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Friday, January 31

Girls hoops Northstars hold off Horseheads

C-NS improves to 12-3, gets West Genesee next

For the majority of Friday night’s girls basketball game between Cicero-North Syracuse and Horseheads at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, it looked like the Northstars would win easily. But in a flash, the Raiders erased a 10-point deficit and tied the game late in regulation.

Boys hoops Bees get big win over C-NS

B'ville moves within one victory of AA playoff spot

For the Baldwinsville boys basketball team, Friday night’s game against Cicero-North Syracuse at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena was a must-win if it wanted a shot at the postseason. And from the tip-off, the Bees used that mindset to push them past the Northstars 69-58.

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‘Les Mis’ luminescent!

B’ville Theatre Guild stages a sensational version of the classic musical 

Few musicals engage the mind and excite the senses as does “Les Misérables.” Even more rarely does a community theater group expertly blend the epic story, the grand spectacle and the soaring music to deliver a seamless and sensational show. Director Korrie Taylor, music director Abel Searor and producers Mark and Sandy Baker, however, have done just that with the current Baldwinsville Theatre Guild production of “Les Mis,” running through Feb. 8.

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J-D to present ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

A ravenous, blood-sucking plant, ‘60s doo-wop girls and a love-struck florist inhabit the “Little Shop of Horrors” at Jamesville-DeWitt High School Feb. 6 through 8. The show runs three performances, Thursday through Saturday, at 7 p.m.

Grimes girls win streak survives Marcellus OT scare

Shattuck 3-pointer forces OT; Vaught nets 33 as Hoag returns

Riding an eight-game win streak, with a no. 14 state Class B ranking and fresh from its most dramatic moment of the season, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team would go after Westhill Saturday night in the “Hoops for the Hospital” finale. Of course, that win streak nearly didn’t reach eight in a row.

B’ville girls hoops earns payback, beats Liverpool

Bees win on night state girls volleyball champs are honored

Baldwinsville’s girls basketball team did not need much motivation for Wednesday night’s game against visiting neighbor and rival Liverpool, but received large bundles of it anyway.

Skaneateles girls hockey reaches sectional final

Title game will be played Tuesday at Austin Park Pavilion

After charging its way into the Section III championship game that it will play on its home ice, the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team found itself waiting for its most important contests of the season.

Cazenovia boys basketball gets past APW

Laker win stark contrast to 99-17 December drubbing

Perhaps, with the long cold spell finally breaking late in the week, everyone could resume a normal work load, including the Cazenovia boys basketball team. For the second time in less than a week, the Lakers’ home game against Phoenix got postponed, something they’ll try to fit in again next Wednesday night.

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Benefit to be held Feb. 9 for Liverpool mom of seven fighting breast cancer

When Stacy Haley was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she felt like her world was “shattered.” “I had just lost my grandmother to breast cancer on Thanksgiving day in 2012,” Haley said. “Being told I had cancer was one of the hardest things I've ever had to deal with or explain to my children. It was surreal. I kept feeling like it was a bad dream and I would wake up from it soon.”

Thursday, January 30

J-D boys roll past short-handed ESM

Richardson out as Red Rams roll to 76-40 win

One star flourished, while another was confined to the bench and forced to endure a lackluster performance by the rest of his squad, as Jamesville-DeWitt’s boys basketball team defeated East Syracuse-Minoa handily last Wednesday night in a 76-40 decision.

Madison County honors 4H members

On Jan. 10, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County hosted the 2013 4H Awards and Recognition Banquet. This year’s banquet had 100 people in attendance and started off with a homemade ziti dinner. The banquet is organized every year to recognize the achievements of Madison County 4Her’s. Those who attend are awarded for community service, 4-H projects, leadership and how they bring 4-H into their everyday lives.

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ESM to perform ‘West Side Story’ Feb. 6 through 8

Featuring stunning choreography, East Syracuse Minoa Musical Theatre will perform the 1950s musical “West Side Story” Feb. 6 through 8 in the ESM Central High School auditorium. Tickets are $9 each.

Soeder wins high jump at Last Chance Qualifier

B'ville's Allen takes second in 300-meter dash

For the most part, Baldwinsville’s indoor track and field teams spent the last days of January gearing itself for the Section III Class AA championship meet, which takes place next Tuesday night at SRC Arena.

Indoor track Lakers warm up for sectionals

Neal, Adams, Hill contend at Last Chance Qualifier

All is now in place for the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams as they head to SRC Arena for this week’s Section III championships. Just before that, though, the Lakers had one more chance to warm up, thanks to Wednesday night’s CNY Indoor Track Association Last Chance Qualifier, also at SRC Arena, where no relays took place, just individual events.

If we ever needed a Hot Stove, now is the time

How do you feel about this deep-freeze? Myself, I’m shivering like a mobster in an Internal Revenue office. It’s so cold that I’m warming up the house by leaving the refrigerator door open. Yeah, it’s so cold the pipes froze solid in the foyer of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Beechwood Avenue in Galeville. In fact, it’s so cold that the snow angel on Second Street is begging to come in and get warm. Over on Hiawatha Path, it’s so cold that Christina Fadden Fitch had to chisel her dog, Nicky, off a fire hydrant. Yeah, it’s so cold that Gena and Phil de Anguera over at the Family Music Center had to cut a piano up for firewood. They only got two chords. And it’s so cold that Balsam Street resident Jason Smorol, the new general manager of the Syracuse Chiefs, scheduled the team’s 54th annual Hot Stove Dinner for this Friday, Jan. 31, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center on Electronics Parkway. Proceeds will go to the Challenger Baseball League of Syracuse.

Liverpool indoor track wins at Last Chance Qualifier

Lawes prevails in 55-meter dash, long jump for Warriors

Before the February post-season gauntlet, the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team had one more chance to add to its win total - and did so. Ryheim Lawes' first-place finishes in the 55-meter dash and long jump helped the Warriors hold off Fayetteville-Manlius and prevail in Wednesday night's Last Chance Qualifier at SRC Arena.

Wednesday, January 29

F-M nearly gets indoor track sweep

Girls Hornets first, boys second at Last Chance Qualifier

Now the regular season is done for the area's indoor track and field teams, with everyone looking forward to seeing what happens at next week's Section III championships at SRC Arena. Before that, though, there was Wednesday night's CNY Indoor Track Association Last Chance Qualifier, where Fayetteville-Manlius won the girls portion and nearly prevailed on the boys side, too.

WG hockey tied by Syracuse Cougars, 1-1

Wildcats shutout streak ends, but remains undefeated

So the West Genesee ice hockey team will not have a perfect season - but it could still end up without a defeat. After 16 consecutive victories and five consecutive shutouts, the Wildcats finally got caught Wednesday night at Meachem Rink, the Syracuse Cougars able to rally from an early deficit and forge a 1-1 tie.

Morrisville State ranks in U.S. News and World Report

Morrisville State has been ranked, by U.S. News and World Report, second among regional colleges nationwide for outperforming its anticipated graduation metric.

EDITORIAL: Women’s health — urinary incontinence

On the Move

Do you experience urinary incontinence? You are not alone. Urinary incontinence is a common problem in our society.

Winter Fest talent show auditions Feb. 5-6

Can you sing, dance, act or have a special talent? If you do, come participate in the Winter Fest Talent Show from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. Everyone Middle School aged and up is welcome. Auditions to perform in the show will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

School board narrows superintendent field to six candidates

During a special executive session last Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Cazenovia Board of Education winnowed its list of candidates for the superintendent of schools position from 18 to six individuals, and this week planned to interview those six candidates to ultimately choose the final three.

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Cazenovia Academic Decathlon wins Section III competition

The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team brought home another victory over the weekend, when it took first place at the 2014 sectional U.S. Academic Decathlon held Jan. 25 at Westhill High School in Syracuse.

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‘Relay’ to return to the eastern suburbs in May

F-M High School to host first Relay For Life in ten years

The Fayetteville-Manlius High School Science Honor Society is working to bring both the high school and eastern suburbs communities together to raise funds and awareness to save lives by holding a Relay For Life event at F-M High School on May 31.

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34 Skaneateles students win scholastic art awards

Thirty Skaneateles High School students and four middle school students were recently recognized for their artwork with the 2014 CNY Scholastic Art Awards. Students were awarded a Gold Key, Silver Key or honorable mention in the highly competitive awards program.

From the Supervisor: Looking for public input on town hall relocation

Since taking office, many people have asked me — “how’s it going?” I’m pleased to report that it’s going very well.

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Manlius woman now chairs Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council

For more than 30 years, Carol Eaton has sung the praises of Central New York, inviting travelers from near and far to visit the Syracuse area.

LETTER: Thanks to Scouts for help with book and bake sale

To the editor: The Friends of the Library, from Cicero's Northern Onondaga Public Library, would like to extend a big thank you to Boy Scout Troop 116. Scoutmaster Scott Watterud and his troop volunteered to help us with last October's sale, and they have happily agreed to help us again with our upcoming Valentine's Day Book and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8.

Along the Lakeshore: Goodbye to a good friend

Along the Lakeshore column from the Jan. 29, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Tuesday, January 28

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Is ‘Ash for Trash’ the way to go?

Public opinion split on idea to import trash from Cortland County

For 20 years, the waste-to-energy facility on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville has been Onondaga County’s answer to waste management. However, starting in 2015, Cortland County may also have the opportunity to bring its trash to the site through a potential agreement called “Ash for Trash.”

F-M will implement full-day kindergarten in fall 2014

Board discusses future of LOTE programs

Following a recommendation from Superintendent Corliss Kaiser, a discussion between board members and comments from the public, the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education voted unanimously to begin a full-day kindergarten program this fall at its Jan. 27 meeting.

Open Door Baptist Church ‘Sportsmen’s Banquet’ will be as good as always

Former ‘Wild Game Dinner’ will change menu but nothing else, pastor says

This Saturday, Feb. 1, the Open Door Baptist Church in New Woodstock will hold its 29th annual dinner and presentations for local outdoor enthusiasts. The event, which typically draws about 300 people, will be the same as it has every year with the exception of dinner: the previous homemade dishes made from wild game brought by attendees will not be allowed, and instead a pulled park barbecue will be served.

J-D girls hoops handles ESM, moves to 11-2

Red Rams flourishing again with young lineup

All of the excuses for the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team were lined up before the 2013-14 season even tipped off. Not only were the Red Rams replacing four starters and introducing young faces to its lineup, its schedule got blown up by four different weather-related postponements in December and January.

Village of L’pool officials impress chamber members with progress plans

Tuesday, Jan. 21, was a busy day for village of Liverpool officials. Three of the village’s four trustees along with Deputy Village Clerk Sandra Callahan and Police Chief Don Morris addressed some 60 attendees at the monthly luncheon hosted that day by the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. Then the village board conducted its monthly meeting that evening.

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CNY SBA to hold forum on schools’ fiscal crisis Feb. 4, 5

School districts in Central New York and beyond are in trouble, and it’s time we do something about it. That’s the message behind a pair of forums to be held Feb. 4 and 5 in Auburn and North Syracuse by the Central New York School Boards Association (CNY SBA) in conjunction with the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison, Cayuga-Onondaga, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga and Oswego County BOCES. The forums, which will take place at Auburn West Middle School and North Syracuse Junior High School, respectively, will focus on the major factors causing those financial issues and how school administrators, teachers and community members can make a difference.

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Leff wins mile race, qualifies for Millrose Games

Victory in New Balance Games creates Feb. 15 return to NYC

In the midst of all the post-season events that take place for the area’s indoor track and field teams in February, West Genesee senior Laura Leff will pay a visit to New York City to face even more serious competition.

Best against best

Broncos' offense, Seahawks' D makes for compelling Super Bowl

To save you a whole lot of time between now and Sunday night’s football game in New Jersey with a Roman numeral title that decides the championship of the National Football League, here is the lazy, tired narrative that will get repeated millions of times before they kick it off.

Monday, January 27

Gazella, Alive! Foundation to provide free personal training for cancer survivors

In two successful years the Ride for Alive! charity bike ride in Skaneateles has raised more than $120,000. Starting this year, some of that money will go to a local business to help the foundation with its goal of helping cancer survivors lead healthy lives.

Executive budget presentation in Skaneateles highlights education, taxes

RoAnn Destito, New York State commissioner of the Office of General Services, gave a presentation on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget proposal at Skaneateles Library on Jan. 22.

Village of Skaneateles plans to complete first phase of water project this spring

The Skaneateles Village Board voted to advertise for a bid for a water system improvement project to be done this spring, at its Jan. 23 meeting.

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Photo gallery: Skaneateles Winterfest 2014

Photos taken at this past weekend's Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Winterfest can be found here.

10th annual Chilly Chili race results

The results of the Jan. 26 Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk are in.

State comptroller: Cazenovia school district ‘susceptible’ to financial stress

Continuing lack of state aid, other facts, means district could run out of money in near future

After losing $5 million in state aid during the past five years and using reserve funds to fill the gap — and with aid this year currently anticipated to be a mere $60,000 above last year — the Cazenovia Central School District was recently declared a district “susceptible to fiscal stress,” in the latest Fiscal Stress Monitoring System report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. In layman’s terms, this means the district is in danger of running out of money in the near future, said District Superintendent Bob Dubik.

Village board endorses fire department service awards program

Will go to public referendum vote in June

The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees has unanimously endorsed a proposal to create a retirement benefits program for the members of the Cazenovia Volunteer Fire Department. The program will not be instituted, however, until it is approved by village residents in a public referendum vote, which will occur during the regularly scheduled village election in June.

Boys hoops Bees battle in loss to Henninger

B'ville recovers on Saturday, stops Central Square

Already struggling to get enough wins for post-season qualification, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team would not see the road get any easier. The Bees hosted defending AA champion Henninger last Tuesday night and put up a superb effort, keeping the game in doubt until the fourth quarter before the Black Knights got away late and prevailed 66-56.

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B’ville hockey takes tough loss to Liverpool

Bees also fall to McQuaid for second time in eight days

In the course of a week, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team’s prospects have gone from bright to a bit more questionable. Two defeats in the Jan. 17-18 Ogdensburg Tournament left the Bees needing to recover in last Tuesday’s game against Liverpool, but instead it suffered its first loss to the Warriors in eight seasons as Dalton Horton led the Warriors past B’ville 3-1.

Sunday, January 26

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Nearly 900 runners take to the village streets for 10th annual Chilly Chili

Dave’s Diner, The Foggy Goggle awarded for best chili

It was sunny but slightly windy and a bitterly cold 12 degrees on Sunday, Jan. 26, when 845 runners took to the snowy Cazenovia village streets for the annual Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk. People running as individuals, with friends, with family and with running teams came from across five states to participate in the annual race, which is followed by a chili cook-off contest.

C-NS wrestlers nearly upend Fulton at Dual Meet

Liverpool also falls in opening round to South Jefferson

Neither the Cicero-North Syracuse nor Liverpool wrestling teams could make it out of the first round of Saturday’s Section III Dual Meet – but they both left quite an impression.

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High school skiers headed for ESG Winter Games

F-M, CBA, J-D students to compete at Lake Placid

As the Olympic athletes head to Sochi, Russia, Fayetteville-Manlius area U18 (16-18 years old) ski racers head to Lake Placid to compete in the 2014 Empire Games from Feb. 7 to 9.

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Skaneateles wrestlers win home dual meet

Lakers claim tough final over Auburn, 42-29

For its last home outing of the 2013-14 season, the Skaneateles wrestling team welcomed four opponents to its dual meet on Saturday – and managed to beat them all, improving its regular-season mark to 18-3 in the process.

Girls hockey Lakers win streak ends at eight

Skaneateles falls to state champ Beekmantown, 3-2

While there’s no question that the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team is the strongest Section III side heading into the post-season, it still had a slip-up right before the post-season that might prove beneficial in the end.

Caz hockey goes 1-1, blanks Ontario Bay

Lakers lose close battle to first-place New Hartford

Far up north, and far from its home environment, the Cazenovia ice hockey team made sure that its season will extend beyond the first full week of February. The Lakers went to Haldane Arena in Pulaski last Tuesday night to face Ontario Bay, and would keep the Storm off the board on its way to a 3-0 victory.

Chittenango basketball gets long-awaited win

Bears stop Indian River after losses to Ludden, J-D

It was the misfortune of Chittenango’s boys basketball team to have to face two local superpowers - Bishop Ludden and Jamesville-DeWitt - in a four-day span while still attempting to secure its first victory of the season. But once those ordeals were over, the Bears met Indian River on Saturday and, at long last, broke into the win column, riding the hot hand of Jordan Sass to a 47-40, double-overtime conquest of the Warriors.

Saturday, January 25

Schurman becomes F-M all-time leading scorer

Hornets senior breaks Osier's mark in romp over Hilton

It only took John Schurman 16 minutes and 23 seconds to score the 22 points he needed to become the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team's all-time leading scorer during the Hornets' 83-56 win over Hilton on Saturday night.

B'ville wrestlers go 1-1 at sectional Dual Meet

Bees fall to eventual finalist Central Valley

For the most part, the Baldwinsville wrestling team is good enough for an annual appearance at the Section III Dual Meet. And so the Bees were there again, at Cicero-North Syracuse's gymnasium on Saturday afternoon, making a spirited run to the quarterfinals before Central Valley Academy ended the hopes for a championship.

Movies and castles at the Cazenovia Public Library

The Cazenovia Public Library 2014 movie schedule kicks off with the hilarious, fun-filled, and highly entertaining family film “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” Watch it on the big screen at 3:15 and 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31.

Boys hoops Northstars stop Corcoran, Oswego

Hot shooting rescues C-NS in tough home win over Bucs

While not at the top of the list of Section III Class AA title contenders due to early-season defeats to Henninger and Fayetteville-Manlius, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team is right behind them, poised to go even higher should events warrant.

C-NS girls hoops roars to pair of wins

Northstars rely on defense to handle Corcoran, Oswego

Back from yet another defeat in an out-of-town tournament against yet another foe it doesn’t have to worry about come post-season time, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team still finds itself unbeaten against Section III opponents.

Boys hockey Lakers hold off Cortland-Homer

Skaneateles still tied for first in league with Auburn

Cold weather kept the Skaneateles ice hockey team from having a full week of activity, as its scheduled trip to Ithaca last Tuesday night fell victim to the cold weather that closed many of the area’s schools.

Skaneateles boys go 1-1, take loss to Cazenovia

Lakers unable to avenge earlier defeat to namesakes

All season long, the Skaneateles boys basketball team has searched for the kind of victory that could jump-start an effort that, at the very least, would secure a post-season appearance. Such a chance came Friday night, with Skaneateles hosting 10-2 Cazenovia, but once again that big win proved elusive as, with a 65-47 defeat, it again fell back below the .500 mark.

Hockey Wildcats, Cougars get big Friday wins

WG routs Fulton, 8-0; Syracuse outscores Ithaca

A full week had passed for the West Genesee ice hockey team since it had turned back Rome Free Academy’s stern challenge in a 1-0 overtime classic on Jan. 17 at Shove Park, a game decided by Nick Mellen’s end-to-end rush and goal in the extra game.

Westhill girls hoops holds off Marcellus

Warriors, Ludden both pick up pair of victories

Coming off a defeat to Nottingham on Jan. 18, the Westhill girls basketball team had to wait nearly a week to get back on the court. When it did, though, the Warriors, who had fallen to no. 17 in the state Class B rankings, earned back-to-back wins, including Friday night’s tough 57-49 decision over Marcellus.

Marcellus wrestlers win duel with West Genny

Wildcats absorb back-to-back defeats to Mustangs, F-M

Since it was Alumni Night, the West Genesee wrestling team hoped that it would not spoil the occasion with a defeat, especially to its neighbors from Marcellus. But the Mustangs were far from accommodating, prevailing in Thursday night’s showdown 48-23 as it continued to work toward the Feb. 1 Onondaga High School League Liberty/Patriot Tournament at Port Byron.

Caz boys handle Skaneateles, improve to 11-2

Seeley leads with 20 points in Laker duel

True, the Cazenovia boys basketball team may have felt some disappointment in the wake of a last-second Jan. 14 defeat to Westhill, who has ascended to the top of the state Class B rankings. But the Lakers responded in the best way possible, earning a pair of quality wins away from Buckley Gym to improve its mark to 11-2, including Friday night’s 65-47 conquest of Skaneateles.

Caz wrestling gains win over Oneida

Chittenango takes road loss to Hannibal

Cazenovia’s wrestling team got back in the win column last Tuesday night, mostly relying on the presence of a full roster to get past Oneida 51-30 in its regular-season finale.

Boys volleyball Bears drop classic to VVS

Chittenango pushes match to fifth set, but falls 28-26

Just two points separated the Chittenango boys volleyball team from a season-defining victory in Thursday night’s match against Vernon-Verona-Sherrill. But the Bears never got those two points, seeing its match hopes dim as the Red Devils, in a tense fifth set, rallied from a six-point deficit to pull it out and end Chittenango’s valiant effort.

Friday, January 24

Ludden boys take road loss to Albany Academy

Gaelic Knights nearly overcome foul trouble, coach's ejection

With everything going wrong for them - including the unexpected exit of its head coach - the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team had the excuses lined up as it spiraled toward its first defeat of the season Friday night at Albany Academy.

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Kinsey, McKenney hit hoops milestones

J-D star reaches 1,000 points; coach gets to 500 wins

Friday was a banner night for the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team. It included the 500th win for head coach Bob McKenney and the 1,000th career point for Jafar Kinsey - both on Senior Night, no less - as the Red Rams cruised to a 76-38 win over Chittenango.

Temara, Wildcats tear past Liverpool

WG boys, girls hoops complete impressive week

Now there are two West Genesee basketball teams with legitimate championship aspirations. While the girls side has roared to the best mark in the Section III Class AA ranks, the boys Wildcats have waited until late January to put together its best stretch of games this fall.

Voters approve OCM BOCES facilities referendum

Local voters have agreed to OCM BOCES’ proposed facilities referendum with a 93 percent approval. One thousand four hundred and one votes were cast, with the final tally being 1.293 yes votes and 105 no votes on the referendum, which called for the purchase of the former Nationwide Insurance building in Salina and which will not increase costs for any of its 23 local component school districts.

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Cazenovia in the running to be named the ‘Coolest small town in America’

Daily voting to determine Budget Travel website contest ends Feb. 25

In a field of nearly 500 nominations and thousands of votes from across the U.S., Cazenovia recently was named one of only 15 finalists in the Budget Travel 2014 Coolest Small Towns in America contest. Cazenovia is not only the only town in New York state to make it as a finalist, it is also the only town in all of New England with the next closest finalist in Maryland.

Skaneateles school board considers property tax exemptions for veterans

The Skaneateles School Board will make a decision next month that could potentially affect property taxes for people throughout the district. The board discussed the possibility of enrolling in a new voluntary state program allowing local veterans to sign up for real property tax exemptions, at its Jan. 21 meeting.

F-M Board of Education to vote on full-day kindergarten

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education plans to vote during its 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 meeting on whether to implement a full-day kindergarten program and also discuss the possibility of expanding the district’s foreign language program.

Liverpool second to F-M at Kirschenheiter meet

Akinpelu sweeps girls sprints; Buck wins boys mile

Throughout the winter, the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team had picked up a string of victories against CNY Indoor Track Association opponents. But that changed in Tuesday night’s Fred Kirsschenheiter Memorial Invitational, where the Warriors, without sprint star Ryheim Lawes, finished second to Fayetteville-Manlius.

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Skaneateles schools, community celebrate new high school technology lab

Zoom Room including computers, camera equipment made possible by education foundation grant

Teachers, school administrators and community members gathered in Skaneateles High School on Wednesday, Jan. 22 to cut the ribbon and celebrate the opening of the school’s new Zoom Room.

Colgate Bookstore hosts conversation with author Laurie Loewenstein

The Colgate Bookstore will host an author talk with Laurie Loewenstein, author of the new novel “Unmentionables,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, on the third floor of the Colgate Bookstore, 3 Utica St. The event is free and open to the public.

College holds auditions for spring production of Arthur Miller's ‘The Crucible’

Cazenovia College proudly invites members of the community to attend auditions for its spring production of the historic American drama, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”

Boys swimming Bees go 1-1, beat C-NS

Johnson, Sidorakis both win twice against Northstars

At its home pool for back-to-back meets 48 hours apart, the Baldwinsville boys swim team would go 1-1, but win the league portion of its twin bill.

B’ville indoor track gets wins at Kirschenheiter meet

Bees win boys, girls relays; Mahar second in 300

Both of Baldwinsville’s indoor track and field teams displayed solid improvement when they competed in last week’s Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

Neal second in 1,500 at Kirschenheiter meet

Skaneateles girls pick up 17 points, finish eighth

A bit more spice was added to the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team’s appearance at SRC Arena due to a larger field for Thursday night’s Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational. Cazenovia, who had swept through Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meets all winter, showed up to challenge both Skaneateles and the top large-school programs, too.

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Skaneateles girls hoops win streak ends at 10

Hot run halted in 54-52, OT defeat at Cazenovia

Just when folks were starting to notice that the Skaneateles girls basketball team was as sharp and strong as any unit in all of Section III, much less Class B or the OHSL Liberty division, its 10-game win streak ground to a halt.

Caz indoor girls face new foes, grabs high finish

Lakers take fourth at Kirschenheiter meet; are second in two relays

Now it was time for Cazenovia’s indoor track and field teams to branch out, especially after the girls Lakers had locked up a fifth consecutive Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association title on Jan. 17 at Colgate University.

CNY athletes invited to test their mettle at the Indoor Warrior Triathlon

The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter will hold its second annual Indoor Warrior Triathlon on April 6 at Gold’s Gym, Liverpool, in honor of the 1 million caregivers in New York state and 15.4 million caregivers nationwide. Athlete registration is now open at alz.org/cny.

Thursday, January 23

Caz girls hoops stuns red-hot Skaneateles in OT

Home win ends visiting Lakers' 10-game win streak

Earlier this week, Cazenovia girls basketball head coach Chris Carpenter said that his young team, mired at 4-7 and just coming off a close defeat to Bishop Grimes in the Pathfinder Bank Zebra Classic at Onondaga Community College's Allyn Hall, was close to a breakthrough. He wasn't kidding.

Reynolds, Warriors turn back Marcellus

Westhill boys now atop state Class B rankings

In the early goings of Thursday night’s boys basketball match-up between Marcellus and Westhill, it looked like the Mustangs were going to hang with the Warriors, newly ascendant to the top spot in the state Class B rankings. But a second-quarter offensive explosion by Tyler Reynolds, plus a second-half defensive shutdown propped Westhill to a 76-38 victory.

Cazenovia College to host 2013-14 NEAC swimming and diving championships

Cazenovia College will serve as the host site for the 2013-14 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Swimming and Diving Championships from Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 16, at the college’s Schneeweiss Athletic Complex.

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Cazenovia College Center for Equine Business Development approved for state grant

Cazenovia College is hoping this year to make multi-million-dollar capital improvements to its Center for Equine Business Development — and recently received assistance of up to $500,000 from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council.

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Local skiers head to Empire Winter Games

Cazenovia HS to send three students to Lake Placid

As the Olympic athletes head to Sochi, Russia, Cazenovia area Under-18 ski racers head to Lake Placid to compete in the 2014 Empire State Winter Games Feb. 7, 8, and 9.

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Skaneateles Winterfest to offer variety of festivities

Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary club’s annual Winterfest will occur this weekend, Jan. 24 through 26. The event includes numerous family-friendly events and supports local businesses as well as non-profit community groups

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Skaneateles middle schoolers form bond with Kazakhstani students, plan trip

A much-awaited package arrived at Skaneateles Middle School from Kazakhstan recently. The package, filled with gifts for a group of seventh and eighth graders, is the most recent in a series of exchanges between two groups of students who are a world apart, but who hope to someday be together.

Along the Lakeshore: friends in Arizona; sneaky beagles

Along the Lakeshore from the Jan. 22, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Routine traffic stop raises eyebrows

It was the night after Christmas, and Liverpool Police Officer Jerry Unger saw an automobile driving 44 miles per hours in a 30 mile-per-hour zone along the 800 block of Oswego Street. His partner that night was Marcus Lukins, a new part-time police officer who recently completed his course-work at the Public Safety Training Center at Onondaga Community College. Unger was demonstrating for Lukins the proper way to conduct traffic stops. The officers pulled the car over along Onondaga Lake Parkway. The speeding driver was a young woman who said she’d enjoyed a single beer at a local bowling alley. Unger detected the odor of alcohol on her breath and noted that her speech was somewhat slurred. He ran her through a sobriety test and eventually arrested her for driving while intoxicated.

Wednesday, January 22

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Greyrock Farm CSA begins fourth growing season, opens CSA enrollment

On any given day during the planting season, a person driving down East Lake Road in Cazenovia may see Matt Volz, or his partner Gillian Goldberg, out in the fields driving a horse-drawn plow. Occasionally, Volz, dressed for the weather and dirty from work, may be standing on the stopped plow, while the horses patiently wait, as he talks or texts on his iPhone. This juxtaposition of tradition and technology, of old and new, is the essence of Greyrock Farm’s Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) program: a year-round offering to members of not just seasonal vegetables, but also grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured pork and chicken — all of which are raised, slaughtered and processed on-site — as well as eggs from pastured laying hens and raw milk.

Q & A with the chief

After 12 years of serving as the DeWitt Police Chief, Gene Conway announced his candidacy for Onondaga County sheriff in 2014 on Jan. 9. Soon after, Conway sat down with Eagle Bulletin editor Allie Wenner to talk more about his past experiences in the sheriff’s department and DeWitt and what he’s looking forward to in the future as he gears up to start his campaign.

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Colgate women’s ice hockey team hosts inclusive skating program

In early January, Colgate Women’s Ice Hockey Team hosted a five-day skating program designed to meet the needs of children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. The program also welcomed siblings and friends. Families came from Cazenovia, Hamilton, Morrisville, Norwich, Rome and Syracuse to participate in the program that was offered free of charge. Eighteen young people participated in all.

Town board makes annual appointments for 2014

Creates Gothic Cottage Advisory Committee, begins process for potential lake chemical treatment

The Cazenovia Town Board — all members dressed in business casual attire in accordance with the new dress code — last week made its organizational appointments for the coming year and took action on a number of town issues, including the creation of a Gothic Cottage Advisory Committee.

More than 1,000 take to the streets for the Chilly Chili 5K

More than 1,000 runners, walkers and their families and friends will be gathering on the streets of Cazenovia for the Chilly Chili 5K on Sunday, Jan. 26. Participants come from all over Upstate New York, neighboring states and Canada. The race has grown in popularity from the first year when 354 hearty runners started in front of the fire station and finished on Lincklaen Street.

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Wildcats' Fumano passes 1,000 career points

WG boys impressive in road win over Oswego

Melissa Fumano has proven herself as a critical component of the West Genesee girls basketball team’s rise from the middle of the pack to elite Class AA contender status. So it was only fitting and proper that the Wildcats senior got to pass a major milestone in front of the home crowd in Camillus Tuesday night, earning her 1,000th career point as the Wildcats fought off Oswego 57-51 and improved to 10-1 on the season.

Flu death reported in Madison County

Madison County Department of Health has announced its first flu death for the 2013-14 flu season in a middle-aged adult. The individual had the H1N1 flu, was unvaccinated and had an underlying health condition that led to more serious complications from the flu.

Solvay boys take third at Kirschenheiter meet

Lee wins triple jump; Cometti second in 55-meter dash

Bolstered by Isaiah Lee’s victory in the triple jump, plus other fine efforts in field events, the Solvay boys indoor track and field team soared up to a season-best third-place showing in Tuesday night’s Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

LCSD moves kindergarten registration to March

The Liverpool Central School District is moving its district-wide kindergarten registration night from May to March 13.

CanTeen puts out wish list

It’s that time of year again and The CanTeen has put together a “wish list” of the supplies that are needed. The CanTeen is an after school program for teens in eighth through 12th grade. The center provides a safe, supervised place to go after school. The CanTeen is open Monday through Friday and provides food/snacks and drinks for an average of 50 to 75 teens daily.

Tuesday, January 21

Indoor track Hornets sweep Kirschenheiter meets

F-M boys top Liverpool; girls pull away from larger field

For much of the winter, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys indoor track and field team hovered close to the top in various CNY Indoor Track Association meets, but could not get to the top. All of that changed on Tuesday night, though, as the Hornets, with strong distance-running efforts and a pair of relay titles, overtook Liverpool and won the Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

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Horton leads hockey Warriors past B'ville

Liverpool stops Bees for first time in eight years

In the midst of a late-sesaon surge that put them into the state Division I rankings, the Liverpool ice hockey also got a long-awaited win over its neighbors. The Warriors met Baldwinsville Tuesday night at the Greater B'ville Ice Arena facility the two programs share, and with Dalton Horton coming up big, especially in the third period, the Warriors skated past the Bees 3-1.

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Erieville’s Cazabu Farms brings home world champion reining title

Cazabu Farms, of Erieville, ended its 2013 show season with a bang winning the NRHA 2013 Rookie Professional World Championship on their mare Einstein Revenge, shown by Assistant Trainer Missy Makela. This is the first world championship title ever earned by a reining farm in the Central New York area.

Owera Vineyards owner responds to editorial and criticism

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: In June of last year, we opened Owera Vineyards on East Lake Road with the best of intentions. Our plan was to contribute to our local community and economy by developing a beautiful farm winery that produced and sold local products. We also hoped to create a business for our family. It was never our intention to cause any concerns or disruptions for our neighbors.

Home considerations

Even if Dome is maintained, new arena would help Syracuse

More than 30,000 packed the Carrier Dome on Jan. 11 as SU’s undefeated men’s basketball juggernaut dismantled North Carolina. Way more, perhaps up to 35,000, will be on hand next Saturday night for the arrival of Duke, even if they’re not as imposing as Blue Devil teams from seasons past.

DeWitt Police arrest suspects involved with Genesee Hills-area burglaries

Police Chief Eugene J. Conway reported that during the evening hours on Jan. 20, the DeWitt Police Department arrested four burglary suspects involved in numerous burglaries in the Genesee Hills area that have been occurring within the past three weeks in the town of DeWitt.

LETTER: Bread donation yields thanks

To the editor: On behalf of the CanTeen and the Cicero Senior Center, I would like to thank Mrs. Heidi Hobbs and her seventh grade Family and Consumer Science classes at Gillette Road Middle School for their very generous donation of well over 70 loaves of delicious homemade bread that the students baked.

Dallas indicted: Syracuse man faces murder charges after Second Street stabbings in L’pool

A Syracuse man accused of killing two women Oct. 28 in Liverpool was indicted this month on counts of first- and second-degree murder and second-degree assault. Justin A. Dallas, 26, of 119 Radisson Court, Syracuse is accused of stabbing his estranged wife, Brandy Dallas, 24, and his former girlfriend, Samantha Rainwater, 30, on the morning of Oct. 28, at 915 Second St., in the village of Liverpool.

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CNY SPCA raising money for new kennels

The Central New York SPCA is looking for the community’s help to raise the money to construct more than three dozen new kennels to improve the health and safety of their large dogs, accomplishing the second phase of a project they call Kennels for Canines.

OCM-BOCES to hold referendum on building purchase

On Thursday, Jan. 23, voters in 23 school districts across three counties will be asked to go to the polls to approve a building purchase that will have no impact on their wallets. Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES is looking to purchase the former Nationwide Insurance building, located at 110 Elwood Davis Road in the town of Salina. According to BOCES information officer Laurie Cook, the purchase would allow OCM-BOCES to relocate several programs now housed in leased space.

Manlius Chamber of Commerce honors distinguished citizens

Each year, the Manlius Chamber of Commerce selects four community members who have gone above and beyond to serve the community as leaders in business, education, public service and all-around citizenship. This year’s ceremony was held at 6:30 p.m. at Limestone Grill, where the chamber honored Fayetteville-Manlius School District Superintendent Corliss Kaiser, Minoa Mayor Dick Donovan, owner and founder of Trapper’s family restaurants Greg Rinaldi and Manlius Town Board member and president of Sno Top Vincent Giordano.

Monday, January 20

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Keeping seniors comfortable since 2004

Comfort Keepers lends a helping hand to busy families

As the baby boomer generation pushes into retirement, the need for long term care has become more critical each year. An estimated 10 million Americans needed long term care in 2000, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance, and that number has continued to rise as the years progress. And Ian and Michele Webber wanted to help local families who need extra assistance caring for a parent or loved one, which is why they decided to open a Comfort Keepers franchise in 2004.

J-D boys hoops builds win streak

Red Rams roll past Riverside in Zebra Classic

In the aftermath of beating rival Christian Brothers Academy last Tuesday, the Jamesville-DeWitt played three more times in a four-day span, winning them all.

ESM basketball sides sweep foes

Boys Spartans beat Fowler at OCC, go above .500

At last separated from the shadows of their more glamorous neighbors, both of East Syracuse-Minoa’s basketball teams had a week to flourish – and did so.

Grimes hoops splits OCC twin bill with Cazenovia

Girls improve to 10-3; Steinberg returns to boys lineup

Both of Bishop Grimes’ basketball teams took a trip to Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall on Sunday to participate in the Pathfinder Bank Zebra Classic in a doubleheader against Cazenovia - but only one of them emerged with a victory.

CBA basketball sides earn sweep over Cortland

Girls side goes 0-2 at Juggler Classic in Utica

Both of Christian Brothers Academy’s basketball teams recovered from those defeats to Jamesville-DeWitt earlier in the week and earned an impressive Friday-night sweep over Cortland, including the boys shutting down the Purple Tigers for much of the night in a 56-37 victory.

Sunday, January 19

Caz boys hoops gain victory at Zebra Classic

Lakers split with Bishop Grimes

Choose the style of play, and the Cazenovia boys basketball team is capable of handling it. Whether it was a fast-paced, high-scoring first half or a slower defensive grind in the second half, the Lakers handled both scenarios and defeated Bishop Grimes, 63-53, Sunday night in the Pathfinder Bank Zebra Classic at Onondaga Community College's Allyn Hall.

Wrestling Warriors beat B’ville, seize league lead

Liverpool prevails at Bees' own dual meet

Not too long ago, the notion of the Liverpool wrestling team even getting on close terms with Baldwinsville, much less beating them, was a fanciful notion. But it’s no longer a fantasy. Instead, it’s a glorious reality that the Warriors created for itself by rallying from behind and stunning the Bees 34-31 Saturday to move into first place in the CNY Counties League.

C-NS wrestlers stopped by B'ville again

Northstars earn 4-1 mark at Hannibal Duals

A tiny margin – half a point, to be exact – ended up separating the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team from first-place honors at the Jan. 11 Cazenovia Invitational. And it was Baldwinsville that finished just ahead of the Northstars – the same B’ville team that C-NS faced again four nights later at the Baker High School gym, though it didn’t prove as close this time around as the Bees prevailed by a score of 46-30.

Wrestling Bees take third at own dual meet

B'ville drops close first-place league battle with Liverpool

Two big events for the Baldwinsville wrestling team served as the prelude to its appearance in this Saturday’s Section III Dual Meet at Cicero-North Syracuse. And that included the dual meet the Bees hosted Saturday, which had two parts to it. One part was the meet itself, where B’ville would go 3-2 as Central Valley Academy, with a 5-0 mark, roared to the top of the standings.

Westhill girls stopped by late Nottingham surge

Marcellus starts strong, but falls to Skaneateles

A single defeat to Bishop Ludden on Jan. 6 sent the Westhill girls basketball team tumbling down the state Class B rankings, all the way to the no. 14 spot. And that spot would get threatened again because the Warriors took a second loss on the season on Saturday afternoon, struggling in the fourth quarter as it fell to Nottingham 59-49.

WG girls basketball delivers tough wins

Wildcats slam B'ville after rallying past F-M

Passing the halfway point of the regular season, the West Genesee girls basketball team owned the best overall record of any Section III Class AA side, but had to work hard to maintain it.

Ludden boys roll to wins over Cortland, Homer

Girls Gaelic Knights fall to Hannibal, rout J-E

A large hurdle for the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team was passed on Jan. 10 when it turned back Jamesville-DeWitt in a clash of Class A favorites. Yet the Gaelic Knights knew that a lot of regular-season challenges lay ahead, including last Tuesday night’s visit to Cortland, where this time it didn’t wait to assert itself, leading most of the way as it beat the Purple Tigers 73-60.

Boys hoops Mustangs complete sweep of Skaneateles

Marcellus also stop APW; Solvay, J-E struggle

For the second time in less than four weeks, the Marcellus boys basketball team got the best of its heated rivalry against Skaneateles. This time, the task was accomplished on the Lakers’ home court as the Mustangs, gradually taking over in the game’s middle stages, prevailed 63-52 last Tuesday night to improve to 6-4 on the season.

Caz, Chittenango wrestlers absorb league losses

Lakers rebound with win over ITC on Senior Night

After the Cazenovia wrestling team had a strong fifth-place finish at its own invitational meet on Jan. 11, it had to get back into routine business within the OHSL Liberty division.

Cazenovia ice hockey falls to Skaneateles

Lakers struggle in league play, but blank C-NS

Even with all of its struggles, it’s doubtful that the Cazenovia ice hockey team will miss the Section III Division II playoffs, due to the changes within the leagues. Just 10 teams play Division II, five in each conference. Of them, the top four will qualify for the playoffs, and the Lakers are firmly entrenched in fourth place in the National Conference since Ontario Bay, at 0-10, still hasn’t won a game yet this winter.

Saturday, January 18

Liverpool boys swimmers handle B’ville, F-M

Warriors improve to 6-0; C-NS falls to West Genny

Churning toward an undefeated regular season, the Liverpool boys swim team isn’t letting anything get in the way – especially possible fatigue. Though the Warriors, when facing Baldwinsville last Wednesday night, were in the midst of a stretch of four meets in 10 days, it didn’t matter one bit as it breezed past the Bees 98-78.

B’ville boys basketball has 1-2 week

Bees take tough losses to Auburn, West Genesee

The promise held by the Baldwinsville boys basketball team back in December has dissolved a bit, replaced by concerns that, once again, the post-season might prove out of reach.

B’ville bowlers sweep trio of foes

Bees handle West Genesee, F-M, C-NS

In order to stay undefeated, the Baldwinsville girls bowling team had to survive a scare from West Genesee last Tuesday afternoon before emerging with a 2-1 victory over the Wildcats, just the start of a glorious week for both of the Bees’ bowling sides.

Girls Bees go 1-1, are stopped by West Genny

Wildcats jump all over B'ville in 77-30 decision

While the Baldwinsville girls basketball team remains just a step below the likes of Cicero-North Syracuse and Nottingham among Class AA contenders, it has inched closer to earning a winning record for the 2013-14 season.

B’ville swimmers stopped by Liverpool

Bees get two wins from Sidorakis, topple Weedsport

Amid its busiest stretch of the season –four meets in a span of 10 days – the Baldwinsville boys swim team got an up-close glance at the dominant force in the CNY Counties League.

Skaneateles boys hockey stops Caz, Whitesboro

Lakers bounce back from Jan. 10 loss to New Hartford

Perhaps the 4-2 defeat the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team took against New Hartford on Jan. 10 at Allyn Arena was just the necessary tonic to whip the Lakers into doing something about its slow-starting tendencies.

Great Decisions discussion group meets in Caz Feb. 6

The public is invited to participate in “Great Decisions 2014,” a discussion group about U.S. foreign policy, sponsored by the Cazenovia League of Women Voters, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the reference room of the Cazenovia Public Library.

Friday, January 17

Caz girls roar to indoor track MVITA title

Lakers pick up 209 points for Division I honors

A winter full of first-place finishes for the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team culminated on Friday night when it again went to the top - and claimed the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association Division I championship at Colgate University's Sanford Field House.

Mellen OT goal sends Wildcats past RFA

WG hockey now 15-0 after tense 1-0 classic

If there was one game that encapsulated high school hockey, Friday night’s showdown between undefeated, state no. 1-ranked West Genesee and no. 9-ranked Rome Free Academy at Shove Park, won by the Wildcats 1-0 in overtime, was that game. “I just think that’s what high school hockey’s about right there,” Wildcats head coach Frank Colabufo said.

Boys Hornets fall at home to Henninger

Black Knights avenge Dec. 6 defeat to F-M

Two games between the Fayetteville-Manlius and Henninger boys basketball teams are in the books, and they're on equal terms, right down to the point totals. More than a month after the Hornets prevailed at the Peppino's Invitational, the Black Knights got payback right on F-M's home floor Friday night, scoring the game's last eight points to prevail 58-54.

Town of Skaneateles to investigate possibility of moving into village hall

Prompted by a letter from Village Mayor Marty Hubbard last week, Skaneateles town officials said they will investigate the possibility of moving the town offices into the vacant space in the new village hall.

DEC proposes regulatory changes to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species at boat launches

Public comments accepted through Feb. 24

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing new regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at DEC boat launches, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced.

St. James to hold lasagna dinner fundraiser for Haiti

All are invited to St. James’ʼHaiti lasagna dinner, Saturday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Church Hall. The dinner includes lasagna, salad, Italian bread, dessert and beverages, including wine. Macaroni and cheese is an option. The prices are: $8 for adults (13+), $4 for children, and/or $25 for a family.

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Nelson moves to create municipal ambulance service

The Nelson Town Board last week unanimously approved the creation of a new municipal ambulance service in the town of Nelson in order for the municipality to be allowed to contract with the Georgetown Ambulance Service to provide emergency medical coverage of the southern portion of the town.

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Library offers private tour of Egyptian collection

Join Cazenovia Public Library Director Betsy Kennedy at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, for a private tour of the Library’s Egyptian collection. The tour is an offering of Mr. Hubbard’s Salon, a discussion group dedicated to the founder of the Library’s Museum of Curiosities, Robert J. Hubbard.

Elbridge Town Board to meet Jan. 17

The Elbridge Town Board is having a special meeting at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. 2014. at the Town Municipal building, 5 Route 31, Jordan.

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Wrestling Lakers win showdown with Marcellus

Pins by Goetzmann, Lombardi, Greenfield, Rourke key victory

No matter where the Skaneateles wrestling team is standing, a highlight of the winter is its annual showdown with Marcellus. And their encounter Thursday night did not prove any different. Rallying twice, the visiting Lakers didn’t seal matters until the penultimate bout as it fought to a 39-33 victory over the host Mustangs.

Boys basketball Lakers have 1-1 week

Skaneateles falls to Marcellus, tops Phoenix

All through this winter, the Skaneateles boys basketball team has stayed stuck in a neutral gear, pushed backward every time there was a chance to pull out of its struggles.

Marcellus wrestlers drop duel with Skaneateles

West Genny stopped at home by Liverpool, 48-30

Every winter, the Marcellus and Sknaeateles wrestling teams take their neighborhood rivalry to the mat, and it rarely fails to disappoint. In the case of Thursday night’s showdown, the host Mustangs were in it all the way to the penultimate bout, but could not quite catch the Lakers, taking a 39-33 defeat.

Cougars hockey goes 0-1-1, ties Liverpool

Syracuse runs into superb efforts from opposing goalies

What caused the Syracuse Cougars ice hockey team to fall out of first place in Division I’s American Conference were not the things that took place in regulation. A pair of overtime defeats proved the culprit, as the Cougars fell 3-2 to Rome Free Academy on Jan. 10 and, in its next outing at Meachem Rink, met even more frustration in last Tuesday night’s 1-0 OT loss to Baldwinsville.

West Genny swimmers gain victory over C-NS

Zapisek, O'Donnell, Gilheney each win two races

Collin Zapisek, Matt O’Donnell and Mike Gilheney made sure that the West Genesee boys swim team did not tumble back to the .500 mark. Going up against Cicero-North Syracuse Wednesday night at the Le Moyne College pool, this Wildcats trio each won a pair of events, earning valuable points as WG went on to defeat the Northstars 95-89.

Girls, boys volleyball Bears both sweep week

Both sides win matches after dropping opening set

Each of Chittenango’s volleyball teams roared through a busy week, with the girls side claiming three victories in a four-night span.

Caz girls basketball goes 1-1, beats Fulton

Burbidge hits 3-pointer in final seconds to top Red Raiders

With its long holiday and weather-enforced break behind them, the Cazenovia girls basketball turned to a particularly busy stretch that culminates with Sunday’s game against Bishop Grimes in the Pathfinder Bank Zebra Classic at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall.

Thursday, January 16

Skaneateles girls hockey tops Oswego, 4-1

Lakers earn seventh straight win, face Bucs again Tuesday

Just a month ago, the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team was a big question mark, especially in its search for players who could put the puck in the net. Now, though, the Lakers are on a serious roll, having won seven in a row, four of them in the last seven days, capped by Thursday night's impressive 4-1 victory over Oswego in a first-place showdown at Austin Park Pavilion.

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Driscoll appointed to vacant town board seat

Has experience in village and town government positions

A local businessman with long experience in community volunteerism and political service was appointed last week as the newest member of the Cazenovia Town Board. Thomas M. Driscoll, 60, of Old Farms Lane, was unanimously approved by the town board at its Jan. 13 meeting to fill the seat made vacant by Bill Zupan after he resigned to assume his new position as town supervisor.

Wrestling Hornets roll past Oswego

CBA/J-D leads early, but falls to Mexico

Victories in eight consecutive bouts proved decisive for the Fayetteville-Manlius wrestling team as it won at home Wednesday night over Oswego in a 61-18 romp.

Free income tax preparation offered for some Madison County residents

If you are a Madison County resident who earned less than $51,000 this tax year, you may qualify to have your tax preparation done free of charge. Trained community volunteers can help you with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly for which you may qualify. Easy electronic filing puts your refund in your hands in two weeks.

School board expects to hire new superintendent by mid-February

The Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education is moving into the final stages of its search for a new district superintendent, and expects to offer the position to the best candidate on Feb. 18.

Cazenovia man faces more charges for 2013 Fenner burglaries

A Cazenovia man who was arrested in October for allegedly burglarizing homes in the town of Fenner was arrested again this month and given additional charges for the crimes.

B’ville wrestlers gain victory over C-NS

Bees still unbeaten in CNY Counties League meets

Two big events for the Baldwinsville wrestling team served as the prelude to its appearance in next Saturday’s Section III Dual Meet at Cicero-North Syracuse. Ironically, that included a head-to-head match Wednesday night against C-NS, the same team it beat by half a point to win the Cazenovia Invitational on Jan. 11. This wasn’t as close, though, as B’ville defeated the visiting Northstars 47-30.

Girls Bees take fourth at Grieve Invitational

B'ville wins 4x400, get high finishes from Couchman, Soeder

Both of Baldiwnsville’s indoor track and field teams would find modest degrees of success during the two-day Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

Lakers’ Neal wins 3,000 at Grieve Invitational

Skaneateles sophomore pulls away for time of 10:34.57

Kaitlyn Neal would beat 27 other runners and claim victory in the 3,000-meter run, giving the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team a major conquest in Wednesday night’s Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

Girls Wildcats take second at Bob Grieve Invitational

Westhill/Ludden fifth as Sterly claims victory in pole vault

After all the delays and starts and stops, something resembling a normal schedule resumed for the area’s indoor track and field teams, which meant back-to-back boys and girls portions of the Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

LETTER: Start application process for projects now

Letter to the editor from the Jan. 15 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Dave Detlor packs up his scissors

A boldface black-and-white sign hangs in the front window of Dave Detlor’s barber shop on First Street: “Closed, Retired Due to Illness.” After decades of trimming and layering, clipping and shaving, chatting and listening, Dave has packed up his scissors. His Lakeview Barber Shop at 221 First St. closed a couple weeks before Christmas. Dave, who will celebrate his 88th birthday on Jan. 25, was nudged into retirement by mantle cell lymphoma.

Along the Lakeshore: Horned grebes on the lake; an idea to save the county money

Along the Lakeshore column from the Jan. 15 of the Skaneateles Press.

Wednesday, January 15

F-M girls win again at Grieve Invitaitonal

Avery, Zesky, Martin, Schug all win for local sides

A near-sweep of the relay events, combined with success in other disciplines, propelled the Fayetteville-Manlius girls indoor track and field team to yet another victory in Wednesday night's Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

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Girls hoops Lakers stop Marcellus, 75-58

Skaneateles picks up ninth straight win after early struggles

Perhaps the Skaneateles girls basketball team can get held down for a while, as Marcellus managed to pull off early in Wednesday night's game. But once the Lakers start to put things together and play at the fast, frenetic tempo it wants, it can prove impossible to contain.

F-M tennis coach receives national honor

Rudolph's teams have won 328 straight matches

All the winning that the Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis program has done for the last three decades has now received national attention. Phil Rudolph, the head coach of both the girls and boys tennis programs at F-M, was named as a National Coach of the Year by the coaches chapter of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

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Extramarital muddle

Unfaithful husbands hide unclothed mistresses in closets in CNY Playhouse’s ‘Not Now, Darling’

CNY Playhouse prides itself on presenting “something for everyone.” The troupe, based at ShoppingTown Mall produces serious dramas such as “Streetcar Named Desire” and “Death of a Salesman,” silly musicals such as “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” and “Spamalot,” and improvisational comedy shows such as the Syracuse Improv Collective “Bank Show” set for Jan. 31.

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Cerqua named National Coach of the Year

B'ville volleyball coach has won two state titles

Honors keep pouring in for the Baldwinsville girls volleyball program, even though two months have passed since it won the state Class AA championship. And few of those honors could top the one head coach Mary Jo Cerqua received on Wednesady from the coaches' chapter of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

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C-NS boys get even, beats Liverpool in OT

Evans scores 22 after missing first meeting with Warriors

When the Liverpool boys basketball team pulled away from Cicero-North Syracuse and won their first head-to-head encounter earlier this season, someone was missing. And that someone – specifically, Connor Evans – had a lot to do with the Northstars getting even with the rival Warriors Tuesday night during a tense 65-62 overtime victory.

Board of Education seeks volunteers to interview superintendent finalists

The ongoing search for a new Cazenovia superintendent of schools will enter a new phase this month — as three finalists surface from the pool of applicants vying for the district’s top job. And as Board of Education members prepare to further winnow the field to one, they’re turning to the community for help.

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Circa looks to move location to 4 Chenango Street

A local restaurant owner and local building owner last week pitched their proposal to the village board to build either an addition onto or a freestanding structure next to the current building at 4 Chenango St. for the purpose of moving the Cazenovia restaurant Circa to the new location. The move would allow Circa owner Alicyn Hart to provide her customers with a bigger restaurant space, outdoor seating with a river view and more parking

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Fenner town board changes monthly meeting schedule

During its first regular meeting of 2014, the Fenner Town Board convened with a new supervisor, one new town board member, one vacant board seat and a slew of reorganizational appointments and decisions, which included the moving of the monthly town board meetings to a different day of the week.

School board meeting scheduled for Jan. 21

The Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the BOE meeting room, 31 Emory Ave.

Skaneateles school board discuses restarting superintendent search earlier than planned

At the suggestion of board member Geralyn Huba, the Skaneateles Board of Education might be starting its search for a new superintendent of schools earlier than planned.

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DEC proposes regulations to prevent spread of invasive species

New rules would govern boat launches, prohibit boar hunting

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced new proposed regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species at state boat launches and to aid the effort to eradicate Eurasian boars from the state.

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Skaneateles Lakeshore Baseball and Softball sells engraved bricks to fix up ball fields

Project to include refurbishing Austin Park diamonds, building concrete dugouts

A group of community members plans to fix up and improve the baseball diamonds in Austin Park this year. With the support of the community, Lakeshore Baseball and Softball plans to construct concrete dugouts at Sims Field and do landscaping work to all three ball-fields in the park used by the youth program. Rob and Scilla Gadjo have taken the lead in organizing the project and raising money to make sure it can happen.

Caz boys battle unbeaten Westhill to final seconds

Roland 3-pointer puts Warriors past Lakers, 58-55

Any doubts or questions about the Cazenovia boys basketball team's status as a Section III Class B title contender were answered long before the final buzzer sounded at Buckley Gym Tuesday night. True, the Lakers lost, 58-55, to Westhill, but it took a superlative second half from Jordan Roland, capped by a 3-pointer with five seconds left, to rescue the state Class B no. 2-ranked Warriors.

Tuesday, January 14

Liverpool boys wins Bob Grieve Invitational

Lawes sweeps 55, 300-meter sprint races

Even the fact that it was competing for the second time in four days could not slow the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team down. The Warriors won four events, two of them by sprint star Ryheim Lawes, and roared to the top spot in Tuesday night's Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

J-D basketball sides gain sweep over CBA

Girls have won two straight; boys rebound from Ludden loss

The Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team entered Tuesday night's contest with down-the-road rival Christian Brothers Academy seeking to right the ship, as it hadn’t experienced back-to-back wins since way back in early December.

C-NS girls basketball shuts down Liverpool

Defense pushes Northstars to fourth straight win

Just 24 hours removed from a crushing 57-27 loss to Utica Proctor, the Liverpool girls basketball looked to rebound against cross town rival Cicero-North Syracuse. But the Northstars would not be denied a fourth straight win, continuing its push toward yet another championship with a decisive 59-30 victory on Tuesday night.

Westhill survives Caz, wins on last-second shot

Roland 3-pointer helps Warriors stay unbeaten

At last, the Westhill boys basketball team got the challenge it craved - and Jordan Roland rose up to it. With a long-range 3-pointer from the top of the key with five seconds left, Roland gave the undefeated, state Class B no. 2-ranked Warriors a dramatic 58-55 victory over 9-1 Cazenovia in their only regular-season encounter Tuesday night at Buckley Gym.

Village of Skaneateles retains Perkins as police chief for 2014

Skaneateles Police Chief Lloyd Perkins will remain in his position through the end of 2014.

School district $7 million capital project approved by voters

Cazenovia school district residents voted last week to approve a public referendum that allows the district to move forward with its proposed $7.4 million capital improvements project.

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Spafford to hire attorney, code officer

Under new leadership, the Spafford town board discussed a number of changes in personnel and policies at its Jan. 9 reorganizational meeting.

CACDA and village of Cazenovia partner to secure grant

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) has announced the recent funding of a $22,000 grant to the Village of Cazenovia from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. The grant funds will be used to create a vision and master plan for Lakeland Park and the historic Carpenter’s Barn.

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Madden named USEF Equestrian of the Year for third time

To cap off a record-setting year, jumping superstar Beezie Madden added one more record to her résumé last Friday, Jan. 10, at the United States Equestrian Federation's Pegasus Awards dinner, becoming the second person to ever score the USEF's Equestrian of the Year title three times.

Cicero-North Syracuse forced to move graduation ceremony

Thanks to a mysterious booking change at the Onondaga County War Memorial, Cicero-North Syracuse High School has had to change the date and location of its 2014 graduation ceremony. The ceremony, originally scheduled for the evening of Friday, June 27, at the War Memorial, will now take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. The Onondaga County War Memorial notified the district that they were canceling all events during the weekend of June 27.

CFD asking for $5.6 million station renovation

The Cicero Fire Department held its fifth public information meeting Monday, Jan. 6, to advise taxpayers about its plans to renovate Station No. 1, located at the corner of Route 11 and Route 31 in Cicero. Though much of the information had been previously presented, this was the first time members of the Cicero fire district got the chance to hear how much the proposed reconstruction could cost. According to Cicero Fire Commissioner Jim Perrin, the department is looking at a total of $5.6 million to renovate the apparatus bays, rebuild the station and address the safety issues at the site. Perrin said that works out to about $74 a year for taxpayers within the fire district. A vote is expected some time in February.

NSCSD hosts information session on state curriculum

About 30 people attended a public listening session Thursday, Jan. 9, at Roxboro Road Middle School in Mattydale to learn more about Common Core. The informational session was one of several hosted throughout the year by the North Syracuse Central School District, though this one had a more specific focus than the others.

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An ‘eclectic’ approach

Audobon Eclectic Antiques to hold grand opening Jan. 18

Six months ago, Audobon Eclectic Antiques owner Nikki Waters wasn’t sure if she’d still be in business at this time – and that shows how much can change in six months. Today, she’s seeing a steady stream of customers and is prepping for her store’s Grand Opening in its new location, still at 131 West Seneca Street in Manlius, but in the space directly above where the store used to be.

Monday, January 13

Owera Vineyards withdraws events building application from planning board

Owera Vineyards has given up, for now, on its proposal to build a state-of-the-art, sound-proofed building in which to hold events on its East Lake Road property. Last Friday, Jan. 10, it withdrew its application for site plan review of the building from the Cazenovia Town Planning Board, Cazenovia Town Attorney John Langey said during the town board’s Jan. 13 meeting.

C-NS wrestlers knock off Central Square

Northstars a close second to B'ville at Cazenovia meet

Given newfound momentum by its win over rival Liverpool in the Akley Memorial Duals at Oswego on Jan. 4, the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team didn’t waste it. The Northstars made the short trip to Central Square last Wednesday night, and by winning six of the first eight matches, it built an insurmountable lead and went on to defeat the Red Hawks 42-30.

Sunday, January 12

B’ville wrestlers edge C-NS, claims Cazenovia Invitational

Bees beat Northstars by half a point; Paul, McArdell, Nasoni all win

Rested and ready to assert itself again, the Baldwinsville wrestling team emerged with a tense, closely-fought victory in Saturday’s Cazenovia Invitational at Buckley Gym.

Caz wrestling finishes fifth at invitational meet

Chittenango eighth after loss to CBA/J-D; Lakers fall to Hannibal

No matter what it had done before hosting its own invitational meet on Saturday, the Cazenovia wrestling team knew that competing at home, in Buckley Gym, would provide some motivation. As it turned out, it was enough to push the Lakers all the way to fifth place in a 16-team field with 132 points. At the top, Baldwinsville won it, finishing just half a point ahead of Cicero-North Syracuse, the Bees getting 172.5 points to the Northstars’ 172 points.

B’ville swimmers take pair of defeats

Bees, at home, fall to Auburn, West Genesee

Before it went into the new year, the Baldwinsville boys swim team split its first two meets of the season, defeating Fayetteville-Manlius but losing to CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt.

Skaneateles girls hockey earns pair of shutouts

Lakers blank Lake Placid, Saranac Lake during weekend road trip

When the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team got a big 3-2 win over defending state champion Beekmantown on Dec. 21, the last thing it really wanted was to stop playing. Yet the holiday schedule, and the wild winter weather, forced a long respite for the Lakers, who would go a full three weeks without game action.

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WG hockey turns back B’ville, Liverpool

Top-ranked Wildcats improve to 13-0, get back-to-back shutouts

Halfway through its regular-season schedule, West Genesee’s ice hockey team stood at the top of the state Division I rankings, having not faced that much late-game stress. Of the Wildcats’ first 10 games, all victories, just one of them was decided by a single goal, a 2-1 decision against Watertown IHC on Dec. 17 at the Fairgrounds Arena.

Westhill boys hoops bashes SAS, Solvay

Marcellus takes one-point defeat to Solvay

Still at no. 2 in the state Class B rankings, the Westhill boys basketball team is finding places where it can improve, especially since it faces a big test Tuesday night when it goes to Buckley Gym to take on the 9-1 Cazenovia Lakers.

Girls Gaelic Knights fall to Bishop Grimes

Westhill rebounds with win; Marcellus rolls past Phoenix

Even after that big win last Monday over Westhill, the Bishop Ludden girls basketball team could not relax, having to face Bishop Grimes last Thursday night – and sure enough, the Gaelic Knights had enough of a letdown to take a tough 46-44 defeat to the Cobras.

Hockey Cougars starts crucial January stretch

Syracuse drops OT decision to Rome Free Academy, 3-2

In a nine-day span, the Syracuse Cougars ice hockey team would play four times, determining if it could stay with West Genesee atop the Division I American Conference standings before the two sides clashed again at Meachem Rink later this month.

Girls Lakers return from long break, earn split

Caz falls to Hannibal, rebounds to rout Jordan-Elbridge

The Cazenovia girls basketball team had gone nearly three weeks without game action since its surprising win at Cortland on Dec. 20. Cold weather postponed last Tuesday’s game with Jordan-Elbridge after snow pushed a Jan. 2 trip to Oswego until later in the month.

Cazenovia hockey falls to Auburn, 3-1

Lakers' game with CBA/J-D postponed

Weather of all types has proven to be a large story in local high school winter sports, and ice hockey has not escaped the brunt of it. Cazenovia’s ice hockey team, for example, was unable to host reigning state Division II champion CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt last Tuesday night at the SUNY-Morrisville IcePlex due to cold temperatures and wind chills that closed most of the area’s schools.

Chittenango girls volleyball has 3-0 week

Boys Bears open regular season, sweep Sauquoit

More than a week after it appeared in Canastota’s Marcia Laidlaw Tournament on Dec. 27, the Chittenango girls volleyball team did quite well in its return to league action.

Saturday, January 11

Girls Northstars, Warriors win after long rests

C-NS, Liverpool both prevail twice, will meet on Tuesday

Many area high school sports teams had no choice but to accept long respites between games, either due to the holidays or to weather. For Cicero-North Syracuse’s girls basketball team, though, the break was deliberate, a 16-day respite built into the schedule following a split of two games in a Dec. 21-22 tournament in Queens.

Hockey teams gather, support fight against breast cancer

CBA/J-D routs Oswego; F-M drops close one to C-NS

Everyone got together for a great cause at Onondaga Nation Arena Friday night when Fayetteville-Manlius hosted its “Pink the Rink” event to promote breast cancer awareness.

Girls hoops Bees survive Auburn in double OT

B'ville boys and girls take losses to Nottingham

At least on the surface, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team’s big moment of the week was supposed to be its key home game against Notttingham last Friday night. But two nights before the Bulldogs arrived, the Bees had to deal with Auburn for a third time this winter – and it turned into a double-overtime epic full of remarkable performances before B’ville finally emerged with an 81-70 victory.

Boys hockey Lakers fall to New Hartford

Latest Skaneateles comeback attempt falls just short

No partisan of the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team got too worried when it fell behind New Hartford in Friday night’s clash of Division II conference leaders at Allyn Arena. They had all seen this before. The Lakers fall behind, struggle to find any sort of offense, get into deep trouble – and then everything clicks in the third period, a few clutch goals are scored and the home side pulls it out, sending the fans home happy.

Friday, January 10

Ludden boys hoops claims showdown with J-D

Gaelic Knights wait until final minutes to take charge

Jamesville-DeWitt and Bishop Ludden, clashing for the third time since the Gaelic Knights moved up to Class A a season ago, offered a thrilling boys basketball battle Friday night with storylines aplenty, a heavyweight match-up between a Central New York Class A powerhouses both old and new.

Liverpool hockey blanked by West Genesee

Warriors give up all of goals in special-teams situations

At even strength, the Liverpool ice hockey team managed to do something special on Friday night and play on even terms with West Genesee, the state's top-ranked Division I team. Unfortunately for the Warriors, it was those situations where there wasn't an equal amount of skaters on the ice that proved costly - and helped the Wildcats prevail 3-0 in Friday night's clash at Shove Park in Camillus.

MPH hoops goes to 8-3, secures playoff spot

Byrnes helps Trojans to wins over Waterloo, Port Byron

With two more wins in the first full week of January, the Manlius-Pebble Hill boys basketball team did something that, in recent years, was difficult to fathom – earn a spot in the Section III playoffs.

CBA/J-D swimmers roll past New Hartford

Lacey, Knapp lead way; F-M falls to West Genny

Before 2013 ended, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt boys swim team had sprinted to a 4-0 start, and had to wonder how the long holiday break would affect them. It turned out to be a refresher, for when the Red Rams returned Thursday night to face 4-2 New Hartford, all was fine and normal as Josh Lacey, Corey Knapp and Kevin Potocki led the way in a 99-81 victory over the Spartans.

Credit Union Classic moves to August, stays at Drumlins

Symetra Tour staple to return for 19th edition

Snow fell gently outside the clubhouse at Drumlins Country Club and lay on the ground, too, but already thoughts were turning toward summer, toward golf – and toward the latest edition of the Symetra Tour’s Credit Union Classic.

Music with meaning resonates in every heart

Protest songs have enlivened the musical landscape since at least the 18th century when an anonymous British “lady” published a pioneering feminist tune called “The Rights of Women” sung to the tune of “God Save the King.” Songs promoting social justice, racial equality and peace continue to raise the consciousness of listeners and to inspire activism.

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Girls hoops Lakers return, smash Jordan-Elbridge

Skaneateles uses 32-0 first-half run to earn seventh straight win

About the last thing the red-hot Skaneateles girls basketball team wanted to have after its victory in the Dec. 27-28 Fabius-Pompey Tournament was some time away from the court. Yet that was the Lakers’ reality, as it would spend 12 days combining practice and rest, though of the rest was due to wintry conditions that closed schools for part of that time.

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Wrestling Lakers gain split, beat Morrisville-Eaton

Skaneateles quickly bounces back from loss to Phoenix

Back-to-back runner-up finishes in large-scale tournaments at South Lewis and Port Byron had the Skaneateles wrestling team in a confident mood going back into the OHSL Liberty division fray.

Caz boys win twice, get set for Westhill showdown

Lakers move to 9-1 by stopping J-E, Hannibal

A 9-1 start proves that the Cazenovia boys basketball is at the very least, a good side that can cause some danger for Class B favorites like unbeaten, state no. 2-ranked Westhill, whom the Lakers face for the only time in the regular season next Tuesday night at Buckley Gym.

Thursday, January 9

Grimes girls deliver big win over Ludden

Cobras fight through tough homestretch, missed free throws

Even though the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team did a lot of things wrong in the tense, chaotic homestretch of Thursday night's game at Bishop Ludden, it still emerged with its biggest victory of the season. The Cobras used spirit, toughness and tenacity to overcome those multiple errors and claw past the Gaelic Knights 46-44, improving its record to 7-3 in the process.

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Conway announces candidacy for sheriff

Citing his record “experience, training and record of leading people and meeting budget goals”, DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway today announced his candidacy for Onondaga County Sheriff in 2014.

Northstars, Warriors lose at home to top contenders

C-NS falls to F-M; Liverpool victimized by Henninger rally

When the weather finally warmed up – and behaved – long enough for boys basketball to resume, Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool both had great opportunities to earn big victories, at home, against the two favorites in the Section III Class AA title race.

Swimming Warriors win showdown with Oswego

C-NS beats Syracuse for first victory of winter

No one, at this point, is getting close to the torrid pace set by the Liverpool boys swim team in the CNY Counties League, though Cicero-North Syraucse is putting up its own noble effort.

Liverpool third, C-NS fourth at Constantino meet

Akinpelu wins 300 sprint; Warriors roll in 4x800

As they have done throughout the winter, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse girls indoor track and field teams finished near the top of the standings during Wednesday night’s George Constantino Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

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More than just a gym

Koinonia Fayetteville Athletic Club members join together to keep community center afloat

It’s been known as Track and Racquet Club, Fitness Forum, Aspen Athletic Club and most recently, Koinonia Fayetteville Athletic Club. But a few key components have stayed the same throughout the years within the gym located across from Wegmans on East Genesee Street: the members’ dedication to a fitness center that’s been around for around for three decades, combined with an unquestioned volunteerism and passion to see it succeed makes Koinonia different from your average gym.

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Ice hockey Bees edged by West Genesee, 3-2

Bees stay close to unbeaten, state no. 1-ranked Wildcats

Perhaps a few more chances here or there, and the Baldwinsville ice hockey team is celebrating a landmark accomplishment – namely, knocking off the top-ranked Division I team in the state.

B’ville indoor track gains fifth at Constantino meet

Bees finish second in 4x200; Couchman third in 300 sprint

After each of Baldiwnsville’s indoor track and field teams saw their first meets of 2014 pushed back to later in January by bad winter weather, they were eager to get started again.

Skaneateles boys hoops handles J-E

Lakers lead from start to finish in romp over Eagles

Just one good performance – in Just one good performance – in a Jan. 3 victory over Syracuse’s Institute of Technology Central – might have given the Skaneateles boys basketball team the jolt it needed for a run through the latter half of its regular-season slate.

Coyotes seen in Cicero

Early in the morning of Thursday, Jan. 9, a Cicero resident notified the Cicero Police Department that she had sighted three coyotes in her backyard as she was putting her dogs out in the 6500 block of South Bay Road. The area is bordered by a residential area.

A total disdain for the truth

EDITORIAL

The twisting, distorting, ignoring and even disdaining of the truth by Owera Vineyards owners and attorneys has by now, unfortunately, become commonplace in this months-long soap opera occurring in our town. The latest evidence of this occurred at last week’s State Liquor Authority hearing when Nancy Muserlian and attorney John P. Sidd, of the Syracuse firm Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, both told the SLA they had no idea there were any violations issued against Owera by any municipalities. These latest false statements are so outrageously egregious they would be laughable if they did not occur in front of a governmental body.

Girls Lakers return, compete at Constantino meet

Skaneateles second in 4x400; Willcox third in 600

A series of weather-related postponements caused both of the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams to be inactive through the first week of 2014.

WG basketball sides sweep city foes

Girls edge past Nottingham; Wildcats roll past Corcoran

In ways both stressful and otherwise, West Genesee’s basketball teams each engineered important victories over Nottingham in their respective 2014 debuts.

Marcellus wrestlers smash APW/Pulaski

Mustangs, West Genesee both do well in tournaments

Seven consecutive victories to open the meet, six of them pins, propelled the Marcellus wrestling team to a 78-6 rout over the combined APW/Pulaski side on Wednesday night.

Garn wins twice at Constantino Invitational

Leff, Uczen win as WG finishes second to F-M

Though each of the area’s girls indoor track and field teams welcomed a return to action Wednesday at the George Constantino Memorial Invitational, Marcellus senior Rachel Garn really enjoyed the night.

Wednesday, January 8

F-M girls smash to Constantino Invitaitonal title

Ediziegwu gives Hornets 24 individual points

What was true late in 2013 remained true at the outset in 2014 - it's difficult for any local girls indoor track and field team to catch Fayetteville-Manlius. Led by Chrisatbel Ediziegwu's trio of top-three finishes, the Hornets again went to the top of the standings during Wednesday night's George Constantino Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

Caz girls indoor track returns, edges Clinton

Lakers win by four points in latest MVITA meet

When the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team missed the Jan. 3 Mohawk Valley ITA Partner Relays at Colgate University's Sanford Field House due to a weather cancellation of school activities, Clinton edged Rome Free Academy in the Lakers' absence.

Boys Hornets get tough road win at C-NS

Schurman gets 25 points; F-M improves to 7-1

Nine days - and one weather postponement - had passed since the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team suffered its first defeat of the season to Maine-Endwell in the Stop DWI Tournament in Binghamton. When it finally did return to action Wednesday night, the Hornets faced another critical road test - and passed it, rallying in the fourth quarter to defeat Cicero-North Syracuse 58-51.

Lincklaen House to host beer pairing dinner with Empire Brewing Company

The Lincklaen House will be hosting a beer pairing dinner with Empire Brewing Company, the Syracuse-based microbrewery that is soon to break ground on a new brewing facility in Cazenovia. The event will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, and Empire's founder David Katleski and Brewmaster Tim Butler will be on hand to meet with guests prior to dinner at 7 p.m.

Eurasian watermilfoil levels up in Cazenovia Lake for 2013, rake toss results show

The results of the 2013 Cazenovia Lake aquatic plant survey show that the invasive species Eurasian watermilfoil more than doubled in the number of locations where it was found from 2012 to 2013, and one-third of all the milfoil in the lake were medium to dense in abundance.

Police have graffiti incident lead, seek public assistance

Cazenovia police investigators now know the 30-minute window during which the multiple graffiti incidents occurred in the Wall Street alley in early December, and are asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything during that time to come forward.

Along the Lakeshore: catching a cold, beagling, new recliner

Along the Lakeshore column from the Jan. 8 edition.

LETTER: An Auburn connection to Disney

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

Marquardt named a coach of the year

Skaneateles lacrosse coach recognized by National Federation of High Schools

A Skaneateles lacrosse coach has received a national recognition for her accomplishments. Bridget Marquardt, varsity girls lacrosse coach for Skaneateles High School, was recently named a National Federation of High Schools Regional Coach of the Year.

EDITORIAL: New supervisors show enthusiasm, but results will be gradual

Two stories in this week’s paper quote newly sworn-in town supervisors Mary Bean in Spafford and Mary Sennett in Skaneateles. As both these women took office, they showed great excitement, enthusiasm and dedication toward making positive changes in town government.

LETTER: Volleyball coach thanks community for support

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

Tuesday, January 7

To keep the police or not to keep the police?

East Syracuse residents voice opinion at public forum

The public forum held on Jan. 6 was the village of East Syracuse’s first step towards the abolishment of the police department. A standing-room-only crowd packed into the municipal building to share opinions and find out more information before a potential vote could be held in February.

U.S. Rep. Hanna issues 2013 year-end report

Report examines Hanna’s initiatives, commitment to Madison and Oswego counties

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna today issued a year-end report as part of his ongoing commitment to transparency and accessibility to the citizens of Madison and Oswego counties. The yearlong look back provides an update and sampling of Hanna’s work on issues important to a broad cross section of constituents in the 22nd Congressional District. The report covers constituent services, legislative work, local successes and district outreach, among other areas of interest.

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Artist Lasse Antonsen to showcase work at Cazenovia College Art Gallery

‘In the Scriptorium’ exhibit incorporates and references books and text

The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall will host Lasse Antonsen’s “In the Scriptorium” exhibit from Thursday, Jan. 23, through Friday, Feb. 14. The exhibition commences with an opening night Artist’s Reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk — 10 years have raced right by

The 10th Annual Cazenovia Jewelry Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk is rapidly approaching. This year’s race will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in front of the Cazenovia Middle School. Visit chillychili.com to pre-register by Jan. 22 and receive a 2014 Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk T-shirt included in the $26 fee.

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Clay fifth-grader kicks off annual blanket drive for the Rescue Mission

Damon “DJ” Villnave is more concerned about the cold than your typical 10-year-old. DJ isn’t worried about himself, but the many men and women on the streets of Syracuse without a roof over their heads, stuck in the elements. That’s why he started his annual blanket drive, DJ’s Gift of Warmth, in 2010. The effort has collected more than 750 blankets for the Rescue Mission since its inception. This year’s drive kicked off Jan. 6 and continues until Jan. 31.

NSCSD to present public listening session at RRMS

The North Syracuse Central School District will hold a public listening session at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Roxboro Road Middle School (300 Bernard St.) in Mattydale. The focus of the session will be to provide information about Common Core Curriculum.

LETTER: Cicero neighbors: Get involved in town business

To the editor: Dear Cicero neighbor, Thank you again for your vote and support this past November.

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Spafford officials take oath, talk about goals for year

About 40 people gathered at Spafford town hall on Jan. 1 to witness newly-elected town officials take the oath of office. Town Supervisor Mary Bean greeted everyone in attendance and said the big turnout on New Year’s Day is a great start for her two-year elected term.

Monday, January 6

Ludden girls topple unbeaten Westhill

Granteed, Rauch key big Gaelic Knights win

A familiar face - senior Nicole Granteed - and a newer face - eighth-grader Danielle Rauch - combined to give the Bishop Ludden girls basketball team a defining moment. Granteed's 22 points and Rauch's 20 points led the Gaelic Knights past undefeated neighbor and rival Westhill 59-52 in Monday night's OHSL Liberty American division showdown.

Skaneateles schools cancels classes Jan. 7

Two-hour delay extended to full-day

The Skaneateles Central School District cancelled classes for Jan. 7 due to cold weather.

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Skaneateles town board discusses goals for year, introduces new attorney

The new members of the Skaneateles Town Board took their places for the board’s first meeting of 2014 on Jan. 2. The meeting included the board’s annual resolution setting appointments and salaries. The board also introduced the new town attorney and gave an update on the code enforcement officer position. Taking their seats on the board for the first time were Town Supervisor Mary Sennett, Town Councilor Claire Robinson Howard and Town Councilor Connie Brace.

C-NS tops Liverpool, wins wrestling Akley Duals

Northstars rally late to avenge Dec. 4 defeat to Warriors

With quick and decisive action, Cicero-North Syracuse wrestler Tom Peterson delivered a bit of sweet payback. Peterson’s closing-bout pin helped the Northstars beat archrival Liverpool 42-39 and, with that, the top spot during Saturday’s Akley Memorial Duals at Oswego High School.

Liverpool hockey handles Oswego, 5-2

C-NS struggles continue in losses to Syracuse, Ithaca

Careening in completely opposite directions, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team entered 2014 in vastly different moods. For the Warriors, the feeling was a good one, made even more so by what it done before and after Christmas. On Dec. 23, Liverpool had shut out Auburn 3-0, but that was just the start of things.

Sunday, January 5

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Owera Vineyards attorney, owner deny knowledge of multiple operational violations

State Liquor Authority chair questions both on accuracy of statements

Owera Vineyards owner Nancy Muserlian and her attorney John P. Sidd, of the Syracuse law firm Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, appeared before the New York State Liquor Authority last week seeking reconsideration of the authority’s previous denial of a liquor license to the winery. During the Jan. 3 hearing in New York City, there was extended questioning by SLA Chair Dennis Rosen to Muserlian and Sidd about violations issued by local municipalities against Owera’s operating practices — violations Muserlian and Sidd said they knew nothing about.

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State Liquor Authority denies Owera liquor and catering licenses for second time

Owner Nancy Muserlian tells commissioners the winery will undergo ‘major changes;’ hopes brides will cancel upcoming weddings

For the second time in just over four weeks, the New York State Liquor Authority has denied an application by Owera Vineyards for both its own liquor license and its ability to use third-party catering permits to provide food and alcohol at winery events. Like the authority’s first denial on Dec. 2, its commissioners specifically cited the numerous neighbor complaints and alleged deteriorating quality of life issues in the neighborhood as the reason for their denial; unlike the December decision, the authority’s Jan. 3 meeting was attended and addressed by Owera owner Nancy Muserlian and her attorney, as well as two of the winery’s East Lake Road neighbors.

F-M, CBA/J-D wrestlers compete in tournaments

Both sides earn wins at Oswego, Canastota events

All of the work for the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt and Fayetteville-Manlius wrestling teams during the holiday school break concentrated into a pair of tournaments – one at SUNY-Oswego, the other at Canastota High School.

Marcellus, WG wrestlers hit tournament slate

Mustangs gain fourth at Port Byron Invitational

Even with its tremendous December run, the Marcellus wrestling team faced a tough, deep field when it went to the Kenneth Haines Memorial Tournament Dec. 27-28 at SUNY-Oswego.

CBA/J-D hockey cools down New Hartford

Brothers look for similar late-season revival to 2012-13

Is it happening again? Everyone who follows CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt hockey knows how badly things started for the Brothers a season ago – and how it turned around in mid-season, leading to that dramatic run to a state Division II championship.

B'ville hockey rally at Fairport falls just short

Bees fall, 5-4, to state-ranked Red Raiders; West Genny next

From the time the Baldwinsville ice hockey team played Rome Free Academy to a 2-2 tie on Dec. 23 at Kennedy Arena, it did not see game action again for nearly two weeks.

Boys hoops Lakers win Penn Yan Tournament

Cazenovia improves to 7-1 entering new year

Having garnered an honorable mention in the state Class B rankings, the Cazenovia boys basketball team strode into 2014 in top form, having rolled to the championship of the Penn Yan Holiday Tournament held Dec. 27 and 28.

Chittenango wrestlers nearly win at Walton

Caz struggles at Dixon meet; Bears 10th in Canastota tourney

Before hitting the holiday break, Chittenango nearly won the Cuneen Doane Tournament on Dec. 21 at Walton High School, earning 202 points to finish second in a 14-team field, just behind Homer, who prevailed with 203.5 points.

Chittenango boys go 0-2 at holiday tourney

Bears also take close loss to Cortland

During the holiday break, the Chittenango boys basketball team tried, again, to break out of its doldrums by hosting the annual “More Than A Game” Tournament.

Saturday, January 4

Boys hoops Lakers rebound from Marcellus loss

Skaneateles rallies in second half for crucial win over ITC

Any time the Skaneateles and Marcellus boys basketball teams get together, records get forgotten and the intensity ratchets up. Playing once more on Dec. 28 at Onondaga Community College, the Lakers led at halftime, only to see the Mustangs make a big third-quarter surge and hang on to hand Skaneateles a 65-61 defeat.

Friday, January 3

Hockey Lakers clutch again, beats Canandaigua

Skaneateles goes 1-0-1, wins Schneider Tournament

Two long weeks, plenty of rest, and the last-minute revision of a weekend slate did nothing to slow down the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team, nor did it curtail its newfound, uncanny ability to deliver the big plays right when they are needed the most.

Ludden powers past CBA, still unbeaten

Gaelic Knights get 18 from Kaigler, 16 from Rauch

Perhaps the Bishop Ludden students that ventured to Christian Brothers Academy Friday night for the latest renewal of one of Central New York's biggest rivalries knew more than they realized. When Ben Hackett hit a corner 3-pointer for the game's first field goal just a minute into the contest, the green-clad partisans began an "It's all over!" chant. And they didn't use it again for the rest of the night.

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Skaneateles village board discusses future of parking lot, vacant building space

The Skaneateles Village Board discussed its plans for the village hall parking lot and the future of two vacant spaces on the property at its Dec. 30 meeting.

Two from Cazenovia named new faculty at Upstate Medical University

Two physicians living in Cazenovia have been announced as new faculty appointments to Upstate Medical University.

Bonavita of Cazenovia is student innovator at Pomfret School

In a “new and different way of learning,” Matthew Bonavita of Cazenovia recently was part of a student-faculty team that worked together on a project entitled “From the Iroquois to the Lax Bros: The History and Evolution of the Game of Lacrosse.”

Cazenovia school district renovations are nonsense

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The district’s Referendum Newsletter says “… will ask residents to approve a $7.4 million proposal to renovate and upgrade existing infrastructure in all three school buildings.”

Forty years of feeding the hungry

The worldwide oil crisis lingered. Lee Alexander was still mayor of Syracuse, John Mulroy was still Onondaga County executive, and Richard Nixon was still president of the United States. The year was 1974, and Bob and Linda Jackson embarked on a mission of community service which they continue to this day. The kindly couple, who live on Ridgecrest Drive in North Syracuse, have been volunteering for 40 years now for North Area Meals on Wheels (NAMOW).

Thursday, January 2

Travel advisory issued for Madison County

The Madison County Sheriff's Office has issued a travel advisory in Madison County due to conditions caused by persistent snow.

Village Edge South project moving forward

Public hearing and special meeting of village board coming in January

The Economic Health and Heritage Committee has completed its draft design guidelines for the Village Edge South zone development, and intends to have a draft zoning amendment completed and ready for public presentation by early January.

A year of changes

EDITORIAL

It’s amazing how quickly a year passes away. And when the weeks are replete with news, events and achievements — such as 2013 was — the time only expires that much more rapidly. Cazenovia has seen its share of moving and important stories this year, as we have reviewed in this week’s issue. The Cazenovia Republican also has experienced great changes and evolutions in 2013 and, looking back, it’s impressive how far we have come.

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New town officials sworn-in to office

Vacant town board seat to be filled by appointment on Jan. 13.

Three town officials were officially sworn-in to office on Thursday, Jan. 2, including the new town supervisor and the new town clerk.

Services available for emergency personnel after traumatic incidents

They’re supposed to be made of tougher stuff than the rest of us. They’re the ones that rush headlong into burning buildings, face down masked villains, bring the dying back to life. But emergency responders, be they firefighters, police officers or emergency medical service personnel, aren’t immune to the stresses wrought by their jobs. When the trauma is too much for them to bear, who helps the helpers?

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2014: What’s to come in your hometown?

We all make New Year’s resolutions, even our elected leaders. But while most of us are trying to commit to more gym time or spending more time with family, our local municipal leaders are resolving to provide better services, more efficient government and more value for our tax dollars. Read on to find out what some of your newly-elected and reelected town and county leaders have to say about what they hope to accomplish in 2014.

2013: The year that was

What were the biggest stories of the last year in the north suburbs? Here are a few of our top picks:

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Route 57 pub closes; location to reopen with new name

After nearly nine years of feeding and watering thousands of satisfied customers, Meghan MacMurphy’s Pub and Restaurant closed for good last week. The popular nightspot is located at 7990 Oswego Road (Route 57), in Clay. MacMurphy’s owner John Sansone announced the decision online on Dec. 26. A recorded message on the pub’s telephone answering machine confirms the restaurant’s closing but says plans are being made “to reopen under a different business name.” Customers with outstanding bookings or reservations are urged to leave their numbers on MacMurphy’s voicemail at 546-2500.

New citizens’ committee to take a look at Liverpool Village Cemetery

At its Dec. 16 meeting, the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees informally approved a plan presented by Zoning Board Chairman Mike Romano to form a new committee to study the 168-year-old Liverpool Cemetery. The new citizens’ advisory committee will be chaired by Mike Romano and will include Jim Farrell, Jim Keib, Roberta Kompare and Peter Osborne. Ex officio members include Liverpool Mayor Gary White, Superintendent of Public Works Bill Asmus, Village Historian Dorianne Elitharp Gutierrez and Ken Palmer, commander of American Legion Post 188.

Wednesday, January 1

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Years ago in history: Week of Jan. 1

The latest installment of our weekly "Years ago in history" column.

Zoning lawyer appalled by Owera actions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I'm a long-time Caz resident and a zoning lawyer. I'm appalled at how Owera Vineyards has manipulated the right-to-farm law to create a catering business that steals from its residential neighbors by robbing them of their peace and quiet.

Community support keeps Caz looking great

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: A hearty thank you to those who supported the Cazenovia Garden Club's annual holiday sale. It is proceeds from this sale and also from the garden club’s spring plant sale that fund the seasonal projects that make Caz look great throughout the year. The wreaths and garlands that adorn Albany Street in December, the beautiful flower pots and window boxes in spring and summer and the evergreen arrangements that look great throughout the winter are all garden club projects.

Along the Lakeshore: holiday decorations

COLUMN

Along the Lakeshore column from the Jan. 1, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Thank you for supporting guild luncheon

Letter to the editor.