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Friday, August 30

Caz field hockey drops Cortland in season opener

McLaughlin leads champs with three-goal hat trick

It’s long been safe to consider the Cazenovia field hockey team a dynasty, one that is impervious to the inevitable personnel changes any high school team must face through the years.

CBA football takes aim at state title

Zazzara, Salter lead Brothers in ambitious quest

Christian Brothers Academy football quarterback J.R. Zazzara is still haunted by the state Class AA semifinal loss to Orchard Park last year. But whenever he thinks about finishing his high school football career in the Carrier Dome, he gets chills. And with returning starters at critical skill positions on offense and defense, Zazzara and the Brothers are poised for another deep playoff run.

J-D girls soccer edges F-M in opener

Rams return nine starters from team that reached 2012 state final

The last sight of Jamesville-DeWitt’s girls soccer team was on the turf at SUNY-Cortland, with the Red Rams having reached the state Class A championship game for the first time in the program’s history last November.

J-D football now seeks long-term success

Red Rams will carry on without stars like Williams, Howard

All the years spent by the Jamesville-DeWitt football program working hard and scraping to climb from the bottom of the local Class A ranks culminated in a 2012 season that included a league title, a win streak not seen in 45 years and a trip to the Section III final at the Carrier Dome. And now comes the difficult part – staying on top after so many of the players that keyed the turnaround have graduated.

Football Spartans want to reclaim Class A throne

ESM says it needs to work on defense, mental mistakes

What the East Syracuse-Minoa football team surrendered in 2012, it wants to take back in 2013. As defending Section III Class A champions a season ago, the Spartans suffered three of its four losses by a combined four points, tumbled to third place in the Class A American division and lost in the opening round of the sectional playoffs to Whitesboro.

Skaneateles volleyball falls to Westhill

Lakers hoping for return to state Class B finals

With several new faces taking over in key roles, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team knew that the 2013 season would be a challenge, especially if wanted to replicate its run to last November’s state Class B final at Glens Falls Civic Center.

Westhill volleyball stuns Skaneateles

Warriors rally from 2-1 deficit, beat Lakers in five sets

One match, by itself, at the start of a season, does not mean that everything in Section III Class B girls volleyball has changed in 2013. However, Westhill, by knocking off defending champion Skaneateles in five sets in a season-opening classic Thursday night, served notice that it has every intention of going to the top, no matter who might be in the way.

Football Mustangs look for playoff return

Marcellus faces crucial season opener in Dome against Solvay

Playing football at Marcellus means a lot of things, and in recent years that had come to include regular visits to the Section III Class B playoffs. But in 2012, all of that changed. Head coach Joe Fiacchi said his Mustangs were just fine in between the 20-yard lines, but just could not finish off drives or execute when it had a chance to win in the fourth quarter.

B’ville golfers roar to 4-0 start

Bees get key wins over C-NS Blue, West Genesee

Early in the last week of August, Baldwinsville’s boys golf team found itself at Drumlins Country Club, setting off on its 2013 campaign – and by week’s end, it was already on top of the CNY Countiese League standings.

Thursday, August 29

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Girls cross country Lakers aim high in 2013

Skaneateles wants shot at sectional, state honors

Led by senior All-State runner Madeline Adams, and sophomore All-State runner Kaitlyn Neal, could 2013 be the year that the Skaneateles girls cross country team recaptures the Section III title and takes a shot at the state championship? They last won a sectional title in 2007.

Caz volleyball opens, defeats Solvay

Lakers require four sets to top Bearcats

Well before Labor Day, and nearly a week before school started, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team was already on the court, and already in winning form. The Lakers needed four sets to defeat Solvay in Thursday night's Onondaga High School League Liberty division opener, getting a good start to a season it hopes will end with a state tournament appearance in Glens Falls.

Football Warriors maintain contender status

Mancuso says chemistry, character will count in 2013

A large and enthusiastic group of Liverpool football players will charge onto the turf at LHS Stadium on Friday night for its 2013 season opener against Henninger, hoping that, this time around, a solid regular season will be followed by an extended post-season visit.

C-NS football deals with full transition

New coaches, new players look to turn around program's fortunes

In less than a week, all of the turmoil, tumult and transition that has symbolized Cicero-North Syracuse football will melt away, and the game itself will assume center stage. When the Northstars kick off its 2013 season Friday night at Baldwinsville, it does so excited about its future direction - but knowing that the present might prove a bit rough.

Nelson town election to be uncontested

With the conclusion of the Nelson town Democratic caucus last Friday, Aug. 23, all Nelson town office candidates for the two major political parties, as well as on the Independent line, have been chosen. Numerous town government positions are up for election this November, including town supervisor, two seats on the town board, town clerk, town highway superintendent and town justice. None of those elections will be contested in Nelson.

Chittenango football wants to build on recent success

Bears to dress nearly 50 players for 2013 season

Regardless of what is going on in the rest of the world, there’s no doubt that Chittenango football is in the midst of a serious boom. In the last two years, the Bears have gone 19-2, earning a Section III Class B championship in 2011 and coming close to repeating 12 months later before Madison County rival Cazenovia stopped them 35-21 in the title game at the Carrier Dome.

B’ville man brings Havens back to the garden

On Sunday afternoon, Aug. 18, the ashes of music legend Richie Havens were scattered across the field where the Woodstock Festival took place in 1969, now the site of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The Day of Song and Remembrance Honoring Richie Havens was produced by my friend, Frank Malfitano, the founder and artistic director of the Syracuse Jazz Festival. The memorial celebration was free and open to the public. More than 1,000 fans, family members and friends attended, according to the Associated Press.

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Clay teen wants to become MMA champ

Don’t mess with Bailey Sherbourne. She’s not your average 13-year-old girl. Bailey, of Clay, has been practicing martial arts for 10 years already. She earned her black belt after three years of karate, moved onto Brazilian jiu-jitsu, for which she has seven years under her orange-yellow belt, and began wrestling this past year with the Cicero-North Syracuse High School modified wrestling team as one of two girls out of more than 40 teammates.

Wednesday, August 28

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Howard leads football Wildcats into 2013

West Genny out to return to winning form

Hidden among the perennial Class AA football powerhouses lies a sleeping group of Wildcats ready to pounce. After winning the Section III title in 2011, West Genesee had a disappointing 2012 regular season, finishing with a 3-4 record, though it did earn a playoff win at Liverpool and reached the sectional semifinals before falling to eventual champion CBA. But after weeks of intense workouts and practices, everyone, including All-State running back Naesean Howard, thinks this year’s team has the ability to go the distance.

Changes mark new B'ville football season

Bees move on without Rouse, Bader

Even to high school sports programs defined by their consistency, both in their approach to the game and in their leadership, change is inevitable. Baldwinsville, for so long an epitome of tough, hard-nosed football with an emphasis on a powerful ground game, is adapting its approach in order to remain near the top of the Section III Class AA ranks.

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Black bear sighted in village on Chenango Street

A black bear has been seen multiple times in the village during the past week, on Chenango Street and near Lorenzo.

Cam's Pizzeria to hold annual 'Support Our Troops' Shoot-Out

Join Cam’s Pizzeria at Timber Banks Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 6 in Baldwinsville for the Annual "Support Our Troops Shoot-out".

Rhodes, Hornets look for AA title breakthrough

Former F-M standout now head coach of perennial contender

As a high school senior in 2001, Damien Rhodes, with his big-play ability, pushed Fayetteville-Manlius to a Section III Class AA championship. Twelve long years later, the Hornets are still looking for its next sectional crown – and now Rhodes, 28, is the section’s youngest varsity football head coach, charged with continuing F-M’s recent success, but pushing it just a step or two further.

Village, college attorneys argue proposed turf field fence in state supreme court

The argument over the process through which Cazenovia College must go to build a proposed fence around its turf athletic field is now in the hands of a state supreme court judge after attorneys for the college and the village appeared in Wampsville last Friday.

Liverpool BOE calls out state for overreliance on tests

The Liverpool Central School District may join the ranks of other districts to take a stand against standardized testing. At its regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 27, the board of education discussed a resolution calling for New York state to develop an accountability system that relies on something other than excessive standardized testing. The resolution also asks Congress to overhaul No Child Left Behind and to reduce testing mandates.

Liverpool to establish a tree commission to assess arboriculture

At the village board’s monthly meeting on Aug. 19, Trustee Nick Kochan volunteered to lay the groundwork for a tree commission to assess the village’s arboriculture. Once in place, the commission would involve village residents in efforts to inventory the village’s trees and identify their various species. Kochan models the plan after learning how the village of Fayetteville benefits from its tree commission “I hope that residents would bring some fresh vision and input to the process,” Kochan said. He also suggested that Cornell Cooperative Extension could contribute to the commission’s endeavors. Kochan’s first task is to address the village planning board regarding the commission. “I think it’s a great idea,” said Mayor Gary White. “We do consult an arborist, and we already have a little bit of a [tree] replacement program in effect.” But a commission, he said, could offer a more well-rounded approach. “Having a tree commission could help us stretch our dollars when it comes to getting grants and so forth,” Kochan said.

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Liverpool luthier Matt Kielecki teaches instrument construction and repair

Banjos, fiddles, guitars and mandolins can be fun, but 31-year-old North Syracusan Matt Kielecki is deadly serious about his work building and repairing stringed musical instruments. Boasting a wealth of experience that would be the envy of many a luthier twice his age, Kielecki (pronounced Kah-LEK-e) now offers his services at the Family Music Center, 914 Old Liverpool Road. He previously worked for American Music & Sound, was the national guitar tech for Fernandez Guitars and managed quality control for Kaysound Imports which services thousands of retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Solvay football seeks long-awaited turnaround

Dome opener vs. Marcellus could end Bearcats' 23-game skid

Head coach Matt Shutts and his Solvay football players know what they have dealt with in the last couple of seasons, and they are sick of it. Once a perennial power, the Bearcats begin the 2013 season trying to erase a 23-game losing streak, including winless campaigns in 2011 and 2012. But everyone in blue and orange insists that this time it will be different.

Village board should have moved siren to fire hall

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the editor from the Aug. 28 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: Aug. 28

Hydrants look good, fire flow still an issue

Along the Lakeshore column from the Aug. 28 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Village considers mounting fire siren on Skan police dept. building

The Skaneateles village board heard a presentation from architect Bob Eggleston on the possibility of mounting the fire siren on the roof of the police department building, at its Aug. 28 meeting.

Tuesday, August 27

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School board approves extra fifth grade teacher due to influx of new students

After agreeing in July to add an extra third grade teacher at Burton Street Elementary School due to parent and teacher concern over higher-than-expected class sizes in the coming school year, the Cazenovia Board of Education last week unanimously agreed to add another fifth grade teacher as well — and for the same reason. The action will lower fifth grade class sizes by about five students per class, but it also means that some fifth graders who already received their homeroom assignments will have to be switched to a different class.

Cazenovia Lake Association hears update on lake health and boater safety

More than 50 members of the Cazenovia Lake Association turned out last week to hear an update on the health of Cazenovia Lake at the association’s annual meeting, including information on current lake health studies, invasive species issues, storm runoff retention programs, boater safety and the preliminary plan for chemical treatments of the lake in 2014.

Cazenovia Democrats to caucus

The Democratic Party of the town of Cazenovia will hold a caucus at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the community room of the Cazenovia Public Library, for the purpose of nominating candidates for the upcoming town elections on Nov. 5.

Spafford to have contested town races

On election day this Nov. 5 the town of Spafford will have contested races for supervisor and two town board seats.

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Skaneateles Labor Day weekend to bring family fun, community support

Though many of the events and increased activity in Skaneateles during the summer is a result of tourism, the Labor Day weekend events are all about the local community. As has been the tradition for more than 100 years, the Skaneateles Fire Department will hold its field days, parade and fireworks display at Austin Park Saturday and Sunday of this Labor Day weekend.

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Football Lakers seek sectional title repeat

Skaneateles turns to Olley to continue recent winning trend

After 14 years of various assistant coaching positions in high school football, Mike Olley wanted to have some time to enjoy his long-awaited chance to take over as head coach of a varsity program at Skaneateles. He just didn’t have time.

Westhill football wants to contend again

Talented Warriors look to erase recent struggles

Two bad seasons is far too many, as far as the Westhill football team is concerned. From the high point of a Section III Class B title earned in 2009, the Warriors fell back to a place where, two years later, everything seemed to go wrong for head coach Gary Griffo and his charges, from injuries to bad penalties to untimely turnovers.

J-E football has new coach, higher expectations

Eagles turn to Ludden assistant Hawkins to lead the way

Tim Hawkins served for four years as an assistant football coach at Bishop Ludden, which meant yearly contests against Class C West division rival Jordan-Elbridge. During those games, said Hawkins, he noted how tough the Eagles’ players were. So when J-E’s head coaching job opened up after Mike Smart’s departure, Hawkins, who said he always wanted to be a head coach, went for it – and won the position. Now he’s in charge of turning the Eagles around.

Petrin sets record at Henninger Invitational

C-NS Blue golfer shoots 32 at Drumlins for individual title

Again, Cicero-North Syracuse is sending out two golf teams – the Blue and Green sides – this fall, and once again Joey Petrin will lead the charge. Petrin gave a strong indication of what he could accomplish when he set a tournament record and won individual honors at Monday’s season-opening Henninger Invitational at Drumlins Country Club.

Monday, August 26

Football Lakers return for sectional title defense

Hopsicker, Vogl lead Caz push as Class B champs

What’s kept the Cazenovia football team at or near the top of the Section III ranks for so long is not a complicated formula. Combine the hard work of a coaching staff that’s mostly stayed in place for two decades with an uncanny ability to find new players capable of filling the roles of departed seniors, and the result is a whole lot of victories, year after year.

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To have and to hold, part 2: Marcellus woman launches menopause Facebook groups

Part 2: Susan Garritillo. This two-part story package explores the individual accomplishments and undivided love of a Marcellus couple. See Part 1: Jerry Garritillo to learn more.

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To have and to hold, part 1: Marcellus man earns prestigious veteran entrepreneurship award

Part 1: Jerry Garritillo. This two-part story package explores the individual accomplishments and undivided love of a Marcellus couple. See Part 2: Susan Garritillo to learn more.

West Genesee announces fall sports schedule

Football Wildcats open Sept. 6 against Auburn

West Genesee High School’s 2013 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Westhill HS releases fall sports schedule

Boys soccer Warriors defend sectional Class B title

Westhill High School’s 2013 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Marcellus HS announces fall sports schedule

Girls soccer Mustangs look for another sectional title

Marcellus High School’s 2013 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Sunday, August 25

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All set for the first day

Tillie’s Touch provides ESM students with school supplies, haircuts, clothes and more

When Dale Johnson was growing up on Heman St. in East Syracuse, he remembers that he wasn’t always as prepared for school as some of his classmates. “Times were tough,” said Johnson, the president of Tillie’s Touch, a not-for-profit which provides school supplies and sports equipment to children in need. “There were years when my family struggled. I went to school some years and didn’t have the ‘right’ clothes or school supplies. And I quickly picked up a resentment towards school.”

Friday, August 23

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Skaneateles Party to have three candidates on November ballot

Town board, supervisor seats to be contested by third-party candidates

Town supervisor and two town board seats up for election in Skaneateles will be contested on Nov. 5.

10th Season of Great Minds, Great Ideas Lecture Series Kicks off in September

Lectures in Cazenovia and Manlius to explore lives and work of important thinkers

Cazenovia College will begin the 10th season of its Great Minds, Great Ideas Lecture Series on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Cazenovia Public Library and The Manlius Public Library. The 2013-14 series, which presents two lectures in the fall — September and October — and two lectures in the spring — March and April — features noted Cazenovia College faculty members stepping off campus and going out into the Cazenovia and Manlius communities.

Supervisors approve contract to install solar array at Buyea Road Landfill

The Madison County Board of Supervisors last week approved a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that will allow Solar Liberty Electric Company to build, finance, own and operate a solar powered photovoltaic array at the Madison County Landfill site on Buyea Road in the Town of Lincoln.

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Cazenovia Lake patrol successful under new management

It has been seven weeks since the Cazenovia Lake Boat Patrol took to the water to educate and, when necessary, enforce boating rules and safety issues on the lake, and the program, now manned by village police officers rather than county sheriff’s deputies, has been extremely successful.

C-NS announces fall sports schedule

Football Northstars open with B'ville, C-NS, CBA

Cicero-North Syracuse High School’s active fall sports season includes a debut for varsity football head coach Joe Sindoni and, in November, the school again hosting the New York State Public High School Athletic Association field hockey championships at Bragman Stadium. Here is the fall sports varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

Liverpool HS announces fall sports schedule

Field hockey Warriors look for return to state finals

Liverpool High School’s 2013 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

B’ville announces fall sports schedule

Bees teams defend Kerr Cup won in 2012-13

Fresh off winning the inaugural Kerr Cup as the state’s top high school sports program, Baldwinsville is set to see if it can repeat that success, which included a state championship for baseball and state finals appearances for girls volleyball and girls lacrosse, in 2013-14. Here is the 2013 fall sports varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

Jamesville-DeWitt announces fall sports schedule

Girls soccer Red Rams look for return to state finals

Jamesville-DeWitt High School’s 2013 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

ESM announces fall sports schedule

Field hockey Spartans are defending Class B sectional champs

East Syracuse-Minoa High School’s 2013 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

CBA releases fall sports schedule

Football Brothers open in Dome Sept. 6 against U-E

Christian Brothers Academy’s 2013-14 athletic teams have a difficult act to follow, especially since state championships were earned in ice hockey, girls lacrosse and boys tennis in the 2012-13 season. Here is CBA’s fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

LPL screens new biopic about the man who broke baseball’s color line       

The new biographical feature film about Jackie Robinson declined to depict the infamous incident in which Syracuse Chiefs ballplayers taunted the black baseball pioneer by throwing a black cat onto the playing field. For decades, legend had it that the incident occurred at Syracuse’s MacArthur Stadium, but historical evidence indicates otherwise.

Thursday, August 22

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F-M hopes to alleviate traffic problems with new high school parking lot design

Despite the fact that most students were off campus, the Fayetteville- Manlius High School grounds were busier than usual this summer. Construction crews were working hard over the past couple months to expand the district office parking lot, located on Route 173, next to the high school. 80 spaces were added and a longer student drop-off lane was created for student safety and as a way to relive the traffic backups that occur on 173 during the morning hours.

Fenner reduces number of members on board of assessment review

The Fenner Town Board unanimously approved a new local law at its Aug. 14 meeting reducing the number of members of the town’s Board of Assessment Review from five to four. The action was part of a larger plan by the town board to reduce the total number of BAR members to three by October 2014.

Raleigh receives Saint Michael's College Book Award

Julia Raleigh, of Cazenovia, and a student at Cazenovia High School, was named the 2013 recipient of the Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience.

‘Almost anorexic,’ Schaefer now has a passion for life

For Jenni Schaefer, denial was a way of life. For years, she thought of herself as “almost anorexic.” Eventually, after studying biochemistry at Texas A&M University before moving to Nashville to play music, she was suffering the effects of a full-blown eating disorder, which she called Ed. That “almost anorexic” label was just a dodge, she realized, a devious self-sabotage. Her courageous chronicle of her journey, “Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too,” became a breakthrough best-seller. Schaefer emerged as a leading light in the recovery movement.

Wednesday, August 21

Onondaga loses Babe Ruth World Series semifinal

Repeat quest ends in 5-3 defeat to Alabama side

Through two years and every conceivable situation thrown at them, the Onondaga 16-18 All-Stars had proven up to the task, claiming one Babe Ruth World Series baseball championship in the Texas heat and pulling within two victories of doing so again on the Alabama Gulf Coast 12 months later.

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Skaneateles BOE to return to public with $2.5 million capital project proposal

Vote planned for December on new building improvements project pending board approval

The Skaneateles board of education discussed proposing a $2.5 million capital project for building improvements for the middle school and high school at its Aug. 20 meeting.

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Owera Vineyards, town at odds over loud weddings

Neighbors complain that new winery is ignoring original limits set on it by town planning board

Is Owera Vineyards the farm winery it was proposed to be or has it turned into something larger, louder and more commercial than was originally approved by the town? This is a question the Cazenovia Town Board is now directly addressing after multiple neighbors’ complaints about excessive noise, traffic and lighting have brought attention to the issue and have caused the town planning board chair and town codes officer to question whether Owera has turned into an events center it was never anticipated to become. It has also brought a visit to the winery from an official from the state department of agriculture and markets.

Are you going to the Fair?

The New York State Fair starts this Thursday and runs through Labor Day. If you are entered into a competition, participating in a performance, working as an employee or just having a good time, we are interested in hearing about your experience!

Top tips for filling out the new college Common Application

Now that the new Common Application version 4 is up and running, I’d like to share some of my top tips. Understanding the common app can be confusing. Hopefully these observations on each of the six main sections will help.

Village planning board reviews Farnham Street zone change request

Empire Farmstead Brewery site plan update also on the agenda

Farnham Street residents continued to voice their opposition to a proposed zone change in their residential neighborhood by an artisanal cooking business during a meeting of the Village of Cazenovia Planning Board meeting on Monday, Aug. 12.

Summer theater attendees support This Star Won’t Go Out foundation

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the editor from the Aug. 21 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Thank you for making Beach, Blues and Barbecue a success

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the editor from the Aug. 21 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: Aug. 21

More thoughts on Loveless farm and Tim Green

Along the Lakeshore column from the Aug. 21 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Skaneateles student gets perfect ACT score

Skaneateles resident Colby Buell recently found out that he scored a perfect 36 on the ACT that he took last spring, a rare feat achieved by less than 0.1 percent of test takers across the country. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2012, only 781 of more than 1.66 million students earned a composite score of 36.

Walk/run at Oneida Shores memorializes mom who died after brain aneurysm

Doris Connor died after complications from a brain aneurysm in the summer of 2003. Now, her daughter, Hope Bednarski, has made it her mission to memorialize her mother as well as raise awareness of this scary disorder. For the second year in a row, she’s organized the Doris A. Connor 5K Race/1 Mile Walk in her mom’s honor.

Emerald Ash Borer is in Onondaga County

Attention home owners! If you have ash trees in your yard this is an important announcement. For the past several years, the Environmental Protection Committee has been monitoring the migration of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

NEDA walk to raise awareness of eating disorders

Ophelia’s Place is once again partnering with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) as a network member so that the smaller organization can better spread its message. Next Saturday, August 24, in conjunction with Ophelia’s Place, NEDA will hold its second annual Syracuse area walk at Longbranch Park in Liverpool. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with a special kick-off at 10 a.m. Live music, raffles, vendors and a food truck, along with special guest, Jenni Schaefer, author, speaker and eating disorder survivor, will be featured. Schaefer is author of “Life Without Ed,” “Goodbye Ed, Hello Me” and her latest release, “Almost Anorexic.” Schaefer will also be featured at a pre-walk coffeehouse talk at 7 p.m. Friday at the Café at 407, 407 Tulip St., Liverpool.

Tuesday, August 20

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Possibly harmful blue-green algae blooms reported in Cazenovia Lake

Swimmers warned to avoid patches of green water

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the presence of blue-green algal blooms in Cazenovia Lake. This type of algae can be irritating – even toxic – to humans in large enough concentrations, and the DEC is recommending no one drink the lake water and swimmers be sure to avoid contact with any floating rafts, scums and discolored water.

Loveless Farm SEQR review meeting postponed for second time

A special Planning Board meeting scheduled for Monday, Aug. 26 has been postponed.

Common Grounds seeks service learning coordinator

This fall, Common Grounds and Project CAFÉ hope to partner with the school and other local organizations to add a new dimension to Cazenovia’s rich tradition — the element of service learning. Common Grounds is seeking a Service Learning Coordinator for the Cazenovia community to begin in the near future.

Nelson residents grill board over five-year road repair plan

The Aug. 8 Nelson Town Board meeting got a little heated when discussion turned to the town’s five-year plan for repairing roads, specifically work on Jones and Chaphe roads.

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Coming together for a cause

In recent months, the village of East Syracuse has been divided, largely over the issue of whether or not to abolish the police department. There are residents who believe the DeWitt police would not be able to do a sufficient job and want to keep their department at all costs. And there are those who simply can’t afford to pay their taxes (which rose 22 percent this year) and see cutting the department as a solution to the village’s economic woes.

Cazenovia HS announces fall sports schedule

Field hockey Lakers go after third state title in four years

Practices have started for Cazenovia High School’s fall sports teams, with some teams opening up this week and the rest getting underway just after the Labor Day weekend. Here is the varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

Chittenango releases fall sports schedule

Bears football opener is Sept. 6 against Westhill

Chittenango High School’s 2013 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Monday, August 19

Onondaga wins again, reaches tournament semis

Rain can't stop locals from nearing Babe Ruth World Series repeat

First there was all the travel required for the Onondaga All-Stars to reach the 16-18 Babe Ruth World Series. Then there was rain delays throughout the weekend on the Alabama Gulf Coast that brought a halt to the round-robin portion of this 10-team national baseball tournament.

Teen pulls driver from sinking vehicle

On Aug. 15, Morrisville State Troopers investigated an accident that occurred off Westcott Road in the town of Eaton when a 16-year-old Kirkville youth pulled an elderly driver out of a sinking vehicle in Bradley Brook Reservoir.

Three arrested in village for marijuana possession

Cazenovia village police arrested three teenagers for possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia after being alerted to suspicious activity in the McDonalds parking lot on Aug. 9.

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America's puzzle master Will Shortz to headline Cazenovia Forum event

Central New Yorkers will have a unique opportunity to engage in word-play with America's premier puzzle master, as New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz headlines a fundraising event for the Cazenovia Forum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia.

Cazenovia High School English Department reminds students to do summer reading assignments

With a little more than a month left until the start of the 2013-14 school year, the Cazenovia High School English department is reminding students about their summer reading assignments.

Congressman Hanna staff to host office hours Tuesday in Madison County

Hanna’s staff available to help residents who require assistance from a federal agency

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna's staff will host office hours in Chittenango and Hamilton on Tuesday, Aug. 20, to meet with residents who need assistance with the federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs and others.

F-M announces fall sports schedule

Cross country girls pursue another national title

Much is anticipated this fall with Fayetteville-Manlius High School sports, from the latest national championship pursuit in cross country to Damien Rhodes’ debut coaching varsity football to the continuation of a nearly 20-year-old win streak for girls tennis. Here is the varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

Bishop Grimes releases fall sports schedule

Girls volleyball moves from winter schedule, opens Aug. 30 at J-D

Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School’s 2013 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Jordan-Elbridge announces fall sports schedule

Girls volleyball makes fall season debut Aug. 29

Jordan-Elbridge High School’s fall sports teams began their practices this week for the 2013 season. Here is the varsity schedule. All times and dates are subject to change.

Solvay announces fall sports schedule

Bearcats to play Marcellus in Carrier Dome on Sept. 8

Solvay High School’s 2013 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Ludden releases fall sports schedule

Football Gaelic Knights open vs. ITC on Sept. 6

Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School’s 2013 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Friday, August 16

Onondaga moves to 2-0 in Babe Ruth World Series

Fast start, strong pitching from Schad leads to 5-0 win

Two days, two games in the 16-18 Babe Ruth World Series - and two 5-0 shutout victories for the Onondaga All-Stars. The second of these gems was put together Friday afternoon as Bishop Grimes ace Chris Schad pitched the defending tournament champions past Southeast regional champion Mobile (Ala.) in the continuation of the series not far from Mobile, in the Alabama Gulf coast town of Andalusia.

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Arrest made in Lakeland Park graffiti case

Local teen turns self in, police suspect more perpetrators

Cazenovia Village Police have arrested a local, 16-year-old male in connection with the Lakeland Park Bathhouse graffiti incident from last week. The teen, whose name cannot be released because he is a minor, was charged with a Class E felony for criminal mischief and will be arraigned in Cazenovia Village Court on Sept. 4. If convicted, a Class E felony is punishable by up to four years in prison.

Skaneateles to make comprehensive plan more reader friendly

The Skaneateles town board discussed proposing changes to the town comprehensive plan to make it more reader friendly at its Aug. 15 meeting.

A sign of the times at American Diner

American Diner owner Mike Tassone is not one to keep his opinions to himself. His diner’s menu spices its fare with quips and comments decrying the evils of too much government. Last week, a red-lettered sign went up outside the building’s west wall facing the railroad tracks where they cross Old Liverpool Road: “Repeal NYS S.A.F.E. Act “Honor the Second Amendment. “scopeNY.org.”

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Spafford town board to hold public hearing on nature preserves

The Spafford town board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 to hold a public hearing on two proposed local laws to establish Planned Development Districts (PDD) in the town, both of which will become nature preserves with hiking trails under the guidance of the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

Thursday, August 15

Walsh blanks California side in Babe Ruth series opener

Onondaga begins title defense with 5-0 win

Three airports and one long bus ride later, the Onondaga All-Stars found themselves at their place of destination - Andaluisa, near Alabama's gulf coast - and quickly set out to remind all possible challengers that it will not be easy wresting the 16-18 Babe Ruth World Series title from them.

Oak Hill impressions

Thoughts from a week covering the PGA Championship

Golf tournaments are simple, right? Tee off on Thursday, continue Friday, position yourself on Saturday and see who wins Sunday, isn’t that the general idea? Well, yes, and no. True, the structure doesn’t change much, but at every event, especially the big ones, there’s a full week of activity, and the recently completed PGA Championship that Jason Dufner won at Oak Hill in suburban Rochester was no exception.

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Town chooses Syracuse-based firm as Gothic Cottage architectural consultant

The Cazenovia Town Board has selected the Syracuse-based architectural firm of Holmes, King, Kallquist & Associates to be the lead architectural consultant on the Gothic Cottage renovation assessment project. The decision, which was followed by a unanimous board vote to officially contract with the company, came after a brief executive session during which the board had to review additional information it had requested from HKK and Landmark Consulting, of Albany. These firms had made the short list of candidates for the job, with the board finding a final decision difficult.

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Fifth annual duck race to benefit Bridgeport Food Pantry is Sept. 7

It wouldn’t be out of line to say that the fate of the Bridgeport Food Pantry rests on the back of a plastic duck — or a whole creek full of them. The pantry will hold its annual “Don’t Duck Hunger” duck race fundraiser at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 in the parking lot of St. Francis Parish in Bridgeport. The race typically raises approximately $25,000 for the pantry.

Wednesday, August 14

West Nile Virus found in mosquito pool in town of Sullivan

The Madison County Health Department announced Aug. 14 that West Nile virus was found in a mosquito pool collected in the town of Sullivan in Madison County. This mosquito pool was collected on Aug. 6 and is the first positive WNV mosquito pool found in Madison County since 2011.

Bernstein wins two golds at Maccabiah Games

B'ville native also takes bronze in 4x100 relay

How do you top a couple of NCAA Division III national titles? In the case of Baldwinsville native and recent SUNY Oneonta graduate Sean Bernstein, you win a pair of gold medals at the 19th Maccabiah Games.

Skaneateles test scores drop due to new standards

Math, ELA results still well above state average

According to this year’s math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests administered by the state of New York, less than a third of students in grades three through eight are performing at grade level. In Skaneateles, closer to 50 percent were proficient, though much work must be done to get school up to par with new Common Core learning standards.

Along the Lakeshore: Aug. 14

Community needs to band together to conserve lake-front

Along the Lakeshore column from the Aug. 14 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

‘Speed Week’ sends reminder about dangerous driving

Speeding on local roads, or highways, can be dangerous and can out you and loved ones needlessly in harm’s way. As a reminder of this fact, state police will be cracking down on speeders this week, remember not to speed now, rather than after you’ve already been ticketed.

Village of Skaneateles to consider new parking law

Concerns raised about on-street parking on narrow roads

The Skaneateles village board of trustees discussed the possibility of making a new local law that would prohibit parking on one side of narrow streets in the village at its Aug. 8 meeting.

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Skaneateles Festival begins 34th year

First week’s events well received, big names still to come

The Skaneateles Festival opened its 34th year last week with concerts and events around town. Most of the concerts in the festival’s four-week run are held on Thursday and Friday at First Presbyterian Church on East Genessee Street and Saturdays at Brook Farm on West Lake Road.

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Elbridge man arrested for vehicular manslaughter from April accident

Michael Stern, 24, of Elbridge, was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter by New York State Police yesterday for his role in a fatal car accident in Skaneateles on April 24.

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C-NS students organize zombie 5K run to benefit Food Bank

If you’ve ever wanted to be chased by zombies, now’s your chance. On Oct. 20, you can be part of the Hallowrun for Hunger at Oneida Shores, which kicks off at 11 a.m. at the McKinley Shelter. The 5K course will feature student zombies from Cicero-North Syracuse High School, who will chase runners as they make their way along the course. But it’s not the zombies’ hunger that race organizers Liz Westfall and Megan Cuculich care about.

Tuesday, August 13

New standards mean test scores plummet

According to this year’s math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests administered by the state of New York, less than a third of students in grades three through eight are performing at grade level. The scores, released Wednesday, Aug. 7, represent a significant drop since last year, but State Education Commissioner John King insists there’s no cause for alarm.

Monday, August 12

Lincklaen Street parking lot on schedule, probable parking fee discussed

The parking lot at 22 Lincklaen St. is continuing to take shape, with the Lincklaen Street sidewalk repaved last week and lot paving expected to occur Aug. 26 and 27, the village board discussed at its Aug. 8 regular monthly meeting. The only detail left to decide was what to charge for parking once the lot is completed, with the recommendation being $1 per hour.

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Rash of graffiti spreading through village

Police have fingerprints, evidence and say “Loner” soon will be apprehended

The rash of spray-painted graffiti that has been spreading throughout Cazenovia has taken a turn from misdemeanor annoyances to felony criminal mischief after graffiti clean-up on the Lakeland Park Bathhouse was determined to cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. The spray-painting of the four-foot-long word “Loner” on the bathhouse last week was the latest in a string of graffiti incidents that have occurred on sidewalks, mailboxes and sign poles from Lakeland Park up Albany Street all the way to the Tops plaza.

High school parent-player-coach meeting set for Aug. 20

On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the Cazenovia Athletic Department is holding "Parent Night." All students playing varsity and JV fall sports and their parents are asked to attend an orientation meeting in the High School Auditorium starting at 6 p.m.

Sunday, August 11

PGA Championship, final-round recap

Dufner charges past Furyk, wins first major

As he traversed the grounds of Oak Hill Country Club early in the week of the PGA Championship, Jason Dufner picked up some acorns that had fallen from some of the course’s thousands of oak trees, promising he’d take them home to his Alabama property and plant them. By the time he was done early Sunday evening and departed from the Rochester suburb of Pittsford, the 36-year-old Dufner had picked up something else - namely, the Wanamaker Trophy, along with his first major title.

Third Annual Rally for the Cure to be held this Friday

The Third Annual Rally for the Cure/Traci Morey Zimmer Memorial Golf Tournament will be held this Friday, Aug. 16 at the Radisson Greens Golf Course in Baldwinsville. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; 10 a.m. shotgun start. A cocktail reception will follow.

Saturday, August 10

PGA Championship, third-round recap

Furyk, with 68, leads Dufner by one going into Sunday

The return of a tough, mean and ornery Oak Hill Country Club in Saturday’s third round of the 95th PGA Championship in suburban Rochester led to a scramble to see who would have the best chance to win the year’s final major. And when the scramble was complete, Jim Furyk found himself atop the standings, trying to add a legacy-building second major to the United States Open title he claimed 10 long years ago.

Friday, August 9

PGA Championship, second-round recap

Dufner's sensational 63 gives him two-shot lead

Two years ago, Jason Dufner was poised for his career breakthrough at the PGA Championship, only to squander a four-shot lead in the last four holes and lose a playoff to Keegan Bradley. Fast-forward to Friday afternoon at Oak Hill Country Club in suburban Rochester, where the 36-year-old Dufner took a run at golf immortality before settling for a course record and claiming the halfway lead in the year’s final major.

Fire siren to be put back up in Skaneateles

The Skaneateles fire siren will be put back up and put into operation soon, according to a statement released on Aug. 9 by Mayor Marty Hubbard.

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Volunteer of the Month: Michaela Sarofeen

Vera House

Michaela Sarofeen was born in Syracuse and after attending Fayetteville-Manlius high school, received Bachelor of Arts in English and women’s studies at the University of Buffalo. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree at Buffalo in global gender studies.

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Local scout builds handicapped-accessible fishing dock

The village of Cazenovia now has a new handicapped-accessible fishing dock on the banks of Chittenango Creek behind the Cazenovia Public Library. The fresh, bright umber-colored wood is somewhat hidden within the tall grass on a little-used part of the village, and, like the dock itself, the story of its creation is bright and inspiring yet little-known — the community addition was the creation and work of a Cazenovia Eagle Scout candidate that took him two-and-a-half years to complete.

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Madison-Bouckville Antique Week begins Aug. 12

Route 20 to be lined with more than 2,000 vendors

Nearly 50,000 treasure hunters are expected to descend upon the small hamlet of Bouckville this month during the 42nd annual Madison-Bouckville Antique Week. The largest outdoor antique show in New York State — and the latest in a string of successful events in Madison County this summer — runs Monday Aug. 12 through Sunday Aug. 18.

Thursday, August 8

PGA Championship, first-round recap

Furyk, Scott share lead; Tiger back in pack after 71

Just a group ahead of him in Thursday’s opening round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, Jim Furyk could see the large crowds, chaos and commotion that surrounds Tiger Woods every time he tees it up. By the time he was done, though, Furyk was the center of attention, thanks to a five-under-par 65, one short of the Oak Hill course record, that had the 43-year-old veteran tied with Masters champion Adam Scott atop the leader board through the opening round of the final major of 2013.

Test scores show drop in achievement statewide, but Cazenovia stays high

The state education department Wednesday released the results of the 2013 English Language Arts and math test scores for students in grades three to eight, and, while test scores were down throughout the state due to the higher overall difficulty of the tests, Cazenovia students scored more than 20 percentage points above the state average.

Despite new standards, F-M and J-D students excel on state tests

According to this year’s math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests administered by the state of New York, less than a third of students in grades three through eight are performing at grade level.

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South Dakota man indicted in Spindler death

The man who struck and killed 25-year-old Cazenovia native Maegan Spindler with his minivan in Pickstown, S.D., on July 8 has been indicted by a Charles Mix County South Dakota Grand Jury on multiple counts of manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and faces life in prison if convicted.

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Onondaga Nation Rescue Ponies come to Skanda

In late February of this year, Marion Secor and Tom D’Aquanni, of Skanda Equine in Cazenovia, received a call from an SPCA volunteer asking if they would consider bringing to Skanda a herd 15 wild ponies recently rescued from the Onondaga reservation. The ponies had struggled through the winter without food and access to water and were in critical condition. Neither Secor nor D’Aquanni hesitated to say yes. In the past five months, they have emerged into health and vitality and “are doing beautifully,” and Skanda has recently opened the adoption process up to the public and invites anyone who is interested to contact her for more information.

CACDA announces dates for annual community celebration, second annual art trail

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) has announced the dates for two of its upcoming annual events: the fifth annual “Farm & Fork” celebration and the second annual Cazenovia Art Trail.

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Town board interviews potential architects for Gothic Cottage renovation project

Discussions take place behind closed doors despite supervisor’s objection

The Cazenovia Town Board last week interviewed the three final architectural firm candidates for the planned renovation work to the Gothic Cottage to get a sense of which firm may be the best fit for the town’s project. The interviews, which lasted about an hour each, were closed to the public and the press by a split vote of the board, although board members said they plan to discuss the issue publicly at their next regular monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 12. While the board’s decision to take the interviews into executive session was in accordance with the New York State Open Meetings Law, the way in which the action was taken violated that law by not detailing the specific reason(s) for the executive session, according to the state Committee on Open Government.

Elks to celebrate 25 years of Music Fest Sunday

Time flies when you’re having fun. Just ask the Liverpool Elks. One of the area’s most active fraternal orders will celebrate a quarter-century of Music Fests when the band plugs in at noon on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the club on Cold Springs Road. Four of Central New York’s best rock bands — The Fulton Chain Gang, Soul Mine, Kat Tale and Mood Swing — will perform one after another through 6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 7

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Foxgloves flower shop offers old world style reimagined

Cazenovia native Lisa Kendrick always wanted to do her own thing. After living and working 16 years in New York City as a graphic designer, she returned to Cazenovia a little more than one month ago to open her own business. The day after she arrived in her old hometown, Kendrick opened the door to her new endeavor — Foxgloves Flower Shop. Foxgloves, located at 53 Albany St., is a full-service flower shop that also creates and sells home decorations and Cazenovia-related creations; Kendrick also offers floral work for bridal showers, weddings and other events.

Former Newhouse Dean suing the town of Manlius over lawn sign restrictions

“This is not about money; this is about the First Amendment”

David Rubin believes that restrictions on political lawn signs in the town of Manlius are unconstitutional and limit the speech of the people who live there. And after unsuccessfully trying to communicate with town officials about changing the sign ordinance that sets the rules for political signs, Rubin filed a lawsuit against town of Manlius Supervisor Ed Theobald and the town councilors on Aug. 6.

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Vernak Country Store to host Wellness Day Aug. 10

Vernak Farms Country Store and Compounding Pharmacy, 1889 East Lake Road, Skaneateles, will hold its first annual Wellness Day on Friday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Yield to pedestrians in downtown Skaneateles

Editorial on yielding to pedestrians from the Aug. 7 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

PGA Championship, Wednesday report

Oak Hill a golfing venue of deep, rich history

So you want to know why Oak Hill Country Club in suburban Rochester, where the 95th renewal of the PGA Championship commences on Thursday morning, is a place where the greats of golf continually return, decade after decade?

LETTER: Letter about Zambrano was misleading

To the editor: First, there was only one line at the end of the column that indicated Zambrano is Deputy Supervisor. That is common in guest columns. While the statements about the position of Deputy Supervisor are accurate, it is important to note that Supervisor Corl has given a lot of responsibility to Zambrano in that role. This indicates that Corl uses the assets available to him to great advantage for the benefit of Cicero. Instead of marginalizing a former political opponent, Corl has utilized her talents and accomplished much more than a supervisor who works alone and does not seek the help of other board members would.

A near accident in Skaneateles

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the editor from the Aug. 7 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Saying goodebye again

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the editor from the Aug. 7 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Mottville Boat Race for Charity will be Aug. 10

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the editor from the Aug. 7 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Town needs to protect the lake, limit development

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the editor from the Aug. 7 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Zambrano never took undue credit

To the editor: I was confused by the letter in the July 31 edition by Ms. Timmons [“Zambrano doesn’t deserve credit for Cicero’s growth”]. Her letter explicitly stated and complained that Deputy Supervisor Zambrano took credit personally for the many accomplishments that were mentioned in Ms. Zambrano’s June 17 letter. Since the letter is still online I reread it, as that had not been my impression.

Thank you for supporting Friends of Dave Pirro Tournament

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the editor from the Aug. 7 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Skaneateles Festival begins Aug. 8

Four weeks of summer in a land of music

A small town has been making a big splash for over three decades with just a few key ingredients: top performers, adventurous programming, and a community that knows how to celebrate summer (and make a killer picnic). The Boston Globe, Bon Appetit, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and National Public Radio’s Performance Today all agree that the Skaneateles Festival, tucked away in the Finger Lakes, is a rare opportunity to witness extraordinary music-making.

Plans for abandoned Genesee St. properties

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the editor from the Aug. 7 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Tuesday, August 6

PGA Championship, Tuesday report

Introducing the main contenders, top stories at Oak Hill

Near the clubhouse at Oak Hill Country Club on a sun-drenched Tuesday afternoon, the scene resembles a red carpet. Literally thousands of fans are draped between the 18th hole and the practice green, screaming and begging for one of those thousands of autographs Phil Mickelson is so famous for giving out.

Caz Rowing Club celebrates 20 years with party

The Cazenovia Rowing Club is celebrating its 20th Anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 10, with a party under the tent in Lakeland Park adjacent to Carpenter’s Barn. More than 200 invitations have been extended to past and present Scholastic and Master rowers, coaches and community leaders who have assisted the club in its on-going programs throughout its 20-year history.

Kids with cancer: Part V: Survivors continue to deal with side effects from treatment

As it turned out, Erin Hannagan was one of the lucky ones. Hannagan was 16 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease May 25, 1993. But she would beat the disease. “I had been coughing for quite some time and had been diagnosed with multiple ‘colds,’” Hannagan recalled. “It finally got so bad that my mom took me to an urgent care center where a chest X-ray was done that revealed a large mediastinal [cavity containing the heart, esophagus, trachea, thymus and aorta] mass.”

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Saving 81: Local officials, business leaders launch campaign to keep elevated highway

A large group of politicians, citizens and businessmen and –women have launched an initiative to encourage the state to keep a 1.4-mile stretch of Interstate 81 as it is instead of turning it into an arterial boulevard. Savei81.org revealed itself at a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 1, in downtown Syracuse, where supporters spoke out against the New York State Department of Transportation’s proposal to turn I-81’s viaduct stretch, the elevated portion of the highway that runs through the central business district, into an arterial boulevard through the city with stoplights and cross streets, something the group said would irreparably damage the city’s economy by creating a backlog of traffic. The group also issued a press release after the conference outlining its goals.

Monday, August 5

Onondaga baseball returns to Babe Ruth World Series

Local 16-18 side sweeps Mid-Atlantic regional

A fair amount of rain managed to stop the Onondaga baseball All-Stars from getting started last week in the Babe Ruth 16-18 Mid-Atlantic Regional in Pine Forge, Pa. Nothing else worked, though, as Onondaga, sweeping through the tournament, earned a chance to defend its Babe Ruth World Series title later this month in Alabama.

PGA Championship, Monday report

Oak Hill a stern, fair challenge from start to finish

Stars of the game march down the fairways, and thousands follow them, looking for any glimpse of their golfing heroes on a grand and historic stage. It's Oak Hill, it's the PGA Championship - and it's just Monday morning.

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Goodbye, Friendly’s

When Angie Costello heard Friendly’s in Fayetteville was closing for good, she couldn’t believe it. “Friendly’s is the center of everything in Fayetteville,” Costello said. “At least that’s the way I felt when I lived there. If you had to meet someone, you met them at Friendly’s or if you wanted ice cream late at night, that’s where you went. Fayetteville needs something like that. I can’t imagine the village without it. I view the closing as tragic.”

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Critz Farms announces return of The Blueberry Jam music festival

First it was Christmas trees. Then came pumpkins and apples and maple syrup. And then, handcrafted hard ciders. And last summer, Cazenovia’s number one agri-tourism attraction added another ingredient to its seasonal recipe box of family fun: The Blueberry Jam. Saturday, Aug. 17, Critz Farms hosts the 2013 edition of The Blueberry Jam, a summer celebration for the entire family. It’s a full day of live music on two stages on the sprawling Critz Farms acreage located at 3232 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia.

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Local youth learn about violent history in El Salvador on pilgrimage

Six local girls share their stories after visiting memorials to genocide victims in El Salvador on an Episcopal church youth pilgrimage.

CACDA receives grant from community foundation

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) was recently awarded a grant from the Central New York Community Foundation for their 2013 Signature Project. This project will create visibility and encourage use of the vast trail network and wide range of recreational amenities in the Cazenovia area.

Sunday, August 4

B’ville lacrosse goes 2-2 at Wildcat Invitational

Bees fall to local powers Jamesville-DeWitt, F-M

To keep itself in form during the long off-season, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team made the short trip to Camillus Saturday to play in four games against top competition as part of the annual Wildcat Invitational at West Genesee High School.

J-D lacrosse beats F-M at Wildcat Invitational

Red Rams go 4-0, Hornets 3-1 as part of Pepper Tournament

In what was a busy and exciting weekend for local high school lacrosse, Jamesville-DeWitt and Fayetteville-Manlius had a memorable showdown during the final game of Saturday’s Wildcat Invitational at West Genesee High School.

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West Genny lacrosse hosts Wildcat Invitational

Busy weekend includes Empire State Cup at OCC

As is traditional in each edition of the Wildcat Invitational, two West Genesee lacrosse teams took part – the varsity side, and the junior varsity side. And this time around, the JV Wildcats trumped their older compatriots, going 3-0-1 for third place overall as part of the annual John Pepper Lacrosse Tournament weekend.

Lakers' Smith, Newland play in Empire State Cup

Skaneateles lacrosse standouts help Central side

After a long series of tryouts, Skaneateles boys lacrosse goalie Max Smith and long-stick midfielder Cullen Newland made it to the Central Region team that competed last weekend in the Empire State Cup at Onondaga Community College.

Cook, Mann star in Empire State Cup

Caz lacrosse stars contribute to Central bronze medal

Two months ago, Ryan Cook and Henry Mann played key roles in the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team’s run to a second state Class C championship in three years. And they would be teammates again on the Central region squad that competed in last week’s Empire State Cup at Onondaga Community College, which made a spirited run before some late-tournament defeats cost a shot at a gold medal.

Friday, August 2

Oneida man arrested for forging 2012 election petitions

An investigation ongoing since September 2012 was recently completed by the Madison County Sheriff's Office regarding allegations of forged petitions involving Independence Party candidates in the November 2012 elections. On the morning of Friday, Aug. 2, Brian E. Karst, 41, of Oneida, was arrested by Madison County Sheriff’s investigators on multiple counts of forgery, filing false instruments and misconduct relating to election petitions.

Author Skjellerup to discuss maximizing college experience at Cazenovia Public Library

Author Tim Skjellerup will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “Maximize Your College Experience,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room.

Thursday, August 1

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New farm brewery coming to Cazenovia

What started as a passion for home-brewing beer seven years ago is taking shape as the first farm brewery to be created in the Cazenovia area this year. John and Maria Henneberg, owners of the Henneberg Tavern on Albany Street, are in the process of creating a micro-brewery called Henneberg Brewing Co. on their 97-acre farm in New Woodstock. The new brewing enterprise will be one with a smaller, more local scale of production versus the upcoming Empire Brewing Company farmstead brewery on Route 13 — and one less likely to cause controversy.

New leadership on library board

The new president of the Liverpool Public Library Board of Trustees is Natalie Scavone and the new vice president is Tim Dodge. Scavone works as principal of alternative education at Cayuga-Onondaga Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Auburn, and Dodge is director of research and media relations at Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York, Inc. Dodge is also a published author. Scavone and Dodge take over this month for the outgoing president, Mark Spadafore, and the vice president, George Alessio, who both stepped down from their executive positions after many years of service but remain as members of the board. Joe Spado Sr. continues as the board’s secretary and Larry Dunstone continues as financial advisor. The other library board member is the former village mayor, Marlene Ward.