Stories for April 2013


Tuesday, April 30

Westhill takes lacrosse clash with Marcellus

Warriors use scoring balance to put away Mustangs

Tuesday night’s boys’ lacrosse matchup between Westhill and Marcellus could fit into the cliche of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object. The host Warriors came in with an 8-2 overall record, 5-1 in OHSL division play, and riding a five-game winning streak. The Mustangs entered at 9-2, undefeated atop the OHSL and winner of its last seven games - the last one a tense 12-8 come from behind victory over Liverpool. Marcellus also began the streak with a win over Lafayette, responsible for Westhill’s only division loss.

Lacrosse Lakers dominate CBA, 12-5

Defense, face-offs help Caz rebound from LaFayette loss

Name an aspect of the game, and chances are that the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team mastered it in the course of Tuesday night's 12-5 victory over Christian Brothers Academy at Alibrandi Stadium. From controlling the face-offs to unleashing an explosive attack to relying on a deep, versatile defensive unit, the Lakers handled whatever the Brothers tried to throw at them.

East Syracuse taxpayers will pay 22 percent more this year

Village cancels annual fireworks show

For the first time in many years, residents of the village of East Syracuse will have to venture elsewhere for their July fireworks, as the celebration was nixed from the budget is an effort to lower the tax rate. Taxpayers will be reaching even further into their pockets as this year’s tax rate is $16.41 per $1,000 of assessed home value, meaning that a house assessed at $100,000 calls for an extra $291 this year.

Reynolds students receive Study Skills Awards

Students at Reynolds Elementary School recently received Study Skills Awards for the third quarter.

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Rochester-based hammered dulcimer group to perform May 4

Looking for a family-friendly evening out but low on cash? How about nestling in and tuning your ears to the sounds of the hammered dulcimer, flutes and a handful of other instruments?

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Major fundraiser for Operation Southern/Northern Comfort is this weekend

Reisie Murchison has every reason to believe in angels. “I met Norm, and his words were, ‘We’ll be there for you,’” Murchison said. “I remember like it was yesterday. I thanked him, he said, ‘You don’t understand. We’ll be there for you until the end.’ And he didn’t lie. Operation Southern Comfort came in and put me in a comfort zone. I felt comforted that all of these angels were around me doing everything they could. They fixed up everything.” Murchison will get to thank her angels in person this weekend. Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, Murchison, her daughter and her father will fly up to Syracuse from St. Bernard Parish, La., for the annual Crawfish Festival, the major fundraiser for Operation Southern/Northern Comfort.

Interfaith activists celebrate social justice at ACTS spring banquet in L’pool

Central New York boasts a rich history of social activism, and the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS) keeps that tradition alive. More than 300 ACTS members, honorees and supporters filled the ballroom at the Holiday Inn at Electronics Parkway on Thursday, April 25, at the group’s sixth annual spring banquet. “This is an incredible sight,” exclaimed Mark Spadafore as he gazed out at the crowd from the podium. “There are people from different communities, people from different races and people from different faith traditions. Everyone coming together like this shows us that we have power, and power can change things.”

North Syracuse BOE approves budget; taxpayers face 5.33 percent increase

The North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education voted to approve the $144,716,279 2013-14 budget for presentation to the public on May 21. The budget calls for a 5.33 percent tax increase, which requires a supermajority vote for approval. According to the presentation given Monday, April 22, the district’s fund balance represents 1.9 percent of its budget, and its reserves represent 1.3 percent. In other districts in the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES system, the fund balance is an average of 5 percent of their budgets, while the reserves make up 12.8 percent. Moody’s credit rating firm has given the district a poor rating. North Syracuse also spends less per student than 21 of the 23 districts in its BOCES system. Meanwhile, costs for the district have gone up by 4.3 percent since 2012-13. The largest increase is in benefits for employees (the state’s Teacher and Employee Retirement Systems), which climbed by 11.1 percent since last year.

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Happy birthday, Manlius

Community members ring in the village’s 200th birthday with Bicentennial Ball

After four years in the making, the village of Manlius’ Bicentennial Ball proved to be a classy evening for members of the community. Held on April 27, the ball was an opportunity to observe just how far the village has come since being founded as well as a night full of celebration and anticipation for what the future of Manlius holds.

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Town of Manlius, village of Fayetteville awarded 2013 Tree Cities

Municipalities held Arbor Day celebrations at Fayetteville schools

Students at Creative Environment Day School kicked off their Arbor Day with a school-wide ceremony held by the village of Fayetteville during the morning of April 26.

Albany corruption points out need for the right reforms

It was recently reported that two Albany lawmakers from Downstate were involved in corruption and bribery. One lawmaker, Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, is accused of accepting more than $22,000 in bribes from four adult daycare centers, with the understanding that he would put forth legislation that would benefit the centers.

A role model departs

Long-time Buffalo sports journalist served as my role model

Something really stopped me last week. Not the occasion of a birthday, for there’s one of those every year and it always happens to fall during a busy time where there’s little chance to really kick back and enjoy things, not with the deluge of games, tournaments and meets to keep up with.

Lacrosse Wildcats roll over C-NS, 13-1

Strong defense sets tone; Ginestro ts eight points

For all that had gone awry in the last month, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team still enters the decisive month of May with aspirations to reclaim its long-held Section III Class A throne.

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$1.93 million worth of improvements needed for Skaneateles water system

To address sanitary and firefighting concerns, the village of Skaneateles is being asked to take on an estimated $1.93 million project this year to improve water pressure in the village.

Monday, April 29

B’ville students awarded with Tools for Success

Six Baker High School students enrolled in the OCM BOCES Automotive Technology and Automotive Collision Technology programs were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements through the Snap-On Tools for Success awards program.

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Syracuse Stampede takes bronze in national tournament

After only two years in the Northern States Junior Hockey League, the Syracuse Stampede claimed title to the league championship earlier this year.

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Benefit scheduled for B’ville woman

Stacy Duger-Huntington is young, vivacious and yet again in the midst of fighting for her life. Duger-Huntington was diagnosed in the fall of 2001 with stage 2 breast cancer. Eleven years later, that same cancer has struck her again and has spread to her liver (Stage 4). She is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

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Beezie Madden wins 2013 Rolex FEI World Cup finals

Cazenovia native Beezie Madden and Simon, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Abigail Wexner, rose to the top of the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals leader board last weekend to be crowned the 2013 champions, keeping the title for the United States of America and becoming only the fifth woman to hold the title.

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What a character!

Caz native Siobhan Fallon-Hogan rants and rambles about life as a sought-after actress

Whether you’re a member of her family or a member of her Film Talk audience, an evening with Siobhan Fallon-Hogan can be intense, uproarious and sometimes unsettling. Raised in Cazenovia before pursuing a successful career as one of Hollywood’s most versatile comic character actresses — the woman has an absolutely manic gift of gab. More than 180 film fans and students turned out April 16 at Le Moyne College’s Coyne Performing Arts Center to hear what the fast-talking Fallon had to say about her three decades in show business.

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Academic Decathlon team shines at national competition

The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon Team placed eighth in its division last weekend at the AD national competition in Minneapolis, Minn.

Cazenovia Rotary to hold food drive and scrap metal drop-off to benefit local veterans

The Cazenovia Rotary Club and Empire Management Co. are partnering with “Feed Our Vets” of Utica, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, to sponsor a food drive and scrap metal drop off to benefit local veterans in need. The event will be held in the Empire Management Co. parking lot, near Tops (71 Nelson St.).

Help the environment and town by recycling ink cartridges at the town office

The Town of Cazenovia is participating in an ink and toner cartridge recycling program with its favorite office supply company, through which the town receives monetary credit for the cartridges it recycles. This program helps save taxpayer cost and helps the environment at the same time.

Summer residents have every right to oppose brewery


To the editor: In a recent letter to the editor, Jonathan Phillips attacked people who oppose a brewery at the south end of the lake. He claimed that a beer factory will be a “valuable asset” that will “enhance and project Cazenovia's allure.” I find his concept of allure astonishingly inclusive and his faith positively touching and I do hope all his beliefs prove true.

Concerned about Empire brewery financing


To the editor: It is very unfortunate that the discussion about the proposed brewery is being characterized by some Cazenovians as a “them vs. us” situation. People objecting to Empire's brewery proposal per se are not doing so because they are against change.

Liverpool track sweeps past West Genny

Boys, girl Warriors both second at Chittenango meet

In the make-up of a pair of rained-out April 10 CNY Counties League meets, the Liverpool track and field teams swept the West Genesee Wildcats, kicking off a busy and productive week.

Girls lacrosse Northstars roll to easy wins

C-NS rips past Central Square, Auburn, Carthage

Fueled by a close call with Baldwinsville on April 19, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse roared past its next three opponents and improved its overall record to 6-3.

C-NS track stops B’ville, cleans up at meets

Boys Northstars win team honors at Arcaro Relays

Both of Cicero-North Syracuse’s track and field teams took large steps toward claiming the CNY Counties League regular-season titles thanks to last Wednesday’s sweep of its two meets against Baldwinsville.

Liverpool girls lax tops RFA, Syracuse

Warriors take four-game win streak into C-NS rematch

The Liverpool girls lacrosse team fed off momentum from big wins over Fayetteville-Manlius and Watertown the week before and made it four in a row in the last full week of April.

LETTERS: A Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation thank you

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation, I would like to thank the Baldwinsville community for its support of our recent Dollars for Scholars Phone-A-Thon.

Crunch take 2-0 series lead on Portland

Syracuse follows OT win with punshing Game 2 triumph

The American Hockey League playoffs did not start out well for the Syracuse Crunch - but when it mattered, the Crunch turned it around and built a two-games-to-none lead in its opening-round series against the Portland Pirates.

Sunday, April 28

Track Hornets sweep at Chittenango Invitational

Ryan, Brislin roll to victories in Fleet Feet Mile

What started with Nick Ryan and Katie Brislin spread to their teammates as Fayetteville-Manlius swept both sides of last Friday night’s Chittenango Invitational. In the girls meet, the Hornets had 128 points, nearly double the total of runner-up Liverpool (66 points), while the F-M boys got 107.5 points as, again, it was Liverpool (75 points) settling for the second spot.

J-D track sides excel at Chittenango meet

Sturgeon finishes second in boys pentathlon

Jamesville-DeWitt’s track and field teams would both contend against large, elite fields as it went down Route 5 to compete in Friday’s Chittenango Invitational. In fact, they nearly matched each other in points – the girls getting 41 points, the boys 40.5 points – as they both managed fifth-place finishes, the girls Red Rams tying West Genesee with that mark and the J-D boys alone in that fifth spot.

F-M girls lacrosse beats J-D, 13-7

CBA romps past Whitesboro, Cortland

Two girls lacrosse neighbors got together on Saturday as Fayetteville-Manlius hosted Jamesville-DeWitt, and it was the Hornets coming out on top by a score of 13-7.

J-D softball takes advantage of CBA mistakes

Rams win league showdown over Brothers, 9-3

In many ways, the Christian Brothers Academy softball team did what it needed to in last Tuesday’s game at Jamesville-DeWitt, pounding out 10 hits against Red Rams pitching ace Kerri Keeler.

Village of Skaneateles adopts 2013-14 budget

Includes 1 percent increase in tax rate

The village of Skaneateles Board of Trustees voted to adopt its 2013 to 2014 operating budget at its April 24 meeting. The total budget for the village’s next fiscal year, starting June 1, will be $2,815,688 a 5.43 percent increase from the previous year. The property tax levy will be $1,472,389, a 2.16 percent increase from the previous year. This increase is accounted for by an about one percent increase in assessment values for the village and a one percent increase in the tax rate.

Track Bees win big in weekend meets

Boys second in Arcaro Relays; Ross, Allen lead girls at Marcellus

An active and important week for both of Baldwinsville’s track and field teams included the boys side hosting the 15th annual John Arcaro Relays at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium and the girls making a big impression during Saturday’s Marcellus-Skaneateles Invitational.

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B’ville boys lacrosse wins three straight

Bees romp past RFA, Corcoran, Watertown IHC

An up-and-down first half of the season that saw a big win (over Liverpool) and some tough defeats (two of them to Fayetteville-Manlius) left the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team longing for some calmer waters.

B’ville softball has 1-2 week

Bees take losses to West Genesee, Auburn

In order for the Baldwinsville softball team to present itself as a legitimate challenger to Cicero-North Syracuse atop the Class AA ranks, it first had to work past other top-level opponents – and that proved difficult.

WG softball beats Liverpool in 13 innings

Wildcats blow two extra-inning leads, yet still prevail

On and on they went, the West Genesee and Liverpool softball teams, both of them managing to match each other last Thursday in a game that nearly spanned the length of a doubleheader. Finally, it was the Wildcats emerging with a 9-8, 13-inning victory, a major boost of confidence for a team eager to see if it can challenge Cicero-North Syracuse atop the Class AA ranks.

Skaneateles girls host invitational track meet

Adams finishes second twice; Lakers split with J-E

For the second straight year, Skaneateles co-hosted, with Marcellus, a big girls track and field meet, drawing more than 20 teams to Marcellus on a gorgeous Saturday featuring some of the season’s best competitive conditions.

Skaneateles boys lacrosse falls to F-M

Lakers turn back Jordan-Elbridge upset bid

Still with the no. 13 spot in the state Class C rankings, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team stepped out of league play and into a brighter spotlight when it hosted unbeaten Fayetteville-Manlius Saturday at Hyatt Stadium. As it turned out, the Lakers found the state Class A no. 4-ranked Hornets far too much to handle, taking a 12-4 defeat to fall to 8-2 on the season.

Baseball Lakers win three straight

Skaneateles rebounds from Westhill defeat

In just a span of 24 hours, the Skaneateles baseball team went from a complete lack of production at the plate to a well-timed outburst that may have turned a floundering season around.

Skaneateles boys tennis edges Westhill

Lakers also turn back Chittenango, 4-1

Having split its first two OHSL Liberty division matches, the Skaneateles boys tennis team looked to establish a winning mark, but it wasn’t easy.

Track teams leave mark in slate of weekend meets

Garn, Uczen, Wilkinson, McLeod among event winners

Whether close to home, or in venues like Chittenango and Baldwinsville, area track and field teams had a busy weekend and a lot of positive results.

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WG baseball goes 3-1 in tough league slate

Ace Reichel earns wins over F-M, Liverpool

Recovering well from a narrow loss to unbeaten Cicero-North Syracuse on April 18, the West Genesee baseball team continued to establish itself as a Class AA title contender through a busy stretch of four games in six days where it would win three times.

Chittenango lacrosse gets big win over Cortland

Bears also stop OCS, near playoff berth

Long removed from last season’s 6-10 struggles, the Chittenango boys lacrosse team has already matched its 2012 win total and is nearing a Section III playoff berth.

Girls lax Lakers go 1-2, fall to LaFayette

Caz struggles in defeats to LaFayette, Onondaga

Through the first half of the regular season, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team was 5-3, having won three in a row to move back above the .500 mark. But the Lakers’ hot streak got halted last Monday night, when it went to LaFayette and could not capture enough of the draws to gain valuable possessions in an 11-8 loss to the Lancers.

Saturday, April 27

Hornets show more balance, stop Skaneateles

F-M moves to 10-0 with takedown of Lakers

Kevin Lux won't score 10 goals for undefeated Fayetteville-Manlius every game as he did against Liverpool on Tuesday, let alone record 10 total points like he did at Auburn on Friday. The Hornets certainly welcome Lux’s high production, but it doesn't survive on it, because guys like Clay Arnold, Jack Wilson and Dan Cahill repeatedly prove they can step into the scorer’s role.

Skaneateles girls lax topples Tully, LaFayette

Lakers now own nine-game win streak

The Skaneateles girls lacrosse team’s hard-fought overtime win over Marcellus on April 16 meant that it moved to the no. 6 spot in the state Class C rankings, just ahead of the Mustangs at no. 7.

B’ville girls drop showdown with West Genesee

Loss to Wildcats ends Bees' five-game win streak

In most seasons, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team would get at least two chances to take down West Genesee. Yet the 2013 slate offered just one regular-season meeting between the long-time rivals, and they had it Friday night in Camillus, where the Bees nearly got shut out in the first half and still made it interesting before falling to the Wildcats 8-4.

Lacrosse Lakers suffer first loss to LaFayette

Big third quarter by Lancers erases Caz lead

Now the easy part was over for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team. Though it sat at no. 2 in the state Class C rankings, the Lakers geared up and entered the tough portion of its regular-season schedule, with every opponent possessing plenty of talent and quality, plus a desire to knock off a big-name foe.

Caz baseball topples Phoenix, Marcellus

Lakers make seventh-inning comeback to top Mustangs

Even though the Cazenovia baseball team has taken blemishes both small and large, it still remains a force that OHSL Liberty division opponents must respect.

Solvay softball blows out Westhill, 19-1

Bearcats score in every inning against rival Warriors

As far as Solvay softball coach Phil Merrill is concerned, all he’s trying to do is stay out of the way of his talented players as they set out for championship glory. Technically, Westhill was in the way of the Bearcats Friday afternoon – but not for long. In the only regular-season meeting between the two neighborhood rivals, Solvay hit from beginning to end and flattened the Warriors 19-1.

Westhill baseball sweeps four league foes

Walsh throws pair of one-hitters vs. Skaneateles, Solvay

Holding itself to a high standard, the Westhill baseball team was not entirely pleased with its 2-1 league start, especially in light of an April 17 defeat to Phoenix. But the Warriors felt a lot better after the ensuing week’s action, which included ace pitcher Ben Walsh twice throwing one-hit, complete-game efforts, the latter of them on three days’ rest.

Friday, April 26

WG girls lacrosse handles Baldwinsville

Elmer anchors Wildcat attack, earns six assists

All of the tough contests the West Genesee girls lacrosse team has gone through - and won - has certainly steeled them for what will come at the end of this spring. At the very least, the Wildcats put the lessons from those games to good use Friday night in its lone regular-season encounter with Baldwinsville, relying on Hannah Elmer's passing and more stellar defense to beat the Bees 8-4.

Stirpe announces Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday April 27

In an effort to help keep unwanted and expired prescription drugs off the streets and ensure they are properly disposed of, Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero) announced April 27 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Now in its sixth year, Central New York families are encouraged to dispose of their unwanted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday.

Riding the 43rd parallel

Descriptions of Manlius, NY on the Internet include the information that the village is located at Latitude 43. 0 degrees, North, and Longitude - 76.1 degrees West. What is the importance of this? Very little probably, unless you are a geographer or navigating with a GPS.

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Scouts deliver safety kits to PEACE

Anne DeMarco, Emily DeMarco, Madison MacArthur and Megan DeMarco, representatives of Girl Scout Troop 10633 from Palmer Elementary School, visited PEACE Inc. in Baldwinsville on April 17.

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Baldwinsville magician to bring local flavor to Destiny comedy club

A Baldwinsville native will be the first local talent on the stage of the FunnyBone Comedy Club and restaurant at Destiny USA when he appears there this Saturday.

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Marathon runner visits Baker High School

Long-distance runner Dick Beardsley met with students at Baker High School on April 12 and spoke about the importance of never giving up on your goals and living a healthy, chemical-free life.

B’ville man joins Utility Refund Co.

Michael Jablanski, of Baldwinsville, has joined the team at Utility Refund Company as a regional assessment agent.

Caz track teams sweep past ITC

Boys Lakers get wins from Satchwell, Petroff, Braathen

Cazenovia’s track and field teams both moved to 2-0 in the OHSL Liberty division last Wednesday with victories over Syracuse’s Institute of Technology Central at Buckley-Volo Field.

Skunk problem remains a low priority for village

In August 2008 several Third Street residents appeared before the Liverpool Village Board to complain about skunks inundating the neighborhood. In April 2011 in two separate incidents, Liverpool Police officers shot and killed two skunks which had been behaving strangely in village yards in broad daylight. Last summer, two longtime Liverpool residents complained to the mayor and trustees that the odious infestation had become unbearable. Salina’s animal-nuisance wildlife trapper told one resident that he was “overwhelmed” by the extent of the skunk problem across the town and unable to prioritize village properties threatened by the pesky polecats.

Beaver Lake Nature Center – May activities

Beaver Lake Nature Center is an Onondaga County Park located at 8477 East Mud Lake Road, four miles west of Baldwinsville off Route 370.

McNamara celebrating 50 Years of excellence in learning

McNamara is 50 years old.

Thursday, April 25

ESM girls lacrosse holds off J-D

Spartans stop Rams for eighth straight win

The Jamesville-DeWitt girls lacrosse team did its best to dig out of a six-goal halftime deficit on Thursday afternoon, but came up short in a 14-10 loss to East Syracuse Minoa. J-D fell to 4-5, 4-3 in OHSL division play, while ESM (8-1, 6-1 OHSL) won its eighth straight since losing the season opener to CBA - the team just ahead of the Spartans in the standings.

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C-NS baseball tops Baldwinsville, 10-4

Northstars break late tie with six unanswered runs

To anyone that might have doubted whether the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team had the goods to be a Section III Class AA front-runner, a ready answer was provided in Thursday afternoon's game at Baldwinsville. Staring down the defending sectional champions in a tight contest, the Northstars made the Bees blink down the stretch, and it led to a 10-4 victory, C-NS's eighth in a row.

The “Original” Junk in the Trunk Sale

Sign up now to secure a spot in the “Original” Lysander Junk in the Trunk sale scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Lysander Town Hall Parking Lot, 8220 Loop Road in Radisson.

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Van Buren hosts publishing party

First-graders in teacher Amy Morgan’s class at Van Buren Elementary School celebrated their writing accomplishments with a publishing party for family members and friends who were invited to the class on April 11.

ESM boys, girls track sides sweep CBA

J-D track sides roll past Mexico

As a result of its move to the OHSL Freedom division, the Christian Brothers Academy track and field teams had to face Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa in consecutive weeks.

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BVC hosts annual Volunteer of the Year ceremony

A village of volunteers

Charlie Farrell and Dawn Custer both embody the volunteer spirit.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Check out our annual book and media sale

April is winding to a close, but it’s far from over yet. The budget and trustee vote is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25, and is open to all residents of the Baldwinsville School District 18 and up. Come in cast your vote and take advantage of our spring bake and book sales while you’re here.

Baker increases in ranks of most challenging high school

Baker High School in Baldwinsville has been ranked on The Washington Post’s 2013 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.

Liverpool Public Library to hold budget hearing

The Liverpool Public Library Board of Trustees will be conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. May 1 just prior to their regular board meeting to discuss the expenditure of library funds for the fiscal year 2013-14 and the budgeting thereof.

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World class guitar duo comes to B’ville

International Guitar duo Loren and Mark will be returning to the Grace Episcopal Church for an afternoon of world class music at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28.

Marcellus, Westhill split track showdown

Garn sweeps girls distance events; Wilkinson also triple winner

When they got together for a key OHSL Liberty division meet Wednesday afternoon, the Marcellus and Westhill/Bishop Ludden track and field teams both ended up happy. In the girls meet, Rachel Garn’s sweep of the distance running events helped the Mustangs prevail 83-58, but it was Westhill/Ludden, led by Corey Wilkinson, taking the boys meet 88-53.

Gun control reform is needed now

Letter to the editor

Village needs to re-think electric rates

Letter to the editor

It's budget time


This time of year the Skaneateles School District and village government are trusted with the task of coming up with a responsible and balanced budget.

Canton Woods Senior Center – April 25 to May 3, 2013

Volunteer Recognition luncheon Thursday

Canton Woods Senior Center is located at 76 Canton St., B'ville. Call 638-4536.

Along the Lakeshore: April 24

Deer, duck nesting habits, trip to Rochester

Along the Lakeshore column: April 24 edition.

Wednesday, April 24

New programs address anti-bullying, tutoring needs and more

PEACE Inc. will offer several new programs to the community.

One killed, one injured in Skaneateles collision

One Elbridge man was killed and another injured when their van collided with a tractor trailer in the village of Skaneateles shortly before 2 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24.

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Play your own kind of music

Steinway Piano Gallery offers prestigious pianos for Central New Yorkers

A Steinway piano is a bit different from the piano you may come across at a typical music store. For one thing, it takes one year to assemble one from start to finish. Many artisans who put these pianos together have been perfecting their trade for 30 to 40 years. It’s the combination of a dedication to craftsmanship and the use of the finest materials that makes the Steinway brand the best in the business.

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Elden Elementary celebrates male role models

Elden Elementary School held its sixth annual Dunkin’ Donuts for Dudes, a celebration of male role models, on April 11.

Three men arrested in DeWitt stabbing

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reported that three men were arrested Sunday night for a stabbing that occurred on April 18.

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Local FDs hold open houses for Recruit NY weekend

All across the country, men and women volunteer to help others on their worst days. In Onondaga County in particular, most of the fire departments and EMS services are staffed entirely by volunteers. In order to keep those agencies staffed, fire departments across the state will hold open houses this weekend to encourage residents to volunteer for the fire service. The state-wide recruitment drive, Recruit NY, will be held April 27 and 28 at the tail end of National Firefighter Week. Nearly all departments will open their doors to anyone interested in learning more about how the departments operate or how to apply to be a member. The program aims to bring fresh faces to the departments and to showcase what local departments are doing. The events will include opportunities to speak to firefighters, try on turnout gear and breathing apparatus, obstacle courses and more.

Little Utica UMC to host tribute

The EJ Thomas United Methodist Men will host a tribute to Rev. Wade Jarrett at noon Saturday, April 27, at Little Utica United Methodist Church. A free luncheon will be followed by the movie, “A Man Called Peter.” All proceeds from the love offering will go to Watson Homestead and Camp Casowasco, two of Rev. Jarrett’s favorite charities.

C-NS boys tennis wins classic over Liverpool

Northstars claim pair of pivotal doubles matches

Just a point or two separated the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys tennis teams by the time their head-to-head match Tuesday afternoon was complete. But it was the Northstars finishing on top, getting points in a pair of three-set doubles matches to pull out a 4-3 decision over the Warriors.

COLUMN: Laws created more child sex abuse crimes, still more needs to change

We hear about cases on the news and we see mug shots of those who are charged or convicted of some heinous child sex abuse act. There is no excuse for these perpetrators and sickens the majority of us who have to read these stories.

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Locally grown

Borodino farm offers vegetables, meat, eggs through Community Supported Agriculture program

Marigold Farm is a family farm that operates through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. A CSA is a farm that sells “shares” of the different foods it produces. People who purchase a share pay a set amount of money up front and then are entitled to a portion of each week’s yield. This year, Marigold Farm is selling shares for vegetables, eggs and chicken meat. When the vegetable and meat shares start in June, customers will be able to pick up their share at Marigold Farm or the Skaneateles YMCA every Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 23

Lux nets 10 in Hornets' win over Liverpool

F-M uses strong team effort against Class A champs

True, the spotlight would fall on senior Kevin Lux after the Fayeteville-Manlius boys senior forward netted a career-high 10 goals in his team's 13-4 victory over Liverpool on Tuesday night. But the game was also a reflection of everything the undefeated, state Class A no. 4-ranked Hornets are doing right this spring.

Big rally pushes J-D baseball past CBA

Six-run fifth inning key to Rams' 10-2 win

The complexion of a baseball game can change in a half inning. Just ask baseball lifer and Christian Brothers Academy coach Tom Dotterer. His Brothers (4-1, 2-1 OHSL) lost 10-2 to rival Jamesville-DeWitt (8-1,5-1 OHSL) Tuesday afternoon when the Red Rams brought home six runs in the fifth inning.

Second annual charity golf outing set for May 17

Compass Credit Union in Oswego will host its second-annual Charity Golf Outing on May 17 at Radisson Greens Golf Course, 8055 Potter Road, Baldwinsville, to help raise money for four youth sports organizations.

North suburbs to host meeting on I-81

At the request of the towns of Salina and Cicero and Onondaga County Legislator Kathleen Rapp, staff from the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council will provide an overview of The I-81 Challenge at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool (441 Electronics Parkway). The meeting will include a brief presentation from SMTC staff that will provide background information about The I-81 Challenge.

School board increases budget, prevents teacher layoff

Strong public support for high school social studies teacher saves job

The Cazenovia Board of Education increased this year’s budget by nearly $70,000 last night, specifically to prevent the proposed layoff of a popular high school social studies teacher who for months has had a multitude of public support urging the board to save her job. The money to pay for her retention will come out of the district’s fund balance reserve account and will not necessitate an increase in the proposed tax rate or an overriding of the state tax levy cap.

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Skaneateles jazzman honored

Trumpeter and middle school teacher Dave Wilber named jazz educator of the year

After more than 30 years in the Skaneateles Central School District and more than 20 years at the helm of CNY Jazz Central’s scholastic programs, Wilber has been named outstanding jazz educator of the year by the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation.

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B’ville FACS teachers to be honored for achievements

The Central New York Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators will honor two Baldwinsville family and consumer science teachers at the association’s annual banquet in May.

More CHIPs funding for B’ville

The towns of Lysander and Van Buren will receive increased Consolidated Local Street and High Improvement Program funding this year after several years of seeing a decline in state support for infrastructure. In fact, this is the first time in five years the state has increased funding to this program in an effort to promote job growth while rebuilding crumbling infrastructure.

ESM 2013-14 proposed budget reduces spending, no layoffs expected

The East Syracuse Minoa CSD Board of Education was presented a proposed budget on April 22 by the Superintendent for the 2013-14 school year that reduces total spending over the current year and increases the tax levy by 2.59% – a result that is well below the district's permissible tax levy cap.

April is National Donate Life Month

Superintendent Richard N. Johns of the Liverpool school district issued an open letter to teachers, students, parents and community members on March 26 announcing his leave, just months before he was due to retire. Johns’ departure comes for a good reason: he needs a new heart. “If it was of my own choosing, I would certainly perform my job for many more years, however, factors have emerged which will not allow me to do so,” Johns said in his letter. “I am currently working with a medical team at Strong Hospital to explore receiving a new heart.” Johns is one of about 800 patients in the Central New York region waiting to receive organ transplants. The month of April is National Donate Life Month. Hospitals across the country promote awareness and education, working to expand the organ donation registry.

Library budget on ballot Thursday

The Baldwinsville Public Library budget vote and trustee election will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the library, 33 East Genesee St., Baldwinsville. Voters must be 18 years of age or older, be a United States citizen and have lived in the Baldwinsville Central School District for at least 30 days prior to April 25.

LRC endorses candidates

On Thursday, April 18, the Lysander Republican Committee voted to endorse candidates for various positions up for election on Nov. 5.

F-M track sweeps Auburn, Central Square

Hornets immediately take CNYCL American lead

Fayetteville-Manlius cast aside all the bad weather and immediately took command in the CNY Counties League American division, sweeping through both of its opening meets.

J-D track teams earn sweep over CBA

Sturgeon, Hohreiter, Vasiliou, Fairbanks among multiple winners

High winds greeted the Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy boys track and field teams for their head-to-head meet last Thursday afternoon, which also included Fowler. The Red Rams would sweep the boys portion, turning back the Brothers 85-38 and topping the Falcons 87-36. CBA also beat Fowler, by a more modest 57-51 margin.

ESM track sweeps Cortland, hosts invitational

Weather shortens Friday meet; Spartans take fourth

East Syracuse-Minoa’s girls track and field team picked up 27 points in its own invitational meet last Friday, abbreviated by that wet, windy weather, which canceled several field events and forced some teams to leave early.

Monday, April 22

Baseball Bees blank Liverpool, 4-0

Blewett strikes out 11, shuts down Warriors

The way Baldwinsville baseball coach Dave Penafeather spoke about his team’s 4-0 victory over Liverpool on Monday afternoon, you’d have thought it had lost to prolong a losing streak. “We're trying to find ourselves as a team," Penafeather said after a lengthy postgame team meeting. "I don't think we've played our best baseball."

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B’ville youth join Children’s Theater Group

Nearly 60 teen-agers from across Central New York will take to the stage May 9 to 11 for an exciting and colorful production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the blockbuster musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

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B'ville Lax team ‘adopts’ young boy

B’ville 3-year-old fights complications from condition

William Relyea was diagnosed with Stage 3 Neuroblastoma on Dec. 7, 2009, at six months of age. While he successfully underwent chemotheraphy to shrink an invasive abdominal tumor followed by a successful surgery, the 3-year-old Baldwinsville boy struggles with serious post-surgical treatment complications. His body is now dependent on IV nutrition and he has life threatening medical emergencies.

Documentary film about the Post-Standard to be screened at Skaneateles High School

A Skaneateles resident has created a documentary film that criticizes the Syracuse Post-Standard. The film, titled “The Post Standard and the Reader,” will be shown at Skaneateles High School on Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Nik and the Nice Guys ready to rock the Firefighter’s Ball

Nik and the Nice Guys, one of America’s favorite party bands, will once again perform at the Cazenovia Fire Department’s Firefighters’ Ball on Saturday, April 27. The event will be held at the firehouse from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. and is open to those 21 years of age and older.

Local Zumba fundraiser to benefit cancer research

Two Cazenovia Zumba instructors have promised to raise $5,000 for cancer research, and are holding a Zumbathon fundraising event this Saturday to accomplish the goal.

Belle Ame Yoga offered at CNY Family Sports Center

Belle Ame Yoga and Wellness will now offer a multilevel yoga class from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays beginning April 24 in the Jonhoben Room at the Central New York Family Sports Center on Jones Road in Baldwinsville. Susan DeCarlo, the owner of Belle Ame Yoga and Wellness and certified yoga instructor, will teach the class, which is comprised of four specific components to help participants achieve optimum health including: a breathing meditation, warm-up exercises, yoga poses and relaxation.

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Academic decathlon team off to nationals in Minnesota

Eleventh hour donations put fundraising over the top

The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon Team will be able to travel to Minnesota to compete in the national AD competition this week, thanks to their own effective fundraising work and numerous donations from local residents, but especially because of two major donations received last week from two community groups.

ZBA denies college appeal over athletic complex fencing request

If Cazenovia College wants to build a six-foot-high chain link fence around its athletic complex in the heart of the village, a simple building permit application is insufficient and the college must undertake the full site plan review and approval process through the village planning board. This was the decision of the village zoning board of appeals last week in response to the college’s appeal of a previous ruling to the same effect by the village zoning enforcement officer, whom the college felt exceeded his authority as ZEO.

Skaneateles town finances 'very good'

The Skaneateles town board heard the results of a financial audit and other business from its meeting on Thursday, April 18.

LCSD appoints interim superintendent

The Liverpool Central School Board of Education announced that it has found someone to act as interim superintendent. Edmund P. Backus, who previously headed the Hamilton Central School District in Madison County, will fill in for Dr. Richard N. Johns, who is out on medical leave. Johns is scheduled to retire July 31; Backus will hold the position until that time.

C-NS baseball remains unbeaten, goes to 5-0

Northstars get hard-fought wins over West Genny, McQuaid

About the only thing that’s gone wrong for the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team is ill-timed bad weather, which postponed two different attempts at a showdown between the Northstars and defending Section III Class AA champion Baldwinsville.

Liverpool girls win twice, return to .500

Warriors get crucial win F-M for turnaround

At one point last week, the Liverpool girls lacrosse team was 2-4 and slipping toward a worse fate, but a pair of well-timed wins may signal a long-term turnaround.

C-NS boys lacrosse has 2-1 week

Northstars fall to Corcoran, rally past Colonie in OT

Steaming for nearly a week after a series of correctable mistakes cost them a chance at beating Fayetteville-Manlius on April 11, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team tripped up again, but would quickly recover and improve its mark to 7-3.

Boys Northstars win Cook-Destefano Relay title

C-NS fares well in distance races, sprints

With every finish by every competitor important, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys track and field team emerged with an exciting victory in last Friday’s Cook-Destefano Relays at Utica Proctor.

Personal safety in public places

Prompted by the recent tragedy at Great Northern Mall, Canton Woods Senior Center will play host to a public safety seminar at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the center, 76 Canton St., in the village.

J-D, F-M golfers get big early wins

Red Rams start 3-0; Hornets hold off Auburn

Competition among the area’s high school girls golf teams is often fierce, due to the quality of courses and the talent assembled at the four schools involved.

Four injured in Lysander crash

Four people were injured in a Lysander car crash April 19.

Marcellus, Westhill breeze to boys lacrosse wins

Jordan-Elbridge takes losses to Caz, CBA

As they both continued their fine work in the early portion of the season, the Marcellus and Westhill boys lacrosse teams turned back plenty of opponents.

WG diamond sides find success in league play

Baseball Wildcats nearly upend unbeaten C-NS

Staring at a continual stretch of games caused by early-season weather postponements, the West Genesee baseball team would do its best to cope – and try to flourish, too.

Marcellus girls lacrosse stops Westhill

J-E earns first win of season over Tully

Other than a poor second half on April 8 against Skaneateles, the Westhill girls lacrosse team had played quite well every single minute it has been on the field. Now it had a chance at an eye-opening win if, last Wednesday night, it could beat visiting Marcellus, who was still trying to recover from its long overtime battle with Skaneateles.

Solvay softball blanks Cazenovia, Ludden

Gardner sisters lead Bearcats' batting barrage

Tired of sitting around and waiting for it to clear up and warm up, the Solvay softball team displayed plenty of firepower once it took the field.

Softball teams sweep through league foes

CBA's Sheridan throws no-hitter against Syracuse West

Gradually, each of the area’s three OHSL Freedom division softball teams found their way back to the field and all of them tasted success.

Sunday, April 21

CBA girls lax blanks J-D; ESM improves to 6-1

Brothers absorb home loss Saturday to Honeoye Falls-Lima

To some degree, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team was humbled by its 19-8 defeat to national powerhouse St. Stephens-St. Agnes in the Washignton, D.C., area on April 13. Yet it also made the Brothers angry and focused, and when it returned to Central New York, it unleashed all of its forces on Jamesville-DeWitt last Monday afternoon in a 17-0 shutout.

ESM boys lacrosse has 2-1 week

Spartans get exciting wins over New Hartford, Corcoran

Mired at 1-5 when last week’s play got underway, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys lacrosse team rescued a season spinning out of its control with a pair of dramatic victories.

CBA boys lax goes 3-0, holds off Tully

Brothers honor fallen Albany CBA graduate

Each time it takes the field, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team aims to entertain, even if defense gets pushed aside.

B’ville baseball goes 3-1, falls to McQuaid

Bees, with fine all-around effort, sweep trio of league foes

Once again, the temperamental Central New York weather caused some changes with the Baldwinsville baseball team’s best-laid plans. The state Class AA no. 7-ranked Bees were set to face undefeated, state no. 17-ranked Cicero-North Syracuse last Tuesday in a big early-season clash of Class AA favorites, but it got rained out and moved to Friday – where again the threat of bad weather, which did show up at the time the game would have been played, forced a postponement.

B’ville softball handles Oswego, Syracuse East

Campbell signs to attend Binghamton University

In a big week for Baldwinsville softball – and especially its pitching ace, Liz Campbell – it did not disappoint once it got on the field.

B’ville boys tennis falls to West Genesee

Bees go 1-1 for week, handle Syracuse East

After winning three consecutive matches to open the season, the Baldwinsville boys tennis team suffered its first defeat on a windswept Thursday afternoon at West Genesee, falling to the Wildcats by a 4-3 margin.

Skaneateles track sides sweep league opener

Boys Lakers edge ITC; girls endure weather at ESM meet

In the season’s best competitive conditions, the Skaneateles boys track and field team won its OHSL Liberty division opener last Wednesday at Hyatt Stadium, beating Syracuse’s Institute of Technology Central 80-59.

Skaneateles baseball beats Chittenango, J-E

Lakers go 2-1 overall, lose to West Genesee

With an 0-2 start and all the time it spent waiting out wet weather, the Skaneateles baseball team was desperate for any kind of good news. It arrived in last Monday’s visit to Chittenango, where Luke Drancsak’s pitching and a deep, diverse lineup produced an 11-0 shutout over the Bears.

Golfing Lakers grab league wins

Pinckney, Lee brothers, Fenner have strong efforts

Through the heavy rain and snow that covered Central New York in the early part of April, both of the Skaneateles golf teams could only manage sporadic outdoor practice sessions.

Skaneateles softball edges Chittennago

Lakers struggle in losses to Marcellus, J-E

Earning its first win of the season, the Skaneateles softball team held off a late charge from Chittenango last Monday afternoon and got past the Bears 5-4.

Skaneateles boys tennis goes 1-1

Lakers can't find momentum in loss to CBA

For the Skaneateles boys tennis team, the aim was clear – get to the top of the OHSL Liberty division standings and challenge the likes of CBA. At least it started well for the Lakers, who won every set of last Monday’s opener at Jordan-Elbridge and prevailed 5-0.

Westhill baseball goes 1-1, beats Marcellus

Warriors stopped at home by Phoenix

To this point, the Westhill baseball team only had one game lost to the weather, an April 13 contest against Chittenango that got postponed. Still, the Warriors had not played in a week when it ventured to Marcellus last Monday, and despite hitting and running itself out of all sorts of scoring opportunities, it still recorded a 6-0 shutout of the Mustangs.

WG boys lacrosse falls, 12-4, to J-D

Wildcats outclassed by Evans, powerful Red Rams

This was, indeed, a rare sight – the West Genesee boys lacrosse team, in any year and in any circumstance, simply proving unable to keep up with a high-quality opponent, or shut it down. Still, the Wildcats’ 12-4 defeat to Class B powerhouse Jamesville-DeWitt on Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Stadium was less an indictment of WG’s situation as it was an affirmation of the Red Rams’ many qualities.

Cazenovia boys lacrosse rolls to 8-0 mark

Lakers rout Jordan-Elbridge, MPH, Watertown

Weather continued to interrupt the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team’s hopes of playing on its actual home turf – but did nothing to affect the team’s high level of performance.

Saturday, April 20

Softball Lakers get 2-1 win over Chittenango

White out-pitches Mohorters in Friday thriller

Wind howled at the Sean Goggin Sports Complex as the Cazenovia softball team tried to turn back Madison County rival Chittenango on Friday afternoon. They beat the worst of the conditions, and the Lakers emerged with a 2-1 victory over the Bears thanks to pitcher Nicole White’s best effort of the season.

Caz baseball blanks Chittenango, 15-0

Lakers go 2-1 for week, fall to Hannibal

With the weather a bit warmer (and much drier), Cazenovia’s baseball team plunged into the heart of its OHSL Liberty division schedule, having its up-and-down moments, but mostly finding success. A peak moment was Friday’s neighborhood battle between the Lakers and the Chittenango Bears. Before the winds and rain shortened the contest to five innings, Cazenovia did more than enough damage, putting away the Bears 15-0.

Evans, J-D dominate West Genesee

Rams lead start to finish, top Wildcats 12-4

Senior attack Jordan Evans continued his impressive individual season with a six-goal performance as the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team defeated West Genesee 12-4 on Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Stadium in Camillus.

Friday, April 19

B'ville girls lacrosse holds off C-NS

Bees improve to 4-1 with late defensive stand

The Baldwinsville girls’ lacrosse team knows the fickle nature of Central New York weather all too well this season. In the face of torrential rain, the superbly designed drainage system at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium turf field represented a welcoming sight for the Bees.

Lacrosse Hornets splash through rain, stop B'ville

F-M takes 7-0 record into showdown with Liverpool

Now it's safe for the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team to utter the phrase it's been waiting to say for nearly 11 months - bring on Liverpool. A wet, cold and wind-swept 11-5 victory over Baldwinsville Friday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium cleared the last hurdle for the Hornets prior to its reunion Tuesday night with the reigning Section III Class A champion Warriors.

Lasdas to lead Latvian national lacrosse team

West Genny grads, sisters reunite for unique adventure

Gretchen and Rachel Lasda, sisters and Camillus natives, grew up with lacrosse. Their older brother, Geoff, played at Princeton University from 1996 to 2000. Both women came up through the storied West Genesee girls program in its rise to national prominence.

Season of outdoor sales to begin May 4

Despite Mother Nature's efforts, we all know the warm, welcoming days of spring will be popping up soon to stay. With the arrival of spring come garage sales and perfect opportunities to start trekking the streets of your community for treasures.

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Senior Home Care Solutions lends a helping hand to busy families

Business is hosting a “Fun, facts and fitness” senior activities expo in May

As of 2013, over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. As that number climbs higher every year, not many people have the time or are educated on how to take care of family members living with Alzheimer’s. And that’s where Senior Home Care Solutions steps in – for the last three years, they’ve been providing personalized care to seniors all across the Syracuse area to help ensure that their clients can live in their own homes for as long as possible.

Liverpool boys lax stopped by Auburn

Warriors are 6-2 heading into F-M showdown

On a Tuesday evening in late April, the Liverpool boys lacrosse team will get another shot at humbling Fayetteville-Manlius, just as it did each of the last two years in one-sided victories during the Section III Class A semifinals.

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Springtime in the Village returns April 27

Eighteen village specialty shops will host this year’s “Springtime in the Village” event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27. The day showcases the village’s many and varied retail storefront boutiques. Special promotions will be available to visitors that day.

Skaneateles boys take first loss to LaFayette

Lakers shut down by long-time rival Lancers

All of the close calls the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team escaped from on its way to a 6-0 start this spring finally caught up to them. The Lakers, meeting long-time rival LaFayette Tuesday in a game moved to the turf at Onondaga Community College, never got going on the offensive end, and the Lancers took full advantage, pulling away to beat them 11-4.

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Optimists announce May student of the month

The Baldwinsville Optimist Club is pleased to announce that Baker High Senior Eric Anthony is its Student of the Month for May.

Liverpool levies stay flat though village budget increases slightly

After a brief public hearing on April 15, the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees approved a 2013-14 budget of $2,306,565.32. The tax rate for village property-owners will stand at $12.25 per $1,000 of valuation, the same as it was for the 2012-13 cycle. In 2012-13, a home assessed at $100,000 received a village tax bill of $1,225. All properties in the village are also assessed a $150-per unit sewer rent charge.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Make your voice heard at your library

April is winding to a close, but it’s far from over yet. The budget and trustee vote is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25, and is open to all residents of the Baldwinsville School District 18 and up. Come in cast your vote and take advantage of our spring bake and book sales while you’re here.

Thursday, April 18

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C-NS softball blanks Liverpool, 12-0

Seven-run second inning breaks it open for Northstars

Liverpool softball leadoff hitter Alicia Hansen won her personal battle with Cicero-North Syracuse ace Sydney O'Hara, twice picking up hits against a pitcher who had already thrown two no-hitters this season. However, that was one of the few bright spots for the Warriors on a windswept Thursday afternoon as the Northstars rolled to a 12-0 victory in the latest chapter of this long-time rivalry.

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Optimists announce April student of the month

The Baldwinsville Optimist Club is pleased to announce that Nicole Stephenson has been chosen to be its Student of the Month for April.

Girls lacrosse Lakers rout Chittenango

Cazenovia blanks Bears in first half of 14-3 win

Now the Cazenovia and Chittenango girls lacrosse teams are in the same league – but not at the same level, at least by the early returns. The Madison County neighbors met Wednesday night at the Sean Googin Sports Complex, and it was the Lakers dominating from start to finish as it put away Chittenango by a score of 14-3 to end a three-game skid.

Dewitt man dead after a motorcycle crash on James Street

The Syracuse Police Department responded to a reported car/motorcycle crash that occurred at about 8:05 PM last night at the intersection of James St. at Sedgewick St. Upon arrival, officers located a male who appeared to have sustained serious injuries after the 2009 Aprilia motorcycle he was operating struck another vehicle. The male who was later identified as 38 year old Benjamin Koss of Dewitt, was immediately transported to Upstate Hospital for medical attention, but Koss later died as a result of his injuries.

B’ville track teams sweep past West Genesee

Peinkofer, Calnan, Jordan each win twice for Bees

With plenty of talent and determination on hand, both of the Baldwinsville track and field teams wasted little time demonstrating what kind of force it will be in the CNY Counties League this spring. The Bees roared past West Genesee Wednesday afternoon, prevailing 99-42 in the boys meet at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium and also winning big over the Wildcats, 104-37, in the companion meet held in Camillus.

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B’ville teacher selected for summer teachers academy

Jessica Ancona, a fourth-grade teacher at McNamara Elementary School, has been selected to attend the 2013 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. this summer.

Caz track teams sweep Chittenango

Boys edge Bears; girls run meet win streak to 29

The fact that Cazenovia’s girls track and field team maintained its long win streak by rolling past Chittenango in Wednesday’s OHSL Liberty division opener was not surprising. What was satisfying, though, for the Lakers was winning the boys meet, too, Cazenovia completing a sweep by working its way to an 80-61 victory over the Bears.

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The search for a school

Home repair teacher is looking for a classroom to get her unique program off the ground

Diane Bostick grew up in a nice house and attended private school in Dewitt, but she lived a less sheltered life than some of her peers, thanks to the summers she spent working on the assembly line at her father’s business - Microwave Filter Company in East Syracuse. While most of her friends were off at summer camp, Bostick was working with people who were on welfare, who had husbands with a drinking problem, or were in domestic abuse situations. It was here, on the assembly line, that she learned how not everyone’s life was as happy as hers.

Beaver Lake Nature Center - Nature sketching and journaling program

Adults can dabble in the art of observing and drawing nature this spring at Beaver Lake Nature Center in the six-week nature sketching and journaling program. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 18, May 2, 9, 16 and 23, participants will learn about different sketching and journaling techniques from a naturalist and become more familiar with different places around the park.

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Skaneateles school board adopts budget

The Skaneateles Board of Education voted to adopt its proposed budget for the 2013 to 3014 school year at its April 16 meeting. The total budget will be $30.1 million, with a 4.98 percent increase in the tax levy and will be the subject of a public vote on May 21.

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First Presbyterian continues 200th celebration

The First Presbyterian Church of Baldwinsville continued its 200th Anniversary celebration with the hanging of a banner on the south side of its steeple at the corner of Elizabeth and Oswego streets on Friday, March 29.

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Bees to march in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Baldwinsville Central School District marching band, the Marching Bees, received an official invitation on April 17 to perform in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The call of the wild

The past few weeks I have worked on a story that has captured my imagination. It is the story of Bill Moran, a lifelong Central New York resident who decided to move to Montana in 1977 and has lived there ever since.

Along the Lakeshore: April 17

Music in the schools, ducks, dogs in England

Along the Lakeshore column from the April 17 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Canton Woods Senior Center – April 18 to 26, 2013

Volunteer Recognition luncheon next Thursday

Canton Woods Senior Center is located at 76 Canton St., B'ville. Call 638-4536.

Solvay, Marcellus split track showdown

Boys Bearcats start 2-0, also beat Phoenix

Among the favorites in the OHSL Liberty division, the Solvay boys track and field team passed one of its biggest hurdles last Wednesday afternoon when it edged past Marcellus in a 72-69 classic.

Something new due on Old Liverpool Road

A new gymnasium will open for business later this year on Old Liverpool Road. It’ll be located a stone’s throw from Onondaga Lake, but its name will pay homage to a faraway ocean. Pacific Health Club, Inc. of Oswego received approval from the town of Salina Planning Board to open a facility at 604 Old Liverpool Road, where the old Bresee Chevrolet and Burdick Chevrolet dealerships sold thousands of cars and trucks. In November 2011, town voters rejected a proposal that would’ve allowed the town itself to buy the property for a new town hall and town highway operations.

Hectic times for the Skaneateles schools

It has been a hectic year for the Skaneateles Central School District. Due to a wave of retirements in the past three years, the district currently needs to hire a long-term replacement for the superintendent of schools position, the middle school and high school principals and two of the secondary curriculum coordinators.

Wednesday, April 17

Girls lacrosse Wildcats edge Pittsford

WG, atop state rankings, improves to 7-0

As reigning state Class A champions and atop the state rankings, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team is guaranteed to get every opponent's best shot. And when state no. 10-ranked Pittsford showed up in Camillus Wednesday night, it was no different, the Wildcats trailing for much of the night before a second-half surge led to an 8-7 victory over the Panthers.

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Milestones - Rose Troini celebrates 95th birthday

Rosie Troini celebrated her 95th birthday on Wednesday, April 3, with members of St. Augustine's Parish.

Small minority of brewery opponents not about best interests of Caz


To the editor: Few potential additions to Cazenovia have come with such an overwhelmingly positive outlook as the suggested brewery, while also having the strong resistance of a few residents. As a longtime resident and firm believer in our community, it is hard for me to sit back and watch as the small group of opposition takes aim at a project which will be such a valuable asset to our community.

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Baldwinsville Public Library’s April Book Sale

The Baldwinsville Public Library will host its semi-annual book sale in the Community Room of the library at 33 East Genesee St., Baldwinsville, during regular library hours starting Thursday, April 25, through Monday, April 29.

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American Legion honors 60-year member

Cazenovia resident Don Way recently received from the American Legion a certificate honoring his 60 years of membership in the organization.

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‘Bucket brigade’ provides food for community

Baldwinsville teens recently delivered hundreds of meals to the Baldwinsville Community Food Pantry.

EDITORIAL: All walks of life welcome

Volunteer fire departments across New York State will open their doors to local residents Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, as part of the third annual RecruitNY statewide volunteer firefighter recruitment effort, which coincides with National Volunteer Week.

Raising awareness about autism

It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that autism has risen to one in every 88 births in the United States. In order to raise awareness about the programs and services available to families affected by autism, the New York State Senate has commemorated April 2013 as Autism Awareness Month.

Tuesday, April 16

Girls lacrosse Bees back on field, handle Syracuse

B'ville sharp in return to field after 12-day break

Conditions at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium were far from ideal on Tuesday night, but Baldwinsville girls lacrosse coach Doug Rowe was simply happy that his team got on the field for the first time in nearly two weeks. And the result, a 16-5 victory by the Bees (2-1) over Syracuse gave Rowe further reason to smile.

CBA announces fall 2012 honor rolls

Ninth grade students receiving high honors: Dominick Allen Michael Assaf Anthony Basile Melissa Boehlert Sean Brown Adelaide Buerkle Nathan Burns Brennan Carman Rose Collins Madison Cook Thomas Culeton Kate Derrenbacker John Dinger Emily Ehle Kiana Ferguson Cassandra Finkbeiner Katherine Fletcher Robert George David Goodwin Emily Hanson William Ierlan Isabella Jamer Brendan Keeney Daniel Kelly Margaret Kinsella Marielle LaBerge Kathryn LaCasse Elliott Lawrence Alexis Luthringer Mark Lutz James Lynch Stephen Maser Alexsandra Mather

Proposed East Syracuse budget calls for a 26% increase in taxes

Tax rate would be the highest in the county at $17.01

Mayor Robert Tackman announced the proposed 2013-14 budget at a public hearing on April 15 to a crowd of East Syracuse village residents who were less than pleased with the numbers. Under the proposed budget, residents would be paying $17.01 per $100,000 of their property’s assessed value. This jump in taxes would make East Syracuse the highest-taxed municipality in the county (Solvay had the highest in 2012-13 with a $13.61 tax rate) and would cost residents about 26 percent more each year.

BVFC to take part in unified firefighter recruitment day April 27

The Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company will open its doors to area residents so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community, as part of a statewide program called Recruit NY.

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Skaneateles village presented with proclamation of relationship from Duk Payuel

Village board honored by presents from South Sudanese sister village

The village of Skaneateles received a gift all the way from Africa at its April 11 meeting. Rev. Craig Lindsey, of First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, and John Dau, of Duk Payuel village in South Sudan, presented the board of trustees with framed photos and a proclamation of their village-to-village relationship.

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From Marcellus to Montana

Former Marcellus teacher shares stories of a life in the wilderness

Anyone who lived in Marcellus in the 1960s and 70s probably still remembers Bill Moran, the former teacher and bookstore owner. Moran left CNY for good in 1977 to pursue a life in the Montana wilderness, where he has led an unconventional life for more 35 years.

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Rotary to discuss hosting exchange students

B’ville club invites public to learn more about welcoming another culture into their home

Bill and Lynn Rosentel have one daughter they raised from birth, plus 10 more “adopted” children. As host parents for the Rotary International Youth Exchange program, they have expanded their family one student at a time.

Brewing beer, distilling liquor and growing hops were major industries in Madison County


“History repeats itself” is a phrase we have all heard, and it is true. Recently, Madison County is experiencing a rebirth of hops growing. Drive south along Route 46 in the late summer or early fall and you will see the bines climbing at a number of farms. Growth of the crop is expanding to Sullivan and Cazenovia, meaning all ends of the county can experience a rebirth of the industry.

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Colgate University’s ‘The Oz Project’ educates and inspires young students

Twenty-seven children in Hamilton are on a quest for confidence, courage and, most importantly, heart. The Oz Project meets at the Palace Theatre in Hamilton but the elementary- and middle-school aged participants come from many of the surrounding districts, including Hamilton, Madison, Cazenovia and Ostelic Valley. The outcome of the Oz Project is will be a production of “The Wizard of Oz” as a collaborative effort between kids of all ages and abilities. The “munchkins” meet every Wednesday afternoon to learn the music, choreography and lines for the show on April 21.

Be The Match Walk® to be Held April 20 in Cazenovia

Cazenovia College students seek to raise awareness of bone marrow donor program

Students in Cazenovia College’s Event Management class will be hosting a Be The Match® Walk in Cazenovia on Saturday, April 20, in an effort to raise awareness for Be The Match® — a national bone marrow donor program.

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B’ville girl to kick off fundraiser

Battle of the Bands to raise money for Stand Against Suicide

Payton Bird, an 11-year-old born performer, who has developed a following at the Open Mic Nights at the Cross Lake Inn & Marina, will be the opening act for 18 bands as she kicks off Battle of the Bands, a fundraiser for Stand Against Suicide, scheduled for this Saturday.

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SAS holds first-ever Battle of the Bands at SRC Arena

Up-and-comers in the Central New York music scene will compete for prizes as well as the coveted title of “Best Band” this weekend, and they’ll support a good cause at the same time. Stand Against Suicide will host its inaugural Battle of the Bands on Saturday, April 20, at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bands begin competing at noon. Tickets are $7 for students and $12 for adults. Eighteen bands will compete for a chance at the title as well as prizes.

North Syracuse Family Festival is May 25

The North Syracuse Family Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in Lonergan Park, 524 South Main St. (behind Stickley furniture), North Syracuse with free entertainment for young and old.

Little Utica UMC plans trip to Holy Land

Little Utica United Methodist Church will hold a Holy Land Tour Information Night at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19.

Monday, April 15

Girls lacrosse Lakers stop Marcellus in OT

Skaneateles defense holds Nolan without a point

Though the Skaneateles and Marcellus girls lacrosse teams may have separated themselves from the rest of the Section III Class C contenders, they don't appear to have separated from each other. Or at least that was the impression gained from Monday night's classic, when the two rivals pushed into overtime before the Lakers emerged on top, edging the Mustangs 14-12.

Lysander Parks and Recreation - Day Camp registration underway

Registration for Lysander Day Camp is now underway. Held from July 8 through Aug. 16, the six-week program allows youth to enroll on a week-by-week basis or for all six weeks.

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F-M Girl Scouts Launch Plant a Row for the Hungry

Fayetteville-Manlius Girl Scout Troop 10526 is establishing a local “Plant A Row For The Hungry” (PAR) project to benefit FM Community Outreach Food Pantry. PAR is a national people-helping-people program, started in 1995 by the Garden Writers Association (GWA), which encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to food relief organizations serving the homeless and hungry in their communities.

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Coming-of-age comedy

CNY Playhouse stages a memorable ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’

Two aspiring actresses from Fayetteville-Manlius High School exude chutzpah galore as dissimilar sisters in “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” the Neil Simon comedy-drama now on stage at CNY Playhouse at DeWitt’s Shoppingtown Mall.

The Locker Room, Unlocked

The story I am about to tell is very difficult in the sense that the main character may seem to be exposed as a complete idiot. Such is far from my intent and, as a true story, my purpose in relating it here is to demonstrate the kindness of others, the irony and absurdity of life at times, and the ignition of gratitude. In fact, it is an illustration of gratitude in the making.

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Where the music lives

Kellish Hill music barn: a music venue with family values

Kathy Kellish is a ball of energy. Whether she’s getting up at 4 a.m. to make breakfast on two hours of sleep or rocking out onstage with her autoharp, you can bet she’s doing it with all the enthusiasm and vigor she has inside of her. It’s this unfading drive she has that’s helped her to turn her old family farm into one of Syracuse’s best new music venues- called the Kellish Hill music barn.

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Local equestrian team heads to national competition

The Emerald City Equestrian Team, based in Skaneateles but composed of riders from around Central New York, recently qualified to compete in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s (IEA), national finals on Friday, April 19 through 21. Both the middle school and high school age levels of the team qualified for the competition by finishing in the top three of their zone at a competition held on March 29 through 30 in Centre Hall, Pa. A couple of riders also qualified to compete individually.

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Fayetteville author sees success after releasing novel

Amy Benevento is working on a screenplay for Jackel Island

Amy Benevento has been writing ever since she was a little girl growing up in the village of Fayetteville. She recalls how she used to write stories and plays for the neighborhood kids to act out in elementary school. When she entered Wellwood Middle School, she had her own column in the newspaper called “Dear Amy.” And at F-M High School, she remembers rewriting the lyrics to ‘Windmills in my Mind’ and singing it at Showboat, the school’s annual talent show. And now, as an adult, Benevento has published her first novel, titled Jackel Island.

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Kiwanis help construct dual-purpose ballfield

Former Baldwinsville Kiwanis Treasurer John Denny and current Treasurer Don Hilfiger recently presented a check for $7,500 to Ray Grabowski from the Baldwinsville Little League.

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Cazenovia teams place first, second in annual engineering challenge

The Cazenovia High School gym was filled with contraptions, cords and cables last Saturday, April 13, as more than 35 high school students from Cazenovia and Chittenango competed in the third annual GHD engineering challenge. The event was the culmination of eight weeks of work researching, designing, presenting, constructing and, finally, bench testing prototype designs for devices that would test the principles of heating a three-room structure and maintain the heat inside at a certain temperature.

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Silent purse auction to benefit CRIS

The third annual Silent Purse Auction will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Lincklaen House, 79 Albany Street, Cazenovia. This fundraising event for Community Resources for Independent Seniors (CRIS) will once again be held in conjunction with Spring Ladies’ Night Out.

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Cazenovia Republican editor wins state journalism award

Jason Emerson, editor of the Cazenovia Republican, recently received a third place award for in-depth reporting in the New York State Press Association 2012 Better Newspaper Contest.

Nelson town board approves one new law, holds second for May

Planning board and zoning boards can now have alternate members, land use and zoning regulation changes still under consideration

What was expected to be a short meeting lasted nearly two hours last week as the Nelson Town Board held a public hearing, addressed two new town laws, considered the findings of its Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan and discussed how best to spend an extra $30,000 in highway department funding unexpectedly delivered to local governments from the state budget.

Fenner to start town-wide checks for dog licenses

Fenner town residents will be visited in coming weeks by the town dog control officer, who will be canvassing the town to verify all dogs are licensed and vaccinated. Owners with unlicensed dogs will be subject to a licensing late fee.

C-NS track sides sweep home meet

Liverpool steps up for second place in girls portion

It had not yet warmed up, nor had it dried out too much, by the time Cicero-North Syracuse’s track and field teams hosted its 10th annual Relays last Friday at Bragman Stadium.

COLUMN: Budget ‘robs Peter to pay Paul’

Last week I talked about the State Budget in this column and this week I wanted to expand on some elements in the budget.

Beaver Lake Nature Center - April activities

Beaver Lake Nature Center is an Onondaga County Park located at 8477 East Mud Lake Road, four miles west of Baldwinsville off Route 370.

Sunday, April 14

J-D boys track takes third at C-NS meet

Boys, girls Red Rams earn many individual wins

Still waiting for a full break in the lingering bad weather, some of the area’s high school track and field teams made their way to Bragman Stadium for last Friday’s Cicero-North Syracuse Relays.

F-M girls lacrosse has 2-1 week

Hornets push West Genny, follow with big wins

By now, the refrain is familiar in local Class A girls lacrosse circles – who, if anyone, could stand up to and take down West Genesee? Fayetteville-Manlius is among the teams eager to go after the reigning state Class A champions, and got a face-to-face encounter with the Wildcats last Tuesday night on the F-M home turf.

CBA lacrosse sides shine on home turf

Boys win twice; girls return with rout of Homer

If ever a “loss” proved satisfying in the long term, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team found it when it took mighty Jamesville-DeWitt to overtime on April 6. That 15-14 defeat, with its up-and-down style of play and neither side able to pull away in the latter stages, gave the Brothers a jolt of confidence that it used to win three times in a four-day span.

B’ville track starts strong at C-NS Relays

Bees finish second in boys meet, fourth in girls meet

At last, the Baldwinsville track and field teams were able to spring into action, even if “spring” conditions were nowhere to be found. Instead, the Bees faced wind, 40-degree temperatures and rain during Friday’s Cicero-North Syracuse Relays, but still managed to finish second on the boys side and fourth on the girls side.

Skaneateles girls break school mark at Tully meet

Lakers set new standard in distance medley relay

Never mind that the temperature hovered around 40 degrees, the wind was blowing to make it feel colder and rain kept pounding down. With every conceivable obstacle and excuse at hand, the Skaneateles girls track and field team’s quartet of distance medley relay runners still went out and set a school record in that event during last week’s Tully Friday Night Invitational.

Lacrosse Wildcats beaten in OT by Fairport

Defeat ends three-game WG win streak

Before it could test itself once more against the best in Central New York, the West Genesee boys l lacrosse team first had to restore some of the momentum squandered in early-season defeats to Fayetteville-Manlius and Liverpool.

Marcellus, Westhill boys gain valuable lacrosse wins

J-E suffers close defeats to Mustangs, Warriors

Amid a tough early gauntlet, the Marcellus and Westhill boys lacrosse teams both would take on Jordan-Elbridge and earn tough victories, and find mixed results elsewhere.

West Genny girls hold off F-M, Canandaigua

Wildcats pass toughest tests of early season

Judging by the early returns, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team may get its toughest long-term local challenge from Fayetteville-Manlius. Unlike Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool the week before, the Wildcats surrendered first-half goals to the Hornets in last Tuesday’s game at F-M and had to work hard to the end to make sure it didn’t get too close as it prevailed by a 10-6 margin.

Lacrosse Lakers handle Onondaga, Ludden

Caz still unbeaten after pair of one-sided wins

Somehow, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team had escaped the gauntlet of its opening week without a blemish, getting past close calls against Homer and LaFayette and surviving a double-overtime classic with Baldwinsville.

Saturday, April 13

Caz girls track debuts at Tully meet

Winn claims 100, 200 sprints; Pittman prevails in pole vault

Having practiced in every conceivable outdoor condition for more than a month, it only figured that the Cazenovia girls track and field team would start its 2013 season dealing with some adverse weather.

Skaneateles boys lacrosse improves to 6-0

Bright picks up 11 assists in shutout of MPH

Having made it through some tense early contests with the likes of Baldwinsville, Auburn and Homer, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team got to relax a bit more in the games that followed.

Friday, April 12

Marcellus girls lacrosse stomps past Liverpool

Mustangs unbeaten going into Skaneateles showdown

On the strength of Grace Nolan’s five goals and six assists, the Marcellus girls lacrosse team improve to 5-0 and made quick work of Liverpool in a wet 17-5 victory Friday night at LHS Stadium.

Current Events program to expand at Canton Woods

A popular forum discussing current events will now be offered twice a month at Canton Woods according to its director, Ruth Troy.

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Students use iPads to complete project

Palmer Elementary School third graders recently completed an entire project using iPads in the school’s library. The focus of the project was endangered species and students used the iPad from beginning to end for the research and production.

Cazenovia College’s Reisman Lecture spotlights evolving gun debate

Dr. Robert J. Spitzer, noted author, to address the question: "What Has Sandy Hook Changed?"

Cazenovia College’s Reisman Lecture Series presents "What Has Sandy Hook Changed? The Evolving Gun Debate," by Robert J. Spitzer, Ph.D., distinguished service professor and department chair of SUNY Cortland’s Political Science Department, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in McDonald Lecture Hall, Eckel Hall, Lincklaen Street in Cazenovia. The lecture is free and open to the public.

COLUMN: Proposed legislation would assist active military, veterans in New York

Our state government can make a big difference just by doing little things for active duty military and veterans. We should use our resources to further their careers and express our appreciation for their years of service and sacrifice.

LETTERS: April is volunteer month – take a moment to thank a volunteer

April has been designated a time to celebrate volunteering; it’s a time to recognize those who get involved, people who give back in whatever way they can and inspire others to do the same.

LHS Counseling Department to host college planning overview

The Liverpool High School Counseling Department, with the help of the LHS Parent-Teacher-Student Organization, will provide an overview of the college planning process to parents and students from the Class of 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.

Thursday, April 11

Hornets stay unbeaten, take out C-NS

Key second-quarter penalty turns game in Hornets' favor

Every Friday, like clockwork, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team goes through a stick check, and according to head coach Chris Kenneally, his teams have never been flagged for an illegal stick penalty in 40 years on the sidelines. It seems fitting, then, that the turning point in the undefeated (5-0) Hornets’ 11-5 victory against Cicero-North Syracuse (5-2) Thursday night at Bragman Stadium was such a penalty on the Northstars.

ESM girls lacrosse outlasts Mexico

DeVona, Dooling help Spartans improve to 4-1

Andy Reed has preached team chemistry all season, but for three of his players on the East Syracuse- Minoa girls’ lacrosse team, that fluency is already learned, if not inborn. Hosting Mexico on Thursday night, Sam Dooling and Nicole DeVona combined for 14 points in the Spartans’ 12-10 victory over the Tigers.

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Indian Springs Mfg. expansion underway

Construction began Wednesday, April 3, on a $1,000,000 expansion of the Indian Springs Mfg. facility in Baldwinsville.

B'ville Library tax rate, usage up

Residents of the Baldwinsville Central School District will be asked to approve a $1,349,810 property tax levy for the Baldwinsville Public Library for the 2013-14 fiscal year on Thursday, April 25.

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Petition circulates to leave open both lanes of Route 370 bridge traffic

Residents of the Liverpool/Baldwinsville area are currently circulating a petition asking Assemblyman Will Barclay, Sen. John DeFrancisco and the NYS Department of Transportation to leave open both lanes of the Route 370 Bridge over the Seneca River while the NYS DOT makes repairs. The petition aims to prevent the loss of businesses and jobs that the rerouting of traffic will cause.

Let’s have open discussion on Gothic Cottage future


To the editor: Thanks Frolic Taylor for your letter imploring more thought and input from the community prior to allowing a wonderful example of period architecture to be forever ruined for the purpose of progress.

F-M residents to vote May 21 on property purchase

To alleviate parking congestion and provide more storage space for records and maintenance vehicles, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District will be asking district residents on May 21 for permission to purchase property adjacent to Fayetteville-Manlius High School.

Liverpool Dollars for Scholars announces fundraiser

Celebrate spring while you support Liverpool Dollars for Scholars. Chuckleberries, the place for ice cream and yogurt treats with all kinds of toppings, will sponsor another fundraiser from noon until 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 14.

COLUMN: From the Clerk’s Desk - Passport applications, photos can be processed through town

Just a reminder that the Lysander Town Clerk’s office is authorized and trained by the U.S. Department of State as a passport acceptance facility.

Skaneateles girls lax tops Westhill, Cazenovia

Wins set up key Monday showdown with Marcellus

In order for the Skaneateles girls lacrosse to get full value out of next Monday night’s big game at Marcellus, it first needed to pass two other tests against key league rivals and fellow Class C title contenders.

COLUMN: Library Focus - April marks National Library week

Break week is over and gone again, but there’s still lots to do this month at the library with classes, crafts, National Library Week (April 14 to 20), the library budget vote and trustee election on April 25, and our spring book sale from April 25 through April 29. Mark your calendars, make your plans and stock up for vacation reading.

Canton Woods Senior Center – April 11 to 19, 2013

Speakers at center Tuesday, Friday

Canton Woods Senior Center is located at 76 Canton St., B'ville. Call 638-4536.

Wednesday, April 10

Skaneateles BOE approves scope of capital building project

$22.7 million project will go to public vote in June

The Skaneateles Board of Education voted unanimously to go forward with a 22,675,621 capital bond project to do renovations to the middle school and high school at its April 9 meeting. The proposed project will include roof replacements, asbestos abatement, safety, security and energy efficiency improvements, most of which was deemed to be essential by the board.

First Presbyterian to welcome Delaney Brothers

Concert part of several 200-year anniversary events

Looking for a foot-stomping good time to bring spring into full swing?

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C-NS girls lacrosse rolls past Liverpool

Big first half keys Northstars' 15-8 win

In their latest chapter of a neighborhood rivalry, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls lacrosse teams battled it out on even terms for long periods of time, a charge from one side met a charge from the other side. But that all took place after the outcome was settled.

Worried about the brewery project


To the editor: My name is Denyse Ledyard Montegut and my family is one of the oldest families in the town of Cazenovia. I own Fernwood, a house that was built by my relative Lambertus Wolters Ledyard in 1874. It borders on the proposed Empire Brewery project. I am writing because I believe that the village of Cazenovia should undertake the same level of careful consideration that L.W. Ledyard would have insisted upon before bringing a commercial venture into the heart of historic Cazenovia.

State parks need federal support

Letter to the editor.

Along the Lakeshore: April 10

Lots of ducks, the Loveless family, local cow milk

Along the Lakeshore column: April 10 edition.

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Youth decorate Meals on Wheels lunch bags

B’ville Cares attendees (from left) Laci Bonnell, Adriana Fernandez, Haydon Chrysler, Austin Chrysler, (standing, from left) Zack Bonnell and Ravin Klint display bags they recently decorated, which were used to transport lunch for Meals on Wheels recipients.

CACDA, chamber of commerce to produce video promoting Cazenovia

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association and the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce are working on a joint project to produce a video promoting the quality of life that is enjoyed in the Cazenovia area. The video, which will be titled “Experience Cazenovia,” will illustrate the reasons that this is a wonderful place to live.

BOE schedules additional budget work session

The Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education will hold one last budget work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, in the high school auditorium.

COLUMN: Volunteer Connections - Help clean up B’ville in recognition of Earth Day

April is National Volunteer Recognition Month so here’s a big thank you to all of Baldwinsville’s many volunteers.

B'ville School District adopts $94 million budget

Public hearing on proposed budget scheduled for May 14

On April 8, the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education adopted a $94,992,417 budget proposal for 2013-14 with a tax levy increase of 2.9 percent, which is an increase of approximately $66.20 for a $100,000 assessed property value.

Milestones: Watertown’s first woman postal carrier retires

Joy Swensen, of Baldwinsville, retired from the Syracuse Social Security Office April 1.

Stirpe to host volunteer fair this May

Volunteering is an important part of what makes our community such a great place to live. Donating your time can sometimes be more valuable than simply donating money. When you volunteer, you are spending time enriching the lives of those less fortunate in our community.

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MPH student vies for international honors after winning local science fair

MPH student Olivia Sheppard's project on chemical reactions that occur in firefly proteins earned her top prize at the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair held March 24. The top two finishers from the fair won an all-expenses paid trip and invitation to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held this year in Phoenix, Ariz., from May 12 to 17.

Tuesday, April 9

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Lacrosse Bees rally, beat Liverpool in overtime

B'ville erases four-goal deficit in fourth quarter

On so many levels, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team's 7-6 overtime victory over Liverpool Tuesday night at LHS Stadium was special.

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Stewart leads UConn to NCAA championship

C-NS grad is Most Outstanding Player at Final Four

From Cicero-North Syracuse to Connecticut to the crown jewel of women's college basketball, Breanna Stewart has taken a long and sometimes laborious journey through the last 12 months. But it ended with Stewart as the primary driving force of a Huskies team winning a record-tying eighth NCAA championship Tuesday night in New Orleans, smashing Louisville 93-60 in the national title game.

Pena returns to field for Westhill baseball

Walsh strikes out 17 in 5-1 win over Hannibal

Less than a month after a State Supreme Court ruled that he could take the field, J.C. Pena did so for the Westhill baseball team. Perhaps it wasn't a coincidence that Pena's return coincided with Westhill's first win of the season as his presence, plus the strong right arm of senior pitching ace Ben Walsh, led to a 5-1 victory over Hannibal Tuesday afternoon.

B’ville student artwork on display at Beaver Lake

The artwork of 30 students from the Baldwinsville Central School District will be on display at Beaver Lake Nature Center during the month of April.

Chamber of commerce supports brewery project


To the editor: For more than 200 years, Cazenovia has been one of the main centers of commerce in Madison County; but with the changing marketplace we cannot continue doing business as usual. We must look elsewhere for new solutions for our changing economy.

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B’ville girls compete in national hockey championships

Baldwisville’s Jade Earle and Erica Monaco traveled to San Jose, Calif., to compete in the National Girls Hockey Championship April 3 to 7.

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Two-car crash in Fenner sends four to hospital

A two-car accident at the intersection of Oxbow Road and West Milestrip Road in Fenner Tuesday night sent four people to the hospital, all with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Town board moves Gothic Cottage renovation project forward

Authorizes request for qualifications from architectural and preservation firms

The next step in plans to renovate and preserve the Gothic Cottage for use as the town municipal offices took place this week when the town board authorized the supervisor to put out a call for architectural firms interested in working on the project.

COLUMN: Future of Radisson ice arena uncertain

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Lysander Supervisor John Salisbury for coffee and breakfast. We met at the Cottage Restaurant in Baldwinsville, and talked about the many things happening within the town.

NSCSD announces Parent University spring courses

This spring, the North Syracuse Central School District is launching a new program entitled Parent University. As per the district’s Strategic Plan (STRAP), the creation of a Parent University is an initiative to empower families by equipping them with access to student learning information and engaging them in opportunities to support their children’s success.

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Cicero goes green

The town of Cicero is committed to recycling and to reducing what is called our “carbon footprint” on the Earth. This is a goal that we hope you share with us. The town certainly isn’t yet where it needs to be; we have vehicles that aren’t as fuel-efficient as possible, we use oil-based products extensively on our roads and are working for better solutions, and our use of paper needs to be curtailed. Those challenges face us and this will be a time of transition to better use of our Earth’s resources. We believe this direction will also make us more effective, as finding ways to reduce resource consumption should also streamline what we do.

LCSD approves budget

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education approved the adoption of the superintendent’s 2013-14 budget Monday evening, with an amendment that included $47,000 for late bus runs. Roll was called and the motion passed unanimously.

F-M Board of Education adopts 2013-14 budget proposal

On April 8, the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education adopted a $76,410,610 budget proposal for 2013-14 that increases spending 2.46 percent resulting in a 2.51 percent property tax levy increase.

Award-winning documentary to be shown at Palace Theatre

GreeningUSA will bring “Chasing Ice”, a 75 minute documentary by James Balog, National Geographic photographer to The Palace Theatre, 2384 James Street. Doors open 6:00 p.m on April 22, Earth Day.

F-M hosts screening of new, award-winning documentary

Eagle Hill Middle School in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District is hosting a special screening of a new, award-winning documentary that shows through the use of time-lapse photography the retreat of Arctic glaciers and ice sheets during a seven-year period.

Boards in brief: Tire and metal drop off day

The Town of Van Buren Highway Department will hold the annual Tire and Metal Drop off day from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, at the highway garage, 7895 W. Dead Creek Road, Baldwinsville.

Monday, April 8

O'Hara no-hits F-M in C-NS softball opener

Northstars ace also hits fifth-inning grand slam

From the moment the 2012 state Class AA championship game ended in bitter defeat, the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team has devoted itself to getting back to that point and winning it all this time around.

Military news: B’ville man reenlists with Company B

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General, recently announced Sgt. Glenn Follett, of Baldwinsville, has reenlisted to continue service with the Company B, Military Intelligence, 27th Special Troops Battalion.

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Third-graders treated to restaurant experience in cafeteria

Elden Elementary School hosted its seventh annual restaurant day on March 14 for its third-graders to reinforce students’ proper dining manners.

A clear-cut case against Caz College


To the editor: I'm a Caz resident and a lawyer who has been litigating cases under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) for many years. It's not often you see a case as clear-cut as the case against Cazenovia College's proposed athletic field fence.

Orange NCAA title dreams ended at Final Four

Michigan stops SU in game marked by last-second drama

An improbable and exhilarating journey to the brink of a second national championship ended for Syracuse’s men’s basketball team two victories short of the ultimate prize during the Final Four in Atlanta.

New village parking lot designs, possible fees taking shape

Potential architectural designs and public use guidelines for the planned parking lot to be built at 22 Lincklaen St. are currently being circulated and considered by members of the village board of trustees as they continue to move forward with plans to increase public parking in the village. Numerous design concepts for the lot layout have already been established and generally agreed to by the board, although the decision on whether or not parking will be free or on a fee basis has yet to be determined.

Arts Heritage Alliance seeks village, town support

Nonprofit arts and culture organizations are a $5 million industry in Cazenovia that supports more than 200 full-time equivalent jobs and generates more than $700,000 in local and government state revenue, according to the results of a recent economic impact study.

LETTERS: Thank you for the show

Canton Woods Senior Center wishes to thank the Baldwinsville Teachers’ Association for once again treating Baldwinsville seniors to an afternoon of wonderful entertainment

Baseball Northstars hit big in season-opening routs

C-NS scores 49 runs during impressive 2-0 start

What is “normal” for the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team is quite good by the standards of most other Section III programs. Each spring, the Northstars enter the fray thinking of nothing less than league and sectional titles, and in 2013 it’s hungry to chase after both crowns again.

Girls lax Warriors drop rematch with West Genny

Liverpool responds with one-sided romp over Oswego

Actually, there were two rematches of 2012 Section III Class A title games last Thursday afternoon, one for each gender. Just before the boys Warriors topped West Genesee again, the girls Warriors were at Camillus, looking to even things up with the reigning state Class A champions – but unable to do so, falling in an 11-4 decision.

C-NS boys lacrosse improves to 4-1

Northstars edge Binghamton, pull away from Forks

The Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team completed a busy stretch of four games in six days with a come-from-behind effort to beat Binghamton 11-10 last Monday at Bragman Stadium.

Lysander, Van Buren apply for grant; dissolution hearings scheduled

Lysander and Van Buren officials are moving forward with the creation of a North West Fire District.

Sunday, April 7

ESM girls lacrosse defeats J-D, 8-6

Dooling, DeVona help Spartans; F-M starts 1-1

In part one of this lively local rivalry, the East Syracuse-Minoa girls lacrosse team got the better of Jamesville-DeWitt. The Spartans and Red Rams got together on a sunny Saturday afternoon – and though it was J-D’s home opener, it was ESM emerging on top in an 8-6 decision.

Baseball Bees stop Syracuse East in opener

Blewett pitches five innings, strikes out eight

All the pre-season work was done, indoors and outdoors, and the temperatures finally were warming up. It was time for the Baldwinsville baseball team to start again.

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Boys lacrosse Bees fall to F-M, Cazenovia

B'ville takes Class C power Lakers to overtime

About the only relief the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team received was the snow that shut down so many high school sports events in the opening days of April.

Saturday, April 6

Westhill, Marcellus, J-E lacrosse pick up wins

Warriors fall to Liverpool; Mustan

Westhill’s boys lacrosse team had a terrific chance to increase its profile if it could knock off Liverpool on Saturday afternoon. And while the Warriors couldn’t quite pull it off, the fact that it only took a 9-7 defeat to the defending Section III Class A champion namesakes only proved that Westhill’s ambitions are not far-fetched.

Skaneateles boys lacrosse moves to 4-0

Lakers get tough win over Homer, rout Clinton

Properly tested in close, character-building wins over Baldwinsville and Auburn at the end of March, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team returned home and maintained that good form to move to 4-0.

Friday, April 5

J-D wins lacrosse OT thriller over CBA

Rivals clash on night state hockey champs are honored

In every possible way, from the way two schools and a community honored an unlikely state champion to the action that followed on the field, it was a special Friday evening at Alibrandi Stadium. A ceremony to honor the combined CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team was followed by a boys lacrosse classic that spilled into overtime before the Red Rams prevailed, 15-14, over the Brothers.

Skaneateles town board approves charity road race

The Skaneateles Town Board approved a new five km road race and fun run event to be held by Welch Allyn this summer at its April 4 meeting.

Dave Horan ‘Remembers B’ville’

Dave Horan spoke during the Feb. 10 session of Remembering Baldwinsville at the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse.

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Local soccer stars win gold

Team travels to Russia for tournament

Emma Firenze, of Baldwinsville, and Eva Gordon, of Syracuse, were selected to represent team USA (Under 19) Region 1 Olympic Development Program soccer team to play at the “Spring Kuban International Soccer Tournament” in Russia. The team is comprised of US ODP Regional players from eastern states Virginia to Maine.

B’ville girls lax splits season-opening trip

Bees fall to Farmingdale, rally to beat Suffern

One of the reasons for the annual success of the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team is its willingness to travel out of Central New York in order to find interesting competition and help the players bond on and off the field.

B’ville tennis rolls to opening win over C-NS

Bees sweep singles, claim pair of three-set matches

Just one day after snow was flying in Central New York, tennis balls were flying in Baldwinsville as the high school boys season started again.

Lacrosse Wildcats fall to F-M, Liverpool

WG manages just eight goals in two games

Once again, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team’s concerns about its offense are well-founded, as it took rare back-to-back defeats to the area’s other primary Class A contenders.

J-D softball smashes F-M in season opener

Keeler pitches, gets solo homer; Siegel earns four RBIs

The priorities for the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team are simple and clear for 2013 – go exactly where it did in 2012, and then go one step further.

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Boys lax Lakers sweep Homer, LaFayette, B'ville

Lakers burn to return to top of sectional Class C ranks

Some personnel on both sides had changed, the stakes were much lower and the weather a whole lot colder. But the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team still burned to get another shot at Homer ever since the Trojans, a season ago, upended the Lakers 10-6 in the Section III Class C final and kept it from repeating as sectional and state champions.

COLUMN: Budget misses opportunity to move state ahead

The 2013-14 New York State budget passed with total spending at $141.2 billion. Overall, we missed our opportunity to create a better state and left things status quo.

F-M, J-D baseball win season openers

Hornets pull away from Auburn; Rams' McGee one-hits Oneida

Snow that lingered into April made it impossible for local high school baseball teams to play on local fields early in the school break. However, it warmed up – and cleared up – enough on Thursday to have Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt both enter the 2013 competitive fray, and both find success.

Skaneateles girls lax edges Onondaga, rout J-E

Lakers quickly recover from season-opening loss to West Genny

Through the snow, and eventual warmth, that greeted Central New Yorkers during the April school break, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team started to find its winning form.

Caz girls lacrosse roars to 2-0 start

Dorrance notches 15 assists in wins over Cortland, Ludden/Grimes

In order to deal with the lingering winter, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team had to wait, and then had to move across town, to get its 2013 season underway – but it didn’t faze the Lakers one bit as it won both of its opening tests.

Thursday, April 4

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Liverpool boys win lacrosse rematch with West Genny

Warriors top Wildcats, just as it did in 2012 sectional final

It didn't go to overtime, and it didn't carry the same stakes as the last time they got together 10 months ago. But once again, the Liverpool boys lacrosse team got the better of West Genesee, relying on its most veteran hands to put together a 7-4 victory over the Wildcats Thursday afternoon at LHS Stadium.

Board of Education to meet April 8

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School.

Beaver Lake Nature Center - spring break 2013

Beaver Lake Nature Center invites the public to witness this year's Spotted Salamander migration during an early April evening.

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“Go”ing for the win

Syracuse Go club to host tournament April 20

Every Monday night, people from all walks of life meet up at the dining area of Wegmans in Dewitt with one thing on their minds: to play Go – a strategy game, comparable to chess, that originated in China over 2,500 years ago. Even though the game is quite old, it has been gaining popularity in the United States each year, and this will be the sixth year that Syracuse’s Go club hosts the Salt City Go Tournament.

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Junior high students raise money for Special Olympics athletes

The Durgee Junior High School Leadership Team is raising money to provide jerseys for Baldwinsville students who will be participating in the Special Olympics this spring. On March 20, members of the DLT presented several Durgee students with a check for $486.70 that the DLT raised through a foul shooting contest and donations.

Library adds two new computer programs for patrons

In order to provide fair computer use for everyone, the Cazenovia Public Library has added two new computer programs called CASSIE and SPOT that will manage computer use by its patrons.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Check out the vibrant colors of spring

With any luck, the signs of spring are finally beginning to appear, but even if winter lingers a bit longer, we can promise a riot of color and activity at the library including the year’s most colorful art exhibit provided by the elementary students of the Baldwinsville Central Schools.

Just like the rest...but not like the rest

SU basketball reflects best, worst parts of college game

So what is Syracuse University basketball, circa 2013? The Orange’s run to the Final Four in Atlanta has evoked a whole lot of examination of what’s gone right and what’s gone wrong here. It’s also evoked the usual amount of journalistic opportunism - some of it legitimate, some of it not.

Canton Woods Senior Center – April 4 to 12, 2013

Speakers at center Tuesday, Friday

Canton Woods Senior Center is located at 76 Canton St., B'ville. Call 638-4536.

Stott sits out legislative race; may run for Salina council

Former County Legislator Dave Stott has had enough. After losing two close elections to Republican Judy Tassone, Stott decided against running against her for a third time when she defends her Fourth District seat in November. Instead, he has his eyes on the Salina Town Council where he hopes to take over for incumbent Democrat Jim Magnarelli who has represented the second ward since 2010 but is now considering stepping down. Stott had served one term on the county legislature after beating incumbent Republican Legislator Jim Farrell in 2007. Meanwhile a new candidate has emerged to challenge Tassone this year: Democrat Carol Sinesi.

Wednesday, April 3

West Genny girls lax tops, C-NS, Liverpool

Wildcats' Graveline gets six goals against Northstars

In the span of less than 24 hours, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team offered an imposing statement to two would-be challengers to its Class A throne. First, led by senior Vicki Graveline’s six goals, the Wildcats earned a 13-5 victory over Cicero-North Syracuse last Wednesday afternoon. Then, in a rematch of last year’s Section III final, WG welcomed Liverpool and took them out by an 11-4 margin.

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North Syracuse PD welcomes the return of one of their own

The North Syracuse Police Department announced Wednesday that its members are celebrating the return of one of their police sergeants from deployment in Kuwait.

DAR welcomes talk on lawn care

Chapter Regent Jane Jacobs, left, listens as guest speaker Megan Sollecito addresses the group during the March 18 Betsy Baldwin Chapter DAR meeting, which opened with a breakfast held at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

East Syracuse gears up to create a budget during its toughest financial year ever

Village board will hold a public hearing on April 15

Newly elected mayor Robert Tackman hasn’t had much time to take a breath since he was elected on March 19. His first task as mayor? To create a budget in a village that is facing its “most difficult financial year ever.” The village has been carrying a large debt since the renovations on its municipal building were completed in December 2004. Additionally, last October, taxpayers voted to keep the village’s police department, which, if eliminated, could have saved East Syracuse over $1 million each year.

Give a new sport a try this spring

Joe Genco's column for the April 3 edition.

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Support KBR by getting an oil change April 17

Hudson & Mowins will continue its generous support of Keep the Ball Rolling, the all-night alcohol/drug-free celebration taking place immediately following Baker High School’s Senior Ball.

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Morrisville State College diet tech students reach out to veterans

Four students from the accredited dietetic technician program at Morrisville State College recently reached outside of their classroom to help veterans at Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango. The students volunteered their time and expertise, providing helpful nutritional information to 11 soldiers from Fort Drum experiencing low-level TBIs (traumatic brain injuries) who will be entering into civilian life within the next year.

Students score high in math competition

Congratulations to Baker High School students who had the three highest scores in the school in their grade categories in the recent American Mathematics Competition.

Jadak Technologies to expand

It is hard to believe it has been five years since our country was thrust into a recession. Unemployment is still over 8 percent and consumer confidence is not entirely back to normal, but there are shades of promise that the economy is rebounding. The best indicator is when companies choose to expand their businesses, especially if that expansion takes place in Central New York.

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Anyela’s Vineyard takes part in movement to promote dry rosé

Anyela’s Vineyards in Skaneateles, is one of 16 wineries who have joined forces this spring to promote New York-made dry rosé.

Tuesday, April 2

Boys lacrosse Hornets beat West Genny, 6-4

Face-offs, defense key in chilly early-season showdown

In terms of opening statements, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team could not have made a louder one to kick off its 50th season of varsity play. Battling through what is sure to be the season's most difficult playing conditions, the Hornets went to Camillus Tuesday afternoon and overcame a sluggish start to record a 6-4 victory over long-time nemesis West Genesee.

Local innkeepers coming to B’ville

A new chapter for the Red Mill Inn

The Eberhardt Family of Central New York is pleased to announce their agreement with JGB Enterprises, of Liverpool, to operate the esteemed Red Mill Inn, of Baldwinsville.

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B’ville named a 2013 Best Community for Music Education designee

The NAMM Foundation has named the Baldwinsville Central School District a 2013 Best Community for Music Education designee for the fourth consecutive year, acknowledging the district’s commitment and support for music education as part of the core curriculum.

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B’ville Sharks compete in gold meet

Baldwinsville Sharks Swim Club members (from right) Summer McClintic, Grace Smith, Allie Conner and Brooke Atkinson are four of five girls to recently achieve gold times enabling them to recently compete in a gold meet in Buffalo along with their teammate Sammy.

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Parking changes coming to village soon

More options, stricter enforcement on the way

The village will expand public parking options this spring with a new lot at 22 Lincklaen St., next to the post office, and plans other changes to add flexibility to the village parking situation. It will also toughen enforcement on those who have not paid their fines.

Skaneateles village makes committee appointments

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees held its annual organizational meeting on Monday, April 1 where it approved appointments and re-appointments for village officials and committee members.

Chenango Bird Club offers ‘Bird Quiz’ family fun event

The Chenango Bird Club presents “Bird Quiz (Just For Fun)” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Rogers Environmental Education Center, 2721 State Highway 80, Sherburne. Van Mason will show bird photos he and his wife, Linda, have taken during their various travels. The program will be presented in a quiz format and participants will get the chance to learn about bird identification while guessing bird identities.

Celebrating the Welsh

Life in Central New York is incredibly rich, as only someone who moved here as an adult can appreciate. The history, landscape, and people offer diversity that is rare, if not unique. Over the forty plus years I have lived in Central New York, I have become increasingly aware of the presence of Welsh communities, primarily to our East – in Oneida and Herkimer counties.

Village of Liverpool taxes should remain flat

Property tax rates in the village of Liverpool will remain the same as last year if the Village Board of Trustees approves a proposed $2,328,210 budget for 2013-14. Village residents and business owners are invited to comment on the proposed budget at a public hearing set for 7:01 p.m. April 15, at the Village Hall, 310 Sycamore St. The budget will be available for review at the Village Hall starting on April 9, Sims said.

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New Fayetteville bake shop takes the cake

From cruise ships to giraffes to the Carrier Dome, Syracuse Cake Art can make almost anything into a cake. Kathy Felser began experimenting with baking 3D and wedding cakes in her own home five years ago. She says that even though she struggled at the beginning and had cakes falling apart left and right, she knew right away that baking and decorating cakes is what she’s meant to do.

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C-NS Performance Engineering Team prepares for Shell Eco-Marathon in Texas

Members of the Cicero-North Syracuse High School Performance Engineering Team are preparing for their upcoming trip to the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas, which is being held from April 5 to 7 in Houston. For the past four years, teams from C-NS have built vehicles for the Eco-Marathon and competed alongside with colleges, universities and high schools from around the world. The competitions have resulted in three first place wins for C-NS, with the top car averaging approximately 1,437 miles per gallon equivalent.

Local roads, bridges need more funding through NY Works

I recently joined several local highway officials in Albany to advocate for an increase in state aid for local roads and bridges. With budget negotiations underway, we cannot short change our localities and provide them with funding that is inadequate to keep roads and bridges passable.

Boys Lakers get wins at Tully track meet

Dwyer takes 200 sprint, helps in 4x100 victory

Snow flew and winds howled, but that didn’t matter. The Skaneateles boys track and field team still had important work to do. The Lakers began its 2013 season by venturing to Monday’s Tully Spring Break Invitational. Amid the wild weather, it picked up a pair of victories and many other high finishes.

Monday, April 1

Michaels Farms reapplies for zone change in Clay

Michaels Farms LLC is once again looking to construct a senior complex on Morgan Road near Waterhouse Road in the town of Clay. The developer is looking for a zone change from RA-100 Residential Agricultural to R-SR Senior Residence District at 8073 and 8097 Morgan Road, on the west side of the street opposite Waterhouse. Michaels Farms has previously applied for the zone change on these parcels twice; both times, they withdrew their application amid widespread criticism of their plans.

Class of ’63 seeks missing members

The 50-year high school reunion for Baker High Schools Class of 1963 is scheduled for Sept. 13 and 14.

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Easter Egg hunt a big hit in Skaneateles

Dozens of families came to Clift Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, to take place in the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

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B’ville middle school orchestra performs in Albany

The New York State School Music Association invited the Ray Middle School seventh-grade orchestra to perform at the New York State Capitol in Albany.

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Village of Skaneateles passes law to reduce size of HLPC

The Skaeneateles village board voted unanimously to pass local law 1 of 2013 at its March 28 meeting to reduce the size of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission to five members.

Gothic Cottage renovation project irresponsible


To the editor: Nanny Oakman is rolling over in her grave about the Cazenovia “powers that be” gutting the inside of Bob O Link. She donated this gem to our town.

Increased state aid helps school budget process


To the editor: Thank heavens: for once, New York State just made the Cazenovia School Board’s job a little bit easier.

Thanks to art reception attendees


To the editor: I would like to acknowledge the great turnout of people from this community and afar who attended the artist’s reception on Friday, March 22, at The Gallery of CNY to view Eugen Doering’s extensive collection of sculptures.

Academic decathlon team to hold fundraiser

The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team will host a Family Night at the Cazenovia MacDonald’s from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

Cazenovia College clubs plan Chittenango Creek clean-up

On Saturday, April 13, Cazenovia College’s Environmental Club and the Cazenovia College Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta National First Year Honor Society, invite people of all ages to help with the annual Chittenango Creek Clean-Up.

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Zoning board mulls college appeal of fence denial

Requirement of amended site plan for turf field project challenged by Cazenovia College

Both sides of the disagreement over where, when and how Cazenovia College may build a six-foot-high fence around its athletic complex perimeter have been heard, and the village zoning board of appeals will issue its decision in about two weeks.

SU returns to Final Four after 10-year absence

Orange rout Indiana, Marquette to earn ticket to Atlanta

Ten long, and sometimes frustrating, years have passed since Syracuse found itself triumphing on college basketball’s biggest stage. Now the Orange, fueled by some of the best defense it has ever shown, is back in the Final Four, heading to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome after its conquest of the NCAA East Regional at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The Codes Corner: Put winter rec vehicles into storage

he 2013 Summer season has arrived. Your Codes Enforcement Office would like to give you a friendly reminder that beginning on April 15, winter-use recreational vehicles are not to be parked or stored in front of any house in the village. The newly passed Recreation Oriented Vehicle code is posted on the homepage of the village website at baldwinsville.org.

Girls lacrosse Warriors claim opener over Carthage

Liverpool looks to improve on 2012 run to sectional finals

While climbing to a spot in the Section III Class A finals was nice, the Liverpool girls lacrosse team is after something more – a championship.

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B’ville boys lax starts 1-1, beats Marcellus

Bees start tough early stretch of six games in 13 days

Many pieces for the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team are back from a side that went 11-7 a season ago, falling to West Genesee in the Section III Class A semifinals. Yet the Bees confront a brutal opening slate – six games in a span of 13 days, two of them against defending sectional champion Liverpool, plus a date with Fayetteville-Manlius and a trip to Cazenovia.