Stories for March 2014


Monday, March 31

WG girls lacrosse routs B'ville in season opener

Senior-heavy Wildcats determined to regain Class A crown

May 24, 2013 remains a vivid memory for the West Genesee girls lacrosse team, and because of what took place that day, anything short of a championship this season will prove a major disappointment.

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Skaneateles open house highlights technology use across disciplines, unique programs

The halls and classrooms of Waterman Primary School were buzzing with activity on March 26 as Skaneateles teachers and students from all grades exhibited science, technology, engineering and math programs.

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The eyes of the community

Two Fayetteville letter carriers to retire after 30-plus years of service

For almost 31 years, Rich Adams and Ron Barnwell have been delivering letters to Fayetteville residents’ homes. But on April 3, both men will hang up their letter carrier uniforms for good, as they are both ending their careers and moving on to retirement from a job they both agree that they loved doing.

C-NS grad Mattice wins NCAA Division II basketball title

Bentley (Mass.) completes perfect season with national championship

Much of the attention among former Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball standouts has gone to Breanna Stewart as she tries to lead Connecticut to back-to-back NCAA Division I titles, along with an undefeated season. But there’s another former Northstar who has just put a national championship – done with a team that went undefeated - on her career ledger.

C-NS boys lacrosse rolls to 2-0 start

Northstars consistent in romps over Binghamton, U-E

Starting on Tuesday night, when Fayetteville-Manlius pays a visit to Bragman Stadium, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team will get a good idea of where it stands.

J-D softball looks for third straight sectional title

Just two seniors gone from 2013; Keeler returns to pitch

While the weather conditions outside don’t want to cooperate, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team is toiling away, preparing for the 2014 season. The Red Rams are seeking a third consecutive sectional title and hope to advance to the state title game, as it did two seasons ago.

Sunday, March 30

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Junior’s Caz Bar opens on Albany Street

New restaurant offers high-quality food and full bar in family-friendly atmosphere

There’s a new restaurant and bar in Cazenovia that the owner believes will fill a gap in the current food and beverage offerings in the village — a place that serves lunch and dinner seven days a week with high quality food, a fully stocked bar with multiple televisions at which to relax and an overall family-friendly atmosphere. “I just felt it was a place the town needed — a place where family, friends, everyone can meet,” said Geoff Zimmer, owner of Junior’s Caz Bar at 64 Albany St. “It’s different. We cater to a crowd looking for an atmosphere conducive to conversation, community and camaraderie.”

CBA girls lacrosse blanks Whitesboro

ESM handles Fulton; J-D drops opener to Marcellus

Marisa Romeo is at Harvard, Taylor Poplawski is making big contributions at Syracuse and others, like Alyssa Pitonzo, Olivia Pitonzo, Rachel Perla and Maddie Calkins, have left the scene after leading Christian Brothers Academy’s girls lacrosse team to state championships two of the last three years.

B’ville boys lacrosse hammers Skaneateles

Bees driven by playoff defeat to West Genesee a season ago

For 10 long months, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team has waited, with a lot of eagerness, to get back on the field. Just how eager was evident when the Bees ventured to Hyatt Stadium Saturday and took apart long-time Class C power Skaneateles, breezing to a 14-6 victory in the opening round of the Finger Lakes Shoot-Out.

Boys lacrosse Lakers humbled by Baldwinsville

Skaneateles has many new faces in 2014 lineup

Year after year, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse program has turned out strong talent that has found success at the college level – with Kevin Rice a prime example as he netted four goals, including the game-winner, in Syracuse’s 11-10 win over Notre Dame last Saturday at the Carrier Dome.

Boys lacrosse Mustangs give new coach first win

Cizenski leads Marcellus, who rallies past Auburn 11-10

With all of the questions off the field addressed and an exciting young coach at the helm, the Marcellus boys lacrosse team could turn its attention back to the game itself.

Westhill, Marcellus girls lacrosse gain early wins

Warriors back on field shortly after Reed Derenbacker tragedy

If any group of people could fully grasp the concept of moving ahead through tragedy, it was the Westhill girls lacrosse team.

Girls lacrosse Lakers, Bears get opening wins

Caz routs Central Square; Chittenango stops New Hartford

In the small window of opportune weather that the early part of the last weekend of March afforded, Cazenovia and Chittenango’s girls lacrosse teams both got underway – and both would win.

Saturday, March 29

West Genny boys lacrosse drop opener in OT

Penfield rallies late in state semifinals rematch

With its trademark brand of stifling, man-to-man defense, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team kept host Penfield off the scoreboard for most of Saturday afternoon's season opener - and still lost.

Friday, March 28

Caz boys lacrosse handles CBA in opener

Lakers commence defense of state Class C title

No Connor Cannizzaro or Ryan Cook, no Brad Nardella or Joe Colligan - and at least for the moment, still no problem for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team as the pursuit of another state Class C championship is underway.

Skaneateles schools now accepting petitions for two school board seats

The window to circulate petitions for candidates for the Skaneateles Board of Education is now open.

Village prepares operating budget

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees voted to publicize a public hearing for its tentative budget at its March 27 meeting.

Academic Decathlon team raising money to attend national championships

The Cazenovia Lions Club last week presented a $500 check to the Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team to help them raise the necessary funds to travel to Hawaii for the national championships in late April.

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National gaming table company sets up office in Cazenovia

People in Central New York interested in buying high-quality billiard tables — as well as table tennis, shuffleboard, foosball, air hockey and dome hockey tables — recently were able to get a taste of some of the finest choices on the market at a retailer booth at the Syracuse Home and Garden Show in mid-March. The event was not a one-time local visit from a national retailer, however, but rather the “coming out” of a newly enlarged, locally owned business that has relocated its operations to Route 13 in the town of Cazenovia.

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Cicero PD launches prescription drug giveback program

The Cicero Police Department is now home to a MedReturn box in which town residents can drop off expired or unused prescription drugs any time from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The drug collection unit is produced by MedReturn, LLC of Grafton, Wis. The box is located in the police department’s administrative offices at 8236 Brewerton Road, behind Town Hall. Drugs should be placed in a clear plastic bag. The department cannot take liquids or needles. As the box fills up, the CPD will clear it out and remove the drugs to their evidence room. When the DEA does its giveback program twice a year, the department will turn them over for safe destruction.

Thursday, March 27

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Upstate Medical students visit Assemblyman Stirpe

Upstate Medical University held its annual Advocacy Day in Albany on March 19. Students from the various programs accompanied Upstate's Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, MD, to a series of meetings with legislators. The group posed after their meeting with local Assemblyman Al Stirpe.

East Syracuse reschedules public referendum on police to April 16

Due to material changes to the inter-municipal agreement with the village of East Syracuse and the town of Dewitt, the village of East Syracuse board of trustees voted to reschedule the public referendum on the police abolishment on March 21. This will allow the residents of the village additional time to consider the referendum and the village to process some contractual changes with the inter-municipal agreement.

Next year, where will village put its piles of snow?

After that withering winter, especially that season-ending two-day blizzard March 12 and 13, most of us would like to forget about snow for the next six months or so. But Bill Asmus can’t afford to forget. He’s already worried about winter 2014-15. The superintendent of the village Department of Public Works since 1996, Bill needs to find a place to dump all the snow his crews plow from our streets and sidewalks.

Wednesday, March 26

Friends of Lorenzo look to successful 2014

Organization holds annual meeting, announces July Symphoria concert at Lorenzo

The Friends of Lorenzo had a good year in 2013 and are looking ahead to 2014, particularly to the return of the Syracuse Symphony — now called Symphoria — and its free summer concert on the lawn of Lorenzo this July, it was announced at the Friends of Lorenzo annual meeting on March 18.

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New director of music at Cazenovia Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia has announced that Vince Guarneiri is the new director of music.

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Developer proposes 21-house subdivision in village

Project originally approved in 2008

Originally approved in 2008, a subdivision plan is again before the village planning board this year. The housing development, originally called Waterford Village and now being called Hidden Pond, includes adding two new roads off of East Street across from Skaneateles Middle School, according to village records.

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JGB Properties plans three new mixed-use buildings on basin block

At the March 24 Liverpool Village Planning Board meeting, JGB Properties prepared to share details of its proposed development on the basin block bordered by First and South Willow streets and Lake Drive. Plans drawn up by Keplinger Freeman Associates, an East Syracuse landscape architectural firm, call for the construction of three buildings, two along lower First Street and one on South Willow.

LETTERS: This winter’s high electric bills, good incentive for villagers to conserve

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

LETTER: Stokes-Cawley thanks supporters

Letter to the editor from the March 26, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: School board will revisit veterans exemptions

Letter to the editor from the March 26, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

EDITORIAL: Turn off your lights

This Saturday for the second year Sustainable Skaneateles and Earth Works will be holding an event at Thayer Park to observe Earth Hour. Earth Hour is an international event during which people are encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour to conserve energy and limit light pollution.

COLUMN: Thoughts on chiropractic

Guest column from Dr. David Petters.

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Cub scouts in the 21st century

Many people may think cub scouts are doing the same traditional activities that they’re been doing since the Cub Scouts of America began more than 100 years ago, in 1914. But the scouts F-M’s pack 369 say that the things they learn and do are much different than what kids in the organization were doing as recently as 15 years ago.

Along the Lakeshore: male or female?


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

LETTER: Greet Honor Flight veterans

To the editor: I was one of the 62 privileged veterans on the last Honor Flight Syracuse on Oct. 5, 2013. Some veterans wrote to express the amazing experience and to thank all of the volunteers, and I will never forget the emotions, just overwhelming. Honor Flight Syracuse Mission is due to leave Syracuse on April 5, and I would encourage as many people as possible to greet these veterans at Hancock Airport when they return from Washington, D.C.

From the Supervisor: Why move town hall?


The Town Board continues to evaluate the village’s offer to move into the former fire department apparatus bays. One resident recently asked me why I think a move is necessary

Tuesday, March 25

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Author’s novel set in Baldwinsville

Baldwinsville native Peter Berry almost failed English class but fell in love with printing while attending C.W. Baker High School in the ‘70s. At one point, he considered working for the Messenger, but instead took a job running a printing press at a Syracuse-based accounting firm.

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Former B’ville lacrosse players attribute personal success to being members of the team

Spring is slowly working its way back to this region, thawing what’s left of the ice and snow from an unusually long, heavy winter. Residents of Baldwinsville are beginning to feel the sunshine, enjoying the higher temperatures and thinking about getting outside and enjoying spring sports. This is especially true for Baldwinsville’s boys varsity lacrosse team, which opens its season on Saturday, March 22, with an away game against Marcellus Central High School.

OCM BOCES to host Common Core academies for educators

Central New York educators can take advantage of courses designed to help them implement the Common Core curriculum at OCM BOCES next week. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 27 and 28, educators in the Syracuse area can attend Discovery Education’s Common Core Academies at BOCES’ Central New York Regional Information Center, 6075 East Molloy Road, Syracuse. The courses will be lead by Common Core state standards expert Dr. Karen Beerer and hosted by Discovery Education, a publisher and content provider that offers textbooks and multimedia content that support Common Core implementation.

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Cazenovia firefighters train for worst-case scenarios

When Cazenovia Fire Department volunteer firefighters went into the first floor of a burning house in Fenner on March 12, they went in they were trained, capable and prepared to do their job — the payoff of the department’s constant drilling and training of its members. One such instructional exercise occurred last Wednesday, March 19, when 18 department volunteer members went through Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (air-packs) training while completing an obstacle course set up inside the department’s truck bay.

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Local Cazenovians to bike across U.S. and build houses along the way

While bicycling to Sno-Top in Manlius last year, two Cazenovia natives had a crazy idea that they should bike across the U.S. Now, Ellen Costello and Pierce Brothers are raising money to allow them to participate in Bike and Build, a non-profit group that organizes cross-country bicycle trips which benefit affordable housing groups.

J-D announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse opens Friday at Chittenango

Jamesville-DeWitt High School’s 2014 spring sports season includes boys lacrosse and softball teams coming off trips to the state championship game, eager to try and get there again. Here is the varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Grimes releases spring sports schedule

Baseball Cobras set to defend OHSL Patriot title

Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

West Genesee announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse starts sectional title defense at Fairport

West Genesee High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Westhill announces spring sports schedule

Baseball Warriors look to reclaim sectional Class B honors

Westhill High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Solvay releases spring sports schedule

Softball Bearcats defends sectional Class B championship

Solvay High School’s softball team is defending its Section III Class B championship with most of its lineup back from 2013, hoping to open (weather and field conditions permitting) April 1 against West Genesee. Here is the 2014 spring sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Is a CNY film hub a good idea?

Many Central New York residents were surprised and optimistic to hear Gov. Cuomo’s announcement earlier this month about a high-tech movie making/ nanotechnology hub that will be located in DeWitt.

North Syracuse proposes cutting more than 30 jobs

The North Syracuse Central School District is looking at cuts to more than 30 positions as part of its 2014-15 budget, according to a presentation given at the NSCSD Board of Education’s March 24 meeting. The district’s 2014-15 budget, totaling $145,297,379, is up 1. 2 percent from last year. Most of that increase comes from salaries, benefits and other contractual obligations, over which the district has little control. The budget also includes a reduction of 9 percent in supplies, fuel and other costs.

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Middle school students go 'Over the Moon'

Musical to be presented this weekend

People of all ages will enjoy the upcoming Skaneateles Middle School musical “Over the Moon,” which will be performed this week. About 60 middle school students are in the cast of this musical, which takes place in the storybook land of Hanoveria. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday. In addition, there is a senior citizen performance at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27.

Monday, March 24

Skaneateles school board approves agreement to share business manager with Weedsport

The Skaneateles Board of Education voted in favor of entering an inter-municipal agreement with the Weedsport Central School District to share business manager services, on March 18.

OCC child care faces cuts

Community college students may soon have a harder time finding child care while they go to school. In his 2014-15 executive budget proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed cutting $653,000 from the state’s operating grant to the State University of New York’s child care centers. The cut would come in addition to a reduction in the federal Child Care Block Grant, which subsidizes care for children of needy student-parents. While the New York State Senate restored Cuomo’s cut in their budget proposal, advocates say the cuts faced by SUNY centers in the last several years are still devastating and need to be restored. And it’s community colleges that will likely see the most damaging consequences.

Liverpool voters approve Phase II construction referendum

Voters approved a Liverpool Central School District capital project referendum held March 20 by a margin of 959 to 641. The $39.7 million construction project represents Phase II of the Phase I to V Long Range Facilities Plan laid out for the 2010-20 decade. The project will take on several repairs throughout the district.

Jazz night coming to Cazenovia High School

The Cazenovia High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kathleen DiNardo, will present its 12th Annual Jazz Night at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Cazenovia High School Auditorium. The featured guest this year is Joe Colombo, trombone soloist, and his combo, from Syracuse, with Big Band Jazz being the featured music of the night.

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Schnabl to leave Caz to become Sherburne-Earleville superintendent

Cazenovia high School Principal Eric Schnabl has been named the new superintendent of the Sherburne-Earlville Central School District, and will begin his tenure there on July 1.

Liverpool’s proposed 2014-15 budget would hold property tax rate at $12.25 per thousand; public hearing set for April 14

Liverpool Village Clerk Mary Ellen Sims has presented a tentative 2014-15 budget of $2,437,648 to the Board of Trustees on March 17. That figure is $120,000 higher than this year’s budget of $2,306,565, but Sims said the tax rate should remain flat at $12.25 per $1,000 of valuation. “That’s the same rate we’ve had for the past two years,” she said.

Spafford passes law hiring town constable

The Spafford Town Board held a public hearing and voted to pass a local law to use the services of a town constable at its March 13 meeting.

Skaneateles CSD officials discuss preliminary budget, two referendums

Budget still $223,918 short, board to discuss options on April 1

The Skaneateles Board of Education discussed the three referendums the district plans to put up for vote this year at its Feb. 18 meeting.

Sunday, March 23

Warriors reach perfection, win first state Federation title

Westhill basketball romps to 27-0 mark in 2013-14

Perfection, in sports or any other endeavor, is rarely attained, but the Westhill boys basketball team has pulled it off. Twenty-seven times in the 2013-14 season, the Warriors took the court, and it won every single time, capped by Sunday's 65-46 victory over Regis in Sunday's state Class B Federation championship game at Albany's Times Union Center.

The lifeblood of Liverpool athletics

Mangicaro set to retire after 34 years as coach, athletic director

Just like his students, George Mangicaro does his homework. Whether it’s a football opponent or a job candidate, 71-year-old George Mangicaro prepared for everything like it was a battle.

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‘STEMAhead’ to highlight effect of new technology on education

Community members will have a rare look inside classrooms from kindergarten through high school during a special event called STEMAhead on Wednesday, March 26 at Waterman School.

Saturday, March 22

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MPH named ‘Best Delegation’ at London MUN conference

Charging into international competition, Manlius Pebble Hill School’s Model United Nations team won eight major awards and commendations and was named Best Medium Sized Delegation at the recent London International Model United Nations Conference (LIMUN).

Friday, March 21

School board approves emergency pipe repair project

Leak on Emory Avenue one of five in village water system

One part of a 150,000-gallon water leak in the village water system has been identified to be coming from a pipe on Cazenovia school property, causing the board of education on March 10 to approve an emergency repair project at a cost of about $60,000.

J-D lacrosse has new lineup, same expectations

Evans gone, nine new starters in place for Red Rams

To say that the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team has been successful in past years would be an understatement. The past four seasons have held four league titles, four sectional titles, four regional crowns and two state Class B championships.

Skaneateles town board plans hamlet meetings

The Skaneateles Town Board announced that it will hold four hamlet meetings in coming months to communicate and get feedback from residents.

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40 years and counting

Sno Top owners Vince and Kathy Giordano reflect on the past and look towards the future for the Manlius landmark

If you live in or around Syracuse’s eastern suburbs, chances are you’ve been to Sno Top. And if you haven’t, you are missing out – at least that’s what some of the ice cream shop’s most loyal fans say.

Marcellus announces spring sports schedule

Lacrosse Mustangs open next week, boys go to Finger Lakes Face-Off

Marcellus High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Jordan-Elbridge releases spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse Eagles open at home against MPH March 28

Jordan-Elbridge High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Ludden releases spring sports schedule

Baseball opens against ESM April 1, weather permitting

Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Thursday, March 20

First rabies case of 2014 confirmed in Madison County

An unvaccinated cow is the first confirmed animal to be infected with the rabies virus in Madison County. The County Health Department is again warning farmers and owners of livestock to be aware that rabid wildlife is present throughout the Central New York area.

Nelson in line for possible state revitalization funding

The town of Nelson has “made the list” to be considered for up to $200,000 in state funding for potential rebuilding and revitalization assistance to improve town infrastructure damaged by the severe flooding that affected the area in June and July 2013 and therefore mitigate the potential for future occurrences.

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Mock trial team advances to fourth round

The Cazenovia High School Mock Trial team has advanced to the fourth round of competition after defeating Marcellus High School in the first sudden-death round.

Eye-catching color enhances new church bulletin

Less than three years after linking parishes, St. Joseph the Worker and Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic churches have also linked their weekly bulletins, and it’s an impressive new eight-page publication. Bathed in a royal purple of Lent, the cover of the March 16 edition includes drawings of the two church buildings on either side of a photographed sculpture of Jesus with his welcoming arms outstretched. Not only does color celebrate the season, it also helps differentiate the individual projects and programs and schedules at each of the two facilities. St. Joe’s events are generally listed in orange while Immaculate Heart is represented by blue.

NSCSD settles suit over GRMS construction

The North Syracuse Central School District has reached a settlement with the company that improperly installed the walls at Gillette Road Middle School when the school was renovated in 2005.

Community invited to attend F-M Relay For Life kick-off event

With two months to go before the main event, a Relay For Life kick-off celebration will be held on March 24 for members of the Fayetteville-Manlius community.

Wednesday, March 19

LETTER: Don’t shortchange New York’s environment

Letter to the editor from the March 19, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Thank you for making Jazz and Chocolate a success

Letter to the editor from the March 19, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Chili Cook-off Challenge a success for Laker Limo, Lakehouse Pub has an award winning chili

Letter to the editor from the March 19, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Praise for high school musical

Letter to the editor from the March 19, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Dick Ward, finest all-around athlete

Letter to the editor.

Along the Lakeshore: Thoughts about cars; geese on the lake

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

Town to purchase weed harvester to battle lake milfoil

The Cazenovia town board last week continued moving forward in its battle against watermilfoil and other invasive species in Cazenovia Lake by authorizing the purchase of weed harvesting equipment, seeking a cooperative agreement on harvesting with Madison County and approving a draft environmental impact statement on its planned lake treatment projects for 2014.

Fenner town board authorizes town office repairs

The March 13 Fenner Town Board meeting was a relatively simple affair — as long as board members and visitors could traverse the snow-covered and wind-swept roads to get there. Other than regular business, such as reviewing and approving town bills and reports, the main piece of business confronted by the board during its March 13 meeting was approving repair work to the town office. The harsh winter has caused cracks, leaks and water stains in the building ceiling in the reception area, main meeting room and judge’s room.

Reassessment update status from the assessor’s office

This week will begin the next stage of the assessment update project being conducted by Town Assessor Brian Fitts.

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Lowdown and high lonesome

The Good Acoustics showcase two varied vocal styles Saturday at Steeple

A fiery fiddle and a propulsive upright bass drive the music of Larry Hoyt & The Good Acoustics, but two distinctive voices – one male and one female – dynamically deliver the group’s lyrics.

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Drinking the life fantastic: Reilleys to open craft distillery in Nelson, Cazenovia

Former Owera operations director to create own brand of wine and spirits

Ever since Ben Reilley resigned from his top position at Owera Vineyards last August, his friends and fans in and around Cazenovia have been wondering what he was going to do next professionally. Surely, it must be some project connected to wine and spirits, they thought. And they were right. After six months of intense work, Ben and his wife Shioban have announced their new endeavor: a small batch, hand-crafted spirits and wines business to be named “Life of Reilley Distilling and Wine Company.”

F-M announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse Hornets open March 29 against Watertown IHC

Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

ESM releases spring sports schedule

Lacrosse teams have openers with Tully March 25

East Syracuse-Minoa High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

CBA releases spring sports schedule

Girls lacrosse go for third state title in four years

Christian Brothers Academy will see its girls lacrosse team, winners of state titles two of the last three years, open its 2014 season March 26 against Whitesboro at Alibrandi Stadium. Here is CBA’s varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

C-NS announces spring sports schedule

Northstars defend state softball title, host state track meet in June

Cicero-North Syracuse will see its softball team defend its state Class AA championship and, at the end of the spring season, host the state track and field championships on June 6 and 7, just before a new turf and track are installed at the Bragman Stadium complex. Here is the 2014 spring sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Liverpool announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse Warriors open April 1 at West Genesee

Liverpool High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Erie Canal Museum to be renovated

The Erie Canal Museum is the official museum of the Erie Canal, located in the only remaining weighlock building in America, on Erie Boulevard in downtown Syracuse. The weighlock building was originally built in 1850 and was saved from demolition in the 1950s. The weighlock building served as one of the five stopping points on the Erie Canal where the State weighed the boat’s freight and charged a toll. The building was converted to the Erie Canal Museum on Oct. 25, 1962. The museum is owned by Onondaga County, and at our recent legislative session, we unanimously approved a resolution that will advance the funding to upgrade and redesign the first floor of the exhibition.

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Nationally ranked ice duo to perform at Skaneateles show

On Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 the Skaneateles Figure Skating Club will present the “Legends of Pop” Ice Show at the Skaneateles YMCA.

LETTER: Thanks to NAVAC Ambulance crew, North Syracuse police

To the editor: Two weeks ago, on an early Thursday morning, my brother-in-law Tony found his wife on the floor, sitting. She was unresponsive, no heartbeat, and as her son called her, “Smurf blue.” Tony laid her on the floor and started CPR. No response at all.

Arbor Day Foundation names Fayetteville a Tree City USA

Fayetteville was names a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day National in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Get rid of the GEA now

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York is looking at a $2 million budget surplus. Cuomo has talked a lot about the surplus and his plans for it. Unfortunately for him, it’s not his money to spend.

Tuesday, March 18

Stokes-Cawley wins Skaneateles village trustee race

Ramsgard write-in campaign falls short

Carol Stokes-Cawley was elected the next trustee for the village of Skaneateles on March 18.

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Incumbents Brazill and Champagne win Minoa election

Minoa village board incumbents Bill Brazill and John Champagne will be keeping their trustee seats for at least one more term.

LETTER: Camp Good Days thanks F-M for successful Dance Marathon

To the editor: The 23rd annual Fayetteville-Manlius Dance Marathon fundraiser (FM DM) came to an end at 12 a.m. on Sunday. March 2. Earlier in the night, a check for $105,000 was presented to Camp Good Days and Special Times. The funds raised will send more than 150 children who have been affected by cancer to camp at no cost to their families this summer.

Why I still do this

State finals remind writer of joys inherent in covering sports

So you want to know - after all these years spent jotting illegible things down in notebooks, doing hundreds of interviews, writing thousands of stories, covering untold numbers of contests both mundane and meaningful, and then hammering it out in front of an inanimate computer screen, why keep doing it?

Baldwinsville announces spring sports schedule

Baseball Bees out to defend state Class AA title

After winning its first-ever state Class AA championship, Baldwinsville’s baseball team hopes the snow clears out in time for its March 31 opener against Fayetteville-Manlius. Here is the full B’ville varsity 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Skaneateles announces spring sports schedule

Girls lacrosse Lakers look for return to state finals

After going to the state Class C championship game a year ago, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team sets out to win it all in 2014, with the opener set for April 1 against Marcellus, the team it beat in 2013 for the Section III Class C title. Here is the full varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Cazenovia announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse Lakers open March 28 at CBA

After winning its second state Class C championship in three years, Cazenovia’s boys lacrosse team begins its title defense March 28 with a high-profile opener against another top contender, CBA, at Alibrandi Stadium. Here is the full 2014 spring sports varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

Chittenango releases spring sports schedule

Lacrosse teams open against Homer March 25-26

Chittenango High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

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CAVAC honors Cazenovia Fire and Rescue with President’s Award

Close to 200 people attend CAVAC’s 40th annual dinner

After recounting the harrowing — and simultaneously miraculous — rescue of 10-year-old Charlie Thompson after he fell down a well last October, and the “amazing” and inspiring efforts of Cazenovia Fire and Rescue crews at the scene, Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CAVAC) President Greg Widrick awarded the CAVAC President’s Award to the members of the Cazenovia Fire and Rescue.

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park opens summer exhibition: ‘All things Cazenovia’

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park has announced its summer exhibition, “All Things Cazenovia,” a multimedia and juried art show celebrating Cazenovia, home of the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. The exhibition will be held from June 12 to July 27 in the John and Virginia Winner Gallery.

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Cazenovia native chef Anne Burrell brings her savory cooking skills to New York State Fair

CNY-Raised Food Network Chef Gets Her Wish: A Show on Chevy Court

New York State Acting Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball has announced that Anne Burrell will cook and perform at Chevy Court during the Great New York State Fair. Burrell will take the stage at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 27.

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NSCSD launches letter campaign to eliminate the GEA

In an effort to get rid of a state policy many school districts say is unfair to schools and taxpayers, the North Syracuse Central School District is asking residents to send letters to their legislators demanding the repeal of the Gap Elimination Adjustment.

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Cicero, Clay firefighters and NAVAC crew honored for lifesaving efforts

On Saturday March 8, members of the Cicero Fire Department, Clay Fire Department and NAVAC Ambulance were honored for their heroic efforts.

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Hallowrun organizer honored

Elizabeth Westfall has accomplished a lot — especially for a 15-year-old. Now, Westfall has received recognition for those efforts. She received a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, as well as a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of President Barack Obama.

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CNY Decorative Artists paint rain barrels to help ‘Save the Rain’

Unlike most fine artists, the majority of the members of the Central New York Decorative Artists chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters never went to school to hone their craft. In fact, most of them, like Roseann Guidera, picked up the skill later in life and immediately fell in love with the simplicity of the decorative painting process.

Monday, March 17

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CNY Flyers to host first sled hockey tournament at Skaneateles YMCA

The CNY Sled Hockey Flyers will host its first ever sled hockey tournament March 21 through 23 in Skaneateles.

Numbers show community center to be only a small part of increased Skaneateles power bills

In response to questions from village residents, village officials again addressed the matter of high power bills for Skaneateles, at its March 13 meeting.

Sunday, March 16

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Cazenovia turns out for St. Baldrick’s, raises more than $40K to fight childhood cancer

After Cazenovia High School senior Amara Kattrein shaved all 23 inches of her hair off last Sunday, March 16, during the St. Baldrick’s fundraising event in Cazenovia, James Henry, father of 6-year-old Nathaniel Henry, a Burton Street Elementary School student who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March 2012, walked up to Amara, said, “I just want to thank you so much,” and gave her a hug. And Amara teared up. This one just one of the myriad touching moments that occurred last Sunday, March 16, at the Cazenovia American Legion for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising event, during which hundreds of people showed up, more than 100 got their heads shaved and more than $40,000 was raised to help increase childhood cancer research and awareness.

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WCNY-FM offers special radio service for blind and visually impaired

For more than three decades, WCNY-FM has been serving the blind and visually-impaired residents of Central New York with a special radio service called READ-OUT.

Cazenovia library offers art program for kids

Kids ages 8 through 14 are invited to the Cazenovia Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 21, to celebrate the half-day of school with “Art For Kids – The Artist Within.” Join Pat Hill and Jenna Wright for the fifth installment of this successful series while enjoying a tour of the art gallery and a close-up look at five pieces selected from the library’s extensive art collection.

Girls basketball Northstars fall in AA state final

Ossining defends state title, stops C-NS 74-59

Shadeen Samuels picked the right night to have the game of her young career. The sophomore forward drained five three-pointers on her way to a 31-point night to lead Ossining past Cicero-North Syracuse 74-59 in Saturday's state Class AA girls basketball championship game at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

Saturday, March 15

Westhill wins state Class B basketball championship

Historic first half by Roland leads to rout of Olean

Every Westhill boys basketball player, along with their coaches and fans, dreams of winning a state championship. Yet none of them, in their wildest imaginations, could have conceived just how the Warriors reached the summit for the third time in the program's history.

J-D girls stopped one win short of state title

Pittsford Sutherland beats young Red Rams

An historic Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball season ended on a sour note Saturday night at Hudson Valley Community College as the Red Rams fell to Pittsford Sutherland 57-41 in the state Class A championship game.

‘The Wiz’ comes to Morrisville State College

The Morrisville State College Theatre Department and SGO will present the musical, “The Wiz” at 8 p.m. Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29; at 2 pm., Sunday, March 30; and at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, through Saturday, April 5, in the Little Theatre in the Student Activities Building.

Cazenovia College Art Gallery to showcase student art

The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall will host exhibitions of work by students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program from April through to the close of the semester.

Free throws send C-NS girls to state AA final

Northstars beat Baldwin, to face Ossining in title game

The Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team is in the Class AA state finals for the third time in four years, thanks to its free throw shooting. Making 17 of its 18 foul shots in the fourth quarter, the Northstars pulled away for a 61-50 victory over Section VIII champion Baldwin in Friday's state semifinal game at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

Friday, March 14

Westhill boys advance to state Class B final

Warriors rely on Reynolds, Roland, beat Ogdensburg Free Academy

A third state Class B championship for the Westhill boys basketball team is just one victory away. Again, the result didn't come easily, but the Warriors, fueled by the junior tandem of Tyler Reynolds and Jordan Roland, got away in the final two minutes to beat Ogdensburg Free Academy 74-67 in Friday night's state semifinal at Glens Falls Civic Center.

J-D defense produces state Class A semifinal win

Red Rams force Harborfields into long droughts

While offense and flashiness garner praise and headlines, it’s been proven time and time again that defense wins championships. The Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team gave that old adage another measure of truth to in Friday afternoon's state Class A semifinal at Hudson Valley Community College, limiting No. 1 state-ranked Harborfields to 20 percent shooting in a 44-30 victory that earned the Red Rams its first trip to the state championship game in school history.

Incumbents run uncontested in Fayetteville election

On Tuesday, March 18, voters in the village of Fayetteville will be able to cast their ballot in the local village election. Incumbents Mike Small and Chris Randall are running for the two available trustee seats on the village board. Voting runs from noon to 9 p.m. at village hall. For results of the election, check EagleBulletin.com for updates Tuesday night.

Cazenovia High School art show coming to New Woodstock Library

An exhibit of artwork by Cazenovia High students will be at the New Woodstock Free Library from March 17 through April 25. Most of the works included in the exhibit were entered in the Scholastic Art Competition.

Cazenovia Lions Club now accepting scholarship applications

The Cazenovia Lions Club will award one $1,000 and two $750 scholarships to Cazenovia High School seniors graduating this year. Applications are available at the Cazenovia High School counseling office. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 11.

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After missing his visit, former Cazenovia resident receives signed letter from President Obama

After just missing her chance to wave to the president as he drove by last year, a former Cazenovia woman recently received something even better: a signed personal letter sent straight from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Dick Powell shines on Cinefest’s silver screen

Every March, the Syracuse Cinephile Society’s annual Cinefest draws hundreds of vintage film fans from around the world to little ol’ Liverpool. The attendees view rare movies, most of them shot during the first half of the 20th century.

Thursday, March 13

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Dozens of Cazenovia school district staffers, students prepare for ultimate haircut

When it comes to fundraising, most do-gooders offer to do something in return for donations: run, walk or dance. Others offer to sell you something like cookies, candles or wrapping paper. But those who participate in the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser for pediatric cancer research offer an entirely different proposition: They pledge to lose something. Their hair.

LETTER: Holmquist endorses Brazill and Champagne

I am honored and privileged to formally endorse the candidacies of Bill Brazill and John Champagne for reelection to the Minoa Village Board. I have had the pleasure of working with both Bill and John very closely on a litany of issues over the years. The citizens of Minoa will be well served to reelect both of these great public servants.

Open Afternoon Book Club meets March 19 at the Cazenovia Public Library

The Open Afternoon Book Club for adults continues in the Cazenovia Public Library Story Garden at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. All are welcome. This month the group is reading “Defending Jacob,” by William Landay.

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Bonavita captures figure skating silver medals at 2014 Empire State Games

Helena Rose Bonavita, a 10 year-old who attends fifth grade in Mrs. Slocums’ class at Cazenovia Middle School, has earned two silver medals at the 2014 Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid, held February 5 through 8.

Five winter varsity teams earn state Scholar Athlete status

Five of Cazenovia Central Schools’ winter varsity teams — ice hockey, boys’ and girls’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ indoor track — have achieved Scholar Athlete status. To qualify for the prestigious designation by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, a minimum number of each team’s players must have at least a 90 percent grade point average during the season.

A successful restaurant does not belong among homes


Dear Chairman Huftalen and members of the planning board, Like many Cazenovians, I am worried by the precedent that will be set if the non-conforming use at the corner of Chenango Street and the bridge is rezoned as a Planned Development. The present proposal for expanded office space and a restaurant with outside seating will be character changing for the single family neighborhood — by which I mean Chenango and Mill streets and Riverside Drive.

OCC to host business conference

Onondaga Community College is more than just an asset for students seeking an associate’s degree in one of the numerous programs they offer. OCC is home to the NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC provides one-on-one advisement to start up and existing businesses. OCC staff at the SBDC consists of small business advisors who can advise an entrepreneur on making their business a success. The SBDC works with businesses of all varieties; home based, e-commerce, manufacturing firms — small to large. Services provided by the SBDC are free and confidential. Additionally, the SBDC partners with statewide agencies which provide a strong network of support. Some of the support the SBDC can assist with is business plan development, small business start-ups, organizational structures, exporting, cost analysis, marketing, financial management, financing strategies, training programs, business expansion, selling a business and research.

Wednesday, March 12

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 and falling temperatures, creating slippery roads.

Cazenovia Tree Commission to present fifth annual public seminar March 22

Ever feel intimidated when it comes to pruning? You are not alone. While pruning is both desirable and necessary for the health of a tree — and particularly young trees — many approach the task with unease, a lack of confidence and an outright fear of failure. To help overcome these feelings, the Cazenovia Village Tree Commission will hold its annual free public seminar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

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CBA Lenten Drive supports Challengers ‘Field of Dreams’ project

Christian Brothers Academy Peer Ministers in Social Justice presented this year’s Lenten Drive to students and faculty prior to an Ash Wednesday prayer service on March 5.

Proposed Fayetteville budget calls for no tax increase

Tax rate would stay at $6.70 per thousand

Fayetteville residents can expect to pay the same amount in taxes this year that they’ve been paying for the last ten years.

A committee’s thankless task

Group that decides NCAA Tournament field deserves some love, right?

This Sunday night, just after 6 p.m., anyone who cares about college basketball will see the only bracket that matters. Ron Wellman, athletic director at Wake Forest, and the rest of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee will unveil the 68 teams for our annual Dance – who they are, where they are going, when they’ll be playing.

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After missing his visit, Skaneateles woman receives signed letter from President Obama

After just missing her chance to wave to the president as he drove by last year, a Skaneateles woman recently received something even better: a signed personal letter sent straight from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

EDITORIAL: How’s my meniscus?

On the Move

Injuries to the meniscus of the knee have gotten national attention. The meniscus is a rubbery, c-shaped piece of cartilage that cushions between the bones of your knee. Each of your knees has two menisci (plural of meniscus); one on the inner (medial) part of your knee, and the other on the outer (lateral) part.

Along the Lakeshore: Animals on the ice; Gaylord Loveless

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

LETTER: Corrections to food pantry story

Letter to the editor from the March 12 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Dynamic ‘Death’

Salesman Willy Loman lives and dies again on CNY Playhouse stage

Arthur Miller’s “Death of Salesman” is not for the faint-hearted. Audiences should prepare themselves for three hours of intense drama as the story of washed-up traveling salesman Willy Loman unfolds onstage through March 22, at the CNY Playhouse at ShoppingTown.

LETTER: CPCS supports town hall move

Letter to the editor from the March 12 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Remember to vote on March 18

Letter to the editor from the March 12 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: CPCS endorses Stokes-Cawley

Letter to the editor.

Tuesday, March 11

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Planning board opposes zone change for new Circa location

Neighbor opposition spikes another village business proposal

Neighbor opposition to a proposed village business has claimed its second victim. The village planning board voted 3-1 at their latest meeting to oppose the zone change application of landlord Eric Burrell and restaurateur Alicyn Hart in their proposal to move Circa, Hart’s restaurant, from its current location on Albany Street down to 4 Chenango St.

School board approves emergency pipe repair project

Leak on Emory Avenue one of five in village water system

One part of a 150,000-gallon water leak in the village water system has been identified to be coming from a pipe on Cazenovia school property, causing the board of education on March 10 to approve an emergency repair project at a cost of about $60,000.

F-M proposes no program cuts or reductions in 2014-15

Fayetteville-Manlius School District officials are proposing a 2014-15 budget that includes no major cuts to existing programs and services and allows the district to convert its half-day kindergarten program to full-day – a change that the state will fully pay for in its first year.

Skaneateles school district requests community input through online survey

Skaneateles Central School District is turning to the public to ask for input as it evaluates its communication.

Skaneateles CSD budget estimated to be $223,900 short

The Skaneateles School District’s current estimates have it short of breaking even for its 2014-15 operating budget, Interim Superintendent of Schools Judy Pastel said at a March 4 school board work session.

LETTER: Elect Brazill and Champagne

As a lifelong resident of Minoa, I am excited to support and endorse two amazing candidates, Bill Brazill and John Champagne. Both of these individuals have devoted much of their time and talent to the betterment of Minoa.

Cazenovia library offers art program for kids

Kids ages 8 through 14 are invited to the Cazenovia Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 21, to celebrate the half-day of school with “Art For Kids – The Artist Within.” Join Pat Hill and Jenna Wright for the fifth installment of this successful series while enjoying a tour of the art gallery and a close-up look at five pieces selected from the library’s extensive art collection.

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F-M junior Dana Moffat is a world champion rower

At just 16 years old, Fayetteville- Manlius High School junior Dana Moffat has accomplished more than many rowers at the collegiate level. Last summer, she barely missed the cut for USRowing’s Junior National team, a boat composed of the top eight best high school female rowers in the country. And she’s already won the women’s junior division at the C.R.A.S.H-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships – twice.

Monday, March 10

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Another truck hits Route 370 bridge

It’s become a familiar sight to those who regularly travel Onondaga Lake Parkway: a tractor-trailer wedged under the 10’9” CSX railroad bridge over Route 370 between Route 81 and the village of Liverpool. On Tuesday, March 4, a 13’9” truck driven by An B. Zhang, 40, of San Jose, struck the underside of the bridge, despite numerous signs alerting drivers to the low clearance, as well as a one-of-a-kind detection system installed in 2011 that sent out alarms alerting him to turn around. Zhang, who speaks Mandarin, said he didn’t understand the signs due to the language barrier. This isn’t the first accident since the system was installed. Another tractor-trailer hit the bridge in December of 2013. The driver, 33 year-old Waleed Sleit of Chicago, said he didn’t see the numerous signs regarding the bridge’s height.

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County DOT discusses Allen Road repaving project

About three dozen residents attended a public hearing on Onondaga County’s plans to repave Allen Road in North Syracuse on Thursday, March 6 at Allen Road Elementary. The county DOT hopes to complete the project, which involves repaving the entire 1.2-mile stretch of Allen Road from West Taft Road to Bear Road, by the fall of 2016. Representatives from Onondaga County DOT along with project managers from Popli Design Group were on hand to discuss the project with area residents.

Library director to retire

On March 6, Liverpool Public Library Executive Director Jean Armour Polly announced to her staff that she would retire 30 days later, on April 6. Polly, 61, was appointed director in July 2009. Prior to that, from 2002 to ’09, she was assistant director of the library in charge of its systems and technology department. She previously worked at the library from 1976 to 1992, when she left to pursue Internet-related projects and write books.

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Hillcrest Jephson estate now protected under CPF easement

The historic Hillcrest Jephson estate on Ridge Road is protected by deed restrictions and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and now seven acres of the estate as well as the four buildings on the property have been preserved against future development through an easement that the current owners have donated to the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation. The easement means that the appearance of the landscape and exterior architecture of the estate buildings will remain unchanged for future generations.

Village youth recreation program hopes to expand offerings, seeks community sponsors

Cazenovia’s popular Joint Youth Recreation Program is preparing for the 2014 season with a new adult supervisor, some new programs, a community service project and the opportunity for community businesses to support and participate in the program through sponsorships.

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Long-time Skaneateles man receives Purple Heart he originally turned down

“Thanks,” was all Richard Faulkner felt he needed to say when asked if he wanted to say a few a words to the crowd gathered at Bluefield Manor in Auburn on March 8. Faulkner was presented with a Purple Heart medal, the U.S. Military’s recognition for veterans wounded in combat, an honor he originally refused following his service as an airman in World War II almost 70 years ago.

Sunday, March 9

Ludden boys topped in regional by Scotia-Glenville

Tartans avenge 2013 defeat, keep Gaelic Knights from state final four return

Though they were in the same round, playing the same opponent in the same Class A regional final, with the same stakes – a trip to the state final four in Glens Falls – on the line, it was not the same satisfying outcome for Bishop Ludden’s boys basketball side.

Saturday, March 8

J-D girls hoops breaks through with regional title

Red Rams advance to state Class A final four in Troy

Following his team’s 56-53 win over Averill Park Saturday night in the Class A regional championship game at SRC Arena, Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball coach Rob Siechen was a bit choked up. It wasn’t just because his team won. It was because the Red Rams battled through a hotly-contested game, led nearly all the way through, and still emerged victorious, earning just the second state final four berth in program history.

C-NS girls hoops goes back to state final four

Miles last-second-basket pushes Northstars past Shenendehowa

Cicero-North Syracuse's streak of state Class AA final four appearances lives on, thanks to Elizabeth Miles - with plenty of assistance from McKayla Roberts.

Boys hoops Warriors make return to state final four

Westhill survives Norwich, 56-53, in OT regional classic

Less than an inch of space separated the Westhill boys basketball team from having to endure a second overtime in Saturday's Class B regional final against Norwich at Binghamton University's Events Center. But Zan Stewart's possible tying 3-pointer rattled in and out, and the grateful -and relieved - Warriors held on to beat the Purple Tornado 56-53 to earn a return trip to the state final four.

Friday, March 7

Town working on 5-year plan for Skaneateles Falls development

Town officials are working on a five-year plan for development of the Skaneateles Falls hamlet as well as nearby areas. The Town Board discussed some of the projects proposed in the plan, including improvements to Skaneateles Falls Playground and a “rails to trails” project, at its March 6 meeting.

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Local artist blooms in Baldwinsville

When you walk into Baldwinsville’s Canal Walk Cafe, you’re surrounded by the talents of local artists in a variety of media: culinary, crafting and paintings just to name a few. What you may not know is that one of those artists responsible for the eclectic and eye-catching decor is also involved in dishing up your palate’s preference. Meet your server, Jackie Colello, a gifted painter whose passion involves another kind of palette: color.

Thursday, March 6

Teen arrested for 2013 Lakeland Park graffiti completes punishment

Investigation into December graffiti incidents goes cold

The 16-year-old Manlius teen who was arrested last summer after admitting his role in the Lakeland Park bathhouse graffiti incident has completed the punishments given to him by the Cazenovia court and, if he stays out of trouble for six months, the case will be dismissed and the fact of his arrest nullified from his record.

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Fire department battles chimney fire at Brewster Inn

Guests of the Brewster Inn were minorly inconvenienced Wednesday night, March 5, when a chimney fire forced a building evacuation. Cazenovia volunteer firefighters arrived on the scene at approximately 10 p.m. where they saw flames coming out of the chimney, said Fire Chief Nick Enders.

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‘Exercise stalker’ pleads guilty in town court

Daryl Anthony remains out on bail, sentencing scheduled for May 21

Daryl T. Anthony, the man dubbed the Cazenovia “exercise stalker,” has pleaded guilty in town court to one count of criminal nuisance in the second degree and will be spending time in jail and on probation for his actions stalking women as they exercised on the streets of Cazenovia last summer and fall. Anthony, who appeared before Town Justice Timothy Moore on Wednesday, March 5, accepted a plea deal with the Madison County District Attorney’s Office in which he will receive 60 days in jail on a split sentence and three years of probation. He also waived his right to appeal.

Peterboro to hold Gerrit Smith’s Annual Birthday Party

Stewards for the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark invite the public to the annual Gerrit Smith birthday party at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, to learn of Peterboro in 1864.

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Old Syracuse Plastics factory could get a face lift this summer

Proposed Chapel Street Apartments include residential units, commercial space and townhouses

A project in front of Fayetteville’s planning board could turn the old Syracuse Plastics factory into a mixed-use building as early as this year.

LETTER: Why it’s important to vote on March 18

To the editor: My name is Bill Brazill, and I’ve been on the village board in Minoa for the past twelve years. John Champagne is also a board member, and he and I will be running for re-election on March 18, when the village will hold an election for two open trustee positions and the village justice position. Both of us have leadership skills, experience and years of community involvement.

Two-fingered typist became our best writer

Marylee Manson Armour knew how to turn a phrase. She was one of Liverpool’s most gifted writers ever. Her crowning achievement was a book about a Fourth Lake mail-boat captain, “Heartwood: The Adirondack Homestead Life of W. Don Burnap.” Marylee died Feb. 20 at age 89, but she had continued journaling up into her 87th year, this time in the form of a blog. Her favorite topics were nature, spirituality and homespun Hoosier humor. Born in Terre Haute, Ind., Marylee had resided in Liverpool since 1947, spending summers at the family camp at Fourth Lake.

Wednesday, March 5

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Ludden handles Massena in regional opener

Gaelic Knights earn rematch with Scotia-Glenville Saturday

Bishop Ludden's boys basketball team found its return to the state Class A playoffs to be a smooth one, at least at the outset. The Gaelic Knights put four players in double figures as it handled Massena, 71-50, Wednesday night at Cicero-North Syracuse High School to set up a highly-anticipated regional final against unbeaten, state no. 1-ranked Scotia-Glenville this Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

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Stone Quarry Hill Art Park has ’active and successful’ 2013

Susanna and David Harper receive Reister Award at board of directors’ annual meeting

Cazenovia’s Stone Quarry Hill Art Park had an excellent year in 2013 with more than 15,000 visitors, a new permanent sculpture by an internationally acclaimed artist and the recommendation to be added to both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, according to the SQHAP board of directors, which held its annual meeting on Feb. 27.

2014 Central New York Dairy Day looks to the future

Dairy farmers and their advisors are welcome and encouraged to attend the upcoming 7th Annual 2014 Central New York Dairy Day program on Tuesday, March 11, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. To attend you must preregister by noon on Friday, March 7. The cost of $30 to attend includes buffet lunch.

Republicans hold nominating convention

Katko Tapped to Challenge Maffei for 24th Congressional District

Representatives of the Republican Party for the counties of Wayne, Oswego, Cayuga and Onondaga met Saturday, March 1 to identify candidates for the fall elections. Of the eight announced candidates for Congress, seven were present and each was given five minutes to address the gathering prior to the vote. At the start of the convention, County of Onondaga Republican Chair Tom Dadey announced that Jane Rossi, the eighth candidate, had withdrawn from consideration citing health issues of a close family member. We wish her and her family all the best in this difficult time.

Friends of Lorenzo to hold annual meeting, celebrate another year of success

In marking another year of achievement, President Casey Frazee and the trustees of The Friends of Lorenzo invite the public to attend the 39th Annual Meeting of the Friends of Lorenzo at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Lincklaen House in Cazenovia.

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Bonavita captures figure skating silver medals at 2014 Empire State Games

Helena Rose Bonavita, a 10 year-old who attends fifth grade in Mrs. Slocums’ class at Cazenovia Middle School, has earned two silver medals at the 2014 Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid, held February 5 through 8.

Stokes-Cawley prepares for unopposed Skaneateles village race

When Carol Stokes-Cawley made the decision to run for the vacant trustee position in the village of Skaneateles, it wasn’t because she wanted to start a career in politics, it was out of interest in getting more involved with the community.

LETTER: Vote for Stokes-Cawley on March 18

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

LETTER: Chamber of commerce supports town hall move

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

Along the Lakeshore: frozen pipes; pesky swans

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

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Colleagues look back at impact of Dale Bates on Skaneateles

There are at least two reasons that it seems difficult for people to reflect on the pending retirement of Dale Bates, district business manager and assistant superintendent at Skaneateles Central Schools. First, they grieve at even the mention of his departure. Second, they find it difficult to summarize the magnitude of his impact on the Skaneateles Central School District — and thus, the entire Skaneateles community — over the past 30 years. In short, Skaneateles would not be what it is today without the man who played a pivotal role in making the district great.

Coffee shop proposal spurned by F’ville planners

A representative of the owner of the former Friendly’s Restaurant building on Genesee Street met a skeptical public and an unimpressed village of Fayetteville planning board Monday night.

LETTER: A tribute to Julie Sharpe

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

LETTER: Victory Sports medical and sports facility — a community update

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

Tuesday, March 4

2014 Winter Dairy Management Program coming to Morrisville State College

On Friday, March 21, dairy producers and managers, dairy farm employees and agri-service professionals are invited to attend the 2014 Winter Dairy Management Program at Morrisville State College. The event will be held in Crawford Hall on the Morrisville campus in Lecture Room 103. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

BOE to form task force to decide future of ‘selection classification’ policy

The Cazenovia board of education last week held another lengthy discussion about the district’s “selection classification” athletic policy. This time, while previous arguments both for and against the policy were often repeated, new ideas on how to refine the program also were generated and the board agreed to form a task force to study and ultimately amend the official policy.

Riddler’s in Skaneateles to close, will become F. Oliver’s

Located in the heart of Skaneateles, Riddler’s News, Confections and Tobacco store will be closing in March of this year. Riddler’s is known for selling nostalgic candy, newspapers, lottery tickets and tobacco products, along with various toys, souvenirs and trinkets.

EDITORIAL: Money is biggest factor with Skaneateles town hall move

The financial implications of any decision made by a government must be taken into consideration above all else. Programs and services for the community are a big part of what any government does, but the elected officials also must remember to ask themselves: what is the cost?

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Skaneateles High School Drama Club to present ‘The Secret Garden’ this week

Skaneateles High School students will be giving six performances of this year’s musical, “The Secret Garden,” this week in the high school auditorium. Following a senior citizen performance Wednesday afternoon, performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

East Syracuse Village Board votes to abolish police

Village-wide referendum vote to be held April 2

After almost one year of research and discussion, three motions to abolish, two public hearings and the finalization of a contract with DeWitt, the East Syracuse Village Board voted 4 -1 at its March 3 meeting in favor of abolishing its police department and entering into a shared services agreement with the town of DeWitt.

Cazenovia Artisans to hold artist reception

Cazenovia Artisans has announced that Celeste Friend Designs will be the featured member for the month of March. The artisans will host a show and reception for Friend from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Cazenovia Artisans shop located at 39 Albany St.

Three candidates vie for two seats on Minoa Village Board

On Tuesday, March 18, voters in the village of Minoa will be able to cast their ballot in the local village election. Incumbents Bill Brazill and John Champagne are being challenged by newcomer Trevor Van Auken for the two available trustee seats on the village board. Voting runs from noon to 9 p.m. at village hall. For results of the election, check EagleBulletin.com for updates Tuesday night.

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Cazenovia’s Cudney wins national snowshoe race

High school senior beats international field in Vermont

On March 1, the best snowshoe races from the United States and around the world were greeted by sunshine and the beautiful mountains of Southern Vermont to compete in the 2014 Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships – and Cazenovia’s own Jeanette Cudney was among them, earning a prestigious victory.

LETTER: Facts about ‘Ash for Trash’ proposal

To the editor: Will Onondaga County import trash to burn? Three things to watch:

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As testing regulations increase, more and more parents choose to homeschool their children

As controversies over Common Core and mandated standardized tests become more and more prevalent, many parents are choosing a new option in educating their children: homeschooling. Once the sole province of the very religious, homeschooling is becoming more popular every day, with a growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year. Nationwide, about 2 million children learn at home instead of in a brick-and-mortar school, up from about 1 million in 2003. According to the U.S. Department of Education, about 88 percent of U.S. homeschool parents express concern about the school environment, citing drugs, negative peer pressure and general safety.

Monday, March 3

Parents plead for NSCSD to reinstate parochial school nurse position

Parents of children attending the two parochial schools in the North Syracuse Central School District descended on the board of education Monday night to implore them to reconsider a decision they say could have fatal consequences. On Feb. 24, at its regular meeting, the NSCSD BOE voted to cut the full-time registered nurse position at St. Rose of Lima School in North Syracuse as well as the full-time registered nurse position at St. Margaret's School in Mattydale. The board then voted to create one full-time position and one part-time position to be shared between the two schools. The reduction would leave each school without a nurse for about two hours a day. The decision came about a month after St. Rose’s full-time nurse resigned from her position. The district has been paying a substitute. They opted to cut the position instead of hiring a new full-time nurse for St. Rose, which has many parents worried about their children’s health and safety.

Local high school student to get unique look at U.S. Naval Academy while attending fast-paced summer seminar

The U.S. Naval Academy has invited a select group of approximately 2,550 young men and women from around the nation and abroad to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year, and Keaton Ackermann, a student at Cazenovia High School, will be among the attendees.

Cazenovia school district budget gap could be $500K this year

‘We’re going to have to cut,’ Superintendent Dubik says

The Cazenovia Central School District budget for the 2014-15 school year currently has a gap of three-quarters-of-a-million dollars; and although the state legislature — which has not finalized the budget yet — typically replaces a portion of the education funding stripped by the governor’s budget, no matter what happens, Cazenovia’s district budget will come up short and some budgetary items will not survive.

Skaneateles officials weigh pros and cons of possible town hall move

Skaneateles town officials weighed pros and cons, expressed opinions and discussed options for a possible relocation of the town offices at a work session held on Feb. 24.

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Cazenovia Academic Decathlon Team wins state championship

The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team is the state champion once again, after it defeated five other schools for the title on Feb. 28 and March 1 at SUNY Brockport. Team members brought home 35 medals from the competition, and have now won the state contest nine out of the last 10 years.

Hamilton PCD announces small business grant funds available

Hamilton businesses may apply for grants of $750 to $4,500 by March 21 deadline

The Partnership for Community Development, Hamilton’s nonprofit economic development agency, has announced the reprise of its popular Micro-Assistance Grant (MAG) program for local small businesses. These grants are intended to encourage small businesses to undertake new and innovative projects. Only for-profit corporations, partnerships, LLCs or sole proprietorships located in Madison County and within a 15-mile radius of the town of Hamilton are eligible.


Please take notice that the Town Board of the Town of Cazenovia will meet on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8 p.m. at the Town Office, 7 Albany St., Cazenovia, Madison County, New York for the purpose of potentially Adopting the Final Scoping Document in relation to 2014 Cazenovia Lake Treatment.

Chittenango’s Smith part of state bowling champs

Bears senior puts together 1,090 series, 210 high game

Chittenango girls bowler Casey Smith is now a state champion. Smith, a junior, earned that honor on Sunday when she joined the Section III All-Star team that won its portion of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament at Babylon Lanes on Long Island.

Flask helps Section III win state bowling tourney

B'ville star ties for high tournament game with 268

Baldwinsville girls bowler Britni Flask can now call herself a state champion. Flask, a senior, earned that honor Sunday when she joined the Section III All-Star team that won its portion of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament at Babylon Lanes on Long Island.

Indoor track athletes finish well at state meet

Liverpool, C-NS each notch top-five efforts at Cornell

Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse sent a large contingent of top athletes to last Saturday’s state championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall, and emerged from the meet with plenty of top-10 finishes, including one second-place effort.

C-NS’s Barber wrestles at state championships

Northstars junior goes 1-2 at 106 pounds in first appearance

Cicero-North Syracuse wrestler Joe Barber would represent Section III in a tough Division I 106-pound bracket during last weekend’s state championship meet at Albany’s Times Union Center, ending up with a 1-2 record.

Leff comes within inches of state indoor 1,500 title

Westhill/Ludden's Coolican as part of relay team

Eight-hundredths of a second is not a long time. And it’s all that stood between West Genesee senior Laura Leff and the 1,500-meter state indoor track and field championship last Saturday at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.

Sunday, March 2

Honis finishes third at state wrestling meet

F-M's Quinlan, Broddus just miss reaching awards podium

From an injury one season ago that prevented an all-out pursuit for the biggest prize of the winter, CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestler Ben Honis made quite an impression in his return to the state championship meet last weekend at Albany’s Times Union Center.

Indoor track athletes finish strong at state meet

F-M's Avery, Millar each third in distance races

A string of top-10 finishes, including one runner-up effort, highlighted the work of the area’stop indoor track and field athletes during Saturday’s state championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.

B’ville wrestlers have big moments at state meet

Quartet each wins one bout; Paul, McArdell rally with pins

A full decade after Shawn Farnham gave the Baldwinsville wrestling program its last state championship, four seniors – Kevin Paul, Chad McArdell, Gunnar Sutphen and Joe Nasoni – would try to add to that total at Albany’s Times Union Center.

Girls indoor track Bees do well at state meet

B'ville 4x400 relay team records top-five finish

Baldwinsville’s girls indoor track and field team had options of several different events to compete in when they went to Cornell University’s Barton Hall for Saturday’s state championship meet.

Saturday, March 1

West Genny hockey stopped in regionals again

Wildcats fall, 1-0, to Fairport at Shove Park

With 38.6 seconds left in the third period, facing a one-goal deficit with a berth in the NYSPHSAA Final Four on the line Saturday night at Shove Park, West Genesee ice hockey coach Frank Colabufo used his time-out to rally the troops. It was time to finally hit the game-tying goal, after trying for the greater part of two periods to do so, for it was the only way to keep an undefeated season alive.

J-D boys hoops fall to Ludden in sectional final

Hot outside shooting by Gaelic Knights doom Red Rams

Exactly 374 days after having its 2012-13 season ended by Bishop Ludden in the playoffs, the Jamesville-Dewitt boys basketball team figured to have a strong chance to return the favor, only this time with higher stakes as the Section III Class A title was on the line.

Warriors earn state boys swimming titles

Roche is diving champion; Liverpool claims 200 free relay

With special goals in mind, the Liverpool boys swim team - joined by particularly good diver named Dan Roche - went to the Webster Aquatic Center this weekend and, when it all done, had a pair of New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships to bring back home.

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Northstars fall in AA boys sectional thriller

Utica Proctor rallies late, edges C-NS 83-79

No one would end up losing Saturday night's wild, thrilling Section III Class AA boys basketball championship game at the Carrier Dome. One team would just have more points at the end. Cicero-North Syracuse badly wanted to be that team, but a key departure at an ill-timed moment turned things in Utica Proctor's favor, and the Raiders rallied to beat the Northstars 83-79 to earn the sectional title.

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Ludden rolls to another sectional Class A title

Hot shooting of Hawk, Hackett spark conquest of J-D

Seeing a 3-point shot fall early in the game is nice. Seeing a flurry of them go through the net can prove quite disheartening to an opponent - especially when the guys taking the shots are not known for outside proficiency. That's what the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team did to Jamesville-DeWitt in Saturday's Section III Class A final at the Carrier Dome, Kyle Hawk and Ben Hackett unleashing an outside barrage that no one anticipated and riding it all the way to an impressive 76-49 victory over Jamesville-DeWitt for its third consecutive sectional championship.

Roland, Warriors repeat as sectional champions

Westhill fights past Utica-Notre Dame 63-60 in Class B final

Jordan Roland got the Westhill boys basketball team started in Saturday's Section III Class B final against Utica-Notre Dame at the Carrier Dome, so it only figured that he would finish the work, too. Roland managed 31 points in yet another star turn to help the undefeated, state no. 1-ranked Warriors hold off the Jugglers 63-60 and repeat as sectional champions.