Stories for October 2013


Thursday, October 31

Serial burglary suspects caught in the act, arrested in Fenner

A nearly month-long investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and New York state police investigators culminated this week when undercover sheriff’s investigators observed, then brought into custody, two suspects on Monday, Oct. 28, after witnessing an apparent house burglary in Fenner.

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Skaneateles candidates discuss local issues, government at forum

The full slate of candidates up for election in the town of Skaneateles were present Wednesday night at Waterman school to discuss, and sometimes debate, local issues for nearly two hours.

DeWitt adopts 2014 budget, tax rate to increase by 12 cents

After a public hearing and a brief discussion, the DeWitt town board voted to adopt a $27 million budget at its Oct. 28 meeting. Taxpayers can expect to pay 12 cents more this coming year, as the tax rate will be $4.65 per $1,000 of assessed home value.

Boys soccer Hornets return to Class AA final

F-M edges C-NS, will face Baldwinsville for sectional title

A day before the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team was to face Cicero-North Syracuse in the Section III Class AA semifinal, the team spent a good part of its practice – nearly an hour - working on free kicks and other set pieces.

Westhill boys reach Class B final; Marcellus ousted

Warriors blank VVS as Lakers take 2-0 loss to Marcellus

All went according to plan for the Westhill boys soccer team as it easily made a return to the Section III Class B championship game – but Marcellus would not be there to face them.

Boys soccer Lakers blank Marcellus in Class B semis

Bailey scores twice; Skaneateles faces Westhill in finals

What was, already, a pretty good post-season run by the Skaneateles boys soccer team has turned downright memorable – and now, it could turn extraordinary.

Wednesday, October 30

J-D boys stun unbeaten Fowler in Class A semis

Rams to face CBA in sectional title game

Few who follow boys soccer at Jamesville-DeWitt or Christian Brothers Academy will recall a single evening as memorable as what took place in Wednesday night's Section III Class A semifinals. On one side, the Red Rams stunned undefeated, state no. 1-ranked Fowler 2-0 at Chittenango High School, while on the other side the Brothers survived penalty kicks to get past Watertown after those two sides played to a 1-1 tie at Liverpool High School Stadium.

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Lunduski goal sends B'ville past Liverpool

Bees to face F-M for sectional Class AA title

For much of a tense Section III Class AA semifinal Wednesday night at Nottingham High School, Connor Lunduski was a spectator as his Baldwinsville boys soccer team fended off the numerous advances of Liverpool. But when it came time to participate, Lunduski did so in the most spectacular way possible, as his goal late in regulation made the difference as the Bees knocked out the Warriors 1-0.

Caz field hockey gains another sectional title

Lakers blow 3-0 lead to Holland Patent, survive penalty strokes

What was built up, and earned, for a full season by the Cazenovia field hockey team nearly disappeared in a matter of minutes. But the Lakers managed to regroup and, by surviving a tense round of penalty strokes with Holland Patent, advanced out of Wednesday night's Section III Class C final at New Hartford High School.

It's time to say, "Mr. Muserlian: tear down this tent!"


To the editor: There comes a time when you need to take a stand against an oppressor. And the time is now. The town of Cazenovia and its planning board can no longer be intimidated by Owera Vineyards and its owner.

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Prayer vigil service tonight for hospitalized Cazenovia boy

Local 10-year-old who fell down a well last week continues to improve

Family, friends and supporters of 10-year-old Charlie Thompson will hold a prayer service and candlelight vigil from 6 to 6:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia, located at 27 Albany St.

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Girls swimming Wildcats whip Baldwinsville

Pair of West Genny relay teams break pool records

Another undefeated season is in the books for the West Genesee girls swim team, who have the extra benefit of having the Section III Class A championship meet take place this Friday at its home pool. Before that, though, the Wildcats first had to take care of one more bit of regular-season business – namely, a visit from Baldwinsville, who like so many others got overwhelmed by WG’s numbers in a 92-83 victory on Tuesday night.

Liedka, Dadey compete for county legislator position once again

Holmquist runs unopposed in tenth district

On Nov. 5, voters in the Eastern suburbs will vote for county legislator. In the seventh district, Democratic candidate Lorene Dadey is challenging Republican incumbent Danny Liedka. The candidates ran against each other in 2011. And in the tenth district, Republican incumbent Kevin Holmquist is running unopposed for a seat in the legislature, where he’s served since 2005.

LETTER: Brace clears up misconceptions

Letter to the editor.

LETTER: Village hall a significant accomplishment

Letter to the editor.

LETTER: Sennett responds to critical letter

Letter to the editor.

Along the Lakeshore: Oct. 30

Preventing damage to the lakeshore, the USS Slater

Along the Lakeshpre column from the Oct. 30 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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New Baldwinsville wellness center offers unique model for healthier lifestyle

A new business, Willow Health and Wellness Center, opened this October in Baldwinsville. Located at 8090 Belgium Road, (the old location of the Parisi Speed schoolground floor of where Physical Therapy Plus currently resides) owners Michelle and Michael Samoraj are excited to bring their love of fitness and of support for the local business community to their newest enterprise.

LETTER: $50,000 throw-away

Letter to the editor.

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Baldwinsville business owner’s life celebrated with annual scholarship fund

It would be difficult to find someone in the Baldwinsville community who had not been touched by the life of Joseph D. Falardeau.

Fire districts release tax rates

On Oct. 16 area fire districts held public hearings on their 2014 budgets.

Feeding mind and body: OCC food pantry helps struggling students

When you hear about problems on college campuses, you tend to think of binge drinking, budget cuts or fraternity hazing. But one of the biggest problems these days is hunger. A growing population of college students is struggling to make ends meet, unable to make tuition payments and pay for meals. There’s no comprehensive data available, but a City University of New York survey found that “39 percent [of students] had either gone hungry for lack of money, skipped meals, or been unable to afford balanced meals” in 2009. In order to help its students through the struggle, Onondaga Community College has joined a number of colleges nationwide in starting a food pantry.

LETTER: Response to letter about hydrofracking

Letter to the editor.

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Skaneateles student wins first place, four honored in photography contest

Four Skaneateles High School students were finalists in the 2013 Bousquet Holstein photography contest — and one of them took first prize.

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Outdoors writer Kelly pens Finger Lakes fishing guide

Marcellus retiree’s book a culmination of a career spent covering fishing

“Fishing the Finger Lakes” isn’t just the title of J. Michael Kelly’s new book, it’s also one of his life-long passions.

LETTER: Keyes responds to criticism of town board

Letter to the editor.

Tuesday, October 29

ESM girls earn shot at J-D in sectional final

Spartans blank Camden; Red Rams handle Whitesboro

This time around, someone different is lined up to try and end the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team's four-year reign as Section III Class A champions - someone right down the road from where the Red Rams reside.

Skaneateles volleyball ousts Marcellus in five sets

Lakers advance to face Westhill in Class B semis

Back on Sept. 26, when the Skaneateles girls volleyball team rallied to beat Marcellus in five sets, perhaps it sensed that the two long-time rivals would cross paths again in the Section III Class B playoffs. That's exactly what transpired as, in Tuesday night's sectional quarterfinals, the Lakers again went to five sets with the Mustangs - and again, managed to prevail to keep its dreams of another championship alive.

Marcellus, Westhill reach girls soccer Class B final

Mustangs rip South Jefferson; Warriors edge Clinton

Barely two weeks after they ended the regular season in a memorable 2-2 draw, the Marcellus and Westhill girls soccer teams will gather once more, with a very familiar reward - the Section III Class B championship - on the line.

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B'ville girls blank CBA, reach sectional final

Bees to meet top seed C-NS for Class AA title

All through this season, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team has learned on the job, a roster possessing just one senior finding out that it has what it takes to do great things - even if it's a bit ahead of schedule. In Tuesday night's Section III Class AA semifinal at Chittenango High School, the no. 3 seed Bees offered a clinical effort in all phases of the game to put away no. 2 seed Christian Brothers Academy by a 2-0 margin.

Garner goals send C-NS to sectional final

Northstars blank F-M, to face B'ville for title

Only on rare occasions in Tuesday night's Section III Class AA girls soccer semifinal at Chittenango High School did top-seeded Cicero-North Syracuse find the precise rhythms needed to make its attack blossom against no. 4 seed Fayetteville-Manlius. But when it did, the results were stunning, as Reid Garner's pair of goals pushed the Northstars past the Hornets 2-0.

LETTER: Maggie Mahoney for County Legislature

To the editor: I am very excited to support Maggie Mahoney for Onondaga County Legislature. Maggie will bring an energetic voice to the County Legislature, and fight for the issues that concern us all.

LETTER: Aaron Arnold goes the distance

To the editor: There are times in our lives during which we ask an awful lot of our friends. I would venture a guess to say that, the majority of the time, we don’t even realize that we’re doing it. We ask for help with a household project, or need a babysitter at the last minute. Have you ever asked a busy friend to drive five hours on a Saturday morning to meet up with you in the middle of the woods and spend the next nine hours running with you, into the middle of the night, across a winding trail up and down some treacherous terrain? I have. I tell you this because I think you need to know what a unique opportunity you have….what a unique candidate you have in Aaron Arnold for Salina Town Justice.

Town, village get on track with stalled comprehensive plan review

The town and village boards held a joint meeting on Oct. 23 in the school district office to get back on track with a review of the town comprehensive plan that started in 2009.

LETTER: Johnson seeks comments on Lysander budget

Letter to the editor.

Benedict challenges Marsh in Pompey supervisor race

On Nov. 5, the voters of the town of Pompey will elect new town officials. The ballot will have two options for a new town supervisor, Republican incumbent Carole Marsh and Democratic candidate Phil Benedict. Two Republicans are running for election uncontested for the town councilor positions; Carl Dennis and Victor LaFrenz. Additionally, Ann Christmas is running for town clerk, and Thomas Purcell is running for highway superintendent. The candidates in the contested supervisor race are profiled below. For more information about voter registration, polling places and absentee ballots, visit ongov.net/elections.

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Sheriff’s deputies, L’pool police chief pull suspect from Onondaga Lake after Second Street stabbings

Two women were stabbed to death at 915 Second St. in the village of Liverpool on Monday morning, Oct. 28. Sheriff Kevin Walsh identified the victims as Brandy Dallas, 24, and Samantha Rainwater, 30. The women and a handful of children had lived in the small, red Cape Cod-style home for less than a year. Dallas’s estranged husband, 26-year-old Justin A. Dallas of 119 Radisson Court, Syracuse, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Lions Club holds annual TV raffle

The Cazenovia Lions Club will be holding its annual TV raffle now through Saturday, Nov. 16. The club will sell raffle tickets for a 3D TV at various locations throughout the village, including MacKinnon Liquers, Buyea's Hardware, Kinney Drugs and Common Grounds.

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Local residents hear election candidates, learn about ballot proposals

More than 50 people attend League of Women voters “Meet the Candidates” night

Extra chairs had to be brought out at the Cazenovia Public Library community room last Wednesday, as more than 50 people attended the “Meet the Candidates” event hosted by the League of Women Voters. Candidates for town and county offices each explained their experience and positions, while a panel of town officials discussed the two town ballot proposals facing Cazenovia voters on Nov. 5.

Residents tell school board: Bring back lax assistant coaches

Coaches, parents, former players lobby to return funding to cut positions

More than 50 people crowded the high school auditorium last week, all with one purpose: To urge the Cazenovia board of education to return the funding it previously cut to pay for varsity and junior varsity lacrosse assistant coaches. Without these coaches, funding advocates declared, the sport is not only dangerous for the players but could be disastrous for the district’s highly lauded lacrosse program.

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Record-breaking October propels Caz College Wildcats

The Wildcats of Cazenovia College have excelled during October, setting or tying four all-time school records this month alone. With both the men’s and women’s soccer teams on the verge of qualifying for the North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs, the Wildcats are off to a fast and exciting 2013-14 season.

Denise Roe is the experienced and talented candidate for your Madison County clerk


To the editor: When I was elected your Madison County clerk on Nov. 8, 2005, my job was to find a first deputy county clerk that could provide great results. I found this all in Denise Roe.

LETTER: Tetley is the best man for the job

To the editor: As I look out on the political landscape this campaign season, there is one candidate I’ve had the pleasure of working collaboratively and successfully with in the past. That candidate is Mark Tetley for Manlius Town Supervisor. As the former supervisor, Mark has proven himself to be bipartisan, trustworthy, honest and completely dedicated to the enhanced future of Manlius.

LETTER: Keeping security and service in DeWitt

To the editor: By now you should be aware of our campaign message of “Security and Service”. We stress these issues in our town-wide mailers and lawn signs. Our stated goal is to “Save our DeWitt Police force and to keep our brush pick-up”.

LETTER: Money isn’t missing, it was stolen

To the editor: Manlius resident and Democrat Committee member Larissa Brenner wrote a letter to the editor in the Oct. 23 edition (“Missing money in Manlius”) that I feel needs clarification.

LETTER: Vote DeWitt Democrats for honest government

To the editor: DeWitt’s Republican candidates have fabricated two non-existent issues, calling for saving DeWitt’s brush pickup and Police Department. Both accusations are false and malicious, and are being promoted for political purposes by unscrupulous and unethical people. Never have the DeWitt Democrats or I questioned the integrity or existence of the Police Department, nor have we questioned whether DeWitt should be providing brush pickup.

LETTER: Time for a change - vote Lorene Dadey

To the editor: Your Oct. 23 newspaper contained a rather disturbing /unethical letter from Bernie Ment about the County Legislature race in our area. Who on earth is Bernie Ment to question Lorene Dadey's record as a civil servant ? He has never won anything or served anywhere and is not a property owner in the village of East Syracuse or the town of DeWitt. For the record, here are a few facts I had heard in person at various meetings.

LETTER: Why Theobald should be re-elected

To the editor: The town of Manlius election is November 5th. Ed Theobald is asking voters to re-elect him for the position of town supervisor. The residents of the town of Manlius have an opportunity to vote for a supervisor that has the experience, knowledge, expertise, energy and hard work ethic to lead the town of Manlius for years to come.

LETTER: Vote for Theobald Nov. 5

To the editor: I have known and worked with Ed Theobald for 25 years and as a result of this background, I encouraged him to run for a Minoa village trustee position. He did, was elected and served with distinction.

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Controversial election signs cause tension among DeWitt candidates

Although most political signs pertaining to the Nov. 5 election have been up for weeks, a new batch of signs were put up by Republicans within the last 10 days and Democrats are calling them "fabricated.” These signs read "Save the DeWitt Police Department" and "Keep Our Brush Pick-Up," and town supervisor Ed Michalenko says that both topics are based on the self-interest of the Republican candidates and aren't real issues.

Hallowrun for Hunger announces final numbers

The first-ever Hallowrun for Hunger, organized by Cicero-North Syracuse High School sophomores Liz Westfall and Megan Cuculich, raised more than $5,000 for the Food Bank of Central New York and attracted more than 300 runners.

Monday, October 28

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LHS girls’ volleyball teams to hold fundraiser to help Golisano Children’s Hospital

Every year, as a way to give back to the community, the Liverpool High School girls’ volleyball teams hold a craft fair at the high school. This year, they’re doing a little something more. The teams will be collecting fabric to make blankets for the children at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Sunday, October 27

C-NS outscores Liverpool in field hockey semifinal

Northstars to face F-M in Class A title game

The Cicero-North Syracuse’s field hockey team's focus, in the week leading up to Sunday's Section III Class A semifinal against Liverpool at Fayetteville-Manlius, was on putting shots on goal, according to head coach Pat Kennedy. That focus sure seemed to pay off.

F-M field hockey rolls into Class A final

Carter-Huffman scores twice; ESM blanks Whitesboro

Going into Sunday afternoon’s Sectiion III Class A field hockey semifinal match-up against Rome Free Academy, Fayetteville-Manlius’s Christine Carter-Huffman had only scored one goal during the entire regular season.

LETTER: Venesky best candidate for Cicero town board

To the editor: Mark Venesky is running for the Cicero Town Council and has lived in the town of Cicero /North Syracuse for 21 years.

UPDATE: Pastel responds to petition protesting plans to study grade shifting

CSD to hold public forum on Nov. 12 to hear ideas

The Skaneateles Central School District will soon be looking at some potentially controversial changes to deal with declining enrollment. An email sent to Skaneateles community members by Interim Superintendent of Schools Judy Pastel about the district’s intention to study grade shifting sparked public opposition in the form of an online petition last week.

Field hockey Lakers advance to Class C final

Caz rolls to 4-0 semifinal win over Port Byron

Even after a long layoff, and even with the stakes raised for the post-season, the Cazenovia field hockey team quickly found its winning form and moved to the brink of an eighth consecutive Section III championship.

LETTER: Piraino doesn't belong on the bench

To the editor: As you should know, The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has charged Judge Piraino with judicial misconduct for charging the wrong fines to over 900 people in the town court and failing to adequately supervise his court staff. As the Post-Standard has previously reported, Judge Piraino has acknowledged his repeated mistakes.

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Third party candidates seek upset in Fenner town election

Three Fenner residents from three different political affiliations have joined together and created a third-party ticket to challenge the major party candidates and multi-term incumbents in this year’s Fenner town elections — and they feel the atmosphere is ripe for an election upset.

LETTER: Venesky for Cicero town board

To the editor: I would like to submit an endorsement for Cicero town councilor candidate Mark Venesky. Mark is a direct individual who I believe is an excellent candidate for the town councilor in Cicero. Having worked with Mark in business development at UPS I can say with confidence that he will bring a high level of tenacity and enthusiasm to the position.

Girls soccer Bees get to AA semis, blank Auburn

B'ville to face CBA for sectional finals berth

If any single entity loved what it saw when the Section III girls soccer playoff brackets came out, it was the Baldwinsville Bees.

Skaneateles boys stun Clinton, reach Class B semis

Lakers get goals from Bailey, Clymer, meet Marcellus next

A long run for the Skaneateles boys soccer team in the Section III Class B playoffs would require a long road trip and a successful conquest of a long-established power. That is what faced the no. 7 seed Lakers as it took on no. 2 seed Clinton in Saturday’s Class B quarterfinals. And as it turned out, Skaneateles was up to the challenge.

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Caz girls volleyball wins league tournament

Lakers also go 3-0 in last week of regular season

With the regular season now complete, the Cazenovia girls volleyball could now put all of its attention toward the most important part of its schedule. Since only one other Class C school (Hannibal) is in the sectional tournament, so all the Lakers have to do is beat the Warriors Saturday at Jamesville-DeWitt in order to advance to the state tournament.

Caz boys soccer ousted by Marcellus

OT goal by Golick stops Lakers in Class B quarterfinal

All through a 12-4 regular season, the Cazenovia boys soccer team worked hard to set up a possible return to the Section III Class B title game after losing that final to Westhill a year ago. But the Lakers never got that far.

Saturday, October 26

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Lakers defense smothers Cortland in 43-0 romp

Caz limits Purple Tigers to one first down

Remember those days early this season when the Cazenovia football team was a defensive questions mark, surrendering large chunks of yardage and a fair amount of points, too? So do the Lakers. And it's not about to go back to those struggles if it has any say in the matter.

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Bees drop OT playoff classic to Henninger

B'ville leads of 13-0, 20-13 disappear to Black Knights

Up by 13 points in the first half, and up by seven points late in regulation, the Baldwinsville football team could not hold on to either advantage in Saturday's opening round of the Section III Class AA playoffs against Henninger at Sunnycrest Field.

LETTER: Brisson a refreshing change

Anyone who meets Gary Brisson comes away with appreciating his low-key “common sense” approach to government and his desire to be involved and place his neighbors and community first. Having known Gary for more than 20 years and his involvement in coaching and umpiring, he brings that clear perspective necessary to made the right decisions and apply them quickly.

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Wildcats' turnovers costly in loss to Liverpool

WG suffers first-round defeat to red-hot Warriors

Even with plenty of talent on hand, the West Genesee football team could not escape a tendency to make crucial mistakes at ill-timed moments. It haunted the Wildcats throughout the season, and ended up costing them dearly Friday night in a 28-0 defeat to Liverpool in the opening round of the Section III Class AA playoffs at LHS Stadium.

Bees edge West Genny, return to AA semis

B'ville boys soccer to meet Liverpool in semis

A year away from the top of the Section III Class AA ranks did not satisfy the Baldwinsville boys soccer team all that much. And what made the Bees' 2012 ouster from the sectional tournament so frustrating was that it came at home, in the quarterfinal round, to Utica Proctor - and then B'ville had to watch the Raiders make a surprising run to the sectional title.

J-D/F-M gymnasts roll to another sectional title

Riley leads quartet of state meet qualifiers

A tradition of excellence continued for the Jamesville-DeWitt/F-M girls gymnastics team as it rolled to a 10th Section III championship in 11 years during Friday's sectional meet at the CNY Gym Centre at Shoppingtown Mall.

Brothers blow past Auburn in AA playoffs

CBA to face Liverpool in sectional semifinal

Whether in the regular season or post-season, the Christian Brothers Academy football team's template is a consistent one - make big plays, overwhelm the opposition, and take care of the tough part in as efficient a manner as possible.

Football Red Rams, Spartans reach Class A semis

J-D blanks Whitesboro; ESM rips New Hartford

In their own unique and effective styles, the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa football teams moved ahead in the Section III Class A playoffs, inching closer to a possible clash in the Carrier Dome. The Red Rams relied on its usual formula of defense and power running to blank Whitesboro 14-0 in Friday night's opening round, just as ESM piled up the points in a 50-14 romp over New Hartford.

Mustangs battle past VVS in football sectionals

Westhill blanked, 36-0, by Oneida

All season long, the Marcellus football team has taken some grief for its defense - or lack of it - given that it surrendered 43 points to Cazenovia, 49 points to Chittenango and 58 points to Homer. But it was that same defense that was largely responsible for the Mustangs' triumphant return to the post-season after a one-year absence.

Friday, October 25

Lakers' Class C reign ended by Watertown IHC

Cavaliers down Skaneateles 49-7 in sectional playoffs

Though the Skaneateles football team carried the edge of post-season experience into Friday night's Section III Class C first-round game at Watertown IHC, it didn't make much of a difference. The unbeaten, state Class C no. 13-ranked Cavaliers, playing on its home turf, jumped all over the visiting Lakers in the first quarter and never let up, eventually prevailing 49-7.

F-M football holds off Central Square, 28-21

Unbeaten Hornets get another scare in AA playoff opener

Fayetteville-Manlius football's first-year head coach, Damien Rhodes, breathed a sigh of relief after a tough 28-21 victory over Central Square Friday night in the opening round of the Section III Class AA playoffs. . “I’m glad that’s over,” he said as soon as the game ended.

Football Warriors blank West Genny in playoff opener

Liverpool to take on CBA in Class AA semis

Four impressive quarters and six turnovers later, the Liverpool football team is moving along in the Section III Class AA playoffs, bound for what could be one of the biggest games in the program's recent history. The Warriors' defense provided many of the highlights in Friday night's 28-0 victory over West Genesee in the AA opening round at LHS Stadium, as those six takeaways led to 21 of the team's points.

LETTER: Lesniak for Van Buren town councilor

Letter to the editor.

LETTER: Why I’m voting for Aaron Arnold for Salina town justice

To the editor: Two years ago, I had a troubling experience in one of our local courts. I contacted a number of organizations in the area to see if they would be willing to work with me to address my concerns. These organizations agreed that reforms to our court system are needed, but they were not able to help. Instead, many of them recommended that I contact Aaron Arnold at the Center for Court Innovation.

LETTER: Becallo for town board

To the editor: I am writing today to share why I am proud to support Mike Becallo for Cicero town council. While Mike and I see eye to eye on the basic concepts of liberty and community, my support for Mike stems from well beyond political ideology.

LETTER: Judy Boyke is the best candidate for the town of Cicero

To the editor: Judy Boyke is the best candidate to become the supervisor for the town of Cicero. Judy is a person that sincerely cares about the residents of Cicero and where their tax dollars are being spent. As a former Cicero town supervisor, Judy has a successful track record as a leader in our town. After leaving office she continued her commitment to the town. You will find Judy at almost every town board meeting; she researches the agenda items to see if they are beneficial to the residents, and is very knowledgeable about the issues facing this town. Judy Boyke is for “people, not politics.”

I support Ann Jones for county clerk


To the editor: I've known Ann Jones for many years, since our now-grown children played soccer together as fifth-graders. More recently, I've come to know Ann as an always-helpful, very knowledgeable official at the Madison County Board of Elections. Ann is now running for Madison County Clerk, and I strongly support her candidacy and urge others to vote for her.

UPDATE: NSJHS placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon

UPDATE: The North Syracuse Junior High School was briefly placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon while state police searched for a suspect in a nearby armed robbery.

In support of Fenner Neighbor party


To the editor: The upcoming election in Fenner for seats to be filled on the town board is an opportunity for the residents of Fenner to make an important choice. I write to encourage my neighbors to vote for the Fenner Neighbors Party slate: Carl Snow for town supervisor, Phil Rose and Cindy Gavula for town board.

Skaneateles village board sets curfew for Halloween

At its Oct. 24 meeting the village board moved to impose a 9 p.m. curfew for Thurdsay, Oct. 31, Halloween night.

Ann Jones: Excellent candidate for county clerk


To the editor: What a pleasure it is to be able to recommend such a good candidate to your readers. I think it’s remarkable that on almost every occasion, when your readers see a letter recommending Ann for this office, they also see comments about her outgoing nature and gentle personality. Ann is well known throughout Madison County and by every account, she is a good person; a perfect public servant.

In support of Ann Jones for county clerk


To the editor: I’m writing to express my support for Ann Jones to be our next Madison County Clerk. As a town and county supervisor for 12 years, I had the pleasure to interact with Ann on many occasions when I attended meetings and conducted other business in Wampsville.

Fenner supervisor supports Jones, Strack and Cody


While there is change ahead for the Town of Fenner, there are also candidates with experience rooted in a history of dedicated service to the Fenner community.

Time for a change in Fenner leadership


To the editor: I am a 43-year resident of the town of Fenner, a former planning board member and a former candidate for town supervisor. I believe the emergence of the Fenner Neighbor Party and their slate of candidates is welcome and has the potential to add much-needed diversity of interest to our town board.

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Cazenovia-area scouts plan food drive

Boy Scouts, Webelos, and Cub Scouts in the Cazenovia area will be participating in “Scouting for Food,” the first two weekends of November. The scouts have participated in the food drive “Scouting’s National Good Turn” for the past 19 years. Scouts will distribute collection bags advertising “Scouting for Food” to homes in the village on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3.

Two lectures slated at the Cazenovia Public Library

A second offering of “The Art of College Cost Funding” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Cazenovia Public Library.

Email on grade shifting in Skaneateles schools sparks public opposition

An email sent to Skaneateles community members by Interim Superintendent of Schools Judy Pastel on Wednesday sparked public opposition in the form of an online petition.

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Westhill, Marcellus girls advance to Class B semis

Warriors survive Skaneateles again; Mustangs blank Cazenovia

Once more, the Westhill girls soccer team found its path to a possible Section III Class B title going through Skaneateles in the quarterfinal round. But unlike the last two times they got together, someone in this showdown would get on the board – and it would turn out to be the no. 5 seed Warriors, who parlayed a bit of good fortune into a 1-0 victory over the no. 4 Lakers Thursday night at Hyatt Stadium.

Cazenovia girls soccer ousted by Marcellus

Lakers make it to Class B quarterfinals, finish season 13-4

A deep run for the Cazenovia girls soccer team in the Section III Class B playoffs hinged entirely on pulling off, arguably, the biggest upset in the program’s history. So the no. 7 seed Lakers went after no. 2 seed and defending champion Marcellus Thursday night in the Class B quarterfinals, but just could not break through against the Mustangs, taking a 4-0 defeat to complete its season with a record of 13-4.

LETTER: Rode asks for support as write-in candidate

Letter to the editor.

LETTER: Support Dell and Diamond for office

Letter to the editor.

LETTER: Rhinehart supports Greenfield for supervisor

Letter to the editor.

Solvay volleyball rallies past Westhill in five

Warriors also take key league loss to Marcellus

Through a wild final week of the regular season, girls volleyball teams from Solvay, Westhill and Marcellus would interact with each other on the court, providing a preview of the battles ahead in the Section III Class B fall playoffs.

Skaneateles volleyball beaten by J-D

Lakers rebound for crucial late win at Phoenix

For the first time in a while, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team heads into the Section III Class B playoffs not as a prohibitive favorite, but as a contender with something more to prove, even as it still managed to finish with the regular season with a superb mark of 13-3.

Liverpool, C-NS boys soccer reach AA semis

Warriors blank Nottingham; Northstars take out Henninger

Right on cue, the worst weather of the fall arrived in time for the start of the Section III Class AA boys soccer playoffs. But it didn’t keep top seed Cicero-North Syracuse or no. 3 seed Liverpool from easily making their way into next week’s semifinal round.

ESM, J-D girls soccer reach Class A semis

Spartans stop Homer, CVA; Red Rams get away from Fulton

Could the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa girls soccer teams meet up later this week with a Section III Class A championship on the line? That’s quite possible after the first week of sectional tournament play, where the no. 7 seed Spartans, taking full advantage of a favorable bracket, made it to the semifinal round to join the top-seeded Red Rams, who are after its fifth title in a row.

Thursday, October 24

Lakers fall to Westhill in Class B playoffs

Second-half goal ends Skaneateles sectional run

Back in 2012, the Skaneateles girls soccer team saw its season end in a tough, hard-fought and heartbreaking defeat to Westhill in penalty kicks, the Section III Class B quarterfinals. Exactly one year later, in the same round, against the same opponent, the Lakers met that same sad ending, this time in a 1-0 game decided late in regulation in a manner that neither side would soon forget.

Two L’pool Police team up to nab 24-year-old man for stealing from vehicles

Two Liverpool police officers put their heads together to gather enough evidence to charge a 24-year-old man with stealing from unlocked automobiles in the village.

LETTER: Current leaders mishandled SRCT situation

Letter to the editor.

LETTER: Elect Jim Greenfield

Letter to the editor.

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Red Apple gas station to upgrade Albany Street location

New islands will allow better car accessibility at the gas pumps than currently available

Seeking to upgrade its equipment and retain its competitive business edge in Cazenovia, Red Apple gas station has begun the permit process to undertake a construction program to upgrade its gas pumps, gas tanks and station canopy at its Albany Street location. The changes, if approved and allowed by the village planning board, will make the gas station more environmentally friendly, more aesthetically pleasing and, perhaps most important for its customers, more spacious and accessible for cars in between its gas pumps.

Don’t waste your vote by not voting


Election Day is coming up fast, and the town of Cazenovia has five positions up for election as well as ballot propositions to extend the supervisor’s term of office and to change the town clerk from an elected to an appointed position. As our readers are most likely aware, the seats for town supervisor, town board, town clerk and town justice are all uncontested — but this should not be a reason to avoid voting on Nov. 5.

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Where’s the wall?

Reconstruction of Lakeland Park stone wall in progress, expected completion next spring

About 150 feet of the Lakeland Park stone wall fronting Forman Street (state routes 13 and 20) is gone — it has been dismantled and the stones moved back into the park while a local contractor works to repair and reconstruct a portion of the historic wall that had become so unsteady as to be hazardous.The project, which the village board approved in August and is expected to be completed next spring, will not only shore up the base of the wall and to make the structure more secure, it will also create a new gated entrance to the park by Carpenter’s Barn, which will help make the park and the barn more user-friendly to the community.

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Skaneateles runners take second at OHSL Liberty meet

Neal finishes inches behind Garn for individual title

What Kaitlyn Neal went through, on an individual basis, would mirror what the Skaneateles girls cross country team faced on a combined basis during Wednesday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Jordan-Elbridge.

West Genny swimmers stop Auburn, move to 8-0

Kanoza wins pair of races; Castro takes 50 freestyle

Though challenged all the way through, Becca Kanoza and the West Genesee girls swim team was not about to let Auburn end its domination of the CNY Counties League.

Liverpool swimmers defeat C-NS, 93-85

Murphy, Telesca each win pair of races for Warriors

Most of the regular-season athletic contests between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse take place in the neighborhoods of the two bordering districts. But that was not the case in Wednesday night’s girls swim meet, held at the Northstars’ “home” pool at Le Moyne College. Regardless of the venue, though, it was the Warriors finishing on top by a score of 93-85.

Reisinger earns return trip to state tournament

Ferrari, Kot settle for fourth place at qualifier

A year ago, Kahlei Reisinger was bounced from the first round of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls tennis singles tournament, only to rebound and win the consolation bracket. Now Reisigner is headed back to the Tri-City Tennis Center in Latham, near Albany, on the weekend of Nov. 2-4, fully expecting to stay in the main bracket for a long while after a dominant Section III fall campaign that culminated with a victory in the sectional state qualifier.

Heyn, Joyce advance to state tennis tournament

West Genesee doubles side finishes second at qualifier

Though it could not quite go all the way to the top, West Genesee’s girls tennis doubles team of Samantha Heyn and Marisa Joyce still accomplished what they wanted in the Section III state qualifying tournament.

Caz girls third, boys fifth at OHSL Liberty meet

Cudney, Walters, Ridings each have top-10 finishes

Still holding the no. 6 spot in the state Class C rankings, the Cazenovia girls cross country ran up against tough competition during Wednesday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Jordan-Elbridge.

Clay to host meeting on waterfront project

For nearly 20 years, the town of Clay has been working on fixing up the Three Rivers site where the Seneca, Oneida and Oswego rivers meet. “It’s been a long process,” said Clay Town Board member Naomi Bray, who has made it her mission to see the project to fruition. “It gets frustrating. But it’s definitely an ongoing process.” The town is ready to move into the next stage of that process with a meeting to be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in the meeting room at Town Hall, 4401 Route 31, Clay. The meeting marks the next phase of the execution of the Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant received by the town in the early 2000s.

Break a leg in the afterlife, fellas!

We lost two prominent players in the local entertainment scene recently. Liverpool musician, teacher and concert coordinator George Miller, who lived in Liverpool his entire life, died Oct. 6. He was 76 years old. And comedian Big Mike Goss died Oct. 3. He was 60 years old.

Wednesday, October 23

Wang hat trick sends Hornets past Proctor

F-M senior returns from broken collarbone, stars in AA quarterfinal

Chris Wang was, for the most part, a spectator this fall, watching as his Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team rose as high as no. 2 in the state rankings, only to falter a bit in the latter part of the regular season. Just in time, though, Wang returned to the field - and the senior forward proved spectacular in Wednesday night's Section III Class AA quarterfinal, recording a hat trick to lead the no. 4 seed Hornets past no. 5 seed and defending champion Utica Proctor 4-1.

Goldberg, Susko, Pollock reach state tennis tournament

F-M, J-D both find success at Section III qualifier

Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt have both placed top girls tennis players on the Section III teams heading to next weekend's state championship tournament. The Hornets' doubles team of Laurin Goldberg and Sienna Susko emerged victorious from the the Section III state qualifier Wednesday at Drumlins, while the Red Rams' Pollock took third place in singles.

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Westhill/Ludden runners sweep OHSL Liberty meet

McGuane, Garn gives Marcellus individual titles

When the Onondaga High School League's 10 Liberty division cross country teams gathered together Wednesday at Jordan-Elbridge, Westhill/Bishop Ludden went to the top of both the boys and girls divisions. As that was going on, the turmoil-filled Marcellus Mustangs produced both individual champions - Rachel Garn on the girls side, Patrick McGuane on the boys side.

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State supreme court judge upholds ZBA decision regarding college fence construction

A New York State Supreme Court judge has sided with the village of Cazenovia and refused to overturn the village zoning board’s April decision to require full site plan review for a proposed perimeter fence around Cazenovia College’s athletic complex rather than issuing a simple building permit.

Vote no on state ballot proposals one and five


To the editor: On the November ballot there will be several proposals amending the constitution to benefit private companies. Proposal Number One is an amendment “Authorizing Casino Gaming” and Proposal Number Five, is an amendment “In Relation to a Land Exchange…” These proposals promise one thing but may deliver another.

If it’s not broke, don’t fix it


To the editor: Hi Fenner voters. You know the old saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Well, that’s what I am saying about the town of Fenner government.

Morrisville State Theater to present ‘The Mousetrap’

There is a murderer loose in jolly old England! Or at least there is in Morrisville State’s Theater play, “The Mousetrap.” The Friars Club will be presenting this Agatha Christie murder-mystery at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 , at 2 p.m. Oct. 27, and at 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Nov. 1, and Nov. 2.

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Know who, what, and where you are voting on Nov. 5?

Local town elections will occur Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the towns of Cazenovia, Nelson and Fenner. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Here's a list of all the candidates for election, Cazenovia town ballot propositions and state ballot initiatives.

Girls soccer Bears eliminated by New Hartford

Chittenango takes first-round Class A sectional ouster

The Chittenango girls soccer team’s stay in the Section III Class A playoffs proved a short one. Given the no. 11 seed, the Bears had to visit no. 6 seed New Hartford in Tuesday night’s opening round, and could not get on the board in a 3-0 loss to the Spartans.

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Local girls honored by Shriners

On Saturday, Oct.19, at Miori Martial Arts Studio in Cicero, two young girls were recognized for their generous actions by representatives from the Boston and the Springfield Shriners Children’s Hospitals.

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Baldwinsville father, son hike the NP Trail in record time

Baldwinsville father/son team Chris and Will Getman, managed to complete their end-of-summer trek of the Northville-Lake Placid Trail in record time — in just eight days, with a daily average hike of 15 miles. On one of those days, they even stretched their walk an additional seven miles, hiking a total of 22.6 to be exact — more than triple the trail’s estimated distance in one day.

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Stenuf Music Studio offers private piano, voice lessons

Skaneateles residents interested in learning to play piano or getting one-on-one piano or vocal instruction now have an option available without leaving town. As of Aug. 1, Stenuf Music Studio is open for business in Skaneateles. Owner and instructor Marlene Stenuf specializes in piano and voice lessons and takes students of any age or experience level.

COLUMN: Town races not about parties

Column by Joe Genco on local elections.

LETTER: Jones endorses Skaneateles Party candidates

A letter to the editor from the Oct. 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Elect Jim Greenfield

A letter to the editor from the Oct. 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: CPCS endorses Skaneateles Party candidates

A letter to the editor from the Oct. 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Town board ‘not interested’ in bond savings

A letter to the editor from the Oct. 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Spafford shines

A letter to the editor from the Oct. 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Town officers should protect town interests, not village interests

A letter to the editor from the Oct. 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Roney supports Greenfield, McGlynn, Keyes

A letter to the editor from the Oct. 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Time for a change in leadership

A letter to the editor from the Oct. 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Experience is needed in a time of change for town

A letter to the editor from the Oct. 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Boyke, Jennings and Snyder best options for Cicero

To the editor: How very unique for town candidates to receive the diverse support and endorsements of three political entities. The Cicero Democratic and Conservative parties and the Veterans Party all agree that supervisor candidate Judy Boyke and council candidates Lynn Jennings and Don Snyder are your best choice to serve as town officials. It has become very easy in our busy lives to ignore local government and not be concerned about what individuals are making decisions affecting our property, safety, traffic concerns and town services. These three endorsements are a strong indication that, as residents, we are promised to receive the best possible service for all property owners, town departments, and its’ employees by encouraging a positive business atmosphere in these most challenging times.

LETTER: Clay candidates run the town well

To the editor: Election time again in the Town of Clay. The best-run town in the area. Yes, I’m prejudiced; I’ve lived here a long time. We Clay people haven’t been bothered with the acrimony and indecision suffered by the towns around us. The reason is the group of people who run this town. They do it well and quietly.

LETTER: Thanks for flags on Brookhaven

To the editor: I would like to thank whomever it was that put the American flags up on Brookhaven road.

LETTER: Radio show will be a welcome change

To the editor: Great to hear good news for a change. Michael Savage, the ultra-conservative talk show host of “The Savage Nation,” will have a new radio time slot starting January 2014. I’m hoping it’s sooner.

LETTER: Allan Wellington deserves position

A letter to the editor from the Oct. 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Support Skaneateles Party candidates

A letter to the editor from the Oct. 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: Oct. 23

Climate change, a northwest passage

Along the Lakeshore column from the Oct. 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Mangicaro’s letter twisted the facts

To the editor: I read with interest Mark Mangicaro’s letter which appeared in the Oct. 9 edition of your newspaper (“Selecting the best candidate”). In fact I read it several times, because I was fascinated by the way he twisted events and pulled facts from, well, thin air.

LETTER: Why Mike Becallo has my vote on Nov. 5

To the editor: I write today to share my thoughts why Mike Becallo is the best candidate for Cicero town councilor. I feel he shares the views for the future of Cicero and Central New York as a whole that my wife and I have. I find it refreshing to see a candidate that is passionate about the town that he grew up in. While many people his age have chosen to leave Central New York, Mike has not only decided to stay but also has stepped up to be the voice for the people that he is proud to call his neighbors.

LETTER: Bragman and Corl endorse Zambrano for supervisor

To the editor: As Election Day approaches it is clear that the best candidate for Cicero town supervisor is Jessica Zambrano. We have had the opportunity to observe Jessica’s leadership skills throughout her years of public service and Jessica has certainly proven her dedication to the town. Whether it has been collaborating with diverse groups for the betterment of our community or working with business leaders and residents to address their concerns or needs, Jessica shares our commitment to the town its citizenry and various attributes.

COLUMN: Cell phone charges: New York’s growing tax

Recently, the Tax Foundation released a map showing the combined local, state, and federal cell phone rates. The map showed, not surprisingly, that New York residents pay the third highest cell phone tax rate in the country. Our state and local cell phone tax is 17.85 percent.

LETTER: Giving $50,000 for early notification is disgusting

To the editor and Baldwinsville CSD Board of Education: My wife and I just got done paying $2,800 in school taxes. Money we worked hard for along with paying for three kids in college and three in grade school.

LETTER: Thank you for successful sale

Letter thanking the community for a successful church rummage sale.

LETTER: Reputable candidate?

To the editor: The Democratic candidate for a Van Buren highway superintendent, William Vroman, of 1058 Lynch Road, owes delinquent taxes in excess of $11,000 on property he owns in the town of Lysander.

LETTER: Time for a change

To the editor: I have been a registered Republican since I was old enough to vote. I have resided in the town of Van Buren for almost 20 years.

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Tibetan monks to visit The Energy Lounge in Baldwinsville

Private healing sessions available, public invited to attend the creation, dissolution of a sand mandala

Baldwinsville’s The Energy Lounge is one of several spots in Central New York where Tibetan Buddhist monks from the historic Gaden Shartse Monastery will be visiting next weekend. The eight-day tour also includes stops in Liverpool, Manlius, Cazenovia and Syracuse.

Tuesday, October 22

Agricultural District Program in Madison County - Open Enrollment is During October 2013

October has been designated as Madison County's "open enrollment" period during which properties can be added to an existing agricultural district. Agricultural Districts play a vital role in protecting agricultural land in Madison County. Agricultural farmland accounts for close to 41 percent of Madison County’s entire area.

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Taste of Baldwinsville returns

Community comes out to celebrate, support local charity

Approximately 500 patrons were in attendance at the annual Taste of Baldwinsville event, on Saturday, Oct. 19. Located this year at CNY Family Sports Centre, many were enjoying some of the area’s best food offerings and at the same time, supporting the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center.

SLA learns more about foam in Skaneateles Lake

Over the last several years there has been a visible increase in the amount of foam on Skaneateles Lake.

Skaneateles Fire Department Oct. update

October update submitted by the Skaneateles Fire Department.

BOE makes capital project proposal official

$2.8 million project to be voted on Dec. 10

The Skaneateles board of education officially adopted a resolution to propose a $2,835,299 capital project at its Oct. 15 meeting. The proposal will be voted on by residents of the district between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Waterman Primary School.

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Werner honored as Citizen of the Year

Four honored at biennial chamber event

The Skaneateles Country Club was full of laughter and gratitude at the Citizen of the Year award dinner on Oct. 17. Four Skaneateles residents were honored at the biennial event held by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. This year’s Citizen of the Year honor went to Dr. Bob Werner, who was recognized for his work removing invasive species from Skaneateles Lake as well as other volunteer efforts mainly focusing around the lake and nearby nature.

Robyn and Richard Marris named Nelson citizens of the year

The Erieville Nelson Heritage Society and the town of Nelson have announced that Robyn and Richard Marris are the recipients of the 2013 Norman Odell Citizen of the Year award.

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Tuvan throat singers to perform at Nelson Odeon on Nov. 1

The Nelson Odeon prides itself on being a concert venue that not only promotes local music but also brings respected regional, national and international acts to the Central New York area to play for music lovers and music discoverers alike. Next week, the Odeon presents what may be the most unique musical act to yet grace its stage: Alash, a trio of world-renowned Tuvan musicians and throat singers who can create multiple melodic pitches using only their voices.

Police making progress on ‘Exercise Stalker’ case

Cazenovia village police have received a large volume of information and leads regarding the so-called “Exercise Stalker” and are making progress in the case, and, because of all the publicity, there have been no recent sightings of the stalker, said Police Chief Michael Hayes.

Northern Onondaga County legislature profiles

While a few northern Onondaga County Legislature districts are unopposed this time around, a couple of districts feature contested races. In the fourth district, Democrat Carol Sinesi takes on incumbent Republican Judy Tassone, while Democrat Gary Brisson will try to unseat long-term incumbent Republican Kathy Rapp in the fifth district. Read on for candidate profiles.

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Cicero firefighters, police officers receive awards

Several Cicero Volunteer Fire Department members and Cicero police officers were honored for their lifesaving efforts at an awards ceremony Saturday, Oct. 19.

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North Syracuse unveils newly refurbished village seal

For some 27 years, the village of North Syracuse seal adorned the front of village hall. But the effects of 27 winters, summers, springs and autumns took their toll, and the wooden sign began to fade. “The sun hits this site pretty good, so it gets pretty weathered,” said Mayor Mark Atkinson. “We knew we had to do something to bring it back.” On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the village unveiled the newly restored sign. The seal depicts the plank road that once ran through the village, the first in the country; that road is now Route 11. The road, once made of hemlock, served as the inspiration for L. Frank Baum’s Yellow Brick Road in the “Wizard of Oz” books. Also on the seal is the structure that now serves as the North Syracuse Community Center — a former functioning trolley station — as well as a trolley car being pulled by horses. Along the bottom are the words “Yesterday’s Road to the Future” along with the village’s year of incorporation, 1925.

LETTER: Re-elect Theobald

To the editor: It is with great enthusiasm that I personally endorse Edmond Theobold for supervisor of the town of Manlius. I do so because Ed is a true public servant who is interested in improving his community and is always putting public interest above politics. Whenever I call Ed with a question or concern, I can count on him being true to his word. In his position as town supervisor, Ed is fair to all sides of an issue and constantly looking for ways to make our town better.

LETTER: Why I’m voting for Tetley for the town of Manlius supervisor

To the editor: Election season is upon us, so I would like to remind people to speak with their vote. I am a registered Republican, and voted along party lines during the last town election. However, I can’t in good conscience vote that way this year because Manlius is now too top-heavy with Republicans.

LETTER: Missing money in Manlius

To the editor: When are the residents of the town of Manlius finally going to have a full account of the hundreds of thousands of dollars missing from the Manlius Town Court?

LETTER: Re-elect Leidka for county legislature

To the editor: On November 5, we’ll go to the polls and select our legislator to represent us for the next two years. The choice should be an absolute no-brainer. Let me share the reasons why.

Six vie for three seats on DeWitt town board

On Nov. 5, voters in the town of DeWitt will have the choice to vote for up to three candidates for the three available town councilor positions on the town board. Jamie Frank, Joey Chiarenza and Kerin Rigney are the Democrats running and Tony Albanese, Irene Scruton and Lynn Simonetta-Blair are the Republican candidates. Currently, Albanese and Scruton are both councilors on the DeWitt town board.

A mighty ‘Wind’

Impressive acting, taut direction carry CNY Playhouse’s ‘Inherit the Wind’

Playwrights Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee insisted that “Inherit the Wind” stands not as a piece of journalism but as a piece of theater.

Monday, October 21

Girls soccer Northstars, Warriors finish fast

Liverpool could play C-NS in AA sectional semifinals

For all they had done during the regular season, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls soccer teams had emerged as the front-runners to earn the Section III Class AA title, which the Warriors have won each of the last two years.

C-NS field hockey locks up league title

Northstars to meet Liverpool in Class A semifinals

Even after getting that all-important 2-1 victory over Fayetteville-Manlius in a first-place Oct. 8 showdown, the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey still did not have the CNY Counties League regular-season title locked down.

F-M soccer teams head into sectional playoffs

Girls to face Liverpool; boys meet Proctor at Swan Pond

Though it has proven a wild and uneven ride at times, both of the Fayetteville-Manlius soccer teams are right back in familiar territory as the Section III Class AA playoffs start later this week.

J-D girls soccer blanks Homer, Mexico

Rams top seed as it seeks fifth straight Class A title

Perhaps some respect is returning to the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team, just as it turns its attention to the quest for a fifth straight Section III Class A title.

ESM field hockey shares league championship

F-M gets top Class A seed, will host semifinals

Perhaps it wasn’t the outright prize that it longed for, but the East Syracuse-Minoa field hockey team still managed to claim a share of the Onondaga High School League regular-season championship.

Short-handed Brothers blanked by Fowler

J-D making late-season surge; ESM misses out on playoffs

In terms of timing, the Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer team’s showdown with Fowler last Tuesday night could not have been worse.

Grimes girls soccer finishes unbeaten regular season

Cobras, MPH teams all head into Class C sectionals

Other than a Sept. 28 tie with Bishop Ludden at Onondaga Community College, the Bishop Grimes girls soccer team never had a blemish in the 2013 regular season.

B’ville girls soccer tops West Genny, Auburn

Bees rise up to claim no. 3 Class AA playoff seed

For all the concerns and crises faced by a young and sometimes unproven roster, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team might be rounding into peak form just when it needs it the most.

B’ville girls volleyball sweeps C-NS

Boys Bees endure busy week, beat Northstars in five

Thanks to all the local matches and out-of-town tournaments it has put itself through, the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team is quite ready for the post-season examination to get underway.

Girls soccer Lakers wrap up OHSL Liberty title

Skaneateles has no. 4 seed in Class B sectionals

From the moment it beat Cazenovia in the Aug. 30 season opener, the Skaneateles girls soccer team set the pace in the OHSL Liberty National division, and never let anyone catch up.

Skaneateles boys soccer falls to Marcellus, Caz

Lakers still headed for Class B sectionals

Of all the frustrations gathered up by the Skaneateles boys soccer team in 2013, none was as vexing as the pair of narrow defeats it took to its most fervent rival.

Volleyball Lakers edge LaFayette in five sets

Rallying from 2-1 deficit, Skaneateles stops Lancers

While the Skaneateles girls volleyball team has undergone far more challenges in 2013 than in the previous two seasons, it still is one of the favorites to emerge with a Section III Class B title.

Westhill, Marcellus boys soccer get key late wins

Warriors begin Class B title defense with top seed

Right after the Westhill boys soccer team turned back Marcellus 2-0 on Oct. 10, both sides would enter the last week of the regular season facing important tests against Laker teams – and kept on winning them.

Solvay girls soccer rallies past Ludden

Bearcats to face Cazenovia in opening sectional round

As the Marcellus and Westhill girls soccer teams squared off once more before their Section III Class B playoff journeys began, other local teams tried to close out the regular season with some more wins on the ledger.

Marcellus rips Phoenix, will host playoff game

Westhill falls to Camden; Solvay stopped by Chittenango

Even as it lost back-to-back games in early October, the Marcellus football team got rewarded for what it had done it September – plus had some help along the way.

WG soccer sides drop 1-0 matches

Wildcats will play early in boys, girls AA sectionals

All season long, the theme for the West Genesee girls soccer team has proved the same – good enough to hang close to every other major Section III Class AA title contender, but not often beating them.

Caz boys soccer goes 1-1, wins at Skaneateles

Lakers are no. 3 seed as it looks for sectional finals return

Nothing that the Cazenovia boys soccer team had to deal with in the closing stretch of the 2013 regular season proved easy – not with defending Section III Class B champion Westhill and Skaneateles on the agenda.

Caz girls soccer rips past J-E, Homer

Lakers take no. 7 seed into Class B sectionals

With a chance to gain a lot of confidence and momentum before the start of the Section III Class B playoffs, the Cazenovia girls soccer team took full advantage.

Lakers beat Port Byron, share league title

Caz earns top seed in sectional Class C title quest

By just a couple of goals, the Cazenovia field hockey team missed extending its long Onondaga High School League unbeaten streak and also claiming another outright league title.

Caz girls volleyball takes loss to West Genny

Lakers sweep Fowler, gets key late match with Marcellus

With the milestone of head coach Brian Ellithorpe’s 300th win behind them, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team vowed to keep adding to that win total – and did so, with a brief interruption in the middle.

Saturday, October 19

Lakers defeat VVS, finish unbeaten regular season

Hopsicker run in fourth quarter puts Caz ahead for good

Whatever else could be said about the Cazenovia football team, it's safe to assume that it was not in a sharing mood when it ventured to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill on Saturday afternoon. Knowing that a defeat would create a three-way tie for the Class B East division title, the Lakers, with a tremendous fourth-quarter surge, rallied to beat the Red Devils 27-17 and claim another outright league championship.

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Wildcats rally at Henninger falls just short

WG cannot make up 27-point deficit to Black Knights

At a very late point in Saturday's game at Sunnycrest Field, the West Genesee football team figured out how to pick up points against the formidable Henninger defense. However, that resolution came too late to save the Wildcats as the Black Knights, fueled by big pass plays, went up big early and hanged on to prevail by a score of 27-21.

Spartans smack Nottingham, earn league title

ESM leans on passing combo of Richardson, Bryant

An offensive explosion in the second half helped push the East Syracuse-Minoa football team past the Nottingham Bulldogs for the outright Class A American division regular-season title. Led by senior quarterback Sean Richardson and wide receiver Pat Bryant, the Spartans cruised to a 31-12 victory over the Bulldogs Friday night and will have a top seed in the Section III playoffs that start next weekend.

Ludden football blanks Port Byron, 20-0

J-E quest for winning record stopped by Skaneateles

Regular-season play for the Bishop Ludden and Jordan-Elbridge football teams ended in wildly varying manners against Class C West division opponents.

Bears close regular season, win big at Solvay

Chittenango misses out on playoff shot

In a week full of high emotion for Chittenango High School’s athletic program, a proper theatrical ending would have included the football Bears winning at Solvay and, with help from elsewhere, making a return to the Section III Class B playoffs.

Liverpool rips RFA, secures home playoff game

C-NS hopes deflated in loss to Central Square

From nagging questions of character and heart at mid-season, the Liverpool football team now finds itself proudly owning a four-game win streak and plenty of momentum going into the Section III Class AA playoffs. Just as importantly, when the Warriors rolled past Rome Free Academy 35-12 on Friday night, it clinched second place in the Class AA-2 division with a 4-1 mark (5-2 overall) and guaranteed that it would stay at LHS Stadium for the AA opening round.

Friday, October 18

Hornets survive Auburn scare, go to 7-0

CBA blanks Corcoran, also has perfect regular-season mark

A full regular season has passed, and neither the Fayetteville-Manlius nor Christian Brothers Academy football teams have lost yet. As a result, the Hornets and Brothers enter the Section III Class AA playoffs as the top seeds, knowing two wins separate them from a potentially epic clash in the Carrier Dome on Nov. 10.

Bees need two OTs, survive Utica Proctor

B'ville heads into Class AA playoffs with 5-2 mark

The season's longest road trip for the Baldwinsville football team just happened to turn into the season's longest game. Trailing in the fourth quarter against winless Utica Proctor, the Bees rallied to force overtime, and then survived two extra periods to defeat the Raiders 35-28 and finish the regular season with a 5-2 mark.

Big surge sends football Lakers past J-E

Skaneateles scores 35 points in 10-minute span

Though it had to surrender the Class C West regular-season crown to Syracuse's Institute of Technology Central a week earlier, the Skaneateles football team still has plenty of momentum as it returns to the Section III Class C playoffs next weekend.

LETTER: Leadership in the town of Manlius

To the editor: To be a leader in government today is extremely demanding, challenging, frustrating and difficult - especially at the local level - because much of what a local leader has to deal with is dictated by the state and federal levels of government.

‘Science is Fun’ demonstrations return to Cazenovia

Cazenovia College students and faculty introduce the wonders of biology and chemistry to youth in the community

Cazenovia College students and faculty will present “Science is Fun!” with demonstrations and hands-on activities for children ages 5 to 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Cazenovia College, in Eckel Hall (Rooms 204 and 208) on Lincklaen Street in Cazenovia.

Should the town of Cazenovia elect or appoint the town clerk?


On Nov. 5, Cazenovia residents will be asked to vote yes or no on local Proposition 2 as they complete their ballots. This local proposition changes the position of the Cazenovia town clerk from an elected to an appointed position. If enacted, the change will occur on Jan. 1, 2016. On that date, and subsequently, the town board would appoint an individual to the position of town clerk.

C-NS boys soccer plays B’ville to 0-0 draw

Northstars unable to score on Bees in two regular-season encounters

When all the activity of the 2013 regular season was done, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team had made it to the top of the CNY Counties League National division, and also appeared ready to grab the top seed for the Section III Class AA playoffs.

B’ville boys soccer plays C-NS to 0-0 draw

Bees just miss out on league title; have nine-game unbeaten streak

It must warm the hearts of the Baldwinsville boys soccer team to know that, in five total encounters against the other three major Class AA title contenders – Cicero-North Syracuse, Fayetteville-Manlius and Liverpool – it has gone a combined 3-1-1.

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EAVES asks the public for help to build new facility

This year, East Area Volunteer Emergency Services, Inc. (EAVES) is celebrating its 40th year of service to the village of East Syracuse and the northern part of the town of DeWitt. And a lot in the industry has changed since the first EMTs and paramedics began rolling out the stretchers in 1973 at EAVES’ current headquarters, located near Carrier Circle. Which is why the men and women who work and volunteer there are finding themselves in a tough spot – they simply do not have enough space to store equipment, accommodate personnel overnight and perform some of their operations.

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County legislator Brian May seeks re-election

County legislator Brian May is running for re-election unopposed. May serves the first district which includes the town of Lysander and the western portion of the town of Clay.

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County legislator Derek Shepard seeks re-election

Shepard represents the 13th District, which cover Van Buren, Elbridge and a large part of Camillus.

Reisinger roars to Division I singles title

B'ville tennis star does not drop a set in sectional run

Whatever else had taken place with the Baldwinsville girls tennis team, one constant was the total domination Kahlei Reisinger had over her singles opponents. So it was little surprise that Reisinger emerged as the Section III Division I champion in last week’s tournament, which due to a 24-hour rain delay was moved from Syracuse University’s Skytop Courts to Liverpool High School.

F-M, J-D, MPH tennis stars win sectional titles

Goldberg, Susko survive doubles; Pollock, Clarkson are singles champs

Though it had yet another Section III Class A team title secure, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis team did not have as easy a time of it in the aftermath. During the the sectional Division I tournament at Liverpool High School, just one Hornets side made it all the way to the finals – the doubles team of Laurin Goldberg and Sienna Susko – but they finished on top in the most dramatic match of the entire week of sectional play.

Herbst, Magee win sectional doubles titles

Skaneateles' Ellison reaches Division III singles final

With a perfect regular season and Section III Class C tournament championship already in the books, the Skaneateles girls tennis team went after more honors in the sectional Division III singles and doubles tournaments – and got a doubles title from Makenzi Herbst and Grace Magee.

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Randall wins sectional Division III tennis singles

Marcellus, West Genesee duos each advance to finals

During a full week of post-season competition involving many local girls tennis players, Marcellus would see its top singles player, Haley Randall, win the Section III Division III championship by rolling in straight sets against all of her tournament opponents.

Cazenovia Police Blotter

The Cazenovia police blotter for the week of Oct. 4 to 11

Thursday, October 17

HOPE for Bereaved to celebrate 35 candles

For its 2012 Celebration of HOPE dinner, a mom donated a large basket filled with toys to its silent auction in memory of her 6-year-old son, “Motorcycle Mikey.” He died after a 17 month battle with cancer. Mikey’s Mom and 7-year-old brother Parker came to HOPE for one-on-one counseling and attended our support groups.

Cazenovia Board of Education seeks community input on superintendent search

The Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education is seeking community input on the selection of the district’s new superintendent of schools with an anonymous online survey. Current Superintendent Robert Dubik announced to the Board of Education last June his plans to retire after the current academic year ends in June 2014.

Cazenovia CSD Athletic Department thanks Cazenovia College


To the editor: On behalf of the students, coaches and administration at Cazenovia Central Schools, we would like to express our appreciation to the staff within the Cazenovia College Athletics Department and the Office of the President, Dr. Mark Tierno. Specifically, we would like to say thank you to the college for allowing our high school sports programs to use Cazenovia College’s Christakos Field at various times during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.

West Genny swimmers smother Liverpool

Castro gets two wins, helps in pair of relays

When the West Genesee girls swim team is most effective, it puts away any kind of opposition with sheer numbers of quality performers. Or at least that was the Wildcats’ plan in Wednesday night's meet against visiting Liverpool, and it worked to perfection as WG rolled past the Warriors 101-79 and improved to 6-0 on the season.

Liverpool runners sweep CNYCL National races

Petrella, McNamara earn individual titles; C-NS takes second place

Though the races were bigger and the fields larger, the Liverpool cross country teams had the same result – a clean sweep of the CNY Counties League National division.

B’ville cross country hosts league meets

Lathrop, Martin each finish third among individuals

Each of Baldwinsville’s cross country teams would produce third-place finishes during the CNY Counties League National division championships, held Wednesday at Durgee Junior High School.

What’s in a name?

Long past time to deal with offensive nicknames, pro or otherwise

First, before we plunge into the raging discussion about what to call that Pro Football Team in Washington, let’s just admit that none of our hands are clean here – journalists included. Thousands of times in hundreds of stories over the decades, we have shown no shame, apology or hesitation dropping Native American-based nicknames into the flow of the story. And we’ll continue to do so in the days, months and years ahead.

Cross country teams roll to league championships

F-M girls sweep; J-D girls, ESM boys win Freedom meets

The start of post-season action for the area’s cross country teams meant that it was time to step up the performance level – especially for Fayetteville-Manlius, still in possession of the top state ranking on both Class A sides.

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Girls Lakers sweep J-E, lock up league title

Skaneateles senior runners honored at last home race

The mission, as the Skaneateles cross country girls lined up against archrival Jordan-Elbridge Wednesday afternoon, was simple - win, and grab another OHSL Liberty division title.

Hallowrun for Hunger is this weekend

Don’t miss your chance to get chased by zombies — and help the hungry at the same time. The first-ever Hallowrun for Hunger, organized by Cicero-North Syracuse High School sophomores Liz Westfall and Megan Cuculich, will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the McKinley Shelter at Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton. The 5K course will feature student zombies from Cicero-North Syracuse High School, who will chase runners as they make their way along the course. The event will raise money for the Food Bank of Central New York, the main food supplier to 268 emergency food programs in 11 counties in the state.

Here’s what our neighbors like about Liverpool

Ever wonder what the rest of Central New York thinks of Liverpool? The Syracuse New Times’ “Best of Syracuse” edition gives us a pretty good idea. Published on Oct. 2, the list of favorite places and performers includes a baker’s dozen “best” with roots in Liverpool.

Wednesday, October 16

Marcellus, Westhill girls play to wild 2-2 draw

Both Mustangs, Warriors score in second OT period

Somehow, someway, girls soccer games between Marcellus and Westhill turn out to be memorable occasions, and Wednesday night's clash proved no different. Both teams led, both teams blew their leads, and that combined with changing weather elements and strange occurrences, made the 2-2 draw between the Mustangs and Warriors compelling theater again.

North Syracuse voters approve referendum

Voters in the North Syracuse Central School District overwhelmingly approved a $2 million referendum to make repairs to the Michael J. Bragman Athletic Complex at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, as well as security upgrades at the same building. A total of 1,650 votes were cast, with 1,331 votes in favor of the referendum and 319 against.

LETTER: Skaneateles Party candidates will support non profits

Letter to the editor from the Oct. 16 Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Sennett, Brace, Howard show concern for environment

Letter to the editor from the Oct. 16 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Sennett as supervisor could be a conflict of interests

Letter to the editor from the Oct. 16 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Greenfield asks for support

Letter to the editor from the Oct. 16 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Support Jim Greenfield

Letter to the editor from the Oct. 16 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Read between the signs

Letter to the editor from the Oct. 16 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Town officials haven’t been the best fiscal managers

Letter to the editor from the Oct. 16 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Hazardous waste disposal event was a job well done

Letter to the editor from the Oct. 16 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Hoedown supporters thanked

Letter to the editor from the Oct. 16 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Skaneateles schools participate in walk to school day

Since 1997, schools across the nation have been participating in the International Walk to School Day, which occurs one day each year in early October. On the morning of Oct. 9, five Central New York schools participated in the event: Minoa Elementary and Fremont Elementary in the East Syracuse Minoa school district, Waterman Primary School and State Street Intermediate School in the Skaneateles school district and McKinley-Brighton Elementary in the Syracuse city school district.

Along the Lakeshore: Oct. 16

Progress on lake levels, concerns about pedestrian safety

Along the Lakeshore from the Oct. 16 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Too much voting in Skaneateles?


In theory, the more chances for residents of a community to have their voices heard via a vote, the better the government can be “for the people,” but is there such a thing as too much?

School board to ask voter approval for $7.4 million capital project

The Cazenovia Central School District will present a referendum to district voters this December seeking permission to bond for a more than $7 million capital project to make necessary infrastructure repairs in all three district school buildings.

Fenner tax rate likely to drop for 15th consecutive year

The 2014 tax rate for the town of Fenner most likely will decrease for the 15th year in a row, said Town Supervisor Russ Carey at the board’s Oct. 9 public budget hearing. While the final tax rate will not be known until Madison County releases the final county sales tax disbursements for each town, the tax rate in Fenner likely will decrease by a few cents per $1,000 of assessed value, Carey said.

Spafford town candidates talk local issues

On Nov. 5, Spafford voters will have two choices for a town supervisor and five choices for two available town councilor seats. Learn more about these candidates and see how they responded to questions about local government.

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Shave and a haircut … now in Caz

First village barber shop in 10 years opens in Town and Country Plaza

It’s been four weeks since Fred’s Barber Shop opened in the Tops plaza in Cazenovia — and Fred Hinderliter has been so busy he’s already thinking of increasing his business hours. “Men just feel more comfortable in a barber shop,” said Hinderliter, who opened up his shop inside Twisted Scissors salon at the beginning of September. “’Finally, there’s a barber shop in town’ — I’ve been hearing that a lot. Every week I’ve been doubling my clientele.”

Connor sisters advance to tennis state qualifier

Unseeded Cazenovia duo survives pair of three-set thrillers

In a remarkable effort, Cazenovia’s girls tennis sister duo of Edie and Lucy Connor won three matches, two of them going to three sets, and advanced all the way to the semifinals in Tuesday’s Section III Division III tournament at Mott Courts in Utica.

Town of Salina candidate profiles

In Salina, it's a typically heated race. All but two seats are opposed, with many familiar faces again throwing their hats in the ring. Read on to learn more about the candidates.

LETTER: Venesky has my vote

To the editor: Mark Venesky has my vote for town councilor in the town of Cicero. I have known Mark and his wife MaryEllen for a number of years. Mark and I have been associated with a community organization where I found him to be a kind person who deeply cares for his community.

LETTER: Becallo an ideal candidate for Cicero Town Board

To the editor: I’m sending this letter to recommend Michael Becallo for Cicero town councilor. I have known Michael for more than 13 years and would highly recommend him as a member of the Cicero Town Board.

LETTER: Zambrano is no Reagan

To the editor: I am responding to Mark Mangicaro’s letter that appeared in the Oct. 10th edition of the Star News, the letter in which he accused me of having “sour grapes”. Mr. Mangicaro: I don’t know how many times I have to say it but I’ll try one more time. My opposition to you and your group of Republican committee members’ decision to back Jessica Zambrano for Cicero Supervisor is based solely on two facts: She is not an enrolled Republican and she is an opportunist.

Tuesday, October 15

Much is in store for lead-up to election

This year is an important one for anyone concerned with local government and looking to make a choice that they feel will benefit the community. On Nov. 5 the residents of Cicero, Clay and Salina will elect new town officers.

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Surviving the saddest loss: CNY-PIBN provides resources for those facing perinatal and infant loss

The smell of Laurie Farrell’s daughter is starting to fade from the box of mementos she brought home from the hospital five years ago. The contents of the hand-painted box — a Beanie Baby, a receiving blanket, a small knitted cap, a crocheted blanket, a tiny gold ring and a bracelet — is all Farrell has left of her little girl. Emily was stillborn in November of 2008. “These are things she wore, and these are amazing mementos for me as a parent,” said Farrell, of Onondaga Hill. “Every year when I open it up on the anniversary date, I can still smell her.”

Spafford candidates forum set for Oct. 16

There will be a candidates forum held at 7 p.m. in Spafford Town Hall, 1984 Route 174, Skaneateles. The event will be moderated by Skaneateles Press editor Joe Genco and is open to the public.

Cazenovia preliminary town budget now available for public review

Modest tax increases included for town residents

The preliminary Cazenovia town budget, which was publicly released by the town board last week, contains higher expenditures from last year, mainly due to increases in town benefits and retirement spending, and offers modest tax increases for town residents.

Village seeks community input on Village Edge South rezoning process

The Cazenovia Village Board came one step closer to enhancing the eastern gateway to the village last Monday night. And it continues to seek community input on what types of services and developments residents want on the east end of town.

COLUMN: Oh, horrors part two: a look at some of the local haunted attractions

Last week, we took a look at five local haunted attractions that were well worth checking out. Here are six more that you can sink your teeth into. Or perhaps it would be better to say that the ghouls here can sink their teeth into you.

Tetley, Theobald square off in supervisor race once again

On Nov. 5, the voters of the town of Manlius will elect new town officials. The ballot will have two options for a new town supervisor, Republican candidate Ed Theobald and Democratic candidate Mark Tetley. Four Republicans are running for election uncontested for the town councilor positions; Karen Green, David Marnell, Vince Giordano and Jason Cassalia. Additionally, incumbent Republicans are running uncontested for all other available offices: Allison Edsall for town clerk, Bob O’Leary for Town Justice, Laura Peschel for tax collector and Robert Cushing for highway superintendent.

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Maple Downs spreads breast cancer awareness with a ‘Field of Pink’

Two years ago, Karen Jones, the community manager at Maple Downs, an independent senior living community in Fayetteville, was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she returned home to Maryland for treatment, she noticed clusters of pink flags in the ground, which she later found out were there to raise awareness for breast cancer. And Jones thought it made such a great statement that she decided to mirror it along route 5 this year, at the edge of Maple Downs’ property.

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FMHS senior organizes race to benefit local and national refugees

Ever since she was in third grade, Caroline Tangoren has been interested in human rights. She began volunteering with a family friend at Francis House, a local hospice home in Syracuse, where she would go once a week and talk with the residents.

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Girl Scouts help to bring in a half ton of produce to F-M’s food pantry

Fresh produce donations, tallied as part of Fayetteville-Manlius’ Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR), rose dramatically in September thanks to the generosity of local gardeners and community garden initiatives. The total donated over the summer was 1,050 pounds. Launched by F-M Girl Scout Troop 10526, the F-M PAR project benefitted F-M Community Outreach and ran from June 2 through Sept. 16.

Monday, October 14

Liverpool, C-NS boys soccer build win streaks

Local sides could have top seeds for AA sectionals

All of the major obstacles are out of the way for Liverpool’s boys soccer team as it now hones in on trying to reclaim a Section III Class AA title it last won a decade ago.

Liverpool girls volleyball beats West Genny in five sets

C-NS girls, boys sides also pick up late-season wins

Earning one of its most exciting wins of the season, the Liverpool girls volleyball team knocked off West Genesee in five sets last Thursday night.

F-M boys soccer goes 2-1, falls to B’ville

Girls Hornets get routs of Oswego, Central Square

Both of the Fayetteville-Manlius soccer teams carry championship aspirations – but as the last week of the regular season started, they each knew that they would have to step up a lot to make that possible.

Marcellus, Westhill girls soccer roll to easy wins

Stage set for Wednesday rematch between state-ranked rivals

Less than a week before the Section III Class B playoffs were to start, the Marcellus and Westhill girls soccer teams would meet once more, giving each other a full litmus test on the Mustangs' Senior Night.

Solvay, Westhill volleyball maintain hot streaks

West Genny takes losses to Baldwinsville, Liverpool

All through this season, the local balance of power in girls volleyball has shifted, away from Marcellus and toward newer outposts like Solvay and Westhill, and last week's action did little to change that dynamic.

West Genny soccer teams take defeats

Girls Wildcats narrowly fall to Auburn, Liverpool

West Genesee’s girls soccer team still had a good chance to earn the CNY Counties League American division regular-season title – at least until Auburn intervened. The Maroons came to Camillus last Tuesday night and beat the Wildcats, 2-1, in a game that featured a fast start from the visitors and a tremendous effort in goal from Ally Nicolisi.

Garn wins for Mustangs at Rome Coughlin meet

West Genny, J-E stars compete at Manhattan Invitational

At the end of a tumultuous week for the Marcellus girls cross country team, Rachel Garn gave everyone a reason to put the focus back on the runners themselves.

Hyatt leads J-D girls soccer past CBA again

Red Rams also pull out 2-1 decision over Chittenango

Though she may not have been one of the marquee figures going into the game, Amber Hyatt emerged as the main character in the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team’s latest conquest of Christian Brothers Academy.

Sunday, October 13

ESM boys, J-D girls win cross country league titles

F-M finishes second in both divisions at Manhattan Invitational

Both of the cross country programs from East Syracuse-Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt would walk away from last Wednesday’s head-to-head showdown with some sense of accomplishment.

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Lakers beat field at Burnt Hills Invitational

Malcolm provides difference deep in field for Skaneateles

It takes a village to raise a child according to ancient lore—and recent political campaign ads--and at last Saturday’s Burnt Hills Invitational it took a complete team effort by the Skaneateles girls cross country team to claim the title in the hotly contested 5,000-meter race.

Skaneateles boys soccer returns, wins big

Lakers pile up goals against J-E, Phoenix, Solvay

Right after the Skaneateles boys soccer team lost it second 2-1 decision of the season to defending Section III Class B champion Westhill on Sept. 26, it went away for nearly two weeks. The 12-day late-season respite gave the Lakers plenty of time to practice, rest, recuperate and work on all the things that had gone wrong during a 6-5 start, knowing it had plenty of time to still make a serious championship push.

Caz girls soccer gains pair of home wins

Lakers shut out APW, need overtime to stop Camden

Quite happy with the split it gained in tough road visits to Skaneateles (a 2-1 win) and Marcellus (a 4-0 loss) late in the first week of October, the Cazenovia girls soccer team would not allow a goal back at the Sean Googin Sports Complex in the games that followed.

Cazenovia village police still seeking leads on ‘Exercise Stalker’

Cazenovia village police have been inundated with calls in recent days about the so-called “Exercise Stalker” prowling village streets, following women and girls as they jog or bike. And while police have plenty of leads in the case, they have yet to determine the seriousness of the threat since no one has reported actually being attacked.

Fenner tax rate drops for 15th consecutive year

The 2014 tax rate for the town of Fenner most likely will decrease for the 15th year in a row, said Town Supervisor Russ Carey at the board’s Oct. 9 public budget hearing. While the final tax rate will not be known until Madison County releases the final county sales tax disbursements for each town, the tax rate in Fenner likely will decrease by a few cents per $1,000 of assessed value, Carey said.

Spartans, Red Rams win big on gridiron

ESM prevails at Fulton; J-D stops Albany Academy

A week after their hard-fought battle for first place in the Class A American division, the East Syracuse-Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt football teams both found plenty of success against their next foes. The Spartans, no. 20 in the latest state Class A rankings, moved to 5-1 with a 58-33 victory over Fulton Friday night, while the Red Rams pulled away from visiting Albany Academy 35-17 Saturday afternoon to improve its record to 4-2.

Saturday, October 12

Brothers pass big test, beat Henninger

Ground game, turnovers key 33-20 win for 6-0 CBA

Here, after a month's worth of one-sided victories and starters on the sidelines for much of the second half, was the test the Christian Brothers Academy football team needed. Trailing at halftime, flustered on both sides of the ball, the undefeated, state Class AA no. 2-ranked Brothers went back to basics - and back to their top players - and was rewarded Saturday with a 34-20 victory over Henninger at Sunnycrest Field.

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Girls tennis Lakers repeat as Class C sectional champs

Skaneateles completes 13-0 season, blanks Sauquoit Valley

Thirteen opponents tried this fall to upend the Skaneateles girls tennis team, and none of them could pull it off. As a result, the Lakers are Section III Class C champions once again, completing its perfect 2013 run with an impressive 5-0 shutout over Sauquoit Valley in Friday's sectional tournament finals at Utica Parkway Courts.

F-M tops Auburn, wins Class A tennis title

J-D stopped by Oneida in Class B unbeaten clash

Two long, productive decades have passed since anyone has beaten the Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis team - and the reign just got extended for another year. The Hornets made it 328 consecutive match victories when it turned back Auburn 6-1 in Friday's Section III Class A tournament final at Utica Parkway Courts.

Football Mustangs outscored by Homer, 58-45

Westhill smashes Phoenix, improves to 4-2

Going up against the state's no. 8-ranked Class B football team, the Marcellus Mustangs put up an inspiring effort, scoring 45 points on Homer, getting more in one quarter against the Trojans than any of its previous five opponents had pulled off in an entire game this fall. And still it wasn't enough.

Eagles take two OT's, beat Canastota

Ludden falls at home to Watertown IHC

Combine a heart-stopping comeback with the resolve to make it through two extra periods, and it produced, for the Jordan-Elbridge football team, a defining victory in the 2013 season. The Eagles, shut out until the fourth quarter of Friday night's game at Canastota, erased a double-digit deficit and, in double overtime, went on to beat the Raiders 18-12.

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Wildcats take road loss at C-NS, 28-24

WG unable to clinch Class AA playoff berth

All the plans for the West Genesee football team involved going to Henninger in next Saturday's regular-season finale at Sunnycrest Field with a chance to secure a second-place finish in the Class AA-1 division and a first-round Section III home playoff game.

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Football Bees stunned by Liverpool comeback

Up 14 at halftime, B'ville takes 31-24 loss to Warriors

For one half of football Friday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, it appeared that the Baldwinsville football team had maintained its mastery over its neighbors from Liverpool. But then the second half started, and the Bees suddenly found itself on the receiving end of a furious comeback by the Warriors that turned a two-touchdown lead into a painful 31-24 defeat.

Friday, October 11

Skaneateles falls to ITC in battle for first place

Jones scores three times in 24-21 loss

In a showdown of the top two teams in Class C West, Skaneateles came up just short against the Syracuse Institute of Technology Central Friday night. In its final home game of the season, the Lakers lost to the Eagles 24-21 to move to 4-2 on the season, ITC is now 6-0.

Lakers shake off bad start, rout South Jefferson

Caz improves to 6-0; Chittenango falls to Cortland

All the ingredients of a letdown were in place for the Cazenovia football team as it traveled to Adams for Friday night's game at South Jefferson. The Lakers were making a long road trip, with a short week of preparation, and were coming off the season's most important game, an impressive 26-0 shutout over Oneida on Oct. 5 with first place in the Class B East division on the line.

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C-NS football gets big win over West Genny

Northstars stop Wildcats, improve playoff chances

Here, more than anything else seen so far, is the clearest indication that the Cicero-North Syracuse football team will not get pushed around, unlike seasons past. With Mitch Dunay anchoring a powerful ground attack, and the defense making key stops when it had to, the Northstars knocked off West Genesee 28-24 Friday night at Bragman Stadium and inched closer to a Section III Class AA playoff berth.

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Comeback sends Warriors past B'ville, 31-24

Scott scores three TD's in late 21-point Liverpool surge

A talented sophomore tailback and a determined defense gave the Liverpool football team a complete sense of accomplishment - and atonement. Trailing by two touchdowns at halftime of Friday night's crucial Class AA-2 division game at Baldwinsville, the Warriors stunned the Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium faithful - or at least those clad in red - by scoring 21 unanswered points and pulling off a 31-24 victory over the Bees.

Village of Skaneateles passes law repealing political sign restrictions

Under law, the village of Skaneateles no longer has any time or size restrictions on free-standing political signs. After discussing the matter and holding a public hearing, the village voted to pass local law no. 2 of 2013, repealing restrictions on political signs, at its Oct. 10 meeting.

Tennis Bees fall to Auburn in Class A semis

Crucial second doubles match turns in Maroons' favor

All seemed to be in place for the Baldwinsville girls tennis team to earn one more shot at Fayetteville-Manlius in the Section III Class A championship round. As the no. 2 seed in the six-team tournament bracket, the Bees had a bye straight into Wednesday’s semifinals, where it would take on a no. 3 seed, Auburn, that due to Monday’s rainout had played the day before, eliminating Cicero-North Syracuse 5-2.

Skaneateles volleyball sweeps Hannibal, Grimes

Lakers make quick recovery from Solvay defeat

Someone was certainly going to pay for the Skaneateles girls volleyball team’s renewed focus and energy – not to mention anger –following its Oct. 3 defeat to Solvay.

B’ville boys soccer gets payback, beats F-M

Bees get all goals in first half; get C-NS next Thursday

When they had first met a month earlier, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team was still in its growing phase, and not yet at the level where Fayetteville-Manlius appeared to stand alone, at least in terms of local Section III Class AA sides.

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Caz volleyball gives Ellithorpe 300th win

Lakers sweep Ludden; coach sees two daughters play on court

Though the numbers of the Cazenovia girls volleyball team’s 25-6, 25-9, 25-16 victory over Bishop Ludden at Buckley Gym Wednesday night were important, they didn’t even come close to telling the whole narrative. This one-sided match, when secured, gave head coach Brian Ellithorpe his 300th career high school victory, most of them with the Lakers.

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Minoa man performs CPR, helps to save a life

On his way to Michigan over Labor Day weekend, Thomas Wink thought the most notable event during the trip would be his granddaughter’s first birthday party. But on the day before he was scheduled to head home to Minoa, he ended up doing something he’d never done before.

Skaneateles girls soccer gets pair of tough wins

Lakers pull away from APW, edge Hannibal in OT

A stretch of two defeats and one tie since a 10-0 start threatened to undo all that the Skaneateles girls soccer team had accomplished early this season.

Marcellus tennis reaches milestones in sectional run

Mustangs win twice, get to Class B semifinals

Bad weather forced the Marcellus girls tennis team into a scenario where, if it wanted to go all the way through the Section III Class B team tournament, it would need to win four matches in as many days.

Francesca’s adds wrinkle to local restaurant plans

While all of Liverpool awaits the long-promised opening of the Barking Gull at 116 S. Willow St., on the basin block down at the corner of Lake Drive, the still-dark Gull has already drawn competition. The Gormel family — paterfamilias John, wife Linda and sons Adam and Josh, who already own The Retreat and The Cobblestone — plan to specialize in wood-fired gourmet pizza pies at the Barking Gull. Last week, however, a successful Italian eatery – Francesca’s Cucina, 545 N. Salina St.in Syracuse’s Little Italy neighborhood – announced that it was taking over the spot recently vacated by Juanita’s Mexican Kitchen at 207 Oswego St. (it still looks like Old Liverpool Road to me). Anyhow, that same location previously housed a Ponderosa Steakhouse and Wisteria Chinese buffet. Now Francesca’s Pizza & Italian Kitchen plans to open there by Dec. 1. It’ll be operated by Gary Angeloro and family.

Thursday, October 10

Westhill boys soccer blanks Marcellus

BenYehuda, Kinsella nab goals for 13-1 Warriors

When the ball landed at Barak BenYehuda’s feet in front of the net after a corner kick, he thought it was almost too good to be true. “It landed perfectly for me and I just hit it as hard as I could,” he said.

Liverpool cross country earns league title sweep

Warriors stop B'ville to earn CNYCL National honors

Even as it took a defeat to West Genesee on Oct. 2, the Liverpool boys cross country team knew that the real priority was, first, to lock up the CNY Counties League National division regular-season championship.

Marcellus runs amid mid-season coaching change

Jensen fired; Mustangs still earn sweep over Solvay

More than five decades after he started coaching Central New York runners, Oscar Jensen is, suddenly, out as cross country coach at Marcellus.

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CNY schools celebrate ‘Walk to School Day’ by promoting healthy lifestyles

Since 1997, schools across the nation have been participating in the International Walk to School Day, which occurs one day each year in early October. On the morning of Oct. 9, five Central New York schools participated in the event: Minoa Elementary and Fremont Elementary in the East Syracuse Minoa school district, Waterman Elementary and State Street School in the Skaneateles school district and McKinley-Brighton Elementary in the Syracuse City school district.

We will not be duped anymore by Owera


To the editor: Listen to the music of the falling rain... ...and booming bass, ...and banging drums, ...and a wedding emcee calling the shots, ...and drunk people screaming. Yeah, they call it a vineyard. The state gave them $1 million for this "vineyard" and then blessed our town by exempting them for $1.1 million from their tax valuation.

Vote ‘yes’ on NSCSD referendum

There is no compelling argument against voting for the upcoming referendum to replace the turf and running track at the Michael J. Bragman Athletic Complex at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, as well as make repairs to the field’s drainage system and upgrades to the high school’s security system. The project will cost a total of $2,020,000. The local share of $302,000 would come out of the district’s C-NS Athletic Complex Reserve Fund, which was approved by district voters on Oct. 14, 1998, according to Assistant Superintendent for Management Donald Keegan.

Liverpool historian’s office compiling ‘Atlas of Historic Liverpool Structures’

If your house could talk, what secrets would it tell? Liverpool Village Historian Dorianne Elitharp Gutierrez and retired architect Jennifer Gruenberg want to know. The two women are compiling an “Atlas of Historic Liverpool Structures.”

Caz boys soccer smashes Solvay, 6-1

Lakers head toward rematches with Westhill, Skaneateles

Knowing the road tests – Westhill, Skaneateles – that loomed in the last week of the regular season, the Cazenovia boys soccer team wanted to go into these games with as much confidence and momentum as possible.

Wednesday, October 9

WG swimmers top Oswego in first-place clash

Castro wins twice; Uczen prevails on diving board

From an individual standpoint, the West Genesee girls swim team could not measure up to the stars from Oswego in Wednedsay night's CNY Counties League first-place duel. But the Wildcats' depth led to a string of second and third-place finishes, plus two relay titles, that proved enough for a 100-84 victory over the Buccaneers.

All invited to candidate forum


To the editor: On Nov. 5, Cazenovia voters will go to the polls to elect candidates for supreme court justice for the 6th Judicial District, as well as candidates for Madison County clerk and sheriff, Cazenovia town supervisor, town clerk, town justice and town council. In addition, voters will find six statewide ballot proposals and two town ballot proposals, on which they must decide for or against.

Thanks for successful Couples’ Night Out


To the editor: On behalf of the Historic Cazenovia Business District, we would like to say a huge thank you to all who participated in Couples’ Night Out.

School superintendent to hold community forum

The superintendent of schools and the Cazenovia school board will hold its first community forum to hear from the public their priorities as the 2013-14 school year begins.

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Cazenovia student-athletes compete in regional Special Olympics

Seven student-athletes from Burton Street Elementary School took to the athletic fields last week to participate in track and field competitions in this year’s Madison-Oneida BOCES Special Olympics Autumn Games at Canastota High School. Sage Byrnes, Kodi Callahan, Ian Decker, Zach Streeter, Connor Wilcox, Connor Zampetti and Anna Linck joined 250 other athletes from nine other districts in Madison and Oneida counties to compete in track and field events including the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dash, shot put, running and standing long jump and a softball throw. The event also includes Adaptive Games for athletes not able to compete in traditional events.

B’ville girls swimmers defeat C-NS, 50-44

Atkinson, Sidorakis, Connor, Staso each win twice

Back home following a hard-fought defeat to Liverpool on Oct. 4, the Baldwinsville girls swim team did not waste much time returning to the win column.

Town of Clay candidate profiles

The upcoming town of Clay elections will feature, for the first time since 2007, Democrats on the ticket. Two Dems are vying for town board seats. The remaining seats - supervisor, town clerk, tax receiver and the remaining board seat - are uncontested. Read on for profiles of all the candidates.

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Liverpool third-grader takes on bullying in Syracuse-Binghamton Miss Jr. Pre-Teen pageant

Brianna Stone Waryan is more than just a pretty face. The 8-year-old third-grader in Mrs. Montalto’s third grade class at Donlin Drive Elementary in Liverpool will compete in Saturday’s Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Syracuse/Binghamton pageant, vying against numerous other young ladies in such categories as talent, casual wear, formal wear and interview. But Waryan, who is autistic and deals with sensory processing disorder, has a more important message she hopes to spread at the pageant. “People should not be bullying in school,” she said. “It’s kind of mean. I’ve been bullied before. Kids should be able to grow up and stick up for their friends without being bullied or getting their feelings hurt.”

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Skaneateles girls runners beat Cazenovia

Visitors win Laker clash of no. 2, 3 state-ranked C teams

Behind the unrelenting upfront power of race winner Kaitlyn Neal, runner-up Liz Dwyer and fourth-place place finisher Madeline Adams, the state Class C no. 2-ranked Skaneteles girls cross country team raced past no. 3-ranked Cazenovia Tuesday afternoon in a first-place OHSL Liberty division showdown.

Dedication to dock day


Letter to the editor from the Oct. 8 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Selecting the best candidate

To the editor: One of the most important things I do as a member of the Cicero Republican Committee is to encourage successful individuals to run for office. Often there are several people who show an interest in running for the same seat. Cicero Republicans look to the most qualified candidates who share our core values, most importantly a cost-effective, efficient government that is committed to the present and future well-being of our town.

LETTER: What a bundle!

To the editor: "Bundling" may be a good way to save money on your phone, TV and internet bill, but it's yet another subterfuge by the North Syracuse school board, who would have the taxpayers believe that classroom security and refurbishing the athletic field and stadium are somehow related.

LETTER: Where do local candidates stand on local issues?

To the editor: I am a Democrat and a progressive. Make no mistake about it. I believe in universal health care and women’s reproductive rights. I believe in the same civil rights for all, including gays and lesbians. I think that the less fortunate should be helped and given the tools they need to lead healthy, happy, productive lives. No one on the Cicero Town Board can effect changes in these areas, either individually or collectively. So, when I vote in the general election on Nov. 5, I will not consider the candidates’ stances on the above issues.

Skaneateles candidates for office talk local issues

Supervisor, councilor election candidates discuss comprehensive plan, development town/village relations, open government

Profiles and quotes from the two candidates for town supervisor and four candidates for two town board seats in Skaneateles.

Local candidates should support term limits


Letter to the editor from the Oct. 8 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: Oct. 8

Getting inside the head of animals

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

LETTER: Candidate corrects omission

To the editor: After reading over my profile in the Eagle Star Review, I noticed that I inadvertently left out the last section on my candidate profile. The section was why I believe I am the best candidate. I wish to apologize to the readers and to Sarah Hall for this omission. I thank you for this opportunity to correct this oversight.

Tuesday, October 8

C-NS field hockey takes first place, tops F-M

Northstars get crucial goals from Towers, Kennedy

Though it took two games and 130 intense minutes of action, the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team finally got ahead of Fayetteville-Manlius - along with the rest of the CNY Counties League.

Field hockey Lakers edge ESM, 1-0

McLaughlin scores late in regulation for Caz win

Perhaps the Onondaga High School League field hockey championship isn't leaving Cazenovia after all. Three weeks after seeing East Syracuse-Minoa end its long league unbeaten streak, the Lakers met the Spartans again on Tuesday afternoon - and playing at home, the Lakers produced a different outcome, edging the Spartans 1-0 on Rachel McLaughlin's goal late in the second half.

Citizen of the Year committee announces 'Heart and Soul' winners

The “Heart and Soul” Award was established, this year, by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Citizen of the Year Committee, to honor three women who have, literally, put their hearts and souls into projects that help others.

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Preposterous probe

 Up-and-coming actress Kitty Doupe shines as a bewitching West Indian maid

Anything can happen in “Any Number Can Die.” Owls hoot, thunder howls, lights flicker and lives are lost due to gunshots, poison, hanging and stabbing. But don’t let that constant violence spoil your evening at the theater. It’s all in good fun, as the stage play soundly satirizes every murder mystery you’ve ever read or seen. The campy comedy by Vermont’s prolific and playful playwright, Fred Carmichael, is being staged through Oct. 13 by the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild.

Owera Vineyards proposes permanent events building to planning board

Faced with mounting neighborhood complaints and pending legal action for noise violations from the town, the owners of Owera Vineyards on East Lake Road last week presented a proposal to the town planning board to build a permanent events building on the winery land to replace the temporary tent structure currently in place.

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Royal Treatment Day Spa introduces bracelets to benefit charities

Since 1987, Deborah Royle has operated the Royal Treatment Day Spa, where she specializes in massages, anti- aging facials and permanent makeup. But now she’s looking to spice things up a bit with the introduction of the Alex and Ani line of jewelry, which she just began offering this month.

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Ripe for the picking

Adams Acres is the only organic ‘U-pick’ apple orchard in CNY

If you travel south past the Jamesville Reservoir on Route 91 and drive a bit off the beaten path, you’ll stumble across Adams Acres, a family-run apple orchard tucked in between the rolling hills of Jamesville. Unlike some other orchards around Central New York, Bill and Kathy Adams decided from the start that they wanted their business to focus on two things: excellent customer service and simply just allowing people to pick apples.

Local emergency responders to be honored

Several emergency responders from Cicero will receive awards for their efforts to save lives at a ceremony later this month. Members of the Cicero Fire Department, Cicero Police Department and North Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NAVAC) will be honored at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Cicero Fire Department, Station No. 1, 8377 Brewerton Road (Route 11), Cicero, CFD Chief Jon Barrett announced.

Monday, October 7

Clay proposes 1.62 percent tax increase

Taxpayers in the town of Clay will likely face a slight increase in taxes in 2014, according to the tentative budget presented Monday, Oct. 7. Town Clerk Jill Hageman-Clark presented the budget proposal to town board members at the regular board meeting. There was no discussion of the proposal, as this is the first they’ve seen of it. Additional discussion of the budget will take place in the future. According to Supervisor Damian Ulatowski, the budget proposes a 1.62 percent tax increase, which equates to roughly $1.67 per household.

Skaneateles town budget calls for tax decrease

The Skaneateles town board released its tentative 2014 operating budget at its Oct. 3 meeting. The budget calls for a 4.92 percent tax rate decrease, excluding taxes levied to the special districts for fire, sewer and water services.

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Community celebrates opening of new village hall

The village of Skaneateles celebrated its new energy efficient village hall by holding a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 3.

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Skaneateles alternative energy tour highlights local commitment to sustainability

In the interest of further informing the public about these options Sustainable Skaneateles held an alternative energy tour and fair in the Skaneateles-area on Saturday, Oct. 5. The event, which was headquartered at the new energy-efficient village hall in conjunction with an open-house, included exhibitors ready to inform the public about alternative and renewable energy sources that are available to homes and businesses.

‘Prisoners’: Prepare to be held hostage


There are movies you go to for light entertainment, a few laughs and maybe to shed a tear or two. If you’ve seen the trailer for “Prisoners,” then you already know this is not one of those movies. Asking big questions and providing no easy answers, “Prisoners” is an intense film about revenge, morality and the slippery nature of justice.

The college is part of our community


We have been thinking in recent weeks that despite the fact that we are a “college town” there seems to be a large disconnect between the college and the village communities. And this really should not be so.

Liverpool boys runners fall to West Genesee

C-NS sweeps B'ville, takes boys Tully Invitational

Even a superlative effort at the Sept. 28 McQuaid Invitational in Rochester and a rise to no. 2 in the state Class A rankings could spare Liverpool’s boys cross country team from defeat the next time it competed.

C-NS boys volleyball edges F-M in five sets

Liverpool also goes to five in loss to J-D

Even if the timing was fortuitous, the effort the Cicero-North Syracuse boys volleyball team put out in last Wednesday night’s five-set victory over Fayetteville-Manlius was still quite admirable.

Westhill soccer falls to New Hartford in OT

Warriors unable to match unbeaten regular season from 2012

Placed at no. 4 in the state Class B rankings, the Westhill boys soccer team wanted to preserve that spot as well as its spotless 2013 regular-season record. Yet both of those titles were put in jeopardy during Saturday’s non-league game against New Hartford – and in the end, the Warriors’ quest for a second straight unbeaten regular season ended with a 2-1 overtime defeat to the Spartans.

WG cross country runs away from Liverpool

J-E sweeps Solvay; Marcellus has Garn win at Tully meet

West Genesee’s boys cross country team was placed in the no. 12 spot in the latest state Class A rankings, well behind Liverpool, who was perched at no. 2. But it sure didn't seem that way in last Wednesday’s meet, where the Wildcats gathered together and earned an impressive 15-38 victory over the Warriors.

Sunday, October 6

Hornets, Red Rams win cross country meets

F-M girls prevail at Tully without Avery, Pearl in lineup

Even without its top runners, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt girls cross country teams both managed impressive victories Saturday at separate invitational meets.

Girls soccer Bees turn back F-M, Oswego

Wins provide momentum after B'ville defeats to Liverpool, Mercy

Even as it garnered a spot in the first state Class AA rankings of the season – no. 23, to be exact – the Baldwinsville girls soccer team still had much to prove if it wanted to justify that lofty status.

Cicero budget presented

Despite tough financial times in the past, Cicero’s financial future looks rosy. Extensive growth within the town coupled with fiscal responsibility has substantially boosted the town’s fund balance. This year’s budget also benefits from the town’s strict accounting last year. “With strict oversight last year, we were able to close the books $1.5 million under budget, which allowed us to add [more than] $400,000 to our savings account rather than deplete it by $900,000,” Supervisor Jim Corl said in his budget address. “Since we have had the benefit of experiencing these savings, it is time that we invest in the future of the town of Cicero.”

B’ville cross country sides fall to C-NS

Girls Bees take third place at Tully Invitational

It’s clear now that, while it has returned to action, the Baldwinsville boys cross country team is still not fully recovered from the alleged hazing incident that sidelined several of its runners. Proof of this could be found in last Wednesday’s meet against Cicero-North Syracuse at Oneida Shores, where the Bees were unable to keep up with the Northstars in a 20-39 defeat.

Girls volleyball Bees give Cerqua 450th win

B'ville boys win key league match at Oswego in five sets

Fresh from hosting its annual Fall Swing tournament, the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team went back to the normal routine of turning back all CNY Counties League challengers – and passed a milestone in the process.

B’ville girls tennis stopped by F-M again

Bees, Hornets still could meet for sectional team title

One more time, the Baldwinsville girls tennis team took aim at Fayetteville-Manlius and a win streak that had grown to 324 consecutive matches. And while the Bees did grab some points last Tuesday afternoon, once more the Hornets proved too good, prevailing by a score of 5-2.

Skaneateles volleyball falls to Solvay in five

Lakers see eight-match win streak halted by Bearcats rally

Though the Skaneateles girls volleyball team knew that Solvay provided a major challenge in last Tuesday night’s match, it looked like things would work out as the visiting Lakers won each of the first two sets.

Marcellus girls soccer sits atop state rankings

Mustangs go on tear, defeat Cazenovia 4-0

Sometimes a strong reputation can trump any other consideration. When the first state Class B girls soccer rankings were released at the end of September, Marcellus held the top spot – even though it had lost to no. 9-ranked Skaneateles less than a week earlier.

Girls soccer Wildcats stun J-D, 2-1

WG hands defending Class A champs first loss of 2013

Whatever else may still take place this fall, the West Genesee girls soccer team authored a signature victory on Friday when it knocked off undefeated, defending Section III Class AA champion Jamesville-DeWitt by a score of 2-1.

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Syracuse Honor Flight volunteers tear down government road block, cross barrier

Shutdown won’t deter local veterans’ visit to DC memorials

Volunteers and vets with Honor Flight Syracuse tore down a roadblock at the Iwo Jima Memorial and crossed the barrier at the Lincoln Memorial during their trip to Washington on Saturday, Oct. 5, refusing to let a government shutdown bar them from visiting national memorials to themselves, their comrades and their military branches of service.

Caz girls soccer gets big win over Skaneateles

Burbidge goals, defense leads Lakers in signature effort

Armed with a 7-2 record, the Cazenovia girls soccer team headed into its most difficult 48-hour stretch of the regular season, playing back-to-back road games against both of the favorites in the Section III Class B ranks – and managing to emerge with a split.

Boys soccer Lakers roar through 3-0 week

Caz turns back Phoenix, Jordan-Elbridge, RFA

Within a five-day span, the Cazenovia boys soccer team roared through three different opponents and, by doing so, reached double digits in the win column again.

Saturday, October 5

Hornets, Brothers pour on points, move to 5-0

F-M scores 56 in first half at RFA; CBA routs Central Square

About the only way the Fayetteville-Manlius football team could top its 42-point, second-half comeback at Liverpool on Sept. 27 was to put even more points on the board, which it did in Friday night's game at Rome Free Academy - in less than two quarters.

Westhill football nips Cortland in final minute

Marcellus falls out of first place; Solvay also beaten

For more than 47 minutes of game time Friday night, the Westhill football team could not put it in the end zone against Cortland, and there was a very real danger that the Warriors' Class B playoff hopes would also take a profound hit if it could not produce something at the end.

J-E, Ludden score big football wins

Eagles rout Onondaga; Gaelic Knights edge Hannibal

Even if post-season dreams remain distant for the Jordan-Elbridge and Bishop Ludden football teams, they both would score their second wins of the season in separate Friday-night contests. The Eagles had the easier time of it, dominating from start to finish in 33-8 romp over Onondaga, while the Gaelic Knights needed a late touchdown to pull out a 22-18 decision over Hannibal.

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Caz football blanks Oneida, seizes first place

Lakers' defense shows improvement in 26-0 win

Through the first month of the 2013 season, the Cazenovia football team produced another perfect 4-0 mark, even though the vaunted defense that had marked so many Lakers championship teams of the past had faced some real struggles.

C-NS girls soccer blanks Liverpool, 2-0

Defense shines as goals by Rio, Liberati prove enough

One of the major obstacles the Liverpool girls soccer team knew it would have to climb over to earn a third consecutive Section III Class AA title was its neighbors from Cicero-North Syracuse. The two rivals would finally meet Friday night, at Archie Hall Stadium, and it was the Northstars earning, arguably, its biggest win of the season, playing superbly in all phases of the game to shut out the Warriors 2-0.

Caz field hockey charges into critical stretch

Lakers win trio of games, improve to 10-3

For all the adversity it had faced at different points this fall, the Cazenovia field hockey team still has an opportunity to keep the Onondaga High School League crown if it sweeps back-to-back games against East Syracuse-Minoa and Weedsport this week.

Warriors rebound, roll past Proctor 41-7

C-NS struggles at home in loss to Henninger

Almost as critical to the Liverpool football team as the 42 points it gave up in the second half of a 49-37 defeat to Fayetteville-Manlius on Sept. 27 was the way the players would react to that result, for it could determine, to a large measure, just where this season would end up.

Ground game powers Bears past Marcellus

Chittenango knocks Mustangs from top of B West standings

To call the Chittenango football team's 49-21 romp over Marcellus Friday night an important game, and a possible turning point in its season, might actually be an understatement. Going into the night, the Bears were 1-2 in Class B West play and 1-3 overall, and knew that, unless it won here, it stood a real chance of missing the Section III Class B playoffs.

Friday, October 4

Bees pull away from Auburn, move to 4-1

B'ville stays second in AA-2 division, meets Liverpool next

Perhaps for a brief moment, followers of the Baldwinsville football team were concerned that a trip to Holland Stadium, and a meeting with Auburn, could prove troublesome. But that moment soon passed, and the Bees, getting solid all-around play, beat the Maroons 35-15 on Friday night to improve to 4-1 on the season, 2-1 in the Class AA-2 division.

Skaneateles football improves to 4-1

Lakers down Port Byron, set up showdown with ITC

When the Skaneateles football team returns home to Hyatt Stadium next weekend, the Class C West crown that it has held for the last two years will be on the line. The Lakers remained undefeated in league play Friday night, when it welcomed Tyler Parr back to the field and put together a 28-14 victory over Port Byron/Union Springs.

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Wildcats pull away, stop Corcoran 38-18

Turnovers help WG rebound from CBA loss

Turnovers are a big part of football. And when a team capitalizes on them, it usually wins. Such was the case for West Genesee, who scored on three of Corcoran’s four turnovers and cruised to a 38-18 victory over the Cougars to improve to 3-2 on the season, 2-1 in Class AA-1 division play.

ESM football fights off J-D, 14-7

Spartans hang on with last-second goal-line stand

So much important action happens in football at or near the one-yard line, the last barrier on a gridiron between offensive resolution and defensive resolve. It was in that space, right in front of the goal line, that Friday night's Class A American division showdown between East Syracuse-Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt got settled, with the Spartans prevailing in a 14-7 thriller not resolved until the last play.

Salina presents preliminary budget

According to Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra’s preliminary 2014 budget, residents in the town are looking at a tax increase of less than a dollar per $100,000 of assessed value per month. Residents in the village of Liverpool would see a $2 increase per $100,000 of assessed value per month. Nicotra presented his proposed 2014 budget at a special town board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 1.

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Cazenovia Tops gas station opens next week

The new Tops gas station, which will offer discounted fuel prices to Tops customers, is set to open in the Cazenovia Town and Country Plaza on Wednesday, Oct. 9. In addition to discounted gas, the convenience store on site will also offer lunch and breakfast food and deals, lottery tickets, alcohol and tobacco products, as well as the typical convenience store items.

COLUMN: Banned Books

Each year the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates the freedom to read during Banned Book Week. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year marks BBW's 31st anniversary (Sept. 22 to 28). Exercise your freedom to read (and not just during Banned Book Week) with these historic and recently banned books.

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Years ago in history: Week of Oct. 2

Our weekly installment of news from years past in Cazenovia and surrounding areas.

Cazneovia police blotter Sept. 20 to 27

The Cazenovia police blotter and state police blotter for the week of Sept. 20 to 27

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Local artists seeks serenity through her artwork

Walking into Common Grounds coffeehouse during the past few weeks, patrons may have noticed the vibrant, eye-catching paintings displayed on the walls. The works depicting people and animals are strong with bold colors and offer a feeling of fluid movement in their curving, swirling lines.

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Ackermann earns honor at football camp

Cazenovia HS junior joins Gridiron Elite

Cazenovia High School junior Keaton Ackermann earned high honors this summer as he placed among the top performers at the Patrick Chung Football Camp, hosted by Sports International., Ackermann was able to out play almost 100 campers to be selected as part of the program’s prestigious Gridiron Elite.

East Syracuse Fire Department looks to dissolve from village by creating a fire district

The East Syracuse Fire Department held an informational meeting on Oct. 3 where it outlined why the creation of a new fire district is the best option for the village, the residents and the department.

Skaneateles tennis finishes unbeaten regular season

Lakers take out Marcellus, own Class C top seed

As the regular season concluded and the Skaneateles girls tennis team basked in its OHSL Liberty division championship and perfect run through the regular season, attention now turned to defending the Section III Class C team title.

West Genny swimmers roll past F-M, C-NS

Wildcats to clash with Oswego for first place

Chased by the likes of Oswego, the West Genesee girls swim team has no intention of letting go of its hold over the CNY Counties League, especially with the Buccaneers ready to pay a visit to Camillus next Wednesday night.

C-NS field hockey edges Liverpool, 2-1

Northstars look ahead to showdown with F-M

When the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool field hockey teams gathered for the first time this fall on Sept. 17 at Bragman Stadium, nothing was settled between them in a 0-0 stalemate. As the scene shifted to LHS Stadium for Thursday night’s rematch, the stalemate continued until the second half, when both sides got on the board – but the Northstars did so twice, enough to beat the Warriors 2-1.

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F-M golfers edge B’ville for Class AA title

CBA reclaims small-school title from Chittenango

Having split two matches in the regular season, and having topped their respective CNY Counties League divisions, it only figured that Fayetteville-Manlius and Baldwinsville would end up right next to each other Wednesday with the Section III Class AA boys golf championship on the line.

Cicero FD to honor firefighters

The Cicero Fire Department would like to invite the community to attend their annual October Memorial Service Saturday, Oct 5 at Firefighters Park behind Station # 1 (8377 Brewerton Road). The service will start at 10 a.m. The station will be open for the community to tour and enjoy refreshments.

B’ville boys soccer handles C. Square, Auburn

Bees take five-game win streak into F-M clash

Baldwinsville’s boys soccer team charges into Tuesday night’s showdown with Fayetteville-Manlius riding a five-game win streak and playing a lot better than the Hornets, who have lost three of four following a 9-0 start.

Caz girls soccer upends Skaneateles, 2-1

Lakers win with trong defense, two goals from Burbidge

Armed with a 7-2 record, the Cazenovia girls soccer team headed into its most difficult 48-hour stretch of the regular season, playing back-to-back road games against both of the favorites in the Section III Class B ranks.

Skaneateles girls tie Westhill, fall to Cazenovia

Struggles follow Lakers' rise to no. 9 in state rankings

Apparently, the message that the Skaneateles girls soccer team knocked off Marcellus 1-0 on Sept. 23 did not reach those that put the state Class B rankings together. For when those rankings were released early last week, the 10-1 Lakers occupied the no. 9 spot, which was quite good – except that Marcellus was in the top spot, as if the game with Skaneateles had never taken place.

Thursday, October 3

OT goal sends C-NS goal past F-M

Northstars win it on McDonnell goal

Cicero-North Syracuse's boys soccer team needed an extra four minutes and 35 seconds to break the tie and edge Fayetteville-Manlius Thursday night 2-1 in a clash of Class AA title contenders. Off a corner kick from Austin Mizell midway through the first OT period, Liam McDonnell headed the ball past Hornet goalkeeper Jim Brady to end it.

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Dwyer, Skaneateles girls run past Hannibal

Lakers unbeaten going into showdown with Cazenovia

Jack Reed could tell, even before the Skaneateles girls cross country team’s meet against visiting Hannibal Wednesday at the Polo Grounds, that Liz Dwyer was ready to step up.

F-M tennis builds win streak to 326 matches

Hornets turn back B'ville again; J-D also unbeaten

Tournament time has arrived for the area’s high school girls tennis teams, with Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt favored to hang on to the Section III Class A and B team titles they currently hold.

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Republicans offer ‘common sense’ platform in upcoming Fenner town election

Fenner is not a one-issue town, and the upcoming town elections should be less about hydrofracking and more about sensible, accountable government that continues to improve town services, keeps taxes low, remembers the town’s agricultural base and welcomes new businesses. This is the platform of the Republican candidates for Fenner supervisor and town board — two longtime public servants and one political newcomer who believe their business and political experiences, along with a common sense approach to governing, will best represent the town they love.

Great Minds, Great Ideas Lecture Series to look at history of vaccine development and application

The 10th season of Cazenovia College’s Great Minds, Great Ideas Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Cazenovia Public Library, when Dr. Barbara Hager, professor of biology and program director of the biology and environmental biology programs at Cazenovia College, offers a brief survey of the history of vaccine development and application, titled “Salk’s Legacy: What’s Poe Got to Do With it?”

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Cazenovia College officially names new ‘Jephson Campus’ on Albany Street

More than 100 people showed up last Saturday, Sept. 28, for the official naming ceremony of Cazenovia College’s new “Jephson Campus” at 10 Albany St. The event was held in honor and recognition of the recent $1 million commitment from the Jephson Educational Trusts to the college as part of the college’s ongoing, multi-million-dollar campus improvement campaign. The Trusts’ donation will go toward the planned refurbishment and expansion of the college’s studio-arts facilities on the site previously known as South Campus.

Cazenovia cross country sweeps APW

Girls Lakers head into Skaneateles showdown unbeaten

All the preliminaries are cleared for the Cazenovia girls cross country team as it is set to battle Skaneateles for OHSL Liberty division supremacy. The Lakers’ final hurdle before Skaneateles took place Wednesday afternoon, where it rolled past Altmar-Parish Williamstown 17-47 by recording a top-three sweep and continuing to coast from there.

C-NS golfing quartet advances to state qualifier

Petrin Brothers, O'Donnell, Van Epps move ahead

Even after a superb regular season that included wins over many of the area’s top program, Cicero-North Syracuse’s Blue golf team could not keep up with the top contenders at Wednesday afternoon’s Section III Class AA tournament at the Links at Sunset Ridge.

Chittenango golfers cede sectional crown to CBA

Bears finish second, nine shots behind Brothers

Above all other goals in 2013, the Chittenango boys golf team wanted to turn back Christian Brothers Academy and repeat its Section III small schools fall championship after it claimed the crown a year ago at Foxfire.

Winn leads Wildcats to third at golf sectionals

WG star ties three others at 75; Stanistreet finishes one back

Stuart Winn and Sean Stanistreet led the West Genesee boys golf team as it nearly earned the Section III Class AA championship Wednesday afternoon at the Links at Sunset Ridge.

After 119 years, historical society disbands

After 119 years, the Liverpool Historical Society has given up the ghost. Established in 1894 by local teacher Anna O’Neill, the LHS disbanded in September. The society had its roots in the Chautauqua movement, an adult-education crusade spawned at Lake Chautauqua in the Southwestern corner of the Empire State. The movement, spurred by its most popular speaker William Jennings Bryant, became immensely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the early 1890s, O’Neill had apparently attended lectures at Chautauqua and spread its gospel to Liverpool where she created historical society to encourage self-education among women. Members were required to present short programs on topics regarding local history.

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LHS student to hold can and bottle drive for IFAW

Save your cans and bottles for a good cause. This weekend, Oct. 5 and 6, Liverpool High School senior Kerry Bartholomae and several of her classmates will be conducting a drive for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), one of the largest animal welfare and conservation charities in the world. One of its most well-publicized efforts is an attempt to end the Canadian seal hunt, which has been ongoing since its founding more than 40 years ago.

Wednesday, October 2

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Booville comes to B'ville

The Attic. The Cage. The Incinerator? For those of you who love to jump out of your skin, just those names should give you goosebumps!

Nizamis, Pelcher share sectional golf title

B'ville boys team finishes two shots behind F-M

Just two shots - maybe a missed putt, or a poor drive, or an errant approach - kept the Baldwinsville boys golf team from winning the Section III Class AA championship. But the Bees had plenty of reason to feel proud at the end of Wednesday's sectional tournament at the Links at Sunset Ridge, mainly the fact that Christian Nizamis and James Pelcher tied two others for individual sectional honors.

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Zoo to welcome original ‘Wild Kingdom’ host Jim Fowler Oct. 3

On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will host, “Twilight at the Zoo Special Edition: A Life in the Wild with Jim Fowler.” The evening lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., and is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.

Many questions remain unanswered about basin block development

At its Sept. 23 meeting, the Liverpool Planning Board continued its discussion of proposed development at the Limp Lizard Bar & Grill, 201 First St. Liverpool Properties LLC, a firm created by prominent Liverpool businessman Val Lamont, who owns the Limp Lizard and White Water Pub properties, applied for permission earlier this year to add a deck at Limp Lizard.

Dickens’ auditions to be held Oct. 9

This is the 20th year Dickens Christmas will be presented in Skaneateles. The auditions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the First Presbyterian Church, (in the sanctuary) 97 E. Genesee St. in Skaneateles.

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Caz teen an ‘iron woman’ who swims with sharks

Meerae Firkins, a 10th grader in Cazenovia High School, spent the end of her summer this year on a scuba diving trip in the Bahamas where she made 25 dives in five days, swam with sharks, explored a shipwreck and won an award for creating the best underwater video on her ship.

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Skaneateles fall fest is this weekend

Oct. 4 through 6 is Skaneateles’ annual Fall Fest weekend.

Volleyball Bearcats rally past Skaneateles in five

Down 2-0 in sets, Solvay pulls out win over reigning champs

Apparently, one major conquest for the Solvay girls volleyball team was not enough. Having beaten one long-time nemesis (Marcellus), the Bearcats turned around Tuesday night and, led by Jackie Gardner and Lauren Bandera, beat another as it erased a 2-0 deficit and stunned defending Section III Class B champion Skaneateles in five sets.

Coyne sisters lead J-D swimmers past CBA

Rams' tandem wins four races, helps in two relays

As a sister tandem, Jamesville-DeWitt’s Kalie and Alden Coyne have few equals among any of the high school girls swim teams in Central New York. And the Coyne sisters may have enjoyed their finest collective hour in Tuesday night’s 104-84 victory by the Red Rams over Christian Brothers Academy at the J-D Middle School pool that is located just down the street from CBA.

B’ville swimmers stay unbeaten, edge Auburn

Sidroakis, Staso both double winners for Bees

Even though it knows that the toughest meets of the season still lay ahead, the Baldwinsville girls swim team did not neglect any of the preliminary steps it needed to take to make those contests count even more.

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Madison Row to be open for business by summer 2014

Construction could start as early as this fall

After three years of planning, discussion and meetings, Manlius residents will no longer have to drive by the big patch of dirt on Route 92 in the village every day. Madison Row is finally happening, and Matt Lester, the project manager from Morgan Management, said it will be open for business no later than early summer 2014.

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Skaneateles Garden Club gives Streetscape Award

The Skaneateles Garden Club recently announced its Fall Streetscape Award winner.

Town of Cicero candidate profiles

The town of Cicero elections in November feature a hotly contested supervisor race between former colleagues Jessica Zambrano, now running on the Republican ticket, and Democrat Judy Boyke, who lost the supervisor's seat in 2011. Read on for profiles of all the candidates.

Much is in store for lead up to election


Editorial on the local election from the Oct. 2 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: Oct. 2

The importance of controlling the lake levels

Along the Lakeshore column from the Oct. 2 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Skaneateles high school students get hands on experience in SUNY ESF lab

While some teenagers were life guarding, mowing lawns or waiting tables this summer, five Skaneateles High School students were conducting research that may someday help to save certain species of trees from extinction.

Grassroot involvement pays off


Letter to the editor from the Oct. 2 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Republican candidates wrongly took credit for fracking ban


Letter to the editor from the Oct. 2 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Skaneateles Party candidates seek support


Letter to the editor form the Oct. 2 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Election is about issues not signs


Letter to the editor from the Oct. 2 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Canary in the coal mine


Letter to the editor from the Oct. 2 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Tuesday, October 1

F-M boys volleyball upends Oswego in five sets

Hornets twice rally, get 54 assists from Boshart

If there was ever a single moment where the Fayetteville-Manlius boys volleyball team arrived as a major Class AA contender, it came in Monday night’s classic at Oswego.

Cazenovia Public Library releases fall movie schedule

The Cazenovia Public Library has announced its slate of child and adult movies for the months of October and November.

Cazenovia Artisans to host reception for new glassblowing exhibit

The work of Shauna Walsh, an accomplished glass blower and artist, will have her work displayed at Cazenovia Artisans during the month of October, with a reception for Walsh to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

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Liddell inducted into Cazenovia College Hall of Fame

Pete Liddell, a 1984 graduate of Cazenovia High School and former assistant athletics director and men’s baseball coach at Cazenovia College, was inducted into the Cazenovia College Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 28. Liddell was recognized as the college’s all-time leader in wins (159) and total games coached (373) from 1994-2005.

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Ride for Missing Children stops at NPE, SRE

Sometimes, all it takes to be a hero is to strap on a helmet and hop on a bike. Some 175 riders took part in the Syracuse Ride for Missing Children Friday, a 100-mile ride made by bicycle riders or "Friends of Missing Children" that raises funds to support prevention education programs and to remember all missing children. The event, sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York (NCMEC/NY), featured stops at several area schools, including Nate Perry Elementary and Soule Road Elementary in Liverpool, where students greeted them with cheers and handmade signs.

Monforte: Tentative town budget includes ‘significant’ tax increase

The tentative Cazenovia town budget was officially submitted this past Monday, Sept. 30, to the town clerk, and town residents may not be happy with its contents. “We are looking at a substantial increase in taxes” ranging from 15 to 30 percent for the 2014 fiscal year, said town Supervisor Ralph Monforte, who is also town budget officer.

LETTER: Thanks to our community

To the editor: On the weekend of Aug. 9 to 11, the fourth annual Gus Macker Basketball Tournament took place outside Drivers Village. While the weather was beautiful, the support of this community was even better. We presented a mascot game and North Syracuse school district challenge on Friday night, but the “real” competition didn’t start until Saturday morning. We drew 199 teams consisting of 796 athletes from all over Central New York and beyond. The tournament ran for two days with the final trophies being awarded on Sunday afternoon.

LETTER: Why are the Republicans embracing Zambrano?

To the editor: In a letter that appeared in the Sept. 26 edition of the Star-Review, David Kirk spoke of his support for Cicero supervisor candidate Jessica Zambrano and asserted “Cicero needs to focus on the future.” I agree wholeheartedly, absolutely and 100 per cent with Mr. Kirk. We do need to focus on the future. But Mr. Kirk conveniently forgets that the future is formed by the events of the past.

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Manlius Library welcomes new director Matt DeLaney

The Manlius Library has a new director – his name is Matt DeLaney, and he’s only one out of two male library directors in the Onondaga County Public Library system. Although he’s in the minority, he’s anxious for people to look past that and focus on his leadership and new opportunities and connections he hopes to bring to the library.