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Tuesday, December 31

League of Women Voters to host presentation on CNY regional sustainability plan

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.

Open Afternoon Book Club meets at the Cazenovia Public Library

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.

Thanks to Project Café for toy shop fundraiser

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.

EDITORIAL: 2013 indicated big changes to come for Skaneateles

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.

2013 year in review: our top 10 Skaneateles stories

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.

Liverpool, C-NS both get wins at Jensen Relays

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.

B’ville indoor track competes at Jensen meet

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.

Skaneateles girls take seventh at Jensen meet

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.

West Genny sides gain wins at Jensen meet

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.

Red Rams toppled by Nazareth in tourney final

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.

Hornets sweep to Jensen Holiday Relays titles

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.

F-M boys hoops beaten by Maine-Endwell

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

Community members invited to join Cazenovia Lions Club

GUEST COLUMN

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.

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Fall varsity teams earn NYSPHSAA scholar-athlete status

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.

J-D hoops claims another thriller over CBA

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.

CBA second, Grimes third at holiday tournament

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.

ESM boys finish second at Celi Tournament

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

C-NS, Liverpool boys earn non-league hoops wins

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.

Liverpool wrestlers fare well at tournaments

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.

Girls basketball Bees prevail at ESM 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.

B’ville boys hoops takes third at Celi Tournament

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.

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Skaneateles girls grab Fabius-Pompey tournament title

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.

Wrestling Lakers take second at Lewis County Duals

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.

Ludden cruises to Rosemary Corcoran Classic title

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.

Ludden girls get tournament win at OCC

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.

WG hoops takes second in Booster Club Tourney

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.

Marcellus boys hoops stops Skaneateles

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.

Hockey Wildcats return to top of state rankings

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.

Caz hockey rescues third at Cortland-Homer Tournament

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

Caz indoor track gets third straight win

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.

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Solvay, Marcellus girls win holiday tournaments

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.

‘Pay What You Want’ day returns to Hamilton Theater

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.

Bar fighting newlyweds get community service, must write letter of apology to police

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.

Cazenovia College returns to village planning board for latest fence request

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.

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Beezie Madden nominated for Equestrian of the Year

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.

Kicking off the New Year right

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…

Chiefs cover the bases; Time turns 90

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

A look back at Salina in 2013

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

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Cicero Fire Station No. 1 needs repairs

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

Caregivers in crisis: New York ranks 48th in support for family caregivers

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: Dec. 25

Along the Lakeshore column from the Dec. 25 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Monday, December 23

Sanity at South Jefferson

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

C-NS girls play against tough foes in Queens

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.

Quinlan named top wrestler at Phoenix meet

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.

McArdell leads Bees to second at Phoenix meet

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.

Skaneateles girls hockey topples Beekmantown

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.

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B’ville native publishes book on basketball, life

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

J-D boys hoops returns, tops Cortland

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.

B'ville boys swimmers defeat F-M

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.

Liverpool basketball sweeps past B’ville

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.

‘Pay What You Want’ day returns to Hamilton Theater

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.

Toastmasters celebrates Christmas with toasts, table topics, and Christmas tunes

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.

ESM basketball sides earn league wins

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.

Hockey Bees fight past Mohawk Valley in OT

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.

B’ville basketball sides swept by Liverpool

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.

Farrell, Wildcats stop F-M, move to 8-0

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.

Westhill, Ludden boys hoops stay unbeaten

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.

Basketball Wildcats sweep Central Square

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.

Girls Lakers snare road win at Cortland

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.

Caz hockey drops early lead to Oswego

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.

Chittenango hoops sides swept by Mexico

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

Rally gives hockey Lakers OT win over Auburn

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.

F-M boys roar past Corcoran, move to 5-0

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.

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Town planning board delays Owera decision due to neighbors’ ZBA appeal

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.

North Syracuse appoints Speach permanent superintendent

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.

First St. resurgence planned

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.

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On the road

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.

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Skaneateles electees prepare to start terms, take oaths

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.

Skaneateles school board addresses curriculum changes

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.

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Outgoing Skaneateles officials recognized

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.

Cazenovia varsity hockey to raise funds for alumni scholarships

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.

Excited about Hilltop historic recognition

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.

C-NS, Liverpool wrestlers earn league wins

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.

CBA/J-D swimmers topple B’ville, Weedsport

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.

F-M, CBA/J-D wrestlers both take losses

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.

Grimes girls hoops falls to Westhill, 48-44

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.

New Spafford officers to be sworn in on Jan. 1

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

Westhill girls rally past Grimes, stays unbeaten

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.

Girls hoops Lakers power past Hannibal, APW

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.

Skaneateles boys earn split, end four-game skid

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.

Girls Lakers crush field at DiMao Invitational

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.

Baldwinsville wrestlers dominate F-M, 56-18

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.

Exercise stalker free on bond, scheduled to return to court in March

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.

Free introduction to women’s self defense class

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 teams up with Home 4 the Holidays to find homes for orphaned pets

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.

B’ville girls hoops takes first loss to C-NS

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.

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Skaneateles wrestlers pound Onondaga

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.

Marcellus wrestlers stay hot, defeat Cazenovia

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.

Chittenango wrestlers prevail; Caz falls to Marcellus

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.

F-M, J-D top local sides at Arcaro Invitational

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

Solvay tops small schools at Arcaro indoor meet

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.

Lawes, Liverpool storm to Arcaro Invitational crown

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.

C-NS girls hoops turns back unbeaten B'ville

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.

Two foundations to raise up to $250,000 for Skaneateles schools

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.

Thanks for the wonderful welcome to Cazenovia

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.

Emancipation Watch Night Commemoration in Peterboro

Retired Navy Commander Owen Corpin, of Peterboro, will lead the Peterboro commemoration of Watch Night for Emancipation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Along the Lakeshore: Dec. 18

Cold weather, heated walkways, fighter planes

Along the Lakeshore column from the Dec. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Skaneateles-area farmers discuss renewable energy at agricultural program meeting

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.

Girls Bees rise to fourth place at Morse Relays

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.

Hockey Lakers gain payback against CBA/J-D

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.

Ludden hoops atop state Class A rankings

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.

West Genny girls win twice at Morse Relays

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.

Chittenango girls snare first win over Henninger

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.

Caz basketball blows out APW, 99-17

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.

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North Syracuse third-, ninth-graders collaborate on art and literacy project

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: Rotary thanks local donors

Letter to the editor from the Dec. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Thanks for supporting bottle drive

Letter to the editor from the Dec. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Looking for stolen gun

Letter to the editor from the Dec. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: We need your help

Letter to the editor from the Dec. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Toronto woman brings real figgy pudding to Skaneateles

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.

Girls Lakers gain points at Jack Morse Relays

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.

C-NS girls share Morse Relays title with F-M

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

F-M girls share Morse Relays title with C-NS

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.

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Nelson town board wishes farewell to Dean Coe

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.

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Turf war may be over

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.

Madison County Habitat for Humanity plans veteran build for 30th anniversary

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.

Fenner looking to make town signs more welcoming

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.

Owera neighbors pleased by recent events

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.

Thanks to supporters of Stay Strong Charlie T-shirt fundraiser

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.

A Civil War Christmas letter home

opinion column

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.

Monday, December 16

Skaneateles mayor to not fill board vacancy

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.

Early submission deadline for next two weeks

The Cazenovia Republican will have early submission deadlines for the next two weeks due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

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Mather honored by town board in last meeting before retirement

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.

Caz Garden Club thanks all

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.

Academic Decathlon team find advisors, continue fundraising

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.

One-to-one counseling for small business owners coming to Caz

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.

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‘Hilltop’ in Caz to become state and federal historic site

“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

Marcellus wrestlers find early success

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

Caz girls indoor track wins MVITA opener

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.

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A bear-y merry Christmas

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.”

Hornets fight off Liverpool, rout West Genny

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.

Grimes boys beat Skaneateles, fall to Solvay

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.

CBA/J-D hockey takes pair of defeats

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.

CBA/J-D swimmers defeat West Genny, Auburn

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.

Skaneateles hockey wins twice, moves to 4-1-1

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.

Girls hockey Lakers rip Canton, St. Lawrence

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.

Skaneateles boys fall to Grimes, Cazenovia

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.

Kaigler passes milestone in easy Ludden win

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.

Marcellus boys hoops falls to ITC, Westhill

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.

WG boys hoops stopped by F-M shooting barrage

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.

Caz boys hold off Skaneateles, go to 3-1

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

West Genny hockey blanks Syracuse, 5-0

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.

Liverpool, C-NS wrestlers earn big wins

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.

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The spirit of Christmas

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.”

J-D basketball sides cruise past Chittenango

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.

ESM volleyball builds win streak to five

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.

F-M, CBA/J-D wrestlers take tough league losses

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.

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B’ville hockey ties Ithaca, continues wild start

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.

Girls hoops Bees rout Henninger, go to 4-0

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.

B’ville wrestlers dominate West Genesee

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.

Girls Lakers break skid, give Blasi 100th win

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.

Ludden girls earn payback, beat Cazenovia

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.

Chittenango volleyball beats Faith Heritage

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.

Caz girls hoops takes pair of early losses

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.

‘Hello Dolly’ took Satchmo by surprise

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 welcomes Jack Reacher writer Lee Child

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.

Liverpool hockey hammers C-NS at Twin Rinks

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.

Cazenovia wrestlers beaten by Skaneateles

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.

B’ville indoor track competes Morse Relays

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.

West Genny, Solvay earn wins at Morse 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

F-M boys second, J-D fourth at Jack Morse Relays

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.

Austen leads C-NS to Jack Morse Relays title

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.

Defense, free throws help Grimes past Skaneateles

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.

F-M may implement full-day kindergarten in fall 2014

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?

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Going to bat for Team Bonnie: Fundraiser for mom of C-NS athlete is this Saturday

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.

CBA basketball manages sweep of ESM

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.

Skaneateles wrestlers rally, defeat Cazenovia

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.

Cazenovia hockey falls to New Hartford

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.

LETTER: Zambrano looking forward to serving as supervisor

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.

Along the Lakeshore: Dec. 11

Along the Lakeshore column from the Dec. 11 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

County residents can save on prescriptions with Pro-Act card

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.

EDITORIAL: Avoid strain from shoveling snow

On the Move

Snow shoveling is a repetitive activity that can cause muscle strain to the lower back and shoulders.

LETTER: Becallo thanks voters

To the editor: I want to express my thanks to the voters for their support of my campaign for Cicero town councilor.

Tuesday, December 10

Skaneateles bond referendum passes

The referendum for the schools to spend $2.8 million on new roofs and other facilities work passed Tuesday.

Liverpool basketball flies past C-NS, 77-63

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.

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Cazenovia ‘exercise stalker’ arrested, arraigned in village court

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.

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Nine graffiti incidents occur in village over Dec. 6 weekend

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.

Enhance the lives of extraordinary talent in Skaneateles, CNY

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.

Skaneateles schools considers new class offerings

The Skaneateles School District will look into new academic offerings to give its students more options and further prepare them for college.

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Animal rights activists hold protest on Genesee Street

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.

Public hearing on proposed firefighter service award program scheduled for January

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.

Liverpool library launches G-nome project

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.

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Give local: Help a local charity this holiday season

’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.

LHS is a Grammy Signature Schools semifinalist

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

Westhill girls basketball edges West Genny

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.

Planning board requests review of Owera Vineyards’ adherence to town zoning laws

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 denied liquor permit by State Liquor Authority

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.

Cross country Warriors run at Nike Nationals

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.

Liverpool boys hoops wins twice in Niagara Falls

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.

Girls hoops Northstars seek more titles

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.

Liverpool hockey wins Ontario Bay Tournament

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.

Hockey Cougars roar to 3-0 start, tourney title

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.

CBA boys hoops falls to C-NS, Fairport

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.

Sunday, December 8

Red Rams get rolling again, beat Nottingham

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.

J-D girls basketball blasts past CBA

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.

Grimes girls basketball roars to 3-0 start

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.

F-M hockey returns, ties Fulton 3-3

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.

B’ville wrestlers smash Oswego, 63-12

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.

Boys basketball Bees produces pair of wins

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.

B’ville hockey battles through 2-2 opening week

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.

Skaneateles girls hockey has 1-1-1 week

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.

WG boys hoops earns B’ville tournament title

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.

Caz wrestlers open, defeat Fabius-Pompey

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

WG hockey starts 3-0, dominates Wildcat Classic

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.

Ludden hoops returns, gets tough win over Henninger

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.

Girls cross country Hornets fall to second at Nike Nationals

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.

Town expresses concern about Austin Park drainage

Skaneateles town officials last week expressed concerns about a decision made by the village planning board on drainage in Austin Park.

C-NS boys basketball has eventful opening week

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.

B’ville girls basketball improves to 4-0

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.

WG girls basketball rips F-M, Proctor

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.

Mustangs, Eagles boys hoops gain early wins

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.

Marcellus girls start 2-0, roll past Cazenovia

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.

Caz boys basketball gets pair of early wins

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.

Girls hoops Lakers start 1-1, beat Solvay

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.

Hockey Lakers blank Ontario Bay, tie Whitesboro

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

Schurman, defense pushes Hornets past Henninger

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.

New coach leads girls hoops Warriors to 2-0 start

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.

F-M wrestlers break through, beat Central Square

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.

Skaneateles girls hoops have 0-2 start

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.

Mandela, man and hero

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

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Skaneateles students spend $13k on gifts for charity

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.

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Cazenovia high school named Grammy Signature Schools semi-finalist

Cazenovia High School was one of 123 schools nationwide to be named GRAMMY® Signature Schools semi-finalists Nov. 20 by the GRAMMY Foundation.

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Middle schoolers host linen drive to support county homeless

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.

Skaneateles wrestlers sweep early-season dual meet

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.

NSBC presents annual Christmas musical

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.

Kandied Kernels popping on Old Liverpool Road

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

Liverpool claims wrestling showdown with C-NS

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.

Hockey Lakers take home loss to Oswego

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.

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Common Core continues to cause controversy

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.

Leslie buzzer-beater helps Lakers beat SAS

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.

COLUMN: A Cautionary Tale

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.

COLUMN: Library focus - Celebrate the season at the library

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.

Liverpool woman conducting drive for Humane Association, CNY SPCA

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.

LETTER: Board asks community to support bond

Letter to the editor from the Dec. 4 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Be aware of tax status of non-profits

Letter to the editor from the Dec. 4 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Salt City

Letter to the editor from the Dec. 4 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Grateful to birth mother for courage

Letter to the editor from the Dec. 4 edition of the Baldwinsville Messenger.

Improvements to Riverfront Park underway

The town of Cicero has been very busy making improvements to Riverfront Park, located on the Oneida River in the hamlet of Brewerton

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Skaneateles native receives financial backing for social media website

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: Stevens thanks residents

Letter to the editor from the Dec. 4 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: Dec. 4

November bird watching

Along the Lakeshore column from the Dec. 4 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Tuesday, December 3

New local law designed to protect residents in town parks

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.

East Syracuse Village Board takes first step towards police abolishment

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.

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Wheeler offers new book on the experiences of African American officers in the Marine Corps

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.

Grimes girls hoops rallies, beats Hannibal in OT

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.

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Cicero youth get to ‘Shop with a Cop’

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

Liverpool BOE approves redistricting

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.”

Two Madison County colleges receive state recycling association grants

Morrisville State College and Colgate University recently won $900 grants to expand special events and sports recycling programs on their campuses.

36th annual Christmas Walk comes to Caz this Friday

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.

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Empire Brewing Company offers Dickens Christmas Ale for second year

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.

Liverpool runners earn berth at Nike Nationals

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

Girls basketball Bees win Middleton Tournament

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.

F-M runner sweep cross country regional meet

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.

Grimes boys hoops wins Oneida Tournament

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.

CBA/J-D hockey starts 1-1 in weekend tournament

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?

Skaneateles hockey wins Queensbury Tournament

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.