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Saturday, November 30

Volunteer recognition celebration and Caz school student art exhibit to be held at New Woodstock Library Dec. 7

The New Woodstock Free Library annual volunteer recognition celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at the library, 2106 Main Street (Route 13). The opening of the annual Cazenovia schools student art exhibit will coincide with the volunteer event.

Friday, November 29

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Lorenzo offers annual Christmas tours and celebrations next weekend

The holidays are here again at historic Lorenzo State Historic Site, and next week visitors can experience the neoclassical Ledyard family mansion bedecked in holiday finery.

Madison County 2013 Winter Farmer’s Markets announced

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County has announced its 2013 winter farmers’ markets locations and dates:

Disappointed in the Village Edge South preference survey choices

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I am a homeowner in Cazenovia village. I just took the Village Preference Survey for the Village Edge South development, and I have to say that I was disappointed. So many of the choices in the survey seemed to require a choice between one form of sprawly suburban development for another. The survey seems to prejudge a very suburban future for the village which I think is out of step with the current look of the village. Very few of the choices seemed to indicate what I think would be best, which would be development that is in keeping with the visual features that make the village attractive and cohesive.

Thank you to Honor Flight Syracuse contributors

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Thank you all who contributed to the Honor Flight Syracuse Mission 002 trip to Washington D.C. on Oct. 5. All of you, who raised the money so that we did not have to pay, took us on the mission or greeted us so warmly, cannot imagine the impact on those of us veterans who were privileged to go.

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Cazenovia FFA team, members bring home medals from national event

Members of the Cazenovia Aggies FFA Chapter in New York were one of 39 teams participating in the National FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The team, led by advisor Mandi Millen, was awarded a Bronze emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 151 other participants. Paige Horan received a Silver emblem, Tim Hunt received a Silver emblem, Joseph Zambito received a Bronze emblem, and Alicia Clarke received a Silver emblem.

Forty years later, from rotary phones to Facebook

Forty years ago we had no Twitter. No cell phones. No iPods. No email. Now that we have those things, and more, you might think it would be easier to stay in touch with all those folks you knew back in the day. But no, things have only grown more complicated. Joe Pirro, an alumnus of Liverpool High School Class of ’74, found out the hard way. He and a determined committee of 10 are planning a 40th reunion for this coming June. “In the early 1970s, computers were the size of tractor trailers,” Joe remembers. “The computers ran off punch cards. Flash forward to today when six out of 10 people own a smartphone.” Here are more of Joe’s thoughts on creating a catalyst for reconnecting:

Wednesday, November 27

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Plowing your driveway? There’s an app for that

FMHS grad launches snowplowing app

A brand new app has arrived exclusively for Central New York residents and it’s here just in time for the long winter. Plowz is a free app, available for both Apple and Android devices, which allows users to request a snow plowing completely through their smartphone or tablet. It was created by co-founders William Mahoney, of Manlius, and Andrew Englander, of New York City.

Skaneateles to use reservoirs for firefighting

Dry hydrants will offer water source to firefighters while fire flow is poor

In response to recent concerns about poor pressure to fire hydrants in the village of Skaneateles, local officials have come up with a temporary solution. The village has developed a plan to install several “dry hydrants” to give local firefighters the ability to fight fires, if need be, while the village water has less than sufficient flow to some fire hydrants.

School board reinstates lacrosse assistant coach positions

After reviewing the Cazenovia school district’s coaching roster and finding a lot of “breakage” — or newer coaches hired at a lesser salary than the coaches they replaced — the Cazenovia Board of Education last week decided there was enough budget savings found to allow them to reinstate the two boys lacrosse assistant coach positions that had been cut from the budget in the spring.

Superintendent search survey results released by school board

Cazenovia school district residents want their next superintendent to be experienced and inspirational, with integrity and strong leadership skills, according to the results of the recent community survey, which were discussed at the Nov. 20 board of education meeting by Jody Manning, OCM BOCES district superintendent, who is also heading of the Cazenovia CSD search for its next superintendent.

Skaneateles CSD puts facility project bond to public vote Dec. 10

Board to hold public hearing on $2.8 million proposal Dec. 2

Skaneateles voters will be called on once again this month to approve a major community expenditure. The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Waterman school where the Skaneateles Central School District will hold a public vote on a capital project proposal.

LETTER: Wellington thanks voters

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 27 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Onondaga Lake’s 1656 Thanksgiving feast

With the arrival of Thanksgiving, the image of the Thanksgiving feast shared by the Plymouth colonists of Massachusetts and their Native American hosts during the winter of 1621 is often at the forefront of the imagination. The spirit of cooperation, mutual understanding and respect demonstrated by that event in the midst of the cultural interface between those two cultures is certainly one worth celebrating. As providence would have it, Onondaga Lake’s history illustrates that the imagination need not wander upon the far distant Massachusetts colony to envision such an event worth celebrating. Such a Thanksgiving feast took place in 1656 on the shore of Onondaga Lake.

LETTER: Thoughts from a SAVES member

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 27 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: Nov. 27

The effects of weather on the lake

Along the Lakshore column from the Nov. 27 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Domestic adoption: A rewarding journey

Agency dispels myths for both biological, adoptive parents

One of the most selfless and loving acts a woman can do is place her newborn baby in the arms of another family. Unfortunately, not all people see it that way due to long-held stereotypes that claim just the opposite and consequently, result in the occurrence of fewer adoptions.

LETTER: Sustainable Skaneateles gives thanks

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 27 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Serving as town councilor an honor

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 27 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Honor Flight a success

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 27 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Tuesday, November 26

Academic Decathlon team to hold first annual gift wrap fundraiser

The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team is holding its first annual “Gift Wrapping Fundraiser” from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 29, at Common Grounds.

Cazenovia College files notice of appeal over fence permit issue

Action called a procedural matter pending planning board review and approval

One month after a state supreme court judge ruled that Cazenovia College must undergo a full site plan review for its proposed fence project around the Schneeweiss Athletic Complex, the college is moving forward with getting its fence erected by preparing its submission to the village planning board. However, working under a court deadline and wanting to keep its options open, the college also last week filed a notice of appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York seeking redress for part of State Supreme Court Judge Donald F. Cerio, Jr.’s Oct. 22 decision.

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Got fresh, raw milk? Ju-Vindale Holsteins does, and is now licensed to sell it

The Cazenovia Beverage Trail has a new, although unofficial, location at which patrons can stop and get a homemade drink — but this drink is non-alcoholic. It is, in fact, milk. Fresh, raw milk is an up-and-coming commodity in terms of local production and local consumption in this age of “buy local,” and Ju-Vindale Holsteins, located at 2074 Ballina Road, recently became the second dairy in Cazenovia and one of the few in Madison County to become licensed by the state to sell directly to the public the fresh, raw milk its cows produce.

Nelson town board resolves parking issue by Blue Canoe Grill in Erieville

After four months of discussions, public hearings, investigations, surveys and unresolved votes, the Nelson Town Board last week approved a new local law to prohibit parking along the north side of a portion of North Lake Road in Erieville by the Blue Canoe Grill. The law also included a sunset clause stating that after work improving the north side culvert on that same stretch of road is completed next summer, the board will review the parking situation and could possibly reopen parking along the north side if it feels public safety would not be endangered by doing so.

Nelson town tax rate to drop 5 percent in 2014

The Nelson Town Board last week unanimously approved the final 2014 town budget, and although the budget did exceed the state tax levy cap by more than $9,000, it also came in with a 5 percent reduction in the town tax rate.

Manlius town board adopts 2014 budget

Tax rate to increase less than two percent

After making minimal changes to its preliminary budget, the Manlius town board adopted a $13 million budget for 2014 at its Nov. 20 meeting. The budget is up 1.9 percent from last year.

F-M announces winter sports schedule

Boys basketball Hornets open Dec. 6 at Henninger

Even as fall sports winds down and cross country teams pursue national honors, Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s winter sports teams are already deep into practices for the 2013-14 season. Here is the varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

J-D announces winter sports schedule

Girls basketball Red Rams seek third straight sectional title

Jamesville-DeWitt High School’s 2013-14 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

ESM releases winter sports schedule

Basketball teams to host Vince Celi Memorial Tournament Dec. 27-28

East Syracuse-Minoa High School’s 2013-14 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

CBA announces winter sports schedule

Hockey side starts state title defense with weekend tournament

Off its first-ever state championship, the combined ice hockey teams at CBA and Jamesville-DeWitt are set to go again, with the season starting this weekend at a tournament in the Buffalo suburbs. Here is the entire CBA varsity winter sports schedule for 2013-14. All dates and times are subject to change.

Bishop Grimes releases winter sports schedule

Boys hoops Cobras open this weekend at Oneida tourney

Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School’s 2013-14 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

West Genesee announces winter sports schedule

Hockey Wildcats look to continue sectional title streak

West Genesee High School’s 2013-14 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Marcellus announces winter sports schedule

Basketball sides have key early games with J-E, Cazenovia

Marcellus High School’s 2013-14 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Westhill announces winter sports schedule

Boys basketball looks for return to state Class B final four

Westhill High School’s 2013-14 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Jordan-Elbridge releases winter sports schedule

Games with Marcellus, Solvay mark basketball opening week

Jordan-Elbridge High School’s 2013-14 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Solvay releases winter sports schedule

Basketball Bearcats start with Cazenovia, J-E

Solvay High School’s 2013-14 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Ludden announces basketball schedule

Boys Gaelic Knights are defending Class A champs

Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School’s 2013-14 schedule for the boys and girls basketball teams, with all dates and times subject to change.

Liverpool announces winter sports schedule

Boys hoops Warriors open in Niagara Falls tourney

Liverpool High School’s 2013-14 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

C-NS announces winter sports schedule

Northstars go after another girls basketballs ecti

Cicero-North Syracuse High School’s 2013-14 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Cazenovia announces winter sports schedule

Boys basketball Lakers open with Solvay, Marcellus

Cazenovia High School’s 2013-14 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Chittenango releases winter sports schedule

Boys basketball Bears open against powerful J-D

Chittenango High School’s 2013-14 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Northern towns pass 2014 budgets

With little fanfare, the towns of Cicero, Salina and Clay have passed their 2014 budgets. All include minimal tax increases, and none include cuts to programming or resident services. Read on for specifics for your town budget.

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Baldwinsville author to launch children’s book Dec. 7

First-time published author Janine Werchinski-Yates will launch her children’s book, “The Secret Sock Club” at a local event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Baldwinsville Public Library. Editor Tami Scott caught up with Werchinski-Yates to discuss how her writing hobby and dream to write a book came to fruition.

Electronics Park sewer work continues

In 2007, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a Consent Order for Floradale Road and Viking Place. The Consent Order requires Onondaga County to repair and improve the Electronics Park Trunk Sewer which was originally built in 1948. After careful consideration, the county legislature approved the funding to construct certain improvements to the trunk sewer and the surrounding system. Two phases were scheduled with cost estimates at $10 million. Phase I addressed the connection issues. It was necessary to eliminate the cross connection between the two trunk sewers and rehabilitate up to 50 manholes to eliminate the inflow and infiltration that has contributed to the overflows. An 18-inch diameter pipeline was added to convey wet weather flow from the Electronics Park Trunk Sewer directly to the Liverpool Pump Station’s 2.3 million-gallon storage tank.

Monday, November 25

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Childhood friend launches fundraiser for family of woman killed in Liverpool crash

A childhood friend of the woman killed Sunday afternoon on Route 57 has launched a fundraiser to help her family pay their medical expenses and funeral costs.

Town board approves final 2014 budget

Cazenovia town residents will see their town tax rates increase slightly in 2014, now that the town board has approved the final 2014 town budget.

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CNYSPCA honors Skanda Equine with Kizey award for their care of Onondaga Nation ponies

Cazenovia resident Marion Secor and her staff at Skanda Equine were honored recently by the Central New York SPCA for their rehabilitation and care of 15 wild ponies from the Onondaga Nation that had struggled through the 2012-13 winter without food and access to water and were in critical condition.

Pop Warner to hold pancake breakfast Dec. 1

The Baldwinsville Pop Warner Jr. Midget Cheer team will be holding a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. on Dec. 1 at Zebbs Mattydale: 2803 Brewerton Road, Mattydale.

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Baldwinsville Turkey Day Race returns

Kiwanis event in its 45th year

The 45th Annual Turkey Day Race returns on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. The 5k race starts at 9:15 a.m. and 10k race starts at 10 a.m. at C.W. Baker High School, 29 E. Oneida St, Baldwinsville. There is also a half-mile kids fun run that kicks off at 8:30 a.m.

Parents, educators discuss Common Core Curriculum with state Assemblymen at forum

On the evening of Monday, Nov. 18, several parents and educators from around Central New York gathered at C.W. Baker High School for a forum with state Assemblymen to discuss the Common Core Curriculum and its current implementation.

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The common core conundrum: Are the new standards the best thing to happen in education, or are they setting the bar too high for teachers and students?

Laura Leitch kept her daughter home from Nate Perry Elementary School last Monday. Leitch’s daughter wasn’t sick, nor was there a family emergency. She wasn’t playing hooky. No, Leitch kept her daughter home in protest of New York state’s Common Core education standards. “I have to say, the school is great and her teachers are wonderful,” Leitch said. “The reason I kept her home on Monday was strictly in protest of Common Core.”

Liverpool mayor applauds Morris’ quick work on murder case

Violent crimes rarely occur on schedule. They happen when they happen, and police need to be ready to respond at any time. That’s the way it was on a sunny Monday morning, Oct. 28, when two women were stabbed to death at 915 Second St. in the village of Liverpool. With one of his full-time officers returning from a training session that morning, Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris answered the call himself. Liverpool Mayor Gary White, a former deputy chief of the Syracuse Police Department, noted that “a double homicide here is highly unusual.” It’s also unusual for the chief of police to be the one personally pursuing the suspect, the mayor added.

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The Common Core conundrum

Are the new standards the best thing to happen in education or are they setting the bar too high for teachers and students?

Laura Leitch kept her daughter home from Nate Perry Elementary School last Monday. Leitch’s daughter wasn’t sick, nor was there a family emergency. She wasn’t simply playing hooky. No, Leitch kept her daughter home in protest of New York state’s Common Core education standards.

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20th edition of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles opens Nov. 29

When the “World’s Smallest Christmas Parade” kicks off Nov. 29, opening the 20th season of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles, it will feature three renditions of Charles Dickens.

Sunday, November 24

Girls hockey Lakers drop season opener

Skaneateles falls, 2-1, to Albany Academy

Another quest for glory has begun for the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team as it began the 2013-14 season nearly a full week before Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 23

J-D swimmers reach podium at state meet

Red Rams set school mark in 200 medley relay

Grabbing the Class B and overall championships made the Jamesville-DeWitt girls swim team's season a rousing success long before it ventured to Ithaca College for this weekend's New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.

Murphy medals at state meet, breaks sectional record

Liverpool swimmers break several school marks

None of the Section III swimmers participating in last weekend's New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Ithaca College did as well as Liverpool's Madeline Murphy, at least in terms of getting near the top of the medal podium.

Castro, Wildcats set mark at state swim meet

West Genny posts pair of top-10 finishes

As a strong capstone to an undefeated season that included a Section III Class A championship, West Genesee's girls swim team, led by Olivia Castro, set a string of school records during the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship, held Friday and Saturday at Ithaca College.

Friday, November 22

Skaneateles BOE plans capital project referendum for May 2014

Will be phase two of needed facility work for high school

At the Nov. 19 Skaneateles board of education meeting, Interim Superintendent of Schools Judy Pastel announced that the Skaneateles school district will propose another bond referendum for building work in May 2014.

Skaneateles transfer station to be closed two days for Thanksgiving

At its Nov. 21 meeting Town Clerk Janet Aaron reminded everyone that the town transfer station will be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after – Nov. 28 and 29.

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Skaneateles community brainstorms ideas for district’s future

The Skaneateles Central School District has turned to its taxpayers to help suss out how to handle impending financial challenges.

Cazenovia Children's House urges support for UCC fund drive

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: November is a month in which we focus on giving thanks. We have much to be thankful for in our community and this is especially obvious during challenging and stressful times. There are many organizations who step forward to help and The United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign drive recognizes those organizations.

Thursday, November 21

Village of Skaneateles to hold special election in 2014

Winner to serve remaining three years of Sennett's term

The village of Skaneateles will have to hold a special election in March of 2014 to fill a positions on the village board.

Community raises $2,000 for veterans’ food pantry

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The Cazenovia Rotary Club would like to thank the community for supporting our scrap metal and food drives held in April and September of this year. The events brought in more than $2,000 worth of scrap metal and food donations. The donations will used to support the “Feed Our Vets” organization which runs a food pantry that provides for veterans in need.

Non-fiction novel?

Doug Brode’s new book depicts Lee Harvey Oswald as a “Patsy!”

Can you see Lee Harvey Oswald as a Frank Sinatra fan? If so, you’d probably enjoy Doug Brode’s new novel, “Patsy! The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald.”

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Chamber of commerce elects new officers, celebrates local business at annual dinner

Nearly 100 members of the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce and guests filled the downstairs rooms of the Lincklaen House for the chamber’s annual dinner meeting last Tuesday, Nov. 12. Outgoing GCACC President Gene Gissin gave brief remarks on the state of the chamber during 2013 and mentioned many of the new businesses that have joined the chamber’s ranks this year.

Doug Brode’s new novel depicts Oswald as a ‘Patsy!’

Can you see Lee Harvey Oswald as a Frank Sinatra fan? If so, you’d probably enjoy Doug Brode’s new novel, “Patsy!” The 346-page book paints a decidedly different portrait of the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. While Warren Commission investigators found the 24-year-old Oswald a sullen, self-involved ne’er-do-well who listened to classical music rather than to saloon singers, Brode’s Oswald revels in the fantasy world of the silver screen. He’s fascinated by the macho man image adopted by Sinatra. He’s thrilled when – as a serviceman deployed overseas – he happens to meet John Wayne. All the while, this starry-eyed “Patsy” is being “run” by a shady CIA operative named George who manages Oswald’s intelligence career through the Marines, to his “defection” to Russia and all the way through to Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas.

Wednesday, November 20

Nothing decided at Nov. 20 hearing; former Manlius court clerk to return to court in Jan.

After months of public speculation, Kim Amidon was reported to be appearing in court on Nov. 20 for the first time since she plead not guilty to three felonies and one misdemeanor in Pompey Town Court on March 5.

Uncommon grace

Show of sportsmanship in state soccer final a teachable moment

Jerry Mackey was, no doubt, elated that his Oneonta girls soccer team had just won the state Class B championship on a windy, wet Sunday night at SUNY-Cortland. But before he could celebrate with the girls he coached, he had a more important task at hand.

Baldwinsville announces winter sports schedule

Basketball teams, hockey offer early-season tournaments

Baldwinsville’s winter sports teams are already deep into practices for the 2013-14 winter sports season that gets underway this week. Here is the varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

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Miss America returns home

Nina Davuluri may have been home for the first time since being crowned Miss America in September, but that didn’t mean she was taking the weekend off. Davuluri was out and about for three days as a part of her “Hometown Celebration Tour,” which began on Nov. 16 with a visit to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and concluded on the morning of Nov. 18 with a breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, sponsored by Syracuse Woman Magazine.

Fenner town board approves final town budget

Tax rate to decrease by approximately 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value

Due to a higher-than-expected amount of Madison County sales tax revenue for 2013, the final 2014 tax rate for the town of Fenner will decrease by 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, town Supervisor Russ Carey said at the town board’s Nov. 13 regular monthly meeting.

Community supports food drive

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: We wish to extend our gratitude to all those in the Cazenovia community who supported the Scouting For Food food drive. The generous donations resulted in almost 1,700 food items delivered to the food pantry at CazCares.

Town to stop sale of hunting and fishing licenses

As of Jan. 1, 2014, the town of Cazenovia will no longer sell hunting and fishing licenses at the town offices.

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Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library have solid 2013, look forward to 2014

The Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library had a good year in 2013 with solid book sales and consistent numbers in membership and donations; they helped the library undertake major new projects in online newspaper access and a new literacy program that will reach across the county, and will continue their support with a $10,000 donation for 2014.

Skaneateles announces winter sports schedule

Boys, girls ice hockey Lakers both debut in November

Skaneateles High School’s 2013-14 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

LETTER: Nicotra thanks voters

To the editor: I would like to thank all of the voters of the town of Salina for coming out and voting on Election Day. I would also like to congratulate my opponent, Pat Foster, for being a part of the process.

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Baldwinsville students honor veterans

On Friday, Nov. 8, the students of Van Buren Elementary School held an assembly to honor those who had served, or are currently serving our country as members of the United States Armed Forces.

Along the Lakeshore: Nov. 20

Beginning of winter, some thoughts on eggs

The sun is bright and the snow is new and white, glistening in the sun. We’ve had lots of early snowfalls in the past and I recall a minor snowfall as early as Oct. 15. We even had 6 to 8 inches on Election Day some years ago.

VFW, Silver Fox Senior Social Club honors veterans

James Durkin, past state commander (2012-2013) of New York State VFW, came to the Silver Fox Senior Social Club on Monday, Nov. 11, to commemorate Veterans Day with the members of day center.

LETTER: Cicero Dems thank voters for their support

To the editor: Judy Boyke, Don Snyder and Lynn Jennings, candidates for supervisor and councilors in the town of Cicero, would like to thank all of their volunteers, committee members and supporters and those who cast their votes on Nov. 5 for their “People, Not Politics” team. We appreciate the tremendous effort that everyone provided to this campaign. When we made the commitment to run for public office, not only did it affect us, but each and every one of our family members and friends. Without their commitment and support, we would not have been able to bring our message to the residents of the town of Cicero.

LETTER: Venesky thanks voters

To the editor: I would like to thank all of the people in the town of Cicero who supported me in my campaign for town councilor.

COLUMN: Library Focus -- Ease your holiday hassles

Help the holidays are on the horizon! Shopping! Food! Stress! Arggh but once again we are here to soothe your pain with some great ideas to ease your holiday hassles including a class on putting together a holiday newsletter with Microsoft Word; chances to catch up your sewing/knitting projects away from prying eyes; a session on ereaders in case you’re shopping for one and a special book fair at Barnes and Noble with great local entertainment.

EDITORIAL: Election is just the beginning for board

The results of the recent election will mean a number of new people will be taking office on the Skaneateles town board, it as a victorious campaign, but their work is far from over.

LETTER: Help for the holidays

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 20 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Thank you voters

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 20 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Greenfield thanks supporters

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 20 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Letter carrier makes Halloween special

To the editor: Yes, Halloween is over, but our gratitude and appreciation for our mail carrier will live on. We have a young lady who faithfully delivers mail in our Pitcher Hill community. On her own time, she puts together treat bags for more than 140 children. I must add, no candy. This is Lori Clarks’ fourth year. She really enjoys what she is doing.

LETTER: Aaron thanks voters

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 20 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Tuesday, November 19

Early deadline and publication date next week

The Cazenovia Republican will have an early deadline this week and will be received in your mailbox one day earlier than normal next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. All submissions for our Nov. 27 issue must be received by noon on Thursday, Nov. 21, to be included.

Cazenovia College to offer program on ‘QuickBooks for the Equine Business Owner’

Cazenovia College and Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer a program on “QuickBooks for the Equine Business Owner,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Cazenovia College’s Equine Education Center, Woodfield Road.

Baldwinsville benefit fund gives back to the community

At the village of Baldwinsville meeting Thursday, Nov. 7, it was reported that the Greater Baldwinsville Benefit Fund, the parent fund of the Baldwinsville October Fest, donated a total of $3800 to area groups.

Comments welcomed for Baldwinsville Voices’ memory marker’s design

Potential designs have been developed for the sculptural markers for the B’ville Voices project. The public is welcome to give feedback on the renderings at tomorrow’s reception at 6pm at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

Skaneateles village board approves building renovation

The village of Skaneateles board of trustees voted to approve a building renovation at its Nov. 14 meeting.

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Speakers discuss peace through public service

While men and women were honored on Veteran’s Day for their service to the United States, an event in Skaneateles highlighted how veterans and civilians alike can serve their country and promote peace in the world.

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LHS junior conducting toy drive for Rescue Mission

Amanda Hebblethwaite was literally woken from a sound sleep one night by a drive to help others. “I woke up in the middle of the night one night and thought about how awful it would be not to be able to have your parents be able to give you gifts for Christmas,” Hebblethwaite said. “The next morning I talked to my mom about it, and she suggested I start a donation drive for some place like the Rescue Mission.” Hebblethwaite ended doing just that. The Liverpool High School junior is conducting a toy drive for the Rescue Mission, collecting new and gently used toys for children in need.

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Manlius goes blue for diabetes awareness

There is an abundance of blue lights around the village of Manlius this month, and it’s no coincidence. The lights were put up at the beginning of November, marking Diabetes Awareness Month, and were made possible by the Palladino family. Ever since 10 year old Frankie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age six, his family has banded together to raise awareness about a disease that his mom, Patty Palladino, said carries many misconceptions.

Monday, November 18

Final redistricting report presented to LCSD BOE

At the Liverpool Central School District’s Board of Education meeting Monday, Nov. 18, the Redistricting Committee gave its final presentation to the board, offering recommendations on how to redraw the district’s lines for the first time in decades.

Sunday, November 17

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Baldwinsville volleyball wins state Class AA championship

Bees beat Mercy in four sets, avenge 2012 finals loss

So here stood the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team on the floor at Glens Falls Civic Center, exactly 12 months after seeing its shot at the state Class AA championship thwarted by Rochester Mercy. Again, the Bees had reached the state finals. Again, Mercy was the opponent. Only this time, it was B’ville emerging with the big prize, taking four sets to defeat the Saints Sunday afternoon and earn its second state title in four years.

Boys soccer Warriors beaten in state Class B final

Westhill unable to contain Carle Place in 3-0 defeat

Everything turned out ideal for the Westhill boys soccer team – except the last chapter of its stirring 2013 narrative. The Warriors made it all the way to Sunday’s state Class B championship game at Middletown High School, only to run into a tough, effective opponent in Carle Place (Section VIII) and take a 3-0 defeat to the Frogs, who won its first-ever state title.

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Girls soccer Mustangs drop Class B state final to Oneonta

Last-minute goal thwarts Marcellus bid for fourth state crown

In the cruelest way possible, the Marcellus girls soccer team saw its chance of winning a state Class B championship thwarted. A shot by Oneonta's Madison Miller that somehow found the net in the waning seconds of regulation led to a 2-1 defeat in Sunday night's title game at SUNY-Cortland.

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Cazenovia field hockey falls in state final in OT

Lakers defeated, 1-0, by Pierson/Bridgehampton

Three years ago, the Cazenovia field hockey team broke through and won the school's first-ever state team championship in overtime over Pierson/Bridgehampton. Those same two teams met again Sunday afternoon at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium with the same stakes, and again it went to overtime - but this time the Whalers prevailed in a 1-0 decision.

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Caz field hockey wins OT state semifinal

Kent goal pushes Lakers past Barker, 1-0

With the moon out on a unseasonably warm November evening, the Cazenovia Lakers looked to advance to its third Class C field hockey state final in four years. It ended up taking a little bit longer than the Lakers probably hoped, but a goal from junior Ashley Kent three minutes into the second overtime lifted Cazenovia over Section VI champion Barker 1-0 in Saturday's state semifinal at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

Saturday, November 16

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Lakers fall to Maine-Endwell in regional epic

Caz nearly ends Spartans' 35-game win streak

A few inches here, or a few inches there, and perhaps the Cazenovia football team is celebrating one of the landmark victories in a glorious program's history. Instead, the Lakers had to cope with a bitter 35-34 defeat to two-time reigning state champion Maine-Endwell in Saturday night's Class B regional final at Union-Endicott's Ty Cobb Stadium and will wonder, for a long time, how things might have turned out were it not for those precious inches near the goal line.

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Brothers stunned in regionals by Elmira

CBA cannot overcome injuries, determined Express

No one on the Christian Brothers Academy football team thought that it would end here. For the Brothers, anything less than a season that ended on the first day of December at the Carrier Dome, with a state Class AA championship in sight, would leave a trace of disappointment, since all the pieces appeared to be in place for a run to the top.

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Wentworth helps soccer Mustangs to state final

Second-half goal helps Marcellus top Center Moriches

Jordin Wentworth's last experience on the SUNY-Cortland turf ended with her carried off the field on a stretcher after an injury suffered in the Section III Class B final against Westhill. Barely two weeks later, in nearly the exact same spot where her injury took place, Wentworth did something quite different - and it propelled the Mustangs to a 2-0 victory over Center Moriches in the state Class B semifinals.

Liverpool cross county wins state Federation title

Muldoon-led Warriors dominate 26 challengers at Bowdoin Park

Two weeks after it fell just short of dethroning eventual state champion Fayetteville-Manlius in the Section III Class A meet, the Liverpool boys cross country team gained a valuable prize of its own. Without the Hornets to worry about, the Warriors pulled away from 25 challengers and won team honors at Saturday's New York State Federation Championships at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.

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C-NS soccer stopped by Massapequa in state semis

Short-handed Northstars give up first goals in two months

Absent its leading goal-scorer, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team still firmly believed that it could capture a state Class AA championship. But Massapequa wasted little time shattering the Northstars' hopes in the first half of Saturday's state AA semifinal at Cortland High School, ending C-NS's long scoreless streak and converting on a trio of corner kicks and going on to prevail by a score of 4-1.

CSD public forum will be Nov. 20

Public to discuss ideas for district's future

The Skaneateles public is invited to attend a meeting about the future of the school district at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Waterman School auditorium.

Paolo Amadio to speak on Caravaggio at the Cazenovia Public Library

All are invited to join local resident Paolo Amadio in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, for a discussion of “Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi): His Life and Work in Baroque Rome.”

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Westhill boys beat Livonia in state semis

BenYehuda scores twice to lead Warriors comeback

More heroics delivered by Barak BenYehuda means that the Westhill boys soccer team is just one victory away from the second state championship in the program's history. Trailing defending state champion Livonia late in the first half of Saturday morning's state Class B semifinal at Middletown High School, the Warriors got a pair of well-timed goals from BenYehuda and held on from there for a 2-1 victory.

Friday, November 15

Results hold in Skaneateles town races

Sennett, Brace, Robinson Howard earn town offices

After the Onondaga County Board of Elections counted 144 absentee and affidavit ballots last week, the winners of the Skaneateles races for town supervisor and town councilor did not change.

Longtime CNY meteorologist to discuss climate change at Cazenovia Forum

Former WSYR-TV meteorologist Dave Eichorn will share his expertise on changing global weather patterns and their potential impact on our region and beyond when he delivers the next Cazenovia Forum lecture at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Catherine Cummings Theatre in Cazenovia.

Cazenovia High School students participate in planning process

This year’s AP Government class at Cazenovia High School is taking part in the planning to rezone Village Edge South, the land across from the Tops Plaza. Residents of Cazenovia have been asked to give feedback on the possible design layouts for the Village Edge South property by taking a Visual Preference Survey, offered by the village. The survey is quick, easy and extremely beneficial to the planners of Cazenovia development. The AP Government students have played an instrumental part in promoting the survey throughout the community.

L.L. Bean has ‘big plans’ for Cazenovia Outdoor Discovery School

Snowshoeing classes expected to begin this winter

L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School in Cazenovia, which started offering kayaking classes in June out of Lakeland Park, turned out to be so successful this year that the company plans to continue its offerings this winter with snowshoeing as well as more classes next summer, Trustee Jim Joseph told the village board at its Nov. 4 meeting.

An open letter to the Cazenovia Central School District superintendent and board of education

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Mr. Robert S. Dubik and Cazenovia Board of Education: My family joined the Cazenovia Central School district in the beginning of the last academic school year. While I have many positive things to say about our experiences with the Cazenovia Central School District, I felt compelled to bring this issue to your attention as I find the district calendar highly disruptive.

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Half Moon Bakery & Bistro: Jamesville’s new community retreat

Debbe Titus always talked about how she’d like to open a bakery in her hometown of Jamesville. And when she retired from the education industry a couple years ago, she decided there was no better time than now to make that dream a reality.

Thursday, November 14

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Project CAFÉ Gently Used Toy Shop returns for its seventh year

This winter marks the sixth consecutive year of Project CAFÉ’s Gently Used Toy Shop, and my second year of participation in the project. The event’s goal is to help families stretch their holiday dollars by collecting very gently used toys and ensuring that they are Christmas-ready. Every year, the event has grown both in donations and attendance. This year, collection is taking place from Nov. 5 to Dec. 8, with donation sites at Common Grounds and area schools and churches, and the event itself is fro, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

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Two village police officers awarded letters of citation

Cazenovia Village Police Department Sgt. Karen Zaleski and Officer Chad Chapman both received letters of citation last Monday, Nov. 4, at the regular monthly meeting of the village board of trustees for actions they took during this past year that showed outstanding professional performance as they carried out their duties.

Wildcats Earn NEAC All-Conference Honors

Three seniors, three freshmen and one sophomore earn post season recognition after earning All-Conference selections.

Several Cazenovia College Wildcats were recognized last week for their outstanding play this season, earning a spot on the NEAC All-Conference Team for their respective sport. The list includes three seniors, three freshmen and one sophomore.

Thanks for the warm reception at Cazenovia Artisans

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I would like to thank the members of Cazenovia Artisans, especially Deb Wester, for the sponsored reception featuring Primo & Mary’s Salsa which was done in true Cazenovia style. In addition to the salsa that was sampled there was also music, homemade guacamole, sangrias and holiday candy. What a warm welcome from the participating artisans and the community.

LETTER: Don’t remain silent in the face of animal abuse

To the editor: When things around here work the way they’re supposed to, a child isn’t allowed to suffer from severe malnutrition. She doesn’t wander the streets covered with open sores. He doesn’t wither while others turn away. There are systems in place to prevent such suffering. Passersby call the police. Schools contact protective services. The child is cared for, emotionally and physically … as it should be.

Apathy will be America’s undoing

Three of four voters neglected to cast ballots in Onondaga County on Election Day 2013. Voter apathy makes a mockery of the democratic system, as one-fourth of us determine who will lead all of us. We already know that one percent hold the majority of wealth and influence in this country, many people say, so why bother to vote.

Wednesday, November 13

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Facebook campaign encourages random acts of kindness in memory of Liverpool dancer

In order to commemorate her life, Frieda Weeks has organized a social media campaign on the anniversary of her daughter Heather’s death. She created an event, “Random Acts of Kindness in Memory of Heather Weeks,” on Facebook that, as of Wednesday evening, had more than 1,200 people attending from as close as Liverpool and as far away as Nigeria.

Absentee ballots confirm Cazenovia ballot Proposition 2 passes

With the absentee ballots now counted by the Madison County Board of Elections, it is verified that both of the Cazenovia ballot proposals were approved by town voters.

The audacity of Owera

EDITORIAL

There are many items of interest we could opine on this week: the impressive athleticism of our high school athletes, the results of the recent election, the inspiring actions of two of our Cazenovia police officers — but we feel compelled to comment once more on the situation with Owera Vineyards and its appearance before the town planning board last week. How can the Muserlians even conceive of a situation in which the planning board would reward them with more freedom after repeatedly ignoring local laws and regulations?

Literacy Coalition to expand Imagination Library program to all Madison County communities

Thanks to a donation from a Cazenovia family, The Literacy Coalition of Madison County recently announced it will be expanding its early childhood literacy efforts to provide free, high-quality books to children across the county through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The Imagination Library is a national program that provides one free, high-quality, age-appropriate book per month from birth to age 5 to children in participating communities.

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Matinee fundraiser to help local family’s adoption efforts

There will be a movie fundraiser at 5 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 16, at Eastern Hills Bible Church (Ender’s road campus) to help the Synborski family, of Cazenovia, in their efforts to adopt Reno, a teenager from Eastern Europe.

LETTER: Appreciates vote of confidence

Letter to the editor.

LETTER: Thank you for your votes

Letter to the editor.

Lysander budget sees tax hike

Town residents express concern

Last week, the town of Lysander held a well-attended public hearing on the proposed 2014 budget of $4,821,571, up from $4,292,927 in 2013.

Van Buren taxes remain flat

Budget calls for $45,000 less in spending

The Van Buren Town Council unanimously approved a 2014 budget of $4.75 million at its monthly meeting on Nov. 6, at the Town Hall on Van Buren Road. Taxes will remain flat for property-owners within the village of Baldwinsville, while residents living outside of the village will see a slight decrease in their tax levies, according to Town Comptroller Greg Maxwell.

COLUMN: How a fortuitous meeting opened my mind

When I first met Vince Cook, I was working part-time as a server at the Market Diner in Syracuse. Vince was sitting alone, drinking coffee and reading a book on editing. He told me that he and his wife Terri were writing and publishing a book. He didn’t tell me the topic at that time, nor did I ask.

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Court appearances for graffiti suspect, newlywed bar fighters postponed until December

Both the Manlius teen arrested for a village graffiti incident and the Cazenovia couple arrested on their wedding night after allegedly being involved in a bar fight and then resisting arrest have had their village court appearances, initially scheduled for Nov. 6, postponed until December 18.

County landfill residential fees remain stable for 2014

It was recently announced that the residential punch card fee for the Madison County Landfill will remain stable for 2014 at $13.50 for a five punches. Municipalities and agents selling punch cards will continue to receive 35 cents per punch card sold.

Thank you from Town Clerk-Elect Connie Sunderman

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Thank you to the Republican Party for your endorsement and your support of my campaign for town clerk. Thank you also to the Democratic Party for an uncontested race and your support.

Tops mangers chase down ‘seafood bandit’ on foot

The Tops store manager and meat department manager last week chased down on foot a man who grabbed more than $200 worth of seafood and ran out of the store.

Charlie Thompson Benefit Fund created

The Cazenovia community continues to pull together to support 10-year-old Charlie Thompson and his family in the wake of Charlie’s accident in which he fell down a well on Oct. 26. The Charlie Thompson Benefit Fund has been established to assist the Thompson family with the expenses related to caring for Charlie's medical needs.

Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College presents its fall musical – ‘Working’

Production to feature songs from renowned composer Stephen Schwartz, of 'Wicked,' 'Pippin' and 'Godspell'

Cazenovia College’s fall musical, “Working,” promises to bring a combination of contemporary musical theater, pop and folk music to the stage. The musical, to feature songs from renowned composer Stephen Schwartz of “Wicked,” “Pippin” and “Godspell” fame, will also include music from James Taylor, Craig Carnelia and Lin Manuel Miranda, composer of Broadway’s “In the Heights.”

LETTER: Our future requires continued community involvement

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 13 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: ‘One for the Books’ a success

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 13 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Edick says thanks for the votes

To the editor: I am once again deeply honored by the continued support and confidence the voters of the town of Cicero have shown me by reelecting me as their receiver of taxes. It’s an honor that I do not take for granted or take lightly.

LETTER: Milne thanks voters

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 13 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: Nov. 13

Boat hoist repair, bird sightings

Along the Lakeshore column from the Nov. 13 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Public input needed on senior housing proposal

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 13 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Keyes congratulates Brace, Robinson Howard, Sennett

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 13 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Bean thanks voters

Letter to the editor from the Nov. 13 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Tuesday, November 12

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F-M substitute bus driver arrested for rape in Manlius

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that sheriff’s detectives arrested a man for rape yesterday morning.

Absentee ballots say Republicans sweep Fenner election

After a close election night lead of only a handful of votes, the Republican candidates for town supervisor and town board in Fenner have maintained their leads and apparently been elected by the voters.

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Becoming Drew: CNY family discusses coming to terms with son’s transgender journey

For 15 years, Terri and Vince Cook thought they had a daughter. But as they watched their child change from the vibrant, happy kid they’d always known to a withdrawn, depressed and ultimately suicidal teen, they knew something was very wrong. “We’d been through the hard teenage years with [our older son], and we’d seen this,” Terri Cook said. “This was different. This was someone who was just struggling and nobody could figure out why.” It took years of turmoil before the Cooks could determine the root of the problem: Drew Cook was transgender, which meant that although he was physically female, he identified mentally and emotionally as a male.

North Syracuse releases goals for the 2013-14 school year

Last year, the North Syracuse Central School District released a strategic plan outlining the district’s goals for the next three years. However, according to Superintendent Annette Speach, many people felt the plan wasn’t working for the district. “The comments that I’ve gotten, the general feeling was that it encompassed too much and we weren’t able to prioritize,” Speach said. “We wanted something we could focus on for this year, something we could give everyone in the community — teachers, students, parents — as a common focus, at least for this year.” At its Nov. 4 meeting, the NSCSD Board of Education approved a new list of goals for the 2013-14 school year.

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‘The way medicine should be’

Manlius doctor follows national trend, makes the switch to personalized care practice

A couple years ago, Dr. Christopher Stringer realized that he was unhappy with the way he was doing his job. When Stringer began practicing as an internist 33 years ago, he would usually see patients for at least 30 minutes at a time and he enjoyed the connections he made while talking to them. In recent years, practice focus has changed, and physicians are encouraged to see as many patients as possible each day. Appointments were cut down to about 10 to 15 minutes at a time – and for much of that time, Stringer was focused on the computer.

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DeWitt veteran’s poem memorialized inside Syracuse VA Hospital

On Nov. 8, a ceremony was held at the Syracuse Veterans Administration Hospital to honor and recognize DeWitt veteran Fred Talbot for a poem he wrote, titled “Our Sworn Duty.” The poem was memorialized on a plaque, which was hung on the wall in the main lobby on the building’s first floor, and will remain there permanently.

Monday, November 11

Owera neighbors continue fight against winery at planning board public hearing

Practically the entire East Lake Road neighborhood by Owera Vineyards attended a town planning board public hearing last week concerning Owera’s proposal to build an events building. The neighbors showed up to not only oppose the winery’s proposed new building but also to demand an audit of the winery’s books to determine whether or not it has been holding its numerous weddings and events in violation of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets law.

Planning board: No event building for Owera without state approval

After a nearly two-hour meeting and public hearing last week, the Cazenovia Town Planning Board told Owera Vineyards owner Peter Muserlian that it will not approve his request to build a new events building on his East Lake Road property unless and until the state Department of Agriculture and Markets makes a determination that the building — and the numerous proposed, year-round events that will be held inside it — actually have anything to do with farming and with promoting Owera’s wines, as the state DAM laws say they must.

Town of Skaneateles prepares new website

The town of Skaneateles is preparing to unveil its new website this month. The website, which will still be found at townofskaneateles.com, was recently redesigned by Syracuse Design, a firm that has done websites for a number of municipalities and businesses in the region. Designer Frank Smith gave a short presentation highlighting the features and new design of the website at the town board’s Nov. 9 meeting.

Spafford passes town, fire budgets

The town of Spafford and the Spafford Fire District recently passed their 2014 operating budgets. The town budget will keep the tax rate the same while the fire tax rate will increase.

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Bees stopped by Guilderland in soccer regional

OT goal derails B'ville's Class AA state title dreams

It's reaching the point where opponents will have to avoid fouling Guilderland or allowing corner kicks because sooner or later, Connor O'Brien will find a way to make them pay – as Baldwinsville did, much to the detriment of its dreams for a first state championship.

Sunday, November 10

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Lakers blank Oneida again, repeat as sectional champs

Caz moves to 10-0 with superb defensive effort

Mistakes and inconsistency on the offensive end threatened to derail the Cazenovia football team's bid for a third Section III Class B championship in four years. But with a defense allowing nothing, making big stops and forcing turnovers at key moments, the Lakers still reached the top again, beating the Oneida Indians 14-0 in Sunday's sectional final at the Carrier Dome to earn back-to-back sectional titles.

Liverpool, C-NS runners help at state meet

Muldoon finishes eighth for boys Warriors

Quickly shaking off the disappointment of a second-place team finish in the Section III Class AA championship meet on Nov. 2, four members of the Liverpool boys cross country team gave the best possible response.

Girls volleyball Bees return to state finals

B'ville sweeps Shenendehowa in Class AA regionals

Every year since 2010, the Baldwinsville girls volleyball season has ended at Glens Falls Civic Center - and it will again. The Bees secured yet another berth in the state Class AA championship tournament on Saturday with a three-set sweep over Section II champion Shenendehowa in the regional final at Cicero-North Syracuse's gymnasium.

Garn, Gugel reach top 10 at state Class C meet

Marcellus, J-E runners both post high finishes on Queensbury course

By a small span, Marcellus girls cross country senior Rachel Garn missed out on a state Class C championship, but she, along with Jordan-Elbridge’s Abby Gugel, still gave superb efforts during Saturday’s state meet at Queensbury High School, in the shadow of the Adirondacks.

Cudney impresses at state cross country meet

Caz senior finishes 15th; Galbraith runs for Chittenango

As the lone Cazenovia girls cross country representative at Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C championship meet, senior Jeanette Cudney made her program quite proud.

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Neal takes second, Lakers third at Class C state meet

Skaneateles sophomore just seconds away from state title

With 555 meters remaining, Skaneateles girls cross country star Kaitlyn Neal gave it everything she had as the two lead runners emerged from 2.5 miles of wooded trails at Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C championship race at Queensbury High School in the Adirondacks.

Saturday, November 9

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Westhill boys, Marcellus girls reach state final four

Warriors oust Oneonta; Mustangs rout Saranac

The Westhill boys and Marcellus girls soccer teams may hail from rival schools, but in 2013 they were both motivated by the same thing as they entered the Class B regional playoffs. Having repeated as Section III champions, the Warriors, on the male side, and the Mustangs, on the female side, wanted to atone for not making it past the regional round a year ago, and both wanted to get to the state final four.

C-NS girls soccer beats Niskayuna in regional final

Northstars earn berth in state Class AA final four

Reid Garner struck again. So did the Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team's stifling defense, protecting a lead the way it has done throughout what is turning into a long post-season run. Those elements, put together, have the Northstars on the way back to the state Class AA final four after it defeated Section II champion Niskayuna 1-0 in Saturday's regional final at Stillwater High School.

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F-M cross country roars to state championship sweep

Millar wins thrilling boys race; girls top Saratoga again

Just as it seems to do each November, the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country team offered a reminder why it is the strongest program in the state, and perhaps the nation, during Saturday's New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Queensbury High School.

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Caz field hockey makes return to state final four

Lakers blank Hoosick Falls, 2-0, in regional final

Every time the ball came to her, Cazenovia field hockey star Rachel McLaughlin said she just hit it as hard as she could. “Just get it in the goal,” she said. McLaughlin's shots did find the net, twice in the first half, in the Lakers' 2-0 victory over Section II champion Hoosick Falls in the Class C regional finals Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

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ESM, F-M field hockey stopped in regional round

Spartans fall to Burnt Hills in OT; Hornets routed by Shenendehowa

The area's pair of field hockey Section III champions searched for successful conclusions during Saturday's regional playoffs at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium, but neither East Syracuse-Minoa nor Fayetteville-Manlius was able to find it.

Brothers fend off Henninger, repeat as AA champs

CBA needs late Zazzara touchdown to prevail 19-14

Put under pressure as never before in its undefeated quest for ultimate glory, the Christian Brothers Academy football team had a ready answer - and gained possession of a second consecutive Section III Class AA championship. From J.R. Zazzara's long touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to a defense that overcame injuries to key starters to make a key stop in the final minutes, the state no. 2-ranked Brothers fought past Henninger 19-14 in Saturday's sectional final at the Carrier Dome.

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LHS to present ‘The Laramie Project’

Liverpool High School’s Casting Hall will stage "The Laramie Project" at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 14, and Friday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in the LHS Auditorium. General admission tickets cost $8 and will be available at the door. Some people may find the subject matter and some of the specific language of the play unsuitable for children under the age of 13.

J-D girls swimmers win Class B sectional title

Coyne sisters, Hair, Schultz key Red Rams' efforts

First the Coyne sisters took their turns gathering up race victories. Then Molly Hair and Hayley Schultz made their decisive moves. Put it all together, and it meant that the Jamesville-DeWitt girls swim team would hold off host New Hartford and earn first place in Friday night's Section III Class B championship meet.

Friday, November 8

B'ville swimmers finish fourth at sectional meet

Staso takes third in 200 freestyle; West Genny prevails

Asking the Baldwinsville girls swim team to topple unbeaten CNY Counties League regular-season leader West Genesee at its home pool during Friday night's Section III Class A championship meet proved too much to ask. But the Bees still were quite happy with the fourth-place finish it offered as it earned a series of top-five finishes by the time the meet was done.

Murphy, Corlett break records at sectional swim meet

Liverpool finishes third in Class A behind West Genny, Oswego

As a whole, the Liverpool girls swim team could not match the depth provided by host West Genesee in Friday night's Section III Class A championship meet. But the Warriors still made a big impact, winning four different races - two of them by Madeline Murphy as she smashed a pair of pool records in the process.

Girls swim Lakers win fifth straight sectional title

Skaneateles prevails in front of home fans, sets records

From a strong start to a stronger, record-setting finish, the Skaneateles girls swim team made sure that no one caught them as it earned a fifth consecutive Section III Class C championship in front of a boisterous home crowd at the Community Center pool Friday night.

West Genny swimmers set records, wins Class A title

Relay teams break two school marks; Castro takes 200 freestyle

Given that it went through another undefeated regular season and dominated the CNY Counties League, the West Genesee girls swim team did not need any more advantages going into Friday's Section III Class A championship meet.

Skaneateles Party candidates hold big leads in supervisor, councilor races

Election technically too close to call with absentee ballots yet to be counted

After the results came in at the end of Election Day last week, the Skaneateles Party candidates appeared to have won a sweep in the Skaneateles town supervisor and councilor races.

CSD plans to engage community, study solutions for fiscal woes

The Skaneateles Central School District will engage the public in coming months to study potential strategies to deal with its financial problems while still maintaining programs.

New Syracuse Chiefs GM lives here in the village

After the Syracuse Chiefs baseball club suffered significant financial losses last year, the board of directors replaced longtime General Manager John Simone in mid-October. The ballclub’s new GM, Jason Smorol, lives in Liverpool. Smorol, 44, and his family reside on Balsam Street here in the village. From 2002 to 2004, Smorol served as general manager of the Auburn Doubledays. Under his leadership the Single-A team’s attendance rose at Falcon Park while it won three division titles in the New York-Penn League. Syracuse is that much closer to The Show. It’s a Triple-A team playing in the International League, one level below the major leagues. Smorol recently managed accounts for Hilti Inc., a construction supply manufacturer, but he previously worked for minor-league ballclubs in Watertown, Batavia and Staten Island.

Thursday, November 7

Caz volleyball stopped by Eden in Class C regional

10-time state champs prove too much for Lakers

It did not prove an even trade for the Cazenovia girls volleyball team, who faced little competition in Section III Class C volleyball – only to go up against a dynasty once the state playoffs got underway.

Westhill volleyball advances; WG drops sectional final

Warriors beat Starpoint; Wildcats run into mighty B'ville

It all turned out well for the Martin family. True, the West Genesee girls volleyball team that Clark Martin coaches lost its Section III Class AA final to Baldwinsville Wednesday night at Cicero-North Syracuse's gym. But Martin's daughter, Delaney, was leading Westhill past Starpoint in the opening round of the Class B state playoffs at Sweet Home High School in suburban Buffalo.

Boys soccer: Averill Park knocks CBA out of regionals

Three early goals help Warriors defeat Brothers

It took less than 17 minutes to determine the outcome of Wednesday's Class A boys soccer regional.

Wednesday, November 6

Girls volleyball Bees roll to AA title again

B'ville sweeps West Genny, returns to state playoffs

Yes, there were moments of concern for otherwise machine-like Baldwinsville girls volleyball team during Wednesday night's Section III Class AA championship match against West Genesee at the Cicero-North Syracuse gymnasium. Some poor serves in the opening set kept the Wildcats close for a while, and some careless play in the third set nearly extended the match.

Skaneateles boys soccer falls in sectional final

Top-seeded Westhill rallies past Lakers, 2-1, in title game

Just 40 minutes separated the Skaneateles boys soccer team from an unlikely Section III Class B championship as it led top seed Westhill at halftime of Tuesday night’s championship game at Liverpool High School Stadium.

J-D girls tie Burnt Hills, fall in penalty kicks

Red Rams drop epic regional after 2-2 draw with Spartans

With each year, the Class A girls soccer regional playoff clashes between Jamesville-DeWitt and Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake have turned more epic. And none went longer, or had more twists and turns, than Tuesday night’s renewal at Stillwater High School, near Saratoga Springs. For more than two hours, the Red Rams and Spartans went back and forth, trading bursts of momentum, but settling nothing.

LETTER: A letter to fellow Lysander taxpayers

Letter to the editor.

Along the Lakeshore: Nov. 6

Mr. Lemon getting old, boat museum

Along the Lakeshore column from the Nov. 6 issue of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: No response from our BCSD board?

Letter to the editor.

LETTER: Regarding Jax

To the editor: Did you see the newscast about that poor dog who suffered an agonizing death? Did you see the picture and think how horrible that is? Did it make you feel sick? Did it make you want to cry? Are you still thinking about the dog and the animal abuse in our community and wanting to know how you can help, or are you already going about your day, forgetting all about the poor dog?

LETTER: Thank you candidates

Letter to the editor.

Fleet Feet opens Clay store

When you’re named the top running store in America, it would seem there’s nowhere to go but up. That’s exactly where Fleet Feet Sports went — well, north, anyway. Fleet Feet, a locally owned and operated store “dedicated to creating an inclusive environment in which all types of people receive outstanding service in the fitting of running, walking and cross training shoes as well as accessories and apparel for the active lifestyle” (according to its website) opened a second location in Market Fair North Plaza at 4136 Route 31, Clay, across from Great Northern Mall Friday, Nov. 1. The expansion was a result of expanding business in the original location in DeWitt, as well as a growing customer base in the north suburbs.

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Conservatives sweep elections in Lysander, Van Buren

It was a night of celebration for the Conservative Party in Baldwinsville this 2013 election night. All open seats were swept up by the party for both the town of Lysander and the town of Van Buren. In addition to the party’s election success, history was made in Lysander by newly elected Town Councilor, Roman J. Diamond. At age 21, he became the youngest Town Councilor to be elected to Lysander Town Council.

Marcellus, Camillus, Elbridge election results

Election results from both contested and uncontested races in the towns of Marcellus, Camillus and Elbridge.

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Democrats sweep DeWitt

Board majority flips as Dems win three council seats

Democrats in the town of DeWitt finally have the majority they’ve sought for years. On Tuesday, DeWitt voters made it a clean sweep for the Democratic Party, re-electing Supervisor Ed Michalenko, who was uncontested, and electing Jamie Frank, Joey Chiarenza Jr., and Kerin Rigney to town councilor positions, all by wide margins.

Bean elected supervisor of Spafford

Fesko, Venezia win town councilor seats

Democrat Mary Bean has won the election for Spafford town supervisor. Bean received 373 votes to Republican Webb Stevens' 298, according to the Onondaga County Board of Elections website.

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Theobald holds onto Manlius supervisor seat

For the second time in four years, Democratic candidate Mark Tetley and Republican Ed Theobald faced off against each other for the Manlius town supervisor seat. This time, the tables were turned as Tetley challenged incumbent Theobald for the supervisor job, but the outcome was the same; Theobald ousted him again, winning with 59 percent of the vote.

Tuesday, November 5

Marcellus girls blank Schalmont in Class B regional

Mustangs move closer to state final four appearance

For the Marcellus girls soccer team, none of the obstacles that stood in the way of a return to the Class B state final four would deter them - least of all an undefeated opponent atop the state rankings. The Mustangs went to Stilllwater High School on Tuesday night and, with a pair of late goals from seniors Brielle Filtch and Emma Blystone less than five minutes apart, knocked off Section II champion Schalmont 2-0.

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UPDATE: Cazenovia apparently approves both ballot propositions

Town clerk proposition, however, could change with absentee votes

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Cazenovia voters apparently approved two ballot propositions in last night's vote, saying a definite yes to changing the town supervisor term of office from two years to four years, and a likely yes to changing the town clerk from an elected position to an appointed one. The town clerk proposition approval, however, only passed by 35 votes at the ballot box, and there are 61 absentee ballots waiting to be counted by the county board of elections, and 23 more absentee ballots that can still be received by Monday, Nov. 11.

Clay: Supervisor, board members hold onto seats

On Election Night, there were no surprises in the Clay Town Board race, as Republican incumbents Naomi Bray and William Weaver, along with returning board member James Rowley, easily held onto their seats against Democratic challengers Nicholas Macaulay and James Southard.

Salina: Nicotra beats Foster; Rapp, Tassone returned to legislature

In a repeat of the 2011 election, Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Patrick Foster by a margin of 3,754 to 1,725 votes. “As an elected official, you get a report card every two years, and that’s Election Day,” Nicotra said. “Obviously, we had a favorable report card.”

Cicero: Corl coasts to legislature, Zambrano, Boyke duke it out

In a heated race, former allies Jessica Zambrano and Judy Boyke battled to the last for the supervisor’s seat in the town of Cicero. In the end, the seat went to Republican Zambrano, who received 2,685 votes to Democrat Boyke’s 2,547. Zambrano said she was obviously pleased with the outcome of the election and planned to continue the work she had begun as deputy supervisor.

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Fenner election results will come down to absentee ballots

The expectedly close Fenner elections for town supervisor and two town board seats came out closer than most anticipated, with only nine votes separating the two candidates for supervisor and not even two dozen votes separating the four town council candidates. With 25 absentee ballots out, the unofficial outcome on Tuesday night could change next week when absentee ballots are counted.

Boys soccer Warriors repeat as sectional champs

Westhill rallies past Skaneateles, 2-1, in Class B final

Even in a new year, and with a new opponent, the Westhill boys soccer team faced the same stressful scenario Tuesday night in the Section III Class B championship game at Liverpool High School Stadium as it did 12 months ago.

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Boys soccer Bees blank F-M, win sectional title

B'ville claims sixth Class AA championship in seven years

From the spectacular playmaking of Connor Lunduski to a defense that turns everything away, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team had all part of its game in working order - and that translated into yet another Section III Class AA championship.

Orders of protection do help victims, law enforcement in domestic violence cases

Brandy Dallas had an order of protection against her estranged husband, but it appears it didn’t do her any good. In July, Justin Dallas was arrested after allegedly holding her against her will. He was charged with unlawful imprisonment, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. A judge issued a temporary order of protection, ordering Dallas to stay away from Brandy Dallas. But he didn’t heed the order. According to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department, Dallas’s estranged husband, Justin Dallas, 26, went to the home where she was staying at 915 Second St. in the village of Liverpool, owned by Samantha Rainwater, 30, on Monday, Oct. 28. Deputies say he then argued with his wife and stabbed both Brandy Dallas and Rainwater multiple times. A third woman in the home, who has not been identified, received superficial wounds, as well as minor injuries when Dallas pushed her down the stairs. Dallas was apprehended by Liverpool Village Police and Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputies. He has been charged with murder in the first degree, two counts of murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. So what good is an order of protection? Is it worth any more than the paper it’s printed on?

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Heid’s owner succumbs to cancer

One of Liverpool’s most popular restaurants went dark temporarily the night of Oct. 30 as Heid’s shut down so that its staff could pay respects to owner John Parker. Parker, who has owned the hot dog hotspot since 1995, lost his battle with cancer Oct. 26.

F-M takes first steps towards offering foreign languages to younger students

For more than 40 years, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District has offered four languages (Spanish, German, French and Latin) beginning in eighth grade. But for the 2013-14 school year, for the first time, students are beginning their language other than English experience (LOTE) in seventh grade.

Village of Skaneateles takes steps to address fire flow issue

The village of Skaneateles is taking steps toward correcting a serious public safety issue: poor fire flow to hydrants.

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Skaneateles, Marcellus raise money for family in need

Empty container drive to help Julian Ross check the top item off his 'bucket list'

For about a year, people in Skaneateles and Marcellus have been collecting bottles and cans to help Julian Ross, an 8-year old child with cancer, check an item off his “bucket list.”

DEC proposing new regulations to help control invasive species

The state Department of Environmental Conservation, in coordination with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, has announced it is proposing new regulations to help control invasive species, including aquatic invasive species, and will accept public comments until Dec. 23.

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Large community turnout at prayer vigil service for hospitalized Cazenovia boy

Local 10-year-old continues to improve after falling down a well on Oct. 26

Approximately 200 members of the Cazenovia community attended a prayer service and candlelight vigil last week for Charlie Thompson, the 10-year-old boy who remains in stable but critical condition in Golisano Children’s Hospital after falling down a well on Oct. 26. Family, friends and supporters of Charlie of all ages — including many of his classmates and teachers from Cazenovia Middle School — turned out to the service, which was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia and led by Thompson family friend Rev. Ethan Worthington, Cazenovia regional minister for Eastern Hills Bible Church in Manlius.

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Polling Places: Manlius and DeWitt

Today is election day, and there are a variety of places to cast your vote! Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. To find the closest location to you, visit.ongov.net/elections/pollingPlacesTowns.html.

Monday, November 4

Westhill volleyball wins first-ever sectoinal title

Warriors top Phoenix in four-set Class B final

Whether in winter or in fall, the Westhill girls volleyball program always lingered in the long shadows of more successful neighbors like Marcellus, Solvay and Skaneateles. But on a joyful Monday night at Cazenovia High School's Buckley Gym, the Warriors emerged from those shadows for good, beating Phoenix in four sets for its first-ever Section III Class B championship.

Proposed ‘Farnham Street Kitchen’ zone change application withdrawn

Neighbor opposition kills bakery idea at 8 Farnham St.

The controversial proposal to rezone a Farnham Street house in order to create two food-related businesses at the location has died — neighborhood opposition has caused 8 Farnham St. owner Susan Light to withdraw her application from the village planning board and take her business idea to a different location.

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Gouache Paintings on Display at the Cazenovia Public Library

My first contact with the Cazenovia Public Library was in 1967. In junior high school, I often stopped in to gaze at the mummy. Now, 46 years later, I am having the pleasure of displaying artwork in the library’s art gallery. A show of my original still lifes and landscapes — including five originals and 16 prints — will be on display from Nov. 1, 2013, to Jan. 31, 2014. All work is for sale unless labeled otherwise.

Local poet makes top 50 poetry list in Writer’s Digest

Local resident Tom Hayes, a member of the Cazenovia Writer's Group, recently won 21st place out of 2,441 entries in the annual Writer's Digest Poetry contest sponsored by Writer's Digest. The contest was open to all who compose a 32-line poem, rhymed or not. Hayes won a gift certificate, a compendium of Writer's Markets and was published in the top 50 poems of the year in Writer's Digest.

2013 Pumpkin Run finish times

Here are the finish times for the 2013 Pumpkin Run from Oct. 27

Warriors overwhelmed by CBA in sectional semis

Liverpool football sees five-game win streak halted

Everything had to work right for the Liverpool football team to have a shot at derailing unbeaten, state no. 2-ranked Christian Brothers Academy in last Saturday’s Section III Class AA semifinal at West Genesee High School.

Liverpool takes second at cross country sectionals

Boys Warriors finish just behind powerful F-M

Even though it has the no. 3-ranked team in the state, the Liverpool boys cross country team is not going to Queensbury High School this weekend for the state Class A championship race – at least not as a whole unit, anyway.

Field hockey Northstars drop title game to F-M

C-NS unable to end seven-year sectional title drought

Seven years since it had last won a Section III Class A title, the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team had a chance to break that drought and cap off a remarkable season. Instead, the Northstars watched as Fayetteville-Manlius, absent a championship since 1989, stopped them 1-0 in last Saturday’s sectional Class A final at Rome Free Academy Stadium.

Heyn, Joyce compete in state tennis tournament

WG duo beaten in three sets in opening round

In a couple of instances, West Genesee’s girls tennis doubles team of Samantha Heyn and Marisa Joyce moved within sight of an opening-round victory at this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament.

Sunday, November 3

Hornets earn another sectional cross country sweep

F-M boys, led by Millar, go 1-2-3 to fend off Liverpool

Working together with purpose and determination, the trio of Bryce Millar, Andrew Berge and Peter Ryan made sure the Fayetteville-Manlius boys cross country team did not have its reign as Section III Class A champions stopped by Liverpool.

Lathrop earns berth in state cross country meet

B'ville runner finishes strong at Class A sectional race

By breaking the 20-minute mark on a difficult course amid challenging conditions, Baldwinsville girls cross country junior Marissa Lathrop will represent the Bees at this Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A championship race.

Westhill/Ludden girls win cross country sectional title

Corcoran wins Class B race; local runners advance to state meet

Sophomore Genny Corcoran led the way, and the rest of the Westhill/Bishop Ludden girls cross country team followed suit, all the way to a Section III Class B championship.

Football Mustangs fall to Caz in Class B semis

Marcellus unable to avenge regular-season defeat to Lakers

Back on Sept. 19, the Marcellus football team jumped out to a 21-point lead on defending Section III Class B champion Cazenovia – a lead it could not sustain. Still, the fact that the Mustangs pushed the Lakers so hard in that 43-35 defeat meant that, when they met again in Saturday’s Class B semifinal at Chittenango High School, Marcellus could imagine giving Cazenovia another real battle.

Cudney, Galbratih advance to state cross country meet

Caz, Chittenango stars both qualify at sectional meet

Led again by senior Jeanette Cudney, the Cazenovia girls cross country team recorded a strong second-place finish during Saturday’s Section III Class C championship race at Jamesville Beach Park.

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Cazenovia volleyball sweeps to Class C title

Lakers rout Hannibal in lone sectional tournament match

Normally, no one would consider winning a Section III championship as the easy part of a season. But that was exactly what the Cazenovia girls volleyball team must have figured as it only needed to win one match, against Hannibal, Saturday at Jamesville-DeWitt in order to secure the fall sectional title and earn a trip to the state tournament.

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Skaneateles girls run to Class C sectional title

Lakers claim first outright championship since 2006

From the sound of the starter’s pistol, it was all Skaneateles at Saturday’s Section III Class C girls cross country championship race at Jamesville Beach Park. Led again by Kaitlyn Neal, the Lakers tallied 45 points to outdistance runner-up Cazenovia’s 66 points. Upstart Hannibal totaled 98 points to edge Marcellus with 102 points in the 16-team race.

Westhill volleyball makes Class B sectional final

Solvay stunned by Phoenix; Marcellus ousted by Skaneateles

When the Section III Class B girls volleyball championship gets decided Monday night at Cazenovia High School’s Buckley Gym, Westhill is around with a chance to win it. Solvay will not be.

Saturday, November 2

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J-D wins fifth straight girls soccer sectional title

Red Rams survive long OT duel with ESM, 1-0

Half a decade ago, the question was simply about whether the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team would ever win a Section III Class A championship. Now, the Red Rams have five consecutive sectional titles on the ledger, none of them more dramatically earned than Saturday night's 1-0, triple-overtime decision over East Syracuse-Minoa in the Class A final at SUNY-Cortland.

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Field hockey Hornets, Spartans win sectional titles

F-M stops C-NS 1-0; ESM edges Camden 2-1

True, the Fayetteville-Manlius field hockey team did not have to wait as long as East Syracuse-Minoa did for another Section III championship - it only seemed that way. The Hornets, absent a title for nearly a quarter-century, finally saw that drought end Saturday night at Rome Free Academy Stadium when it defeated Cicero-North Syracuse 1-0 in the sectional Class A final.

Brothers beat J-D, wins Class A boys soccer title

Stroman hits game-winner for CBA in 2-1 classic

When Monte Stroman’s free kick hit the back of the net for the overtime game-winner in Saturday night's Section III Class A final at Liverpool High School Stadium, the Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer forward said his life flashed before his eyes.

CBA football gets to fifth straight AA final

Brothers get 61 points, put away Liverpool in semifinal

For the fifth year in a row, the Christian Brothers Academy football team moved on to the Class AA championship. This time, it was at the expense of the Liverpool Warriors. The state no. 2-ranked Brothers capitalized on three Warrior turnovers and pulled away for a 62-28 victory at West Genesee High School Saturday afternoon.

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Field hockey Lakers win state qualifier

Big second half pushes Caz past Morrisville-Eaton

Three days after a scoring outburst nearly derailed the Cazenovia field hockey team's latest championship run, it relied on the very same tactic to secure a return to the state Class C playoffs. The Lakers, trailing Morrisville-Eaton at halftime of Saturday's Section III state qualifier at Rome Free Academy Stadium, erupted early in the second half and, in the process, did enough to earn a 4-1 victory over the Warriors.

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Football Lakers smash Marcellus in Class B semis

Caz to face Oneida at Carrier Dome for sectional title

Of all the things the Cazenovia football team had a right to worry about going into Saturday's Section III Class B semifinal against Marcellus at Chittenango High School, one of them - falling behind - was tangible and real, since it had happened the last time the two teams met. But thanks to Kevin Hopsicker, the Lakers got rid of that problem in a hurry, and the rest proved rather simple as Cazenovia earned a return trip to the sectional final at the Carrier Dome with a 63-18 romp over the Mustangs.

Hornets drubbed by Henninger in Class AA semis

Black Knights advance to face CBA for sectional title

Week after week, game after game, the Fayetteville-Manlius football team stared at defeat and did not blink, building an eight-game win streak. But in one dreary afternoon, that luck ran out, as Henninger handed the Hornets a humbling 44-14 defeat in Saturday's Section III Class AA semifinal at Liverpool High School Stadium.

Lysander to hold budget hearing Nov. 7

The Town Board has finished the preliminary 2014 budget which will go before the public on November 7, 2013 at 7pm in the Town Hall Auditorium.

Volleyball Lakers stopped by Westhill in Class B semis

Skaneateles swept in Doctor's final game at helm

Trying to give departing head coach Doreen Doctor one more championship run, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team could not pull it off, stopped short in the semifinals by Westhill Friday night in a three-set sweep as the Lakers’ season ended with a record of 14-4.

Volleyball Bees sweep F-M, move into sectional finals

Boys face Oswego in AA title match; girls get West Genesee

First on the male side, and then on the female side, the Baldwinsville volleyball teams had to move their way past Fayetteville-Manlius to advance to the Section III Class AA championship doubleheader – and did so.

Girls soccer Bees reach AA final, fall to C-NS

Northstars avenge regular-season defeat to B'ville

Three years since it had last claimed a Section III Class AA championship, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team looked for another – but fell one win short of that plateau.

Friday, November 1

ESM, J-D football beaten in Class A semis

Spartans drop classic to Carthage; Red Rams ousted by Indian River

Dreams that football teams from East Syracuse-Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt carried of, perhaps, meeting up in the Carrier Dome for the Section III Class A championship were thwarted one step short of that goal. The Spartans dropped a 43-36 classic to Carthage in Friday night's Class A semifinal at Fulton Stadium, while in the other semifinal the Red Rams fell to Indian River for the second time this season in a 31-14 decision at Watertown High School.

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C-NS girls soccer roars to sectional AA title

Northstars blank B'ville 3-0 for first crown since '07

In a complete and overwhelming manner, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team dismissed everyone in its path and earned its first Section III Class AA championship since 2007. And the top-seeded Northstars saved the best performance for Friday night's title game at SUNY-Cortland, overwhelming no. 2 seed Baldwinsville 3-0 behind two goals from Reid Garner and a late tally from Hanna Haven.

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Girls soccer Mustangs top Westhill, win Class B title

Marcellus rallies after Warriors lead early in second half

Falling behind in a championship game is not an optimal strategy - most of the time, anyway. Yet it may have proved the primary reason why the Marcellus girls soccer team is, once again, the proud owners of a Section III Class B title.

Manlius town board proposes less than a two percent tax increase for 2014

At its Oct. 23 meeting, the Manlius town board held a public hearing for its 2014 preliminary budget, which calls for town taxpayers to pay seven cents more per $1,000 of assessed home value. The proposed tax rate for town residents is a 1.43 percent increase from last year, or $4.84 per $1,000 of assessed home value, up from $4.77 in 2013.

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The beekeeping librarian

Q&A with beekeeper Emily Wormuth

Emily Wormuth is a part-time children’s librarian at the DeWitt Community Library and a beekeeper. This year, as part of a program series for homeschooled children, Emily will be talking about her beekeeping experiences and the wonderful honeybee. We thought we’d share a few of these fascinating details with Eagle Bulletin readers.

WG volleyball reaches sectional Class AA final

Wildcats upend no. 2 seed Liverpool in four sets

From a no. 3 seed, the West Genesee girls volleyball team has made an impressive run to the Section III Class AA championship match. And while the Wildcats will likely be a prohibitive underdog to top seed and defending champion Baldwinsville in that title match next Wednesday night at Cicero-North Syracuse’s gym, it will go in there with as much confidence as it has shown all season.

Volleyball teams suffer Class AA playoff defeats

Liverpool, C-NS sides all fall short of sectional finals

Regardless of the school or gender, things did not go well for volleyball teams from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse in a string of Section III Class AA playoff matches.