Central Square in playoff opener

B'ville back in AA semis after early 2011 exit

One thing was fairly certain - the Baldwinsville football team was in no mood for the same early exit from the Section III Class AA playoffs that it suffered through a season ago. Accordingly, the top-seeded Bees unleashed an all-out attack on Central Square in Friday night's opening-round game at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, and the end result was a 63-20 victory over the Red Hawks.

Bears jump on VVS, claim 42-6 playoff win

Chittenango to face Oneida in Class B semis

A pair of one-point escapes against East Syracuse-Minoa and Cortland may have scared the Chittenango football team straight - or at least reminded them that the path to back-to-back Section III Class B titles might not be as smooth as it seemed earlier this fall.

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Football Wildcats oust Liverpool in AA playoffs

Two late TDs give West Genny 36-25 win

Just in time, West Genesee's football team found the magic formula of clutch performance that served it so well when it won the Section III Class AA championship a year ago. After a season full of close, frustrating defeats, the Wildcats stepped up down the stretch in Friday night's foggy opening-round playoff game at Liverpool, scoring twice in a 41-second span late in the fourth quarter to eliminate the Warriors 36-25.

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Planning for KBR 2013 begins

The only Keep the Ball Rolling planning meeting for 2012 will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Baker High School Library.

Proposed parking limits on Visions Drive fails at town board meeting

A new introductory local law to limit parking of vehicles on Visions Drive was defeated at the latest town board meeting after local residents spoke out against the action, although an amended proposal to limit certain parking on the roadway in question was floated and is being examined.

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Westhill boys get past Marcellus, stays undefeated

Powell has pair of second-half goals in 3-1 win

Westhill’s boys soccer team had one mission – finish off a perfect regular season – and wanted nothing to stand in the way. It all came down to Thursday night’s game at Marcellus, a far more challenging encounter than their first meeting this fall. But the Warriors still got through it, needing a big surge from Conor Powell early in the second half to beat the Mustangs 3-1.

Are credit cards becoming obsolete?

Technically Speaking

Would you feel comfortable ditching those credit cards and using your smartphone to pay for your in-store purchases?

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PEACE food drive a success

PEACE, Inc. recently reached out to the Baldwinsville Central School District to participate in a Fall Frenzy Food Drive. Terri Liedka, a social worker at Reynolds Elementary, responded. She contacted the Baldwinsville Teacher’s Association, which took quick action, donating approximately $750 worth of non-perishable food donations to the County West Family Resource Center food pantry, which is a part of PEACE, Inc.

Field hockey Northstars beat Liverpool in OT

Towers goal gives C-NS league title in 1-0 decision

Two games, more than two hours on the turf, and still the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool field hockey teams had not separated from each other one bit.

LETTERS: Vote Patrick for highway superintendent

I am glad to see both political contests in Lysander have challengers this year, from the Democratic and Republican parties. For the first time that I know of, we have two people running for the office of Lysander Highway Superintendent.

Program Log Baldwinsville PAC-B Oct. 21 to 26

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.

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Fayetteville hosts Lego Robotics Open House

Two local First Lego League teams hosted a Robotics Open House and Mobile Maker Lab from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Fayetteville Towne Center Atrium.

F-M Education Foundation to host star-studded fundraiser

The Fayetteville-Manlius Education Foundation invites you to sit back, relax and enjoy the F-M Planetarium, visit the F-M Observatory and hear from an astronomy expert as part of a fundraiser for the foundation.

Thursday, October 18

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Caz Pop Warner B-Team crowned Division Champs

In a game that demonstrated the team’s true spirit, the Cazenovia Laker Pop Warner B-Team rallied to beat the previously undefeated North Utica Raiders 26-19 on Oct. 6 to become Pop Warner Pee Wee Division Champions.

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Pop Warner Cheerleaders top Tri-Valley competition

Saturday, Sept. 29 was an exciting day for Cazenovia Pop Warner B Squad Cheerleaders.

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Red Rams shut out Watertown in playoff opener

J-D runs wild in 49-0 destruction of Cyclones

Only one aspect of Jamesville DeWitt’s thrashing of Watertown Thursday night in the opening round of the Section III Class A football playoffs did not go as planned. Speaking to his team in the locker room before the game, J-D head coach Eric Ormond gave his team a history lesson. That night’s game would be the last played on J-D’s original grass field, so Ormond brought in a chunk of turf and told J-D football stories from the days when legendary coaches Bill Brown and Carl Bjork manned the sidelines.

Fayetteville Free Library hosts ‘CarniFFaLl’ fundraiser Saturday

The Fayetteville Free Library is busy preparing for the fifth annual CarniFFaLl Fundraiser, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the library, 300 Orchard St. Sue Considine, executive director, invites families to come and discover what’s new for this year’s spooktacular event.

VIDEO: An Autumn Tour of Cazenovia

Pierce Smith, editor of the Cazenovia Republican, filmed a quick trip he took around Cazenovia with his video camera the morning of Oct. 17.

Manlius Historical Society hosts Fine Arts & Craft Fest this weekend

The Manlius Historical Society’s 36th annual Fine Arts and Craft Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Manlius Village Center, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave.

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MILESTONES: Besio - Chirello wed

Caitlin A. Chirello and Jeffrey C. Besio exchanged wedding vows on Aug. 4, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Baldwinsville. Rev. John Finnegan and Rev. Robert Stevenson celebrated the nuptial mass.

Special deliveries recalled

Words for Thought

Included in a recent presentation were photographs of old delivery trucks, bringing back memories of our home being the weekly depot for all kinds of services.

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Canoe and Kayak Paddle draws crowd in memory of Joel Namy

Annual event raises money for Caz student scholarship

The Fourth Annual Canoe and Kayak Paddle, a fundraising event for the Joel David Namy Scholarship Fund, was held Sunday, Sept. 16 on Cazenovia Lake.

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Hammond and Hoffmann

Formidable blues double bill Sunday in Cazenovia

Celebrating 50 years of making music, Hammond headlines a great double bill also featuring guitarist-singer Mark Hoffmann at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the Catherine Cummings Theater, located at 16 Lincklaen St. in Cazenovia.

Caz, Hamilton hockey teams to merge

The Cazenovia High School athletes who plan to tryout and play for the varsity hockey team this coming season may notice a number of new faces with them on the ice.

The drapes of wrath

Community Columnist

People steer clear of discussing some of the most important topics regarding our lives here on earth, topics that deal with our very essence, our mutual survival and the reproduction of our kind.

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Ahead of the fight: F-M finds ways to keep bullying at bay

Fayetteville-Manlius Superintendent Corliss Kaiser is tackling the issue of bullying head on.

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Plainville UCC gives money away to help others

Just before the offering was collected, the pastor announced that every person in attendance that Sunday would be getting money after church. No matter what age the person, each would be receiving $20.

Caz volleyball splits five-set matches

Lakers fall to Fulton, hold on to beat Homer

Breaking out of an easy string of matches, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team went up against two of the Onondaga High School League’s better sides, splitting with them.

LETTERS: Thank you for concerts

The Baldwinsville Summer Concert Series Committee would like to recognize and thank all contributors who donated to the 2012 Baldwinsville Summer Concert Series on Tuesday evenings on Paper Mill Island:

Skunks seen through the lens of history

Before winter finally puts the beasts to sleep, let’s consider our aromatic pests – the skunks – one last time. Looking through the lens of history, it turns out that polecats have plagued the village of Liverpool for more than a century. Sycamore Street resident Mike Romano recently reminded me to check out “A Village Diary: Frank S. Gleason, 1857-1923.” In his entry for Friday, Oct. 12, 1894, the diarist noted that “A Skunk has caught 11 of my chickens & I have to set a trap for him tonight.” The next night Gleason’s trap snapped shut on a big black-and-white. Frank failed to chronicle how he disposed on the animal. A burly and busy shopkeeper, Gleason lived at 314 First St. with his wife, Carrie, and children Sherm, Susan and Helen.

B’ville girls tennis edged by F-M again

Bees fall, 4-3, in sectional Class A team final

For 19 consecutive years, the Baldwinsville girls tennis team had to watch as Fayetteville-Manlius took sole ownership of the Section III Class A championship and built a 312-match win streak. Finally, the Bees had a chance to do something about it when it met the Hornets in Wednesday’s Class A final at Mott Tennis Center in Utica, and while it got close, the Bees still fell short by a point, 4-3, as F-M made it 20 in a row.

Beaver Lake Nature Center: Weekend Walks in October

Beaver Lake Nature Center invites visitors to join a naturalist for a free guided Weekend Walk at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October.

Wednesday, October 17

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Wildcats turn back B'ville for league swim title

Castro sets pool record; WG has won 23 straight

All season long, as the West Genesee girls swim team steadily accumulated victories, one opponent - Baldwinsville - loomed above all others, for it was building its own perfect mark. And when the two undefeated rivals clashed Wednesday night in Camillus, the Wildcats, especially Olivia Castro, were ready for the challenge, and proved it by beating the Bees 95-83.

F-M, J-D tennis teams earn sectional titles

Hornets hold off B'ville again; Red Rams top Oneida

Sure, it got closer, but for the 20th consecutive year, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis team claimed the Section III Class A championship. The Hornets earned its 313th consecutive win in Wednesday's Class A final at the Mott Tennis Center in Utica, holding off Baldwinsville 4-3, the same margin by which it got past the Bees back on Sept. 7.

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Bees fall to West Genny, denied league swim title

B'ville claims two of three relays in 95-83 defeat

Start strong, finish strong, and hope to do enough in between to rack up enough points. That, in brief, was the way it went for the Baldwinsville girls swim team in Wednesday night's trip to West Genesee. With the CNY Counties League regular-season title on the line, the Bees swam well, but it wasn't enough to topple the Wildcats, who prevailed by a score of 95-83.

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Skaneateles tennis wins Class C championship

Lakers turn aside Copenhagen in title match

Both in singles and doubles play, the Skaneateles girls tennis team proved too much for Copenhagen. As a result, the Lakers lay claim to the Section III Class C chamiponship Wednesday afternoon at Mott Tennis Center in Utica, beating the Gold Knights by a score of 4-1.

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Despite interest from students, teachers, Drug Quiz Show will not go on

Funding for a yearly competition that sought to educate local kids on the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse has run out.

Lysander schedules public hearings including budget hearing

A public hearing regarding the tentative town budget will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Lysander Town Hall. Officials are currently reviewing proposed budget presentations from each of the town’s department heads during budget work sessions. The proposed budget is available for the public to review in the town clerk’s office. Officials anticipate approving the budget either at the Nov. 8 or Nov. 19 town board meetings.

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Caz boys soccer wins first league title in 27 years

Lakers get yet another OT win over Marcellus, 2-1

Another week, another Cazenovia boys soccer game going to overtime – and another victory, but this one carrying major historical implications.

String ‘Spooktacular’ set for Oct. 25 at Ray

Scare up some fun at the Ray Middle School Strings Spooktacular, to be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the school gym. A Halloween party will follow the concert. String students will be in costume as they perform a selection of frighteningly good Halloween themed pieces. The concert and party are free and open to the community.

Group draws attention to women’s issues this election

Ruth Kutz of Syracuse and Nancy Bunn of Marcellus came together to form Women’s Initiative Now (WIN), a group dedicated to supporting candidates that they feel champion women’s issues, as well as the issues of working families. The group formed in June of 2012. They hold monthly meetings at which they discuss the candidates they support, political issues, fundraising techniques and how to gain new members.

TOPS Markets provide senior-friendly shopping, services

Once a person retires, life can change dramatically. For one thing, there is usually less money coming in and senior citizens often have to make do with less, and look for ways to down-size and live more economically. Since retired or semi-retired folks, for the most part, have more free time on their hands, we (and I count myself as a member of this group) look for ways to be more frugal, yet still shop wisely without impacting our quality of life in a negative way. This senior tip focuses on a local grocery chain that recognizes senior citizens as a sizeable and important share of their clientele and has rewarded them in some very creative and positive ways.

LETTERS: Quality people should retain vote

Our Lysander supervisor, together with the Van Buren Supervisor and Baldwinsville mayor, are continuing the elected/appointed campaign to disrupt their respective highway and DPW organizations.

Tuesday, October 16

Soccer Warriors complete season sweep of F-M

Liverpool beat Hornets twice in span of week

Brandon Horton started the game on the bench, and finished the game on the bench. But in a three-minute span late in the second half of the Liverpool-Fayetteville-Manlius boys’ soccer game Tuesday night, the Warriors reserve forward applied heavy pressure to the F-M defense and propelled his team to two crucial of goals.

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East Syracuse residents vote down proposal to eliminate police force

The Village of East Syracuse Police Department is here to stay.

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Hingre superb as Bees edge C-NS, 1-0

B'ville girls soccer goalie records 19 saves

Over and over again, Baldwinsville girls soccer goalkeeper Jaclyn Hingre found herself staring at Cicero-North Syracuse's Hanna Haven, possessing the ball close to the net, ready to put the Northstars on the board in Tuesday night's game at Archie Hall Stadium.

Route 370 bridge options discussed

Lysander officials recently met with NYS Department of Transportation officials and Sen. John DeFrancisco to discuss the Route 370 bridge (over the Seneca River) closure.

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Cazenovia Forum hosts Steinberg

Former Deputy of State, current Dean of Maxwell School addressed area residents

Former Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg told an audience of about 125 people “I am in some ways an accidental foreign policy specialist,” during the latest Cazenovia Forum on Oct. 4 at Catherine Cummings Theatre.

Decoding the Dignity for All Students Act

From the Cazenovia Central School District

The Dignity Act was signed into law on Sept. 13, 2010. This legislation amended State Education Law by creating a new Article Two – “Dignity For All Students.” The Dignity Act became effective on July 1, 2012.

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Bady to tell ghost stories at NWFL

There are the classic tales which have been passed down, with motifs and stock characters and morals. And then there are the legends, the “true” experiences that have happened to a local resident or to someone well-known.

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Fulton Savings Bank recognizes employees

Fulton Savings Bank recently honored 15 employees for their years of dedicated service to the bank and its customers.

Spafford Town Board to discuss Otisco Lake development application

Proposed development would include cabins, pavilion

A potential development project is in the works for property bordering The Overlook Restaurant on Route 174 in Marietta. The town board was presented with a planned development district application and heard from property owner Anthony Dubar during the board’s Oct. 11 meeting.

B’ville Library to host November book and bake sale

The Baldwinsville Public Library will host its semi-annual book sale during library hours from Friday, Nov. 9, to Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Community Room of the library, 33 East Genesee St., Baldwinsville. The last two days will be bag sale days.

A legacy for Grace: Valesky signs on as co-sponsor for animal abuse legislation

State Sen. David Valesky (D-Oneida) has signed on as a co-sponsor to legislation introduced in the last legislative session that will allow those charged with animal abuse or neglect to be charged with a felony under New York State Penal Law. Currently, crimes against companion animals are legislated under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.

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Dozens turn out for STEM Day at LHS

Area students and businesses came together Saturday at Liverpool High School in an effort to show off innovation and technology at the 1st Annual CNY STEM Day. The two-hour event was as much about showing off the accomplishments of robotics teams and science Olympiads as it was engaging students with Central New York’s industry leaders in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics — STEM —fields.

On the campaign trail: Maffei, Buerkle pick up endorsements

Dan Maffei, Democratic candidate for the 24th District Congressional seat, received the backing of New York’s senior U.S. senator last week. Meanwhile, Maffei’s Republican opponent, incumbent Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle, was endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

Caz tennis beaten by Oneida in Class B semifinal

Palmer wins in singles; Langan, Connor take doubles match

Though it gave a complete effort, the Cazenovia girls tennis team fell a couple of victories short of the Section III Class B championship. In Monday’s semifinal against Oneida, the Lakers got two quick points, but saw a pair of doubles matches turn the other way, leading to a 5-2 defeat to the Indians.

LETTERS: Thank you for support

The Baldwinsville Varsity Girls Swim Team raised funds recently by washing cars, trucks and even a person at the Burger King plaza in the village of Baldwinsville.

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East Syracuse residents vote today on proposal to abolish police force

Village residents will vote on whether to abolish the police department, founded in 1885, during a special election from noon to 9 p.m. today at the municipal building, 204 N. Center St.

C-NS cross country beaten; Liverpool sweeps

Boys Warriors win division at Manhattan Invitational

Even though it managed to save a split out of its showdown with Liverpool, the Cicero-North Syracuse cross country teams could not do so against Baldwinsville last Wednesday afternoon.

Monday, October 15

Clay budget calls for $14 tax increase

Despite holding a public hearing at its last meeting to override the state’s 2 percent property tax cap, the town of Clay may not need to do so. The Clay Town Board presented its tentative budget at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 15. The $12,826,529 budget represents an increase of $826,309 from 2012, but it is down $109,390 from 2011.

Hornets JV soccer coach reaches 300 wins

Ostrander set mark through 21-year career

Twenty-one years is a long time to coach junior varsity boys’ soccer — especially with an 87-percent win rate. It’s a long time to coach freshman baseball and modified basketball too, but for Brent Ostrander, the spotlight is unappealing. That’s why he’s stayed at Fayetteville-Manlius High School for more than two decades, maintaining those positions and picking up a modified wrestling gig along the way.

Jones Road traffic light is temporary

A traffic light has been temporarily installed at the intersection of Jones Road and 690 West (Exit 2) for the purpose of upcoming construction on the Exit 39 Thruway bridge, which travels over 690. All traffic exiting the Thruway from Exit 39 will take the 690 East exit. Traffic traveling north on 690 will take the Jones Road exit then circle around to the 690 North entrance on Jones Road.

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CNY Family Sports Centre gives back

Van Buren facility hosts two major events in one week

As things start to gear up indoors at the CNY Family Sports Centre, the facility was recently given a chance to give back to the community. On Thursday, Sept. 27, CNYFSC was the host site for the annual Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged.

LETTERS: CCH thanks supporters for Windy Willow Playscape

Cazenovia Children’s House students, teachers, administrators and members of the board wish to express their sincere appreciation to Clay Coleman, Zach Reichard, Paul Manion and Bill Paben for their support of the Windy Willow Playscape.

LETTERS: Lest we not forget: Lessons from Penn State

We have learned that Jerry Sandusky was able to maneuver within the open community of Penn State, and his charity, to further his pedophilia offenses against children.

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Pewter Spoon opens in Caz village

The Pewter Spoon, Cazenovia’s newest café located at 87 Albany St., opened Friday, Oct. 5 and has already seen a number of curious locals visit as customers.

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CCSD hosts community forum

Administrators and board members of the Cazenovia Central School District gathered for the first community forum of the 2012-13 school year at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in the high school library.

School board, unions approve new teacher evaluation system

The Skaneateles Central School District, after reaching agreements with its two employee unions, has approved a new plan for its teacher and principal evaluation systems as required by new state and federal education standards.

Village board elections set for March 2013

Mayor, two trustee seats to be on the ballot

Public notice has been filed that three positions in the village government will be up for general election in March 2013, including the office of mayor and two seats on the board of trustees.

Village hopes to upgrade Prentiss Drive pathway soon

Upgrade work to the Prentiss Drive pedestrian walkway — an issue that caused much political friction this past spring – should begin within the next few weeks, although the work may have to be done by an outside contractor instead of the village public works crews.

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JE Marching Eagles soar in New Jersey

The Jordan Elbridge Marching Eagles, under the direction of Katie Daniels and Christopher Ganey, traveled to the 2012 Yamaha Cup competition in East Rutherford, N.J., this past weekend.

Liverpool, C-NS boys soccer both get big wins

Warriors blank F-M; Northstars top Nottingham

Needing to reclaim its footing after back-to-back defeats to Baldwinsville and Cicero-North Syracuse, the Liverpool boys soccer team did so – but the Northstars were also strong, making a serious pursuit for CNY Counties League National division honors.

C-NS girls soccer has 3-0 week

Northstars blank Oswego, WG, Central Square

Playing three times in a four-day span, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team continued to build the case that, despite its youth, it had a real chance to gain the Section III Class AA title.

Liverpool, C-NS girls volleyball both earn wins

Boys Northstars also prevail in sweep of Syracuse

Liverpool’s girls volleyball team put together an impressive performance in last Tuesday’s match at 9-1 Oswego, never letting the Buccaneers get comfortable and earning a 25-13, 25-16, 25-20 sweep.

B’ville man joins CNY Synergy

Greg Smith, MBA, Tax Associate of Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC, recently joined CNY Synergy as a member. CNY Synergy is a network of trustworthy professionals who work together to help individuals and businesses accomplish their goals by connecting them with the services they need and providing them with the tools and resources to help them be successful.

Girls Hornets finish second at Manhattan Invitational

F-M does win at Tully meet; ESM, J-D also run

It was a busy cross country Saturday on two fronts, as Fayetteville-Manlius and other local teams went to the Bronx for the annual Manhattan Invitational, while others stayed closer to home for the Tully Invitational.

F-M soccer sides take late-season defeats

Boys Hornets lose twice; girls fall to C-NS

Newly energized in the wake of shutting out long-time tormentor Baldwinsville on Oct. 5, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team charged into the regular-season homestretch, only to get slowed up again.

B’ville boys soccer has 2-1 week

Bees top Corcoran, Auburn, fall to Utica Proctor

A pair of early-season postponements meant that the Baldwinsville boys soccer team would play six times in the last two weeks before the Section III Class AA playoff pairings were announced.

B’ville girls soccer blanked by Liverpool

Defeat marked first time Bees were shut out in 2012

In an emphatic way, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team found out that the road back to the Section III Class AA title still winds through the side that won it one year ago.

LETTERS: All day kindergarten results in rich getting richer

The taxpayers in the Baldwinsville school district are getting a taste of downside economics.

Marcellus cross country edges Chittenango

Manahan goes on to win at Manhattan Invitational

In a pair of close meets, the Marcellus cross country teams managed to hold off Chittenango last Wednesday afternoon, the start of a productive week for the Mustangs on a team and individual basis.

CBA, J-D swimmers set marks at league meet

Schmitt claims two pool records in 100 fly, 200 freestyle

Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt’s girls swim teams took a starring role in last Friday’s Onondaga High School League meet at Skaneateles, breaking four different pool records before it was done.

Westhill football to face Cazenovia in Class B playoffs

Marcellus edged by Homer; Solvay, J-E also beaten

Following an absence in 2011, the Westhill football team is back in the Section III Class B playoffs, with a major challenge ahead. The Warriors, who finished fourth in the Class B West division with a 2-3 mark (3-4 overall), will visit Cazenovia, the B East division regular-season champions, Saturday at Buckley-Volo Field. The winner will get to play in the semifinals against Homer or Camden.

Sunday, October 14

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Manlius Library holds fall book sale

Book lovers flocked to the Manlius Library's annual Fall Book Sale all weekend long.

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Caz XC girls fall to Skan, shine at Tully

Cudney sets all-time Laker speed record

In an intense week of racing action, the Cazenovia girls cross country team suffered its first loss of the season to No. 2 state-ranked Skaneateles but bounced back to post its best race of the season to finish second in a 16-team field at the Tully Invitational.

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Neal runs record race at Polo Grounds

Skaneateles freshman breaks mark in big win over Caz

Her hip was tight and the coach’s thoughts sped toward Kaitlyn Neal’s summer-long injury like a dart zeroes in on the corkboard target. But when the 3.1-mile course was finished, the diminutive Skaneateles girls cross country freshman had set such a blistering pace that Rachel Garn’s course record had been surpassed.

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Boys soccer Warriors survive Cazenovia again

Westhill now 14-0 after routing J-E, West Genesee

Of all the foes Westhill’s boys soccer team has faced in its march to the no. 4 mark in the state Class B rankings and a possible undefeated regular season, no one has given them as much cumulative trouble as Cazenovia. Such was the case again last Tuesday night at the Sean Googin Sports Complex, where the visiting Warriors needed all of its grit and poise to fight past the Lakers 1-0.

Saturday, October 13

Lakers smash South Jefferson, move to 6-1

Caz football to play Westhill in Class B opening round

From now on, there is no relaxation for the Cazenovia football team in its quest to regain the Section III Class B championship. The Lakers had one more chance to tune up in Saturday's regular-season finale against South Jefferson at Buckley-Volo Field, and jumped all over the winless Spartans for 39 first-half points on the way to a comfortable 59-22 victory.

ShoppingTown Mall to host ‘Mall-O-Ween’

ShoppingTown Mall is offering local kids a chance to trick-or-treat inside the day before Halloween.

Liverpool shares AA-1 title, beats RFA 42-20

C-NS still winless after defeat to Central Square

At least when the Liverpool football team attempts to break its long string of frustration in the Section III Class AA playoffs, it will do so on friendly home turf. When the Warriors, with a big mid-game offensive eruption, beat Rome Free Academy 42-20 Friday night at RFA Stadium, it clinched a tie for the Class AA-1 division regular-season title with Baldwinsville and Fayetteville-Manlius.

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Caz College’s Equine Studies Program: Enriching the profession, community

The Cazenovia Equestrian Education Center is nestled at the base of a hill on Woodfield Road, a stately white building surrounded by meadows and forest. Dutch doors extend across two wings, and everywhere horses peek out from the tops of the doors, almost too many to count.

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Cecchi joins ophthalmology practice in Syracuse, Oneida

Dr. John Griffin recently announced the addition of a new associate, Cazenovia resident Lawrence Cecchi, M.D., to his practice.

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Westhill volleyball beats Marcellus, falls to Skaneateles

Mustangs rebound with four-set conquest of LaFayette

Having taken a long path toward top-contender status, the Westhill girls volleyball team is now just a few steps short of the summit. That was the lesson gleamed from a crucial October stretch, which started with last Tuesday’s come-from-behind, five-set victory over Marcellus.

Caz field hockey survives RFA in overtime

Lakers also extend league win streak to 81 straight

Now the Cazenovia field hockey team is three-for-three against Section III Class A opponents in 2012, all of it done within a 10-day span and all of it on the road.

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DeWitt Community Library celebrates 30th ‘Banned Books Week’ with exhibit

In celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Banned Books Week,” the American Library Association's annual celebration of the freedom to read, the Dewitt Community Library created an exhibit of historic and recently banned books.

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Bees beat Proctor, snag top seed in AA-1

Rouse runs for 270 yards in last regular-season home game

Leaning against a wall in the Baldwinsville locker room on Friday night, Tyler Rouse examined his arms. A bright red gash gleamed on the outside of the senior running back’s left forearm. One half inch wide by two inches long, it crept out just passed the rolled-up sleeves of his white Nike shirt.

J-D, ESM enter playoffs off big wins

Red Rams top Watertown; Spartans sink Fowler

Now that an undefeated regular season is safely tucked away, the Jamesville-DeWitt football team can turn its full attention to the pursuit of a Section III Class A championship. The Red Rams mostly relied on big plays in Friday night's regular-season finale at Watertown, scoring four touchdowns of 60 or more yards to put away the Cyclones 47-12.

Friday, October 12

Lakers roll past Sherburne-Earlville in playoff opener

Skaneateles to face General Brown in C-1 semifinal showdown

In order to claim the Section III Class C title that it never got a chance to grab a year ago, the Skaneateles football team will have to win four games in an expanded sectional tournament. In the opening round on Friday night, the Lakers, the no. 2 seed in the C-1 bracket, welcomed no. 7 seed Sherburne-Earlville to Hyatt Stadium and put together another fine all-around effort, beating the Marauders 49-22.

Bears survive Cortland scare, go to 7-0

Chittenango wins second striaght one-point decision

True, the Chittenango football team is still unbeaten, still no. 3 in the state Class B rankings and a starring role as defending champions heading into the Section III playoffs. But the Bears' status is a bit more shaky following a pair of one-point victories, the latest of them a 14-13, come-from-behind effort at Cortland last Friday night.

Ludden stops APW in playoff opener

Gaelic Knights to meet Canastota in C-1 semis

Glad to be part of an expanded Section III Class C playoffs after missing out with a 5-2 mark a season ago, the Bishop Ludden football team did not waste its return to the post-season.

Brothers stay unbeaten; F-M blanks Auburn

CBA holds off Corcoran, takes 7-0 mark to playoffs

Though it was far from smooth, Christian Brothers Academy and Fayetteville-Manlius both saw their respective football teams finish the regular season on top of their respective Class AA divisions. The Brothers fended off Corcoran, 37-20, on Friday night, just as the Hornets were at Auburn scraping together an 11-0 victory over the Maroons at Holland Stadium.

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WG football falls to Henninger, 40-37

Wildcats denied shot at AA sectional home game

For the briefest of moments, West Genesee's football team basked in the collective accomplishment of erasing a 21-point second-half deficit in Friday night's game against Henninger and started to look forward to a Section III Class AA playoff home date next weekend.

Four charged in theft of $38,000 from East Syracuse Home Depot

The investigation began in early August when Home Depot personnel identified what they believed to be fraudulent returns taking place at the store on Bridge Street in East Syracuse.

Board funds fed suit defense, new police cars

The village board of North Syracuse reluctantly hired legal counsel at its meeting Oct. 11 to defend itself from a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

B'ville: Informational meeting regarding highway superintendent referendum

An informational meeting regarding the appointed highway superintendent proposition will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Baker High School auditorium, 29 East Oneida St., B’ville. Lysander Supervisor John Salisbury and Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes will lead the discussion and answer residents’ questions.

LETTERS: Thank you, Marcellus Recreation, for chances to travel

To the editor: We would like to thank the Marcellus Parks and Recreation Commission for providing so many fine travel opportunities for the people of Marcellus and beyond.

Input sought for improvements to Fiddlers Green Park in Jamesville

In conjunction with the Jamesville Visioning Committee, the board of the Fiddlers Green Park Association is soliciting the community’s thoughts and ideas for the park.

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Ride on the BLT: New transportation program aims to keep seniors independent

Senior citizens are excited about a new bus transportation program provided in Greater Baldwinsville. “Where I was before, they always had a bus,” said O’Brien Road Senior Apartment resident Mary Revette, who participated in the new program known as Baldwinsville Local Transportation, or BLT.

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Caz Library to raffle Williams pastel

The Cazenovia Public Library recently announced it will give community members a chance to win a Dwight Williams pastel, through a raffle that will be held in conjunction with the first annual Cazenovia Art Trail.

LETTERS: Red Cross honors local resident for 24 years of service, dedication

My friend and colleague, Susan Tonra, the executive director of the Madison-Oneida Chapter of the American Red Cross, received the Oneida Rotary Club’s Bill Fariel Vocational Award on Tuesday, Oct. 2. She was honored for 24 years of service to our community.

B’ville swimmers unbeaten going into West Genny clash

Bees use team effort to fight past C-NS, 91-80

A lot of anticipation is in place for Wednesday night’s girls swim meet, where Baldwinsville goes to Camillus and attempts to grab the outright league championship against the West Genesee Wildcats.

Remembering Baldwinsville: Local history talks given at Shacksboro Museum through winter

On Sunday, Oct. 7, Bob Bitz spoke at the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse thanks to McHarries Legacy. With 40 in attendance, it was standing room only.

ESM, J-D boys soccer play to 0-0 draw

CBA knocks off unbeaten Fowler, 3-2

Down to its second goalkeeper, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys soccer team dreaded ending up on the wrong end of a regular-season sweep by Jamesville-DeWitt. But the Spartans withstood all of the Red Rams’ late pushes and emerged from last Tuesday’s game with a 0-0 draw, relieved that it had not squandered the momentum from its Oct. 4 overtime win over Christian Brothers Academy.

Skaneateles girls soccer earns trio of shutouts

Lakers blank J-E, Solvay, Hannibal

As it inched toward the high drama of the Section III Class B playoffs later this month, the Skaneateles girls soccer team first had to negotiate some smaller dramas, but did so through a defense that did not allow anything.

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Kot, Pollard win sectional tennis doubles title

Reisinger reaches Division I singles semifinals

With the regular season behind them, the Baldwinsville girls tennis team took aim at getting top honors in Section III Division I individual tournament – and the doubles team of Natalie Kot and Amari Pollard would go all the way to the top.

J-D’s Pollock wins sectional tennis title

F-M's Susko falls to Auburn's Minnoe in Division I final

When the Section III girls tennis tournaments got down to its decisive phase, Jamesville-DeWitt was guaranteed to earn the Division II singles title. That was because the Red Rams’ Kyrin Pollock and Rea Puka both made the finals after early-round matches played last Monday at Syracuse University.

Coffee with Baldwinsville's Mayor: South Shore East Trail

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski last Tuesday at Big Mama’s Restaurant to chat about what’s new in the village. Steve Darcangelo, the village’s newly appointed engineer, and Michael Randall, a 60-year resident of Baldwinsville, joined them for coffee and a discussion focusing on the South Shore East Trail.

Marcellus sends trio to sectional tennis finals

WG's Heyn, Joyce advance to Division I doubles final

On the heels of gaining the most wins in a single season, the Marcellus girls tennis team continued to blaze trails during the Section III Division III tournaments.

F-M, ESM field hockey both gain wins

Hornets blank B'ville; Spartans fall to Weedsport

As it neared the tension of the Section III playoffs, the Fayeteville-Manlius and East Syracuse-Minoa field hockey teams both sought – and gained – crucial late-season wins.

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Mother, daughter to receive Hannah G. Solomon Award

For the first time ever, the Greater Syracuse Section At-Large of National Council of Jewish Women will present the Hannah G. Solomon Award to a mother and daughter, Ona Cohn Bregman and Randi K. Bregman.

Thursday, October 11

Caz boys soccer rallies past Skaneateles in OT

Down 2-0, visitors prevail on Modzeleski goal

The Cazenovia boys’ soccer team hadn’t won a divisional title in three decades. Skaneateles wanted to keep it that way. Playing at Skaneateles Thursday night, the two 4-0-1 Lakers teams played with first place in the OHSL Liberty National division at stake —and trailing 2-0 at halftime, the visitors' chances of ending that drought appeared bleak.

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Girls soccer Warriors blank B'ville, 2-0

Akinpelu scores both goals; defense shuts down Bees

Long removed from its early-season struggles, the Liverpool girls soccer team is more resembling the sharp all-around unit that won the Section III Class AA title a year ago. The ultimate proof was offered Thursday night at LHS Stadium, where Ore Akinpelu's pair of breakaway goals, combined with a superb defense, delivered a 2-0 victory over Baldwinsville.

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Volleyball Lakers rally for big win over Westhlil

After dropping opener, Skaneateles wins next three

Unaccustomed to deficits this fall, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team faced one Thursday night at Westhill, and handled it with style. The Lakers won the highly anticipated matchup of Class B girls’ volleyball teams Thursday, nipping the host Warriors in four sets in an entertaining contest.

Gage Foundation director honored with Coffey Award

The Katherine Coffey Award is the highest honor for museum professionals in the region.

Camillus Village Board to discuss trash pickup inequity Sunday

“Everybody’s paying the same fee for the same service whether it’s one bag or 10 bags, or a small dumpster,” said Camillus Mayor Patricia Butler.

Defamation lawsuit dismissed; Charges filed against town will go to court

A $200,000 defamation lawsuit filed against Lysander Town Councilor Andrew Reeves has been dismissed while a lawsuit against the town of Lysander will continue in court.

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Manlius Library hosts fall book sale this weekend

Shoppers of Manlius Library’s Fall Book Sale will be treated to a vast assortment of books and media available for sale over the course of three days beginning tomorrow.

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B’ville woman named to honor society

Megan Jenkins, of Baldwinsville, was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society at New York University School of Medicine.

LETTERS: Sparks family thankful for community participation in annual tournament

The entire Sparks family would like to thank everyone that participated in the Second Annual Ralph K. Sparks Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament at Poolsbrook Golf Course.

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Caz Art Trail opens to enthusiastic reception, continues Oct. 13

Despite a rainy start, the first annual Cazenovia Art Trail opened Saturday, Oct. 6, to a steady stream of enthusiastic visitors from the immediate and surrounding areas, and from as far away as Utica and Oswego.

Asking only workman’s wages, I come looking for a job

Community Columnist

Some people call it a soul patch. I call it a cat’s squirrel. I’m wearing one right now. It’s a little tuft of facial hair above the chin.

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Rotary helps build raised planter for village seniors

The Cazenovia Rotary Club teamed up with Landscape Authority and Cazenovia Lumber to build a raised garden for residents of the Cazenovia Village Apartments, located at 24 Nelson St.

CRIS to offer Medicare overview

There will be an “Overview of Medicare” presentation by Marilyn (Mimi) Hall from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the Community Resources for Independent Seniors Office, located at 101 Nelson St. — next to McDonald’s — on Route 20 in Cazenovia.

Skaneateles Sons of the American Legion to host Honor Flight fundraiser

Skaneateles S.A.L. Post 239 will host an Oktoberfest dinner with proceeds going to Honor Flight Syracuse from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Traditional German food including bratwurst, kielbasa, German potato salad, sauerkraut, potato pancakes and more will be served at the Legion, 3808 Jordan Road.

Town board should use common sense on YMCA issue


To the editor: The open letter to the community from the Allyn Family that was in the Press makes good sense to us.

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Hoedown for Education raises estimated $20K

The second annual Hoedown for Education saw nearly 200 people at Carousel Barn dressed in their best country gear, enjoying barbecued chicken and ribs and dancing the night away to live music — and raising an expected $20,000 for the Skaneateles Education Foundation.

Skaneateles Republicans schedule annual candidates’ brunch

Skaneateles Republicans will celebrate their slate of candidates at the annual “Meet the Candidates Brunch” at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Skaneateles Country Club.

Shocked and saddened by Allyn family advertisement


To the editor: When I read the ad on the back page of the Skaneateles Press last week I was shocked and saddened to see that a once strong relationship between the Allyn family and the town of Skaneateles has descended to a point of boasting and finger-pointing.

Town board should re-think its policy on YMCA assets


To the editor: As a taxpayer of the Town of Skaneateles, I am extremely disappointed in the policy relating to the Community Center's equipment.

WG swimmers top Oswego, await B’ville clash

Uczen, 200 free relay side both set pool records

All is now in place for the West Genesee girls swim team as it looked toward next Wednesday night’s trip to Baldwinsville, where the CNY Counties League regular-season title would be on the line.

Michaels Farm withdraws application for zone change on Morgan Road

A controversial zone change application in the town of Clay has been withdrawn after vociferous criticism from the community. Michaels Farm has pulled its application for a zone change at 8073 and 8097 Morgan Road from RA-100 Residential Agricultural to R-SR Senior Residence District-1, LuC-1 Limited Use District for Gasoline Services and NC-1 Commercial District. In addition to three apartment buildings, the applicant wanted to include a gas station and some commercial development. It also proposes the extension of roads within Fairway East and Cross Creek to connect with Waterhouse Road and the construction of signal lights at that intersection.

Village to consider extending terms for mayor, trustees

At its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees will discuss the possibility of lengthening the terms of office for the mayor and the four trustees. All five presently serve two-year terms, but Mayor Gary White would like the board to consider lengthening the terms to four years each. The village justice currently serves a four-year term.

B'ville Board of Ed to meet Oct. 15

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School. District residents are encouraged to attend Board of Education meetings to view proceedings and to express their opinions on issues of concern to them.

COLUMN: Library moving to registration for many programs

As the weather cools and the day shortens, library use heats up. Come on down and find out what you’ve been missing or check our program calendar on our website. The calendar is interactive now so you can sign up for programs and program reminders directly from your home computer.

Wednesday, October 10

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B'ville cross country battles past C-NS

Sweep of Northstars locks up league titles

In their own unique ways, Baldwinsville's cross country teams both lay claim to the solo spots atop the CNY Counties League National division. To earn it, the Bees had to sweep Cicero-North Syracuse Wednesday at Durgee Junior High School - which they did, the boys rolling to a 16-44 decision, the girls fighitng off the Northstars 26-30.

Ryan chooses SU, leads Hornets past West Genny

F-M cross country gains sweep of key league meet

An important week for both of the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams began with the news that Nick Ryan is staying at home for the next four years. The Hornets' star senior announced a verbal commitment to attend Syracuse University for track, choosing the Orange over the likes of Wisconsin, Virginia and Michigan.

Marcellus High School student charged in connection with threats

A Marcellus High School Student has been charged in connection with false threats that forced school officials to lock down the Marcellus High School for more than three hours this morning.

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ESM tops F-M in Great Northern Pizza eating contest

Ten athletes stepped up to the plate Saturday, but they weren’t playing baseball.

Bullying presentation in BCSD

The Baldwinsville Central School District will present, “Bullying at School and Beyond,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Durgee Jr. High School cafeteria.

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F-M students to lead water quality demonstration at Mill Run Park

Have you ever wondered what is in the water you drink or the streams in which you fish?

Liverpool, C-NS field hockey tie in first clash

Burns scores for Warriors; Roberts answers for Northstars

Through all the ups and downs of the 2012 regular season, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey teams had done close to everything – except face each other. That finally changed Tuesday night, at Bragman Stadium, where the Northstars showed that it could match up with the Warriors in a game that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Sheriff's Deputies investigate 'unsubstantiated' threats at Marcellus High School

Sheriff’s Deputies are attempting to identify the source of threats made against students at Marcellus High School this morning.

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Palmer selects announcing team

Palmer Elementary School’s 2012-13 Announcing Team, Brooke Jarvis, Colin Speer, Hannah Clavijo and Sarah Cavino, will help out at school assemblies and events, act as ambassadors when new students enter the school and train other fifth-graders to do school announcements.

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Dutch archivist connects F-M grad with father’s WWII past

The story of how Sheila Vester, Fayetteville-Manlius High School Class of ‘72, was reunited with her father’s military past is unlikely.

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History for sale on Caz's Main Street

Current P.E. Mulligan’s owner looks for new buyer, successor

The four floors of retail and office space located at 65 Albany St. were recently put on the real estate market, listed at $350,000.

Caz High School Concert Choir to host annual festival

At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, the Cazenovia High School Concert Choir will host its annual Choral Festival, featuring the High School Concert Choir, Cazenovia College Chorale, High School Wind Ensemble and Cazenovia Community Band.

Family of Stu Woodcock hosts memorial blood drive Saturday

Stu worked at New Process Gear for more than 30 years and retired in 2001. His service to the community involved Boy Scout Troop 51, the Sabattis Beaver Weekend committee with the Longhouse Council of the Boy Scouts, the Fayetteville Zoning Board of Appeals and the United Church of Fayetteville.

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Caz community to welcome back, honor Madden

Olympian to receive Equine Ambassador Award

Cazenovia resident Beezie Madden will be welcomed back from her third-straight Olympic Games during a free, family-friendly community reception at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Cazenovia College Equine Education Center.

Madison County Democrats meet in Caz, elect officers, hear Lamb

At its biennial re-organization meeting on Sept. 19 in Cazenovia, the Madison County Democratic Committee elected officers for the next two years.

Manlius KeyBank hosts community celebration Saturday

The community celebration will feature family friendly activities, including games and prizes, face painting, a strolling magician, pumpkin decorating and a kids’ photo station.

Obama’s campaign contributors show his true colors

It’s easy to see who Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is. He’s a fat cat. He’s a rich kid born sucking on a silver spoon. As a former executive for Bain & Co., he’s a tool of big business. President Barack Obama Jr., a Democrat, is nowhere near as transparent. Often accused of being a “socialist,” Obama clearly has leftist leanings nurtured in Hawaii by an early tutor, crackpot unionist Frank Davis Marshall and continued by Saul Alinsky, a Chicago-based community organizer who wrote “Rules for Radicals.” On the surface, Obama looks like a licentious liberal, but take a gander at his campaign contributors, and you’ll see a president beholden not to the little people but to big bucks. Of the top 10 companies with employees donating money to Obama’s campaign, three are big banks: JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The president’s other major contributors include employees from big companies such as Microsoft and Google. Obama clearly favors Wall Street over Main Street.

EDITORIAL: Breast cancer screenings available to uninsured

“When you take care of yourself, you are taking care of your family.” This motto, promoted by Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, goes hand-in-hand with Breast Cancer Awareness Month observed in October.

Palmer sweeps to sectional tennis championship

Caz senior handles Herbst in semis, Randall in finals

Cazenovia girls tennis singles player Elizabeth Palmer emerged as the champion from a tough field at this week’s Section III Division III tournaments.

Magee sisters win tennis sectional doubles title

Skaneateles pair survive three-set final with Poullott, Hennigan

On two fronts, the Skaneateles girls tennis team plunged itself into the post-season – first the individual side, and then the team side. All of the top singles and doubles teams gathered Monday and Tuesday afternoon for the Division III tournament, and the Lakers’ doubles team of Grace and Kathryn Magee would blaze their way to the championship.

Tuesday, October 9

Westhill girls soccer stuns unbeaten Marcellus

Lippert sisters contribute to both goals in 2-1 win

Just when the Marcellus girls soccer team may have though it was pulling away from all the other Section III Class B contenders, Westhill changed those plans. The Warriors reignited one of Central New York's best and most meaningful rivalries Tuesday night, rallying from an early deficit to knock off the undefeated, state no. 3-ranked Mustangs 2-1.

CNY Cat Coalition hosts third annual Four-Legged Food Drive

On Saturday, Oct. 13, volunteers from the CNY Cat Coalition will host the third annual Four Legged Food Drive at the Clay Tractor Supply store (located on Route 31) by seeking donations of pet food for families in need.

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Handmade dollhouse donated to Vera House

Vera House Case Manager Samantha Wiese, center, accepts the donation of a beautiful dollhouse handmade by Mrs. Charles Zambito, which was raffled off during Canton Woods Senior Center’s third annual Car Show in August.

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Laker Pop Warner C-Team beats Utica, 34-0

The Pop Warner C-Team took on the Utica Bulldogs on Sunday, Sept. 30, for its last regular season home game.

Caz Pop Warner B-Team tackles Utica Bulldogs, 6-0

The undefeated Cazenovia Laker Pop Warner B-Team prevailed in a defensive battle with the Utica Bulldogs with a winning score of 6–0, on Sept. 30.

Taxes up 5.5 percent in Cicero

Made available to the public on Thursday, Oct. 4, the tentative 2013 Cicero budget is $11,481,093, up 4.71 percent from 2012’s budget of $10,964,724. Of that amount, $6,916,471 must be raised through property taxes. That’s up 5.5 percent from last year, or $18.76 per $100,000 of assessed value.

On the campaign trail: Buerkle earns 'F' in first-ever IPS Inequality Report Card

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle was one of 48 representatives and 11 senators given a grade of “F” on a new report card released Oct. 3 that grades legislators on how well they address income inequality. The report was issued by the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. The organization has been criticized for being left-wing. The report card is based on 40 legislative actions taken over the past two years that relate to inequality, including attempts to create a “Buffett Rule” minimum tax rate that all wealthy Americans must pay, efforts to raise the minimum wage, legislation on the Bush tax cuts, the stimulus, the Lilly Ledbetter Act and more. In addition, the report includes an overall “honor roll” — to highlight those representatives and senators who have done the most to narrow America’s economic divide — and a “dishonor roll” of lawmakers who have repeatedly tilted the “1 percent” way. The report card also details the “most 1 percent friendly” and “most 99 percent friendly” by party affiliation.

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Pit bull advocacy group seeks to change laws, perception

When Stephanie Heath Higgins met Grace, she could barely hold up her head. The pit bull, at 7 or 8 years old, should have weighed around 60 pounds. But Grace weighed about 30. She was emaciated, dehydrated, suffering from an eye infection. She couldn’t walk. Her organs were shutting down. But Higgins loved her anyway.

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Arts in education at Elden

Patricia Pollaco, an author and illustrator of children’s books, reads from her book, “The Keeping Quilt” at Elden Elementary School.

LETTERS: Patrick seeks highway superintendent seat

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am Chris Patrick and I am seeking your support and vote for Lysander Highway Superintendent. I may have knocked on your door in the past and I will be doing so again seeking your support.

From the Mayor: Business abounds in Manlius

I would like to extend an official village welcome to the Manlius KeyBank now open at Madison Row.

Early turnovers hurt C-NS in loss to West Genny

Wildcats return two interceptions for TDs in first quarter

A single play symbolized the season-long frustration the Cicero-North Syracuse football team has dealt with. The Northstars, still in search of its first win in 2012, were visiting West Genesee last Friday night, and were driving towards a possible touchdown in the first quarter of a scoreless game.

SU gets first win over Pitt since 2004

Orange defense maintains lead down stretch against Panthers

The moral of the story was not Syracuse's or Pittsburgh's high-powered offense in Friday night’s Big East football showdown in the Carrier Dome. Instead, it was the Orange's defense that carried the hosts to a much needed 14-13 victory over the Panthers in front of an announced 40,123 at the Carrier Dome.

Girls soccer Spartans rally past CBA

J-D goes 1-0-1, settles for scoreless draw with Homer

One more round of league matches between the girls soccer teams of Jamesville-DeWitt, Christian Brothers Academy and East Syracuse-Minoa remained, and they started out in a somewhat surprising manner. ESM went to Alibrandi Stadium on Thursday night with a 4-5 record, and earned one of its biggest wins of the season when it pushed past the Brothers 3-1.

Monday, October 8

LETTERS: Thank you for support

The Women of the First United Methodist Church of Baldwinsville want to thank everyone who worked at, purchased from and donated to this year's fall rummage sale. It was a success! We hope to see all of you in the spring.

COLUMN: Gardening tips - Fall care for healthy lawns

Summer can be hard on our lawns. With much of the country suffering from extreme heat and drought conditions this past summer, many lawns took a beating.

Lysander Parks and Recreation: Tai Chi and other programs

Held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 11 to Nov. 8, at AM/PM Yoga Source Studio (71 State St., Phoenix), Tai Chi is a soft and gentle form of exercise primarily practiced for its health benefits, dealing with tension and stress, and health recovery.

Caz cross country splits with Jordan-Elbridge

Satchwell gets second at Sherburne-Earlville meet

Perhaps catching a break, the Cazenovia girls cross country team took a full lineup into last Wednesday’s meet against Jordan-Elbridge, and together it produced a 15-51 romp over the Eagles.

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A frog for all seasons: Stuffed frog gets memorial in Marcellus

Leonard MacDonald of Marcellus was cleaning out his attic when he found a big green stuffed frog his daughter received as a gift many years ago.

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School supplies pile high at Manlius Library

During the month of August, the Manlius Library collected school supplies for children in need attending the three local elementary schools in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District.

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WWE champ presents students with ‘Choices’

Former WCW and WWE Wrestling Champion Marc Mero brought his “Choices” presentation to Baker High School Sept. 21.

Tentative 2013 town budget Calls for small spending increase and nearly 0 percent tax increase

The tentative Skaneateles town budget for 2013 contains a 1.8 percent spending increase, a 0.04 percent tax increase and no layoffs of town personnel. “We’re in pretty good shape,” said Town Supervisor Terri Roney.

Sewers and lake health: What is the connection?

From Cazenovia Town Councilor Moran

The Cazenovia Town Board, Village Trustees and Sewer District have been investigating the costs and feasibility of extending sewers into areas of the shoreline.

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‘Pavilion’ to headline Syracuse Film Fest

Caz native's film continues to receive recognition

During the 2012 Syracuse International Film Festival this week, a Cazenovia native’s work will be among the esteemed pieces exhibited.

Caz Village Board moves forward with plans for South Meadows

After months of consideration and a number of public hearings, the Cazenovia Village Board declared that the proposed development of 68 houses on approximately 48 acres on the easterly side of Number Nine Road (known as South Meadows) would not have a negative impact on the surrounding environment, and approved the zone be changed from R-30 to R-6.

Liverpool, C-NS field hockey aim toward each other

Northstars beat F-M; Warriors top B'ville, fall to Cazenovia

At last, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey teams get together, on the same turf, to face each other Tuesday night at Bragman Stadium. That was preceded by some interesting contests, including the Warriors’ clash last Saturday against two-time defending state Class C champion Cazenovia that saw a pair of late goals push the Lakers past Liverpool 2-0.

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Pagano/Gillon to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Susan Pagano, of Seneca Falls, NY, formerly of Baldwinsville, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Stacey Kay Pagano to Kevin John Gillon, son of Mr. And Mrs. August and Kim Gillon, of Geneva, NY.

COLUMN: New DMV site increases voter enrollment; still time to register for general election

The next general election will be held on Nov. 6. Many changes have taken place in recent years when it comes to casting your vote, all in an effort to improve the process, make it more accurate and allow a voter with disabilities to privately and independently vote on a paper ballot.

Sunday, October 7

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Local fire departments plan open house

The Cazenovia Fire Department, in conjunction with the New Woodstock and Erieville fire departments, will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Cazenovia firehouse, located at 121 Albany St.

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Willcox breaks out for Lakers at Rochester meet

Skaneateles eighth-grader highlights girls' fifth-place finish

The hills were steep, the flats were soft like a pad of marshmallows and the heavy air left you covered in a layer of watery slime. But the Skaneateles girls cross country team, just 48 hours removed from their league victory over Marcellus, passed the test at the 25th annual Penfield-Irondequoit cross country invitational last Friday afternoon.

Bears turn back ESM, improve to 6-0

Phelps helps Chittenango survive duel of sectional champs

True, it didn't count for anything other than maintaining a perfect mark in 2012, but there was no way the Chittenango football team was going to take Friday's game against East Syracuse-Minoa lightly. Not on Homecoming night. Not with neighborhood bragging rights on the line. Not with the added spotlight of television thanks to Time Warner Cable. And not with the extra attraction of a showdown between two reigning Section III champions.

B’ville swimmers sweep past Syracuse, Oswego

Bees now 6-0, still on top in CNY Counties League

Two more meet victories kept the Baldwinsville girls swim team undefeated as it matched the CNY Counties League’s other unbeaten side, West Genesee, stroke for stroke in the pool.

J-D football blanks Fowler, stays unbeaten

ESM drops non-league thriller to Class B power Chittenango

No letdown for the Jamesville-DeWitt football team - and no let-up, either. The Red Rams, already secure with the Class A American division regular-season championship, completed a perfect run through the league Friday night with a 35-0 shutout of Fowler at Corcoran High School's turf field.

Saturday, October 6

Hornets cap weird weekend, whip Proctor

F-M, after delay, reclaims share of AA-1 lead

A day after it intended to do so, the Fayetteville-Manlius football team found its way back to the top spot in the Class AA-1 division. The Hornets did not let the day-long delay of its key league contest at Utica Proctor rattle them. Instead, F-M put the focus on the field, went out Saturday night and delivered an impressive 30-7 victory over the Raiders.

Field hockey Lakers conquer Liverpool

Late goals by Chiarello, Silfer produce 2-0 win

Another weekend brought another big test for the Cazenovia field hockey team - and another resounding success. The undefeated Lakers ventured to Liverpool on a cold, windy Saturday night and got hot at just the right time late in regulation, leading to a 2-0 victory over the Warriors to improve its mark to 11-0.

Ludden tops Onondaga, surges into Class C playoffs

J-E playoff hopes dashed in defeat to ITC

With a 5-1 record, a diverse attack and an improving defense, the Bishop Ludden football team will be a tough team to get rid of in the upcoming Section III Class C playoffs. Tuning up for the post-season Friday night, the Gaelic Knights went to Onondaga and showed off that diversity as it beat the Tigers 33-12.

F-M soccer gets Baldwinsville this time

Hornets knock off five-time Class AA champs; girls go 1-1

On a pivotal Friday night, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team confronted the main reason why it has not made a state tournament appearance since 2005. Baldwinsville was the visitor, a team with five consecutive Section III Class AA titles – four of them at the expense of the Hornets.

East Area YMCA to host drug abuse prevention forum

If your teen started using alcohol or marijuana, would you recognize the signs? What if it were heroin, prescription pills or “bath salts,” all of which are used by teens locally?

Madison County to observe Archives Month

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, Madison County will celebrate Archives Month by hosting its annual Archives Day in Building No. 4 at, 138 North Court St. in Wampsville.

Friday, October 5

Brothers turn back Henninger, move into first place

CBA improves to 6-0 with 27-12 win over Black Knights

Standing in the hallway of the Christian Brothers Academy locker room, Deshawn Salter opened his mouth to speak. But before he could say a word, defensive line coach Joe Raegan walked by and chimed in. “This is the best running back in the state of New York. Believe it.”

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Caz cruises past Mexico, secures share of league title

Wilson sets career mark with 258 yards in 41-14 win

Just as regular as the leaves turning in early October is the sight of the Cazenovia football team clinching another league title, with an eye on bigger things. The Lakers went to Mexico Friday night and, unleashing an unstoppable ground game, turned back the Tigers 41-14 to lock up at least a share of the Class B East division regular-season crown.

Lakers finish off Tully, secure C West title

Herr throws 99-yard TD pass to Cooney in rout

Skaneateles won the Class C West football league title with a 55-19 triumph over Tully Firday night at Hyatt Stadium, putting on another offensive showcase for the happy home fans.

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Wildcats brush past C-NS, reach .500 mark

WG could still host first-round AA playoff game

From its early-season frustrations, the West Genesee football team has recovered well enough to rise to a share of second place in the Class AA-2 division, with a chance to do much better still. The Wildcats' 39-13 victory over visiting Cicero-North Syracuse Friday night not only pleased the home folks, it sets up an even bigger contest next weekend.

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Big Rouse runs sends Bees past Liverpool

B'ville back gains 382 yards, scores seven TDs

The large crowd exiting Friday night's football showdown between Baldwinsville and Liverpool were treated to the sight of the annual bonfire, associated with Liverpol's Homecoming festivities. Yet nothing was as hot, or impossible to contain, as Tyler Rouse, whose spectacular runs pushed the Bees past the Warriors 54-29 and into a share of the Class AA-1 division lead.

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Town files lawsuit against SRCT in state supreme court

Action comes after weeks of negotiations reach impasse

The town of Skaneateles on Oct. 5 filed a lawsuit against the Skaneateles Recreation Charitable Trust declaring that the issue of ownership of an estimated $155,000 in YMCA assets had come to an impasse, and requesting a court decision that the SRCT either pay for the taxpayer-funded assets in its possession or hand them over to the town for public auction.

LETTERS: Return sign or face prosecution

At the request of a resident, we put up a new legal Dinglehole Road sign at the corner of Church Road. As is the current custom in that neighborhood, it was promptly stolen last weekend.

B’ville woman receives promotion

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing recently promoted Felicia Corp, of Baldwinsville, to coordinator for admissions and recruitment.

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B’ville golfers take sectional tourney shot

Pitcher, Barron lead Bees with 81 at Arrowhead

A strong regular-season effort by the Baldwinsville boys golf team led directly to the Bees’ appearance in Wednesday’s Section III Class AA championship tournament at Arrowhead Golf Club in East Syracuse.

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Cazenovia boys soccer topples Chittenango

Lakers look ahead to clashes with Westhill, Skaneateles

In advance of its most important stretch of the season - back-to-back games against OHSL Liberty division leaders Westhill and Skaneateles – the Cazenovia boys soccer team first had to secure local bragging rights. The Lakers went to Chittenango Thursday night, and after a shaky first half its attack took over in the latter stages, leading to a 5-1 victory over the Bears.

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B’ville seniors named commended students

Antonio Martinez, David Magowan and Scott Wolff, seniors at Baker High School, have been named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

C-NS boys soccer gets payback against Liverpool

Warriors' 1-0 defeat comes two nights after loss to B'ville

Much would be learned on Thursday night when the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer teams got together again under the lights at LHS Stadium. And what was mostly gleamed was that the Northstars are still a factor in the Class AA race, as it scored early and let its defense do the rest of the work to knock off the Warriors 1-0.

Girls Northstars rally for big win over F-M

C-NS avenges earlier defeat to Hornets; Liverpool routs Central Square

No one knows, at this point, where the path of the Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team will end up in 2012. But if it leads to something big, the Northstars will certainly look back on Thursday night’s 4-2, come-from-behind victory over Fayetteville-Manlius, and specifically the second half of that game, as a critical turning point.

Liverpool swimmers win battle with C-NS

Murphy, Sovinsky both take pair of races in 100-84 decision

Back from competing at the Sept. 29 Empire State Invitational, the Liverpool girls swim team faced a pair of big meets in short order. In the latter of these two events, the Warriors met neighbor and rival Cicero-North Syracuse Thursday night and came out on top, putting together a 100-84 victory over the Northstars.

West Genny swimmers handle Liverpool, Auburn

Wins allow Wildcats to keep pace with B'ville

Still in pursuit of the CNY Counties League regular-season title, the West Genesee girls swim team passed two major obstacles in a 48-hour span.

Boys soccer Spartans beat CBA in overtime

ESM gets 16 saves from Schiavone in goal

Late in the contest, with the ball swirling near its own net, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys soccer team had a hard time imagining it would emerge with anything other than a defeat from Thursday’s battle with Christian Brothers Academy.

COLUMN: Fall’s fashion forecast features luxury and glamour

As vacationers return home and fall fashions replace swimsuits and shorts in stores and catalogs, I would like to offer some guidance to fashion-savvy women who want to stay on-trend and on-budget with their fall wardrobes. Here are the trends that will inform this year’s fashions:

Thursday, October 4

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Skaneateles volleyball gets sweep of Marcellus

Lakers, Mustangs square off twice this month

True, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team was busy with the usual assortment of practices and contests in recent days, but according to senior captain Sidney Lawson, something else was in the air. "We were excited for two weeks to face Marcellus," Lawson said. "It (playing them) is a huge motivating factor."

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COLUMN: Ride for Missing Children a success

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and Ride for Missing Children planning committee, I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all involved in making the Ride for Missing Children Syracuse 2012 a resounding success.

Syracuse woman accused of locking child in room for up to 22 hours at a time

A Syracuse woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly locking her 3-year-old son in his bedroom for hours at a time with no access to a bathroom.

BREAKING: Liverpool soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense has announced that a soldier from Liverpool was killed in action in Afghanistan earlier this week.

Nantucket Cat moves to larger facility

The Nantucket Cat held a ribbon-cutting event last Wednesday, Sept. 26, marking the cat-theme gift shop’s move to a new location at 49 Oswego St. in the village business district.

WG cross country falls to Baldwinsville

Marcellus, running without Manahan, still splits with Skaneateles

Even with Laura Leff back on the course, West Genesee’s girls cross country team could not quite catch up to Baldwinsville in Wednesday’s CNY Counties League meet, falling to the Bees 26-31.

Skaneateles cross country splits with Marcellus

Girls Lakers prevail; boys push Manahan-less Mustangs

When the Skaneateles cross country teams took on Marcellus Wednesday afternoon, more than a little extra spice was on hand. That was especially true on the girls side, where the Lakers held off the Mustangs 25-30, just as the Skaneateles boys were taking a 23-32 defeat.

F-M, J-D cross country teams gains sweeps

Hornets rout Auburn; Red Rams handle Cortland

Sticking to its lighter early-season schedule for one more week, the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams cruised to twin 15-50 decisions over Central Square on Wednesday afternoon.

CBA, J-D swimmers earn meet wins

Brothers top Skaneateles; Red Rams rout Mexico

All of the Christian Brothers Academy girls swim team’s stars were on full display during last Wednesday night’s 94-83 conquest of Skaneateles Wednesday night at the Le Moyne College pool.

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Walk for the Woods raises $1,500-plus

Despite poor weather, the event had a successful turn out. “The rain did not dampen the spirits of Walk for the Woods 2012 participants,” said Ruth Troy, director of the senior center. “This is our third year holding this fun fundraiser. Canton Woods Walk for the Woods 2012 raised over $1,500 for Canton Woods Senior Center. This success is due to the support of our sponsors and the dedicated people who participate in the walk.”

LETTERS: Denson thanks community volunteers, CRIS-CAT program

Often times, we seniors lose sight of the fact that we are very blessed by living in the Cazenovia area.

LETTERS: Lewis thanks community for the beautiful summer flowers

Thanks to everyone who kept flowers beautiful through the dry summer.

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Caz Art Trail to be held this, next weekend

Local studios to be opened to the public Oct. 6, 13

Participating artists within the boundaries of the Cazenovia Central School District will open their working studios during this event, and anyone who is interested may stop in to meet as many of the artists as they’d like, see where and how they make art and check out the artists’ finished works.

LETTERS: NY Farm Bureau names Magee to ‘Circle of Friends’

I am pleased to announce that New York Farm Bureau has recently named Assemblyman Bill Magee to our annual “Circle of Friends” list.

Laker Pop Warner B-Team defeats Whitestown Warriors

It was an electrifying game as the Cazenovia Laker Pop Warner B-Team defeated the Whitestown Warriors 14 -12 on Sept. 23.

B’ville cross country sweeps West Genesee

Boys Bees are now no. 4 in state Class A rankings

Both of Baldwinsville’s cross country teams had a clear approach to Wednesday’s meet at West Genesee, which translated into a sweep of the Wildcats.

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‘Past Technology’ to be displayed at NWFL

Physicist, engineer and past president of the New Woodstock Regional Historical Society, Robert Chevako, will present the first public exhibit of his collection of technology artifacts during October and November at the New Woodstock Free Library.

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B’ville volleyball teams sport pink in October

The Baldwinsville Central School District's girls’ junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams kicked-off breast cancer awareness month by walking in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sept. 30 in Clinton Square. The teams raised $805 for breast cancer research.

Salina Democrats tap Carrie Roseamelia as town party chair

Carrie Roseamelia, a resident of Galeville, was unanimously elected chairwoman of the Town of Salina Democratic Committee on Sept. 18, at the Comfort Inn on Buckley Road. She replaced outgoing Chairman Robert Judd, a union official who lives in Mattydale.

C-NS Blue golfers win Class AA sectional

Northstars see Petrin tie for title, Mento share third place

For a long time, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys golf teams looked up at others as they took their turns atop the Section III AA ranks. Now, though, it’s the Northstars who hold the crown after its work in last Wednesday afternoon’s sectional qualifier, held at Arrowhead Golf Course in East Syracuse.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Back into the swing of the school year

The first month of the school year is already over and the madness of fall is upon us. So much to see, so much to do and limited daylight besides. Nevertheless, we have lots to offer again this month. So check the options and mark your calendars it’s going to be a busy time.

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Ride for Rags held to benefit B'ville family

Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, at Mercer Park

Join other motorcycle enthusiasts for a ride around Otisco Lake in honor and remembrance of David “DJ” Ragonese, an avid rider and beloved son, husband, brother and friend.

Heavens to Murgatroyd! It’s leapin’ felines galore!

Words for Thought

I live with two cats, Joey, a male of about 10 years, and, Mimi, a 6-year-old female. Mimi is very talkative, especially when it comes to communicating her needs any time of day or night; Joey is the silent type, and blacker than night itself.

C-NS, Liverpool split cross country showdown

Girls Northstars win close; boys Warriors prevail 20-41

Each of the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool cross country teams would leave Oneida Shores with a small dose of satisfaction after Wednesday afternoon's showdown at Oneida Shores. The girls Northstars pulled out a tough 25-30 victory, but in the boys meet the Warriors won by a convincing 20-41 margin.

Wednesday, October 3

B'ville boys volleyball rallies past Oswego

Bees hand defending AA champs first league loss

True, the Baldwinsville boys volleyball team trailed by two sets to defending Section III Class AA champion Oswego on Wednesday night, but that was just the first part. It was the Bees writing the second part of the story, rallying to beat the Buccaneers in five sets and claim a match that only adds to the suspense about the race for 2012 title honors.

Salina budget calls for ‘nominal’ tax increase

Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra presented his preliminary budget to the Salina Town Board at a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 3. “I think this is a pretty solid budget,” Nicotra said. “There certainly is room for us to cut some more. That’s more of a board decision than an arbitrary decision by me.” The budget Nicotra presented Wednesday night calls for an additional $28.08 in taxes on a home assessed at $100,000 for residents living outside the village of Liverpool. For those in the village, the tax increase is 10.08 over 2012.

COLUMN: Internship program seeks to retain college graduates

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about how our region can retain our talent. One way vested community members and employers can assist is through working directly with colleges. One venue that provides a virtual terminal is a program called Project-ION. This is an internship program managed by CenterState CEO (Corporation for Economic Opportunity) that pairs interns with employers.

B’ville paramedics receive prestigious honor

Paramedics Barbara Harris and Matthew Cheevers have achieved “regional faculty” designation from the American Heart Association, which is a prestigious honor that few paramedics achieve.

Valerie Jerabeck resigns from Skaneateles school board

Former BOE member Michael E. Card to fill vacancy

A sense of sadness and loss pervaded the Skaneateles Board of Education meeting room on Oct. 2 as BOE member Valerie Jerabeck announced her resignation from the board. Jerabeck and her husband are moving to Charlotte, N.C., for his job.

Beaver Lake Nature Center: Architecture for the Birds, other activities

Randall Korman, Dean of Architecture at Syracuse University, is sharing the secrets of his hobby, designing birdhouses, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

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Syracuse Home Auxiliary Fall Festival returns

This year’s edition of the Syracuse Home Auxiliary Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts will be a step above those of previous years, according to auxiliary member and festival team chairperson Mary Gallup.

Buerkle earns ‘F’ in IPS’ first-ever Inequality Report Card

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle was one of 48 representatives and 11 senators given a grade of “F” on a new report card released Oct. 3 that grades legislators on how well they address income inequality. The report was issued by the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. The organization has been criticized for being left-wing.

PTC holds annual Laker clothing sale

The Skaneateles High School Parent Teacher Committee (PTC) is holding their annual “Spirit Sale” now through Oct. 15.

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WEDDING: Scouten/Bernstein wed

Tim and Mimi Scouten, of Baldwinsville, are proud to announce the marriage of their son, Timothy John Scouten II, to Hannah Grace Bernstein, daughter of David and Laura Bernstein, of Lake Ariel, PA.

Floral notes: Oh, Canada

Community Columnist

As the garden year draws to its close, a melancholy sound turns my head skyward.

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From the Byrds to Bacharach

The Kennedys to showcase new pop sound Saturday in Caz

For more than a decade and a half, Pete and Maura Kennedy have been making music that recalls the jangly guitars of 1960s bands such as The Byrds and The Hollies.

The contrarian thinker: What Federal Reserve policy could mean for you

Community Columnist

Last week the Federal Reserve (FED) ventured even deeper into “extraordinary” realm, and it is quite possible these policies could have some major impacts on the markets as well as day-to-day life in the near future.

Tim Hortons passes on Oswego Street location

Ever since Burger King closed its restaurant at 7589 Oswego St. late last December, residents have been hoping for Tim Hortons Café and Bakeshop to open up there. The Canadian coffee shop chain applied to take over the prime village property, and the village planning board gave Hortons its full approval.

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Langan named a 2012 ‘Super Lawyer’

Hiscock & Barclay LLP recently announced that 35 attorneys from the firm, including 14 from the Syracuse office, have been included in the 2012 Super Lawyers list for New York and Massachusetts.

Caz Artisans to celebrate past 10 years, American Craft Week

Cazenovia Artisans recently announced it is taking the opportunity presented by American Craft Week, Oct. 5 to 12, to announce a series of events designed to “give back to the community that’s been so supportive of us over the years,” said Marilyn Fegan, marketing chairperson.

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Senior Fair draws record crowd

The Senior Fair, which took place this year on Sept. 27 in the Horticultural Building at the New York State Fairgrounds, was originated back in 2004 when State Sen. John DeFrancisco saw a need to bring seniors together, not just for fun and entertainment, because there is plenty of that, but for all the information and help they might be seeking from the people and the organizations who routinely address seniors' special interests.

Lysander Parks and Recreation offers October programs

Held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Lysander Town Hall auditorium, this course will include: planning for a babysitting job, knowing what to expect of children, selecting toys and games, supervising children, preventing accidents, giving first aid, rescue breathing, caring for infants and children and feeding them.

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Chittenango wins OHSL Class B golf title

Bears avenge two regular-season defeats to runner-up CBA

At the end, when it counted the most, the Chittenango boys golf team finally caught and passed Christian Brothers Academy. By doing so, the Bears won the Class B portion of Tuesday’s Onondaga High School League championship tournament at Foxfire Golf Club in Baldwinsville.

'Come and Get it’: Joey Molland plugs in Saturday at Kellish Hill

In honor of John Lennon’s 72nd birthday, Kellish Hill Farm will veer from its usual country and folk sounds to present an authentic British Invasion rock concert for the first time ever with “Joey Molland: Badfinger, Beatles & Beyond – An Acoustic Autobiography.”

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F-M High School senior signs second book in Fayetteville

Emily Meidenbauer, 17, a senior at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, recently took part in a book signing at Hartsville Hollow gift shop in Fayetteville. The event was designed to highlight the works of local writers.

Tuesday, October 2

Westhill boys soccer tops Skaneateles again

Warriors stay unbeaten with 4-0 shutout of Lakers

Skaneateles out-possessed Westhill. The Lakers earned 13 corner attempts to the Warriors’ five. And when the horn blew at the end of 80 minutes in Tuesday night's OHSL Liberty division showdown, the scoreboard read 4-0 — in Westhill’s favor.

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Boys soccer Bees turn back Liverpool

Pair of goals in first half leads to 3-1 B'ville win

Just three minutes of game time - that's all it took for the Baldwinsville boys soccer team to, once again, state its case that a sixth straight Section III Class AA title is still possible. A stunning turnaround in the middle of the first half transformed the Bees' game against Liverpool Tuesday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, leading to a 3-1 victory over the Warriors.

Pompey welcomes fall with Pumpkin Fest Sunday

Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7, is the Pompey Historical Society’s fifth annual Pompey Pumpkin Fest.

LETTERS: Town’s move is a power grab

I have had a connection to the Town of Lysander and the Highway Department for 55 years. In that time, I have never heard so much uncertainty.

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B’ville firm welcomes new employee

Paul Dybas has joined the staff at Research and Marketing Strategies in Baldwinsville as a business development associate.

Meltdown, or miracle?

Ryder Cup provided awesome sports theater

Only after it was done did it make any sense. And it still was impossible to believe. Such was the verdict at the end of the 39th Ryder Cup Matches, a sports event like few others anyone will ever watch in their lifetimes, or any other lifetime.

Coach Messere to speak at Camillus Rotary luncheon Thursday

The Camillus Solvay Geddes Rotary Club will host the annual Community Recognition Luncheon at noon Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Camillus Elks Lodge, 6117 Newport Road.

Manlius attorney Thomas Keleher named chair of state committee

Amy Baxter hired at Testone, Marshall & Discenza

Thomas Keleher, a partner in Bond, Schoeneck & King’s Litigation Department, has been appointed chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers’ New York-Upstate State Committee.

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Museum to host book signing featuring local author

Two new publications by Plainville’s Robert (Bob) Bitz will be the subject of a talk by Bitz to be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Baldwinsville’s Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse. Titled “Transportation in Central New York and the Baldwinsville Area 1600 to 1940” and “One Hamlet and One Farm, Each Representative of Thousands,” local history is the focus of both books.

Upcoming workshop teaches how to map and track invasive species

On Oct. 18, Cornell Cooperative extension will hold a training session to teach anyone with basic computer skills how to use iMapInvasives New York, the complete invasive species database for the state. iMap reports new finds of invasive species and offers downloadable public maps which serve as an important tool for land managers, conservation agencies and municipalities.

Skaneateles Republican Committee seeks nominations for members

The Skaneateles Republican Committee is seeking nominations from people interested in serving on the Skaneateles Republican Committee. For more information, contact Riccardo T. Galbato at RGalbato@gmail.com or 685-4033.

Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce says 'thank you' to its members

On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce membership committee, board of directors and staff will hit the streets and the road to say thank you to as many of its members that they can reach. This is the second year of the Chamber’s “Thank You Drive” to show appreciation to the membership.

KeyBank’s ‘You Choose’ charity comes to Manlius

Charity lets Manlius residents decide where donations go

KeyBank has announced the launch of “You Choose, Manlius!” The promotion allows Manlius residents to help the bank decide which worthy nonprofit organizations in the 13104 ZIP code will receive donations of up to $1,000 from KeyBank.

Municipalities ‘blindsided’ by federal lawsuit

Local municipalities spent months negotiating with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission over the issue of volunteer firefighters’ pensions. After passing resolutions setting amounts to pay out to the firefighters in question this past summer, board members and fire chiefs thought the issue was resolved. So imagine their surprise when they found out about a lawsuit filed against them by the EEOC — by reading about it on a news website.

Clay votes to exceed tax cap

Citing unfunded mandates and costs handed down by the state, the Clay Town Board voted Monday, Oct. 1 to adopt a local law to exceed the 2 percent property tax cap. The property tax cap was enacted last year by New York state. According to the law, schools and municipalities can only increase property taxes by 2 percent over the previous year. If a town, village or school board’s budget does call for a tax increase of more than 2 percent, the entity must first pass a local law to authorize that increase after holding a public hearing. Otherwise, the municipality faces penalties from the state.

LETTER: Jenni-Lyn Watson golf tournament raised $20,000

On July 21, 2012, the second annual Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Golf Tournament was held to raise money for the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Fund. The tournament was a success, raising approximately $20,000. In June of this year the fund, through Liverpool Dollars for Scholars, awarded a scholarship to Bri Macri, a senior at Liverpool High School, who is now attending Mercyhurst University majoring in dance.

Cicero officially opposes racino

A decision by the Onondaga County Legislature to pass a resolution in support of a proposed “racino” met formal opposition by the Cicero Town Board on Wednesday. On Dec. 6, 2011, the legislature voted to approve developer Tom Wilmot’s proposal for a video lottery facility to be built at what used to be the Hancock Air Force Base. The vote passed without any input from the Cicero Town Board or the Cicero Planning Board. In response, the board passed a resolution Sept. 26 asking the legislature to repeal its resolution and to “request that no further consideration of a video lottery facility in the town of Cicero be taken by the Onondaga County Legislature without a specific resolution of support by the Cicero Town Board.”

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'It's not just chicken': Sam’s Chicken Land opens in East Syracuse

When you think of East Syracuse, you may think of the railroad system, or Bristol Myers-Squibb, or Bridge Street. And now, you may be thinking chicken.

Manlius Town Board overrides tax cap

The Manlius Town Board approved a local law to override Gov. Cuomo’s 2 percent tax cap at their meeting Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Girls tennis Lakers top Chittenango again

Caz sweeps singles matches in 5-2 decision

The turn of fall weather – to something wetter and colder, mostly – is a signal that it’s time for the Section III girls tennis post-season to get underway. Cazenovia, who has legitimate candidates to go far into the sectional tournaments on both the singles and doubles side, first had a bit of league business to handle.

Lysander Planning board seeks engineer

The Lysander Planning Board seeks proposals from an engineer and/or engineering firm to represent and to advise the board in all engineering matters concerning the planning process. Successful candidate must have substantial experience in representing and advising planning boards.

Van Buren Elementary to stay open

BOE unanimously voted in favor of keeping school

Parents and residents of the Baldwinsville Central School District felt victorious Monday evening after patiently waiting for the Board of Education to vote on the closure of Van Buren Elementary.

Liverpool cross country edged by B’ville

Two rivals meet again at McQuaid Invitational

Just as the schedule worked out, the Liverpool cross country teams got to face Baldwinsville three times in a span of eight days.

Fayetteville's animal law is more bark than bite

Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson says he doesn’t want to punish responsible pet owners. But the village board’s recent amendment to the animal law says otherwise.

C-NS runners sweep Syracuse East

Before Liverpool showdown, Northstars are second at Utica meet

On Wednesday afternoon, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool cross country teams gather together for their annual head-to-head classic at Oneida Shores. Before that took place, though, the Northstars had two events to deal with, starting with last Wednesday’s league meet against Syracuse East, won 23-38 on the boys side and 15-50 on the girls side.

Monday, October 1

East Syracuse schedules special election to abolish police department

Village of East Syracuse residents will decide the fate of their police department during a special election Tuesday, Oct. 16.

LETTERS: Study would be first step

Kevin [Rode] seems to imply there is a hidden agenda here, which there is not. Yes, we have been talking about cooperative efforts, consolidation via intermunicipal agreements or at some point the possibility of three municipalities consolidating, but there is no plan.

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B’ville lacrosse coach to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Doug Rowe, coach of the Baldwinsville girls’ varsity lacrosse team, will be inducted into The Upstate New York Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Oct. 21 during a dinner to be held at The Links in Erie Village.

Girls soccer Warriors, Northstars gain victories

Both sides go 2-0 against Oneonta, Owego in weekend trip

After the Liverpool girls soccer team edged past Cicero-North Syracuse 1-0 on Sept. 25, both sides would remain busy, and both would succeed.

Northstars struggle again in loss to Henninger

C-NS still in search of first 2012 win

At some point, it figures to get easier for the Cicero-North Syracuse football team, who keep going from one extreme to the other without breaking into the win column. Eight days after the excruciating 2-0 defeat to Corcoran on Sept. 21, the Northstars met another city opponent, and this time could not stop anything in Saturday's 54-13 defeat to Henninger at Sunnycrest Park.

Grimes wins soccer showdown with MPH

Guhin scores twice in Cobras' 3-0 shutout

Once the bad weather got out of the way, soccer teams from Manlius-Pebble Hill and Bishop Grimes started seeing each other on a regular basis. And no game meant more than Saturday’s girls showdown between the Trojans, no. 2 in the state Class C rankings, and Cobras, no. 8 in that same state poll.

F-M cross country earns sweep over Auburn

CBA splits with Cazenovia; Pierce runs well at McQuaid meet

In its only action during the week, each of the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams earned lopsided victories over visiting Auburn last Thursday afternoon. F-M’s victory over Auburn on the boys side, 15-49, featured Nick Ryan in top form. Ryan’s time of 16 minutes, 21 seconds was more than a minute ahead of teammate Colin Fitzgibbons, who at 17:41 held off Bryce Millar (17:42) for the runner-up spot.

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Baldwinsville Rotary spaghetti dinners return

Each month’s dinner will benefit a different charity

Last fall the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville took a new approach to an old tradition by adding a 50/50 raffle to each month’s spaghetti dinner, raising money for a specific charity or organization. The hope was that it would improve attendance and raise even more money; and it did.

DePerro leads CBA boys soccer past F-M

In doubleheader, girls teams play to 2-2 draw

On the last Saturday in September, soccer teams from Fayetteville-Manilus and Christian Brothers Academy gathered together for their annual doubleheader, this time held on the Hornets’ home turf. And as he had done all week, the Brothers’ Andrew DePerro commanded the spotlight, pushing his Brothers to a 3-1 victory over the Hornets in the second half of that doubleheader, after the girls sides played to a 2-2 draw.

F-M field hockey has 2-2 stretch

Hornets finish second at Camden tournament

Earlier this month, the Fayetteville-Manlius field hockey took what appeared to be a gigantic leap toward the top of the Class A ranks when it knocked off defending champion Liverpool on the Warriors’ home turf.

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Let the games begin

Cazenovia College names turf field in honor of the late Nicholas J. Christakos

While numerous athletic matchups had already seen action on Cazenovia College’s new turf field behind the Schneeweiss Sports Complex, on Sept. 29, the pitch was officially named “Christakos Field.”

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Finger Lakes Museum program on local wine industry history coming to Skaneateles

“Vine to Wine: Savor our Finger Lakes,” the first of a two-part program series, will be presented by The Finger Lakes Museum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Lodge at Welch Allyn, 4355 State Street Road, on Thursday, Oct. 4. A 45-minute documentary film will tell the stories of the hardships faced by early settlers in their unsuccessful attempts to tame wild New World grapes to make European-style wines. “Vine to Wine” will combine the film with period wine and juice tastings led by Finger Lakes wine expert and author, Richard Figiel.

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American flags to fly again on Veterans Day in Clift Park

Veterans Day in Skaneateles this year again will be marked by an American flag display and remembrance ceremony in Clift Park, coordinated by the Skaneateles Girls Lacrosse Association and the members of the high school girls lacrosse teams.

Important notice regarding voter registration and absentee voting

Anyone wishing to vote in the General Election to be held on Nov. 6 must postmark registrations no later than Oct. 12.

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Honor Flight Syracuse plans inaugural mission

Organization flies WWII vets to Washington DC memorials at no cost

Military veterans from the Syracuse area will begin this week to be able to visit memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices in Washington D.C. through the new Honor Flight Syracuse program. Honor Flight Syracuse, a part of the Honor Flight Network, operates using air flights from Hancock International Airport to fly veterans to Washington at no cost to them. The current focus is World War II veteran trips, but those from any conflict who have a terminal illness are also eligible.

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‘The Art of Food’ to open Oct. 4

On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Cazenovia Public Library will open an exhibition of art and related objects that have food as their subject matter, “The Art of Food.”

Perkins to stay after retirement as interim police chief

Facing the imminent retirement of Village Police Chief Lloyd Perkins and being unable to create an “officer in charge” position to replace him, the Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees agreed last week to keep Perkins on as interim chief at least until next June.

Village board approves revised scope, extra costs to new village hall renovation project

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees has unanimously passed five amendments to the ongoing project to renovate the old Fennell Street fire station in order to create the new village hall. The amendments not only expand and revise the scope of the project but also approve the expenditure of nearly $70,000 in additional compensation and costs for the design work completed to date.

Beefed up healthy food requirements, new service provider changing Caz school lunch program

From the Cazenovia Central School District

The days of students piling tater tots or french fries on a plate and calling it lunch are over.

B'ville man joins local residents to tackle waterborne diseases in Congo

A life changing trip leads a group of locals to launch Habitat Technologies Solutions for the Congo, a non-profit organization dedicated to fight the curse of waterborne diseases in DR Congo.

West Genny volleyball edges unbeaten Oswego

Marcellus, Westhill both have unbeaten weeks, too

A solid season for the West Genesee girls volleyball team got better in a hurry. The Wildcats seemed to earn all of the crucial points in last Wednesday’s match against Oswego, and it led to a dramatic five-set victory over the previously unbeaten Buccaneers.

Marcellus cross country sweeps Solvay

Manahan also wins race at McQuaid Invitational

Gaining a key point in the tight OHSL Liberty division race, the Marcellus boys cross country team held off Solvay 25-30 last Wednesday afternoon to finish off a sweep of the Bearcats.