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.
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.
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 to the editor from the April 30, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the April 30, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
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 column from the April 30, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Onondaga County sheriff's detectives are still investigating an early morning collision that claimed the life of a bicyclist in the town of Salina.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When the April 21 deadline passed four residents of the Skaneateles Central School District had submitted petitions to run for the Board of Education.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
“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.
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.
Beezie Madden and Simon finished 7th at the 2014 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Monday, April 28, in Lyon, France.
U.S. News & World Report has again named Fayetteville-Manlius High School one of the best high schools in the nation.
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.
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 column from the April 23, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the April 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the April 23, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 town officials are optimistic that the former Stauffer Chemical Company property will be released for development this year.
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.
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 to the editor from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the April 24, 2014 Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
The grass is out and perhaps you are thinking about getting out enjoying some exercise.
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.
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 column from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to a Cicero resident, Supervisor Jessica Zambrano has committed misconduct as a result of her relationship with the town engineer.
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.
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
The Skaneateles Board of Education voted to adopt its 2014-15 operating budget and spending plan at its April 8 meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 officials took time to address recent emails, letters and calls expressing concerns about electric bills, at the April 10 Village Board meeting.
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.
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.
The Easter Bunny will be hopping into Skaneateles at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 for a grand Easter egg hunt.
The fourth Dinner for Herm will be held at the Skaneateles Country Club on May 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Central School District has been named one the nation’s 376 “Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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 column from the April 9, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the April 9 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Skaneateles Central School District will host the 2014 All County Jazz Festival on April 11 and 12.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Cazenovia High School Action Team would like to remind students, staff and community members about its continuing presence and role at the school.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The village of Skaneateles has released its tentative operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
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.
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.
“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.
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
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.
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 to the editor from the April 2, 2014 Skaneateles Press.
Letter to the editor from the April 2, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
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 column from the April 2, 2014 Skaneateles Press.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.