Stories for June 2014


Monday, June 30

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Goodbye, Mr. Dubik – a look back at superintendent’s 38-year career in education

In his 14 years in the Cazenovia Central School District — 10 of those as superintendent — Bob Dubik has achieved many successes, made institutional changes, passed 10 budgets, attended at least one event for every school sport and extracurricular activity offered and been a constant and visible participant in community organizations and events. “I’m a proud father,” Dubik said after ticking off the numerous accomplishments of Cazenovia students he has fostered and witnessed since he became superintendent in 2004. “I’m proud of everything, not just one thing that we’ve accomplished. … Certainly there are things I will miss, especially the kids — seeing them every day, getting hugs, cards, well-wishes from parents, the thank yous and appreciation from community members.” Last Saturday’s commencement ceremonies for the Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 were, in fact, Dubik’s last as superintendent. He retired on June 30, after a career of more than 30 years in education.

Art park receives gateway project funding

The John Ben Snow Foundation awards grant to enhance the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park entrance

John Hunt, board president of Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, has announced receipt of a $9,500 grant from the John Ben Snow Foundation to enhance the main entrance of the park. The Snow Foundation grant places the art park half-way toward reaching a funding goal to complete a comprehensive gateway project in time for the park’s 25th anniversary in 2016.

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Graduation: Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 crosses the stage

It was a sunny, 80-degree day in Cazenovia last Saturday, June 28, as the Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 celebrated its commencement on the green outside the Cazenovia Middle School. Hundreds of white folding chairs were packed with family, friends, teachers and district staff as the 132 candidates for graduation, dressed in their blue and white robes, each holding a yellow rose, received their awards, scholarships, general accolades and, of course, their high school diplomas.

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ESM automotive program helps fulfill dream of ’63 Buick Wildcat

Win the car they restored

With hope, he answered an ad in the paper. When the garage door went up, there sat a dust covered 1963 Buick Wildcat Convertible in excellent condition. It was the early 1980s, and for Dr. Irving Goldman, it became a beloved car that he and his family enjoyed for the next 15 years.

Police Blotter: June 2014

Reports from the Manlius, DeWitt and East Syracuse Police Departments.

Eastern suburbs summer concert guide 2014

Some great news for local music lovers: there will be free live music most weeknights during the month of July in the Eastern suburbs. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get ready for a full month of great bands and good times!

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Assembly honors Paninski for earning first place in National Archery Competition

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I--Pulaski) recently honored Altmar-Parish Williamstown High School's Jarid Paninski for capturing first place in the New York State National Archery in the Schools Program competition.

Sunday, June 29

B’ville native chosen in first round of NHL Draft

Alex Tuch goes to Minnesota Wild with 18th overall pick

Twice in the span of a month, athletes with Baldwinsville ties were taken on the first day of their sports’ respective professional drafts. However, in the case of hockey player Alex Tuch, he was chosen a lot earlier than baseball star Scott Blewett. And unlike the pitcher now toiling in the Appalachian League, Tuch is expected to take his time before going to the professional ranks.

Friday, June 27

Chicken gives new twist to Nicholini sausage

For decades, savvy shoppers have flocked to Nichols’ Supermarket at 327 First St., in Liverpool for its wide variety of quality meats. Well, that variety grew a bit wider last week, as the Meat Department proudly unveiled three new chicken sausage products. Not pork. Not turkey. Not country ham. Chicken!

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Volunteer of the Month: Kim Rieppel, ACR Health

As a member of the Rotary Club of Dewitt, I am exposed to interesting and informative guest speakers from a wide range of organizations at the club’s weekly meetings. I have found that most of these organizations rely on volunteers to accomplish their mission. This is where many of these Volunteer of the Month columns originate from, and this was the case when I heard Jacqueline Coe, development associate of ACR Health, speak at a Dewitt Rotary meeting.

Thursday, June 26

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Betsy Baldwin Chapter DAR officers sworn in

The Betsy Baldwin Chapter DAR met in the First United Methodist Church of Baldwinsville on June 16, 2014, bringing the 2013-14 year to an end. Following a luncheon and a brief business meeting, members gave brief talks about their patriot ancestors.

Library Focus: Summer storytimes begin June 30

School’s out for summer, but don’t panic! We have lots of things to keep the kids busy and more than a few things for the rest of us.

Coffee with the mayor

The first few months

“Is being mayor what you expected it to be so far?” That’s the first question I asked Richard “Dick” Clarke, Baldwinsville’s new mayor elected in March. “It’s different,” he said, adding it’s been busier than he expected. With that said, Mayor Clarke is enjoying his new role.

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NYS Free Fishing Weekend set for June 28-29

Have you ever found yourself looking out over a lake or stream and suddenly feeling the urge to go fishing? Perhaps you’ve been held back by the thought of dishing out your hard-earned money on something you’re not sure of? Well, the authorities understand and the New York State DEC offers an annual Free Fishing Weekend to help you get started. This year’s falls on June 28-29 and allows you to fish anywhere in the state without a license.

The Adventures of Frankie

Chapter 9: Batter up

“Dad, can you take me to the batting cage?” “Again? Frankie, that’s the third time this week.” “Yeah, I know, but next week we start softball in gym class. I gotta be ready!”

C.W. Baker High School opts out of National School Lunch Program

In an effort to increase participation in the school lunch program at C.W. Baker High School, the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education has notified the State Education Department that the high school will no longer participate in the National School Lunch Program. This will only impact C.W. Baker High School.

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DeWitt Police distribute books by local author

The DeWitt Police Department has purchased and will distribute the book, “Sharing my Stones” written by Marianne Angelillo to all high schools in Onondaga County.

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Dr. Jordan Amadio receives American Medical Association Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award

Dr. Jordan Amadio received the Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation during its annual meeting on June 5 and 6 in Chicago. Amadio was a long-time resident of Cazenovia, where his parents still reside.

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Hart leads Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame inductee list

Golf, basketball, football, journalism all part of Class of 2014

With accomplishments that span the entire second half of the 20th century and the first years of the 21st century, the six newest inductees to the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame provide a wide variety of compelling stories.

Watch out for Emerald Ash Borer

With the warm weather here and most of us spending time outside tending to our landscapes, I thought it was an appropriate time to remind everyone to be on the lookout for ash trees that look sick or stressed. Since 2002, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been tracking the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer in the United States. Since 2009, it has been tracking its spread in New York state. The Emerald Ash Borer is a glittering, almost metallic-looking green beetle about a half inch long. This bug was unintentionally brought over from China on shipping crates and has been spreading across the United States ever since. Since this bug is native to Asia, it has no natural predators here in the U.S., and none of our trees have any natural defenses against it. It was first discovered in Onondaga County about two years ago. Although the bug is harmless to humans and other trees and plant life, it is unfortunately fatal to every species of ash tree.

Political truth in advertising

It’s time again for the ubiquitous political attack ads. We will hear the old saw, “Attack ads work!” That may be true, but consider, if you will, doesn’t the electorate deserve better?

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‘Cherry Orchard’ on Orchard Street

Redhouse artistic director and longtime professional actress Laura Austin will star as Mrs. Lyuba Ranevsky, an aristocratic pre-revolution Russian matriarch, in “The Cherry Orchard,” being staged at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Fayetteville Free Library, 310 Orchard St. Tickets cost $25 or $15 for Redhouse members; theredhouse.org; 362-2785.

Board acknowledges lacrosse coach with proclamation, B’ville to be featured in Finger Lakes magazine

The Baldwinsville Village Board met June 19 to discuss and act on various items. The following is a summary of what took place.

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B’ville’s Boy Scouts Troop 80 celebrates 90 years

What did the late Theodore Durgee and Charles Baker have in common besides both having local schools named after them? They were affiliated with Baldwinsville’s Boy Scouts Troop 80. Durgee was a Scoutmaster in 1933 and Baker was a committee chair in 1941.

Wednesday, June 25

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Bringing the (infrared) heat

First infrared sauna spa opens in Manlius

There’s a new holistic healing technique sweeping the United States, and Renee Greco, one of the owners of Cure Infrared Sauna Spa, knows it’s more than just a fad.

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Lions Club adds more, louder shells to Fourth of July fireworks show

The 2014 Fourth of July Fireworks over Cazenovia Lake will be the largest, loudest, most impressive show the Cazenovia Lions Club has ever sponsored — and the club is excited to show off the results to the community.

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Brewster Inn offers new, farm-fresh menu

The Brewster Inn on Ledyard Avenue is known for its elegant cuisine and farm-fresh menu items, but owner Richard Hubbard has been taking actions in recent months that he hopes will enhance his restaurant’s already impressive reputation. To do this, he has recently unveiled a brand new menu, one that includes 20 new items, offered in half-size as well as full-size portions, and all farm fresh from Cazenovia as well as from some of the highest quality farms and purveyors around the world.

Fenner town board opposes state Clean Water Act

The Fenner Town Board last week unanimously passed a resolution that opposes New York state’s Clean Water Act Resolution as an unnecessary and burdensome interference of the state on the town.

Caz lacrosse players draw national attention

Willard heading to U.S. National Team tryouts in Maryland

Even though the high school lacrosse season is over, a summer that’s full of tournaments, club teams and other activities is in full swing. And two stars from Cazenovia –Sarah Willard on the girls side, T.J. Connellan on the boys side, – are drawing some national attention.

LETTER: No bench at East Syracuse Veteran’s Park?

To the editor: I am a Vietnam veteran. When I am in East Syracuse, I almost always stop at the war monument. For me, it’s time to reflect and I have met many other veterans there who served in Vietnam and Korea. But I’m wondering, why is there no bench there anymore? Even a wooden bench, like the ones around the village would be nice.

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Get your kicks while helping kids

The weakest link gets dunked! This was the premise for the dunk tank’s presence during The Dream Factory of Syracuse’s first annual Kicks for Kids Kickball Tournament. Many teams called out their own players who may have made some bad plays and then paid for the opportunity to knock them off a platform into a tank of cold water using a softball.

Brewerton’s riverfront to be unveiled

To the editor: I am pleased to announce we are having a celebration for the long-awaited Riverfront Park Improvements Project in Brewerton.

LETTER: Tell your senator to support expanding spay/neuter

We have some good news to share. Last week, the New York General Assembly passed AB 9487 to allow the state spay/neuter fund to include Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts. Now the bill must pass the senate before it becomes a law. Please ask your state senator to support community cats.

LETTER: Make tax office aware of property changes

To the editor: Are you a new property owner? Did you purchase your property in the last few months? Have you paid off your mortgage recently? Have you had a change in your name? Your tax office needs to hear from you so that we can get your taxes to you.

Stirpe urges drivers to take his I-Pledge to not text and drive

“On my way.” “Running late.” “Love you.” Reading or typing these simple text messages could easily cause a serious accident. In 2012 alone, more than 25 percent of all crashes in Onondaga County were caused by driver inattention or distraction, including texting while driving. We need to try and put an end to this dangerous practice.

J-D turf could become a reality next summer

A turf field, renovated track and new lighting could be ready to go in time for the beginning of the 2015 Jamesville-DeWitt fall sports season.

Tuesday, June 24

Scams, identity theft affect local residents

Unfortunately, our office often hears firsthand accounts from local residents who have been scammed. I wanted to let people know of common scams local residents have experienced recently and how to avoid scams and identity theft.

Police chief warns Cazenovia residents to beware of new phone scam

A new phone scam has been reported by multiple village residents recently, and Cazenovia Police Chief Michael Hayes urges residents to be aware of the attempted fraud. The scam involves a call from someone who claims to be an attorney or police official who claims that the receiver’s relative has been arrested in Europe and needs money for bail.

Teddy Bear Parade coming to Cazenovia Public Library

Amid all the July 4th festivities, there is a parade just for children and their teddy bears. The Cazenovia Public Library and Cazenovia Children’s House, Inc. will again sponsor the “Teddy Bear Parade” at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 5.

Coyotes suspected to be living less than a mile from Mott Road Elementary School

It isn’t uncommon for Frank Pitcher to see wildlife in his backyard – owls, hawks, deer and woodchucks are among the typical visitors to his property.

LCSD BOE continues to work on redistricting

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education continued to move forward with plans for redistricting by the fall of 2015 at its regular meeting Monday, June 23.

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AAGS seeks funding to build low-cost spay/neuter clinic

Every year, more than 1,000 cats and dogs are euthanized purely because the shelters have no place to put them. According to the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse (AAGS), an animal welfare agency that serves all of Central New York, the Syracuse area has a higher rate of euthanasia than any other area in Upstate New York. In the meantime, hundreds of homeless pets die on the streets.

Village trustee candidates Kochan and Rosier re-elected unopposed

Liverpool village trustees Nick Kochan and Jim Rosier were re-elected on June 17when 41 village voters cast ballots. As usual, they both ran unopposed

New clerk in North Syracuse

Village Clerk-Treasurer Dianne Kufel has worked for North Syracuse for a dozen years, and now she’s getting some permanent part-time help. At their June 12 meeting, village trustees approved the hiring of Julia Getman as the village’s new part-time clerk.

Dallas admits double murder

Justin Dallas, the 27-year-old Syracuse man accused of murdering two women in Liverpool last October, pleaded guilty on June 19 in County Court to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault.

Summer is here

The warm weather is here, and as I drive around town I notice that many people are out and about doing yard work and keeping their lawns looking neat and tidy. Thank you, Salina residents, for showing pride in your homes and keeping Salina looking beautiful.

LETTER: Relay for Life co-chairs thank community

To the editor and the F-M community: As the co-chairs of this year’s F-M Community Relay for Life, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for so generously supporting us and the American Cancer Society in our first year of our Relay. We began this undertaking in October of 2013 when our students decided to bring Relay back to our community. With a small but dedicated group, we were able to plan a 12-hour walk, schedule a carnival, find bands to play, and, in total, see more than 1,000 people attend in one way or another to support raising funds for cancer research and prevention.

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Into the ‘Fab Lab’ and beyond

How the Fayetteville Free Library transformed from a small suburban library into an internationally-recognized industry leader

Fayetteville Free Library Executive Director Sue Considine doesn’t play by the rules – she makes them. Since joining the FFL in 2001, Considine has moved the library from its 4,500 square foot building on East Genesee Street in 2003 to the vast 46,000 square foot space in the former Stickley Furniture Factory. She’s grown the staff from a handful of people to almost 50 and has increased the library’s budget from $300,000 to $1.6 million over the last ten years.

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F-M students gain real-world work experience through internships

Several Fayetteville-Manlius High School students recently had the opportunity to compete for a scholarship while earning some real-world work experience.

Monday, June 23

DeWitt Police arrest 16-year-old for robbery

The DeWitt Police Department arrested a 16 year old female for robbery in the parking lot at 6598 Thompson Road (Lauro's Pizza) around 2:30 p.m. June 23.

Friday, June 20

Town and village collaborate with community groups to develop a Climate Action Plan

The town and village of Cazenovia are working together on developing a Climate Action Plan with technical support and guidance from the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board. The Climate Action Plan (CAP) is providing an opportunity for the Cazenovia community to evaluate how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. The goals and recommendations included in the plan are being developed as a local level initiative with input from the community.

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Common Grounds Service Learning Program has successful first year

What is service learning? This was the exact question I was asking myself a year ago — well, a school year ago, when I decided to take on this role. Ultimately, service learning is a philosophy where students are encouraged to combine what they study in school with their own skills and interests, and apply it to community service activities. Moreover, the goal of service learning is for students to reflect on the issues and needs of the area, organization or population that they are serving, which in turn offers an opportunity for them to grow as a result of the work they do in our community.

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Cazenovia College receives $2,000 Phi Kappa Phi literacy grant

Grant will allow College to strengthen partnership with Cazenovia Community Preschool through the sharing of multicultural literacy resources

The Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant Selection Committee and the Society Board of Directors recently notified Cazenovia College that its literacy grant proposal, Multicultural Books in Early Childhood Students' Hands, has received full funding in the amount of $2,000.

Win a chance to audition on ‘The Voice’ at the Madison County Fair

Local singers could win a blind audition on NBC’s hit show “The Voice.” The Madison County Fair, along with several other New York State District 5 county fairs have teamed up with Northern Star Productions to offer a karaoke contest that could land singers an audition on “The Voice.”

Thanks to community for supporting Limestone Creek Hunt


To the editor: As one of the Masters of Foxhounds of the Limestone Creek Hunt I would like to publicly thank the community and especially our hosts, the Coughlins of Crosswinds Farm, for producing another wonderful Limestone Creek Hunt Landowner’s Party this Friday past.

LETTER: New York’s Governor may be guilty of bribery

To the editor: Late last month, the far-left Working Families Party (WFP) nearly dumped Andrew Cuomo in favor of an insurgent liberal candidate at their party convention, but Cuomo saved himself with a last minute pact brokered by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Blewett gets $1.8 million signing bonus from Royals

B'ville star will go from HS graduation to Appalachian League

Like hundreds of thousands of other American teenagers, Scott Blewett would celebrate his high school graduation on Sunday with the rest of his Baker High School classmates at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena. Unlike most of them, though, Blewett will head toward his new job with $1.8 million in the bank, and potentially much more ahead.

Giraffe coming to Chittenango zoo this summer

The Wild Animal Park in Chittenango will soon become one of four zoos in New York State to have a giraffe. Jase the giraffe will join the park’s new African Trail and will begin greeting visitors on July 2. The African trail is a news section of the park that includes an African leopard and ostriches, which are also new residents of the park.

Thursday, June 19

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Seneca River Day a success despite cool temps and clouds

Event went smoothly, families had fun and the Rotary Club raised money for the community

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville would like to thank the community, their sponsors and club members for another successful Seneca River Day, Saturday, June 14th at Mercer Park. The park was filled with vendor booths, there were activities and shows all day long and almost everything was free to enjoy.

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B’ville students to explore science this summer

Two Baldwinsville students have been selected to attend the Bristol-Myers Squibb Science Horizons program at Syracuse University this summer, and two students have been selected as alternates.

Find out ‘How To’ at June 26 library festival

Want to learn how to save money? Energy? How about how to relieve stress? Maybe you want to learn how to make better food choices or gain flexibility and balance. All these topics and more will be addressed at Baldwinsville

Lysander supervisor addresses accusations

In response to town clerk Lisa Dell’s accusations made at the May 19 town board meeting, Supervisor John Salisbury addressed in detail the sequence of events leading up to the proposed boys’ group home to be built on Doyle Road, as well as the April 24 meeting Dell claimed was illegal.

Chapter 8: The Adventures of Frankie

Bad hair day

Frankie’s dad ruffled his hair as he walked by the breakfast table, “Get’n a little long there kid.” A flat spot on one side from sleeping on a wet head, Frankie pushed aside the curls so he could see his Fruit Loops.

Chapter 6: The Adventures of Frankie

Checking account

Both hands gripping the wheelbarrow, sleep still thick in his head, Frankie twisted to wipe an eye on his sleeve. Never excited about getting up early on a Saturday morning, but for a new bicycle, right now he’d do just about anything.

Successful after prom party made possible by parents and local businesses


To the editor: Each year at this time, high school juniors look forward to their year-end, black-tie event, which has been an age old tradition in the US and increasingly in the UK and Canada. More recently, parents and teachers, concerned about the safety of teens wishing to extend the evening, have begun a new tradition, the After Prom Party.

After Ball Committee thanks community for support


To the editor: The Cazenovia High School After Ball Committee would like to thank the many people who helped make this year's After Ball Party a huge success.

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CACDA seeks more cyclists with new BikeCaz project

Cazenovia is a great place for bicycling. With its scenic vistas, waterside roadways and challenging hills, the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association sees great potential to attract more cyclists to the community, and has begun a new project to do just that.

‘Dead Divas’ coming To Caz with Siobhan Fallon Hogan as host

Event to fund Brian R. Gara Memorial Hockey Scholarship

Catherine Cummings Theater will present “Dead Divas,” a tribute to the legendary ladies of song from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 26, featuring local talent covering favorites from Janis Joplin, Eva Cassidy, Billie Holliday, Karen Carpenter, Patsy Cline, Donna Summer and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Brian R. Gara Memorial Hockey Scholarship, a monetary award presented annually to a graduating Cazenovia Varsity hockey player

LETTER: Local businesses show support for volunteers

To the editor: On Wednesday, June 4, several local businesses came out in support of FM-JD area Meals on Wheels at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, which was organized by creative MOW volunteers Debbie Kelley and Beth Rhea. We want to especially thank Chef Bob Henning, and management team members Rita Mazzarello and Tom Guzzo, from Maple Downs Holiday Retirement community in Fayetteville for generously providing a delicious luau-theme main course; Kathy and Vince Giordano, owners of SNO-TOP in Manlius for their donation of ice cream for our dessert sundaes and Dr. Jeff Standish and his assistant Jen of Chiropractic First in E. Syracuse, for providing thermal scans and chair massages to many of our volunteers.

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Wellwood’s character education program serves up support

As part of Wellwood Middle School’s “Project: Pass It On” character education program, the school plans to donate about $2,100 to a local nonprofit organization.

Ballplayer ejected at first, steals home anyway

For decades, the Syracuse Chiefs have been relegated to the cellar of the International League North Division. Not anymore. A serendipitous convergence of circumstances — timely hitting paired with pitching that refuses to give up walks — have landed the hometown nine in first place.

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Femme fatale

Alicia Bronzetti makes impressive debut in CNY Playhouse mystery

Dame Agatha Christie – who wrote more than five dozen mystery novels and a dozen plays – thought “And Then There Were None” was her best piece of stage “craftsmanship.”

Wednesday, June 18

Mayor Olson attends Maker Faire at the White House

Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson was one of 20 mayors from across the nation invited to join President Barack Obama on June 18 for the first-ever Maker Faire, held at the White House. Olson also joined a policy discussion with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss support for manufacturing communities on economic, infrastructure and community revitalization.

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Powerlifting Cazenovian off to national Special Olympics

Ryan Goldacker, a graduate of Cazenovia High School and currently a student at Cazenovia College, is one of two Central New Yorkers that will be competing in the Special Olympics’ national competition, the U.S.A. Games, from June 14 to June 20 in Princeton, N.J.

Google Virtual Area Guide of Cazenovia now live online

People across the United States — and even the world — who may be curious about Cazenovia and wonder what the community looks like now can walk the streets in a virtual tour through the Google Sidewalk View / Virtual Area Guide of Cazenovia.

Cazenovia Public Library seeks community input through survey

The Cazenovia Public Library survey “Your Thoughts, Our Future,” that was recently sent to community members, is intended to help the Library serve the current and future needs of the community during this time of rapid change.

LETTER: Sheriff’s candidate doesn’t say how repealing SAFE will make us safer

To the editor: Jack Garafalo ("SAFE-ACT has serious flaw, won't work in the long run," June 11) wrote a very persuasive letter about how he, as a candidate for Onondaga County sheriff, would attempt to get that law overturned. In his lengthy letter, however, he failed to mention how he would make Onondaga County a safer community for its citizens.

Lions Club honors 2013-14 students of the month

The Cazenovia Lions Club last week honored its 10 students of the month for the 2013-14 school year at its 12th annual end of the year dinner at Cazenovia College, which featured a presentation by world-renowned musician Samite Mulondo, founder of Musicians for World Harmony.

Approved: Residents pass public referendum on fire department retirement benefits

Two trustees, village justice also win reelection

Starting in 2015, members of the Cazenovia Volunteer Fire Department will begin accruing retirement benefits, sponsored by the village, in the amount of $700 per firefighter for each year of service completed. This proposed Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) was overwhelmingly passed as a public referendum by a vote of 108 to 14approved by village voters during the June 17 village election. Also victorious on June 17, Trustees David Porter and Jim Joseph and Village Justice Timothy Moore won reelection to their respective positions. All three ran unopposed.

Clay Community Festival is this weekend

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, look no further than Clay Central Park. From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the park on Wetzel Road, the town will host its fourth annual Clay Community Festival. The event includes a

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ESM students, community organizations simulate DWI accident

On June 11, the Manlius Police Department, East Syracuse and Minoa Fire Departments, E.A.V.E.S first responders, medical examiners and representatives from Schepp Family Funeral Homes were on the scene at East Syracuse Minoa High School for what appeared to be a two-car drunk driving accident.

Good news for Brewerton and the town of Cicero

On June 11, the Cicero Town Board unanimously voted to move forward with the next phase of the Brewerton Revitalization Project. This portion of the project will include acquisition of two parcels of land that sit adjacent to Riverfront Park (just on your left prior to the bridge heading north over the Oneida River on Route 11) and expansion of the walkway and docking area along the river. These improvements will be ADA-compliant and will encourage more visitors to the park and create an atmosphere whereby boaters will be able to easily access the hamlet of Brewerton to shop and dine.

Enjoy summer with a visit to a state park or a night spent camping under the stars

After the long, cold winter we had here in the Central New York, it’s time to take advantage of the warm weather and the beautiful sunshine as much as we can in the days to come. We’re fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful scenery throughout New York, from our beaches to our mountains to everything in between. When it’s nice out, there is no shortage of locations for taking advantage of what can only be described as glorious weather. The month of June is Great Outdoors Month, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by visiting one of New York’s 180 gorgeous state parks and historic sites.

Tuesday, June 17

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School board approves new director of special education, high school principal

With Cazenovia’s 2013-14 school year just days from ending, a new district director of special education and a new high school principal have been selected for the 2014-15 school year. Terry Ward and Eric Knuth were unanimously appointed by the Cazenovia Board of Education during its June 16 regular monthly meeting.

Rain barrels looking even better for Park Hill and Franklin Park residents

The town of Dewitt is joining forces with CNY Central New York Decorative Artists chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters to offer rain barrel painting assistance for residents of the Franklin Park and Park Hill neighborhoods.

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Local World War II veteran recalls D-Day bombing runs

Seventy years after Allied forces created the largest armada ever assembled to accomplish the greatest seaborn invasion in history, 96-year-old Cazenovia veteran, Fred Taylor, can recall flying his B-17 bomber during the D-Day invasion of Normandy as if it were only yesterday. “There were so many planes in the air it looked like Broadway,” Taylor said. “We bombed ahead of the troops. We flew at 12,000 feet — low altitude for heavy bombers. We could see the men down there. The English Channel looked like Broadway and Times Square with all the ships and transports, loaded with an enormous number of men and supplies. We put ashore 400,000 men. The Germans didn’t stand a chance.”

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Magee honored for 50 years of service with Erieville Fire Department

The Nelson Town Board last week honored Erieville firefighter Bob Magee for his milestone of 50 years of service with the Erieville Fire Department, and presented him a plaque in commemoration of the achievement.

LEON Festival to offer free fun, information to keep summer safe for kids

An afternoon and evening of fun and fireworks, featuring a performance by the national singing sensation Kidz Bop, will highlight the LEON Festival to take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at Onondaga Lake Park. Admission to the event is free. The event celebrates the halfway mark to the winter holidays and the start of summer.

Republican has new online offerings for readers

The Cazenovia Republican has two new online offerings for our readers: the online app Storify and our intern Ashley Wolf's new blog, "Life, Love and the Pursuit of Publication."

Town board hears earful on proposed noise ordinance and special events laws

One month after the Cazenovia Town Board officially proposed new town laws to prevent and control excessive noise and to establish procedures and requirements to hold special events, numerous town residents and business owners attended a public hearing to voice their concerns and criticisms of the potential actions.

An interview with Gene Conway

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Gene Conway, Dewitt Police Chief, to learn more about him. What I found out was that Gene is a dedicated policeman and capable administrator. He knows that the police are extensions of the public, as are all government employees. Being a policeman is unique in that sometimes contact with the public is unpleasant, but that a policeman should not be unpleasant.

Monday, June 16

You can still help Angelina and the MDA

I’m going to tell you a story. Angelina was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) type 2 when she was 9 months old. The little girl, who lives with mom Erin and dad Frank in Liverpool, never sat up independently. She never crawled. She never walked. She’ll have to rely on a power wheelchair to get around.

Redistricting discussed again

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education is continuing to deal with questions pertaining to the redistricting project set to go into effect in September of 2015. At its last regular meeting, held June 9, the board made decisions on several matters with regard to the plan.

LETTER: Sheriff’s candidate doesn’t say how repealing SAFE will make us safer

Jack Garafalo ("SAFE-ACT has serious flaw, won't work in the long run," June 11) wrote a very persuasive letter about how he, as a candidate for Onondaga County sheriff, would attempt to get that law overturned. In his lengthy letter, however, he failed to mention how he would make Onondaga County a safer community for its citizens.

Curbing, new streetlights to spiff up North Syracuse Village Center

Mayor Mark Atkinson presided over a public hearing at the North Syracuse Board of Trustees June 12 meeting regarding the Village Center Streetscape Improvements project.

Vietnam veterans’ organization seeks photos of those killed in war

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund seeks to locate photos of all those killed during the conflict in Vietnam. So far, organizers have collected nearly 34,000 photos of 58,286 casualties. The photos are being displayed on a virtual “Wall of Faces,” which can be found at vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces.

County Legislature holds ‘Ash for Trash’ meeting in DeWitt

Despite residents’ pleas, legislature does not extend public comment period

The clock is ticking towards the expiration of a contract between Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency and Covanta Energy regarding the incinerator on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville.

East Syracuse man killed in motorcycle accident

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred during the evening hours of June 15 on Onondaga Lake Parkway in the Town of Salina.

Sovring helps Section III win state golf title

C-NS star plays in third state tournament; Auburn's May prevails

Both as a freshman, and as a junior, Cicero-North Syracuse girls golfer Brianna Sovring earned the right to play deep into June and appear in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament.

J-D golfers help Section III win state team title

Hair, Kim both garner top-30 finishes in state tournament

Jamesville-DeWitt girls golfer Molly Hair was accustomed to the pressure of playing in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament on SUNY-Delhi’s course, while her teammate, Junghye Kim, was new to all this.

Walsh helps Section III win state golf title

B'ville golfer ties for 30th; Auburn's May wins individual championship

Once more, Baldwinsville girls golfer Katie Walsh made her way to SUNY-Delhi to take one more shot at top honors during last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament.

Saturday, June 14

Solvay stopped just short of state softball title

Eden pitcher no-hits Bearcats in championship game

History, in the form of a first state championship, was right within the reach of the Solvay softball team as it took to the field at South Glens Falls' Moreau Recreation Center Saturday afternoon, one victory away from the biggest prize of all.

Softball Warriors fall just short of AA state title

Liverpool claims semifinal, drops final to East Meadow

So how close did the Liverpool softball team come to bringing home the first state championship in program history? One more hit, at an opportune time, may have provided that winning moment for the Warriors in Saturday's state Class AA title game at Moreau Recreation Center in South Glens Falls, but it never got that hit, and instead took a 3-1 defeat to East Meadow.

Friday, June 13

Fighting heroin

And other opioid addictions

For Baldwinsville native Micah Wood, 20, the need to get clean finally became evident when he sat in a jail cell for the first time. He had been using heroin, among other drugs, for about a year and half at that point, and on Nov. 23, while high and without remembering, he was arrested for criminal mischief, resisting arrest and assault and held at the Onondaga County Justice Center.

B’ville Rotary to host 20th Annual Seneca River Day

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville’s 20th annual Seneca River Day will take place Saturday, June 14. As the largest fundraiser for the club, a lot of effort has gone into making sure the park is full of vendors, that there is entertainment for the kids all day long and families will find it a fun and affordable experience.

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A Memorial Day observance

The following passage was given by Abbe Guillet, Baker high school French teacher, at this year’s Memorial Day observance on May 30 at Veterans Memorial Park, Riverview Cemetery.

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Van Buren Elementary School fifth-graders create organization to thank military

A homework assignment became the catalyst for three Van Buren Elementary School fifth-graders to form an organization to honor members of the U.S. military.

Sour grapes: Owera Vineyards appeals codes officer decision denying scheduled event to zoning board

After a quiet spring, the controversy between Owera Vineyards and the town of Cazenovia over the winery’s allowed operating procedures has reared up again — this time in the form of an appeal to the town zoning board of appeals over a recent decision by the town codes enforcement officer denying Owera’s plans for a June 10 event. The winery is repeating its previous claim that its three-season events tent is an indoor, not an outdoor, structure as the town claims, and is offering a new argument that its hours of operation as approved under its original site plan approval are not enforceable by the town.

LETTER: Disappointed to not see Fayetteville DPW in parade

To the editor and all members of the Fayetteville DPW: I attended the Fayetteville Memorial Day parade for the first time in many years. I was very disappointed that your department was not represented in this parade. The only representatives I saw were several workers quickly removing barricades at the end to open the streets.

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Looking for a fun summer outing? Try Hannay Miniature Horse Farm

The Cazenovia area has many hidden treasures; one of them is the Hannay Miniature Horse Farm. Established in 2005 by Gene and Mary Smith, the farm cares for, trains, breeds, shows and sells miniature horses — but what the Smiths really enjoy is showing the horses off.

Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall to showcase the art collection of Sylvia Wyckoff

Summer Art Series to Feature “Paintings from the Pink House”

The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall will host “Paintings from the Pink House: The Collection of Sylvia Wyckoff” on weekends, June 13 through Aug. 3. The exhibition will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

LETTER: Meaning behind parade is not candy

To the editor: On May 26, many Manlius children were once again able to learn the true meaning of Memorial Day. Namely, that it’s the day when the streets are filled with candy and all one has to do is pick it up. Hey, it’s even better than Halloween, no need to don a mask or costume, walk between houses, ring doorbells, etc.

Thursday, June 12

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New Canastota brewery mixes local ingredients with local history

Erie Canal Brewing Company is the only local brewery to use 100 percent Madison County ingredients

In the 19th century, hops were the staple crop of Central New York; and Madison County was actually known as the “Hops Capital of the United States.” Prohibition, plus a killer hops fungus, decimated the county’s agricultural pride — but in recent years beer-making has made a comeback in CNY in general, and in Madison County in particular. Under state law, for a brewery to be deemed made in New York 20 percent of the hops and 20 percent of all other ingredients must be grown or produced within the state. There is a new brewery in Canastota, however, that not only gets most of its ingredients from a farm in Chittenango, but is the only brewery around that boasts a beer made from ingredients 100 percent grown in Madison County — Erie Canal Brewing Company.

Free gift to veteran dad for Father’s Day


To the editor: A suggestion for Father’s Day June 15: give your WWII, Korean War or terminally ill veteran father or grandfather the gift of a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit monuments dedicated to their honor.

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Village election to be held June 17

Trustees, village justice and firefighter retirement program proposition on ballot

In less than one week, Cazenovia village residents will go to the polls to elect — or, more correctly, to reelect — two members of the village board of trustees and the village justice. Voters also will decide whether to accept or reject a ballot proposition that would allow the village to create a retirement benefit program for village volunteer firefighters. The only uncertain outcome on the ballot is the proposition, since the candidates for trustee and justice — all incumbents — all are running unopposed.

Village board begins work on possible Riverside Drive redevelopment plan

The village board last week took its first official step to attempt to redevelop — once again — the currently vacant municipal land on Riverside Drive behind the Cazenovia Public Library by tasking the village’s professional planner to create a development plan and detailed map of the area.

Upstate Medical University Scholarship Awarded to Fayetteville woman

The Nursing Alumni Association of Upstate Medical University awarded Christine L. Kirkman, of Fayetteville, the $1,000 Nursing Scholarship for Advanced Practice as she completed the master’s degree this May for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the College of Nursing, Class of 2014.

Another zone change kerfuffle


Ledyard Avenue residents last week voiced extensive concerns and criticisms at a public hearing about the village’s proposed local law to create a new zoning district and to change the zoning of certain land parcels on both sides of Ledyard Avenue from Route 13/Lakeland Park to the western village boundary by the Trush property. As we report in this week’s issue, the village board was shocked at the vehement criticisms and had no idea they were coming. We, likewise, did not expect the public hearing to turn into such a long and heated discussion, and had no idea residents were upset over the Western Gateway proposal.

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All in the family

Local father-daughter team sells insurance in the heart of Manlius

If you live in the village of Manlius, chances are you drive past the Webb Agency every day and may not know it. Although the independent insurance agency has only been at its current location across from the Swan Pond for two years, Lisé Hodinger said she and co-owner Calvin Webb, who is also her father, have been making an effort to make their company an active part of the Manlius community.

Ken Hurst recalls the days of ‘willow willpower’

Next month — God-willing — Ken Hurst will turn 95. But before he does, he’ll sit down to reminisce about livin’ in Liverpool in the 1920s at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St. 457-0310; lpl.org. Admission is free and open to the public. I first got to know Ken when he ran the S&K, a quintessential mom-and-pop grocery store on Second Street where I would buy bottles of White Rock soda pop, comic books, bubble gum, Pez and plenty of penny candy.

Wednesday, June 11

Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 candidates for graduation

The following students are candidates for graduation as part of the Cazenovia High School Class of 2014:

Pay What You Want Day Returns to Hamilton Theater

To kick off the summer and help celebrate independent theater for the community, Hamilton Theater invites guests to “Pay What You Want” to see any movie on Wednesday, June 18.

Chabad Syracuse to mark the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

In an unexpected move, the Israeli Knesset voted recently to dedicate a session to discussing the life and legacy of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, on the day marking 20 years since his passing, the third day of Tamuz 5754, which coincides with July 1 this year.

A resident’s tribute to Circa


To the editor: I’ve been thinking about the rationale we as a community have been using about Circa, the slow-food restaurant that is being forced out of business by rising rents. Why should we keep it open? It’s good for our property values? It’s good for Route 20 tourism? It proves we are a cool small town?

McLaughlin to speak on the inhabitants of the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina at the Cazenovia Public Library

Dr. Timothy McLaughlin, retired professor of history at Cazenovia College, will present “What I Did on My Winter Vacation: A Visit to the Golden Isles of Georgia” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

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Village board braced by extensive opposition to Ledyard Avenue ‘Western Gateway’ rezoning proposal

The mayor and village trustees received an earful of resident concern and opposition last week regarding a village proposal to rezone the Ledyard Avenue/Route 20 entrance corridor into the village — what the board is calling the “Western Gateway” — as a way to promote economic development as well as to maintain the appearance and historical integrity of the grand homes on the road. Calling it an ill-conceived and under-developed plan that could turn the spacious residential corridor into a village-soul-killing commercial strip, neighbors questioned numerous aspects of the proposed law, including the allowed commercial uses in the new zoning district, the availability and aesthetics of parking, the danger to the existing historic homes, the benefits and potential spot zoning for the owner of The Brewster Inn and even the way in which the village notified the neighbors of the proposed zone change.

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Mapping the world, one village at a time

Google Street View visits Manlius and Fayetteville

Now that the weather is getting nicer, a number of people are beginning to flock to Central New York to enjoy it – including representatives from Google.

Tuesday, June 10

Fayetteville Library teams up with Webucator to offer free training to members

The Fayetteville Free Library has joined forces with Webucator, a national training company headquartered in Fayetteville, to offer free technology and business skills training to its members. The courses, which are offered online and are self-paced, can be taken at the FFL or from members’ homes.

COLUMN: Tribute to Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduates

Congratulations to our graduates! On Saturday, June 28, we will be honoring 710 of our young adults as they celebrate a milestone in their lives, high school graduation.

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Big changes in store for ESM

District to begin Pine Grove Middle School renovations this month

On June 5, the East Syracuse Minoa School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for its “Greener, Greater Grove” project, a $29.4 million plan to renovate and make critical upgrades to Pine Grove Middle School.

Monday, June 9

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Youngsters raise money for The Molly Project through lemonade stand

On June 7, two young philanthropists hosted a lemonade stand where they sold lemonade, water, cookies and other treats to raise money for The Molly Project, a Cicero-based nonprofit that recruits professional photographers to take on-location portraits of women with cancer and their families.

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Clay man still missing

Sheriff’s detectives are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of a town of Clay man who hasn’t been seen or heard from in nearly three weeks. Edward P. Weslowski, 71, of 1311 Allen Road, vanished sometime during the overnight hours on May 22. Weslowski, who suffers from dementia, anxiety and insomnia, has not been seen or heard from since his disappearance.

Avoid frauds and cons

There have been a number of scams in our area recently targeting the elderly. Below, find some tips from the Cicero Police Department on how to keep yourself safe.

Liverpool village trustee candidates run unopposed…again

Liverpool village trustees Nick Kochan and Jim Rosier are up for re-election on Tuesday, June 17, and unless someone mounts a surprise write-in campaign, the incumbents’ victory is assured. As usual, they are both unopposed. Rosier first took office in 2002 while Kochan, the former chairman of the Village Planning Board, became a trustee in 2006.

Father’s Day highlights the importance of men’s health

Our lives are busy. It can be hard to make time for doctor’s appointments or to take care of ourselves. But, June is Men’s Health Month, a time to educate ourselves about preventable health problems and the importance of early detection and treatment. With Father’s Day just around the corner and Men’s Health Month already in full swing, it’s a good time to focus on the men in our lives — fathers, friends, sons, brothers, uncles, husbands and grandfathers — and their health.

Sunday, June 8

‘Quiet’ is a resource to be preserved


“Peace and quiet” is a resource that most of us have taken for granted comes with living in a small town in a rural setting. As someone who frequently travels to large and chaotic international cities, I can attest to the restorative value of Cazenovia’s quietude. However, like Cazenovia’s other unique resources, quiet is at risk of being lost incrementally unless we proactively preserve it. Fortunately, Cazenovia’s town board saw this and recently introduced a draft noise ordinance together with an ordinance governing regulation of “special events.”

Akinpelu second in 400 hurdles at state meet

C-NS's Austen places fourth in Division I pentathlon

Ore Akinpelu, Morgan Austen, Mark Vanmarter and Pete Girardi led the contingent of Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool track and field athletes working in home territory during last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Bragman Stadium.

CBA’s Schug wins 200 at state track meet

Millar, Berge', Avery, Pearl all have top-five runs for F-M

Though part of a much smaller track and field team than most of the girls she competes against, Christian Brothers Academy sophomore Anna Schug finds herself just as good – if not better – than any of them.

B’ville track athletes compete at state meet

Soeder, Martin, 4x400 relay team offer strong finishes

Baldwinsville’s best track and field athletes would find their way to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman to compete in three different events during last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.

Lakers' track stars break records at state meet

Campbell fourth in 400 hurdles; Biver breaks school mark in 400 sprint

Everyone from the Skaneateles track and field teams that made it to last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium had top finishes in mind – and managed to get them.

Garn wins 2,000 steeplechase at state track meet

Marcellus senior also takes second in 800-meter run

Track and field athletes from four area high schools ventured one more time to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, taking part in this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.

Saturday, June 7

Lacrosse Hornets fall to Massapequa in state final

F-M beaten in third trip to Class A title game

Game after game, round after round, the Fayetteville-Manlius kept passing all of the tests thrown at them and, by doing so, shed a 21-year Section III Class A championship drought and made it all the way to the state finals. Only there did the Hornets find an obstacle it could not climb over, in the form of Section VIII champion Massapequa, who did just about everything right in prevailing 16-2 Saturday at Hofstra University on Long Island.

Red Rams stopped in Class B state final again

J-D rally falls just short in 10-9 defeat to Yorktown

For a full year, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team had worked hard to get back to the state Class B championship game, looking to atone for its 2013 defeat to Garden City and claim its fourth state title in eight years. But on the brink of fulfilling that quest, the Red Rams were halted as Yorktown, hanging on in the waning seconds, edged J-D 10-9 Saturday afternoon at Hofstra University on Long Island.

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Caz quest for state title denied by Bronxville

Broncos avenge 2013 state finals loss to Lakers

Just as the horse California Chrome could not quite reach the Triple Crown, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse was denied its own version of the Triple Crown - and just a few miles away from Belmont Park, no less. Leading in the fourth quarter of Saturday's state Class C final at Hofstra University on Long Island, the Lakers, after a third state title in four years, saw that lead get away as Bronxville rallied to prevail 13-10 for its first-ever state championship.

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West Genesee girls wins seventh state lacrosse title

Senior-heavy Wildcats pull away, beat West Islip

What it came down to, for the West Genesee girls lacrosse team, was the simple idea that 17 seniors, bitterly disappointed a season ago, did not want to go through that disappointment again. And the Wildcats didn't have to, riding its hunger and determination all the way to the seventh state Class A championship in program history, attained Saturday afternoon at SUNY-Cortland with a convincing 15-10 victory over West Islip.

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Skaneateles girls lacrosse wins state Class C title

Wood goal with two seconds left beats Cold Spring Harbor

Molly Wood was kept in check all game long, but broke through when it mattered the most - and delivered the shot that gave the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team its third state Class C championship in program history. Wood's goal with just two seconds to play in regulation, achieved off a mad scramble in front of the net, gave the Lakers a 12-11 victory over Cold Spring Harbor in Saturday's state final at SUNY-Cortland.

Trustee urges voters to support Fire Department Length of Service Award Program


To the citizens of the village of Cazenovia: I am writing this letter to remind the voters in the village of Cazenovia that in June 2014 village elections there will be a vote on the proposed Fire Department Length of Service Award Program, or, LOSAP. I strongly support this program.

Friday, June 6

Liverpool softball rallies past Bethlehem in AA regional

Warriors erase 5-0 deficit, advance to state final four

As if the nine-inning, 2-1 conquest of Cicero-North Syracuse to claim the Section III Class AA championship wasn’t enough, more drama – and more happiness – awaited the Liverpool softball team by week’s end.

J-D baseball ousted in Class A regionals

Averill Park shuts out Red Rams, 1-0

The Jamesville-DeWitt boys baseball team knew it was in for a tough challenge with Section II champion Averill Park in its Class A regional semifinal match-up last Friday at Onondaga Community College. But the Red Rams didn’t know that the game would be decided 1-0 in the Warriors’ favor thanks to a controversial play in the top of the sixth inning.

Solvay beats Windsor, reaches softball state final four

Gardner grand slam helps Bearcats avenge 2013 regional defeat

Plans are now underway for Solvay's softball team, who punched a ticket to the state Class B final four at Glens Falls in the sweetest way possible. Already with the Section III title in hand, the Bearcats sought payback in Friday's Class B regional final against Windsor (Section IV) Friday at Union-Endicott High School – and got it, with Jackie Gardner starring in the pitcher’s circle and at the plate to beat the Black Knights 6-3.

Wildcats survive epic state semifinal with Pittsford

Five OT periods required for WG to prevail on Meager's game-winner

Through most of the West Genesee girls lacrosse team’s 2014 quest for a seventh state Class A championship in program history, there was little need to discuss the role of fate or destiny, since most of the wins in both the regular season and post-season were of a lopsided nature.

B’ville Girls Volleyball launches shoe drive

Baldwinsville Girls Volleyball is conducting a flash shoe collection drive on Saturday, June 14 to raise funds for their sports programming costs while benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping old shoes out of local landfills. Individuals can help by donating used shoes of any condition, size, style or color at Baldwinsville Baker High School bus circle.

Baldwinsville Community Band releases concert dates

The Baldwinsville Community Band is pleased to announce its Summer Concert Season for 2014. The band is completing its 35th year of performing concerts under the direction of founder and conductor Phill Sterling, for Baldwinsville residents. The concerts are free to the public and usually performed on Wednesday evenings. All you need to bring is your own seating, unless the concert is scheduled for indoors, then seating is provided. In case of rain or extreme heat, outdoor concerts will be cancelled and posted on our website, or you can call 635-1235 for information.

Chapter 7: The Adventures of Frankie

School sucks

“FRANCIS, get down here!” After three times of asking nicely, Annette, Frankie’s mom, deferred to his father to get him downstairs for breakfast. “What’s wrong honey?” she asked as he plopped down next to his younger brother. “I hate school,” Frankie pouted.

LETTERS: B’ville Lions Club to hold ‘White Cane Day’

To the editor: The purpose of “White Cane Day” is to call attention to some of the international and local sight activities that Lions do to help improve sight and help to prevent and cure blindness. It is also to request small donations to help Lions continue these works.

LETTERS: B’ville Optimist Club thanks guidance counselors, Messenger

To the editor: On behalf of the Baldwinsville Optimist Club, I express our appreciation to the Baker High School guidance counselors: Mr. Hollenbeck, Mrs. Pascale, Mrs. Dixon, Ms. Ambrose, Mrs. Foote and Mr. Mancini; and to Ms. Scott, editor of the Baldwinsville Messenger, for the cooperation with which you all gave me for the past two years as we honored 16 exemplary seniors for their academic excellence, extracurricular activities and their in-school and out-of-school community volunteerism.

Dairy still leader in ag, regional economy

There has been some good news lately involving dairy and the local economy. New York was recently named the top yogurt producer in the nation. This is the second year our state has earned this distinction, in large part due to the Greek yogurt producers who call New York home. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York produced 741 million pounds of yogurt, up from 695 million pounds in 2012. New York also accounted for 15.7 percent of the total U.S. yogurt production in 2013.

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 7

One of the best parts about living in Central New York is the many outdoor amenities we have right at our fingertips. From the uncomplicated footpaths at Baldwinsville’s Beaver Lake Nature Center to the challenging hikes that Homer’s Spafford Forest offers, Onondaga County alone presents an array of scenic venues for all ages and fitness levels.

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Hope to hold Remembrance 8k Run/3k Walk this Sunday

When Donald and Susan Reason joined other walkers in Hope for Bereaved’s annual event last year, only five months had passed since their youngest child, Benjamin, 22, had died. About 50 friends and family members gathered to walk in his memory.

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Girl Scouts Junior Troop 10043 earns Bronze Service Award

Girl Scouts Junior Troop 10043, ages 10 and 11, earned their Bronze Service Award May 3 by hosting a free Spring Fever Family Fun Day for local lower-income families at the CNY Family Sports Centre.

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Historian takes on town of Van Buren

How does a math and science college major and retired school nurse/teacher become a town historian? The link is genealogy. “History was not my big subject,” said Marilyn Breakey, 74. “But in the late 1970s, I got into genealogy and I thought ‘that looks like fun.’ Well ‘that looks like fun’ turned into a 45-year career!”

Girls lacrosse Lakers advance to state Class C final

Skaneateles handles HF-L, faces Cold Spring Harbor for title

Now the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team finds itself in the exact same place where, 12 months ago, it saw a state Class C championship dream fall short. Intent on not letting that happen again, the Lakers earned its second chance on Friday afternoon in the state semifinal at SUNY-Cortland by pulling away in the second half to beat Section V champion Honeoye Falls-Lima 16-6.

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Cazenovia engineering students study stratosphere using weather balloon

Cazenovia High School engineering students last week culminated a months-long project by capturing video and data on the Earth’s stratosphere from a payload of electronic equipment attached to a weather balloon that ascended nearly 20 miles.

Eagle Ridge hosts Society for New Music fundraiser Saturday in Chittenango

The Syracuse-based Society for New Music is one of the few community-based new music organizations in the United States and the only such year-round group in New York state outside Manhattan. On Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m. the society celebrates its 42nd consecutive season with an elegant supper served at Clear Path for Veterans at Eagle Ridge in Chittenango. The gala is called “From the Heart of New York.”

Cazenovia library still seeking used books for annual sale

The Cazenovia Public Library is still seeking donations of used books for the 40th Annual Book Sale to benefit the Cazenovia Public Library. Donated books, new or old, CDs and DVDs must be received at the library by Tuesday, July 1. Items may be dropped off at the front desk.

Summer Birding Series continues at Rogers Center’s Cush Hill

The Chenango Bird Club will hold its second summer evening birding walk with a leisurely stroll at Rogers Environmental Education Center’s Cush Hill property on Wednesday, June 11. Meet in the visitor parking lot at Rogers Center at 6 p.m.

CBA girls lacrosse falls in state semifinal

Victor takes advantage of Brothers' mistakes

Bursting with youthful confidence, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team strode onto the turf at SUNY-Cortland Friday morning trying to move one step closer to repeating as state Class B champions. But it was soon apparent that Section V champion Victor had no intention of aiding in making the Brothers' wishes come true.

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Baldwinsville student wins first place in poster contest

Lauren Shaler, a fifth-grader at Reynolds Elementary School, has won first place in Division 2 of the Central New York portion of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) school bus safety poster contest.

Correction -- Taste of Cazenovia is scheduled for September, not June

CORRECTION -- In the Datebook section of the June 4 issue of the Cazenovia Republican, we erroneously stated that the 2014 Taste of Cazenovia was scheduled to be held Thursday, June 12, at Owera Vineyards. The event is actually scheduled to be held in early September. More details on the event will be forthcoming as the date draws closer.

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Covanta and Southwood Fire Department collect one ton of e-waste

Covanta Onondaga and the Southwood Fire Department recently collected over 2,000 pounds of electronic waste (e-waste) from local residents and businesses at a collection event and open house at the Southwood Fire Department in Jamesville. Items collected included cell phones, televisions, laptops, PCs, tablets and cameras.

Mangicaro: hero of the football field

During his 20 years of coaching football at Liverpool High School George Mangicaro proved he was a winner, a dedicated educator who could motivate and organize his young gridders and turn them into men. Some of them, such as defensive end Tim Green and tight end Chris Gedney, went on to pro careers.

Erin Craig to be Cazenovia High School 2014 commencement speaker

The Cazenovia Central School Class of 2014 is proud to announce that Erin Craig will deliver the Commencement Address at graduation at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 28.

Help me help the MDA

I need your help to make bail. No, not that kind of bail. I’ve never been arrested. But I am going to “jail.” I’ve been recruited to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with their annual Lock-Up fundraiser. Such events occur nationwide all year long. Business owners and community leaders (and, apparently, weekly newspaper reporters) agree to be “put behind bars for good.” We’re asked to raise money from friends, family, co-workers and, in your case, readers to help make “bail,” which will then benefit the MDA’s research, medical clinics and summer camp experiences.

Blewett selected by Royals in MLB Draft

B'ville pitching ace is second-round choice

More than four hours after the Major League Baseball Draft got underway, Baldwinsville's Scott Blewett got the call he waited for. It was from the Kansas City Royals, who chose Blewett with the 56th overall selection late Thursday night to begin what could be a long journey in the professional ranks for the senior right-handed pitcher just weeks before he graduates from Baker High School.

Thursday, June 5

Good Shepherd Church raising money for In My Father’s Kitchen

It started when Good Shepherd Lutheran Church invited John and Leigh-Ann Tumino, founders of In My Father’s Kitchen (IMFK), to speak at a forum about their outreach to those living outdoors. They didn’t just feed the audience’s spirit with stories of one-on-one connections made with the homeless—they fed them Nutella-drenched crepes, as well. Dozens from the church left with full bellies along with a commitment to help this small but powerful non-profit organization that feeds people “spirit, soul and body by using food to open the door to people’s hearts.”

Free gift to veteran dad for Father’s Day


To the editor: A suggestion for Father’s Day June 15: give your WWII, Korean War or terminally ill veteran father or grandfather the gift of a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit monuments dedicated to their honor.

Students to host CPR training class

The Cazenovia Student Health Initiative group is hosting a CPR training class. The goal is to make CPR training available to the community and to encourage Cazenovia High School students and local community members to get CPR certified.

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Demolished: Farnham Street house removed to create fire department parking lot

Village spends $42,000 for action deemed necessary for resident safety and community aesthetic

A property that has been deemed a significant eyesore and potential public health hazard was removed from the village of Cazenovia last week when the derelict house at 6 Farnham St. was demolished and a gravel parking lot for Cazenovia Fire Department members put in its place.

Chamber of commerce announces new ‘Concert and Cruisin’ program

The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a change to their summer event line up: both Caz Cruisin’ and The Oneida Savings Bank Summer Concert Series will be held together at Lakeland Park on Wednesday evenings.

Traffic and safety improvements coming to Thompson Road

For years there have been concerns raised about the traffic problems at the intersection of Thompson Road, Island Road and Northern Boulevard and the need to fix them. Since taking office, I have discussed the importance of improving infrastructure, addressing safety issues, and repairing roads with many officials to ensure funding for improvements such as this in 2014, and am proud to have been a co-sponsor for the resolution to secure monies for this initiative. Investments in these critical areas are important to the future of our community and the county legislature recently appropriated the funding for the 2014 road repair and maintenance program. The good news for Cicero is that Phase II of the Thompson Road project has been included, which results in approximately $2.5 million worth of road improvements.

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Fayetteville woman honored with ‘Women of Distinction’ award

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Diane Kuppermann with the 2014 “Women of Distinction” award during a ceremony at the legislative office building in Albany on May 13.

Wednesday, June 4

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Lacrosse Lakers stop Penn Yan in state semifinal

Caz to meet Bronxville again for Class C title

While the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team knew that it would pass through familiar territory if it wanted to go all the way to a third state Class C championship in four years, it had no idea just how familiar it would get. Just like in 2013, the Lakers will have to beat Salmon River in the regional round, Penn Yan in the state semifinals and then Bronxville in the state final to win it all.

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J-D rallies past Victor, goes back to state final

Red Rams will face Yorktown for Class B crown

Despite playing four playoff contests, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team remained largely untested in the post-season entering Wednesday's state Class B semifinal with Victor (Section V) at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium. The Red Rams had rarely trailed in its four playoff wins over New Hartford, East Syracuse-Minoa, Vestal and Massena, and had won each of those contests by double-digit margins.

OT goal sends lacrosse Hornets to state final

F-M's Wilson beats Fairport with six goals, including game-winner

Try as he could to deflect credit from himself to his compatriots, Jack Wilson could not escape the praise he deserved for leading the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team to the brink of its first-ever state championship. Wilson poured in six goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to carry the Hornets past Fairport 10-9 in Wednesday's state Class A semifinal at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

Friends of Lorenzo kicks off summer season with upcoming Garden Gala

The Friends of Lorenzo invites the Cazenovia community to kick off the summer season at the annual Garden Gala from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 13, in the gardens at Lorenzo.

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Google Street View photographers capture Cazenovia in high resolution

Some people would say being named the second-coolest small town in America this year has helped put Cazenovia on the map — and now that map will show high-resolution street view images of Cazenovia’s main streets and some businesses. This is because a Google Trusted Photographer team was in Cazenovia last week to photograph streets, sidewalks and storefronts for Google Maps’ “Street View” application — and the team will be back this week to photograph the insides of local businesses if owners request the job.

Cazenovia Lake to receive pesticide treatments June 10 through 14

Residents should not swim for three hours after treatments

The town of Cazenovia last week released a Notice of Pesticide Application for Cazenovia Lake.

10th Annual Car Show June 7 at ESM Features Wildcat Raffle

The East Syracuse Minoa Automotive Technology Club's tenth annual Cruise-In/Open House/Car Show is going to be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sat., June 7. at ESM Central High School.

Owners of East Road barn thanks emergency crews for saving their house


To the editor: We are sick at the loss of our beautiful barns, built so long ago and so well by neighbors helping neighbors. That same spirit was evident yesterday as ten volunteer fire companies came to aid us. CAVAC and local police and fire department auxiliaries all worked together to save our house.

Get your kids excited about science with this year’s ‘Summer Reading Challenge’

Studies have shown that summer reading helps students perform better in school the following year. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge themes are science-related: “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for young readers and “Spark a Reaction” for tweens.

Cicero families raise money for The Molly Project with lemonade stand

Sometimes, a glass of lemonade is more than just a glass of lemonade. In the case of Madison King and Nadia Greco, it’s a chance to raise money for an important cause and help people suffering through an illness. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, the Cicero neighbors will host a lemonade stand where they will sell lemonade, water, cookies and other treats to raise money for The Molly Project, a Cicero-based nonprofit that recruits professional photographers to take on-location portraits of women with cancer and their families. The charity was founded by Kristin Atkinson, after whose mother Molly the charity is named, as well as Kristin Johnston and Tara Polcaro.

Parade of Homes once again comes to town of Clay

It’s the hope of every builder to be a part of Central New York’s Parade of Homes, where they can show off their distinctive style to discerning buyers and designers. But it’s also the hope of every municipality to be the home of the prestigious tour, meant to showcase not only construction techniques and interior design, but neighborhoods and local amenities.

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F-M Relay for Life raises more than $68,000

The goal was to raise $50,000 at the F-M Relay for Life event on May 31. But participants in the 12-hour long walk to raise awareness didn’t just exceed that goal – they shattered it, bringing in more than $68,000 by the end of the day.

Tuesday, June 3

Kudos to Cazenovia High School Music Department for great concert


Please share with the music department my sincerest congratulations on an outstanding performance at the Civic Center. This was the first Cazenovia concert I attended at the Civic Center, and I was a bit skeptical, given the expense and effort of bringing performers and audience from Cazenovia to Syracuse.

The cost of success in small business


To the editor: Eight years, and a blink of an eye: a baby, a brain tumor and a few other notable life events later, here we are. Circa has employed your children, your friends, your friends' children and your children’s friends — you name ’em, they have been welcome here, usually (but not always) to the delight of my customers. Owning and operating this small business in Cazenovia has brought both rewards and challenges.

Oz-Stravaganza! arrives this weekend in Chittenango

This weekend, June 6 through 8, the village of Chittenango will once again turn into the Land of Oz for the 36th annual Oz-Stravaganza! themed “Timeless Oz.” Roger Baum, great grandson of L. Frank Baum, will serve as grand marshal when the parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday on Genesee Street. Plenty of free parking is available on both ends of town and a free shuttle operates all day Saturday and Sunday.

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UPDATE: East Road barn destroyed in Monday fire; fire crews called back Tuesday morning for re-ignition of flames

Firefighters from six Madison County fire departments battled a barn fire on East road in Cazenovia on Monday evening. A call came in to the Madison County 911 Center at 4:55 p.m. on June 2 from residence of 3975 East road with word their barn’s roof was on fire, Nick Enders, Chief of the Cazenovia Fire Department said.

LETTER: What’s going on with the Manlius gazebo?

To the editor: What happened to the gazebo? Will it be rebuilt? These are the questions the Spade and Trowel Garden Club received at our annual perennial sale recently. We answered that, because of major deterioration, the gazebo had to be replaced and this is planned to happen during 2014.

Cicero resident files complaint alleging malfeasance by top town officials

An attorney has filed a complaint with several state agencies against current and former leaders in the town of Cicero. Robert D. George, of Brewerton, lodged a similar complaint with the Cicero Town Board last month, alleging that Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s relationship with town engineer Doug Wickman constituted a conflict of interest. The 87-page complaint he filed May 16 with the New York State Comptroller’s offices in Syracuse and Albany and the state Attorney General’s office in Syracuse, as well as the town board and ethics board, takes that allegation a step further.

Bellardini contends at state golf tournament

CBA star ties for 12th; F-M's Lee, Santaro also compete

On a warm Monday morning, Christian Brothers Academy boys golf junior Jack Bellardini teed off at Cornell University’s course in Ithaca in hot pursuit of a state championship.

B’ville’s Nizamis competes at state golf tournament

Bees' star shoots 79-80, ties for 29th place

Warm, dry summer weather did not mean that Baldwinsville boys golf senior Christian Nizamis faced easy conditions when he teed off Sunday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament in Ithaca.

Petrin competes in state golf tournament

C-NS star contends early, finishes in tie for 16th

On Monday morning, Cicero-North Syracuse boys golfer Joe Petrin went after a state championship. Close to the lead with 18 holes left in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament in Ithaca, Petrin got a close-up view of the race for the top spot, but could not keep up with it.

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En garde!

Bulgarian champion athlete teaches fencing in DeWitt

When Lubo Kalpaktchiev arrived in Syracuse from his hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria in 1999, he had nothing – no money, no knowledge of the English language or American culture.

LETTER: Family festival committee says thanks

To the editor: We, the North Syracuse Family Festival Committee, wish to extend sincere thanks to the many people and companies who support us in providing an opportunity for children and adults to have a free and fun day. The festival was held Saturday, May 24, in Lonergan Park. Without these sponsors, the event would not happen. Thank you.

Monday, June 2

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Solvay softball repeats Class B sectional title

Bearcats score early, often in 11-3 romp over Adirondack

This time around, the Solvay softball team was not going to wait to decide matters. Having seen its season nearly end against Altmar-Parish-Williamstown in the previous round, the Bearcats jumped all over Adirondack in Monday night's Section III Class B final at the Gillette Road complex in Cicero, eventually prevailing 11-3 to bring home a second consecutive sectional championship.

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Warriors beat C-NS, reclaim sectional softball title

Hansen scores winning run in ninth of 2-1 classic

Alicia Hansen did not hold back on the hyperbole in the afterglow of the Liverpool softball team's 2-1, nine-inning victory over Cicero-North Syracuse in Monday's Section III Class AA final at the Gillette Road complex that ended the Northstars' four-year reign as sectional champions and gave the Warriors its first crown since 2009.

Cazenovia district may fail to meet state math test participation number requirement

High number of opt outs may cause district to submit ‘improvement plan’ to state education department

In 2013, 100 percent of Cazenovia students participated in the state-mandated English Language Arts and Math tests for grades 3 through 8. This year, many parents chose to “opt out” their children from the tests and, in Math at least, the lower participation may have caused Cazenovia to fail to meet the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress requirements, Superintendent Bob Dubik told the board of education last week.

Will county lots accommodate overflow parking from basin block businesses?

When a new business files a site plan with the Liverpool planning board, they’re required to show that they have enough parking spaces to accommodate their staff and customers. The Liverpool Village Board of Trustees is mulling a change to the village code which will allow applicants to count parking spaces in adjacent municipal parking areas in addition to on-street parking spaces and whatever spaces they have on their own site.

Sunday, June 1

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AIDS Walk/Run raises more than $181,000

The 22nd Annual AIDS Walk/Run held June 1 at Beaver Lake Nature Center raised $181,860. Since it began in 1992, the AIDS Walk/Run has been the mainstay funding for ACR Health’s now extensive Adolescent Health Initiatives. The event has raised more than $2.3 million and positioned ACR Health as a state leader in youth education.

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F-M doubles pair places fourth at state tennis tourney

Miron, Westergaard reach quarterfinals in main bracket

Six local boys tennis players, hailing from three different schools – Fayetteville-Manlius, Manlius-Pebble Hill and East Syracuse-Minoa - made their way to Queens to compete in the New York State Public High School Association championship tournament.

CBA girls survive regionals, are back in state final four

Brothers play tough defense in 7-4 win over Vestal

One part of the Class B state regional tournament proved simple for the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team - but the other did not. Playing twice in a span of less than 48 hours after earning the Section III Class C title earlier in the week, the Brothers won them both, and by doing so are going back to SUNY-Cortland for another appearance in the state final four.

Girls lacrosse Lakers return to state final four

Skaneateles smashes Potsdam, Owego in one-sided regionals

With little stress or worry, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team earned a return trip to the state Class C final four at SUNY-Cortland – but the real story was what occurred elsewhere on the state tournament trail, especially on Long Island.

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Wildcats blast Ithaca, return to state final four

WG girls lacrosse to face Pittsford at SUNY-Cortland

With the redemption of 2013 accounted for, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team, as Section III champions, could now go after something else – namely, a seventh state championship in program history.

Katko comes out swinging

As a federal prosecutor, John Katko took on Mexican drug cartels in El Paso and helped develop a gang task force in Syracuse. Now, as the Republican candidate for Congress in Central New York’s 24th District, he’s taking on the Democrats in Washington, D.C. “If I can get through to those gangbangers, I can get through to those knuckleheads in Washington,” Katko said in Liverpool on May 22.