Stories for May 2013


Friday, May 31

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Liverpool, C-NS athletes star at state qualifier

Lawes wins 100, 200 sprints for Warriors

Battling 90-degree heat and the pressure of wanting to advance to this weekend’s state meet at Middletown High School, track and field athletes from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse would earn a series of victories in Thursday’s Section III state qualifier at Bragman Stadium.

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Bees earn berths in state track and field meet

Peinkofer, Soeder, Wicks win events at qualifier

On both the boys and girls sides, Baldwinsville’s track and field athletes thrived in the summer heat during Thursday’s Section III state qualifying meet at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

Ryan gains three wins at sectional state qualifier

F-M senior fights off illness, takes 3,200, mile

Even at less than 100 percent health, Fayetteville-Manlius boys track and field star Nick Ryan is still a strong force, and difficult to beat. The ailing Ryan had to deal with hot, steamy conditions in Thursday’s Section III state qualifier at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, and still managed to win three times.

J-D beats ESM in Class A softball semis

Rams to face Oneida in 2012 title game rematch

To repeat as Section III Class A champions, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team will need to beat the same opponent, Oneida, that it conquered a season ago en route to a state finals appearance.

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Track Lakers win big at sectional state qualifier

Skaneateles 4x100 relay team breaks school record

The heat at the Cicero-North Syracuse track was blistering hot at Thursday’s Section III state qualifying meet, and it brought out the best from the Skaneateles girls' track and field team.

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Manahan wins twice at state track qualifier

Garn, Richardson, Leff, McLeod, Cometti also earn wins

The next destination for many of the area’s top track and field athletes is Middletown High School for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet. To get there, they first had to withstand the 90-degree heat at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium during Thursday’s Section III state qualifier, and many would flourish in the steamy conditions.

Caz track athletes compete at state qualifier

Lakers' Pittman finishes second in pole vault

Ashley Winn could only watch as her Cazenovia girls track and field teammates battled for spots in next weekend’s state championship meet during Thursday’s Section III state qualifier at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

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Cannizzaro leads North Carolina to national title

Cazenovia native was Most Outstanding Player in NCAA tournament

For all of the individual glory and accolades Cazenovia native Kara Cannizzaro picked up in four years with North Carolina's women's lacrosse team, all she really wanted – for herself and for her teammates – was a national championship.

L’pool’s free summer concert series runs June 3 to Aug. 21

At least a dozen Syracuse Area Music Award-winners will perform this summer as part of the annual Liverpool Is The Place concert series. All concerts are free and take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Johnson Park, at the corner of Oswego and Vine streets, in Liverpool’s central business district.

Thursday, May 30

Liverpool, C-NS earn softball finals berths

Warriors stop Central Square; Northstars oust Auburn

Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse cruised through their respective Section III Class AA softball semifinal matchups at Hopkins Road Park on Thursday night, setting up the same final meeting for the fourth time in five years. In the first AA semifinal, Liverpool took down Central Square 4-1, and C-NS followed with a 10-0 drubbing of Auburn.

Solvay rallies, reaches Class B softball final

Marcellus falls to HP, 3-0, in semifinals

An undefeated season and a run to the Section III Class B championship nearly got derailed for the Solvay softball team in the same round where it fell a season ago. The difference this time was that the Bearcats reached down deep and, making two different comebacks, upended General Brown 5-4 in Thursday night's Class B semifinal at the Gillette Road complex in Cicero.

Cazenovia College sues village in state supreme court over proposed fence

College seeks to overturn ZBA decision requiring full site plan review

Cazenovia College has filed suit in New York State Supreme Court asking a judge to overturn the village zoning board’s April decision to require full site plan review for a proposed perimeter fence around the college’s athletic complex rather than issuing a simple building permit. The argument, which has been ongoing for nearly one year, has become and passionate — and sometimes personal — issue between the college, its neighbors, the village zoning enforcement officer and the village government, with accusations of unneighborly conduct, acting in bad faith, mendacity, incompetence and even illegalities being asserted.

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Liverpool grads help Le Moyne to NCAA title

Dolphins hold off Mercyhurst in Division II title game

There’s a deep connection between Liverpool High School’s lacrosse program and that at Le Moyne College, never better personified than the contributions made by Warriors to the Dolphins’ NCAA Division II men’s lacrosse title in 2013.

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Bernstein earns national honors at Oneonta State

Baker grad won NCAA Division III 200, 4x100 relay titles

Baker High School graduate Sean Bernstein has just completed a track career at Oneonta State University full of accomplishments with a pair of NCAA Division III championships and other individual honors.

Meola named All-American at Cortland State

C-NS grad led Division III runner-up Red Dragons

Capping off a tremendous college career, Cicero-North Syracuse graduate Lucia Meola was named to the Division III All-American team for the third straight year after a successful senior season at Cortland State.

LHS jazz musicians ready to swing into summer

Hot on the heels of a Gold-Rated performance at the recent Oneida Jazz Festival, the Liverpool High School Jazz Ensemble has a busy week coming up. At 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, the student musicians present their 16th annual Jumpin’ Jazz Jam featuring the Manhattan-based DIVA Jazz Orchestra, at the high-school auditorium at 4338 Wetzel Road. Then, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 3, they make their annual appearance to kick off the Liverpool Is The Place summer concert series at Johnson Park.

Wednesday, May 29

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Lacrosse Hornets drop heartbreaker in sectional final

West Genny denies Hornets first title in 20 years in double OT

Scenes of extreme emotion played out at the end of last Tuesday night’s Section III Class A boys lacrosse final between Fayetteville-Manlius and West Genesee at the Carrier Dome. One group of players was piled together on the field, celebrating a championship. The other was scattered about the turf, some motionless, many in tears, others close to inconsolable.

Lakers rally past Salmon River in regionals

Strong fourth quarter puts away Shamrocks

Though the Section III Class C championship was secure, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team’s biggest hurdles to a second state title in three years still lay in front of them.

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HOPE for Bereaved to hold Remembrance walk and run June 9 in Marcellus

HOPE for Bereaved is a Syracuse-based not-for-profit that offers free counseling and services to victims of tragic loss. On June 9 they will hold their third annual Remembrance 8k Run/3k Walk for HOPE in Marcellus. The event is a fundraiser as well as a chance for victims of loss to do something to honor the memory of loved ones.

Lambdin thanks community


Letter to the editor from board of education member Tom Lambdin.

Along the Lakeshore: May 29

Road trip to Virginia, new recliner, softball

Along the Lakeshore column from the May 29 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

New highway policy will extend the life of Cicero’s roads

Spring is on its way out and summer is just around the corner. Like many other northern clime communities, the town of Cicero has embarked on its road maintenance program for the season. What is different this year is that the town board and the highway department joined forces to develop a comprehensive plan to deal with our failing infrastructure. It has been apparent for some time that our roads were deteriorating much faster than the pace at which they were being repaired. Specifically, the problem was that only two to three miles of road were being repaired each year, but, with 130 miles of road, it would take 45 to 65 years to get to all them. And there is no road that lasts 45 years, so a new approach had to be implemented — and quickly.

Tuesday, May 28

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Wildcats stop F-M, regain Class A lacrosse title

Ginestro scores in second OT in Dome epic

With one strong move and one accurate shot, Dan Ginestro delivered more glory for the West Genesee boys lacrosse team - and more heartache for Fayetteville-Manlius. Ginestro's goal at the 2:32 mark of the second overtime period gave the Wildcats a 6-5 victory over the Hornets in Tuesday night's Section III Class A championship game at the Carrier Dome.

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Girls lacrosse Bees end 13-year sectional title drought

B'ville pulls away from C-NS in Class A final at Dome

None of the current Baldwinsville girls lacrosse players were even in grade school in 2000, the last time it won a Section III Class A championship. So it was an entirely new and special feeling for the Bees Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome when the horn sounded and the Bees, casting off 13 years of disappointments and near-misses, finished off Cicero-North Syracuse 13-10 in the Class A title game.

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Girls lacrosse Lakers top Marcellus in Class C final

Skaneateles grabs record 12th sectional title

Through its depth, and through its toughness on both ends of the field, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team extended a mark unprecedented in the Section III ranks. The Lakers turned back main rival Marcellus 12-7 in Tuesday's Class C final at the Carrier Dome and, by doing, so, extended its own record with a 12th sectional championship, but its first outright title since 2008.

CBA girls lacrosse cruises to Class B title

Brothers take out Watertown, 23-4

Of all the vital things Marisa Romeo does to propel the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team, none is more vital than her ability to win the battles against whomever is lined up next to her in the draw circle. Time after time in Tuesday's Section III Class B final against Watertown at the Carrier Dome, Romeo claimed the draws, and the Brothers went down and converted them into goals, all part of a 22-4 victory over the Cyclones.

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Sun comes out for Skaneateles Memorial Day parade

Photos from the Skaneateles Memorial Day parade.

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Wilcox wins boys tennis state qualifier

Skaneateles star advances to play at Flushing Meadows

A terrific regular season and post-season for Skaneateles boys tennis star Ethan Wilcox meant that he had the no. 1 seed going into the Section III state qualifier, which he would back up by winning that tournament and advancing to the biggest event of the season.

Skaneateles village deals with final stages of new offices

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees discussed some of the final details for the new village hall on Fennell Street at its May 23 meeting.

Skaneateles district offers information sessions on capital project

The public is invited to attend an open house and/or one of several information sessions to learn about the capital projects referendum that will go before Skaneateles Central School District residents on Tuesday, June 11.

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Cicero cancels farmers market

The town of Cicero won’t be holding a farmers market at Drivers Village — or anywhere else — this summer. According to organizer Julie Raddell, not enough vendors registered to sell at this year’s market, forcing its cancellation. “Unfortunately, too few vendors registered in advance for stall spaces at the market,” Raddell said. “We received plenty of calls from interested vendors, but without their actual reservation, I couldn’t take the risk that they would consistently show up and pay for a space.”

RR signals malfunction holds light red at Heid’s Corner

On 11 different occasions from January through May 21, the railroad crossing signal in the village of Liverpool has malfunctioned causing the traffic light at Heid’s Corner to hold a steady red stop-signal against southbound traffic on Oswego Street. The uninterrupted red light causes traffic to back up into the village and local police must step in to direct traffic.

Onondaga Lake cleanup to include cultural center at Ste. Marie site

The clean-up and improvement of Onondaga Lake continues to be a top priority this year. Many projects are underway as a result of the findings contained in the FOCUS Greater Syracuse study. The loop-the-lake trail continues to expand along the western shoreline, and improvements are being made to the existing trail and Onondaga Lake Park. Spring is in full swing, and with the great weather we have been having, it is wonderful to see the park full of bikers, walkers and children playing on the playground. One of the major findings in the FOCUS report was a desire to connect with the lake from an historical standpoint. Several people surveyed emphasized that they would like to see a cultural center, as well as historical markers and informational kiosks, along the lake.

Monday, May 27

Solvay, Marcellus softball reach Class B semis

Four local softball teams found themselves in the midst of the Section III Class B playoffs, none of them facing more pressure than Solvay, whose undefeated regular season led to a no. 1 seed and high expectations to win it all.

Softball Lakers go 1-1 in sectionals

Caz eliminates Westhill, falls to top seed Solvay

When placed as the no. 9 seed for the Section III Class B playoffs, the Cazenovia softball team knew the odds of a deep run were long, especially with unbeaten top seed Solvay looming as a possible opponent. Adding to the adversity was the weather, which twice postponed the Lakers’ opening-round game against no. 8 seed Westhill.

Westhill baseball stopped in sectional finals

Clinton scores late runs, takes Class B title

A Westhill baseball season that started with a battle over senior J.C. Pena’s eligibility that got decided in State Supreme Court ended with Pena on the mound, trying to deliver a Section III Class B championship.

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Bees win back-to-back sectional baseball titles

B'ville defeats Oswego 3-1 in Class AA final

For all that the Baldwinsville baseball team has accomplished through the decades, what it did Monday afternoon at Rome’s DeLutis Field was something new. The Bees, for the first time, repeated as Section III champions, turning back Oswego 3-1 in the Class AA title game on the back of Colin Conklin’s strong left-handed pitching, error-free defense and, once again, timely hits in the clutch.

Skaneateles baseball reaches Class B semis

Lakers upend Solvay, fall to top seed Clinton

All season long, the Skaneateles baseball team searched for consistency, but never found it until it was playing for the highest stakes. From a no. 12 seed, the Lakers made an inspired run through the Section III Class B playoffs, not getting stopped until Sunday's semifinal round, where top seed Clinton prevailed by a 5-3 margin.

Sunday, May 26

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Bees survive drama, reach AA baseball final

B'ville edges Auburn in 11, tops Syracuse East

For a group that averaged nearly eight runs per game in the regular season, the Baldwinsville baseball team is struggling to put crookedn numbers on the board in the Section III Class AA tournament - just five runs in the first two rounds. But solid pitching from Casey McAllister, Scott Blewett and Pat Merryweather, and timely hitting from Jake Norton, put the Bees through to Monday’s championship game against Oswego with a chance at back-to-back titles.

C-NS baseball toppled by Oswego in AA semis

Four early Bucs home runs doom Northstars

In just a couple of innings on a windy Sunday afternoon, the work of an entire season by the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team, which included a 15-0 start and a rise to the no. 2 spot in the state Class AA rankings, got halted in an abrupt and powerful manner.

Petrin, Deuble advance to state golf championships

C-NS, Liverpool golf beat brutal conditions at Seven Oaks

Way back in October, boys golfers from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse recorded high finishes in the Section III Class AA championship tournament. But the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships don’t take place until the first weekend in June, at Cornell University’s Robert Trent Jones-designed layout. So they have to wait more than seven months for a resolution to the season.

Softball Northstars, Warriors win playoff openers

Liverpool tops B'ville; O'Hara, Lenart no-hit F-M

Bad weather caused some havoc with the Section III softball playoffs, but it did not keep the top two seeds, Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool, from making it to this week’s Class AA semifinal round.

Clare prevails at tough state golf qualifier

West Genny star beats field at Seven Oaks

Throughout an active spring of tournament play, West Genesee boys golfer John Clare pointed his way to a return to Ithaca for a third consecutive appearance in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament. And Clare got there by virtue of his hard-fought victory in last week's Section III state qualifier, held again at Seven Oaks in Hamilton.

WG baseball, softball stopped in playoff openers

Syracuse East, Auburn ends seasons for diamond Wildcats

In one cold and unforgiving afternoon, the post-season hopes of both the West Genesee baseball and softball teams were dashed.

Skaneateles boys finish fourth at B-1 track meet

Schwab takes pole vault; Lakers win 4x400 relay

Continuing its rapid progression, the Skaneateles boys track and field team managed a fourth-place finish during Friday's Section III Class B-1 championship meet at Marcellus High School.

Kot, Schmidt advance to state tennis tournament

Bees' duo claims decisive third-place match at Drumlins

When all the dust from a week of post-season Section III boys tennis settled, Baldwinsville’s duo of Dan Kot and Grady Schmidt had earned a spot in the state championships with a timely victory in doubles.

Saturday, May 25

J-D lacrosse wins fifth straight sectional title

Red Rams pound Carthage, 23-9, in Class B final

Once the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse offensive machine starts to hum, very little can stop it from lighting up the scoreboard with alarming frequency. Certainly the Carthage Comets could not pull off the task, overwhelmed by the state no. 2-ranked Red Rams as it prevailed 23-9 in Saturday night's Section III Class B final at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

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Caz boys lacrosse reclaims Class C title

Cook's 10 goals leads Lakers past LaFayette

Mostly thanks to the dazzling offensive contributions of Ryan Cook, the "Redemption Tour" that the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team set out on at the start of the Section III Class C playoffs has reached a successful conclusion. The Lakers defeated top seed LaFayette 15-9 in Saturday's Class C final at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium to claim its second sectional championship in three years, and Cook, by himself, outscored the Lancers with a single-game career-best total of 10 goals.

Lacrosse Warriors’ rally in semifinals falls just short

Liverpool falls, 10-9, to F-M despite furious comeback

For 46 minutes of Friday night’s Section III Class A semifinal at Bragman Stadium, it appeared that Liverpool simply could not match up with undefeated top seed Fayetteville-Manlius. Then in less than two minutes, the Warriors almost made the most extraordinary comeback in the program’s entire history, erasing most of a five-goal deficit in a frantic late charge before the Hornets held on to prevail by a score of 10-9.

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North Syracuse to host annual Family Festival this weekend

Looking for a fun family-friendly activity this weekend? Look no further than the North Syracuse Family Festival, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. May 25, in Lonergan Park. The eighth annual festival is a North Syracuse mainstay, offering a variety of activities for all ages. The event also features a variety of free events, including demonstrations from the police and fire departments, live music, caricature drawings, a kids’ playland, face painting, balloon animals, child ID program, children’s art corner, a Civil War demonstration, small horse rides (new this year) and the ever-popular Teddy Bear Parade for kids ages 2 through 6. “We are a big family party with a so much going on that you need the whole time to take it all in,” said Family Festival Committee member Pat Fergerson. “It is a place to have family-friendly fun.”

CBA girls to meet Watertown for sectional title

Brothers rout J-D; ESM falls in OT to Cyclones

East Syracuse-Minoa's girls lacrosse team came within an eyelash of joining Christian Brothers Academy at the Carrier Dome in the Section III Class B championship game. The Spartans rallied from a four-goal deficit in Friday night's Class B semifinal against no. 2 seed Watertown at Chittenango High School and led at different points down the stretch, but the Cyclones still prevailed 14-13 in overtime.

Friday, May 24

Marcellus, Skaneateles girls win, reach sectional final

Rivals to meet for Class C girls lacrosse title at Dome

The Marcellus and Skaneateles girls lacrosse teams entered their respective Class C semifinals Friday night at Liverpool High School Stadium with an eye on facing each other in the final next Tuesday at the Carrier Dome. And the top two seeds got just what they wanted, as the Mustangs outlasted No. 3 seed South Jefferson 12-6 and the Lakers ran away from No. 4 seed LaFayette late for a 17-9 win.

F-M holds off Liverpool in Class A semis

Hornets, 17-0, survive furious late Warrior comeback

For 46 minutes of Friday night's Section III Class A semifinal, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team did all the good things - attack hard, play stout defense, stay physical and hunt down ground balls - that led to a perfect 16-0 regular-season mark and state no. 3 ranking. Then in two terrifying minutes, the Hornets nearly threw the whole season away.

Girls lacrosse Bees reach sectional final

B'ville to meet C-NS after Northstars stun West Genny

Thirteen long years since it last climbed to the summit in Section III Class A girls lacrosse, the opportunity is ripe for the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team to go there again. It wasn't just because the no. 2 seed Bees, dominating the time of possession in the second half, defeated no. 3 seed Liverpool 10-7 in Friday's Class A semifinal at CBA's Alibrandi Stadium. It was because of what took place after B'ville left the field.

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Hoose goal sends Wildcats back to sectional final

WG rallies in fourth quarter past B'ville, 9-8

Kept quiet for most of Friday night's Section III Class A boys lacrosse semifinal, West Genesee's Brady Hoose made the biggest noise at just the right time. Hoose's goal with 3.1 seconds left in regulation completed a fourth-quarter rally and gave the no. 2 seed Wildcats a 9-8 victory over no. 3 seed Baldwinsville at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

C-NS girls lacrosse stuns West Genny in Class A semis

Haven game-winner upends six-time reigning champs

Young, poised and fearless, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team pulled off what no one else had in seven years - namely, beat West Genesee in the Section III Class A playoffs. Hanna Haven's goal with 38.0 seconds left proved the difference-maker as the Northstars stunned the top-seeded, defending state champion Wildcats 7-6 in Friday's Class A semifinal at CBA's Alibrandi Stadium.

LETTERS: Get involved, stay tuned to Lysander politics

In regards to the recent endorsements for the two board seats that will be up for election in the Town of Lysander this November.

Symphoria’s first full season an ‘Overture to the Future’

Symphoria outlined its first-ever full season for 2013-14 at a press conference down city at the Mulroy Civic Center on May 15. Fifth District Legislator Kathy Rapp (R-Salina) spoke at the press confab, reflecting on how far Symphoria has come in the single year since the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra sputtered out of business and into bankruptcy.

Thursday, May 23

Westhill gets past Hannibal in baseball sectionals

Warriors get to Class B semis; Solvay wins opener

At many different moments on a dreary Thursday afternoon, it looked like the Westhill baseball team would have to cede its Section III Class B title to someone else. But the no. 2 seed and defending champions refused to blink in its Class B quarterfinal against Hannibal, and a timely late rally, with some help from the opponent’s defense, helped produce a 2-0 victory.

At least 10 car larcenies reported in Manlius over a one month period

Police urge anyone with information to contact the department

Car larcenies normally aren’t anything out of the ordinary for the town of Manlius police- they typically report one or two incidents per month. But since the third week of April, the police department has seen at least 10 car larcenies and a few garage burglaries- which is something residents should be concerned about.

C-NS, Liverpool closely matched at sectional track meet

Akinpelu wins twice for girls Warriors in 200, 400 hurdles

Whether it was the male or female side, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool track and field teams could not separate from each other in Wednesday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Bragman Stadium.

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Habitat for Humanity to construct “Veteran’s Build” home in East Syracuse

This year, Syracuse Habitat for Humanity is beginning its third Veteran’s Build home in Onondaga County. The build will begin this summer on the 400 block of East Yates Street in East Syracuse. The home is a 1,400 square foot ranch-style home built on concrete slab. It is specially adapted and is wheelchair accessible for those with disabilities visiting or living in the home. On May 17, an introduction ceremony was held on site to announce the family moving in and talk more about the project.

Boys Warriors stop Corcoran, get F-M in semis

C-NS lacrosse ousted by Baldwinsville, 11-0

Once again, the Liverpool boys lacrosse teams finds itself in the Section III Class A semifinal round, facing off with Fayetteville-Manlius. Only now it's the case of a Warriors team that, despite its status as defending champions, is an underdog against the unbeaten, top-seeded, state Class A no. 3-ranked Hornets.

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Skaneateles BOE grants tenures, prepares for capital project vote

Prior to the results of the budget and board election results being confirmed, the Skaneateles Board of Education held a regular meeting at the library in Waterman Elementary School on May 21. They granted tenure to five staff members, talked about the upcoming capital project vote and approved a new hire.

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Lacrosse Bees blank C-NS in playoff opener

B'ville earns semifinal date Friday with West Genesee

So the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team has earned a shot at upending long-time power West Genesee in Friday night's Section III Class A semifinal, though it took two days just to earn that date with the Wildcats.

B’ville track sides compete at sectional meets

Boys win 4x400 relay; Allen claims girls 400-meter dash

Both of Baldwinsville’s track and field teams ended up together for last week’s Section III Class AA championship meets, though that wasn’t the original plan. The girls Bees were supposed to go first with its AA meet at Fulton on Tuesday, but violent storms kept the event from even getting started. So it was moved on Wednesday to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, where the boys AA championships were already scheduled.

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Caz Lions Club to lead eighth annual ‘Ride for Sight’

Annual motorcycle tour to benefit sight, hearing projects

The Cazenovia Lions Club is calling all motorcycle riders to take the afternoon off and join other bikers on Saturday, June 8, for the 8th Annual “Ride for Sight.”

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Peony Fest to feature music, talks and plenty of peonies

The Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum's seventh annual Peony Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at 46 Canton St. in McHarrie Park, Baldwinsville.

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L.L. Bean in talks with village for “outdoor discovery school” in Cazenovia

L.L. Bean, one of the largest outdoor apparel and equipment companies in the world, is currently looking at three potential locations in Central New York to host one of its Outdoor Discovery Schools — and Cazenovia Lake is on the list. The potential school is coming to CNY as part of L.L. Bean's Fayetteville store conversation from outlet to retail.

Hornets sweep to AA sectional track titles

Ryan wins three races; Brislin takes girls 1,500, 800 runs

Due to circumstances well beyond its control, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys and girls track and field teams were together again Wednesday at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium for the Section III Class AA championship meet. What the Hornets could control, though, was the way it responded to those different conditions, and the response was a sweep of the boys and girls sectional titles.

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LHS junior organizes walk in honor of late father

Marc Alessi will always remember his father laughing. “There was not a night when my dad didn’t crack a joke,” the Liverpool High School junior said. “My dad was a hilarious person and loved comedy. One of the most important and recent memories with my dad was watching Kung Fu Panda. We both loved that movie so much and every time it was on we would be watching it. We always loved to joke about the characters and the plot line, and it was just hilarious.” Marc’s father, Dave, passed away from a rare degenerative disease called spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 on Oct. 4, 2011. In his honor and to raise awareness about the illness that claimed him, Marc has organized the Walk for Dave, which will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 25, at the LHS track.

Skaneateles girls lacrosse handles General Brown

Lakers advance to Class C semifinal against LaFayette

The most adversity that the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team had to deal with early in the Section III Class C playoffs had little to do with the game itself. Rain and lightning swooped down on Hyatt Stadium Tuesday night, keeping the top-seeded Lakers from even starting its quarterfinal game against no. 9 seed General Brown.

Marcellus girls power past Onondaga, 16-6

Hunt gets seven assists in weather-delayed sectional quarterfinal

A Marcellus girls lacrosse season that began with storms of the winter variety came full-circle as storms of the summer variety altered the Section III Class C playoff schedule.

Lacrosse Warriors fall to Caz in Class C semis

Cannizzaro burns Warriors for six goals in 10-6 decision

It mainly took the work of the reigning Central New York Player of the Year to put an end to the Westhill boys lacrosse team’s dreams of a first-ever Section III Class C championship.

COLUMN: Funding restored, staging auto accidents, improving ATV rider conditions

There have been quite a few newsworthy items coming out of Albany in recent weeks. I want to share a few of them with you in this column pertaining to health services funding, insurance fraud and tourism.

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Whispering Winds Motel under new management

Whispering Winds Motel, located at 4221 E. Genesee St. in Sennett about one mile from the village of Skaneateles, was sold this May for a price of $305,000.

CBA boys take semifinal loss to LaFayette

Brothers' late surge falls short against top seed

The Christian Brothers Academy boys’ lacrosse season came to an end Wednesday night in a 14-11 loss to No. 1-seeded Lafayette in the Section III Class C semifinals at Chittenango High School. Three goals from JR Zazarra and two apiece from Andrew Romagnoli, Braedon Gait and Jack Jeschke weren’t enough to prevent the Brothers from finishing 13-5 and a game short of the finals.

Wednesday, May 22

Cannizzaro leads lacrosse Lakers past Westhill

Caz senior All-American scored six goals in 10-6 win

Connor Cannizzaro, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse All-American, matched Westhill goal for goal all by himself as the Lakers fought from behind to earn a tough 10-6 win in a Section III Class C semifinal matchup of two state top 10-ranked teams Wednesday night at Chittenango High School.

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C-NS, Liverpool girls lacrosse get playoff wins

Two sides endure weather delays, reach sectional semis

Two days, two venues, three delays and countless momentum shifts passed before the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team could finally put away Fayetteville-Manlius in the opening round of the Section III Class A playoffs. Liverpool endured the same sorts of delays, but far less suspense and no mid-game location shift, as it beat the combined Syracuse city squad 16-6 and joined the Northstars in reaching the semifinal round.

Eleven B’ville students inducted into NTHS

Baker High School students who attend career and technical education programs at OCM BOCES were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society in a ceremony held at OCM BOCES on May 9.

Budget passes, three elected to school board in Skaneateles

The Skaneateles Central School District held a public vote for its budget proposition, bus purchase proposition and election of three school board members on Tuesday, May 21.

Town board looks to begin rentals of lake weed prevention mats

Cazenovia lakeside residents soon may be able to rent from the town specialty mats designed to contain and kill lake weeds — both invasive and native — on their property in Cazenovia Lake. The board unanimously approved at its May 13 meeting a resolution to establish a benthic mat rental program for the town, as well as a resolution setting the rules and regulations for the program.

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Duck race tickets on sale now

Seneca River Day event to take place June 15

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville’s 19th annual Seneca River Day will take place Saturday, June 15.

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Cazenovia voters approve $26.4 million budget, elect two board members

About 650 Cazenovia Central School District voters turned out Tuesday, May 21, and approved the district’s $26.4 million 2013-14 budget proposal, two ballot propositions and elected two board of education members.

Meet the candidates for North Syracuse village board

The village of North Syracuse will hold its regular elections on June 18. Two incumbent trustees are running for two open seats and village justice Robert Bertrand is running unopposed. Bertrand did not respond to our request for information, but read on for information about the trustees.

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Stirpe’s Volunteer Fair attracts promising help for local non-profits

Need something to do this summer? More than 30 local not-for-profits set up booths last week to recruit volunteers at the first of what is hoped to be an annual Volunteer Fair, sponsored by 127th District Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero). The event was held at Great Northern Mall in Clay. “We’ve heard a lot of sad stories about how it’s so tough to get volunteers because people are so busy these days,” Stirpe said.

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North Syracuse to host annual Family Festival this weekend

Looking for a fun family-friendly activity this weekend? Look no further than the North Syracuse Family Festival, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. May 25, in Lonergan Park. The eighth annual festival is a North Syracuse mainstay, offering a variety of activities for all ages. The event also features a variety of free events, including demonstrations from the police and fire departments, live music, caricature drawings, a kids’ playland, face painting, balloon animals, child ID program, children’s art corner, a Civil War demonstration, small horse rides (new this year) and the ever-popular Teddy Bear Parade for kids ages 2 through 6.

North Syracuse budget fails

Voters in the North Syracuse Central School District rejected the proposed $144 million 2013-14 budget Tuesday, forcing the district to rework the proposal before presenting it again next month. North Syracuse had requested a 5.33 percent tax increase. Voters rejected the budget by a margin of 1,989 to 1,680, which didn’t reach the required supermajority for approval.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall coming to Caz

The Patriot Guard Riders of New York have been requested, by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, to perform an Honor Escort of The Wall That Heals on Thursday, May 23. They will arrive at the Cazenovia American Legion at 12:30 p.m.

Cazenovia girls take second at B-1 sectionals

Kent, Pittman both win events for Lakers

The presence of Ashley Winn in sprint races almost meant automatic points for the Cazenovia girls track and field team in recent years. And Winn’s absence was felt inTuesday’s Section III Class B-1 championship meet, held at the same Chittenango High School track where the OHSL Liberty division meet was held a week earlier.

Caz baseball season ended by Skaneateles

No. 5 seed ousted in opening round of Class B sectionals

What was a Cazenovia baseball season mostly filled with bliss and capped by a landmark accomplishment came to an abrupt and stormy ending. At home, and against an opponent it beat twice during the regular season, Cazenovia lost the third and most important Laker clash with Skaneateles, taking a 14-3 defeat in Tuesday’s opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs.

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LETTERS: Countdown to KBR

It is almost here. Keep the Ball Rolling (KBR), the all-night alcohol/drug-free celebration that takes place immediately following Baker High School’s Senior Ball, will take place on May 24. Fortunately, our community continues to demonstrate its support of our efforts to keep our senior class members safe.

Skaneateles girls win B-1 sectional track title

Just as in league meet, Lakers hold off Cazenovia

True, it was a new week, and higher stakes, but in the same Chittenango High School venue where it won a week earlier, the Skaneateles girls track and field team topped Cazenovia again.

Marcellus, J-E girls earn wins at Class B meet

Garn claims B-1 800, 1,500-meter runs

They managed to beat the storms Tuesday and finish most of Section III Class B girls track and field championships last Tuesday at Chittenango High School, and local athletes would find plenty of success.

ESM voters approve a $71.8 million budget

On May 21, East Syracuse Minoa voters approved a 2013-14 budget of $71,813,795. 874 people voted yes to 253 votes no.

F-M voters approve a $76.4 million budget

On May 21, Fayetteville-Manlius School District voters approved the district’s $76.4 million 2013-14 budget proposal, elected three Board of Education members and voted upon six other propositions.

Pickney helps Lakers take third at golf sectionals

Fenner leads girls Lakers with 90 at Kanon Valley

Doug Pickney carded a top-five finish as the Skaneateles boys golf team finished third in Monday’s Section III Class B championship tournament at Oneida’s Kanon Valley Country Club.

COLUMN: Library Focus - The library will be closed May 26 and 27

Like this on again, off again weather, I am not ready for summer. Unfortunately, it’s coming anyway whether we’re ready or not. Stop in, online or in person, and we’ll help you get ready or maybe we’ll help you procrastinate more creatively. Either way, the library is here to help you.

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Along the Lakeshore: May 22

Carpenters Falls, Mr. Lemon, boat repairs

Along the Lakeshore column from the May 22 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Tuesday, May 21

Voters approve Liverpool school budget

In Liverpool, voters approved the budget by a vote of 1,151 to 651. The $135 million budget, which restored several positions cut in previous budgets as well as foreign languages at the seventh-grade level, called for a 4.71 percent tax increase, which, accounting for PILOTS, new construction and other factors, falls within the tax cap.

Village board won’t decide on brewery zone change until June

Cazenovia community members eager to know whether the village board of trustees will or will not approve a zone change for the proposed brewery on Route 13 must wait another two weeks for the decision. After a two-hour special meeting Monday, May 20, the trustees chose to hold off on its vote until its next regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 3.

Sovring reaches state golf tournament again

C-NS star needs playoff to advance at sectionals

For the second year in a row, Cicero-North Syracuse girls golfer Brianna Sovring is on her way to SUNY-Delhi to play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament. It was how Sovring got to that point that provided all the excitement and tension during Tuesday's Section III championships at Kanon Valley Country Club in Oneida.

Walsh advances to state girls golf tournament

B'ville star finishes fourth at sectional tournament

A season ago, Baldwinsville girls golfer Katie Walsh finished 10th at the Section III championship tournament - the most painful spot possible, because it was one spot out of automatic qualification for the state championships, and so she had to serve as an alternate. This time around, though, Walsh is going all the way.

Hair, Donella, Roney qualify for state golf tournament

F-M girls second to Auburn; J-D wins Class B title

In regulation and beyond, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-Dewitt girls golf teams battled for top honors in Tuesday's Section III championship tournament at Kanon Valley Country Club in Oneida. When all was settled, the Hornets were second in Class A, the Red Rams had secured the Class B title, and three golfers - Molly Hair, Allison Donella and Victoria Roney - were on their way to the state tournament.

Lysander Parks and Recreation spring programs

For more information about programs, visit townoflysander.org or call 635-5999.

Town board eyes supervisor, clerk, tax collector position changes

The Cazenovia Town Board last week approved a series of resolutions aimed at making town government more effective by extending the term of office for town supervisor, making the town clerk position appointed rather than elected and abolishing the town tax collector position.

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Memorial Day Parade, Service to be held May 30 in village

Patriotism, sacrifice and love of one’s country. These three qualities define the two men chosen to lead this year’s Baldwinsville Memorial Day Parade – 2nd Lt. Nolan Miles who was selected to be the President of the Day and the late Cpl. Kyle Schneider who was selected as Grand Marshall.

Boys track Northstars dominate own invitational

Relay teams sweep three races; Austen, Webb, Giardi get wins

In between the league and Section III Class AA championship meets that it hosted, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys track and field team hosted its 14th annual invitational meet last Saturday. And the Northstars easily made its way to the top, picking up 162 points. No one else in the 16-team field had even half that total, as Corcoran was second with 58 points and Jamesville-DeWitt (54 points) was third.

Lonergan to leave as Cazenovia district teacher


To the Cazenovia community: It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to inform the Cazenovia community that I will be leaving the Cazenovia School District next year. I have accepted a position as an eighth grade social studies teacher in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District.

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Owera Vineyards to host Taste of Cazenovia in grand opening event

After two years of planning and development, Owera Vineyards, located at 5276 East Lake Road, will open to the public and present Taste of Cazenovia on Wednesday, June 12. Owera will offer a VIP tasting hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., which will include an exclusive tour of the winery, tastes of select Owera wines such as new release Frontenac Gris, hors d’oeurves, delicious foods direct from local farmers and a commemorative Taste of Cazenovia wine glass.

To vote in village election, register by June 7

Cazenovia residents who intend to vote in the June 18 village election must be registered to vote by June 7, the commissioners of the Madison County Board of Elections have stated in a recent notice regarding voter registration and absentee voting for the Cazenovia, Hamilton and Morrisville village elections.

Caz boys golfers takes second at Class B tourney

Schaffner, Gatzke, Nourse, Demo advance to state qualifier

Right at the end, the Cazenovia boys golf team almost caught up to Westhill and snared the Section III Class B championship Monday at Kanon Valley Country Club in Oneida.

COLUMN: Codes Corner - Outdoor recreation should include responsibility

It is the season when residents like to enjoy outdoor, recreational fires. Consider the following guidelines from the Village of Baldwinsville Code Enforcement office should you decide to engage in this activity:

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St. James in Skaneateles holds Day of Community Service

On May 19, the day of Pentecost, St. James Episcopal church in Skaneateles church held only one mass, an abbreviated 9 a.m. service, and then sent out more than 100 people clad in matching red T-shirts to participate in various community service projects.

Monday, May 20

Westhill golfers claim Class B team title

Warriors hold off Cazenovia by two shots

Right at the end, the field - or more specifically, Cazenovia - nearly caught up to the Westhill boys golf team. But it was still the Warriors laying claim to its second consecutive Section III Class B championship on Monday at Kanon Valley Country Club in Oneida, beating the Lakers by a slim two-shot margin.

QuintEssence takes stage May 29

Performance to benefit Kyle Schneider Memorial Scholarship

Sean Honsinger honored Cpl. Kyle Schneider with a musical rendition of “God Bless America” during the May 13 dedication ceremony for the Corporal Kyle Schneider Post Office Building.

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Lorenzo summer camp extended to two weeks

One week of artistic exploration and one of scientific exploration being offered

Lorenzo’s annual Rippleton Schoolhouse summer camp, where boys and girls ages eight through 12 experience a week of 19th century school days, is expanding to two weeks this year with one week focused on artistic creations and one week on scientific exploration. The camp will run two non-consecutive weeks, one at the beginning and one at the end of July.

Cazenovia High School teacher whose job was saved by BOE resigns

Mary Kate Lonergan to teach at FM for better sense of job security

Mary Kate Lonergan, the Cazenovia High School social studies teacher whose announced layoff at the beginning of 2013 caused such a community outcry that the school board recently shifted money from the district reserve funds to maintain her position, has resigned in order to take a job at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.

Planning board recommends zone change approval for brewery

The village planning board has recommended that Empire Brewing Company’s application for a zone change on its Route 13 property from residential to light industrial/agricultural use be approved with conditions by the village board of trustees. If the trustees accept the recommendation and vote for approval, the brewery project — after more than two years of work — will move forward rather than be stopped in its tracks.

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Farmers market returns to village

Weekly event will take place Wednesdays beginning in June

It has been years since residents could purchase produce direct from local farmers within the village of Baldwinsville. But, thanks to the efforts of Mike Samoraj and willing participants, a farmers market will take place every Wednesday this harvest season in Village Square.

Crunch sweeps Springfield, reaches conference final

Syracuse 7-0 so far in pursuit of Calder Cup

Two rounds down, two rounds to go – that’s the Syracuse Crunch, in hot pursuit of the Calder Cup, as it’s reached the final four for just the second time in its 20-year history.

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Former B’ville resident develops edible vaccine

Erica Barnell and Stephanie Ball are first-place winners of the 2013 Big Idea competition sponsored by Cornell University’s Entrepreneurship@Cornell Council.

LETTERS: Vote Joan Reeves for Board of Ed

This Tuesday, May 21, is the annual Baldwinsville School District budget vote and school board election. With four candidates vying for three available seats, it is important that the electorate consider carefully the candidates who will best serve our school district.

COLUMN: Coffee with the Mayor – the village eyesore

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski on Tuesday, May 14, at Canton Woods Senior Center to chat about what’s new in the village. Canton Woods seniors kept the conversation going with questions and concerns regarding village happenings.

J-E falls to Tully; Marcellus has no. 2 seed

Mustangs to face Onondaga in Class C quarterfinal

As expected, the Marcellus girls lacrosse team saw that its 14-2 regular-season mark translated into a no. 2 seed for the Section III Class C playoffs. The Mustangs have a first-round bye in the 12-team tournament, and watched on Saturday as no. 7 seed Onondaga, in its first-ever post-season appearance, beat no. 10 Watertown IHC 9-5 in the opening round.

Solvay baseball tops Westhill, wins league title

Bearcats ride 11-game win streak into sectionals

Heading into the Section III Class B playoffs, the Westhill baseball team is favored again to finish on top, but judging by the way it has played down the stretch, Solvay is a worthy challenger after it broke a 28-year league championship drought.

Caz girls lax ousted in sectional opener

Lakers outscored by General Brown, 16-15

Though in close to the same spot as a year ago when it entered the Section III Class C playoffs, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team did not get the same result.

Sunday, May 19

Skaneateles baseball gets pair of late-season wins

Lakers earn no. 12 Class B seed, meets Caz in first round

Given the skid that it went through in the latter stages of the regular season, the Skaneateles baseball team welcomed any sort of good news before it got too late.

Boys lacrosse Lakers eliminated by Westhill

Skaneateles cannot recover from last-second goal in third quarter

All of the late-season struggles that the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team faced would get smoothed over with one great performance in the Section III Class C playoffs. The Lakers, a no. 7 seed (much lower than in seasons past), went up against no. 2 seed Westhill in Saturday’s Class C quarterfinal, and led for large portions of the game – only to surrender that advantage in the last 12 minutes and fall to the Warriors 13-10.

Solvay softball ends regular season unbeaten

Bearcats roll past Central Square, Oneida

A league title was long tucked away, and the Section III Class B playoffs still loomed, but what drove the Solvay softball team was the desire to finish with a perfect regular-season mark – and it would reach that goal with some of its most impressive wins of the season.

Marcellus, J-E see boys lacrosse seasons end

Mustangs stunned at wire by CBA; Eagles ousted by CortlandJust one minute of strong play separated the Marcellus boys lacrosse team from a return to the Section III Class C semifinals at the expense o

Just one minute of strong play separated the Marcellus boys lacrosse team from a return to the Section III Class C semifinals at the expense of the same opponent, Christian Brothers Academy, that it eliminated in this same round a year earlier.

Saturday, May 18

Lakers smash Homer in playoff rematch

Caz advances to face CBA in sectional semis

Nearly 12 months after the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team's Section III and state Class C championship reign ended at the expense of Homer, the two sides met again in the post-season, and the stakes were far different - as was the result.

Big fourth quarter pushes Westhill past Skaneateles

Boys lacrosse Warriors advance to Class C semis

Every time this spring that the Westhill boys lacrosse team stared at a crisis point, it stared right back - and made the opponent blink. That happened again in Saturday's Section III Class C quarterfinal, where the no. 2 seed Warriors trailed no. 7 seed Skaneateles for long portions of the game, but finished strong and earned a 13-10 victory over the Lakers.

Boys lacrosse Brothers get dramatic playoff win

Zerillo scores in waning seconds to beat Marcellus, 14-13

Braedon Gait was disappointed, for his shot in the waning seconds of Saturday's Section III Class C boys lacrosse quarterfinal at Alibrandi Stadium was off line, and it looked like Christian Brothers Academy was on its way to overtime with Marcellus. But that disappointment soon vanished as Jack Zerillo showed up, left of the net, and fired it past Mustangs goalie Jake Lilly with just 1.7 seconds left, giving the Brothers a 14-13 victory.

Nourse ace highlights golf Lakers’ victory

Caz player qualifies for sectional tournament wit hole-in-one

Trevor Nourse faced major pressure as his Cazenovia boys golf team played Marcellus and Solvay in Friday’s three-way match at Pine Grove Golf Club. Either Nourse broke 40, or he would not qualify for the Section III tournament. With one memorable swing, Nourse reached his goal.

Friday, May 17

Girls lacrosse teams head into sectional playoffs

J-D, ESM earn victories; F-M takes pair of losses

Area girls lacrosse teams will take the field early next week with their seasons on the line as the Section III playoffs get underway.

Town of Skaneateles enters I-81 discussion

Passes resolution opposing a boulevard redesign of the interstate

Though it doesn’t pass through Skaneateles a redesign of Interstate 81’s passage through Syracuse could potentially affect the community negatively. The Skaneateles Town Board passed a resolution at its May 16 meeting providing its official position on the future of Interstate 81 in the city of Syracuse.

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Marcellus softball ends long league title drought

Mustangs rout Chittenango 18-4 to clinch first place

Long before any of its current players were born, the Marcellus softball team celebrated a league championship season in 1981. Three-plus decades later, the Mustangs reigned again, climbing to the top of the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty American division on the strength of a double-digit win streak.

BVC to host Taste of Vegas Casino Night

The Baldwinsville Volunteer Center will present a new, exciting fundraiser called Taste of Vegas from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 8. The setting for the event will be the spacious banquet room at the Clarion Inn on Farrell Road.

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B’ville Girls Crew Booster Club sponsors electronics collection fundraiser

The Baldwinsville Girls Crew Booster Club will host a Recycling for Rowers electronics collections event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in Kimbrook Plaza parking lot (behind Tim Horton’s) at the corner of routes 31 and 57.

B’ville track sides finish third at league meet

Six boys, girls Bees prevail in individual events

Though quite successful on many different fronts, neither of Baldwinsville’s track and field teams could catch up to Cicero-North Syracuse or Liverpool during Thursday’s CNY Counties League National division championship meet.

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One woman band - Laura Thurston to perform in Memphis

Laura Thurston is no stranger to music and poetry.

COLUMN: Volunteer opportunities at McHarrie Life - You're never too old to volunteer

n June 2010, our Syracuse Home Auxiliary celebrated a very special occasion - Eleanor Schurman's upcoming July 1 100th birthday as well as acknowledging her passion for volunteering and her support of our Auxiliary at Syracuse Home.

Liverpool baseball scares C-NS again

Northstars again have to rally to beat Warriors

Right at the end, the Liverpool baseball team started to click and find success, even if it was too late to reach the post-season. What the Warriors could take the most pride in, perhaps, was the way it played in two-head-to-head encounters with rival Cicero-North Syracuse.

Military news - B’ville man reenlists with 27th Infantry Brigade

Sgt. First Class John White, of Baldwinsville, reenlisted to continue service with the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Girls track Warriors edge Northstars for league title

Liverpool again sets pace in CNYCL National meet

Even in the home venue of its main rival, the Liverpool girls track and field team still found a way to prevail in Thursday's CNY Counties League National division championship meet. The Warriors, with 175 points, held off host Cicero-North Syracuse (165 points) to win at Bragman Stadium, in large measure due to the versatility and depth it showed in running events.

C-NS boys track edges Liverpool in league meet

Northstars avenge regular-season loss to Warriors

Though they were the same rivals, meeting in the same location, as they had a week earlier, this time around the Cicero-North Syracuse boys track and field team got the better of Liverpool. Remembering what had happened in their regular-season showdown, the Northstars got payback in Thursday's CNY Counties League National division championship meet at Bragman Stadium.

Thursday, May 16

Hornets sweep to CNYCL American track titles

F-M girls, boys win all six relay races

Carrying over what it did in the regular season, the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field teams easily turned back all challengers to repeat in Thursday's CNY Counties League American division championship meets at Central Square.

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Husband and wife team up to bring yoga and wellness center to Jamesville

Center will hold grand opening celebration May 25 and 26

For the majority of the last 25 years, Tony Riposo has been a one-man travelling yoga instructor, teaching classes in church basements and recreation centers across Central New York. And his wife, Mary Riposo, has been practicing and teaching reiki out of her home and renting space in churches for the last nine. Over the duration of their careers, the Riposos have become somewhat of an underground wellness power couple, and with class sizes and clients increasing each year, it became apparent that they would need a permanent space of their own. So, in April, they opened the Infinite Light Center for Yoga and Wellness in Jamesville to finally give their students and clients a concrete destination for their wellness experiences.

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Resurrecting history in Van Buren

Brandon Hart has spearheaded a project at the once-forgotten Hardscrabble Cemetery.

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B’ville Theatre Guild stages comedy ‘First Things First’ May 17 to June 1

Pete and George have been best friends forever.

AIDS Walk/Run returns to Beaver Lake June 2

Empower Federal Credit Union presents the 21st Annual AIDS Walk/Run Sunday, June 2, at Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville.

Farm Fest returns this Sunday

Final plans are underway for the second annual Farm Fest scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, May 19.

The Civil War comes to the Cazenovia Library

On four Mondays beginning May 20, OASIS will conduct a class, “The Civil War: War is Hell – the Destructive Road to Reunion” from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cazenovia Library. Tom Henry, retired social studies teacher and adjunct professor of history at SUNY Cortland, will present the class.

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Persons from past come alive for Memorial Day Parade

Four prominent persons from the past – John and Lydia McHarrie and Jonas and Betsy Baldwin – will come to life atop the McHarrie's Legacy float on May 30. The entry will celebrate the contributions made to this community by the first permanent settlers and by the family who most influenced development of the region.

School district plans snow day “give back” for May 24

Cazenovia Central School District students will have no school Friday, May 24, because the district used fewer than the maximum permitted snow days this year.

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B’ville baseball drops rematch to C-NS

Bees hurt by Mallaro's bat, Apps' relief pitching

For the Baldwinsville baseball team, it all might come down to whether it can beat Cicero-North Syracuse in order to repeat as Section III Class AA champions. In two tries during the regular season, the Bees have been unable to topple the Northstars, including Wednesday night’s 3-2 defeat at Gillette Field, where the CNY Counties League National division regular-season title and the top playoff seed was on the line.

Lauren Germain speaks on sexual assault

Lauren Germain stands in the center of a room filled with members of American Association of University Women who gathered at Skaneateles Country Club on May 4 to hear her discuss a serious problem that is plaguing American universities: gender violence on campus.

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Skaneateles BOE candidates meet public

About 30 people came to hear the five candidates for Board of Education talk about themselves and answer questions on Wednesday, May 15.

Theobald, Manlius Republicans receive Conservative Party backing

At a meeting of the Town of Manlius Conservative Party Committee on Thursday, May 2, Town Supervisor Ed Theobald and his slate of Republican running mates received the party’s designation for this fall’s town elections.

It’s time to move the brewery project forward


The May 6 village board public hearing on the Empire brewery proposal was the most interesting and illuminating to date. After listening to Katleski’s presentation and then reviewing all the studies, drawings, photos and other new information in the planning board’s Empire Brewing Company files, our conclusion is that all the major concerns and issues raised in the past three months have been more than adequately addressed, and this project will be a benefit to the community.

COLUMN: Changes to Election Day unnecessary and costly

The Assembly passed an early voting bill last week. I voted against this measure. At a time when localities are stretched to the max, this would create another unfunded mandate and change our current system when it doesn’t need to be changed.

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Caz Fitness turns 10

Local health club offers same location, same prices and many original members from a decade ago

Caz Fitness has been in the same location, with the same membership prices, for the past decade. This month, the local business that offers workout machines, yoga, boot camp and personal training classes celebrates its 10-year anniversary with giveaways for free classes and even free six-month memberships.

Caz baseball wins first-ever league title

Bigsby helps Lakers edge Hannibal 2-1 in nine innings

Entering the Section III Class B playoffs, the Cazenovia baseball team possesses some confidence, borne out of last year’s B-2 title run and the fact that, this spring, it achieved yet another first for the program.

LETTERS: Rummage sale a success

The Women of the First United Methodist Church of Baldwinsville want to thank everyone who worked at, purchased from and donated to this year's spring rummage sale. It was a success. We hope to see all of you in the fall.

Girls track Red Rams earn OHSL Freedom title

J-D dominates field events; ESM finishes third

A near-sweep of the field events keyed the Jamesville-DeWitt girls track and field team’s climb to the top in Tuesday’s Onondaga High School League Freedom division championship meet at Fulton.

J-D boys track claims OHSL Freedom meet

CBA, ESM both closely follow Red Rams in team standings

Echoing what it had done during the regular season, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys track and field teams prevailed over the field in Tuesday’s Onondaga High School League Freedom division championship meets at Fulton.

Irish Jack Murphy crosses his final finish line

Before I even started kindergarten, my family lived in Liverpool on Salina Street in an upstairs apartment rented by Mary Landers and squeezed between two thriving businesses, Steve’s tavern to the north and Irish Jack Murphy’s auto repair shop to the south. Jack was a master mechanic, but I knew, even as a 5-year-old, that he was much more than that. Jack was a champion race-car driver! On May 2 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Jack crossed his final finish line. He was 85 years old.

Canton Woods Senior Center - May 16 to 24, 2013

Current events with Art Levy Tuesday

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

Wednesday, May 15

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Mallaro, Apps lead Northstars past B'ville

C-NS secures Class AA baseball top seed

Vince Mallaro started it, Will Apps finished it, and in between the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team got just what it needed to lock down the top seed for the upcoming Section III Class AA playoffs. More importantly, the Northstars showed, in its 3-2 victory over Baldwinsville Wednesday night at Gillette Field, that it could recover from a defeat and put together a big-time performance against a big-time opponent.

Fayetteville library hosts “Kidsignment Sale” at Shoppingtown Mall

Event will take place May 17-19

The Fayetteville Free Library will hold a children’s clothing consignment sale, called “Kidsignment” May 17th, 18th and 19th at Shoppingtown Mall, across from Rite Aid. Consignors make 60 percent on any items they wish to sell, and the library makes 40 percent from sales. Volunteers who sign up to work at the sale get the benefit of shopping before the general public, on Friday morning from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. The sale opens to the general public Friday at 1 p.m. In addition to clothing, the sale offers gently used toys, strollers, cribs, shoes, costumes, baby carriers, books and more.

Seventy Baker students inducted into NHS

On April 30, Baker High School inducted 70 students into the National Honor Society.

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Whorrall inducts new Manlius fire chief, assistant chief

For the first time in 25 years, the Manlius Fire Department is under new leadership. On May 14, Mayor Paul Whorrall inducted John Buskey as fire chief and Bradley Pinsky as assisant fire chief. Whorrall held the position as chief since 1988, but was legally required to step down when he was elected mayor in March. The chief and assistant chief were chosen following an election within the fire department a few weeks ago.

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Fayetteville springs ahead with two construction projects

The village of Fayetteville is wasting no time now that the nice weather has finally arrived. Construction began for Phase 2 of Canal Landing Park with the installation of a bridge on May 10. The bridge was installed behind Brooklea Drive and connects Canal Landing Park to the Erie Canal path, which begins in Fayetteville behind the baseball fields next to the town of Manlius’ municipal building and heads East towards Rome.

Boys lacrosse Warriors whip C-NS, 12-4

Liverpool gets momentum-boosting win before playoffs

A slew of defeats – some close, others not so much – had the Liverpool boys lacrosse team in what looked like a vulnerable position. True, the Warriors were defending Section III Class A champions, about to see whether it could repeat as the sectional playoffs loomed. But it had to face 9-6 Cicero-North Syracuse Tuesday night at LHS Stadium, another side looking for a signature victory to build on.

Westhill lacrosse wins first-ever league title

Marcellus falls to Caz; J-E secures winning record

Whatever happened to the Westhill boys lacrosse team in the Section III Class C playoffs, it had already proved a memorable and historic season. The Warriors set a school record with 14 wins, and when it fought off Chittenango 12-8 Tuesday night, it clinched the outright OHSL Liberty division title for the first time.

Brothers pull away from Skaneateles, 24-10

CBA gets momentum for Class C sectionals

When the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team visited Christian Brothers Academy in Tuesday’s regular season finale, it represented a matchup of two Class C teams heading in opposite directions. Neither side altered its course in the Brothers’ 24-10 drubbing of the Lakers: Skaneateles lost its fourth in a row while CBA won its fourth in five tries to close out the regular season on a high note.

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District reducing carbon footprint by recycling cartons

In two school cafeterias, students are helping the Baldwinsville Central School District to reduce its carbon footprint with one simple act – recycling milk cartons.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Author Katie Aldridge visits the library Thursday

After a slow start spring is in high gear now. Come on down and we’ll lend you a hand preparing for upcoming events or give you a quiet spot to regroup. Either way, the library is here to provide materials, answers, entertainment and a little surcease.

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Dedication ceremony held to honor local fallen hero

B’ville Post Office officially renamed Corporal Kyle Schneider Post Office Building

Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider was born on Jan. 8, 1988, and grew up like most kids in upstate New York. He was a 2006 graduate of Baker High School, where he played baseball, football and ran track. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. After high school, he attended Onondaga Community College’s criminal justice program. With the drive to help others, in March 2008 he joined the United States Marine Corps and graduated from Marine Corp Recruit Training at Parris Island, SC, in June 2008.

School budget election coming May 21

On Tuesday, May 21, Cazenovia Central School District residents will vote on the district’s $26.4 million proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year. The proposal calls for a 3.39 percent increase in spending over 2012-13 and carries a 4.94 percent tax levy increase, the maximum allowed for the district under the state’s 2011 tax levy limit law. The budget does not include any reductions in existing academic programs.

Cazenovia makes Newsweek’s list of ‘America’s Best High Schools’

Cazenovia High School is one of 10 schools in Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES included in Newsweek’s list of America's Best High Schools for 2013, released May 6.

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School, emergency agencies stage Mock DWI at high school

Juniors and seniors at Cazenovia High School received a scary dose of reality last week as local emergency organizations and members of the high school’s Students Against Drunk Driving chapter staged a Mock DWI event on the school grounds.

Ludden baseball edges Homer in 12, reaches playoffs

Gaelic Knights' Poplawski has seven-inning relief stint

Up until the last week of the regular season, the Bishop Ludden baseball team was still unsure about whether it would make the Section III Class A playoffs. But in the most exciting, exhausting way possible, the Gaelic Knights would get there, going to Homer Tuesday and requiring 12 long, tough innings to knock off the Trojans 4-3.

COLUMN: Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena is in good shape

In light of the recent article in the Messenger, Future of Radisson ice arena uncertain, dated April 9, The Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena would like to provide a response to the community and ensure everyone that the rink is here to stay and is being operated efficiently and effectively by a not-for-profit organization, the GBIA.

J-D girls golfers win OHSL tournament

Lee beats Roney, Hair for top individual honors

Jamesville-DeWitt’s girls golf team just completed a regular season where no one in the Onondaga High School League could catch up to them. So it only figured that, when the OHSL Touranment took place Tuesday at nearby Woodcrest Golf Club, the Red Rams, led by its star trio of Jung-Hye Kim, Molly Hair and Victoria Roney, would prevail again.

LETTERS: Thank you for canal clean-up efforts

I would like to personally thank every volunteer that came to work on the canal clean-up day on Saturday, April 19. It was a cold and rainy day for this project, but more than 50 people came to help in our efforts.

Fire siren is an annoyance


Letter to the editor from the May 15 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Spring in Salina 2013

With winter in our rear view mirror, spring is in full bloom. During this time of year, I receive many calls regarding certain warm weather issues. I would like to take this opportunity to address these issues and give town of Salina residents a few pointers for weathering the transition to the warm months ahead. Each winter, our town highway employees spend a great deal of time plowing our roads. Our plow crews do a wonderful job every year, and we have had a few heavy snowfalls. Sometimes it is inevitable to find some areas where the plows may have damaged the road edge or the lawn. If you have plow damage on your property, please call the town highway department as soon as possible at 455-5525 to report the damage. Crews have already begun the repair process to correct the damages and will continue to do so throughout the spring.

Letters to the editor on the BOE election

Letter to the editor about the school board election and budget vote from the May 15 edition.

HLPC still important to village


Letter to the editor from the May 15 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Board of Education asks community to support budget


A column submitted by the Skaneateles BOE asking for the community to support their proposed budget in the May 21 election.

Along the Lakeshore: May 15

Along the Lakeshore column from the May 15 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Village of Skaneateles slow to act on fire siren


Editorial about the fire siren issue in Skaneateles

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Investment advisory firm Genesee Capital Advisors opens in Skaneateles

Genesee Capital Advisors, a new independent investment advisory firm located at 9 East Genesee St. in Skaneateles, opened on May 10. The firm provides a wide array of wealth management services, including discretionary investment management and fiduciary services for foundations, endowments, individuals and families.

Tuesday, May 14

Hornets hold off West Genny, go to 16-0

F-M boys lacrosse finishes regular season undefeated

Plenty of happiness was seen - and heard - from the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team after it defeated West Genesee 9-7 Tuesday night to complete an undefeated regular season and lock up the top seed in the Section III Class A playoffs.

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New signs help familiarize cemetery visitors

Riverview Cemetery Superintendent Tom Beck recently installed a number of new section signs in the 40-plus acre cemetery on Tappan Street.

DeWitt town board votes to ban hydrofracking

After three years of discussion and research by board members, the DeWitt town board voted to ban hydrofracking and oil exploration throughout the town on May 13. All seven members agreed that town board’s commitment to protecting the health, safety and welfare of its residents could be put into jeopardy by the possible health and environmental risks posed by fracking.

District budget hearing set for today

The Board of Education has presented a $94,992,417 proposed budget to residents of the Baldwinsville Central School District and, once again, payroll and benefits had the biggest impact.

Cannizzaro leads Lakers past Marcellus

Caz improves to 14-2, awaits Class C sectionals

Nearing the end of his high school career, Cazenovia boys lacrosse senior Connor Cannizzaro is bent on making the most of the last opportunity he has to give the Lakers a second sectional and state title in three years.

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Horses can paint?

Cazenovia Artisans celebrating horse power through horse-made art

Cazenovia Artisans last week began its first-ever fundraising endeavor with a three-week celebration of horses in fine art and craft. While all members of the cooperative gallery and shop have some sort of horse-related art for sale during May, the centerpiece of the “HorsePower” event is a special “Moneigh” exhibit of paintings created by champion race horses, with all funds raised through their sales to go to ReRun race horse rescue organization.

Skaneateles girls lacrosse falls to CBA

Lakers see 13-game win streak ended by Brothers

For a month and a half, and through 13 consecutive victories, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team remained an unstoppable force, taking out opponent after opponent with a deep, explosive attack and a tough, physical defense.

Nelson town board appoints new zoning board of appeals, planning board members

In an otherwise light monthly meeting, the Nelson Town Board accepted the resignation of the town zoning board of appeals chair, appointed an interim ZBA chair and made other appointments to both the ZBA and the town planning board.

Trustees leaning towards pay lot for Lincklaen Street parking

The latest update on village plans to convert 22 Lincklaen St. from a house to a parking lot is that the lot and the house are getting prepped for construction to begin, and the trustees are moving closer to a decision on whether the lot should have paid or free parking.

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‘Hillcrest’ to host CPF fundraiser

On Saturday, May 18, Linda and Brian Osborne will host a fundraiser to benefit the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation at the beautiful Jephson “Hillcrest” Estate. A Champagne Preview for patrons starts at 5 p.m., with the main event including hors d'oeuvres, wine and Empire Brewing Co. beer beginning at 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy self-guided tours of the historic main house.

CRIS to offer Medicare 101 presentation

CRIS (Community Resources for Independent Seniors) will host Blaine Longnecker, Excellus Medicare Representative, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the CRIS office, 101 Nelson St. (next to McDonald’s on Rt. 20), Cazenovia.

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McNamara celebrates 50 years of excellence

Fifth-grade student council members acted as tour guides for McNamara Elementary School’s open house.

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Skaneateles HS tech class inspires alum

Skaneateles High School alum Sean Cooper came back to his roots for some help with what turned out to be an award-winning project at Rochester Institute of Technology this spring.

Village planning board to ok zone change for brewery

Four-hour meeting adjourns with agreement but no approval vote

The village planning board will recommend that Empire Brewing Company’s application for a zone change on its Route 13 property from residential to light industrial/agricultural use be approved with conditions by the village board of trustees, the planning board members agreed at their May 13 meeting. The exact conditions for the approval, however, have not been finalized, and the board’s vote to officially approve its recommendation will not occur until Thursday, May 16.

BASCOL receives grant for inclusive summer program

This summer, kids who participate in Before and After School Child Care On Location (BASCOL) in Liverpool will have the opportunity to take part in the ultimate summer experience, regardless of their needs or ability. Thanks to the National Inclusion Project, which awarded BASCOL a $10,000 grant, the child care program will present “Let’s All Play: Inclusion in Recreational Programs” at Long Branch Elementary as well as St. Ann’s School in Syracuse.

North Syracuse BOE candidate profiles

North Syracuse will hold its budget and board of education vote Tuesday, May 21. Residents will vote for three BOE members; four candidates are running. The polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; if you live north of Route 481, vote at Cicero Elementary on Route 31. Residents living south of Route 481 should vote at the district office, 5355 W. Taft Road, North Syracuse. The budget itself is $144 million. The estimated tax increase is 5.33 percent; the tax impact is about $23.10 per $100,000 of assessed value. The budget includes full-day kindergarten. The full budget can be found at nscsd.org. Read on for profiles of the candidates.

COLUMN: From the legislature - How the shall vs. may issue effects concealed weapons in Onondaga County

An increasing number of county residents have asked why it is nearly impossible to get a concealed carry pistol permit in Onondaga County.

Liverpool BOE candidate profiles

Liverpool will hold its budget and board of education vote Tuesday, May 21. The polling place, open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., is Liverpool High School, 4338 Wetzel Road, Liverpool. Voters will choose three representatives for BOE; three candidates are running. The budget itself is $135 million and represents a 4.71 percent increase over last year's budget. The tax levy increased by 5.2 percent; the tax impact is estimated at 4.2 percent. The full budget can be found at liverpool.k12.ny.us. Read on for profiles of the candidates running for BOE.

Westhill/Ludden boys earn league track title

McLeod wins three field events for second-place Solvay

Less than a week after they first got together, the Westhill/Bishop Ludden and Solvay boys track and field teams got together once more, this time at Chittenango High School as part of Monday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet.

Garn, girls Mustangs get third at league meet

Marcellus edges Westhill/Ludden; J-E takes sixth

Rachel Garn won twice as the Marcellus girls track and field team made its way to third place in Monday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Chittenango High School.

Caz girls take second at OHSL Liberty track meet

Kent wins twice, Pittman prevails in pole vault

Even with a string of victories from the likes of Ashley Kent, the Cazenovia girls track and field team could not quite reach the top spot in Monday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Chittenango High School.

LETTERS: Consider golf outing for local school

Sometimes I am surprised to hear that some in our community still may not know that we have a premier private, Catholic school right in our own backyard. St. Mary’s Academy, which has served the greater Baldwinsville area for more than six decades, is a small school with a big heart.

CBA girls lacrosse handles Skaneateles

Brothers' depth, all-around effort keys 14-7 win

Even by conquering reigning state Class A champion West Genesee on May 9, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team had only accomplished half of its tall task of toppling both of the area's other main powers. The other half was gained Monday night, back home at Alibrandi Stadium, where the Brothers renewed acquaintances with Skaneateles and, once again, got the best of the Lakers, pulling away late for a 14-7 victory over the Lakers.

Monday, May 13

Skaneateles girls track wins OHSL Liberty meet

Lakers top Cazenovia one week after head-to-head loss

Just a few miles down the road from where they clashed a week earlier, the Skaneateles and Cazenovia girls track and field teams dueled again, only this time with the company of eight other sides as part of Monday's Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Chittenango High School.

F-M baseball hands C-NS first defeat of season

McClure brilliant in Hornets' 2-0 shutout of Northstars

Entering a challenging final week of the regular season, the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team was still unblemished, at 14-0, but quite aware that its long streak could end at any time. That time arrived Monday afternoon, at Fayetteville-Manlius, where the state no. 2-ranked Northstars ran into Hornets left-hander Jack McClure and didn't get on the board in a 2-0 defeat.

Baker named to Newsweek’s best high school list

Baker High School has been named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Best High Schools 2013.

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Asana Wellness Spa holds spring opening

Asana Wellness Spa celebrated their spring opening with a Baldwinsville Chamber Of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony along with friends and family on Friday, May 3.

COLUMN: A trip down memory lane and a bittersweet goodbye

The Big Chill … Timber Banks … The Northwest YMCA. These are just a few of the many stories I have had the pleasure to write about here in Baldwinsville. It was nearly eight years ago when I took the position as Messenger editor. Little did I realize how much this “job” would change my life.

B’ville girls track wins Weedsport meet

Bees get wins from Jordan, Lathrop, Ross, Soeder

As a final tune-up for the post-season, the Baldwinsville girls track and field team dominated last Saturday’s Weedsport Invitational, scoring 151 points, well clear of runner-up Living Word Academy (55 points) and the rest of the 13-team field.

C-NS softball roars to Morabito Tournament title

Hansen leads Liverpool to 3-1 mark at Muddville

Back in late April, the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team got tripped up for the only time this season, beaten by its own mistakes in a 9-2 defeat to John Jay-East Fishkill in a tournament near Binghamton. But the second time the Northstars ventured into tournament play, it turned out quite different, C-NS going 4-0 and winning last weekend’s 32nd annual Ace Morabito Memorial Tournament at Herkimer’s Muddville complex.

Local track stars shine at Saturday meets

Lawes, Akinpelu both win for Liverpool at Loucks Games

In between their head-to-head showdown last Wednesday and the rematch in the CNY Counties League championship meet late this week, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse track and field teams both found success in a pair of Saturday events.

C-NS, Liverpool girls lax splits with B’ville

Northstars continue strong late-season push

At least in the waning stages of the regular season, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls lacrosse teams were wed together by the common goal of trying to knock off Baldwinsville. And it was the Northstars that proved successful, going to Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium last Friday night and prevailing 13-10 in a non-league contest, avenging a 10-9 defeat to the Bees just three weeks earlier.

Liverpool boys fall to West Genesee, 14-4

Warriors also drop rematch with Baldwinsville

A month may have brought changes in the Liverpool boys lacrosse team, but it certainly has changed things for the side it conquered to win the Section III Class A title a year ago.

Beaver Lake Nature Center – May activities

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

J-D, CBA baseball go through ups and downs

Rams fall to Ludden; Brothers beaten by Homer

When it got off to a 12-1 start and rose as high as no. 2 in the state Class A rankings, expectations for the Jamesville-DeWitt baseball team soared in accordance. Those expectations are tempered after a pair of late-season league setbacks, starting May 2 with a 5-4 defeat to Homer and continuing with last Tuesday’s 9-1 loss to Bishop Ludden.

Marcellus softball runs win streak to nine

Ludden, Westhill go through various ups and downs

Though lingering in the shadow of OHSL Liberty division neighbor Solvay, the Marcellus softball team has built its own long win streak, which reached nine in a row, starting last Tuesday with a hard-fought 7-6 victory over Phoenix.

WG baseball beats Proctor, C. Square

Wildcats miss C-NS Ilacqua Tournament due to rain

It had reached the point in the season where the West Genesee baseball team had a right to feel fatigued, having played six times in an eight-day span. But through that stretch, the Wildcats went 5-1, capped by last Monday’s strong effort at home against Utica Proctor, where it got the runs early and turned to Evan Reichel to preserve a 4-1 victory over the Raiders.

Girls lax Mustangs topped by Skaneateles again

Marcellus hurt by late first-half Laker surge

On the brink of the Section III Class C playoffs, the Marcellus girls lacrosse team could lay claim to a perfect mark, with one glaring exception. That would be Skaneateles, who fought past the Mustangs 14-12 in overtime on April 15 and, in last Wednesday’s rematch at Hyatt Stadium, took charge late in the first half to prevail again, this time by a more decisive 17-9 margin.

Red Rams recover from Niskayuna defeat

J-D roars past Fulton, Cortland; ESM struggles

Many different angles could be offered in regards to the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team’s 10-9 defeat to Niskayuna on the night of May 4. Maybe it was an indicator that the Red Rams’ state title run might not be as smooth as originally imagined. Or perhaps J-D, while aiming to beat the Silver Warriors, could let go of the outcome knowing a possible rematch in the state finals would carry far more weight.

Boys golf Lakers win pair of key matches

Skaneateles takes fourth at Warrior Classic

For the second time in less than a week, the Skaneateles boys golf team got involved in a close match against Cazenovia, this time at home, and again came out on top in the Laker clash, this time by a four-stroke margin as it prevailed 216-220.

Skaneateles baseball hits late-season slump

Lakers struggle against top foes, pitchers

At just the wrong time, the Skaneateles baseball team started to slow up against some of the OHSL Liberty division’s better sides.

Leff, Manahan win track races at Loucks Games

J-E boys finish third at Weedsport Invitational

Amid a full weekend of track and field meets all over the state, Marcellus senior Ryan Manahan and junior Laura Leff both went to White Plains for the 46th annual Glenn D. Loucks Games, and both would earn victories.

Sunday, May 12

Ryan sets sectional 3,200 mark in Oneida meet

F-M senior leads Hornets to sweep of team titles

Dwarfing all the other developments in Friday’s weather-shortened Oneida Invitational, Fayetteville-Manlius boys track and field senior Nick Ryan broke the Section III record on his way to a victory in the 3,200-meter run.

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B’ville boys lacrosse sweeps Liverpool

Bees rally again to stop reigning Class A champs

Though not at the top of the Section III Class A ladder, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team is pretty close, as a strong late-season push means it will have a strong seed when the playoffs start next week.

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B’ville girls lacrosse fights past Liverpool

Bees stumble in non-league defeat to C-NS

In some way, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team’s crowded finish to its regular season – nine games crammed into a 16-day span – was perfect preparation for the post-season, since so many of those games were against high-quality opposition.

B’ville softball falls to West Genny, Oneida

Bees push state-ranked Indians to 10 innings

Even with the close call it gave to Cicero-North Syracuse on May 1, the Baldwinsville softball team remained, to some degree, a group still in search of some consistency.

Skaneateles girls beaten by Caz in track showdown

Boys Lakers finish second at Weedsport Invitational

Though strong on many fronts, the Skaneateles girls track and field team did not have enough – at least yet – to keep up with Cazenovia. In last Monday’s OHSL Liberty National division first-place showdown at Buckley-Volo Field, it was Cazenovia emerging with an 83-58 victory, mainly because it kept earning key points in field events and swept the relays.

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Groundbreaking brings the Challenger baseball league one step closer to making its Field of Dreams a reality

For years, children and teenagers of the Syracuse Challenger baseball league have had to play their games in the heat of the summer after the other Central New York teams have finished their seasons. After the groundbreaking for the Challenger Field of Dreams on May 11, the kids are one step closer to having a stadium of their own. Dewitt residents, elected officials and members of the Central New York baseball community gathered at the Carrier Wills Recreation Center in East Syracuse to celebrate the beginning of construction for the Challenger Field of Dreams.

Golfing Lakers finish fourth at Warrior Classic

Caz also splits pair of league matches

Tournament play for the Cazenovia boys golf team commenced Saturday at Hidden Valley Golf Club in Whitesboro, with the Lakers facing 11 other sides in the Warrior Classic. Getting a team total of 408, just two behind OHSL Liberty division leader Westhill, Cazenovia found itself in fourth place. New Hartford won with 372 as host Whitesboro posted 391.

Caz girls edge Westhill, stomp Chittenango

Lakers move close to winning record for 2013

Though it has gone through a fair share of ups and downs, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team is making a return to the Section III Class C playoffs with a chance to spring some surprises against the higher seeds.

Saturday, May 11

B’ville baseball handles Auburn, Oswego

Bees return Blewett, await rematch with C-NS

Even as the Baldwinsville baseball team was steadily building a win streak through the middle part of the regular season, a vital piece of the long-term plan was in question. Scott Blewett, the Bees’ right-handed pitching ace, was injured April 29 in a 15-5 win at Liverpool when sliding into a base. It caused him to miss a start and a week of action.

F-M boys roar past RFA, Corcoran

Hornets, 15-0, set for West Genesee showdown

Almost like a movie script, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team’s two-decade quest to earn a Section III Class A title may hinge on conquering the one opponent most responsible for prolonging that drought.

Solvay softball maintains unbeaten mark

Bearcats dominate Skaneateles, J-E, Syracuse East

The possibility of an undefeated regular season looms for the Solvay softball team, with a pair of non-league games against Central Square and Oneida next week holding the key to that quest.

Rain washes out C-NS baseball Ilacqua Tournament

Northstars still unbeaten; await showdown with B'ville

About the only thing capable of stopping the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team at this juncture in the season is a hot pitcher – or, barring that, precipitation. The rain that had mostly gone missing through the end of April and the start of May resurfaced late last week, just before the Northstars were to host its annual John Ilacqua Jr. Memorial Tournament.

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There’s no such thing as ‘You can’t.’

Jowonio preschool and Syracuse University team up to create a tree house for children of all abilities

In 2007, Jack Denny was a student at Jowonio, an internationally-recognized preschool known for its integrated curriculum for children of all abilities, including those with special needs. Denny, who has autism, walked up to the school’s nature path one day and announced that he wanted a tree house that would be accessible to all of his friends, including those in wheelchairs. And that was the beginning of the Play Perch project. On May 10, after six years of preparations and nine months of hard work by Syracuse University architecture students, the school officially opened the Denny Family Play Perch for its students.

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F-M golfers drop showdown with Auburn

Hornets go 3-1 for week, nearly set record against Oswego

All was in line for the Fayetteville-Manlius girls golf team to claim sole possession of the CNY Counties League regular-season championship. But Auburn had other ideas, as it defended its home turf at Owasco Country Club Friday afternoon and beat the Hornets 183-206, part of a three-way match where F-M did defeat Baldwinsville, who shot 218.

Friday, May 10

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Skaneateles lacrosse player Emma Ford commits to play at Harvard

The Skaneateles High School guidance office was full of lacrosse players on Friday afternoon to celebrate the commitment of senior midfielder Emma Ford to play lacrosse at Harvard.

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B’ville practice earns national distinction

Family Practice Associates (FPA) has made a loud statement in the medical world.

Skaneateles mayor, fire chief to discuss fire siren with county officials

The village of Skaneateles is moving closer to a resolution on the contentious issue of the future of its fire siren. Though no plans have been finalized, the fire siren in the village of Skaneateles will likely be put up “in some semblance,” once details and logistics have been worked out, mayor Marty Hubbard said.

Girls Wildcats take first loss to CBA

WG plays amid sadness over passing of parent

In the larger context, the fact that the West Genesee girls lacrosse team’s 7-6 defeat to Christian Brothers Academy Thursday night broke up a possible undefeated season just didn't matter all that much.

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Canal Park clean up in 10th year

Bartlett Tree Service and the Baldwinsville Women’s Garden Club teamed up again to clean up the park in honor of Earth Day.

O’Hara perfect in C-NS win over Auburn

Northstars nearly stunned by East; Liverpool beats West Genny

Though it had lost 4-0 to Cicero-North Syracuse on May 3, the Liverpool softball team had to be pleased with the progress it made since it lost to those Northstars by a margin three times larger earlier in the season. Yet anyone trying to stop the Northstars must find a way to hit Sydney O’Hara, who added to her long resume with a perfect game in Wednesday’s 5-0 victory at Auburn.

Walsh gets no-hitter against Chittenango

Warriors get 21 K's from Pena in win over Grimes

In each of his last three starts - against Skaneateles, Solvay and Cazenovia - Westhill baseball pitching ace Ben Walsh had finished with a one-hitter, twice seeing no-hit bids get thwarted in the seventh inning.

COLUMN: From Grandma’s Kitchen - It’s the thought, not the flowers, that count

Have you experienced one Mother’s Day that stands out from all the rest? One that you’ll never forget?

Fenner considers fate of building addition built without a permit

The Fenner Town Board has to decide what to do about a building at the corner of Nelson and Peterboro roads that had a garage addition built more than a decade ago without a permit — yet the addition still stands. A previous agreement between the town and the building owner, Jim Christenson, stated the illegal addition would be removed by June 2008 and Christenson placed $2,000 in an escrow account for the town to use should he renege. The addition was not removed, and the owner recently applied for a variance from the zoning board of appeals to allow him to keep the building as it currently is.

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Skaneateles Envirothon teams place first and second in region

Skaneateles High School teams came out on top when students from school districts in four counties gathered at Rogers Conservation Center in Sherburne, N.Y., for the annual Central New York Regional Envirothon.

Thursday, May 9

CBA girls lacrosse tops unbeaten West Genny

Defense comes through late in Brothers' 7-6 win

Much of the time, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team leans on, and showcases, its high-powered attack. However, that had to change on Thursday night, when the Brothers went to Camillus to face unbeaten, defending state Class A champion West Genesee, always a difficult opponent against which to score goals.

GBCC names Dengler biz person of the year

For more than 40 years, the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce has recognized a member of the local business community and honored them as the Business Person of the Year. This year’s honoree is Mark Dengler, president of Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc.

F-M track sides run past Corcoran

Boys Hornets claim first-place battle with Cougars

Another perfect run for the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field teams through the CNY Counties League American division is in the books. The Hornets secured it with Wednesday’s sweep of Corcoran, where it beat the Cougars 93-47 on the boys side and 101-40 on the girls side.

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Durgee students are winners in essay contest

Three Durgee Junior High School eighth-graders have received awards in the local portion of the 2012-13 Elks Americanism Essay Contest, sponsored by the Liverpool Elks Lodge 2348. This year’s theme is “What Does the National Anthem Mean to Me.”

Longtime baseball coach Mark Bader heads HOF list

Mark Bader, who served as Baldwinsville varsity baseball coach from 1980 to 2006, will headline the Baldwinsville Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Westhill boys track claims showdown with Solvay

Wilkinson, Cometti both win twice among individuals

Having two schools together, as the Westhill/Bishop Ludden boys track and field team does, brings some advantages. And those advantages were on display Wednesday at Earl Hadley Stadium, where the combined Westhill/Ludden side turned back Solvay, 86-55, to seize first place in the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty American division.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Check out this month’s photo exhibit by B’ville teens

May is in full flower here at the library. Things are a bit quieter than usual with storytime on hiatus and many of our regulars busy getting their homes and gardens ready for the summer season, but we’re still here. Stop in soon to enjoy the unusual quiet (for the moment at least) and this month’s photo exhibition by Baldwinsville teens.

Garage sale season is upon us


With the arrival of warmer weather, I am looking forward to some potential stops along the way of my commute: garage sales.

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Skaneateles hosts NYSSMA with joy

For the third year in a row, Skaneateles hosted the New York State School Music Association Major Ensembles Festival. Groups ranged in size from 12 to 108; districts small (Southern Cayuga) and large (Liverpool) attended. In total, 30 different music groups performed.

From the legislature: War Memorial’s Honor Wall pays tribute to vets

Citizens that have served our country in the military are deserving of, at the very least, recognition. To serve your country during perilous times is a great honor and a great sacrifice. The Oncenter War Memorial Arena is more than a place where the Syracuse Crunch play hockey, it is a living memorial to those that have served, and in some cases, those that have given their lives for our freedom. It is important to honor the individuals that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Canton Woods Senior Center – May 9 to 17 schedule

Coffee with the Mayor Tuesday

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

Public access to woods brings responsibility


Nature preservation areas are a public asset, but it wouldn't be hard for people to misuse the privilege of having access to this land.

Along the Lakeshore: May 8

Warm weather brings memories

Along the Lakeshore column from the May 8 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Wednesday, May 8

Liverpool track gains sweep of C-NS

Warriors boys, girls both clinch league titles

All through the spring, the Liverpool track and field teams watched Cicero-North Syracuse finish ahead of them most of the times they got together for large-scale weekend meets. But when they went head-to-head Wednesday afternoon, it ended quite differently, the Warriors winning both meets and sweeping the CNY Counties League regular-season championships in the process.

Girls lacrosse Lakers romp past Marcellus

Big close to first half leads Skaneateles to 17-9 win

All of the evidence of why the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team is favored to reclaim the Section III Class C throne was on full display throughout Wednesday night's 17-9 victory over Marcellus at Hyatt Stadium in a clash with the OHSL Liberty division regular-season title on the line.

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Sophomore takes first place in BCA science fair

Sophomore Katie Austin took first place in Baldwinsville Christian Academy’s bi-annual science fair.

Manlius planning board wary of new developer’s changes to Madison Row

Not much was accomplished between the village of Manlius’ planning board and Morgan Management, the new developer for the Madison Row project at the board’s May 7 meeting. Landscape architect Scott Freeman and Morgan Management project manager Matt Lester stood before the board with a request for an amendment on the Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the project, specifically for the proposed pickup window and a change in the parking ratio for Kinney Drugs, which is the first announced tenant for phase 2. However, because the duo did not make the changes to the project footprints that the board requested after the last meeting on April 16, the board was not able to approve the PUD amendment.

High school artwork on exhibit at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park

Artistic works from the portfolios of Cazenovia High School art students are now on display at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. The exhibition, “Celebrating Creative Achievements of Cazenovia High School II,” will run from Thursday, May 2, through Sunday, May 26, in the John and Virginia Winner Memorial Art Gallery. The gallery is open from 12 to 5 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday or by appointment.

Brewery will benefit Cazenovia community


To the editor: I am a close neighbor of the proposed brewery on Route 13. My dog and I walk on the trails at Lorenzo and Fairchild Hill every morning and most afternoons. And while my morning view to the south will be a bit different once the brewery is built and the hops are growing, I am firmly convinced that this change will benefit the Cazenovia community.

AD team thanks community for support


To the editor: The Cazenovia Academic Decathlon Team would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous support. Without the donations made, we would have never been able to go to Nationals in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The generosity and thoughtfulness of the community is both inspiring and greatly appreciated.

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Junior high student selected for summer science program

Durgee Junior High School has selected Nicholas Boulton, an eighth-grader, to represent the school at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Science Horizons program at Syracuse University this summer.

Cazenovia boys lacrosse rips Skaneateles

Visitors recover nicely from OT loss to Westhill

How things have turned in the long-standing boys lacrosse rivalry between the two sets of Lakers from Cazenovia and Skaneateles. Where once Skaneateles owned full command of the series, now it’s Cazenovia’s turn to rule, and it never did better than in Tuesday’s visit to Hyatt Stadium, where it took apart those other Lakers, especially on the defensive side, and earned a 10-1 victory.

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Empire brewery submits five new project studies, changes building plans

Noise, odor, visual, archeology and traffic impacts all determined minimal

The Cazenovia Village Board Monday night heard the results of five professional studies that determined the proposed Empire Brewing Company farmstead brewery in Cazenovia will have minimal to zero impact on surrounding noise, odor, visual aesthetics, archaeological and traffic considerations. In addition, Empire owner David Katleski informed the board that he has altered the tentative building specifications to make the brewery smaller, shorter, better screened from neighbors and more visually pleasing — all in response to the numerous neighbor and community concerns voiced in recent weeks. "This is not as functional for us as a brewery, [but] we are willing to do this” to address community concerns, Katleski said of the architectural modifications during a village board public hearing on May 6.

Lysander Parks and Recreation - Original Junk in the Trunk sale this Saturday

Sign up now to have a spot in the Original Lysander Junk in the Trunk sale held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (set-up available between 6:30 and 7:45 a.m.) Saturday, May 11, at the Lysander Town Hall Parking Lot, Loop Road, Radisson.

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Skaneateles BOE candidates: Rhonda Fabrizio

Profile of Rhonda Fabrizio who is running for school board in the May 21 election.

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Skaneateles BOE candidates: Tom Lambdin

Profile of Tom Lambdin who is running for school board in the may 21 election.

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Skaneateles BOE candidates: Margaret Usdansky Niebuhr

Profile of Margaret Usdansky Niebuhr who is running for school board in the May 21 election.

Skaneateles schools vote to be held May 21

Five candidates will appear on ballot for three spots on school board

On Tuesday, May 21, residents of the Skaneateles Central School District will be able to vote on referendums for the district budget, purchase of two new buses and candidates for the board of Education. The vote will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Waterman Elementary School.

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LHS sophomore to attend national YMCA conference

The time it took Samantha McCarthy to walk from her seat to the front of the room after hearing her name called at the YMCA Youth and Government end-of-the-year banquet seemed to be a full 10 minutes. The chairs were placed very close together, and she didn’t anticipate having to navigate through them. “They call out the alternates first, and I was sitting there thinking, ‘You know, it would be really cool to be chosen,’” said McCarthy, a sophomore at Liverpool High School and participant in the North Area Family YMCA Youth and Government program. “And they were done with the alternates and I was like, ‘OK, I’m not chosen. Whatever.’ I don’t know why I thought that.” To McCarthy’s surprise, her name was called. She had been selected to represent New York state at the YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs, a national conference that will be held in North Carolina from June 29 to July 5. McCarthy, along with 20 other students from New York state, was selected after her performance at the statewide Youth and Government conference in Albany in March.

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Skaneateles BOE candidates: Doreen E. Bianchi

Profile of Doreen Bianchi who is running for the Skaneateles Board of Education in the May 21 election.

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Skaneateles BOE candidates: Geralyn Huba

Profile of Geralyn Huba who is running for the Board of Education in the May 21 election.

John Unger and his great 1966-67 Northmen teams to be inducted to C-NS Baseball Wall of Fame

Former North Syracuse High School and Syracuse University star John Unger and his 1966-67 North Syracuse Northmen baseball teams, which won an eye-opening 43 straight games en route to back- to- back sectional championships, will be honored Friday, May 10 when Cicero-North Syracuse High School and the Northstar Baseball Booster Club hold their second annual Baseball Wall of Fame inductions at 6:30 p.m. at the Gillette Road Middle School varsity diamond.

Tuesday, May 7

Lacrosse Wildcats roar past Liverpool

WG avenges early-season defeat in 14-4 romp

West Genesee's boys lacrosse team is a far different side from the one that fought to find consistency early this spring. Emphatic proof of this was offered when the Wildcats dominated Liverpool, 14-4, Tuesday night, easily gaining a measure of revenge after losing an 7-4 decision to the Warriors at LHS Stadium on April 4.

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B’ville agent receives Hands in the Community award

Allstate Insurance agent Christopher Hayden, whose office is located at 47 E. Genesee St. in Baldwinsville, has received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to volunteering in the community. With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the Paige’s Butterfly Run Inc in Baldwinsville, where Hayden volunteers.

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What’s in Your River?

It seems that an Auburn plant is considering processing fracking waste, a liquid byproduct produced by the natural gas industry.

Skaneateles girls track drops battle with Cazenovia

Campbell sets school record in 100 hurdles

Though strong on many fronts, the Skaneateles girls track and field team did not have enough – at least yet – to keep up with Cazenovia. In Monday’s OHSL Liberty National division first-place showdown at Buckley-Volo Field, it was Cazenovia emerging with an 83-58 victory, mainly because it kept earning key points in field events and swept the relays.

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Dressing down to raise awareness

St. Mary's Academy students dress down for a cause.

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The I-81 conundrum: Highway reconstruction will cause hassle, but something must be done

Five years from now, the Syracuse skyline could look very different. Instead of an elevated highway heading into the city, the New York State Department of Transportation could construct an arterial boulevard. Or an underground tunnel. Or an iconic bridge. Truthfully, the DOT isn’t sure yet what the new Interstate 81 will look like. They just know that something needs to be done to replace the existing structure. “Bridges are designed to last for a certain period of time,” said Beau Duffy, public information officer for the NYS DOT. “The I-81 viaduct in Syracuse is reaching this point in time. Because repair and refurbishment of the bridge involves a significant investment, it makes sense, from a cost-benefit perspective, to look at potential alternatives for the future of the corridor.”

Eagle editors lauded

Editors at Eagle Newspapers were honored for their work at two recent awards ceremonies that celebrate the best journalism in Central New York and statewide.

Parishes in Park Saturday, and Masons mark 150

More than most civic groups, the Masons really respect and honor history. This weekend, the local lodge will celebrate some annals of its own. And as usual, the Masons will do it in style. The Liverpool-Syracuse Lodge No. 501 of Free & Accepted Masons will mark its 150th anniversary at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, by erecting a four-foot-tall obelisk monument in front of its building at 608 Oswego St., across from Johnson Park in the village. New York State Grand Master James Sullivan is expected to attend.

Local teacher John Clancy of Cazenovia to receive Clarkson University award

John Clancy, of Cazenovia, is one of two recipients of this year's Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award.

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New entrance, lights, parking spaces, gas station coming soon in Tops plaza

A new parking lot entrance to Tops plaza off Route 20 is scheduled to open this week, and the current entrance will be closed as part of the overall parking lot redesign that has been ongoing for the past few weeks. In addition to the new entrance, the lot will get new light posts, a redesign of all the parking spaces and a new Tops gas station at the former location of the Kimberly’s ice cream building.

Column: Outside the (what?) box

Now and again someone, a reader, will ask me, “Where do you get your ideas? How do you decide what to write about?” I have learned to respond, “Why, I don’t really know,” but my true response is “What do you mean?” translated as in, “I don’t understand, they are what I think about?” or “I just write down my thoughts. Anyone can do that.”

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‘Red Rooster’ writer Joe Crookston climbs Kellish Hill on Saturday

Twenty six years ago, Joe Crookston took a weekend off from his collegiate studies to attend the Kent State Folk Festival, and after he heard fingerpicker Harvey Reid and the furious fiddling of The Horse Flies, he sold his electric guitar and acquired a steel-stringed acoustic flat top. The Ohio native never looked back.

Small Business Day reminds Albany leaders to remove costly mandates

Small business owners throughout New York State recently made their way to Albany. Chief among their concerns again this year pertained to overreaching regulations and paperwork mandates, which add to the overall cost of doing business.

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Protecting the lake

Finger Lakes Land Trust announces ‘greenbelt’ initiative to conserve southern half of Skaneateles Lake

The Finger Lakes Land Trust recently announced its intent to create and conserve a “greenbelt” around the southern end of Skaneateles Lake. The project will begin with a pending land acquisition and conservation easement covering about 230 acres in the town of Spafford.

Monday, May 6

Caz girls track wins showdown with Skaneateles

Lakers still reign OHSL Liberty National division

Originally, the Cazenovia girls track and field team's meet against Skaneateles was set for mid-April, at the start of both teams' OHSL Liberty National division slate. But they agreed to move it back, and that move gave the meet much higher stakes.

Eschen named newcomer of the year by Syracuse Press Club

Cazenovia native Tom Eschen received the A Brohman Roth Newcomer Award at the Syracuse Press Club annual awards dinner last Saturday, May 4.

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Youth baseball and softball leagues hold opening day

The Cazenovia Baseball Softball Association celebrated its Opening Day last Saturday, May 4, at the Burton Street fields. The event began with a parade of the two softball teams and the eight baseball teams — all players from grades three through six — from the elementary school to the fields, led by a Cazenovia Fire Department truck.

Village election candidates set, competitive race for trustee seats

The political parties have chosen their candidates and the upcoming election for Cazenovia village trustee will be a contested race between two current incumbents and the outgoing president of the Cazenovia board of education. Current Mayor Kurt Wheeler will run unopposed for a second term.

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Radisson Nursery School learns about pizza making

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Jerome's Kindergarten Booster class visited the Pizza Hut on Downer Street.

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Village celebrates Arbor Day

Baldwinsville is A Tree City USA, a distinction the village has carried for 26 consecutive years.

Skaneateles town board makes appointment to ZBA, awards web design bid

The Skaneateles town board made a new appointment to the town Zoning Board of Appeals, accepted a bid for the design of its website and proposed a new law at its May 2 meeting.

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COLUMN: Baker French students dedicate visit to fellow student

In 2011, the commissioner of the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur Mer, Normandy told us that we should have informed them that the students from Baldwinsville were coming with their 1,200 messages of gratitude so that they could have been welcomed properly. So, this time, we did just that.

C-NS baseball pushes record to 13-0

Northstars add four more wins to perfect mark

The longer it stayed undefeated, the more a target the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team would become – but at least so far, the state Class AA no. 3-ranked Northstars have turned back every possible challenge.

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C-NS softball blanks Liverpool, edges B’ville

Warriors have easier time defeating Bees in 3-1 week

Just looking at the numbers, the Liverpool softball team has made up some ground on Cicero-North Syracuse – but has not yet caught up. In last Friday’s battle at Gillette Field, the Warriors’ pitching duo of Dana Nicoletti and Peyton Bellrose mostly contained the Northstars, but it still wasn’t enough as Liverpool lost a 4-0 decision.

Track Northstars handle West Genesee

C-NS boys win New Hartford meet; Liverpool next

To some degree, every Cicero-North Syracuse track and field season centers around the annual showdown with Liverpool. There’s even more on the line in 2013, though, as both meets this Wednesday – the boys at Bragman Stadium, the girls at LHS Stadium – feature undefeated sides within the CNY Counties League National division.

Liverpool track sides sweep Baldwinsville

Warriors use weekend meets to prepare for C-NS

Everyone on the Liverpool track and field teams is primed to take their respective shots at Cicero-North Syracuse on Wednesday, with the CNY Counties League National division titles at stake.

B’ville scouts earn gold, bronze

Six Baldwinsville Girl Scouts will be recognized for earning the Girl Scout Gold and Bronze awards during ceremonies taking place in May.

J-E boys, girls lacrosse earn big wins

Boys win four straight; girls upset Onondaga

Jordan-Elbridge’s boys lacrosse team had its most successful stretch of the season, winning four times in six days to nail down a Section III Class C playoff berth - and by the time the week was done, the girls Eagles also had a signature win in the books.

Mustangs’ Manahan, Garn win big in weekend meets

West Genny also nabs wins in New Hartford, Rome events

Whether it was the boys New Hartford Invitational on Friday or the girls Rome Invitational on Saturday, Marcellus track and field stars Ryan Manahan and Rachel Garn both found their way to the forefront with impressive, season-best victories in their specialties.

F-M boys lax turns back LaFayette

Lux becomes school's all-time leading scorer

Two of the oldest boys lacrosse programs in Central New York gathered on Saturday when Fayetteville-Manlius took on LaFayette, who had just picked up its 700th win earlier in the week. The Lancers more than proved its worth by scoring the most goals anyone has against the Hornets this spring, but much of that production came in the late going, and F-M did enough early to hang on and prevail by a 14-11 margin.

CBA track hosts Brother Basilian Invitational

J-D, ESM both compete in Rome, New Hartford meets

As it does each May, the Christian Brothers Academy track and field teams brought in top athletes from across the area for the Brother Basilian Invitational at Alibrandi Stadium, and the home sides had plenty of reason to smile by the time it was all done.

WG girls fight past Honeoye Falls-Lima

Wildcats survive another close call against Section V foe

Even though it stayed unbeaten, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team dropped out of the top spot in the state Class A rankings, replaced by St. Anthony’s (Long Island), who has beaten top opponents from six different states.

ESM baseball falls to J-D, beats CBA

State-ranked Red Rams fall to Homer, too

East Syracuse-Minoa’s baseball team managed to emerge from back-to-back games with Jamesville-Dewitt and Christian Brothers Academy with a hard-fought split.

Sunday, May 5

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Girls lacrosse Bees start busy stretch

B'ville wins three straight after CBA defeat

Off a defeat to West Genesee on April 26, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team now faced an even more daunting examination – nine games in a span of 16 days, most of them against high-quality opponents.

B’ville track sides fall to Liverpool

Both teams get wins at high-profile weekend meets

Again, the Baldwinsville track and field teams found themselves on the wrong end of a decision against a major rival. Despite strong individual performances in last Wednesday’s meets against Liverpool, the Bees fell to the Warriors on both sides, including a 77-64 loss for the boys side at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium and an 81-60 defeat for the girls at LHS Stadium.

Girls lacrosse Lakers set for Marcellus rematch

Skaneateles easily dispatches Westhill, Cazenovia

Back on April 15, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team was pushed into overtime at Marcellus, but emerged with a 14-12 victory and Class C favorite status. All of that will be on the line again Wednesday night, when the revenge-minded Mustangs , no. 3 in the latest state Class C rankings, traveled to Hyatt Stadium for a highly-anticipated rematch with the state no. 2-ranked Lakers.

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Skaneateles girls set 4x100 relay school record

Lakers also beat Hannibal, set up Caz showdown

As it inched toward Monday’s showdown with Cazenovia, the Skaneateles girls track and field team continued to handle the preliminary parts of its OHSL Liberty division schedule and also made some history along the way.

Skaneateles tennis holds off Marcellus

Singles play key as Lakers go through 2-0 week

Zach Driscoll’s tough singles victory in a match that went to the wire helped the Skaneateles boys tennis team hang on and beat rival Marcellus 3-2 last Monday afternoon.

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West Genny softball beats J-D, 3-2

Wildcats recover from trio of losses, including C-NS

Though the West Genesee softball team lost three times last week, it ended up on a particularly high note that nearly matched the excitement of its epochal 13-inning victory over Liverpool on April 25.

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Caz baseball falls to Westhill, 5-0

Lakers unable to solve Walsh in Class B final rematch

The last time the Cazenovia baseball team was at NBT Bank Stadium, it was making history and claiming the 2012 Section III Class B-2 title. Nearly 12 months later, the Lakers were back, ready to take on Westhill in Friday's rematch of last spring’s overall Class B final won by the Warriors, and sending its best pitcher to the mound.

Girls track Lakers roars past Jordan-Elbridge

Caz to square off with Skaneateles for first place on Monday

Continuing to set the pace in the OHSL Liberty National division, the Cazenovia girls track and field team piled up high finishes and points in last Wednesday’s meet against visiting Jordan-Elbridge, stopping the Eagles 106-35 while also beating Norwich 110-31.

Caz softball goes 3-1, rallies past Westhill

Lakers finish third at Jack Lowell Tournament in Oneida

A well-timed offensive outburst late in the contest helped the Cazenovia softball team overcome a four-run deficit in last Tuesday’s game against Westhill and beat the visiting Warriors 6-4 to move back above the .500 mark amid the busiest stretch of the season.

Caz girls lax goes 1-1, beats Tully

Dorrance gets 10 assists in playoff-clinching win

Right from the start this spring, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team’s attack has centered around the ability of Kayla Dorrance to find someone cutting to the net and deliver the perfect pass to set up an easy goal.

Lacrosse Lakers fall to Westhill in overtime

Suddaby nets game-winner as Warriors prevail, 8-7

There was no time for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team to ease up, even in the wake of last Tuesday's impressive 12-5 win at Christian Brothers Academy, for it returned home Friday to face a 9-2 Westhill side that was no. 19 in the state rankings and coming off its own big Tuesday win over Marcellus.

Saturday, May 4

J-D lacrosse knocked off by Niskayuna

Red Rams drop battle of state's top-ranked Class B teams

Exactly five weeks from now, there's a good chance that the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team will find itself at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, playing for a third state Class B title in four years. If so, Section II powerhouse Niskayuna may serve as the opponent, and judging by their encounter on Saturday night, it could prove quite special.

F-M boys tennis streak continues

Hornets go 4-0, now have 223 straight wins

Now the Fayetteville-Manlius boys tennis team’s long win streak has zoomed past the 220-match mark, with no signs of it letting up anytime soon.

Skaneateles boys lax falls to Marcellus

Lakers never recover from first-quarter stumble

As a tough regular-season homestretch loomed, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team hoped, at least, that it still had full control over its neighborhood rivalry with Marcellus. Yet even that one-time certainty went by the wayside on Friday night, the Lakers getting run over on the Mustangs’ home turf in the first quarter and never fully recovering in a 13-9 loss that dipped the Skaneateles mark to 10-3 on the season.

Liverpool boys lacrosse stops city foes

C-NS splits games with B'ville, Oswego

Defeats to Fayetteville-Manlius (lopsided) and Marcellus (a blown fourth-quarter lead) had the Liverpool boys lacrosse team in some trouble as April drew to a close. Another loss, to Corcoran last Tuesday night, may have demoralized the Warriors, and it trailed in the fourth quarter – but this time it was Liverpool staging the comeback and pulling out a dramatic 9-8 victory.

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B’ville boys lax beaten by West Genesee

Bees never get attack going in 8-5 defeat to Wildcats

Even though the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team was charging toward the regular-season homestretch, it would mean much more if it could take out a long-time nemesis like West Genesee.

B’ville baseball rips Liverpool, F-M, Proctor

Bees get shutouts over Hornets, Raiders

Once again, the Baldwinsville baseball team settled into a steady winning groove, getting contributions in every phase of the game along the way.

Caz boys tennis sweeps Chittenango

Lakers claim pair of matches over Bears

Now that they were together in the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty division, the Cazenovia and Chittenango boys tennis teams could have head-to-head meetings each spring. With the weather warming up and the sun out, the two neighbors clashed twice in the span of a week, and it was the Lakers winning both times.

Marcellus, Westhill notch big lacrosse wins

Mustangs stop Skaneateles; Warriors top Caz in OT

Three nights after squaring off with each other, the Marcellus and Westhill boys lacrosse teams were charged with separate assignments against state-ranked Laker opponents on Friday - and both would succeed. The Mustangs, on its home turf, earned a satisfying 13-9 victory over Skanetaeles, while the Warriors, completing one of the best weeks in program history, went to Cazenovia and prevailed 8-7 in overtime.

Friday, May 3

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Westhill baseball blanks Cazenovia, 5-0

Walsh gets another shutout in Class B showdown

Nearly a year has passed since the Westhill baseball team turned back Cazenovia for the 2012 overall Section III Class B championship. Yet that amount of time has not changed the relative position of the two OHSL Liberty division rivals, as the Warriors, paced by Ben Walsh's superb pitching, turned back the Lakers 5-0 Friday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium.

Trunk treasure sale this Saturday

McHarrie’s Legacy will hold a trunk treasure sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 4, on the museum grounds at 46 Canton St. in Baldwinsville.

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Waldron, Ji and Wang top Salt City Go Tourney

A record 34 players turned out on Saturday, April 20 for Syracuse’s sixth annual Salt City Go Tournament at Manlius Pebble Hill School. Eight dan-level players participated in the tournament’s first-ever open division, with Phil Waldron (6d) of Ottawa, Xinde Ji (5d) of Syracuse and Changtian Wang (5d) of Ithaca all finishing with identical 3-1 records and receiving a total of $310 in cash prizes.

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Campbell signs to play at Binghamton University

Baldwinsville girls varsity softball pitcher Lizi Campbell signs her National Letter of Intent to play softball for Binghamton University.

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State cuts lead to restricted travel on canal

The New York State Canal System officially opens today. However, due to state budget cuts, boaters will experience restricted hours at most locks along the 500-plus mile waterway.

State Department of Environmental Conservation Now Accepting Bids for Firewood in Chenango and Madison Counties

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting bids from homeowners to cut firewood on state forests in Chenango and Madison counties. Due to the increased demand for firewood, sales will only be offered through a sealed bid auction and not by lottery. Unlike past years, there is no need to sign up in advance to participate in the bid process.

J-D, ESM softball earn tough wins

Rams edge Spartans, who complete sweep of CBA

Over the course of a week, the Jamesville-DeWitt, East Syracuse-Minoa and Christian Brothers Academy softball teams would face each other in a trio of league contests, the Spartans salvaging a split by the time it was done.

ESM girls lacrosse deals with Dooling injury

Spartans run streak to 11, meet CBA Tuesday

All sorts of happenings– some wonderful, some sad – percolated around the East Syracuse-Minoa girls lacrosse team, even as it extended its win streak and moved to the no. 15 spot in the state Class B rankings.

B'ville Police Blotter

Transient charged with unlawful imprisonment, other charges

On April 15, Troy R. Vanantwerp, 19, “transient” was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal contempt, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree harassment. The arrest resulted after a violation of a “stay-away” order of protection. He was arraigned in front of Judge Huling and bail was set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 Bond. He was remanded to the Justice Center Jail and was scheduled to re-appear in court on April 17.

B’ville tennis wins twice, falls to F-M

Bees do get wins over Auburn, Liverpool

Already in the homestretch of its somewhat truncated regular season, the Baldwinsville boys tennis team added to its win total, but could not topple the reigning dynasty at Fayetteville-Manlius.

How sweet it is! Village trees bear sugary sap

Last month, my buddy Joe Romano gifted me with a quart of homemade maple syrup made from sap from old maple trees growing right here in the village. Actually, the syrup blends drippings from Liverpool silver maples and sugar maples down in DeRuyer, where Joe has a camp and a sugar shack. Anyhow, what you need to know is that the syrup’s sweet as sugar cane. A barely transparent chestnut brown, it pours evenly with consistency like soft honey. My pancakes never tasted so good! And it made me feel proud to know that this superlative confection comes from some of the same trees into which I’d carved my initials so many years ago.

Program Log Baldwinsville PAC-B – May 4 to 10

Every night midnight to 9 a.m. Baldwinsville Bulletin Board

Baldwinsville PAC-B, the Public Access channel at cable channel 98, is located at 8 Mechanic St. in the village.

Thursday, May 2

C-NS girls lacrosse beats F-M in overtime

Northstars survive Hornets comeback from five-goal deficit

Emotions ran all over the place for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team in Thursday night's clash with Fayetteville-Manlius at Bragman Stadium. From calm control to frenzied worry, the Northstars felt everything, but just in time it found its best form, rallying to force overtime and eventually beat the Hornets 15-12.

Reed all about it!

Silverwood Clarinet Choir will stir imaginations Sunday at FFL

The Silverwood Clarinet Choir (SCC) will extend a warm hand of welcome to its audience on Sunday afternoon when its opens its concert with a charming new composition showcasing seven families of clarinets.

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Madison Row shows signs of life

Construction for phase two could begin as early as late summer

When driving into the village of Manlius via Route 92, it’s impossible not to notice the wasteland at the intersection of Highbridge and F-M roads which greets visitors to the village with dirt, rubble and weeds. As most residents know, the site is planned to be the future home of Madison Row, a $5 million retail, office and residential project which was first proposed in 2009. Many have given up hope that anything will come of the development after three years of passing by the site and seeing no progress made. But Manlius Mayor Paul Whorrall said he’s been making moves to assure the project will get off the ground this summer.

Beaver Lake Nature Center - May activities

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

J-D track sides earn sweep over ESM

Red Rams also prevail over Homer in three-way meet

It just so happened that the Jamesville-DeWitt track and field team’s showdown with East Syracuse-Minoa took place far away from either school, as it was part of a three-way meet Wednesday afternoon at Homer.

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Art exhibit at public library showcases local artists, friendship

The Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery presents “Impressions of a Friendship: Dwight Williams and Arthur B. Davies,” an exhibition featuring more than 20 pastel paintings by Dwight Williams (1856-1932) a Cazenovia landscape painter, teacher and friend to renowned American painter Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928).

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Memorial Day parade to commence May 30

The annual Memorial Day Proclamation was presented by Mayor Joseph Saraceni (second from left) and Town of Lysander Supervisor John Salisbury (second from right) to VFW Commander Gary Brown (left) and American Legion Commander Frank Turner (right) on April 21 at the VFW’s Memorial Park.

Child trapped after Lysander accident

A 6-year-old girl was trapped in a vehicle after a late morning crash yesterday.

Solvay, Westhill win in advance of track showdown

Bearcats handle ITC; Warriors dominate Chittenango

All is in place for the big boys track and field clash next Wednesday at Earl Hadley Stadium between two unbeaten OHSL Liberty division sides, Solvay and Westhill/Bishop Ludden.

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DAR prepares for NYS Fair

Members from the Betsy Baldwin (Baldwinsville) and Fayetteville-Owahgena (Fayetteville) DAR Chapters met April 18 to discuss plans for the DAR booth at the New York State Fair.

Voters approve B'ville library budget

The Baldwinsville Public Library's proposed property tax levy of $1,349,810 for fiscal year 2013-14 was approved by voters of the Baldwinsville School District on April 25 by a vote of 235 to 21.

Canton Woods Senior Center - May 2 to 10, 2013

Canton Woods business meeting Friday

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

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Brewerton Food Pantry offers clients choice of meals

Every day, Central New York families are finding it harder and harder to put food on the table. The Brewerton Food Pantry saw a 14 percent increase in the number of families it serves between 2011 and 2012, and that trend seems to be continuing into 2013. “I registered two new families on Thursday, so we’re constantly getting new people,” said longtime volunteer Lauren Lalley. Pantry coordinator Deb Lombard agreed. “We’re getting a lot of people who are working; they’re just not making enough to pay their mortgage or their rent, their utilities, their doctor’s bills, and food seems to fall by the wayside,” Lombard said. “And some of them don’t get as much food stamp assistance as they used to. They’re cutting back on certain things. We try to meet the needs of those people as much as we can.” For that reason, pantries like the one in Brewerton are becoming more and more important — and more and more of a community undertaking. The pantry is a truly ecumenical effort. It’s housed at the Brewerton United Methodist Church, which has partnered with St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Calvary Baptist Church and Christian Church to run the operation, which covers Brewerton from the Onondaga-Oswego county line down to Cicero.

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First Friday in Skaneateles returns May 3

With the arrival of spring, Skaneateles’ First Friday art walk continues its “May to December Romance” of the arts. First Friday, now in its seventh year, returns from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 3 with art openings, wine tastings and entertainment throughout the village.

Along the Lakeshore: May 1

Remembering Bill Gregory

Along the Lakeshore column: May 1 edition.

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Public learns more about Skaneateles school budget

nterim Superintendent Judy Pastel knows the importance of having an informed public, and she knows that budget issues are complicated — here and across the state and nation. And so she has been meeting with various groups in hopes of getting the information out there. This week she met with several parent groups — from the PTCs to various booster groups — to explain the key elements of the budget.

Wednesday, May 1

Softball Bees put big scare into C-NS

Wolcik, Campbell both pitch well in 2-1 nail-biter

For a few moments, the Baldwinsville softball team had Cicero-North Syracuse in real trouble during Wednesday night's clash at the Gillette Road Middle School complex in Cicero. And while the reigning Section III Class AA champion Northstars escaped with a 2-1 victory, it was the Bees leaving the field with a newly-reinforced confidence in its ability to stay with the area's most vaunted program.

B’ville bike safety program set to start

The Baldwinsville Police Department, along with the Baldwinsville Optimist Club and Steven Ladd, of Liberty Mutual Insurance Camillus Office, are pleased to announce the assembly and rodeo schedule for the 2013 Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program.

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Community-based public art project set for Baldwinsville

Announcing B’ville Voices

Share your favorite Baldwinsville places, traditions and stories.

Manlius adopts a 4% tax increase for 2013-14 budget

Residents will pay 30 cents more than last year

After a public hearing on April 15, the Manlius village board gathered again on April 30 to present the finalized 2013-14 budget, which calls for a tax rate of $7.90 per $1,000 of assessed home value. This increase is 30 cents more than last year, and means a resident with a home assessed at $100,000 will pay $32 more starting on June 1.

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CNY Arts Center presents ‘Helen Keller’ production

B’ville’s Sophie Greene stars in lead

Helen Keller inspired with these words “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much," while Vincent Van Gogh said, “Great things are done by a series of small things coming together.”

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Art discussion, new exhibit reception to be held May 1 at Cazenovia Public Library

Museum Curator Mary E. Murray presents “AKA The Armory Show,” and opening reception for library’s current art exhibition, “Impressions of a Friendship: Dwight Williams and Arthur B. Davies” start at 5

On Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Cazenovia Public Library’s community room, Mary E. Murray — Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica — will present “AKA The Armory Show,” a discussion of the 1913 exhibition that shook America and the art world. A reception for Impressions of a Friendship: Dwight Williams and Arthur B. Davies, the library’s current gallery exhibition, will be held prior to the program on May 1 from 5 to 7 pm in the library museum.

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Lorenzo to offer programs on historic fashions, period costumes

With the widespread popularity of period dramas such as “Downton Abbey,” there has been a heightened interest in historic fashions as depicted in popular culture, showcased in blockbuster exhibits and featured in historical reenactments. In tandem with this spirit, and with the support of The Friends of Lorenzo and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Lorenzo State Historic Site will be offering two free period fashion presentations this May and opening a unique exhibit centered on the dress and accessories of historical figures associated with Lorenzo.

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The Oz Project Performs “The Wizard of Oz”

Lions, scarecrows and munchkins, oh my! The Oz Project presented its production of “The Wizard of Oz” last Sunday at the Palace theatre in Hamilton. Relatives and friends came to see the original stage interpretation of the story featuring children from Hamilton, Cazenovia, Ostic Valley and Madison.

Pray for America on May 2

The 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday, May 2. Millions will unite in prayer at thousands of events from coast to coast. In honor of this day, the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia, 27 Albany St., will be open for prayer and quiet meditation from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2.

Melanie melodies: Seventies icon skates on

In 1969, a sweet-voiced flower child from Queens, N.Y. named Melanie Safka performed a short solo set at the legendary Woodstock festival in the middle of a rainstorm. Now 66 years old and still going strong, Melanie will appear on Sunday, May 5, at the Catherine Cummings Theater, 16 Lincklaen St., in Cazenovia, following an opening set at 7:30 p.m. by Syracuse songwriter Larry Hoyt.

Column: Not a Pleasant Sight for Sore Eyes

It is spring, finally, and there is plenty to comment upon, but I find one issue keeps jumping to the forefront. On a recent weekend when the weather was beautiful, I walked from the Highbridge Road end of the Village south towards the swan pond and back. I started thinking “It is time to update my Facebook photos;” since I did not have my camera with me, I walked with an eye to view what pictures I would want to take the next time I had my camera.

Grimes baseball hands Fabius-Pompey first loss

Martin throws complete-game shutout in C-2 finals rematch

The big moment for Bishop Grimes’ baseball team arrived Tuesday afternoon as it went to face Fabius-Pompey, sporting a 10-0 record and state Class C top-10 ranking. And the Cobras were more than ready for the moment. Fueled by a desire for payback, and riding the strong pitching of ace Ryan Martin, Grimes shut out the Falcons 6-0.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Learn about wastewater and your river May 8

Now that spring has finally arrived it’s time to celebrate and we have just the tickets with a special appearance of Morris Dancers on May Day, craft programs of all kinds, prep courses for the SAT and summer job hunting and of course our annual Teen Photography Show.

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L’pool policeman Jerry Unger credited with cracking complex case

The crime occurred near Buffalo. The perp’s vehicle had been rented in Fulton. The suspect’s family lived in Syracuse. In spite of the disparate locales involved, Liverpool Police Officer Jerry Unger played a crucial role in cracking the case.

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Walking a mile in their shoes

Skaneateles youth participate in 30-hour juice fast, raise money for South Sudan

About 50 local youth participated in a 30-hour juice fast last week to raise money and awareness for poor living conditions and poverty abroad.