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Wednesday, April 30

B'ville school district warns parents of suspicious event outside Durgee, seeks help in identifying driver of car who approached student

The Baldwinsville Central School District sent a message to parents earlier today, April 30, regarding a suspicious event that occurred on school grounds Tuesday afternoon.

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Signal 50: Officer needs assistance

Friends of a local sheriff deputy are holding a benefit to assist during his battle against cancer

Friends of Mark Loveland, 45, have organized a benefit to be held Saturday, May 10 at Lakeside Fire Department. Loveland was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in January. He’s currently undergoing a rigorous chemotherapy treatment that has taken him out of work.

Skaneateles chamber seeks new executive director

The Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking a new executive director as current Executive Director Susan Dove steps down from the position she has held for 17 years. Dove is beginning a new chapter of her career with the acquisition of the former Colonial Motel, to be launched in June as “Skaneateles Inn on 20.”

LETTER: Candidate for school board introduces himself

Letter to the editor from the April 30, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: A tribute to Norma Bailer

Letter to the editor from the April 30, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

From the Supervisor: use the new and improved town website

Many people have told me they’d like to know more about the applications before the Planning and Zoning Boards. If you’re interested in following these boards, it’s really easy now through our website; townofskaneateles.com.

Along the Lakeshore: Reflections on landslides and geology studies

Along the Lakeshore column from the April 30, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

COLUMN: Saying goodbye to Skaneateles

I am writing a personal column this week (something I have seldom felt comfortable doing) to announce that this will be my last full edition as editor of the Skaneateles Press.

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Skaneateles natives take finished documentary film on tour

'The Long Bike Back' includes scenes shot in Skaneateles

More than five years after their cross-country bike tour made a pit stop in their hometown of Skaneateles, brothers Pearson and Pete Constantino were back in the area last week to screen the documentary film that tells their story.

School board candidate forum to be held May 14

The 2014 Cazenovia Board of Education election, scheduled for May 20, will be a contested affair, with three candidates vying for two seats. All three candidates — incumbents Leigh Baldwin and Jan Woodworth and challenger Abby Hartwell — have agreed to participate in a candidate forum to be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Cazenovia High School.

LETTER: DeWitt Police congratulate Manlius Police Department’s reaccreditation status

To the editor, I would like to take this opportunity to further acknowledge and recognize the recent reaccreditation status awarded to the Manlius Police Department.

Town Board purchases weed harvester for lake, moves forward on chemical treatment plan

The Cazenovia Town Board continues moving forward with its plans to fight milfoil and other invasive species in Cazenovia Lake and recently authorized the purchase of a weed harvester and conveyor, revised the benthic mat rental program and scheduled special meetings to discuss chemical treatment of the lake with the weed killer Renovate.

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Local library operational funding proposition included in May 20 election

On Tuesday, May 20, Cazenovia Central School District residents will go to the polls to either approve or reject the district’s proposed $26.5 million budget, as well as to select two of the three candidates running for seats on the school board. While these are the marquis items that will be on the ballot, there will also be included a lesser-known proposition – although not less important to many community members – that approves or rejects nearly $550,000 in operational funding for both the Cazenovia Public Library and the New Woodstock Free Library.

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Still flipping after all these years

DeWitt Rotary Club prepares for 60th annual Pancake Day

Just like the flowers blooming or the bees buzzing, the DeWitt Rotary Club’s annual Pancake Day is a sure sign that spring has arrived in Central New York.

Petition asks LCSD to reconsider snow removal policy on turf field, allowing student athletes earlier access

A local youth sports league has drafted a petition asking the Liverpool Central School District to reconsider its policy regarding removing snow from the turf field at the high school. The Liverpool Youth Lacrosse Association (LYLA), led by Liverpool resident Earl Hall, posted the petition on GoPetition.com. They seek to get 1,000 signatures by the end of July in an effort to encourage the district to remove snow from the turf rather than letting it melt on its own.

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LCSD to expand universal breakfast program

Middle school students in the Liverpool Central School District now have access to free breakfast at school. The district announced last week that, starting April 28, universal breakfast will be available to students at Chestnut Hill Middle and Liverpool Middle. All CHM and LMS students will have the option of eating breakfast at school each morning for free, regardless of income.

Tuesday, April 29

Boys lax Lakers rally in rematch with CBA

Caz halts CBA win streak in windy, wet 12-10 victory

Rain flew sideways, wind howled and the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team found itself in a serious crisis, something that seemed hard to imagine when it led Christian Brothers Academy by five goals late in the first half of Tuesday night's showdown at the Sean Googin Sports Complex.

J-D boys lacrosse gets payback against ESM

Big second-quarter run enough for Red Rams in 15-13 win

Fresh off an encouraging win over highly regarded Fairport last Saturday afternoon, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team figured that it was starting to reach its potential. But next up was Tuesday afternoon's rematch with undefeated rival East Syracuse-Minoa, a rivalry intensified after the Spartans rallied in the final minutes to beat the Red Rams 11-10 on April 4.

Renovations to Veterans Park on track to be complete by Memorial Day

Volunteers sought to help with hard labor at East Syracuse park May 6 through 9

Since the mid-1980s, Veterans Park in East Syracuse has been the community’s humble recognition of the men and women who fought to defend their country. But in recent years, the park has become overgrown and a bit run down. Last summer, Onondaga County Legislator Danny Liedka and his wife Kimberly that they wanted to give the park a well-deserved makeover.

Whorrall appointed to Conference of Mayors’ nominating committee

Paul Whorrall, mayor of the village of Manlius, has been appointed to the eight-member nominating committee of the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM). NYCOM President Richard Donovan, mayor of the village of Minoa, made the selection.

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Solar panels finally active; system will save town of Clay about $16,000 a year

The irony wasn’t lost on Damian Ulatowski. On Earth Day, April 22, when dozens of residents and local dignitaries gathered to hear the Clay supervisor talk about the town’s new solar panel array, the sun was nowhere to be seen. Despite the gloomy weather, the town unveiled its new 99kW solar array at Town Hall and the highway garage to reduce and stabilize energy costs. The project was launched through a partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Warner Energy LLC, a Clay-based business that designs and develops solar project for clients nationwide.

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Crawfish Festival 7 boils up seafood and salt potatoes in Clinton Square Saturday

It’s an old Louisiana adage: “Pinch the tail, suck the head.” Though it sounds salacious, it’s actually quite delicious. “Pinch the tail, suck the head” offers simple advice about how to eat boiled crawfish. Central New Yorkers will make a meal of the marvelous mudbugs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday May 3, when Operation Southern/Northern Comfort presents its seventh annual Crawfish Festival & Clambake in downtown Syracuse’s Clinton Square.

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Residents angry with town board, proposed project

More than 75 people turned out last week for what became a heated informational meeting that the Lysander Town Board held to learn more about a community residence expected to be built on 3494 Doyle Road. Its program serves boys ages 7 to 13 who experience severe mental health and or behavioral issues.

Village of Manlius taxes to increase 1.26 percent

After a month of budget workshops and discussions, the Manlius Village Board voted unanimously to adopt the 2014-15 budget on April 22. The spending plan calls for an increase of the village’s tax rate by 10 cents to a rate of $8 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Monday, April 28

Softball Warriors, Northstars head for rematch

Liverpool holds off West Genny; C-NS blanks Auburn

Working their way toward another head-to-head showdown next Monday, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse softball teams still had to take care of a lot of competition in the lead-up - if the weather cooperated.

Man charged after trooper smells burnt marijuana inside car

New York State Police arrested and charged Kevin Q. Hobbs Sr., 36 of Newark, with fourth degree criminal possession of marijuana, second degree aggravated unlicensed operation and traffic infractions.

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Connecticut man charged in fatal hit and run

Onondaga County sheriff deputies have arrested a Connecticut man in connection with the fatal hit and run over the weekend in the town of Salina. Chiragkumar Patel, 28, of Southington, Conn. was charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting (death), a class D felony.

C-NS baseball sweeps F-M, Oswego

Northstars win twice in one day after defeat to West Genny

In a span of less than 10 hours on Thursday, the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team just may have turned its entire season in a new – and more promising – direction.

Liverpool softball thrives in Myrtle Beach

Warriors go 4-0, give up just two runs overall

Once the Liverpool softball team made its way to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a week of intensive game action during the April school break, it had long shaken off its April 14 defeat to rival Cicero-North Syracuse.

Girls lacrosse Northstars win close games in Maryland

Liverpool goes 2-1, takes close loss to Watertown

Having moved past the most difficult and crowded portion of its regular-season schedule, it was time for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team to relax a bit – if the definition of relaxation meant challenging itself in a trip to Maryland.

C-NS girls track defeats West Genesee

Northstars also thrive in weekend meets at Marcellus, Utica

The Cicero-North Syracuse girls track and field teams worked their way through raw, cold conditions and, getting three titles from Hannah Szumloz, rolled to a 102-38 victory over the Wildcats last Wednesday afternoon at Bragman Stadium.

C-NS boys lax goes 1-1, falls to B’ville

Liverpool takes losses to West Genesee, Cazenovia

Whether it wanted to or not, Cicero-North Syracuse’s boys lacrosse team found itself a spectator on a historic occasion. When the Northstars lost, 14-7, to Baldwinsville last Thursday at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, it gave long-time Bees head coach Peter Fiorini his 400th career victory.

J-D softball rolls to trio of victories

CBA softball denied in wild 22-21 defeat to Fulton

Continuing to set the pace in the OHSL Freedom division, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team turned back a trio of OHSL Freedom division foes as part of a crowded week of action, both inside and outside Central New York.

CBA girls lacrosse falls to West Genesee

F-M steps up with victories over Liverpool, ESM

A lot has changed for the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team since its state Class B title run in 2013, which included a rare win at West Genesee. When the Brothers again visited Wildcat Stadium last Friday night, it was a far different result as WG, pulling away late, prevailed by a score of 11-2.

F-M boys lacrosse sees win streak halted

Hornets edge B'ville, Oswego, fall to LaFayette

As it zoomed the halfway point of the regular season, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team’s early-April struggles resurfaced as it survived two difficult tests, but then stumbled at week’s end.

J-D’s McKee throws no-hitter against Ludden

Red Rams win four times, blank defending champ Cortland

Heading toward the end of April, the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa baseball teams both find themselves in strong form. And at the end of a particularly good week, the Red Rams saw pitcher Chris McGee throw a no-hitter on Saturday afternoon in his team’s 13-0 shutout over Bishop Ludden.

Sunday, April 27

WG girls lacrosse takes pair of classics

Wildcats rout CBA, rally past Garden City in OT

The overwhelming sense of frustration and bitter disappointment felt by the West Genesee girls lacrosse team was familiar – and unwelcome.

Local track stars compete in Marcellus meet

West Genny, Marcellus, J-E have top finishes

Marcellus served as the venue for a girls track and field meet Saturday co-hosted by the Mustangs and Skaneateles Lakers, and featuring many top local performers.

WG boys lacrosse takes third loss of season

Loyola stuns Wildcats after wins over Oswego, Liverpool

At last, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team was on home turf, its two-week, up-and-down road odyssey that included a lopsided defeat (to Fairport on April 12) and an inspirational victory (over Jamesville-DeWitt on April 19) having reached a conclusion.

Sheriff's deputies searching for driver of fatal hit and run

Onondaga County sheriff's detectives are still investigating an early morning collision that claimed the life of a bicyclist in the town of Salina.

Ludden girls lax falls to Skaneateles, Cazenovia

Gaelic Knights stumble after reaching no. 3 in state rankings

When the first state Class C girls lacrosse rankings came out early last week, Bishop Ludden’s fast start put them all the way up at no. 3, its highest-ever ranking, with its neighbors from Marcellus right behind the Gaelic Knights at the no. 4 position.

Boys lacrosse Warriors put scare into Cazenovia

Warriors drop tight 5-4 match to reigning state Class C champs

With every long possession and forced turnover and big save from goalie Jack Sweeney, the Westhill boys lacrosse team proved itself as a bona fide challenger to Cazenovia’s reign as state and Section III Class C champions in last Tuesday afternoon’s showdown.

WG, Solvay softball face real challenges

Wildcats beaten twice; Bearcats take loss in Orlando

Perhaps the West Genesee softball team put so much of its energy into that 1-0, eight-inning win at Cicero-North Syracuse on April 17 that it had trouble generating that magic again.

B’ville baseball beats F-M in extra innings

Bees overcome rough start from Blewett, Hornets comeback

As it returned from its week of work at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando, the Baldwinsville baseball team found itself in the unusual position of having a scheduled home-and-home series against Fayetteville-Manlius.

Girls lacrosse Bees stop Auburn

B'ville wins both games in road trip to Texas

Everything for the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team now worked itself toward its second shot at Class A favorite West Genesee on Friday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

Four to vie for two Skaneateles school board seats

When the April 21 deadline passed four residents of the Skaneateles Central School District had submitted petitions to run for the Board of Education.

Girls track Lakers smash J-E, star at invitational meet

Skaneateles 4x800 side qualifies for June state meet

Determined to establish itself as the favorite in the Onondaga High School League Liberty division, the Skaneateles girls track and field team had little trouble with Jordan-Elbridge last Wednesday afternoon, putting together a 112-27 victory over the Eagles.

Skaneateles girls smash past Ludden, Tully

Lakers do not have letdown after West Genny classic

So what happens next? Whenever a big contest takes place, and the results meet the expectations, the next inevitable question involves the aftermath, something that the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team had to face.

Boys lax Lakers drop OT thriller to Marcellus

Skaneateles falls after wins over Tully, Clinton

A 3-3 start did not have the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team in an ideal position, but it knew that strong play in the middle portion of the regular season could turn those feelings around.

Saturday, April 26

Skaneateles mayor, trustee disagree on tax increase

Board adopts 2014-15 budget by 4-1vote

The Skaneateles Village Board voted 4-1 in favor of adopting the proposed operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year at its April 24 meeting. The general fund budget will be $2,780,177. Of that, the village will raise $1,500,835 from property taxes, a 1.93 increase from the current year.

J-D boys lacrosse finishes fast, beats Fairport

Red Rams carry win streak into ESM rematch

Halftime of Saturday afternoon's non-league Jamesville-DeWitt-Fairport boys lacrosse contest bore an eerie resemblance to the J-D-West Genesee game one week before. J-D had a halftime lead in both games, as they were up 5-2 in the WG game and led the Red Raiders 6-5 on this gloomy afternoon.

Skaneateles school board announces name of superintendent candidate

Kenneth Slentz, of state education department, to be interviewed

After conducting an interview, the Skaneateles Board of Education decided to advance its candidate for the superintendent of schools position. Board President Kathryn Carlson announced at the board’s April 22 meeting that the candidate is Kenneth Slentz, deputy commissioner in the Office of P-12 Education for the New York State Education Department.

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Funeral arrangements made for B'ville teacher

Funeral arrangements have been made for 33-year-old Jennifer Miles, a fourth grade teacher at McNamara Elementary School in the Baldwinsville Central School District, who was killed April 24 in an accident on I-690 when a wheel fell off a boat trailer and struck her car.

Friday, April 25

McNamara fourth grade teacher killed in I-690 accident

A beloved Baldwinsville teacher was killed April 24 in a freak accident that occurred on I-690, just a couple hundred feet from the Jones Road exit in Van Buren.

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Kiwanis Club reels in young anglers

The Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club held its annual catch and release fishing derby over this past weekend. Approximately 60 people bundled up to participate on the chilly Saturday morning, but only one fish was caught — by hand. A Baldwinsville resident was able to catch a feisty two-inch crappie (of the sunfish family) from the waters off Mercer Park.

Gull fluttering its wings on the basin block

For more than a year now, we’ve all been looking forward to the opening of the Barking Gull. Located at 116 S. Willow St., on the southwestern corner of the basin block, the Gull, owned by the Gormel family, has hosted scores of private parties over the last decade and has been preparing to open up to the public for the past 13 months or so. The Barking Gull will feature an upstairs outdoor bar, a state-of-the-art wood-fired pizza oven and a mix of indoor and patio seating. Everything’s ready to go, so what’s taking so long?

Thursday, April 24

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New Chittenango Creek public access fishing site opens in Cazenovia

As part of its weeklong celebration of Earth Day, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the opening a new public access fishing site along Chittenango Creek in the town of Cazenovia. State and local officials, as well as representatives of a local sportsman’s group, joined DEC Region 7 Director Ken Lynch Thursday morning, April 24, to officially open the site, which is located on Route 13 one mile south of the village.

Fiorini earns 400th win as Bees tame C-NS

B'ville coach sees Petrelli score six goals in milestone effort

Given all the tough contests he has witnessed up close in his long tenure as Baldwinsville’s boys lacrosse coach, it only figured that Peter Fiorini would have to sweat and wait for win number 400 to get on the ledger.

Caz girls lacrosse takes down Bishop Ludden

Matt nets four goals, Burbidge three goals to beat Gaelic Knights

As it waited to make up its snowed-out April 15 game with state no. 4-ranked Marcellus, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team had a lot of work to do to make sure that game meant more. And the easiest way to do so was get a big win over someone else – which is exactly what the Lakers pulled off Thursday morning when it beat state no. 3-ranked Bishop Ludden 11-6 at Cazenovia College’s Christakos Field.

SCOTTLAND: For better or worse a matter of perspective

For years, my mom used to work at Craven Crawford Elementary School as a teacher aide. For years, it was a school filled with caring and warmth, and in later years, became a haven for many children who did not have good home lives. For years, my mom and many other wonderful staff would lift up the broken spirited with their kind and compassionate words. Seeing the good in some of the worst troublemakers undoubtedly made an impact. And for years, after these troubled students long left CCE, their faces would and still light up when they recognize Mrs. Z at the store or somewhere out in public.

F-M tennis survives scare from West Genesee

Hornets' win streak, which dates back to 1989, remains intact

When someone wins more than 220 consecutive matches, as the Fayeteville-Manlius boys tennis team has done, any threat to that autonomy is big news.

F-M boys track upended by Baldwinsville

Ezidiegwu wins four events as girls Hornets prevail

One thing that the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field team is not used to is defeat – to anyone. Yet that’s what the boys Hornets had to cope with Wednesday afternoon as it took a narrow 72-69 defeat to Baldwinsville at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

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Uva excels

Actor Jim Uva regularly energizes the action at CNY Playhouse stage

After ducking behind-the-scenes to stage manage last month’s “Death of a Salesman,” versatile actor Jim Uva returns to centerstage in CNY Playhouse’s current offering, Neil Simon’s “Laughter of the 23rd Floor.”

Land Bank will clean up vacant and abandoned properties

Tired of seeing abandoned and un-maintained properties? These are eyesores and they make our neighborhoods unattractive, undesirable and lower the value. Well, there is a solution in progress. Let me introduce you to the Land Bank, our county’s strategy to reclaim these properties and restore them to serving useful roles in our communities. The Land Bank (officially the Greater Syracuse Property Development Corporation, which was created in 2012) acts on behalf of Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse to acquire, redevelop, and improve tax delinquent, vacant or abandoned property. The restoration of these devastated properties will begin to revive neighborhoods to encourage economic opportunities throughout Onondaga County.

Wednesday, April 23

B'ville boys track gains big win over F-M

Mahar sweeps sprints, helps in relay efforts

When it comes to high school running in Central New York, regardless of the season, it usually involves chasing Fayetteville-Manlius and not catching up. But the Baldwinsville boys track and field team defied those terms on Wednesday afternoon at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium as, led by Brian Mahar, the Bees defeated the Hornets 72-69.

Chapter 1: The Adventures of Frankie

'Dear John'

“Great practice coach,” Frankie said as he slid his baseball glove over the end of his handlebars. His dad would kill him if he wasn’t polite to the coach. Respecting your elders was probably his number one rule. Especially when that elder was doing something out of the kindness of his heart, like coaching Little League for free.

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PAC-B TV worth supporting

Board chair Andy Dryden talks about its services, importance to the community

Former Baldwinsville mayor Andy Dryden has been involved with PAC-B TV for almost a decade. As mayor, he said it was one organization he made sure to support.

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Beezie Madden finishes 7th at FEI World Cup Competition

Beezie Madden and Simon finished 7th at the 2014 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Monday, April 28, in Lyon, France.

F-M High School named one of the best high schools in nation

U.S. News & World Report has again named Fayetteville-Manlius High School one of the best high schools in the nation.

School board approves 2014-15 budget, prepares for election

The Cazenovia Board of Education last week voted unanimously to adopt a $26,495,954 budget proposal for 2014-15 that increases spending 0.29 percent and carries a property tax increase of $168,237, or 1.01 percent.

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Investigation closed on bullets found in high school

The investigation into how, why and by whom two .22 caliber bullets were brought into Cazenovia High School on April 4 — prompting a three-hour lockdown and a general anxiety in students, parents and teachers that day — is closed, according to Cazenovia police and school district officials.

Along the Lakeshore: Watching the ice chunks; loons on the lake

Along the Lakeshore column from the April 23, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Town should build a new hall at 57 Fennell St.

Letter to the editor from the April 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Trustee shares thoughts on village electric

Letter to the editor from the April 23, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Banking on success

ESM and CORE FCU team up to educate students, community about financial literacy

Some high school students may be waiting around, hoping to inherit a parent’s old car to call their own. Meanwhile, students at East Syracuse Minoa High School are being proactive: several of them already have a detailed plan of how and when they can afford to get their first cars with the money they’ve saved over the years.

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County stocking program, rich waters make Onondaga County popular for trout fishing

Due to a unique county stocking program, naturally bountiful waters and plenty of public access areas, Onondaga County has become celebrated over the years for its trout fishing.

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by volunteering in the community

Here in Central New York, April brings days of spring rain, sprinkled with a few glimpses of the summer sun. The changing weather reminds us that Earth is a beautiful place, and we need to be doing everything we can to keep it that way. This year, Earth Day is April 22, and Arbor Day is April 25. While these commemorations bring us together to revitalize our community after a long, bitter winter, they are also important reminders of the conditions and vulnerability of the world around us. There is a critical need for ongoing education, action, and change when it comes to our environment. This year’s Earth Day theme is “Green Cities.” By improving conditions in our cities, we can improve conditions for future generations around the world.

Tuesday, April 22

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B’ville resident announces plans to run for sheriff

On March 1, the Onondaga County Republican Party chose DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway as its designated candidate for county sheriff in the November elections. Subsequently, Conway’s Republican opponent, John Balloni, chief deputy to Sheriff Kevin Walsh, decided not to challenge him in a primary. But it looks like there may still be a primary after all. Baldwinsville resident and Republican John “Jack” Garafalo announced last week that he, too, will seek to run for sheriff. Garafalo, a retired Pennsylvania state drug agent

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High school students create prom dress donation and loan program

Looking for a dress for the upcoming spring formal dance season? Then the Cazenovia Posh Affair is what you need. The Cazenovia High School Fashion Marketing Class is collecting gently used dresses for students to wear for either the Junior Prom on May 10 or the Senior Ball on June 6. Dresses have been sent in from all over the town, including from students, Cazenovia Central School faculty and local families. The dresses can either be donated or loaned to the class to be borrowed by students.

Review process for proposed Village Edge South hotel and conference center underway

Public hearing for subdivision request scheduled for May 12

A local businessman’s preliminary proposal to build an 80-bedroom hotel and conference center across from the Town and Country Plaza in the Village Edge South area on Route 20 has begun winding its way through the village planning process, and the first public hearing on the project — a subdivision request to carve out six acres of the VES area for the hotel — has been scheduled by the village planning board for 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 12.

Cazenovia American Legion to raffle Turning Stone golf outing to fund service dogs for local veterans

Members of Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 have announced the beginning of its “Vets Helping Vets” raffle, which will raise funds to support the “Dogs2Vet” program offered by Clear Path for Veterans, a privately funded outreach and wellness facility in Chittenango. The Dogs2Vet program partners a PTSD suffering vet with a shelter or rescue dog for service training, certification, companionship and a bond that promotes mutual wellness.

Caz lacrosse survives defensive clash with Westhill

Top-ranked Lakers hand Warriors first defeat

When Henry Mann and Cole Willard scored goals less than 90 seconds into Tuesday afternoon's boys lacrosse showdown between Cazenovia and Westhill, it appeared that the reigning state Class C champions would dismiss the challenge of the unbeaten Warriors. But that would prove far from true.

Skaneateles CSD faces lawsuit over alleged sexual assault incident

Skaneateles Central School District has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court earlier this month over an alleged sexual assault incident that occurred last year at the high school.

Village, town sign boat launch, boat patrol inter-municipal agreements

Boat launch opens this weekend with new inspection policy

The public boat launch at Lakeside Park will open for the season on Saturday, April 26, and this year the village will institute a new inspection policy for boats entering and exiting Cazenovia Lake as a way to improve the fight against invasive species.

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Dream Factory of Syracuse gives Liverpool youth a trip to Philadelphia and Lancaster

Sarah Hamlin was surprised with a trip to Pennsylvania on Friday, April 11, by The Dream Factory of Syracuse. The 18-year-old, who is living with cerebral palsy, arrived at Flamingo Bowling Friday evening with her parents and was shocked to find dozens of family members, Dream Factory representatives and others eagerly awaiting her arrival. “I thought I was coming for a BLT,” she said.

Village trustees vote to spend $588,000 on Balsam St., Third St. and Hiawatha Trail

After approving a State Environmental Quality Review of the upcoming drainage projects at their April 14 meeting, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees unanimously awarded a $587,747 bid to Joseph J. Lane Construction Inc., for work to be done on Balsam and Third streets and Hiawatha Trail. Trustee Jim Rosier, the board’s liaison to the Department of Public Works, urged Mayor Gary White to make sure that Lane Construction coordinates its effort with DPW Superintendent Bill Asmus.

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Human Library events bring people together at local libraries

Twenty curious people turned out Tuesday evening, April 15, at Liverpool Public Library to check out the “Human Library,” a scheduled 20-minute one-on-one with a person who has a certain expertise to share or a compelling story to tell. A Human Library is a living, breathing library where humans are the “books” and the stories are their lives.

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The ‘first-line’ defense: The story behind the local fire departments and those who serve

From the cliché cat in a tree, to cardiac arrest, car accidents and structure fires, the Liverpool Fire Department is there. “Someone calls 911 and they rely on us to be there and help them,” said Liverpool Fire Department Lieutenant Dave Ingram. “When it's someone's worst day of their life, we are there for them. We put ourselves out there for our community and people who we don't even know." Like hundreds of men and women across central New York, the volunteers of the local fire departments are there to answer the call of their community, to fulfill the promise that when tragedy or catastrophe or chaos strikes, there will be someone there to offer that necessary helping hand.

Ludden girls lacrosse remains undefeated

Marcellus falls to C-NS; Westhill beats Tully

Everything was in line for the Bishop Ludden girls lacrosse team as it sped toward Tuesday’s key early-season showdown with defending Section III Class C champion Skaneateles.

Solvay softball beats Marcellus, West Genny

Bearcats take unbeaten mark to Orlando

Before the middle of April, the Solvay softball team had already earned impressive victories over two of its toughest OHSL Liberty division neighbors. Coming off its 15-0 shutout over Westhill on April 12, the Bearcats ventured to Marcellus two days later and had its lowest run total of the season, but still rolled past the Mustangs 9-1.

Westhill lax wins twice, remains unbeaten

Marcellus, Jordan-Elbridge both take defeats

Off to hot starts, the Westhill and Marcellus boys lacrosse teams did not want to lose any of its momentum before the harder part of its schedules. With a showdown against state Class C no. 1-ranked Cazenovia looming, the Warriors, who were no. 8 in the first state Class C poll of the spring, saw last Tuesday’s game with Tully postponed, while the Mustangs had its game with Onondaga also pushed back to a later date.

Liverpool track sweeps to Tully Invitational titles

Vanmarter, Akinpelu among multiple winners for Warriors

Sweeping all of the top spots in distance events, the Liverpool boys and girls track and field teams both managed first-place finishes at Monday afternoon's Tully Spring Break Invitational.

Manlius Village Board: still too early to determine tax rate

Although the village of Manlius’ tentative 2014-15 budget calls for no increase in taxes, the village board is waiting until its next meeting, on April 22, to make the final decision for its spending plan.

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Spafford faces tough decisions on future of buildings

The Spafford town leaders are in the process of dealing with both short term and long term decisions regarding its building needs. In addition to dealing with a roof replacement and minor repairs to the town hall, the Town Board board must make a tough decision about the future of the highway department garage.

Monday, April 21

BeVard home run helps Wildcats beat C-NS

WG squanders 4-0 lead, but prevails with late power

Perhaps the best thing for someone that has thrown away a comfortable lead, as the West Genesee baseball team did in Monday afternoon's game against Cicero-North Syracuse at Gillette Field, is to just start over. That's what the Wildcats did, turning to Colin BeVard to deliver the big swing in the seventh inning that gave his side a 7-5 victory over the Northstars and improve to 6-1 on the season.

Cazenovia village, town agree to cohabitate courts in village municipal building

Residents who have been confused over when and where village and town courts convene — whether in the Gothic Cottage or the Village Municipal Building — have much less to remember now that the Cazenovia village and town boards have approved an inter-municipal agreement for the two courts to share one space. Under the agreement, both courts will now meet in the village courtroom, located in the village municipal building at 90 Albany St.

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Planning board approves Cazenovia College athletic field fence

After nearly two years of meetings, discussions, proposals, counter-proposals, disagreements and even litigation, the Cazenovia Village Planning Board last week approved the request of Cazenovia College to build a six-foot-high, 1,420-linear-foot perimeter fence around its Schneeweiss Athletic Complex in the heart of the village.

Former Cazenovia College student acquitted on rape charges

A former Cazenovia College student was acquitted of raping a female classmate in 2009 by a Madison County jury on April 10. Adrian Sutherland, now 25, of Brooklyn, was found not guilty of third-degree rape after a four-day jury trial, said Madison County Assistant District Attorney Robert Mascari, who prosecuted the case.

F-M baseball stays hot, improves to 4-0

Schurman, Brown get relief wins as big week looms

Though it proved harrowing at times (and weather remained a problem), the Fayetteville-Manlius baseball team still added to its early-season win total, moving to 4-0 just before Easter.

Baseball teams scramble for early-season form

ESM helps cool down J-D, sweeps Fulton

When the snows returned for one more encore last Tuesday, it again halted play for the area’s baseball teams, but most of them got in some game action before it got cold, and then had a lot to do once things warmed up again.

ESM girls lacrosse holds off J-D, 7-6

Spartans continue strong early-season push

What’s clear is that the East Syracuse-Minoa girls lacrosse team is happy in the direction which it is going, and that Jamesville-DeWitt is far less pleased. Amid windy and wet conditions last Monday night, the Spartans met the Red Rams, and it would go back and forth the whole way, but ESM would hang on for a 7-6 victory.

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Documentary featuring Skaneateles natives to be screened at Syracuse film festival

'The Long Bike Back' featured in Syracuse Spring Fest

A documentary film chronicling a local duo’s cross-country bike trip will be screened in Central New York for the first time this Friday.

Sunday, April 20

Bees’ Fiorini closing in on coaching milestone

B'ville lacrosse rallies past Corcoran for win no. 399

Though this season marks the final one for Baldwinsville’s long-time boys lacrosse coach, Peter Fiorini, he is almost certain to leave having accumulated 400 wins at the Bees’ helm.

B’ville girls lacrosse heads to Texas

Bees starting to round into form with pair of big wins

One constant treat for members of the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team is to head out on a long trip each spring far away from Central New York, a chance to face some unique competition and also to forge bonds and chemistry that could pay off down the road.

Saturday, April 19

Skaneateles girls lacrosse beats West Genesee

Comeback sends Lakers past Wildcats in OT

If, as advertised, the Skaneateles and West Genesee girls lacrosse are the two best in Central New York, then they delivered a game worthy of those honors on Saturday night at Hyatt Stadium. For a long while, it looked like the Wildcats would finish on top. But a late surge by the Lakers, capped by dramatics at the end of regulation and overtime, helped the hosts pull out a 6-5 victory - and, perhaps, those precious local bragging rights.

J-D lacrosse victimized by West Genny comeback

Three-goal halftime lead disappears in 11-9 loss

Saturday afternoon's match-up between two of the premier boys lacrosse programs in Central New York offered an unusual storyline. Both Jamesville-DeWit and West Genesee appeared vulnerable, with the Red Rams humbled 11-10 by East Syracuse-Minoa earlier this month and the Wildcats a week removed from a 10-1 loss to Fairport.

WG boys lacrosse rallies, beats J-D

Second-half surge delivers crucial win for Wildcats

Saturday afternoon's match-up between two of the premier boys lacrosse programs in Central New York offered an unusual storyline. Both West Genesee and Jamesville-DeWitt appear vulnerable, with the Wildcats a week removed from a 10-1 loss to Fairport, and the Red Rams humbled 11-10 by East Syracuse-Minoa earlier this month.

Friday, April 18

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Taking the ‘geek’ out of ‘science geek’

Two MPH juniors are regional science fair winners

For many people, the mention of a science fair grand prize winner may be associated with the glasses-wearing, pimple-faced protagonists from “Revenge of the Nerds” or “The Big Bang Theory.” But Manlius Pebble Hill students Olivia Sheppard, 16, of Skaneateles, and 17-year-old Emerson Czerwinski Burkard, of Jamesville, are breaking the stereotype.

Softball Lakers handle Phoenix, Tully

Tomlinson sisters lead Skaneateles with pitching, hitting

In Sarah Tomlinson, the Skaneateles softball team possesses a pitcher that can carry her side to victories in a manner not seen in the program in years. Tomlinson demonstrated this ability in last Monday’s game against Phoenix, where the Lakers, who had not yet played in 2014, shut down the Firebirds in a 5-1 decision.

Skaneateles baseball tops APW, Tully

Lakers have busy week after weather issues

With plenty of room left to improve, the Skaneateles baseball team did not like it when bad weather returned early last week, causing more postponements.

ESM lacrosse clings to unbeaten mark

F-M routs Liverpool; CBA rolls past Jordan-Elbridge

Not only has the East Syracuse-Minoa boys lacrosse team kept itself among the handful of undefeated teams left in the Section III ranks, it has done so constantly rallying to pull out tight and dramatic contests.

Caz boys atop state rankings; girls fall in OT

Late comeback by Lakers falls just short against LaFayette

Whenever a reigning state champion starts the following season undefeated, a placement atop the state rankings is inevitable. So it is for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team, who found itself sitting in the no. 1 spot when the first state Class C poll came out early this week.

Chittenango boys lax holds off Whitesboro

Sadler nets eight goals as Bears hang on, 13-12

For the most part, Chittenango’s boys lacrosse team remained overwhelmed by the competition, but at the end of a busy week it finally found something to smile about. Hosting Whitesboro on Thursday night, the Bears broke out in a big way thanks to productive night from Garrett Sadler, and eventually needing all of them to hold off the Warriors 13-12 and get into the win column.

J-D softball claims thriller over ESM

Pair of sixth-inning runs allows Red Rams to edge Spartans

Just about any time the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team meets up with East Syracuse-Minoa, the records – and the relative degrees of success both programs have attained - matters little.

West Genny softball stuns C-NS in extra innings

Nichols, Nave help WG beat reigning state champs

Whatever strength and quality the West Genesee softball team possessed, the only certain thing was that it never could catch up to the dynasty at Cicero-North Syracuse. Or at least that was the case until Thursday afternoon, when the Wildcats ventured to the Gillette Road complex and, with a combination of tough pitching, strong defense and one big clutch hit, knocked off the Northstars 1-0 in eight innings.

F-M track gains crucial sweep over Liverpool

Hornets led by Millar, Barber, Avery, Ezidiegwu

Even the area’s track and field teams were not immune to weather issues, with Jamesville-DeWitt seeing last Wednesday’s three-way meet with Fulton and Chittenango postponed because snow still covered the Red Raiders’ home track.

Thursday, April 17

C-NS baseball blanks Liverpool, 7-0

Theetge strikes out 12, gets late run support

For a while in his second start of the season, Cicero-North Syracuse baseball pitcher Steven Theetge was facing the same situation with which he had little control over - namely, giving his team a superb performance on the mound, but not getting rewarded for it.

Wine and cheese auction preview in Cazenovia to benefit Symphoria

An evening of wine, cheese and music will be offered in Cazenovia next week as part of a fundraising event to support Symphoria, the orchestra of Musical Associates of CNY.

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Thom Filicia to headline Cazenovia College’s 41st annual Student Fashion Show

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy celebrity to speak at “Urban Chic” on April 26

Cazenovia College’s 41st Annual Student Fashion Show, “Urban Chic,” will take the stage at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at The Landmark Theatre, in Syracuse. Special guest Thom Filicia, interior designer, author, television personality and chief creative officer of the New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc., will offer remarks to an estimated packed house.

Preservation month activities planned in Cazenovia

Cazenovia’s Historic Preservation Committee (HPC), Cazenovia Preservation Foundation (CPF), the Cazenovia Public Library and Lorenzo State Historic Site have partnered this year to host a series of engaging and educational events focusing on the cultural heritage of historic Cazenovia. All programs are free and open to the public.

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Schepp Family Funeral Homes welcomes new directors

Schepp Family Funeral Homes is proud to announce the welcome of two new directors. Katherine Velasco and Kurt Benedict have joined the funeral homes as licensed funeral directors. Velasco and Benedict both graduated from Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science in Syracuse where they both received a bachelor’s degree in funeral service. Both served their residency locally and were issued their New York State licenses in March of 2014.

Sure sign of spring: robins’ eggs in Christmas wreath

When former Liverpool Mayor Jon Zappola and his family returned from a recent sojourn in the Sunshine State, he went to remove the Christmas wreath from the house, and discovered a mother robin had laid five eggs in a nest she’d fashioned in the wreath. No wonder the Zappolas’ holiday wreath will remain up for a while on their First Street home! A former baseball coach and art teacher, Zappola now serves as chairman of the Liverpool Village Housing Authority, which oversees the House at 807 that has provided affordable housing for elders since 1999. The House at 807 on Oswego Street currently has two vacancies. If you’re interested in an apartment there, visit house-at-807.org,‎ or call 457-1334.

Wednesday, April 16

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East Syracuse voters elect to abolish police department

Village will enter into a shared services agreement with DeWitt Jan. 1

After a year of heated board meetings and high tax rates, East Syracuse residents voted 333 to 199 in favor of abolishing the East Syracuse Police Department on April 16.

Skaneateles officials optimistic about release of Stauffer Chemical site

Skaneateles town officials are optimistic that the former Stauffer Chemical Company property will be released for development this year.

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Project Café students help clean up Caz

Project CAFÉ organized the annual Earth Day Community Clean-up on April 13 with over two dozen high school students as well as adults from the community helping to clean up.

Elinor Freer, David Ying to be featured in Creative Conversations April 25

Award-wining musicians Elinor Freer and David Ying, currently serving their last year as co-artistic directors of the Skaneateles Festival, will be featured speakers in the next Creative Conversations, presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS).

LETTER: Good to see town and village officials willing to work together

Letter to the editor from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Deputy clerk says goodbye

Letter to the editor from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Residents enjoyed frozen lake

Letter to the editor from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Thank you for supporting ice show

Letter to the editor from the April 24, 2014 Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: A tribute to Doc’s worthy life

Letter to the editor from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

On the Move: National Bike to Work day is May 16

The grass is out and perhaps you are thinking about getting out enjoying some exercise.

School break explorer days at Cazenovia library

The Cazenovia Public Library and Common Grounds Service Learning once again team up to offer School Break Explorer Days. During the April vacation week, children ages 5 and older with their families are invited to the Library Community Room where all will be given a chance to explore new topics and activities.

Fenner schedules 2014 Clean Up Days

The annual Fenner “Clean Up Days” have been scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Friday, May 9, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, the town board announced at its April 10 regular monthly meeting. This year four dumpsters will be available at the Fenner Town Garage on Nelson Road.

Along the Lakeshore: support New York dairy farms

Along the Lakeshore column from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Skaneateles Fire Department elects new chief, president

On the evening of April 7, the members of the Skaneateles Fire Department convened at the main station on West Genesee Street to conduct annual firematic and corporate elections. Previous chief Eric Sell and previous president Jim Buff both chose to step down, though they will both remain active with the department.

Compassion and awareness are the first steps in understanding autism

Last month, I read an article in The New York Times entitled “Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney,” by Ron Suskind (nytimes.com/2014/03/09/magazine/reaching-my-autistic-son-through-disney.html?_r=0). As the title suggests, the article chronicles Suskind’s experience with his son, Owen, a lover of Disney movies who was diagnosed with autism. At the time of his diagnosis, Owen, 3 years old, was non-verbal. But through memorizing the dialogue and inflections from the various Disney characters in the movies he loved, over the course of a number of years, he created his own language that he used for communicating and connecting with others. As a parent of a child with special needs, I found his story to be moving and very inspirational. The article is an excerpt from Suskind’s book that was released this month called “Life, Animated.” The timing seemed particularly apt since April is Autism Awareness Month in New York.

Manlius Police Department receives reaccreditation status

The town of Manlius Police Department received reaccreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) at an awards ceremony in Garden Grove, Calif., on March 22.

Tuesday, April 15

WG girls lacrosse claims showdown with C-NS

Wildcats avenge 2013 sectional semifinal defeat to Northstars

Yes, it was cold, raw and windy again, and yes, Cicero-North Syracuse stood on the opposing side, providing a serious challenge. But this time around, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team got the best of it, prevailing 10-7 over the Northstars in a key early-season showdown Tuesday night at Wildcat Stadium.

Nelson establishes historic structures survey and registry

The Nelson Town Board last week approved a resolution to establish a historic resources survey and registry, the purpose of which is to not only help recognize and preserve historic properties, sites and areas in the town but will also allow designated properties to receive certain code exemptions during renovations and repairs.

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Oldest handmade quilt ever verified as made in Cazenovia donated to library

Sometime during the 1830s or 1840s, a Cazenovia teenager named Helen Sherman handmade a 10-foot-by-10-foot bed quilt using all-natural dyes for the coloring and embroidered the stitching on the back in patterns of heart-shaped flowers. The front pattern includes numerous star shapes called a “mariner’s compass” in a “log cabin” pattern in what would have been an incredibly difficult and demanding pattern, taking months if not years to make. Two weeks ago, that quilt — the oldest ever recorded and verified as being made in Cazenovia — returned home as a donation to the library by the descendants of the original quilter.

County, municipal leaders see new state ‘tax freeze’ for municipalities as political ploy

The New York State Legislature finalized its annual budget recently, and local municipalities are not happy with a new “tax freeze” incentive included by the governor and retained by the legislature. Elected leaders of all four municipalities in the Cazenovia Republican coverage area — Cazenovia village and town, Nelson and Fenner — as well as the county board of supervisors, all declared the move to be election year political theater that does nothing to benefit citizens, demands municipalities to take actions most of them already do and would cost citizens more than they would purportedly save.

Cazenovia Town Board schedules special meetings on chemical treatment of lake

The Cazenovia Town Board has scheduled two special meetings to discuss the environmental impact and statement of findings concerning 2014 treatment of Cazenovia Lake with Renovate weed killer.

Blewett moves to 2-0 in baseball Bees’ win

B'ville ace gets seven K's against Syracuse West

For all the grief that weather forecasters get when they are incorrect, there was no mistake in the system that swept through the area that sent temperatures plunging more than 40 degrees and halted the baseball season again.

C-NS softball outshines Liverpool again

Scott hurts Warriors with home run, five RBIs

For more than three decades, Kerry Bennett had the best possible view as he built a softball dynasty at Cicero-North Syracuse that piled up Section III and state championships. But when the Northstars met main rival Liverpool Monday afternoon at the Gillette Road complex, Bennett, the subject of a controversial dismissal from his job in August of 2012, was on the opposing side, assisting Warriors coach Nick Spataro.

Skaneateles golfers rip past Solvay

Lee shoots personal-best 33 in windy conditions

Year after year, the Skaneateles boys golf team wants to do more than just make its way to the course and play a few pleasant spring rounds. The Lakers expect to contend for titles, and it patiently waited through the deluge of bad early-April weather for a chance to prove itself against a tough OHSL Liberty division.

Complaint filed against Zambrano

According to a Cicero resident, Supervisor Jessica Zambrano has committed misconduct as a result of her relationship with the town engineer.

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Track Lakers open season at Jordan-Elbridge meet

Skaneateles girls set school mark in sprint medley relay

Twice in the early part of April, both of the Skaneateles track and field teams saw season openers wiped out by the weather, as trips to Hannibal and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown were scrapped. So the Lakers’ first real action of the season didn’t take place until last Saturday, when it went down the road to the Jordan-Elbridge Relay Invitational and made some immediate history.

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The joy of the season

St. Matthew’s to celebrate Holy Week with a mix of tradition and faith

More than one billion Catholics across the world are in the midst of observing Holy Week, which began with a Palm Sunday service and will conclude with a final mass on Easter. Holy Week, the last week of Lent, is an deeply spiritual time of year for the Catholic Church – it begins with a celebration on Palm Sunday, then turns into a solemn observance of Jesus Christ’s death and ends with an elaborate, joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter.

Monday, April 14

Skaneateles BOE adopts $30 million budget

The Skaneateles Board of Education voted to adopt its 2014-15 operating budget and spending plan at its April 8 meeting.

Village of Skaneateles makes annual appointments

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees voted to approve its annual resolution with committee and other appointments at a reorganizational meeting held Monday, April 7. Mayor Marty Hubbard makes the appointments, with the approval of the village board.

Liverpool baseball roars to three straight wins

Better weather leads to Warriors' hot start

Determined to climb back to the top of the Section III Class AA ranks, the Liverpool baseball team found immediate success once games finally got underway.

C-NS baseball falls to Oswego, Syracuse East

Northstars take pair of one-run defeats after 3-0 start

With a big early-season showdown against defending state Class AA champion Baldwinsville looming on Tuesday, the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team dealt with a pair of one-run defeats, which slowed things up after a 3-0 start.

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C-NS, Liverpool softball string together wins

Warriors start 3-0; Northstars prevail at Binghamton tourney

The Cicero-North Syracuse softball team could not quickly put its 2-1 defeat to Baldwinsville on April 3 behind them due to the bad weather that kept them off the field for nearly a week.

C-NS boys lax takes first loss to Corcoran

Northstars rebound to top Oswego; Liverpool still winless

A 4-0 start that included high-quality wins over Fayetteville-Manlius and Liverpool may have lured the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team into thinking that it was firmly established among the top Section III Class A sides.

Sunday, April 13

J-D softball opens, shuts out CBA 13-0

Red Rams looking to defend sectional Class A title

Nearly two weeks after it was supposed to get underway, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team finally did so, and reminded everyone why the path to Section III Class A glory still runs right through them.

Grimes baseball beats Ludden, gives Kelley 200th win

Cobras get fine pitching efforts from Schad, Steinberg

If the Bishop Grimes baseball team had to wait (and wait and wait) for action to get underway in the 2014 season, at least it took full advantage of a great opportunity once the waiting ended.

Girls Lakers race past Cazenovia, Clinton

Skaneateles to take on West Genesee this Saturday

In between the emphatic victory it delivered over reigning state Class B champion CBA on April 5 and the showdown with another big powerhouse, West Genesee, this Saturday night, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team was intent on casting aside all of its other challengers, too.

Skaneateles boys lax falls to F-M, Auburn

Lakers competitive against foes from higher classes

At least the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team can take comfort in knowing that it was a lot more competitive in its second go-round with Class A opposition than it was the first time around.

Baseball Lakers open, fall to Westhill

Diamond sides lost four games to early-season weather

Through weeks spent in gymnasiums when they wanted to be outdoors, and then weeks waiting for the fields to dry and temperatures to warm, both the Skaneateles baseball and softball teams only grew more eager to begin their respective 2014 seasons.

Girls Bees beaten by C-NS, Farmingdale

B'ville struggles in rematches with 2013 post-season foes

Twice in the span of a week, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team had to encounter two key opponents from its 2013 run to the state Class A championship game, and could not win on either occasion.

B’ville softball goes 1-1, falls to Liverpool

Bees handled F-M before running into hot-starting Warriors

As it turned out, the best thing for the Baldwinsville softball team was to wait for a week to get back on the field after it had stunned defending state Class AA champion Cicero-North Syracuse on April 2.

Saturday, April 12

West Genny baseball shuts down B’ville

Wildcats knock off both of 2013 sectional AA finalists

Due to the bad weather that pushed the start of its 2014 season back for more than a week, the West Genesee baseball team found itself hosting both of last spring’s Section III Class AA finalists when it finally took the field – and beating them both.

Friday, April 11

NSPD and Sherriff’s Office combine to arrest suspect in April 7 robbery at Seneca Federal

A 30-year-old man accused of robbing the Seneca Federal Bank at 201 N. Main St., in North Syracuse, on Monday, April 7, was arrested four days later at the home of an acquaintance. Lucas Lukenheimer, 30, of 2221 Brewerton Road, Mattydale, allegedly entered the bank branch at 2:55 p.m. April 7, and demanded money.

Trustees approve $5.2 million budget for North Syracuse

At its April 10 meeting, the North Syracuse Village Board of Trustees approved a $5.2 million budget for 2014-15. At a brief public hearing before the meeting, Village Clerk-Treasurer Dianne Kufel said that although the budget calls for a zero percent tax increase, village property owners who live within the town of Cicero will see a nominal increase of approximately $2 more than last year, while village taxpayers in the town of Clay will see a nominal decrease of less than $2.

Village of Skaneateles corrects billing errors; announces more detailed utility bills

Village officials took time to address recent emails, letters and calls expressing concerns about electric bills, at the April 10 Village Board meeting.

Volunteers needed for CommuniTree Steward Program

Community members looking for a hands-on education and technical experience in urban tree management are invited to sign-up for the CommuniTree Steward program. This volunteer service-based program from Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) offers FREE training in tree biology, tree identification, and planting and maintenance for young trees. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) training, including in-depth ash tree identification, EAB detection and monitoring, are included in the course curriculum.

Skaneateles churches plan 6th annual 30-Hour Famine

On April 25 and 26, youth from village of Skaneateles churches will go without solid food for 30 hours. Their hunger will help raise funds and awareness for World Vision’s programs to end hunger in the world.

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Skaneateles Easter egg hunt to be April 19

The Easter Bunny will be hopping into Skaneateles at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 for a grand Easter egg hunt.

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Dinner for Herm planned for May 2

The fourth Dinner for Herm will be held at the Skaneateles Country Club on May 2.

CBA boys lacrosse fights past LaFayette

Koscs makes 21 saves; Gait, Brunner, Zerillo get four goals

In order to get a good shot at the top of the Section III Class C ranks, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team first had to beat fellow challengers. That included LaFayette, who came to Alibrandi Stadium Thursday night and engaged in a tense, close contest before the Brothers broke it open in the fourth quarter, going on to beat the Lancers by a score of 14-9.

WG girls lax smashes Liverpool, C. Square

Wildcats to face C-NS Tuesday in playoff rematch

All the steps that the West Genesee girls lacrosse team had to take prior to Tuesday night’s long-awaited reunion with Cicero-North Syracuse – better known as the team that ended the Wildcats’ six-year championship run in last year’s Section III Class A semifinal – were made with little incident.

Ludden girls lacrosse flies to 4-0 start

Gaelic Knights rally past LaFayette, Cortland

Bigger challenges loom ahead for the Bishop Ludden girls lacrosse team, but it is displaying, at this early point in the season, quite a lot of grit and determination.

Westhill baseball wins thriller over Solvay

Sixth-inning rally helps Warriors survive at OCC field

In an early-season showdown, the Westhill baseball team met its neighbors from Solvay at the new Onondaga Community College complex Thursday night, and it turned into a particularly exciting contest, with the Warriors requiring a late comeback to beat the Bearcats 5-4.

Boys lacrosse Lakers shut out Ludden, Tully

Caz beats overmatched foes, improves mark to 6-0

Though the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team has played three “home” games this season, it’s done so in places outside the Sean Googin Sports Complex as the long winter took a long time to subside.

No good movies playing? No way! Check out your local arts cinema

The spring and summer months after the Oscars come out can be a difficult time for American movie goers. It seems like all of the well-crafted, interesting movies have gone into hiding and in their place have arrived jarring blockbusters and action flicks designed solely to overstimulate the senses. While those movies can sometimes be fun (Thor, I'm thinking of you here), overall they don't offer much satisfaction to people who see cinema as an art form on par with great literature or painting.

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Painter Maureen Lemko loves local landmarks

They may not be many, but the five oil paintings that comprise Maureen Lemko’s ongoing exhibit are certainly memorable. The artist colorfully depicts a quintet of familiar scenes in her work hanging through April at the Liverpool Public Library lobby. All artists aspire to show us our world through a new pair of eyes, and Maureen succeeds as she brings a fresh perspective to Old First, the village’s iconic burnt umber brick edifice. Other local landmarks Lemko rendered include Liverpool United Methodist’s famous purple door, an old willow basket barn, Liverpool Cemetery and Baldwinsville’s Abbott Farms.

Thursday, April 10

Liverpool, C-NS split track showdowns

Boys Warriors win big; girls Northstars prevail, too

Normally, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse track and field teams would wait until later in the spring before having their big showdowns. But in 2014, traditions got cast aside, and the Northstars and Warriors found themselves opening their respective seasons in each other’s company, and both sides would take away something.

F-M track gets impressive sweep of West Genesee

Pearl sweeps distance events; Barber wins three times

As defending Section III Class AA champions on both the boys and girls sides, the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field team might find it difficult for anyone to topple them.

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Critz Farms, Owera Vineyards win medals at international wine competition

Two local craft beverage producers — and members of the Cazenovia Beverage Trail — recently brought back to Cazenovia multiple medals from the 14th Annual 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. The Critz Farms Harvest Moon Cidery won silver medals for its Cherry Moon and Heritage Hops hard ciders, and a bronze medal for its Rippleton Original champagne-style hard cider; while Owera Vineyards won silver medals for its 2012 Frontenac Gris and its 2011 Cabernet Franc, and bronze medals for its 2012 Chardonnay and 2012 dry Reisling.

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Academic Decathlon team receives $2K donation, schedules fundraising dinner

Oneida Savings Bank last week donated $2,000 to the Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team to help the group raise funds to attend the national championship competition in Hawaii later this month. Also last week, the team announced that it will hold its final major fundraising effort — a Mother’s Day basket raffle and spaghetti dinner — at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Cazenovia American Legion on Chenango Street. Event tickets will be $10 per person, with a limit of 100 tickets available.

CCE looking for Open Farm Day sponsors

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County’s Agricultural Economic Development Program is looking for local businesses in the Central New York region interested in sponsoring the county’s seventh annual Open Farm Day on July 26.

Baseball Bees debut, blank Syracuse East

Blewett strikes out 15 as 20-plus scouts look on

While it has gone many great experiences in its long and illustrious history, the Baldwinsville baseball team is entering all kinds of new territory in 2014. For one thing, the Bees are the reigning state Class AA champions. That title, earned for the first time 10 months ago in Binghamton, is still a fresh memory, but it also makes B’ville the biggest game of the season for every single opponent it faces this spring.

B’ville track and field sweeps Henninger

Bees off to quick start in tough CNYCL National division

Each of Baldwinsville’s track and field teams were quite glad to see the belated arrival of spring, for it meant that serious competition was about to get underway. In the season-opening meets Wednesday afternoon, both sets of Bees won big against Henninger, prevailing 112-28 in the boys meet and 98-34 in the girls meet.

Marcellus girls track ends Cazenovia 32-meet win streak

Garn, Fallon, Sylcox each win twice for Mustangs

When it finally dried up and warmed up for the high school track and field season to get underway, the Marcellus girls managed to pull off something no one has in five years – namely, beat the Cazenovia Lakers.

Caz girls track win streak ends at 32 meets

Marcellus prevails over Lakers; boys side beats Mustangs

Back in 2009, the Cazenovia girls track and field team started a streak where no one in the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty could catch up to them. It took five seasons and 32 meets, but the Lakers were finally caught in Wednesday afternoon’s chilly season opener at Buckley-Volo Field by Marcellus, who prevailed 79-64 in a dual meet where, by contrast, Cazenovia’s boys team managed to defeat the Mustangs by a score of 77-64.

Education aid and tax relief needed for CNY

Times are tough, and families are doing everything they can just to make ends meet. The particularly harsh winter didn’t help, driving utility bills through the roof and making the cost-of-living even less affordable. Central New York families have struggled for long enough. That’s why I fought for a state budget that includes funding for vital programs and initiatives to relieve the burden on hardworking families.

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Volunteer of the Month: April 2014

Paul Goetchius: On Point for College

April’s Volunteer of the Month is Paul Goetchius, a volunteer mentor in the On Point for College program. On Point for College is a nonprofit tax-exempt college access program founded in 1999 whose stated mission is to open the door to higher education for inner city youth.

OPINION: Teaching to Greatness

Since moving to Syracuse from the Boston area in 2012, I have been captivated by the impassioned public push back here in Central New York on state-mandated accountability testing – high stakes testing that is lately driven by an approach to elementary and secondary education known as the Common Core Standards.

Wednesday, April 9

Madison County given ‘disaster’ designation due to agriculture losses caused by winter freeze

Madison County was one of three counties in Central New York to have been designated “disasters” due to losses caused by a freeze that occurred this winter, U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna announced Wednesday, April 9. A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for an assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans.

Skaneateles BOE to interview candidate for superintendent before regular search

Board appoints search consultant

The Skaneateles Board of Education is back on the path toward finding a new superintendent for the district. The board voted to appoint Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES District Superintendent Bill Speck as search consultant for the superintendent hire, Tuesday. The board also agreed to interview a particular candidate early at Speck’s recommendation.

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Zimbabwean gospel singer brings music, joy to Cazenovia

On his first visit to the United States, in the midst of an East Coast tour, international gospel sensation and social activist Tembalami is spending some of his time in Cazenovia and performing three concerts in the village this week. Tembalami Tagwirei— who is typically known simply as “Tembalami” — is a gospel musician from Zimbabwe with a passion for inspiring, motivating and educating the current as well as the next generation.

F-M boys lax rebounds, tops Skaneateles

Hornets also rout Central Square, move to 3-2

A 1-2 start is not what the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team is accustomed to, and early this week it had a chance to quickly put defeats to Cicero-North Syracuse and West Genesee aside and find its winning form again.

Cazenovia named one of nation’s best communities for music education

Cazenovia Central School District has been named one the nation’s 376 “Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

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Lacrosse Bees battle in loss to West Genny

Petrelli has three goals; Wildcat goalie stops 16 of 21 shots

At this early point in the season, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team’s biggest issue is an inability to find the net when doing so could lead to some big victories. The Bees managed just five goals (one in the second half) during a 13-5 defeat to reigning state Class C champion Cazenovia on April 5, and those struggles continued Tuesday night, at West Genesee, where plenty of opportunities were missed in an 8-5 defeat to the Wildcats.

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Village board gets Chenango Street zone change request update, schedules public hearing for May

The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees has scheduled a public hearing for May 5 to discuss the requested zone change for Eric Burrell’s building at 4 Chenango St., which would, if approved, allow Alicyn Hart to move her restaurant Circa to that location. The hearing was scheduled last week after Burrell gave the board on update on his proposed building expansion project.

Soprano Julianna Sabol to perform as a guest soloist at Cazenovia College to spring chorale concert

The Cazenovia College Chorale spring concert is set to fill the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College with melodies crafted by Butler and Rutter, Mozart, Stroope and Andrew Lloyd Webber on Monday, April 14. The 7:30 p.m. performance, directed by Bruce Campbell and accompanied by pianist Bill Verity, will feature all-Chorale pieces, solos by five Cazenovia College students and a special performance by soprano Julianna Sabol.

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WG boys lacrosse battles past B'ville

Koziol's 16 saves key Wildcats' 8-5 win over Bees

A wide array of challenges greeted the West Genesee boys lacrosse team in the first full week of April, with plenty of motivation to meet those challenges head-on and eventually conquer them.

Along the Lakeshore: A New York history lesson

Along the Lakeshore column from the April 9, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: We lost one of the ‘Last of the Mohicans’

Letter to the editor from the April 9 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Tax incentives are being misused

It is no secret that New York’s residents and businesses are over taxed. For years, businesses and residents have been leaving New York for tax-friendly states. The fiscal problems the State of New York faces are no different than other states across the country; yet, New York continues to over spend and goes so far as to ask local municipalities to shoulder much of the financial burden from those decisions. Local representatives at the state and federal level are desperately trying to change the business climate in New York by offering tax credits and incentive packages for relocating businesses to New York, creating jobs, and improving the skill level of employees. As an advocate for the free market approach to business, I applaud the intent underpinning these programs (the encouragement of business activity in New York state), but I am apprehensive about the precedent and disparate treatment the tax credits and incentives are creating.

Dinner memorializes Cicero couple while raising money for St. Jude

For Dominic and Patricia Rossi, life was about family, community and service. “I am biased, but I feel my parents were great people,” said their son, Joe Rossi. “They put family first, they gave back to their community through service, they stood up for what they believed in and they weren't afraid to get their hands dirty.” That dedication to serving the community in which they lived —Cicero — has been reflected in the way that community remembers the Rossis nearly two decades after both passed away. There’s a street in town called Rossi Court, named after Dominic, and a garden in front of NOPL @ Brewerton planted in Patricia’s memory. In addition, Joe Rossi holds a fundraiser dinner every year that serves a dual purpose: it memorializes his parents while raising money for an important cause close to their hearts.

Who is John Katko?

At the request of the Dewitt Republican Committee, I met with John Katko to discuss his views on a number of issues related to the 24th Congressional race. The committee, and even our non-political neighbors, have been concerned that candidates are too often being defined by the negative ads and sound-bites provided by their opponents. This is an effort to have Katko define who he is and how he will represent the people.

Tuesday, April 8

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Stewart, UConn complete perfect run to national title

Huskies have won back-to-back crowns with C-NS standout

So far, the dreams and hopes that Cicero-North Syracuse's Breanna Stewart carried with her to the University of Connecticut have all worked out - to perfection. Stewart's sophomore season ended just like her freshman season did, as the Huskies won yet another NCAA women's basketball championship Tuesday night by handling Notre Dame 79-58 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

C-NS girls lacrosse handles B'ville, 13-6

Ryan dominates first half; teammates take over later

Tiffany Ryan got the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team moving toward a bit of redemption against the Baldwinsville side that kept them from the Section III Class A title a season ago. Just as importantly, the rest of the Northstars jumped in to help out and by doing so, it defeated the Bees 13-6 Tuesday night at Onondaga Community College's Murphy Field.

East Syracuse police vote to be held on April 16

Village board decides to enter into a shared services agreement with DeWitt

The East Syracuse Village Board held a public hearing on April 2 for residents to share their thoughts about the amended shared services agreement for its police department with the town of DeWitt.

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Reduced state aid means increased budget cuts for Cazenovia school district

With the passage of the state budget last week and final state aid to school districts now known, the Cazenovia school district budget received $200,000 less in aid than it expected. This fact, combined with the limited revenues allowed to the district through local taxes due to the state tax levy cap mandate and the dwindling amount of district fund balance reserves available to plug budget gaps, means that the 2014-15 district budget will reduce district staff by 9.4 positions (full-time equivalent positions) rather than the six previously planned.

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LHS group seeks to break down barriers, cliques, end bullying

I Am Norm is an extracurricular group at Liverpool High School that aims to promote inclusion and end bullying by bringing together kids of all different backgrounds.

Boys lacrosse Mustangs, Warriors pick up wins

Marcellus prevails at Liverpool; Westhill goes 2-0

Competition at the top of the OHSL Liberty division in boys lacrosse is bound to be fierce, as Marcellus quickly found out. Fresh off its tough season-opening win over Auburn on March 29, the Mustangs hosted LaFayette last Tuesday afternoon, and it proved a close, tense contest, but Marcellus fell to the Lancers 11-9.

Marcellus, Westhill girls lax get mixed results

Ludden/Grimes debuts with rout over Clinton

Within hours of each other last Tuesday night, the Marcellus and Westhill girls lacrosse team, playing important early-season contests, met with wildly varying degrees of success.

C-NS girls lacrosse roars to 2-0 start

Liverpool gets first win over Oswego, falls to B'ville

Even with all that it accomplished a season ago – especially ending West Genesee’s six-year Section III Class A championship reign – the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team did not get the ending it wanted.

No proposed tax increase for Minoa in 2014-15

Residents will pay $8.95 per $1,000 of assessed value

The Minoa Village Board held a public hearing before its regular meeting on April 7 for residents to ask questions about the 2014-15 tentative budget, which calls for no tax increase for residents.

Skaneateles music again earns ‘Best Communities’ honor

For the fourth year in a row, the Skaneateles Central School District has been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM) for outstanding commitment to music education with a “Best Communities for Music Education” designation.

Skaneateles to start monthly ‘Re-Market’

Starting this summer, Skaneateles residents will have a chance to buy and sell used items in a garage-sale-type setting in Austin Park. The new “Re-Market” will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month, starting May 3, in the Austin Park Pavilion parking lot.

Monday, April 7

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Skaneateles high school to host jazz festival

The Skaneateles Central School District will host the 2014 All County Jazz Festival on April 11 and 12.

Village budget proposed, board approves exceeding state tax levy limit

Cazenovia village residents will see their village taxes increase by 19 cents for every $1,000 of assessed value — or 3 percent — under the tentative 2014-15 village budget, which was presented by the village board last week. The $2.6 million budget includes a proposed tax levy rate of $6.49 per $1,000, which is a 3 percent increase from last year. The increase means an additional $19 in taxes for a $100,000 home in the village.

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Bullets found in hallway prompt high school, middle school lockdown

Students never in danger; police, district pleased with overall emergency response

Two days after the Cazenovia high school and middle school buildings endured a three-hour lockdown when live bullets were found in a high school hallway and later flushed down a toilet, local police and school district officials still don’t know how or why the bullets got into the school and ended up on the floor — what they all agree on, however, is that there were no guns involved, no malicious intent has been discovered, no students were in immediate danger and the overall situation was handled well by district staff and local police.

Sunday, April 6

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Skaneateles girls lacrosse smashes CBA

Lakers knock off defending state Class B champs in 18-6 romp

What was already a memorable weekend for the Skaneateles girls lacrosse program was made more so after it won big in a showdown of local powerhouses. On Friday afternoon, six different seniors signed their college letters on intent. Then, on Saturday night, Skaneateles took to the field at Hyatt Stadium to face reigning state Class B champion Christian Brothers Academy.

Saturday, April 5

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Syracuse lacrosse standout joins Wildcats coaching staff

A four-time All-American at Syracuse University, two-time Major League Lacrosse most valuable player, and captain of the 2010 gold medal winning USA team, Ryan Powell has returned to Central New York to serve as the offensive coordinator for the Cazenovia College Wildcats men's lacrosse team.

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Caz boys lax delivers big win over B’ville

Lakers have 3-0 week; girls take loss to Westhill

Cold winds, cold temperatures and various forms of precipitation did not keep the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team from another impressive conquest. The Lakers faced perennial Class A contender Baldwinsville Saturday morning at Cazenovia College’s Christakos Field, starting and finishing fast and delivering a 13-5 victory over the Bees.

Friday, April 4

ESM boys lacrosse gets big win over J-D

VanDeusen scores four goals, including game-winner

No championship, or anything close to it, was earned Friday night when the East Syracuse-Minoa boys lacrosse team defeated Jamesville-DeWitt 11-10 on a wet and windy Friday night at Spartan Stadium. It only felt that way to the giddy ESM players, who swarmed goalie Alec Miller near his cage moments after the defense stopped the Red Rams from forcing overtime in the waning seconds of regulation.

Helpers of all ages sought for annual Chittenango Creek clean-up

On Saturday, April 12, the Annual Chittenango Creek Clean-Up will start at10 a.m. and end around noon at the Buyea’s Hardware parking lot. Bags for trash and donuts from Tops will be provided, and some gloves will be available to borrow. Wear older clothes and boots. Helpers of all ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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Cazenovia musicians attend spring all-county spring music festival

Forty-six Cazenovia Central School District students attended the Madison County Music Educators Association’s Spring All-County Music Festival, which was held March 14 and 15 at Stockbridge Valley School.

Cazenovia High School Action Team still seeking input

The Cazenovia High School Action Team would like to remind students, staff and community members about its continuing presence and role at the school.

B’ville softball delivers landmark win over C-NS

Wolcik holds Northstars in check as fourth-inning runs prove enough

Most of the time in recent years, the Baldwinsville softball team found that trying to catch up to the likes of Cicero-North Syracuse was a futile exercise. Just competing with them was a victory unto itself, since scoring more runs than the Northstars appeared impossible.

Skaneateles boys lacrosse beats LaFayette

Fourth-quarter rally pushes Lakers past Lancers, 10-8

It took the challenge of an old rival, and the danger of falling too far behind early in the campaign, but at just the right moment the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team found something special.

Thursday, April 3

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Rally sends lacrosse Northstars past Liverpool

C-NS takes over in fourth quarter against tiring Warriors

From last season's side that made it to the Section III Class A semifinals, head coach Mike Felice and his Liverpool boys lacrosse team lost eight senior starters. On this year’s roster, there are only two seniors and 18 total players. Yet for 24 minutes Thursday night at LHS Stadium, the Warriors threw all it had at undefeated Cicero-North Syracuse, and led the Northstars for most of the first half and a large portion of the third quarter.

Boys lacrosse Wildcats get past F-M, 10-6

First encounter since sectional sees WG prevail again

The last time they were together, West Genesee's boys lacrosse team was celebrating yet another Section III Class A championship on the Carrier Dome turf while, on that same field, Fayetteville-Manlius dealt with the heartbreak of yet another opportunity that slipped away.

Town board to hold work session April 7 to discuss possible town hall move

The Skaneateles Town Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7 to further discuss a possible town hall move.

Village of Skaneateles proposes budget with 1 percent tax rate increase

The village of Skaneateles has released its tentative operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

CRIS to begin regional time bank for seniors

Community Resources for Independent Seniors (CRIS) recently received two grants that it will use to develop a Time Bank for seniors in the Cazenovia area. Time banking is an established concept — although there are currently none established in Madison County — that works as a reciprocal exchange service that uses units of time as currency. A time bank, also known as a service exchange, essentially allows volunteers who spend “time” offering community service to receive the same amount of “time” in services they can use.

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‘The Crucible’ final performances run this weekend in Cazenovia

Cazenovia College’s spring production, “The Crucible,” will run this weekend, April 4, 5 and 6, with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Lecture on Kennedy family, fashion and celebrity photographs coming to Cazenovia Public Library

“American Royalty: The Kennedys, Fashion and Celebrity Photographs by Mark Shaw” will be discussed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room. Presenting the lecture will be Meg Gianetti, Museum School Programs Coordinator at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica where “American Royalty” is currently on exhibit.

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CBA presents Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Be our guest! Christian Brother Academy will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at Nottingham High School.

Wednesday, April 2

Westhill baseball claims opener over Marcellus

Walsh strikes out 13 in six innings of 2014 debut

With a Section III Class B championship that it badly wants to reclaim, the Westhill baseball team got started on another spring of high expectations. At the heart of those expectations is pitching ace Sam Walsh, who proved quite impressive in Wednesday afternoon's season opener against Marcellus, throwing six innings and only allowing one hit in a 5-2 victory over the Mustangs.

Skaneateles CSD gets more state aid, is able to balance budget

The Skaneateles School District will not need to make cuts or raise taxes above the state cap to balance the 2014-15 operating budget.

LETTER: Open house showed enthusiasm for STEM programs and equipment

Letter to the editor from the April 2, 2014 Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: What the town needs to consider about town hall move

Letter to the editor from the April 2, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

On the Move: Using walking aids

Physical therapists, who are experts in restoring and improving motion, recommend that elderly adults who use canes and walkers as walking aids be properly assessed and fitted by a physical therapist to avoid fall-related injuries.

Along the Lakeshore: Yacking geese; high power bill

Along the Lakeshore column from the April 2, 2014 Skaneateles Press.

Village of Fayetteville’s first State Farm agent celebrates 40 years in business

As someone who used to hide in the backyard when insurance agents would come knocking, the last thing Nick Roppo thought he’d be doing was working in the insurance business.

LETTER: Minoa trustees thank residents

To the editor: John Champagne and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the residents of the village of Minoa for re-electing us to the office of trustee.

Madison County field crops meeting coming to Caz April 4

The Madison County Field Crops Meeting will be held on Friday, April 4, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Empire Tractor, 2893 Route 20 East in Cazenovia. Lunch is provided, courtesy of Empire Tractor, and requires pre-registration. Please call Empire Tractor at 655-8146. Two and a half pesticide recertification credits will be given.

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Madison County sheriff to enforce operation safe stop

Thursday, April 3, has been designated as Operation Safe Stop Day. Operation Safe Stop seeks to promote school bus safety through awareness and enforcement efforts throughout New York state.

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Cazenovia High School senior receives national award for photography

Cazenovia High School senior Amara Kattrein has been awarded a Silver Medal in photography in the 2014 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. Principal Eric Schnabl said he believes she is the school’s first national-level Scholastic winner. She has been invited to attend a national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 6.

School board eyes seven teacher, staff cuts in preliminary budget

The Cazenovia school district’s current budget outlook for the 2014-15 school year is “up in the air” until the state legislature finalizes the state budget; at the moment, however, the district’s preliminary budget calls for the elimination of six, possibly seven, district employees, including three support staff and three to four teaching positions.

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Erich Schepp elected Minoa Fire Chief

It all started for Erich Schepp when he was just a kid who loved fire trucks. As he grew up, his interest in becoming a firefighter became stronger, and he began volunteering at the Fayetteville Fire Department when he was 14 years old.

LETTER: Village services make taxes worth it

To the editor: I would like to respond to the article in the March 26 edition of The Post-Standard [“Cuomo: Curbing property taxes most important part of NY state budget”]. [The article quoted] Cuomo saying, “Do the hard thing,” and our county executive regarding consolidation. I am a lifelong resident of the village of Liverpool, because that is where I choose to live. Does it cost me more in taxes to live here? Yes. What am I paying for?

Tuesday, April 1

Boys lacrosse Northstars defeat F-M, 9-6

Big second half pushes C-NS to 3-0 mark

With a big second-half push on the offensive end, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team picked up a big early-season victory Tuesday night, turning back Fayetteville-Manlius 9-6 at Bragman Stadium.

Girls lacrosse Lakers tear through Marcellus

Skaneateles dominates, 18-8, in sectional finals rematch

Just by the numbers, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team began its 2014 season Tuesday night by hammering Marcellus 18-8 in the first meeting between the rivals since last May's Section III Class C final at the Carrier Dome.

School board schedules special budget meeting

The Cazenovia Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting to discuss the district budget for 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the board conference room of the district office.

Girls lacrosse Bees drop opener to West Genny

B'ville looking to defend sectional Class A title won in 2013

Not since the 2001 season has the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team entered a new spring as a defending champion, which was challenging enough. But the combination of a brutal early schedule and injuries at key positions has added more adversity that head coach Doug Rowe and his players must overcome if it wants to go to the top again.

Stormwater, parking top concerns for JGB Properties’ basin block project

When you plan to build on the site of an old Oswego Canal side-cut basin, you know that stormwater drainage will be a concern. When you plan three new buildings with a mix of residential, office and retail spaces on a block already home to a dozen businesses including four restaurants, parking spaces will also be a concern. At the March 24 Liverpool Village Planning Board meeting, JGB Properties shared details of its proposed development on the basin block bordered by First and South Willow streets and Lake Drive.

In spring a young man’s fancy turns to…baseball!

Ready or not, here comes baseball. Syracuse Chiefs groundskeeper John Stewart and his crew worked overtime last week scraping ice out of the dugouts at NBT Bank Stadium, where the local International League entry hopes to open its season at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3. The top farm club of the Washington Nationals, the Chiefs will face New York Yankees Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, who remain in town for games at 5 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 474-7833; syracusechiefs.com.

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Do you CrossFit?

New high-intensity exercise program explodes in the Syracuse market

As recently as seven years ago, very few people in the Central New York area had ever heard of CrossFit. When CrossFit DeWitt opened at Sports Center 481 in 2008, it was the first CrossFit gym within a 70 mile radius. Tex Jones, who co-owns CrossFit DeWitt with Joe Commisso, said people get “addicted” to the short, high-impact fitness classes and can’t help but come back for more.