Stories for September 2012


Sunday, September 30

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Chamber of Commerce kicks off ‘Discover Manlius’ campaign Friday

Judy Dardzinski wants you to “Discover Manlius.”

Bees end long rest, shut out Jamesville-DeWitt

B'ville boys look ahead to clashes with Liverpool, F-M

Much of the closing days of September saw both of Baldwinsville’s soccer teams take what amounted to a mid-season break.

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Girls soccer Lakers salvage split

Skaneateles blanks Chittenango after loss to Marcellus

Whatever else might be going on, the Skaneateles girls soccer team always wants to put up a tough fight when it faces main rival Marcellus. But the Mustangs’ recent domination of this series continued in last Tuesday’s 3-0 decision, a game where the Lakers always found itself on its end of the field, desperately trying to fend off the wave of Marcellus attackers.

Skaneateles girls tennis edges Cazenovia, 4-3

Battle of Laker teams turns on doubles win by Magee sisters

The second time around proved more successful for the Skaneateles girls tennis team. A rematch with OHSL Liberty division leader Cazenovia last Wednesday afternoon was just as competitive as the first Laker clash, but in this case Skaneateles, fueled by strong doubles play, prevailed by a score of 4-3.

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Girls soccer Mustangs blank Skaneateles, Caz

Westhill fights past Bishop Ludden, Solvay to keep pace

Protecting the no. 3 state Class B ranking (behind only Schalmont and Oneonta), the Marcellus girls soccer team is not letting up as it charges into October.

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WG cross country sweeps Central Square

Weaver, Conroy win races; Leff seventh at McQuaid meet

For each of the West Genesee cross country teams, the big event of the week took place Saturday, when they went to Rochester’s Genesee Valley Park for the prestigious McQuaid Invitational. As such, some of the Wildcats’ runners, including Laura Leff, were out for last Wednesday’s league meet against Central Square, but it didn’t matter as the girls side won by a big margin of 15-46 and WG’s boys also prevailed over the Red Hawks 17-43.

Caz field hockey wins Camden tournament

Lakers hold off Burnt Hills, F-M for first-place honors

On consecutive weekends, the Cazenovia field hockey team would get a better idea of where it stood in comparison to large-school powers, all part of a stretch where it played five straight times away from Burton Street.

Cross country Lakers win at Central Square meet

Cudney claims individual race after Lakers beat CBA

In its last event of September, the Cazenovia girls cross country team went to Saturday's Central Square Invitational and, led by Jeannette Cudney, finished in front. The Lakers beat a modest field of four other sides with 28 points, with the hosts from Central Square sliding into second place with 53 points.

Caz volleyball goes 2-1, gets revenge on LaFayette

Lakers take defeat to Class B champion Marcellus

Cazenovia’s girls volleyball team, up and down throughout the month of September, stared at another big test when it had back-to-back weekend matches against traditional powers.

CBA blanks Central Square, stays undefeated

ESM runs past Fulton for second straight win

Perhaps in seasons past, the absence of its top quarterback would prove catastrophic for a Christian Brothers Academy football team that leaned so much on its vaunted passing game. That isn't the case now, as Cody Radziewicz smoothly took over J.R. Zazzara's duties and got plenty of help from the defense, too, in the Brothers' 42-0 shutout of Central Square Friday night at Alibrandi Stadium.

Ludden handles Jordan-Elbridge, goes to 4-1

Westhill unable to contain unbeaten Chittenango

At least from the standpoint of the abbreviated regular season in 2012, the Bishop Ludden football team has clinched a winning record. Big plays, including touchdowns from five different players, helped the Gaelic Knights record a 33-13 victory over Jordan-Elbridge in Friday night's Class C West division battle.

Saturday, September 29

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Fast start pushes Lakers past Camden

Defense nearly gets shutout in 33-7 win over Blue Devils

Sometimes this fall, the Cazenovia football team has waited to make its big move and put an opponent away. Not on Saturday, though, as the Lakers turned the annual Homecoming game against Camden into a first-half clinic, doing most everything right before cruising to a 33-7 victory over the Blue Devils at Buckley-Volo Field.

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Menorah Park to honor mothers, fathers with 100th Anniversary Gala

Mary Ellen Bloodgood, CEO of Menorah Park, is thrilled to be a part of the organization’s 100-year celebration, which culminates with a gala on Oct. 27 at Temple Adath Yeshurun in Syracuse. The theme is “Honor Our Mothers and Fathers,” one of the tenets of Judaism.

Fayetteville resident: What is the benefit of 20 homes on a small lot?

To the editor: I was bothered by Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson’s statement [regarding five former industrial sites now vacant in the village]: “Right now these properties are not benefiting anyone in the village.”

Hornets rebound, win big over RFA

Bright lights up Black Knights for six touchdowns

To be sure, the Fayetteville-Manlius football team did not want to keep repeating the bad feeling it got from the 28-14 defeat it took to Liverpool on Sept. 21. But since it did happen, the Hornets made sure it recovered in a timely manner, jumping all over visiting Rome Free Academy Friday night as it easily defeated the Black Knights 50-7.

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Warriors outscore Proctor, take AA-1 lead

Liverpool survives classic with 100-plus points

High above Liverpool High School Stadium Friday night, a dark sky loomed ominously. Swirling winds and intermittent rain amplified the overcast conditions. The football Warriors would be battling Utica Proctor for sole possession of first place in Class AA-1, and while the weather would remain for the entirety of the contest, the sky stayed quiet.

Friday, September 28

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Wildcats grind to victory over Corcoran

WG football moves to 2-1 in AA-2 division play

For all the ups and downs, the injuries and bad luck that have struck them, the West Genesee football team is still in a prime position to land a Class AA home playoff game a few weeks from now. The Wildcats took a large step toward that goal last Friday night, when it went to Corcoran and, showing vast improvement on the defensive side, battled to a 27-7 victory over the Cougars.

Skaneateles football gets fifth straight win

Lakers roar past ITC, get Tully next

Less than 20 seconds had passed, and the Skaneateles football team found itself playing from behind in Friday night's game against Institute of Technology Central. It didn't stay that way for long, though, and the Lakers, again propelled by a diverse and exciting offense, easily earned a 41-14 victory over the Eagles.

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Football Bees bash Auburn, 56-12

Rouse tacks on 351 yards as B'ville moves to 4-1

Tyler Rouse ran through, over and around Auburn, just as he has done against most of Baldwinsville's football opponents in the last three seasons. This time, Rouse's big numbers led the Bees to a 56-12 victory over the Maroons at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

Bears rip up Westhill, move to 5-0

Phelps breaks free for three long TD runs

Just a couple of years ago, while the Chittenango football program built itself back into prominence, Westhill was in the midst of a long reign atop the Class B West division. The Warriors' reign is over now, and the Bears have taken over, as it showed by going to Westhill's new turf field on Friday night and putting together a 43-14 victory.

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Red Rams win first-place showdown with Nottingham

Defense forces five turnovers in landmark win

Eric Ormond put it quite well as his Jamesville-DeWitt football players ran over to the large student section in the bleachers to celebrate Friday night's 25-6 victory over Nottingham. "We're not building anymore," the Red Rams' head coach said. "The building part is done. We've had our growing pains, but now our players expect to be the best on a weekly basis."

LETTERS: Show voters a plan

After reading Mr. Sykes and Mr. Salisbury's opinion of favoring the appointment rather than election of town highway superintendent, I have a few thoughts I would like to share with the citizens that will vote on this come November in Lysander and Van Buren.

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Baker graduate promoted to Captain

Shawn Barker was promoted to Captain in the United States Marine Corps on Sept. 1.

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Camillus Erie Canal Park directors, volunteers named first 'Canal Ambassadors'

When it came time to name the first Erie Canal Ambassadors, New York State Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton knew exactly where to look.

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Handbags for Hope silent auction returns to Cottage Designs

Cottage Designs invites everyone to name their price – for a handbag, that is.

The sweet and sour state of affairs

Community Columnist

I was invited to speak at the annual state of affairs meeting for the Ne’er Do Wells Club next month.

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Cazenovia Public Library to host bullying prevention presentation

“Standing By, Standing Up: A One-Man Show about Bullying” will be presented by Tim Collins on at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room.

Skaneateles swimmers go 1-1, beat F-M

Teixeira twice wins pair of races against CNYCL foes

Amid another busy stretch, the Skaneateles girls swim team met a pair of CNY Counties League opponents, splitting with them.

Marcellus football turns back Solvay for first win

McGloon's pair of long TD runs seal 43-14 decision

Once again, the Marcellus football team has possession of the Tom Anthony Memorial Cup, the prize of the annual contest between the Mustangs and Solvay Bearcats. Playing in front of the Time Warner Cable cameras Thursday night at Earl Hadley Stadium, the Mustangs broke its four-game skid and, at the same time, kept Solvay winless, cruising to a 43-14 victory.

Skaneateles boys soccer wins twice in OT

Lakers survive tough battles with Chittenango, Marcellus

Except for its victory in the Finger Lakes Cup on Sept. 21-22, the Skaneateles boys soccer team has spent a lot of time in contests that went beyond regulation. Overtime games against Marcellus and Cazenovia were the prelude to two more games, including a rematch with the Mustangs, that would drift deep into overtime before going in the Lakers’ favor.

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Liverpool baker sells original-recipe cookies for a good cause

Sweet Jimmy’s stand is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Regional Market across from Destiny USA. Right now, Sweet Jimmy’s moves around week to week, but owner Jimmy Wachter is looking to sign a lease at the Regional Market, which means he’ll have a permanent spot. In addition to the cutouts, macaroons and original Sweet Jimmys, the baker has traditional favorites like oatmeal raisin and Italian chocolate pepper, as well as more intriguing fare, including vegan and gluten-free choices. Sweet Jimmy’s cookies are also available at The Red House and at shows at Jazz Central. That’s where Wachter would like to expand — small shops and restaurants — as well as into your home.

Liverpool girls soccer blanks F-M, West Genny

Bills gets goal in both of Warriors' 1-0 wins

Right at the end of September, the Liverpool girls soccer team started its climb back to the top of the Section III Class AA ranks, knowing that a lot of time remained for the defending sectional champions to assert itself.

CBA boys soccer blanks Jamesville-DeWitt

DePerro earns hat tricks against Red Rams, Homer in consecutive games

For as long as they’ve been together in the OHSL Freedom division, the Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt boys soccer teams have mostly fought close, fierce battles. That didn’t happen, though, when the two neighbors got together last Monday night at Alibrandi Stadium. The Brothers, with Andrew DePerro enjoying one of the best nights of his varsity career, defeated the Red Rams 4-0.

Heritage Family Medicine to host open house in Caz

Heritage Family Medicine of Cazenovia, an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Physician Health PC, will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at its new location in Atwell Mills Annex.

B'ville School District to stop printing menus

As of Nov. 1, in order to decrease the district’s costs for printing and paper, as well as to be more environmentally responsible, the Baldwinsville Central School District will no longer send home school meal menus.

Thursday, September 27

LETTERS: Thank you sponsors

The Baldwinsville Softball Association Women's League would like to thank the following sponsors: the American Legion, JP's, Timber Tavern/RP Speed, Page Transportation, Trapper's and Western Ranch for their support of the Baldwinsville Women's Softball League.

Coffee with B'ville's Mayor - Infrastructure

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski last Tuesday at Cottage Restaurant to chat about what’s new in the village. Michael Randall, a 60-year resident of Baldwinsville, joined them for coffee and a discussion focusing on village infrastructure.

Fayetteville limits number of pets per home

Board, residents discuss chickens in the village

The Fayetteville Village Board has amended a local law to limit the number of dogs, cats and rabbits residents can keep at their home to three of each.

Girls tennis Northstars beat Liverpool, 6-1

Decisive win was C-NS's third in as many days

In back-to-back matches, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls tennis team earned victories by a single point. But when the Northstars played for the third time in a 48-hour span, no tension was required as it beat rival Liverpool Wednesday afternoon by a 6-1 margin.

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B’ville seniors are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Emily Ekross, left, and David Hutter, seniors at Baker High School, have been named 2013 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.

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GCACC welcomes Neuland

Local professional named executive director of chamber of commerce

A new face can be seen behind the counter 59 Albany St. and a new voice can be heard answering calls to 655-9243. Anna Marie Neuland, the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce’s newest executive director, has also been lending a hand at the organization’s office as of Sept. 1.

B’ville swimmers get big win over Auburn

Parker posts fastest sectional time in 100 breaststroke

Facing one of its most challenging meets of the season, the Baldwinsville girls swim team rose up to that challenge in a big way. The Bees, led by Charis Parker, went to Auburn Wednesday night and gathered up points from start to finish on its way to a 93-75 victory over the Maroons and a 4-0 mark on the season.

LETTERS: Symonds: Vehicular access is not what makes good neighbors

It seems that current planning theory in the village of Cazenovia reflects the suburban sprawl of the 1960s, when the car was king and communities were designed with roads that accommodated vehicular traffic — not people.

LETTERS: Jalsman: Become involved in the planning process for South Meadows, VES

On Oct. 1, the Cazenovia Village Board will continue a public hearing on Gregg Development Corporation’s application for a zoning classification change from R-30 to R-6 for approximately 48 acres of undeveloped land, located to the east of Number Nine Road at the south edge of the village, to accommodate a development of about 68 “right-priced” homes.

LETTERS: Johnson thanks crossing guards of Caz

It seems safe to say that the duty of crossing guard could be listed among those thankless, yet critical, jobs in our modern society.

LETTERS: Caz Country Club members thankful for successful ACS program

The women of the Cazenovia Country Club wish to express our appreciation to the merchants and individuals who generously supported the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good ... Feel Better” program.

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McGee to trek 60 miles for cancer research

Caz resident to participate in Strides Against Breast Cancer, Susan G. Komen Three-Day

McGee has committed to participate in the 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Syracuse, and has again embarked on a physical and emotional journey in preparing for the 2012 Susan G. Komen Three-Day event, which will take place in Philadelphia, Penn.

Cazenovia Police Blotter

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

Y Metro Board still considering Timber Banks recommendation

The YMCA’s Greater Syracuse Metro Board is still considering a recommendation from the Greater Baldwinsville YMCA regarding the Timber Banks location for the Northwest Family YMCA, which was made earlier this month.

Tentative budget will be reviewed by the legislature

On Friday, Sept. 14, the county executive presented the tentative 2013 budget for Onondaga County. Over the past year, Onondaga County has accomplished much. We have weathered the fiscal crisis that began four years ago very well; we made sustainable, structural cuts in spending, we managed our savings and maintained AAA bond ratings amongst the top agencies. As the legislature begins its review of the 2013 budget, we will look to continue to make government leaner, and make smart decisions with regard to the use of revenues.

Manlius Police to collect excess prescription drugs Saturday

The Town of Manlius Police Department will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s prescription drug “Take-Back” campaign Saturday.

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Cross country Lakers split with Jordan-Elbridge

Boys Lakers fight hard in defeat; deep girls Lakers easily win

The Skaneateles boys cross country team charged from the start Wednesday at Jordan-Elbridge and held the lead until the final loop through the woods after 2.5 miles of rugged running. But J-E’s superior summer training was the determining factor as they emerged from the wooded trails and entered the chute with a 21-34 league win in the OHSL Liberty Division.

LDC endorses Hickey, Patrick in election

The Lysander Democratic Committee held its Democratic Caucus Thursday, Sept. 20, at which point members endorsed the following candidates for this November’s election: James M. Hickey (R) for town councilor and Christopher Patrick (D) for highway superintendent.

Wednesday, September 26

F-M boys soccer slides past C-NS

Hornets capitalize, while Northstars miss good chances

Bryan Sibble and the Cicero-North Syracuse offense appeared to have finally broken through. After three Sibble crosses sailed through the 18-yard box unfinished early in the second half, and the Northstars’ senior striker failed to put away a header of his own minutes later, Sibble found himself all alone against Fayetteville-Manlius goalkeeper Jim Brady, just 12 yards out, at the tail end of Tuesday's showdown of traditional Class AA boys soccer powers.

Board of Education to meet Oct. 1

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 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.

Town of Elbridge recognized for ‘fair and equitable assessments’

The Town of Elbridge has been recognized for its efforts to provide property owners with fair and equitable assessments in 2012.

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Optimists welcome new members

Retiring President Jim Johnson, left, of the Baldwinsville Optimist Club welcomes the club's three newest members (second from left) Monica Shupe, Jo Anne Capucilli and Joanne Wynnings.

C-NS volleyball sides sweep Liverpool

Girls' five-set epic give DeHay career win no. 100

Perhaps the Cicero-North Syracuse girls volleyball team wanted to make head coach Jon DeHay’s 100th career victory as memorable as possible. Not only was DeHay’s milestone attained in a five-set match, it happened Tuesday night against main rival Liverpool, and on the Northstars’ home court, and required the hosts to make two different comebacks.

ESM, J-D split cross country clash

Girls Spartans win close meet, 26-30, over Red Rams

When it came time for the East Syracuse-Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt cross country teams to have their head-to-head meeting, both would leave with something. It was the girls Spartans prevailing over the Red Rams in a narrow 26-30 decision Tuesday at Pine Grove Middle School, while the J-D boys won by a more comfortable 22-37 margin to create a spilt of the dual meet.

Paw prints: Scratch this, not that!

Community Columnist

Owners of cats frequently ask me how they can stop their cat from scratching the furniture.

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OASIS to offer Civil War class at CPL

Tom Henry, retired social studies teacher and adjunct professor of history at SUNY Cortland, will present a four-session class, “Central New York and the Civil War Part I,” at the Cazenovia Public Library.

Baker students selected for All-State Music Conference

Eight Baker High School students have been selected to attend the prestigious 2012 NYSSMA All-State Music Conference, scheduled for Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 in Rochester. Students were selected based on a rigorous audition process conducted across the state in the spring.

‘Cazenovia Community Connects’ to be held Sept. 30

Guest Column

To put my leadership skills to the test, I decided to plan an event that could bring the community together. I felt there could be an opportunity to connect our local youth with our local service leaders. I decided to create “Cazenovia Community Connects.”

Does the village need terrorism insurance?

Ever since the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, the village of Liverpool has been paying more than $600 annually for terrorism insurance. At their Sept. 17 meeting, however, village trustees said enough is enough. As a possible target of terrorists — either foreign or domestic — “the village of Liverpool is not exactly high-profile,” said Trustee Dennis Hebert, who lives in Liverpool on Third Street. “And what defines terrorism?” Hebert asked. Glancing at the insurance policy, Mayor Gary White said federal or state authorities can declare as terrorism any “violent act committed to coerce policy.”

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Liverpool specters return to educate, entertain

You can meet the most interesting folks here in Liverpool, and they don't even have to be alive. The Onondaga Historical Association is preparing its 13th annual Ghostwalk, and the spirits will be summoned right here in the village of Liverpool. The walks will take place on Friday, Sept. 28, Saturday, Sept.29, Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6. While the evening tours are scheduled for 6 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 6, an afternoon tour commences at 2 p.m.

Van Buren trash haulers operating without license

Supervisor Claude Sykes announced during the Sept. 18 Van Buren Town Board meeting that two trash hauling businesses serving the town of Van Buren are operating without a license, Tribute Trash and Superior Waste.

B’ville tennis holds off Auburn, 4-3

Bees need pair of three-set doubles wins to get past Maroons

Every bit of effort was needed for the Baldwinsville girls tennis team in Tuesday afternoon’s 4-3 victory over the Auburn Maroons.

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Mott Road students use pinwheels to promote peace

The weather on International Peace Day was perfect for planting pinwheels to promote peace.

Tuesday, September 25

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CPF finds creatures under a full moon

Curious nature lovers of all ages joined Amy Kochem, local naturalist and educator, and the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation on Aug. 30 in search of fireflies and other nighttime animals in the meadows and woods at the Burlingame Road trail.

B'ville cross country sweeps Liverpool

Rematch of invitational meet goes in Bees' favor

For the second time in four days, Baldwinsville and Liverpool's cross country teams met up with each other, trying to see who would get ahead in the CNY Counties League National division race. And with every runner contributing to the effort, the Bees swept the Warriors, including an exciting 27-28 verdict on the girls side, at Longbranch Park.

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OT goal sends girls soccer Red Rams past CBA

Holmes, Gordon both return from injuries

Two big names - Jessica Holmes and Eva Gordon - came back on the field just in time for the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team's showdown with Christian Brothers Academy. And it was Holmes delivering the decisive goal in overtime, which pushed the Red Rams past the Brothers 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon.

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Post 88 honors Kent for last six years of service

During a recent meeting, Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 honored Pam Kent for her extraordinary service as its building rental manager for the past six years.

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All lined up and ready to go

Thanks to a generous donation from the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church, B’ville C.A.R.E.S. was able to purchase 47 pairs of sneakers for kids heading back-to-school! “The Great Sneaker Event” included a picnic for the families coming to pick up the sneakers on Sept. 1 at the FUMC.

Arrest made in Cicero burglaries

On Sept. 24, Cicero Police Investigator James Meyers arrested a 16-year-old from Clay and charged him with burglary in the second degree, petit larceny and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. It is the policy of Eagle Newspapers to allow all defendants under the age of 18 to remain anonymous.

Nantucket Cat to host grand re-opening

The Nantucket Cat will hold a grand re-opening ceremony complete with ribbon-cutting and unveiling of new logo and signage from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the new location, 49 Oswego St., Baldwinsville. Renown

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Rotary to host second annual 5K walk/run

The Baldwinsville Rotary Autumn 5K Run/Walk will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Baker High School in Baldwinsville. To participate, pre-registration will be $20 for adults before Sept. 30 or $25 the day of the race. There will be three legs of the course to make for interesting terrain and a fun experience for both walkers and runners. Souvenir shirts and after-race snacks will be available while supplies last.

Caz girls soccer claims thriller over Chittenango

Burbidge nets game-winner after Klein scores twice

Gathered under the new lights at the Sean Googin Sports Complex, the Cazenovia and Chittenango girls soccer teams engaged in a classic. It was the Lakers that emerged from Monday night’s battle with a 3-2 victory, not secured until Audrey Burbidge converted with just two minutes left in regulation.

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Pop Warner C-Team falls to VVS

The 2012 Cazenovia Laker Pop Warner Football season got off to a great start, and has been favored so far with great weather.

Caz Pop Warner B-Team blanks VVS Red Devils

Cazenovia Laker Nolan Frisbey led the local squad onto the field against the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Red Devils for another spectacular game on Sept. 16.

Sixty-eight B’ville students earn AP Honors

Sixty-eight students and recent graduates from the Baldwinsville Central School District have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their achievements on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams. Students took AP Exams in May after finishing their studies in college-level courses at Baker High School.

F-M tennis gives Rudolph 400th coaching win

Sweep of Liverpool extends win streak to 308

Astonishing numbers have become routine when it regards the Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis team, but another one popped up in the last full week of September. When the Hornets blanked Liverpool 7-0 Monday afternoon, it was head coach Phil Rudolph’s 400th win at the helm, accomplished against just six defeats since he took over in 1984.

Village trustees hear more complaints about skunks

For the second month in a row, a resident’s complaint about skunks opened the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 17. Martha Ours, who lives on Oswego Street, said the animals have proliferated there because a neighbor “puts out food for them 365 days a year.” The animals are “negatively impacting my property,” she said. For five nights in a row this summer, Ours witnessed several skunks seeking food outside her neighbor’s house just before dusk. Wildlife experts strongly discourage feeding skunks. The sharp-toothed carnivores will routinely tear apart plastic trash bags.

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Jordan hosts 66th annual Fall Festival

The village of Jordan hosted its 66th annual Fall Festival, which raises funds for local non-profits, this past weekend. The festival features a variety of free entertainment along with tons of food and games, a giant book sale, an antique car show, the popular greased pole climb and so much more. None of this would be possible without the help of more than 400 volunteers.

An official disaster

NFL, Goodell need to bring back top refs after Monday-night debacle

Maybe the next time Roger Goodell starts expounding on The Shield, or the importance of The Shield, or the integrity of The Shield, someone should remind him of the rank hypocrisy of that term – at least as long as the NFL’s officials remained locked out.

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ESM Central High School's new principal puts ‘students first’

East Syracuse Minoa Central High School Principal Greg Avellino’s motto is simple — “students first.”

COLUMN: Volunteer Connections - Enchanted Beaver Lake is right around the corner

Volunteers are needed for Autumn events at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

C-NS takes 2-0 football loss to Corcoran

Second-quarter safety makes difference as Northstars fall to 0-4

Give up just a safety, and usually in football that means a win. Cicero-North Syracuse longed for that sort of victory in last Friday night’s game against Corcoran at Bragman Stadium, and played superb defense throughout the contest, an effort that 99 times out of 100 would lead to a triumph.

Monday, September 24

Fayetteville residents voice concerns about proposed Mill Street development

Village board votes to amend zoning from Industrial to PRD

The Fayetteville Village Board held a public hearing to consider amending the zoning of the property once home to the McIntyre paper mill, on Mill Street, from Industrial to Planned Residential Development.

Westhill boys soccer handles Marcellus

Injuries have forced Mustangs to use four goalies

Normally, encounters in boys soccer between Westhill and Marcellus are tense affairs, with little separating the two sides by the time 90 minutes are played. That wasn't the case on Monday night, though, as the Warriors took full advantage of the Mustangs' severe disadvantage in the back of its lineup and prevailed by a 7-1 margin.

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Salina overrides state's property tax cap

The town of Salina adopted a law that overrides New York State's 2 percent property tax cap. The law was passed at the town board meeting Sept. 24 after a public hearing during which no one spoke to speak in favor or against the measure.

Liverpool super gives State of the District address

Dr. Richard Johns’ fourth annual State of the District address painted a particularly rosy picture of the Liverpool Central School District, highlighting instructional gains, successful capital projects and improved graduation rates, among other developments made over the last year. “Each one of these reports indicates significant improvement in the systems in place to respond to the needs of our children,” Johns said. “I am extremely proud of the individuals employed by the district in both the support and instructional sides of the house, and I can attest that the work of these individuals is highly synchronized, effective and producing never-before-attained results.” The 2011-12 school year was not without struggles, however, according to Johns’ report. Budgetary concerns dominated board discussions and stressed relations with the community, and enrollment continues to decline, though at a slower rate than it has in the last 10 years. Johns’ address, given at the Sept. 24 LCSD Board of Education meeting, was divided into eight sections, each tackling a different aspect of the district.

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Baker’s first graduates mark 50th reunion

Baker High School’s Class of 1962, the first class to graduate from the school, celebrated their 50th high school reunion Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Red Mill Inn in Baldwinsville.

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Nelson Odeon hosts Caz LWV fundraiser

The Cazenovia League of Women Voters recently held a fundraiser on Saturday Sept. 15 at the Nelson Odeon.

CRIS to conduct ‘Lend A Hand Week’ Oct. 1 to 7

Lend A Hand Week, a new event for area community members, will take place from Oct 1. to 7.

Liverpool, C-NS cross country win Saturday meets

Warriors, Northstars also sweep league meets

Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse would both earn cross country victories during a busy Saturday, though in different venues.

C-NS boys volleyball has 2-0 week

Liverpool takes tough loss to Baldwinsville

For Cicero-North Syracuse’s boys volleyball team,the week started with a one-sided effort against the combined Syracuse city squad, resulting in a 25-5, 25-8, 25-11 sweep.

C-NS Blue golf gain pair of one-shot wins

Now Cicero-North Syracuse’s Blue boys golf team can seriously think about vying for top honors in both the CNY Counties League and Section III Class AA ranks.

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Steinberg to speak at next Cazenovia Forum

Foreign policy expert to address residents, students

Former Deputy Secretary of State and White House Advisor James Steinberg will offer his unique perspectives on U.S. foreign policy when he delivers the next Cazenovia Forum lecture at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 in Cazenovia College’s Catherine Cummings Theatre.

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Village of Manlius rings in bicentennial with Founders Day

Things have changed a lot since the village of Manlius was established in 1813. But on Saturday, Sept. 22, local residents had a chance to step back in time for a day and enjoy some of the simpler things at Founders Day — the kickoff event to the village’s bicentennial celebration.

B'ville: Religious education classes to begin

These programs are a wonderful way to give your child excellent training in character education through Bible stories, Bible verses, songs and plays by qualified adults. Please read about the one for the school where your child attends below and consider sending her/him this year.

COLUMN: New bill proposes to better protect drivers against uninsured

There is a bill, which passed both the Senate and the Assembly this year that would, if enacted, better protect drivers who are involved in an accident with uninsured motorists. Let me explain.

Cazenovia girls tennis beats Chittenango

Lakers also top Marcellus, stay in league title race

One more time, the Cazenovia and Chittenango girls tennis teams got together on Friday afternoon, and it proved to be a command performance for the Lakers, who shut out the Bears 7-0.

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Marshall accepts Caz LWV scholarship

Caroline Marshall recently received the League of Women Voter’s $1,000 scholarship award this year for her academic achievement, conduct and civic responsibility.

Marcellus tennis has intense 1-2 week

Mustangs fall to Skaneateles, Cazenovia; WG beats Fulton

In a busy and exciting week, the Marcellus girls tennis team played three times, twice getting beat by highly-talented opponents.

Westhill, Ludden boys soccer both win twice

Warriors beat pair of foes by combined 9-1 margin

Boys soccer teams from Westhill and Bishop Ludden both managed to find wins last week, dodging all kinds of weather along the way.

Caz cross country sweeps Hannibal in league opener

Lakers also get third at Baldwinsville Invitational

Beginning the pursuit of another OHSL Liberty division regular-season title, the Cazenovia girls cross country team handled Hannibal in last Wednesday’s league opener.

Skaneateles girls tennis has 3-0 week

Lakers get key wins over Marcellus, Westhill

In a week full of strong performance, the Skaneateles girls tennis team won three different contests and moved to the top of the OHSL Liberty division. This was capped Friday afternoon, against Marcellus, where the Mustangs put up a fierce resistance, but the Lakers still prevailed by a 4-3 margin.

Girls soccer Warriors battle to 1-0-1 mark

Marcellus rolls past Bishop Ludden, Jordan-Elbridge

Nothing else, even the local opposition, had stood in the way of the Marcellus and Westhill girls soccer teams through the month of September, but the Warriors went through a pair of exciting contests during last week’s action.

Sunday, September 23

Camillus Mills named ‘Priority Project’ by CNY Regional Economic Development Council

Camillus Mills has been named one of 34 Priority Projects by the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, Sweet Spot Development announced last week.

WG boys soccer breaks skid with pair of wins

Girls Wildcats go 1-1, take defeat to C-NS

Five consecutive defeats to open the season had left the West Genesee boys soccer team in a desperate search for any sort of break. It finally arrived during last Tuesday night’s game against Oswego, where the Wildcats’ attack broke out, leading to a 3-0 victory over the Buccaneers.

Westhill/Ludden runners sweep Marcellus

Manahan earns another victory at B'ville Invitational

Taking a large step toward claiming top honors in the OHSL Liberty division, the combined Westhill/Bishop Ludden cross country teams both earned victories over Marcellus in last Wednesday afternoon’s neighborhood battle.

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Laker girls thump foes at East Aurora meet

Cross country victory over Fredonia builds confidence

In many respects, it was a practice run for the cross country girls of Skaneateles when they motored to the Buffalo area for Saturday’s East Aurora Invitational.

ESM breaks skid, routs New Hartford

Bishop Grimes falls to 1-3 after loss to Onondaga

Jeff McDuffie had already endured enough adversity and struggle through the East Syracuse-Minoa football team's back-to-back home losses to Nottingham and Jamesville-DeWitt. So when ESM kicked off in Friday night's game at New Hartford, McDuffie was in no mood to ease up on his fellow Spartans, who entered the night with an 0-3 mark.

J-D, CBA girls soccer to meet with win streaks on line

Both sides go 2-0, beat Mexico in latest stretch

In advance of their first head-to-head meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy girls soccer teams both built win streaks.

Saturday, September 22

Peinkofer leads Bees to invitational meet title

B'ville holds off Fairport at historic fall gathering

For the 61st consecutive year, cross country teams from all over Upstate New York made their way to the Baldwinsville Invitational, only to find that the hosts were not that interested in sharing all of the goodies. Led by senior Alec Peinkofer, the Bees went all the way to the top in the Large School race, earning 68 points to top Fairport (Section V), who was second with 81 points. Franklin Academy (Section X) got third place with 88 points.

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Skaneateles soccer wins Finger Lakes Cup

Lakers edge West Genesee, 1-0, in title game

Perhaps tired of all this overtime business, the Skaneateles boys soccer team chose a more conventional way of making it through its own Finger Lakes Cup. The Lakers lay claim to the tournament title with victories over Burke Catholic and West Genesee in a span of less than 24 hours - without needing to go beyond the 80 minutes of regulation to do so.

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Caz football wins for assistant coach

Lakers beat Cortland 31-14, improve to 3-1

Jay Steinhorst could not stay away, even if there was every reason to do so. Normally, when a Cazenovia football game takes place, as it did Saturday afternoon against Cortland at Buckley-Volo Field, Steinhorst, the Lakers' offensive coordinator, would be part of the scene, offering plays, schemes and adjustments to his attentive players.

Ludden, Westhill score big football wins

Gaelic Knights top Tully; Warriors beat rival Solvay

Bishop Ludden's football team has three consecutive victories, but none were more important than Friday night's 28-20 victory over Tully, mainly delivered by Cory Wilkinson, whose two big plays in the third quarter turned the game in his side's favor. As this went on, Westhill improved to 2-2 on the season, outlasting neighbor and rival Solvay 26-13, while Jordan-Elbridge, despite Colby Trexler's big effort, still took a 33-26 defeat to Phoenix.

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Bees break out in 59-28 romp of RFA

Rouse, Sparks combine for all eight B'ville touchdowns

By its own efforts - and through events elsewhere - the Baldwinsville football team suddenly finds itself holding the controls over the Class AA-1 division regular-season championship race. To do its part, the Bees had to go to Rome Free Academy Friday night and, riding the legs of running backs Tyler Rouse and Ricky Sparks, put together a 59-28 victory over the Black Knights.

Skaneateles volleyball earns easy wins

Lakers crush Bishop Ludden, Fowler, stay unbeaten

Little was stressed about for the Skaneateles girls volleyball team through a series of one-sided matches that moved the team’s mark to 6-0.

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Williams leads J-D to shutout of Fulton

Win sets up first-place showdown with Nottingham

Josiah Williams was not with his teammates in the Jamesville-DeWitt football locker room before the Red Rams' game against Fulton Friday night. J-D head coach Eric Ormond didn’t even know if his star running back would arrive before the second half as the Red Rams jogged out for warm ups.

Friday, September 21

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Liverpool finally gets football win at F-M

Warriors avenge recent playoff defeat to Hornets

Once more, the Liverpool football team made the trek to Fayetteville-Manlius, just as it had done four times in the previous two seasons, all of them defeats, two of them in the first round of the Section III Class AA playoffs. This time, though, the Warriors finally came out on top.

Bears blank Homer, take charge in B West

Defense, ground game excels in 42-0 romp

Jack Hayes summed it up pretty well when he addressed his Chittenango football team moments after it finished off a 42-0 shutout of Homer in Friday night's Class B West first-place showdown. "You're a bunch of bad dudes", he said, summing up his thoughts - and the way the Bears handled the Trojans throughout the one-sided affair.

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Ringing in autumn at Rippleton Schoolhouse

Annual Community Day event slated for Sept. 30

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, The Friends of Lorenzo will once again host Community Day at Rippleton Schoolhouse.

LETTERS: Superintendent Dubik: Thanks for the help

Last week the Cazenovia Central School District experienced a water line break at the high school/middle school complex.

LETTERS: Osbornes thank area for successful turnout at Auxiliary Silver Teas

Oh behalf of Francis House and Hillcrest, we would like to thank the community and surrounding communities for the outpouring of goodwill at the Auxiliary Silver Teas.

LETTERS: Yankowski considers unanswered questions about hydrofracking

The truth about hydraulic fracturing gets buried in an avalanche of money, as is being done by the gas groups pressuring lawmakers.

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Caz Friend to Friend Mentoring Program: Huge success

Last year, with the help of Project CAFÉ, a few select high school students partnered up with fourth graders from Burton Street Elementary School and began the “Friend to Friend Mentoring Program.”

EDITORIAL: Fall fun abounds in the western suburbs

Fall has arrived, and with it, a cornucopia of great community events to choose from.

District seeks volunteers for budget committee

The Baldwinsville Central School District is beginning the development process for the 2013-14 budget and is seeking community input.

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United Church of Fayetteville celebrates pastor’s 20th year of ordination

The United Church of Fayetteville celebrated the Rev. Linda Even’s 20th year of ordination, and fifth year as the church’s pastor, Sunday, Sept. 16.

Town board votes to increase new water service fees

The Skaneateles Town Board has unanimously approved an increase in installation fees for new water services or equipment replacement, as well as a requirement that all new water services of a certain length be required to have a meter pit installed on the nearest road right-of-way.

LETTERS: Benner congratulates Project Café on vigil

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the members of Project Café for the wonderful ceremony they presented on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

LETTERS: Lounsbury further explains position on proposed South Meadows zone change

I wish to thank the editor for attending and reporting on the Sept. 4 public hearing to consider the Cazenovia Village Planning Board’s recommendation that a change of zone, from R-30 to R-6 be granted to facilitate Gregg Development’s proposal to develop residential lots on 48 acres of land bordering Number Nine Road to the east, known as “South Meadows.”

LETTERS: CACDA thanks sponsors, community members for support of ‘Farm & Fork’

On behalf of the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association Board of Directors, I would like to thank those who helped to make “Farm & Fork,” our annual community celebration, a huge success.

Camillus Rotary changes name, expands service

The Camillus Rotary Club has changed its name of nearly 50 years in an effort to boost membership and service.

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Troop 80 sell Maine delicacy at Mercer Park

Boy Scout Troop 80’s 16th Annual Lobster sale was held Saturday, Sept. 15, in Mercer Park. The lobsters were picked up fresh from Maine and brought back to Baldwinsville in time for the sale to start.

Liverpool, C-NS field hockey both win

Postponed showdown between rivals to get made up Oct. 9

Bad weather hit Central New York Tuesday and, playing it safe, Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse did not have their first of two regular-season field hockey showdowns.

B’ville boys volleyball holds off Liverpool

Bees cruise early, but need five sets to subdue Warriors

A two-day wait for the Baldwinsville boys volleyball team to square off with Liverpool proved worthwhile for the Bees, if a bit nerve-wracking. Dominating at the start, B’ville was poised to end the match numerous times, only to see the Warriors fight back and extend it to five sets before the Bees were able to escape in Thursday night's neighborhood clash.

Sept. 22 rock concert shifted from Paper Mill Island to Syracuse

When the Southern rock band Alabama Shakes took the stage at Paper Mill Island that evening, however, peace and quiet was the last thing on their mind. One of the tracks on the band’s debut disc says it all: “Goin’ to the Party.” The July 29 party grew louder and louder prompting village Water Foreman Chuck McAuliffe to ask the band’s sound engineer to bring down the music’s volume to comply with the village noise ordinance. Village Engineer Tim Baker told the Baldwinsville Village Board of Trustees at their Aug. 16 meeting that the roadie responded not by lowering the sound but by turning it up.

CBA, J-D swimmers earn wins over F-M

Schmitt, Fletcher again lead Brothers in season's first win

Having moved its home meets to Henninger High School’s pool, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls swim team welcomed its two closest neighbors for back-to-back meets, where the visitors won by equal margins.

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Caz volleyball falls twice in five sets

Lakers take close defeats to West Genny, LaFayette

A few points here and there, and perhaps the Cazenovia girls volleyball team is talking about an undefeated week rather than a 1-2 mark.

LETTERS: Sale helps support museum

The annual book sale held at our local Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum the weekend after Labor Day prompted crowds of local and area readers to respond, and books by the bag-full were toted away for future reading pleasure. We at McHarrie Legacy would like to thank all of our wonderful members and volunteers who helped make our annual fundraiser a success. We most certainly could not have done this without their support.

Thursday, September 20

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Skaneateles slams Marcellus in rivalry renewal

Herr throws for six TDs as Lakers go to 4-0

Skaneateles routed neighbor and long-time archrival Marcellus, 47-19, Thursday night in a non-league football game at Hyatt Stadium, staying undefeated while, at the same time, keeping the Mustangs winless.

Boys soccer Mustangs fall to Cazenovia in OT

Waite contained after early-season hot streak

Nate Waite entered Thursday’s night’s match against Cazenovia with a team-high nine goals — six more than any other player on the Marcellus boys soccer roster. But a stalwart Lakers back line held him in check under the lights at Marcellus High School. Waite failed to find the back of the net—once hitting the post—as Cazenovia edged the Mustangs 1-0 in overtime.

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Ground game, defense sends CBA past West Genny

Brothers' 35-20 win avenges 2011 Class AA final defeat

Christian Brothers Academy's football team waited nearly 11 months for another shot at the West Genesee side that dumped 57 points on them in last fall's Section III Class AA final at the Carrier Dome. The rematch, played Thursday night in Camillus, had a far different tone, as Deshawn Salter pounded away on the offensive side and the Brothers' defense offered the rest of the punishment in a 35-20 victory over the Wildcats.

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CBA welcomes six international students

Tianyi “Edward” Qiao is only a junior in high school, but already he’s well versed in the art of studying abroad.

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Tait case concludes

Funeral home director who pled guilty of sexual misconduct to undergo three years of probation

After pleading guilty to two misdemeanors in July, Brian H. Tait, director of Tait Funeral Home in Cazenovia, was sentenced to three years of probation on the morning of Sept. 20 at the Madison County Courthouse.

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B’ville’s Oktoberfest keeps crowd dancing

Reminiscent of the festival held at Tri County Mall decades ago, Fritz’ Polka Band was moved from the amphitheater stage on Paper Mill Island to under the tents during Friday night’s down pour.

Marcellus, JE given state awards for communications

The New York School Public Relations Association has recognized the Marcellus and Jordan-Elbridge school districts for outstanding achievement in educational communications.

B’ville swimmers gain big win over Liverpool

Johnson, Martin, Parker all claim races against Warriors

A strong combination of depth and variety would help the Baldwinsville girls swim team to a major early-season conquest. The Bees beat visiting Liverpool 56-38 Wednesday night at the Baker High School pool, saving some of its best performances for the latter part of the meet.

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Annual ceremony keeps ataxia in the public eye

Mary Jane Damiano will again host a ceremony marking the 2012 International Ataxia Day at 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at the North Syracuse Community Center, 700 South Bay Road. Each year, elected leaders from the community, county and state send proclamations recognizing the disease and the need for research to find a cure. A candle is lit symbolizing hope and unity in the fight against Ataxia. The public is invited to the ceremony. Refreshments will be served.

Lysander Parks and Recreation offers fall programming

Designed for kindergarten through fifth graders, this program will be held from 3:20 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays (Sept. 26 to Nov. 7) at Elden Elementary School.

F-M cross country opens with sweep of Oswego

Hornets scale back on weekend meets due to college recruiting

Catch the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams whenever there’s a chance to see them – which won’t be as often as in seasons past.

LETTERS: Thank you sponsors

The Baldwinsville Softball Association Women's League would like to thank the following sponsors: the American Legion, JP's, Timber Tavern/RP Speed, Page Transportation, Trapper's and Western Ranch for their support of the Baldwinsville Women's Softball League.

Wednesday, September 19

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East Syracuse residents speak out on proposal to abolish police force

Hundreds of East Syracuse residents filed into the St. Matthews School gym tonight to learn about the village’s proposal to abolish the police department and have the town of DeWitt take over police services.

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Bruen rallies girls soccer Bees past F-M

B'ville gives Hornets first defeat in early-season showdown

Cassidy Bruen scored twice to rally Baldwinsville past Fayetteville-Manlius, 2-1, Wednesday night in an early-season showdown of two prime Class AA girls soccer contenders at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. Bruen’s brace gave the Bees a 6-1 record, while The Hornets, undefeated at 4-0-1 going into the match, suffered its first defeat of the fall.

OT goal helps field hockey Lakers escape ESM

Willard scores, Caz extends league win streak to 76

Cazenovia's field hockey team has seen its Onondaga High School League win streak extend long enough to know that every single opponent will want to be the one to end it. East Syracuse-Minoa nearly did so, pushing the visiting Lakers to overtime Wednesday night before Emily Willard's goal, 22 seconds into the extra period, produced a 2-1 victory over the Spartans.

Lysander Parks and Recreation: Karate after school

Designed for kindergarten through fifth graders, this program will be held from 3:20 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays (Sept. 26 to Nov. 7) at Elden Elementary School. The goal is to teach self-defense, boxing, kickboxing and fitness while incorporating messages in regards to respect, discipline, confidence and goal setting.

Presentation on strengthening parent-teacher communications

Research shows that the more parents and teachers share relevant information with each other about a student, the better equipped both will be to help that student achieve academically. Effective two-way communication between families and schools is necessary for student achievement and is essential for building school-family partnerships.

Sissy’s Boutique to participate in ‘Virtual Housewarming Party’ tonight

Sissy’s Boutique will host an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, where representatives from the CNY Ronald McDonald House will be present to talk about the new House.

LCSD to hold meetings to review building goals

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education has scheduled four sessions to review buildings goals with the district’s principals and School Excellence Teams.

LETTERS: FM-JD Meals on Wheels thanks community

To the editor: On behalf of the FM-JD Area Meals on Wheels, we want to express our appreciation for the overwhelming community support for the recent bottle and can drive held on Saturday, Sept. 8.

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B'ville photographer's work hits the walls at local Applebee's Restaurant

Marianne Miles has been photographing just about everything that has happened in Baldwinsville since she moved here 16 years ago.

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Falcone returns to jazz roots

Former Sinatra pianist leads quartet Friday at 11th annual Jazz’N Caz festival

Nowadays, Vincent Falcone plays piano for some of the brightest stars of show business. Not only does he flat-out rock on the 88s, Falcone also organizes the material and conducts the band.

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Madison County Democrats to host Lamb, elect officers at meeting in Caz

The Madison County Democratic Committee biennial re-organization meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Crouch House of 5 Ledyard Ave. in Cazenovia.

Uncommon difficulties require uncommon sense

Community Columnist

Writing a column is difficult, but not as hard as performing in a triathlon — which my 200-pound nephew, Beauxregard, from Brooklyn, did last month.

Caz Community trail run a success

The Cazenovia high school girls cross country team would like to thank all those who participated or otherwise supported its First Annual Cazenovia Country Trail Run on Sept. 8.

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SQHAP to exhibit ‘The Other New York: 2012’

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park recently announced the opening of “The Other New York: 2012” exhibition will be held on Sept. 21 at the park.

COLUMN: See you at my senior fair

My eighth annual Senior Fair is now less than a month away. This free informational event for Central New York senior citizens will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds. I am also happy to announce that we have secured a record number of exhibitors this year.

The Chicago teachers’ strike: Could it happen here?

By the time you read this, the teachers’ strike in Chicago may be over. But not before dragging the third-largest school district in the country and 350,000 students into a nationwide debate over the future of public education.

Lead abatement, new firefighters on village board's agenda

Onondaga County Legislator Casey Jordan and Robert DeMore from the county's division of community development made a short presentation on lead abatement funding at the beginning of the Sept. 13 North Syracuse village board meeting. No residents came to the presentation to express interest in the program. “I find it hard to believe that there aren't properties in the village of North Syracuse ... or outlying towns that could benefit from this program,” Jordan said. “I think part of the problem is that many people think that they will not be eligible for funding for this program because they don't have children at home.” The federal grant program awards up to $25,000 for residencies with lead paint problems in Onondaga County. There are some eligibility requirements.

COLUMN: The Codes Corner - Keep roads clear of seasonal debris

Fall is in the air, and so are the leaves and debris that come with it each year. Please remember not to put your yard waste in the street as you are raking and picking up after your trees. Debris needs to be piled between the sidewalk and the road. In areas where there are no sidewalks, the debris needs to be placed on the lawn nearest the street.

Manlius Mayor: 200 years draws near

To the editor: As the seasons begin to change, I am reminded that Manlius didn't become the oldest village in Onondaga County by happenstance.

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Jordan gears up for 66th annual Fall Festival

More than 400 volunteers are hard at work to ensure that this year’s Jordan Fall Festival is just as good as, if not better than, the last.

Tuesday, September 18

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Town of Elbridge considers local ban on hydrofracking

The Elbridge Town Board held a public hearing Thursday, Sept. 13, to consider a proposal to ban the extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking, in the town of Elbridge.

Is our tech making us lazy?

Technically Speaking

OK, so it’s true — we love the conveniences that technology has afforded us over the years. We like to think that it’s making us more efficient — we are able to get things done faster and easier, but is it making us lazy?

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[GALLERY] Runners compete in 10th annual Fayetteville 10K Classic

More than 100 competitors crossed the finish line at the 10th annual Fayetteville 10K Classic, which started and ended in Beard Park Saturday morning.

Beaver Lake Nature Center: Trail Tales

Preschool-age children, accompanied by an adult, are invited to gather at Beaver Lake Nature Center for the popular Trail Tales program at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. A naturalist reads two stories to the children and then leads the group on a hike themed to match the stories. Free.

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Seasoned emcee returns to his roots

JTS Music, featuring Joe Trionfero, of Baldwinsville, has returned to the local music scene.

Clay senior housing proposals spark debate

About 150 people packed into Clay Town Hall Monday night to hear two proposals for senior housing, both of which were met with significant opposition from neighboring residents. Though the two properties are in different locations, the reasons voiced in opposition were the same — traffic, property values and drainage.

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Walk against suicide planned for Sept. 29 at Inner Harbor

The walk on Sept. 29 will raise more funds for SAS’s programming. The walk begins and ends at the Inner Harbor Amphitheatre, with walkers following Onondaga Lake along the Creekwalk. They’ll pause along Hiawatha Boulevard for a “Stand-Off,” where all walkers will stand hand in hand and share a moment of silence to raise awareness for the cause. Registration and sign in are at 10 a.m. Guest speakers will begin at 10:30 a.m., and there will be a balloon release at around 10:45 a.m. The walk itself begins at 11 a.m. Register at SASEvents.kintera.org.

Versatile barmaid is now a Garbo girl!

Kristin Kronafel mixes a marvelous mojito, but she also rolls out a hot poultice massage. The Retreat barmaid now works a second job as a licensed massage therapist at Garbo’s Salon & Spa, 732 S. Crouse Ave., on the Syracuse University Hill. While standard therapeutic massages remain popular, Kris takes her hands-on work to new levels with hot stones, green tea and lavender linen wraps and detoxifying mud wraps. Besides relaxing muscles, Kris polishes skin with a pomegranate sea salt body scrub and detoxifies skin with a caffeine-infused sugar scrub. Sounds delicious! Then there’s the hot poultice massage. Kris uses a moist-hot herbal ball from Thailand to decrease inflammation and release tension or spasm in muscles. “The scent of the steamed herbs is very relaxing as well,” she says. Prices range from $40 for a standard 30-minute massage to $95 for the hot poultice treatment. Eight-dollar add-ons — such as hot towels, aromatherapy and hand or foot paraffin wrappings — are a real bargain. Garbo’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 422-6007; GarboSalonandSpa.com.

CanTeen shares results of tournament at Cicero board meeting

The annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament held last month at Drivers Village raised about $20,000 for the CanTeen in Cicero, according to Vinny Hollopeter, who was on site at Wednesday’s Cicero Town Board meeting. Hollopeter, president of the Friends of the CanTeen, shared the results of the tournament with the town board at the Sept. 12 meeting. The Canteen, which recently bought a house next to Cicero-North Syracuse High School, provides afterschool activities and a place for teens in grades eight through 12 to meet and socialize. The Friends of the CanTeen is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support CanTeen operations. “Our Friends group is 100 percent volunteer,” said Hollopeter, “Every nickel that we take in goes into the function of the CanTeen. We do dinners, kids’ programs, festivals, parades, different ways of raising money—bake sales and things like that. But by far, Gus Macker is our largest fund raiser each year.”

Chittenango golfer produces hole-in-one

McIntosh aces 2nd hole at Rogues Roost West

In the midst of what has already been a successful season for Mike McIntosh and his fellow members of the Chittenango boys golf team, a milestone was reached. McIntosh delivered the most memorable shot of the season, a hole-in-one, as the Bears defeated Cortland 206-213 Monday afternoon at Rogues Roost’s West course.

Bears' McIntosh lands ace in win over Cortland

Chittenango golfer gets hole-in-one at Rogues Roost West

In the midst of what has already been a successful season for Mike McIntosh and his fellow members of the Chittenango boys golf team, a milestone was reached. McIntosh delivered the most memorable shot of the season, a hole-in-one, as the Bears defeated Cortland 206-213 Monday afternoon at Rogues Roost’s West course.

Pelcher lands ace on 8th hole at Timber Banks

Rare feat helps B'ville golfers defeat Auburn

James Pelcher will hit plenty of more shots this season for the Baldwinsville boys golf team, in plenty of different situations. But he’ll never hit one better than the nine-iron on the par-three 8th hole at Timber Banks in Monday afternoon's 204-225 victory over Auburn.

COLUMN: Candidate aims to ‘Restore Pride’ in Lysander

Kindly allow me to introduce myself to you as I continue the campaign to be your next elected Lysander town councilor. My name is Russ Johnson and, together with my wife, Sue, daughter, Susanne, dog, Cesar, and Susanne’s cat, Angel, we are very thrilled to be a part of the Lysander community. We look forward to many more enjoyable years to come.

SU breaks losing streak, gets away from Stony Brook

Much goes wrong in 28-17 victory over FCS foe

Syracuse football head coach Doug Marrone was asked, at his weekly press conference prior to last Saturday’s game against Stony Brook, if the Orange was venerable to another setback in the wake of season-opening defeats to Northwestern and USC.

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Marcellus grad Chris Stogsdill named MAAC Performer of the Week

Iona College men's cross country junior Chris Stogsdill, a graduate of Marcellus High School, was named MAAC Performer of the Week for his efforts at Saturday's 18th Annual Meet of Champions at Van Cortlandt Park.

Race for Respect runs through Camillus Sunday

The West Genesee School District and the Town of Camillus will host the 14th annual Race for Respect at noon Sunday, Sept. 23, at the high school.

Monday, September 17

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Pair of soccer Lakers play to 1-1 draw

Skaneateles-Caz go through more OT drama

This overtime thing is quickly growing into a habit for the Cazenovia and Skaneteles boys soccer teams. For the second time in less than a week, both groups of Lakers went beyond 80 minutes, this time against each other, and decided nothing in a 1-1 draw at the Sean Googin Sports Complex on Monday afternoon.

Police blotter: DWI charges lodged, other charges

At 1:56 a.m. Aug. 25, police observed a vehicle driving on the shoulder of the roadway and cross over the double-solid lines on West Genesee Street. The vehicle was stopped and the driver identified as Edward J. Steves, Jr., 32, of 15 W. Genesee St. Apt 3, Baldwinsville.

Caz Town Board discusses local road work, hydrofracking

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 18, Lincklaen Road will be under construction between the intersections of Summerfield Drive and Lucas Cross Road, for two weeks.

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Plans brewing for Empire’s Caz location

Comapny eyes 22-acre plot for proposed farm brewery

When it comes to Empire Brewing Company’s Cazenovia location, brewer Tim Butler is ready to let the real work begin on the proposed farm brewery complex.

Caz Ski Club readies for annual ‘Ski Caz Jam’

Bright red maple leaves, 40-degree temperatures and crock-pot sightings on kitchen counters are sure signs that autumn has arrived in Central New York.

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Coach Neufang honored with building dedication

Friday afternoon, Sept. 7, approximately 100 people gathered at the Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium concession facility on the Baldwinsville Central School District’s main campus on East Oneida Street to hear fond stories about former varsity football coach Bill Neufang.

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Carpenter’s Brook in Elbridge home to Sportsmen’s Days this weekend

Families can fish, shoot skeet and learn all about the outdoors at the annual Sportsmen’s Days this weekend at Carpenter’s Brook in Elbridge.

COLUMN: Agency, authorities eliminated with new law

New laws recently signed by the Governor will eliminate 120 inactive local authorities and agencies. I was pleased to support these bills in the Assembly. The laws repealed the "statutory authorization" for authorities or agencies that were already defunct or never established by local municipalities in the first place.

J-D runners finish second at VVS Invitational

CBA's Pierce posts second-fastest girls time of day

Most of Central New York’s cross country runners were gathered together for Saturday’s Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational, including local sides from Jamesville-DeWitt, CBA and East Syracuse-Minoa.

COLUMN: The YMCA of Greater Syracuse offers tips for healthy eating and physical activity

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and the YMCA of Greater Syracuse — a leader in youth development and healthy living—wants to help families in Onondaga County understand the risks of childhood obesity and how to incorporate regular physical activity and healthy eating into their lives.

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B’ville field hockey breaks into win column

Bees have 2-1 week, take close loss to Liverpool

Consistent defense, combined with one timely scoring play, were enough to lift the Baldwinsville field hockey team past East Syracuse-Minoa 1-0 last Monday night for the first win of the 2012 season.

Skaneateles swimmers have opening meets

Bucholz stands out in losses to Auburn, New Hartford

With two challenging meets in a 48-hour span, the Skaneateles girls swim team had an exciting start to its 2012 season. Head coach Jill King’s Lakers began with a trip to Auburn last Wednesday night for a non-league meet, and stayed right with the Maroons through most of an 89-81 defeat.

Caz girls soccer goes 2-0-1, ties Skaneateles

Klein continues torrid start with eight more goals

Through the up-and-down nature of its opening stretch, the Cazenovia girls soccer team had the luxury of an easier schedule at home, and took full advantage.

CBA, J-D girls soccer both beat ESM

Red Rams stay consistent in busy stretch

Even though it didn’t have to travel much last week, the East Syracuse-Minoa girls soccer team found itself in an unenviable position, having to face powerful neighbors Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt in a 48-hour span.

B'ville tennis beats West Genesee, 4-3

Bees rebound from F-M near-miss, also take tournament

Anything following the drama of the Baldwinsville girls tennis team's near-conquest of Fayetteville-Manlius - and it 303-match win streak - on Sept. 7 would pale in comparison, but the Bees still managed a series of impressive efforts.

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Residents flock to CPF-sponsored willow weaving workshop

On Aug. 25 the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation sponsored a make-and-take workshop creating willow pea-cage trellises.

Sunday, September 16

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[GALLERY] Beard Park bustles for Fayetteville Festival

Beard Park bustled with activity during the sixth annual Fayetteville Festival held from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. Saturday.

LETTERS: Carmeli commends resident for recent letter addressing Muraco, Enders House

I’d like to thank Patti Smith for her beautiful letter imploring David Muraco to consider the common good rather than his own pockets when determining the fate of the Enders House.

LETTERS: Symonds to village board: Revisions to CP should not be done piecemeal

As a 23-year resident and taxpayer in the village, I am very concerned about some of the business that is currently before the trustees.

LETTERS: Clarke comments on public hearings from recent Caz Village Board meeting

On Monday evening, Sept. 4, the Cazenovia Village Board held two public hearings on issues of significance to Cazenovia.

LETTERS: Fox: Our political convention system needs overhaul

After two weeks listening to a wide range of impassioned convention speakers, I am struck with the similarities between a national political convention and a religious revival service.

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The Dwinelles: Cazenovia residents with far-reaching impact

From the Madison County Historian

The Dwinelle family of Cazenovia had an impact on not only Madison County but throughout the United States as well. From the day patriarch Justin arrived around 1811 his family set the bar incredibly high for their social and political awareness.

B’ville boys soccer beats Fulton, West Genny

Bees quickly back in form after 2-2 Liverpool draw

Given a chance to rest after the hard-fought 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sept. 8, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team returned to action late last week and quickly returned to winning form, too.

B’ville boys volleyball drops tight match to Oswego

Bees also get pair of wins; girls sweep WG, Henninger

Now it was the Baldwinsville boys volleyball team’s turn to take to the court, determined to upend Oswego and reclaim the Section III Class AA throne. Sure enough, the Bees and Buccaneers met up on Thursday night. As the visitors, B’ville got off to the ideal start, but could not sustain it in a four-set defeat.

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Adams, Neal lead girls Lakers to cross country win

Skaneateles girls edge Corning at Chenango Valley meet

"It’s always nice when the little guy beats the big bruisers,” said coach Rob Tuttle after his Skaneateles girls won the 45th annual McDaniel/Baxter cross country invitational Saturday at Chenango Valley, just north of Binghamton.

Skaneateles girls soccer has 2-0-1 week

Lakers rout Hannibal, McGraw, tie Cazenovia 1-1

So much for the offensive doldrums that may have crept into the Skaneateles girls soccer team’s psyche early in the 2012 season. The Lakers really started to pick up its pace in last Monday’s game against Hannibal, where a big first half translated into an easy 6-0 win over the Warriors.

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Field hockey Lakers blank Cato, Port Byron

Caz scores big against Blue Devils, strikes late against Panthers

Some wild September weather forced the Cazenovia field hockey team to the sidelines, as the Sept. 8 game at Rome Free Academy got postponed, to be made up on Oct. 9, exactly a month later. Thus, when the Lakers visited Cato-Meridian last Tuesday afternoon, it had not played for a week, and was eager to show off its attack – which it did, pummeling the Blue Devils 9-0.

Girls cross country Lakers take third at VVS meet

Cudney races to fourth place on sectional course

So the next chapter starts for the Cazenovia girls cross country team, minus many of the familiar names that produced championship results both here and in indoor and outdoor track for the Lakers, too.

Bears mash Marcellus, await Homer showdown

Chittenango gets away from Mustangs in second half

All is now in place for the Chittenango football team’s clash this Friday night with Homer, likely to decide the regular-season championship of the Class B West division. Both the Bears and Trojans are 3-0, 2-0 in league play, after last Friday's action, which saw Chittenango, no. 3 in the first state Class B rankings of the season, go to Marcellus and pull away from the Mustangs 29-6.

Ludden handles ITC; other local sides struggle

Marcellus overcome by Chittenango in second half

Weather was not kind for the latest evening of Friday night football, with thunderstorms causing early delays and rain lingering hours after play resumed. And of the many local teams trying to break into the win column, only Bishop Ludden proved successful, the Gaelic Knights building a big margin in the first three periods and holding off Institute of Technology Central 27-16 at Clary Middle School.

Brothers’ defense nearly flawless in shutout of C-NS

CBA only allows one first down, improves to 3-0

No football team will ever reach perfection, though they all strive for it. Yet Christian Brothers Academy nearly reached that ideal spot, at least from a defensive standpoint, during Friday night’s 21-0 victory over Cicero-North Syracuse at Alibrandi Stadium.

Saturday, September 15

C-NS, Liverpool both sweep at VVS Invitational

Cross Country teams excel on sectional championship course

They held eight varsity cross country races as part of Saturday's Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational, and teams from Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool won half of them. The Northstars claimed both portions of the Varsity 1 division, while the Warriors did the same in the Varsity 2 division.

Cross country Bees roll to wins at VVS meet

B'ville's depth displayed on sectional course

Not even two months from now, both of Baldwinsville's cross country teams will make their way to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill to compete in the Section III championships. At the very least, the Bees enjoyed the first visit, claiming boys and girls team honors during Saturday's VVS Invitational.

Manahan, Garn both victorious at VVS meet

J-E's Abby Gugel also wins race on sectional course

Marcellus cross country runners Ryan Manahan and Rachel Garn both carry high expectations into the 2012 season, and nothing that happened at Saturday's Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational discouraged those thoughts.

Liverpool gets dramatic OT win over Auburn

Warriors rally in regulation, pull out 33-32 win

Everyone at Liverpool High School Stadium knew the ball was going to Jeff Edwards. The Warriors’ tailback had already taken all three carries of Liverpool’s must-score overtime possession in Friday night's classic showdown with Auburn.

Caz football shuts out Oneida, 19-0

Win offers payback for playoff defeat to Indians

A double-digit lead going into the fourth quarter, a shutout, a superb performance on the defensive side - these were all things the Cazenovia football team had accomplished before against Oneida. This time, though, the Lakers were not about to give it away.

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Howard leads Wildcats past Central Square

WG running back gets 274 yards, six TDs

Simply put, Naesean Howard was not going to let the West Genesee football team suffer its third consecutive defeat. The Wildcats' junior tailback took over Friday night's game at Central Square, scoring four consecutive touchdowns to lead his side past the Red Hawks 46-28.

Lakers hammer Hannibal for third straight win

Defensive TD puts Skaneateles in front for good

Max Weiss is mostly known for the relentless work he does as the primary running back for the Skaneateles football team. But it was a big play on the defensive side, made by Weiss, that permanently turned Friday night's game with Hannibal in the Lakers' favor as it went on to roll past the visiting Warriors 49-14.

Friday, September 14

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J-D football gets big win over ESM

Red Rams rally in rain past Spartans, 16-14

Jamesville-DeWitt rallied in the second half Friday night, knocking off defending Class A football champion East Syracuse-Minoa, 16-14 and, in doing so, turned around a neighborhood football rivalry that had long gone in the Spartans' favor.

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Hornets battle past B'ville, move to 3-0

Bright, Greer both run wild on wet, windy night

A punishing ground attack, set up by a powerful offensive line, was the featured attraction Friday night when Fayetteville-Manlius and Baldwinsville got together for an early-season showdown Friday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. Only in this case, it was the team in white and green, and not the team in red, that rode its running game to a successful outcome, as Sean Bright and Ryan Greer, escorted by some powerful men up front, led the Hornets past the Bees 34-25.

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DeWitt Town Board approves inter-municipal police contract with East Syracuse

The village of East Syracuse can move forward with the first of two public hearings to consider abolishing the police department, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the St. Matthews School gym on Kinne Street.

Village, CSEA declare impasse on labor contract

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees and the local chapter of the Civil Service Employees Association, after more than one year of negotiations and disagreements, have declared labor contract negotiations to be at an impasse, Mayor Marty Hubbard told the village board at its Sept. 18 meeting. At issue are wage increases for the 2012 year, which the village offered as a one-time payment but the union wants as a permanent wage increase.

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Learn how to attract birds to your garden

The public is invited at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, as Baldwinsville’s Jim Sollecito of Sollecito Landscaping Nursery and Adam Waterfield of Wild Birds Unlimited combine talents for a one-hour presentation on attracting more birds to your home.

Educational materials to be distributed regarding referendum

Van Buren officials have approved an expenditure not to exceed $2,000 to cover the costs of printing and postage for a public education mailer regarding the appointed superintendent position, which will be on the ballot in November. This will provide educational material regarding the referendum to the 4,800 households in Van Buren.

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Myrick to deliver 2012 Washburn Distinguished Lecture at Caz College

Cazenovia College’s 2012 Washburn Distinguished Lecture, to be presented at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 in McDonald Lecture Hall of Eckel Hall on Lincklaen Street, will feature Svante L. Myrick, mayor of the City of Ithaca. The event is free and open to the public.

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GM Kruzzers donate $1,600 to BVC

GM Kruzzers Car Club representatives (third, fourth and fifth from left) Sue Dombroski, Terri Reardon and Ron Reardon present Baldwinsville Volunteer Center representatives Jim Honsinger (BVC vice president), left, Nancy Conley (BVC Director), second from left, and Maureen Flemiming (BVC president) with a check for more than $1,600 during the BVC summer board of directors meeting.

Skaneateles girls tennis has 3-0 week

Lakers shut out Pulaski, Grimes, Jordan-Elbridge

The Skaneateles girls tennis team earned its first victory of the 2012 season last Tuesday afternoon, putting together a 7-0 shutout of the Pulaski Blue Devils, the start of a week where it would be close to flawless.

Skaneateles boys soccer tames J-E, Phoenix

Lakers to host Finger Lakes Cup this weekend

One of the centerpieces of the Skaneateles boys soccer season is the annual Finger Lakes Cup, which takes place next Friday and Saturday at Arthur Hyatt Stadium.

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Village institutes new penalties for people with outstanding parking fines

Wheel-locking device, publication of violator names to begin

The Skaneateles Village Board has recently enacted certain parking remedies to be able to retrieve overdue/outstanding parking revenue that has plagued the village for years. In conjunction with the police department, letters for non-payment of these tickets have gone out and are continuing to go out on a weekly basis. The police department has purchased a wheel-locking device that disables motor vehicles and prevents the owners from being able to get their vehicle back until their fines and penalties are paid.

LETTERS: Waiting on the Y

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.”

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F-M grad opens Neenee's boutique in Fayetteville

The village of Fayetteville just got a bit more stylish.

Caz volleyball handles Phoenix, Homer

Lakers recover from early-season defeat to Skaneateles

Though the Cazenovia girls volleyball team’s Sept. 7 defeat to Skaneateles at Buckley Gym proved a bit discouraging, it did start a stretch of home matches at Buckley Gym where the Lakers had time to reclaim its winning form.

C-NS boys volleyball claims epic over F-M

Northstars rally from 2-0 deficit to win in five sets

Following a series of defeats to Section V opponents (Penfield, Webster Schroeder and Midlakes) at the end of August, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys volleyball team had a week to practice more and work on the flaws that popped up in those early matches. What happened in Thursday’s match against Fayetteville-Manlius defined that work.

Canton Woods repaving slated for Sept. 17

Van Buren officials awarded the Canton Woods Senior Center parking lot paving and labor bid to Earth Road Inc. in the amount of $17,514 during the Sept. 4 board meeting. The project is slated to begin Sept. 17.

COLUMN: Gardening tips- Extend your garden enjoyment

Don’t let fall or potentially frosty temperatures stop you from enjoying garden- fresh produce. Extend the nutritional value and homegrown flavor into your fall and early winter meals with the help of short season crops and season extending strategies.

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Jordan-Elbridge Middle School students create pinwheels for peace

Global program promotes peace through art

Unlike the usual fall plantings of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and lilies, students at Jordan-Elbridge Middle School next week will adorn the school’s front lawn with an altogether different – but no less colorful – crop.

Thursday, September 13

Quick OT goal pushes Westhill soccer past Cazenovia

Lakers rally twice, but Etoll wins it

Jake Etoll sprinted up the near sideline. Arms held up, the Westhill sophomore forward ran in front of the Warriors student section, stopped on the edge of the track, and crossed his arms — putting on his most serious pose — as teammates grabbed and jumped on him.

J-D boys soccer gets back at ESM

Red Rams break skid, avenge playoff defeat to Spartans

A pair of early defeats left the Jamesville-DeWitt boys soccer team in an urgent mood going into Thursday night's game at East Syracuse-Minoa. That urgency, and a desire to partially atone for the way the 2011 season ended, helped the Red Rams as a late offensive surge produced a 3-1 victory over the Spartans.

Girls soccer Hornets beat C-NS, Liverpool

Last-minute goal vs. Northstars keeps F-M unbeaten

Maybe this is not the same old Fayetteville-Manlius girls soccer team. The Hornets of seasons past would be exciting to watch, for sure, but would give up just as many big plays as it would produce, inevitably leading to an exit one or two steps short of the Section III Class AA summit.

Campbell, Jeanneret fill music department vacancy at F-M

A former 34.5-year Fayetteville-Manlius School District employee will reprise his role as a member of F-M High School’s Music Department for the 2012-13 school year.

Methodist church to host classical music concert

Skaneateles United Methodist Church will host “Dreams and Desires: An Evening of Classical Music,” Friday, Sept. 28, beginning at 8 p.m. The participating artists are known in the Central New York area for their work with the Syracuse Opera and Syracuse Symphony. All proceeds will go to the church's Roof Revival Fund.

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Amberations Fall Festival Planned for Sept. 30

Live music, country art, food, games and raffles will be featured at the annual Amberations Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Otisco Lake Community Center in Amber. The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Welch Allyn to cut 10 percent of workforce

Welch Allyn has announced it will reduce 10 percent of its workforce – including more than 100 positions in Skaneateles – and begin a company-wide restructuring program during the next three years. The decision is a result of an upcoming medical device tax in the new U.S. healthcare law and a changing global healthcare environment, according to a press release from the company.

Bank awards scholarships to local students

Morgan Noone was recently awarded a scholarship from Fulton Savings Bank. Noone received this honor as the highest-ranking graduating student from Baker High School attending SUNY Oswego.

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Jazz’N Caz to feature three nights of music

Swing fans will flock to the 11th annual Jazz’N Caz fest at Cazenovia College, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22, at the Catherine Cummings Theatre, but the festival kicks off informally at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, on the lawn at the Brae Loch Inn with a blues-rock band named Gent Treadly.

Spreading the word on Livestrong

Words for Thought

There is something strange about word of mouth – when it works, and when it does not. Following an intense publicity campaign, I am always amazed to hear, “Why, I had no idea about this.” As an example, consider the new “Y” that opened recently in the Village of Manlius.

SQHAP names Johnson to board of directors

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park recently announced the addition of Michael Paul Johnson to its board of directors.

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Jordan woman is chocolate champ at New York State Fair

Elaine Reilley, of Jordan, has won the Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship at the New York State Fair for her Almond Joy Tarts, a recipe inspired by her husband’s love of chocolate and almonds.

Lysander Parks and Recreation: Registration for fall programming is underway

Registration began Sept. 10 for the Lysander Parks & Recreation Department. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and is required to attend all programs.

An ode to my mother, for all those who still have theirs

Guest Column

When mom died, I grieved for the woman who had become my best friend and, somehow in the process, discovered myself.

We’ve come a long way, baby

Community Columnist

Rock-a-bye baby on the tree top, when the wind blows, the cradle will rock. Admit it, there’s no lullaby for the man in charge.

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Founders Day, 5K run set for Sept. 22 in Manlius

When the Rev. Cliff Auth, pastor of St. Ann’s Church in Manlius, asked for permission to hold a 5K run in the village of Manlius, his timing was perfect.

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ISA honors Grabosky for arboricultural research

Dr. Jason Grabosky, a Cazenovia native and professor at Rutgers University whose contribution to soil design research has become an industry standard for growing healthy trees, is this year’s recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s prestigious L.C. Chadwick Award for Arboricultural Research.

EDITORIAL: It's time to get educated

The East Syracuse Village Board is moving forward with plans to put the fate of the police department in the hands of the voting community.

CBA swimmers debut; J-D beats Liverpool

DeMaio-Zacharek debuts as new coach for Brothers

There’s been a big change at the top with the Christian Brothers Academy girls swim program. Bill Houser, the Brothers’ long-time coach, stepped down due to a promotion at his full-time job at Cazenovia College. In Houser’s place is Ashley DeMaio-Zacharek, a 2004 CBA graduate.

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Ready for the new school year

Connor Steria, right, followed by fellow St. Mary’s Academy students (from left) Daniel Thorpe, Charlie Bridge and Luke Arvantides, arrive for their first day of school on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

B’ville swimmers top Mexico in season opener

Parker, Sidorakis both win two races against Tigers

Charis Parker and Samantha Sidorakis were at the forefront of the Baldwinsville girls swim team’s successful 2012 season debut. By winning two individual events apiece, Parker and Sidorakis pushed the Bees past Mexico, 52-40, Wednesday night at the Baker High School pool.

West Genesee swimmers top CBA, 99-85

Wildcats take pair of relays; Cahalan claims 200 IM

Two of the area’s most prestigious girls swim programs got together when West Genesee met Christian Brothers Academy in Wednesday’s 2012 season opener. And despite the fact that the Brothers won more individual events, the Wildcats’ depth, as illustrated by a series of second and third-place finishes, helped produce a 99-85 victory.

LETTERS: Show me the details

Recently, the Lysander and Van Buren supervisors began campaigning to change their highway superintendent positions from elected to appointed status. Those fine gentlemen have plenty of life experiences and ideas that can improve our towns, but I don’t believe that this is one of them.

Leff returns for cross country Wildcats

West Genny junior star missed time with stress fracture

A familiar and comforting sight greeted West Genesee cross country fans in Wednesday’s season-opening meet against Oswego at Camillus Middle School. At the front of the pack in the girls race, Laura Leff won again, the junior fully healed from the stress fracture in her foot that sidelined her late in the indoor track season and through the entire outdoor campaign in the spring, too.

Van Buren: Industrial property maintenance law passed

Van Buren officials have passed a local law, which requires owners of industry properties to adhere to property maintenance laws.

COLUMN: Coffee with Baldwinsville's Mayor

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski last Tuesday at Shamballa Café and Coffee Roasters to chat about what’s new in the village. Last week’s discussion focused on this weekend’s Oktoberfest being held from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, and noon to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at Paper Mill Island. Admission is $3 adults, $2 kids (6 to 12) and free for children 5 and under.

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Pave the Way Day Care opens in Minoa

A new business is now open in the village of Minoa.

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Beaver Lake's Golden Harvest

Despite Saturday’s cooler weather and sudden bursts of rain, Beaver Lake Nature Center’s annual Golden Harvest Festival was greatly attended. The event was held Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Onondaga County Park in Baldwinsville.

Wednesday, September 12

Brewerton man accused of setting Pompey garage on fire

Charles R. Bliss Jr., 41, of 9486 Blaze Path in Brewerton, is accused of breaking into a detached four-car bay garage at 8328 Cazenovia Road in the town of Pompey and intentionally setting it on fire.

Caz girls tennis knocks off Chittenango

During the annual three-way girls tennis tournament held Tuesday at Chittenango, Cazenovia had a head-to-head meeting with the Bears and prevailed by a 5-2 margin in the opening round.

Hanna to visit Caz Sept. 15

Congressman Richard Hanna will visit Cazenovia on Saturday, Sept. 15. Susan and Leigh Baldwin will host Hanna from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lincklaen House, located at 79 Albany St. in Cazenovia.

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MOMS Club donates swing to Lakeside

As many of the parents of young children in Cazenovia have expressed the need for an infant swing in Cazenovia, the local MOMS Club recently donated an infant/toddler swing to Lakeside Park.

Taste of Cazenovia to be held at Owera Vineyards

Owera Vineyards recently announced it will host the Taste of Cazenovia at its newly-constructed facility during the grand opening during the spring of 2013.

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Marching Band Home Show set for Sept. 15

The Baldwinsville Central School District’s marching band home show is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, located on the district’s main campus at 29 East Oneida St. in the village of Baldwinsville.

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Fayetteville Festival highlights local non-profits Saturday

The third Saturday in September is quickly approaching — and with it, the sixth annual Fayetteville Festival. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Beard Park, with a rain date of Sunday.

B’ville golf tournament to benefit Rally for the Cure

Nicole Chenet wants to spread the word – about breast cancer.

COLUMN: Library Focus - ereaders to be in circulation soon

School is back in session and change is in the air. Our public computers are being upgraded to Windows 7. We’ve got lots of new titles for all ages, both physical and electronic, and we will soon be circulating ereaders loaded with a selection of popular titles for folks who aren’t quite ready to buy their own device yet.

Beaver Lake Nature Center presents ...

Beaver Lake Nature Center is an Onondaga County Park located at 8477 East Mud Lake Road, four miles west of Baldwinsville off Route 370. The center offers a variety of activities including the following:

Tuesday, September 11

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DeWitt Town Board moves vote on shared-services contract to Friday

The DeWitt Town Board tabled its vote on a shared-services agreement with East Syracuse Monday night following an apparent lack of understanding of the agreement by the members of the town board.

Firenze pushes girls Bees past West Genny

B'ville senior star scores both second-half goals

Baldwinsville senior forward Emma Firenze powered the Bees past previously undefeated West Genesee, 2-0, Tuesday night in a non-league Class AA girls’ soccer game. Firenze scored a pair of well taken goals to lift the Bees to 5-1 overall. The Wildcats fell to 4-1.

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Late goal lifts boys soccer Warriors past C-NS

Liverpool struck game-winner with 10 on field

Down one player, in a tie game, perhaps the easier path for the Liverpool boys soccer team would be to go into a defensive shell and make sure that, at least, its latest showdown with Cicero-North Syracuse would go on into overtime. But the Warriors thought otherwise, and with a strong throw and a bit of confusion in front of the Northstars' net late in regulation, Liverpool pulled out a 1-0 victory Tuesday night at the Gillette Road complex.

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Poet discusses 'Journeys on Route 20' at DeWitt Community Library Thursday

The DeWitt Community Library will host poet and oral memoirist Michael Czarnecki for "Journeys on Route 20" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.

FTGU receives $7,000 CNYCF grant

From the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship Inc. is pleased to announce the award of $7,000 from the Central New York Community Foundation in support of the purchase of a new horse trailer.

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B'ville fashionista opens Mod Squad Fashions

Fashion, function and fun – that is Paulette Peters’ mission. The Baldwinsville fashionista and owner of Mod Squad Fashion, LTD, is closing in on her first year as a business owner. It is also her first launch into fashion.

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Be sure to ‘Feed the Chickens’

New art installation uses recycled material, encourages viewer involvement

Although the keeping of chickens has been prohibited by the village of Cazenovia, a flock of mechanized fowl has found its way onto Albany Street.

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East Syracuse woman leads humble 9/11 remembrance in DeWitt

Four residents joined in singing the national anthem in front of the DeWitt 9//11 memorial this morning.

MILESTONES: Billings/Sanabria wed

JoAnna Billings and Alfred Sanabria were married on June 9, 2012, at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Dana Point, CA.

Are village skunks afflicted with deadly distemper?

My brother, James, and his wife, Kathy, flew in from California over Labor Day weekend. During their stay, I introduced them to the village’s newest nightspot, the White Water Pub on South Willow Street. After ordering cocktails, we sat at an outdoors table happily basking in the glow of the full moon. Our evening reverie was cut short when a nauseating skunk smell suddenly fouled the fresh night air. We scurried into the indoor bar-room to escape the stench.

COLUMN: I-STOP becomes law to help combat prescription drug abuse

New York has a new law called I-STOP that was recently signed by the Governor. I was glad to support this in the Assembly earlier this year. I-STOP is short for “Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing.” This is a “real-time” registry for doctors and pharmacists to track prescriptions. This will help limit those who abuse painkillers and other prescription drugs from “doctor shopping.”

CBA, ESM girls soccer go 1-1 in opening week

J-D romps through Syracuse, 7-0

Soon enough, the girls soccer teams from Christian Brothers Academy and East Syracuse-Minoa will get their shots at Jamesville-DeWitt in what promises to be an exciting OHSL Freedom division contest throughout the fall.

ESM, CBA boys win twice; J-D starts 1-1

Spartans attempting to defend Class A title this fall

East Syracuse-Minoa’s boys soccer team holds the Section III Class A crown after its unlikely 2011 run to the state final four. Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy are determined to snatch that crown from the Spartans’ head.

MPH soccer stops Ludden, Faith Heritage

Girls Trojans shut out Cazenovia

High standards are the norm for the Manlius-Pebble Hill boys soccer team, especially under the guidance of long-time head coach Don Ridall, who has won more than 500 career games. The Trojans are coming off a 2011 season where, at 11-6-1, they made it to the Section III Class C semifinals before Cooperstown stopped them one step short of the title game.

Monday, September 10

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C-NS edges Liverpool in volleyball showdown

Northstars get clutch points for five-set win

Just add up the points from Monday night's girls volleyball match, and Liverpool will have more than Cicero-North Syracuse. That's not how it works, though, and by claiming most of the points when it really mattered, the Northstars beat the Warriors in five sets at the LHS gymnasium.

B'ville nearly ends F-M tennis win streak

Susko claims third-set tie-breaker to save Hornets

Nearly two decades, and more than 300 matches after it started, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis team nearly saw its epochal win streak end. Baldwinsville posted one of the most legitimate threats to that streak and were one game away from pulling it off, but the Hornets held on to beat the Bees 4-3 and run the streak to 304 in a row.

Timber Banks chosen as unofficial site for B'ville Y

According to two sources who wish to remain anonymous, an unofficial decision has been made in the site selection for the Northwest Family YMCA.

Update: We are back from the GoDaddy.com outage affecting our local websites

We are back. This afternoon our sites were not reachable by many of you because we were part of the fall out from the cyber attack at GoDaddy.com.

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[GALLERY] JCC hosts 13th Annual Jewish Music & Cultural Festival

The Jewish Cultural & Music Festival celebrated its 13th, Bar Mitzvah, year Sunday, with great music and incredible food -- all to the tune of clear skies.

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Tokarzes to renew vows for 75th wedding anniversary

Frank and Veronica Tokarz will be renewing their marriage vows on Monday, Sept. 17, at the 8:15 a.m. Mass, St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Skaneateles, in preparation for their 75th wedding anniversary the following day. A reception will be held after Mass for anyone wishing to join them.

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Skaneateles begins new school year with enthusiasm

The upbeat tone that greeted students on the first day of school Wednesday, Sept. 5, was felt a day earlier by Skaneateles Central School District staff as they met in the high school auditorium for an annual kick off.

Congrats, Burton Street Elementary students and staff

From the editor

On Friday, Sept. 7, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan verified what many Cazenovia residents already knew, by recognizing Burton Street Elementary School as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School.

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Shepard Settlement Cemetery designated National Historic Cemetery

The Skaneateles Town Board and the Shepard Settlement Neighborhood Association teamed up to celebrate Labor Day by dedicating Shepard Settlement Cemetery as a newly-minted National Historic Cemetery.

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Burton Street Elementary named 'Blue Ribbon School'

Burton Street Elementary School was abuzz with excitement the morning of Sept. 7, as district officials were informed the school was recognized as a 2012 Blue Ribbon School by United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

EHH Committee presents findings to Caz Village Board

The Economic Health and Heritage Study Committee presented preliminary findings at the Cazenovia Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and established an open work session for Sept. 20 in the village office.

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Beautiful Labor Day weekend for annual SkanRaces competitions

On Sunday, Sept. 2, the Escape from the Judge swim race, part of the annual SkanRaces Labor Day race weekend, took place on Skaneateles Lake at Clift Park. Yearly participant Summer Schmitt, of Syracuse, was this year’s winner, after a close duel to the finish line against second place finisher Joshua David Lacey, also of Syracuse.

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Caz Village Trustees further examine South Meadows development

Residents packed the Cazenovia Municipal Building on Sept. 4 to attend a public hearing regarding a zone change of about 48 acres of village land for former mayor Dennis Gregg’s proposed development, “South Meadows,” on the easterly side of Number Nine Road.

Syracuse Chargers Swim Team to practice at Cazenovia College

The Cazenovia College Athletic Complex often offers opportunities for the community to use its facilities on a regular basis. Most recently, the Syracuse Chargers Swim Team began practice sessions at Cazenovia’s pool on Monday, Sept. 10.

SAVES announces “Fun in the Sun” winners

SAVES members wish to thank all those that participated in the annual fundraiser and announces its winners.

Town board considers shorter hours at Austin Park ice rink

The town-run ice rink at Austin Park Pavilion will begin the 2012 ice season with a loss of more than $11,000 in revenue due to a large reduction in committed rink use hours by community groups. This reality prompted the Skaneateles Town Board at its Sept. 6 meeting to consider the likelihood of reduced general rink hours to save money on staffing costs.

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Legendary acoustic ‘Strawbs’ to play Cazenovia

Live Space Entertainment and the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College will present an evening of British folk-rock at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, when progressive rock legends, The Strawbs, bring their acoustic set to Cazaenovia, with special guest singer-songwriter-author John Wesley Harding.

Cross country Northstars win at ESM meet

C-NS boys finish second to Brightton

Cicero-North Syracuse’s cross country teams were quite eager to get started, as was shown by their efforts in last Saturday’s East Syracuse-Minoa Invitational. On the course at Pine Grove Middle School, the girls Northstars bested 12 other teams for first place, finishing with 60 points. Host ESM (94 points) edged out Skaneateles (95 points) for the runner-up spot.

Girls soccer Northstars sweep Arlington, John Jay

Liverpool beaten by Rochester Mercy, 2-1

Perhaps offering the strongest signal yet that it was back in the realm of elite Section III Class AA sides, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team won both of its matches over top visiting Section I opponents during the Baldwinsville Kickoff Tournament.

Deuble shots 33 twice for golf Warriors

Liverpool beats West Genny; C-NS Blue beats C-NS Green

Liverpool’s boys golf team earned its first win of the season last Wednesday when it went to Brooklawn and put together a 203-210 victory over the combined Syracuse city squad, the start of a memorable four-day stretch where Karl Deuble was the featured performer.

ESM girls rise to second at cross country meet

Spartans top Skaneateles in season-opening invitational

East Syracuse-Minoa was a focal point for the start of the cross country season as more than a dozen teams gathered at Pine Grove Middle School for last Saturday’s ESM Invitational.

Officials discuss future closing of Route 370 bridge

Lysander officials discussed the Route 370 bridge repair during the Aug. 27 board meeting.

Editorial: Every ride counts

Volunteering is a great way for residents to become more familiar with the community they live in. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center is hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Fair from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the Baldwinsville Library.

State attorney general's office says village needs a police chief

The village of Skaneateles must employ a police chief and cannot eliminate the position in favor of an “officer in charge.” This is the opinion of the state attorney general’s office in response to a query by the village board on the subject.

Westhill boys soccer beats Phoenix, Skaneateles

Marcellus grabs first win, routs Jordan-Elbridge

Though it went 13-5 a season ago, the Westhill boys soccer team still felt unfulfilled after Clinton, who eventually went to the state final four, knocked them out in the Section III Class B semifinals. Ever since, the Warriors had worked hard in getting set for 2012, a campaign that includes home games on the school’s new artificial turf field, starting with Tuesday night’s visit from Solvay.

Marcellus, WG volleyball score opening wins

Westhill beats Fulton in five sets

A season ago, the Marcellus girls volleyball team got its first-ever taste of the big stage when it reached the state championships at Glens Falls Civic Center. And while the Mustangs were unable to reach the state title game, the run more than justified the program’s move from a winter to fall schedule.

Gugel wins for J-E at cross country meet

Eagles host season opener amid high winds

It only seemed appropriate that the first day of Section III cross country competition involved some wild weather. In the case of Saturday's Jordan-Elbridge Invitational, though, at least it was run in the morning, where high winds were the only serious obstacle and the rain had not yet arrived.

Caz girls tennis topples Skaneateles

Lakers also beat Pulaski for 2-0 start

With the OHSL Liberty division season so short, the Cazenovia girls tennis team could not afford anything other than a good opening stretch. And Cazenovia got that positive start on Aug. 31, defeating Skaneateles 6-1 in a battle of Laker teams that included a doubles sweep.

Cazenovia’s Klein nets six goals against Hannibal

Girls Lakers also beaten twice; Chittenango starts 2-1

It’s fair to say that Kristie Klein was ready to push the Cazenovia girls soccer team into the win column. Klein’s sizzling performance carried the Lakers to a 7-1 romp over Hannibal last Tuesday night at the Sean Googin Sports Complex.

Sunday, September 9

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‘Stroke’ to headline LWV fundraiser at Nelson Odeon

The Cazenovia League of Women Voters will hold a fundraiser, beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 in the Nelson Odeon, located at the corner of Route 20 and Nelson Road.

F-M BOE to hold public hearing on code of conduct Monday

The Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Eagle Hill Middle School library, 4645 Enders Road, Manlius.

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Skaneateles cross country runs at ESM meet

Girls finish third; Adams second among individuals

The Skaneateles boys cross country team took 10th out of 15 teams at the 21st annual East Syracuse-Minoa Invitational on a Saturday morning that was perfect for running. A half hour later, the Laker girls took a credible third, with 95 points, behind winner Cicero-North Syracuse (60 points) and a startling performance by the host Spartans from ESM, who edged Skaneateles by a single point with 94.

Skaneateles girls soccer has 1-2 start

Boys Lakers' game at Marcellus halted, then lose to Westhill

At least in the initial stages of the 2012 season, the Skaneateles girls soccer team were still in search of some offensive spark. And it didn’t arrive until the third game of the season, when the Lakers went to Jordan-Elbridge and got lots of players involved during a 5-1 victory over the Eagles.

Caz girls volleyball starts 1-1, falls to Skaneateles

Lakers' first win comes in three-set sweep of Phoenix

Now firmly entrenched within a fall schedule, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team would split its first two matches of the 2012 season. By far, the bigger of the two contests was last Friday’s showdown with Skaneateles at Buckley Gym, where those other Lakers would prevail in three sets 25-15, 25-13, 25-17.

Caz, Chittenango now together in boys soccer league

Lakers roar to three straight wins; Bears more inconsistent

Neighbors are joining up in soccer as both of Chittenango’s sides have moved into the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty division, where Cazenovia is a long-time resident.

Grimes earns first football win since 2009

Cobras edge NY Mills; CBA rolls past Proctor

Nearly three years after it last basked in the glow of a gridiron victory, the Bishop Grimes football team was happy once again. The Cobras went to New York Mills Saturday afternoon and, by showing some boldness down the stretch, fought its way past the Marauders 21-20.

Bears bash South Jefferson, move to 2-0

Gilona's three TDs pace Chittenango in easy win

Two weeks, two victories - and every indication that the Chittenango football team is on the same championship path as it was a season ago. The Bears went north, to Adams, to face South Jefferson in a non-league game Friday night, and again used a steady ground game, mixed in with timely big plays, to roar past the Spartans 48-6.

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Bertrand, Cymeran join Heritage Family Medicine

Heritage Family Medicine, a Cazenovia-based affiliate of St. Joseph’s Physician Health PC, recently announced the addition of Karen Bertrand, M.D., and Raymond “Jack” Cymerman, RPA-C, to the practice.

Saturday, September 8

Liverpool, B'ville soccer play to 2-2 draw

Back-and-forth battle offers good news for both sides

Baldwinsville's boys soccer team are five-time defending Class-AA champions, but entering the Bees’ match with Liverpool on Saturday, head coach Tim Scheemaker pondered just how realistic a sixth straight title was with 10 underclassmen on his roster, three of them starters.

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Hornets go to ground, get past West Genesee

F-M moves to 2-0; second straight one-point Wildcat loss

Rain, wind and real grass created an old-fashioned feel to Saturday's football showdown between Fayetteville-Manlius and West Genesee. Just as traditional were the virtues - running game, defense - that largely defined the Hornets' narrow 14-13 victory over the Wildcats.

Bridgeport duck race RESCHEDULED

Due to inclement weather, the Bridgeport Duck Race, scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, has been postponed. It will take place next Saturday, Sept. 15, instead. It will still take place at 3 p.m. in Chittenango Creek behind St. Francis of Assisi Church in Bridgeport.

What have the students been up to?

Community Columnist

In the beginning, the sun appeared on one horizon and disappeared on the opposite one. The early humans were frightened when the sun was gone; it was their first experience of loss.

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Fenner Neighbors Group hosts community picnic

Area gathering promotes unity, educates on gas drilling

On Sunday, Aug. 26, about 60 people gathered for the Fenner Neighbors Group summer picnic at Nichols Pond Park. The theme of the day was “Support the windmills, stop the gas drills.”

The contrarian thinker: Financial literacy

Community Columnist

How can three investors all own the exact same investments yet all have different returns? As with so many things, the devil is in the details.

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NWFL exhibit educates on recycling waste

A lot of progress has been made in the last two decades in the Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation.

Westhill football edges Marcellus, 13-12

Solvay falls to Cortland as 'Al Merola Field' is dedicated

High drama - and high emotions - marked another wild Friday evening of local high school football. From Westhill's 13-12 win at Marcellus to Solvay's dedication of its home field in honor of long-time coach Al Merola to Bishop Ludden's big first half in a 39-25 conquest of Hannibal, plenty happened on the gridiron.

Friday, September 7

J-D football holds off Cazenovia, 22-20

Red Rams improve to 2-0; Lakers now 1-1

Rasheed Baker writhed in pain. Lying on the far 15-yard line midway through the third quarter of Friday night's game against Cazenovia, the Jamesville-Dewitt running back rolled back and forth reaching for his left leg as trainers rushed toward him

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Key stop helps Bees hold off Henninger

Sargeant returns interception for TD; Rouse gains 278 yards

Offensive fireworks and sparkling special team plays gave the spotlight away to a late defensive stop in Baldwinsville’s 47-42 Class AA football win over Henniger Friday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. The Bees stopped a late Black Knights drive with under two minutes left, when Henniger looked poised to score the game’s final points but gave the ball over on downs in B'ville territory.

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Liverpool tops C-NS, keeps 'Star Wars' Cup

Warriors run for 314 yards in latest rivalry chapter

Jeff Edwards, with some generous help from his Liverpool football teammates, was not going to let his side surrender control of the rivalry with Cicero-North Syracuse - or the trophy that goes with that control. The annual 'Star Wars Cup' game again went in the Warriors' favor as Edwards, with a career performance in the backfield, pushed Liverpool past the Northstars by a score of 28-14 Friday night at LHS Stadium.

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Big plays push Nottingham past ESM

Spartans take first regular-season loss since 2010

East Syracuse-Minoa's hold on the Class A American football division is no longer secure. Nottingham, fresh from the Class AA ranks, staked its claim to the top spot in the league, going to ESM Stadium Friday night and, using a series of timely big plays, beat the Spartans 35-15.

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Fresh start to school for B'ville students

PEACE has made many children smile. The county resource center held a back to school giveaway event last Saturday in Noble’s Plaza where PEACE, also known as County West Family Resource Center, is located.

B’ville volleyball handles Liverpool, C-NS

League sweeps follow perfect run at Penfield Tournament

Just a handful of points separated the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team from earning its second consecutive state Class AA championship last November at Glens Falls Civic Center. That five-set defeat to Penfield in the 2011 title game has driven the Bees throughout the off-season as it strives to get back to Glens Falls and, this time, win it all.

Golden Harvest Festival Schedule of events

Returning for its 35th consecutive year, Beaver Lake’s Golden Harvest Festival, the old-fashioned country fair-style event kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.

LETTERS: Commemorate Constitution Week

By proclamation of the President, the week of Sept. 17 to 23 is being observed as Constitution Week.

Thursday, September 6

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Offense shines in Lakers' rout of J-E

Skaneateles improves to 2-0, scores 42 in first half

No comeback was needed this time for the Skaneateles football team. The Lakers roared to a 62-7 win over Jordan-Elbridge Thursday night at the Eagles’ John House Stadium, never punting as it accumulated more than 450 yards of total offense.

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Doreen Doctor earns 200th coaching win

Skaneateles volleyball sweeps Liverpool

Seated in the chair second from the right end of the bench, forearms on her knees, Doreen Doctor leaned forward before the start of the Skaneateles-Liverpool girls volleyball match Thursday night. She occasionally swayed from left to right — eyes always following the action in front of her — but for the vast majority of the three-set competition, the Lakers coach didn’t budge.

Girls soccer Mustangs edge Westhill in OT

Filtch scores midway through second extra period

Whenever the Marcellus and Westhill girls soccer teams get together, the battle proves memorable in some way. So it was again Thursday night, where it took 80 minutes of regulation, 20 minutes of overtime, one weather delay and nearly three hours for the Mustangs to fight past the Warriors 1-0.

F-M coordinator of music resigns; district postpones search for full-time replacement

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District is not rushing into its search for a new coordinator of music.

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Cazenovia High School, Middle School classes cancelled Sept. 5, 6

Water main break causes two schools to close, while elementary school remains open

While all students of the Cazenovia Central School District returned to classes on Tuesday, Sept. 4, only elementary students attended classes again on Sept. 5 and 6.

J-E Marching Eagles present ‘Sounds of Autumn’ Saturday

The J-E Marching Eagles will be back where they belong Saturday, Sept. 8 – on their home field inside Jordan-Elbridge High School’s newly renovated athletic complex, for the annual Sounds of Autumn show.

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Prepare to browse thousands of books in B'ville

The 22nd Annual Book Sale sponsored by the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse starts at 5 p.m. today. The event, which runs for five days, will offer more than 10,000 gently-used books under the tents on the museum grounds at 46 Canton St. in the village.

Mohican Model A Ford Club to host 52nd Annual Antique Car Show

The Mohican Model A Ford Club will host its 52nd Annual Antique Car Show and Flea Market on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Wampsville Firemen’s Field in Wampsville.

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Fayetteville Free Library launches competitive Lego robotics club

The Fayetteville Free Library will launch the First Lego League, a competitive robotics club for kids ages 9-14, this fall. An info session for parents and students who are interested in participating will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 13, at the library at 300 Orchard St.

Lysander hires secretary

Julie Nicolini has been appointed to the part-time position of secretary to the supervisor, a position that was recently scaled back from full-time. She will also continue working on a part-time basis as an assessment aide in the assessor’s office in Lysander. This makes her a full-time Lysander employee so she is eligible for benefits; her salary was set at $33,547.

FOIL, appeals officers become annual appointments

Lysander officials passed a local law allowing the town to appoint the FOIL officer and appeals officer on an annual basis. The former law, which named the clerk as the FOIL officer and the supervisor as the appeals officer, was outdated, officials said.

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Mattydale woman wins pie baking championship

Donna Case of Mattydale has won the Pie Baking Championship at the New York State Fair for her Apple Maple Cream Pie Cups. Case was a first time blue ribbon winner in the pie contest at the fair. Her scrumptious Apple Maple Cream Pie Cups took a few tries to get right, but she ended with a clear winner. She told us the making this pie in muffin cups versus a standard pie plate made the flavor combo stand out that much more. She was so elated with the win, that she has already made the pie several times for family and friends since the contest. She calls this pie “not just another apple pie.” Case won the coveted blue ribbon, which included a $200 cash prize.

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Field hockey Lakers blank Weedsport, 4-0

Two-time state champs run league unbeaten streak to 80

School indeed was in session in Cazenovia on Wednesday, even if some of the students weren't sitting in classrooms. Though the junior and senior High School had to close due to a water main break, sports contests went on, including the field hockey Lakers’ 2012 season opener against Weedsport at Burton Street Elementary’s athletic field.

COLUMN: Volunteer Connections - Village seeks help with trucks at the four corners study

Baldwinsville Oktoberfest will be here soon and needs your help. This family fun, two-day event will run from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

Wednesday, September 5

F-M boys soccer blanks West Genesee

Hornets break in large group of new starters

It is true that the Fayetteville-Manlius is defending the Section III Class AA title it shared with Baldwinsville one season ago. But the Hornets have not advanced to the state tournament since 2005, and despite a large roster turnover, head coach Jeff Hammond and his squad badly want to end that drought.

East Syracuse Village Board adopts cyberbullying policy

The East Syracuse Village Board is taking action in response to what the mayor calls “cyberbullying” among village employees.

F-M Board of Education sets tax levy

Most Fayetteville-Manlius School District residents will see their 2012 tax rate increase 1.77 percent compared to the 1.95 increase projected by the district and approved by voters May 15.

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Fine Arts at Dovielly’s Fine and Performing Arts Center (Part I)

The following is the first in a three-part series on Dovielly’s Fine and Performing Arts Center written by Keuka College graduate Kelsey Marquart. Dovielly’s is a brand new arts center housed in the former church building and parish hall of Our Lady of Good Counsel, at 6429 Newport Road in Warners.

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Take a stroll for seniors in B'ville

Walk, Wheel or Wag for the Woods Saturday, Sept. 22

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New tanker pumper eases water shortage issues

Plainville Fire Department recently took delivery of its greatly needed new fire truck.

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9/11 anniversary vigil planned in Cazenovia

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in Cazenovia’s Memorial Park, a candlelight vigil will be held to remember the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Floral notes: Late bloomers

Community Columnist

In the spring-buying frenzy, perennials in bloom take our eye and our dollar, but the party does not have to end now or for months to come.

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Haitian pastor makes trip to Caz, visits St. James Church

Father Gabriel “Gaby” Michel from St. Ives Parish in Thibeau, Haiti visited the parishioners of St. James Parish the weekend of Aug. 25.

LETTERS: CACDA thanks Brewster Inn for seven years of hospitality

On behalf of the CACDA Board of Directors, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to Richard Hubbard and the staff at the Brewster Inn for allowing us to hold our board meetings there for our first seven years.

LETTERS: Resident addresses Muraco, pleads for additional consideration of Enders Home

I wish to send a message to Mr. David Muraco: As August draws to a close, it is probable that the Enders Home on Route 20 is no longer under rental contract and you are preparing to demolish it.

LETTERS: Cub Scouts to remove docks, raise funds

Cub Scout Pack 54 of New Woodstock would like to thank the public for their past support of fundraisers enabling the boys to attend scouting camps, learn life skills by earning badges and contributing to the community while embracing the call to manhood.

Board of Ed to meet Sept. 17

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School.

J-D girls volleyball makes fall debut

Red Rams fall to Homer in four sets

Now add Jamesville-DeWitt to the list of volleyball programs making the transition from the winter to the fall. For the Red Rams, though, the twist is that both the girls and boys teams are switching, and will face wildly different schedules. J-D’s girls play within a growing Onondaga High School League, while the boys will play almost exclusively against Class AA squads from the CNY Counties League.

Get Ready to Volunteer

If you have been asking yourself “what can I do to serve my community” then the place to be on Monday, Sept. 24 will be at the Baldwinsville Volunteer Recruitment Fair.

Operation Northern Comfort prepares for first fundraiser

If the crawfish is the official symbol of Operation Southern Comfort, then the salt potato is the emblem of its sister organization, Operation Northern Comfort. “Operation Southern Comfort does a golf tournament every year called the Crawfish Open,” said Dick Bonanno, ONC’s coordinator. “Since that name reflects the southern influence, we said we needed a name with a northern influence. And what’s more Syracuse than salt potatoes?” That’s why the organization’s first fundraiser, a golf tournament scheduled for this Saturday, has been named the Salt Potato Open. The event will raise money for Operation Northern Comfort’s efforts to provide labor and donations anywhere they’re needed in Central New York. A project of St. Joseph the Worker Church of Liverpool, ONC is dedicated to helping people throughout the community with projects big and small.

Former L’pool Police Chief Don Morris returns here part time

Having served as Liverpool’s chief of Police for more than eight years, Don Morris resigned from the LPD in 2007 to take over as chief of the East Syracuse Police Department. On Aug. 31, Morris returned to Liverpool as its part-time chief replacing Chief Bill Becker.

Former slave Frank Brown comes to Clay

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to receive a booklet on “The Reminiscences of Joseph H. Schaefer”*. There is a photo of the Morgan school in our “Welcome to Clay” book and in the gathering of school children are four little black pupils who attended the school. Joseph solves the mystery.

Using the ‘bully’ pulpit

Adults need to work to make sure bullying never takes place

To the adults – administrators, teachers, parents, coaches, anyone - involved in our schools, a tremendous opportunity lies in front of you.

Donate your empties to FM-JD Meals on Wheels Saturday

Community members can donate their empties to the FM-JD area Meals on Wheels from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 8.

COLUMN: From Grandma’s Kitchen - Try something amazing with your zucchini

By September, many of us know our way around a zucchini. Between our gardens and friends offerings from their gardens, how to use them can be overwhelming.

Tuesday, September 4

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East Syracuse schedules hearings to consider abolishing police department

The East Syracuse Village Board is one step closer to putting the future of the village police department up to a vote.

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Timber Tavern Bar & Grill offers country-themed full service facility

Jonah Dombroski has turned a nostalgic tavern into a new, country-themed hot spot.

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New village hall asbestos abatement work begun

Asbestos abatement work began last week in the old fire station on Fennell Street as the village works to transform the building into the new village hall. The work, started Monday, Aug. 27, by Jupiter Environmental Services of Rochester, is expected to take about three weeks, said Village Trustee Jim Lanning. Until then, the building will be cordoned off while the abatement is ongoing.

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Western Gateway project now under construction

Scheduled to be completed before November

The Western Gateway Enhancement Project is no longer an unfulfilled plan, but a physical work-in-progress. Construction crews started Aug. 20 prepping, digging, grading and tearing up land and pavement along the right side of Route 20 going west out of Skaneateles by Hilltop Restaurant and Red Apple gas station. By Aug. 31, curbs, sidewalks and business ingress and egress locations already were starting to take shape.

Local lacrosse boosters, ski club to hold fundraisers

Two local athletic organizations are holding their annual fundraisers this month and have announced schedules and information for the events. The Skaneateles Lacrosse Boosters are holding their 2012 Golf Outing / FUNdraiser on Sunday, Sept. 30, and the Skaneateles Ski Club’s annual fall festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Skaneateles Ski Hill.

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Final Glen Haven Book Discussion group to be on ‘Water for Elephants’

Sara Gruen’s third novel, “Water For Elephants,” has become one of the bestselling books of recent times. It will be the subject of the fourth and final session of the summer’s book discussion groups sponsored by the Glen Haven Historical Society. The program will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Glen Haven School and Public Library.

Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle speaks at Barnes & Noble Saturday

Humane Society of the United States President and CEO Wayne Pacelle will be at Barnes & Noble in DeWitt Saturday to discuss his book, “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.”

Don’t miss the Golden Harvest Fest

It wouldn’t be fall in Baldwinsville without the sites, scents and sounds of Beaver Lake’s Golden Harvest Festival.

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East Lake Road guide rail to be replaced by MCHD crews

A stretch of East Lake Road, north of the village of Cazenovia near Stanley Road, recently became considerably more dangerous by way of a removed guide rail.

Caz College Art Gallery resumes regular hours

The Fall Art Series at the Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall begins with “Matter: A group exhibition of two- and three-dimensional abstract works,” which opens Thursday, Sept. 6 and runs through Friday, Oct. 5.

The SAT versus the ACT, and why

‘Which test should I take?’ Parents and students are never quite clear on the difference between the two standardized tests and which fits an individual student’s strengths.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘ParaNorman’

Community Columnist

There is a huge legacy of beautifully animated films whose charm and sweetness appeal to children, yet which are so well written, so funny that adults are also drawn to them. “ParaNorman” is not one of them.

Paw Prints: Caring for your canine companion

Community Columnist

The week of Sept. 24 to 30 marks National Dog Week. This time is intended to celebrate the special bond we share with dogs and to educate on proper dog care.

A nickel these days

Community Columnist

The average American scraps more than four pounds of refuse every day, until death, when even without the soul — which escapes wherever bound — there is another hundred-plus pounds left of carcass at the curb.

B'ville: Parks and recreation departments

Lysander fall registration underway, Van Buren offers Yankees trip and NYC trips

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Grimes qualifies for NYS Talent Showcase Competition

In March 2012, Cazenovia resident Skyler Grimes began taking classes at The Dance Studio of CNY(TDSCNY), located in Manlius.

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Liverpool, North Syracuse head back to school

While most of us have spent the last days of August lazing about poolside or cramming in as much fun as possible before Labor Day, teachers, administrators and school support staff have been hard at work preparing for the 2012-13 school year. In the Liverpool and North Syracuse school districts, a number of changes await students and their families as they return to classes Sept. 4 and 6, respectively. Read on to find out what’s new in your district.

LCSD sets tax rates for coming school year

At its Aug. 21 meeting, the Liverpool Central School District Board of Education set the tax rates for the 2012-13 school year.

Squeaky doors and other noisy annoyances

Noise pollution comes in all forms. Here in the village, we endure the shrieking of train whistles where the railroad crosses Old Liverpool Road. Our ears have become inured to the rumble of semi-trucks on our roads and the roar of jet planes overhead. The howling of Harley-Davidsons and the shrill sirens of emergency vehicles — one a sound of engine pleasure, one a sound of personal pain — both turn our idyllic village into a cauldron of cacophony. Yes, thundering vehicles can be vexing, but the noise that really annoys me now is the one emanating from all the squeaky doors.

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ESM to wrap up first week of school with marching band show

On the heels of the first of week of school, the 36th Annual East Syracuse Minoa Spartan Spectacular Marching Band Contest will be held at 6:50 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the high school.

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JCC hosts 13th annual Jewish Music & Cultural Festival Sunday

It’s the Bar Mitzvah year for The Jewish Music & Cultural Festival, and the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse is planning a big celebration for noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.

COLUMN: Whether driver, biker or pedestrian, pay attention to your surroundings

Everyday, millions get into their vehicles and drive to and from work, school and various other destinations. We turn on the radio, drink our coffee and take our eyes off the road for a split second to check on the children in our back seat.

SU comeback thwarted by Northwestern

Down 22, Orange take lead, only to give it up in final minute

A backup thwarted the Syracuse University football team's attempt to finish off a stirring second-half comeback in Saturday's season opener against Northwestern.

Monday, September 3

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Wheler releases new book: ‘Cat Sayings’

New BookCollaborative.com material dedicated to cat lovers features art from around the globe

On Sept. 1, BookCollaborative.com released its latest book, “Cat Sayings: wit & wisdom from the whiskered ones,” authored by Cazenovia resident Bradford G. Wheler.

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Dream Factory’s Kicks for Kids event a success

Dave Smith, of Baldwinsville, advances to second base during the Dream Factory of Syracuse’s first annual Kicks for Kids Kickball Tournament held Aug. 18 at the Syracuse Kickball Park in Liverpool.

B’ville woman represents Zonta Club at global conference

The members of the Zonta Club of Syracuse have elected new officers and directors, and look forward to working with them in the fall to fulfill the club mission of advancing the status of girls and women locally and worldwide.

Police blotter: Woman faces drug charges

At 8:11 p.m. Aug. 20, police investigated a suspicious vehicle on Gentry Street and during the investigation located heroin, a hypodermic syringe, Suboxone and Clonazepan pills in the possession of Laura A. Conrad, 27, of 8816 Emmons Mercantile, Brewerton.

On the campaign trail: Buerkle honored by senior advocacy group

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle was presented last week with the 2012 Standing Up for America’s Seniors Award by RetireSafe, a national, nonpartisan grassroots organization that advocates on behalf of America's seniors, for “her outstanding leadership on behalf of seniors.”

LETTERS: Concerns regarding new Lysander board

In regards to making a highway superintendent and town clerk an appointed position in the town of Lysander: if consolidation of the three municipalities (Van Buren, Lysander and village of Baldwinsville) were actually going to happen, this would probably be a good idea. However, they have been talking about this for years.

Sunday, September 2

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Wildcat comeback halted in Kickoff Classic

West Genny denied shot at tie by PAT off right post

The often-used cliche of football as a game of inches sometimes holds true, and never more than in the waning moments of West Genesee's game against Clarence Sunday afternoon in the Kickoff Classic at the Carrier Dome. On the brink of a tie game and possible overtime, the Wildcats saw Brett Colvin strike the conversion attempt off the right post, which allowed the Red Devils to escape with a 35-34 decision over the defending Section III Class AA champions.

Marcellus girls soccer wins Oswego Tournament

Mustangs edge host Bucs, rally past Mercy in finals

Nothing short of greatness is expected from the Marcellus girls soccer team - and the results back up those ambitions. Since 2003, the Mustangs have won or shared seven Section III Class B championships, earned two state titles and gone to four state finals.

WG girls soccer starts 2-0

Westhill rebounds with 7-4 league win over Solvay

To get things started in a proper manner, the West Genesee girls soccer team tested itself with back-to-back games on Labor Day weekend against neighbors from the Class B ranks, and won them both.

CBA battles to opening win over Nottingham

Brothers get away from Bulldogs in fourth quarter

Though more important contest lie ahead for the Christian Brothers Academy football team, it still remained important for the Brothers to get a quick start. And the Brothers did so, though it needed all 48 minutes to fend off a serious challenge from Nottingham and prevail 28-14 Friday night on the Bulldogs' home turf.

Saturday, September 1

Liverpool drops football classic to Henninger

Lead switches often as Black Knights prevail 40-35

Chris Hicks called it war. Through six lead changes and 11 touchdowns, two exhausted football teams, Henninger and Liverpool, fought for the full 48 minutes on a humid 85-degree Saturday at Sunnycrest Field, but ultimately it was Hicks and Henninger who dealt the final blow.

C-NS, Liverpool soccer sides open with wins

Boys Northstars edge Proctor as Warriors throttle Marcellus

As August gave way to September, soccer teams from Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool, on both the boys and girls sides, all prevailed in their first 2012 outings.

Girls soccer Bees win Clarence Tournament title

B'ville boys start 1-1; Bono already starting as SU goalie

For nearly 10 months, Baldwinsville’s girls soccer team carried around the bitter memory of seeing its quest to repeat as Section III Class AA champions in 2011 ended by CBA in the semifinal round.

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Cazenovia flattens VVS, 48-6, in grid opener

Lakers exploit turnovers to take charge against Red Devils

At least in the recent past, the Cazenovia football team found nothing simple or easy about confronting Class B East division Vernon-Verona-Sherrill. That changed, though, on Saturday at Buckley-Volo Field, where the Lakers took full advantage of untimely Red Devils turnovers, and then turned to its multifaceted ground attack to pound its way to a season-opening 48-6 victory.

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Caz College hosts Rhino Lacrosse Academy

Dozens of area kids recently attended the half-day Rhino Lacrosse Academy camp July 23 to 26 at Cazenovia College.

LETTERS: Nardella: Town councilors’ gas drilling leases pose conflicts of interest

It has recently come to my attention that several members of Cazenovia’s town board have signed gas drilling leases on their properties.

LETTERS: Taylor: Fenner Street repaving was much needed, is much appreciated

I want to thank all of the professionals who have worked so hard to repave Fenner Street this summer.

LETTERS: Burton Street Moving Up Committee thanks community for support

On June 18, Burton Street Elementary School held its annual Moving Up Day celebration.

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Great Minds/Great Ideas Lecture Series resumes

Topics include the first President Bush and typography designer Paula Scher

The 2012-13 series begins on Sept. 11 with noted faculty members from Cazenovia College discussing the lives and work of important thinkers who opened doors of opportunity for the human spirit.

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Camillus woman’s cupcakes win first place at State Fair's Cake Day

Kathy Kobliski has one more batch of raspberry filled chocolate cupcakes to bake.

Spartans, Red Rams rush to wins in Kickoff Classic

ESM gets big night from McDuffie against Indian River

Tabbed as two of the favorites in the Class A American division, East Syracuse-Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt's football team both turned in strong opening efforts in Friday night's Kickoff Classic at the Carrier Dome. The Spartans unleashed the full range of Jeff McDuffie's talents in a 40-21 victory over Indian River, while the Red Rams pounded away at the ground against Section IV opponent Johnson City and prevailed 33-12.

J-E football topples Hannibal in overtime

Westhill drops turf opener; Solvay blanked by Chittenango

When the Time Warner Cable Sports cameras arrive at Jordan-Elbridge this Thursday night, they'll capture one of the Eagles' most important football games in recent memory. J-E's 19-13 overtime win over Hannibal last Friday afternoon briefly put it in a tie for first place in Class C West with Skaneateles. And it's the Lakers that will be facing the Eagles in that TV showcase.

Bears open with shutout of Solvay

Reigning Class B champs cruise behind solid ground game

Chittenango's football quest to repeat in Section III Class B - and perhaps go further than its state semifinal appearance in 2011 - is on track through one game. The Bears hosted Solvay Friday night and, with 35 first-half points, settled things quickly on the way to a 49-0 shutout of the Bearcats.