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Thursday, February 28

Girls Northstars land fifth straight AA sectional title

C-NS pulls clear in second half, routs Corcoran

At least from the standpoint of Section III Class AA championships, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team’s “Drive for Five” was an unqualified success. The Northstars’ fifth sectional crown in a row was attained Thursday night in the Carrier Dome as it withstood a strong early effort from Corcoran and took charge in the second half to beat the Cougars 60-31.

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Hall named B’ville Optimists’ student of February

Baker High School senior Jennifer Hall has been selected the Baldwinsville Optimist Club’s Student of the Month for February.

B'ville Relay to ‘Kickoff’ tonight

Organizers invite you to get involved with this year’s Baldwinsville Relay for Life.

An alternative to redoing the Gothic Cottage

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I have been asked what alternatives there might be to redoing the interior of the Gothic Cottage to make it more efficient for modern office use. Here's one.

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Van Buren celebrates PARP

Van Buren Elementary School celebrated reading with special guest readers in the classrooms for three weeks for the school's Parents as Reading Partners program in February.

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End of watch for Madison County Sheriff’s first canine team

Madison County’s first narcotic canine team, known throughout the law enforcement community as unit K9-1, is no longer available. The team, consisting of canine Lida and her handler, Deputy Lance Zaleski, were coming close to the end of their joint efforts when Lida was due to retire in March of this year, as she is 10 years old. Lida was put to rest on Monday, Feb. 18.

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J-D turf and track campaign still needs donations

Committee plans to hold fundraiser Mar. 2

With a deadline of Apr. 21 rapidly approaching, the J-D turf and track campaign members are doing all they can to encourage donations to make their dream of a brand new turf field and renovated track a reality. Amy Burns is a co-chair of fundraising for the turf and track campaign and she thinks that a main reason why people have been so hesitant to donate is because of rumors flying around about who’s making donations and how much has been raised so far.

Beaver Lake Nature Center seeks maple sugaring volunteers

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

March, more mad

College hoops, NCAAs could be crazier than normal

More than 35,000 souls gathered under the Carrier Dome top to fete Carmelo Anthony and the championship team from 10 years ago (10 years already?), and to see the current Syracuse lot battle Georgetown one more time as a Big East rival. Only one other basketball crowd will be bigger this season – the one on the first Saturday and Monday in April, under another dome roof, this one in Atlanta.

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An artist in our midst: Meet Debbie Florentino-Dlugolecki

For the past 30 years, Debbie Florentino-Dlugolecki has worked as a senior court reporter, in Syracuse covering both Onondaga County Court and Supreme Court. Her job, each and every day, requires her to record every word uttered verbatim at court proceedings, every last word, every utterance. She listens, records phonetically, archives and, she says, she learns. Often the ideas that emerge during the course of a trial strike her as new, something to think about, something to ponder or to study a bit later. But, in the course of her work life, as she puts it, she “has no voice.” She is solely the recorder of information.

Wednesday, February 27

Orange stopped by Georgetown, Marquette

SU faces crossroads heading into March

A record crowd did not matter. Nor did a chance to seize control of the Big East. Syracuse's basketball team took a few steps backwards falling out of the top 10 rankings for first time this season, as a result of losing to no. 11 Georgetown 57-46 at a jammed packed Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon.

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Shabby Chic Boutique offers a unique decor experience

Fayetteville shop has vintage and new furniture for all ages

It’s hard not to stop in your tracks and look around when you first set foot in the Canal Barn, which houses Shabby Chic Boutique in Fayetteville. For one thing, the barn is three stories tall and is enormous. It’s home to three small stores at the moment and Shabby Chic is the only one on the second floor. When guests walk upstairs, they are immediately greeted by owner Lisa Hogan and offered a cup of coffee or glass of wine. The classical music playing in the background along with the friendly, casual atmosphere of the Barn encompasses the shopping experience that Hogan has worked hard to create.

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School year - 100 days in

Feb. 11 was the 100th day of school in the Baldwinsville Central School District and elementary school students marked the day with special activities that emphasized 100 items.

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Elementary students learn about community, world history at public library

Every year for about 10 years, first and second graders from Burton Street Elementary School have been going to the Cazenovia Public Library for field trips. At the library, the students see historical and scientific artifacts that are all over a 100 years old, Egyptian artifacts and a real mummy that are thousands of years old. The principal of Burton Street, Mary Ann Macintosh, said that the students go to the library for field trips because it is part of their curriculum, they are learning about their community and they are also learning about the library and how to take out books.

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Morrisville raid by county sheriff's office yields drug arrest

A three-month investigation culminated Saturday, Feb. 16, when Madison County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators and members of the sheriff’s special operations unit, executing a search warrant, raided an apartment on East Main Street in the Village of Morrisville shortly after midnight. When entry was made to the apartment, located at 26 East Main Street, investigators located and seized a small quantity of cocaine, approximately 130 grams of marijuana (with a street value of $2,600) and nearly $11,000 in cash.

Photography class offered at New Woodstock library

A four-week introductory digital photography class conducted by expert photographer Jerry Weimar will be held at the New Woodstock Free Library from 10 a.m. to noon. on the following Saturdays: March 9, 16, 23 and 30. The class is free and open to the public.

CPF trails draw more than 5,300 visits

The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation owns and maintains approximately 12 miles of trails for year-round community use in the town and village of Cazenovia. In 2012, more than 5,300 visits were recorded at sign-in sheets at kiosks on three of CPF’s most popular trails.

No plans for chemical treatment of Cazenovia Lake in 2013

Protecting and restoring Cazenovia Lake for the benefit of all requires a long-term commitment and the application of many tools. Chemical treatment will continue to be one component of an integrated approach to lake management. However, the Cazenovia Town Board has decided to delay the fourth round of chemical treatment of Cazenovia Lake.

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CNY women set to take part in musical internship program

Six musicians are poised to be among the first Syracuse-area residents certified as music practitioners through the national Music for Healing and Transition Program, now offered at Upstate University Hospital.

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SKARTS to host 'Creative Conversations' event with Patience Brewster

Artist and entrepreneur Patience Brewster will be the first guest in a new series of Creative Conversations presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS).

Board of Education to meet March 4

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School.

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First class of music practitioners set to play for patients as part of internship program

Six musicians, including a clarinetist who played for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (SSO), are poised to be among the first Syracuse-area residents certified as music practitioners through the national Music for Healing and Transition Program, now offered at Upstate University Hospital. As a final step to full certification, the six will embark on a 45-hour internship program, beginning in January, to providing

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More and more, people ‘like’ ‘Life In Liverpool’

If you knew about the new longer Saturday hours at the local café, or if you penciled in the concert at the library, it may have been because you saw the information on “Life In Liverpool,” the blog about happenings and life in… Liverpool. Sarah Alamond started the blog as a “mental outlet.” As a parent, Alamond has great demands on her attention and energy. The at-home mom has three children, ranging in age from 2 to 8 years old, including a 6-year-old daughter who has special needs.

Tuesday, February 26

Messere named to National High School Hall of Fame

WG lacrosse coach has won 15 state titles, 757 games

Of all the accolades West Genesee boys lacrosse head coach Mike Messere has earned, this one might be the most prestigious of all. Messere is part of the 13-member 2013 class of the National High School Hall of Fame, put together by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Town of Salina to hold Third Ward community meeting

Town of Salina Third Ward Councilor Jerry Ciciarelli will be hosting a Third Ward Community Meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Mattydale Fire Department, 173 E. Molloy Road, Mattydale.

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Snowshoeing in the fresh air and sunshine

Ray Middle School students take a break from snowshoeing during their physical education class.

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St. Mary’s Academy students celebrate Catholic Schools Week

The students at St. Mary’s Academy celebrated Catholic Schools Week recently enjoying a week filled with fun activities.

Skaneateles village elections uncontested

The Skaneateles village elections for trustees and mayor this March will be unopposed.

Skaneateles planning board meets with new VSM attorney

Will vote to rescind SEQR approval at March meeting

The Skaneateles planning board heard a report from the new law firm hired by Victory Sports Enterprises to represent them in the approval process for its proposed Victory Campus at its Feb. 19 meeting. The board will vote to rescind the VSM SEQR at its March meeting, as requested by VSM's attorney.

COLUMN: From the Clerk’s Desk - Passport Day in the USA scheduled for March 9

The Lysander Town Clerk’s Office is hosting a special passport event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Lysander Town Hall, 8220 Loop Road, Baldwinsville, to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.

North Syracuse in crisis: Budget projects $30 million deficit in five years

North Syracuse Central School District Superintendent Dr. Kim Dyce Faucette presented a bleak picture of the district’s financial future if the state doesn’t make serious changes to its school aid policy at a meeting of the board of education Monday night. “Our sources of funding are inadequate,” Dyce said. “Operating costs... are growing significantly faster than our revenue. Our state aid is the same as it was five years ago. The tax cap discourages our taxpayers from covering the deficit caused by increased costs and insufficient state aid. Our financial model is not sustainable.”

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CNY SPD Parent-Connections offers support for parents of children with sensory processing disorders

When Caryn Daher’s son, Jon, was little, he was into everything — even more than the average toddler. “He was… constantly bumping and crashing into things and people and seeking-jumping type activities,” said Daher, a Cicero resident. “He had difficulty in regulating and responding to movement activities appropriately. It went far beyond a ‘busy’ toddler.” In addition, Jon struggled with a variety of sounds, often withdrawing or avoiding certain situations because of the noise level. He had higher-than-average sensitivities to food, temperature and touch. In addition, his speech was delayed. It was that delay that led to help for his other issues. Through his speech therapist, Jon was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder.

WSYR-TV station aired images of Liverpool theft suspect

Thanks to video technology, a man suspected of swiping three bottles of expensive vodka on Feb. 6, at Nichols Discount Liquor store in Liverpool, has been identified. An arrest warrant has been issued for Michael Bertrand, 55, who allegedly stole three bottles of Grey Goose vodka from the store at 301 First St. He can be seen on the store video recorded that Wednesday afternoon stuffing the bottles down his pants before stopping at the cash register to pay for an inexpensive liqueur bottle. The cost of the stolen bottles was about $125.

Palmer kindergarteners and parents invited to special program

Children who will be kindergarteners at Palmer Elementary School in the 2013-14 school year and their parents are invited to the school to participate in READy for Kindergarten, a Palmer program designed to familiarize children with various kindergarten activities, their teachers and the school.

Monday, February 25

Proposed Liverpool budget for 2013-14 calls for 2.82 percent tax increase

Liverpool Central School District Superintendent Dr. Richard N. Johns presented his $135.7 million budget proposal to the board of education and about 35 members of the public Monday night. Johns’ 2013-14 proposed budget, which represents a $2,044,983 increase from last year, makes some cuts and restores some items previous budgets have cut. It relies heavily on the district’s reserves to close a $9 million gap. “This year, the… gap that we faced… was a chasm that would require cutbacks equivalent to 100 positions,” Johns said in his budget message. “Such a reduction would necessarily cause the district to have to tell current students that some of the opportunities provided to past generations of Liverpool students would no longer be available to them.”

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Girls basketball teams raise $2K to fight cancer

On Feb. 12, the Baldwinsville Central School District girls JV and varsity basketball teams dedicated their Jan. 29 home games in honor of Deb Ahearn, a teaching assistant from Baker High School who passed away from cancer, and Stacy Huntington, a district sub and coach who is battling cancer.

LETTER: Whorrall for mayor

Like most residents of our wonderful village, many with whom I have spoken, I hoped that the election this March would end the nightmare we have endured as the laughing stock we have become with our current mayor. I write to you to express my support and hope that we can make this happen by responding publicly to what a small group of people with vested interest in keeping our current mayor are attempting to do. Their motivation seems only to be to keep in office someone so unfit for anything productive that it spreads his upkeep among all our residents instead of just the few who would otherwise be saddled with his upkeep if he wasn't mayor.

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B’ville student artwork on display in Albany

Eight students from the Baldwinsville Central School District will have their artwork on display in the 23rd Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibit held March 4 to 8 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

COLUMN: Affordable Care Act on the horizon - what to expect

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is on its way to becoming policy.

Grimes girls taken out in Class B semifinal

Cobras cold in second half against Utica-Notre Dame

For a half, all went to plan for the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team in Saturday night's Section III Class B semifinal. It was just the second half that proved to be the Cobras' undoing.

Boys Wildcats take semifinal defeat to Henninger

Black Knights pull away for third win over WG

When West Genesee boys basketball head coach Fred Kent pulled his starters off the court, less than one minute remained in the Wildcats’ 67-54 Class AA semifinal loss to Henninger Saturday night at Le Moyne College. It was the last time a promising group of seniors would walk off the court in the blue and gold. And Kent had a simple message for those players.

Beaver Lake Nature Center - It's maple sugar season

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

Sunday, February 24

Ludden survives Cortland in Class A semis

Gaelic Knights to meet New Hartford for sectional title

After dispatching Cortland in a tight 54-51 decision Sunday, the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team is headed from Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena to the Carrier Dome in search of a second consecutive Section III title. This time, though, the Gaelic Knights are looking to make the (Class) A grade, this after claiming the state Class B title a season ago.

Westhill tops Clinton in Class B semifinal

Roland scores 11 in fourth quarter despite foul trouble

Kevin King faced a decision early in the fourth quarter as the Westhill boys basketball team he coaches clung to a slim lead against Clinton in Sunday's Section III Class B semifinal at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena. Star sophomore Jordan Roland was on the bench with four fouls, and without him Westhill was able to stay in front of the opposing Warriors, but not get away.

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Comeback OT win sends Lakers to sectional final

Skaneateles defense key as it beats South Jefferson

Defense, and sheer tenacity, are the key reasons why the Skaneateles boys basketball team is on its way to the Carrier Dome to play for the Section III Class B championship. In Sunday's semifinal game at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, the Lakers trailed top seed South Jefferson by 14 in the first half, but roared back, forced overtime and eliminated the Spartans 58-52.

B’ville wrestlers compete at state championship meet

Paul falls to eventual state champ; Honsinger goes 1-2

Baldwinsville wrestlers Kevin Paul and Brian Honsinger fell into two categories as they went to Albany’s Times Union Center for this weekend’s state Division I championship meet.

Hornets beaten by Proctor in AA semifinal

Poor shooting costly for F-M in 68-61 defeat

The Fayetteville-Manlius basketball team that compiled a 16-2 regular season record en route to the Section III Class AA tournament’s top seed was nowhere to be found Saturday night at Le Moyne College.

Saturday, February 23

Caz girls drop Class B semifinal to South Jefferson

Spartans defense shuts down Lakers in second half

Cazenovia is one of the few girls basketball teams to interrupt South Jefferson's decade-long run atop the Section III Class B ranks, having done so in 2009. But it would not happen in 2013. The Spartans played like an unbeaten top seed and defending champion should in pounding the Lakers 58-28 in Saturday night's Class B semifinal at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.

CBA/J-D hockey caps improbable sectional title run

Brothers dethrone Oswego, 4-3, in thrilling final

What started as a sweet, emotional story turned more remarkable and improbable as the post-season went along. And by the time the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team was done on Saturday, it had achieved its first Section III Division II championship in 32 years, having knocked off defending champion Oswego 4-3 in the title game at Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Wildcats win sixth straight sectional hockey title

WG holds off Rome Free Academy, 3-2

This was supposed to be the year that youth, and the law of averages, finally worked against the West Genesee ice hockey team, and someone else was going to sit atop the Section III Division I ranks. Yet there were the Wildcats, celebrating again on the ice at Utica Memorial Auditorium, Saturday afternoon in the wake of beating Rome Free Academy 3-2 in the Division I title game.

Friday, February 22

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Red Rams roll past Oneida in Class A semis

J-D girls to meet Whitesboro in Dome for sectional title

Arriell Mussi leapt toward the ball, which trickled from the free throw line toward the left elbow. Oneida had just cut a 19-point Jamesville-DeWitt lead to 15 late in the second quarter of Friday night's Section III Class A girls basketball semifinal at Onondaga Community College's Allyn Hall, threatening to come back and challenge the top-seeded Red Rams, but the J-D senior wouldn’t allow the Indians to pull any closer.

CBA girls drop AA semifinal thriller to Corcoran

Morgan has 29 points; Cougars stem late Brothers comeback

Far too many times, the Christian Brothers Academy girls basketball could only watch as Corcoran’s Mary Morgan squared up and sent her line-drive 3-point shots toward the rim, and watched them crash through the net. It happened eight times overall, and that, combined with Morgan’s contributions down the stretch, led the no. 3 seed Cougars past the no. 2 seed Brothers 64-61 in Friday night’s Section III Class AA semifinal at Le Moyne College.

Girls Northstars nab West Genny in AA semis

C-NS earns shot at fifth straight sectional title

A difficult task - trying to upend the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team from its long-held Section III Class AA throne - is rendered impossible when the shots don't fall. West Genesee found this out in Friday night's AA semifinal at Le Moyne College, picking a bad time to go cold as the top-seeded Northstars, led on both ends by seniors Abbey Timpano and Sarah Bowles, pulled away for a 60-28 victory.

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B’ville lax teams take plunge for charity

In less than one week, the kids raised more than $5,000 to benefit the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce and two local charities, Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY and the Central New York Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

DA investigating Manlius Town Court

Town court clerk ends employment with the town after a “discrepancy” in funds

An investigation is underway for the Town of Manlius by the Onondaga County District Attorney’s office in the wake of the abrupt departure of former town court clerk Kim Amidon. Town Supervisor Ed Theobald said that the town was in the process of doing an audit for the court for 2011 this October. Government officials had just started the audit when they noticed some discrepancies, which they felt were big enough that the DA needed to be brought in.

Skaneateles woman killed in car crash

Linda Snider, 69, of Skaneateles, died at Upstate University Hospital from injuries sustained in a crash with another vehicle at the intersection of Route 321 and Mottville Road in Skaneateles.

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B'ville teens collect jeans

Baker High School’s Key Club recently coordinated a school-wide jean drive and collected almost 100 pairs to donate to Aeropostale’s Teens for Jeans campaign.

Cazenovia American Legion post goes online

The Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 has launched itself into the technological world of the 21st century with the creation of a telephone number, email address and website. The change was instituted “so the Legion can keep up with the electronic communication demands of its members and the public,” according to a news release.

Last call for village bon vivant Bob Rotella

Bob Rotella was a real man-about-town. For more than 20 years I’d worked with Bob at WCNY-TV on Old Liverpool Road where I was a cameraman and he was engineer. Whenever something went wrong with my camera, Bob or one of his colleagues from Master Control would rush into the studio to fix it. Back in the 1970s, I’d run into Bob after work at Erie Boulevard East nightspots like Soo-Lin or Casa di Lisa where he enjoyed listening to jazz and rhythm & blues. Years later he became a fixture at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que which was co-founded in 1988 by his son, Mike Rotella.

Thursday, February 21

Grimes girls advance to Class B semifinal

Cobras hold off Holland Patent, 55-53

All of the battles fought within the OHSL Liberty division steeled the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team for what it would face once the Section III Class B playoffs got underway. And now the no. 6 seed Cobras are two wins away from the title, having gone to Holland Patent and held off the no. 3 seed Golden Knights 55-53 in Thursday night's Class B quarterfinal.

Fayetteville senior center debuts “Making Connections”

New program aims to connect local volunteers with senior citizens

Janet Best has found that more often than not, senior citizens living alone may need a hand a few times a week- whether it be with small household chores or just a kind ear to talk to. And that’s why she created the “Making Connections” program – as a way for seniors who may be confined to the house to develop relationships with local families and to get some extra help with the tasks they may need help with.

Nelson Town Board to amend town law

Change would allow alternate members on planning and zoning boards

The Nelson Town Board is preparing to amend its town law to allow for alternate members to be added to both the town planning board and zoning board of appeals. The change is being made to ensure a full complement of each board when in session if a member is absent.

Spafford looks into new cell tower

The town of Spafford is looking into building a new cell-phone tower to provide better cell service to its residents.

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Volunteers needed for KBR, a community effort for safety and fun

Watching students pile into cars after a high-school evening event is always a gut-wrenching moment for parents. Safety is a concern.

COLUMN: From the legislature - HEAP offers heating assistance to county residents

Attention Lysander and Van Buren seniors – Do you find it difficult to cover the cost of heating your home in the winter? Costs to heat our homes are constantly increasing.

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Lupus Walk will raise awareness of autoimmune disorder

It was a word six years in the making — two vowels sandwiched between three consonants, bearing six years of frustration and complications to last a lifetime. The word is lupus, a relatively simple word for something increasingly complex for myself and 1.5 million other Americans diagnosed with the autoimmune disease. Lupus, like other autoimmune diseases, is the result of the body fighting itself. Cells misbehave and attack healthy tissue causing a painful inflammation response.

Girls hoops Lakers fall to South Jefferson

Top-seeded Spartans move on in Class B quarterfinal

At least for a brief while, the Skaneateles girls basketball team could entertain the notion that it could topple undefeated, defending champion South Jefferson in Tuesday night’s Section III Class B quarterfinal in Adams.

Thank you for finding lost coat

Letter to the editor.

Wednesday, February 20

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Boys Lakers romp past Holland Patent, 72-44

Skaneateles faces South Jefferson in Class B semis

An extra day to wait, and perhaps fret, about what might take place did not bother the Skaneateles boys basketball team one bit. Instead, the no. 4 seed Lakers jumped all over no. 12 seed Holland Patent in Wednesday afternoon's Section III Class B quarterfinal, cruising to a 72-44 victory over the Golden Knights.

West Genny tops C-NS in hockey semifinal

Wildcats earn trip to finals rematch with RFA

Cicero-North Syracuse's pursuit of an unprecedented championship as part of an unprecedented season is over. But West Genesee's pursuit of staggering history - namely, six consecutive Section III Division I ice hockey titles - remains alive and well.

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B’ville Farmers Co-op honors dedicated service

Manager of the Baldwinsville Farmers Co-op, Dennis Gawarecki, left, and president of the Baldwinsville Farmers Cooperative Association, Harold Crandon, right, congratulate Al Huntington for his recognition by the organization, which acknowledged 40 years of dedicated service by Huntington to the Farmers Co-op.

COLUMN: Library Focus - February is a busy, busy month at your library

It may be break time but we are busy, busy, busy here at the library. Stop in this week and find out what we can offer you.

Health department shuts down dinner — what’s next?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Feb. 9 was supposed to be the 28th Wild Game Dinner at the Open Door Baptist Church of New Woodstock. Men and Women bring favorite wild game dishes to share with others of like mind and kindred spirit ... After 27 other annual dinners, the Madison County Health Department decided to show up and shut the whole thing down.

From the legislature HEAP can help with heating costs

Attention seniors! Do you find it difficult to cover the cost of heating your home in the winter? Costs to heat our homes are constantly increasing. The good news is there is help, whether you are a senior citizen living on a fixed income or a single family on a budget, the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth oversees the Home Energy Assistance Program more commonly referred to as HEAP. HEAP is a federally-funded program that issues heating benefits to reduce a household’s annual energy cost.

A letter from the Open Door Baptist Church

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Friends in and around Cazenovia and Madison County: We at Open Door Baptist Church wish to thank you for your support regarding the shutdown of our meal at our annual Wildlife Banquet on Feb. 9. We are reminded how thankful we are to be a part of such a supportive community.

Forced from anonymity by state intrusions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I normally am an anonymous, tax-paying and law-abiding citizen of this once great state of New York. That was until now. I am no longer anonymous. First, what forces me from anonymity? A Baptist church’s annual Wild Game Dinner held for the past 27 years busted by the Madison County Department of Health. Really people, are you kidding me? This is where our tax dollars are going.

Bees fall to RFA in sectional hockey semifinal

Third-period lead vanishes in late Black Knights surge

Less than 15 minutes of good play separated the Baldwinsville ice hockey team from a spot in the Section III Division I championship game. The Bees led by a goal over top seed Rome Free Academy in Tuesday night’s Division I semifinal at Kennedy Arena, ignoring the Black Knights’ shared no. 1 state ranking with Cicero-North Syracuse with solid all-around play.

Boys Warriors drop playoff duel with Henninger

Liverpool undone by Black Knights' late foul shots

What was already turnaround season for the Liverpool boys basketball season could be made more special if it could knock off Henninger in Tuesday night’s Section III Class AA quarterfinal.

Boys Northstars fall to Proctor in final seconds

C-NS, Raiders engage in another AA playoff classic

Any time the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team gathers with Utica Proctor, it tends not to get decided until the final horn sounds. Such was the case again in Tuesday’s Section III Class AA quarterfinal, where the no. 5 seed Northstars were in position for a victory on the road, only to have the no. 4 seed Raiders snatch it away and prevail 43-41.

F-M, CBA split basketball playoff twin bill

Brothers win girls game; boys Hornets get 82-43 rout

A Tuesday night quarterfinal doubleheader between the boys and girls basketball teams from Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy was a tale of two lopsided victories - one by each school.

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Skaneateles native pens chamber-music tribute to the late Libba Cotten

Skaneateles native Greg Wanamaker will be presenting his chamber-music tribute to the late Libba Cotten at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse on Feb. 24.

Dairy farmers should be allowed to expand without penalty

The agriculture industry is the backbone of the economy in Central New York. Central New York is home to many dairy farms and it’s imperative that they are able to increase the number of cows on their farms without incurring costly regulations.

Tuesday, February 19

CBA/J-D stuns Skaneateles in 3-OT hockey semifinal

Durkin goal sends Brothers to championship game

Long into the night they went, the CBA/J-D and Skaneateles ice hockey teams taking more than five periods to settle Tuesday night's epochal Section III Division II semifinal at Allyn Arena. Only when Ryan Durkin scored early in the third OT did the thing get settled - and the top-seeded Lakers were out, beaten by the Brothers 4-3 as Skaneateles remains without a sectional title since 2008.

West Genny basketball sides sweep to AA semis

Girls, boys Wildcats both eliminate Nottingham

West Genesee's basketball programs may have never enjoyed a night better than the one it had Tuesday during the Section III Class AA quarterfinals. Both of the Wildcats' teams prevailed over Nottingham, with WG's boys going to the city's east side to gain a 73-61 victory as, back in Camillus, the girls won by a score of 60-46.

Caz girls survive Sherburne-Earlville, 47-45

Lakers to meet South Jefferson in Class B semis

Even short-handed, the Cazenovia girls basketball team has plenty of will and resolve - or enough, at least, to get to the semifinal round of the Section III Class B playoffs. It took the no. 4 seed Lakers' younger players to step up in Tuesday night's Class B quarterfinal at Buckley Gym and earn a 47-45 victory over no. 5 seed Sherburne-Earlville.

Westhill girls knocked out by Utica-Notre Dame

Boys Warriors atone with quarterfinal win over Jugglers

Just as it has for the last decade, the Westhill girls basketball team carried championship aspirations into the Section III Class B playoffs, only to see them go unfulfilled again. This time, the no. 2 seed Warriors were taken out at home by no. 7 seed Utica-Notre Dame, though the 60-40 defeat was as much a reflection of how well the Jugglers played as anything Westhill did wrong.

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B’ville woman named firm partner

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC is pleased to announce Rebecca M. Speno, of Baldwinsville, has been elected a member (partner) to the firm.

Dewitt police investigate fatal car crash

Cazenovia man dead after accident

Chief of Police Eugene J. Conway reports that the DeWitt Police Department is investigating a single vehicle car crash that occurred early this morning.

Final two candidates for Skaneateles superintendent meet public

Last week the Skaneateles Board of Education announced the names of the final two candidates for superintendent of schools and brought each of them to the school district to spend a whole day touring the schools, meeting students, teachers, principals and parents.

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Skaneateles HS drama prepares 'Beauty and the Beast'

The Skaneateles High School Drama Club will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” next week. There will be five performances of the musical this year starting Thursday Feb. 28. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and there will be a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday and Sunday.

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Christian School Choice hosts successful education fair

Dozens of interested families and parents attended Christian School Choice’s first Education Fair Jan. 29 at Faith Baptist Church in Baldwinsville.

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DEC called to fuel oil spill in Nelson near Tuscarora Lake

A 250-gallon fuel oil tank broke open and spilled its contents at a residence just off the northeast corner of Tuscarora Lake in mid-January, causing a spill response from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Reynolds students receive Study Skills Awards

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

Protecting our students

Last week we had a meeting for parents to explain the security measures that we have in place in Liverpool Central School District buildings. After we showed the folks in the audience what security measures we had in place, we asked the really important question of the night: “Do you believe that the district should add further measures to our security protocol? And, if so, what?”

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Liverpool churches offer Ash Wednesday ministry outside of the sanctuary

At 7 a.m. outside Café 407 in Liverpool, Reverend Carrie Schofield-Broadbent of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church dished out an early dose of spirituality, free of charge. In a technological era emphasizing immediacy and instant gratification, fitting in Sunday mass poses a challenge to the workingman’s overtime schedule. Finding the moments for spiritual reflection on a Wednesday can be even more difficult.

Cazenovia grad reaches 1,000 points at Sacred Heart

Evans trying to lead Pioneers back to NCAA Tournament

Capping what has been a successful college career, Cazenovia High School graduate Kiley Evans soared past the 1,000-career point mark in her senior season at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.

Monday, February 18

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Vera House launches White Ribbon Campaign at MPH

Aims to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence

On Feb. 14, Vera House held a press conference at Manlius Pebble Hill School in Dewitt to kick off the fundraising and raise awareness for its 19th annual White Ribbon Campaign. The campaign is led by concerned men who invite all members of the community to pin on a ribbon and help to raise awareness and funds to end domestic and sexual abuse. Last year, Vera House had about 30,000 participants in the campaign in Central New York; this year their goal is 40,000.

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The magic of realism

Skilled cast fuels unstoppable ‘Streetcar’ at Shoppingtown

Tennessee Williams wrote “A Streetcar Named Desire” 66 years ago, but the play continues to transfix audiences with its unapologetic depiction of a family wracked by secrets and rocked by strife. Set in a lower-class New Orleans flat in the summer of 1947, “Streetcar” pits the “king of the castle,” Stanley Kowalski, against his visiting sister-in-law from Mississippi, Blanche DuBois.

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Mirror Mirror Bridal Boutique hosts grand opening

Baldwinsville is becoming a destination for brides, according to photographer Sarah Heppell who recently helped Stephanie Long celebrate the opening of her new shop, Mirror Mirror Bridal Boutique.

Driving Snow?

Too many car accidents this winter

Though many indications are to the contrary, it is almost spring. Although perhaps it is a little late to be talking about winter driving, I must relate that when listening to 911 Center calls lately, I am appalled by the number of car accidents in snowy weather. The body shops must be doing a bang up business.

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Cazenovia police officers recognized by county for DWI enforcement

Five members of the Cazenovia Police Department were recognized last week for their outstanding efforts to enforce DWI laws by the Madison County Stop DWI Programs. Cazenovia Police Sgt. Karen Zaleski, and officers Richard Bennett, Christopher Manion, Stephen White and George Millet were honored along with 14 other law enforcement officers from departments across the county at the 25th annual Law Enforcement Day Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at a ceremony at New Beginnings Church in Wampsville.

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Fundraiser for injured local man to be held Feb. 23

Kiel Baumbach, a longtime Cazenovia resident, was recently paralyzed in a dramatic fall. He needs expensive rehabilitation and long-term care for many years to come. The Rise and Shine benefit will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Lincklaen House in Cazenovia to help support the Baumbach family.

Cazenovia College Art Gallery to show student work

Juried Student Exhibition opens Feb. 18

The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall will host the Annual Juried Student Exhibition in the College’s Division of Art and Design Programs from Monday, Feb. 18 through Monday, March 18. (The Gallery will be closed during break, March 11 to 17.)

New preschool location, Empire Brewery project presented to planning board

The Cazenovia Village Planning Board met Monday, Feb. 11, and held public hearings to discuss a proposed special permit for Cazenovia Community Preschool’s new location as well as an informational session regarding Empire Brewery’s Cazenovia farm brewery location.

Town board approves new road use laws for heavy trucking

Industries that utilize heavy trucks for transportation of goods, or “high impact vehicles” — such as those in the gas drilling, wind farming or mining businesses — must now acquire town approval before hauling over any town-owned roads in Cazenovia and either preemptively improve or, if damaged, repair, any roads they may traverse. The Cazenovia Town Board unanimously approved Local Law No. 1 of 2013, “A local law to enact a local road use and preservation law in the town of Cazenovia,” at its Feb. 11 meeting

COLUMN: Public Assistance Integrity Act would institute necessary reforms

There are two initiatives I want to highlight this week. Both would reform the public assistance benefits system and reinstate integrity for everyone's sake. The first one concerns purchases made with electronic benefits cards (EBT cards).

Beaver Lake Nature Center – February activities

Winter break camp is underway this week

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

Girls bowling Bears win sectional Class B title

Chittenango pulls away from VVS, Solvay for crown

A successful winter for the Chittenango girls bowling team culminated in a victory during last Friday’s Section III Class B championship tournament. Working together, the Bears’ team, composed of Casey Smith, Ashlee Snyder, Cayleigh Phillips, Kristen Snyder, Megan Gearity, Jenny Spade and Rebecca Preeman got better as the day went along, a key to claiming the title.

F-M hockey players saddened by playoff ouster

Hornets were ruled ineligible for playing 21 games

This was going to be their year — Mateo Capriotti had waited 14 years for it. Finally, this would be his chance to line up with lifetime rink mates Trevor Chase and Anthony Angello and deliver a Section III Division I championship to the budding Fayetteville-Manlius program.

Sunday, February 17

Underage Drinking Initiative leads to three arrests

On Feb. 15, the New York State Police conducted an Underage Drinking Initiative in the towns of Cicero, Clay and Salina, including the villages of Liverpool and North Syracuse.

Marcellus, Ludden, Solvay girls fall in playoff openers

Mustangs ousted by Skaneateles; Ludden loses to Caz

In all, three local girls basketball teams entered the Section III Class B playoff fray last weekend, but none of them would survive the opening round.

Caz hockey downed by Oswego in Division II playoffs

Bucs jump on Lakers in 6-1 opening-round decision

Even though it worked so hard in the homestretch to make the Section III Division II playoffs, the Cazenovia ice hockey team did not stay there for long.

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Dewitt police report 18 year old missing

Dylan Ursino has been missing since Feb. 13

Chief of Police Eugene J. Conway reports that the Dewitt Police Department is investigating the report of an endangered missing person. Dylan Ursino, 18 years old, was reported missing by his parents, who haven’t seen or heard from him since February 13th, 2013.

Saturday, February 16

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ESM denied by Whitesboro in volleyball final

Spartans drop four-set title match to reigning Class A champs

Jerime McHerron called his seniors together by the visitor’s bench Saturday night in the Chittenango High School gymnasium. The East Syracuse-Minoa girls’ volleyball coach bent his knees slightly as the players formed a circle with him. Five minutes earlier, the top-seeded Spartans had dropped the Section III Class A championship match in four sets to No. 2 seed and defending champion Whitesboro.

Girls hoops Lakers rally for opening playoff win

Caz, no. 4 seed, fights past Bishop Ludden, 50-40

For long stretches of Saturday night's Section III Class B opening-round playoff game, there was real concern that the Cazenovia girls basketball team was headed toward a stunning and premature exit. But thanks to the senior talents of Maggie Carpenter and Kristie Kleine, the no. 4 seed Lakers shook off its troubles and eliminated no. 13 seed Bishop Ludden 50-40 at Buckley Gym.

Boys hoops Lakers rout Ilion in Class B opener

Skaneateles to play Holland Patent in quarterfinals

Ideally, the Skaneateles boys basketball team would take what it did in Saturday's opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs and maintain it the rest of the way. The Lakers were in devastating form from the opening tip in its 79-35 rout of Ilion, which sets up a quarterfinal date Tuesday against Holland Patent.

Warriors return to sectionals, rout Corcoran

Liverpool earns AA quarterfinal date with Henninger

Twelve months ago, the Liverpool boys’ basketball team was left out of the Section III Class AA tournament after amassing a 5-13 record. Fast forward a year, and the no. 7 seed Warriors rolled its way past no. 10 seed Corcoran 75-49 on Saturday to reach the tournament’s quarterfinal round.

CBA/J-D hockey earns playoff win over Auburn

Brothers to meet Skaneateles in Division II semis

Charged with both intensity and emotion, the CBA/J-D ice hockey team set out to accomplish, in the opening round of the Section III Division II playoffs, what no one else has done this winter - namely, win at Auburn. And the no. 5 seed Brothers pulled it off, edging the no. 4 seed Maroons 3-2 Friday night at Casey Rink with a combination of strong early offense and tenacious defense in the late going.

Hockey Wildcats blank IHC, move to semifinals

West Genny to face C-NS in potential classic

All the upheaval in the Section III Division I ice hockey playoff bracket, caused by the ouster of Fayetteville-Manlius for playing one game too many, left one side untouched - which just happened to be the side that has ruled this section for the last four years.

C-NS hockey blanks Syracuse in playoff opener

Northstars to face West Genny in Division I semis

Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey's big guns had big nights, and that was bad news for Syracuse. The No. 1 state-ranked Northstars top line of Eric Hamilton, Jesse Farabee and Matt Fiume accounted for four goals between them in a 5-0 win over the Cougars in a Section III Division I quarterfinal Friday night at Cicero Twin Rinks.

CBA, Grimes earn shots at playoff top seeds

Brothers to meet F-M; Cobras draw South Jefferson

Christian Brothers Academy and Bishop Grimes will send their respective boys basketball teams into the same cauldron next Tuesday when they take on top-seeded opponents in the Section III playoffs.

Friday, February 15

Rams beat Mexico, get Class A showdown with Ludden

ESM blows late lead in OT defeat to Oneida

A rare occurrence will take place Tuesday night during the quarterfinals of the Section III Class A boys basketball playoffs. Jamesville-DeWitt, for so long the side that ruled Class A, both in the area and in the state, will enter as a prohibitive underdog to no. 2 seed and reigning state Class B champion Bishop Ludden, not expected to move past this round.

Caz boys hoops ousted by SAS, 74-60

Poor second half costs no. 11 seed Lakers

The Cazenovia boys hoops upset bid fell short in the opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs Friday night. Entering the tournament as the no. 11 seed, the Lakers (11-8) came up short down the stretch and bowed out to no. 6 seed Syracuse Academy of Science 74-60.

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Girls hoops Lakers down Marcellus in opening round

Skaneateles advances to face top seed South Jefferson

Combine the presence of a long-time rival, the stakes of the post-season and a high desire for payback, and the Skaneateles girls basketball team was ready for action in Friday night's Section III Class B playoff opener against Marcellus.

Speidel leads J-D/CBA swimmers at sectional meet

Knapp finishes second in 500 freestyle

It was Cole Speidel leading the way for the Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA boys swim team as it worked its way to a fourth-place finish in Thursday night's Section III Class A championship meet. All told, the Red Rams picked up 240 points, as Liverpool, winning seven of 11 events, prevailed with 428 points, with Watertown (293.50 points) and West Genesee (249.5 points) in the second and third spots, respectively.

Booster Club to offer basketball camp

Beat the boredom during winter break – sign up your athlete for the Baldwinsville Boys Basketball Booster Club’s basketball camp and help them to develop their talent.

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Local woman knits sweaters for international program

Connie Cuddy is hooked on knitting. She so enjoys the skill she picked up more than 75 years ago at the age of 6 that she endures the discomfort it now brings due to her arthritis.

Empire Brewery a big positive for Caz and local agri-tourism

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The new agri-business trail that is running through the area is a welcome growth to the Cazenovia community and surrounding areas. First we had Critz Farm, which was the leader in community-friendly agri-business, then the new Owera Winery opening this spring near the intersection of North Lake and East Lake roads.

Thanks from the PTA for a successful game night

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: On Jan. 25, the Burton Street cafeteria came alive as the PTA served up another Family Game Night. This year the event featured bingo, trivia, board games and exciting Minute-to-Win-it challenges, hosted by PTA parent Kris Denton. The new PTA sound system was a welcome addition to the event and supplied game-time-tunes and the smooth bingo calling of Cazenovia High School freshman, Jillian Britton.

Winter vacation movies offered at Cazenovia Public Library

Movies for all ages will be shown in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room during winter vacation. Two children’s movies hit the big screen with “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 and “Balto” at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. For adults, “Argo” will be shown at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.

Zapisek zooms to pair of sectional swim titles

WG standout tops field in 200, 500 freestyle

In the longest races, West Genesee boys swimming standout Collin Zapisek made the most notable impressions during Thursday night’s Section III Class A championship meet at Rome Free Academy.

Leverich wins Class C sectional swim titles

Skaneateles star dominates 200, 500 freestyle

As in seasons past, a top swimmer from Skaneateles has to go elsewhere to get a full dose of competition, but still makes his own school proud through winning championships. Matt Leverich was twice victorious in Thursday’s Section III Class C championship meet at New Hartford, rolling to first place in both the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events.

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Caz resident returns to state wrestling tournament

Romagnoli is three-time sectional champion with CBA/J-D

When the top wrestlers in New York gather in Albany’s Times Union Center for next weekend’s state wrestling tournament, Cazenovia native J.T. Romagnoli is again among the field.

Lenten Luncheon Series kicks off Friday

Church Women United of Baldwinsville and the Baldwinsville Ministerial Association will again sponsor the 2012 Lenten Luncheon Series at 12:05 p.m. every Friday during Lent with a meditation in the First United Methodist Church.

Thursday, February 14

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Hockey Bees rout Central Square in playoff opener

B'ville takes advantage of unexpected home game

Long before Valentine's Day, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team received some unexpected love when it moved up from a third seed to a second seed in the Section III Division I hockey playoffs due to the controversial expulsion of Fayetteville-Manlius for playing one too many regular-season games.

Liverpool swimmers reign at Class A sectionals

Clarke breaks sectional record in 100 breaststroke

What was built up, through two months of domination within the CNY Counties League, carried over for the Liverpool boys swim team into the most important meet of the season. The Warriors blew away the field in Thursday night's Section III Class A championship meet at Rome Free Academy, picking up 428 points to easily outdistance runner-up Watertown, who had 293.5 points. West Genesee (249.5 points) was third.

DeWitt, Skaneateles fire departments receive grant

The Skaneateles Fire Department will receive $213,038 and the DeWitt Fire District will receive $134,663 from FEMA to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatuses.

Manlius parking troubles continue

Nothing changes since last board meeting; business owners form merchants association

On Feb. 12, the Manlius Village Board held its first meeting since the announcement that Mike Magley, the owner of the parking lot behind businesses on the 100 block of East Seneca street, had been towing cars nearly every day. A standing room only crowd, packed with government officials, business owners and concerned residents waited for nearly an hour to learn that the board was still waiting for a completed appraisal of lot 14 in order to make an offer on the lot and take the first step towards solving the parking problem.

Fracking not likely in Van Buren

Officials asked whether hydrofracking was likely in the town of Van Buren and Plumley Engineering answered – no, it is not.

Time to take responsibility

EDITORIAL

The village board’s recent actions increasing parking fines, making enforcement more stringent and actively pursuing parking violators delinquent on paying their fines is an appropriate and laudable act, and one that was probably long overdue.

Concerned about the Gothic Cottage renovation

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I read with interest, and some dismay, the article in the Republican for Feb. 6 about a proposed interior renovation of the Gothic Cottage to make it more suitable for modern office work; we all know what that usually means.

Thanks to the high school internet marketing class

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I'd like to thank Cazenovia High School teacher Christina New and her internet marketing class for the wonderful ideas they presented to me as part of a very clever class project. Mrs. New did an outstanding job in guiding her students to tackle the real life challenges of marketing a new business.

Tickets for Cazenovia High School spring musical on sale Feb. 25

Auditions are over and rehearsals are well under way for Cazenovia High School Drama Club’s upcoming staging of Frank Loesser’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Tickets go on sale Feb. 25.

School board discusses security changes, attendance policy, budget

The Cazenovia Board of Education met Monday, Feb. 4, to make up the Jan. 28 meeting that was cancelled due to snow. The meeting included a report from David Hazer on safety measures taken after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., a discussion of the revised attendance policy from high school principal Eric Schabl and some preliminary budget discussions.

Chittenango volleyball beaten in Class B semis

Bears push top seed Canastota in four-set defeat

A massive opportunity stood right in front of the Chittenango girls volleyball team when it went down the road to Cazenovia’s Buckley Gym to take on top seed Canastota in Wednesday night’s Section III Class B semifinal.

C-NS, Liverpool gain titles at state qualifier

Akinpelu wins 300, helps Warriors in 4x200 relay

Liverpool’s duo of Ore Akinpelu and Morgan Mahoney, and Cicero-North Syracuse’s duo of Mark Broughton and Javielle Fanizzi, would each earn individual victories during Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier at SRC Arena.

COLUMN: From Grandma’s Kitchen - A perfect time to make pizza

February is the perfect month to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s in the middle of winter, we’ve had enough of slush and boots, and life gets a little boring staying inside when it’s bad out.

B’ville runners win big at state qualifier

Boys, girls Bees both prevail in 4x400 relay

Whether operating by themselves, or working together in relays, Baldwinsville’s indoor track and field teams both had plenty to be happy about at the end of Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier at SRC Arena.

Schwab, Neal, Ford win at state qualifier

Skaneateles trio advances to March 2 meet at Cornell

A trio of Skaneateles indoor track and field athletes would earn victories on the Division II side during Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier at SRC Arena. Just as importantly, with their wins, Carson Schwab, Kaitlyn Neal and Emma Ford all assured that they would go to Cornell University’s Barton for the March 2 state indoor track championship meet.

Indoor track athletes gain wins at state qualifier

Leff takes girls 1,500; Cometti sweeps Division II sprints

From sprints to jumps to throws to long-distance running, the top local high school indoor track and field athletes cleaned up in every discipline during Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier at SRC Arena.

Wednesday, February 13

F-M, J-D pick up wins at indoor state qualifier

Ryan claims first in mile, helps Hornets take 4x800

Nick Ryan fell again at the start of the mile at Wednesday night's Section III state qualifier at SRC Arena, just as he had at the Nike Cross Nationals two months ago. Only this time, Ryan got a reprieve, and the Fayetteville-Manlius senior took full advantage, winning that race and anchoring a successful 4x800 relay on a productive night for local indoor track and field stars.

Winn, Lakers earn berths in state indoor track meet

Caz athletes post high finishes at state qualifier

Ashley Winn again proved herself as the quickest sprinter in Central New York, regardless of school size, with her victory in the 55-meter dash during Wednesday night's Section III state qualifying meet at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.

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L & J.G. Stickley committed to CNY; projects continued growth

Edward J. Audi appointed president

Edward J. Audi was recently appointed president of L & J.G. Stickley Inc. of Manlius, manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality solid wood and upholstered furniture. Audi was formerly executive vice president of the 112-year-old privately-held company and president of its Stickley International division.

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Optimists announce January student of the month

Michaela J. Ennis is a senior at Baker High School who has excelled academically having been named to the high honor roll each quarter during her freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.

Market news: Are CNY homebuyers on the fence?

Realtors across the nation mourned on Dec. 30. On that date in 2008, the Case-Shiller home price index reported its largest price drop of housing in its history. Mark Re, vice president and general manager of the Central New York Division of RealtyUSA, remembers the time.

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Stickley donates $3,600 to Manlius Police Department

Money to go towards child fingerprinting equipment

The Town of Manlius Police department is the latest recipient on Stickley furniture’s list of organizations for charitable donations. On Feb. 13, Stickley CEO Aminy Audi and President Edward Audi presented Manlius Police Chief Fran Marlowe and Officer Brian Ackerman with a check for $3,595 to be spent on new equipment for children’s fingerprinting, which the police department does for local children at events during the year.

Parking issue is a matter of quantity, not of control

Mike Magley responds to the "Manlius Parking Problems" article with his second letter to the editor

The parking issue facing Manlius is not a result of who controls the Clancy-Magley Enterprises, LLC (“Clancy-Magley”) parking area. Parking is a premium in the Village of Manlius, as noted in the Jan. 22 Manlius village board meeting. Bella Cigna recently went through issues of parking, just as the newly opened Ironwood Pizza now faces. The parking issue is a matter of quantity, not of control.

Girls basketball teams get sectional pairings

Westhill girls no. 2 in Class B; WG is no. 4 in Class AA

On a busy Wednesday, each of the area's girls basketball teams headed to the Section III playoffs learned about where there were going - and who they would be playing.

Skaneateles to start full-day kindergarten

The Skaneateles Board of Education voted 7-0 to switch to full-day kindergarten starting with the 2013 to 2014 school year at its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12.

F-M, CBA girls to square off in AA sectionals

Hornets oust Liverpool; Brothers 16-2 after win at Mexico

When the Section III Class AA girls basketball playoff pairings were announced Wednesday afternoon, Christian Brothers Academy and Fayetteville-Manlius found themselves together in the same bracket.

J-D girls garner Class A top seed again

CBA, F-M to meet in AA quarterfinals; ESM, Grimes also in

For Jamesville-DeWitt’s basketball teams, the situation, headed into the Section III Class A playoffs, has undergone a total reversal.

Observations on sustainability and urban planning

One of the things I’ve come to appreciate about Skaneateles is how centralized everything is. I think being more urban (or more centralized) is the best way to make our society less wasteful and more efficient.

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Syracuse Silver Knights visit Elden

Michael Corsoneti, a student at Elden Elementary School, gets ready to head the soccer ball thrown to him by Nate Bourdeau, a member of the Syracuse Silver Knights indoor pro-soccer team.

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East Wellington Times celebrates one-year anniversary

The East Wellington Times is a monthly newsletter with interviews, photos, weekly columns and serialized fiction. Almost 50 copies are distributed free to the public every month. And it’s run by middle schoolers. The newsletter recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.

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Caz High School senior publishes debut novel

Christie Brenneck didn’t know that that her student, Cazenovia senior Delanie Spangler, was writing a novel until the finished product, cover and all, was placed in her hands. The novel, entitled “Caged Birds,” was not written for an assignment but began simply as a hobby shared by Spangler and her friend Morgan Croft. Spangler used an online self-publishing service to produce the first 125 copies of “Caged Birds.”

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Dewitt Rotary Club gears up for ‘Pancake Day’

The fundraiser is expected to raise over $35,000 for local charities

The griddles won’t be heating up till May, but the Dewitt Rotary Club has already started collecting money for its biggest fundraiser of the year- Pancake Day. The event is essentially an all-you-can-eat pancake extravaganza in which volunteers make thousands of pancakes, complete with almost any kind of topping you could imagine. This is the rotary club’s 59th year hosting Pancake Day and they’re expecting over 5000 people in 2013.

Empire farmstead brewery project moving forward

Land annexation finalized, public hearing scheduled

Empire Brewing Company’s proposed farmstead brewery project on Route 13 took two more steps forward last week when the village board of trustees finalized the brewery’s land annexation request and scheduled a public hearing on a proposed zone change for the land.

Village board changes parking ticket fees, enforcement, regulations

New legal regulations, enforcement procedures and increased fines soon will take effect for anyone receiving a parking ticket in the village of Cazenovia. The village board, at its Feb. 4 meeting, unanimously approved the changes to the village code in an effort to not only clarify the somewhat muddy procedures relating to parking violations, but also as a way to recoup unpaid fines, increase revenue, increase incentives for violators to pay their fines and hopefully improve the current state of parking availability in the village.

Baldwinsville kindergarten registration set

Kindergarten open registration for the 2013–14 school year will take place at the elementary schools in the Baldwinsville Central School District from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 27.

COLUMN: Assessment on utility bills to continue; gun law to be challenged; competitive grants

This week I wanted to share with you my thoughts on a few different items of interest happening in Albany.

Comatose car crash victim clings to life

When a young life ends abruptly because of illness, accident or murder, the tragedy of a life unlived haunts us all. Could there possibly be anything worse? Ask that question of Kristin Conway’s friends and family members. She had studied to become a medical assistant, but last fall her 28-year-old life essentially came to an end. But it didn’t. After a bone-crushing auto accident in which her brain stem was injured, Kristin fell into a coma. Neurosurgeons at Upstate University Hospital told the family that the young woman would never regain consciousness. Never.

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St. James in Skaneateles to host St. Baldrick’s event again

Volunteers will have their heads shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research

For the second year, a St. Baldrick’s event will be held at St. James’ church on March 10. Volunteers who raise money for the fight against childhood cancer will get their heads shaved at the event and anyone with long enough hair can have it donated for making wigs.

Tuesday, February 12

Piston, Miller qualify for state bowling tournament

Local pair sweeps top spots in sectional Shoot-Out

In a change from seasons past, Section III bowling is putting together its All-Star teams for the state championship tournament in a two-part manner. The first part involved a tournament Monday at Rome's King Pin Lanes, and it was there that East Syracuse-Minoa's Beth Piston and Fayetteville-Manlius' Tricia Miller clinched their spots in that state tournament, to take place March 3 at Strike-N-Spare Lanes.

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C-NS girls roar past Corcoran, 63-28

Decisive win gives state champs momentum for sectionals

Often times the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team's full-court press results in immediate turnovers - a steal in the backcourt, then an easy layup, then repeat at will. But in its regular-season finale against Corcoran on Tuesday night, the Northstars pressure didn’t bludgeon the Cougars guards. Rather, it eroded the offensive fluency of the CNYCL American division champions, forcing disjointed sets, bad shots and turnovers in the half-court.

Hornets devastate Liverpool, clinch AA top seed

Avellino outscores Warriors in decisive first half

For only a few hours, there was doubt as to whether the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team would land the top seed for the Section III Class AA playoffs. That doubt vanished by halftime of Tuesday night's regular-season finale at Liverpool, where the Hornets, led by junior guard Louis Avellino, unleashed a 21-0 run to put away the Warriors on the way to a 66-33 victory.

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Optimists to host foul shooting contest

The Baldwinsville Optimist Club will hold its seventh annual basketball foul shooting contest from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 9, in the Baker High School large gym.

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‘A Cappella for the Fellas’ concert to benefit the homeless

A Cappella group noXcuse, which includes member Larry Conley, of Baldwinsville, is pictured at the Syracuse Nationals this past summer.

Aspen has a ‘Change of Heart’

Aspen Athletic Clubs has partnered with Conde Nast to raise awareness on heart disease through an experimental program called "Change of Heart."

Cicero Republicans seek candidates

The town of Cicero Republican Committee is currently seeking candidates to run for the following offices this November: town supervisor, town councilor (two positions), town clerk, receiver of taxes and highway superintendent.

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Van Buren bandage drive

Mrs. Lisa Lasinski’s fourth-grade class recently held a bandage drive at Van Buren Elementary School.

LETTERS: Generosity shown at Baldwinsville Meals on Wheels

The board of directors, staff and volunteers of Baldwinsville Meals on Meals would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Baldwinsville and Liverpool communities for responding so generously to our recent fundraiser letter.

4-H tractor safety and certification course to begin in late February

Course for youth ages 14 to 15 seeking employment on farms

The 2013 Agricultural Safety and Certification Program, for youths Ages 14 to 15 who want to work on a farm, is scheduled to begin in late February through the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County 4-H Program in Morrisville.

LETTERS: Injustice in Lysander

I was appalled to hear what went on in Lysander Town court a few weeks ago.

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CNYSPCA Dog of the Week: Sarge

Come to the CNYSPCA and visit Sarge. Sarge is about 2 years old and is a hound-pit bull mix.

Monday, February 11

SU returns Southerland, revives with home wins

Topping Notre Dame, St. John's keeps Orange atop Big East

Syracuse's men's basketball team suffered two straight setback losses on the road to Villanova and Pittsburgh before returning home to play Notre Dame last Monday night, still without James Southerland due to academic concerns and without Dajuan Coleman due to knee surgery.

Burbidge leads Caz girls past Skaneateles

Sophomore call-up gets 16 points off bench

This time around, the Skaneateles girls basketball team swore it would be different, that at full strength it would give Cazenovia a much tougher fight than it did earlier this season. And it was different - but it still tilted in Cazenovia's favor as sophomore sparkplug Audrey Burbidge led her side to win the latest battle of Laker teams 53-42.

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Klein signs letter of intent for lacrosse

Amanda Klein, a senior at Baker High School, has signed her national letter of intent to play lacrosse for Limestone College, a Division II school.

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Artist entertains at The Nantucket Cat

Cynthia Schmidt, of Cranky Cat Art, recently entertained her public with her artistic talent at The Nantucket Cat in Baldwinsville.

LCSD BOE seeks community volunteers for superintendent search

The Liverpool Board of Education is seeking volunteers to serve on a Community Advisory Committee to assist the Board in its search for a new superintendent of schools. The board is looking to create a balanced group that represents the many aspects of the Liverpool community.

Dudzinski gets county leg. nod

In a surprise move, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney appointed former Cicero Supervisor Chet Dudzinski to replace outgoing Legislator Bill Meyer, just hours before the Cicero Republican Committee unanimously nominated current Supervisor Jim Corl for the position. Corl said he was notified of the decision in an email that was also sent to Dudzinski and Michael Becallo, who had also expressed an interest in the seat.

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B’ville students advance to state art competition

Five Ray Middle School students have advanced to the state level of the 2012-13 National PTA Reflections program, which highlights the importance of arts in education.

County shuts down wild game dinner

The annual Wild Game Dinner at the Open Door Baptist Church in New Woodstock started off this past Saturday, Feb. 9, the way it has for the past 27 years: more than 200 people showed up bearing numerous homemade dishes made from wild game and the ladies of the church baked some 50 pies for dessert. The difference this year — about 15 minutes into the event an official from the Madison County Department of Health showed up and said serving such homemade dishes without a permit violated the county health code, and all the food had to be taken out of the building and put back in everyone’s vehicles in order to avoid prosecution for a public health hazard.

Lysander Parks and Recreation offerings in February

Held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Lysander Town Hall auditorium, this course will include planning for a babysitting job, knowing what to expect of children, selecting toys and games, supervising children, preventing accidents, giving first aid, rescue breathing, care for infants and children and feeding them.

Marcellus girls scrape past Ludden, fall to Grimes

Mustangs, Solvay both headed for Class B playoffs

Little about the Marcellus girls basketball team’s encounter with Bishop Ludden last Tuesday night was aesthetic or fancy. It was, instead, a matter of two sides grinding out every single possession in search of an important victory – which the Mustangs would attain in a 29-26 decision.

Barber, Ashkar reach sectional wrestling finals

C-NS, Liverpool wrestlers unable to get first-place finishes

When all the matches were done at Saturday’s Section III Division I wrestling championships at Onondaga Community College, Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse both walked away without a championship moment to celebrate, though two wrestlers, one from each school, came close.

COLUMN: It Really Does Compute

Whether you were an early adapter or have furiously resisted for decades, computers are a fact of modern life and we’re here to help you make the most of them with dozens of computers for public use and classes for everyone from newbies to old pros.

B’ville hockey bailed out by F-M playoff ouster

Bees now host sub-.500 Central Square in opening round of sectionals

The options for Baldwinsville’s ice hockey team appeared quite stark in last Thursday night’s regular-season finale against Fayetteville-Manlius at Cicero Twin Rinks. Either the Bees won, and got a first-round Section III Division I playoff home game in the first round as a heavy favorite, or it lost, and would have to go back to the Twin Rinks and meet state no. 1-ranked Cicero-North Syracuse.

Romagnoli, Honis roll to sectional wrestling titles

F-M's Quinlan brothers both beaten in title matches

Where CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestlers J.T. Romagnoli and Ben Honis delivered as top seeds in last Saturday’s Section III Division I championship meet, Fayetteville-Manlius stars Pat and Tom Quinlan could not quite finish it off.

Sunday, February 10

F-M ice hockey ruled out of Section III playoffs

Hornets' season ends because it played one too many games

What was shaping up as a possible championship push by the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team is at a sudden and unexpected end. Due to the fact that the Hornets played one more game than the 20 that it was allotted during the regular season, it is unable to compete in the Section III Division I playoffs.

Skaneateles wrestlers compete at sectional meet

Brillo, Collier, Newton all beaten in opening round

Three Skaneateles wrestlers – Joey Brillo, Max Collier and Andrew Newton – made their way to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena to participate in Saturday’s Section III Division II championship meet.

WG's Grome repeats at wrestling sectionals

Senior knocks off top seed, will return to state meet

With an inspired effort, West Genesee wrestling senior Connor Grome delivered a second consecutive Section III Division I championship at 132 pounds in Saturday’s sectional meet at SRC Arena.

Evans reaches 120-pound sectional wrestling final

Senior just misses first Caz individual title since 1967

Cazenovia wrestling senior Dylan Evans had a chance to deliver his program’s first Section III individual wrestling championship in 46 years, but fell just short of that elusive goal.

Lakers fall to ITC, rebound to beat Solvay

Caz will face Skaneateles just before Class B sectionals

Just when it was picking up late-season momentum and ready to crash into the short list of Section III Class B title contenders, the Cazenovia boys basketball team got sidetracked – if only for a brief moment.

J-D hoops offers dramatic sweep of CBA

Girls avenge previous defeat; Kinsey wins it for boys Rams

Jamesville-DeWitt owned Saturday night as both the boys and girls basketball teams won their rivalry match-ups at Christian Brothers Academy, albeit in very different fashions.

Saturday, February 9

Short-handed Hornets fight past Proctor

Nesher saves win for F-M as Wittig sits out

Despite playing without the services of floor leader Jake Wittig on Saturday afternoon, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team survived a frantic ending against Utica Proctor, won by a score of 52-51 and moved one step closer to locking down the top seed for the Section III Class AA tournament.

B'ville's Paul, Honsinger win at wrestling sectionals

Bees edge Fulton for Division I team championship

Kevin Paul, who had been down this path before, rolled to the top without a serious threat. Brian Honsinger, who was new to this, had to work extra-hard for his crowning moment. Whatever the method, Paul and Honsinger are Section III Division I wrestling champions, earning their titles Saturday night at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.

Casino night fundraiser to support Friends of Lorenzo

The second annual Casino Night fundraiser to benefit the Friends of Lorenzo will be held Friday, March 8 at the Lincklaen House. Enjoy drinks and appetizers while trying a hand at blackjack, craps, roulette, Texas hold 'em and a money wheel — no prior playing experience necessary. Attendees will receive “fun” chips to play with, which may be traded in at the end of the event for raffle tickets and the chance to win locally-donated prizes.

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Lorenzo Driving Competition spring showcase coming March 2

Social event to feature diamond pendant raffle kickoff

The annual Lorenzo Driving Competition will host a special social event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the historic 5 Ledyard to help support the 37th annual LDC held the third weekend in July on the grounds of the Lorenzo State Historic Site.

Girls basketball Bees take pair of losses

Struggles continue as Oswego, WG beat B'ville

With all kinds of youth on its roster, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team has found the 2012-13 season to be a vast learning experience, and sometimes the lessons are harsh.

WG boys rally past B’ville, salvage split

Wildcats lose to Corcoran side it beat by 22 in December

Though it was guaranteed to be part of the Section III Class AA playoff bracket when tournament pairings were released this week, the West Genesee boys basketball team still had a lot to worry about.

B’ville boys edged by Oswego, West Genesee

Both games see Bees give up fourth-quarter leads

All season long, the biggest flaw of the Baldwinsville boys basketball team turned out to be its inability to both start and finish well.

Friday, February 8

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The Nantucket Cat participates in Au Chocolat

Barb Donaghey, of The Nantucket Cat, proudly presents Karen Young, of Cicero, with a Laurel Burch purse and accessories, which she won during the holiday event, Au Chocolat in Baldwinsville.

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Reynolds blankets for breast cancer

With the help of staff members who donated materials, student volunteers in third through fifth grades stayed after school on Jan. 28 and made more than 50 valentines and seven no-sew blankets to donate to the breast cancer patients of Hill Medical Oncology – University Physicians Hematology/Oncology and Rheumatology.

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Half a heart… Full of love

At the 22nd week of Judy Walsh’s pregnancy, everything changed. “I never dreamed there would be a problem,” Judy said. Even so, after the routine sonogram, the hospital technician told her there was something wrong.

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My inspiration: The warrior with the beautiful smile

When I first met Eva Donahue, I didn’t realize what an impact she would have on my life. Knowing her has, in fact, lengthened my life.

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Crossfit in the 'Cuse

Teamwork, friendly competition all part of CNY’s newest fitness craze

Gym? Check! Equipment? Check! Weights? Check! Mats? Check! Sure, CrossFit Syracuse has the trappings of most exercise facilities to be found in Central New York. So, what gives? Why is CrossFit, according to Forbes contributor Patrick Rishe, “one of the fastest growing sports in America which only looks to build upon the financial and popular successes it has achieved in just one short year?” “The workouts are killer, the coaching is extremely important and the scalability makes CrossFit a universal opportunity,” said CrossFit Syracuse co-owner Ellen Spicer.

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Mud and motivation

Team Trifecta takes the course in memory of a lost teammate

Team Trifecta has run many races together. “We’ve competed together in many sprint triathlons, the Syracuse Half Ironman and the Marine Corp Marathon,” said Lisa Hoover, Skaneateles resident and Team Trifecta member. But this race was different. This race was in memory of a friend.

Cazenovia schools closing at 1:30 p.m. today

Cazenovia schools will be closing at 1:30 p.m. today, Friday, Feb. 8, -- one hour early -- due to the anticipated winter storm forecast for the area.

B'ville Board of Education to meet Feb. 11

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School.

COLUMN: Proposed budget detailed

The Governor proposed his executive budget on Jan. 22. Overall, it was a status quo budget that did not contain a lot of surprises.

Solvay boys capture Class B indoor track title

Cometti, McLeod each win twice; so does Garn for Marcellus girls

Nick Cometti and Brian McCleod would set the pace for the Solvay boys indoor track and field team in Thursday night’s Section III Class B championship meet at SRC Arena, and the rest of the Bearcats would gladly follow.

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F-M hockey wipes out Baldwinsville, 7-1

Angello scores hat trick for Hornets

Anthony Angello extended his right arm out in front of him, then pulled it in while lifting his left leg - his way of celebrating both a personal and team accomplishment. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Fayetteville-Manlius junior forward had just slapped home his third goal of the game to give the Hornets a five-goal lead over Baldwinsville 2:22 into the third period of Thursday night’s crucial Division-I West match-up at Cicero Twin Rinks.

Liverpool indoor track girls claim second at AA meet

Kulpa wins pole vault; C-NS's Fanizzi sweeps long, triple jump

Spreading its production around, the Liverpool girls indoor track and field team put together a second-place finish during Wednesday night’s Section III Class AA championship meet at SRC Arena.

Thursday, February 7

Skaneateles girls climb to second at indoor sectionals

Neal sweeps distance races; Schwab wins boys pole vault

From distance running to field events to sprints, each of the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams had plenty of highlights during Thursday night's Section III Class B championship meet at SRC Arena. The girls Lakers, paced by freshman Kaitlyn Neal, picked up 92 points, topping everyone in the 11-team field except Cazenovia, who won with 132 points.

Caz indoor track girls roar to Class B sectional crown

Lakers earn 132 points, hold off Skaneateles

Name an event during Thursday night's Section III Class B indoor track and field championship meet at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, and it was likely that Cazenovia was out in front, or close to the front. As a result, the Lakers are sectional champions for the third year in a row, picking up 132 points to top an 11-team field where Skaneateles, with 92 points, slid into second place.

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Sheriff’s Department announces promotions

Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department has announced the promotion of Deputy Gregory Beckwith, of Baldwinsville, to the rank of sergeant. Beckwith has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office Police Department since 2002.

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B'ville principal launches leadership lunch

Principal Michelle Crisafulli launched a monthly student leadership lunch at Van Buren Elementary School in January.

‘Playbook’ is lined with pure gold

MOVIE REVIEW

The end of football leaves an awful void in many people’s lives. There is no better way to fill the void than to go to the movies on a Sunday afternoon, particularly if the movie is “Silver Linings Playbook.” “Playbook” is exceptional for its script and execution. It is a love movie, a talking movie, set in real world circumstances where the dialogue grabs the audience and won’t release them.

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Latté Da! Café & Bakehouse open on Lincklaen Street

One day last summer, Barb Wright and Kay Crawford were on a leisure drive through Madison County, and they noticed that a storefront on Linklaen Street was up for sale. It was Angel’s Deli. Admirers of the village’s architecture and all-around charm, they decided to check it out.On Dec. 14, 2012, Wright and Crawford opened Latté Da! Café & Bakehouse in the village of Cazenovia. “And here we are, totally by accident,” Wright said.

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‘No place for bullies’ at Burton Street Elementary

Character education assembly features The Hill Brothers

Students at Burton Street Elementary School laughed, sang and learned last week that “Good Character is Cool” during a character education assembly featuring the educational concert of the Hill Brothers.

Skaneateles hockey ties Auburn again

Maroons could face Lakers a third time in sectional semifinal

All of the pressure was off the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team in the wake of its late rally to tie New Hartford 3-3 back on Feb. 2. That’s because the tie gave the Lakers the clinching point to lock down first place in the Division II regular-season standings and the top seed for the upcoming Section III playoffs.

Caz hockey beats Whitesboro, reaches sectional playoffs

Lakers dominate Warriors, Fulton on back-to-back nights

Right up until the last week of the regular season, the Cazenovia ice hockey team still did not know whether it would be involved in the Section III Division II playoffs. However, the Lakers got just the win it needed to earn that sixth and final playoff berth, unleashing all kinds of offense in Tuesday night’s 7-3 victory over seventh-place Whitesboro at the Morrisville State IcePlex.

East Syracuse village board prepares for a year of transformation

60 percent of board will change after March elections

Last week’s village board meeting at the East Syracuse municipal building was spent mostly preparing new programs and previewing some big changes to come in the village post- election season. This will be the first year since 2002 without current Mayor Danny Liedka present at board meetings as he is not running for reelection. Two trustees, Jodi Gehrke-Turner and Chad Tolhurst, have also announced that they will be stepping down in March. Mayor Liedka began his political career in East Syracuse when he was elected as a trustee 11 years ago and became mayor 6 years ago, in 2007. Gehrke-Turner and Tolhurst have been on the board six and four years respectively, and their seats will be taken by newcomers next month. Feb. 5 kicked off the week for prospective candidates to file Independent Nominating Petitions and ended on Feb. 13. The new candidates are expected to be announced on Feb. 14.

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2012 ESM grad hoping to shoot movie in Syracuse

Chris Steinberger starts campaign to raise the money to make it possible

Chris Steinberger may look like your average college freshman, but it’s pretty easy to forget that he’s only 19 years old when he talks about filmmaking. He already had his first experience with fame last year when he and fellow ESM student Matt Pede won $15,000 for their school with their PSA called “Drinking and Texting.” Since graduating in June, Steinberger has started his first year at Onondaga Community College and has written his first full-length film, “Iris”, which he is responsible for directing, producing, editing, composing the score and doing the visual effects. And he’s hoping to raise $6000 by the end of the month to make his dream a reality.

Beaver Lake Nature Center - February schedule

Grapes on ice this Friday

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

Girls Bees third, boys fourth at indoor track sectionals

Both sides win relays; Allen leads 300-meter sweep

Both individually, and with its relay teams, Baldwinsville’s indoor track and field teams would make significant impacts during Wednesday night’s Section III Class AA championship meet at SRC Arena.

COLUMN: Library Focus - February offers classes, tax help and more

The world is changing rapidly but our mission remains the same: to help you. That’s why we supply tax forms, offer computer classes, sponsor exercise classes, host book groups, provide craft workshops and stock our shelves with thousands of books, CDs and DVDs designed to instruct, empower and entertain you.

Westhill/Ludden indoor track boys claim Class A title

Wilkinson, on West Point signing day, gets pair of wins

On the day he made his commitment to the United States Military Academy at West Point official, Corey Wilkinson won something else, too. Wilkinson played a big role as the combined Westhill/Bishop Ludden boys indoor track and field team earn an exciting victory in Wednesday night’s Section III Class A championship meet at SRC Arena.

J-D indoor track girls win Class A sectional title

Boys Red Rams finish second to Westhill/Ludden

Only by a small amount of points did Jamesville-DeWitt’s indoor track and field teams miss a clean sweep of Wednesday night’s Section III Class A championship meets at SRC Arena.

Loss of funding at Upstate would create a hole both in our economy and the community

The more good-paying jobs there are in our area, the better our local economy performs. This is one of the reasons I recently wrote a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking him to restore funding to SUNY Upstate Medical University. In his 2013-14 executive budget proposal, Cuomo proposed cutting $28 million from an $87.8 million subsidy to the state’s three teaching hospitals. This cut would mean a loss of $9.3 million to Upstate Medical as well as countless job losses, which could have lasting and devastating effects on our economy and our families.

Rockin’ Ron’s a devoted baseball booster

A couple of guys from the northern end of the county here were honored by the Syracuse Chiefs at the ballclub’s 53rd annual Hot Stove Dinner and Silent Auction last Friday, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center on Electronics Parkway.

Canton Woods Senior Center schedule Feb. 7 to 15

$3 pulled pork sandwich lunch Tuesday

Feb. 7 to 15 schedule for Canton Woods Senior Center, located at 76 Canton St., B'ville.

Hornets sweep to Class AA indoor track titles

Ryan, Pearl both win twice in distance races

Just as it did a year ago, the Fayetteville-Manlius indoor track and field teams took full command over their respective Section III Class AA fields Wednesday night at SRC Arena. The girls Hornets went to the top with 114.33 points, enough to fend off Liverpool (80 points) and nine others. In the boys meet, F-M had 110 points as Rome Free Academy (69.33 points) settled into the runner-up spot.

LCSD holds informational meeting for parents

The Liverpool Central School District held a safety and security informational meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 4 to relay new policies and procedures and answer questions from community members. Prompted by concerned parents and guardians in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy that took place in December, Superintendent Richard N. Johns sought the opinion of the community after C&S Companies conducted an audit on the district’s behalf.

Wednesday, February 6

WG hockey ties Syracuse, clinches top seed

Wildcats' 1-1 decision secures Division I West title

Even though it wasn't victorious, the West Genesee ice hockey team got exactly what it needed from Wednesday night's game at Syracuse and, as a result, reigns as Division I West's top side once again.

C-NS hockey ties showdown with RFA, 2-2

Northstars cede playoff top seed to Black Knights

An entire season of build-up, augmented by a further delay caused by weather, added to the buzz that surrounded Wednesday night's ice hockey showdown at Kennedy Arena between Cicero-North Syracuse and Rome Free Academy, the state's top two-ranked Division I teams. And a whole lot happened - except somebody winning the actual game.

Westhill boys hoops pounds Grimes, clinches league title

Warriors overwhelm Cobras' defense for season sweep

Bishop Grimes had no answer for Westhill’s Jordan Roland and Tyler Reynolds in the host Warriors 74-50 boys basketball victory on Wednesday night. The duo handily outscored the Cobras in the first quarter and ultimately combined for 43 points as Westhill clinched the OHSL Liberty National division regular-season crown and swept Grimes in the season series.

Liverpool swimmers pound CBA/J-D, 114-72

Warriors complete unbeaten regular season

On the strength of its depth Liverpool (8-0) wrapped up an undefeated boys swimming and diving season Wednesday night with a convincing 114-72 road win over CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt, who was the top team in the Onondaga High School League this winter.

B'ville fire department merger still under discussion

There was a full house at last Wednesday’s public hearing regarding a proposed extension to the Lysander Fire District into the Smokey Hollow and Northern fire protection districts in Lysander and Van Buren, respectively.

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Pippi’s Healing Garden soothes the mind, body, and spirit

Studio offers alternative exercises for seniors, the disabled, and children

Vicky Hilleges spent 18 years working as an engineering consultant and 10 more years selling perennials before deciding to open Pippi’s Healing Garden in September. To some, the jump from engineering to gardening to teaching yoga may not make complete sense, but Hilleges says that after a while, the major physical and mental benefits she experienced from the yoga became so apparent that she felt she had to share her practice with others.

Shop on amazon.com, raise money for Cazenovia library

Did you know that every time you spend money on amazon.com you can benefit the Cazenovia Public Library?

Gas drilling moratoriums not enough

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The Chamber of Commerce "State of the Area Meeting" meeting held in Cazenovia on Jan. 29 was very interesting, as far as it went. The speakers presented a glowing picture of the progress and future plans for the area.

Final schedule for Cazenovia Winter Festival

Weekend of events runs Thursday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 10

The final schedule of events has been issued for this weekend's Cazenovia Winter Festival

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Local, regional, state officials report: state of the area is very good

The year 2012 was a good one during which many positive accomplishments were made by the Cazenovia village and town governments and school district, and the outlook for 2013, despite the typical issues and challenges faced every year, is just as optimistic. This was the message conveyed to about 75 local residents during the annual State of the Area meeting last week, held at the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 and sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Gothic Cottage to be renovated for improved town office space

Issue of preservation versus functionality a concern

The Gothic Cottage on lower Albany Street may be a beautiful building full of local history, but as a town office its practicality leaves much to be desired. This is why, after nearly six years of study, consideration and discussions, the Cazenovia Town Board recently decided it will move forward on a total reconstruction of the building’s interior to make it a more functional and user-friendly workplace and public meeting area. The project, for which no cost estimates have yet been developed, would include exterior and surface repairs to the roof, walls and windows, as well as improved office and public meeting areas, records storage, air conditioning and heating, electrical capability and handicapped accessibility.

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Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at Grace Episcopal

Grace Episcopal Church will hold this year’s community pancake supper from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the church undercroft, located at 110 Oswego Road (Route 48) in Baldwinsville to again benefit the food pantry. The public is invited to attend.

EDITORIAL: Free speech isn’t always smart speech

Just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should.

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Skaneateles girls hockey gains momentum

Team gives girls from other schools a chance to play high school hockey

Skaneateles' high school girls hockey team is unique in that it is the only of its kind in the area and it draws about half of its roster from other high schools.

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RNS offers new three-day 3-year-old program

Registration is presently underway at Radisson Nursery School and the 2013-14 school year brings a brand new program to RNS.

Girls Warriors’ unbeaten run ended by Cazenovia

Lakers avenge earlier defeat in 49-45 thriller

Not since 2011 had the Westhill girls basketball team lost a regular-season contest, going 34-1 the past two seasons while traversing through one of the toughest leagues in the state unbeaten. At last, that string came to an last Tuesday night, when the state Class B no. 2-ranked Warriors went to Buckley Gym and took a 49-45 defeat to Cazenovia.

B’ville students receive Scholastic Art Awards

Twenty students in the Baldwinsville Central School District received awards in the 2013 CNY Scholastic Art Awards, sponsored by M&T Bank. More than 1,000 award-winning works will be on display at the Whitney Applied Technology Center at Onondaga Community College until March 1.

Marcellus girls scrape past Ludden, 29-26

Mustangs stop Gaelic Knights after tight win over VVS

Little about the Marcellus girls basketball team’s encounter with Bishop Ludden Tuesday night was aesthetic or fancy. It was, instead, a matter of two sides grinding out every single possession in search of an important victory – which the Mustangs would attain in a 29-26 decision.

Rossi Memorial Dinner to take place March 16

Friends and family of Dominic and Patricia Rossi of Cicero will again host a dinner to honor Dom and Pat’s memory and raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Patricia Rossi served as the town clerk of Cicero from 1993 to 1998. Dominic served as a foreman in the Cicero Highway Department from 1975 to 1995. The St. Jude seventh annual Dominic and Patricia Rossi Memorial Dinner will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Welch Allyn Lodge in Skaneateles. New York Times best-selling author and former NFL star Tim Green will be this year’s special guest. Previous dinner special guests have been SU greats Floyd Little, Dan Conley and Kris Joseph, as well as Vincent Pastore of the television series “The Sopranos.”

3 Skaneateles village races may go uncontested

Mayor Marty Hubbard and trustees Marc Angelillo and Mary Sennett will all seek re-election on March 19, and those seats may go uncontested.

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WCNY launches campaign to promote local causes

WCNY has launched a new effort aimed at helping local nonprofits. “Won’t You Help a Neighbor?” uses the public broadcast station’s many media resources and connections to promote causes near and dear to Central New York residents.

Tuesday, February 5

Boys Warriors stopped by Henninger, 66-53

Liverpool falls despite return of Oyola

Even the return of star forward Hector Oyola wasn’t enough to help the Liverpool boys basketball team overcome the size of Henninger’s front line as the visiting Warriors dropped Tuesday night’s contest to the Black Knights 66-53.

Caz girls knock off unbeaten Westhill, 49-45

Carpenter, Kleine lead Lakers to Senior Night stunner

About the only way that the Cazenovia girls basketball team could make Senior Night more special was to earn a landmark victory - like, say, one over an unbeaten, state Class B no. 2-ranked opponent. That's exactly what the Lakers pulled off Tuesday night at Buckley Gym, toppling the Warriors 49-45 with a spirited, determined effort and uncommon poise down the stretch.

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One hundred wins and still going

Congratulations to Baldwinsville varsity wrestlers Kevin Paul, left, and Chad McArdell.

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B’ville students attend Model United Nations Conference

Members of Baker High School’s Model United Nations Club joined 400 students from more than 25 area schools at the 30th Central New York Model United Nations Conference held at Syracuse University on Jan. 11 and 12.

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B'ville's Rouse to play football at Boston College

Firenze also signs to join sister with SU soccer

For a long time, speculation had centered on whether Tyler Rouse, Baldwinsville's record-setting senior tailback, would make his way to an elite college football program. That speculation ended Tuesday when it was learned that Rouse would head to Boston College.

Governor's staff presents budget at Skan library

Members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet were in Skaneateles on Friday, Feb. 1, to present and discuss the proposed state budget and give an overview of the governor’s State of the State address. Matthew Driscoll, former Syracuse mayor and current President of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, gave the presentation in the Skaneateles Library in front of a crowd of about 10 people.

A Super ending for the Ravens

Baltimore run to Super Bowl title one full of twists, drama

Look here, as the clock hit zero in New Orleans, and you see John Harbaugh, subdued when greeting his younger brother at midfield, but happier when greeted by his boss and family.

Morgan Road students will move to Wetzel Road during renovation

In a unanimous vote, the Liverpool Central School District Board of Education passed a motion Monday, Feb. 4, authorizing the superintendent to make all facility adjustments, transportation changes and necessary staff movement to accommodate the relocation of Morgan Road Elementary students and staff to Wetzel Road Elementary during the renovation for the 2013-14 school year.

Three added to Liverpool Housing Authority

At their monthly meeting on Jan. 23, Liverpool trustees appointed two new directors to the Liverpool Housing Authority which oversees the House at 807. The village board unanimously approved the appointments of Beverly and Douglas Wernet and Sandra Lovell, each to a term of five years.

Village vote may change: BOE commissioner asks villages to move elections to November

Onondaga County Board of Elections’ new Democratic Party commissioner, Dustin Czarny, is on a mission to move village elections to November. State law, he points out, gives villages the option of conducting elections in March, June or November. “The villages could all save money by moving their elections from March or June to the fall,” Czarny said. “We’re already running an election every November anyway.” In January, Czarny sent a letter to all 15 of Onondaga County’s villages requesting that they make the change.

Local author to dispel myths of mental illness

Now, more than ever, it’s critical to talk about mental illness.

WG, Marcellus wrestlers vie for sectional honors

Mustangs' Cavaretta wins Class B 220-pound title

With the decisive month of February at hand, the Marcellus and West Genesee wrestling teams ventured out to two separate venues last Saturday for the start of the Section III championship rounds.

Monday, February 4

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LETTERS: B’ville ‘kids’ help benefit charity

Many thanks are extended to the eight former Van Buren School gym class “kids” for helping me collect bottles and cans in December.

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Youth Club to offer thought-provoking program Feb. 10

Susan Bertrand and Bryan Morgan are once again delivering inspiration to teens.

Volunteer Firemen’s Association bowling tournament coming to Caz

Annual event to be held Feb. 9 and 10

The Madison County Volunteer Firemen’s Association annual bowling tournament will be hosted by the Cazenovia Volunteer Firemen's Ladies Auxiliary on Saturday, Feb. 9, and Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Caz Sports Bowl.

Lysander Parks and Recreation offers Father-Daughter Dance

Back again by popular demand, the Lysander Parks and Recreation Department will once again host the annual Father and Daughter Dance to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Canton Woods Senior Center, 76 Canton St., Baldwinsville.

Boys hoops Wildcats go 1-1, get key win at Oswego

Allen, Smith key comeback to upend Bucs, 74-71

Though the West Genesee boys basketball team is on its way to the Section III Class AA playoffs, it still has found difficulty gaining wins against top-level opponents.

Sunday, February 3

Ludden sweeps season series from CBA

Hackett's late surge keys 50-35 Gaelic Knights win

They brought the boys basketball 'Holy War' between Bishop Ludden and Christian Brothers Academy back to Buddy Wleklinski Court on Sunday afternoon, but the offense was a late arrival. In the latest fierce, intense edition of this half-century-old battle, the Gaelic Knights again came out on top, 50-35, completing a regular-season sweep of the Brothers.

C-NS wrestlers third, Liverpool fifth at AA meet

Barber, Anoceto, Ashkar earn individual titles

Yet again, Cicero-North Syracuse served as a host for a big wrestling event, in this case Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet. The host Northstars put up 156.5 points and finished third, just behind runner-up Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA (162.5 points) as Baldwinsville won with 235 points. Liverpool, earning 105 points, was sixth in the 10-team field.

Liverpool boys hoops go 2-2 without Oyola

Warriors beaten by Corcoran, rally past Central Square

When the Liverpool boys basketball team won a tough 67-62 decision at Oswego on Jan. 25, the sense was that it could get through two more games before Hector Oyola returned from a suspension in time for Tuesday night’s showdown with Henninger.

C-NS boys basketball handles West Genny

Tricaro's 27 points, 10 boards key late-season win

Ever since falling to Liverpool for a second time on Jan. 18, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team has put together its best stretch of the season. That good play continued last Tuesday night, when the Northstars hosted West Genesee and got another tremendous performance from Mike Tricarico as it beat the Wildcats 70-56.

F-M’s Quinlan, CBA/J-D wrestlers star at AA meet

Nine wrestlers from local teams win sectional class titles

Both the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA wrestling teams had reasons to feel quite proud at the end of Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Cicero-North Syracuse.

Wrestling Lakers take fifth at sectional Class C meet

Caz sees Evans, Nourse fall in championship round

When the Cazenovia wrestling team ventured to Hannibal for Saturday’s Section III Class C championship meet, it faced one of its toughest fields of the entire season.

Saturday, February 2

Bees are Class AA wrestling champions

Paul, Honsinger claim individual titles for B'ville

Elements of a successful present and a glorious past were mixed together to create a memorable week for the Baldwinsville wrestling team. It was the current Bees that earned the glory during Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Cicero-North Syracuse.

Hockey Wildcats turn back B'ville, 3-1

WG inches closer to Division I West title

Despite its youth, and despite real struggles at different times this winter, the West Genesee ice hockey team is still on the brink of another first-place finish, and again Baldwinsville is chasing them. The Wildcats outplayed the Bees, 3-1, Saturday night at Shove Park, completing a regular-season sweep in a long-simmering rivalry.

West Genesee tops B’ville on senior night

Win gives Wildcats a five point lead for first place in division

After weather postponed the game originally scheduled for Friday, Shove Park Ice Rink in Camillus was packed with fans of both schools Saturday night to see the West Genesee Wildcats top the Baldwinsville Bees for the second time this season. After winning 3-1, the Wildcats now have a five point lead in the division that they will likely keep going into the playoffs.

Skaneateles girls hockey falls in sectional final shootout

Alexandria Bay denies Lakers berth in state final four

Three periods and two overtime periods were not enough to decide the Section III girls hockey championship between Skaneateles and Alexandria Bay Saturday night at Austin Park Pavilion as neither team could get on the scoreboard. It was, instead, a shoot-out that would settle matters - and it was here that the Lakers' state title dreams were denied by the Purple Ghosts, by a 2-1 margin.

Boys hockey Lakers win regular-season league title

Skaneateles clinches with late goal, tie at New Hartford

No, it wasn't a win, but it was still good enough. Skaneateles clinched the Division II boys’ hockey regular season league championship thanks to a 3-3 tie with New Hartford on Saturday afternoon.

Towns to hold joint session

Van Buren, Lysander to hold joint session at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Van Buren town hall.

Caz girls rout Hannibal, await bigger clashes

Skaneateles showdown pushed back to Feb. 11

What was already a regular-season homestretch full of significance for the Cazenovia girls basketball team, featuring next Tuesday night’s visit from undefeated Westhill, only got more interesting, thanks to the intervention of weather.

Caz boys to face Skaneateles Feb. 12

Key late-season clash pushed back by snowstorm

Winter weather struck on the first day of February, pushing back the boys basketball clash between Cazenovia and Skaneateles at Buckley Gym. Instead, the two Laker sides will have to wait until Feb. 12 to make up that contest, which will take place just one day before the announcement of the Section III Class B playoff brackets - and could affect tournament seeding.

Friday, February 1

Romeo reaches 1,000 points in CBA win

Girls, boys sides sweep past ESM

As they zoom toward next Friday's pair of rematches with Jamesville-DeWitt, each of the Christian Brothers Academy basketball teams are in top form - and one player in particular managed to make a bit of history on Friday night. During the CBA girls' 67-54 victory over East Syracuse-Minoa, senior guard Marisa Romeo notched career point no. 1,000, just a small part of an extraordinary three-sport tenure.

Schurman passes 1,000 points for Hornets

F-M junior reaches milestone in win over B'ville

Braving the winter snows, Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball fans again packed the 'Hornets Nest' Friday night for a game against Baldwinsville that proved special on two fronts. Not only was it the 'Pink Out' benefit for Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, it also was the occasion that F-M's star junior, John Schurman, earned his 1,000th career point as the Hornets beat the Bees 75-51.

LETTERS: B&H gives customer appreciation shout out

As we begin another New Year, we would like to thank our customers for continued support over the years.

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Monnat sisters set to dominate Le Moyne soccer, lax fields

With each new academic year, colleges welcome fresh faces to their sports teams. The life and schedules of student-athletes is a hectic one.

Caz hockey stuns Auburn, remains in playoff fight

Lakers' hopes hinge on Whitesboro meeting

All through a frustrating winter, the Cazenovia ice hockey team knew that it had the capability to knock off any top Division II foe, a valuable asset should the Lakers make it into the six-team Section III tournament.

Manlius parking lot owner Mike Magley breaks his silence

Dear Editor: I would like to provide facts in response to issues raised by your recent article.

Peterson, Bees end Auburn bowling streak

B'ville first side to beat Maroons in 31 matches

Annie Peterson and the Baldwinsville girls bowling team achieved, by far, it biggest win of the season and, in doing so, halted a long streak from the Auburn Maroons.

B’ville girls indoor track gets third at league meet

Soeder takes pole vault; Bees' 4x400 relay side prevails

By a single point, Baldwinsville’s girls indoor track and field team missed moving up to the runner-up spot in Thursday night’s CNY Counties League National division championship meet at SRC Arena.

Skaneateles girls take second at league indoor meet

Neal wins 3,000 meters; Molnar prevails in pole vault

Gathering together all of its disparate pieces, the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team emerged from Thursday night’s OHSL Liberty/Patriot division championship meet at SRC Arena with a second-place finish.

Leff, Garn, Byrnes each win twice at league meet

West Genny, Marcellus, J-E stars highlight busy night

Though the West Genesee girls indoor track and field team could only manage a fourth place finish in last Thursday’s CNY Counties League National division meet at SRC Arena, junior Laura Leff achieved plenty.