Stories for September 2013


Monday, September 30

Madison County Agricultural District Program open enrollment period coming in October

October has been designated as Madison County's “open enrollment” period during which properties can be added to an existing agricultural district.

High school drama club offers musical feast fundraiser

On Sunday, Oct. 20, in the Morgan Room at Cazenovia College, the Cazenovia High School Drama Club will be presenting, “Be Our Guest…For a Musical Feast,” an evening of Broadway songs coupled with an Italian meal.

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Lincklaen Street parking lot dedicated

Former Trustee Peggy Van Arnam cuts ribbon on ‘Peggy’s Lot’

The sign is up, the ribbon is cut and the new village parking lot on Lincklaen Street has been officially dedicated by its namesake and prime creator, former Trustee Peggy Van Arnam. Mayor Kurt Wheeler officially unveiled the sign naming the lot “Peggy’s Lot” during a ceremony last Friday, Sept. 27.

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John Dau Foundation cures blindness in South Sudan

About 200 people gathered at the Skaneateles Country Club on Sept. 29 to be inspired by the story of the work done at the Duk medical clinic in South Sudan.

Cross country Warriors challenge F-M at McQuaid meet

C-NS boys runners earn victory at Herrmann Invitational

For a long time, the Liverpool boys cross country team has aimed at reaching the high pedestal that Fayetteville-Manlius has occupied and controlled. Those two sides got together Saturday in the featured Varsity AAA race of the McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley Park near Rochester, and quickly separated themselves from the rest of the 18-team field.

C-NS, Liverpool girls soccer gain impressive wins

Northstars edge West Genny; Warriors blank F-M, B'ville

Jumping into the spotlight, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls soccer teams both emerged with high-quality wins in the last full week of September.

C-NS field hockey goes 3-0-1, stays unbeaten

Liverpool sees win streak halted by Cazenovia OT defeat

To stay unbeaten, the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team had to navigate through four more obstacles in the last full week of September – and did so, capping it with a tournament title in Rome.

Girls swimming Warriors hold off Auburn

Warriors also impress at RIT meet with season-best times

Liverpool’s girls swim team might be young and relatively untested (13 new girls on the roster), but it is full of talent, and it knows when to get the important work done in a league meet. When the Warriors visited Auburn last Wednesday night, it won each of the first seven races, gaining important points as it held on for an 83-82 victory over the Maroons.

Westhill boys soccer edges Skaneateles again

Marcellus tops Solvay; Ludden surprises MPH 1-0

While every Section III Class B and OHSL Liberty division boys soccer team takes dead aim at defending champion Westhill, none seem to give them more stress than the Skaneateles Lakers. And things were stressful again last Thursday night, when the undefeated, state Class B no. 5-ranked Warriors had to go to the wire again to put away Skaneateles and earn a 2-1 victory.

Caz girls volleyball falls to Westhill

Lakers unable to keep early lead against unbeaten Warriors

What the Cazenovia girls volleyball team had built up, through a six-match win streak, would get tested last Wednesday night when undefeated Westhill paid a visit to Buckley Gym.

Solvay volleyball conquers Marcellus in four sets

Mustangs push Skaneateles to five; Westhill still unbeaten

The dynamic of Solvay’s girls volleyball rivalry with Marcellus had, for a long time, tilted in favor of the Mustangs as it piled up one Section III title after another. Perhaps things are changing in the other direction, though, as in last Tuesday night’s clash the Bearcats prevailed over Marcellus in four sets.

Field hockey Lakers gain pair of OT wins

Caz survives challenges from Port Byron, Liverpool

A tired, tested Cazenovia field hockey team was all too glad to return home after a late-September stretch that included the end of its long Onondaga High School League undefeated streak and other bits of adversity.

Caz soccer splits with Skaneateles, Marcellus

Girls Lakers also 1-1, take loss to Westhill

Taking a 6-2 record into the latter portion of the regular season, the Cazenovia boys soccer team appeared to be rounding into its best form, thanks to an impressive Sept. 21 3-0 shutout at state-ranked Class C power Manlius-Pebble Hill.

Sunday, September 29

F-M girls cross country suffers rare defeat

Pennsylvania school upends Hornets at McQuaid meet; boys edge Liverpool

The whole notion of a large-scale, high-profile cross country meet where the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country team is not the team on top seemed crazy – at least until the Hornets ran in Saturday’s McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester.

J-D boys soccer edges ESM, 1-0

Two sides raise money for Coaches vs. Cancer

Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa gathered together for a much-anticipated boys soccer contest on Saturday afternoon that went beyond the actual result of the game.

CBA boys soccer tops F-M in 'Red Out' game

Hornets were no. 2 in state before loss to Liverpool

The gathering of Christian Brothers Academy and Fayetteville-Manlius for Saturday’s girls/boys soccer doubleheader at Alibrandi Stadium was about much more than two long-time powers challenging each other on the field.

B’ville boys soccer wins twice in overtime

Bees go past regulation to stop Henninger, Fulton

Furious at the way it got run over in a 3-0 non-league defeat at Jamesville-DeWitt on Sept. 19, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team sat on that fury for nearly a week.

Tennis Bees sweep Liverpool, two others

B'ville's lone blemish in 2013 a loss to F-M

Only Fayetteville-Manlius has proved able to get past the Baldwinsville girls tennis team as it rolled toward yet another CNY Counties League National division regular-season championship and built a 10-1 record.

B’ville girls soccer has 1-1-1 week

Bees draw F-M, take loss to Liverpool

With just one senior on its roster, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team may not carry the immense talent or large-scale expectations of seasons past. But the Bees are still a prime Section III Class AA title contender and getting every opponent’s best effort, as last week’s action demonstrated.

B’ville volleyball gets vengeance, sweeps Liverpool

Girls still unbeaten in league matches; boys sweep Syracuse

Followers of the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team were a bit stunned on Sept. 21 when, as part of round-robin play in the Marcellus Tournament, Class AA challenger Liverpool won both of its sets against the Bees.

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Girls Lakers take third amid strong McQuaid field

Skaneateles only trails East Aurora, Tully in Rochester classic

Almost 7,000 highly trained runners would toe the line at some point during the day. Nearly 300 schools from around the Northeast would run and lay it all on the line for the right to bus back home without the albatross-of-loss squeezing tight against their carotid artery.

Local runners join masses at McQuaid meet

West Genesee's Leff is 11th in featured girls race

Thousands of cross country runners from across the Northeast, including four local teams, gathered at Rochester’s Genesee Valley Park amid glorious, sunny early-fall weather for Saturday’s 49th annual McQuaid Invitational.

Ludden falls to Skaneateles; J-E shut out

Gaelic Knights again stopped C West-leading Lakers

What Bishop Ludden’s football team hoped, going into last Friday’s game against visiting Skaneateles, was that the enthusiasm of a home crowd and the excitement of playing on television would translate into an upset over the defending Section III Class C champions.

Liverpool football stunned by F-M comeback

Warriors give up 42 points to Hornets in second half

A large home crowd, a big halftime lead, a chance to knock off the state’s no. 11-ranked Class A team – all was in place for Liverpool football. And then, in a matter of 24 minutes, everything fell apart.

Saturday, September 28

Caz blasts Mexico, heads to Oneida showdown

Lakers rest starters early in 46-7 romp over Tigers

Much of the Cazenovia football team's efforts in Saturday's game against Mexico at Buckley-Volo Field was centered around getting the key work done quickly, and then conserving both energy and manpower for a much bigger battle ahead.

Football Lakers stop Bishop Ludden, 26-12

Skaneateles tied with ITC atop C West division

A tough opponent, a hostile venue, a live television audience - all of these factors greeted the Skaneateles football team as it ventured to Bishop Ludden on Friday night. And while it was far from a smooth or pretty effort, the Lakers were all too happy to leave Ludden with a 26-12 victory and a 3-1 overall record.

Hornets rally from 17 down, defeat Liverpool

F-M gets 42 second-half points, improves to 4-0

Earning 42 points is not a novelty for the Fayetteville-Manlius football team. Picking them up in a half, though, is something new. In a resilient performance Friday night that might come to define the 2013 season, the Hornets went to Liverpool and, down 24-7 at halftime and 37-28 in the fourth quarter, made it all the way back and stunned the Warriors 49-37 to move its record to 4-0.

Friday, September 27

Northstars pull away from Corcoran, prevail 34-14

C-NS football gives Sindoni first coaching win

With its brutal opening slate - Baldwinsville, Liverpool and CBA - behind them, the Cicero-North Syracuse football team hoped that the harsh lessons learned in those three defeats would translate into increased determination to turn things around.

Bees return to ground, pull away from RFA

Sparks nets four touchdowns as Bees improve to 3-1

Ricky Sparks took the hand-off, found a seam and then sped off on a 67-yard dash to the goal line. With that single play, Baldwinsville's football team - or at least the version of it that fans across Central New York are familiar with - was back in its familiar winning element.

Solvay skid finally ends in win over Phoenix

Bearcats had dropped 26 straight games prior to road win

More than three long and painful years after it started, the Solvay football team got an opportunity to celebrate something that was once quite regular for them - a victory. The Bearcats, whose 26-game skid was the longest in New York State, finally prevailed on Friday afternoon, going to Phoenix and beating the Firebirds by a score of 27-19.

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Brothers pound West Genesee, improve to 4-0

CBA, no. 2 in state poll, exploits multiple Wildcat errors

In order for any opponent to topple Christian Brothers Academy’s football team, an opponent cannot afford that many mistakes - something West Genesee can attest to after Friday night’s game at Alibrandi Stadium.

Area student-athletes to participate in Special Olympics

More than 250 student-athletes from Madison and Oneida counties are expected to participate in this year’s Special Olympics Autumn Games on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Canastota High School Athletic Complex, 102 Roberts St. The public is invited to watch the games.

Skaneateles boys soccer beats Cazenovia in OT

Lakers also scare defending champs Westhill in 2-1 defeat

Already past the midway point of its regular-season slate, the Skaneateles boys soccer team did not have many more in-game opportunities to make an impression, but did so as it moved toward an extended break in the schedule.

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‘Finding Matilda’

Actress Mimi Kennedy to perform play about women’s rights visionary Matilda Joslyn Gage

Mimi Kennedy hasn’t always been passionate about history. In fact, until the mid-1990s, she even disliked it. The actress, author and activist was doing research for a fictional story when she called Sally Roesch Wagner, the executive director at the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, with a question. When Wagner told Kennedy about who Gage was and her role as an American suffragist and abolitionist, Kennedy said that a lightbulb turned on inside of her head.

Volleyball Lakers rally past Marcellus in five sets

Skaneateles also challenged in four-set win over Homer

Hardly challenged for weeks, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team saw the action pick up quite a bit, but a long win streak maintained as it now has claimed eight matches in a row.

Skaneateles swimmers beaten by J-D, CBA

Close races mark defeats to long-time OHSL powers

Fresh off its big Sept. 20 victory over Auburn, the Skaneateles girls swim team had to turn right around and face two of Section III’s most established powers in a short span.

J-D girls soccer turns back ESM again

Red Rams also rout Mexico, improve to 9-0

Though it’s not relying on one or two superstars, such as a Tessa Devereaux or a Jessica Holmes, to produce most of its goals, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team might prove more effective with having a whole host of contributors to the attack.

Speaking up for those who do not speak

On Labor Day, Patrick J. Oneill from Massena left his 2-year-old black Labrador locked inside a vehicle parked at the State Fair. Temperatures hovered at a hundred degrees. More than four hours passed. Concerned fairgoers and a State Trooper made a valiant effort to save the animal, a female named Ali, but their first aid came too late. Oneill, 66, was charged with animal cruelty and failure to provide sustenance, a misdemeanor under the Agriculture & Markets laws. Turns out he was already accused of mistreating 22 horses he owned in Massena.

Thursday, September 26

J-D football runs past Nottingham, 20-6

Baker stars for Rams in sectional finals rematch

Eleven months ago, Nottingham and Jamesville-DeWitt faced off in the Carrier Dome for the Section III Class A football championship. That night, the Bulldogs came out on top. But in Thursday night’s rematch on Nottingham's home turf, the Red Rams got a bit of payback, prevailing by a score of 20-6.

Liverpool boys soccer hands F-M first defeat

Warriors prevail 3-1, avenge OT defeat earlier in month

Joe Pugh, captain of the Liverpool boys soccer team, delivered a loud, fiery speech to his fellow players in the moments before Thursday night's game against state Class AA no. 2-ranked Fayetteville-Manlius. Among other things, he predicted that, by night's end, the Hornets would no longer be in that no. 2 spot.

School board debates teacher hiring policy

The Cazenovia Board of Education last week filled the fifth grade teaching position in the middle school that was added the week before school started — but not until the board had a lengthy discussion over district hiring policies and whether or not the board itself should get involved in selecting position candidates. Such a change — the board currently only approves or rejects new hires put forth by the superintendent after being selected by a committee — would fundamentally alter the hiring policy and give the board a responsibility that is currently held only by the superintendent.

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Two new businesses open on Albany Street

ARTicles and AmeriCU held grand openings last Friday

Last Friday, Sept. 19, saw the grand opening of two new businesses on Albany Street in the village: ARTicles and AmeriCU Credit Union.

C-NS boys volleyball sweeps Liverpool

Warriors, Northstars both lose close Wednesday matches

With the Cicero-North Syracuse boys volleyball team at 5-2 going into the week and Liverpool at 4-1, their match on Monday night was expected to be a close, tense standoff that took at least four sets, maybe five, to complete.

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Guest Column: An inside look into my journey to the 2016 Paralympics

Baldwinsville resident Erin Scala just returned from a week, Sept. 6 through Sept. 13, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Below, the athlete chronicles her experience.

Fright Nights at the Fair return

Weekend of great entertainment includes India Festival, Anime Convention, Total Woman Show, horse and goat shows

There will be fear at the Fair starting this weekend, as Fright Nights at the Fair return for another year of scaring people out of their wits. The chills, thrills, and screams begin Friday and run for five weekends in the Beef Barn at the New York State Fairgrounds. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 to 11 p.m. on Sundays.

Westhill/Ludden runners sweep Marcellus

West Genny, J-E also get cross country league wins

Moving to the top of the OHSL Liberty division standings, the Westhill/Bishop Ludden cross country teams each used superior depth in their respective lineups to put together 20-39 victories over neighbor and rival Marcellus Wednesday afternoon at Santaro Park.

Bees cross country returns, beats Syracuse West

Suspension of boys team lifted after hazing investigation complete

For a few days, members of the Baldwinsville boys cross country team found their season in jeopardy due to an investigation into an alleged hazing incident. On Sept. 20, the Bees were sidelined, and could not attend or participate in that weekend’s 62nd annual Baldwinsville Invitational. They had to wait out the completion of the district’s full investigation into the hazing charges, which included interviews of all 52 team members.

Skaneateles boys cross country off to strong start

Lakers continue quick improvement in September meets

The Skaneateles boys cross country team is off to a great start this fall. The worked hard over the summer to lay a base that would set them up to improve their performances over the course of the 2013 season - and so far they haven’t disappointed the coaches.

Madison County Landfill Reuse Store Temporarily Closed

The Madison County Reuse Store and Rescue Mission donation center will be closed temporarily until a new part time manager can be put in place by the Rescue Mission.


Correction to our "Seven arrests, 31 charges in Tops larcenies," in the Sept. 25 issue of the Cazenovia Republican

Wednesday, September 25

Minoa joins list of municipalities to begin reassessing lawn sign law

Other municipalities take note; begin to think about reassessing their laws

After the town of Manlius voted to repeal its contested political lawn sign ordinance on Sept. 11, municipalities across Onondaga County are beginning to look into their own rules to make sure they comply with residents’ first amendment rights. The village of Skaneateles voted to make a similar change on Sept. 12, and the Minoa village board decided it should also reassess its law at its Sept. 16 meeting.

Residents weigh in on CSD capital project

Residents of the Skaneateles school district took an opportunity on Monday, Sept. 23 to ask questions and give comments to the board of education on a proposed $2.6 million capital project.

Hops for Hope returns for second year

Anheuser-Busch Brewery to host event, proceeds to benefit American Cancer Society

Baldwinsville resident Jason Gebhardt became a volunteer with the American Cancer Society shortly after his mom succumbed to a four-year battle with leukemia and lymphoma in 2009. The not-for-profit organization made a great impression on the family when they were first introduced to one of its services in New York City.

Chittenango golfers stop CBA win streak

Bears give Brothers first defeat in 63 league matches

One more time, the Chittenango boys golf team traversed the links at Rogues Roost, and it turned out to count more than all the previous 2013 home matches combined.

F-M golfers stop B'ville; CBA win streak ends

Hornets avenge Sept. 20 defeat to Bees; Brothers fall to Chittenango

Just as one local high school boys golf power suffered a rare blemish, another one was gaining some sweet payback. Fayetteville-Manlius, who had lost a tight 190-192 home match to CNY Counties League leader Baldwinsville on Sept. 20 at Woodcrest, went to Timber Banks just four days later and, this time, got the victory, knocking off the Bees 207-212.

Let us hear from the candidates


Letter to the editor from the Sept. 25 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Cicero needs to focus on the future

To the editor: I am writing a response to the Sept. 18 letter from Mr. Dudzinski (“Zambrano’s record not one of development”), wherein he indicates he is responding to my prior letter, yet he seems to have had his own agenda. I made no statements on misuse of appointments by deputy supervisors and I made no comments or implications about prior administrations. Restating my words here would be fruitless. What is important is that we have an important election in early November and we residents of Cicero need to focus on today and the future.

Recycling comes to Austin Park


Letter to the editor from the Sept. 25 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Skaneateles election update: Republicans get endorsement; voter registration totals

The Skaneateles Republican Party candidates for office secured an endorsement from the Independence Party of New York last week. Voter enrollments breakdowns for Skaneateles and Spafford show a clear advantage for Republicans.

LETTER: Tax money not going to kids in North Syracuse

To the editor: On Thursday, Sept. 12, I attended the second JV football game, Cicero-North Syracuse vs. Liverpool. The game was called during the second quarter because of electrical problems. There was almost a sense of relief. LHS had already scored 28 points. The first JV game went the same way. This is not the coaches’ or athletes’ fault.

Along the Lakeshore: Sept. 25

Along the Lakeshore column from the Sept. 25 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

EDITORIAL: School closure needs to be discussed now

Skaneateles Press editorial on considering closing one of the Skaneateles schools.

Tuesday, September 24

Liverpool cross country sweeps C-NS

Warriors win boys meet 15-48, girls meet 20-37

In a four-day span, the Liverpool boys cross country team has accomplished quite a bit. Fresh off its impressive Sept. 21 victory at the Queensbury Invitational on the course that will host the state championships later this fall, the state Class A no. 3-ranked Warriors came back home to Long Branch Park on Tuesday afternoon and knocked off Cicero-North Syracuse by a score of 15-48.

Skaneateles girls soccer tops Marcellus, 1-0

Woodruff goal, superb defense defines landmark win

Already, the Skaneateles girls soccer team knew that it was good. Now it knows that it could end up doing something special. The combination of an active, athletic defense and a beautiful scoring play in the second half helped the Lakers knock off defending Section III Class B champion Marcellus 1-0 Tuesday night at Hyatt Stadium.

Skaneateles fire department Sept. update

News from the Skaneateles Fire Department.

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LBE students plant Pinwheels for Peace

In a world where the drums of war seem to beat louder every day, peace seems like a far-off dream. But at Long Branch Elementary in Liverpool, students made it clear it’s a dream worth reaching for. Students observed International Day of Peace Monday, Sept. 23 (the actual date was Saturday, Sept. 21), by planting hundreds of pinwheels on the school’s front lawn in the shape of a giant peace sign as part of Pinwheels for Peace, an international art installation project started by two art teachers in Florida. The LBE project was guided by art teacher Jennifer Matott, who learned about the effort from its website, pinwheelsforpeace.com.

LE honored by State Ed with Reward School designation

Liverpool Elementary has been designated a Reward School for the 2013-14 school year by the New York State Education Department. LE earned this designation because it is among a select group of NYS schools to have made the most academic progress with no significant gaps in student achievement. The designation is based on the school’s English Language Arts and Math test scores during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, as well as how the scores rank in relation to Adequate Yearly Progress, Performance Index, Gap Closing, and Student Growth.

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C-NS complex in need of repair

Residents of the North Syracuse Central School District will head to the polls next month to vote on a $2 million referendum to renovate the Michael Bragman Athletic Complex at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, as well as make improvements to the high school’s security. The project, which will have no local tax impact, 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.

Planning board steps up; Ostuni, et al, make two recommendations regarding the basin block’s future

The Liverpool Planning Board wants the village to consider retaining ownership of at least one of two village-owned pieces of property on the basin block. Bounded by lower First Street, South Willow Street and Lake Drive, the block is the site of ongoing development.

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NPR's Lakshmi Singh to Speak at Cazenovia Forum

Lakshmi Singh, news anchor for National Public Radio, will deliver the next Cazenovia Forum lecture at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the Catherine Cummings Theater in Cazenovia.

Plans for a brand new Manlius fire station are in the works

Manlius mayor Paul Whorrall has been involved in the process of planning a renovation for the Manlius fire stations for six years now and he said that the plans are finally coming together for a brand new station, which would tentatively be located at the intersection of Route 92 and Enders Road.

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Syracuse Legends radio show catches on

While countless radio programs provide chatter on the latest Syracuse University sports news, there is only one place where listeners might hear James Southerland talking candidly about why he chose to wear number 43: the NAPA Syracuse Legends Show with Mike Bristol.

Monday, September 23

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Cycle for safety

The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing Children to be held this week

If you enjoy company while cycling long distances, why not consider riding for a cause? The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing children, a 100-mile police escorted bicycle ride through Syracuse and parts of Central New York, is taking place this Friday, Sept. 27. Sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York (NCMEC/NY), the event serves three purposes.

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Village police make six arrests with 29 charges in Tops larceny case

Seven people — all Morrisville College students — were arrested and more than two dozen criminal charges issued last week when Cazenovia village police closed out a months-long investigation into a series of thefts at Tops grocery store in Cazenovia.

Technology classes conclude at the Cazenovia Public Library

Technology classes at the Cazenovia Public Library conclude on Thursday, Oct. 10, with two social networking sessions conducted by Kathryn McCauley, technology librarian at Mid-York. The first “Social Networking Personal” will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and the second “Social Networking Business” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Madison County Agricultural District Program open enrollment period coming in October

October has been designated as Madison County's “open enrollment” period during which properties can be added to an existing agricultural district.

Seven Oaks golf course in Hamilton ranked 22nd by Golfweek.com

Annual list of best college golf courses bumps Robert Trent Jones design up one place

Colgate University's Seven Oaks Golf Club moved up one position to 22nd in the annual Golfweek.com rankings of Best Campus Courses.

Bonding, not hazing

Stories at Cornell, B'ville highlight troubling issue

Cornell University, academic bastion, Ivy League stalwart, producer of so much talent in so many fields – the school has every right to feel proud about its place, both as an institution and as the source of so much pride within the Ithaca community. And while sports are important for the Big Red, it tries hard not to reflect the larger ugliness that surrounds big-time college athletics and has been profusely documented everywhere you look.

Liverpool, C-NS cross country earns meet wins

Boys Warriors prevail over Saratoga at Queensbury Invitational

Liverpool’s boys cross country team made a trip east to the Queensbury High School course where they will run the state championships on Nov. 9 – and earned an impressive victory.

Girls soccer Warriors build win streak

C-NS falls to Baldwinsville, plays F-M to 0-0 draw

Perhaps the Liverpool girls soccer team is repeating its 2012 theme of waking up from a sluggish opening act to do a lot better once the weather turned cooler.

Sunday, September 22

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus to perform fundraising concert at NSJHS Thursday

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, Josh Burke, a former North Syracuse Central School District student, will return to his old stomping grounds. He will once again take the stage at the North Syracuse Junior High School, where he began playing in front of large audiences at the school’s annual Talent Show. This time, though, he won’t be a solo act. Instead, Burke will be playing a concert with the international sensation Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.

B’ville girls soccer edges C-NS, Auburn

Bees improve record ahead of F-M, Liverpool clashes

Long stretches of rest and practice had made the Baldwinsville girls soccer team a bit restless, so it was quite happy to return to action, especially against top-flight opposition.

Girls Bees run to fourth at invitational meet

B'ville boys sidelined due to school hazing investigaion

One of the area’s oldest cross country events renewed itself again Saturday when dozens of teams descended upon Durgee Junior High School to compete in the 62nd annual Baldwinsville Invitational. But the boys team from B’ville was not participating. Allegations of hazing led to the school district suspending team activities for all 53 runners until a full investigation is complete.

Boys cross country Mustangs win B’ville Invitational

Garn finishes second to Neal in girls race

Amid one of the largest fields it would face all season, the Marcellus boys cross country team emerged victorious during Saturday’s 62nd annual Baldwinsville Invitational at Durgee Junior High School.

Salter leads Brothers past C-NS, 42-21

Brothers are no. 3 in first state Class AA rankings

For the Christian Brothers Academy football team, the start of Class AA-1 division play brought with it a reunion with plenty of familiar faces from the program’s recent past. Yet the sentimentality ceased the moment the game against Cicero-North Syracuse kicked off Friday night at Bragman Stadium, and though it took a while to get going, the Brothers did so and cruised to a 42-21 victory over the Northstars.

Skaneateles volleyball runs win streak to six

Lakers gain sweeps over Fowler, Mexico

Twice more, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team took the court last week, and both of them resulted in one-sided victories.

J-D, ESM football score big league wins

Red Rams run past Fulton; Spartans flatten Fowler

For varying reasons, the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa football teams were unhappy thanks to defeats suffered on long road trips in the second week of the 2013 season. To resolve this, the Red Rams and Spartans simply had to return to its home environment – or at least close to it, anyway – and rely on its proven strengths to reach the win column again.

Bears give up early lead, fall to Homer

Chittenango unable to slow down state-ranked Trojans

If it wanted a reasonable shot at the Class B West regular-season crown again, the Chittenango football team needed a road victory at Homer. But when the Bears went after it Friday night, it could not sustain its strong play for four quarters as the Trojans came from behind, took over in the second half and prevailed 28-14.

Saturday, September 21

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Skaneateles runners win again at B'ville Invitational

Neal claims victory for second time in as many weeks

Mother Nature’s strong southerly winds held back the predicted downpour but nothing could hold back the brutal attack of the Skaneateles girls cross country team at Saturday's 62nd Annual Baldwinsville Invitational. And nothing could slow down Laker sophomore Kaitlyn Neal as she recorded her second invitational title in three tries this season, a week after prevailing in the Chittenango Invitational Sept. 14 at Jamesvlile Beach Park.

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Second annual SWM Runway Celebration to benefit Ophelia’s Place

The annual Syracuse Woman Magazine Runway Celebration will hit the downtown scene on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse.

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Bees unleash passing game, but fall to F-M

Blasi throws for 355 yards as rally falls short

A combination of necessity and performance sent the Baldwinsville football team into a place few of its long-time followers could recall seeing during Friday night’s exciting Class AA-2 division opener at Fayetteville-Manlius.

Liverpool rallies past Auburn; Northstars fall to CBA

Warriors are 2-1 heading into key clash with F-M

When the Liverpool football team welcomes undefeated, state-ranked Fayetteville-Manlius to its Homecoming festivities next weekend, it does so with a two-game win streak and a chance to roar to the top of the Class AA-2 division standings.

Girls swimming Lakers rally past Auburn

Win in closing race helps Skaneateles to 93-90 win

To be sure, the Skaneateles girls swim team has enjoyed some big moments in seasons past, but what happened Friday night ranks right with them. Against its neighbors from Auburn, the Lakers stayed right with them until the final race, and then prevailed in a tense final showdown to earn the clinching points and beat the Maroons by a score of 93-90.

Skaneateles girls tennis tops Marcellus, 4-3

Lakers remain unbeaten as it rolls past MPH, Westhill

A full week of sunshine and warming temperatures allowed the Skaneateles girls tennis team to shake off the rust from the previous week’s inactivity and take over against several different OHSL Liberty division foes.

Caz volleyball handles Fulton, J-D

Lakers improve to 6-1 as Westhill match looms

Coming off a tough five-set victory over LaFayette on Sept. 13, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team found things a bit easier in the week that followed, winning twice against Onondaga High School League foes to improve its overall record to 6-1.

Friday, September 20

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Turner helps Wildcats whip Central Square

Sophomore QB throws for 232 yards, four TDs in 62-21 romp

Bailey Gauthier, once his concussion symptoms are cleared out, is still the starting quarterback for the West Genesee football team. But the Wildcats can be forgiven if it wants to wait for Gauthier's return, since sophomore Dashon Turner provided a tantalizing glimpse into the program's future during Friday night's 62-21 rout over visiting Central Square in the Class AA-1 division opener for both sides.

Football Lakers hammer Hannibal, 51-7

Callahan takes over at QB, throws three TD passes

No matter who runs the show, the Skaneateles football team manages to find the same happy result - at least against Class C competition, anyway. Sophomore Devan Callahan debuted at quarterback for the Lakers in Friday night's game against Hannibal at Hyatt Stadium and made it a successful one, throwing three first-half touchdown passes as the Lakers rolled past the Warriors 51-7.

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Hornets' big plays enough to beat B'ville

F-M outscores Bees 49-37, improves to 3-0

Healing from a broken collarbone, Luke Krizman was merely a spectator as Fayetteville-Manlius lost a 38-36 classic to Baldwinsville in last fall's Section III Class AA semifinal. But when the two sides gathered again Friday night, Krizman occupied center stage and provided the punctuation marks as the Hornets this time prevailed over the Bees, 49-37.

Liverpool boys soccer edges C-NS, 1-0

Late goal gives Warriors key road win

A single goal late in the second half was all that the Liverpool boys soccer team needed as it lifted the Warriors over the Cicero-North Syracuse Northstars 1-0 Friday night at the Gillette Road Middle School complex.

Bride and groom arrested on wedding night for bar fight

A Cazenovia couple spent their wedding night in jail last week after being involved in a bar fight at Henneberg Tavern and then resisting arrest when Cazenovia Village Police and Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the disturbance.

Skaneateles town board makes two appointments

The Skaneateles town board took steps toward filling three town positions at its Sept. 19 meeting.

Street parking by Blue Canoe restaurant in Erieville won’t change

Town board takes no action to limit parking to one side of North Lake Road

After more than one hour of discussion at a Sept. 12 public hearing, the Nelson Town Board took no action to change the parking regulations on North Lake Road in Erieville by the Blue Canoe restaurant after residents who in July overwhelmingly wanted no parking along the north side of the road this month declared the south side should be the no parking side.

Fenner board resolves Christenson building issue, completes zoning code review request

The Christenson building at the corner of Nelson and Peterboro roads in Fenner will not be torn down, and the town will receive reimbursement for legal costs for the four-month process it has taken to reach the resolution with the building owner. The deal between the Fenner Town Board and town resident Jim Christenson was reached at the board’s Sept. 11 regular monthly meeting.

Girls soccer Lakers blank Phoenix, Ludden

Skaneateles takes 8-0 record into Marcellus showdown

The split of the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty division into National and American divisions had one negative consequence for the Skaneateles girls soccer team. Instead of getting two matches against key league rivals Marcellus and Westhill, the Lakers only play them once, and its lone meeting with the Mustangs takes place Tuesday night, with both sides undefeated and knowing that a possible rematch loomed down the road in the Section III playoffs.

B’ville boys soccer tops Nottingham

Brief win streak ends in shutout loss to J-D

A 1-2 start, even if it included defeats to two of the state’s top five-ranked Class AA sides (Clarence and Fayetteville-Manlius), meant that the Baldwinsville boys soccer team would have to play well for a while to get its turn at a state ranking.

Thursday, September 19

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Caz football comes back, tops Marcellus

Lakers erase 21-point deficit, moves to 3-0

Resilience on offense, and tenacity on defense, helped the Cazenovia football team come from behind and beat Marcellus 43-35 Thursday night to remain undefeated in an early-season clash of state-ranked Class B title contenders.

Westhill soccer turns back Cazenovia, 2-0

Warriors get goals from Kinsella, Torak

Westhill remains the boys soccer favorites among the Section III Class B ranks. Cazenovia remains in pursuit. So in some ways, little has changed since the Warriors edged the Lakers in last November's tense sectional final - including the outcome when the two sides get together.

Second annual Manlius buy local campaign set for October

The Manlius Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to discover Manlius throughout the month of October through its buy local campaign.

Fairbanks sets J-D cross country course record

Red Rams, ESM, F-M each earn sweeps

What set apart the Jamesville-DeWitt girls cross country team’s sweep of Homer and Cortland on Wednesday afternoon from previous victories was the performance of Rachel Fairbanks, who smashed the J-D course record she already held by nearly half a minute.

Caz cross country defeats Jordan-Elbridge

Lakers' depth enough to turn back Eagles, 21-38

As OHSL Liberty division competition started, the Cazenovia girls cross country team knew it needed some early success before its key early-October showdown with Skaneateles. To that end, the Lakers went to Jordan-Elbridge Wednesday afternoon and, with its superior depth, put together a 21-38 victory over the Eagles.

Marcellus cross country edges Hannibal

West Genny sweeps Auburn; Westhill/Ludden routs Solvay

In a pair of close, exciting races, the Marcellus cross country teams both won narrow decisions over Hannibal on Wednesday to claim their respective OHSL Liberty division openers. The boys Mustangs beat the Warriors by a single point, 28-29, while in the girls race Marcellus did just enough to get past Hannibal 27-32.

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Twelfth annual AmeriCU Jazz-N-Caz returns with swing, big bands and blues

For a dozen years, Jazz-N-Cazas brought top-shelf performers to the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College — acts such as Melba Moore, Vince Giordano, the Brubeck Brothers and Gap Mangione. This year festival director Colleen Prossner has outdone herself by booking three nights of rock’em sock’em entertainment ranging from chanteuse Jennifer Holliday, Broadway’s original “Dreamgirl” to trumpeter Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk, a boisterous big band from New Jersey.

Cazenovia town election candidates set, no contested races

Cazenovia Democrats held their nominating caucus for the November elections last week and chose Councilor Bill Zupan to run for town supervisor and Councilor Kristi Andersen to run for reelection to her current board seat. With the Democratic caucus completed, all party candidates for the Nov. 5 town election have been chosen, and the entire slate of positions to be elected will be uncontested.

C-NS tennis edges past Liverpool, 4-3

Doubles rally helps Northstars pull out close decision

All of the other matches were settled in Wednesday afternoon’s girls tennis showdown between Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool, with the two sides tied at three points apiece. So it was down to the first doubles match between the Northstars’ tandem of Richelle Brousseau and Kristin Inthirakot and the Warriors’ duo of Alexandra Ioannidis and Katelyn Nguyen.

Annual Drop-A-Thon, silent auction to benefit Humane Association of CNY

The Humane Association of Central New York, the largest no-kill Shelter in Central New York, will hold its annual Drop-a-Thon and Silent Auction — with more than 250 silent auctions to bid on with a buy now feature — just like Ebay. Plus a bake sale, music and open house come and adopt one of our animals.

Wednesday, September 18

ESM field hockey tops Cazenovia in OT, 2-1

Loder goal wins it a year after similar loss to Lakers

On Sept. 19, 2012, East Syracuse-Minoa's field hockey team took reigning Onondaga High School League power Cazenovia to overtime, only to fall, 2-1, to the Lakers in the opening minute of the extra period. One day short of exactly one year later, on the same Spartan Stadium turf, the same two teams went beyond 60 minutes of regulation and, again, it was decided in the first minute of OT, by that same 2-1 margin - this time, in ESM's favor.

Skaneateles CSD plans two meetings to get public feedback on $2.6 million capital project

The Skaneateles school district will hold two information sessions to get feedback from the public on the scope of the $2,577,876 capital project proposed to the board of education by the facilities committee at its Aug. 20 meeting.

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Skaneateles schools to extend Pastel, eliminate principal position

Gerst to take over as middle school principal, Widrick as K through 5 principal

The Skaneateles Central School District will be consolidating staff and shuffling around administrators starting in February 2014, Interim Superintendent of Schools Judy Pastel announced at the Sept. 17 board of education meeting.

Lions Club to host Clear Path for Veterans event

The Cazenovia and Chittenango Lions will be holding a dinner and meeting Thursday, Oct. 3, at Clear Path for Veterans on Salt Springs Road between Fayetteville and Chittenango. Members of the greater Cazenovia and Chittenango communities interested in finding out more about the Lions and/or Clear Path are invited to attend.

Town approves aquatic plant survey to assess need for future chemical treatment in lake

The Cazenovia Town Board last week approved the expense of $8,000 to survey aquatic plants in Cazenovia Lake to help assess the possible need for future chemical treatments of the lake to kill invasive species.

West Genny sets records in swim victory over J-D

Castro breaks decades-old pool mark in 100 freestyle

Unbeaten for the last three full seasons, the West Genesee girls swim team is maintaining that dominance in 2013 – and setting some history along the way. The Wildcats’ tough 95-91 victory at Jamesville-DeWitt on Tuesday night included two instances where WG swimmers broke J-D pool records.

First amendment rights


Editorial on first amendment rights and political signs from the Sept. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: Sept. 18

Not as many sailors, thoughts on Affordable Care Act

Along the Lakeshore column from the Sept. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Dealing with invasive species in CNY

Lawmakers, local groups deal with invasive species that pose threats to environment, infrastructure

Several new threatening invasive species have emerged in Central New York within the past 10 years that have caused lawmakers, government agencies and private groups to take action. These include emerald ash borers, milfoil, hydrilla and wild boars.

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Buddy Walk is one of many supports offered by DSA of CNY

The DSA of CNY offers a number of activities for families of those with Down syndrome, but its biggest event — and the only one it offers that’s open to the entire community — is the Buddy Walk, which celebrates its 15th year this fall. “At our Buddy Walk, we do not focus on the therapies, doctor appointments, etc., that is a part of their daily life. We celebrate the joy of having them in our lives and family,” Bottego said. “Most of the committee members have worked on the Buddy Walk from the beginning. We have volunteers who come back year after year because it such an uplifting event.” The Buddy Walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Long Branch Park in Liverpool. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.; walkers who have pre-registered can pick up their preordered shirts. Walk-in registration is also available. T-shirts are available to purchase. Children’s games are open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and only shut down while the walk is in progress. Attendees can purchase raffle tickets The walk starts at 10:30 a.m. The walkers follow the path out of the Longbranch Park area into the Willow Bay section of Onondaga Lake Park.

Tuesday, September 17

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Ringing in the fall at Rippleton Schoolhouse

Annual Community Day event hosted Sunday, Sept. 29 this year

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, The Friends of Lorenzo will once again host Community Day at Rippleton Schoolhouse. This free event invites children of all ages to celebrate our unique heritage and some of the many local autumn gifts our community has to offer.

Teen arrested for village graffiti arraigned in town court

The 16-year-old Manlius teen who was arrested in August after admitting his role in the Lakeland Park bathhouse graffiti incident has a curfew, mandated community service and a date to reappear in village court on Nov. 6.

Village seeks continued input on VES zone

As part of its ongoing efforts to revise the planning and zoning for the Village Edge South zone (across Route 20 from the Tops plaza), the village of Cazenovia will conduct the second in a series of “Visual Preference Surveys” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

Cazenovia Public Library offers new learning classes

The Cazenovia Public Library is hosting two new learning classes for adults.

Three Liverpool school buildings locked down last week

All three buildings on the Liverpool High School campus - Liverpool High School, the Liverpool High School Annex, and Morgan Road Elementary (currently housed at Wetzel Road Elementary) were placed on lockdown for less than an hour Thursday morning after receiving a “verbal threat.”

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Group calls for harsher penalties for those who hurt animals

Patrick Oneill was already facing multiple counts of animal cruelty when he allegedly left his Labrador retriever, Ali, in his car for more than four hours on Sept. 2 while he enjoyed the New York State Fair with his girlfriend. Ali, left in the 100-degree car with no water and one window barely cracked, died despite the efforts of state troopers and bystanders who tried to save her. Animal advocates are saying she didn’t have to die.

LETTER: Jenni-Lyn Watson golf tourney raises $18,000

o the editor: On July 19, the third annual Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Golf Tournament was held to raise money for the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Scholarship Fund. The tournament was a success, raising approximately $18,000.

LETTER: Zambrano’s record not one of development

To the editor: Since leaving Cicero town politics four years ago, I’ve been happy quietly serving on the Onondaga County Planning Board. I also have been very content to view town politics from the sidelines and watch the infighting that regrettably seems to go with holding local office in Cicero. But enough is enough.

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MPH violinist named SYO concertmaster

Jeongyoon Han, of East Syracuse, has been named concertmaster of the Syracuse Youth Orchestra. The Manlius Pebble Hill School freshman began playing violin at the age of five as a Suzuki strings student at MPH.

Monday, September 16

Michaels Farms withdraws again

For the third time in two years, Michaels Farms LLC is withdrawing its proposal for a zone change to construct senior housing on Morgan Road in the town of Clay.

Girls soccer Warriors, Northstars win on Friday

Liverpool handles West Genny; C-NS tops F-M

In a wild and uneven week, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer teams both had to endure September warmth, summer-like heat and a late-autumn chill. And though neither side got to play a game until it got cold and wet on Friday, they both took advantage of their opportunities to earn big early-season wins.

Liverpool, C-NS cross country run at sectional course

Girls Warriors prevail at Chittenango Invitational

In separate races at last Saturday’s Chittenango Invitational Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse’s cross country teams had a trial run through the Jamesville Beach Park course that, in early November, will host the Section III championships.

C-NS, Liverpool soccer both lose to B’ville

Warriors see two-goal lead vanish in second half

For the Liverpool boys soccer team to go as far as it wants, it had to find a way to pick up the offensive production that has suffered ever since Nick Zingaro’s season-ending knee injury.

ESM cross country takes second at VVS meet

Perrone wins boys race; girls are one point behind Tully

East Syracuse-Minoa’s girls cross country team got close to winning both ends of Saturday’s Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational, yet settled for runner-up finishes. It was really close in the girls meet, where the Spartans and Tully went to the wire. But the fact that the Black Knights had a pair of top-five points-earning finishes allowed it to edge ESM by a single point, 48 points to 49.

Westhill, Marcellus soccer earns wins

Mustangs get hot, knock off Class C champ Fabius-Pompey

So far, the Westhill boys soccer team’s regular-season win streak remains healthy and intact, and not even the changing weather could alter plans. The Warriors waited out last Wednesday’s high heat and storms, and then took to the field that night at Fulton, playing a strong second half to pull away and beat the Red Raiders 4-1.

J-E, Marcellus runners find modest gains

Eagles compete at Jamesville Beach; Garn second at VVS meet

With the OHSL Liberty division schedule about to commence, cross country teams from Jordan-Elbridge and Marcellus went to separate meets on Saturday.

Boys soccer Lakers head toward Westhill rematch

Caz has 2-1 week, takes first loss to Cortland

Going into Thursday night’s showdown with Westhill, the rematch of last November’s Section III Class B final, the Cazenovia boys soccer team is off to a solid start, only having one major hiccup on the path toward facing the Warriors.

Caz girls run to third at Chittenango Invitational

Only Skaneateles, C-NS top Lakers on sectional course

Though they won’t meet in the regular season until Oct. 8, the Cazenovia girls cross country team first raced against main OHSL Liberty division rival Skaneateles on Saturday as part of the Chittenango Invitational at Jamesville Beach Park.

Sunday, September 15

Boys soccer Bees topple C-NS, Liverpool

B'ville rallies from two-goal deficit, stops Warriors in OT

Even though it was still quite early, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team knew that it could not afford too many more missteps after taking a 2-1 defeat to Fayetteville-Manlius on Sept. 4.

B'ville cross country competes at Chittenango meet

Girls Bees second, boys third in Varsity Race 2

Originally, the plan for the Baldwinsville cross country teams was to host powerhouse Fayetteville-Manlius last Wednesday afternoon in a grand season opener. But a heat index that reached 100 degrees, plus the threat of thunderstorms, scuttled those plans. Instead, the Bees had to wait until Saturday’s Chittenango Invitational to get back to full competition mode.

Skaneateles boys soccer wins four straight

Lakers go 2-0 at Finger Lakes Cup, edge Clinton in OT

Mired in an 0-3 start, the Skaneateles boys soccer team had ample opportunities to reverse its course – and did so, winning four times in a five-day span, culminating with its sweep at the Finger Lakes Cup it hosted last weekend at Hyatt Stadium.

Cross country Wildcats win at Jamesville Beach

WG beats C-NS with four boys in top five

In its first big competition of the fall, the West Genesee boys cross country team stepped up and, led by a swift quartet of front-runners, earned a victory over Cicero-North Syracuse in Saturday’s Chittenango Invitational.

Ludden football sails past Jordan-Elbridge

Gaelic Knights, Eagles both stand at 1-1

Already, the Bishop Ludden football team had endured the indignity of seeing one former coach (John Cosgrove, now at Syracuse’s Institute of Technology Central) beat them. It wasn’t about to let that happen again.

Saturday, September 14

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Cross country Lakers impress at Chittenango meet

Skaneateles girls second overall on sectional course

This week was different, according to Skaneateles girls cross country coach Rob Tuttle after his team raced to victory at the Chittenango Invitational Saturday at Jamesville Beach Park. “The girls were aggressive from the start," said Tuttle. "From front to back they competed hard in the middle mile and then they rallied into the finish chute. Yeah, we saw our real team this week.”

ESM, J-D football take road losses

Spartans surrender late lead to Colonie; Rams fall to Indian River

One quarter remained, and the East Syracuse-Minoa football team was leading Section II Class AA opponent Colonie, right on the Garnet Raiders’ home turf late Friday afternoon. All looked to be going well, and a 2-0 start looked imminent.

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Lakers get away in second half, beat Central Valley

Caz scores 21 third-quarter points, moves to 2-0

In many different ways, the Cazenovia football team was not acting like itself in the first half of Saturday's home opener against Central Valley Academy at Buckley-Volo Field. True, the Lakers were putting points on the board - but so was the Thunder. And CVA was also accumulating 267 yards on the ground, pushing around a Cazenovia defense unaccustomed to such struggles.

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Caz field hockey gives Scheftic 200th win

Lakers down Weedsport, 2-0, for coaching milestone

It took two tries, a full week and a weather postponement, but as the clock ran out on a chilly, wet Friday afternoon at Burton Street Elementary School, Cazenovia field hockey coach Lorraine Scheftic could, at last, celebrate the 200th win in her coaching tenure.

Liverpool football stops C-NS, 28-14

Warriors maintain 'Star Wars' Cup in local rivalry

After being shut out against Henninger in its season opener a week earlier, it didn’t take long for the Liverpool football team to score its first touchdown of the season in Friday night's showdown with rival Cicero-North Syracuse at Bragman Stadium. In fact, the Warriors on its first three possessions and eventually came out on top against the Northstars 28-14 and, in doing so, maintaining possession of the 'Star Wars Cup' for one more year.

CBA football blanks Proctor, moves to 2-0

Brothers score 38 points in first half of 52-0 romp

For the second time in as many games, the Christian Brothers Academy football team soared past the 50-point mark. But unlike its season-opening 56-32 win over Union-Enidcott in the Carrier Dome on Sept. 6, the Brothers also brought along a stifling defense to Friday's game at Utica Proctor, earning a shutout as it smashed past the Raiders 52-0.

Bears smash past Phoenix, 48-0

Chittenango rebounds from OT loss to Westhill

Just the right combination of circumstances surrounded the Chittenango football team as it set out to atone for its tense 21-20 overtime defeat to Westhill in the Sept. 6 season opener. For one thing, the Bears got to stay at home to face Phoenix a week later. Also, the Firebirds were just five days removed from its opener, a 52-6 defeat to Homer in the Kickoff Classic at the Carrier Dome.

Skaneateles football falls to Homer, 23-13

Lakers dealt first regular-season loss since 2010

Not so long ago, the Skaneateles football team resided alongside Homer in the Section III Class B ranks. So it wasn't that unusual for the Lakers to choose the Trojans as a non-league opponent when the 2013 schedule was put together.

Friday, September 13

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Bees rely on defense, edge Henninger 10-7

B'ville takes 2-0 record into showdown with F-M

In so many different ways, the Baldwinsville football team's 10-7 victory over Henninger Friday night at Sunnycrest Field was instructive and encouraging, beyond the fact that the Bees improved to 2-0 on the season and added to its momentum heading into next weekend's big game at Fayetteville-Manlius.

Mustangs jump on Westhill, improve to 2-0

Marcellus forces Warriors turnovers in 43-14 win

True, Marcellus and Westhill played four quarters of football amid Friday night's rain and mist - but it really took less than eight minutes to decide matters. Before the Warriors could even process what happened, the Mustangs had scored 26 unanswered points, and from there cruised to a 43-14 victory and the early lead in the Class B West division race.

New affordable apartment community available in Radisson

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new apartment complex in Lysander will take place at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 8278 Riverknoll Crossing in Baldwinsville. Baldwin Real Estate Corporation, a Rochester-based affiliate of The DiMarco Group, has recently completed Radisson’s newest apartment community.

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CNY Playhouse looks on the bright side of life with wacky musical

During a climactic scene on opening night, “Spamalot” leading man Bob Brown misfired. Twice. Portraying King Arthur, Brown was trying to toss a grenade over a short scenic flat to blow up a killer bunny.

Owera neighbors, owners spar over noise and lights at town board meeting

Town reveals it has issued two codes violations to vineyard

The owners of Owera Vineyards this week declared themselves heartsick over their neighbors’ complaints about bright lights and loud music from the winery and said they will resolve these issues for the 2014 season. Until then, they gave their word they would address the lighting issue with new fixtures and close the vinyl flaps on the event tent at 10 p.m. for the rest of the 2013 wedding season in order to reduce the noise level of the wedding music. Their statement came during 90 minutes of discussion on the issue at the Sept. 8 town board meeting during which the winery’s East Lake Road neighbors unloaded a litany of complaints, accusations and demands for action to the board, and board members responded that they have been actively working on the problem for weeks.

B’ville boys volleyball has 1-1 start

Bees drop five-set classic to Oswego; girls still unbeaten

It was time for Baldiwnsville’s boys volleyball team to begin its CNY Counties League schedule, and it did so in impressive style, going to Central Square and claiming a 25-20, 25-18, 25-22 sweep over the Red Hawks in its season opener early this week.

Skaneateles swimmers win opener over F-M

Lakers to host sectional Class C meet Nov. 8

Judging by its initial results, the Skaneateles girls swim team might be well on the way to more league and Section III honors by the time the 2013 season is done. The Lakers opened by going to Cazenovia College’s pool to face Fayetteville-Manlius Thursday night, and winning each of the first 10 events as it beat the Hornets 99-85.

Village of Skaneateles introduces law to remove political sign restrictions

In response to recent events elsewhere in Central New York, the village of Skaneateles is proposing a law that will remove its 30-day restriction on political signs.

Caz girls soccer romps past J-E, Hannibal

Lakers score 14 goals, build three-game win streak

It proved to be quite a fun week for the Cazenovia girls soccer team, who improved to 3-1 on the season and got to showcase a high-powered attack against a pair of overmatched foes.

Thursday, September 12

Bortel leads Hornets past West Genny, 44-26

F-M fullback scores three TD's in fourth quarter

Fayetteville-Manlius football senior Chris Bortel spent much of Thursday night's spellbinding clash with West Genesee as a supporting player as many different Hornets and Wildcats took turns making big plays on both sides of the ball, the two sides trading the lead and the momentum throughout the evening.

Manlius town board votes to repeal political lawn sign ordinance

At its Sept. 11 meeting, the Manlius town board voted unanimously to repeal the law that sets the boundaries for when and where political signs can be erected in the town. One month ago, town of Manlius resident David Rubin sued Supervisor Ed Theobald and the town councilors after unsuccessfully trying to communicate with town officials about changing the sign ordinance, which he believes restricts free speech and violates the First Amendment.

West Genny swimmers defeat New Hartford

Cahalan, Castro both win pair of races for Wildcats

A new season has started for the West Genesee girls swim team, with a new twist that will give even more incentive to do well. Due to continuing structural problems at Nottingham High School’s Max Newman Pool, the Section III championships have been moved to different venues – including West Genesee, which will host the Class A sectional meet on Nov. 2.

UPDATE: LHS lockdown lifted

UPDATE: The lockdown at the LHS campus has been lifted as of 9:45 a.m. We still do not know the nature of the verbal threat that caused the lockdown, but we will continue investigating and bring you that information as soon as we can.

Wednesday, September 11

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Fayetteville-Manlius School Board appoints new member

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education has appointed a new member to serve on the Board. At its Sept. 9 meeting, the Board appointed Babra “Babs” Taeckens, of Manlius, to replace long-time member Michael J. Masse on the Board. Taeckens will complete Mr. Masse's term, which expires in May 2014.

Village approves annexation of state wetland at south end of lake

The village board last week approved the annexation into the village of an 18-acre plot of state-managed wetland at the south end of the lake. The land is located between Lorenzo State Historic Site and the Trush property, and its annexation was completed in order to make the Trush property contiguous to the village so the owner of that property can request annexation.

Fall Story Time begins at Cazenovia Public Library

Join the fun in the Story Garden during the fall Story Time season at the Cazenovia Public Library. Beginning Monday, Sept. 9, story time will be held every week day morning with staff members who have had specialized training in early literacy.

Thank you for making race weekend a success


Letter to the editor from the Sept. 11 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Victory Campus — required profit is simple


Letter to the editor from the Sept. 11 edition of the Skaneatles Press.

Parents, protect your children from identity theft

As identity theft continues to be a major problem, it has become increasingly important to make sure your information remains private. Identity thieves can use information, such as your Social Security number, causing sometimes irreversible damage to your credit and your future. As the father of a teenager, the current trend of child identity theft is very alarming.

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Kirkpatrick Day Program provides services for patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia

In a secure courtyard near Syracuse’s Inner Harbor, on a daily basis, you can find a gathering of people engaged in any number of activities. They might be playing Bingo or trivia. They might be working on a small building project. If you head into the indoor area, you might find them baking or preparing snacks. What might surprise you is to find that all of these men and women have Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia. The Kirkpatrick Day Program is a social adult day program provided by the Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York. The program, which dates back to the early 1980s, came under the auspices of the Alzheimer’s Association in 1987.

Along the Lakeshore: Sept. 11

The All Lake Regatta

Along the Lakshore column from the Sept. 11 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Tuesday, September 10

Marcellus soccer blanks Westhill, 2-0

Filtch goals overcome 19-save effort from Peebles

No one questioned that Westhill girls soccer goalkeeper Sam Peebles was the best performer on the field when the Warriors hosted Marcellus in an early-season showdown of the reigning Class B powerhouses on a warm, steamy Tuesday evening.

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Planning board approves Empire brewery site and architectural plans

It’s official: Empire Brewing Company is coming to Caz. The village planning board Monday night unanimously approved Empire’s site and architectural plans for their farmstead brewery on Route 13.

SCOTTLAND: Taking the limburger challenge

My Poppy loved limburger cheese. But, as the story goes, he was only allowed to indulge in it after my Nina and mom went to bed. He would then break out some rye bread, onions and mustard, spread on the cheese, and, as I can only imagine because there were never any witnesses, proceeded to savor each bite with a long, slow chew to prolong his night-time pleasure — all by his lonesome. I do know he kicked it back with a Genesee beer to complete the Old World tradition.

East Syracuse village board split on police department issue

Board votes 3-2 to not move forward with abolishing E.S.P.D. at this time

For the second time in three months, East Syracuse Trustee Jim Carr made a motion to hold a meeting to discuss the possibility of the abolishment of the East Syracuse Police Department at the village’s Sept. 9 board meeting. And for the second time in three months, the motion was defeated by a vote of 3 – 2.

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Ready for the hunt

75th annual Parade of Hounds draws crowds throughout the village

The chilly, overcast and wet morning did not dampen the spirit of the spectators, riders — and especially the dogs — for the Limestone Creek Hunt Club’s 75th annual Parade of Hounds through the village on Sunday, Sept. 8. The parade, which started on Emory Avenue and continued right onto Sullivan Street, right onto Albany Street, left onto Rippleton Road and onto the grounds of the Lorenzo State Historic Site, is the official beginning to the hunt club’s season.

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Lincklaen Street parking lot ‘soft opening’ this week

The new public parking lot at 22 Lincklaen Street will have a soft opening this week with an official dedication ceremony to name the lot in honor of former village Trustee Peggy Van Arnam at the end of the month. During the Sept. 3 village board meeting, the trustees approved the final resolutions necessary to complete the new village parking lot, including setting the parking fee, approving a handicapped spot and designating the official name.

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Annual duck race raises money for Bridgeport Food Pantry

More than 5,200 ducks took to Chittenango Creek in a race for more than glory — these ducks raced to raise money for the Bridgeport Food Pantry, which serves families in the towns of Cicero, Manlius and Sullivan. The Don’t Duck Hunger duck race, the brainchild of food pantry coordinator Patti Hedrick, typically raises about $25,000 for the pantry and is its major annual fundraiser; totals for this year’s race were not yet available at press time.

Farnham Street neighbors continue opposition to zone change for bakery

Farnham Street residents presented a petition to the village board this week opposing the requested zone change of a house on their street from a residential to a commercial district. The petition is the latest salvo in the continuing — and increasingly passionate — uprising of the Farnham Street neighborhood against the proposed “Farnham Kitchen” at 8 Farnham St. that will, if it comes to fruition, create a wedding cake business and ready-made meal business inside a historic house on the edge of the neighborhood near Albany Street.

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Back to school Liverpool, North Syracuse kick off new year

School is once again underway across Central New York. North Syracuse students headed back Wednesday, Sept. 4, and Liverpool schools opened their doors Thursday, Sept. 6. Both districts had some changes in store for students and staff; read on to find out what’s new.

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It’s a Community Effort

F-M Girl Scouts complete their 'Plant a Row for the Hungry' project

The four members of Fayetteville-Manlius Girl Scout Troop 10526 have continued efforts toward earning their Silver Award with a project called Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR). Hunger is a growing need in our community and across the country; through PAR, the troop is helping to address this basic human need. By organizing a local PAR program, the troop has been working hard to help the people in the F-M community by urging fresh produce donations to the F-M Community Outreach Food Pantry.

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Volunteer of the Month

Howie Hollander - ARISE

Since doing this column for the past four years I have not interviewed a candidate for “Volunteer of the Month” who said that, “volunteering is what I live for.” That changed when I interviewed Howie Hollander.

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Skaneateles teachers, students return to school

Before greeting students on the first day of school Wednesday, teachers had their own “first day,” where they were given praise, encouragement, insight and challenges.

Monday, September 9

Cross country Northstars sweep Central Square meet

Greenseich works his way to boys individual title

Not having to travel too far, the Cicero-North Syracuse cross country teams started their 2013 seasons with twin triumphs at last Saturday’s Central Square Invitational.

Liverpool, C-NS field hockey have contrasting starts

Warriors lose twice; Northstars roar to trio of wins

Everyone associated with the Liverpool field hockey team knows how difficult it will be to match what happened one season ago. In 2012, after a long and storied history and plenty of Section III titles, the Warriors made it all the way to the state Class A championship match for the first time. And while Liverpool lost that title game 3-0 to Sachem East, it didn’t detract from the remarkable effort just to get that far.

Sunday, September 8

Mustangs outscore Bearcats in Dome clash

Marcellus keeps possession of Tom Anthony Silver Cup

Two neighbors and rivals came to the Carrier Dome Sunday to renew the football battle for the Tom Anthony Silver Cup, with Marcellus fighting to hold on to it and Solvay fighting just as hard to take it back and end its long period in the gridiron wilderness.

F-M runners sweep to ESM Invitational titles

Avery, Millar claim individual races for Hornets

Perhaps the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams heard the quiet, but persistent talk going around that it had a bit more vulnerability going into the 2013 season than it did in years past.

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Girls cross country Lakers get second at ESM meet

Malcolm runs well to give Skaneateles crucial tie-breaker

No one could complain about the weather that unfolded across Central New York when dawn greeted area cross country runners at last Saturday’s 22nd Annual East Syracuse-Minoa Invitational. With a mix of clouds and sun and a gentle southern breeze that barely rattled dying Maple leaves, the gun sounded for the girls race at 9:30 and the race was on.

J-E boys cross country wins Kamikaze Challenge

Marcellus' Garn beats field at Central Square meet

Some of the area’s high school cross country teams used the first Saturday in September as a starting point for what promises to be a fun and exciting 2013 season. Jordan-Elbridge, in fact, hosted one of the opening meets, the Kamikaze Challenge, in which 11 boys and eight girls teams ran through a shorter course (2.4 miles) that featured two climbs up “Kamikaze Hill” and nine hay bales to jump over, among other obstacles.

J-E, Westhill notch dramatic opening wins

Eagles rally past Hannibal; Warriors edge Chittenango in OT

When Jordan-Elbridge football head coach Tim Hawkins faces the Bishop Ludden side he used to mentor as an assistant coach this Friday night, he does so flush from the satisfaction of a particularly dramatic season-opening victory.

Liverpool football blanked by Henninger

Warriors fall, 14-0, must face C-NS next

In most instances, a football team that only gives up a pair of touchdowns in its opening game of the season like where it stands, at least on that side of the ball. Solely based on that, Liverpool emerged from Friday night’s battle with Henninger with a good feeling – except for the part of not scoring any points.

Cazenovia boys soccer gets quick start

Lakers building upon 2012 run to sectional finals

A season after nearly claiming the Section III Class B title, the Cazenovia boys soccer team knows that getting back to that elite position will not be easy. All but one starter from the 2012 season, when the Lakers reached the sectional final before falling to Westhill, graduated, including the likes of Henry Mann, Brody Kellish, Conor Race, Brad Nardella, Connor Polsin and Tyler Dunkle.

Saturday, September 7

J-D football edges Cheektowaga in Kickoff Classic

Rams lose Brotzki to knee injury, but still win 13-12

Jamesville-DeWitt's last football game was in the Carrier Dome 10 months ago, a bitter 14-7 defeat to Nottingham that kept the Red Rams from earning its first sectional title since 1997. But the return trip for Saturday night's Kickoff Classic had a different outcome as J-D, overcoming a right knee injury to quarterback Jack Brotzki, came from behind to beat Cheektowaga 13-12 in a gritty, tough performance.

Skaneateles girls soccer roars to 4-0 start

Lakers handle APW, Phoenix, Solvay after win over Caz

Even before the calendar turned to September, the Skaneateles girls soccer team found itself in a good mood following a key early victory in OHSL Liberty division play. Skaneateles went east on Route 20 to take on its fellow Lakers from Cazenovia in the Aug. 29 season opener, and a wild sequence early in the second half led to the visitors pulling out a 2-1 victory at the Sean Googin Sports Complex.

B’ville tennis thwarted by F-M again

Bees cannot put an end to long Hornet win streak

Each season, the Baldwinsville girls tennis team takes its ultimate measure when it plays Fayetteville-Manlius, a side that has not lost to any local opponent in nearly two decades. And the Bees though that, this time around, it had the capability of ending that historic streak - but the Hornets thought otherwise, toppling B’ville 5-2 in Friday’s showdown.

Lakers rally past Canastota, give Olley first win

Skaneateles saves opener with 22 straight points

In one night under new head coach Mike Olley, the Skaneateles football team flirted with the possibility of losing as many games - one - as it had done the previous two seasons. Just in time, though, the Lakers found its top form on both sides of the ball, and a big second half produced a 35-21 victory over Canastota Friday night at Hyatt Stadium.

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Football Wildcats fly past Auburn, 28-13

Howard kick return sparks WG late in first quarter

When West Genesee football senior Naesean Howard took the kickoff early in the second quarter of Friday night's season opener against Auburn, things were not going as planned for the hosts. Carrying high expectations into 2013, the Wildcats found itself in a 7-7 tie with the Maroons, and were starting to wonder if it was vulnerable to a demoralizing defeat.

Caz football rolls past Camden in season opener

Lakers force seven turnovers in 33-7 romp

All through the off-season, the Cazenovia football team had heard the talk about how much Camden wanted to earn payback for the 54-7 defeat it took last fall in the Section III Class B semifinals. But when the two sides reunited for Friday night's 2013 curtain-raiser, the exact same thing happened as the Lakers put away the mistake-prone Blue Devils by a score of 33-7.

F-M rolls to opening win over Schenectady

Hornets give Rhodes successful head coaching debut

In Damien Rhodes’ head coaching debut with the Fayetteville-Manlius football, he just wanted one thing: a win. And he sure got one.

Friday, September 6

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B'ville tops C-NS, 34-27, in classic opener

Sparks runs in for winning TD with 1:19 left

Rare is the football game where both sides could feel reasonably pleased about the outcome, for someone has to win and lose, after all. However, it's fair to at least assume that Baldwinsville and Cicero-North Syracuse both left Friday night's scintillating season opener at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium with good vibrations, even though it was the Bees that prevailed 34-27.

Big plays spark Brothers past Union-Endicott

CBA notches 56 points in Dome season opener

Christian Brothers Academy football quarterback J.R. Zazzara and running back Deshawn Salter accounted for seven of CBA’s eight touchdowns in what would end up being a 56-32 blowout of the Union-Endicott Tigers in Friday night's Kickoff Classic opener at the Carrier Dome. Zazzara threw for three touchdowns (two of which were to Salter) and ran for two more, before being replaced by back-up Joshua Brown with 4:50 left in the third quarter. Salter rushed for one score, returned a kickoff, and caught two touchdowns.

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State Education Commissioner praises F-M for its adaptation to the Common Core curriculum

The first week of school brought a big surprise for one local middle school: on Friday, Sept. 6, State Education Commissioner John King visited Wellwood to talk with F-M Superintendent Corliss Kaiser and observe classes teaching the new Common Core curriculum, which was implemented last school year.

Marcellus, Westhill girls soccer rolls through early foes

Two rivals unbeaten going into Tuesday showdown

Season after season, the Marcellus girls soccer team aims for the same high marks, from league to Section III to state Class B honors. And the 2013 Mustangs appear well on its way to another serious championship push, if the early results are any indication.

Skaneateles town board fields questions on comprehensive plan review

The Skaneateles town board dealt with scrutiny from a concerned resident at its Sept. 5 meeting. Skaneateles resident Jim Moore questioned the statement made by councilor Rick Keyes at the board’s Aug. 15 meeting that the board had met its legal obligation to review the town comprehensive plan in 2010.

Thanks to ‘Bucky Bennett’ tourney participants


To the editor: We would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all who participated in and or sponsored the 2013 Annual “Bucky Bennett” Golf Tournament.

Girls volleyball Lakers smash Cazenovia, J-E

Skaneateles bounces back from defeat to Westhill

A tense, frustrating five-set defeat to Westhill on Aug. 29 added a sense of urgency to the Skaneateles girls volleyball team's work as September got underway - something its subsequent opponents quickly found out.

B’ville girls volleyball rolls through opening week

Reigning AA champs sweep Oswego, C-NS

Another season for the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team is underway, as is another quest to run through Section III Class AA foes unscathed and go after a state championship. The Bees’ quest to win it all in 2012 did not get derailed until the finals at Glens Falls Civic Center, where Rochester Mercy prevailed in four sets.

Chittenango girls soccer starts 2-0

Bears, with new starters, blank Cortland, Mexico

Even with a complete turnover of its starting lineup, the Chittenango girls soccer team is not discounting its chances for the 2013 season. The Bears, after dipping down to the OHSL Liberty division, are back in the Freedom division this fall, meaning encounters with neighbors like Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa, plus other opponents like CBA and Fulton.

Thursday, September 5

Fast start lifts Spartans past Watertown

ESM scores 32 points in game's first eight minutes

East Syracuse-Minoa's first football play from scrimmage resulted in a touchdown. So did the second play, and so did three more plays in the first eight minutes of Thursday night's season opener against Watertown.

C-NS, Liverpool boys soccer draw 0-0

Warriors lose Zingaro for season with torn ACL

What the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys soccer teams shared in 2012 were dreams of a Section III Class AA championship thwarted by Utica Proctor – the Warriors in a dramatic overtime semifinal, the Northstars in the title game. The two neighbors and rivals would share the same turf Wednesday night in front of a large crowd at LHS Stadium, and 110 minutes of action yielded no resolution as the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Third-party candidate enters Spafford town board race

Joe Vecchio to run on Spafford People's Party line

A third-party candidate has entered the race for two town board seats in Spafford. Joe Vecchio will run for councilor on the Spafford People’s Party line.

Upset by Owera’s public funding


To the editor: OK, I was upset with this grant (gift!) from the get-go. If someone has the money to buy acreage on East Lake Road, they ought to have the capital or credit worthiness to develop a business and not enlist the public sector.

B’ville boys soccer struggles to 1-2 start

Bees drop home opener, shut out by F-M

Starting in 2007, and lasting for five years, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team withstood all the potential traps and never lost to a Section III opponent in the post-season. Five championships later, the Bees finally saw its reign end in 2012 as it fell at home in the quarterfinals to Utica Proctor, who went on to win its first-ever sectional title.

Production company uses music to bring people closer to each other, God

Social media — sites like Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and LinkedIn — are meant to connect us, to link us to others with similar interests and backgrounds. But too often, it has the opposite effect; people hide behind the technology, losing the personal connection those sites are intended to encourage. Tim Ehrhart of Liverpool wants to change that. That’s why he, along with his father, Mike, and his uncle, Chris, created Beautiful Mess Online, a production company that uses multimedia performances, music and its website to help people “live connected lives.” The faith-based site, Tim Ehrhart said, aims to “share a message that connects people to the important things in their lives.”

New Basic STAR exemption requires registration by homeowners

The county legislature’s Ways and Means Committee received a detailed presentation from New York State’s Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF) on new legislation pertaining to the Basic STAR exemption. What we learned is simple: All homeowners receiving Basic STAR benefits must register with DTF by Dec. 31 in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and beyond. Senior citizens already receiving Enhanced STAR benefits are not impacted by this new legislation.

Squadrito Foods closes, Pacific Health to open

For many years, 207 Oswego St. — which looks more like Old Liverpool Road to me — was the site of Ponderosa Steakhouse. Whenever my brother and his family visited from the West Coast, they’d enjoy digging deeply into Ponderosa’s all-you-can-eat buffet. A few years later, it became Wisteria, a Chinese restaurant, and in 2009 Juanita’s Mexican Kitchen relocated in from Syracuse’s North Side. Later that same year, another venerable North Side business, Squadrito Foods, moved into a storefront on the west side of the building.

Wednesday, September 4

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Manlius man takes third prize at the Fair for painting of rescue dog

Ken Burke has been painting for more than 50 years and has never won an award for an easel painting – until now. This year, he decided to enter a picture he painted of Buster, a dog who belongs to his friend Corinne Cerminaro, of Liverpool. Burke saw a picture of the dog on Facebook and immediately asked Cerminaro for permission to paint Buster.

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Owera top staffers resign suddenly; loud weddings, complaints continue

Owera Vineyards, which has been embroiled in recent weeks in a dispute with neighbors and the town over excessive light and sound pollution that many claim negatively affects the neighbors’ quality of life, is now looking for new production and events sales managers. Top Owera staffers Ben Reilly, who started as the director of operations but was changed to production manager two months ago, and Kristi Fondario, who started as director of sales but was changed to event sales employee, both resigned their positions in the days between Aug. 19 and 27.

Cazenovia College looks forward to 2013-14 with new leadership in place

Cazenovia College President Mark Tierno recently announced several leadership and administration changes made at the college this summer aimed at strengthening and preserving Cazenovia College’s place in the highly competitive higher education environment.

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Cazenovia residents take prizes at State Fair competitions

The New York State Fair may have ended on Sept. 3, but the glory of the thousands of residents who won awards at the numerous fair competitions remains — and a number of Cazenovia residents have shared in that glory again this year. The thousands of visitors who thronged the fair daily during its two-week run witnessed the skills and creations of Cazenovians in the horse arena, at the wine competition, and in the arts and crafts, fine arts, culinary and floral creations exhibits.

Owera, Empire light pollution a concern


To the editor: Several articles in the Aug. 21 Cazenovia Republican highlighted legitimate concerns about the public events and nighttime use at Owera Vineyard. Aside from noise, traffic, parking, etc., one of particular interest to me was the problem with lights at night; that and noise seemed to be the major concerns of nearby residents.

Documentary film-makers seek Skaneateles interviewees

Film to deal with aftermath of 2008 economic crisis

A couple of documentary film-makers are making a stop in Skaneateles next week and are seeking people local people interested in telling their story. Joe and Barbara Lane, along with their German sheppard Ella, have planned a cross-country motorcycle-tour covering about 3,000 miles and including stops in 50 towns to record interviews with people affected by the 2008 economic crisis.

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Doing things the 'the Laker way'

New Skaneateles high school principal Gregory Santoro aims to continue legacy of excellence

Gregory Santoro’s path to becoming a high school principal started back when he was a 10th grade student at East-Syracuse-Minoa high school.

Along the Lakeshore: Sept. 4

‘Skinny’ vs. ‘Skanny,’ museum additions

Along the Lakeshore column from the Sept. 4 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Liverpool clock dedication set Sept. 18 at Washington Park Point

Jack Fisher found inspiration in the Sunshine State. “The idea for the Liverpool Clock Campaign started several years ago when a town clock was erected near the house my wife, Kay, and I own in Jupiter, Fla.,” said Fisher, the president of John E. Fisher Construction Company on Wetzel Road in Clay. “When we came home for the summer to Syracuse, I noticed a similar clock in the village of East Syracuse and decided to try to get support around a beautiful monument like this for the village of Liverpool.” Last month, a two-sided “Howard Street” clock was erected on a brick foundation at Washington Park Point at the intersection of Oswego and First streets, facing Heid’s Corner. Manufactured by the Verdin Clock Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, the Victorian-style clock was installed by a Fisher Construction crew.

LETTER: Thank you fire department

Letter to the editor from the Sept. 4 edition of the paper.

Tuesday, September 3

Skaneateles music information night to be held Sept. 10

The Skaneateles Central School District will hold a music information night from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10. in the High School Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the SCS Music Booster club.

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Dr. Robert Werner is 2013 Skaneateles Citizen of the Year

The view from the Werner home was captured years ago in a Barrow painting. This view, this lake is really what Bob Werner is all about. His passion for protecting and preserving the lake runs “deep.”

Cazenovia College Receives $1 Million from Jephson Educational Trusts

Lead gift names College’s Albany Street studio-arts location Jephson Campus

Cazenovia College officials announced recently a $1 million commitment from the Jephson Educational Trusts to name the institution’s 10 Albany Street address “Jephson Campus.” The gift will contribute significantly to the refurbishment and expansion of the studio-arts facilities on the site previously known as South Campus.

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Cazenovia student spends week as national delegate at Boys Nation in Washington DC

When school goes back into session this week, one of the first questions students are asked is what they did over the summer. While many teens will have good answers to that question, Cazenovia teen Sam Evans might have the most unique response — he spent a week as a national senator in Washington D.C.

Thanks for donations to Ophelia’s Place


To the editor: Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Talbot for hosting their son’s rehearsal dinner at the Hillcrest Jephson Estate. We want to wish the newly wedded couple many years of happiness. In return the Talbot's made a generous donation to Ophelia’s Place. On behalf of ourselves and Ophelia’s, we want to thank you.

Owera problems apply to Empire brewery


To the editor: The recent article on complaints from neighbors of Owera illustrates what concerns the future neighbors of Empire, only we have more reason for our apprehension.

SAS takes steps to end suicide

Lauren Dodge knows all too well the pain of losing someone to suicide. “I got involved with [Stand Against Suicide] because of the friends that I lost to suicide growing up,” said Dodge, who lives in Liverpool. “I not only felt the direct heartbreak of losing a friend, but I also saw what their families had to go through after losing their child.” The worst part was that no one was able to talk about it. “Experiencing the loss of a friend to suicide when it was a ‘hush-hush subject’ in high school made the loss very difficult to cope with,” Dodge said. That’s why Dodge became secretary of Stand Against Suicide (SAS), which was founded in 2010 by Tara Dennee in memory of her father, Wayne Olmstead, who died by suicide in 2008. The Elbridge-based organization gained nonprofit status in 2012. It seeks to raise awareness about the risks of mental illness and to encourage those in need to get help. Through a grant from the Pepsi Foundation and local fundraisers, Stand Against Suicide seeks to erase the stigma surrounding the discussion of mental illness and suicide. SAS hosts support group meetings every Tuesday at the Elbridge Community Church for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, for those struggling with depression or other mental illness and their family members and for volunteers looking to help.

How are candidates for office chosen in the town of Cicero?

The Democratic and Republican committees in the town of Cicero offer some insight into how they select their candidates for office. This column is for informational purposes only and is not intended to endorse one candidate over another.

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9/11 memorial service returns to DeWitt in 2013

Ever since she was a little girl, Elaine Lostumbo has considered herself to be very patriotic. “One of my passions in life is encouraging patriotism,” Lostumbo said. “When I was young, my cousin was a priest in Poland, and I remember him telling me, ‘Always be proud to be an American.’ And I’ll never forget what he said.”

Monday, September 2

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Disabled youth compete in Skinnyman triathlon

There were plenty of spectators on hand for the ninth annual Skinnyman triathlon held in Skaneateles on Saturday, but this year they had something out of the ordinary to cheer for. Identical twins Jack and Nolan Willis of Fayetteville and Shane Lauer, of Phoenix, Md., who are all affected by Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, competed and completed the race.