Tuesday, December 31
The League of Woman Voters of Cazenovia is sponsoring a special task force presentation titled, “The Central New York Regional Sustainability Plan,” presented by Chris Carrick, to educate the public on how the regional plan impacts Cazenovia, Madison County and all of Central New York. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.
Kick off the new year by joining the “Open Afternoon Book Club” for adults at the Cazenovia Public Library. This group meets at 1 p.m. every third Wednesday in the Story Garden.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: I am writing to thank Project Café for the wonderful “Toy Shop” fundraiser organized by students and parent volunteers on Dec 13 and 14.
As indicated in the lead of our year in review story, a lot of the top stories of 2013 dealt with the community dealing with issues that will shape the future of the Skaneateles area.
Decisions affecting future of community, schools dominated headlines
The 10 biggest stories covered in the Skaneateles Press during 2013, including what happened, key quotes and what development will come next.
Boys Warriors, girls Northstars second behind F-M sweep
Each of the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse indoor track and field teams would earn runner-up finishes during Monday’s Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays at SRC Arena – but neither of them could prevent Fayetteville-Manlius from a sweep.
Girls win high jump; Martin, Perez claim boys races
Modest showings by both of Baldwinsville’s indoor track and field teams marked a close to 2013 as they both took part in Monday’s Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays at SRC Arena.
Neal takes third in mile; Navaroli third in shot put
Just before 2013 turned into 2014, the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams went back to SRC Arena to compete together in Monday's Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays – and found a fair amount of success.
Leff beats field in 1,000, 600-meter girls races
Led once again by Laura Leff, West Genesee’s indoor track and field teams had plenty to smile about during Monday’s Oscar Jensen Holiday Relays at SRC Arena. Leff’s pair of individual victories led to team titles, and ultimately the girls Wildcats finished with 37 points, moving them to third place behind Fayetteville-Manlius (69 points) and Cicero-North Syracuse, who was second with 47 points.
J-D unable to follow up dramatic win over CBA
After a thrilling victory over rival Christian Brothers Academy in the opening round of the Bottar-Leone Holiday Classic, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team was riding high, and Monday night's championship game against the Nazareth (Brooklyn) Kingsmen figured to be another chance for the Red Rams to get a strong statement win.
J-D fourth in boys meet with wins from Liebmann, Cote
Holiday rest and respite was not on the agenda for Fayetteville-Manlius, as both of its indoor track and field teams were all too glad to grab another honor before 2013 ended. The Hornets swept both the girls and boys portions of Monday’s Oscar Jensen Holiday Relays at SRC Arena, while Jamesville-DeWitt, East Syracuse-Minoa and CBA also managed varying degrees of success, too.
Hornets suffer first defeat following hot 6-0 start
Not content with the way it was handling local Class AA foes, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team ventured south and hoped to do the same to a pair of Section IV opponents during the Stop DWI Tournament in Binghamton – only to get a rude awakening in the waning hours of 2013.
Monday, December 30
The Cazenovia Lions Club is one of the area’s leading service organizations. The strength of the club is based on a membership of men and women dedicated to community service. The club is currently seeking to increase its membership to be of greater service to the community. To have potential members meet with Lions, the Lions Club is holding a mixer from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Morgan Room at Cazenovia College’s dining facility.
All of Cazenovia Central Schools’ fall varsity teams — which include football, volleyball, field hockey, boys’ and girls’ cross-country, boys’ and girls’ soccer and girls’ tennis — have achieved Scholar-Athlete status, the district announced on Dec. 17.
Kinsey beats buzzer after Russo 3 in final seconds
This year’s Jamesville-DeWitt-Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball game, played Sunday night in the opening round of the Bottar-Leone Holiday Classic, was one many figured would be a dogfight between the two rival schools, but the first half left the spectators' thirst for action unquenched.
Vaught scores 32 as Cobras beat F-M in consolation game
Three local high school girls basketball teams found themselves on the big stage at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena last weekend, all of them gathering to raise more than $8,000 for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in the “More Than A Game” Holiday Classic.
Girls Spartans drop games to Auburn, Whitesboro
All of the hometown pressure was placed on the East Syracuse-Minoa boys basketball team as it strove to win the 11th annual Vince Celi Memorial Tournament. In Saturday's championship game, the Spartans faced Union-Endicott, and put up a strong all-out effort, but could not quite get the championship as it lost to the Tigers 74-67.
Sunday, December 29
Northstars edge Webster Schroeder; Warriors stop Vestal
Though they both avoided the holiday tournament circuit, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys basketball teams did earn important non-league wins on their respective home floors before heading into 2014.
Warriors third in Phoenix, fifth at Haines Memorial
A strong month for the Liverpool wrestling team continued on Dec. 21 when it earned a trio of first-place finishes as part of the Phoenix Round Robin Tournament.
B'ville fights off Whitesboro, Auburn for top spot
When the Baldwinsville girls basketball team entered the Vince Celi Memorial Tournament at East Syracuse-Minoa, it was trying to bounce back after back-to-back defeats to Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool before the holiday break –and it would prove successful in that quest.
Bees fall to U-E, rebound to edge Auburn
As it does each holiday season, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team went to East Syracuse-Minoa’s Vince Celi Memorial Tournament, in search of some momentum for 2014.
Lakers run win streak to six, topple unbeaten Falcons
Placing itself in one of the marquee contests of the holiday tournament slate, the Skaneateles girls basketball team was more than ready for it. The Lakers met undefeated Fabius-Pompey in the finals of the Falcons’ own holiday tournament Saturday and with big performances, especially from Nicole Beatson and Elizabeth Lane, Skaneateles would dazzle and, in the process, defeat the Falcons 63-45 for its sixth win in a row.
Gray pin secures 43-37 decision over VVS
For the Skaneateles wrestling team, the work during the holiday school break involved going to a dual meet and an invitational on consecutive Saturdays. It all began Saturday, with the Lakers making quite an impression during the Lewis County Duals at South Lewis, going 4-1 to finish second in the team standings.
Kaigler MVP as Hackett, Rauch, Sierotnik help out
Before 2013 could end, the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team had one more chance to leave an impression on the local hoops scene – and did so with ease and flair.
Granteed leads Gaelic Knights past Wayne, Indian River
Put to a big test, the Bishop Ludden girls basketball team passed it when it went to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena for the “More Than a Game” Holiday Classic, which raised more than $8,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Girls Wildcats roll past RFA, improves to 5-1
As the host of its own Booster Club Tournament, the West Genesee boys basketball team knew that success in that event could generate some much-needed confidence going into 2014 – but it could not quite get the top prize.
Solvay finishes second at Chittenango tournament
Few things give a Marcellus fan more satisfaction than beating Skaneateles, regardless of the sport or circumstances. In the case of the boys basketball Mustangs, the circumstances were a non-league contest played Saturday at Onondaga Community College, and the occasion brought forth a classic battle where Marcellus, relying on a big third-quarter surge, had enough to beat the Lakers 65-61.
WG goes to 10-0 with wins over Canton, Potsdam
An 8-0 start, and the way in which the West Genesee ice hockey team earned those victories, helped it return to a familiar place – the top of the state Division I rankings.
Late rally helps Lakers prevail in close consolation game
Coming off a 3-3 tie with Cicero-North Syracuse in a non-league game on Dec. 23, the Lakers looked for some relief when it played in the Cortland-Homer Tournament, the first of two consecutive tournament appearances in as many weekends.
Friday, December 27
Lakers hold off RFA, Clinton to win Partner Relays
Cazenovia’s girls indoor track and field team found itself in a spirited battle with Clinton and Rome Free Academy for top honors at the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association Partner Relays Friday at Colgate University’s Sanford Field House.
Bearcats beat J-E, Henninger: Mustangs take down Mexico
Trying to get its season kick-started, the Solvay girls basketball team won its own holiday tournament on Thursday and Friday, beating the likes of Jordan-Elbridge to get there.
To ring in the New Year and help celebrate independent theater for the community, Hamilton Theater invites guests to “Pay What You Want” to see any movie on Monday, Dec. 30. The return of this popular event is made possible by the generous sponsorship of CORE Federal Credit Union.
The Cazenovia newlyweds who made headlines last September after they got into a bar fight and were arrested on their wedding night have been given 50 hours of community service and ordered to write a letter of apology to the Cazenovia Police Department as a consequence of their previous behavior.
Application ruled incomplete, asked to revise for January
Cazenovia College appeared before the village planning board last week to seek site plan approval once again for its proposed 1,420 linear feet fence spanning the edges of the Schneeweiss Athletic Complex. The appearance comes after months of legal wrangling between the college and the town over the fence, and is the result of a state supreme court judge’s decision that the college must go through a full site plan approval process. The application already hit a small bump, however, when the planning board determined during its Dec. 9 meeting that the college’s application was incomplete, and asked them to resubmit a full application in January.
Madden’s horse “Simon” also nominated for Horse of the Year
Beezie Madden, of Cazenovia, is among eight equestrian finalists competing for the honorable title of 2013 Equestrian of the Year through the United States Equestrian Federation, the sport’s governing organization.
It is that time of year again — time to “set New Year’s resolutions,” “get in shape,” “work on the waist line,” “go on a diet,” “start fresh,” whatever you want to call it, most people feel the need to reevaluate their habits in January after all the holiday hoopla is over. Usually diet and exercise habits rank high on the list of “needs improvement.” On Jan. 1 (or maybe Jan. 2), the “hard core dieters” and the “gung-ho gym members” begin their quest. They sweat, grunt, groan, “give up carbs” and step on the scale every day. A month later, most of them find themselves exhausted, sore, injured, hungry, deprived, miserable and frustrated (maybe even a few other adjectives). They may or may not be in better shape or weigh less. If you plan on trying this approach, please reconsider. If you want long lasting success and really want to feel better emotionally and physically, please try this approach…
Jason Smorol, the new Syracuse Chiefs general manager who lives in Liverpool, really seems to have the old International League ballclub swinging for the fences. Just in time for the Christmas shopping rush, he forged a deal with Destiny USA to set up a Holiday Kiosk located in the New Canyon area by Cantina Laredo and The Melting Pot to sell season tickets and souvenirs.
Thursday, December 26
As we look back on the year 2013 in the town of Salina, let’s take this time to review some key events that happened throughout this year.
Wednesday, December 25
The Cicero Fire Department is asking for the public’s support as it prepares for a referendum to renovate Station No. 1 on Route 11. According to Cicero Fire Commissioner Jim Perrin, Station 1 is in need of significant repairs. Originally built in the 1950s with additional bays constructed in the 1980s, there are significant structural issues, along with asbestos on the second floor and numerous safety concerns.
Tuesday, December 24
The lack of available help from senior care agencies is just one of the reasons New York state was ranked 48th in a 2011 national report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation out of 50 states with regard to support for its family caregivers. Caregivers also face extensive waiting lists for adult day care programs and rehab facilities, a lack of support for in the work environment, limited or no access to transportation and inadequate informational resources regarding care options for their loved ones. And with the Baby Boomer generation moving into their golden years, the problem is only going to get worse.
Along the Lakeshore column from the Dec. 25 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Monday, December 23
Top basketball coach returns; will we learn from it?
This was getting all too familiar. Again a successful, accomplished high school coach in Central New York was getting scrutiny from his employer. Again the coach’s future was put in jeopardy. Again a large part of the community organized itself in support of the coach.
Sunday, December 22
Northstars go 1-1, edge past New Jersey side
Though it still looms over local opponents, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team knew that it wouldn’t be the case when it went to Francis Lewis High School in Queens for a pair of weekend tests before the holiday break.
Byrnes adds 171-pound victory for F-M grapplers
For the second time in four days, Fayetteville-Manlius wrestler squared off against Baldwinsville’s Kevin Paul – and for the second time, Quinlan won.
Ross, Nasoni also grab titles as B'ville trails Mattituck
Three different Baldwinsville wrestlers emerged as champions in their respective weight classes during Saturday's Phoenix Round Robin Tournament. And it helped the Bees earn 139 points, which put them in second place among an 11-team field, just ahead of Liverpool (129.5 points) in third place. Mattituck, from Long Island, won with 155 points.
Lakers score three times in third period, beat reigning state champs
When the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team went out for Saturday's game against reigning state champion Beekmantown, perhaps it remembered how, a night earlier, the boys hockey side made a stirring late comeback to beat Auburn in overtime.
Teacher motivated by son for writing about game he loves
Gary Pluff sat next to an open campfire one summer night in the Adirondacks in 2011, thinking about how he could easily teach his then-11-year-old son, Casey, about how to become a better basketball player and a better person.
Saturday, December 21
Rams now 4-0, will play at CBA holiday tournament
Of all the teams affected by various weather-related postponements in the first month of local winter sports, few, if any, had a higher profile than Jamesville-DeWitt's boys and girls basketball sides. First, the Red Rams saw both of its games against Mexico snowed out Dec. 13. Then bad weather hit again four days later, wiping out both basketball clashes with Cortland.
Johnson, Boyce both win twice for Bees
Just before hitting the holiday school break, the Baldwinsville boys swim team picked up its first win of the season. Michael Boyce and Eric Johnson both claimed a pair of individual events, leading the way as the Bees defeated Fayetteville-Manlius 92-81 at Cazenovia College's pool, which the Hornets use as a home facility.
Girls improve to 4-0; boys get 30 points from Taylor
Having flown to a 4-0 start, the Liverpool girls basketball team takes plenty of momentum to Binghamton for next weekend’s Pete Hyde Memorial Classic. And of those four wins, none were as impressive as its game against visiting Baldwinsville Friday night. Against the 4-1 Bees, the Warriors used strong defense to control the first half, and then relied on a three-pronged attack to pull away and prevail by a score of 52-37.
To ring in the New Year and help celebrate independent theater for the community, Hamilton Theater invites guests to “Pay What You Want” to see any movie on Monday, Dec. 30.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Owahgena Chapter of Toastmasters International met for their 32nd Holiday Party at the Lincklaen House. Present were long-time members Jack Altmeyer and Cal Suarez accompanied by their wives Ann and Joyce, and Cathy Nagel. Other members Bonnie Bryans, Gayle Olivette, Tina Jacobs, July Lyrek, Pat Carmeli and newcomers Ann Jones (former candidate for County Clerk) and our current County Sheriff Al Reilly completed the table. All contributed to lively conversation and lots of laughs.
Boys Spartans handle Homer; girls turn back Fowler
On the last Friday and Saturday of 2013, each of East Syracuse-Minoa’s basketball teams will continue the decade-long tradition of hosting the Vince Celi Memorial Tournament. And they both enter the tournament off wins on Friday night, the boys Spartans turning back Homer 65-55, while the girls went to Fowler and, with strong starts to each half, defeated the Falcons 55-33.
B'ville scores late in regulation, then gets game-winner from Tretowicz
One absolute truth about the Baldwinsville ice hockey team early in the 2013-14 season is that each game has the outcome in doubt until the final horn. Of the Bees’ first six contests, four of them were decided by a single goal, with a 5-5 tie against Ithaca also in the mix. Only a 5-3 defeat to Watertown IHC on Dec. 4 proved an exception.
Boys Warriors spoil night where baseball champs were honored
No matter what took place during the Baldwinsville boys basketball team’s home game against Liverpool on Friday night, it was a time to celebrate. That was because the school was officially honoring the B’ville baseball team that won its first-ever state championship last June in Binghamton.
Syracuse Cougars rally for 5-4 win over Fulton
Forget about the West Genesee ice hockey team resting during the holiday school break. Instead of a well-deserved break following a blistering 8-0 start, the Wildcats area heading north, testing itself in back-to-back games next Friday and Saturday against Canton and Potsdam as it hits the midway point of its regular-season slate.
Marcellus stays in good form, beats SAS 75-58
With its unbeaten mark and no. 4 state ranking, the Westhill boys basketball team avoided tournaments during the holiday school break and would go 15 days before going back on the court Jan. 7 against Syracuse Academy of Science.
WG boys snap three-game skid; girls play 25-1 first quarter
For one West Genesee basketball side, beating Central Square on Friday night amounted to another small step in a larger championship quest. The other band of hoops Wildcats, though, had a different take.
Caz breaks four-game skid, defeats Purple Tigers 41-31
Mired in a four-game skid, and staring at more tough competition within the OHSL Liberty division when it got back to league play in 2014, the Cazenovia girls basketball team needed a tonic.
Bucs score three times in second period, prevail 4-2
For 15 minutes, all was going well for the Cazenovia ice hockey team as it tried to roar back to life in its Friday night's game at Oswego. But all of that good work got undone in the ensuing 15 minutes as the Buccaneers, defending home ice, used a big surge to move out in front, and the Lakers never recovered, taking a 4-2 defeat.
Boys Bears cannot hold halftime lead against Tigers
Between them, Chittenango’s basketball teams only mustered one victory as they headed into the holiday school break. When the girls Bears, off that lone win of the season over Henninger on Dec. 17, went back into OHSL Freedom division action at Mexico three nights later, it could not recover from a rough start and took a 38-29 defeat to the Tigers.
Friday, December 20
Skaneateles ties it late in regulation, scores in last seconds of OT
Perhaps there are more conventional, and less stressful, means to win a game than the one the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team devised on Friday night in its showdown with neighbor and rival Auburn at Allyn Arena - but none could be more exciting.
Hornets dominate in second straight road win over city foe
Four times, against four different local Class AA opponents, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team have gone on the road - and have prevailed on each occasion. And the Hornets saved some of its best work for its last league game of 2013, as it went to Corcoran and demolished the undefeated Cougars in the first three quarters before cruising to an 82-54 victory.
So much new information has surfaced in the past two weeks, and so many new developments occurred, that the Cazenovia Town Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday, Dec. 19, to continue its public hearing on Owera Vineyards’ site plan review for the proposed new events building and probably hold off on any sort of vote on the proposal until February. The board’s decision came after nearly two hours of neighbor comments at a Dec. 19 special hearing during which it was revealed that Town Codes Enforcement Officer Roger Cook had issued a positive opinion on Owera’s adherence to town zoning laws and state Department of Agriculture and Markets rules, that Owera’s East Lake Road neighbors had appealed Cook’s determination to the town’s zoning board of appeals and that the neighbors had hired an attorney to represent their interests.
The North Syracuse Central School District has appointed Annette Speach as its permanent superintendent, cementing the role she has held in an interim capacity since Kim Dyce Faucette left the district last July. The NSCSD Board of Education voted at its Dec. 16 meeting to enter into a three-year contract with Speach, appointing her superintendent. The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2013 and runs through June 30, 2016.
For most of this year, village government has heard plenty from two property owners, Val Lamont and John Gormel, who each own parcels in the basin block bounded by Lower First Street, Lake Drive and South Willow Street. At the village board’s monthly meeting on Dec. 16, however, trustees heard from another basin block property owner, JGB Properties, which owns approximately three acres there, on which are located the former municipal parking lot and several other First Street parcels.
Manlius natives prepare to share their handmade goods on a trip across America
For as long as they can remember, Mackenzie Edgerton and Blaine Vossler have had wanderlust – which is a big reason why the young couple said ‘farewell’ to the East coast after graduating from college in 2008. They moved to San Francisco, where they started their company, The Local Branch, as a part-time creative outlet. But now, they’re abandoning their West coast life and jobs to sell their goods full-time in a mobile pop-up shop while traveling across the country.
Town supervisor-elect Mary Sennett and town councilors-elect Claire Robinson Howard and Connie Brace took the oath of office at town hall on Dec. 18.
Two community members addressed the Skaneateles school board on Dec. 17 to express concerns about making students chose between music and science classes in the middle school.
Several outgoing town officials were recognized for their service to the community at the town board’s final meeting of the year on Dec. 19. As of Jan. 1, Town Supervisor Terri Roney, Town Councilors Rick Keyes and Steve McGlynn, Highway Superintendent Jim Card and Code Enforcement Officer Debbie Williams will all be leaving their positions.
When the Cazenovia High School hockey team takes to the ice to play Cicero-North Syracuse on Monday, Dec. 23, it will be more than just a game for both teams. Proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships that have been established in memory of two Cazenovia alumni, one of which has a connection to CNS.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: It is exciting to read of the addition of Dorothy Reister’s house at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park to the State Register of Historic Places. This listing provides official recognition of buildings throughout the state and nation that are cultural resources worthy of preservation.
Northstars rout West Genny; Warriors handle Central Square
Between league meets and Saturday tournaments, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool wrestling teams were very busy in a four-day stretch leading up to the holiday school break.
Red Rams improve to 4-0 as it heads toward 2014
As the schedule worked out, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt boys swim team would compete twice before the holiday break – and win both meets to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Hornets fall to B'ville'; Brothers run into Whitesboro
Both inside and outside their respective leagues, the area’s three high school wrestling teams would all suffer defeats in Wednesday night’s slate. Fayetteville-Manlius could not keep up with CNY Counties League leader Baldwinsville in a 56-18 defeat. CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt dropped a close 45-34 decision to Whitesboro, while East Syracuse-Minoa lost to Chittenango 62-12.
Cobras unable to hold halftime lead without injured Hoag
Having played well for most of the early portion of its schedule, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team knew it would learn a lot about its long-term hopes when it visited unbeaten Westhill on Thursday night.
The newly elected town officials in Spafford will hold a ceremony to be sworn in to office and a brief meeting on Jan. 1.
Thursday, December 19
Ludden stages comeback for big win over Marcellus
Weather has, at times, caused all kinds of issues with the early portion of the high school sports winter schedule. For example, Westhill’s girls basketball team had two games snowed out before it took on Bishop Grimes Thursday night.
Skaneateles builds win streak to four with road wins
With each game, and with each victory, the Skaneateles girls basketball team is quickly putting its 0-2 start far behind them as it continued to build momentum toward 2014.
Lakers fall to Hannibal before easy win over APW
Before it hit the holidays, the Skaneateles boys basketball team found itself mired in an early-season slump, knowing it had to quickly turn things around since the schedule in 2014 wasn’t going to get much easier.
Caz indoor track scores 168 points; Cudney wins twice
Two weeks, two appearances for the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team - and two very convincing victories on the ledger. The Lakers simply pulled away from everyone in Thursday night’s John DiMao Memorial Invitational at Colgate University’s Sanford Field House. Earning 168 points, Cazenovia had more than double the total of runner-up Rome Free Academy, who got 64 points.
Seven Bees earn pins in romp over Hornets
Back from a runner-up finish in the Dec. 14 General Brown Dual Meet, the Baldwinsville wrestling team was, despite the nearness of the holiday season, not in a giving mood as it ventured to Fayetteville-Manlius on Wednesday night.
Alleged Cazenovia ‘exercise stalker’ Daryl T. Anthony will be home for Christmas. He is out of the Madison County Jail on bail and scheduled to return to Cazenovia Town Court on March 5. His case, in fact, was almost settled during his court appearance on Dec. 18, when the district attorney’s office offered Anthony a plea deal of 60 days in jail and three year’s probation, which would cover not only the one charge against him but any similar charges in the case in which he allegedly stalked 10 women in the town of Cazenovia. This deal was offered even though Anthony’s court-ordered mental competency exam had not taken place and was not scheduled to occur until mid-January.
The instructors of American Kang Duk Won are offering a free women’s self defense class. The intent of the class is to demonstrate and work on some essential techniques to escape from certain situations and share some key concepts to keeping safe.
Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association has teamed with thousands of animal organizations from around the world to participate in the annual Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive, founded by Helen Woodward Animal Center. The campaign, which runs through Jan. 2, 2014, unites more than 3,500 partner organizations, (in all 50 states and in 23 different countries) with a focused goal of placing orphaned pets into loving homes.
Reigning AA champs use defense, fast tempo to disrupt Bees
With its 5-0 start, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team had displayed a rapid amount of progress from the struggles of recent years, and even hinted that it could challenge some of the more established Section III Class AA contenders.
Lakers finish third at Dec. 21 Portville Invitational
On the whole, it has proven to be an impressive month for the Skaneateles wrestling team, both against local opponents and in weekly tournaments. Before it hit the holiday break, the Lakers met Onondaga Wednesday night and, thanks to having a full roster, demolished the Tigers by a 72-7 margin.
West Genny grapplers unable to keep up with C-NS
Flush with momentum after its dramatic, come-from-behind win over Liverpool that sealed a first-place finish in the Dec. 14 Falcon Duals at Fabius-Pompey, the Marcellus wrestling team had more success on the horizon.
Lakers run into red-hot Marcellus as Bears rip ESM
Heading toward the holiday break, the Chittenango and Cazenovia wrestling teams were both active, but it was the Bears enjoying far more success. In Wednesday night’s meet against East Syracuse-Minoa, the Bears cruised to a 62-12 victory, just as the Lakers, hosting Marcellus at Buckley Gym, suffered a 46-30 defeat to the Mustangs.
Hornets second, Red Rams third behind Liverpool
For the second boys indoor track and field meet of the winter, the format changed - but the local success did not. Fayetteville-Manlius, with 49 points, and Jamesville-DeWitt, with 47 points, claimed the second and third spots, respectively, at Wednesday night's John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena, the pair only trailing Liverpool, who finished on top with 79 points.
Wednesday, December 18
West Genesee gains 30 points, ties for sixth place
For Nick Cometti and the Solvay boys track and field team, the degree of difficulty during the regular season is always increased because they are competing, head-to-head, against a slew of large-school opponents with far deeper rosters.
Warriors pick up 79 points; C-NS finishes fourth
With Ryheim Lawes and a contingent of distance runners making the primary impact, the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team roared well clear of the field and won Wednesday night's John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.
Roberts, Miles lead Northstars in home opener
A new wave of top performers, such as McKayla Roberts and Elizabeth Miles, is tasked with maintaining the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team's hold over the local Class AA ranks. Thus far, the task has proven a successful one, as the Northstars handed hot-starting Baldiwnsville its first defeat of the season Wednesday night, prevailing 61-37 in its CNY Counties League opener.
Education Foundation and Soderberg Foundation announce partnership to aid STEM programs
Two local non-profit groups recently announced their intention to partner up to provide funding to the Skaneateles schools for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs. The new partnership brings together the Skaneateles Education Foundation (SEF) and the New Jersey-based Elsa and Peter Soderberg Charitable Foundation.
Retired Navy Commander Owen Corpin, of Peterboro, will lead the Peterboro commemoration of Watch Night for Emancipation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: I would like to thank the community of Cazenovia for giving me such a wonderful welcome since I opened my new business, Fred’s Barber Shop, in the Town and Country Plaza in September.
Cold weather, heated walkways, fighter planes
Along the Lakeshore column from the Dec. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
The Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program held its annual meeting on Dec. 9 at the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles. The event included an annual report from Mark Burger, the Onondaga County Soil and Water District executive director, a panel on renewable energy and the presentation of the 2013 Environmental Steward Award to Mike McMahon of E-Z Acres farm in Homer.
B'ville earns victories in 1,600 sprint medley, high jump
A pair of victories – one on the oval in the sprint medley relay, the other in the high jump – marked the Baldwinsville girls indoor track and field team’s successful season debut.
Kuhns hits tying, winning goals in third period of 3-2 win
Owen Kuhns, and every other returning member of the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team, carried with them the acute pain of how the 2012-13 season ended.
Westhill no. 4 in Class B; Marcellus beats Bishop Grimes
High honors greeted the Bishop Ludden and Westhill boys basketball teams just before they hit the holiday break. When the first state Class A rankings were released onTuesday, the Gaelic Knights were in the top spot, something it never achieved when it won a state Class B title in Glens Falls in 2012 or when it returned to the state final four when it moved up to the Class A ranks a year later.
Leff, Dunshee both part of 4x800, distance medley titles
Laura Leff and Elise Dunshee both emerged with a pair of victories as part of strong relay teams for West Genesee’s girls indoor track and field team during Tuesday night’s Jack Morse Holiday Relays at SRC Arena.
Boys Bears struggle again in loss to Fabius-Pompey
In a tough, close manner, the Chittenango girls basketball team broke through for its first victory of the 2013-14 season. Hosting Henninger Tuesday night, the Bears steadily built a lead until the final minutes, when it held on long enough to defeat the Black Knights 31-29.
Lakers shoot better than 64 percent in rout of Rebels
Rarely, if ever, does a game similar to what took place in boys basketball Tuesday night between Cazenovia and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown at Buckley Gym occur at any level.
Letter to the editor from the Dec. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Though most of the characters in Dickens Christmas have sung “now bring us some figgy pudding” from “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” many of them had never tried the dessert, until this year. New this year, festival goers have the chance to sample some authentic figgy pudding made by Michele Chandler of Puddings Matter.
Students in Kara Cook’s ninth grade Studio Art classes at North Syracuse Junior High School have teamed up with Jill Welsh’s third-graders at Allen Road Elementary for a creative experience now on display at NOPL @ Cicero. The project, inspired by the work of contemporary artist Mica Angela Hendricks, combines the realistic artwork of the ninth-graders with the childlike creativity of the younger children.
Letter to the editor from the Dec. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the Dec. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the Dec. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Skaneateles only trails C-NS, F-M in final standings
It took just one meet for the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team to make a major impact as a new season got underway. The Lakers picked up 43 points during Tuesday night's Jack Morse Holiday Relays at Colgate University’s Sanford Field House, beating most of the 20-team field and only trailing powers Cicero-North Syracuse and Fayetteville-Manlius, who tied for the top spot with 50 points.
Northstars, Hornets each gain 50 points; Liverpool ties for sixth
By a tiny margin, the Cicero-North Syracuse indoor track and field teams missed out on a clean sweep of the season-opening Jack Morse Relays. While the boys Northstars won its portion of the Morse meet outright on Dec. 11 at SRC Arena, the girls could only manage a tie with Fayetteville-Manlius six nights later, when the scene shifted to Colgate University's Sanford Field House.
Tuesday, December 17
Hornets, Northstars both pick up 50 points at OCC
It was not until the third week in December that area girls indoor track and field teams went into competition for the first time this winter. What transpired at Tuesday night's Jack Morse Holiday Relays at Colgate University's Sanford Field House was a tight, exciting meet where Fayetteville-Manlius ended up sharing top team honors with Cicero-North Syracuse.
Councilor retires after 40 years of town service
Nelson Town Board member Dean Coe has served his town for the past 40 years — and at the board’s Dec. 12 meeting, Coe’s last before his retirement, the board, past town supervisors, and Coe’s family and friends, all showed up to wish him a fond farewell.
J-D school board votes unanimously to move forward with turf field
Around 100 people crammed into the Jamesville-DeWitt District Office for the board of education meeting on Dec. 16 to advocate for a new turf field. The J-D Community Grounds for Action Coalition has been raising money for about one year to construct a turf field, install new lighting and resurface the track.
With the holiday season in full swing, sometimes we focus on the hustle and bustle and lose sight of what is truly important. I am as guilty as the next person of this and when transcribing a series of letters recently, I came across a Christmas letter from a Civil War soldier to his sister shortly before Christmas in 1862. It reminded me of all the reasons the holidays are special and that these times should be cherished.
In 2014, the Madison County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To d so, the group has set a goal to construct two houses in the village of Chittenango. The houses will become homes for veterans and their families. Groundbreaking is tentatively set for late spring or early summer.
Carey, Stoker say goodbye after decades of public service
Instead of informing people entering the town of Fenner that “town zoning laws are now in force,” Supervisor Russ Carey would like the town to erect new signs that are more welcoming to visitors. As such, at the board’s Dec. 11 regular meeting Carey has asked both the Fenner Town Board and the public to consider and submit suggestions for the possible look and wording of the new signs.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: Thank you to everyone who supported the Stay Strong Charlie T-shirt fundraiser. We sold 554 T-shirts! A very special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Tilison, owners of Dave's Dinner for allowing us to use Dave's Diner to host the event and helping us sell t-shirts for Charlie. None of this would have been possible without them.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: On behalf of many unified neighbors, we would like to commend both the New York State Liquor Authority and the Cazenovia Town Planning Board on recent decisions and requests made in response to Owera Vineyards’ most recent applications and requests to expand their wedding banquet business.
Monday, December 16
The village board of trustees will operate with four members for the first three months of 2014. Mayor Marty Hubbard announced that he would not fill the impending vacancy on the village board at the board’s Dec. 12 meeting.
The Cazenovia Republican will have early submission deadlines for the next two weeks due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Dec. 20 designated as “Linda Mather Day”
This Friday, Dec. 20, has been designated by the Cazenovia Town Board as “Linda Mather Day” in honor of longtime Town Clerk Linda Mather, who retires at the end of this year. The announcement, along with a full proclamation in Mather’s honor, was made at the town board’s Dec. 9 regular monthly meeting, which was Mather’s last before her retirement.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: The Cazenovia Garden Club would like to thank everyone who helped with the holiday decorations in the village.
After months of seeking, soliciting and waiting for at least one high school teacher to step forward and volunteer, the Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team now has two new advisors to help them through the 2013-14 competition year. With new advisors and a continued determination to return once again to the national competition — occurring in Hawaii this year — the team also has continued fundraising and seeking private sponsors to help pay the nearly $20,000 necessary to pay for the trip should they make it to the finals.
The Onondaga Small Business Development Center is teaming up with the Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce to offer community members free and confidential one to one counseling starting in January 2014. Business Advisor Melissa Zomro will be available the third Thursday of every month at the chamber’s office to meet with potential and existing entrepreneurs, one to one, to determine needs, answer questions, and establish a plan of action to achieve business goals.
“Hilltop,” the Dorothy Riester house and art studio in the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, soon will be added to both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, according to an announcement from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. It was one of 33 properties the New York State Board for Historic Preservation last week recommended for inclusion to the two historic registers — and the only park in Madison County.
Sunday, December 15
Mustangs get dramatic victory in Falcon Duals
From the time it debuted Dec. 7 at the Chittenango Dual Meet to the time it made a stunning comeback to win the Fabius-Pompey Dual Meet a week later, the Marcellus wrestling team saw a lot of mat action – and in the process, proved that it was once again a viable and strong program.
Saturday, December 14
Kent, Cudney lead Lakers past New Hartford, Clinton
Recent years have seen the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team dominate the opposition at the various Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meets contested at Colgate Unviersity’s Sanford Field House during the winter.
East Syracuse fifth grader donates Build-A-Bears to children in need
When Kamrin Eischen had to go the hospital for surgery last summer, he was scared – until he received a Build-A-Bear on his hospital bed, and he immediately felt a little less nervous. “I was kind of scared, and then when I saw the bear, it made me a little less scared - a little happier,” Eischen said. “And I thought since I liked it, other kids would like it too.”
F-M boys improve to 3-0, continue hot shooting display
A pair of willing challengers wanted to take the measure of the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team in its first full week of league action. Neither would prove successful. That included Liverpool, who came to the “Hornets Nest” Friday night confident from a 3-0 start – but left with its first blemish of the season, F-M having to work to the final buzzer to earn a 67-62 victory.
Girls Cobras absorb first defeat of season to Skaneateles
At times it lacks style, and at times it lacks cohesion, but there's no doubting the toughness and grit of the Bishop Grimes boys basketball team, at least in the early part of the 2013-14 season.
Brothers fall to playoff victims Auburn, John Jay-Cross River
When the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team made the trip to Casey Rink to face Auburn last Wednesday night, it must have conjured up some vivid memories. It was, after all, at Auburn that, 10 months earlier, the Brothers’ improbable post-season climb to a state Division II championship began with a first-round Section III playoff win over the Maroons, one that offered no real hint at the glory that lay ahead.
Potocki, Knapp, Lacey all provide big wins in 2-0 start
Two of the area’s top boys swimming powers got together as CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt paid host to West Genesee last Tuesday night – but only one of them remained powerful. The CBA/J-D side proved too much, defeating the Wildcats 97-78 and sending them to a rare 0-2 start, as WG had also lost its opening meet to Mexico on Dec. 5.
Lakers beat Cortland-Homer, Whitesboro by equal 3-1 margins
With everyone in the Division II American conference scrambling for consistency, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team had a chance to move to the top of the standings after a loss to Oswego and tie with Salmon River in the first week of December.
Lakers also play Ithaca to 2-2 tie
Though the progress remains slow at times, the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team is getting better and starting to flourish as the days run out in 2013.
League losses drop Lakers to 1-3 on young season
In the span of eight days, the Skaneateles boys basketball team had to go on the road to meet three of the OHSL Liberty division favorites – and each of those game ended in defeats.
Gaelic Knights star earns 1,000th point in home opener
Going into Friday night’s boys basketball contest between Bishop Ludden and East Syracuse Minoa, Gaelic Knights senior star Dan Kaigler knew he was only 11 points away from reaching the 1,000 mark for his career.
Solvay breaks skid, stuns unbeaten Grimes in overtime
Some losses hurt more than others. That truth would especially apply to the Marcellus boys basketball team, who had last Tuesday’s game against Syracuse’s Institute of Technology Central in hand – only to squander it and take a 70-68 defeat to the Eagles.
Wildcats also fall to Nottingham, sink to 2-2
Just when the West Genesee boys basketball team wanted to feel good about its long-term prospects, Fayetteville-Manlius showed up to remind them just how much work still remains.
Lakers recover from last-second defeat Tuesday to SAS
When the Cazenovia boys basketball team went up against Skaneateles in the annual Laker duel Friday night at Buckley Gym, it did so finding out whether it could recover from a painful defeat. The answer proved positive, as Cazenovia built a big second-half lead on Skaneateles, and then held on at the end to prevail 64-53, halting a long struggle against its Laker rivals to the west.
Friday, December 13
Wildcats climb to top of league in battle of unbeatens
West Genesee's ice hockey team is making sure that, once again, the path to Division I championship glory in the Section III ranks runs through Shove Park. Tough at the start and productive at the finish, the Wildcats turned back the visiting Syracuse Cougars, 5-0, in Friday night's showdown for first place in the Division I American Conference.
Warriors take out F-M; Northstars roll past Auburn
A week after knocking off rival Cicero-North Syracuse, the Liverpool wrestling team earned another high-quality win in front of the home folks. Going up against Fayetteville-Manlius on Wednesday night, the Warriors earned most of its points in the lowest and highest weight classes, which canceled out the Hornets’ strength in the middle weights and led to a 44-27 victory.
Tillie’s Touch and St. Matthew’s Church provides food, clothes and toys to families in need
When Dale Johnson was a kid growing up in East Syracuse, he remembers Christmas time was a lot different from what he saw on TV and in the movies. “Christmases were difficult times in my house,” said Johnson, the president of Tillie’s Touch, a not-for-profit which is hosting its second official Adopt-A-Child for Christmas event this year. “I used to watch my mom struggle, my dad was very stingy when it came to giving her money for anything. When it came to Christmas, it was very tough around the house – a lot of fighting and arguing. So I wanted to do something for a child who may be going through the same hardships.”
Boys Red Rams start 20-4 in romp over Bears
What both of Jamesville-DeWItt’s basketball teams relished the most about this week’s activity was that they each won by big margins and didn’t have to stress at all.
Spartans gain sweeps over MPH, Pulaski
Following its season-opening defeat to Tully back on Nov. 22, the East Syracuse-Minoa girls volleyball team has gone on a tear.
Hornets fall to Liverpool; Brothers run into Fulton
On the same Wednesday night, the Fayetteville-Manlius and CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestling teams found themselves unable to keep up with powerful opposition. For the Hornets, that meant going to Liverpool and taking a 44-27 defeat to the Warriors, while CBA/J-D, wrestling at home, could not topple Fulton and lost to the Red Raiders 36-31.
Bees move to 2-2-1, await late-December homestand
Though the Baldwinsville ice hockey can prove confounding, frustrating and exhilarating, all in the context of a single game, it could never be called dull. Following an opening week where it split four games in a five-day span, the Bees entertained Ithaca last Tuesday night – and “entertained” is the appropriate word, as the two sides exchanged blows all night long before exiting the ice exhausted – and even, at 5-5.
B'ville to get tests from C-NS, Liverpool next
Already, there’s been some shifts in the schedules for some of Baldwinsville’s winter sports teams, for reasons both weather-related and not. In the case of the girls Bees, a scheduling conflict moved what was set up as an early-season showdown with visiting Liverpool from last Thursday night to Jan. 24 at 6:30 at the Baker High School Gym.
Bees claim every contested match, swamp Wildcats 78-6
After a fourth-place finish in the Dec. 7 Andersen Tournament at Cicero-North Syracuse, the Baldwinsville wrestling team resumed its sweep over CNY Counties League foes.
Skaneateles impressive in wins over Bishop Grimes, Cazenovia
Reeling from an 0-2 start, and with the prospect of more tough opposition right in front of them, the Skaneateles girls basketball team stood at an early crossroads.
Gaelic Knights have 2-0 week, also top Phoenix
With patience – and plenty of defense – the Bishop Ludden girls basketball team got even with Cazenovia for its early exit from last winter’s Section III Class B playoffs. The Gaelic Knights trailed the Lakers for most of last Tuesday night’s game at Buckley Gym, but got crucial baskets down the stretch and held on for a 36-34 victory.
Bears hang on in five sets in first-ever match against Saints
Off for nearly a week, the Chittenango girls volleyball team nearly squandered its opportunity to climb back to the .500 mark. The Bears, who had last Monday’s match at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown postponed, had a big early lead on Faith Heritage Thursday night, only to get pushed to five sets before finally putting away the Saints.
Lakers edged by Bishop Ludden, fall to Skaneateles
A Dec. 6 defeat to Marcellus left the Cazenovia girls basketball team looking to bounce back, but a pair of challenging OHSL Liberty division opponents made sure that challenge remained a steep one.
It was February 1964 and the great trumpeter and song stylist Louis Armstrong was in Puerto Rico preparing for a show. Armstrong received a long-distance phone call from his manager in New York City, Joe Glaser, who instructed the artist to add the band’s new hit song to their nightly repertoire. “Any you guys remember this damn tune?” Louis asked his musicians. Fifty years ago, on Dec. 3, 1963, Armstrong and his All-Stars had recorded a song at the request of a theatrical producer who wanted a single to hype a new musical scheduled to open in early 1964. A musical version of a play “The Matchmaker” called “Hello Dolly” was an immediate Broadway hit.
Thursday, December 12
Creekside Books and Coffee, an independent book cafe in Skaneateles, in conjunction with the Onondaga County Friends of the Central Library (FOCL), will be hosting bestselling novelist, Lee Child for an hour-long book-signing from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the cafe.
Horton pockets two goals, two assists in 5-1 win
Not only has the structure of Section III Division I hockey changed to bring Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse into the same division, so has the balance of power between the two rivals.
Chittenango drops narrow meet to Homer, 42-37
In its first long road trip of the season, the Cazenovia wrestling team did not find much success against its namesakes. It was Lakers vs. Lakers on Tuesday night when Cazenovia visited Skaneateles, and it was the hosts that got the best of the deal, winning eight consecutive matches in the latter stages to put away Cazenovia, leading to a 49-30 defeat.
Bees win distance medley relay with time of 11:24.27
For the first of many occasions, the Baldwinsville boys indoor track and field team made their way to SRC Arena, starting a new season with a solid finish at Wednesday night’s Jack Morse Holiday Relays.
Bearcats take 4x200 relay; Wildcats win at distance medley
Area boys indoor track and field teams made their first short trek to SRC Arena for Wednesday night’s Jack Morse Holiday Relays, and found a fair amount of success. In fact, Solvay made it all the way to fifth place with 31.5 points, beaten only by the large-school quartet of Cicero-North Syracuse, Fayetteville-Manlius, Liverpool and Jamesville-DeWitt.
Wednesday, December 11
C-NS edges Hornets to win boys indoor track opener
High school indoor track and field is now underway, and it didn't take long for Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt to make serious pushes toward the top of the standings during Wednesday night's Jack Morse Holiday Relays at SRC Arena.
Liverpool takes third place in tightly-bunched field
Morgan Austen and Pete Girardi went to the top of the standings in the 55-meter hurdles and triple jump, leading the Cicero-North Syracuse boys indoor track and field team to a season-opening victory at Wednesday night's Jack Morse Holiday Relays at SRC Arena.
Cobras still unbeaten after turning back Lakers 60-50
At times it lacks style, and at times it lacks cohesion, but there's no doubting the toughness and grit of the Bishop Grimes boys basketball team, at least in the early part of the 2013-14 season. The Cobras moved to 5-0 on the season Wednesday night by rallying from a second-half deficit against visiting Skaneateles and making the necessary shots down the stretch to beat the Lakers 60-50.
Nearly 70 people turned out for the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education meeting on Dec. 9 with one question on their minds: will F-M switch to full-day kindergarten?
Bonnie Dunay knows exactly how many shutouts daughter Chelsea has as goalie for the Hobart and William Smith College soccer team (17 and counting). She didn’t miss a single one of her son Mitch’s Cicero-North Syracuse High School football games, even if she had to watch from the car because it was too cold. Bonnie Dunay is her kids’ number one fan. Now she needs the community to help cheer her on.
Stroman returns for boys Brothers following 0-2 start
Both of Christian Brothers Academy’s basketball teams were winless. Both saw opportunities to get rid of that designation against East Syracuse-Minoa, and both would do so.
Seven late pins mark victory in Laker duel
In recent years, the Skaneateles wrestling team had to take a back seat to those other Lakers from Cazenovia, at least when they met face-to-face. But all of that changed Tuesday night, when Skaneateles used a string of eight consecutive victories, seven of them pins, to come from behind and knock off Cazenovia 49-30.
Benedetti makes 44 saves in 5-1 defeat to Spartans
Among the 10 teams in Section III Division II ice hockey, Cazenovia was the only one without a defeat through two weeks of the regular season. All of that changed, though, in Tuesday night’s game against New Hartford at the Morrisville State IcePlex. Struggling from the start, the Lakers never really got comfortable and took a 5-1 loss to the Spartans.
To the editor: I want to express my thanks to the voters for their support of my campaign for Cicero town councilor.
Onondaga County is one of the counties across 10 states that has committed to helping lower prescription drug costs for underinsured residents. Onondaga County’s relationship with the Pro-Act Prescription Discount card began in 2007. Since then, residents have saved more than $21 million on prescription drugs. The goal of the program is to ensure that Onondaga County residents with little or no prescription drug coverage can obtain their medications at a reasonable price.
Along the Lakeshore column from the Dec. 11 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
On the Move
Snow shoveling is a repetitive activity that can cause muscle strain to the lower back and shoulders.
To the editor: Four weeks after Election Day, the campaigning and vote-counting seem like a distant memory. What remains vivid, however, is meeting hundreds of Cicero residents over several months who expressed a myriad of comments and concerns about our town government. Most I met were happy with the direction of the town these past two years, and I have been proud to work under the leadership of Supervisor Jim Corl. Much has been accomplished in this administration, such as investments in the town’s infrastructure, fiscal accountability, and increased economic development, among many other accomplishments. There is much left to be done, however.
Tuesday, December 10
The referendum for the schools to spend $2.8 million on new roofs and other facilities work passed Tuesday.
Five Warriors players score in double figures
Liverpool's boys basketball team is quickly finding out that it has all sorts of ways to hurt an opponent - as rival Cicero-North Syracuse would find out in Tuesday night's renewal of their long-simmering neighborhood rivalry. From Caleb Taylor's first-half surge to Joe Kenney's well-timed outburst midway through the second half, the Warriors got what it needed to defeat the host Northstars 77-63.
Judge orders mental competency exam before next court appearance
The man police suspect to be the Cazenovia “exercise stalker” has been arrested, arraigned and is currently in Madison County Jail. Daryl T. Anthony, 45, of Oneida, was taken into custody by Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigators on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and charged with one count of criminal nuisance in the second degree, a class B misdemeanor. Anthony was arraigned in Cazenovia Village Court before Acting Justice Patrick J. O’Sullivan and ordered held in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond bail.
After one arrest and months of no visible graffiti activity in the village of Cazenovia, someone spray-painted nine new graffiti pieces in the village during the Dec. 6 weekend: three large new pieces in the “Wall Street” alley between Kinney Drugs and Café Latte Da, two on the Lindenfeld Law Firm office at 11 Lincklaen St., one on the side of the U.S. Post Office on Lincklaen Street, one on a U.S. Postal Service mail truck, one on the window of the old gas station next to the defunct Napa building on Albany Street and one on the stop sign at the corner of Center and Albany Streets.
Benefit for performing arts students set for Dec. 8
Right here in Central New York, talent is being born and it’s growing. To further grow any natural ability, one must take added measures to enhance their extraordinary talents. However, more dance training, voice lessons, new instruments or any other tool to further knowledge of performing arts comes with a cost.
The Skaneateles School District will look into new academic offerings to give its students more options and further prepare them for college.
Groups urge shoppers to buy ‘cruelty free’ gifts
A group of about 12 animal rights activists stood on the sidewalk on Genesee Street outside of Skaneateles Furs last Saturday, Dec. 7, to encourage holiday shoppers to buy “cruelty free” gifts.
The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees is moving toward holding a public referendum early next year in order to create a service award program for village firefighters which will, it is hoped, improve the fire department’s ability to recruit and retain new volunteers. While the program would be fully funded by the village — and village taxpayers — its cost of tens of thousands of dollars per year would be far less than the millions of dollars per year needed to fund a department staffed completely by professional firefighters, which could be necessitated by a lack of volunteers.
Got a garden gnome you would like to retire but just can't bear to throw away? The Liverpool Public Library is looking for a few good gnomes who would like to relocate to the library's new wildlife habitat garden.
’Tis the season of giving, and you needn’t look too far to find a worthy recipient for your time and financial donations. Central New York has a wealth of deserving organizations doing good, and they’re all in need of your support. To get you started, here’s an A-to-Z primer (minus X), complete with a description of each along with websites, contact information and basic needs. Remember, these are just a few of the many deserving nonprofits in Central New York, and the introductions offered barely scratch the surface of the services they offer. Check out the websites of these organizations for more information. Got your own favorites? Feel free to share at Facebook.com/eaglestarreview.
Stephanie Suarez remembers the very moment she received the news. “It was a Saturday night at 9:28 p.m.,” the Liverpool High School choral teacher recalled. “My email thing on my phone went ‘bleep’ and it was the email from the Grammy Foundation saying we were a semifinalist. I was very happy about that.” The email was to notify Suarez that LHS was a semifinalist in the foundation’s Signature Schools competition, which recognizes public high schools across the U.S. making “an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.” Created in 1998, the Signature Schools program draws from more than 20,000 schools nationwide. Those are culled down to 123 semifinalists, of which LHS is one. According to a release from the foundation, those semifinalists are then narrowed down to a smaller number of finalists, who will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 to $15,0000 to benefit its music program. The top programs are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is designated the National Grammy Signature School. The remaining schools are designated Grammy Signature Schools.
Monday, December 9
Ross scores eight in fourth quarter, makes key late steal
Right to the last possession, the Westhill and West Genesee girls basketball team made Monday night's neighborhood clash a memorable one. Not until the Wildcats were unable to get off a shot in the waning seconds were the Warriors able to escape and preserve a 58-56 victory in the first of two regular-season meetings.
The Cazenovia Town Planning Board has requested an official, written opinion from the town codes enforcement officer on whether Owera Vineyards is violating town zoning laws by holding so many events at its East Lake Road location. The action was taken after — and apparently in response to — public comments from the winery’s neighbors at the board’s Dec. 5 meeting charging that Owera was operating its numerous events in violation of town zoning laws and the planning board therefore should not approve the winery’s proposed events building. The CEO’s report is due before Dec. 19, the day on which the board will hold a special meeting to continue its site plan review process of Owera’s building request.
Owera Vineyards will not be approved for the liquor license it wants, nor will it be given any more caterer’s permits for next year’s wedding events it plans to hold unless and until the numerous complaints and concerns of the winery’s neighbors over loud music and deteriorating quality of life are addressed and solved. This was the decision of the New York State Liquor Authority last week when it considered Owera’s liquor license application.
Liverpool tests itself against country's best teams
What had started out as a distant dream turned into glorious reality for the Liverpool boys cross country team as it ventured across the country, to Oregon, to compete in its first-ever Nike Cross Nationals.
Warriors impressive as it rolls past Depew, Sweet Home
Far from home, the Liverpool boys basketball team’s journey through the 2013-14 season started, with every intention to join the short list of Section III Class AA title contenders.
C-NS starts 2-1, is second at Oneonta Tournament
This is the part of the story where the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team, after soaking in continual championship glory, starts to make its way back to Earth, making Section III Class AA competition a bit closer. And that part might end up true – except that the Northstars have no intention of surrendering any bit of its power, even as new players emerge in the spotlight.
Warriors recover quickly from opening loss to B'ville
After a hiccup at the start, the Liverpool ice hockey team got a valuable tournament title at Ontario Bay to wrap up a productive opening week of the 2013-14 season.
Brothers looking for offense outside Russo, Lambert
Good players are on hand for the Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball in the 2013-14 season. It’s just a matter of whether the top talent gets enough help to make the Brothers a serious Class AA title contender.
Syracuse side beats B'ville, Oswego, awaits WG clash
A season ago, the Solvay ice hockey program that used to call the State Fair Coliseum home merged with the Corcoran program, forming the Syracuse Cougars. And things went quite well, the Cougars going 11-8-2 and making it to the Section III Division I playoffs before a first-round defeat to Cicero-North Syracuse.
Sunday, December 8
J-D boys looking for return to championship form
Accustomed to championships, both of the Section III and state variety, fans of the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball had to find the 2011-12 season quite jarring. Instead of total domination, the Red Rams were, by its high standards, quite ordinary, barely staying above the .500 mark and falling early in the Section III Class A playoffs – though it came at the hands of powerful Bishop Ludden, who did reach the state final four in Glens Falls.
F-M has opening split, falls to West Genesee
Much of the core unit that produced back-to-back Section III Class A championships for the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team has now left the scene. Yet even without the likes of Cydney Goodrum, Kayleigh Cavanaugh, Arriell Mussi and Taylor Fallon, the Red Rams are still bent on gaining a sectional three-peat and, perhaps, doing much better, perhaps to the tune of a state final four appearance in Troy in mid-March.
Cobras cap strong start with rout over ESM
Even in the relentless competitive environment of the OHSL Liberty division and Section III Class B, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team has good reason to think that it can not just survive, but thrive in the 2013-14 season.
CBA/J-D ties Whitesboro, defeats Salmon River
Now the next chapter in the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey saga is underway, with no guarantee that it will come close to matching the extremes experienced by Hornets fans a season ago.
Bees take fourth out of 22 teams at Andersen Tournament
Kevin Paul leads the Baldwinsville wrestling team into the 2013-14 season, determined to become the program’s first state champion in a decade. Not since 2004, when Shawn Farnham claimed state honors at 103 pounds, has anyone from the Bees gone to the top of the podium in the final meet of the winter.
Bees get to Kiwanis Tournament final, lose to West Genny
With steadiness and patience, head coach Tim Solomon and his staff has worked toward making the Baldwinsville boys basketball team something more than a nuisance for opponents in the hyper-competitive Section III Class AA ranks.
Bees take third place at own Conklin Tournament
In order to believe that it can earn a long-elusive Section III Division I title, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team first had to prove itself in a brutal early-season gauntlet that would include four games in a five-day span and six in 11 days.
Lakers finally get to win column by edging Canton, 2-1
A single game – and a late winning opportunity squandered in a 2-1 defeat to Albany Academy on Nov. 22 – gave the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team plenty of motivation as it worked through a 10-day break before a busy first week of December.
Wildcats start 2-0, will get shot at F-M on Tuesday
Getting to the Section III Class AA semifinals a season ago gave the West Genesee boys basketball team a newfound sense of confidence and a belief that, perhaps, it was ready to make a serious championship push.
Lakers also go 3-2 at Morrisville-Eaton meet
Work began again for wrestling teams at Cazenovia and Chittenango through a busy first week of December. For the Lakers, the task turned a lot taller in the OHSL Liberty division when long-time power Phoenix moved in. Cazenovia takes on the Gene Mills-led Firebirds Jan. 15 at Buckley Gym.
Saturday, December 7
Victories over Massena, Fairport mark tournament run
Questions loom all over the local Division I ice hockey landscape - but not at West Genesee, where a team holding six consecutive Section III titles is after much more. The Wildcats, returning most of its lineup from 2012-13, are already 3-0, having rolled to three consecutive home victories, including a comfortable conquest of its own tournament.
Supporting cast helps Kaigler, Hackett in crucial 10-0 run
In the two seasons that Dan Kaigler and Ben Hackett have served as the focal point, the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team has made two trips to Glens Falls Civic Center in March, winning the state Class B championship in 2012 and going to the state semifinals a year later.
F-M boys finish fourth; combined team still best in America
A group of talented, determined runners from Minnesota pulled off what no one else had since 2006 - namely, beat the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country team at the Nike Cross Nationals. But though the Hornets had to "settle" for a second-place finish in Saturday's national championship race in Portland, Ore., it still could take pride in having the best combined finish of any team in America, since the F-M boys took fourth place at this same national meet.
Skaneateles town officials last week expressed concerns about a decision made by the village planning board on drainage in Austin Park.
Northstars go 2-1, lose Evans to concussion
To say that the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team’s 2013-14 regular-season schedule was front-loaded might prove more than a slight understatement. Before it even hits the middle of December, the Northstars will have played five games against, in order, Christian Brothers Academy, Nottingham, Utica Proctor, Liverpool and Henninger, all in a span of just 11 days.
Pascale leads Bees to road wins at Auburn, Central Square
While the Baldwinsville girls basketball team enjoyed winning its own Bill Middleton Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 29-30, it knew that such a victory wouldn’t mean much unless the success continued against CNY Counties League foes.
Westhill opens with easy win over Skaneateles
In both of Dan Hallinan’s seasons at the helm of the West Genesee girls basketball team, the Wildcats have achieved plenty – and have also seen its Section III Class AA championship dreams thwarted each time by powerhouse Cicero-North Syracuse.
Marcellus starts 1-1; J-E rolls past Solvay
Even before the first week of December was done, the Marcellus boys basketball team had a chance to open some eyes among followers of the OHSL Liberty division - but it only got half the task accomplished.
J-E improves dramatically in early defeat to Solvay
Tame winter weather meant that all of the area’s high school girls basketball teams could get started, and the results within the OHSL Liberty division proved quite fascinating.
Lakers turn back Solvay, Marcellus for 2-0 start
Playing in one of the toughest Class B leagues in the state should, in theory, make the Cazenovia boys basketball team quite a force by the time the post-season rolls around.
Caz offense struggles in Friday loss to Marcellus
Though it had to wait nearly a week longer than expected for real game action, the Cazenovia girls basketball team was quite ready when the 2013-14 season tipped off.
Caz has new head coach as 2013-14 season gets underway
Changes have rippled through the Cazenovia ice hockey program, but the goal – to seek the top spots in Section III Division II and then in the state tournament – remain the same.
Friday, December 6
F-M boys hoops gain confidence from early-season win
John Schurman waited less than 15 seconds before launching a 3-point shot on the opening possession of the third quarter in Friday night's boys basketball showdown between Fayetteville-Manlius and Henninger at the 11th annual Peppino's Invitational.
Hunter suceeds Olley; Liverpool top Central Square, Henninger
After a decade of Mike Olley at the helm, a new head coach has taken over the Liverpool girls basketball team, looking to help the Warriors return to the realm of Section III Class AA title contenders and threaten Cicero-North Syracuse’s long-held crown.
Hornets rely on veterans, new stars for key victories
Even as it built itself up as a steady, strong program, the Fayetteville-Manlius wrestling team could not battle its way past Central Square, the reigning power in the CNY Counties League American division.
Tough opening stretch includes losses to Ludden, Westhill
In a very high-profile manner, the Skaneateles girls basketball team entered a new season, only to find itself at 0-2 by the time it was done.
Great man fought for freedom, forgiveness in extraordinary life
A Sunday morning, February 11, 1990, and I was still a freshman in high school. We were all about to head out to church, but we turned on CNN – and the most astonishing, remarkable and wonderful sight greeted us.
Thursday, December 5
Annual Wal Mart shopping spree event benefitted 15 local non-profits
While a “shopping spree” may sound like something a contest winner would get, Skaneateles students recently participated in a spree to help less fortunate people. For the 14th consecutive year, Skaneateles Middle School Student Council Holiday Shopping Spree was held yesterday. Fifty-six total students split into 15 groups, each with a chaperone, spent $13,200 on gifts at the Camillus Wal Mart.
Cazenovia High School was one of 123 schools nationwide to be named GRAMMY® Signature Schools semi-finalists Nov. 20 by the GRAMMY Foundation.
Charlie Mann, Kyler Hathaway, Kate Sosville, Clara Rowles, Laura Connor and Samuel DeLeon are Student Leaders at Cazenovia Middle School. Student Leaders are seventh grade students chosen by their peers to represent the students of the school. They enforce school rules around the hallways and try to make school fun and safe for everyone.
Lakers go 5-0 at APW/Pulaski Duals after loss to Hannibal
Competition in the Onondaga High School League Liberty division was keen for the Skaneateles wrestling team right from the outset of its 2013-14 season. And the Lakers were ready for it, especially on Saturday, when it swept five different opponents to win the Rebel Duals at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School.
Ask any parent, and they’ll tell you: a baby changes everything. And no more for an unwed teenage mother carrying the child of God. That’s the message behind the musical the North Syracuse Baptist Church (NSBC) is putting on this year as it annual Christmas pageant. “A Baby Changes Everything” is based on the popular Faith Hill song, which came out in late 2008.
When I was a kid in the 1950s and ’60s, we used to buy caramel-covered popcorn at the Karmelkorn Shoppe in downtown Syracuse. In 1986, Dairy Queen bought the franchise which had been founded in 1929 in Casper, Wyoming, by Bill O’Sullivan. A Karmelkorn Shoppe later opened at the Carousel Center mall. Now that the mall has morphed into Destiny USA, Karmelkorn’s no longer there. But the Kandied Kernel is.
Wednesday, December 4
Warriors get quartet of pins to stop Northstars 46-33
Not wasting any time, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling teams opened the 2013-14 season with each other as their neighborhood rivalry renewed on Wednesday night. And this time it was the Warriors coming out on top, sweeping the lower weight classes and earning four pins on its way to defeating the Northstars 46-33.
Bucs score twice late in third period, prevail 4-2
Recent years have produced all sorts of memorable ice hockey encounters between Skaneateles and Oswego, and Wednesday night's clash at Allyn Arena added to that ledger. Trailing by two goals, the Lakers came back to tie it and appeared ready to go in front - but instead, the Buccaneers used a well-timed breakaway goal late in regulation to move back in front for good, eventually beating Skaneateles 4-2.
CNY community voices its opinion at forum with State Education Commissioner
For the second time this school year, New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King paid a visit to the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. But instead of observing classrooms and speaking with administrators, this time King faced a crowd of around 200 people, composed mainly of frustrated parents, teachers and students.
Skaneateles boys hoops rallies for OT win in opener
It didn’t take long – one game, to be exact – for the Skaneateles boys basketball team to write up the most exciting ending of the early portion of the 2013-14 season.
What exactly are the 'Planet Aid' boxes?
Gold is a color associated with autumn, school buses, and cautionary road signs. Recently my friends and I have puzzled over the gold bins for clothing collection appearing at three sites in Manlius and two in Fayetteville. The bins are not associated with local offices of the Rescue Mission or the Salvation Army, or any other local organization.
The town of Cicero has been very busy making improvements to Riverfront Park, located on the Oneida River in the hamlet of Brewerton
The holidays are upon us once again and we’re here to help. Whether you’re looking to celebrate or escape the madness, we have the resources you need.
Letter to the editor from the Dec. 4 edition of the Baldwinsville Messenger.
Helping others around the holidays doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. It can be as simple as cleaning out your linen closet or picking up some extra pet food. Joelle Litz of Liverpool is conducting a donation drive for the Humane Association of CNY and the CNY SPCA from now until Dec. 22. Both shelters are always in need of supplies (see the sidebar for their wish lists), and Litz said every little bit counts.
November bird watching
Along the Lakeshore column from the Dec. 4 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
ChronicleMe allows people to post secrets, funny stories anonymously
Anthony Richichi launched his social media website ChronicleMe (chronicleme.com) in October. The site allows users to anonymously post personal secrets in a safe environment.
Letter to the editor from the Dec. 4 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the Dec. 4 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the Dec. 4 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the Dec. 4 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Tuesday, December 3
On Nov. 25, the Cicero Town Board unanimously passed a modification to Local Law 152-4c, which deals with brining dangerous instruments into a town park. Although this issue did result in lively debate by some of the residents present, I strongly support the board’s decision. Much of the concern by some of the residents was the wording and definition of “dangerous instruments capable of causing physical harm.” I would like to explain the purpose of this amendment and how the police department intends on enforcing this local law. I believe that there are some misconceptions on its intent and perceived abuse.
Public hearing set for Jan. 6
East Syracuse Trustee Jim Carr has made three motions at three different board meetings this year to hold a public hearing to discuss the abolishment of the East Syracuse Police Department, and that motion failed each time. But the fourth time was the charm for Carr, and at the board’s Dec. 2 meeting, the motion passed by a vote of 3 – 2. It was Mayor Robert Tackman's vote that decided the outcome.
Most people in Cazenovia know Kurt Wheeler as the mayor, as a high school teacher, as head of Project Café and as a U.S. Marine Corps colonel. What people may not know is that Wheeler is also a writer, editor and historian and his second book, “Pathbreakers: U.S. Marine African American Officers in the Their Own Words,” was published earlier this year by the U.S. Marine Corps History Division.
Free throws key Cobras' 59-51 win in season opener
Even in the relentless competitive environment of the OHSL Liberty division and Section III Class B, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team has good reason to think that it can not just survive, but thrive in the 2013-14 season.
Ethan Bramoff went into the Target in Cicero the morning of Sunday, Dec. 1, with a $100 gift card, a list and a mission: to purchase Christmas gifts for everyone in his family. “Usually I go with my mom and dad,” said Ethan, 6, a first-grader in Mrs. McAvoy’s class at Cicero Elementary, “and I get everything with them.” But this year, Ethan had a different shopping buddy: Cicero Police Officer John Fortino.
Monday, December 2
In a couple of years, about a quarter of Liverpool’s students will attend a different school than they do now. At its Dec. 2 meeting, the Liverpool Central School District Board of Education voted to go ahead with redistricting. However, it won’t happen as soon as originally planned. “The board talked at length about the implementation date of September of 2014,” BOE President Patricia DeBona-Rosier said. “That date is fast approaching. Because we want to make sure this is done thoroughly and done well and we want to have sufficient time to make everyone informed, the board has come to a consensus. That consensus is that we will hold off on implementing this until the fall of 2015.”
Morrisville State College and Colgate University recently won $900 grants to expand special events and sports recycling programs on their campuses.
Cazenovia’s 36th Annual Christmas Walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the downtown area this Friday, Dec. 6. Downtown merchants’ shops will be open for business, not-for-profit vendors will line the streets, the Cazenovia Community Band will play along Albany Street throughout the evening and the international gift bringers will circulate the streets spreading good wishes and good cheer.
Seasonal beer offered exclusively at Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles – Cazenovia-exclusive beer coming next year
Empire Brewing Company’s holiday seasonal beer, Dickens Christmas Ale, made exclusively to be sold in Skaneateles during its “Dickens Christmas” celebrations, was so popular in its inaugural year in 2012 that Empire is offering it again this year — and the beer-maker is already planning to create a Cazenovia-exclusive holiday beer in 2014 once the new Farmstead Brewery is built on Rippleton Road.
Cross country Warriors finish third at regional meet
As it turned out, Liverpool’s boys cross country season did not end when it claimed the New York State Federation championship at Bowdoin Park on Nov. 16.
Sunday, December 1
B'ville edges RFA in finals; Miller named tournament MVP
No one knows, at this point, whether the Baldwinsville girls basketball team can parlay a successful start to the 2013-14 season into larger accomplishments down the road. But what can be said for sure is that the Bees got off to the ideal start, winning its own Bill Middleton Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday afternoon when it defeated Rome Free Academy 45-42 in the championship game.
Avery wins girls race in 18:05.3; Pearl takes third place
For the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams, all that is left is a venture to Oregon with the goal of a national championship foremost in their minds.
Steinberg named MVP with 40 points against Oneida, Cortland
By its high standards, the Bishop Grimes boys basketball team did not make Kevin Haven’s first season at the helm a particularly great one – but it already might be on the way to making the 2013-14 campaign a bit more memorable.
Brothers trying to follow improbable state title run
The question facing the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team is a particularly difficult one – namely, how does a perfect ending get topped?
Lakers rally past Glens Falls, defeat host Spartans
That the Skaneateles ice hockey team fell short in another Section III Division II championship quest in the 2012-13 season was painful enough. But the fact that the defeat in the sectional semifinals took place on home ice, in triple overtime, to a CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt side that went on to an improbable state championship, only made the Lakers’ wounds sting even more.