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Saturday, March 30

Boys lacrosse Mustangs race to 1-1 start

Westhill, led by Zimmerman, tops General Brown

A run to last season's Section III Class C semifinals has the Marcellus boys lacrosse team hungry to see if it can go even further. Led by head coach Leo McInerney, the Mustangs began play in 2013 by hosting the Finger Lakes Classic and splitting a pair of contests against CNY Counties league opponents.

WG lacrosse rallies past Penfield in opener

Shots finally connect in fourth quarter for 5-3 win

Just in time, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team found the target. The Wildcats never led in Saturday's season opener against Section V power Penfield until the fourth quarter, but surged just in time and emerged with a 5-3 victory over the Patriots.

Friday, March 29

Village plans 10th annual Earth Day cleanup event

The Village of Baldwinsville will hold a community Earth Day cleanup in partnership with OCRRA on Saturday, April 13, and is looking for interested groups or individuals to participate.

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Katleski named defender of the craft beer industry

Local resident, brewery owner honored at national industry event in Washington D.C.

Cazenovia resident David Katleski, president of the New York State Craft Brewers Guild and owner of Empire Brewing Co., has been honored by the national Brewers Association for his “tireless efforts to make regulatory reform possible and change legislation” in New York state. Katleski, who is currently working to develop a new farmstead brewery location for Empire off Route 13 in Cazenovia, received the F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award at the national Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America in Washington D.C., and accepted the award in front of 6,000 attendees and industry peers.

B’ville baseball sets out on sectional title defense

Bees look to build upon 2012 run to state AA semis

The saying typically goes that X marks the spot. But when the Section III baseball season kicks off this week, the X will actually be a red B for Baldwinsville. Coming off its first Section III Class AA title since 2004, the Bees know that last season’s success could be this year’s biggest hurdle.

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McNamara hosts annual science fair

McNamara Elementary School presented its annual science fair on March 14.

Beaver Lake Nature Center: Last weekend for Maple sugaring and pancake breakfasts

March maple sugaring and pancake breakfasts at Beaver Lake Nature Center mark the coming of spring. A visit to Beaver Lake Nature Center's demonstration sugarbush, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, will introduce visitors to the heritage of sugaring and the production of maple syrup.

Evans helps J-D smash Homer, Whitesboro

ESM also starts fast in boys lacrosse openers

It did not take long for the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team to face elite competition as it goes for a third state Class B championship in four years – nor did it take long for Jordan Evans to establish himself as the front-runner for all Player of the Year honors that might get handed out at season’s end.

Thursday, March 28

Girls lacrosse Wildcats take down Skaneatleles

Reigning state champs dominate first half in 14-5 win

Do not, for one second, worry about the West Genesee girls lacrosse team. Sure, many of the key players that helped the Wildcats attain a sixth state Class A championship a season ago are gone, but what remains is a strong system - and players, familiar and new, ready to implement that system to maximum effect.

Smith, Brownlee power Lakers past B'ville

Lakers also grab overtime victory over Auburn

Someone new, and someone familiar, had a large part in giving the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team a successful launch to the 2013 season. Max Smith, taking over in goal, had a superb first half to keep his team close, and then Alex Brownlee took over on the offensive end in the second half to push the Lakers past Baldwinsville 7-5 Thursday in the Finger Lakes Classic at Marcellus High School.

CBA girls lacrosse roars past ESM

Brothers aim for successful move up to Class B ranks

What the Christian Brothers Academy girls’ lacrosse team wants to make it clear early on is that business proceeds as usual despite their new home in Class B. The Brothers, 2011 state Class C champions and a state semifinalist a season ago, followed up a season-opening 16-2 win over Fulton with a 16-7 drubbing of East Syracuse-Minoa on Thursday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

Evans Chevrolet forges season-long partnership to aid B’ville Little League

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Evans Chevrolet is supporting Baldwinsville Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the Spring 2013 youth baseball season.

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Students present German Theater Day

Students studying German with teacher Mary Ann Seward at Baker High School and Durgee Junior High School presented German Theater Day at the high school on March 12 for family and friends.

The Barking Gull swings open its doors in May

The Barking Gull becomes the baking gull in May after a state-of-the-art wood-fired pizza oven is installed. For the better part of a decade, the Barking Gull, at 116 S. Willow St., has operated exclusively as a venue for private parties, but it will finally open to the public this spring, said John Gormel, Liverpool’s most prominent tavernkeeper – the man with the mile-wide smile. The Gull will specialize in gourmet pizza, he added.

Wednesday, March 27

Liverpool lacrosse holds off C-NS, 7-6

Season opener sees Warriors nearly squander 6-0 lead

When the Liverpool boys lacrosse team jumped all over Cicero-North Syracuse in the first half of Wednesday night's season opener against Cicero-North Syracuse at Bragman Stadium, it could not have imagined all the stress it would have to deal with later in the contest.

Movers and shakers: B’ville man earns CPA credential

Baldwinsville’s Greg Smith, MBA, Tax Associate of Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC has successfully completed the certification process to earn his designation as a Certified Public Accountant.

Mayor Serafin, Judge Greenman say goodbye at an emotional Manlius village board meeting

Manlius Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin took his seat at the head of the table for the last time on March 26 at the village board meeting. In an uncharacteristically short meeting, which lasted only 55 minutes, the board covered a few quick topics, but Judge Joe Greenman’s and Serafin’s goodbye speeches easily stole the show as the highlights of the meeting.

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County to rebuild Jordan Road bridge in 2014

Project may include road closings in Skaneateles Falls

The Onondaga County Department of Transportation is planning to rebuild a bridge on Jordan Road in Skaneateles Falls in 2014. The county held a public information meeting about the project on Tuesday, March 26 at the Skaneateles American Legion Post at which residents raised concerns about road closings, detour routes and potential pollution in the creek.

An open letter to the Liverpool district

When I first came to the district, I felt an immediate connection to the Liverpool community. I have come to love the students of Liverpool as if they were my own children and have always attempted to provide the leadership and make the decisions that are in their best interests.

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Curatorial discoveries bring interpretive spice to Lorenzo

18th century upholstery, signatures and handwriting, bullet holes in furniture add to the Lincklaen family story

At some point during the 19th century, the gun cabinet in the front hallway of Lorenzo was shot with a .30 caliber pistol. The 18th century sofa in the formal dining room not only has remnants of its original upholstery on it, but is a nearly-unique fold-out bed and one of only a handful in the entire country to still exist in such good condition. And numerous pieces of Lorenzo’s furniture are inscribed not only with Lincklaen family names and initials, but also of the local Cazenovia furniture makers who crafted the pieces. These are just a few of the curatorial discoveries found by state history conservators and shared last week with the docents of Lorenzo State Historic Site as they returned to the site to prepare for the upcoming 2013 tourist season.

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Machamer to leave Cazenovia Jewelry

Cazenovia Jewelry co-owner Susan Machamer has decided to leave the business she helped create 28 years ago in order to focus on her personal jewelry line. She recently sold her share of the business to partner Ralph Monforte, who will become the sole owner.

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McNamara poster contest winners announced

McNamara Elementary School in the Baldwinsville Central School District has announced the winners of its anti-bullying poster contest.

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Martial arts studios encourage women to learn to protect themselves

After a woman was murdered and a child raped at knifepoint at Great Northern Mall March 14, residents have been clamoring for a way to protect themselves. A number of free classes have been introduced to help women, in particular, learn techniques to use in a similar situation. But the free self-defense classes provided by some local martial arts studios aren’t new offerings in response to the tragedy. Both Impact Martial Arts and Karate John’s have offered free women’s self-defense classes for years.

Library Focus: New season springs with resources for upcoming projects

Spring is here (at least officially) but considering the snow we still had on the ground when it arrived it may be a few more weeks before it really feels like it. In the meantime, we have lots of resources to help you plan this year’s garden and yard projects. We also have lots happening over Spring Break Week so mark your calendar.

Girls lacrosse Mustangs drub Tully in season opener

Westhill edges General Brown; J-E falls to South Jefferson

Returning virtually intact, and motivated by an early post-season exit a season ago, the Marcellus girls lacrosse team made an emphatic opening statement for 2013.

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. This month-long observation aims to educate the public about autism and the many services available to help the 1.5 million American individuals and families dealing with this developmental disorder. There’s a growing incidence of autism spectrum disorders across the state and across the country, and we need to ensure we’re making the proper accommodations for those individuals. This month draws needed public attention to a serious and often under-treated condition.

Tuesday, March 26

Girls lacrosse Northstars smash J-D, 18-6

Northstars feature junior-heavy lineup, plenty of depth

Not since the late 1990s has the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team occupied a spot atop the Section III Class A ranks. Perhaps this is the season where that changes for the Northstars, as it made a strong opening statement Tuesday night with an 18-6 victory over Jamesville-DeWitt at Bragman Stadium.

Mayor Olson presents first draft of Fayetteville budget

The proposed 2013-14 budget calls for no raise in taxes

Mayor Mark Olson went through the first draft of the 2013-14 budget for Fayetteville at the village’s board meeting on March 11. Among other things, under this proposal, residents could expect a $6.70 tax rate per thousand of assessed value, the same rate they’ve been paying for the last nine years.

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Barclay congratulates local art students

Assemblyman Will Barclay, front right, congratulates four elementary students from the 120th Assembly district whose work was featured in the New York State Art Teachers Legislative Art Exhibit recently held in Albany.

Friends of Lorenzo looking forward to 2013

The Friends of Lorenzo had a very successful year in 2012 in terms of fundraising, membership and programming and plans to continue the positive trend into 2013. This was the message conveyed to the FOL board of directors at its annual meeting Thursday, March 21, at the Lincklaen House.

Skaneateles BOE presents tentative budget

Rising costs for retirement, healthcare benefits will raise tax levy

The Skaneateles board of education presented its tentative budget for the 2013-2014 school year at its meeting on March 19.

CPF comments on trail access and brewery

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation’s mission is to protect historic, agricultural and natural resources in and around Cazenovia. The proposed Empire farmstead brewery project has received much recent attention. As proposed, the project appears consistent with much of CPF's mission.

Students on Peru trip upset by comments

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Students who traveled to Peru with the high school are very upset about some of the comments made regarding the trip. Yes, it was very upsetting that the plans were changed due to a possible threat, but the school and Mr. Dubik did an excellent job changing the itinerary so that we could still have a fun trip and an authentic cultural experience.

Library receives wonderful gift

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Here at the library, acts of generosity and thoughtfulness happen on a regular basis, and all of them are gratefully accepted and appreciated. A recent donation, however, deserves some special recognition.

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Caz couple looks to expand local interest in Zumba

Cory Sawyer and Jim Scholefield met in January 2012 in Sawyer’s Zumba class in Hamilton. By June they were engaged and now, a little more than one year later, they team-teach Zumba fitness programs in Hamilton and Cazenovia. Their passion: to promote the Zumba lifestyle to as many people — and couples — as they can. “We’re trying to break this paradigm that it’s dancing just for women,” Scholefield said. “It’s a fantastic workout, very physically demanding. When I started it was nothing like I thought it would be.”

DeRuyter couple found deceased in residence

A DeRuyter husband and wife were found dead this past Sunday by New York State Police troopers who visited to the couple’s home in response to a request to check on their welfare.

B’ville earns Safety Excellence award

The Utica National Insurance Group has awarded the Baldwinsville Central School District the 2013 School Safety Excellence Award in recognition of the district’s efforts to provide its students with a safe and healthy learning environment.

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Clay’s Project Green to kick off new season

The town of Clay is preparing for its second season of Project Green, its 60-plot community garden located off Black Creek Road. Plot reservations are due to the town by March 28.

Liverpool unveils proposed budget

An unusually full agenda kept village of Liverpool trustees busy at their monthly meeting on March 18. The 22 agenda items included the unveiling of the proposed 2013-14 village budget, discussion of Johnson Park and discussion about property concerns. Later, the board entered into an executive session to talk about personnel issues. Village Clerk Mary Ellen Sims said the total tentative 2013-14 village general fund is set at $2,306,565.32, about $24,000 more than this year’s budget which came in at $2,282,663.10. The 2013-14 village sewer fund budget is $207,313, as compared to this year’s sewer fund budget of $253,305.

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An artist in our midst: Tom McLaughlin: Honoring the lives of people with autism

Tom McLaughlin calls himself a “bench jeweler,” a man who makes his living working with jewelry in all ways, repairs to jewelry crafting to jewelry design since 1985. He has been co-owner of Lennon’s Jewelers since 1988 when, along with Sheila Hovey, he opened the original store in Great Northern Mall in Clay. Twelve years ago Lennon’s Jewelers moved to Market Fair North, just across the road from Great Northern Mall. Designing jewelry is not just about finding and making beauty in object form, it is about crafting meaningful and beautiful symbols that demarcate key points in our lives. The jeweler is in part a historian.

CBA announces spring sports schedule

Girls lacrosse, softball teams both defending sectional titles

There is no shortage of story lines at Christian Brothers Academy for the spring sports season, from girls lacrosse moving up to Class B to softball defending its Section III title to a new coach for boys lacrosse (Ric Beardsley) and the baseball team welcoming long-time coach Tom Dotterer back after his life nearly ended in a robbery attempt earlier this year. Here is the 2013 varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Monday, March 25

Liverpool boys lax starts sectional title defense

Warriors must replace most of starters from 2012 run

Fresh off a 2012 season that brought the first Section III championship to Liverpool in 23 years - before any of the players were born the boys lacrosse team is flush with confidence that it can go further. To the returning Warrior players, the expectations have only gotten bigger - win the last game.

Westhill baseball star regains eligibility for senior season

State Supreme Court ruling overturns Section III decision

All through the autumn and winter, Westhill High School senior Juan Carlos Pena wondered if he would get a chance to play baseball this spring. Monday, just a week before the season began, he got his answer - and it was good news.

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I-81 reconstruction options discussed at Salina board meeting

According to local traffic experts, I-81 is nearing the end of its useful life. The highway was originally constructed in the 1950s and 1960s to provide an alternative to I-95 for traffic from Canada to Pennsylvania through New York state, as well as to provide a route for local traffic in and out of the city of Syracuse. Now, the roadway, particularly the elevation portion running through the city, is deteriorating, and within the next decade, significant action needs to be taken to repair or replace it. Onondaga County Legislator Kathy Rapp, who represents the fifth district, spoke to the Salina Town Board Monday, March 25, about the various options to reconstruct the I-81 bridge. In addition to representing a portion of the town of Salina, Rapp is policy chair of the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC), which has been researching the project for several years.

Belief and the Heart

Recently at a program at St. David’s of DeWitt church, I viewed a video series by poet and author, Kathleen Norris, where she and others discuss the role of religion (in this case, Christianity) in their lives. The first discussion is titled, “The Importance of Belief,” which only lightly touched on the origins of the word “believe.” I must needs to pursue this further, I thought, as you who know me would guess.

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Meet the Manlius Historical Society’s new administrator

Tim Etter is hard at work preparing for the annual antique show

Tim Etter has been collecting antiques since he was just ten years old. He’s always had a knack for art - which is why he opened his own photography and custom framing business. His interest in preservation and art and his appreciation for history led him directly to the Manlius Historical Society and his new position as office administrator.

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GBAC needs new ambulance, support from community

The Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps has kicked off its 2013 annual fund drive.

SU roars into NCAA Sweet 16

Orange take out Montana, California to set up Indiana clash

Though given a no. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament after its inspired run to the Big East championship game, Syracuse’s men’s basketball team had to travel nearly 3,000 miles to California in order to start its run at a second national title.

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Allure Fitness and Dance studio opens on Albany Street

Albert’s building back in use after two years of renovation

For the past two years people in Cazenovia have wondered what would happen to the Albert’s Restaurant space after the community fixture — in business for 65 years — closed in 2011. For much of 2012 the building was covered in tarps and plastic as exterior renovation work was underway, making the suspense even stronger. On Feb. 25, that suspense ended when the new Allure Fitness and Dance studio opened its doors to begin sign-ups for classes in Zumba, yoga, dance and about a dozen other offerings. On March 4, owner Patty Burritt and Allure manager Allison Burritt — who is also Patty’s daughter and one of the dance teachers at the studio — celebrated the new business’s soft opening.

Board of education seeking candidates for May election

The seven-member Cazenovia Board of Education has two seats up for election in May, and the board is asking interested community members to consider running. The announcement was made at the board’s March 18 regular meeting.

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Fairchild Hill … Did You Know?

The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation owns and maintains several properties in Cazenovia to protect their use for open space and public recreation, including Fairchild Hill, a 21-acre property just off the south end of Cazenovia Lake. CPF maintains a parking area, courtesy of the Trush family, behind the brown building at the end of the lake. From this parking area, you can explore Fairchild Hill’s rich and varied history.

St Peter’s Episcopal Church announces Holy Week and Easter Services

St Peter’s Episcopal Church, located at 10 Mill Street in Cazenovia, welcomes all to worship during Holy Week and Easter. The Maundy Thursday service will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

Cazenovia Presbyterian Churchoffering Easter week services

Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday programs announced

On Maundy Thursday, March 28, the Cazenovia Presbyterian Church will hold a Service of Tenebrae at 7:30 p.m. The service will be centered on a choral and narrative piece titled “Light in the Darkness,” by Patrick Liebergen. The First Presbyterian Church celebration service of Easter will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 31.

Beaver Lake Nature Center - plenty to keep busy during spring break

Beaver Lake Nature Center's Spring Vacation Camp is the perfect way for first through fourth graders to spend spring break (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 1 to 5).

Saturday, March 23

B’ville Board of Ed to hold meeting Monday

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct a special meeting at 4:15 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the large conference room of the district office building, located at 29 East Oneida Street in the Village of Baldwinsville.

Friday, March 22

Lion’s Camp Hickory launches new program aimed at diabetic children

Lion’s Camp Hickory has announced a new program designed for children ages 9 to 18 living with type 1 or 2 diabetes. The new program, called Fitness, Nutrition and Wellbeing, includes the entire family but has a sharp focus on the diabetic child with a need to lose weight or tone up.

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St. Mark's Youth Group feeds hungry, raises $5,300

The Youth Group at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Baldwinsville recently helped pack meals to be donated to Kids Care, An Outreach, Inc., that were distributed to local food pantries in the Syracuse area. The youth packed 3,400 meals during the event, which will help feed 20,832 people.

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St. Anne’s Church to sponsor a refugee family through Northside CYO

Members are working to furnish an apartment by April 27

The average stay in a refugee camp is 17 years, and members of St. Anne’s Church in Manlius are doing their part to bring that number down. The Refugee Project Committee at the church has been working since January to collect everything from tissues, to sofas to silverware to furnish an apartment on Syracuse’s North Side for a refugee family to move in by early May.

COLUMN: Public dollars should not determine candidates

Public financing of political campaigns is on the Governor’s agenda this year. Cuomo said in his State of the State address in January, the state should mimic what New York City has done and publicly fund campaigns. In this column, I want to outline for you why I believe publicly financing campaigns is a bad idea.

J-D announces spring sports schedules

Boys lacrosse, softball teams defending sectional titles

Jamesville-DeWitt High School’s 2013 spring sports schedules, with all dates and times subject to change.

F-M announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse Hornets open at West Genny April 2

Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s 2013 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

ESM releases spring sports schedule

Lacrosse teams both play twice in last week of March

East Syracuse-Minoa High School’s 2013 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Grimes releases spring sports schedule

Baseball, softball Cobras open at Port Byron April 9

Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School’s 2013 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Thursday, March 21

Town of Dewitt works with SUNY ESF to conserve energy

In 2012, the town saved over $41,000 by reducing its carbon footprint

The Town of Dewitt has been working with SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry students for over three years now to reduce both its carbon footprint and the amount of money spent by the town. On March 20, the town’s Sustainability Committee held a meeting for any residents interested in both learning how the town has been conserving energy and money and giving their input as to what the town can do to keep residents informed about the importance of sustainability.

Assembly passes hydrofracking moratorium through 2015

In order to allow for additional time to examine further the potential public health risks and environmental safety concerns associated with the new natural gas drilling techniques proposed for the state including high-volume hydraulic fracturing, Assembly Bill Magnarelli announced the Assembly passed legislation that would delay the Department of Environmental Conservation’s issuance of certain new natural gas drilling permits in New York until May 15, 2015 (A.5424-A).

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BVC prepares for Volunteers of the Year Awards event

Who will be named the outstanding man and woman volunteers for 2012? Find out Saturday, April 20, during the annual Volunteers of the Year Awards event hosted by the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center.

Protect your valuables

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office has reported an increase in vehicle break-ins at various fitness center parking lots throughout Onondaga County.

Along the Lakeshore: March 20

Canada geese, Sedg Smith, sailboats

Along the Lakeshore March 20 edition.

Skaneateles Fire Department March update

Skaneateles Fire Department March update.

Whether fast or slow, change is the way of the world

Things change faster than the speed of light here in the 21st century. We’ve heard plenty of talk about changing the Liverpool village election from June to November, but that won’t happen this year. No, that change will roll around at the somewhat slower speed of sound, no earlier than autumn 2014.

Canton Woods Senior Center – March 21 to 29 schedule

Shepard Law to speak Monday March 25

Canton Woods Senior Center is located at 76 Canton St., B'ville. Call 638-4536.

Wednesday, March 20

Taste of B’ville moves to October

If you thought you missed this year's fabulous event, do not fear – The Baldwinsville Volunteer Center's major fundraising event, The Taste of B’ville, has been moved to October.

Skaneateles planning board rescinds VSM SEQR declaration

Victory Sports Medicine’s proposed “Victory Campus” for Skaneateles took a step backward in the approval and permitting process this week when the Skaneateles town planning board adopted a resolution to rescind its negative declaration of VSM’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) report at its March 19 meeting.

School district calls for tax increase, staffing cuts in 2013-14 budget

Due to cuts in state aid, increases in employee entitlement costs and a steady drop in enrollment, the Cazenovia Central School District’s preliminary 2013-14 budget includes a nearly 5 percent tax levy increase and the elimination of five or more staff positions in the middle and high schools. The proposed tax levy would increase the tax rate on a home of $200,000 taxable value by about $198 per year. The district’s recommendations were based on the need to fill a $450,000 shortfall in the school district budget.

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Boivin Family Chiropractic opens in B’ville

Randy Boivin’s life changed after receiving his first chiropractic adjustment at 22 years old.

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63 write-in votes cast in Skaneateles village election

As expected, the three uncontested candidates for village office were re-elected Tuesday to four-year terms, though 13 additional people received write-in votes for mayor and trustee also.

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Whorrall Wins

Citizens’ Party sweeps Manlius election, Tackman is East Syracuse mayor and Hughes wins Fayetteville justice race

Paul Whorrall and his Citizens’ Party easily beat out Mark- Paul Serafin and the Vision Party Tuesday night in what will most likely go down in Manlius village history as one of the most controversial elections ever. Whorrall topped Serafin 869 votes to 198 votes in an election that saw a tremendous voter turnout in the village.

LETTERS: Overwhelming support appreciated

The Celtic Concert held Sunday, March 10, at the First Presbyterian Church of Baldwinsville was a huge success. It was great to see the church filled to capacity, to hear the rousing applause and to experience the standing ovation.

Liverpool announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse Warriors meet C-NS to start sectional title defense

Liverpool’s boys lacrosse team, defending the first Section III Class A title it won since 1989, opens its season March 27 at rival Cicero-North Syracuse, kicking off a busy spring sports season. Here is the LHS varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

C-NS releases spring sports schedule

Softball team looks to return to state Class AA finals again

Cicero-North Syracuse High School’s 2013 spring sports schedule, with dates and times subject to change.

Baldwinsville announces spring sports schedule

Bees to defend sectional Class AA baseball title

Baldwinsville’s baseball team is set to defend its Section III Class AA title, the season opening from a local standpoint April 6 against Syracuse East. Here is the full B’ville varsity spring sports schedule for 2013. All dates and times are subject to change.

Skaneateles announces spring sports schedule

Lacrosse teams open March 28; girls visit West Genesee

Skaneateles High School’s 2013 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

West Genesee announces spring sports schedule

Girls lacrosse opens state title defense vs. Skaneateles March 28

West Genesee’s girls lacrosse team begins the defense of its state Class A championship March 28 against Skaneateles. Here is the 2013 varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Marcellus announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse hosts Auburn, B'ville to start season

Marcellus High School’s 2013 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Jordan-Elbridge releases spring sports schedule

Girls lacrosse Eagles open March 28 vs. South Jefferson

Jordan-Elbridge High School’s 2013 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Westhill announces spring sports schedule

Baseball Warriors defend sectional Class B title

Westhill High School’s 2013 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Solvay announces spring sports schedule

Bearcats were league champs in softball last spring

Solvay High School’s 2013 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Cazenovia announces spring sports schedule

Baseball Lakers are defending sectional Class B champs

Cazenovia High School’s 2013 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Chittenango releases spring sports schedule

Both of Bears' lacrosse teams open March 28

Chittenango High School’s 2013 sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

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Learn landscape tips at the library March 21

Lifetime Senior Certified Landscape Professional and Baldwinsville resident Jim Sollecito (pictured) will be giving a free talk at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Baldwinsville Library.

Pope Francis selected to be new head of Catholic Church

Catholics worldwide rejoiced when Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became the new pope on March 13.

Guest column: Remembering

For the past few weeks I enjoyed profiling three women who express themselves through art. Engaging in artistic work is our way of finding first, capturing next and ultimately sharing beauty. Beauty, when we experience it, makes us look up in awe, makes us stop and pause and reflect, and it makes us feel sated. It takes us away from the usual. In all my travels I have seen many sights of beauty, but none really as surprising, as rich and as real as those evenings driving home or to one of our local shops on Route 31. Stopped at a traffic light at the right time of evening, in the right season, the most glorious sunsets suddenly, it seems, appear. From nothing. From nowhere. The orange/blue/purple sky is a reminder that sometimes, we have enough.

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Local group aims to make Skaneateles more sustainable

Sustainable Skaneateles was founded by three residents who wanted to inform the public and hold events to promote sustainability and environmentalism. The group will be holding an event on March 23 to observe Earth Hour and will be sponsoring a local Energy Team Challenge.

Tuesday, March 19

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Village election 2013 results

Citizens' Party sweeps Manlius, Hughes and Tackman win Fayetteville and East Syracuse respectively

Paul Whorrall and the Citizens' Party swept Manlius Tuesday night, winning the mayoral candidacy as well as all three open trustee spots and the village justice seat. Robert Tackman won in the East Syracuse mayoral race and Jim Hughes won in Fayetteville and is the new village justice.

Lysander Parks and Recreation: Baldwinsville Youth Fair

The Lysander Parks and Recreation Department bring back the Baldwinsville Youth Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23, at Baker High School.

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BTA supports Baker’s KBR celebration

Keep the Ball Rolling has announced the Baldwinsville Teachers’ Association will continue its generous support of the all-night alcohol/drug-free celebration that takes place immediately following Baker High School’s Senior Ball.

NSCSD Food Service Department asking for student input

The North Syracuse Central School District Food Service Department is conducting a survey of North Syracuse Junior High School and Cicero-North Syracuse High School students to gather information about their breakfast habits. The online survey (nscsd.org/breakfast2) will be active through March 31. Students attending North Syracuse Junior High School and Cicero-North Syracuse High School are asked to participate in the survey before March 31.

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Friends of Lorenzo raise money, to hold annual meeting

The Friends of Lorenzo recently hosted its annual Casino Night fundraiser for the organization and on March 21 will hold its 38th annual meeting at the Lincklaen House. The public is invited to attend to hear the organization's successes in 2012 and plans for 2013.

Town board establishes storm water remediation project in lake watershed

The Cazenovia Town Board has taken another step toward protecting the health and integrity of Cazenovia Lake by agreeing last week to undertake a comprehensive lake watershed stormwater remediation project throughout the town in partnership with the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Fenner town board formally opposes state gun law

The town of Fenner has joined the ranks of an increasing number of municipalities around New York to formally oppose the state’s recent gun restriction law — and recently received support for its move from local Assemblyman Bill Magee. The Fenner Town Board approved Resolution No. 2, “Opposing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Act of 2013” at its regular February meeting.

Madison County Tourism to hold social, educational events

Madison County Tourism Inc. has announced two upcoming events in Cazenovia during the month of March.

LETTERS: Lions announce raffle winners

The five winners of the February 2013 raffle drawing were as follows: first prize of $250, Bill Mercer; second prize of $100, CWA Local 1152; third prize of $50, Jack Osinski (each also won a Cuisinart electric appliance); and Bob Shea and John Ippolito, fourth and fifth prize winners, respectively, who each won a Cuisinart electric can opener.

EDITORIAL: Making sense of tragedy

Lori Bresnahan was among the best. A dedicated parent, she loved her daughter, whom she adopted from China. She cared for her aging mother. She was passionate about her career as a school librarian, having worked in the Liverpool schools for several years, bringing such celebrations as Chinese New Year to the school and inspiring a love of reading in her students. Lori died terrified and in pain. She deserved so much better.

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Murder in the suburbs

A note written in a child's scrawl joined several bouquets of flowers underneath a stream of police tape on VerPlank Road at a makeshift memorial for Lori Bresnahan. "I personally think you were the best librarian and you always helped me," the note read. Those words are typical of those used to describe Bresnahan, who was attacked the night of Thursday, March 14, while leaving a gymnastics class at Great Northern Mall with a 10-year-old child. David Renz, 29, of Cicero, forced his way into Bresnahan’s car, bound her and sexually assaulted the child, then drove them to VerPlank Road, where his car was waiting. The child was able to escape and was helped by a passing motorist. Meanwhile, Bresnahan suffered several stab wounds and later died at Upstate University Hospital. The child is currently recovering from her injuries.

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Remembering ‘Rye’: Former Clay Town Board member served town for more than 25 years

Clarence Rycraft was one of the good guys. “If our representatives in Washington were more like Clarence, there would be less gridlock,” former Clay Town Supervisor Mark Rupprecht said. “Clarence would argue his points effectively and passionately but no matter how the vote turned out or whether he prevailed or not, after the meetings he was as friendly and cordial to his colleagues as possible.” Rycraft, known to colleagues and friends as “Rye,” passed away Saturday, March 9. He was 85.

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Central New York residents to celebrate Persian New Year

Wishes for a happy new year may be three months in the past for many, but for the Persian community, that celebration is just around the corner. This year, not only does March 20 mark the first day of spring, but also the Persian new year, 1392. An estimated 300 residents in Central New York, according to Mehrzad Boroujerdi, professor of political science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, will celebrate Nowruz, the name for the holiday. Boroujerdi, also director of the Middle Eastern studies program at Syracuse University, is the organizer of this year’s local Persian New Year party.

Election Day 2013 cheat sheet

Each candidate speaks out on why they're the best for their potential position and what they plan to do if elected

Today is Election Day and long-time elected officials Tom Miller and Danny Leidka are out, making way for a new Fayetteville village justice and East Syracuse mayor. And in perhaps one of the most controversial local elections in recent history, Paul Whorrall and his Citizen’s Party team are taking on Manlius mayor Mark-Paul Serafin and his Vision Party candidates for their shot at new leadership in the village of Manlius. The only question is… who are you voting for?

Election Day Polling Locations and Times

Poll locations in East Syracuse, Fayetteville, and Manlius

The polls are open today from noon to 9PM on Fayetteville, 6AM to 9PM in Manlius, and from 10AM to 9PM in East Syracuse. Here is a list of polling locations by village:

Winter athletes score high in classroom

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

Monday, March 18

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Cazenovia wins statewide Academic Decathlon competition

The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team has claimed the top prize and 40 individual medals at the New York State Academic Decathlon Competition March 15 to 16 at Onondaga Community College.

B’ville students place at SkillsUSA Competition

Four Baker High School students enrolled in OCM BOCES programs received awards in the SkillsUSA Regional Competition, held at SUNY Morrisville Feb. 15. Jenna Griffo, a student in the OCM BOCES pastry arts program, received third place in the job interview category.

Call Holding

A review of "The Call"

Serial killing is a touchy business. Especially in today’s age with all that modern technology that makes it harder and harder to get away without getting caught..

The three other patron saints

St. Patrick’s Day is now behind us, and I would like to consider the other patron saints of the British Isles: St. George (England), St. Andrew (Scotland), and St. David (Wales). 0f these, St. David as the patron saint of Wales, joins Patrick in being celebrated on a day set aside in March – March first.

New developer to start work on Madison Row project

Village of Manlius mayoral candidate Paul Whorrall announced today that high-profile Rochester developer Morgan Management will take over the construction and leasing of Phase 2 of the Madison Row development in the heart of the village.

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Optimists announce foul shooting contest winners

Twenty-nine students from eight Baldwinsville schools participated in the seventh annual Optimist Foul Shooting Contest held Saturday, March 9, at Baker High School.

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Rockin’ at the Roadhouse

Los Blancos brings its roots’n’blues tunes to the new Bull & Bear in East Syracuse on Friday

For more than a decade-and-a-half, Los Blancos has reigned as the kings of the blues in Central New York, having won dozens of “Best Of” awards from various publications as well as a handful of Syracuse Area Music Awards.

Skaneateles Board of Education faces tough decisions

The board held the work session to go through the list of proposed projects one by one with architect Michael Harris at its March 12 work session. The board voted unanimously on whether to include or remove most of the proposals, though it had to table the discussion on a few of the bigger projects.

Spafford hears details on possible cellphone tower

The town of Spafford is continuing to explore the feasibility of building a new cellphone tower in the area.

LETTERS: Local judge offers information

believe an informed public will result in better democracy. For that reason, I extend an invitation to members of the Greater Baldwinsville Community.

Beaver Lake Nature Center- March and April activities

March maple sugaring and pancake breakfasts at Beaver Lake Nature Center mark the coming of spring. A visit to Beaver Lake Nature Center's demonstration sugarbush, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays in March, will introduce visitors to the heritage of sugaring and the production of maple syrup.

Saturday, March 16

Ludden beaten by McKinley in state semifinals

Third-quarter spurt by Macks doom Gaelic Knights

Though it only lasted a few minutes, it was a stretch of basketball that cost Bishop Ludden’s boys a chance at back-to-back state championships. A close battle with McKinley (Section VI) in Saturday's state Class A semifinal at Glens Falls Civic Center turned when the Macks went on a 21-2 run, eventually beating the Gaelic Knights 75-61.

Friday, March 15

C-NS girls fall to Gates-Chili in state semis

Northstars unable to avenge early-season defeat

Through sheer willpower and determination, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team made sure that its second encounter with Section V power Gates-Chili, in Friday night's state Class AA semifinal at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, did not go as badly as the first one.

Westhill beaten by Babylon rally in state semifinals

Down 15, Long Island champs oust Warriors in Glens Falls

Sixteen minutes of inspired performance pushed the Westhill boys basketball team to the brink of an appearance in the state Class B championship. It was those other 16 minutes, though, that would doom the Warriors to fall short of its ultimate goal.

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Skaneateles village board hears opposition to proposed law

Village residents speak out against proposal to change the makeup and powers of the historic commission

The village office at 46 W. Genesee Street was packed with people anxious to voice their opposition to a proposed local law to “streamline” the village Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission on March 14.

Police Blotter: Criminal mischief, harassment charged

At 9:46 p.m. Feb. 19, Barbara Reed, 37, of 45 Elizabeth St., Baldwinsville, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment following a domestic dispute at 53 Candlewood Garden Apartments, Baldwinsville.

LETTER: Vote Pilewski on March 19

If you would like to see new leadership for the village of Manlius, you will be able to vote for mayor, village justice and three trustees on March 19. One of the candidates for trustee is without a doubt one of the most trustworthy and professional individuals living in Manlius. His name is Tom Pilewski and your vote for him as trustee on March 19 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the village center will ensure that you will be always be well respected and your concerns always considered of paramount importance.

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Synchronized skaters win big

The CNY Synchronized Skating Team completes one of its most successful seasons yet

The Skating Club of Central New York's synchronized skating teams had a very successful 2013 season. There are four teams at the club: two beginner teams "Icicles" & "CNY Chill", a pre-juvenile team "CNY Storm" and an open juvenile team "CNY Blizzard". Skaters’ ages range from five to 18 years and live in and around the Syracuse area and practice in Cicero.

Library trustee petitions for candidacy due

The Baldwinsville Public Library will hold its annual budget vote and trustee election from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the library at 33 East Genesee St., Baldwinsville.

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SEAS accepting pre-k applications for 2013-14

The pre-k class at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Preschool, which is now accepting registrations for the pre-k class for the 2013-14 school year, is a unique class for children who will turn 5 in the late summer or fall, but are not ready for kindergarten.

COLUMN: Tee Time with the Pro Noun - New survey reveals surprising statistics

Tee Time with the Pro Noun for March 13.

Radisson neighbors win lawsuit

Nineteen property owners who would have been neighbors to the Northwest Family YMCA in the residential section of Radisson have won their lawsuit in state Supreme Court to prevent the construction of the proposed 98,000 square foot facility in the residential section of Radisson.

SAFE Act not a solution to gun violence

Violence and crime are big problems in many regions of the country and the world. In Onondaga County, specifically within the city of Syracuse, crimes take place on a daily basis, many of which are committed with a firearm. As a community, we have become desensitized by the gun violence that takes place within the city. The city of Syracuse, Onondaga County and the state of New York need to invest in real solutions to the escalating crime and gun violence. The New York SAFE Act is not a solution to the gun violence that takes place in the city of Syracuse. If I thought for one minute the SAFE Act would make the public safer, I would have been in full support. Unfortunately, without the input from law enforcement officers, mental health professionals and the general public, a hasty law was adopted that does little to prevent violent crimes and turns law-abiding citizens into criminals.

Thursday, March 14

District announces ‘Baker’s’ dozen

Baker High School has announced its “Baker’s Dozen,” the 13 students from the Class of 2013 with the 13 highest grade point averages.

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Elden students read more than 200,000 minutes

Elden Elementary School announced the winners of its Parents as Reading Partners reading contest during a celebration in the school gym on March 1.

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F-M High Schoolers win Scholastic Writing Awards

Ten Fayetteville-Manlius School District student writers were recently recognized for excellence in writing in the 2013 Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards.

Former Manlius parks and recreation director responds to letter

Kristen Hansen speaks out about a letter written regarding Janice Abdo-Rott

While employed at the village of Manlius as the Parks and Recreation Director, I witnessed trustee Abdo-Rott give more time and energy to the village than any other trustee. I cannot help but respond to the letter written by a Morrisville college student because his accusations against trustee Abdo-Rott are false.

Don’t re-elect Manlius village trustee Abdo-Rott

My current college project in political science involves gaining a local perspective about any elected official in Manlius. I chose trustee Janice Abdo-Rott. Trustee Abdo-Rott turns out to be controversial and polarizing, so I am sharing some of my findings.

Technically Speaking: Online Safety for Kids

With the ubiquity of technological devices that connect us to each other and to information on the internet, our children are becoming more and more tech-savvy at much younger ages. But this savvy does not bring with it the maturity and life experience needed for children realize they are in unsafe situations.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Check out our Irish celebration this St. Patrick’s Day

Snow, rain, thaw, ice – it’s the mud season, a great excuse for finding some quality indoor activities and the library has lots of them.

Ophelia’s Place is much more than a café

We all enjoy Ophelia’s Place in its incarnation as Café at 407. It’s easy to dig the scene — couches and recliners complement the usual table-and-chairs — and the menu features gourmet coffees and baked goods, healthy soups, salads and sandwiches spiced by live music three evenings a week. But let’s not lose sight of the original purpose of Ophelia’s Place. Established about a decade ago, the non-profit organization aims to empower individuals and families to redefine beauty and health. Ophelia’s Place Director Jodie Wilson-Dougherty keeps the effort focused on increasing self-esteem, improving body image and introducing alternatives to what she calls “dangerous desires for perfection.”

Ophelia’s Place introduces new support programs

In order to help more people struggling with eating disorders, Ophelia’s Place in Liverpool has added two new support programs. Breaking Free is a group that caters to teens struggling with body image. The Parent Partner Program is for parents and caregivers of youths with eating disorders.

Canton Woods Senior Center schedule March 15 to March 22

MVP myth busters on nutrition Friday

Canton Woods Senior Center is located at 76 Canton St., B'ville. Call 638-4536.

Wednesday, March 13

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Baker Photography supports Operation Smile

On April 5 and 6, local photographers Kevin and Kathy Baker of Baker Photography will join with PPA Charities, the philanthropic arm of Professional Photographers of America, to promote Celebration of Smiles Day. This national fundraising effort will benefit Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Manlius village board approves the hire of new court clerk

Parking committee takes baby steps towards solving parking issue

Nearly 40 people showed up at the March 12 Manlius village board meeting. In a room that sits 24 audience members comfortably, some people were forced to squeeze chairs into the room and others were confined to sitting in the hall. During the two and a half hour meeting, the board covered a variety of topics: from the upcoming Bicentennial Ball, to the approval of a new village court clerk, to the parking issues occurring behind the lot on the 100 block of East Seneca Street.

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MPH To Break Ground on $2.8 Million Facility This Summer

The facility will be a state-of-the-art library, media, and technology center

Manlius Pebble Hill School has announced it will build an estimated $2.8 million Learning Commons on its DeWitt campus. The nearly 9,300 square foot facility will be a state-of-the-art library, media, and technology center designed for the way students gather information and learn in the 21st century.

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B'ville's Peinkofer signs letter of intent

Alec Peinkofer, a senior at Baker High School, signs his national letter of intent to run cross country and track for the University at Buffalo.

Fayetteville-Manlius voters approve $10.5 million capital project proposal

Proposal passes with 727 voters approving it and 194 voting against it

On March 12, Fayetteville-Manlius School District residents approved a $10.5 million facilities project proposal that includes work at four school buildings and the high school athletic stadium.

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No vote yet on requested brewery land zone change

Issues raised, concerns alleviated at planning board hearing

The Cazenovia village meeting room was filled to seating capacity, filmed by two television news cameras and swirling with questions, responses, issues and information during the March 11 planning board public hearing on Empire Brewing Company’s requested zone change for its Route 13 property. Empire officials offered updated information and site plan changes at the meeting, while neighbors — and two attorneys — asked more specific questions and offered some objections to the project as currently planned.

COLUMN: We missed an opportunity, instead, New York passed gun law

On Feb. 28, there was a gun rally in Albany. There was an estimated 10,000 people who attended from across the state.

Board of Education to meet March 18

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School. The

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Skaneateles native helps bring Irish dance to China

Jesse Hoselton, of Skaneateles, has been teaching English to third, fourth, fifth and seventh grade students in Zhangjiagang, China for almost two years. She has also been helping teach Irish dance to students at the school; a skill she honed through years of lessons in Skaneateles.

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An artist in our midst: Behind the Red Door: Meet Jenifer Herman

It was just over a year ago when Jenifer Herman, proprietor of Red Door Artisans decided to tear down the original farmhouse (childhood home of both her mom and grandmother) in order to build what was to become a new home for local artists and artisans to showcase and sell their creations. Sitting in the center of a parcel of land that holds the current homes of Herman and her siblings, the old farmhouse needed too much work to make for a suitable contemporary home, but it was an ideal spot to grow her family homestead into a small family business. When the property was being readied for demolition, Herman went through and found objects that would be of later use — old doorknobs, bric-a-brac and, the one most important piece, her grandmother’s original red door, which she had thrown into her garage waiting for the time when she would need it.

Tuesday, March 12

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RRE raises money for new playground

When it comes to playing, even pennies can make a difference. That’s the idea behind the “Pennies for the Playground” campaign at Roxboro Road Elementary in Mattydale, which encourages students and families to donate change to the effort to build a new playground at the school. The campaign is one of several fundraising efforts to help construct a new play structure. According to Lisa Courtright, third grade teacher at RRE, member of the RRE Parent-Teacher Group (PTG) and chairperson of the RRE Playground Committee, an upgraded playground is necessary for the safety of the children. The school was built in 1956, and the playground has had several upgrades since then. RRE underwent significant renovations in the early 2000s. When those were completed, the school was an entire wing larger, and the North Syracuse Central School District redistricted, giving RRE more than 200 more students.

Skaneateles town board considers new committee for land conservation

The Skaneateles Town Board heard a report from town planner Howard Brodsky about the possibility of appointing an Open Space Committee which would serve the purpose of paying residents with large plots of land to have a conservation easement put on part or all of the land.

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Skaneateles board of education to discuss renovations project

The Skaneateles Board of Education was presented with a long list of items that could be included with its upcoming capital funds renovation project, and it now it must decide what the scope of that project will be.

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Presbyterian Church prepares for corned beef, cabbage dinner

Nothing says St. Patty’s Day like a good meal of corned beef and cabbage.

A word of caution on the proposed sewer district

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Regarding Jason Emerson's Jan. 30 Cazenovia Republican article, “Public Meeting on Proposed Sewer Districts”: My parents, Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Hastie, received their copy of the Cazenovia Republican at their home in Palm Beach, Fla., and just asked me to remind you of a couple of facts.

Town councilor responds to Gothic Cottage concerns

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: In response to Jonathan Holstein’s concerns about the future of the Gothic Cottage, published in the Feb. 27 issue of the Cazenovia Republican, I would say first that this is something the town board has been thinking and talking about for several years.

It’s about responsibility

EDITORIAL

The Feb. 25 board of education meeting was replete with discussions on important issues such as budget, attendance and student safety, which we reported on this week. The board’s decision to revisit and review its new attendance policy was especially interesting — and one with which we can’t help but disagree.

COLUMN: Tee Time with the Pro Noun - Golf … From the beginning

It is not possible to verify the exact dates of the beginnings of this wonderful game we call golf, but it is possible and fun, I might add, to present the best existing historical evidence as we know it.

Town of Clay to host senior art class ‘Postcards from Paris’

Art and cultural activities aren’t just fun and personally enriching. Studies show participation in the arts has health benefits and promotes the physical, mental and emotional well-being of older adults. The town of Clay is hosting a four-week creative arts program that requires no experience, just a willingness to play. This French-themed creative journey will take participants on a different artistic adventure each week and will end with a lovely art show showcasing everyone’s works.

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Grilli, Erardi among players denied MLB pensions

Pair look to help former players they feel were wronged

Peering out his apartment window at the used-car lot across the street, Steve Grilli noticed a 1964 Pontiac Bonneville. It hadn’t been there yesterday and there had to be at least a quarter-tank of gas left in it, Grilli said to his roommate.

SU slide augmented by Georgetown debacle

Bad loss to Hoyas erases brief hope from DePaul win

The last regular-season image of Syracuse men’s basketball’s 34-year Big East odyssey was a sad and forlorn one, as least as far as Orange partisans were concerned. SU’s 61-39 drubbing at the hands of Georgetown last Saturday at the Verizon Center, the team’s fourth loss in five games, marked the lowest point total for the Orange in more than half a century.

LETTER: Vote Tom Pilewski for Manlius trustee

I am writing this letter in support of Tom Pilewski’s candidacy for trustee in the village of Manlius. I’ve known Tom for nearly five years. Simply, Tom is trustworthy. And trust is critical when making decisions that impact a community.

LETTER: Vote Chris Danaher for Fayetteville justice

I have been reading the various letters to the editor relative to the village of Fayetteville Justice election. At the heart of residents’ decisions should be the character and experience of the candidate. For those of you who may not know him, I write to offer my opinion about one candidate, Judge Chris Danaher.

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High hopes

F-M’s Nick Ziobro and CBA alumna Marissa Mulder impress audience with Van Heusen tunes

Sunday’s concert celebrated the work of the late, great melody man Jimmy Van Heusen, but it also heralded the talents of two young vocalists who share the composer’s Syracuse roots and fully appreciate his musical genius. In fact, the shimmering vocals turned in by Nick Ziobro and Marissa Mulder stand as a welcome assurance that the future of American pop music in in good hands. A crowd of more than 300 filled the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel Ballroom at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, for the Van Heusen 100th Birthday Bash presented by CNY Jazz Central.

LETTER: Re-elect Janice Abdo-Rott

I am writing to voice my support for Janice Abdo-Rott for re-election as Manlius Village trustee. I have read recently in this and other papers, the many letters of others like myself who support her. The recurring theme of the letters speaks to her collaborative nature, commitment, integrity and trustworthiness.

LETTER: I must be crazy

Trustee Eric Krouse writes about his unexpected decision to run for re-election

I must be crazy to seek re-election for a third term as Trustee for the Village of Manlius. I was asked to run the first time in an effort to elect a board more sensitive to the needs of the village. In 2009, I was re-elected for a second 4-term. I ran because there was still much unfinished work... on Vision Manlius... on budgets... on infrastructure. To top it off, we were in the middle of an economic downturn unprecedented since the Great Depression. The challenges have been many, yet by paying attention to the details and stretching our dollars, we have accomplished much.

Search your attic for bargains and benefit DCL friends

The Friends of the DeWitt Community Library will be holding an Antiques Library Show on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in ShoppingTown Mall, 2nd level, across from Rite Aid. Allan Storing of the Syracuse Antique Exchange and other dealers will be on hand to verbally appraise your small hand-carried items, or bring pictures and dimensions of larger or fragile items. Each item verbally appraised is $3.00, or two items for $5.00. Tickets will be sold at the event. The appraisal fee helps support the Friends of the DeWitt Community Library which sponsors library programming and special initiatives. Light refreshments will be served. “We’re very excited about this event – think ‘Antiques Roadshow,’” says, Daryl Gonchoroff, DCL Friends’ President. “We’re hoping that community members and library patrons will visit their attics or storage to see what gems they might be able to bring to this event, in this economy every penny counts.” “We encourage folks to find out what their items might be worth,” says Mr. Storing, “because you never know!”

B’ville Christian Academy to host open house

Baldwinsville Christian Academy will host its annual open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. March 14.

LETTER: Election sign controversy

Manlius mayor Serafin speaks out about election signs in the village

As we get closer to the 2013 village election, I have been hearing more and more comments, questions and concerns about the amount and size of the current crop of campaign lawn signs.

LETTER: I am the best candidate for Fayetteville village justice

Candidate Jim Hughes gives his two cents

I am running for election to fill Tom Miller's unexpired term as village of Fayetteville justice, and I would like to take this opportunity to explain why I want to serve you in that role.

LETTER: Swan patrol thanks mayor Serafin

I’m writing on behalf of Mayor Serafin- look at what he has done: put in new sidewalks as well as redone the Swan Pond, which was badly in need of repair. It was drained and the sediment at the bottom removed, the concrete walls and fountain were repaired and the electrical wiring was upgraded. After 56 years I think it was way overdue for repairs and an upgrade. The paths were widened and it looks great- a job well done!

LETTER: Vote Row A all the way

Candidate Bill Moran speaks out

My name is Bill Moran, and I am a Vision Party candidate for village trustee. Many of you have come to know me from my working over 20 years at the original "What's Your Beef" restaurant next to the Swan Pond. My wife and I also owned and operated Shelly’s restaurant at Liberty Square. As a result, I have extensive experience in the food service industry, experience that continues to grow in my current position as beverage manager at the Cavalry Club.

Monday, March 11

Chittenango police chief arrested

Jeffrey Paul charged with two felonies and relieved of his duties

Madison County Sheriff’s investigators have arrested a long-serving Madison County Police Chief. Jeffrey Paul, 53, of Canastota, Chief of the Chittenango Police Department, was arrested this morning and charged with two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony.

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Optimists announce March Student of the Month

The Baldwinsville Optimist Club is pleased to announce that Jacob Norton has been selected to be its Student of the Month of March.

COLUMN: Letter to the lost

To the baby I will never know: When I found out I was pregnant on Valentine’s Day, I was over the moon. I’ve wanted you for so long, a little niblet to complete our family. Your dad and I couldn’t wait to meet you. And you were due right around my birthday; you could have been the third generation born on Oct. 23.

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Skaneateles St. Baldrick’s charity event raises money for childhood cancer research

For the second year in a row, St. James was home to a St. Baldrick’s charity event on Sunday, March 10. Volunteers got their heads shaved to raise money for the fight against childhood cancer.

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B’ville seniors are National Merit Scholarship finalists

Emily Ekross and David Hutter, seniors at Baker High School, have been named 2013 National Merit Scholarship Finalists.

Village board approves business furniture on downtown sidewalks

After more than one year of work, discussions and public input, the Cazenovia Village Board last week approved a local law to allow downtown businesses to place certain items on the sidewalk in front of their shops between May 1 and Nov. 1. The law, which amends Chapter 141 of the village code, was unanimously approved by the village board at its March 4 meeting after holding a public hearing on the issue.

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Village board extends public hearing on brewery zone change application

It was standing room only in the village meeting room last week during a public hearing on Empire Brewing Company’s petition for a zone change on its Route 13 land where it intends to build its new Farmstead Brewery. Nearly 50 attendees heard an overview of the project from owner David Katleski and his management and development team, and were able to ask questions of Katleski and offer comments and concerns on the project to the village board members. Numerous people spoke in favor of the brewery project, some expressed concerns with the brewery architecture and location and Empire officials said they had made some changes to the project plans in order to address certain neighbor concerns.

Beaver Lake Nature Center - Maple sugaring and pancake breakfasts

March maple sugaring and pancake breakfasts at Beaver Lake Nature Center mark the coming of spring.

Sunday, March 10

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CBA/J-D hockey wins state Division II championship

Rally in final caps improbable title run for Brothers

A season that began in a haze of defeats and frustration ended with sticks, pads and helmets scattered on the ice at Utica Memorial Auditorium in celebration of an impossible dream brought to life. Yes, it's true - the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team is state Division II champions, having taken the last step in typically dramatic fashion as it rallied in the third period to beat John Jay-Cross River 4-2 in Sunday's state title game.

Saturday, March 9

Ludden tops Scotia-Glenville in Class A regional

Win sends Gaelic Knights back to state final four

As part of the state boys basketball championships this weekend at Glens Falls, Bishop Ludden boys basketball head coach Pat Donnelly will get inducted into the New York State Coaches Hall of Fame. By the way, Donnelly will be working, too.

Westhill survives Norwich, returns to state final four

Warriors get 27 from Roland, hang on for 59-58 win

Sure, it’s a new cast for the Westhill boys basketball team, but it’s a familiar mid-March destination - Glens Falls Civic Center. The Warriors are going back to the state Class B final four after a hard-fought 59-58 victory over Section IV champion Norwich in Saturday night’s Class B regional final at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.

C-NS girls edge Albany, return to state final four

Free throws key Northstars' 51-49 win over Falcons

A lot of time is spent by basketball teams, at all levels, practicing free throws. What they hope for is something close to what the Cicero-North Syracuse girls pulled off against Albany in Saturday's Class AA regional final at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.

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CBA/J-D rallies to reach state hockey final

Down two goals, Brothers beat Beekmantown 4-3 in OT

Of all the remarkable chapters in the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team's 2012-13 season, what happened in Saturday's state Division II semifinal against Beekmantown at Utica Memorial Auditorium might have topped them all.

Friday, March 8

Alzheimer's Association of CNY seeks 'indoor warriors'

The Central New York Alzheimer’s Association is calling upon “indoor warriors” to run, cycle, and swim to a cure for an untreatable disease. At 1 p.m. April 7, a maximum of 100 participants ranging in age and athletic ability will compete in Syracuse’s first Indoor Warrior Triathlon event, set to take place at Gold’s Gym, 7455 Morgan Road, Liverpool.

Former Skaneateles car dealer Pat Bombard in custody

Being held without bail for failing to pay restitution

Former Skaneateles car dealer Pat Bombard was taken into custody by Onondaga County Sheriffs on Feb. 22 for violation of probation. Bombard failed to pay over $120,000 restitution to a Skaneateles resident whom he has swindled.

Skaneateles School District to extend superintendent search

High school, middle school principals, curriculum coordinators set to retire

The Skaneateles Board of Education announced March 8 that it will not hire a new superintendent of schools this year, in part due to the retirement of four administrators in the district.

Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigating Chittenango police chief

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office recently executed search warrants in at the Village of Chittenango Police Department and Chittenango Village Offices as part of an ongoing investigation of Chittenango Chief of Police Jeffrey Paul.

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First Presbyterian celebrates 200 years

Church to host Celtic program reflecting origins this Sunday

Fifty years ago, members of the First Presbyterian Church of Baldwinsville placed a time capsule in the church’s outer wall to celebrate its 150th birthday. On Jan. 13, the capsule was uncovered as the congregation kicked off the church’s 200th anniversary celebration.

No margin for error

Tougher for HS coaches in era of increased scrutiny

When New York Mills boys basketball coach Mike Adey picked up career win no. 500 last Sunday as his Marauders won yet another Section III Class D title at the Carrier Dome, he entered a territory few might ever trod upon again.

LETTERS: Parents are root of prejudice

I found the opinion letter from the "concerned citizens" very upsetting. How hypocritical of you to say you are in favor of stopping bullying and prejudice in our schools and yet you were upset about including gays. Now

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B’ville grad earns prestigious NCAA scholarship

Chiesa starred for four years as Fredonia State lacrosse goalie

Fredonia State senior Casey Chiesa, a Baldwinsville native, has been awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship for women who plan on seeking a career in college athletics.

Seeing red over seeing green

It may have been last century, but it wasn’t that many years ago when the Christmas season started on Thanksgiving. Then Santa Claus began appearing immediately after Halloween. And before long the malls all decked their halls the day after Labor Day… Now the same thing is happening to other — how shall we say it? — less-portentous holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day.

Thursday, March 7

Sammys nominate Todd Hobin Band disc for Best Rock recording of 2012

Rock’n’roll will forever be identified with passions of youth, but that doesn’t stop aging rockers from strummin’ and shakin.’

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Baker to present ‘42nd Street’

The Baker High School Musical Players will present “42nd Street,” the story of a young actress named Peggy Sawyer who has come to New York City to audition for a new Broadway musical.

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Morrisville-Eaton student raises $1,000 in honor of her aunt

Riley Dutcher may only be in kindergarten, but she is already learning some valuable lessons. Earlier this month, Riley raised more than $1,000 by herself as part of the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart event at Edward Andrews Elementary School in Morrisville.

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Local SWAT Officer competes on the Outdoor Channel

Lance Zaleski, a local Madison County SWAT officer, recently was given the chance to use his training in a televised competition. “Elite Tactical Unit,” which airs on the Outdoor Channel, pits trained SWAT officers against one another in simulated police situations including hostage rescue and raids on drug manufacturing sites.

COLUMN: Library Focus – Preparing for the spring season

Freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw…sneeze. The mud season is upon us with the kind of crazy, jumbled weather almost guaranteed to foster colds and flu. Get ahead of the game by taking care of your health before the weather and the germs take you down.

Tait of Hunt Real Estate receives ‘Rising Star of the Year’ award

Honored for Outstanding Performance in 2012

Thomas Tait, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with the Cazenovia branch of HUNT Real Estate ERA received the “Rising Star of the Year” award at the company’s annual awards event held on January 23, 2013.

Local chiropractors announce retirement

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Drs. Susan and William Groetz are announcing their retirement starting April 1, 2013. Due to Obamacare mandates, the sweeping changes in the New York state workers compensation laws and new Medicare mandates, it has become very difficult to have a private/solo practice in New York state.

Town councilor responds to Gothic Cottage concerns

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: In response to Jonathan Holstein’s concerns about the future of the Gothic Cottage, published in the Feb. 27 issue of the Cazenovia Republican, I would say first that this is something the town board has been thinking and talking about for several years.

Deeply concerned about Gothic Cottage changes

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: It was with deep concern that we read your article of proposed plans for changes in the interior of the Gothic Cottage in Cazenovia. This is a beautiful, historic building and it should be left in its original state. It would be much more appropriate to save this building as a historical site for residents and visitors of Cazenovia.

School district to revisit new attendance policy

The use of “health appointment” excuses for tardiness by Cazenovia high school students dropped 43 percent during the fall 2012 semester, verifying the district’s fears that the “health late” excuse, as it is called, was being used to circumvent the code of conduct in order for students to be able to participate in extracurricular activities and not for “legal” tardiness. This was the message conveyed to the Cazenovia Board of Education at its Feb. 25 meeting in response to parental objection and ire that the new policy, which began in September, was unfair to students and even unnecessary as a rule.

High school trip to Peru interrupted by terrorism threat

Parents criticize school district for lack of adult supervision in dangerous area

As a group of 27 students and four chaperones from Cazenovia High School were six hours into their flight to Lima, Peru, on Feb. 13 for a winter recess trip, the school district received an email from the U.S. State Department that terrorist groups had threatened to kidnap Americans traveling in the exact locations the school group intended to visit. The ultimately revised trip itinerary led to hours of free “down time” for the students that one parent claimed resulted in a severe lack of supervision to the point of possible negligence and child endangerment, considering the terror threats in the region that caused the schedule changes.

Proposed brewery project could end public access to CPF trails

Limestone Hunt Club, Lorenzo Driving Competition declare ‘great concern’

One of the Rippleton Road neighbors to the proposed Empire Farmstead Brewery project has issued an ultimatum to village officials that if they do not address and mitigate his concerns about the brewery project, he will not only instigate legal measures, but also will close all public access to the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation trails on his property. Officials of the Lorenzo Driving Competition and the Limestone Creek Hunt Club – which both have utilized those trials for their events for nearly 50 years – have emailed Cazenovia Mayor Kurt Wheeler expressing “great concern” over the impact to their organizations and annual events.

The future of Onondaga Lake

Onondaga Lake is one of the most valuable assets in our community. Millions of taxpayer dollars have been dedicated to the clean-up and renewal of this lake. As the county gets closer to improving the lake’s quality, questions of the lake’s usage and mission have become important components to its recovery. FOCUS Greater Syracuse, Inc. was commissioned by the county to sort through 54 previous studies. FOCUS then conducted interviews and surveyed stake-holders on their aspirations for the lake. Taking into consideration the 54 previous studies, combined with the new information from the current stake-holders, they compiled an all-encompassing report that clearly defines a mission for Onondaga Lake moving forward. This report is not meant to be a final plan, but a guideline for determining the future of the lake.

Canton Woods Senior Center – Schedule March 7 to 15

Current events with Art Levy today

Canton Woods Senior Center is located at 76 Canton St., B'ville. Call 638-4536.

Along the Lakeshore: March 6

Predators on the lakeshore

Along the Lakeshore, March 6 edition.

Wednesday, March 6

Manlius village planning board rules Ironwood and Café 119 have adequate parking

In the wake of the Manlius village board’s discussions of the parking situation concerning the lot behind the 100 block of East Seneca St., the owner of the private lot, Mike Magley, wrote a letter to the planning board citing the village code and Ironwood and Café 119’s alleged violations concerning it. The planning board discussed the issue at its March 6 meeting and came to the conclusion that neither business was in the wrong by failing to present a parking plan when each respective owner appeared before the board.

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Historical people brought to life

Amelia Earhart, Julia Child and Charlie Chaplin were a few of the many famous people visiting Palmer Elementary School before winter break as part of the fifth-grade famous people wax museum, an annual event for the school.

CBA/J-D takes emotional, unlikely path to brink of state title

Passing of coach's father serves as motivation for combined squad

The past month has been one of charting new icy waters for the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt hockey team, who heads to Utica Memorial Auditorium this Saturday to take on Beekmantown in its first-ever state semifinal following the school’s first Section III title in 32 years.

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Mayor’s turkey dinner raises $4600 for Fayetteville senior center

It may be eight months to Thanksgiving, but nearly 140 people gathered at the Fayetteville senior center on Sunday, March 3 for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Volunteers served turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and apple pie to hungry guests for the benefit of the senior center. This year, the event raised nearly $4600.

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B’ville Rotary sends sweets for soldiers at Hancock

Annual cookie exchange turns into opportunity to give back to nation’s finest

For the Valentine’s Day holiday, the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville organized their group’s cookie exchange in which members sign up to bring in four dozen baked treats that everyone splits up and takes home, or to the office, for all the enjoy. It’s an opportunity for fellowship, exchanging recipes and a good time for all involved.

COLUMN: Economic development plans fall short of fixing state’s real problems

The Governor has set forth his Economic Development plan in his proposed 2013 budget. While there are some ideas that I can support, overall our state would benefit from policies that are fair to all businesses.

Former town of Manlius court clerk charged with stealing over $122,000

Kim Amidon appeared in Pompey town court Tuesday night

Kim Amidon, of Lafayette, appeared in Pompey town court on March 5 after being accused of stealing more than $122,000 of bail and fine money the day before.

Sammys tap Spadafore

Former Liverpool High School band director Jim Spadafore will be honored as Music Educator of the Year this week at the Syracuse Area Music Awards show. Spadafore, who lives on Second Street in the village, will receive his special Sammy at the 2013 Sammys Hall of Fame Induction dinner, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, Upstairs at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 246 W. Willow St. at the corner of North Franklin Street, in downtown Syracuse.

New development in Bridgeport

Just recently, the Cicero Town Board passed a resolution that will clear the way for a new development called Lyons Farm just west of the hamlet of Bridgeport. I began working with the developer of this project several months ago to pave the way for this approval. This is exciting news for the Bridgeport area and the town of Cicero as a whole.

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Well Balanced Fitness

'Well Balanced Studio' in Skaneateles offers private and specialized classes

As of March 1, Well Balanced Studio is open for business inside 22 Jordan St. They specialize in private and semi-private Pilates and training, wellness coaching, cancer wellness, pre-and post-natal wellness and youth wellness programming. Their classes incorporate Pilates, TRX and Barre equipment.

Stirpe celebrates historic Central New York women during Women’s History Month

As you may know, March is Women’s History Month, a time when the contributions of women around the world, both past and present, are recognized. Many of the women and events that have shaped women’s history came from, or occurred in, Central New York.

Tuesday, March 5

J-D beaten by Troy in girls hoops regional

Rams battle to wire, but take 49-43 loss

The second time around, Jamesville-DeWitt's girls basketball team hoped that its journey through the state Class A tournament went longer than it did in 2012, when Averill Park took them out 46-40 in the regional round. Yet when the Red Rams faced another Section II foe, Troy, in Tuesday's regional opener at Le Moyne College, the exact same thing happened as J-D lost by that exact same six-point margin, this one ending 49-43 in the Flying Horses' favor.

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Baker delves into students’ family histories

Students in teacher Nicole Campbell’s U.S. History class at Baker High School recently dug into their family histories to understand their ancestors and the significant events and characteristics that have shaped their families.

Concerns raised about Skaneateles fire siren

After the fire department submitted a petition to have it put back up, the village board resolved to meet and address the issue of the village fire siren.

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B’ville native awarded NCAA Women's Enhancement Scholarship

Fredonia State senior student-athlete Casey Chiesa, of Baldwinsville, was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship for women who plan on seeking a career in college athletics

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F-M students dance for a cause

Dance marathon 2013 raises $125,000 for Camp Good Days

156 kids will be able to go to summer camp for free this year, thanks to Fayetteville-Manlius students. On March 2, high schoolers packed the house I and house II gyms from noon to midnight to dance, play, and have fun for a cause. F-M has been holding Dance Marathon for 22 years now and has raised over $1 million for Camp Good Days and Special Times.

COLUMN: From the Senator - The New York State budget process

As Chairman of the New York State Senate Finance Committee, I am currently in the midst of the budget process. Under the Budget Reform Act of 2007, the State Legislature is required to follow a strict schedule, in order to enact a budget by April 1, 2013.

NSCSD’s head varsity football coach resigns

North Syracuse Central School District physical education teacher, Steve Ellis, has submitted his resignation as the district’s head varsity football coach, effective immediately. Ellis will continue to work as a physical education teacher at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

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An artist in our midst: Whatever Works can be beautiful: Marybeth Sorendo

Marybeth Sorendo is an artist who weaves her personal ethic into her work. Six years ago, Sorendo lived in Eastwood. As is the case for many who are moved to create, her art was not a full-time endeavor. She studied painting as a graduate student and later worked in ceramics and mixed media, but she had, as we say, a day job. She also has a partner in her life — her beloved flat coat retriever, Mojo. It occurred to her as she and Mojo engaged in their daily constitutionals, that there was so much beauty discarded by folks. On garbage day the streets of Eastwood were lined with what would become Sorendo’s new medium.

Orange slump continues in loss to Louisville

Last-minute defeat creates real crisis at end of season

Again the Syracuse men’s basketball team found itself in a competitive battle that came down to the final minute – and again, it got beat. Against Louisville last Saturday at the Carrier Dome, with 50 seconds remaining a wide-open Luke Hancock connected on his fourth made 3-pointer from the left wing, and from there the Cardinals went on to beat the Orange 56-53.

Monday, March 4

Accreditation site team to visit Cazenovia High School

A nearly two-year period of intense self-scrutiny at Cazenovia High School — which began in 2011 with a comprehensive survey and continued with the formation of committees, goals and action plans — finally draws to a close later this month.

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Stone Quarry Hill Art Park membership nearly doubled in 2012

Board of directors holds annual meeting, discusses plans for 2013

The Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia had a banner year in membership, visitation and exhibits in 2012 and expects to continue the momentum into 2013, according to the SQHAP board of directors, which held its annual meeting on Feb. 26. Members of the board, as well as the park director, gave individual presentations on the state of the park in 2012 and the plans for 2013, and the board also released its 2012 annual report.

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Cazenovian assumes command of Navy Squadron

Patrol Squadron Six Two (VP-62) held a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville (Fla.), Saturday, Feb. 23, and Cazenovia native Cmdr. Jon Townsend took command of the squadron. With the words, “I relieve you, sir,” Townsend relieved Cmdr. Jerry Dearie as commanding officer and became the 31st commanding officer of the Broadarrows of VP-62, one of two Reserve maritime patrol squadrons in the Navy.

B’ville Rotary Club gives back … a lot

Small club makes a big difference but needs continued support to keep up the pace

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville has been hard at work again this year, raising funds and distributing them to worthy organizations that provide services the community needs.

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Barrett running for Manlius village justice

Bill Barrett and his wife, Celeste, have been residents of the village of Manlius for nine years and Barrett is currently serving in his second term as the acting Manlius village justice.

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Fundraiser to benefit daughter of woman killed in chain-reaction crash

Liberty Tanner was getting her life on track when it ended tragically in January. “She was a great person,” said Amy D’Uva, with whom Tanner had lived. D’Uva’s son, Ed Horning, was Tanner’s fiancé; the two had been together for five years. “She had a lot of dreams, a lot of things she wanted to do. Things were just getting started for her. It was so exciting to watch her. Things were starting to click for her.” Tanner, 19, was on her way home from the Continental School of Beauty in Mattydale when her 1996 Dodge Neon broke down in the center lane of I-81 northbound north of Hastings (on the Brewerton Bridge between exits 31 and 32) around 10:15 p.m. Jan. 16. The car had stalled and its lights had gone out. Tanner was on the phone with Onondaga County 911 reporting the matter, when her vehicle was struck in the rear by a 2002 Buick Century operated by 17-year-old, Alex B. Mills of Altmar. A 1998 Plymouth Breeze, operated by 17-year-old Michael R. Edinger of Parish, slowed as it approached the accident scene and was rear ended by a 2007 Chevy Cobalt driven by 20-year-old Emily Smith of Pulaski. A 2006 Nissan driven by 28-year-old Stefanie Wooding of Fulton entered the accident scene and collided with the rear of the Chevy Cobalt.

Bring back seventh-grade foreign language in Liverpool

Three years ago, the Liverpool Central School District eliminated foreign language, also referred to as Languages Other Than English (LOTE), in seventh grade in order to save money. The move was a mistake.

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Jitterbug heaven

Djug Django swings mightily March 9 at Westcott Center

The Ithaca-based Gypsy swing combo known as Djug Django will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Ave., on Syracuse’s East Side.

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Scout to bring monument to forgotten Hardscrabble Cemetery

Josiah Parish, a War of 1812 veteran, lies in an unmarked grave along Van Buren Road. There he is joined by 39 other pioneers of this area in what has long-been a forgotten cemetery.

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InfraGard presents cybersecurity campaign to Manlius Chamber of Commerce

Twenty members of the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce gathered for a “lunch and learn” at Limestone Grille in Fayetteville. Members from the financial, construction, business management and small businesses learned about the DHS STC Campaign, InfraGard’s Alliance and asked questions along with the FBI – Mike Dubois, SSRA, Manlius Police Department Captain Brian Ackerman and Minoa Mayor Dick Donovan. The keynote speaker was Laurie Venditti, President of the Syracuse InfraGard Alliance.

Virtually Speaking

The computer age has revised our English language not only by introducing new words, but also by hijacking existing words to play new roles and convey alternate meanings. It does not help matters in those instances where meanings and usage were never clear to begin with.

New fire station in the works for Manlius

Because neighboring municipalities have new stations and Manlius does not, I am frequently asked about the status of our fire stations. "Are we going to build new ones just to keep up with Fayetteville, Jamesville and DeWitt?" is the most common question.

LETTER: Manlius needs Abdo-Rott

While employed as the Parks and Recreation Director for The Village of Manlius, it was my good fortune to work with Trustee Janice Abdo-Rott. As the director, I was responsible for implementing children's programs and working with community groups to create all types of special events. Every step of the way, Janice was there to lend a hand as well as to share valuable history of the department giving me a special perspective necessary to build meaningful programs.

LETTERS: LGBTQ protection or promotion at Durgee Jr. High

In July 2012, a new law, Dignity for All Students’ Act, was implemented in New York State for all public schools.

ESM’s Piston leads state girls bowling field

Spartans star shots six 200-plus games

Of all the individuals gathered Sunday at Strike-N-Spare Lanes for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls bowling tournament, East Syracuse-Minoa’s Beth Piston fared the best. It was Piston, with a steady, high-quality effort through six games of competition, emerging as the champion, and she nearly led her Section III All-Star team to the top spot, too.

Rileys help local gymnasts win state team title

J-D/F-M part of successful Section III side on Long Island

Four long months after the regular season ended, Jamesville-DeWitt/F-M girls gymnasts Taylor Riley and Payton Riley went to Smithtown East High School on Long Island for last Saturday’s state championship meet. And both of them would come home with state championship medals, having helped the Section III team to the top spot.

Peterson aids in second-place state tourney finish

B'ville bowler finishes 18th among individuals

A superb regular-season performance helped Baldwinsville girls bowling senior Annie Peterson earn a spot on the Section III All-Star team that competed last Sunday in the New York State Public High School Association tournament at Strike-N-Spare Lanes.

Sunday, March 3

Ludden stops New Hartford, wins Class A crown

Gaelic Knights depend on entire lineup in 57-44 win

Much as the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team has received from Dan Kaigler and Ben Hackett in its two-year championship run, there’s more talent on hand. And it was the Gaelic Knights’ less-heralded supporting cast that helped deliver a Section III Class A title Sunday night at the Carrier Dome, producing at key moments to defeat New Hartford 57-44.

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Lakers stopped by Westhill in Class B final

Skaneateles comeback bid falls short in 63-51 loss

It was the middle part of the fourth quarter, and a victory in the Section III Class B final that seemed completely out of the reach of the Skaneateles boys basketball team was, suddenly, within the realm of possibility.

Westhill boys beat Skaneateles for Class B title

Roland, Reynolds lead Warriors past Skaneteles

In the larger context, the boys basketball game between Westhill and Skaneateles Sunday at the Carrier Dome for the Section III Class B championship was just that - a game, nothing more. Yet tragic circumstances added an extra layer of emotion to the occasion, one that fueled the Warriors - and would eventually overwhelm the Lakers.

Saturday, March 2

CBA/J-D hockey wins, reaches state final four

Brothers beat West Seneca West, 4-2

Nothing seems impossible for the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team, who now sits two victories away from a state Division II championship that, even a few weeks ago, seemed quite unlikely. The Brothers continued its amazing post-season run of road victories by going to the Northtown Center in suburban Buffalo Saturday night and knocking off state no. 1-ranked West Seneca West 4-2.

J-D girls basketball repeats as Class A champs

Red Rams pull away from Whitesboro in title game

Favored all season long to repeat as Section III Class A champions, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team never wavered from that goal - and now have attained it. The top-seeded Red Rams earned that second consecutive title Saturday night when it handled no. 2 seed Whitesboro 54-37 in the Carrier Dome.

Burdo, Clarke lead Warriors at state swim meet

Liverpool cracks top 10 in state team standings

Perhaps the Liverpool boys swim team did not get everything it wanted out of its trip to Webster Schroeder High School in the Rochester suburbs, where the state championship meet took place. But freshman Nick Burdo and junior Garrett Clarke both posted top-five finishes, and the Warriors finished eighth in the overall team standings, sixth among public schools.

Ryan earns state indoor championship in mile

F-M senior beats 1,600 field by more than three seconds

Whether in the chill of autumn, the warmth of summer or the climate-controlled conditions of winter indoor meets, Fayetteville-Manlius senior Nick Ryan has earned state championships in all three seasons.

Peinkofer finishes second at state meet in 1,000

Boys, girls 4x400 relay teams both reach finals

Not even half a second separated Baldwinsville senior Alec Peinkofer from gaining one of the biggest victories of his high school career during Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association indoor track and field championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.

LCSD starts super search

The Liverpool Central School District has officially begun its effort to find a new superintendent. The district has formed nine stakeholder groups and held a community meeting to determine the qualifications the new super must possess, as well as the challenges he or she will face in the next three to five years. The new superintendent will replace Dr. Richard N. Johns, who will retire July 31. Johns came to Liverpool in 2009. About 10 students and five adults attended a community meeting hosted by Dr. Lucy Martin of Castallo and Silky Education Consultants on Wednesday, Feb. 27, the day after Martin met with members of the stakeholder groups. At both meetings, participants described what they felt the district’s strengths were — these included items like its teaching staff, its fine arts program, its full-day kindergarten program and its universal busing, among other things — as well as the challenges it faces, such as finances and budgetary concerns, a lack of communication between the administration and the staff, APPR and other state mandates and the community’s perception of the district. The groups also came up with lists of qualifications the new superintendent must possess in order to maintain the strengths and address the challenges.

Winn reaches state indoor track 55-meter final

Cazenovia senior finishes seventh overall

Though she had an option to compete in both of the sprints, Cazenovia senior Ashley Winn chose to focus on the 55-meter dash during Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association indoor track and field championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.

Hockey Wildcats again ousted in state playoff marathon

WG loses to McQuaid, 3-2, in triple overtime

West Genesee ice hockey fans enjoyed the familiar feeling of winning yet another Section III Division I title, but could have gladly done without another sense of familiarity that popped up once it went beyond the sectional realm.

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Science versus religion debate coming to Cazenovia Forum

Father George V. Coyne S.J., former director of the Vatican Observatory, to offer perspectives

A Jesuit priest and astronomy scholar who served as head of the Vatican Observatory will offer his perspectives on how science and religion can be reconciled when he presents the next Cazenovia Forum lecture, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Cazenovia College's Catherine Cummings Theatre on Lincklaen Street.

Friday, March 1

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B’ville Dollars for Scholars starts Sunday

Baldwinsville phones will be ringing the next two weekends and for good reasons – to support advanced education for youth in our community.

Cazenovia school district budget deficit projections changing

The Cazenovia Central School District’s projected budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year is not as large as was previously expected, thanks to some teacher retirements and savings in utilities costs.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Make the most of your life at the library

February is flashing by and March is likely to be just as brisk, but we remain at your service. We’re eager to help you keep it all together or to provide an escape from your fast paced life with classes, computer access, live entertainment and resources galore. Make the most of your life at your library!

Fresh ink flows on Lower First Street

Monica’s becoming a fixture on First Street. Also known as Mona Leah Ridgeway, she worked for several months at the deli counter at Nichols Supermarket up at 327 First. Now instead of serving cold cuts, she’s piercing body parts at Black Sea Tattoo & Piercing down on Lower First Street, not far from the ever-popular CNY Yoga Center. “It’s a great location — 105 First St. — because we’re getting business from the yoga people,” Monica said last week. Apparently, there’s a relationship between dharma and dermals.

Skaneateles native earns college hockey honor

Buehler named NESCAC Player of the Year at Wesleyan

Skaneateles native Keith Buehler, a junior playing ice hockey at Wesleyan College in Middletown, Conn., has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year for his work in the 2012-13 season.

22 year old man dead after car crash in Pompey

Sheriff’s deputies have identified Tyler Masters (22), of 7987 5 Road West, as the driver killed in this morning’s crash. This morning at approximately 3:30 am, Sheriff’s deputies responded to Route 91, just south of Bush Road, to investigate a one car crash. Deputies report that Masters was traveling south on Route 91 in a 1998 GMC Jimmy, when he drifted off the roadway and struck a tree. Rescue crews from the Pompey Hill Fire Department responded and paramedics pronounced Masters dead at the scene.