Stories for June 2013


Sunday, June 30

A beach book for mystery lovers and wine enthusiasts

Rarely do wine enthusiasts have a summertime page-turner. There was “Sideways,” of course, the Pinot-drenched novel by Rex Pickett that became a blockbuster movie, but that hit bookstores nearly 10 years ago. Over the past decade, many writers have tried to replicate the success of “Sideways” with wine-inspired fiction, but the strongest narratives have been nonfiction. Fortunately, oenophiles once again have a work of fiction that's perfect for the beach: James Conaway's “Nose,” released this spring by Thomas Dunne Books.

Saturday, June 29

Madison County Open Farm Day coming in July

Cornell Cooperative Extension is thrilled to announce the sixth annual Open Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Thirty-seven farms will be opening their gates to the public on this day. Open Farm Day is an amazing opportunity for you, your family and your friends to travel Madison County, tour the farms, sample some homegrown products, see farm animals and experience the bounty of Madison County Agriculture. All you need is an Open Farm Day passport and a cooler to bring home lots of local food.

Friday, June 28

High school ‘health late’ policy remains under scrutiny

What started as a discussion of the effectiveness of a district tardiness policy at the recent school board meeting turned into a philosophical debate on the responsibilities and limitations of the school district as academic law enforcement officer or surrogate parent to its students.At issue was the district’s year-old — and relatively controversial — requirement of a doctor’s note to verify “health appointment” excuses for high school student tardiness (what the school calls “health lates”). Students who fail to get a note are barred from participating in any extracurricular activities after school that day, both athletic and academic.

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Library installs new permanent exhibit on Victorian fashions

There are a lot of stuffed birds in the Cazenovia Public Library Museum collection. And while it was a popular hobby to have such an ornithological display in one’s home in the late 19th century, in Victorian times birds served another social function as well — fashion. Museum educators at the library recently decided to blend this Victorian-era interest in science and love of fashion into a new permanent exhibit recently installed in the museum called “Fashion Takes Flight.” It is an examination of how birds, and especially their feathers, were used in 19th century fashions — specifically hats and fans — how the millinery industry created and advertised the fashions and what it meant then and means today concerning natural preservation.

Thursday, June 27

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New DeWitt summer camp allows children to experience cultures through performing arts

For more than five years, Luba Lesser has been searching for a concrete location to make her dream of a community center for visual and performing arts a reality. She’d been giving piano and voice lessons out of her home in DeWitt for years and realized she was running out of space. So she turned to her church, St. David’s Episcopal Church, for accommodation. And when she met Sondra Bromka, who also attends St. David’s, it was a match made in heaven. “I had been thinking about doing a summer camp for a while,” said Lesser. “I wanted to write a program to teach the arts so the kids could make art and be involved in music and make instruments and dance. I just didn’t know how to put a program like that together. And then I found Sondra and came to her with the idea. What I didn’t know was that she’d been doing a similar – but better - program to what I’d envisioned for the last 30 years.” Sondra Bromka and her husband John have been traveling from their home in Marcellus to schools across the world to teach children about history and culture through performing arts for more than 30 years through the “Bells and Motley” program. They’ve performed at the Renaissance Festival since it began, done programs at national historic sites and held workshops everywhere from libraries to museums to historical societies. During the fall, winter and spring, the Bromkas’ schedule is packed with school visits. Usually, they’ll be booked to visit a classroom for a week, coming in each day to teach about the music, art, dance, literature, pageantry of a curriculum-based theme. These include the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Early America and world cultures such as China. And during the summer months, they would choose a destination, usually in Europe, to teach for a month. But Bromka said that in this point in her life, she’s ready to let traveling fall to the wayside and focus on the Central New York community. “Though one can be smitten by the love of travel, it feels like our responsibility is to bring it home and do everything we can for the local community,” she said. “That’s the goal – I really want to spend the next phase of my life enriching the Central New York arts community.” And she’s starting with Enlighten-CNY. The camp is divided into four weeks and two different topics – Chinese folklore and Medieval pageants and festivals. The first two weeks, will be dedicated to one topic and the next two weeks will focus on the other. Bromka said the main reason Enlighten arts camp is different than your average summer camp has to do with the flexibility of the curriculum and activities. “It’s not that I am adverse to guidelines, but here we’ve got a formula that will flex to create the ideal,” Bromka said. “It means that we can pour our hearts into the needs of the children and shape our program around them.” “You build a little community, get to know each other and learn to work with each other,” Lesser added. “We don’t know who is going to show up, what skills they’ll have and what special needs they may have.” Both Bromka and Lesser stressed that even though this is a camp for the arts, all children are welcome, no matter how much experience they have when it comes to music, art and dance. “I want parents not to be afraid if their children have done this before,” Bromka said. “Some kids don’t get a chance to be exposed to different art fields. Some kids may have been channeled into one art field and have not experienced another. The most important thing is that you don’t have to have done it to come here – it’s a good place to start.” Bromka’s program is designed to make history come alive through a combination of hands-on activities related to the arts. For example, since the topic during the first two weeks will be on “Bawshou and the Dragon,” an old Chinese tale, children will be learning all about dragons. Activities for the weeks include creating dragon masks, making Chinese lanterns, learning Chinese calligraphy, choreographing dances for the final performance and playing traditional Medeival instruments – some of which aren’t made anymore. Bromka and her husband create instruments that they know existed, but are not produced anymore. She said they got inspiration to create many of their instruments from looking at paintings on the ceilings of churches while in Europe. “It’s different from a traditional theater camp because usually you’re not told at all about the culture behind what you’re performing,” Lesser said. “You’re told the story, what to say and what to do. Here, you’re making the story your own with the group.” The summer camp will serve as the official beginning of the Enlighten-CNY Center for the Arts. This fall, Lesser and the rest of the staff will begin teaching music and art lessons at the center for anyone interested in learning. The Bromkas are excited to continue teaching at the center as well. “For me, this kind of education is very important because it’s the kind of education I got,” Lesser said. “I think history, culture and everything connected within the arts makes a lot more sense when taught together. I started the Center for the Arts and we’re a group of musicians that want to teach and who have the same ideas of what to teach children.” “I love the range in each individual child and the unique art that can come out because every student is different,” added Bromka. “40 years and you haven’t seen it all!” The Enlighten-CNY summer camp will run for four weeks in July. For more information, visit enlightencny.com.

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July 4 fireworks to be bigger, more spectacular than ever

The Cazenovia Fourth of July fireworks show above the lake is the premier display in Central New York — and this year it will be even more spectacular. The Cazenovia Lions Club, which runs the fireworks display, is adding 23 of the largest size (five- and six-inch) shells to the middle of the show, said George Williams, chair of the Lions Club fireworks committee.

4-H activities offered at New Woodstock Library

Saturday, June 29, is 4H community activities day at the New Woodstock Free Library, featuring face painting and a “critter corral.” Children are invited to attend the event from 2 to 5 p.m. to enjoy the many family oriented activities.

Trustees kick in $5,000 of village money for vintage clock

Liverpool’s trustees figured it was about time that the village contributed some money to the Liverpool Clock Campaign spearheaded by local businessman Jack Fisher. When Fisher’s year-long fund-raising effort came up $5,000 short of its $35,000 goal to erect a Victorian-style timepiece at the eastern end of Washington Park, at their June 17 meeting the trustees voted unanimously in favor of making up the difference with village taxpayer dollars.

Wednesday, June 26

Gait leads Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame class

Six local greats to be honored Oct. 21 at Drumlins

More than a quarter-century after arriving from British Columbia to energize the sport of lacrosse, and seven years after his twin brother received the same honor, Gary Gait is finally making his way to the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.

Tesori named to Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame

Long-time golf professional has taught for 40 years

By his own estimation, Joe Tesori said he has given out 30,000 golf lessons, a lifetime spent dedicated to the game he loves. For that devotion, and for all of his other contributions to golf in Central New York, Tesori has earned induction into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.

Tearney gains Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame honor

Martial arts pioneer runs karate school in Camillus

For more than four decades, Greg Tearney has broken all kinds of barriers as a marital arts pioneer and entrepreneur in Central New York. Now, Tearney's long and storied career has gained the ultimate local recognition, as he is one of six members of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2013.

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Superintendent Dubik announces retirement after 2013-14 year

Robert S. Dubik, superintendent of schools for Cazenovia Central School District since 2004, will retire when his current contract expires at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Dubik informed members of the Cazenovia Board of Education of his plans at their June 17 meeting. He notified district staff during an end-of-year celebration June 21.

Victory Campus - an update


Letter to the editor.

Victory Campus too big for Skaneateles


Letter to the editor from the June 26 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Thank you Mrs. Hoskins


Letter to the editor from the June 26 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

A big Fathers Day Pancake Breakfast thank you


Letter to the editor from the June 26 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Cazenovia Counterpoint festival coming July 10 through 20

More than 2,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s Cazenovia Counterpoint festival, “Flights of Fancy: Arts Alive in CNY.” The festival will bring music, visual arts, theater and poetry to Cazenovia as part of the Society for New Music’s annual summer arts festival.

A tradition I can get behind


Column by Joe Genco on the Skaneateles High School graduation from the June 26 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: June 26

Ducks, traffic issues, fruit trees

Along the Lakeshore column from the June 26 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Vandalism affects whole community


Editorial on vandalism in Skaneateles from the June 26 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Village of Skaneateles to take on numerous capital projects

Water main replacements will be high priority

The village of Skaneateles is planning a number of capital projects, mostly infrastructure repairs and improvements, in the next few years that will total more than $7 million.

Scholar-athletes honored at Section III dinner

F-M, J-D, CBA seniors get top distinction

Amid all the other festivities involved with the end of a school year, six top male and female seniors were honored on June 10 at the Section III Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.

School district considering referendum for facilities upgrades

After receiving the results of a state-mandated building condition survey that showed a facilities improvement project of some kind will be necessary for the district in the immediate future, the Cazenovia Central School District administration and board of education are currently deciding the scope of the building project and whether the district will need to hold a public referendum to pay for the improvements.

Section III honors top local scholar-athletes

Male, female standouts feted at SRC Arena

A total of 10 high school seniors received one more big honor before graduation when they were feted on June 10 at the Section III Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner, held at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.

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Cicero youths to host lemonade stand to raise money for pediatric cancer research

On any given street corner all summer long, you’re likely to find a gaggle of kids hawking lemonade and cookies. But some of those would-be salesmen and –women are selling for a good cause. This Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29, Madison King, 9, Owen Greco, 9, and Nadia Greco, 7, will set up a lemonade stand at 8434 Rollercoaster Drive, Cicero, and donate the proceeds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a charity that funds pediatric cancer research.

Annual golf tourney to memorialize Jenni-Lyn Watson

Jenni-Lyn Watson lived to dance. In her memory, her family is holding a golf tournament to help others who share the same passion. Jenni-Lyn Watson, a 2008 Liverpool High School graduate, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Steven Pieper, in November of 2010 while she was home on break from Mercyhurst College, where she was studying dance. Pieper is currently serving a 23-year-to-life sentence in prison. The golf tournament, to be held Saturday, July 20, at Radisson Greens in Baldwinsville, raises money for the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Fund.

Tuesday, June 25

Early deadline for submissions this week

The Cazenovia Republican has an early deadline this week due to the July 4 holiday. Any submitted letters, stories or pictures must be received by the editor by noon on Thursday, June 27, to be included in the July 3 issue. Please email all submissions to editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

Sudden increase in third grade enrollment causes concerns over class sizes

Teachers send letter to school board opposing reduction of third grade sections from five to four

In the midst of overall declining enrollment, the size of the 2013-14 third grade class at Burton Street Elementary School has taken a sudden turn upward with an increase of at least five students. This unexpected influx, plus a previously-approved elimination of one section (classroom and teacher) from third grade, has caused concerns among teachers and district parents that third grade class sizes next year will be so large as to be detrimental to students and more challenging for teachers.

Town clerk position change from elected to appointed will go to public referendum

The Cazenovia Town Board has approved a resolution to change the current position of town clerk from an elected office to an appointed one. The change will not become town law unless and until town voters approve the action in a referendum scheduled to be on the ballot during the November town elections.

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A day of blue and gold

Cazenovia Class of 2013 celebrates graduation

The 138-member Class of 2013 graduated from Cazenovia High School on Saturday, June 22, amid temperate weather and blue skies, watched and celebrated by more than 1,000 family and friends. In keeping with district tradition, the school held its 82nd annual commencement ceremony on the tree-ringed front lawn of Cazenovia Middle School. “Be proud and continue to set high goals … never, ever give up on your dreams,” High School Principal Eric Schnabl told the graduates. “There will always be a little bit of blue and gold in each and every one of you.”

CSX will close Old Liverpool Road crossing July 13-14

Last year, CSX railroad informed the village of Liverpool that the crossing at Old Liverpool Road adjacent to Heid’s was scheduled for renovation. That work is now set for the weekend of July 13 and 14. At the village board of trustees meeting on June 17, Mayor Gary White reported that he’d recently attended a meeting with CSX officials who informed him of their plans. “That railroad crossing will be completely replaced,” White said.

Unopposed village elections return incumbents to office

Liverpool Mayor Gary White and two trustees, Bob Gaetano and Dennis Hebert, were returned to office in the June 18 village election, at the Village Hall on Sycamore Street. Meanwhile, in North Syracuse, two trustees ran unopposed to regain their seats. Gary Butterfield, owner of Butterfield Construction, and Alfred “Fred” Fergerson, owner of Fergerson Funeral Home and a seventh-generation village resident, gained 86 votes each. There were two write-in candidates for trustee. Butterfield is a Republican while Fergerson is not enrolled in a party.

GUEST COLUMN: Salina cat problem is caused by the town

Here we go again. The Salina cat problem and its mismanagement by the town. This time it’s Thomas Avenue. This has been a problem area for years, but one woman saw the problem and decided to do something about it. Over the past 10 years she has trapped some 32 cats and kittens, adopting out those who were tame. The remainder have been neutered, vaccinated and returned to their territory. She could have simply ignored the problem or complained about it, as her neighbors did. But her “TNR” (trap-neuter-return, used for feral or “community” cats) program took her from 32 cats to seven. But it wasn’t good enough.

Monday, June 24

Skaneateles deals with vandalism, criminal mischief

Public officials have been dealing with a number of separate incidents of vandalism in Skaneateles in recent weeks.

CNY Playhouse revives classic high-school film on stage at Shoppingtown

“The Breakfast Club” is considered one of the best American films of the 1980s. It was certainly one of Dan Rowlands’ favorites. By adapting and directing a stage version now presented by CNY Playhouse at Shoppingtown Mall, Rowlands pays tender tribute to the quintessential high-school movie written and directed in 1985 by the late John Hughes.

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Soaked celebration in Skaneateles

Shortened graduation ceremony concludes with lake jump in pouring rain

Skaneateles High School’s class of 2013, 142 strong, were awarded their diplomas at the school’s commencement ceremony on June 23 at Clift Park. Though an imposing thunderstorm forced the administration to abbreviate the formal ceremony, all the students were able to graduate and then jump into the lake.

Sunday, June 23

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Town board discusses ice rink rate increase

The Skaneateles town board heard comments from a number of concerned residents about its proposed raise for fees for the ice rink at Austin Park Pavilion at its June 20 meeting.

Saturday, June 22

Library to host Alzheimer’s information program and local author lecture next week

The Cazenovia Public Library will offer two public programs next week: one an information program about Alzheimer’s Disease, and the other book talk and signing with local author Rob Briggs.

Friday, June 21

DeWitt Police break up counterfeit check cashing scheme

On June 18, the DeWitt Police Department arrested multiple suspects in connection with a counterfeit check cashing scheme. The DeWitt Police Department responded to the M&T Bank on Erie Boulevard at 11 a.m. on June 18 after receiving a call regarding a male who was attempting to cash a counterfeit check in the name of a local commercial business.

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Friends of Lorenzo raise nearly $5K at annual garden gala

More than 100 people — many in suits, dresses and fashionable hats — spent the evening last Friday enjoying food and wine in the Lorenzo formal gardens, touring the mansion and supporting the Friends of Lorenzo for the group’s annual Garden Gala fundraiser. The non-profit group, which is dedicated to preserving the Lorenzo mansion and grounds, raised nearly $5,000 through attendance and raffle ticket sales.

Be smart, be safe at graduation

Our community made it safely through the first two legs of the spring “triad” as local students enjoyed their junior prom and senior ball during the past few weeks without any tragedies to mar these wonderful events. We urge families to maintain this momentum of good planning and smart decision-making as they prepare for our most important rite of passage; graduation.

Thursday, June 20

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CRIS-CAT volunteer drivers honored for 35,000 miles of service

On a recent Tuesday in May, the third annual appreciation luncheon to honor CRIS-CAT volunteer drivers was held at the Lincklean House in Cazenovia. Thirty-two volunteers and several board members of Community Resources for Independent Seniors (CRIS) gathered to celebrate another successful year and share stories of “neighbors-helping-neighbors.”

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Caz Rowing Club ‘learn to row’ event a success

Members of the Cazenovia Rowing Club welcomed close to 40 prospective new rowers to Gypsy Bay Park on Saturday, June 1, as part of national Learn to Row day.

CORRECTION: High school graduation starts at 11 a.m.

This weekend’s graduation ceremony for Cazenovia High School Class of 2013 starts at 11 a.m. on the lawn outside the middle school.

Maple Downs raises funds for ‘Outward Bound for Veterans’ program

For the second year in a row, Maple Downs, an independent senior living community in Fayetteville, is raising money to send veterans through an excursion program which uses outdoor adventure to assist returning servicemen and women in the transition from combat to civilian life. Maple Downs is partnering with Freedom of Espresso this summer to raise money to send two veterans through the “Outward Bound for Veterans” program for free.

British music invasion in Cazenovia

Ian McLagan and Joey Molland at Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ian McLagan, of the legendary Faces (and Small Faces), and Joey Molland, of Badfinger, will be appearing together live in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Catherine Cummings Theatre in Cazenovia. Fans are encouraged to bring canned and non-perishable foods for collection by Caz Cares, an area food bank.

After 42 years, Cindy Crooks retires from The Retreat

After four decades of hauling heavy trays of delicious food to hungry patrons at The Retreat, waitress Cindy Crooks is calling it a day at the end of this month.

Board of Education seeks input on capital project


Letter to the editor from the June 19 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Please take down garage sale signs


Letter to the editor from the June 19 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: June 19

Along the Lakeshore column from the June 19 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Cazenovia Public Library releases summer story time schedule

All are invited to join “Story Time in the Story Garden” summer fun at the Cazenovia Public Library

Nursery rhymes bring joy to children of all ages, and that’s what “Baby Story Time” with Betsy Kennedy is all about. Newborns to children 24 months old with their parents/caregivers are invited to continue meeting on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. every week all summer. Siblings are welcome.

Wednesday, June 19

Nelson looks at establishing town road use agreement

The town of Nelson is looking into the possibility of approving a town road use agreement as a way to protect its roads from damage caused by heavy industrial trucking.

Library to host Alzheimer’s information program and local author lecture next week

The Cazenovia Public Library will offer two public programs next week: one an information program about Alzheimer’s Disease, and the other book talk and signing with local author Rob Briggs.

DeWitt town board passes resolution against redirecting I-81 traffic

At its June 10 meeting, the DeWitt town board voted unanimously to pass a resolution which reinforces the idea of looking towards other options for the I-81 project instead of redirecting traffic east of the city of Syracuse on I-481. In May, state officials said they had narrowed the "feasible" choices for the interstate to either rebuilding the bridge that runs through Syracuse or replacing it with a street-level boulevard, similar to Erie Boulevard, and rerouting highway traffic around the city.

North Syracuse budget approved

North Syracuse Central School District voters have agreed to the district’s revised 2013-2014 school year budget proposal with a 58 percent approval. More than 5,600 votes were cast, with the final tally being 3,329 yes votes and 2,365 no votes on the $143,525,985 proposal. The approved budget proposal includes a tax levy increase at the district’s tax levy limit of 3.45 percent.

North Syracuse budget approved on revote

North Syracuse Central School District voters have agreed to the district’s revised 2013-2014 school year budget proposal with a 58 percent approval. More than 5,600 votes were cast, with the final tally being 3,329 yes votes and 2,365 no votes on the $143,525,985 proposal. The approved budget proposal includes a tax levy increase at the district’s tax levy limit of 3.45 percent.

Cicero sees significant economic development

In the last year and a half, the town of Cicero has been interested in advancing the economic development of our community. As liaison to the zoning and planning department, I have been active in encouraging new residential and commercial projects. One measure taken has been to create a streamlined approach for business owners and representatives to come in and work with the planning board, and this has been key to successes that have come to pass.

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Residents learn how to reduce household energy use

After spending six weeks monitoring their energy usage and efficiency of their homes, many local residents had stories to share. Sustainable Skaneateles held an event to wrap up its six-week energy challenge program Saturday, June 15 at the Creamery. The event included a raffle and a time for the participants to share what they learned from the program.

Still in our hearts 20 years later

East of the playground at Willowfield Elementary, there’s a 20-year-old red maple tree nestled among the greenery. I helped plant that tree as a sapling, tossing in a shovelful of soil along with dozens of others who finished the sixth grade at WFE in the summer of 1993, because that shovelful of dirt was all we could offer to honor the friend in whose memory the tree was planted. Nick Isgro passed away after a battle with leukemia on June 19, 1993. He’d had a bone marrow transplant in Boston not long before, but developed complications after the surgery. That very day, we’d held a car wash in order to raise money for his care at the school; we all danced around and sang a song we made up (the lyrics and tune escape me now) and sprayed each other with the hose and threw sponges at each other (I doubt too many cars actually got clean) while Nick breathed his last. It took me years to stop feeling guilty about that.

Potter brings ‘versatility,’ ‘people skills’ to superintendency

The Liverpool Central School District conducted a nationwide search for its new superintendent, but it needn’t have looked far from home. Last week, the LCSD Board of Education announced the appointment of Mark Potter to the position. Potter, who is currently serving as the district’s executive director of secondary education, will start Aug. 1, replacing Interim Superintendent Edward P. Backus. Backus took over for Dr. Richard N. Johns, who went out on medical leave in March. Johns joined the district in 2009.

Tuesday, June 18

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Election Results: Mann, Koennecke win village trustee election

Absentee ballots bring the final vote difference to seven votes

Amy Mann and Fritz Koennecke have been elected to the Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees. Final results: Mann - 226; Koennecke - 205; Peggy Van Arnam 198. There were 21 absentee ballots. The results were officially certified by the Madison County Board of Elections at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Caz College lawsuit over Christakos Field fence is heavy-handed, unfriendly, confrontational


To the editor: Cazenovia College asked the state supreme court to reject a decision by the village zoning board of appeals requiring the college to seek approval to build a fence around its new turf field ... The attempt to evade review and push through the fence plan is unfriendly and confrontational, contemptuous both of abutting neighbors and the village at large.

Madison County Tourism hires executive director

Madison County Tourism, Inc. today announced the appointment of Scott Flaherty as executive director. Flaherty will be responsible for directing and implementing all marketing and public relations efforts as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the corporation. He will report directly to the president of the board of directors, Joan Johnson.

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First winery in Madison County opens for visitors

Owera Vineyards cuts ribbon, opens facilities for business

The first and only winery in Madison County officially opened its doors and cut the ceremonial ribbon last week — and it is located on East Lake Road in Cazenovia. Owera Vineyards, owned by the Muserlian family and already producing award-winning wines, welcomed local and state politicians, business owners, friends and visitors on one of the few sunny days in recent weeks to inaugurate its new facilities.

Hydrofracking opponents submit petitions to Fenner, Nelson town boards

Local opponents of the controversial business of natural gas exploration and drilling through hydraulic fracturing appeared at the Fenner and Nelson town board meetings last week to deliver petitions signed by more than 1,100 people demanding the towns outlaw hydrofracking.

Village of Skaneateles addresses code violations

The village of Skaneateles is doing what it can to address code violations such as property maintenance, illegal sign hanging and property encroachment.

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Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” passes through Fayetteville

On June 11, law enforcement officials from across New York State joined in to run the second leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which began in Oneida at 9:30 a.m. and concluded in Camillus around 2:15 p.m. Fayetteville marked the halfway point for the officers, who had all biked from Oneida. When they arrived in the Fayetteville Towne Center, they dropped their bikes and began running the second half.

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Everson director visits Manlius Senior Centre

On June 5, over 50 people gathered at the Manlius Senior Centre for one of the last installments in the Spring 2013 “Informed and Shared Discussion” lecture series. The featured speaker was Steven Kern, the director at the Everson Museum in Syracuse.

Republicans nominate incumbents in Manlius

Theobald, Holmquist, O’Leary and team seeking re-election

At the May 9 meeting of the town of Manlius Republican Committee, the incumbent slate of elected officials were all chosen to represent the Republican Party on the ballot in November.

Keep Salina beautiful by following town codes

The warm weather is here, and as I drive around town I notice that many people are out and about doing yard work and keeping their lawns looking neat and tidy. Thank you, Salina residents, for showing pride in your homes and keeping Salina looking beautiful. Unfortunately, there are a number of properties that don’t look as nice. As stated in Salina’s property maintenance code, if a property owner’s lawn is found to be too long, a notice will be sent to that property owner to remedy the issue within a specified period of time, usually 10 days. If this issue is not taken care of within the allotted timeframe then the town of Salina, with the use of an approved contractor, will go in and cut the lawn, with the cost being placed on the taxes of the property owner who is in violation. If you notice a property in your neighborhood that has property maintenance issues, please don’t hesitate to contact the supervisor’s office to report them.

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Longtime Salina parks and rec director retires

Jim Wemesfelder is set to retire July 26. That means he’ll have completed 43 years as the director town of Salina’s parks and recreation department — possibly longer than any other commissioner in the state and perhaps the country.

Monday, June 17

Cicero announces budget surplus

Two years ago, the town of Cicero was in a fiscal crisis. Now, things have turned around. At a press conference Wednesday, June 12, Supervisor Jim Corl announced that the town was $1.6 million under its 2012 budget.

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Liverpudlian Mark Spadafore, North Syracusan Gary Robb recognized by county Democrats

Liverpool resident Mark Spadafore was honored as Towns Democrat of the Year by the Onondaga County Democratic Committee at its annual awards dinner June 13, at the Oncenter in downtown Syracuse.

Friday, June 14

A letter from Mayor Wheeler on the June 18 village election


Dear friends and neighbors: It has been a privilege to serve you as the village of Cazenovia mayor for the past two years. I ask for your support and your vote on June 18 so that I might continue in that role.

Local girl fighting an antibiotic-resistant infection

Parishioners at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church will gather Saturday afternoon to help out one of their own, the young and lovely Sarah Wansart who faces a lengthy recovery after being hospitalized with a serious MRSA infection. The daughter of St. Joe’s parish council member Jane Wansart, Sarah has been hospitalized for more than a month after developing complications. “Like her mother, Sarah is an energetic and compassionate person dedicated to serving others,” noted the parish music director, Eileen Brody. Besides serving on the parish council, Jane Wansart sings in the church choir under Brody’s leadership.

Thursday, June 13

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Trustee candidates square off at League of Women Voters forum

The three candidates for trustee for the June 18 village election explained to voters who they were, where they stood on the issues and why people should vote for them at the June 11 candidate forum held by the League of Women Voters. Incumbents Amy Weber Mann and Peggy Van Arnam, both seeking reelection, and challenger Fritz Koennecke, Jr., current president of the Cazenovia Board of Education, spent 70 minutes before a crowd of about 30 people answering questions on topics such as what Caz will look like in 10 years and how the village should get there, what should happen to the Riverside Drive property, how can the village have a better relationship with Cazenovia College, should the new Lincklaen Street parking lot be paid or free and whether or not the village should consolidate with the town.

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Immediate Mail Services company unfurls the biggest U.S. flag in Liverpool

Want to see Old Glory waving in the wind like you’ve never seen her before? Liverpool residents and visitors can celebrate Flag Day on Friday, June 14, by driving past Immediate Mail Services (IMS), at 245 Commerce Blvd. The Star-Spangled Banner flying there is one of the largest U.S. flags on display in Central New York. With a width (or hoist) of 24 feet and a length (or fly) of 35 feet, the IMS flag stands as one of the most impressive spectacles in Liverpool.

Wednesday, June 12

Village board approves zone change for Empire Brewing Company

Farmstead brewery project now continues forward with site plan and architectural review

The Cazenovia village board unanimously agreed on June 11 to change the zoning of Empire Brewing Company’s land on Route 13 from a residential to a Planned Development District, and also to amend the village code to allow the milling of flour, feed or grain in the village. Both actions allow Empire to move forward with its project to build a farmstead brewery in the village of Cazenovia.

Fayetteville detour could back up traffic for 2 months

Closure of part of Route 5 will affect thousands of cars

If you try to travel east toward Chittenango on Route 5 from the village of Fayetteville this summer, you may find that it will take a little longer than usual. The New York State Department of Transportation is replacing a culvert pipe that runs Bishop’s Brook under Route 5 between Shady Lane and Cashin Drive and has closed down a section of the road.

Capital project referendum fails in Skaneateles

Computer purchase passes

Voters rejected the referendum for a $22.7 million capital referendum project for Skaneateles schools Tuesday, June 11.

Thank you, Vicki Reutter, and enjoy your retirement

To the editor: Vicki Reutter, library media specialist at Cazenovia High School, is retiring. If you are currently the parent of a high school student or had a child attend Cazenovia High School since 1978, this news matters.

Homage to Bette McNear Campbell, former Cazenovia community leader


To the editor: My mom, Bette McNear Campbell, a former Cazenovia community leader, died at the age of 89 last month in Delaware. We spent many years in Cazenovia while growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Mom and dad, Jim McNear, started the Hi Neighbor paper from our kitchen, before moving it to an office behind the Chocolate Shop.

CACDA promotes recreational tourism with signature project

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) Board of Directors has announced their selection for the 2013 CACDA Signature Project. This project will create visibility and encourage use of the vast trail network and recreational amenities in the Cazenovia area.

Summer art exhibition opening at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park

‘William Benson: Abstracting Realism’ will from June 13 to July 28

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park has announced its summer art exhibition of “William Benson: Abstracting Realism,” will run from Thursday, June 13, through Sunday, July 28, in the John and Virginia Winner Memorial Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, and is open to the public. In addition to the exhibition, Mr. Benson will conduct a live portrait demonstration of Dorothy Riester, founder of the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. The demonstration will be held in the Art Park gallery at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, for a $15 suggested donation. Later that day, from 1 to 4 p.m., interested artists can attend a workshop, “Figure Drawing with Bill Benson.”

Along the Lakeshore: June 12

Trip to Virginia, dairy farms

Along the Lakeshore column from the June 12 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Tuesday, June 11

FFL executive director honored at the White House

On June 11th, the White House will honor twelve people as museum and library “Champions of Change.” This Champions event will focus on libraries and museums who make a difference for their neighborhoods and for our nation. Sue Considine, executive director of the Fayetteville Free Library, was chosen as one of the champions.

Skaneateles developers want to annex town land to village for housing project

A couple of local housing developers want to extend village borders to get sewer service for a potential development project. Bob Casper and Mike McCracken met with the Skaneateles Town Board at its June 7 meeting to discuss annexing a property to the village to be the site of a future senior housing development. The property, on Route 20, is currently owned by Pat Bombard and sits adjacent to the village border.

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Public hearing for Loveless Farm delayed

Proposed 18-house development in Skaneateles seeking planning board approval

The public will soon have a chance to give input on a proposed 18-home development on West Lake Road in Skaneateles. The town planning board will hold a public hearing to get comments on the proposed development sometime this summer.

North Syracuse launches 911 Pet Fund for animal emergencies

The village of North Syracuse has established a 911 Pet Fund, so that, through community fundraisers and donations, such animals can receive the care they need immediately.

Monday, June 10

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Potter named new Liverpool superintendent

The Liverpool Central School District has named Mark Potter as its new superintendent. Potter, who is currently serving as executive director of secondary education, will start Aug. 1, replacing Interim Superintendent Edward P. Backus. Backus took over for Dr. Richard N. Johns, who went out on medical leave in March. Johns joined the district in 2009. Potter’s appointment was announced at the June 10 LCSD BOE meeting.

NSCSD outlines additional cuts to proposed budget

On June 18, 2013, voters in the North Syracuse Central School District will be asked to vote on the district’s revised budget proposal for the 2013-14 school year. The revised proposal includes a property tax levy increase of 3.45 percent or $2,621,388 compared to the 2012-13 school year.

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Not your average ordinaries

East Syracuse church performs traditional Gregorian chant with a twist

Jared Shepard isn’t afraid to go against the norm. When he was hired as the Minster of Music and Organist at St. Matthew’s Church in East Syracuse two years ago, he was already experienced as a classical musician, having studied with pupils of legendary Juilliard pianists Irwin Freundlich and Eduard Steuermann. Though his experience in sacred music was limited, in the two years he’s been developing the music program, he has successfully made St. Matthews different from nearly all other churches in Central New York by performing Gregorian chant: a type of music that was once a staple in the Catholic Church, but is now rarely performed.

Akinpelu, Lawes stand out at state track meet

Liverpool stars both notch top-five individual finishes

Liverpool track and field stars Ore Akinpelu and Ryheim Lawes refused to let a little rain – or a lot of rain – affect the way they performed at last weekend’s state championship meet at Middletown High School.

Sovring competes in state girls golf tournament

C-NS makes second straight appearance at SUNY-Delhi

For the second consecutive year, Cicero-North Syracuse girls golfer Brianna Sovring ended her season on the hills of SUNY-Delhi’s course, playing in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament.

Girls golfers compete in state tournament

Hair, Donnella, Roney represent F-M, J-D

The rains stopped in time for a trio of local girls high school golfers to make their way to SUNY-Delhi’s course for the 2013 edition of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament.

Sunday, June 9

Ryan nearly pulls off state championship double

F-M runner prevails in 3,200, takes second in mile

In his last big meet for the Fayetteville-Manlius boys track and field team, Nick Ryan came within half a second of pulling off a state-championship double, all in a span of a few hours.

Lakers track stars compete in state meet

4x100 relay girls break own school record

Six girls from the Skaneateles girls track and field team found that they had to cram all of their activities in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet into a single day.

Manahan wins state track 800-meter run

Marcellus senior also takes second in Division II mile

A little rain – okay, make that a lot of rain – was not going to keep Marcellus boys track and field senior Ryan Manahan from offering the perfect coda to a decorated high school career. Manahan went out in Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet and beat the entire field, large and small-school runners alike, in his specialty, the 800-meter run.

Saturday, June 8

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C-NS softball captures Class AA state title

O'Hara leads Northstars past Brockport, East Meadow

All the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team wanted to do was win one more game than it did each of the last three seasons - to "Finish It", as they so succinctly put it. And the Northstars did finish the task on Saturday, winning the state Class AA championship for the first time since it prevailed on its home diamond in 2006.

Wildcats stopped by Ward Melville in state lacrosse final

Wildcats unable to contain Patriots in 16-4 defeat

A potent and poignant mix of excitement and nostalgia surrounded the West Genesee boys lacrosse team's 22nd state Class A championship game appearance Saturday at St. John Fisher College near Rochester. Not only were the Wildcats back in a familiar setting, it was facing a familiar opponent - Ward Melville, with whom it dueled four times in state finals in the 1990s, each side winning twice.

J-D stopped by Garden City in state title game

Face-offs crucial in Rams 13-8 defeat to

The process that undid the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team's hopes of a third state Class B championship in four years was a gradual one, but was also clear and obvious. It unfolded over the middle stages of Saturday's state Class B final at St. John Fisher College, near Rochester, where the Red Rams were attempting to dethrone defending champion Garden City.

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Baldwinsville baseball wins first-ever state championship

Blewett, Merryweather pitch Bees to top spot

Scott Blewett and Pat Merryweather, with plenty of help from the guys around him, helped bring the Baldwinsville baseball team to a place it has never gone before - the state Class AA championship. Blewett tossed a three-hit shutout in the semifinal game at SUNY-Binghamton, a 2-0 victory over Ward Melville, and Merryweather's complete-game gem delivered the Bees past Clarence 4-1 in the championship game a few hours later on that same Binghamton diamond.

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Caz boys lacrosse wins second state championship

Lakers rally past Bronxville in Class C title game

A high school state championship is special enough. Two of them, in a three-year span, indicates something more, that a program, once it has climbed to the top, has the ability to stay there and thrive even more. That is the sweet reality for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team after it rallied to defeat Bronxville 13-11 in Saturday's state Class C final at St. John Fisher College, near Rochester.

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Skaneateles stopped in state girls lacrosse final

Mount Sinai turns back Lakers after quick start

Eighteen minutes of game time was all it took to spoil the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team's dreams of a third state Class C championship in the program's history. In that span of the first half, the Lakers' early three-goal lead on Mount Sinai in Saturday's state Class C final at SUNY-Cortland vanished, and the Mustangs went on to control the rest of the game, too, and prevail by a score of 15-6.

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CBA girls lacrosse wins state Class B championship

Senior stars lead Brothers past Brighton in title game

Marisa Romeo and Taylor Poplawski remembered how glorious it felt two years ago, when Christian Brothers Academy's girls lacrosse team earned its first-ever state championship, and they were bent on having that glorious feeling once again.

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B'ville girls fall to Farmingdale in state finals

Bees unable to answer Dalers' second-half surge

A remarkable and exciting journey taken by the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team ended just one step short of a state Class A championship. The Bees, chasing a second state title to match the one it earned in 2000, fell 8-5 to Farmingdale in Saturday's championship game at SUNY-Cortland.

Friday, June 7

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Girls lax Lakers roll to Class C state final

Skaneateles starts fast, dismisses Putnam Valley 16-6

Molly Wood and the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team put together an authoritative performance that left them one victory from the program's third state Class C championship. Wood's five first-half goals set the tone, and the rest of the Lakers followed suit, defeating Putnam Valley 16-6 in Friday afternoon's state Class C semifinal at SUNY-Cortland.

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CBA girls lacrosse reaches state Class B final

Brothers outscore John Jay-Cross River 17-13 in semis

A second state championship in three years is now within the grasp of the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team. Led again by a potent and diverse attack, the Brothers outscored John Jay-Cross River 17-13 in Friday afternoon's state Class B semifinal at SUNY-Cortland.

Trustee candidate forum to be held June 12

The League of Women Voters of Cazenovia will hold a forum for candidates for village trustee at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Municipal Building, 90 Albany St. The public is welcomed to attend and submit questions to the candidates on issues facing the village of Cazenovia.

Shephard Links to host CAP Mini-Golf Family Fun Day fundraiser

Community Action Partnership and Shephard Links Mini-Golf Fun Center in Cazenovia at 4691 Robert Road is hosting a family fun day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit programs at Community Action Partnership that support local families.

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Girls Bees turn back Suffern in state semis

Late comeback sends B'ville to final against Farmingdale

Down two goals, staring at the end of its state championship quest, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team did not blink. Instead, it rallied from a two-goal deficit to edge Suffern 9-8 Friday morning in the state Class A semifinal at SUNY-Cortland, advancing to meet Farmingdale in Saturday's title game.

Macbeth’s witches to stir their brew at Johnson Park

A dark cave. In the middle, a caldron boiling. Thunder. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble That Bill Shakespeare certainly had a way with words! The Liverpool Is The Place Committee apparently has a soft spot for The Bard. The committee, which brings you two dozen free concerts every summer at Johnson Park, is trying something new this year. At 7 p.m. on Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June 16, LITP has engaged Syracuse’s Redhouse Arts Center to present a one-hour adapted version of Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Macbeth,” at Johnson Park. The performance is designed for all ages, and admission is free. Considered one of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedies, “Macbeth” was originally staged circa 1607 in London. Set in Scotland, the action boils over with blood and betrayal as Lord Macbeth kills his king to fulfill his own lust for power. Wracked with guilt, Lady Macbeth leads her lord down a maelstrom of madness and death.

ESM, F-M, J-D all make Newsweek's best high schools list

Jamesville- Dewitt, Fayetteville- Manlius and East Syracuse Minoa High School have all been named one of America's Best Schools for 2013 by Newsweek. J-D was ranked 561, F-M ranked 606 and ESM came in at number 1,564.

Thursday, June 6

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Local 10-year-old achieves first-degree black belt

On June 1, at an undisclosed location (Black Belt Island) Cazenovia fourth grader Lily Sorbello earned her black belt and reached a personal goal at the age of 10. Miori Martial Arts owner Rick Miori said she is one of the youngest he’s ever seen go through his organization.

Village board approves official L.L. Bean contract

The Cazenovia Village Board officially approved its contract with L.L. Bean to establish the outdoor apparel company’s use of Cazenovia Lake and Lakeland Park for its newest Outdoor Discovery School. The approval came two days after the green L.L. Bean trailer full of kayaks was parked near the north wall by the public swimming area in Lakeland Park, and five days before the new school begins kayaking excursions on the lake.

Report recommends accreditation for Cazenovia High School

Cazenovia High School is one step closer to renewing its accreditation from the prestigious Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Cicero UMC takes on community projects

One Sunday every year, Cicero United Methodist Church takes a break from traditional services and sermons and instead encourages parishioners to go out into the Cicero community and make a difference. “It’s something that the United Methodist Church nationally started to remind us that sometimes we need to worship with our hands,” said Rev. Rebecca Laird, associate pastor at the church. “It’s not just about coming to a building and being here on Sunday morning and worshipping that way. It’s about more than that. It’s about taking the love that we get from that and going out into our community and using it to better our community and taking God’s grace and sharing it with anyone that we meet.” The church held its fourth Be the Church Sunday June 2, conducting a variety of projects from packing goodie bags for the Military Appreciation Room at the airport to making lap robes for patients at Van Duyn Home Hospital to baking banana bread for the homeless to doing home renovations and garden projects for a Sudanese family on Syracuse’s North side.

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Cicero Community Festival is this weekend

Year in and year out, the community fills the grounds behind Sacred Heart Church on Route 11 for the Cicero Community Festival. “We usually average about 7,000 people,” said Steve Becker, one of the event’s organizers. “I think that speaks for itself. It’s become a tradition year in and year out to come to the festival. The cruise night is popular. People like seeing the classic cars. People love Ruby Shooz. We have hundreds of people come to the parade, participating as well as watching.” The festival, which celebrates its 21st year when it kicks off Friday, June 7, is offered by the Greater Cicero Chamber of Commerce every year to support area businesses. Drivers Village co-sponsors the event.

Village board determines town trapper can handle village infestation

Last summer three village residents complained about skunks to the board of trustees. The town of Salina trapper was “overwhelmed,” said one resident, and was not responding to calls from villagers plagued by the malodorous black-and-white weasels. Not so, now say the trustees. In April, trustees approved a 2013-14 village budget of $2,306,565, but it failed to fund the hiring of a village trapper as the board had informally agreed to do on Aug. 20, 2012.

Foster again challenges Nicotra for supervisor’s seat

The Salina Democratic Committee has designated two candidates for town council, one for supervisor, one for town justice and one for county legislature.

Please support Skaneateles schools capital project referendum

Guest column submitted by the Skaneateles Board of Education asking for the public's support of two referendums up for vote on June 11.

Readers voice opinions on capital project, village issues

Letters to the editor from June 5 issue

Letters to the editor from June 5 issue of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: June 5

Thunderstorm wreaks havoc on trees

Along the Lakeshore, from the June 5 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Wednesday, June 5

Wildcats roar past Penfield, advance to state final

WG to meet Ward Melville in clash of traditional powers

This is exactly where the West Genesee boys lacrosse team expects to be, heading toward a decisive Saturday in June and closing in on a state championship. Having gone to the top 15 times before in Mike Messere's tenure, the Wildcats have a shot at no. 16 after Wednesday night's 11-6 victory over Section V champion Penfield in the state Class A semifinals at St. John Fisher College, near Rochester.

Lakers edge Penn Yan in tense state semifinal

Cazenovia holds off late Mustangs rally, wins 8-7

Now the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team is one victory away from adding a second state Class C championship to the one it earned in 2011. The Lakers moved to the brink of the summit Wednesday night at St. John Fisher College, near Rochester, where it fought off a comeback from Section V champion Penn Yan and prevailed 8-7 in the state semifinals.

J-D boys lax routs Homer in state semis

Evans gets eight assists; Feiner earns seven goals

With the way that it could produce so much on one end of the field and then abuse an opponent on the other end of the field, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team knows that only a state championship can provide an orderly conclusion to a special season.

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CHS chamber choir, wind ensemble earn top honors at music festival

The first time turned out to be the charm for the Cazenovia High School Chamber Choir and Wind Ensemble, each of which came away with top prizes from last weekend’s Darien Lake Music Festival in Western New York. It was the first trip to the regional musical competition for both groups.

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Historical look at necessary renovations for Skaneateles schools

Michael Card is one of few people in Skaneateles who has a detailed wide-angle view of the proposed $22.7 million building referendum which goes to voters on June 11.

Trustees moving forward with paid parking lot for Lincklaen Street

The new public parking lot at 22 Lincklaen St. will likely charge money for parking, the village board revealed at a special meeting last week.

Representing quite well

Local athletes making it big at college, pro level

Section III’s athletes are going after state championships this week, from boys lacrosse in Pittsford to baseball in Binghamton to girls lacrosse at Cortland to softball at Queensbury to track and field at Middletown to girls golf at Delhi. They do so amid a year where, everywhere you look, from the college to professional ranks, local athletes are seizing their moments in the spotlight and shining brightly.

Friends of Lorenzo annual Garden Gala to feature sneak preview of new costume exhibit

This year’s Friends of Lorenzo Garden Gala will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, and will feature light hors d’oeuvres and wine. Guests at the gala will be treated to a sneak preview of the new costume exhibit opening in the mansion, “From Bustle to Bodice: Layers of Elegance at Lorenzo.” Full-length replicas of the dresses worn by Lorenzo owners Helen Clarissa Lincklaen and her daughter, Helen Lincklaen Fairchild, for their portraits will be on view, and displays also will include illustrations and examples of servants’ clothing, undergarments, children’s costumes and accessories from Lorenzo’s historic collections.

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C-NS softball blanks Guilderland in AA regional

O'Hara strikes out 12, hits long home run

With one more chance to play in front of the home folks at the Gillette Road Middle School complex, the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team gave them another taste of the winning formula that has worked so well over the years.

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Minoa keeps tradition alive with annual Field Days

For the citizens of Minoa, the annual Fire Department Field Days are as familiar in the month of May as the smell of a barbeque or the crack of a baseball bat hitting a ball- they’ve always associated the event with the kickoff of the summer season.

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Skaneateles farmers market opens, expands Saturday hours

With the arrival of summer people will again have an opportunity to buy locally grown food at the Skaneateles Farmers Market. The market, now in its 14th year, had its opening day on Thursday, May 23 and will be open on Saturdays starting June 15 at the parking lot next to Austin Park Pavilion.

Tuesday, June 4

Bees earn shutout in AA baseball regional

Merryweather, Blewett send B'ville back to state final four

All spring long, the Baldwinsville baseball team operated with the understanding that two outstanding pitchers, Pat Merryweather and Scott Blewett, were capable of carrying them all the way to the top, so it only figured that they would team up to insure a second consecutive berth in the state Class AA final four.

Solvay softball season ended by Windsor

Seventh-inning comeback ruins Bearcats in regional final

Phil Merrill could only look back in speculation on how his previously undefeated Solvay softball team’s season ended abruptly in a 4-2 Class B regional loss to Windsor Tuesday night at the Gillette Road complex in Cicero. “You wonder if it was a pressure cooker ready to explode after 20 in a row," Merrill said. "You didn’t know when the lid was going to come off."

Tempers flare at East Syracuse board meeting over taxes

Village will hold annual fireworks show July 13

About 40 people packed the board room in the East Syracuse municipal building on June 3 for the village’s monthly meeting. The topic of the village’s recently – cancelled fireworks was on the agenda, but that wasn’t what brought the masses in. They were all there because they had just received their first tax bill of the 2013-14 fiscal year - and the fact that they will all have to pay 22 percent more than last year has finally hit home.

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Deuble, Petrin help Section III golfers win state title

Liverpool, C-NS standouts part of strong team effort

Liverpool senior Karl Deuble and Cicero-North Syracuse junior Joey Petrin are both proud part-owners of a state boys golf championship. Deuble and Petrin helped Section III capture a tight battle for team honors during the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament at Cornell University’s Robert Trent Jones course in Ithaca.

Lake weed prevention mats now available from town

Lakeside residents interested in renting lake weed prevention mats to clear lanes from their docks to the middle of the lake may now do so from the town. The benthic mat rental program, approved by the town board May 13, has received final department of environmental conservation approval and is now ready to go, said Town Councilor Bill Zupan.

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Ferlow wins top Cazenovia Preservation Foundation award

Awards, recent successes and future goals offered at annual CPF meeting

Cazenovia landscape architect Don Ferlow received the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation’s top award for environmental preservation at the organization’s May 23 annual meeting. The award was one of four given out that night in front of an audience of about 70 CPF members and supporters. The group also elected new members and a new board of directors, reviewed their 2012 successes and achievements and laid out plans for 2013.

Village board moves date for Empire zone change vote

The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees has scheduled a special public hearing for 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, to serve as the final discussion concerning Empire Brewing Company’s requested zone change application on its Route 13 land before the board votes.

Future of high school Academic Decathlon team uncertain

Increasing cost of the program, especially travel, may force its discontinuance

The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team advisor told the school board at its last meeting that the high costs of the program, coupled with the financial straits of the district, may not allow the program to continue in Cazenovia unless actions are taken to help fund the team. The large and last-minute fundraising the club did this year to be able to attend the national competition in Minnesota took a huge toll on the students and the advisors, and was not something that could be expected to occur every year.

Madison Cortland ARC announces new executive director

The Board of Directors for Madison Cortland ARC recently announced Jack Campbell as the new executive director effective June 16.

Peterboro to celebrate Civil War sesquicentennial

Volunteers will soon be setting fences, erecting tent covers and signage for seven acres of land and 11 structures, hauling provisions for the more than 100 Civil War re-enactors, sprucing up their period costumes and turning the clocks back 150 years in final preparations for the 21st Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend. The weekend event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, and ends at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, with Taps, written by Oliver Wilcox Norton, best friend of Alexander Dickey of Siloam, Town of Smithfield.

CNY Fiber Artists to hold annual fiber festival

The annual CNY Fiber Artists and Producers Fiber Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, at the Butternut Hill Campground on Route 20 in Bouckville. There will be 100 booths filled with vendors selling many fiber products, demonstrations, exhibits and animals including sheep, alpacas, goats, llamas and rabbits. The children’s tent will feature fun activities for all ages.

Bellardini helps Section III win state golf title

CBA standout posts rounds of 80, 81 at Cornell

Jack Bellardini was the ninth and final golfer to earn his spot on Section III’s team for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament in Ithaca. Taking full advantage of this, Bellardini would step up and, with two solid rounds at Cornell University’s highly-regarded Robert Trent Jones course, help the Section III team win their portion of the state championship.

Clare helps Section III win state golf title

West Genesee star ties for 26th among individuals

Though he may not have taken a starring role, West Genesee boys golf star John Clare was vital in helping Section III win the team portion of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament.

Monday, June 3

J-D softball stopped by Troy in regionals

Early runs send Flying Horses past Red Rams

A season ago, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team parlayed a Section III Class A title to a memorable state tournament run, all the way to the championship game. This time around, though, Section II champion Troy made sure that the Red Rams didn't get out of the regional round, riding hot bats and the strong pitching of eighth-grader Hunter Levesque to a 6-1 victory Monday afternoon at the Gillette Road complex in Cicero.

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Skaneateles CSD puts $22.7 million project to vote

Public will vote on two referendums on June 11

The Skaneateles Central School District will put two referendums up for public approval on Tuesday, June 11. One item will be the public’s approval for the district to begin work and bond for a $22.7 capital improvements project. The second referendum will be for $77,810 for new computer equipment.

Crunch crash into Calder Cup championship series

Syracuse puts away Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in five games

The Syracuse Crunch has yet to be challenged in the American Hockey League playoffs. After trailing 1-0 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals, the Crunch responded like a champion winning three straight, including a grinding two-game sweep in Games 3 and 4 on the road in Pennsylvania to take a 3-1 series lead.

Sunday, June 2

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L.L. Bean arrives in Cazenovia

Lakeland Park chosen for company's newest Outdoor Discovery School

Less than two weeks after discussions began, it’s official: L.L. Bean has chosen Cazenovia Lake as the location of its latest “Outdoor Discovery School.” “The eagle has landed,” Trustee Jim Joseph, who coordinated the deal for the village, said into his cell phone Saturday afternoon, June 1, as he and other village board members watched the green L.L. Bean trailer full of kayaks back into place near the public swimming area in Lakeland Park.

Nardella brothers win state tennis championship

CBA duo drops just one set in five matches

On a hot, steamy weekend in New York City, Christian Brothers Academy boys tennis players Colin and Matt Nardella illustrated why they thought it was best to pair up in doubles for the state championship tournament.

J-D boys rout Massena, Vestal in regionals

Red Rams to take on Hamburg in state semifinals

Even an extra round of regional play did not bother the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team as it roared in the direction of a third state Class B championship in four years.

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Lakers stomp Johnson City, go to state semis

Cannizzaro burns Wildcats with eight goals, three assists

Instead of late-game tension, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team got to enjoy the homestretch a bit more on a hot, humid Saturday as it edged closer to a possible state Class C championship.

Saturday, June 1

B'ville girls lacrosse battles to regional win

Bees top Corning, advance to state Class A final four

Baldwinsville girls lacrosse coach Doug Rowe would have preferred that his team’s Class A regional final matchup Saturday night at West Genesee High School went the way of the Class B and C games before it. In those games, Section III powerhouses Skaneateles and Christian Brothers Academy each put up 21 goals as they cruised past Massena and Vestal, respectively, to their respective state semifinals.

Wildcats holds off Ithaca, returns to state semifinal

WG plays in first state semifinal since '09

Victory by victory and round by round, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team is restoring the old order and inching closer to a 16th state Class A championship. The Wildcats survived yet another post-season thriller in Saturday night's Class A regional final at Union-Endicott High School, hanging on to beat Section IV champion Ithaca 10-9.

Skaneateles girls breeze to state final four berth

Lakers romp past Massena in regional final

Without any sort of stress, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team earned a return trip to the state Class C final four.

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Solvay softball rolls to Class B sectional title

Bearcats blank Holland Patent, stay unbeaten

Only one successful conclusion would prove satisfactory to the Solvay softball team in 2013, at least as far as the Section III Class B playoffs was concerned. When all was settled Saturday night at Syracuse University, the Bearcats had achieved that happy ending, drubbing Holland Patent 12-0 to stay unbeaten and earn its first sectional title since 2007.

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Northstars handle Liverpool in AA softball final

O'Hara throws three-hitter, hits pivotal home run

Sydney O’Hara expects to spend a lot of time on the softball diamond at Syracuse University over the next four years. But O’Hara got to play - and stand out - in an important game at the SU diamond while still wearing a Cicero-North Syracuse softball uniform during Saturday’s Section III Class AA final against Liverpool.

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J-D repeats as sectional softball champs

Red Rams again blank Oneida in Class A final

Strong pitching, a well-timed power surge and near-perfect defense all came together for the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team - and the end result is a second consecutive Section III Class A championship. Kerri Keeler tossed a two-hit shutout and also hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to put her team on the board as the Red Rams defeated top seed Oneida 4-0 in Saturday’s Class A final at Syracuse University.