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Friday, February 28

C-NS girls basketball wins sixth straight sectional title

Stifling defense helps Northstars turn back West Genny

Big names or small, veterans or younger players, the one constant throughout the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team's long reign as Section III Class AA champions has been an ability, when necessary, to forget everything else and just shut an opponent down.

Westhill girls stopped just short of sectional title

Utica-Notre Dame defends title, beats Warriors 46-39

What the Westhill girls basketball team lacked, in terms of its ability to convert shots, it made up for with an all-out effort that nearly brought down Utica-Notre Dame in Friday night's Section III Class B final at the Carrier Dome. But that effort did not prove enough as the Jugglers, led by Emily Durr and Jaclyn Hajec, overcame the Warriors’ gritty performance to prevail by a score of 46-39 and repeat as sectional champions.

Village of Skaneateles awards bid for East Street water project

First phase of project to improve water pressure to be completed this spring

The Skaneateles Village Board voted to award the bid for its East Street water system improvement project, at its Feb. 27 meeting. The bid was awarded to Elbridge-based Highlander Construction for $232,750. They were the lowest bid out of 14 applicants, Village Mayor Marty Hubbard said.

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For the children

Fayetteville native to run Boston Marathon on behalf of children’s bereavement center

Kay Rossi fell in love with running during her years playing lacrosse at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. And now, 15 years later, she’s hoping to achieve her long-time goal of running the Boston Marathon - and at the same time, she’ll be raising money for The Children’s Room, a Boston-area children’s bereavement center close to her heart.

Birthday Celebration for Dr. Seuss at the Cazenovia Public Library

Children ages 4 and older with their families are invited to join Jenna Wright in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room on Saturday, March 1, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for “A Birthday Celebration for Dr. Seuss.”

Tickets still available for high school drama club spring musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’

There are still many good seats left for Cazenovia High School Drama Club's spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” The show will be presented at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 6, and at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 each and may be reserved by calling 655-5309 or visiting the Drama Club web page (“HS Musical 2014”) at caz.cnyric.org.

Thursday, February 27

O'Hern leads J-D girls to sectional three-peat

Red Rams hold off Whitesboro, 47-38, in title game

Area and state polls have said all year that Jamesville-DeWitt was the team to beat in Section III Class A girls basketball. On Thursday night at the Carrier Dome, the No. 1 seed Red Rams proved it, beating No. 6 Whitesboro 47-38, giving J-D a third consecutive sectional championship.

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Hennebergs close tavern to focus on brewery

It was announced on Facebook Tuesday and will take effect Saturday: the Albany Street restaurant and bar Henneberg Tavern will close. Owner John Henneberg said that balancing family, the tavern and his Henneberg Brewing Co. farm brewery in New Woodstock “has just gotten to be a lot,” and he had to make a choice: focus on the tavern or focus on the brewery.

New Woodstock library offering digital photography class

An introductory digital photography class will be taught by expert photographer Jerry Weimar from 9 a.m. to noon (with a 15-minute break) Saturdays in March at the New Woodstock Free Library. The class is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. The library is located at 2106 Main Street (Route 13) in New Woodstock.

Theorem painting exhibit now on display at Cazenovia Public Library

From now through March 31, visitors to the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery can enjoy theorem paintings by Cazenovia resident Janet McCobb.

Volunteer of the Month: Larry Schunck

When Larry Schunck was a young boy he saw firsthand what volunteering is all about when his father took him to the DeWitt Rotary Annual Pancake Day. Over the years, Schunck observed how many volunteer members of the club it took to put on such a large and important event. Schunck was also exposed to volunteering through the Boy Scouts. His father was the scoutmaster of Troop 22 in DeWitt, which was involved in many community projects. Schunck also involved himself as a volunteer at his church.

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F-M junior takes title again in world rowing championships

For the second consecutive year, Fayetteville-Manlius High School varsity rower Dana Moffat placed first in her division at the 2014 C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championship.

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J-D Ecumenical Food Pantry celebrates volunteers

The Half Moon Bakery & Bistro graciously hosted the second annual Jamesville-DeWitt Ecumenical Food Pantry’s volunteer recognition event on Sunday, Feb. 16. Pantry volunteers and their guests enjoyed a variety of delicious desserts and each other’s company.

Music meant the world to Mike Casale

Born with spina bifida in 1949, Mike Casale spent his entire 64 years wearing various contraptions designed to hold his body upright to offset the effects of the congenital spinal disorder. A naturally affable fella, Mike often commented frankly on his disability. “I’m 64 years old, 4-foot-3, and I use a cane,” he said, but he never complained about it and never let it hold him back. A talented bass guitarist who lived in Liverpool, Mike became of the most recognizable entertainers in Central New York. He made his initial mark on the local music scene from 1970 to 1985 as one-half of the duo Neighborhood Friends alongside six-string guitarist Gary Sprague.

Wednesday, February 26

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Onondaga Community College to offer intensive Spanish program in Guatemala

Students experience full immersion while living with local families

Picture yourself clambering over ancient Mayan pyramids deep in the jungle, scrambling up an active volcano or wandering through orderly rows of red berried coffee trees.

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Kinship matters

Kinship caregivers get support through statewide program, private pro bono clinic

When parents can no longer take care of their children, what happens next? Many times, relatives will step in, typically grandparents, to raise their son or daughter’s family. The reasons for kinship care are multiple and rarely, if ever, positive.

Alzheimer’s Program at the Cazenovia Public Library

“Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics” will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

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Historical treasure hiding in plain sight at Cazenovia High School

No one knows for sure how long it’s been here. But, chances are, it was from almost the very beginning: a simple wooden podium at which generations of Cazenovia High School teachers and students probably delivered speeches, gave pop quizzes, engaged in debates and read aloud. The maple podium, it turns out, was crafted in the original L. & J.G. Stickley factory on Burnet Avenue in Syracuse — the same craftsman workshops in which the company’s first signature mission furniture was built in 1900.

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Teenage rock band Kill the Lites nominated for Sammy Award

A rock’n’roll group featuring four Fayetteville-Manlius High School students and their lead singer from West Genesee High School have been nominated for a 2014 Syracuse Area Music Award. The band, Kill the Lites, is one of five nominees in the Sammys “pop” category. The awards show is set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Palace Theater, in Eastwood.

LETTER: Fire department disappointed with vote results

To the editor: On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the Cicero Fire District held a referendum vote at Cicero Fire Station No. 1 from to approve the construction of a new fire station.

Syracuse Press Club to award $2,000 scholarship

The 2014 DeVesty-Williams Scholarship will be awarded in early May by members of the Syracuse Press Club at its annual awards banquet. This $2,000 scholarship will be given to one full-time undergraduate student, who is majoring in print or broadcast journalism at a college/university in the Syracuse Press Club service area. The student scholarship recipient also must be a permanent resident of one of the following counties: Onondaga, Madison, Cortland, Cayuga, Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins, Wayne, Seneca, Schuyler and Yates. A student’s college residence is not considered a permanent residence. All students who fit the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

From the Supervisor: Thinking about future plans for the creekwalk

At last week’s board meeting, we authorized our engineer to assess the bridges that cross Skaneateles Creek for potential use as a pedestrian path across the creek.

Along the Lakeshore: The city water system; an eagle on the lake

Along the Lakeshore column from the Feb. 26, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Skaneateles alum visits school, tells about life as a working musician

Five years after he graduated, Shane Aaserud carried his bass back into Skaneateles High School and spent the day in the orchestra room with teacher Karen Veverka and a group of young musicians.

LETTER: Stirpe on proposed homeland security college

To the editor: A recent story in the Wall Street Journal made it seem that I do not support the governor’s plan to create a new college for homeland security and emergency preparedness. Nothing could be further from the truth. I simply stated that, to my knowledge, it has not yet been defined if this will be a stand-alone campus or a virtual campus, utilizing all the assets of SUNY and CUNY. Although the governor’s proposal is in its early stages, and we do not yet have all the details, I am committed to advocating for Central New York to host this new college.

LETTER: Thank you, Dale Bates

A letter to the editor from the Feb. 26, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry continues to serve community

Local fire departments, boy and girl scouts, church congregations, postal workers, bakeries and rotary clubs all have one thing in common. All these organizations contribute donations to the Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry. Operating for more than a decade, the food pantry is a local success story, demonstrating how a community can come together to help its less fortunate members year after year.

Tuesday, February 25

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Cazenovia takes second place in ‘Coolest Small Town in America’ contest

It was an enthusiastic battle, but when the final votes were tallied Cazenovia came in second place by seven percentage points behind Berlin, Md., in the Budget Travel “Coolest Small Town in America” contest. Budget Travel announced the contest winner at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Why the public should be concerned about what’s happening to education

If people could really understand what has happened to the finances of their local school districts, they would be scared, worried — or so outraged that they would march to Albany and shout until they were heard.

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Local skaters compete in Empire State Games

While the world’s best figure skaters took to the ice in Sochi, New York State’s best were gathering at the Lake Placid Olympic Center for the Empire State Games recently.

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Board targets Skaneateles Falls park for possible projects

The Skaneateles Town Board discussed two potential future projects to improve the park in Skaneateles Falls, at its Feb. 20 meeting.

Stirpe to host second annual Women of Distinction Awards

In honor of Women’s History Month, Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero) is seeking nominations for outstanding women from the towns of Cicero, Clay Fabius, Manlius, Pompey and Tully that make up the 127th Assembly District to be named 2014 Women of Distinction. Awardees will be recognized at the second annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 22.

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Save our swans?

New legislation could save mute swans from mass killings

Three New York lawmakers proposed a bill last week that, if passed, could allow mute swans to continue to live in the wild.

Monday, February 24

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Reilly appointed as next Cazenovia district superintendent

Matthew Reilly, current superintendent of the Clinton Central School District, was unanimously appointed the next superintendent of schools for Cazenovia by the Cazenovia Board of Education during its Feb. 24 meeting.

Voters defeat CFD construction referendum

Voters last week rejected a $5.6 million referendum that would have reconstruction Cicero Fire Department Station No. 1 on Route 11. A total of 264 people in the Cicero Fire District turned out to vote on the proposal, with 180 voting against and 84 voting in favor. The project would have made significant repairs to Station No. 1, addressing significant structural issues as well as asbestos on the second floor and numerous safety concerns for the volunteer firefighters in the department. The reconstruction would have renovated the community hall, repaved the parking lot, expanded the apparatus bays and moved them behind the station hall and parking lot so that fire apparatus wouldn’t have to pull out directly onto Route 11. The proposal would have cost taxpayers within the fire district, which covers about a one-mile radius from Station 1, about $75 per $100,000 of assessed value.

Liverpool proposes 2.31 tax increase in 2014-15

In a very preliminary presentation, Liverpool Central School District Mark Potter gave the board of education some expectation of what the 2014-15 budget will look like. According to Potter’s presentation, the total budget for next year is $138,641,389, up 2.11 percent from last year. With revenues down about $359,795 and the expected use of $2,500,000 in money from the district’s fund balance, Potter anticipates a tax increase of 2.3089 percent for next year. But Potter stressed that these numbers are not final. He’s left some gaps as the district waits to hear the final numbers from the state budget, due April 1, as well as some of its own health insurance costs, which remain unknown.

North Syracuse proposes 1.4 percent budget increase

Taxpayers in North Syracuse are looking at a 2.25 percent increase for the 2014-15 school year, according to the initial budget presented to the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education Monday, Feb. 24. According to the presentation, given by Assistant Superintendent for Management Donald Keegan, the district is facing a 3.6 percent decrease in building aid from New York state. That coupled with increased costs in salaries, benefits, equipment and BOCES shared services agreements have resulted in the need to increase the tax levy by $1,763,319, while cutting programs by $1,716,879. The total budget proposed for 2014-15 is $145,479,106, a 1.4 percent budget-to-budget increase from last year.

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Skaneateles school board to discuss sharing administrative services with Weedsport

The Skaneateles School Board will discuss entering into a contract with the Weedsport Central School District to share business manager services at its next meeting.

Caz Presbyterian Church and Morrisville Community Church to hold Ash Wednesday service

The First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia in conjunction with the Morrisville Community Church will hold a Service of Divine Worship at 7:30 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, March 5, at the Morrisville Community Church, located on 3824 Swamp Road, Morrisville. The service will include readings from the Old and New Testament, the Imposition of Ashes, a Responsive Litany of Penitence and a Lord’s Prayer Litany. The Meditation “The Father Who Sees in Secret” will be given by Rev. Steve Thomas, pastor of the Cazenovia Presbyterian Church.

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I’m going bald in March for my mother — want to help?

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I only write columns for the paper when I really have something to say; and while I have no bylines in this week’s paper (because I was on vacation last week) the one thing I wanted to write for this issue was that I am shaving my head (and possibly my beard and mustache) for the March 16 St. Baldrick’s fundraising event in Cazenovia, and I hope as many people as possible will participate or contribute.

Ludden stops Carthage, goes to Class A final

Gaelic Knights to meet J-D in title-game showdown at Dome

On its first possession of Saturday's Section III Class A boys basketball semifinal at SRC Arena, Carthage's Peyton McLaurin soared up to the rim, the ball rolling gently off his fingertips. It was met by an emphatic block delivered by Bishop Ludden’s star, Dan Kaigler, which set the tone for the no. 2 seed Gaelic Knights' 62-48 victory over the no. 3 seed Comets.

Warriors fight off APW, get to Class B final

Ross, Peebles star late to set up Dome clash with Utica-Notre Dame

Though it was, at times, stressful to watch for players, coaches and fans alike, the Westhill girls basketball team has earned the right to play for a Section III Class B championship. Better yet, the Warriors get an opportunity for payback, because waiting for them Friday night at the Carrier Dome is Utica-Notre Dame, the defending champions, who ousted Westhill 60-40 in last year's sectional quarterfinals on its way to the title.

Girls Wildcats' comeback leads to AA finals berth

West Genny beats RFA, to face C-NS for sectional title

Jackie Pardee knew her West Genesee girls basketball team needed a spark after going into halftime down 21-12 to Rome Free Academy in the Section III Class AA semifinals at Onondaga Community College's Allyn Hall. So the senior sharpshooter flipped the switch and hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter, which helped push the Wildcats past the Black Knights 51-41 and earn a trip to the Carrier Dome to try and dethrone five-time champion Cicero-North Syracuse in next Friday's sectional final.

Sunday, February 23

F-M boys hoops stopped again in Class AA semis

C-NS topples top-seeded Hornets 69-63

This really was supposed to be the year where the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team, shrugging off 59 years of struggles and frustrations, rose up and earned a Section III Class AA championship.

C-NS boys upend top seed F-M in Class AA semis

Williams, Evans lead Northstars past Hornets, 69-63

Connor Evans and Ronnie Williams may not have started with the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team, but the fact that they are there now is a big reason why the Northstars are making its way to the Carrier Dome to play for the Section III Class AA championship.

Saturday, February 22

Red Rams return to boys hoops sectional final

J-D tops Cortland, to face Bishop Ludden for Class A title

The Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team had no choice but to call a timeout. With just 1:45 ticked off the clock in Saturday's Section III Class A semifinal at SRC Arena, the top-seeded-Red Rams were losing, 7-0, to a Cortland team they had already beaten twice this season.

J-D girls hoops pounds Camden in Class A semis

Red Rams to meet Whitesboro in sectional final at Dome

All season long, the no. 1 seed Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team has high expectations. After Saturday’s Section III Class A semifinal demolition of no. 4 seed Camden, 65-35, at Onondaga Community College's Allyn Hall, the Red Rams are one step closer to its goal of a sectional three-peat.

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Girls Northstars rally, get revenge on Nottingham

C-NS to meet West Genesee for sectional AA title

As Nottingham’s Chyanna Canada galloped down the court early in the fourth quarter of Saturday's Section III Class AA girls basketball semifinal at Onondaga Community College's Allyn Hall, only Cicero-North Syracuse's McKayla Roberts of Cicero-North Syracuse stood in the way. But instead of letting the 6-foot-2 Canada score the easy basket, the 5-foot-3-inch Roberts stood tall and took a hard charge to give the Northstars the ball back.

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Hockey Wildcats win seventh straight sectional title

West Genny again denies RFA with championship at stake

Make that seven consecutive Section III Division I championships for the West Genesee ice hockey team, and four consecutive titles won at the expense of Rome Free Academy. The Wildcats' latest conquest of the Black Knights, a 3-1 victory in Saturday's sectional final at Utica Memorial Auditorium, included a crucial second-period scoring outburst and a defense that, once again, protected a lead once it was attained.

Hockey Lakers stunned in sectional final

Third-period rally pushes Auburn past Skaneateles, 2-1

In a span of less than six minutes, what looked like the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team's first Section III Division II championship in six years was undone - and by its biggest rival, no less.

Friday, February 21

Westhill boys power back to sectional final

Daily helps Roland as Warriors stop ITC, 79-64

Star power, in the form of players like Jordan Roland and Tyler Reynolds, has lifted the Westhill boys basketball team to a perfect 21-0 mark and the top of the state Class B rankings. Yet it was a reserve forward, Brian Daily, that burst into the spotlight Friday night as the Warriors turned back Syracuse's Institute of Technology Central, 79-64, in the Section III Class B semifinal at Onondaga Community College's Allyn Hall.

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CNY synchronized skaters win big

The Skating Club of Central New York rocked the Eastern Zone once again as Kaitlyn Bushnell, of Manlius, skated for the SCCNY’s CNY Storm and the team defended their silver medal this year in the 2014 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships held in Hershey, PA on Feb. 1.

Library to hold eating disorders workshops next week

The Cazenovia Public Library will offer two workshops on the timely and critical issue of eating disorders. Both will be presented by Erieville resident Meg Tobin, who holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and has worked in a variety of clinical and school settings with adults, adolescents and children.

Cazenovia Children's House thanks community for Chilly Chili support

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: It was a record-breaking year all around for the Chilly Chili, even with record cold temperatures! From the 1,012 registrants to the 845 finishers braving the elements to the 24 event sponsors and 16 food and beverage sponsors.

Byrnes, Friske added to state wrestling tournament

F-M, CBA/J-D wrestlers join Quinlan, Broddus, Honis in Albany

Pat Quinlan and Tristan Broddus ended the Fayetteville-Manlius wrestling team’s 40-year wait for a Section III title with their victories Feb. 15 in the Division I (large school) sectional tournament at SRC Arena.

Nasoni joins state wrestling tournament field

B'ville senior is wild card at 220; Ross is alternate at 145

Whatever disappointment Baldwinsville wrestler Joe Nasoni felt upon his defeat in the Section III Division I 220-pound championship match on Feb. 15 at SRC Arena was quickly eased.

Lucas is alternate for state wrestling meet

Cazenovia senior finished at sectional Division II tournament

Though the Cazenovia wrestling program’s first Section III title in 47 years just eluded the grasp of Cazenovia’s Brad Lucas, his superb season led to one last reward.

Limp Lizard hosts feral feast on Sunday

The Limp Lizard BBQ specializes in Southern-style delicacies such as pulled pork, barbecued chicken, catfish, ribs and jambalaya. And no, despite the business’s name, the cooks there never grill iguana. This Sunday afternoon, however, one of the Limp Lizard’s regular customers, Joe Romano, will host a wild game dinner at the little bar and restaurant at 201 First St. There’s no lizard meat on his menu, but Romano will prepare plenty of venison, pheasant, duck, wild turkey and fish. Romano, who lives in Liverpool, is a 21st-century Renaissance man. A talented sculptor and carpenter with a shop on North Cypress Street and a home on Hickory Street, Romano’s also a gifted gastronome. For instance, he makes his own maple syrup and his own homemade wine, although I’m sure he’s careful not to mix them.

Thursday, February 20

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CAVAC student corps looking to increase participation

There are high school students in Cazenovia who have literally helped save people’s lives — and if other teens are interested in learning about and participating in emergency medical services, the CAVAC Student Corps is actively seeking new members.

Liverpool, C-NS pick up wins at state qualifier

Lawes, Okinpelu, Christensen, Buck all prevail for Warriors

All kinds of athletes from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse took starring roles during Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier at SRC Arena. And with a string of victories, the Warriors and Northstars assured that both would have heavy representation this Saturday for the New York State Public High School Association championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.

Local indoor track stars light up state qualifier

Zesky, Avery, Liebmann, Schug, Brower among winners

Many of the area’s top indoor track and field teams are now practicing hard and gearing up for their trip to Cornell University’s Barton Hall for next Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.

Indoor track Bees flourish at state qualifier

B'ville girls win two relays; Soeder, Perez reach state meet

All of the top names for the Baldwinsville indoor track and field teams made their way back to SRC Arena for Wednesday’s Section III state qualifying meet. With berths in this Saturday’s state championships at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on the line (two for each individual event), the Bees did not disappoint, winning several events, including two of the girls relays.

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Neal, Adams lead Lakers at state qualifier

Girls 4x200 relay team breaks decade-old school record

Each of the stars on the Skaneateles indoor track and field team found themselves heading back to SRC Arena one more time this winter for last Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier. Only the top two finishers in each event were guaranteed possible berths in next Saturday’s state meet, which will be held again at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.

Garn, Uczen win events at state qualifier

Leff second in 1,500 after Millrose Games appearance

The area’s boys and girls indoor track and field stars were gathered once more at SRC Arena last Wednesday, taking part in the Section III state qualifier. Berths in next Saturday’s state meet at Colgate University were at stake, and the top two finishers in any single event earned automatic berths. That would include a host of local athletes, including Marcellus’ Rachel Garn and West Genesee’s Abby Uczen.

Caz girls compete in state indoor track qualifier

Pittman clears 9 feet in pole vault, finishes fourth

After all the team honors it had accumulated, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team was now left to pursue individual glory. So the Lakers went back to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, where it won the Section III Class B and OHSL Liberty titles, Wednesday night for the Section III state qualifier, aiming to earn spots in next Saturday’s state championship meet at Cornell University.

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Temple Beth El Community Room opens at Menorah Park

Menorah Park of CNY dedicated the Temple Beth El Community Room, a public space containing artifacts from the former temple on Feb. 16. An overflow crowd of community and religious leaders, along with people affiliated with the former Temple Beth-El congregation, were present.

Local high school students memorize monologues for competition

Two local high-school students will be among 19 contestants in the 26th annual Shakespeare Competition from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 1, at Archbold Theatre at Syracuse Stage. The public-speaking contest conducted by the Syracuse branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States will commemorating William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.

Wednesday, February 19

Early burst sends hockey Wildcats to sectional final

West Genny to face RFA again in Division I title game

Forget all of the cold, patient, meticulous work that the West Genesee ice hockey team is used to applying to opponents. In Wednesday night's Section III Division I semifinal at Shove Park, the Wildcats went in another direction, jumping all over visiting Watertown IHC in the first period, and that spurt was enough to produce a 3-1 victory over the Cavaliers.

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DeWitt, Manlius Police to join forces for combined accident investigation team

Beginning this month, the Manlius and DeWitt Police will be sharing equipment and personnel when dealing with fatal car accidents.

CBA/J-D hockey drops semifinal in two OTs

Brothers fall, 3-2, to Auburn on Orlando goal

A close game, a hostile setting, multiple overtimes – yes, the Section III Division II final for the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey carried a very familiar ring to it. Except for the part of winning in the end, that is.

Grimes basketball suffers close sectional defeats

Girls lose at wire to Westhill; boys fall to Sherburne-Earlville

The task for Bishop Grimes’ girls basketball team was a large one – namely, avenge two regular-season defeats to no. 3 seed Westhill in Tuesday night's Class B quarterfinal. And the Cobras nearly pulled it off, rallying twice in the second half and getting a shot at forcing overtime, only to come up just short in a 43-41 defeat to the Warriors.

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Chittenango teen accepted to EAA Advanced Air Academy

Chittenango High School sophomore Hunter Havener has been accepted to attend the Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc. Advanced Air Academy 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis., this summer — an opportunity for which participants ages 16 to18 come from around the United States and several foreign countries.

Town looking for citizens to serve on municipal boards

GUEST COLUMN

Are you interested in learning about and serving your community? The Cazenovia Town Board is looking for a few good neighbors to fill openings that come up on our Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Assessment Review, and the Cazenovia Advisory Conservation Commission (CACC).

Cazenovia Community Preschool elects new chair and vice chair, appoints new board members

Cazenovia Community Preschool continues to look forward after a successful first semester at the new Burton Street location. At the most recent board meeting in December, Meghan Kelly was elected the new chairperson for the board of directors and Emily Stevens was elected the new vice chair.

Town board moves forward on lake treatment preparations in ongoing battle against milfoil

The Cazenovia Town Board took steps at its latest monthly meeting to prepare the way for potential use of chemical treatment and weed harvesting of Cazenovia Lake this year in its continuing battle against milfoil weeds.

CBA boys drop playoff thriller to Henninger

Last-second shot by Stroman goes off rim in 52-51 defeat

For a split-second, Monte Stroman’s shot hung on the rim, and with it hung the Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball team’s chances of knocking off defending champion Henninger in Tuesday night’s Section III Class AA quarterfinal.

B’ville boys’ season ends in loss to Proctor

Raiders end Bees' late-season run in 68-55 defeat

This breakthrough of a season for the Baldwinsville boys basketball team would hold true regardless of what took place in Tuesday night’s Section III Class A quarterfinal against long-time power Utica Proctor.

B’ville girls hoops ousted by West Genesee

Bees start slow, cannot catch up in 64-34 defeat

An odd seeding turned out to be the primary downfall of the Baldwinsville girls basketball team in its return to the Section III Class AA playoffs. Even with a 13-5 regular-season mark, the Bees only earned the no. 9 seed for the AA tournament, and while it did get past Liverpool 48-39 in the Feb. 13 opening round, it led them to a much larger obstacle in the next round.

Hockey Lakers stop Oswego, reach sectional final

Skaneateles to face Auburn, seeks first title since '08

Six years since it last reigned over the Section III Division II ranks, the Skaneateles ice hockey team would have to climb through its hungry neighbor and rival to reclaim the throne.

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Girls hoops Lakers fall to reigning sectional champs

Skaneateles unable to keep up with Utica-Notre Dame

Toughened up by the competition it had faced all winter long, the Skaneateles girls basketball team sought a landmark victory, but only met with frustration. Utica-Notre Dame, the no. 4 seed and defending champions, dashed the no. 4 seed Lakers’ dreams in a 71-40 defeat during Tuesday night’s Section III Class B quarterfinal.

Skaneateles boys stopped in sectional playoffs

Lakers unable to solve Utica-Notre Dame defense in 68-32 defeat

With one big road win tucked away in the Section III Class B playoffs, the Skaneateles boys basketball team went after more. The no. 11 seed Lakers, who ousted no. 6 seed Phoenix in the opening round, went to no. 3 seed Utica-Notre Dame for Tuesday’s Class B quarterfinal and, at the least, hoped that it could make the Jugglers sweat a bit while defending its home court.

Playoff favorites roll to sectional wins

Westhill, Ludden boys, WG girls each win big

When Tyler Reynolds and Jordan Roland start heating up, the Westhill boys basketball team can look unstoppable. The top-seeded Warriors used a 27-point third quarter to blow past no. 8 seed Syracuse Academy of Science 68-48 in Tuesday night's Section III Class B quarterfinal.

WG boys hoops takes sectional loss to C-NS

Wildcats again beaten in quarterfinal round, just like 2013

A season ago, the West Genesee boys basketball team saw a successful campaign end in a defeat in the Section III Class AA quarterfinals against Nottingham. This time around, while the opponent changed, the round, the result – and the disappointment – remained the same as the no. 5 seed Wildcats fell to no. 4 seed Cicero-North Syracuse 68-58 in Tuesday night’s AA quarterfinal.

Syracuse hockey falls in Division I semifinal

RFA jumps on Cougars, prevails 3-1 at Kennedy Arena

The Syracuse Cougars ice hockey team wanted to make two trips east this week, but only ended up making one of them. Having advanced in the opening round of the Section III Division I playoffs with its marathon triple-overtime victory over Baldwinsville in the opening round, the Cougars now looked for more magic when it went to Kennedy Arena for Tuesday’s semifinal game against Rome Free Academy.

Caz boys hoops falls to ITC in sectional quarterfinal

Lakers give up 31 points in fourth quarter, surrender late lead

With one quarter to play in Tuesday night’s Section III Class B quarterfinal, all seemed to be in place for the Cazenovia boys basketball team to move closer to a shot at top seed and state no. 1-ranked Westhill in the next round.

EDITORIAL: Sitting can be harmful to your health

On the Move

Inactivity researchers are discovering that sitting isn’t just harmful to your health, it’s so detrimental that a little bit of exercise doesn't offset its negative effects.

Along the Lakeshore: The water fowl feeding hole

Along the Lakeshore column from the Feb. 19, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Stirpe calls on state senate to vote on women’s equality now

To the editor: Here we go again. It’s 2014 and the Women’s Equality Act is still nowhere. Our daughters, sisters, aunts and mothers are still facing the same discrimination in many aspects of society that they were facing more than 50 years ago. That’s why I voted in favor of the full Women’s Equality Act — all 10 points (A.8070). No woman should be considered 9/10s of a person. What New Yorkers are looking for is statesmanship. What we are left with is political theater. It’s time for the state senate to act to ensure complete equality for women.

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LMS orchestra composes piece for upcoming Symphoria concert

Over the last few weeks, members of the Liverpool Middle Orchestra have been hard at work composing an ode to nature. As part of Symphoria’s educational outreach program, the seventh and eighth grade musicians from LMS were asked to think about the sounds they hear in nature and write an eight-measure phrase using the New York State School Music Association’s Level 1 and 2 sight-reading guidelines. Once the phrases were compiled, the students sight-read each one and selected two themes — one written by LMS seventh-grader Zoyie Baldwin and the other by eighth-grader Catrina Tulowiecki — to use as the foundation for their own musical composition.

Skaneateles Fire Department February update

According to the 2010 National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA’s), “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment” report: “heating equipment was involved in an estimated 57,100 home structure fires that were reported to U.S. fire departments.” These fires caused 490 deaths, 1,530 injuries and $1.1 billion in direct property damage.

Girls Warriors escape Grimes in Class B playoffs

Westhill to meet APW in sectional semifinals

Westhill's girls basketball team saw two large leads evaporate before its eyes in Tuesday night's Section III Class B quarterfinal against Bishop Grimes. Fortunately for the Warriors, the Cobra’s Megan Costello missed a lay-up as time expired, giving Westhill a 43-41 victory and a semifinal match-up Saturday with tenth-seeded Altmar-Parish-Williamstown, who stunned unbeaten no. 2 seed South Jefferson 38-37 to get this far.

Tuesday, February 18

C-NS basketball sides reach AA semis

Girls handle F-M; boys fight past West Genesee

In their own unique ways, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls and boys basketball teams will both head to Onondaga Community College Saturday with clear goals in mind when they enter the Section III Class AA semifinals.

J-D hoops sweep sectional quarterfinals

Boys pull away from Fowler; girls handle Fulton

This year’s Section III Class A boys basketball playoff seedings left some people confused. Why was Jamesville-DeWitt the no. 1 seed rather than Bishop Ludden? There was some truth to the complaints. After all, the Gaelic Knights did defeat the Red Rams back in January. The seeding all came down to a formality of the tie-breaker, but no matter. A 75-49 drubbing of no. 8 seed Fowler served as a perfect example of how dangerous- and deserving of the top seed- this title-hungry J-D team is.

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Little Jaws Big Smiles offers a kid-friendly dentist experience

New practice specializes in pediatric and special-needs dentistry

One year ago, Drs. Tansy Schoonmaker and Cosmina Nolan did not even know each other – but a lot can change over the course of one year. In January, they officially opened their practice together at 4605 East Genesee St. in DeWitt, called Little Jaws Big Smiles, where they specialize in pediatric dental care.

Sears appointed to fill vacant Fenner Town Board seat

Richard “R.E.” Sears has been appointed to fill the vacant seat on the Fenner Town Board, a position he will occupy until the November elections. The appointment was unanimously approved by the board during its Feb. 13 regular monthly meeting.

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Going bald in Cazenovia

St. Baldrick’s head shaving event coming in March; more than $5K already raised

Soon, there will be a lot of bald people walking around Cazenovia. In just under one month, scores of people will gather in the Cazenovia American Legion to get their heads shaved to help raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research — and they will do it on honor of Nathaniel Henry, a 6-year-old student at Burton Street Elementary School who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March 2012 and is currently undergoing treatment.

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The Common Core kerfuffle continues

The New York State Board of Regents has approved a plan to delay the full implementation of the state’s Common Core graduation requirements until the Class of 2022 — current fourth-graders — instead of the Class of 2017 — current ninth-graders — as had been originally intended. The shift means that those students currently in fourth grade across the state will have to take and pass five Common Core-aligned exams in order to graduate. Students now in ninth grade will have to take five Common Core exams, but they won’t have to meet what the state calls "college- and career-ready standards" in order to graduate; they’ll just have to pass the tests at a level similar to getting a 65 on current Regents exams.

Monday, February 17

Mayor responds to parking questions

GUEST COLUMN

Several questions have surfaced recently regarding parking in the village, particularly near the post office. I offer the following to clarify some of these points:

Nanobrewery, coffee roaster businesses looking to set up in Nelson

The Nelson Town Board has been actively trying to entice new businesses to open in Nelson with varying success, but at the board’s latest meeting last week they announced that a new local investor is preparing a proposal to open both a nanobrewery and coffee roaster business right in the Nelson four corners. While the idea is only in the earliest of stages, town officials are excited by the possibility and entrepreneur Nancy Demyttenaere is optimistic she could open for business by mid-summer.

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Who’s got the coolest small town? Berlin, Md., and Cazenovia mayors make a friendly wager

With barely one week left to go in the Budget Travel “Coolest Small Town in America” contest, the mayors of the top two vote-getting towns — Berlin, Md., and Cazenovia — have made a friendly wager on who will win. The prize for the victor: craft beer from their hometown brewery.

Barber emerges as sectional wrestling champion

Liverpool second, C-NS fourth in team standings behind B'ville

Despite not earning any individual titles, the Liverpool wrestling team still rose to a second-place finish in Saturday’s Section III Division I championships at SRC Arena. Cicero-North Syracuse also had a strong meet, claiming fourth place behind Baldwinsville, Liverpool and Fulton, but had the area’s lone champion – Joe Barber, who prevailed at 106 pounds.

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Spafford hires attorney, plans for building repairs

The Spafford Town Board authorized the hiring of a new attorney and code enforcement officer at its Feb. 13 meeting.

CBA/J-D swimmers thrive at sectional meets

Potocki, Lacey, Knapp all qualify for state championships

With its roster healthy again, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt boys swim team went right after Liverpool in pursuit of the Section III Class A team championship, and while it did not quite get there, it still accomplished plenty.

F-M boys hoops gets top playoff seed

CBA handles Nottingham, to face Henninger in AA quarterfinal

In very different manners, and in very different roles, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball teams stepped into the Section III Class AA playoff fray.

Grimes basketball sides win playoff openers

Girls hold off General Brown; boys win at Holland Patent

No matter what else goes into post-season success, sometimes it’s just how the draw turns out that can make all the difference. Bishop Grimes knows this on two fronts. The girls Cobras, no. 16 in the state Class B rankings, ended up with a no. 6 seed for its sectional tournament, which provided good news in the short term and more troubling news in the long term.

J-D hoops sides have Class A top seeds

ESM girls advance; boys Spartans ousted in first round

Now the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team’s quest to regain the Section III Class A crown hits its most important phase. The Red Rams, who finished the regular season 16-2 and riding a 10-game win streak (all of them by double digits), drew the top seed in the Class A bracket, helped in no small part by Carthage, once 17-0, losing to Whitesboro 64-60 in its Feb. 8 regular-season finale.

MPH boys make return to sectional playoffs

Trojans fall in first round after stunning Fabius-Pompey

One more day to wait out weather had to pass before the Manlius-Pebble Hill boys basketball team could enter the Section III Class C playoff fray. Given the no. 11 seed in Class C for the sectional tournament, MPH had to go on the road to face no. 6 seed West Canada Valley in Saturday’s opening round. And while the Trojans would fall short in a 58-47 defeat to the Indians, it offered an effort worthy of its special season.

Sunday, February 16

CBA/J-D hockey takes playoff win at New Hartford

Brothers exploit power plays, get semifinal with Auburn

So the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team headed on the road for the entirety of the Section III Division II playoffs, not considered as a favorite, but still respected as a squad that, at its best, could provide a real danger to favored home sides. Stop if this sounds familiar.

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Quinlan, Broddus, Honis among sectional winners

F-M wins twice; CBA/J-D places fifth among Division I teams

Fayetteville-Manlius wrestler Pat Quinlan did not have to possess a long memory to carry plenty of motivation into Saturday’s Section III Division I championships at SRC Arena. All Quinlan had to do was look back one week, to a stunning 10-9 defeat to CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt’s Matt Lauro, in the Class AA 132-pound final.

Lane leads Lakers to first-round playoff win

Skaneateles pounds Clinton, 58-31, in Class B sectionals

A massive challenge greets the Skaneateles girls basketball team as it will try to upend defending champion Utica-Notre Dame in Tuesday night’s Section III Class B quarterfinal.

Laker wrestlers take part in sectional meet

Janes hurt; Gray gets sixth-place finish at 182 pounds

All concerns about how the Skaneateles wrestling team would fare during Saturday’s Section III Division II championship meet at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena became trivial during the quarterfinal round.

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Hockey Wildcats get first-round playoff shutout

WG takes out Mohawk Valley, meets IHC in semifinals

Patience – along with a stifling defense – always helps when faced with post-season nerves, as the West Genesee ice hockey team was glad to find out.

Top-ranked Westhill boys roll to opening sectional win

Marcellus stopped by SAS, who faces Warriors in next round

Even though it was a perfect 18-0 and atop the state rankings, the Westhill boys basketball team did not get a respite or a first-round bye for the Section III Class B playoffs.

Zapisek named top swimmer at Class A meet

WG star breaks pool mark in 200 free, also wins 500 free

No one welcomed the change in the Section III Class A boys swimming championship schedule mor than West Genesee’s Collin Zapisek. Originally, they were going to have the meet last Friday at Liverpool, but heavy winter snow forced a postponement, and logistics caused a venue change – to the Wildcats’ home pool.

West Genny boys advance; girls have top AA seed

Wildcats beat RFA, to face C-NS in quarterfinals

Now the West Genesee boys basketball team found itself in the same spot as a season ago, with a spot in the Section III Class AA quarterfinals and a chance to go even further.

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Cougars survive three OTs, advance to semifinals

Syracuse needs Thompson goal to stop B'ville, 2-1

For three periods and three overtimes, the Syracuse Cougars ice hockey team wondered if its season would last beyond last Thursday’s marathon Section III Division I quarterfinal against Baldwinsville at Meachem Rink.

WG, Marcellus wrestlers compete at sectional meet

Badwan, Elias get third-place finishes in Division I for Wildcats

Though the West Genesee and Marcellus wrestling teams had multiple podium finishes during Saturday’s Section III championship meets at SRC Arena, none of them got to the finals.

Boys hoops Lakers smash to playoff home win

Caz shuts out South Jefferson in first quarter of 61-24 romp

One quarter of basketball is not enough time to decide many contests, particularly in the post-season, but that’s exactly what happened when Cazenovia’s boys hosted South Jefferson in Saturday night’s opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs at Buckley Gym.

Lucas nearly ends Lakers’ wrestling title drought

Caz heavyweight falls in OT final to Oneida's Havener

Nearly half a century after the Cazenovia wrestling team produced a Section III champion, Brad Lucas was dead-set on ending that long drought – and came within inches of pulling it off.

Caz girls nearly stun South Jefferson in sectionals

Lakers fall victim to unbeaten Spartans' late rally

The task facing Cazenovia’s girls basketball team in Saturday’s opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs was a mighty one – try and knock off unbeaten South Jefferson. And the no. 15 seed Lakers came within an eyelash of pulling it off, leading most of the contest before a furious late comeback by the no. 2 seed Spartans produced a painful 49-48 defeat.

Swimming Warriors roll to Class A sectional title

Clarke sets state standard in 100 breaststroke

While the Liverpool boys swim team was quite satisfied with earning the Section III Class A championship Saturday at West Genesee High School, it has so much more in mind. From Garrett Clarke to Nick Burdo to diver Dan Roche and a pair of terrific relay teams, the Warriors are dead-set on earning medals when the state meet takes place Feb. 28-March 1 at Webster Aquatic Center, near Rochester.

Saturday, February 15

B'ville wrestling repeats as Division I sectional champs

Paul claims third sectional title; McArdell, Sutphen win too

Kevin Paul, Chad McArdell, Gunnar Sutphen and the rest of the Baldwinsville wrestling team made sure that no small margin was required for a second consecutive Section III Division I team title Saturday at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.

ESM volleyball wins first sectional title since 1987

Spartans rally from two sets down, beat Oneida in Class A final

A 27-year wait for the East Syracuse-Minoa girls volleyball team to earn a Section III championship ended in the most exciting way possible. The top-seeded Spartans, trailing by two sets to no. 2 seed Oneida in Saturday's Class A final at Chittenango High School, made it all the way back, relying on Rachel Aird's power and Samantha Lobello's deft passes to topple the Indians in five sets and win the sectional title.

School board schedules public hearing on veterans’ tax exemption

The Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education has announced that it will hold a public hearing this month to hear from district residents on the new voluntary state program allowing local veterans to sign up for real property tax exemptions. The hearing will occur at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, preceding the board’s regular monthly meeting.

Westhill girls handle Marcellus in Class B opener

Ludden turns to Hayes, Rauch to eliminate Hannibal

Anna Ross may not have minded it had the Westhill girls basketball team needed to wait to face Marcellus in the opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs, the way so many others had to after heavy winter snows forced a rash of postponements.

Friday, February 14

Liverpool boys hoops surges to playoff win

Warriors stop Oswego, earn shot at top seed F-M

Right at the moment when it mattered most, the Liverpool boys basketball team found the form that made them so feared early this season. As a result, the no. 9 seed Warriors eliminated no. 8 seed Oswego, 61-48, in Friday night's opening round of the Section III Class AA playoffs and earned a shot at top seed Fayetteville-Manlius in Tuesday night's quarterfinal round.

Skaneateles boys take playoff opener at Phoenix

Lakers shake off late-season struggles with sectional win

Maybe that three-game losing streak the Skaneateles boys basketball team went through at the end of the regular season meant nothing at all. For when the Section III Class B playoffs got underway Friday night, the no. 11 seed Lakers were reborn, as it went to no. 6 seed Phoenix and, by playing well down the stretch, pushed past the Firebirds 53-49.

Bees rally past Corcoran in sectional hoops return

B'ville overcomes shaky start, meets Proctor in AA quarterfinals

Tim Solomon's five years of hard work, ups and downs, breakthroughs and setbacks in bringing the Baldwinsville boys basketball program into prominence has led to a long-awaited appearance in this winter's Section III Class AA playoffs - and the Bees were not about to waste that newfound opportunity.

Fayetteville Farmers Market to debut this June

Starting this summer, residents of the eastern suburbs will have to travel no farther than the Fayetteville Towne Center to get locally-grown and produced goods straight from the farm.

Cold temperatures will mean higher power rates for local customers

Skaneateles officials discuss rate increase

While a snowy winter means more time and money is spent clearing the roads, an especially cold winter will have a significant impact on home power bills. Local officials discussed an anticipated rate increase on upcoming power bills at the Feb. 12 village board meeting.

Fayetteville resident ranked as one of the world’s leading experts on immune disorder

An Upstate Medical University physician-scientist has been ranked as one of the world’s leading experts on sarcoidosis, an immune system disorder by Expertscape, a global online health information database.

School district exceeds its five snow days

Cazenovia Central School District has exhausted its allotted number of emergency days for the 2013-14 school year and the district will now be scheduling class for students and staff on Thursday, April 17, Superintendent of Schools Robert S. Dubik wrote in a letter sent home to parents last week.

C-NS girls second at indoor track league meet

Fanizzi sweep of long jump, triple jump leads Northstars

For the most part, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls indoor track and field team lagged behind rival Liverpool whenever the two met up during the winter. However, in Thursday night’s CNY Counties League National division championships at SRC Arena, the Northstars made its way to second place, with 110 points, as the Warriors finished third with 75 points, each of them trailing Fayetteville-Manlius, who won again with 150 points.

Hockey Warriors’ season ends in playoff defeat

IHC, with Trudeau hat trick, stops Liverpool 4-2

Having accomplished so much in this turnaround 2013-14 season, the Liverpool ice hockey team wanted, more than anything, to keep the story going beyond the opening round of the Section III Division I playoffs.

F-M, J-D girls breeze to indoor track league titles

Martin, Red Rams avenge sectional defeat to Westhill/Ludden

As the Fayettevile-Manlius girls indoor track and field team rolled to another first-place finish in a big post-season meet, Jamesville-DeWitt would join them. The Red Rams, edged out for the Section III Class A title by Westhill/Bishop Ludden a week earlier, would go to the front in Thursday’s Onondaga High School League Division 1 meet at SRC Arena, with 102 points to the Warriors’ 89.5 points. East Syracuse-Minoa, with 43 points, finished fourth.

Girls’ softball program fundraising to pay for third team

In response to the Cazenovia Board of Education’s decision not to fund a third girls’ softball team but instead allow program participants and supporters to raise the $4,000 necessary for the team and submit it as a donation to the district, the district softball program has begun a fundraising effort.

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Two weeks left, three points behind — Keep voting for Caz as ‘Coolest small town in America’

With only two weeks left in the voting for Budget Travel’s 2014 Coolest Small Towns in America contest, Cazenovia remains in second place — three percent behind Berlin, Md., at press time — after an impressive jump up from fifth place when the contest began in January.

Girls Bees stop Liverpool, reach AA quarterfinals

B'ville to meet top seed West Genny in sectionals

Not even a 13-5 regular-season mark could fully protect the Baldwinsville girls basketball team once the Section III Class AA playoffs got underway. The Bees were handed a no. 9 seed, and forced to go on the road to face no. 8 seed Liverpool in Thursday night’s opening round. But B’ville handled the strange situation quite well, prevailing again in this neighborhood rivalry as it defeated the Warriors 48-39.

B’ville indoor track competes at league meets

Boys Bees fourth, girls fifth in CNYCL National standings

Each of Baldwinsville’s indoor track and teams would have modest showings in last week’s pair of CNY Counties League National division championship meets. First, in the CNYCL National boys meet Wednesday night at SRC Arena, B’ville picked up 56 points and finished fourth in the six-team field as Liverpool (135 points) edged out Fayetteville-Manlius (129 points) for first place.

Skaneateles indoor track shines at league meet

Girls Lakers second, boys third with series of wins

Each of the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams would emerge from the Onondaga High School League Division 2 championship meets at SRC Arena with strong finishes.

Westhill/Ludden girls take second at league indoor meet

West Genny fourth in CNYCL National meet; Garn wins twice

Already with the Section III Class B title in its possession, the Westhill/Bishop Ludden girls indoor track and field team wanted to add an Onondaga High School League championship, too.

Caz hockey ousted in playoffs by Auburn

Lakers shut out by Auburn, 4-0, as season ends

Though the Cazenovia ice hockey team did do enough to make an appearance in the Section III Division II playoffs, it did not stay there for long. The Lakers, as the fourth-place finisher in Division II’s National Conference, had to face American division regular-season champion Auburn in Thursday night’s opening round, and could not get on the board in a 4-0 defeat to the Maroons at Casey Park.

Thursday, February 13

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Bees' hockey season ends in triple-OT defeat

Syracuse tops B'ville in 2-1 playoff marathon

Baldwinsville ice hockey goaltender Nick Harper had some amazing saves during the first 62-plus minutes of the Bees marathon Section III Division I quarterfinal against the Syracuse Cougars Thursday night at Meachem Rink. But with six and a half minutes left in the third overtime, the puck slipped off Harper’s left side after a shot, and Syracuse’s Collin Thompson had just enough space to squeeze it past him for the decisive goal, leaving B'ville on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat.

Girls indoor track Lakers win OHSL honors

Caz routs Skaneateles, eight others with 153.5 points

With one chance to earn a championship together, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team was in no mood to stop its winning ways. So the Lakers went back to Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena Thursday night and, with 153.5 points, roared to the Division 2 championship of the Onondaga High School League, nearly double what runner-up Skaneateles (83.5 points) could manage. Hannibal, with 44 points, was far back in third place.

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Cazenovia High School Drama Club to present Disney's ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in March

Tickets are now on sale for the Cazenovia High School Drama Club's production of Disney's “Beauty and the Beast.” Rehearsals have been taking place and the cast, crew and pit orchestra are preparing for a smash hit.

Free income tax service for residents of Madison County 60 years and older

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County will again provide free tax assistance to those 60 years of age and older residing in Madison County; at this time individuals under 60 years old cannot be taken.

New local business offers ‘actionable information and sound financial advice’ for small business owners

In an increasingly difficult time for small business owners to stay competitive and remain viable, a new business in Cazenovia is looking to help. Michael Lappin, a CPA and MBA who has worked as a financial executive for million-dollar companies and owned and operated his own businesses, is now offering his experience and expertise to help local entrepreneurs achieve success.

Community should oppose possible abolition of selection classification program

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Thank you for the informative coverage of the recent board of education meeting. Good journalism engages the public to get involved in the major issues facing our community. That said, I am hoping other taxpayers will join me at the Feb. 24 board meeting and discourage board members from abolishing a long-standing policy that has allowed exceptional athletes from the seventh and eighth grades to participate in high school-level sports. Gifted players from any game should not be denied the opportunity to excel.

Liverpool boys indoor track claims league title

Lawes, Christensen, Vanmarter help Warriors edge F-M

Though the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team was unable to unseat Fayetteville-Manlius for the Section III Class AA championship, it did earn league honors a week later.

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Skaneateles High School vies for ‘Battle of the Fans’ honor

Facebook vote to be held Feb. 18-21

Skaneateles High School has been named one of three finalists in a “Battle of the Fans” competition. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is holding the contest this year for the first time ever and will announce the winner on Feb. 21.

F-M, J-D boys both second at indoor league meets

Hornets edged by Liverpool; Red Rams just behind Solvay

With Section III championships already secured, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt boys indoor track and field teams wanted to follow up with league titles a week later. But neither the Hornets nor Red Rams could quite pull it off, finishing second in their respective divisions Wednesday in those league meets at SRC Arena.

J-E, Solvay earn OHSL indoor track titles

Whittico, Gugel, Cometti among top individual performers

When 22 Onondaga High School League indoor track and field teams were split in two for Wednesday night’s league championship meet at SRC Arena, Jordan-Elbridge went to Division 2 and Solvay to Division 1 – and both went to the top of the standings by the time the meet was done.

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SKARTS to present Creative Conversations with Bruce Coville

Internationally acclaimed children’s author and educator Bruce Coville will be the featured speaker in the next installment of Creative Conversations, presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS).

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LHS junior to release debut EP at Sharkey’s on Valentine’s Day

Since childhood, Joey Esce has aspired to a career as a professional entertainer. This weekend, he’s taking the first steps toward making that happen. The 17-year-old Liverpool High School junior will be holding a release party for his debut EP, “Songs from the Heart,” from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Sharkey’s Sports Bar and Restaurant, 7240 Oswego Road in Liverpool. There he’ll perform songs from the CD, along with friend Justin Bertolero, who will provide bass accompaniment. Admission is free.

Skaneateles Chili Cookoff challenge to benefit Laker Limo

The seventh annual Chili Cookoff has been planned and promoted to take place on Feb. 16 at the Cedar House Bowling Center in Skaneateles. This year, the Laker Transportation Project (Laker Limo) has been selected to receive all proceeds.

City crime encroaching on the village

Back in the late 1990s, the North Side of Syracuse became overrun with drug addicts and prostitutes. Burglaries and muggings were common there. Shootings and stabbings increased as crack dealers fought turf wars over street corners. Before long, the blight spread to Eastwood, East Syracuse and Mattydale. How long, Liverpool folks wondered, will it be before it affects us too? The answer was, oh, about 10 or 15 years.

Wednesday, February 12

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Skaneateles CSD defers decision on veteran’s tax exemptions

The Skaneateles School District will not adopt property tax exemptions for veterans this year.

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Pour it on

Learn the art of maple sugaring

For most people, Valentine’s Day calls for last minute stops to local flower and candy shops. For others, the holiday is a target date for an entirely different purpose, yet still yields sweet results: maple syrup.

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Owera Vineyards wins silver medals at national wine competition

With the Winter Olympics now underway in Russia, it is a time for medal counting — and Cazenovia’s own Owera Vineyards, the first and only winery in Madison County, now boasts 12 medals (and 25 total awards) for its wines, two of which were recently received at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Retaliation against students should be addressed by school board, administration

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: In your recent story regarding selection classification in athletics, board member Marris said “it is because people are afraid of retaliation against their children on the athletic team and in school” that parents aren't showing up at BOE meetings to express their opinions. I find it very troubling that parents in our community fear retaliation and would like for the BOE, the superintendent, administration and teachers to address this concern.

Skaneateles village election to be uncontested

Carol Stokes-Cawley to be next trustee

Carol Stokes-Cawley will be the only name on the ballot for the village of Skaneateles’ special election to be held March 18.

LETTER: Thank you to kind neighbors

Letter to the editor from the Feb. 12, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: Condolences; plenty of ducks

Along the Lakeshore column from the Feb. 12, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Pet therapy program at St. Joe’s gets to ‘the heart of healing’

Research has proven that companion animals can relieve stress, anxiety and loneliness, particularly among people in need of additional emotional support, like those in a hospital setting. That’s why St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center has introduced a pet therapy program, bringing in Pet Partners of Syracuse to visit patients, family members and staff to help alleviate some of the stresses of hospital life.

Tuesday, February 11

C-NS girls hoops takes home loss to Nottingham

Bulldogs use inside power to stop Northstars 56-44

Half a decade has passed since the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team entered the Section III Class AA playoffs as anything other than an overwhelming favorite. Yet that is the Northstars' predicament as it pursues a sixth straight sectional title, directly resulting from Tuesday night's 56-44 defeat to Nottingham in Tuesday night's regular-season finale.

Cazenovia town board calls special meeting

The Town Board of the Town of Cazenovia will meet at 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the Town Office, 7 Albany St., for the purpose of potentially awarding the bid of an aquatic weed harvester and shore conveyor.

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Chenango Street neighbors express support yet concern over possible Circa relocation

The half-dozen or so neighbors of Eric Burrell’s building at 4 Chenango St. — and an attorney that was representing one of them — all agreed that the know and like Burrell, Alicyn Hart and Hart’s local restaurant Circa. And yet they all still have serious concerns about the possibility of Burrell expanding his Chenango Street building to house Circa’s new location.

Peggy’s Lot needs short-term parking for post office users

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Every trip to the post office has become a quest: I have to circle the block several times, looking for that elusive space to emerge. Now that one space is dedicated to the “handicapped” among us, the task is become more daunting. One would think a handicapped space could be dedicated just inside Peggy’s Lot, where it would be safer disabled persons to enter or exit their vehicle. It seems paradoxical that an available space typically presents itself on the opposite side of the street to my line of travel.

Village Edge South zoning regulations and design guidelines approved

After nearly two years of work, proposed changes to the village zoning regulations and the establishment of design guidelines governing future development in the Village Edge South area have been unanimously approved into local law by the village board of trustees. The result is that the 84-acre area off Route 20 currently for sale will be developed in a mixed-use capacity for business and residential, all in a manner consistent with the style and feel of the village yet flexible enough to allow developers to build as they principally envision.

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L’pool native John Lemondes hopes to challenge Maffei in November

When he attended Liverpool High School is the early 1980s, John Lemondes excelled as a varsity wrestler. Now, after serving nearly 27 years in the U.S. Army, Lemondes wants to wrestle the New York 24th District congressional seat away from incumbent Dan Maffei. Lemondes, 48, who lives with his wife and three children on a 400-acre farm in LaFayette, is one of eight candidates currently vying for the Republican nomination to run for the House of Representatives in November.

Smith wins sectional bowling Shoot-Out

Chittenango star wins by one pin over Fulton's Ely

By the tiniest margin possible, Chittenango girls bowler Casey Smith took the top prize in Section III’s biggest individual tournament of the winter. Smith outlasted Fulton’s Kate Ely and 13 other top bowlers during last Friday’s Section III Shoot-Out at King Pin Lanes in Rome, and as it turned out, every single shot counted.

Monday, February 10

Town of Skaneateles to sell extra mulch; save old railroad bridge

After stockpiling mulch for several years at the transfer station, the town of Skaneateles has more than it knows what to do with. “It’s something that we just keep compiling year after year. We never seem to be able to get rid of it,” Highway Superintendent Allan Wellington said.

Skaneateles Town Board addresses concerns about potential move

The Skaneateles Town Board further discussed the prospect of moving the town offices into 26 Fennell St., during its Feb. 6 meeting.

C-NS wrestlers second, Liverpool third at AA meet

Baldwnisville denies Northstars sectional title by one point

When they went to last Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Baldwinsville, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling teams had various motivations.

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Girls hoops Warriors clinch winning record

Liverpool stops Central Square, goes to sectionals 10-8

Playing three times in the last week of the regular season, the Liverpool girls basketball team claimed one victory – but it was enough to assure a winning record for 2013-14. That win came last Friday night, when the Warriors defeated Central Square 47-29 in a game that was important for both sides.

Liverpool, C-NS hockey take losses

Warriors to face Watertown IHC in sectional tournament

Regardless of what takes place in the Section III Division I playoffs, the Liverpool ice hockey team has taken giant steps toward joining the elite. Still, the Warriors’ regular-season finale, against Mohawk Valley last Friday night, provided a bit of a wake-up call as it took a 5-2 defeat to the Raiders to end up at 12-7-1 going into the sectional tournament.

Sunday, February 9

Lauro named top wrestler at Class AA meet

CBA/J-D fourth, F-M fifth as both sides earn wins

As it worked out, the combined CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestling team would join Fayetteville-Manlius as they ventured to Baldwinsville for Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet.

Grimes stops Ludden again; F-M gains split

Cobras sweep Gaelic Knights behind 15 from Hoag, Vaught

With its eight-game win streak snapped by Westhill on Feb. 1, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team badly wanted to restore the level of confidence that created the win streak in the first place.

ESM volleyball survives, reaches Class A semis

Five-set battle with New Hartford keeps top seed alive

Even with a top seed and plenty of rest, the East Syracuse-Minoa girls volleyball team nearly didn’t make it out of its opening match of the Section III Class A winter tournament.

B’ville wrestlers three-peat as Class AA champs

Bees edge C-NS by one point; Paul, Sutphen, Nasoni earn wins

Perhaps competing on home mats helped the Baldwinsville wrestling team just enough to secure a third consecutive Section III Class AA championship. Unlike 2012 and 2013, when it had to go to Cicero-North Syracuse to claim the sectional title, the Bees got to serve as hosts in the refurbished Baker High School gymnasium when nine teams gathered Saturday for the 2014 edition of the AA tournament.

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Ice hockey Bees returns to .500 mark

Wins over C-NS, F-M build up playoff momentum

True, it took a three-game win streak at the end of the regular season, but the Baldwinsville ice hockey team made it back to the .500 mark and, by doing so, gave itself a lot of momentum heading into the Section III Division I playoffs that start late this week.

B’ville girls hoops rallies to beat Oswego

Bees rebound after tough road loss at F-M

Many different parts of the Baldwinsville girls basketball team’s narrative, from a winning record to securing a Section III Class AA playoff berth early, were in the books.

Skaneateles boys lock up sectional playoff berth

Lakers rout APW before pair of late-week losses

After a winter full of ups and downs, the Skaneateles boys basketball team wanted to be sure that it would at least get a taste of the Section III Class B playoffs.

Janes, Gray are Class C wrestling finalists

Lakers qualify at least five for overall sectional meet

Already the owners of a school record for wins in a season, the Skaneateles wrestling team would find out how that success translated into results when it went north, to General Brown High School in Dexter, for Saturday’s Section III Class C championship meet.

WG hockey finishes 19-0-1 regular season

Wildcats beat F-M, IHC; Syracuse hits late skid

With its undefeated regular-season mark and its seventh league title in the books, the West Genesee ice hockey team could now turn its full attention to getting the prizes it really wants.

Westhill, Ludden boys move ahead with big wins

Warriors still atop state Class B poll, now only Section III unbeaten

Moving away from their Feb. 1 showdown, the Westhill boys basketball team, who won, and Bishop Ludden, who lost, both smashed their ensuing opponents.

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Mustangs' Ruggles wins at sectional Class B meet

West Genny's Heggelke gets Class AA 126-pound crown

Tough competition everywhere would await the Marcellus wrestling team as it traveled to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill for Saturday’s Section III Class B championships. But Zach Ruggles was up to it, as his victory in the 120-pound division, combined with a near-victory for Ben Hood at 113 pounds, gave Mustangs fans plenty to smile about, even though it only finished ninth in a 12-team field.

Caz boys hoops goes 2-1 in short stretch

Loss to Phoenix precedes routs of J-E, Hannibal

What the Cazenovia boys basketball team could not have realized, in the wake of last Tuesday's 52-44 defeat to Institute of Technology Central, was that those struggles would linger to the start of its busy stretch of closing games.

Lucas wins for Lakers at Class C sectional

Caz wrestlers finish fifth; Chittenango ninth in Class B

Now it was time for the Cazenovia and Chittenango wrestling teams to pursue Section III titles, and they would do so in two separate venues. For the Lakers, it meant traveling to General Brown, in Dexter, for Saturday's Class C sectional meet, and with Brad Lucas going to the top spot at 285 pounds, Cazenovia rose to fifth place in the 13-team field.

Chittenango girls volleyball ousted in sectionals

Boys Bears take defeats to Oneida, Mount Markham

A strong regular-season performance netted the Chittenango girls volleyball team the no. 6 seed in the 10-team Section III Class A winter playoff bracket, but no post-season victory.

Saturday, February 8

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Skaneateles girls hockey shares state championship

Lakers, Potsdam play to 2-2, four-overtime tie

It only figured for the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team that its quest to win the Upstate New York championship would involve multiple overtimes. That was, after all, the exact same scenario that had unfolded in 2012 and 2013 for the Lakers, who both times lost double-OT decisions to Alexandria Bay that kept them from advancing beyond the Section III tournament.

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Winterfest talent show inspires with local talent

The 2014 Cazenovia Winterfest Talent Show impressed and inspired a sold-out crowd at the Cazenovia High School auditorium last Friday, Feb. 7, as 26 acts featuring students from grades five through 12 showcased their talents in singing, dancing, musical ability, songwriting and poetry.

B’ville boys edge Oswego, clinch playoff berth

Bees nab eighth win after home defeat to F-M

Big as the Baldwinsville boys basketball team’s victory over Cicero-North Syracuse on Jan. 31 was, it only would gain more stature if it won any of the remaining three regular-season games in order to earn a trip to the Section III Class AA playoffs.

Friday, February 7

J-D girls hoops holds off West Genesee

Hair's 18 points helps Rams improve to 15-2

All season long, the youthful Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team has gained experience - and got results, posting a 14-2 record that included a 10-game winning streak heading into the Friday night’s match-up against another 14-2 squad, West Genesee from the Class AA ranks.

C-NS boys impressive in win over Henninger

Evans leads mid-game getaway, earns 27 points

In a matter of days, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team went from a low point of its season to a high one. Held in check during a 64-46 defeat to West Genesee last Tuesday night, the Northstars came back home Friday and hit all the shots that it missed in Camillus, leading to an impressive 68-53 victory over defending Section III Class AA champion Henninger.

ESM Wall of Distinction to honor Buffalo Bills president, East Syracuse parks and recreation director

The inaugural East Syracuse Minoa Wall of Distinction recipients are Russ Brandon (Class of ‘85) and Tom Richardson (Class of ‘81). The pair will be honored by the East Syracuse Minoa Education Foundation (ESMEF) during an event on Saturday, March 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Justin’s Grill in East Syracuse.

Cazenovia High School Mock Trial Team ready for new season

This year’s Cazenovia High School’s Mock Trial Team is already gearing up for what should prove to be a challenging season of competition. High School Mock Trial is a program sponsored by the New York State Bar Association every year. Students from schools across the state compete starting in February, with the finalists traveling to Albany in May to try their cases before an actual judge of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division. The Cazenovia team will be competing against approximately 14 other schools from the general area this year.

Skaneateles girls finish second at Class B meet

Hill leads boys Lakers to fifth-place sectional finish

One more time, the winter weather affected plans for the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams, as its appearance in the Section III Class B championships at SRC Arena got pushed back 24 hours by the largest snowstorm of the season.

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Girls hoops Lakers turn back APW, ESM

Skaneateles repeats as league champs, moves to 13-4

If all went well for the Skaneateles girls basketball team, it would not have to travel anywhere for more than two weeks – which would mean an advancement into the Section III Class B playoffs.

Solvay first, J-E second at indoor track sectionals

Marotti, Cometti, Gugel, Garn each win two events

A near-sweep of the field events, combined with plenty of success on the 200-meter oval, allowed the Solvay boys indoor track and field team to pull away from Jordan-Elbridge and earn the Section III Class B championship Thursday night at SRC Arena.

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Middle school ‘Citizens of the Quarter’ announced

Cazenovia Middle School has announced the students named “Citizens of the Quarter” for the first quarter of the 2013-14 school year.

Second flu death reported by Madison County

Madison County Health Department reported today its second flu death this season. The death occurred in a middle-aged adult with unknown vaccination status. The individual had the H1N1 flu.

Village raises minimum income levels for senior tax exemption

Senior citizens who live in the village of Cazenovia with an annual income of less than $32,000 can now receive up to a 50 percent reduction in their real estate taxes thanks to a new local law approved by the village board last week.

Girls hoops Lakers stop J-E, earn playoff spot

Caz plays strong first half in 49-32 win over Eagles

Not until the last full week of the regular season could the Cazenovia girls basketball team breathe a bit easier, knowing that it will have some part in the Section III Class B playoffs.

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Caz ice hockey takes pair of home defeats

Lakers fall to Oswego, CBA/J-D at IcePlex

While the Cazenovia ice hockey team was locked into its fourth-place spot in the Division II National Conference, it still had a say in who would finish on top - – but ended up far removed from the spoiler role.

Hockey Lakers blanked in rematch with Auburn

Second-period surge leads Maroons to 4-0 win

A whole lot was on the line when neighbors Skaneateles and Auburn had their latest ice-hockey showdown Thursday night at Casey Park, most notably first place and a possible league title in the Division II American Conference. Yet what the Maroons had going for it was some things the Lakers could not match - home ice, a large home crowd cheering them on, and revenge on the mind.

Thursday, February 6

Caz girls wins Class B indoor sectional title

Relay wins spark Lakers to 128.5 points

Accustomed to finishing in front of the opposition all winter long, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team maintained that trend and, by doing so, won the Section III Class B championship Thursday night at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.

Ross leads Westhill girls past Ludden, 56-33

Sometimes for a high school team, Senior Night can prove emotional, nostalgic and distracting, with the festivities overriding the game that follows. That was not the case for the Westhill girls basketball team, and especially for Anna Ross, who poured in 24 points and dominated in all phases of the game as the Warriors rolled past Bishop Ludden 56-33 on Thursday night.

School board pressed to add third girls’ softball team

Refusal could mean 10 to 12 player cuts this year, supporters say

The Cazenovia Board of Education meeting room overflowed with students, parents, coaches and other supporters of the district’s girls’ softball program last Monday, Jan. 27, all of them there to lobby the school board to create a second modified team to accommodate the large influx of new seventh grade players moving up this year. Without the addition of a second modified team, supporters claim, the program will have to cut about a dozen players this year.

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Cazenovia Library Museum adds new item to Egypt collection

Canopic jar now resides in Hen’s mummy case

A new item has been added to the Cazenovia Public Library Museum’s Egypt Gallery collection, that, along with a mummified falcon acquired five years ago, adds to the museum’s interpretation of funerary rites of ancient Egypt. The completely intact alabaster canopic jar — once used to hold mummified internal organs — now sits inside the museum’s mummy case, overlooking Hen, a 2,000-year-old mummy, and directly opposite the mummified falcon representing Horus, the god of the sun, war and protection.

New Woodstock Library closed one week in February for renovations

The New Woodstock Free Library will be closed from Sunday, Feb. 9, through Monday, Feb. 17, for renovations. The library will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The renovations coincide with the start of the library’s 75th year.

East Syracuse delays possible police referendum

Village plans to negotiate enhanced services agreement with DeWitt

East Syracuse residents will have to wait at least another month to find out the fate of their police department.

West Genny boys hoops smashes C-NS

Wildcats get 26 from Cunningham, 22 from Temara

A tough regular-season homestretch awaited the West Genesee boys basketball team, similar to the sort of opposition it would face when the Section III Class AA playoffs got underway.

GOP candidates line up to challenge Maffei

Congressman Dan Maffei, a Democrat, has never won a midterm election. So the line forms on the right as no less than eight local Republicans have announced their willingness to oppose Maffei in November. Last Tuesday, Jan. 28, the eight GOP hopefuls all appeared here at a town of Salina Republican Committee meeting at American Legion Post 188 on South Cypress Street in the village of Liverpool. Organized by Bill Tassone, chairman of the town of Salina GOP and vice-chairman of the county Republican committee, the Jan. 28 meeting drew 140 party members. Because our 24th Congressional District includes all of Onondaga County, Tassone also invited party members from the towns of Clay, Cicero and Van Buren. “We had 140 people,” Tassone said. “I’d been hoping for at least 100, so I was very pleased with the turnout.”

Wednesday, February 5

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Speakers at Auburn forum call for repeal of state law reducing aid to schools

State Gap Elimination Adjustment policy shown to be inequitable, harmful to CNY school districts

Attendees of a Feb. 4 education forum in Auburn were asked to consider: “Are our children any less important than other children in New York State?”

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Bishop Grimes provides iPad minis for seventh-graders

Seventh-graders at Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School will be the first students in the Central New York area to receive their own iPad minis to use in the classroom and at home.

Lawes wins three events at sectional AA meet

Liverpool boys finish second to F-M; Akinpelu gets pair of girls wins

While the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team could not quite catch Fayetteville-Manlius and earn the Section III Class AA championship, Ryheim Lawes did establish himself as the top individual performer of the event.

J-D boys stop ESM, wins indoor track sectional

Girls Red Rams second to Westhill/Ludden by one point

By a one-point margin, Jamesville-DeWitt’s indoor track and field teams missed a clean sweep of Tuesday night’s Section III Class A championship meets at SRC Arena. The boys Red Rams did prevail, with 116 points, while East Syracuse-Minoa finished second with 73 points. But the J-D girls’ total of 110 points fell just short as Westhill/Bishop Ludden prevailed with 110 points and ESM (41 points) settled into fifth place.

Girls Bees take fourth at indoor sectional meet

B'ville boys are fifth; Soeder dominates high jump

Amid the intense competition at Tuesday night’s Section III Class AA championship meet at SRC Arena, Baldwinsville’s girls and boys teams would have standout performances. The result, at least for the girls Bees, was a fourth-place finish in a 10-team field with 52.5 points, though it was far from the winning total of 142 points that Fayetteville-Manlius posted.

COLUMN: Nutritional thrift

Do you feel that the contents of your wallet must dictate the contents of your dinner plate? It’s a common belief that healthy eating is not only confusing (they keep changing what’s good!) but very expensive.

LETTER: Thank you for making Winterfest a success

Letter to the editor from the Feb. 5, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Along the Lakeshore: Bird watching; our local animal shelter

Along the Lakeshore column from the Feb. 5, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

EDITORIAL: National Wear Red Day for women’s heart health

On the Move

Friday, Feb. 7, is “National Wear Red Day” to raise awareness for women’s heart disease.

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Skaneateles principals transition to new roles

Gary Gerst was excited to walk into Skaneateles Middle School as principal on Feb. 3, but that doesn’t mean it was easy to say goodbye to Waterman School on Friday. It seems it’s never easy for kids, parents, teachers or principals to say goodbye to Waterman.

Project Café holding clothing and shoe drive during February

Students in Project Café are holding a clothing and footwear drive during the month of February to help members of the Cazenovia community and less fortunate people in Haiti.

Cazenovia police chief offers home burglary prevention tips

Due to a single recent burglary in the village, Chief Hayes is releasing the following tips:

BOE may change or eliminate ‘selection classification’ in Cazenovia athletics

The Cazenovia school board had a lengthy and at times heated discussion with district Athletic Director Michael Byrnes last week about the district’s current policy on when exceptional young athletes can be moved up to a higher team level —called “selection classification” — and whether or not the district should revise or even eliminate the program.

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Carpenter’s Pond, Willow Patch to see improvements this year from CPF grant funding

The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation will put nearly $60,000 worth of improvement work into Carpenter’s Pond and the Willow Patch this year, thanks to grant funding it recently received from the Central New York Community Foundation.

New Cazenovia library digital database offers 200-year local newspaper archive

Local historians, history enthusiasts and genealogists now have a new tool at their disposal to track down people and events that occurred in the Cazenovia area dating back nearly 200 years — and it can be used in their own home or on a mobile device. The Cazenovia Public Library has recently gone live with its new digital newspaper database that allows users to read and search in nine different Cazenovia and Madison County newspapers for the years 1800 through 1989.

Westhill/Ludden girls win Class A indoor track title

Leff, Richardson help WG girls finish second in Class AA

In as tight a contest as possible, Westhill/Bishop Ludden’s girls indoor track and field survived a pitched battle with Jamesville-DeWitt and emerged with the Section III Class A championship Tuesday night at SRC Arena.

Girls hoops Wildcats stopped by C-NS again

Poor start, tough Northstars defense leads to 52-38 loss

A league championship, a Section III Class AA playoffs top seed – these attainable goals lay in front of the West Genesee girls basketball team. Getting them, though, required going on the road and beating five-time defending champion Cicero-North Syracuse in Tuesday night’s showdown.

Cazenovia boys hoops falls to ITC

Lakers cannot secure league title against short-handed Eagles

Home at last, one big obstacle stood between the Cazenovia boys basketball team and its appointment with the Onondaga High School League Liberty American division championship.

West African immigrants start cleaning service in Liverpool

Unique Impact Inc. is a cleaning service company is located in Liverpool. The business focuses on final construction cleaning, commercial and residential cleaning and janitorial services. Co-founders Olatunbosun (Bosun) Osuro and Gabriel Oluwadare Adebajo came up with the idea to provide this service once the realization came to them that Onondaga County needs young minorities to help in development and creation of business that will help raise the financial and economical standing of the county and state. As well as businesses to provide opportunities for job creation and community development and outreach. On Nov. 8, Unique Impact Inc. was incorporated under New York State Department of State Division of Corporations.

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Team Believe raises money for area charities through running

Running a 10-mile race is a tremendous challenge. But if you’ve got the right motivation, those 10 miles can feel like nothing at all. That’s the idea behind Team Believe, a grassroots organization that brings together local runners to help the Central New York community. The group, which got its start in 2009, asks participants to help raise money for local children’s charities while training for the Dunn Tire Mountain Goat Run in Syracuse in May.

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Skaneateles girl scouts prepare for cookie sale

Skaneateles girl scouts of all ages will be doing one of the things they are most famous for starting this week: selling cookies.

F-M indoor track gets AA sectional sweep

Girls win big; boys Hornets hold off Liverpool

Whatever way they got there, for the Fayetteville-Manlius boys and girls indoor track and field teams, the destination ended up the same - a Section III Class AA championship. Both titles were earned in Tuesday night's sectional meet at SRC Arena, where the boys Hornets got away from hard-charging Liverpool and the girls nearly doubled the total of runner-up West Genesee.

Tuesday, February 4

Liverpool swimmers beat short-handed CBA/J-D

Burdo breaks pool record in 200 freestyle

All season long, as they piled up victories and they dominated their respective leagues, the Liverpool and CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt boys swim teams looked forward to their season-ending head-to-head showdown to see which side could prove superior.

Girls Northstars claim showdown with West Genny

Fast start, stifling defense key 52-39 win over Northstars

This was the time that many thought the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team would get caught, as West Genesee brought its 13-1 record into town Tuesday night's CNY Counties League National division first-place showdown and a belief that, at last, it was ready to take down the reigning champions.

Red Rams turn back Cortland, clinch league title

J-D prevails 75-60, improves mark to 15-2

Jamesville-DeWitt’s boys basketball team is cruising as the regular season winds down and the focus shifts towards the Section III Class A playoffs and a chance to regain the crown it held for so long. The Red Rams are currently on a nine-game win streak and show no signs of letting up, securing the Onondaga High School League Freedom National division regular-season title Tuesday night with a 75-60 victory over Cortland.

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Skaneateles girls hockey wins sectional title

Lakers blank Oswego, 3-0, moves to state final four

Each of the last two seasons, the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team's season came to a dramatic, painful end in back-to-back double-overtime defeats to Alexandria Bay in the Section III championship game. But in the 2014 version of the sectional final Tuesday night at Austin Park Pavilion, there was no pain, and very little drama, as the Lakers finally got to the top by shutting out the Oswego Buccaneers 3-0.

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A lasting legacy

Rocky DiFlorio celebrates 50 years of cutting hair in Fayetteville

Walking into DiFlorio’s Barbershop in the heart of the village of Fayetteville is like taking a step back in time. From the old-fashioned barber chairs, to the straight razors on the counter, to the photos on the walls – many of which are older than the shop itself, and depict early images of the village of Fayetteville, old Fayetteville-Manlius High School sports teams and pictures of Rocky DiFlorio, the owner, and his family members in the barbershop’s early days- you don’t see many places with this kind of history anymore.

Monday, February 3

DA’s Advisory Council lifts the curtain on elder abuse

It’s a common crime that often goes undetected, unreported, unprosecuted and unpunished. It’s called elder abuse. “In their later years, people become more vulnerable,” said Jenny Hicks, Abuse in Later Life project coordinator for Vera House, Inc. in Syracuse. “People start losing their eyesight, hearing becomes weaker and sometimes dementia sets in. And by the way, older folks have money.” Elder abuse includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse, caregiver neglect and financial exploitation. “And 90 percent of the time it comes at the hands of family members,” Hicks added. “It’s shocking.”

B’ville wrestlers topple Fulton in rivalry revival

Bees to host Class AA sectional meet on Saturday

One of the side benefits of the Baker High School gymnasium refurbishment is seeing Baldwinsville’s wrestling team play host to this Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet. Before that, the Bees had a pair of tune-ups, none as exciting as last Saturday’s showdown with Fulton, a rivalry that spans decades and produced another classic here, with B’ville pulling out a 34-28 victory over the host Red Raiders.

Hudgins leads girls Wildcats past Auburn

WG boys hot streak halted by Ward, Maroons

All is now in place for West Genesee’s basketball teams to make their important pushes down the regular-season homestretch and build up some momentum for the Section III Class AA playoffs. For the girls Wildcats, who are 13-1, all attention is focused on Tuesday night’s game at five-time defending champion Cicero-North Syracuse, an opponent WG is convinced it can finally take down.

Sunday, February 2

F-M basketball romps past three foes in four days

Hornets easily dismiss Liverpool, Rush-Henrietta, Oswego

With the school’s all-time scoring record secure, John Schurman and his Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball teammates could turn to the latter part of its busiest stretch of the season, which included five games in an eight-day span.

CBA/J-D hockey goes 1-1, falls to Skaneateles

F-M plays three times, only gets one victory

Though not on the same kind of hot streak that propelled them to a state title one season ago, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team still had time to make things special this winter.

CBA/J-D swimmers turn back Watertown

Knapp, Lacey both win two races; Liverpool next

Knowing that its Tuesday-night showdown with unbeaten Liverpool loomed, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt boys swim team did not want to stumble at the last hurdle before facing the Warriors. To that end, CBA/J-D put a lot of effort into Friday night’s meet against Frontier League powerhouse Watertown, and with Josh Lacey and Corey Knapp leading the way, the Red Rams defeated the Cyclones 101-77.

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B’ville hockey takes 4-2 defeat to RFA

Bees rebound with 6-0 shutout over C-NS

Though the Baldwinsville ice hockey team is safely in the field for the Section III Division I playoffs that get underway late next week, it is still meeting with various amounts of frustration.

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Wrestling Lakers finish fifth at league meet

Janes, Newton power way to individual titles

What has already been close to a dream season for the Skaneateles wrestling team had a chance to get even better if it could rise up and contend in Saturday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty/National Tournament at Port Byron.

Boys hockey Lakers complete sweep of CBA/J-D

Skaneateles set for Wednesday showdown with Auburn

So much of the Skaneateles ice hockey team’s ultimate fate in the 2013-14 season could hinge on what happens in Wednesday night’s trip to Casey Rink to face Auburn.

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Skaneateles girls fall to Hannibal, edge Fulton

Lakers end two-game skid, start late homestand

How else could the Skaneateles girls basketball team’s 2013-14 season get characterized, other than that of extreme behavior? First, the Lakers started 0-2, falling to Bishop Ludden and Westhill. Then it rattled off 10 straight victories, stating its case as a Section III Class B title contender.

Skaneateles boys hoops handles Hannibal

Lakers still trying to get above. 500 mark

A solid league record meant that the Skaneateles boys basketball team would, in all likelihood, make it back to the Section III Class B playoffs. Still, the Lakers wanted, at least, to get to the .500 mark, and after the postponement of last Monday’s non-league game against East Syracuse-Minoa (it will get made up this Wednesday), Skaneateles went to Hannibal two nights later.

Westhill girls basketball routs Bishop Grimes

Warriors capitalize after Marcellus drags Cobras to OT

Once again, the Westhill girls basketball team found itself in a larger spotlight when it faced Bishop Grimes Saturday night as part of the Hoops For the Hospital Classic at SRC Arena.

Marcellus wrestlers finish fourth at league meet

Hood, Ruggles give Mustangs first-place efforts

Now it was time for area wrestling teams to enter the post-season fray, and Marcellus did so by appearing in Saturday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty/Patriot League Tournament, held at Port Byron High School, and recording an impressive fourth-place finish in an 11-team field.

Caz ice hockey stops Clinton, 6-3

Rankin records hat trick in confidence-boosting win

Though assured of going to the Section III Division II playoffs, the Cazenovia ice hockey team still needed a boost of confidence in the penultimate week of the regular season.

Girls Lakers within one victory of playoff spot

Caz takes pair of losses, ends skid against APW

Even with that season-defining overtime win over Skaneateles on Jan. 23 that broke up the other Lakers’ 10-game win streak, the Cazenovia girls basketball team was still two victories short of locking up a Section III playoff berth, and had to work really hard in the last week of January to cut that magic number in half.

Caz wrestlers finish seventh at league meet

Lucas earns 285-pound title; Shepherd, Phillips finish second

Cazenovia’s wrestling team joined 10 others at Port Byron as part of Saturday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty/Patriot division championship meet. Finishing with 99 points, the Lakers took seventh place, watching as Phoenix, with 207.5 points, grabbed the top spot and Hannibal, with 167 points, finished second.

Sass buzzer-beater puts Bears past Homer

Revived Chittenango boys also push Fulton to OT

That double-overtime, 49-44 win by the Chittenango boys basketball team over Indian River on the night of Jan. 25 was more than two months in the making. What the Bears didn’t want to do was have that night turn into the only winning moment of the winter, and it got another instant memory on the last night of January.

Saturday, February 1

Roland, Westhill beats Ludden again

Undefeated Warriors remain on top in neighborhood rivalry

A full, loud and raucous crowd at Onondaga Community College's Allyn Hall, the spectacle of two neighboring powerhouses battling it out, and the early departure of a key player - none of this rattled Jordan Roland or the Westhill boys basketball team one bit.

Steinberg helps Grimes get double-OT victory

Cobras rally against Marcellus, avenge earlier defeat

Another day, and another Bishop Grimes basketball 3-point right at the end of regulation that denied a victory to Marcellus. This time, it was Tom Steinberg and the boys Cobras providing the late-game magic, and though it required two overtimes, rather than one, the boys replicated their female counterparts and pulled it out at home on Friday night, winning by a score of 78-74.