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Thursday, January 31

Liverpool girls pull away, earn indoor track league honors

Warriors top C-NS for National division crown

Without any question, the Liverpool girls indoor track and field team was the best side in the CNY Counties League National division this winter. Any doubts were erased in Thursday night's league championship meet at SRC Arena, where the Warriors, with 169 points, easily claimed the title as Cicero-North Syracuse (99 points) edged Baldwinsville (98 points) for the runner-up spot.

F-M hockey snares crucial win over Syracuse

Wild 7-5 win pushes Hornets into sectional playoffs

Garrett Zogby might not have even touched the ice in Fayetteville-Manlius’ dramatic 7-5 win over Syracuse on Thursday night. But his skates sure did. Senior captain Trevor Chase slipped and skidded his way around the rink on a broken skate for the first two periods, and with the hockey Hornets clinging to a slim lead against the scrappy Cougars in a hostile Meachem Rink, Zogby offered up his size-10 1/2s.

Girls Hornets, Red Rams complete indoor track sweep

F-M, J-D both capture league titles at SRC Arena

What the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt boys indoor track and field teams started, their female counterparts would finish off 24 hours later. In one-sided manners, the girls Hornets and Red Rams won their respective divisions in Thursday night's league championship meets at SRC Arena.

Girls indoor track Lakers win Liberty title

Caz piles up 131 points in impressive effort

Another week, and another championship earned by the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team. With the Mohawk Valley ITA Division I crown already secure, the Lakers went to Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena and easily pushed past a larger field in Thursday night's Onondaga High School League Liberty/Patriot division meet.

Swimming Warriors stop Auburn, go to 6-0

Liverpool wins first league title in seven seasons

The Liverpool boys swim team improved to 6-0 and captured its first CNYCL championship in seven years by winning nine of ten events and cruising to a 103-69 victory over Auburn on Thursday night.

Two burglaries, one a home invasion, prompts warning from county sheriff

Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating two daytime burglaries that occurred Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Madison County Town of Sullivan, and are asking anyone who may have any information to call the sheriff's office.

LETTERS: What is Barclay’s value

What does our NYS Assemblyman Will Barclay do for his $75,000+ salary?

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Hoops for the Hospital raises $4,858

The Baldwinsville boys varsity basketball team joined forces with the West Genesee varsity basketball team for a Hoops for the Hospital fundraiser at Baldwinsville’s home game on Dec. 20.

Obama lets Wall Street shysters off the hook

Ever since Election Night 2008, millions of Americans including thousands here in Central New York, swell with pride at the fact that a black man now resides in the White House. Given our nation’s abysmal history of slavery, lynching, Jim Crow and countless other inequalities, it is rather amazing that a black man with a white mother and a Muslim name now leads our land. But those dazzled by the racial significance of his presidency remain blinded to one important fact: the color most important to Barack Hussein Obama is green.

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Changes in store this spring for Fayetteville

Village moves forward with ‘Save the Rain’, prepares for Dunkin Donuts

The Fayetteville Cleaners has been out of business since last June but the property where it stands will soon be home to Fayetteville’s first Dunkin Donuts. The Fayetteville village office reports that the management company for Dunkin Donuts recently purchased the property and that the village planning board is in the early stages of developing the project.

Beaver Lake Nature Center February activities

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

Boys indoor track Bees take second at league meet

Peinkofer, Perez, Fleming all win distance events

Baldwinsville’s boys indoor track and field team had a strong showing in Wednesday night’s CNY Counties League National division championship meet at SRC Arena – but it wasn’t quite enough to get to the top.

Local lawmakers oppose new state gun control law

New York lawmakers addressed concerns about gun violence recently by passing one of the toughest gun control laws in the country. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE Act) into law on Jan. 15. Though the men who represent Skaneateles in those houses, John DeFrancisco and Gary Finch respectively, both voted against the bill.

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Clay fourth-grader organizes fourth annual blanket drive

Two years ago, Damon “DJ” Villnave saw a news broadcast that would change his life. “It was before the holidays [two years ago]. The Rescue Mission had a van going around and they were showing all the homeless people and people out on the streets having frostbite because last winter, unlike this year, it was so cold,” said mom Sara Villnave. “So he was very serious, and he was very upset, and he said, ‘They can’t be cold. I don’t want anyone to be cold.’ Then he decided, ‘Everybody needs a blanket,’ because when he’s cold, he gets a blanket.” So DJ, a fourth-grader at Karl W. Saile Bear Road Elementary in North Syracuse, decided to organize a blanket drive for the men at the Rescue Mission.

EDITORIAL: Violence is the problem, not guns

With the NY SAFE Act, Gov. Cuomo and the state legislators have answered the call for more gun control, however this legislation is misguided.

C-NS boys earn National indoor track title

Northstars pull away as Liverpool takes third place

With its depth and versatility, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys indoor track and field team roared past Liverpool and the rest of the field to win the CNY Counties League National division championship Wednesday night at SRC Arena.

Wednesday, January 30

Grimes boys hoops stopped by SAS

Atoms avenge December defeat to Cobras

Coming off a tough last-minute loss to Westhill on Jan. 25, Syracuse Academy of Science gutted out a close win themselves Wednesday night by holding off host Bishop Grimes 48-46.

Solvay, Westhill/Ludden boys share indoor track title

Both sides get 93 points; West Genny takes fourth

Though they each displayed their own strengths in their own events, the Solvay and Westhill/Bishop Ludden boys indoor track and field teams ended up in the exact same spot atop the standings at the end of Wednesday night's OHSL Liberty/Patriot division championship meet at SRC Arena.

F-M, J-D boys roll to indoor track league titles

Hornets claim American division; Red Rams rule Freedom division

Beginning their respective post-season journeys, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt boys track and field teams both earned league championships Wednesday night at SRC Arena. The Hornets were victorious in the CNY Counties League American division with 160 points, while the Red Rams amassed 149 points and earned the Onondaga High School League Freedom division title.

Girls hockey Lakers rout Oswego, 7-0

Season-high total puts Skaneateles in division final

In order to advance in the state championship tournament, the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team would need to turn away the challenge of two Section III foes on home ice. In the first of those tests Wednesday night, the Lakers put together its most productive effort of the season, blowing out the Oswego Buccaneers 7-0 at Austin Park Pavilion.

B’ville Baseball Hall of Fame seeks nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the third class to be inducted into the Baldwinsville Baseball Hall of Fame this coming June.

Students to perform in Elementary All-County Music Fest

Forty-seven students in grades five and six in the Baldwinsville Central School District have been selected to perform in the Elementary All-County Music Festival scheduled for March 1 and 2.

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Plunge in pictures, other Big Chill photos

The Baldwinsville Big Chill drew more than 150 plungers, who dove into the chilly Seneca River last Saturday, and the entire event raised roughly $38,000, which will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Central NY Chapter and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central NY, as well as the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce.

Former Skaneateles football player investigated for rap song

A former Skaneateles High School football player was under investigation this week for releasing a rap song with threatening lyrics.

2013 Constituent Survey is available online

As your assemblyman, my first priority is to listen to you and your family. Doing so ensures that your voice is always heard loud and clear in Albany. I want to make it easier for you to voice your questions, concerns and opinions to me, so that I can ensure that Central New York’s needs are not only heard, but met. To help make sure your best interests are represented, I invite you to take go to http://tinyurl.com/Stirpe2013Survey to take a constituent survey.

Trying not to hate the wintertime

As many of us were reminded by the weather this past week, winter in Central New York can be a real pain sometimes.

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Hot Stove here Friday: Chiefs welcome IL president to baseball banquet

For 22 years, Randy Mobley has served as president of baseball’s International League. Mobley is scheduled to appear at The Syracuse Chiefs’ 53rd annual Hot Stove Dinner on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, on Electronics Parkway, in the town of Salina. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction of sports memorabilia, and the dinner program starts at 7 p.m.

28th Annual Wild Game Banquet to be held Feb. 9

Open Door Baptist Church, Route 13 and Delphi Road, New Woodstock, is once again hosting its annual banquet starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, with seminars and displays.

Stirpe to hold town hall meetings on the proposed 2012-2013 state budget

Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-North Syracuse) will host a series of town hall meetings on the governor’s proposed 2013-2014 state budget. These meetings will be held through out the month of February to allow local residents to have the opportunity to comment and obtain more information on the governor’s proposed 2013-2014 state budget.

Anti-fracking meeting recently held in DeRuyter

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: DeRuyter Citizens for a Voice recently held a fracking meeting on Dec. 28 at the American Legion in DeRuyter from 6 to 10 p.m. More than 50 people attended the presentation even though it was during the holiday season and other activities were being held in the area at the same time.

Madison County sheriff offers opinion of new NYS gun law

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: This week, sheriffs from across New York state met in Albany to carefully review the NY Safe Act. At the conclusion of the week, the sheriffs in attendance in conjunction with the NYS Sheriffs’ Association formulated a formal position statement. There are a number of provisions in the law which I along with other sheriffs felt were helpful to law enforcement officials and our citizens. There were also a number of the provisions that caused a concern to me and other sheriffs.

Guest commentary: Information about proposed town sewer project

OPINION

As most of you know, the town board has been investigating the costs and feasibility of extending sewers into areas of the Cazenovia Lake shoreline as a part of the overall work of the town, the village and the lake association to improve the health of the lake and the watershed. My purpose here is to describe the process of forming a sewer district and constructing sewers.

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B’ville firm promotes from within

Research & Marketing Strategies welcomes Bonni Nelson to its staff as the new team leader in the firm’s onsite call center, QualiSight.

Will school be cancelled tomorrow?

ESM Superintendent Donna DeSiato weighs in on that all-important decision making process

Nearly every January and February, there comes a time when students all across Central New York wear their pajamas inside out and backwards, hoping that they’ll hear those three precious words: no school today. While it’s easy to get hopes up for a day off, East Syracuse-Minoa Superintendent Donna DeSiato says the actual decision making process isn’t quite so simple.

Van Buren to present hydrofracking presentation

Residents interested in learning more about the possible impact of hydrofracking in greater Baldwinsville are invited to attend the next meeting of the Van Buren board.

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Gigi’s Playhouse: Alleviating stigma and creating a more positive world

Ally Donofrio learned the importance of patience when her daughter Addison was diagnosed with Down syndrome. She wasn’t expecting the news and part of her was scared of what the chromosomal condition entailed. What would having Down syndrome mean for Addison’s future? What kind of help would Addison need? What kind of changes would her family have to make? “I want the best for her and I want the best for every child with Down syndrome,” Ally said.

Tuesday, January 29

F-M hoops stays hot, drills Oswego

Schurman nets 18, nears 1,000 career points

Though it was John Schurman closing in on membership to an elite club of 1,000-point scorers, it was sophomore point guard Jake Wittig who set the tone Tuesday night for the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team in a comfortable 79-65 home win over division foe Oswego.

C-NS girls turn back West Genesee, 66-50

Nichols sets career mark with 23 points for Northstars

Without question, the gap in girls basketball between Cicero-North Syracuse and West Genesee, so large when they met last winter in the Carrier Dome for the Section III Class AA championship, has closed. But it's still there, and the Northstars, led by Hannah Nichols and Sarah Bowles, turned back the Wildcats' challenge Tuesday night in Camillus, pulling away late to prevail 65-50.

Town approves draft Agricultural Protection Plan

As part of its ongoing efforts to protect, encourage and enhance agricultural development and preservation in the town of Cazenovia, the Cazenovia Town Board has approved a draft Agricultural Protection Plan after more than one year of ongoing work.

B'ville fire departments prepare for public hearing on merger

The manner in which fire protection services are provided to many greater Baldwinsville residents may soon change.

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Frigid Fun, Skan Winterfest continues to grow in popularity

Winterfest, the annual January festival run by the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary club since 2005, continued its great popularity in the community with another successful year. The festival, held on Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26, featured an ice walk, the Polar Bear Plunge, ice carving demonstrations, the Taste of Skaneateles and a scavenger hunt.

Skan CSD to propose building improvements, full-day kindergarten

This spring, the board will vote on proposals to switch Waterman Elementary School to full-day kindergarten and a capital funds project for improvements to the high school and middle school buildings. The board heard the first of several reports on these two projects at its Jan. 22 meeting.

Lysander appoints records access officer/management officer

The Lysander Town Board held its annual organizational meeting on Jan. 3. During the meeting, the board appointed a records access officer and a records management officer; these two positions handle an Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) requests.

Three Liverpool streets to get makeovers in April

Two projects designed to improve drainage on village streets are being planned for April. Liverpool Deputy Mayor Nick Kochan outlined the proposed work at the Jan. 23 village board meeting and suggested that trustees establish a $200,000 reserve fund to prepare to pay for the projects expected to cost between $575,000 and $600,000. At the corner of Balsam and Third streets, 1,500-linear feet of piping will be installed along with curbing, gutters and catch basins at an estimated cost of $250,000. Along Hiawatha Trail sanitary sewer repairs will be made, the road will be resurfaced and drainage maintained, at a cost estimated at between $287,000 and $350,000.

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The Molly Project seeks to comfort women with cancer

More than 20 years after losing her mother to cancer, Kristin Atkinson is channeling her grief into helping other women. Atkinson of Cicero, Kristin Johnson of Cicero and Tara Polcaro of North Syracuse started The Molly Project as a way to provide comfort to women affected by cancer and their families. Named after Atkinson’s late mother, The Molly Project got its start a year ago when Johnson’s sister called her, looking for a way to help a co-worker with cancer.

SFD sends out alarm: Union says closing of station may endanger commuters

With a $20 million budget gap facing Syracuse, the city’s busiest fire station may be on the line. City officials have floated the idea of closing down Syracuse Fire Department Engine Company No. 7, located at 1039 E. Fayette St. But the members of Local No. 280, the firefighters’ union, say that would be a very bad idea. “In the past two years, we’ve had several incidents of multiple fires in the city. We were stripped, using every resource,” said Paul Motondo, vice president of Local No. 280. “Losing an engine company, especially this one because of where it is and what its responses are, it’ll create a huge void.”

The players are here, too

Super Bowl XLVII has plenty of stories beyond coaching brothers

Harbaugh brothers, and let’s call it Ravens 24, 49ers 21. Or Harbaugh brothers, and let’s say 49ers 27, Ravens 24. There, I’ve spared you a vast majority of the cliché pieces that will spring up in the days leading up to that rather consequential football game they’ll play in New Orleans Sunday night.

COLUMN: Building awareness for Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60. While the average age at onset is 60, people have been diagnosed as young as 18. There is no objective test, or biomarker, for Parkinson's disease, so the rate of misdiagnosis can be relatively high.

Monday, January 28

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B’ville CARES to offer free income tax preparation

B’ville CARES invites qualifying residents to take advantage of a new program offering free income tax preparation.

C-NS hockey stays atop state rankings

Northstars rip past Central Square, IHC

All the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team had to do, in order to maintain its place atop the state Division I rankings, was avoid looking too far ahead. Everything pointed toward this Friday night’s showdown between the Northstars and no. 3-ranked Rome Free Academy at Kennedy Arena. The Black Knights are the only team to beat C-NS this season, a 3-1 decision way back on Nov. 30 at the Twin Rinks.

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Public meeting on proposed sewer districts contentious, informative

The contentious issue of the formation of new sewer districts around Cazenovia Lake remained contentious last week during a public information meeting attended by more than 100 people at which voices were raised, tempers flared and vast amounts of information was given.

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Lincklaen House packed for ‘Fabulous Beekman Boys’

Nearly 200 people from towns and villages across Central New York descended on Cazenovia this past Saturday, Jan. 26, to meet, have books signed by and taste the recipes of Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge, popularly known as “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” — authors, entrepreneurs, stars of a reality cooking show and winners of the latest season of television’s “The Amazing Race.”

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Mustang hockey raises awareness, funds for autism

The ending couldn’t have played out any more perfectly than it did Saturday night, Jan. 19, when Morrisville State College men’s ice hockey took SUNY Potsdam into overtime and posted a dramatic 5-4 State University of New York Athletic Conference victory. But what meant more than just the win on the ice was the game that was being played to raise awareness for autism, and ultimately gathered nearly $4,000 through ticket sales, raffles and other events.

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Minoa Turns 100

Friends, neighbors, familiar faces gather for Minoa's Centennial Celebration

The small village of Minoa doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves, but on the evening of Jan. 25, it was finally Minoa’s time to shine. A crowd of over 400 people packed the village’s Municipal Building to both look back and remember the bravery and perseverance of the residents of the past and also to appreciate the hard work and innovation of its current citizens that make the village great.

Sheriff’s office investigating New Woodstock store burglary

Madison County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary of the New Woodstock Store, 2092 Main Street in New Woodstock, which occurred at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Town-wide property value reassessment underway

The Town of Cazenovia has begun the process for a town-wide reassessment of every property to be used on the 2014 tax rolls.

B’ville celebrates 165 years, considers increased parking

Mayor Joseph Saraceni announced this year marks the 165th anniversary of the village becoming incorporated.

Beaver Lake Nature Center February 2013 events

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

Liverpool wrestlers travel to Cornell, beat West Genny

Warriors also beat Oswego; C-NS falls to F-M

What was a run-of-the-mill wrestling meet between Liverpool and West Genesee gained extra significance because of the venue. For Saturday’s contest, the Warriors and Wildcats traveled to Cornell Univeristy’s Friedman Wrestling Center, the country’s only college-level facility devoted solely to wrestling and home of a program currently no. 7 in the national rankings.

Coffee with Baldwinsville's Mayor - What to expect in 2013

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni and Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Canton Woods Senior Center to chat about what’s new in the village and town.

Brillo reaches final at league wrestling meet

Skaneateles finishes sixth in 12-team Liberty/Patriot field

Post-season competition is already underway for the Skaneateles wrestling team, and the first step was taken during Saturday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty/Patriot Tournament at Cazenovia High School’s Buckley Gym.

WG, Syracuse hockey sweeps Cortland-Homer

Wildcats stay in first in Division I West, ahead of Cougars

A mostly quiet winter erupted with lake-effect snowstorms that started to affect the schedules of local high school teams, including ice hockey. West Genesee’s game against Liverpool at Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena last Tuesday was postponed until Feb. 8, right at the end of the regular season.

Caz hockey beaten by Skaneateles, New Hartford

Lakers again struggle for goals against top league foes

In two games, and six periods of work, the Cazenovia ice hockey team could not get on the board against those other Lakers from Skaneateles.

WG wrestlers visit Cornell, take loss to Liverpool

Marcellus, led by Hood, takes fifth at OHSL meet

West Genesee’s wrestling team had a memorable weekend, regardless of what took place on the mat. Instead of the typical CNY Counties League meet against Liverpool, the two sides took their Saturday contest to Ithaca – or more specifically, to Cornell University’s Friedman Wrestling Center, the country’s only college-level facility devoted solely to wrestling and home of a program currently no. 7 in the national rankings.

Sunday, January 27

Girls hockey Lakers to host Oswego in state playoffs

Skaneateles sweeps Ithaca, Saranac, St. Lawrence

For the second time in a six-day span, the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team got the best of its budding rivalry with Ithaca, part of a resounding finish to the regular season that has produced at least one more chance to play in front of the home folks.

Caz wrestlers third, Chittenango fifth at league meet

Evans, Lucas both earn individual titles for Lakers

Long before the calendar turned to February, it was time to start the post-season for both the Cazenovia and Chittenango wrestling teams. Together, they appeared at Buckley Gym in Saturday’s OHSL Liberty/Patriot tournament, where the Lakers finished third with 148 points and the Bears took fifth place with 111 points. Phoenix claimed the team title with 230 points as Port Byron (204 points) finished second.

Saturday, January 26

Ludden, Grimes split basketball twin bill

Games were benefit for Golisano Children's Hospital

Here was a case where, in a very literal sense, everyone involved in Saturday night's "Hoops for the Hospital" high school basketball doubleheader between Bishop Ludden and Bishop Grimes at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena ended up a winner in some way.

Wildcats stopped again by Henninger, 52-47

WG falls to .500 mark in league play

For the second time in three weeks the Henninger boys’ basketball team was taken to the wire by West Genesee. Round one, on Jan. 4, saw the Black Knights pull out a 62-59 overtime nail biter at home in non-league play. Friday night’s rematch in Camillus would again go to Henninger, this time in a 52-47 decision.

WG girls roll past Auburn, Henninger

Wildcats set up Tuesday showdown with C-NS

As it enters Tuesday’s home showdown with two-time defending state Class AA champion Cicero-North Syracuse, the West Genesee girls basketball team is displaying some of its best form of the season.

C-NS girls need big late push to beat Nottingham

Boys Northstars get key win over Bulldogs, too

Up until Friday night, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team had not received a serious challenge from a Section III Class AA foe. All of that changed against Nottingham, though, as it trailed the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter before an overwhelming burst helped rescue a 56-38 victory over the Bulldogs.

State-ranked Caz girls win twice, go to 12-2

Lakers' defense exceptional in rout of Cortland

Now situated in the no. 20 spot in the state Class B rankings, the Cazenovia girls basketball team returned from a nine-day break refreshed and entered the regular-season homestretch.

Boys hoops Bees go 1-1, beat Central Square

Marshall nets 21 points in win over Red Hawks

What has separated the Baldwinsville boys basketball team from advancement in the tough CNY Counties League is the inability to get that elusive quality win. Yet another chance came last Wednesday night, against Nottingham, but the Bees’ fast start did not hold up as the Bulldogs rallied to beat them 65-59.

Wittig, Schurman lead boys Hornets past Auburn

F-M slides into state rankings before rout of Maroons

Perhaps it benefited the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team to cool off for a full week following its long-awaited 69-61 win over Henninger on Jan. 18.

CBA/J-D, F-M hockey both earn wins

Angello hat trick helps Hornets subdue Liverpool

Just when it was really needed, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team found its winning form again. Back-to-back defeats to Skaneateles and New Hartford had sent the Brothers tumbling down the Division II standings, all the way to fifth place.

Friday, January 25

Roland carries Westhill past SAS in thriller

Warriors avenge lone league defeat to Atoms

Jordan Roland called it a lucky shot. Difficult, perhaps, but his sleek, high-arcing 10-foot floater appeared to glide over the flailing hands of two Syracuse Academy of Science defenders and into the hoop - just as he planned.

Caz girls roll to MVITA Division I title

Boys Lakers take third place in five-team field

One more time, Cazenovia's girls indoor track and field team made the short trip to Colgate University's Sanford Field House and left the field far behind them. The Lakers, with 218 points, easily withstood the challenge of Rome Free Academy (118 points), along with New Hartford, Oneida and Chittenango, to win the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association Division I title on Friday night.

Lakers, Oswego play to 0-0 hockey standoff

Tie keeps Skaneateles in Division II lead for now

Forget the lack of movement on the scoreboard in this instance, and just focus on the reasons why it stayed that way. Skaneateles and Oswego played to an anything-but-boring 0-0 tie Friday night in a Division II boys’ hockey game in front of a big, enthusiastic crowd at Allyn Arena.

Boys hoops Warriors get key win at Oswego

Without Oyola, Liverpool recovers from Proctor loss

For the second time this winter, the Liverpool boys basketball team had to face a significant portion of its schedule without one of its key players. Back in December, it was Jeff Edwards sitting out four games. Now it's Hector Oyola sitting that same amount of time, not returning until a key Feb. 5 contest at Henninger.

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ESM Intergenerational Event Connects Local Seniors & Students

“Let’s Make a Deal” was just one catch-phrase being used when East Syracuse Minoa Central School District students hosted more than 100 area senior citizens for a fun-filled evening of television game shows called “Games of Life.”

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Parking problems: Manlius parking causes headache for business owners, customers

Be careful when parking in the village of Manlius these days- because there’s a very good chance you’ll get towed. That’s been the case for the last three weeks for customers parking behind businesses on the 100 and 200 blocks of East Seneca Street. In early January, Mike Magley, who owns the lot behind Café 119 and his building, which houses 4 businesses, including Feats of Clay and Lonsdale Salon, sent a letter to John Freightenburgh, the owner of Ironwood Pizza. In the letter he stated that Freightenburgh should start letting customers know that they cannot park in his lot. The next day, cars were being towed.

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Fayetteville artist’s local portraits on display

Jill Dickey brings local landscapes to life through art

Jill Dickey finds inspiration in the places she knows best. And that’s why many of her paintings are of landscapes around Central New York. Dickey, a Fayetteville native, prefers to paint scenes right here in the Eastern suburbs of Syracuse because she feels a special connection to the area.

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Bruce Coville brings a taste of fantasy to the JCC

Local author brings audio books to life with cast of actors

On Jan. 24, the Jewish Community Center in Dewitt was transformed into a world of unicorns, wizards, and dragons. Nationally- renowned local author Bruce Coville and his team of voice actors from his audio book company, Full Cast Audio, each took on different roles and read aloud short stories for a full auditorium. From preschool age children to elderly couples, the event was a hit for readers of all ages.

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Luba Lesser sings Sunday at January JazzFest at Mohegan Manor

She may have been raised in Russia, but vocalist Luba Lesser has a natural flair for the sounds of Brazil.

Solvay boys basketball routs Hannibal

J-E, Marcellus sides take close defeats

A trio of local high school boys basketball teams had great chances to earn OHSL Liberty division victories Thursday night – but only one of them, Solvay, actually followed through, and did so with spectacular ease.

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Big Chill 2013 - Polar Bear Plunge features new non-plunging group

Cristina Jardine believes this year’s Polar Bear Plunge will blow last year’s record out of the water.

Caz boys rout VVS, squeak past Jordan-Elbridge

Road wins improve Lakers' mark to 9-5

Before it returns to Buckley Gym on the first night of February for a key late-season test against Skaneateles, the Cazenovia boys basketball team had to go through three straight road games, a chance to build upon its pivotal Jan. 17 win over Bishop Grimes.

Village approves code change

Village officials approved the local law regarding storage of recreation oriented vehicles (boats, RVs, snowmobiles, etc.) during the Jan. 17 board meeting.

Wrestling Bees roll past Auburn, 75-3

B'ville looks ahead to February post-season slate

With bigger contests ahead, the Baldwinsville wrestling team relished the chance to rest and practice for much of the week following its semifinal appearance in the Jan. 19 Section III Dual Meet.

C-NS, Liverpool indoor track grab high finishes

Boys Northstars, girls Warriors both finish second to F-M

Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool’s boys indoor track and field teams were nearly identical in their results during Wednesday’s Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

Allen wins 300 sprint at Kirschenheiter meet

Girls Bees are seventh overall; Soeder second in high jump

As part of the Baldwinsville girls indoor track and field team’s seventh-place finish in Thursday’s Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena, Cierra Allen earned an impressive victory in the 300-meter dash.

Molnar wins pole vault at Kirschenheiter meet

Girls Lakers rise to fourth place; Ford takes second in 300

One more bit of regular-season work remained for the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams as both competed in this week's Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena. The girls Lakers, quiet during the Bob Grieve Invitational a week earlier, roared back to form Thursday night, getting 32 points to leap into fourth place. Only Fayetteville-Manlius (81 points), Liverpool (46 points) and Jamesville-DeWitt (44 points) fared better.

Indoor track regular season winds down

Randall, Wilkinson, Leff each win at Kirschenheiter meets

West Genesee’s Wes Randall and Westhill/Bishop Ludden’s Corey Wilkinson were among the local boys indoor track athletes earning victories during Wednesday’s Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

Thursday, January 24

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Hockey Bees come back, edge Syracuse

Late rally likely secures Division I playoff spot

The raucous, postgame locker-room cheering could be heard all the way out in the Meachem Rink lobby. Without their captain, without their leading scorer, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team rallied back from a third-period deficit to beat the Syracuse Cougars 4-3 Thursday night and all but secure a berth in the Section III Division I playoffs.

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Westhill holds off Skaneateles, stays unbeaten

Girls hoops battle turns on late 3-pointers

Just about everyone walked out of Thursday night's girls basketball showdown between Westhill and Skaneateles in a positive mood. The Warriors, 13-0 and no. 2 in the state Class B rankings, were pleased because it had prevailed 54-50 to keep that mark perfect, getting contributions from sources both expected and unexpected.

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THEATER REVIEW: Jazz Age pizzazz

‘Drowsy Chaperone’ is a mirthful musical about musicals

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is anything but sleepy.

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More than just a pet store

Mother Nature Pet Supply does what it can to find homes for stray animals

From the moment you walk into Mother Nature Pet Supply in Manlius, you can tell that something’s different. As customers enter, they are greeted by the bubbly owner, Carla Dellacontrada. Like clockwork, immediately after they gravitate over to say hi to her dog and “coworker” Buddy, who is sleeping in the corner. It’s a routine that you can tell Dellacontrada is happy to fall into. It’s apparent that firstly, she loves animals, and secondly, she loves people that love animals.

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Authors, farmers, entrepreneurs ‘The Fabulous Beekman Boys’ eager to visit Cazenovia

There has been a slow, steady and excited buzz permeating Cazenovia in recent weeks that can all be boiled down to the fact that the nationally-known “Fabulous Beekman Boys” — bestselling authors, farmers, entrepreneurs and recent winners of television’s “The Amazing Race” — are coming to town on Saturday, Jan. 26. The two-hour event, sponsored by the Historic Cazenovia Business District committee of the chamber of commerce, will feature Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge giving a special book signing of their “Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook” and Kilmer-Purcell’s New York Times best-selling nonfiction book, “The Bucolic Plague: How two Manhattanites became gentleman farmers: An unconventional memoir,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lincklaen House on Albany Street.

High-school senior among three authors Saturday at L’pool Library

When she was an eighth-grader at Wellwood Middle School in Fayetteville, Emily Meidenbauer wrote her first novel. The initial chapters of “Right Where My Heart Should Be” were scribbled by hand into the middle-schooler’s spiral notebook. It took her three weeks to finish the 272-page story. That was four years ago. Since then Meidenbauer has penned two sequels to her touching story about a teenager named Eliza and her Aunt Brooke, a talented touring musician. Together, the older woman and her niece overcome tragedy by learning to how to heal and how to keep hope alive. Now a senior at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Meidenbauer will be among three published authors appearing from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St.; lpl.org.457-0310. Meidenbauer’s second book is “A Little Different,” and her third is titled “Identity.”

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Jukebox fundraiser underway at B’ville McDonalds

Donna King, first assistant at the classic McDonalds on Downer Street, presents Maureen Miles with a check for the Baldwinsville Girls Field Hockey Booster Club during a jukebox fundraiser last year. Each month, the restaurant owned by the Paul Ross Companies highlights a non profit organization with donations from their Jukebox Fund.

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Open Hand Theater offering February break winter camp in Cazenovia

Open Hand Theater launches its Cazenovia satellite program with “Theater & Puppets ~ Giant and sMALL,” a February break winter camp for children ages 8 through 14 as a collaboration with the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College.

Skaneateles boys defeat ITC, Fabius-Pompey

Lakers clinch winning record with pair of road conquests

A pair of victories assures that, if nothing else, the Skaneateles boys basketball team will have a winning record in the 2012-13 season.

Liverpool wrestlers rout Oswego, 60-8

C-NS turned back by F-M in 42-36 defeat

For one Wednesday evening, the Liverpool wrestling team would gain a lopsided win, just as its rivals from Cicero-North Syracuse suffered a difficult defeat. The Warriors ran over Oswego, 60-8, a meet that featured four pins, all of them earned during the second period.

B'ville approves budget, tax rates increase

Officials approved the $4,047,370 budget for the village of Baldwinsville on Thursday, Jan. 17.

B’ville thespians stage a mirthful musical about musicals

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is anything but sleepy. In fact, as staged by the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild, the show is as perky as a caffeinated chorine gushing with personality and pizzazz. Set in the Roaring Twenties, the Tony Award-winning musical showcases 17 upbeat performers directed by Stephfond Brunson and a swinging septet conducted by pianist Abel Searor.

Canton Woods Senior Center Jan. 24 to Feb. 1

Guest Speaker from Oviatt Hearing Friday

Canton Woods Senior Center is located at 76 Canton Street in Baldwinsville.

Wednesday, January 23

Girls Northstars pull away from F-M, 72-35

Northstars follow Juggler Classic with key AA win

Fresh off their Juggler Classic victory on the weekend, the state Class AA no. 14-ranked Cicero-North Syracuse girls’ basketball team continued its winning ways in CNY Counties League play, besting Fayetteville-Manlius 72-35 on Wednesday night.

Hornets roar to Kirschenheiter Relays titles

Ryan, Farrell, Fitzgibbons each win races

One more bit of regular-season work remained for the area's indoor track and field teams - including Fayetteville-Manlius, who continued its month-long win streak by claiming both ends of the Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

J-D girls' rally at Corcoran falls short

Cougars hang on, beat state no. 5-ranked Rams

Armed with its no. 5 state Class A ranking, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team would test itself against a pair of strong Class AA foes - one on the road, one at home. In the first of those encounters, the Red Rams nearly erased an 18-point second-half deficit at Corcoran before falling to the Cougars 57-48.

Hydro-Fracking movie night scheduled

The Concerned Citizens on Fracking will hold a movie night featuring online videos showing the effects of hydrofracking on the community, human health and the environment.

SU edges Cincy after Louisville conquest

Carter-Williams big in pair of Orange thrillers

On Saturday, without their the academically ineligible James Southerland, Syracuse’s men’s basketball team managed to upset then-top-ranked Louisville 70-68 at the KFC Yum center, which proved to be just the start of a memorable three-day stretch.

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Pizza Man of Liverpool celebrates grand opening

Pizza Man was established more than 29 years ago in June of 1983 in Baldwinsville. Since the beginning owner Jim Delia has been dedicated to serving a high quality product using fresh ingredients, making their dough and sauce on the premises daily. Their pizza and wings have won numerous awards at the annual Taste of Baldwinsville competition.

Lysander Parks and Recreation winter schedule

Reserve pavilions now for summer activities

Pavilion registration is underway at the town of Lysander. To reserve a pavilion for summer parties and picnics, visit townoflysander.org for fees and forms or call the office at 635-5999. Dates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Historic Skaneateles teasel barn demolished

The 130-year-old teasel barn on Fennell Street in Skaneateles was torn down this week after part of the rood collapsed.

EDITORIAL: Spay/neuter clinics offer options

There’s no excuse to keep your pets unaltered. The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse, based in Liverpool, is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation that will allow the organization to to purchase start-up equipment for a mobile spay/neuter clinic, which will move around to various city locations altering both dogs and cats belonging to low-income residents. And they’re not alone. The CNY SPCA also received a grant for low-cost spaying and neutering. This grant applies only to residents of the 13211 zip code and is good for 2013-14. All surgeries will take place at the CNY SPCA on East Molloy Road.

State of the State focused on creating opportunities for CNY families

Despite an overall improvement in the economy, Central New York families are still struggling and there’s still a lot more we can do to build up our businesses and create more opportunities right here at home. The governor’s State of the State address sounded all the right notes, and I’ll partner with him to enact a bold agenda to improve Central New York. In addition to staying firm on not introducing new taxes, we must focus our efforts on continued job growth economic development.

Tuesday, January 22

Skaneateles hockey blanks Cazenovia

Key league win sets up Oswego clash on Friday

Having the lead in Division II is nice, but the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team knows that keeping it will require bigger efforts ahead. Skaneateles moved back into first place in with a 3-0 win over Cazenovia on Tuesday night at Allyn Arena.

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Village receives $30K grant for schoolchildren safety

The village of Cazenovia recently received $30,000 in federal funding that will be used to enhance the safety of district students as they walk or ride bicycles to school. The Safe Routes to School Program grant, administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, will pay for new speed monitoring signs to be posted at four locations in the village and one new speed monitoring trailer that can be moved around the village, said Cazenovia Police Chief Michael Hayes. The trailer also will be used to conduct traffic studies.

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Proposed Empire Brewery land annexed into village

The Empire Brewing Company is one step closer to building its proposed farmstead brewery complex in Cazenovia after the village board unanimously voted last week to approve annexation of nearly 22 acres of the company’s land into the village.

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Town board sets public hearing for new road use law

Proposed law would allow town to regulate high impact vehicles, such as those used in hydrofracking, wind farming

The Cazenovia Town Board is moving forward with regulations to protect town roads from possible damage by high impact trucks such as those used in the currently-contentious industries of gas mining (hydrofracking) and wind farming. The board unanimously approved at its Jan. 14 meeting a resolution that will allow it to move forward to enact Local Law No. 1 of 2013, “A local law to enact a local road use and preservation law in the town of Cazenovia.”

CAP Thanks United Community Chest for Support

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The Board and Staff of Community Action Partnership (CAP) for Madison County would like to give our sincerest thanks to the members and supporters of the United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson for their years of commitment to the community and strong support of our mission.

Only in Cazenovia

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I moved from California to Cazenovia a few years ago, and my experiences in this community have been so delightful that I often say, “Only in Cazenovia,” when a stranger helps me in one way or another. But the latest event needs full caps. ONLY IN CAZENOVIA!

We have a great public library in Cazenovia

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I am writing about how great the Cazenovia Public Library is and its librarians are.

Cazenovia man in critical condition after being struck by pickup truck

A Cazenovia man remains in critical condition in Upstate Medical Center after being struck by a pickup truck while he was skateboarding in the village of Morrisville on Monday, Jan. 14.

FROM THE EDITOR: Continuing to bring you a great community newspaper

OPINION

The past few weeks have been a transitional period at the Cazenovia Republican, as we said goodbye to previous editor Pierce Smith and the managing editor of Eagle Newspapers (the parent company of the Republican), Jen Wing, briefly took charge until I was able to come on board full time. I am pleased to tell everyone that last week I officially took over duties as editor of the Republican, and this is my first issue. I also wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to the community.

Baldwinsville fall athletes score high

All of the Baldwinsville Central School District’s fall athletic teams have qualified for recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for outstanding academic achievements.

Skaneateles town board to bond for new bridges

News from the Jan. 17 Skaneateles Town Board meeting.

Sheriff’s office investigation New Woodstock story burglary

Madison County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary of the New Woodstock Store, 2092 Main Street in New Woodstock, which occurred at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies discovered that an unknown person(s) broke a window to gain entry to the convenience store and stole a large amount of tobacco items and loose change with a total value of more than $2,600.

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Former DPW foreman talks about riverfront renaissance

Maysel “Mace” Markham took listeners down memory lane on Sunday, Jan. 13, when he was the featured speaker for the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse’s series “Remembering Baldwinsville.”

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ESM honors Athletic Hall of Fame inductees

Six honored, including Mohorter as player, coach

On Jan. 19, the fourth class of the East Syracuse-Minoa Athletic Hall of Fame was honored in a halftime ceremony of the boys varsity basketball game between the Spartans and Fulton, and a formal induction dinner followed at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Ophelia’s Place makes debut at SADA Charity Preview

This year, for the first time, Ophelia’s Place has the opportunity to participate in one of Syracuse’s premiere charity events. The Syracuse Auto Dealers Association will host their 15th annual Charity Preview starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. In 2012, the event raised $213,000, bringing the all-time total to more than $2 million. “The non-profits do not incur any cost associated with this, so it is a wonderful opportunity to use this event to help fill the gaps in our budget,” said Jodie Wilson-Dougherty, executive director of Ophelia’s Place. “Our time and energy are all in trying to sell tickets. SADA does all the work on logistics.”

Animal Alliance named recipient of CNY Community Foundation grant

The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse has been selected to receive a $20,000 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation to purchase start-up equipment for a mobile spay/neuter clinic, which will move around to various city locations altering both dogs and cats belonging to low-income residents.

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Artist Holmes brings love of nature to her work

Elisabeth Holmes was the child who opened a gift, set the toy aside, and figured out something creative to make from the box it came in. She will share her creative energy and skill with local children who attend the free Joyful Noise concert and arts event Jan. 27. “I always have known I was an artist,” Holmes said. “I grew up in a world of fantasy, so I had to create the physical world I had imagined, make the things that were in my fantasy world.”

COLUMN: Direction of legislative year should focus on job development

The Governor gave his annual State of the State address on Jan. 9 in Albany. This speech outlined the Executive's agenda. While there were many things I was glad to hear the Governor mention, the majority of our efforts should focus on creating jobs rather than gun control and campaign finance.

Monday, January 21

State no. 1-ranked Ludden falls to Albany Academy

Outside shooting dooms Gaelic Knights in 63-56 defeat

As quickly as the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team ascended to the top of the Class A rankings last week, they have likely fallen from that perch after a disjointed 63-56 loss to Albany Academy (10-2) in their own gym Monday night.

District offering informational series for parents of students with disabilities

The Baldwinsville Central School District will offer a series of three informational sessions for parents of students with disabilities.

B'ville school district conducting graduate survey

The Baldwinsville Central School District is looking to connect with C.W. Baker High School graduates for help with some critical market research.

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Radisson resident convicted sex offender

Radisson resident Thomas G. Smith, 48, of 6211 Festival Court, pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree sexual abuse on Oct. 16. Smith admitted in Lysander Town Court before Lysander town Judge Charles Mantione to engaging in sexual contact with a 10-year-old boy in May and June of last year.

LPL board responds to Friends’ dissolution

In response to the dissolution of the Friends of the Liverpool Public Library on Jan. 14, LPL Board of Trustees President Mark Spadafore issued the following statement: “Though we are disappointed by the decision of the Friends of the Liverpool Public Library, Inc. to disband, the Board of Trustees and administration are moving forward with plans to continue to provide the highest level of service at the lowest possible tax rate to the Liverpool taxpayers.”

Boys hoops Warriors take Juggler Classic again

Liverpool plays well in clutch to top Brooklyn foes

It turned out to be the best weekend possible for the Liverpool boys basketball team. Not getting any rest after finishing a regular-season sweep of archrival Cicero-North Syracuse last Friday, the Warriors went to Utica and, through two hard-fought games that featured tremendous clutch play, captured its second straight title in the 40th annual Juggler Classic.

C-NS wrestling hosts sectional Dual Meet

Northstars fall to eventual champ South Jefferson

Once again, Cicero-North Syracuse served as the host venue for one of the biggest high school wrestling events of the winter. That would be the Section III Dual Meet, Saturday's gathering of 16 of the best sides in Central New York. And the Northstars, who lost to Sandy Creek in the opening round a year ago, were back in the field again, this time drawn to face top seed South Jefferson.

EDITORIAL: January is National Mentoring Month

Mentors are making a difference here in Baldwinsville through a unique partnership between the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center and the Baldwinsville Central School District.

Girls hoops Northstars win Juggler Classic

Northstars beat Durr-less Utica-Notre Dame in finals

In between the carving up of local Class AA opposition, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team set out to conquer more territory when it went to Utica for last weekend’s Juggler Classic - and again, it proved successful.

Sunday, January 20

ESM hoops sides earn exciting victories

Spartans sweep Fulton; boys fall to Ludden

An eventful week for the East Syracuse-Minoa basketball teams started with a confrontation against a reigning state champion with a no. 1 ranking, included two thrillers against Fulton and ended with the school honoring its latest class of Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

CBA/J-D wrestlers go to sectional Dual Meet

F-M starts fast in 43-33 win over West Genny

The rapid rise of CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt’s wrestling program was reflected in its first invitation to compete in one of the winter’s biggest events, the Section III Dual Meet. Held every January, the Dual Meet gathers the top 16 teams in Central New York for a single-elimination tournament.

Girls hockey Lakers blank Oswego, Ithaca

Skaneateles tops sectional standings after 2-1 week

All of a sudden, the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team, mostly boosted by a stingy defense, is in charge of the Section III division race.

Skaneateles wrestlers fall to Auburn

Lakers also split with Onondaga, ITC

One of the highlights of the Skaneateles wrestling season is its annual dual meet, which took place Saturday as Auburn, Herkimer, Tully and Oneida served as the opponents. The main highlight, of course, was the clash between the neighboring Lakers and Maroons, one in which Auburn would prevail by a score of 50-32.

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Wildcat swimmers stopped by Liverpool

WG suffers first defeat to Warriors in six years

For five consecutive seasons, the West Genesee boys swim team had confirmed its CNY Counties League superiority, in part, by turning back Liverpool. That would change, though, in Friday night’s meeting. Armed with a deep lineup full of talent, the Warriors turned things around, beating the Wildcats 103-76.

Local hockey teams both earn wins

WG smashes Ontario Bay; Cougars rally past Ithaca

Entering its most important stretch of the season, the West Genesee ice hockey team is in its best form, which must make the rest of the Division I ranks worry.

WG girls hoops goes 1-1, beats Nottingham

Wildcats rebound from second defeat to F-M

It wasn’t stressing the point too strongly to suggest that, when the West Genesee girls basketball team met Nottingham last Thursday night, it faced a season crossroads. And perhaps that urgency, plus playing at home, helped the Wildcats, especially on the defensive end, as it recorded a 48-39 victory over the Bulldogs.

Caz wrestlers go 1-1 at sectional Dual Meet

Lakers reach quarterfinals, fall to eventual champs from South Jefferson

One clear indication of the level of respect the Cazenovia wrestling team has achieved is an invitation to one of the winter’s signature competitions. That would be the Section III Dual Meet, held Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. It annually draws 16 of the top teams in the area for a single-elimination tournament, with the winner getting unofficial bragging rights for the next 12 months.

Liverpool hockey wins twice, reaches .500 mark

Warriors beat Central Square, Ontario Bay

Though it proved to be a bit stressful, especially at the outset, the Liverpool ice hockey team still found itself back at the .500 mark heading into another important stretch of the season.

CBA, J-D girls both earn Friday wins

Basketball Brothers, Rams both move to 11-1

A week removed from their first of two clashes this winter, the Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball teams both found more success.

Saturday, January 19

B'ville wrestlers reach Dual Meet semifinals

Bees subdue Lowville, Indian River, fall to top seed

Proving its elite status once more, the Baldwinsville wrestling team made it to the semifinal round at Saturday's Section III Dual Meet at Cicero-North Syracuse. Starting with the no. 5 seed in a 16-team field, the Bees flattened Lowville 59-13 in the opening round and outlasted Indian River 45-38 in the quarterfinals before a 42-31 semifinal defeat to top seed South Jefferson.

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B’ville hockey win streak halted by RFA

Bees quickly recover, shut out Watertown IHC

Since the start of the new year, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team had shown the look of a newer, more efficient and more effective model, and four consecutive victories reinforced that point.

Boys hoops Bees take loss to Corcoran

B'ville falls to 4-8 despite 20 points from Marshall

A promising outlook at the start of 2013 clouded up for the Baldwinsville boys basketball team, as did its post-season chances. The Bees went to Corcoran Friday night, and once more its defense proved ineffective, a key reason why it lost to the Cougars 84-66.

B’ville girls fall to Liverpool, Corcoran

Despite close call, Bees' record drops to 2-9

In a season full of struggles, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team had a chance to turn that around, at least in a couple of instances, but could not pull it off.

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Skaneateles boys hoops tops Phoenix

Lakers move to 8-4, hold off contending Firebirds

Maybe the worst thing that could have happened to the Skaneateles boys basketball team, in the wake of its impressive 64-45 win over visiting Bishop Grimes on Jan. 10, was to wait eight more days before taking the court for its next game. Yet that's exactly what the Lakers had to do, and it met that challenge, turning back another quality OHSL Liberty division foe Friday night with a 62-58 victory over Phoenix.

Friday, January 18

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Liverpool swimmers roar past West Genny

Roche breaks own school record in diving; Hens sweeps sprints

In an emphatic manner, the Liverpool boys swim team ended a six-year drought against West Genesee. The Warriors maintained a squeaky clean record Friday night, moving to first place (5-0, 4-0) in the CNY Counties League with a 103-76 win over the Wildcats.

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Boys hoops Warriors stop C-NS again

Taylor leads Liverpool in 78-64 decision

Coming off of two tough losses to start the new calendar year, Liverpool basketball coach Matt Jacob wanted to see his players come out aggressively at home against Cicero-North Syracuse on Friday night. Jacob got his wish. as the Warriors off their court in a 78-64 win to improve to 6-3 on the season as the Northstars, who lost a tight 74-71 decision to Henninger earlier in the week, fell to 6-6.

Wildcats stopped in last seconds by Nottingham

Sullivan's late basket helps Bulldogs prevail

Buried under a barrage of 3-pointers by Fayetteville-Manlius earlier in the week, the West Genesee boys basketball team got close to making up for it, even though it was short-handed.

Boys hoops Hornets push past Henninger, 69-61

F-M breaks Black Knights' hold on key rivalry

In order for the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team to have a better shot at ending that 58-year sectional championship drought, it had to do something about a much shorter dry spell against a key opponent.

Beaver Lake Nature Center winter schedule

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

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F-M hockey hosts ‘Pink the Rink’ fund-raiser

Organizers hope to top $10,000 for Baldwin Foundation

They didn’t get the on-ice result they were hoping for but organizers of the Thursday’s second annual Pink the Rink fundraiser for breast cancer research were all smiles anyway. The event took place at the Division I hockey game between host Fayetteville-Manlius and Cicero-North Syracuse. The No. 1 state ranked Northstars eked out a 4-2 win over the Hornets.

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KBR prepares for 2013 Ball

The KBR 2013 steering committee is gearing up, asking for volunteers and requesting donations to make the upcoming celebration as successful as its predecessors.

Caz hockey gets 2-2 tie with Oswego

Lakers have 1-0-1 week, break out of mid-season slump

All season long, the Cazenovia ice hockey team had searched for a defining victory, and in front of home fans, it almost happened. The Lakers welcomed defending Section III Division II champion Oswego to the Morrisville State IcePlex Thursday night, and outplayed the Buccaneers for large portions of the game, even if it only ended in a 2-2 tie.

J-D boys win streak ended by Cortland

Purple Tigers complete season sweep of long-time nemesis

For the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team, it was a stark reminder of how things have changed in the local Class A ranks and that it no longer dictates the terms. But for Cortland, Thursday night’s 70-56 victory over the Red Rams in front of a loud and raucous home crowd at the CHS gymnasium brought a sort of deliverance.

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Northstars beat F-M in ‘Pink the Rink’ event

C-NS builds win streak to 14, rallies past Hornets

In the course of building a 14-game win streak and ascending to the top of the state Division I rankings, the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team has not required that much good fortune – but a little of it sure proves helpful.

Thursday, January 17

Free throws lift Lakers past Bishop Grimes

Seeley scores 12 in fourth quarter of 67-62 win

Either the Cazenovia boys basketball team was going to let another big-name opponent get away, or it was going to hang on and get a season-changing win. The Lakers ended up with the latter - and happier - fate on Thursday night at Buckley Gym, leaning on clutch free-throw shooting to push past Bishop Grimes by a score of 67-62.

Public hearing for code change scheduled

Village officials have taken an ambiguous law and defined its various aspects for the betterment of all residents.

Skaneateles village board approves critical impact for 46 East Genesee Street

The Skaneateles village board approved critical impact for its current village hall at 46 East Genesee Street and other actions taken by the board at their Jan. 10 meeting.

Skaneateles CSD to bond for $19.5 million

The Skaneateles school district is moving forward with plans to make major improvements to the middle school and high school buildings during the next six years at a currently-projected price tag of $19.5 million.

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New Skaneateles village hall renovation work begun

The village of Skaneateles has started renovating the old fire station on Fennel Street which will become the new village hall.

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Paige’s Butterfly Run gives $220,000 to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Chris Arnold credits online fundraising for Paige’s Butterfly Run’s record breaking numbers this year.

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Burton Street ice rink remains unfrozen

The ice rink at Burton Street Fields has not yet opened this winter due to snow. The Department of Public Works will be able to flood the rink only if the temperature is below freezing and snow removal is not a pressing issue.

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B.G. Buda’s: Cazenovia’s newest restaurant showing strong business

Things are looking up for Cazenovia’s newest restaurant, B.G. Buda’s Cucina Italiana and its owner Bob Enigk. Enigk reports that business has been very good since the restaurant quietly opened in May. In fact, he said, “most weekends you would need a reservation.”

Draft suggestions presented for rules on placing items on village sidewalks

Efforts of local business owners to have a more inviting streetscape in downtown Cazenovia by putting tables, chairs and other items on the sidewalk outside their stores took another step forward last week when a draft of proposed new regulations on the issue was read, and a public hearing held, before the Cazenovia Village Board’s Jan. 7 meeting. The “suggestions for amending the village code regarding the placement of items on the sidewalk” changed only slightly from the draft of possible guidelines presented by the board in November and briefly discussed in December, said Trustee Peggy Van Arnam, who has been the board’s point person on the issue.

Village Edge South planning review moves forward

The Economic Health and Heritage Study Committee presented its official report of findings and recommendations concerning the planning and zoning for the Village Edge South zone to the Cazenovia Village Board at a Jan. 7 public hearing. The result: The committee believes that major potential benefits for the community exist both aesthetically and economically in the development of VES, and it recommends that moving forward to amend the current planning and zoning regulations in place at VES are in the best interests of the public, said committee member and Mayor Kurt Wheeler.

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U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna visits Cazenovia classroom

Rich Hanna shared his personal and political experiences as a representative of New York’s 22nd Congressional District to a Cazenovia High School senior AP government class last Friday. Among other things, Hanna spoke about his bipartisan efforts in the House of Representatives.

Three to vie for gavel

Danaher, Hughes, Palazzoli announce candidacy for Fayetteville justice

Three Fayetteville residents have thrown their hat in the ring to fill Tom Miller's remaining term as Fayetteville village justice. Tom Miller was elected to the Onondaga County Court last year, leaving three years of his four-year term to be filled by the winner of a special election to be held March 19. Fayetteville Village Clerk Lorie Corsette said Feb. 5 is the first day people can file an “independent nominating petition for office to be filled at the general village election.” “The last day to file is Tuesday, Feb 12,” Corsette said. Chris Danaher, Jim Hughes and Kristin Palazzoli announced their intentions to run for the position.

Liverpool girls take second at Grieve Invitational

C-NS's Fanizzi wins 55 hurdles, gets fifth in long jump

Liverpool’s girls indoor track and field team continues to pace most of the field, as it did during Wednesday night’s Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena. With a total of 50 points, the Warriors edged out Jamesville-DeWitt (45 points) for second place, again with Fayetteville-Manlius (95 points) ending up in first place. Cicero-North Syracuse, with 20 points, tied for ninth place.

Hornets continue strong indoor track run

F-M sweeps Grieve Invitational; J-D, ESM also win events

Regardless of the format or venue, the Fayetteville-Manlius indoor track and field teams continue to gain a foothold ahead of any possible challengers.

Indoor track Bees crash top five at Grieve meet

B'ville's Tomasello prevails in girls 300-meter dash

Baldwinsville’s indoor track and field teams both sought high honors when they returned to SRC Arena for the Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational. Going first, the boys Bees managed 30 points, sharing fourth place with Cicero-North Syracuse in a crowded 26-team event. Once again, Fayetteville-Manlius (69 points) finished in front.

Indoor track Lakers earn top-three finishes

Skaneateles meets larger fields at Grieve meet

As the fields grew larger and the competition tougher, the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams tried to make its mark during the Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena. In the girls meet Wednesday night, the Lakers earned 15 points, finishing alone in 11th place, but tops among small-school entrants. With 95 points, Fayetteville-Manlius easily claimed another team title.

Leff, Uczen lead WG girls to fourth at Grieve meet

Marcellus boys win 1,600 sprint medley relay

All of the area’s indoor track and field teams were busy again with the Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational, which took place Tuesday and Wednesday at SRC Arena.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Tax season on the horizon

The tax forms aren’t here yet, but the season will soon be underway. Start collecting your information for this year’s filing and preparing to make future filings easier by taking advantage of some of the library’s free hands-on courses both in person and online.

Syracuse trumpeter appears on screen in ‘Lincoln’

Syracuse trumpeter Jeff Stockham – who performed at the Liverpool is The Place summer concert series last August in Johnson Park as a member of the Bear Cat Jass Band – now appears in the Academy Award-nominated movie “Lincoln” directed by Steven Spielberg. The widely acclaimed film is now showing in theaters across the country. In the movie Stockham portrays a musician in a 12-piece U.S. Marine Band performing at a 1864 flagpole dedication ceremony at which President Abraham Lincoln (played by Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis) delivers a short speech. Several of Stockham’s friends and colleagues from the Federal City Brass Band and the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets completed the ensemble. The tune they perform in the flagpole scene is “We Are Coming, Father Abra’am.”

Canton Woods Senior Center schedule Jan. 17 to 25

Center closed Monday for Martin Luther King Day

Canton Woods Senior Center is located at 76 Canton St. in the village of Baldwinsville.

Wednesday, January 16

B'ville Board of Education to meet Jan. 28

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School. The board will continue its discussion of budget components with the athletics and the administration budgets and a review of the transportation and debt service budgets.

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Manlius, Dewitt, East Syracuse police win awards

Departments and officers recognized for their outstanding work

The Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board’s 25th annual awards ceremony was well- represented by residents of the Eastern suburbs. Town of Manlius police officers Jonathan Morticelli and Benjamin Kapusta were recognized, as was Dewitt police officer Christopher Fuller. East Syracuse was awarded firstly for its police department, which received the Gold Award and also for a PSA about drinking and texting written and shot by ESM high school students Matthew Pede and Chris Steinberger.

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Residents search for 'genuine happiness' to start out 2013

About 50 people came to the Liverpool Public Library looking for genuine happiness on Jan. 10 and they found it. It came in the form of a well-spoken spiritual teacher named John Bruna, who left his audience laughing when he wasn't encouraging them to reexamine their lives.

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Karate John gives to BCA

Shihan John Annable and his facility, Karate John’s Karate school is partnering with BCA.

Baldwinsville schools and scholars

Students hailing from Baldwinsville recognized for academic and athletic achievements.

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Tobacco-Free Onondaga County aims to make residents healthier

As we enter the New Year, many of us are pledging to get healthier — to lose weight, exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables. But possibly the healthiest resolution, and one of the most enduring, is to quit smoking. But given that tobacco kills more people every year than alcohol, car accidents, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, fire and AIDS combined, wouldn’t it be better never to start?

Lysander Parks and Recreation activities - January 2013

For more information about activities happening through Lysander Parks and Recreation department, visit townoflysander.org or call 635-5999.

Tuesday, January 15

Hockey Lakers get tough road win at CBA/J-D

Skaneateles scores twice in third period, stays in first place

In order to hang on to its Division II lead, the Skaneateles ice hockey team had to cool off the league's hottest entry - and did so. The Lakers scored a pair of third period goals to topple CBA-Jamesville-Dewitt, 3-1, Tuesday night at Onondaga Nation Arena in Nedrow.

Hornets ride torrid shooting past West Genny

F-M makes 13 3-pointers in 82-61 romp

With its biggest game of the season looming, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team did not forget about the immediate task in front of them. That was much to the detriment of West Genesee, who saw the Hornets unleash an astonishing display of outside shooting Tuesday night that led to an 82-61 victory over the Wildcats.

Girls hoops Lakers rout Phoenix, 68-19

Skaneateles prepares for Westhill rematch next week

Sporting a 9-2 record, the Skaneateles girls basketball team could now afford to hone in on the regular season’s most important remaining contest. Next Thursday night, the Lakers host undefeated, state Class B no. 2-ranked Westhill, a rematch of their Dec. 13 encounter where the Warriors prevailed, 66-45, taking charge after an ankle injury sidelined Laker forward Mary Buck.

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BTG presents… ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild will present the uproarious musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone” beginning Jan. 18.

Ludden returns to top of state hoops rankings

Gaelic Knights take down ESM, move to 12-1

Though it had some nervous late moments, the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team’s 57-51 victory over previously unbeaten Cortland last Friday night had value beyond simply knocking off a fellow Class A title contender.

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J-D hosts dodgeball tourney to raise money for turf field

Committee hopes to raise $1.6 million by April

Jamesville- Dewitt is one of the last remaining schools without a turf field in the area, but that may not be the case for long. The J-D turf and track committee jumped headfirst into the New Year with one its 6 fundraisers on Jan. 12- a district wide “Midnight Madness” dodgeball tournament for students.

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Rhodes takes over as F-M football coach

Hornets' great was assistant for five seasons

Barely a decade ago, Damien Rhodes put his name into Fayetteville-Manlius football lore, leading the Hornets to its last Section III Class AA championship. Now Rhodes is leading the Hornets again, as F-M has tapped him as the new varsity football head coach to replace Paul Muench, who stepped down after 13 seasons at the helm.

East Syracuse village board approves new voting law

No more voter registration day for village residents

The village of East Syracuse will no longer be holding a Village Registration Day for local voters. Residents will now have to register to vote through the County Board of Elections. East Syracuse voters who have already registered with the county do not need to re- apply – the law applies only to those residents who had registered solely through the Village.

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Tarsel named Optimist’s student of December

The Baldwinsville Optimist Club is pleased to announce that Maggie Tarsel has been named the club’s Student of the Month for December.

Dialogue on women’s reproductive rights set at museum

Gage house receives grant

The Matilda Joslyn Gage house in Fayetteville is set up so that its contents are consistently pushing visitors to question their opinions. From white boards on the walls encouraging museum-goers to record their questions to spaces on the floor set up specifically for discussion, the Gage house is a place for people to forget any reservations they may have about their opinions and let them all out. And that’s why the museum received a worldwide grant to be the first in the country to test out a new kind of dialogue about a topic that many people go out of their way to avoid talking about: a woman’s right to reproductive choice.

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F-M students ready to raise money for a cause

Students kick off fundraising with Dance Marathon Assembly

Each January, there’s one thing that crosses the minds of every Fayetteville- Manlius High School student: Dance Marathon. On Jan. 9, twelve lucky members of F-M’s class of 2013 (also known as the Dance Marathon MCs) took to the auditorium stage for the Dance Marathon Assembly in order to get the school pumped up for the event, and more importantly, for the fund raising for Camp Good Days and Special Times that precedes it.

Hello from your new editor

If you saw my picture and information on page 4, you may have noticed that I am indeed, not Ned Campbell. My name is Allie Wenner and I am ecstatic to take on the responsibility as the new editor of the Eagle Bulletin! You may recognize my name as I have been writing some freelance stories in the paper for the past few months.

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Olive on Brooklea presents olive oil in a whole new way

Michelle Watts puts a twist on traditional cuisine

You may use olive oil as your salad dressing, or to cook with, or to dip your bread in. Michelle Watts, the owner of Olive on Brooklea, is pushing the envelope with her discovery of olive oil topping over ice cream- something she has lined up waiting to be sampled at her store.

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CNY SPCA Pet of the Week: Trina

Trina is ready to be loved by you!

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Liverpool policeman excelled at traffic enforcement in 2012

Liverpool Police Office David Sturtz has received the Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board Overall Performance Award for his traffic enforcement efforts in the village last year. Sturtz accepted the award at the safety board’s Jan. 9 luncheon in Syracuse.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Tax season on the horizon

The tax forms aren’t here yet, but the season will soon be underway. Start collecting your information for this year’s filing and preparing to make future filings easier by taking advantage of some of the library’s free hands-on courses both in person and online.

Monday, January 14

LPL Friends vote to dissolve

About 75 people attended the meeting Friends of the Liverpool Public Library Monday night at the Ramada Inn in Salina. There was significant discussion as to why the dissolution was taking place, and Friends board members took questions submitted on index cards. At the close of the 90-minute meeting, the membership voted 63 to 9 to dissolve the group.

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Caz girls deliver comeback, beat Bishop Grimes

Lakers head into late-season break with 10-2 mark

Staring at an extended late-January break, the Cazenovia girls basketball team wanted to head there with as much momentum as possible. The Lakers got it Monday night, going to Bishop Grimes and, with Maggie Carpenter leading a second-half comeback, putting together a 43-35 victory over the Cobras.

C-NS grabs first-ever no. 1 state hockey ranking

Northstars rise from no. 4 spot after shake-up

A decade of hard work and building has led to this singular milestone for the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team. When the latest edition of the state Division I rankings were released on Monday, the Northstars found itself in the top spot for the first time.

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B’ville varsity ice hockey team honors teachers

The Baldwinsville Central School District varsity ice hockey team hosted its teacher appreciation night at the team’s home game on Dec. 4.

Fair helps SU rally past Villanova

Lacking Southerland, Orange gets help from freshman trio

Suddenly without one of its key players, Syracuse’s men’s basketball team had to carry on – and C.J. Fair helped them do so. Saturday at the Carrier Dome, Fair’s 22 points, along with help from the freshman trio of Jerami Grant, Dajuan Coleman and Trevor Cooney, helped the no. 7-ranked Syracuse off Villanova, 72-61, to improve to 16-1 and 4-0 in Big East play in front of a crowd of 27,165, the largest of the season so far.

Municipal news: Here comes the snow

Attention Van Buren residents – there is no parking on town roads between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m., according to the Highway Superintendent Doug Foster. This is to allow the plows to remove any snow that has fallen through the night hours so that school buses along with morning commuters may have a clear road come dawn.

Syracuse, WG hockey battle for first place

Both sides win twice; Michel returns for Wildcats

As the battle for Division I ice hockey playoff positions starts to get more heated, the Syracuse Cougars are a big part of that conversation, keeping pace with a West Genesee side that, ominously, might be starting to find its rhythm again.

C-NS girls basketball pounds B’ville, C. Square

Northstars impress in return to local action

More than a month into the 2012-13 season, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team had only faced two Section III opponents, routing both Utica Proctor and Liverpool. That total doubled in the first full week of the new year, as local fans finally got to see, on a consistent basis, a Northstars side bent on winning a third consecutive state Class AA title.

Liverpool girls beaten by Nottingham, West Genny

Windhausen continues strong play in two defeats

Having worked so hard to fight back near the .500 mark, the Liverpool girls basketball team did not want to squander that advantage too quickly. But the Warriors struggled in last Monday’s home game against Nottingham, unable to generate any offense in the crucial stages of a 43-28 loss to the Bulldogs.

Boys hoops Northstars handle B'ville, Central Square

C-NS has won six of seven, meets Henninger Tuesday

To be completely accurate, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball did not just head into its most important week of the regular season – it charged into the fray, displaying top form as it has won six of its last seven games.

C-NS wrestlers denied first place by B’ville

Northstars also second to Bees at Cazenovia Invitational

Though it could handle the other entrants in the CNY Counties League National division, the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team could not budge the red-clad rulers at the top.

F-M boys rip Corcoran, edge Nottingham

Hornets need last-minute rally to get past Bulldogs

Not happy that its six-game win streak had ended in a narrow 66-64 defeat to Rush-Henrietta on Jan. 4, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team wasted little time getting another win streak started, though the second win was difficult to attain.

COLUMN: Investment in innovation pays off with job dividends

We hear a lot about using our assets at colleges and universities to help create jobs. I support efforts to see that our regional economy benefits from the intellectual capital and resources at our state’s higher education institutes.

Beaver Lake Nature Center activities - winter 2013

Learn to cross-country ski or snowshoe

This winter, Beaver Lake Nature Center invites visitors to explore the winter woods and meadows.

Sunday, January 13

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Group trains therapy pets out of Cicero facility

Sunshine Friends Inc. (SFI) provides training for therapy dogs (and cats) and leads excursions to schools, nursing homes and the Golisano Children’s Hospital. “Therapy dogs provide comfort, humor and affection to those who need it the most,” said SFI President Danielle Basciano. “There are a variety of ways in which therapy dogs can be used to improve a person's quality of life, but the common thread is the unconditional and non-judgmental affection a therapy dog provides.”

Wrestling Bees win Cazenovia Invitational

Paul, Nasoni earn individual titles

As it turned out, the Baldwinsville wrestling team earned two wins over Cicero-North Syracuse in a four-day span. After the Bees beat the Northstars 51-18 last Wednesday night, both teams went to Buckley Gym for Saturday's Cazenovia Invitational and would go 1-2 in the standings out of 16 teams entered.

Caz wrestlers take third as tournament hosts

Lucas leads Lakers, claims 285-pound championship

Brad Lucas set the pace for the Cazenovia wrestling team, earning the 285-pound championship in the Lakers' annual tournament on Saturday at Buckley Gym. As a whole, Cazenovia posted 152.5 points, just behind Cicero-North Syracuse (154 points) for the runner-up spot in a 16-team field. Baldwinsville, with 182.5 points, claimed first place.

B’ville hockey takes out Ontario Bay, Ithaca

Bees take four-game win streak into RFA clash

In order for the Baldwinsville ice hockey team to fully capitalize on its big 2-0 shutout of then-state no. 3-ranked Rochester McQuaid on Jan. 5, it had to follow it up with more top performances – which it did, twice, to extend its win streak to four games.

B’ville boys hoops defeated by C-NS, Proctor

Win streak halted as Bees fall below .500 again

Starting the first full week of 2013 with a three-game win streak, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team had an opportunity to further establish itself as a Class AA threat.

J-E volleyball goes 3-0, succeeds in fund-raising

Eagles raise more than $2,900 for Golisano Children's Hospital

Up and down throughout this winter, the Jordan-Elbridge girls volleyball team continued on that zigzag path in the first full week of 2013, winning three times to climb back above the .500 mark. Perhaps more important, though, was what the Eagles did outside of the court. Saturday’s match against Weedsport was designated as a fund-raiser for the “More Than A Game” Foundation.

WG swimmers hand Auburn first defeat

Zapisek sets pace for Wildcats in 99-79 win

In order for the West Genesee boys swim team to climb to the top of the CNY Counties League again, it would need to knock off two big-name opponents, Auburn and Liverpool, in consecutive weeks. The first of these tasks was handled in an impressive manner Friday night as Collin Zapisek, with his pair of titles, helped the Wildcats knock off the previously unbeaten Maroons 99-79.

Saturday, January 12

Boys hockey Lakers gain pair of shutouts

Skaneateles slides back into first place in Division II

With its exciting victory in the Duke Schneider Memorial Tournament behind them, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team turned its attention back to a tight Division II championship race, where by week’s end it would overtake Oswego and reclaim first place, at least for the moment.

Caz boys hoops takes pair of tough losses

Lakers squander late leads to Solvay, SAS

When the Cazenovia boys basketball team turned back Institute of Technology Central on Jan. 4, it ended a two-week hiatus – but kicked off a busy stretch where the Lakers would play four times in a span of eight days.

Skaneateles wrestlers beat Cato-Meridian

Lakers also take fifth at Port Byron Invitational

Inside and outside tournament action, the Skaneateles wrestling team would meet a fair amount of success.

Friday, January 11

Ludden holds on, claims showdown with Cortland

Gaelic Knights nearly see 18-point second-half lead vanish

Displaying the best and worst aspects of its own game, the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team earned another important victory. The state no. 3-ranked Gaelic Knights nearly let a big lead slip away before holding off previously unbeaten Cortland, 57-51, Friday night in a highly-anticipated Class A showdown.

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Brothers, Red Rams split basketball twin bill

CBA gives J-D girls first defeat of season, 43-37

Hundreds of fans streamed into Jamesville-DeWitt's gymnasium Friday night for the latest incarnation of the basketball doubleheaders featuring J-D and Christian Brothers Academy. What they got was a tense girls battle where the Brothers handed the Red Rams its first defeat of the season in a 43-37 decision, and the J-D boys salvaging a split by dominating from start to finish in a 64-39 romp.

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B’ville students selected for All-County

Twenty students from the Baldwinsville Central School District have been selected to perform in the Junior High All-County Music Festival, to be held Jan. 26.

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Plan Bee performs with Otto for Boeheim’s 900th win

Syracuse University mascot Otto the Orange steps in to conduct the Baldwinsville Plan Bee Pep Band when the band performed as the house band for the Syracuse University men's basketball game Dec. 17. Plan Bee’s performance coincided with Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim's 900th career victory. You can catch the pep band performing at various Baldwinsville athletic events throughout the winter season.

C-NS hockey edges Liverpool for 12th straight win

Warriors get 38 saves from Kozikoski in 3-2 defeat

What had once been a sleepy corner of the Cicero-North Syracuse-Liverpool sports rivalry shoved itself into center stage Thursday night – or center ice, to be more precise.

Caz girls hoops shuts down Ludden, Solvay

Carpenter stars as Lakers improve mark to 9-2

In order to restore some order after a 49-39 defeat to unbeaten, state no. 2-ranked Westhill on Jan. 3, the Cazenovia girls basketball team had to return to the same neighborhood a week later.

Westhill girls still unbeaten; Ross passes 1,000 points

Warriors pull away late from Marcellus; Ludden goes 1-1

Two more victories last week kept the Westhill girls basketball team undefeated, but that was just part of the story. When the Warriors beat Jordan-Elbridge 87-11 last Tuesday night, junior Anna Ross notched her 1,000th career point.

CBA/J-D hockey knocks off Oswego, 2-1

Brothers enter title contention with win over sectional champs

If there was any question about whether the CBA/J-D ice hockey team could make a Division II championship push, it’s answered now. Having already won six consecutive games the Brothers earned its biggest victory of the season to date when it went to Oswego Thursday night and, with a third-period comeback, knocked off the defending Division II champion Buccaneers 2-1.

B’ville rallies in support of Webster

On Dec. 24, tragedy struck. Four volunteer firefighters were shot while responding to a fire in Webster, a suburb of Rochester.

Skaneateles boys romp past Grimes, 64-45

Jones gets 19 points as Lakers defense shuts Cobras down

Though it would sure like to work on finding some consistency, the Skaneateles boys basketball team knows what it is capable of doing when it plays at its peak. That peak effort was on display Thursday night, when the Lakers outworked 7-2 Bishop Grimes right from the opening tip and recorded an impressive 64-45 victory over the Cobras.

Grimes boys go 1-1, fall to Skaneateles

ESM drops home decision to Cortland

All of a sudden, a rash of inconsistency has permeated the Bishop Grimes boys basketball team as it crossed the midway point of the regular season, the Cobras clicking one night, and then looking totally out of sorts the next.

Liverpool swimmers topple C-NS, 102-78

Hens, Clarke, Burdo set season-best marks for Warriors

At just the right moment, the Liverpool boys swim team started to unleash its full range of talents, sending a strong message to the rest of the CNY Counties League in the process. Dan Hens, Garrett Clarke, Nick Burdo and Dan Roche each turned in command performances as the Warriors dismissed neighbor and rival Cicero-North Syracuse 102-78 Thursday night at the LHS pool.

COLUMN: Removing non-government functions to alleviate tax burden

Over the past year, the County Legislature has moved away from several non-governmental functions that had begun to require substantial taxpayer subsidies.

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Sixth annual L’pool Library Folk Music Series starts Jan. 20

In all cultures, dances inevitably inspire the composition and performance of music which befits the form and force of the dance. From primitive tribes to sophisticated societies, dances are an important part of courtship rituals, celebrations and artistic public performances. Without music, the expression of human movement — from bolero to ballet — would be all but impossible. With ensembles representing four ethnic dance traditions — African, Irish, Hispanic and Jewish — the sixth annual Liverpool Public Library Folk Music Series will both educate and entertain its audiences be presenting musicians rarely showcased in the suburbs of Upstate New York. All concerts at the library are free.

Thursday, January 10

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Girls Lakers hang on, beat Grimes 60-59

Skaneateles nearly sees 12-point, last-minute lead vanish

For 31 minutes of court action Thursday night, the Skaneateles girls basketball team pieced together the kind of strong all-around effort that it needed to get past a quality opponent like Bishop Grimes. Then, in the last 60 seconds, it almost fell apart.

SU basketball opens Big East play 3-0

Boeheim passes Knight; Orange get tough road wins

In the course of eight days, Syracuse’s men’s basketball team played the first three games of its final Big East campaign, winning them all – but not without some struggle.

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G&C Foods donates $10K to food pantry

G&C Foods, a Van Buren business, recently made a $10,000 donation to the Baldwinsville Community Food Pantry.

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Skaneateles Winterfest begins Jan. 25, offers new events

Once again, Skaneateles Sunrise spearheads Skaneateles WinterFest, the community celebration of the snowy season. The project combines entertainment, food, community service and fundraising in an event which has become an annual fixture on the village calendar, encouraging families, friends and visitors to come out and celebrate winter.

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Interact Club marches on with hurricane relief fundraising

‘Boots on the Ground’ campaign still seeking donations

Skaneateles High School Interact Club members are marching on with their drive to raise money for people affected by Hurricane Sandy. They are continuing a “Boots-on-the-Ground” relief effort that includes the sale of special t-shirts.

Judging begins for CNY Scholastic Art Awards

Judging began this week for the annual Central New York Scholastic Art Awards, the largest annual student art competition in the United States. More than 4,500 works of art from 90 junior/senior high schools in 13 Central New York counties participate in the event, which takes place in the Atrium of Whitney Applied Technology Center, Onondaga Community College, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse.

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Did Abraham Lincoln have Marfan syndrome? Cancer? Syphilis?

New book looks at Lincoln’s possible medical conditions

With the huge success of Steven Spielberg’s recent movie, “Lincoln,” it is a great time for any historian to come out with a book on Abraham Lincoln and anything surrounding him or the American Civil War. Historian Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein has, however, recently come out with a fascinating study of the medical history of the Lincoln family that would arguably gain attention and praise no matter when it was released.

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Skaneateles Library increasing its public events

January calendar filled with offerings for kids, adults, families

With a new director and a new year, the Skaneateles Public Library is offering new events for the public to enjoy — and not just one or two. The library recently released an announcement, and posted on its website, a list of public events being offered for the month of January, which include not only story times for kids, but also an iPad training class, family movies, an author event and a new monthly movie group for adults.

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New book highlights Finger Lakes food and recipes

Skaneateles restaurants Mirbeau, Rosalie’s Cucina included

The Finger Lakes region boasts 4 million food and wine tourists a year. With an awareness and appreciation of this local gourmet success, Central New York natives Karl Zinsmeister and his children, Kate Harvey and Noah Zinsmeister, have compiled a new storytelling cookbook to share the stories and secrets of this regional flavor — including some recipes from Skaneateles.

Village of B'ville: Proposed tax rate, tax levy up

Officials will vote on a $4,047,370 budget for the village of Baldwinsville on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Hornets prevail, J-D third at girls indoor meet

F-M gets victories from Brislin, Barger, Pearl, Ezidiegwu

Once again, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls indoor track and field team proved far too difficult to catch, though Jamesville-DeWitt did one of the best efforts in trying.

COLUMN: The Codes Corner - Keep sidewalks clear now that snow has arrived

Making snowy and icy sidewalks safe for the public to use is a priority here in our upstate community of Baldwinsville.

Canton Woods Senior Center schedule Jan. 10 to 18, 2013

B’ville Express reception next Thursday

Canton Woods Senior Center schedule for Jan. 10 to Jan. 18, 2013. The center is located at 76 Canton St., Baldwinsville.

Wednesday, January 9

Caz girls indoor track confronts large schools

Win takes 55 sprint; Kent second in 55 hurdles

Just as it had the week before, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team would find itself competing in two important meets in a 48-hour span. To start with, the Lakers had its first confrontation with the stars of the CNY Counties League and Onondaga High School League during Wednesday night's George Constantino Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.

B'ville wrestlers pull away from C-NS, 51-18

Win secures CNYCL National title for Bees

Now there isn't a question about whether the Baldwinsville wrestling team is the class of the CNY Counties League National division. The Bees ventured to Cicero-North Syracuse Wednesday night and won each of the last six matches to break open a tight contest and beat the Northstars 51-18.

Christian School Choice to host education fair

Christian School Choice will hold it's first annual Education Fair from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Faith Baptist Church, 7312 Van Buren Road, Baldwinsville.

Joanie ignores ex-commissioners’ advice

Many people consider unrequested advice paternalistic and patronizing and as a result they not only ignore it, they’re actually offended by it. That’s how County Executive Joanie Mahoney reacted to the unsolicited advice offered in November by the three ex-commissioners of Onondaga County Parks. Still “dismayed” by Mahoney’s 2009 appointment of her cousin, Bill Lansley, as parks commissioner, the three former parks czars wrote the county exec an open letter. They pleaded with her to appoint someone with real parks experience as deputy commissioners.

C-NS boys, Liverpool girls second at Constantino meet

Webb claims boys 300; Akinpelu prevails twice for Warriors

Switching from SRC Arena to Colgate University’s Sanford Field House seemed to work for Cicero-North Syracuse’s boys indoor track and field team.

Manahan duels with Ryan at Constantino meet

Leff, Uczen both earn victories for girls Wildcats

Two memorable races, both involving Marcellus senior Ryan Manahan, challenging Fayetteville-Manlius superstar Nick Ryan, highlighted Tuesday night's boys indoor track George Constantino Memorial Invitational.

Investing in education and creating an inland port in CNY is a priority

A new legislative session has begun in New York and I am honored to be back to serve as the assemblyman for the 127th district. The electoral process is the cornerstone of our democracy and I thank everyone who participated in the last election. I am driven by a sense of fairness and I believe government can help create a level playing field for everyone.

Tuesday, January 8

F-M boys grabs first place at Constantino meet

Ryan, Fitzgibbons both gain wins at Colgate

To get to the top of the Section III indoor track standings, perhaps the Fayetteville-Manlius boys indoor track and field team just needed a different venue. After a month at SRC Arena, the scene shifted to Colgate University's Sanford Field House for Tuesday night's George Constantino Memorial Invitational, and it was the Hornets gaining the most points.

Boys track Bees take third at Constantino meet

B'ville finishes behind F-M, C-NS in trip to Colgate

Perhaps it took competing at a venue other than SRC Arena to slow down the Baldwinsville boys indoor track and field team. Twice a winner this winter, the Bees could only manage a third-place finish in Tuesday night's George Constantino Memorial Invitational, which sent all the CNY Counties League and OHSL sides to Colgate University's Sanford Field House.

Boys hoops Warriors stopped by Nottingham

Liverpool struggles in third quarter of 66-57 defeat

Eleven days had passed since Liverpool's boys basketball team had last stepped on the court, winning the Cicero-North Syracuse Holiday Classic. When the Warriors returned to action last Tuesday night, at Nottingham, things worked for a while - and then, all of a sudden, they did not.

A good change, really

Marrone to Bills, Shafer at SU great for both teams

Just as soon as the word got out early Sunday morning that Doug Marrone was trading Syracuse Orange for Buffalo Bills blue, the negativity began. From this corner in Central New York, it was fury at Marrone for having the nerve to leave the program he helped resuscitate. From that corner in Western New York, it was griping about missing the big name and settling for something smaller.

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Children collect for the Christmas Bureau

Palmer Elementary School second-graders (from left) Madison MacArther, Mikayla DeCesare, Adisson Lauer and Lily Rine stand in front of the school’s hat and mitten tree, which is decorated with the many mittens, hats and gloves the school collected for the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau.

Caz wrestlers finish second at Port Byron Invitational

Phillips, with three pins, named Most Outstanding Wrestler

A week before hosting its own tournament, the Cazenovia wrestling team nearly grabbed the top spot in last Saturday's Port Byron Invitational, amassing 195 points to beat everyone in the 15-team field except the host Panthers, who prevailed with 202.5 points.

Honestly! The New Year

Community Columnist

Why do we celebrate the New Year? I don’t know what it is but we all seem so pleased to have out with the old and in with the new.

Barclay re-appointed Deputy Minority Leader

Assemblyman Will Barclay was recently re-appointed Deputy Minority Leader to the Republican Conference by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb for 2013.

Corl may be tapped for county position

Cicero Supervisor Jim Corl’s name is on the short list of candidates being considered for an appointment to the Onondaga County Legislature. With Third District County Legislator Bill Meyer leaving for a county appointment, the seat will be left open for a replacement to be decided by County Executive Joanie Mahoney. Mahoney appointed Meyer as assistant director of the Veterans Service Agency last week in a shakeup that also left the ninth district seat open; Legislator Mark Stanczyk will be the new deputy commissioner of community services. She also appointed her campaign manager, Ben Dublin, as her chief of staff and communications director Marty Skanen as deputy commissioner of parks and recreation.

LPL group to vote on dissolution after inability to reach agreement with board

After months of negotiations, the Liverpool Public Library board of trustees and Friends group were unable to come up with a memorandum of understanding that would formalize the relationship between the two entities. As a result, the Friends group will hold a vote on its own dissolution at its Jan. 14 meeting.

NS principals, board of ed approve agreement

The North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education and the North Syracuse Principals’ Association have reached an agreement on the principals’ contracts from 2012-15.

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Education commission report sparks debate

There’s a lot of conflict in education these days, but experts agree on one thing: something needs to change. “New York State has high academic standards and spends more money per student than any other state in the nation,” said a report by the New NY Education Reform Commission issued last week. “However, we are not seeing enough return on investment, especially for the large number of students from a background of poverty. New York lags far behind most states in graduation rates; only 74 percent of New York’s students graduate from high school, and only 35 percent are college ready.” That’s why Gov. Andrew Cuomo convened the the 25-member commission last April: to better prepare New York’s 2.7 million K through 12 students for the future. The commission issued its preliminary recommendations last week to mixed reviews.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Put your resolutions into action

Happy Belated New Year! Apparently my mind went on vacation before I did so there was no column last week.

Monday, January 7

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C-NS hockey runs win streak to 11 in a row

Northstars turn back West Genesee, 3-1

Work for the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team begins long before the sun rises - or even the school day starts. From 5:30 to 6:45 a.m. each weekday morning, the Northstars are practicing at the Twin Rinks. Head coach Kyle Bailey said his team might be the only one in Section III that has this pre-dawn routine.

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Tasty project for Palmer third graders

Liam Rausa, left, and Jenna Waclawski, third-graders at Palmer Elementary School, construct gingerbread houses before the holiday break.

Judging begins for CNY Scholastic Art Awards

Judging began this week for the annual Central New York Scholastic Art Awards, the largest annual student art competition in the United States.

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Caz artist raises $225 for stray animals

Student drew pictures, donated funds to Wanderers’ Rest

Last year, a fourth grader at Burton Street Elementary School spent her extracurricular time raising money in hopes of donating to Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association in Canastota.

Meals on Wheels seeks drivers

Baldwinsville’s Meals on Wheels program is in desperate need of drivers.

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Caz McDonald’s displays college student art

Visual communications students present advertising concepts for chewing gum

Student work from Cazenovia College’s Advanced Advertising Design class is currently on display at the Cazenovia McDonald’s Restaurant.

C-NS wrestlers edge past Liverpool again

Northstars also give Bickford 300th coaching win

Nothing less than CNY Counties League supremacy is on the line Wednesday night when the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team takes on Baldwinsville. What preceded that meet was consequential in many different ways, especially the Northstars’ appearance in last weekend’s Akley Memorial Duals at Oswego High School.

Boys hoops Northstars rip Rome Free Academy

Big third-quarter charge helps C-NS improve to 4-4

A week – and a turn of the calendar to 2013 – removed from its overtime defeat to rival Liverpool in its own Holiday Classic title game, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team was eager to get started again.

CBA basketball sides glide past Homer

Girls double up Trojans; boys need second-half rally

In their own manners, Christian Brothers Academy’s basketball teams opened 2013 with Friday-night conquests of Homer. For the CBA girls, it proved an easier matter as it steadily pulled away from the Trojans and, led by Marisa Romeo and Julie Cuomo, prevailed by a 50-25 margin.

F-M boys fall to Rush-Henrietta, sees win streak end

Girls Hornets handle Proctor after two-week layoff

When the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team ventured west for last Friday’s game at Rush-Henrietta, it did so protecting a six-game win streak. By the time the Hornets returned home, though, that streak was over, the Royal Comets thwarting a fierce rally in the final minutes to prevail 66-64.

Local hockey teams pick up impressive wins

CBA/J-D sweeps weekend; F-M routs Ontario Bay

While the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team expected to begin 2013 with a victory, perhaps CBA/J-D did not. The fact that the Brothers did prevail, blanking Auburn 4-0 last Friday at Onondaga Nation Arena as part of a sweep of two weekend opponents, made it a happy opening week of the new year for all local hockey fans, regardless of team affiliation.

CBA/J-D wrestlers finish third at Canastota tournament

Honis takes 195-pound title; F-M, ESM trail in standings

Throughout the winter, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestling team has stood up quite well amid large fields at high-quality meets. Going to last weekend's Richard New Memorial Tournament at Canastota, CBA/J-D finished third in a 17-team field, earning 182 points. Only the host Canastota Raiders, with 238 points, and Phoenix, with 214 points, fared better.

Boys swimming Wildcats hold off C-NS

WG gets pair of titles from O'Donnell

Following a light December of meet activity and a holiday break, it was time for the West Genesee boys swim team to move into the busy portion of its 2012-13 schedule. Doing so, the Wildcats hosted Cicero-North Syracuse on Thursday night and improved to 2-1 on the season, defeating the Northstars 94-81.

Sunday, January 6

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B’ville hockey blanks state-ranked McQuaid

Bees get pair of big wins in 24-hour span

In a span of less than 24 hours, a Baldwisnville ice hockey season that was drifting away suddenly got back on track, and in an impressive manner. The turnaround was capped by a Saturday-afternoon trip to Rochester McQuaid. Completely ignoring the Knights’ 9-1 record and no. 3 Division I state ranking, the Bees played superb all-around hockey and won in a 2-0 shutout.

B’ville boys hoops wins twice, edges Corcoran in OT

Bees reach .500 mark for first time this season

Baldwinsville’s boys basketball team hit the midway point of the regular season in vastly improved form, which means that a run at the post-season is quite realistic.

Cougars battle powers in hockey tournaments

Syracuse beaten in OT by both RFA, C-NS

In a nine-day stretch, the Syracuse Cougars ice hockey team played five games, waded through two tournaments and nearly upset both of the streaking sides atop Division I East before settling for overtime defeats.

Solvay boys hoops rips Skaneateles

Marcellus slumps again with back-to-back defeats

At 3-5, the Solvay boys basketball team trudged into 2013 looking for some kind of spark – and got it in its most impressive effort of the season. All the Bearcats did was go to Skaneateles Friday night and take over in the second half, pulling away from the Lakers to earn a 53-35 victory.

WG hockey blanks IHC, breaks rare skid

Wildcats were 0-3-1 prior to shutout of Cavaliers

As Division I play resumed and the calendar turned to 2013, the West Genesee ice hockey team found itself in the rare position of challenger and chaser.

WG girls basketball has 2-1 stretch

Wildcats edged by CBA, recover for pair of wins

This was a stretch in the schedule where the West Genesee girls basketball team had to take full advantage, and started to do so following a tough defeat at the end of the 2012 portion of its schedule.

Ludden girls get key win over Marcellus

Mustangs also struggle in loss to Liverpool

Before it got too late, the Bishop Ludden girls basketball team just may have started to rescue its season. A key in that process was Friday night’s game against Marcellus, where the Gaelic Knights played a superb first half on both ends, and then held on to beat the Mustangs 54-47.

Caz girls track wins twice in three days

Lakers run to wins at DiMao Meet, Partner Relays

An odd quirk in the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team’s schedule left it facing two meets in a 48-hour span during the opening days of 2013, but even that wasn’t an obstacle as the Lakers’ firm grip on Mohawk Valley ITA meets remains.

Caz boys hoops returns, earns win over ITC

Seeley again hits outside shots in 65-55 win

For two weeks, the Cazenovia boys basketball team went through a mixture of practice and rest, but saw no game action as the calendar turned to 2013. But when that rest ended, the Lakers were ready, as Institute of Technology Central found out Friday night, Cazenovia prevailing by a score of 65-55 at Buckley Gym.

Cazenovia hockey faces mid-season struggles

Lakers tie Whitesboro after 0-2 tournament appearance

When the Cazenovia ice hockey team visited Whitesboro on Friday night, it did so needing victories to stay in Division II playoff contention. But the Lakers did not quite get the task done, starting fast against the Warriors, but stumbling late and settling for a 3-3 tie.

Saturday, January 5

Hockey Northstars win Optimist Tournament in OT

Siegel nabs winning goal in rematch with Syracuse

It took a bit of extra effort, but the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team now carries a 10-game win streak into Monday night's showdown with four-time defending Section III Division I champion West Genesee at the Twin Rinks.

Skaneateles hockey wins Schneider Tournament

Lakers top Cortland-Homer, Cananadaigua for crown

Less than a second of time on the clock separated the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team from a defeat to Cortland-Homer in the first round of its own Duke Schneider Memorial Tournament on Friday. Somehow, the Lakers escaped that predicament and, by Saturday afternoon, was skating away with the first-place trophy after beating Canandaigua 3-1 in the title game at Allyn Arena.

Friday, January 4

Liverpool swimmers return, beat B'ville

C-NS takes 94-81 defeat to West Genesee

Now it was time for the Liverpool boys swim team to hit the heart of its schedule. And it did so in a big way, going to Baldwinsville on Thursday night and, calling on its depth and versatility, defeating the Bees 54-41 as, at the same time, Cicero-North Syracuse took a 94-81 defeat to West Genesee.

WG boys push Henninger to overtime

Wildcats pleased with effort in 62-59 defeat

At this point, the West Genesee boys basketball team can still accept moral victories, even if actual ones against powerful competition prove to be elusive. Henninger outlasted the Wildcats, 62-59, in overtime Friday night in a non-league meeting of Class AA standouts at the Black Knights’ Joe Mazella Court.

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J-D basketball sides earn sweep over ESM

Boys starting to get hot; girls Rams stay unbeaten

The fact that both of Jamesville-DeWitt's basketball sides earned Friday-night victories over East Syracuse-Minoa was just part of the narrative. By prevailing 58-44, the girls Red Rams remained one of the few undefeated teams in Section III, and the J-D boys, with its 66-54 victory over the Spartans, signaled that its December struggles may be quickly fading into the background.

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Boys hoops Warriors shut down Grimes

Westhill seizes league lead with 55-44 win

It may be another week, and even another year, but it's the same Westhill boys basketball formula for success - something that Bishop Grimes found out in an up-close and painful manner.

Cazenovia Police Blotter

The Cazenovia Police Blotter is compiled and submitted by the Cazenovia Police Department, located at 90 Albany St. To contact the station, call 655-3276.

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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen to play Nelson Odeon

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 4 in the Nelson Odeon, located at 4035 Nelson Road in Nelson.

COLUMN: Saying goodbye, looking forward

From the editor

And so it is the New Year, and this Cazenovia Republican is my final issue as editor.

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Cultural lesson combines a variety of curriculums

Third-grade teachers at Palmer Elementary School wove math, social studies, science and the ELA curriculum into a cultural lesson on Middle Eastern food, with an emphasis on the Jewish religion and culture, to create an integrated learning experience for their students.

Liverpool hockey takes last-second defeat to RFA

Kozikoski's 38 saves keep Warriors close all night

Though it had gone through severe ups and downs in December, the Liverpool field hockey nearly started 2013 with a major high point. The Warriors were on the brink of forcing overtime against undefeated, state Division I no. 2-ranked Rome Free Academy Thursday night at Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena, only to see it get away in a dramatic 3-2 defeat.

Girls basketball Lakers return, shut down Solvay

Skaneateles holds Bearcats without a point in second quarter

For two full weeks following its lopsided 54-34 defeat to Cazenovia on Dec. 20, the Skaneateles girls basketball team took turns resting and enjoying the holidays, but also engaging in enough practice to keep sharp.

Skaneateles wresters hammer Hannibal

Lakers go 2-2 at Lewis County Duals

Turning to its 2013 slate, the Skaneateles wrestling team got off to just the right start. Three early pins by Russ Burkhardt, Connor Gray and Jacob Kipp set the tone for Thursday’s match at Hannibal, and the Lakers went on to defeat the Warriors 51-32.

Cazenovia wrestlers roar past Chittenango

Lakers take neighborhood showdown, extend win streak to six

For a long time, the Cazenovia wrestling team looked up the road and saw how much success its neighbors from Chittenango would accumulate without too much head-to-head action. All of that changed, though, when the Bears moved into the Lakers’ realm in the OHSL Liberty division. And it changed further when Cazenovia prevailed 47-24 in the clash between the Madison County rivals Thursday night at Buckley Gym.

Obama signs bill honoring Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider

During the last week of 2012, President Barack Obama signed a bill (H.R. 5837) designating the postal facility at 26 East Genesee St., Baldwinsville, as the "Corporal Kyle Schneider Post Office Building" into law.

Liverpool girls claim second at Arcaro Relays

Warriors beat C-NS in 4x200; Mahoney wins 3,000 meters

So far this winter, the Liverpool girls indoor track and field team has prevailed twice in team relay events, but it can handle the more traditional format, too. During Thursday’s John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena, the Warriors picked up 63 points, a strong total that left them in second place. Only Fayetteville-Manlius, with 98 points, fared better.

Girls Bees claim third place at Arcaro Relays

B'ville wins 4x400; Soeder, Klaben have second-place finishes

Continuing to improve as the winter progresses, the Baldwinsville girls indoor track and field team registered a third-place finish in Thursday night’s John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

F-M girls run to victory at Arcaro Relays

Hornets sweep in distance events; J-D takes fourth

With everyone on hand, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls indoor track and field team swept aside all competition during Thursday’s John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

Ford wins 300 sprint at Arcaro Relays

Skaneateles girls finish sixth in 22-team field

Emma Ford and Kaitlyn Neal led the way for the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team in both the final days of 2012 and the first days of 2013.

Thursday, January 3

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Girls Warriors turn back Caz, stay unbeaten

Westhill makes late 18-0 run to stop Lakers

Going into Thursday night's key mid-season clash, the Cazenovia girls basketball team knew that it had the talent and capability to take down undefeated Westhill. But pulling it off is another matter, as the Lakers would find out during a big second-half spurt that pushed the state Class B no. 2-ranked Warriors to a 49-39 victory.

Hockey Lakers tie Auburn, 2-2

Neighbors, rivals share another closely-fought classic

Against the other top contenders in Division II, the Skaneateles ice hockey team has yet to win, but it's getting closer. The Lakers and Auburn battled to a 2-2 tie Wednesday night in a Division II hockey game played in front of a big crowd at Allyn Arena.

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UPDATE: Salina toddler injured in assault has died

A 2-year-old girl who was the victim of an assault on New Year’s Eve has died.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Jack Reacher’

Community Columnist

I discovered Jack Reacher in the Cazenovia Public Library. He is a quirky, wonderfully existential character — the invention of author Lee Child.

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DAR bestows Good Citizens Award

Baker High School student Scott Wolf, right, is the recipient of the 2012 Good Citizen Award presented by the Betsy Baldwin Chapter DAR.

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Shacksboro to present Remembering Baldwinsville

The museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse will host a January edition of the Remembering Baldwinsville series at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the museum, 46 Canton St., B’ville.

Beaver Lake Nature Center - January 2013 activities

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

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Liverpool girls hoops shuts down Marcellus

Warriors have won three of four since 0-4 start

When it steps on to the floor Monday night at Nottingham and hits the midway point of the regular season, the Liverpool girls basketball team will be in a much better frame of mind. Once 0-4, the Warriors have won three of its last four games, including Wednesday’s night non-league date with Marcellus, where the hosts ended the Mustangs’ six-game win streak and prevailed by a score of 43-30.

C-NS wrestlers set up showdown with B’ville

Northstars rip RFA after two-week layoff

Nothing less than CNY Counties League supremacy is on the line next Wednesday night when the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team takes on Baldwinsville. Before all that, though, the Northstars had some preliminaries to tend to. And that included last Wednesday’s meet at Rome Free Academy, where it took over in the middle stages and roared past the Black Knights 57-27.

The cold clichés of winter

Ah, the white stuff! As Dean Martin warbles “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow,” Old Man Winter dumps a foot on us the night of the day after Christmas. The past year came in like a lamb and went out like a lion. So wake up! Winter’s here! Smart mammals hibernate. Humans shovel.

Wednesday, January 2

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Civil War recreation brought to Baker HS

With the help of Abraham, Milana and 12 other students, technology teacher Jeffrey Fortais re-created scenes from the Civil War in a recent presentation to all of Baker High School’s U.S. history classes.

Plans for Ninth Annual Chilly Chili heat up

This year’s race will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6. The race will begin at 1 p.m. in front of the Cazenovia Middle School at 31 Emory Ave.

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‘Beekman Boys’ to visit Cazenovia

Television personalities to sign books, host tasting event

The Cazenovia community will welcome Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge, of the reality television series “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” for a special book signing and tasting from 3 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Lincklaen House on Albany Street.

EHH releases report on future of Cazenovia VES

Formed by a resolution of the Cazenovia Village Board in March 2012, the Economic Health and Heritage Committee (EHH) has met monthly for nine months to review the current planning and zoning for the Village Edge South (VES) zone.

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Smith: Madison native, Medal of Honor recipient

From the Madison County Historian

The first Medal of Honor recipient discussion focuses on Wilson Smith. According to birth records, Smith was born in Oriskany Falls on Sept. 7, 1841. He was raised in the Town of Madison.

Don’t give up on your power as a parent

Community Columnist

Based on research supported by parenting practices, children who have a warm and supportive relationship with their parents are less likely to use drugs or alcohol.

Floral notes: Fighting the couch potato within

Community Columnist

The line between resting and laziness is one that is hard to discern during this time of year. Long days spent reading, napping and watching television are terribly addictive.

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County Leg helps make Elmcrest holiday bright

Onondaga County Legislature’s Health Committee members (from left) Casey Jordan, Danny Liedka, Monica Williams, Van Buren representative Derek Shepard and Bill Meyer drop off gifts to their “adoptive” families at Elmcrest Children’s Center on Salt Springs Raod in Syracuse.

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Local storyteller to share her craft at free art event for children

Miles away from the Irish-American home where she grew up and years from her tell-me-a-story girlhood, Liverpool’s 2011 Teacher of the Year, Mary Shea Rys, has a growing reputation herself as a teller of tales, a seanachie (pronounced shawn’-a-key). She will share her art in a creative workshop Sunday, Jan. 27, as part of a child-focused event, “Afternoon in the Arts,” sponsored by Joyful Noise Concert Series for the Community. The free concert begins at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of Liverpool First United Methodist Church, and activities — including a hands-on workshop with a visual artist, opportunities to try playing various instruments, and the story workshop.

Honestly! The power of words

Community Columnist

I was watching the news the other day, and the word “kerfuffle” came up. I knew I had heard it before, but its meaning escaped me — ruining any chance of knowing what the rest of the report was really about.

Tiffany Dawn seminar to be held at Community Wesleyan Church

Community Wesleyan Church will host Tiffany Dawn at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. The program, which is free and open to girls of all ages, features Dawn sharing in song, personal storytelling and more about girls and their personal view of themselves living in today's world.

COLUMN: From Grandma’s Kitchen - A New Year, new beginnings

January is the month of dreams. A new year; a time for new beginnings, a time to hope, a time to change, a time to start over.

Tuesday, January 1

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Caz indoor track girls open season with win

The Cazenovia girls indoor track team opened their 2012-13 campaign with a decisive victory at the Mohawk Valley Relays, hosted by Colgate University on Dec. 20.

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Happy holidays for furry friends

Instead of having a holiday party this year or exchanging gifts, fourth-graders in Mrs. Sue Allen’s class at Mcnamara elementary school concentrated their efforts on collecting items for the CNYSPCA.

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Baker students make blankets

Baker high school students julie cole, left, and emilee gizowski make a blanket for a preschool that was affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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Scout brings holiday spirit to senior center

As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Baker High School Senior Della Patterson (front right) organized a holiday sing along at Canton Woods Senior Center recently.

B’ville Board of Education to meet Jan. 7

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

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Caregivers need care, too

For some, the post-holiday blues are worse than for others. In addition to the general stresses of finding the perfect gifts, struggling with holiday finances, cleaning the house for guests and family arguments, the holidays and the time after are especially difficult for those taking care of a loved one with a serious illness. “Holidays are packed with emotions for most people, so when you add in the stresses of caregiving it can often be a tipping point,” said Jared Paventi, chief communications officer, Alzheimer's Association, Central New York Chapter. “All of a sudden, a houseful of people on Christmas day becomes an empty house again. It's like going from 60 to zero in a heartbeat. This is difficult for people who aren't caregiving, so you can imagine what a caregiver feels.”

B’ville hockey looks for 2013 turnaround

Bees beaten by C-NS, Oswego by combined 14-1 margin

Anything the Baldwinsville ice hockey team could accomplish as the calendar turns to 2013 would be a welcome sight. Heading into the new year, the Bees are 3-5-1, still in Division I playoff contention, but also reeling from a pair of poor performances that came in the waning days of 2012.

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Local family releases book highlighting region, cuisine

Cazenovia local Karl Zinsmeister and his children, Kate Harvey and Noah Zinsmeister, recently saw the publishing of a new storytelling cookbook they compiled, titled “Finger Lakes Feast.”

COLUMN: Reflecting on the last two years

From the Editor

As 2012 comes to an end and we all have the chance for a fresh start in 2013, I will be looking forward to a new beginning.

A fulfilling friendship

College Application Essay

Quiet nickers and sweet smells greet me as I walk towards the pasture. I feel completely at ease; all distracting emotions drifting away on the gentle breeze that sweeps through the treetops.