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Saturday, May 31

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Lacrosse Lakers top Salmon River in regional final

Defense carries Caz to state semifinal against Penn Yan

Each of the previous two times the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team claimed a state Class C championship, it had to endure a fair amount of stress at the hands - and sticks - of Salmon River. Now, going for a third state title, the Lakers again had to face the Shamrocks, again was pushed to the limit - and again made it through, prevailing 7-4 in Saturday's regional final at SUNY-Potsdam.

Friday, May 30

Baseball Hornets fall just short of AA title

Auburn holds off F-M comeback in 8-7 sectional final

For an entire Friday evening, the Fayetteville-Manlius baseball team chased Auburn all across the diamond at NBT Bank Stadium, hoping to eventually catch them and, perhaps, seize the Section III Class AA championship in the process.

Grimes baseball rally falls short in Class C final

South Lewis scores 11 in first inning, hangs on to win 12-9

Even with the Section III Class C-2 championship in its possession, the Bishop Grimes baseball team wanted to claim the overall sectional title and venture into the state tournament - but in one long and brutal inning, that dream was snuffed out.

Mosack appointed to F-M ‘A Better Chance’ program board of directors

Meryl Mosack, a trainer and marketing consultant for RE/MAX Masters - a residential and commercial real estate brokerage with offices in Fayetteville and Skaneateles - has been appointed to the board of directors for F-M “A Better Chance,” a local chapter of a national, independently-financed program organized to place talented and strongly motivated minority students in academic programs at outstanding public and private schools throughout the United States.

Liverpool, C-NS track stars advance to state meet

Vanmarter, Akinpelu, Girardi, Austen, Herringshaw earn wins

Mark Vanmarter, Ore Akinpelu, Morgan Austen and Pete Girardi have all secured spots in next weekend’s state track and field championship meet at Bragman Stadium, with a chance at contending for medals.

Runners, jumpers headed for state track meet

F-M, J-D, CBA competitors all win at sectional qualifier

Strong performances by a host of local track and field athletes in Thursday’s Section III state qualifier at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium means that they’ll be back in that same venue next weekend in hot pursuit of state titles.

Martin wins steeplechase at state qualifier

B'ville girls 4x400 relay also advances to state meet

Both of Baldwinsville’s track and field teams would make full efforts during Thursday’s Section III state qualifier at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, hoping to return to that same venue this weekend for the state championship meet.

Town of Van Buren to hold special election June 3

The town of Van Buren is holding a special election to discontinue the town’s sponsorship of the Baldwinsille Volunteer Fire Department’s Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP), a retirement plan for firefighters. All registered voters in the town are eligible to vote.

Track Lakers earn wins at state qualifier

Three Skaneateles relay teams advance to state meet

Each of the Skaneateles track and field teams will have a big role during next weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

Track stars advance to state championship meet

Garn, Uczen, Gugel among winners at Section III qualifier

When the area’s top track and field athletes went to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium for Thursday’s Section III state qualifying meet, the intention was to do well and then come back to C-NS again next weekend for the state championships.

Caz track athletes compete in state qualifier

Nichols second in boys pentathlon; Kent third in girls triple jump

Cazenovia boys track and field star Walker Nichols got within 17 points of advancing to this weekend’s state championship meet in the pentathlon. Nichols, a junior, and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown sophomore Sage Bartlett waged a classic duel for Division II (small school) honors in Thursday’s Section III state qualifier at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, the same venue that will host the state meet.

Have ESM Carpentry build your house, addition or other project

The carpentry program at the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District is now accepting project applications for the 2014-15 school year. Appropriate projects must be within the ESM school district boundaries and be sizeable enough to engage up to 20 students and may include a new home, addition, garage or similar project.

Thursday, May 29

J-D baseball slams CBA, wins Class A sectional title

Big fifth inning key to Red Rams' 11-1 win over Brothers

Winning its first Section III championship in 11 years was sweet enough for the Jamesville-DeWitt baseball team. Doing it at the expense of its neighbors and rivals from Christian Brothers Academy made it sweeter. What was a close, tense sectional Class A final at NBT Bank Stadium Thursday night blew open when the Red Rams scored nine runs in the fifth inning, going on to defeat the Brothers 11-1.

Liverpool, C-NS softball return to AA sectional final

Northstars edge West Gensee; Warriors hammer Central Square

In order to arrive at their latest head-to-head clash for the Section III Class AA championship, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool softball teams got there in vastly different manners.

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Local choral directors receive ‘Service Above Self’ award from Cazenovia Rotary

During its May 12 meeting, the Cazenovia Rotary Club presented the “Service Above Self” award to Teresa and Bruce Campbell for their years of dedication to music in the community.

Fairy garden workshop to be held at Cazenovia library

Cazenovia Public Library and Cazenovia Children's House (CCH) are presenting a workshop for families to create their own fairy garden. The program, for families with children ages four to young at heart, will have a wonderful literacy component. To begin, Jenna Wright will read a story about fairy houses and gardens and each family will leave with a journal to draw/write about their creation and a book list of titles to borrow from the library.

BCSD Board of Education selects new superintendent

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education has selected and appointed Dr. David Hamilton as its new superintendent of schools. He is expected to begin his duties as superintendent on July 1. Dr. Hamilton is currently the superintendent of the Penn Yan Central School District which serves approximately 1,500 children. He has served as its superintendent for three years, and previously served eight years in the Churchville Chili Central School District in several administrative capacities including Director of Curriculum and Assessment Professional Development, Principal (7-9), and Director for Technology and Fine Arts.

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Grimes baseball wins sectional C-2 title

Cobras conquer Weedsport, Beaver River in last two rounds

A Section III Class C-2 championship now belongs to the Bishop Grimes baseball team. With an emphatic effort, both from pitching ace Chris Schad and a lineup that just kept on hitting, the no. 2 seed Cobras blanked top seed and defending champion Beaver River 9-0 in Wednesday night’s Class C-2 final at Rome’s DeLutis Field.

J-D, ESM softball taken out in Class A semis

Red Rams upended by late New Hartford comeback

Even as it roared to a 17-3 mark and another top seed in the Section III Class A playoffs, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team had endured all kinds of close calls, getting by on solid defense and the terrific pitching of Kerri Keeler. But the Red Rams’ fortunes would change at the worst time possible.

WG softball drops close semifinal to C-NS

Nichols holds Northstars to three hits; Tully strikes out 12

Unlike so many others in seasons past, the West Genesee softball team entered last Wednesday night’s Section III Class AA semifinal against Cicero-North Syracuse at the Gillette Road complex with the confidence gained from beating the defending state champions in the regular season.

Lakers hammer Chenango Forks in regional opener

No. 1 Lakers to face no. 2 Salmon River on Saturday

Now it's 20 up and 20 down for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team - but win number 21 might prove the most challenging of all. When the Lakers routed Section IV champion Chenango Forks 16-4 in Wednesday night's opening round of the state Class C playoffs at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium, it sets up a classic regional final on Saturday afternoon.

F-M teacher receives PBA service award

The Manlius Police Department recently recognized a Fayetteville-Manlius School District educator for her dedication to teaching students about health and safety.

Wednesday, May 28

Solvay softball survives tense sectional semifinal

Run in seventh pushes Bearcats past APW, 2-1

Even as it was putting up big run totals throughout the spring, the Solvay softball team knew that, at some unknown point, it would have to grind out a win or two if it wanted to go as far as it wanted. That tense moment arrived in Wednesday's Section III Class B semifinal at the Gillette Road complex in Cicero, where a series of escapes by pitcher Jackie Gardner, and a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, allowed the top-seeded Bearcats to squeeze past no. 4 seed Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 2-1.

J-D lacrosse blasts Vestal, Massena in regionals

Red Rams advance to state semifinal against Victor

All season long, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team has emphasized its top goal - a state Class B title. And now, three games into the playoffs, the Red Rams finally look like it's meeting that potential and have a serious chance to turn that goal into a reality.

Defense carries F-M lacrosse to state semifinals

Back line works hared in Hornets' win over Corning

Little glory or fame is found on the defensive side of the ball in any sport, and lacrosse is no exception. Even though defenders work as much as anyone else, their labor is not reflected on the scoreboard, or is talked about with the same breathless excitement as feats on the other side of the field.

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SAFE-ACT has serious flaws, won’t work in the long run

My opinion of the New York Safe Ammunition and Firearms Act (SAFE-ACT) is as follows: Lawmakers feel desperate to do something in the wake of violence in American schools and American society in general. I get it. The next time something horrible happens in an American school or workplace, the lawmakers can say they were trying, we have a new law and it will help. It’s not that their hearts are in the wrong place, they have children and families they worry about, too. It’s their reasoning and intellect that is not in the right place.

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John Garafalo: SAFE-ACT has serious flaws, won’t work in the long run

My opinion of the New York Safe Ammunition and Firearms Act (SAFE-ACT) is as follows: Lawmakers feel desperate to do something in the wake of violence in American schools and American society in general. I get it. The next time something horrible happens in an American school or workplace, the lawmakers can say they were trying, we have a new law and it will help. It’s not that their hearts are in the wrong place, they have children and families they worry about, too. It’s their reasoning and intellect that is not in the right place.

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Guest column: SAFE-ACT has serious flaws, won’t work in the long run

My opinion of the New York Safe Ammunition and Firearms Act (SAFE-ACT) is as follows: Lawmakers feel desperate to do something in the wake of violence in American schools and American society in general. I get it. The next time something horrible happens in an American school or workplace, the lawmakers can say they were trying, we have a new law and it will help. It’s not that their hearts are in the wrong place, they have children and families they worry about, too. It’s their reasoning and intellect that is not in the right place.

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Always an honor

Baldwinsville Memorial Day Parade set

Each year, the Baldwinsville Memorial Day Parade is held on the traditional Memorial Day to honor war veterans both past and present. Rich in tradition, the parade has spanned at least 100 years.

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Peony Fest returns June 7

Peony Fest returns to the Canton Street grounds of The Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. The annual event celebrates Baldwinsville’s historic peony industry and the museum’s heritage peony project.

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Great Seneca River Duck Race tickets on sale now

Also seeking ‘Anything That Floats’ contestants

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville’s 20th annual Seneca River Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat

Shifty’s: A local Syracuse favorite

Shifty’s Bar, off of Burnet Avenue, is a beloved Syracuse institution. Opened in 1969, it boasts live music five nights a week, award-winning chicken wings and has garnered a loyal following. Shifty’s checks off many of the dive bar conventions along with some more premium accoutrements.

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St. Mary’s Church to offer Sunday evening mass

Come June 8, parishioners of St. Mary’s Church in Baldwinsville can expect a change in the weekend mass schedule. A 5 p.m. mass on Sunday will replace the late morning 11:45 a.m. mass. Only two other Roman Catholic churches in the area offer an early evening service: Holy Family in Fairmount has one at 4:30 p.m., and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Syracuse holds one at 5:10 p.m.

C-NS girls lax falls to West Genny in sectional final

Wildcats get payback for 2013 playoff defeat in Dome

Absent a Section III Class A title for 17 years, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team was bent on ending that drought on the same Carrier Dome turf where Baldwinsville kept them from the crown a year ago.

World record attempt to be held at 36th annual Oz-Stravaganza

Attendees will try to break record for the most people dressed in Oz costumes

The annual Oz-Stravaganza is going to be a bit different in 2014 from years’ past. For one thing, it’s the 75th anniversary of the release of the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” which made its debut in theaters in August 1939. And in celebration, organizers are attempting to do something they’ve never done in the 36 years the event has been held: they’re going to try to make it into the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

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Side Hill Farmers to expand after an explosive first year in Manlius

It’s 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, and Side Hill Farmers Head Butcher Kevin McCann is still cutting pork chops. “I’m a little behind today,” McCann said, as he prepares the meat to be put on the top shelf of the glass display case for the day. “This morning I got caught up doing some research.”

Tuesday, May 27

Girls lacrosse Wildcats roar to sectional title

West Genny gets playof atonement, routs C-NS

More than 12 months of hard work and determination, mixed in with a healthy amount of talent and wisdom, produced a West Genesee girls lacrosse team that marched onto the Carrier Dome turf Tuesday night with a purpose - and walked off that same turf with the Section III Class A championship firmly back in its grasp.

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Skaneateles girls lax repeats as sectional champs

Lakers get away from first-time finalist South Jefferson

A normal occasion for the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team in 2014 may involve a stumble or two at the outset, but within minutes a pattern of total domination is established, and the result is a lopsided victory. South Jefferson tried, in vain, to offer an alternative to this script in Tuesday night's Section III Class C final at the Carrier Dome, but a tremendous defensive effort, followed by a second-half scoring onslaught, pushed the Lakers past the Spartans 17-6 for its second consecutive sectional championship.

CBA girls sail to fourth straight sectional title

Brothers repeat 2013 title-game win over Watertown

True, a younger cast of characters has taken over, but the results for the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team are the same. The Brothers have now earned four consecutive Section III championships, repeating its Class B title from 2013 when it went to the Carrier Dome Tuesday and pulled away to beat no. 2 seed Watertown 17-10.

Lysander Town Board: Every minute counts

The Lysander Town Board voted down a resolution to approve the April 28 meeting minutes after a contentious debate between board members and the town clerk during its May 19 meeting. Councilor Robert Geraci addressed concerns over unapproved meeting minutes after that specific action on the agenda was skipped.

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Marching Band named the grand champion at Darien Lake competition

The Baldwinsville Central School District marching band won first place at the annual Darien Lake marching band competition held on May 24.

Cazenovia voters approve $26.5 million budget; elect two board members

On May 20, Cazenovia Central School District voters approved the district’s $26.5 million 2014-15 budget proposal, elected two board of education members and approved two propositions.

Entries now open for the 175th Madison County Fair

It’s time to make plans to show off your prize winning creations. The Madison County Fair gave away more than $15,000 in prize money last year. Now is the time to make your claim to some cash. Entries are now being accepted, browse the class listings at madisoncountyfairny.com and click on the premium booklet tab to explore the endless possibilities for exhibiting.

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Let them eat bread

Rise bread makers a hit in Cazenovia

Jasmeen Barnes, owner of Rise bread makers, simply cannot keep her bread in stock at the weekly Cazenovia Farmers Market. There have been two markets so far this season, and the shelves of Rise bread were bare within an hour at both. “That’s a pretty cool feeling,” said Barnes — especially since her business idea sprouted last fall, recipes were perfected during the winter, her baking facility was only finalized a few weeks ago and the May 10 farmers market was her first commercial outing.

World record attempt to be held at 36th annual Oz-Stravaganza

Attendees will try to break record for the most people dressed in Oz costumes

The annual Oz-Stravaganza is going to be a bit different in 2014 from years’ past. For one thing, it’s the 75th anniversary of the release of the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” which made its debut in theaters in August 1939. And in celebration, organizers are attempting to do something they’ve never done in the 36 years the event has been held: they’re going to try to make it into the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

Liverpool baseball falls in Class AA semis

Rough start leads to Auburn stopping Warriors, 10-2

Three pitches, especially the first three pitches of a baseball game, are far from enough to decide any kind of outcome. Yet it was what took place on that initial trio of deliveries that would start to send the Liverpool Warriors spiraling down to a 10-2 defeat to Auburn in Monday’s Section III Class AA semifinal at Onondaga Community College.

Baseball Wildcats fall in AA semifinal classic

F-M scores twice in ninth to beat West Genny, 5-3

Will Randall, as fired up as his West Genesee baseball teammates, crossed the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday night’s Section III Class AA semifinal at Onondaga Community College, tying the game and convincing every Wildcat partisan that it would win here, and then go face Auburn Friday night for the sectional title at NBT Bank Stadium. Only it did not turn out that way.

Westhill baseball ousted in Class B semis

DeSarro, Frankfort-Schuyler take out top-seeded Warriors

Even through a 15-3 regular season and earning a top seed for the Section III Class B playoffs, the Westhill baseball team knew that it was young enough, and vulnerable enough, to get stopped at any time by a determined opponent that could make all the right plays at the right moments.

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East Syracuse Fire Department Field Days to be held June 19 – 21

Since he was a kid, Mike Cramer has been attending fire department field days. He said that 25 years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to attend a different department’s field days every weekend – on some weekends, there were may have even been two field days.

Monday, May 26

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F-M baseball survives AA semifinal with West Genny

Hornets to face Auburn for sectional championship

What the Fayetteville-Manlius baseball team will experience on Friday night, when it ventures to NBT Bank Stadium to face Auburn for the Section III Class AA championship, will prove memorable. But it would have to go a long way to match the high tension and swings of emotion that Monday night's AA semifinal against West Genesee at Onondaga Community College provided.

CBA, J-D win to set up sectional baseball duel

Brothers oust New Hartford; Red Rams top Camden

Thursday night’s Section III Class A baseball championship game at NBT Bank Stadium will also determine whether Christian Brothers Academy or Jamesville-DeWitt will rule the neighborhood. In Monday’s Class A semifinals at Onondaga Community College, the no. 3 seed Brothers and no. 4 seed Red Rams both prevailed, as CBA took out no. 2 seed New Hartford 7-2 and J-D cast aside no. 8 seed Camden 3-1.

Sunday, May 25

Baseball, softball Bees ousted from AA playoffs

Reigning state champs upended by Auburn, 2-1

Each of Baldwinsville’s diamond sides knew that, at some point, the road would end for the 2014 seasons. But they probably didn’t imagine it happening so soon.

B’ville’s Nizamis reaches state golf tournament

Pelcher finishes two shots out in tie for 10th

More than eight months ago, four talented boys golfers from Baldwinsville – Christian Nizamis, James Pelcher, Paul Pitcher and Matt Monaco - recorded high finishes during the Section III Class AA championships at the Links at Sunset Ridge.

Caz baseball goes 1-1 in sectional tournament

Lakers stop Canastota, fall to Frankfort-Schuyler in extra-inning quarterfinal

When the Section III Class B playoff bracket came out, the Cazenovia baseball team had to like what it saw, at least in terms of the opening rounds. With a no. 4 seed thanks to its 8-4 league record that created a share of the OHSL Liberty division regular-season title with Skaneateles, the Lakers had nothing but opponents unfamiliar with its strengths and weaknesses at the outset.

C-NS, Liverpool softball handle playoff openers

Warriors pull away from Auburn; Northstars blank F-M

Though certainly eyeing each other for a possible Section III Class AA championship showdown, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool softball teams did not forget about the immediate task of getting through the early rounds.

Liverpool baseball advances; C-NS knocked out

Warriors get past RFA as Northstars fall to F-M

Though the Liverpool baseball team lost twice in the regular season to Cicero-North Syracuse, it was the Warriors moving past the early rounds of the Section III Class AA playoffs, while the Northstars exited early.

Northstars’ Petrin reaches state golf tournament

C-NS brother tandem contends at sectional qualifier

Cicero-North Syracuse boys golfers Joe and John Petrin both had strong fall campaigns and finished among the leaders in the Section III Class AA tournament last October at the Links at Sunset Ridge.

Saturday, May 24

Lacrosse Wildcats stopped by F-M in Class A final

Hornets win first sectional title in 21 years

Many times in the last two-plus decades, a thin margin separated the West Genesee boys lacrosse team from Fayetteville-Manlius when a Section III Class A championship at stake, and every single time the Wildcats were on the happy end of that margin, piling up titles and honors along the way.

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J-D stops ESM, earns sixth straight sectional title

Offensive outburst pushes Red Rams past Spartans

Anyone that wins six consecutive Section III Class B championships, as the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team has done, finds success on the field even when some parts of the game aren't in full working order. For example, the 2014 edition of the Red Rams has struggled to shut down opponents on the defensive side and pick up face-offs, things that past J-D teams could count on to be there.

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Caz boys lacrosse repeats as sectional champs

Mann, Brown power Lakers past Homer, 12-8

A few things didn't go right for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team early in Saturday's Section III Class C final against Homer at the Carrier Dome. Face-offs, normally secured, when to the other team, and the normally-sharp Lakers attack was having difficulty finding any sort of consistency.

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F-M earns first sectional lacrosse title in 21 years

Hornets rally for last-second victory over West Genesee

Casey Green, with one deft move, one well-timed dive and one perfectly-placed shot, helped deliver the Section III Class A championship the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team has waited more than two decades to reclaim.

Friday, May 23

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J-D boys complete A-1 sectional track sweep

Liebmann sets new season mark in pole vault

With every point vital, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys track and field team managed to complete a Red Rams sweep of both Section III Class A-1 championships.

CBA girls lacrosse returns to sectional final

Brothers stop J-D after Red Rams knock out ESM

Just as in 2013, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team finds itself heading to the Carrier Dome, with only Watertown standing in the way of claiming a Section III Class B title.

F-M girls lax reaches Class A semifinals

Hornets stopped by C-NS after eliminating Liverpool

Many years have passed since the Fayetteville-Manlius girls lacrosse team found itself squarely in the mix and playing for top Section III Class A honors.

Local tennis stars advance to state tournament

F-M, ESM, MPH all send players to New York City

Tennis stars from six different local high schools were battling for spots in the state tournament during last week’s Section III state qualifier – and three of the schools would end up with players heading for New York City.

C-NS girls lax makes return to sectional final

Northstars stop F-M, to face West Genny at Carrier Dome

Everything that the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team had done to build its program back up to elite status leads up to the trip it takes to the Carrier Dome Tuesday night to see if it can upend West Genesee and win its first Section III Class A championship in 16 years.

Girls lacrosse Bees fall in Class A semifinals

West Genesee ovewhelms B'ville, 14-2

Doug Rowe put it well in the wake of the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team’s 14-2 defeat to West Genesee in the Section III Class A semifinals Friday night at Christian Brothers Academy’s Alibrandi Stadium.

Girls lacrosse Lakers charge to Class C final

Skaneateles routs LaFayette, to face South Jefferson at Dome

With only the smallest amount of stress, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team ran its way back to the Carrier Dome - and to the brink of another Section III Class C championship.

Girls lacrosse Wildcats sail through sectional semifinal

WG handles B'ville, to meet C-NS for Class A title

Everything about the West Genesee girls lacrosse team's push through the Section III Class A playoffs involves atonement of some kind, starting with going back to the very scene of last season’s semifinal defeat and making things right.

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West Genny tennis stars qualify for state tournament

Boleslav, Fox, Smith will travel to NYC next weekend

Having already fulfilled one dream by winning its first-ever Section III Class A championship, the West Genesee boys tennis team now wanted to see its full complement of top players make it to the state tournament.

Romig just misses berth in state tennis tournament

Caz singles star drops epic third-place match to F-M's Druger

With the Section III Class B first singles championship secured, Cazenovia boys tennis star Nate Romig went after a much bigger prize during the Section III state qualifier - and came within inches of going all the way to next weekend's state tournament.

Hornets scrape past Corcoran in Class A semis

F-M to face West Genny again for sectional title in Dome

Though nervous right to the end, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team was not going to get stopped in its quest to return to the Carrier Dome and get another shot at West Genesee for the Section III Class A championship.

Nichols, Satchwell earn wins at sectional meet

Caz finishes sixth, also gets title in 4x100 relay

With one more chance to compete together this spring, the Cazenovia boys track and field team got victories from juniors Walker Nichols and Sean Satchwell, plus a title from its 4x100 relay team, during the Section III Class B-1 championship meet, held Thursday at Marcellus High School.

Baseball Lakers’ Musso throws playoff no-hitter

Skaenateles ace nearly gets perfect game against Solvay

Whatever else happened to the Skaneateles baseball team in the Section III Class B playoffs, it would prove a memorable experience because of what Paul Musso did on the mound during Thursday's opening-round game against Solvay.

Katko kicks off campaign tour at Post 188

Political pundits see November’s mid-term election as a referendum on Obamacare. John Katko, the Republican candidate for Congress in our 24th District, thinks the election will be much more than that. He looks at it as a chance for voters to lodge their objections to the overall ineffectiveness of the federal government.

Thursday, May 22

J-D, ESM lacrosse set up sectional title showdown

Spartans hold off Carthage; Red Rams blast New Hartford

The Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse Minoa boys lacrosse teams had two very different ways of going about accomplishing the same goal on Thursday night. Both squads sought a chance to play for a Section III Class B title- the Red Rams looking for a sixth straight championship, the Spartans chasing its first title since 2004.

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Solvay boys track takes B-1 sectional title

Whittico wins three as J-E gets second in B-2 meet

Though it had gone to Marcellus plenty of other times, it’s doubtful that the Solvay boys track and field team enjoyed the trip as much as it did on Thursday, when it sailed past the field to win the Section III Class B-1 championship for the fifth year in a row.

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WG lacrosse returns to sectional finals again

Wildcats trip up B'ville, get title game against F-M

So the West Genesee boys lacrosse team found itself in the same semifinal round of the Section III Class A playoffs, against the same opponent (Baldwinsville), and on the same field (Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium), as it did a season ago.

Boys lax Warriors fall to Caz in sectional semis

Westhill takes out Marcellus in Class C quarterfinal

Having never won a Section III championship before, it only figured that the Westhill boys lacrosse team, in order to make history, had to go through the unbeaten, no. 1-ranked defending state champions to have a chance at that elusive prize.

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Bees reach semis, fall to West Genesee again

Sectional defeat ends Fiorini's 35-year coaching tenure

One more time, Peter Fiorini led the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team into the crucible of the Section III Class A playoffs, wanting to see his players earn a championship that could send him off into retirement in full glory.

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Boys lacrosse Lakers return to sectional final

Caz pulls away from Westhill, to meet Homer for title

On Thursday night, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team made the short trip to Chittenango High School’s turf to take on no. 4 seed Westhill in the Section III Class C semifinals, a rematch of the tense, low-scoring April 22 contest that the Lakers pulled out, 5-4, for its closest victory of the season.

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F-M student awarded Patricia W. Infantine Scholarship

The Manlius Library is pleased to announce that Xinhui Liao, a Fayetteville-Manlius High School senior, is the 2014 recipient of the Patricia W. Infantine Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is awarded to a senior living in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District who has demonstrated high academic skills and leadership qualities while also donating time and effort to support the community.

Vanmarter leads Liverpool to second at AA meet

C-NS boys finish third; Girardi prevails twice

Mark Vanmarter and Alex Christensen helped the Liverpool boys track and field team to a second-place finish, just ahead of Cicero-North Syracuse, in Wednesday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Bragman Stadium.

Marcellus girls lax stunned by General Brown

Westhill, J-E, Ludden/Grimes also knocked out in quarterfinals

If all went to plan for the Marcellus girls lacrosse team, it would cast aside a pair of opponents in the Section III Class C playoffs and, in all likelihood, take one more shot at Skaneateles in the Carrier Dome with a championship on the line. But the no. 2 seed Mustangs never got past the first opponent.

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Volunteer of the Month: May 2014

Colleen Fancher: Ronald McDonald House

The Central New York area is a better place because of people like Colleen Fancher. Fancher was born in Binghamton and spent her adolescent years in Northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from Ridley-Lowell School of Business, she became an insurance agent, then transferred to Syracuse as an insurance adjuster for the next 16 years.

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Fayetteville-Manlius students receive awards on National Latin Exam

More than 130 Fayetteville-Manlius School District students received awards on the 2014 National Latin Exam, including four who earned perfect scores.

Wednesday, May 21

Westhill/Ludden track earns A-2 sectional track title

Warriors pull away from second-place Homer

Since they have a combined girls track and field team, Westhill/Bishop Ludden got to move up when the Section III championships rolled around. It proved quite a productive move, as the Warriors went out Wednesday and won the sectional Class A-2 championship at Fulton, beating seven other contenders for that crown.

J-D girls track claims A-1 sectional title

Red Rams pull away from New Hartford, third-place ESM

Utilizing its depth and versatility to full effect, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls track and field team emerged with the Section III Class A-1 championship Wednesday afternoon at Fulton, pulling away from two sets of Spartans, New Hartford and East Syracuse-Minoa - to get that top spot.

East Syracuse to begin process of looking into creating a fire district

At the May 19 East Syracuse Village Board meeting, the East Syracuse Fire Department gave its second presentation in six months to the board about the possibility of dissolving the fire department and creating a fire district.

CBA boys stunned by LaFayette playoff rally

Brothers ousted, 16-15, in OT in Class C quarterfinal

When the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team opened up a seven-goal lead late in the first half of last Tuesday’s Section III Class C quarterfinal against LaFayette at Alibrandi Stadium, it bore a resemblance to the two times the Brothers prevailed in head-to-head meetings in April. And that’s where the resemblance would end.

Boys tennis teams battle for sectional honors

F-M second to West Genny; J-D wins Class B team title

Having finished a 25th consecutive undefeated regular season, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys tennis team moved on to action in last week’s Section III Class A tournament, held at SUNY-Cortland. But the Hornets could not hold on to its sectional crown, earning 58 points and finishing second to West Genesee, who claimed the team title with 61 points by sweeping all three singles divisions.

Van Buren Town Board talks second Alpine Challenge, milling in Seneca Knolls, other current events

The Van Buren Town Board met on May 20 to discuss and act on the following issues:

B’ville girls track finishes fourth at AA meet

Soeder takes high jump; Perez, Martin 1-2 in boys steeplechase

Emily Soeder’s latest triumph in the high jump was part of the Baldwinsville girls track and field team’s solid fourth-place finish in Tuesday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Central Square.

Onondaga and Cortland counties announce public comment period for regional solid waste partnership

In March, Onondaga and Cortland Counties announced they would work together as co-lead agencies for the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process on a regional solid waste partnership. Residents of both counties will now have their first opportunity since the announcement to formally voice their opinion on the scope of the proposed partnership.

New York National Guard mourns loss of former leader

Members of the New York National Guard are mourning the loss of retired Maj. Gen. Robert A. Knauff, the former New York Air National Guard Commander who was killed in a glider accident in Aguila, Ariz. May 3.

Boys lacrosse Lakers ousted by Homer

Skaneateles girls roll to quarterfinal win over Ludden/Grimes

Any smiles that the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team showed when the Section III Class C playoff bracket came out did not last long. True, the Lakers were a no. 2 seed, and would enjoy a first-round bye, something only Cazenovia, the undefeated top seed and reigning state champions, would otherwise have in a 14-team field.

West Genny tennis wins long-awaited sectional title

Singles sweep helps Wildcats topple F-M for Class A crown

What the West Genesee boys tennis team could not pull off in the regular season, it managed to accomplish during last week’s Section III Class A tournament at SUNY-Cortland. Thanks to a singles sweep from Brent Boleslav, Garrett Boleslav and Connor McGuigan, the Wildcats, with 61 points, edged past long-time nemesis Fayetteville-Manlius (58 points) and earned the sectional team championship for the first time in the program’s history.

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Marcellus girls golfers win sectional Division II title

Mustangs, with just one senior, top Caz for team honors

All spring long, the Marcellus girls golf team patiently waited through bad weather that delayed the start of the season and limited practice time outdoors. Then, the Mustangs had to work through a compressed regular-season schedule, with lots of three-team matches and few real opportunities to work on their respective games on their home course at Tuscarora Golf Club.

Garn, Fallon lead Mustangs to second at B-1 meet

Marcellus seniors win two events apiece; J-E sixth in B-2

Marcellus girls track and field stars Rachel Garn and Abbie Fallon did not disappoint the fans in their last home appearance, which just happened to be Tuesday’s Section III Class B-1 championship meet.

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Area softball teams near post-season push

Witkowski wields hot bat; Solvay scores 40 against Hannibal

Important games remained for some of the area’s high school softball teams before the Section III playoffs could get underway – and it led to some spectacular individual and team performances.

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Baldwinsville man faces felony drug and weapon charges

New York state troopers recently arrested Vincent A. Lyons, 20, of Baldwinsville on multiple felony charges.

Chapter 4: The Adventures of Frankie

The color of envy

Frankie wiped the grease off an open end wrench before dropping it in the toolbox. He’d catch the dickens if his father found any of his tools dirty. With the tool box back in its proper place in the basement, he was ready to give his hodge-podge of a bicycle another try.

Chapter 5: The Adventures of Frankie

Spring break

“FRANCIS, RONNIE, GET IN HERE!” Frankie’s father yelled out the front door. The two kids were taking their sweet time wandering over from Scrawny’s house. When they finally walked through the door, inside Frankie’s parents were sitting in the living room looking as though they were ready to chew them out for something or other. For the life of him, Frankie couldn’t figure what they had done wrong.

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Hooked, but hopeful

B’ville, L’pool residents cope, struggle with heroin addiction

After a decade of dealing with drugs, drug addiction and seeking help via numerous rehab clinics, Baldwinsville native Micah Wood finally decided to get clean. “This is the first time I’ve been sober completely from everything for six months since I was like 10 years old,” the 20-year-old said in a recent phone interview with the Messenger. “It’s been a struggle for a while now.”

LETTER: ESM lacrosse grandparents thank J-D varsity girls team, coach

To the editor: On May 8, the ESM girls’ varsity lacrosse team hosted rival J-D on Senior Night. Our granddaughter, Samantha Dooling, is four-year varsity player for ESM and because of an injury; she was unable to play in this game. Samantha is a very prolific goal scorer and at the time of her injury she was the No. 2 goal scorer in Section III.

Lakers’ Romig wins Class B tennis singles title

Cazenovia star sweeps through three sectional foes

Both the Cazenovia and Chittenango boys tennis team’s top players made their way to Utica’s Mott Courts to take part in the Section III Class B championship tournament – and it was Nate Romig making the biggest statement of all.

LETTER: Responsibility for maintaining streets and highways

To the editor: Recently, my County Representative Kevin Holmquist published his reasoning for voting against the county funding maintenance of some streets in the city of Syracuse. His reasoning must have made his seventh grade social studies teacher proud. He remembered learning that back in the 1930s; cities in New York State were the economic engines with major industries and commerce. Villages were communities of local shops and homes and the rest of the areas in most were rural farm lands. He remembered that most residents of villages only went into the cities to conduct important business or for special events and that their primary life and family activities revolved around their separate villages.

Caz girls track takes fourth at sectional B-1 meet

Kent, Pittman, 4x800 relay team earn victories

Individual and relay titles helped the Cazenovia girls track and field team snare a fourth-place finish in Tuesday’s Section III Class B championship meet.

Cazenovia golfers advance to state qualifier

Girls Lakers second to Marcellus at sectional tourney

Following a successful regular season, Cazenovia’s boys golf team tried to find some more magic when it went to the Links at Sunset Ridge for Monday’s Section III Large School West Division Championship.

Boys lax Lakers handle Tully in playoff opener

Willard earns four goals, four assists in 14-4 romp

If the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team wanted to go all the way, finish a perfect 23-0 campaign and earn its third state Class C championship in four years, it would have to mass the most rigorous examination possible.

Honoring service and sacrifice this Memorial Day

More than picnics, parades and a day off from work, Memorial Day is a solemn reminder of the sacrifices that have been made, and the price that has been paid, by the servicemen and women who have fought to protect our way of life and keep us safe from harm. The freedoms and values that our country stands for are due to their heroic efforts.

Johnson Park hosts 24 free concerts again this summer, June 2 to Aug. 20

The Liverpool Is The Place Committee never fails to book a wide variety of musicians, singers and bands for its 24 free concerts presented on Monday and Wednesday evenings every summer at Johnson Park.

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The ‘mystery’ behind the White House

Historic building with rich history now serves as office space for local professionals

You may have noticed the big white house nestled between the trees right in the middle of Lyndon Golf Course on Route 5 and wondered, “What is that building, anyway?” It’s called the White House, named after Ernest Ingersoll White, who built it as a summer home and farm in 1904. White believed that there would eventually be a lot of development on Syracuse’s east side, and wanted to create a “green belt” amongst all of the buildings and asphalt.

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B'ville lacrosse sides sweep playoff home games

Boys, girls Bees to get shots at West Genesee

Each of Baldwinsville's lacrose teams have their own reasons to want to beat West Genesee. For the boys Bees, it means getting payback 12 months in the making. The girls Bees, on the other hand, simply want to turn things around from the humilation the Wildcats gave them earlier this month.

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Wleklinski named CBA Lasallian Educator of the Year

Christian Brothers Academy Director of Athletics and boys basketball coach John “Buddy” Wleklinski has been awarded Lasallian Educator of the Year for the 2013-14 school year.

Tuesday, May 20

Track Hornets roll to sectional clean sweep

F-M girls, boys both win Class AA championships

Once it knew that it could place up to four entrants in any single event during Tuesday's Section III Class AA championship meet at Central Square, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls track and field team did so - and it seemed to work out well.

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Skaneateles girls track are sectional B-1 champs

Lakers pull away from host Marcellus

Another week, another trip to Marcellus for the Skaneateles girls track and field team - and another prestigious title to bring back home. This time, that prize was the Section III Class B-1 championship, earned on Tuesday afternoon a mere eight days after the Lakers had won the Onondaga High School League Liberty division title on this same track.

B’ville residents approve school budget, elect four new board members

Baldwinsville voters on May 20 approved the $96,887,219 school budget for the 2014-15 school year. The tax levy increase is 2.87 percent, or $1,448,458, which is an increase of approximately $67.13 for a $100,000 assessed property value.

F-M voters approve $77.9 million budget; elect three board members

On May 20, Fayetteville-Manlius School District voters approved the district’s $77.9 million 2014-15 budget proposal, elected three Board of Education members and approved the purchase of five new school buses.

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J-D, F-M girls golfers advance to state tournament

Hornets second, Red Rams third behind Auburn at sectionals

To say that the Jamesville-DeWitt and Fayetteville-Manlius girls golf teams finished close together in Tuesday's Section III championships at Kanon Valley Country Club would understate the case. When the final Division I (large school) team scores were added up, the Hornets, with a 369, finished just three shots ahead of the Red Rams' 372, as they took second and fourth, respectively, behind Auburn, who repeated as champions with a total of 338.

C-NS's Sovring earns return to state golf tournament

Northstars standout finishes fifth at sectional tourney

Cicero-North Syracuse girls golfer Brianna Sovring reached a pinnacle in her high school career when she qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament for the second time a season ago. Now, though, Sovring has reached a new milestone as, by finishing fifth in Tuesday's 2014 Section III championships at Kanon Valley Country Club, she will get to return to SUNY-Delhi's course on June 14-15 and make a third appearance in the state tournament.

Walsh qualifies for third state golf tournament

B'ville star ties for sixth at sectional tournament

Katie Walsh is getting used to making trips to the golf course at SUNY-Delhi in June, with serious work in mind. For the third year in a row, Walsh is bound for Delhi and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament after her tie for sixth place in Tuesday's Section III championships at Kanon Valley Country Club.

‘Tuesdays on the Towpath’ bike rides to return this summer

This year will be the second anniversary of the award-winning Tuesdays on the Towpath - a series of eight recreational bike rides along the Erie Canalway Trail in the Old Erie Canal State Park. Hosted by local canal-related museums and organizations, these social rides are free to attend and will take place on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, May through August. Tuesdays on the Towpath is a great way to explore the scenic Erie Canalway Trail as each ride will highlight a different section and feature a unique speaker.

Three events wrap up May at the Cazenovia Public Library

All are invited to attend three exciting events that wrap up the May program schedule at the Cazenovia Public Library.

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Cazenovia Memorial Day events announced

The commander of the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88, John J. Mott, calls on the community to come to Memorial Park on Albany St., Cazenovia on Monday, May 26, to participate in the observance of Memorial Day. It is here that solemn ceremonies will be held, speeches given, wreaths laid, rifle salutes and “Taps” played to honor those who have given their lives in the service to our country.

Early deadline this week

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Cazenovia Republican has an early deadline this week. For stories or letter to the editor to be included in the May 28 issue of the newspaper, all submissions must be received by noon this Thursday, May 22, to editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

Bailey, Panasci win sectional doubles title

Driscoll joins Lakers' duo in advancing to state qualifier

The Skaneateles boys tennis team vied for top honors during Monday's Section III Class C-1 championships, held at Syracuse University’s Skytop Courts - and the Lakers’ second doubles team of Ryan Bailey and Anthony Panasci would roll to the championship.

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F-M lacrosse alumni working to increase the sport’s popularity in Arizona

Here in Central New York, playing lacrosse is as much of a way of life as is going to Sno Top for an ice cream cone, cheering for the Syracuse Orange or complaining about the winter weather conditions. But in the southwest region of the United States, that isn’t the case.

Sisson, Ludden among winners in sectional golf

Westhill junior wins individual title at Sunset Ridge

Since making his varsity debut in seventh grade, Westhill boys golfer Nate Meisner has made a steady, solid progression in his game. And that long stretch of hard work paid off Monday at the Links at Sunset Ridge, where Meisner, now a junior, beat a strong field and won individual honors during the the Section III West Division Championship.

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LBE raising money for new playground

Kieran Williamson runs the risk of filling his hands with splinters every time he plays on his school playground at Longbranch Elementary. “The school has been talking about the need for a new playground since Kieran was in kindergarten,” said Carolyn Willamson, Kieran’s mother. She also has a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old who attend LBE. “He is now in fourth grade, and we still do not have the funds.” The existing structure is not only an injury risk, but it doesn’t offer much to the students.

Monday, May 19

Baseball Wildcats edge F-M, end league title drought

WG avenges early-season defeat to Hornets

With a few more days to go before the Section III Class AA playoffs launch, the West Genesee baseball team still had important business to attend to - namely, ending a drought of outright league championships that stretched back more than three decades.

Ludden/Grimes girls survive playoff marathon

Gaelic Knights require four OTs, beat Cazenovia

Each person playing in Monday's Section III Class C girls lacrosse first-round playoff marathon between Bishop Ludden/Bishop Grimes and Cazenovia knew that, in just 24 hours' time, one of them would face the daunting task of trying to upend defending champion and heavy favorite Skaneateles. And none of those players cared one bit.

Caz girls lacrosse falls in four-OT playoff classic

Ludden/Grimes survives epic sectional playoff opener

When high school girls lacrosse games are tied at the end of regulation, the play a pair of mandatory three-minute overtime periods. But when Cazenovia and Bishop Ludden/Bishop Grimes met up in Monday's opening round of the Section III playoffs at Cazenovia College's Christakos Field, they didn't stop at two extra periods - or at three, either.

Skaneateles golfers nab another sectional title

Lakers use depth to conquer field at Sunset Ridge

Among the many rites of spring is the Skaneateles boys golf team finishing a season with championship honors. Having already gone through an undefeated run in the Onondaga High School League Liberty division, the Lakers added more glory when it prevailed Monday afternoon at the Section III West Big School Qualifier at the Links at Sunset Ridge.

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Paige’s Butterfly Run set for June 7

For the 17th consecutive year, Paige’s Butterfly Run will take place on Saturday, June 7, in downtown Syracuse. The event began in 1997, three years after Paige Yeomans Arnold, 8, a student at Palmer Elementary School, died from chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). CML is a disease in which the bone marrow makes too many white blood cells. It usually occurs during or after middle age and rarely occurs in children.

Seneca River closed

Effective May 19, the Seneca River is closed to all boat traffic from Three Rivers to the Cayuga County line until further notice due to high waters. According to the Canal Corporation, the high waters have caused damage to several boats throughout the river.

Fayetteville Farmers Market CNY to debut June 5

The new Farmers Market - Fayetteville Farmers Market CNY - will be starting on June 5. There has been a growing interest in local foods and in ways to connect local farmers to consumers in the Fayetteville area.

Sunday, May 18

‘Click It or Ticket’ to boost seat belt use day and night

As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, North Syracuse Police are urging everyone to buckle up. Beginning May 19, law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2014 national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.

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Camp Good Days flooded out

Heavy rains in Western New York have done significant damage to a camp that provides a respite for kids and young adults touched by cancer. Camp Good Days and Special Times in Branchport experienced more than $160,000 in damages in last week’s floods in and around Penn Yan, in Yates County, and that number is expected to climb as workers continue to assess the camp. The damage was so catastrophic that the camp has had to cancel its first sessions of the spring.

Boys lacrosse Lakers wind up with no. 2 seed

Skaneateles gets bye despite late loss to Cazenovia

Having made a modest climb from no. 20 to no. 17 in the state Class C rankings, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team knew that it could do a lot better with one more regular-season win.

J-E, Westhill girls lax win sectional openers

Marcellus to face General Brown; Ludden gets Cazenovia

With the no. 2 seed in the Section III Class B girls lacrosse playoffs, Marcellus could sit back, relax and watch the first round unfold, finding out Saturday that it would face no. 7 seed General Brown in Tuesday night's quarterfinals following the Lions’ 16-11 first-round win over no. 10 seed Cortland.

Marcellus, Westhill boys lacrosse win playoff openers

J-E unable to hold early lead in loss to LaFayette

On Tuesday night, the Marcellus and Westhill boys lacrosse teams will play their most important games of the season – against each other. The showdown between the no. 4 seed Mustangs and no. 5 seed Warriors in the Section III Class C quarterfinals was made possible by each side comfortably winning their opening-round games on Saturday afternoon.

Friday, May 16

F-M boys tennis extends wins streak to 236

CBA takes first loss of season to Westhill

Now the regular season is done, and the area’s boys tennis teams could all look forward to this week’s action in the Section III team and individual tournaments. F

ESM defeat gives J-D top lacrosse seed

CBA puts away Westhill in regular-season finale

All season long, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys lacrosse team had found a way to escape when in major trouble, as it had done on May 8 when it had erased an early five-goal deficit and made its way past Homer 10-9 in overtime.

Grimes baseball falls in rematch to Pulaski

Cobras also tested in close win over Tully

Through two tense games and 13 innings, Bishop Grimes baseball pitcher Chris Schad had done a remarkable job keeping the pesky Pulaski Blue Devils off the board, pushing his undefeated, state Class C no. 2-ranked Cobras side to brink of a regular-season sweep.

Liverpool boys gets close to league track title

Vanmarter wins three events; Warriors one point back of F-M

A single point kept the Liverpool boys track and field team from winning last Thursday’s CNY Counties League National division championship on its home track. With a total of 147 points, the Warriors finished just behind Fayetteville-Manlius, who seized the top spot with 148 points. Cicero-North Syracuse had a strong showing, too, getting to third place with a total of 126 points.

Girls track Northstars takes second at league meet

Liverpool's Akinpelu wins three races

With lots of depth on its roster, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls track and field team offered a legitimate challenge to Fayetteville-Manlius during last Thursday’s CNY Counties League National division championship meet at Baldwinsville’s Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

C-NS, Liverpool softball build win streaks

Rivals both beat B'ville as sectional playoffs near

Though the path to those wins proved different, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool softball teams both earned crucial decisions with the Section III Class AA playoffs close at hand.

Second rape reported at Cazenovia College in nine days

Cazenovia village police are investigating the second alleged rape in nine days that reportedly occurred inside a dormitory at Cazenovia College this week.

Liverpool baseball rallies, stuns B’ville

Warriors putting together strong finish to regular season

Should the Liverpool baseball team rise up and make a serious push for the Section III Class AA title, it may point to last Monday’s game against Baldwinsville as a turning point.

Giving a voice to WWII veterans

The Manlius Historical Society and the Manlius Library proudly present an afternoon celebrating our brave, local World War II veterans at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20 in the library’s community room. This event will provide an opportunity for our local World War II veterans to give voice to their memories of survival and serve as the beginning of a community wide oral history campaign to capture the past before it is lost to current and future generations.

Boys, girls lacrosse Bees gear up for sectionals

B'ville boys have no. 3 seed, to meet C-NS

While the Baldwinsville lacrosse teams concluded their respective regular seasons in vastly different manners, they both knew that what really mattered still was in the future.

B’ville baseball stunned by Liverpool rally

Bees fall to West Genny, rebound with pair of wins

Well on its way to what looked like an easy victory over a neighbor and rival, the Baldwinsville baseball team got blindsided. Liverpool, trailing by nine runs in the fourth inning of last Monday’s game, made up that entire deficit in just two innings, going on to stun the Bees in a 12-10 decision.

B’ville girls third, boys fourth at league track meets

Wicks, Soeder, Mahar among individual champions

It helped the Baldwinsville girls track and field team to serve as the hosts for last Thursday’s CNY Counties League National division championship meet at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium – at least a little bit, anyway.

Softball Bees go 1-2 against tough competition

B'ville stopped by C-NS, Liverpool, beats C. Square

One victory by the Baldwinsville softball team over Cicero-North Syracuse was remarkable. Getting two of them would make any season memorable. And the Bees nearly pulled it off, giving the defending state Class AA champion Northstars another tough battle last Monday afternoon and leading late, only to take a tough 4-3 defeat.

B’ville tennis drops thriller to West Genny

Bees also fall to F-M, handle Oswego

Baldwinsville’s boys tennis team has proven quite competitive against the top CNY Counties Leagues sides and ought to have an impact when the Section III Class A tournaments get underway.

Skaneateles golfers finish unbeaten regular season

Lakers shake off third-place finish at West End Classic

Even as it was going through the OHSL Liberty division unblemished, the Skaneateles boys golf team hit some stumbling blocks as the Section III championships loomed.

Skaneateles baseball makes late-season surge

Lakers turn back Hannibal, Solvay, J-E

The Skaneateles baseball team worked without any kind of stress last week, knowing that, no matter what it did, a Section III Class B playoff berth was awaiting them.

Tennis Lakers take trio of league losses

Skaneateles runs into CBA, Westhill, Cazenovia

Right at the end of the regular season, the Skaneateles boys tennis team met with some turbulence – along with some tough OHSL Liberty division opponents.

Westhill baseball rallies past Solvay, Phoenix

Sixth-inning comebacks help Warriors stay hot

Talent and tradition helps Westhill’s baseball team stay in top form, but so does a bit of grit and determination, as both of its most recent games would prove.

Solvay softball sweeps past trio of local foes

Bearcats shut out Westhill, Marcellus, Bishop Ludden

Knowing that all sorts of tough competition awaits them in its Section III Class B title defense, the Solvay softball team continued to make loud, bold statements to all possible challengers.

WG girls, boys finish fifth at league track meet

Richardson wins girls 100 hurdles, triple jump

Brianna Richardson and Abby Uczen led the way for the West Genesee girls track and field team during its appearance at Thursday’s CNY Counties League National division championship meet at Baldwinsville’s Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

Caz baseball goes 4-0 against APW, J-E

Lakers complete stretch of nine games in 11 days

Some strong late-season work by the Cazenovia baseball team would help it secure a place in the Section III Class B playoffs and climb up to the .500 mark at 9-9 at the end of a particularly busy stretch caused by all of the early-season weather issues.

Caz girls lacrosse falls to J-E, Marcellus

Lakers to face Bishop Ludden in sectional opener

Two more tough home games awaited the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team before its venture into the Section III Class C playoffs, and it could not prevail in either of them.

Tennis Lakers go 1-1, fall to CBA

Caz rebounds with 4-1 win over Skaneateles

On the brink of closing out an undefeated regular season, the Cazenovia boys tennis team could not quite get there. The Lakers took a 4-1 defeat to Christian Brothers Academy last Tuesday afternoon in a battle that featured three matches that went the full three sets – and the Brothers won all of them.

To fight the good fight

EDITORIAL

We had written a 1,500-word editorial for this week’s paper, decrying how some Cazenovians are so terrified of change they do not see that change can, and often does, come in the form of necessary progress; we criticized short-sighted and obstructionist residents and certain members of the village board who, because of this mindset, throw up roadblocks against proposals and projects rather than provide for a more economically and culturally vibrant community; we encouraged entrepreneurs to populate municipalities that will welcome them with open arms to their borders, such as they do in the town of Nelson. Our editorial, our pouring out a plenitude of frustrations, regarded last Monday’s public hearing on the requested zone change for the proposed expansion of Eric Burrell’s office building at 4 Chenango St., the purpose of which was to build a new home for local restaurant Circa. After a week of reflection on this, we have come to the realization that there is a larger issue here.

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‘The Coolican’ trophy has a new home at Syracuse Hall of Fame

The James J. “Bud” Coolican Memorial Golf Tournament, Central New York’s first golf tournament to raise money for the charity, has ended its 43-year run, having raised $900,000 for the American Cancer Society since 1970.

Thursday, May 15

F-M track sweeps to CNYCL National meet titles

Boys Hornets beat Liverpool by one point

For the most part, it's fair to say that the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field team's move to the CNY Counties League National division was a successful one. By margins both narrow and comfortable, the boys and girls Hornets won their respective league championship meets on a warm, windy Thursday afternoon where every point proved valuable.

Know your BOE candidates

Residents living within the Baldwinsville Central School District will be casting their ballots soon, not only on the budget, but also to fill four seats on the district’s board of education. Six candidates are vying for a seat, read their profiles below. The proposed budget is $96,887,219 with a tax levy increase of 2.87 percent, which is an increase of approximately $67.13 for a $100,000 assessed property value. The tax levy increase of 2.87 percent is the district’s tax levy cap for 2014-15. The budget vote and board member election will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 in the auditorium of Baker High School.

Lysander Town Board won’t challenge establishment of boys’ group home

The Lysander Town Board at its May 5 meeting picked up a tabled resolution from the week before regarding a proposed boys’ group home to be built on Doyle Road. The board voted 4-1 against writing a letter to New York state representatives to reconsider the protocol of announcing the establishment of community group homes. Councilor Roman Diamond voted in favor.

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Put ‘Zing in Your Spring’ spring this Saturday

Baldwinsville will welcome spring with extra zest this Saturday as village merchants put “Zing in Your Spring,” a daylong event featuring street musicians and entertainers, door prizes, open houses, specialty shopping and unique promotions.

Save the date: First annual Spring FESTravaganza set for May 18

Now that the warmer weather is back, outside events are becoming popular again.

CBA girls lacrosse turns back J-D again

ESM to face Red Rams in sectionals; F-M no. 3 in Class A

Though young in so many spots, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team already has shown that, when pushed, it can respond in a positive and emphatic manner.

Girls lacrosse Lakers favored for Class C title

Skaneateles drops J-E, has sectional top seed

All of the bonding on and off the field, all of the anticipation for daily practices, all of the yoga sessions, and all of the times where they gave up their cell phones for road trips – it has led to what the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team will hope to accomplish in the next three weeks.

C-NS girls lax tops F-M, finishes 15-1 regular season

Liverpool to face Hornets in sectional playoffs

Though it knows that the task to reclaim the Section III Class A title after a 16-year absence is a tall one, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team goes into the Section III Class A playoffs confident after a tremendous 15-1 regular season.

Thanks Johnny Appleseed Farm for great local business

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Thank you, Johnny Appleeeed, for all these wonderful years: for the treasures we have found there; the journey to that bucolic setting; the care and enthusiastic design guidance amid so many choices; the made in America, solid wood tables, “silk flowers,” candies, soaps, chairs and beds, rugs, upholstery and on and on — and with all that, a place to fill the basket with apples from their orchards. Where else can one find that?

Memorial service for George Wortley to be held May 24

A memorial service for former Congressman George C. Wortley will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 24 at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 10 Onondaga Street, Tully. The presiding clergy will be the Reverend James Carey, a longtime family friend.

Boys lacrosse Wildcats fall to F-M, Auburn

WG struggles as regular season ends, playoffs loom

Now the West Genesee and Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse teams stand on even terms in 2014, both of them knowing that it can’t stay that way and one of them – perhaps – will end up on top of the Section III Class A ranks.

West Genny baseball blanks C-NS, Baldwinsville

Barry, Gauthier pitch well in pair of 4-0 victories

When it rose to no. 11 in the state Class AA rankings, the West Genesee baseball team felt quite good – at least until it went a modest 3-2 in the stretch of five games in five days from May 5 to 9.

George Tortorelli returns to CNY May 17 to recall his work as boxer and bandleader

In the 1950s, George Tortorelli was a professional boxer trained by Syracuse’s renowned light heavyweight Ralph DeJohn. In the early-60s, George quit prizefighting to work as a professional musician, although he continued teaching the sport and boxing in exhibitions.

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Daffodils add a splash of color to the village of Manlius

While driving through Manlius in the month of May, it’s almost impossible not to notice the bursts of yellow popping up in all corners of the village.

Work taking place on aging sewer infrastructure

In 2007, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a consent order for Floradale Road and Viking Place. The consent order requires Onondaga County to repair and improve the Electronics Park trunk sewer, which was originally built in 1948. After careful consideration, the county legislature approved the funding to construct certain improvements to the trunk sewer and the surrounding system. Two phases were scheduled with cost estimates at $10 million.

Wednesday, May 14

Town board introduces noise ordinance, special events law

Proposed laws a product of 2013 controversy between Owera Vineyards and East Lake Road neighbors

After months of work, the Cazenovia Town Board last week proposed two new local laws designed to maintain the public health, safety and welfare in the municipality — one to prevent and control excessive noise and one to establish procedures and requirements to hold special events. The impetus to create the two proposed laws arose from the controversy between Owera Vineyards and its East Lake Road neighbors last summer due to the winery’s summer events — about which the neighbors complained of excessive amplified music, among other things, and Owera received violation citations from the town.

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In profile: Cazenovia Board of Education election candidates

The 2014 Cazenovia Board of Education election on Tuesday, May 20, will have three candidates vying for two seats on the board. Incumbents Leigh Baldwin and Jan Woodworth are both seeking reelection to second terms, while challenger Abby Hartwell is seeking a first term. The candidates gave personal and background information to the school district public information officer for use in the district’s “Blue and Gold” newsletter, and answered questions from the Cazenovia Republican concerning educational issues, priorities and philosophy.

C-NS boys lacrosse pulls away from Liverpool

Northstars regain form after pair of late-season defeats

Losses to Fayetteville-Manlius and West Genesee had the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team in a skid, while its counterparts from Liverpool were making a furious late push to atone for early-season woes.

ESM boys track beat J-D, wins league title

McGrath, Perrone each win twice; girls Red Rams also second

For the East Syracuse-Minoa boys track and field team, perhaps the only sweeter thing than winning the Onondaga High School League Freedom division championship was who the Spartans beat to get that title.

Roney, J-D girls dominate OHSL golf tournament

Red Rams claim top three spots at Woodcrest

All eyes are about to turn to Kanon Valley Golf Club, where for the second year in a row the Section III girls golf championships would get determined. Before that, though, the local sides had a lot of competition left, none more important than Jamesville-DeWitt, Christian Brothers Academy and East Syracuse-Minoa heading to Woodcrest Golf Club for Tuesday’s Onondaga High School League championships.

Digital magazines now available at the Cazenovia Public Library

The world’s largest newsstand, called Zinio, is now available at the Cazenovia Public Library. People who love magazines can now enjoy the complete digital editions of their favorites — many of which are only available in this format. With Zinio, readers can find the stories they want to read quickly and easily with an intuitive navigation and all-inclusive keyword search.

Middle East expert sheds light on Syria conflict

NBC analyst Rick Francona headlined recent Cazenovia Forum event

The war in Syria seems to exemplify that notion, but retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer and CNN and NBC Middle East analyst Rick Francona knows that the problems in the region stem from many reasons. A guest speaker for the Cazenovia Forum, Francona told an audience of more than 100 people on Friday, May 2, at the Catherine Cummings Theatre that the complexities of the region can partly be traced back to the end of World War I when the victorious Allies carved up the former Ottoman Empire into artificially constructed “countries.”

Silent auction and dinner to be held to support F-M Relay

The Fayetteville Manlius Community Relay for Life is quickly approaching. Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 31, Relay is a team walk, where team members alternate walking the track throughout the event in an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event will be held at the F-M High School track, and will feature Hot 107.9 along with local bands playing throughout the afternoon and evening.

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Upcoming talk to explore endangered migration of monarch butterflies

Monarch numbers have plummeted in the past 15 years — by as much as 81 percent between 1999 and 2010. This year’s monarch migration area was the smallest in 20 years. What are the causes of this downward population trend? What exciting conservation initiatives are underway to counter the decline? At 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Cazenovia Public Library, The Nature Conservancy will present a lecture by Dr. Ernest Williams, a biologist at Hamilton College, on the threatened migration of the monarch butterfly.

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B'ville resident announces plans to run for sheriff

On March 1, the Onondaga County Republican Party chose DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway as its designated candidate for county sheriff in the November elections. Subsequently, Conway’s Republican opponent, John Balloni, chief deputy to Sheriff Kevin Walsh, decided not to challenge him in a primary. But it looks like there may still be a primary after all.

Liverpool Public Library to hold budget, trustee vote May 20

The Liverpool Public Library will hold its budget vote in conjunction with the school budget vote on Tuesday, May 20. In addition, voters will choose one of two candidates to serve as trustee.

Safety comes first on our waterways

As the weather warms and summer approaches, we can all look forward to our first time on the water this boating season. Whether it is spent fishing, swimming or hanging out with friends and family, there’s nothing better than spending a day on the water. We all know that safety is so important when out on the water and that is why I want to let you know that there is a new law that requires certain boat operators to obtain a boating safety certificate. We need to make sure that everyone safe on the water and that it’s incredibly important for every boat operator be properly educated and experienced.

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Intriguing instruments

Two upcoming concerts to showcase hammered dulcimer and clarinets

National Hammered Dulcimer Champion Dan Duggan will triumph on the trapezoid at a concert to benefit Great Camp Sagamore at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Road.

Tuesday, May 13

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Caz boys lacrosse finishes unbeaten regular season

Tough win over Skaneateles finishes 16-0 run

Whether the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team can put it all together and win a third state Class C championship in four years remains a matter of dispute. What is undisputed, though, is that the 2014 Lakers managed to do what their 2011 and 2013 state title-winning predecessors could not pull off – namely, a perfect regular season.

Manlius Art Cinema to present National Theatre Live programs

The Manlius Art Cinema is proud to announce that it will present the National Theatre of London’s program starting with “King Lear.”

Town Highway Department hiring two positions

The town of Cazenovia Highway Department is currently accepting applications for a full-time H.E.O. and a seasonal laborer position.

Impressed by recent Caz Forum

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I'm impressed by the Cazenovia Forum and its willingness to bring speakers to heighten awareness on world issues and generate conversation. Rick Francona, media analyst on the Middle East, spoke on May 2 and began his presentation with a run-down of historical events beginning with the creation of Syria and surrounding states by non-Middle East partners after WWI, a reminder of how world powers intercede and often create havoc in foreign lands even if their intentions had been honorable. He commented that US concern for the fighting in Syria was on humanitarian grounds but later stated that “It’s all about Israel.”

Nelson residents concerned over town road conditions

The Nelson Town Board meeting last Thursday was almost a quick and simple affair with only basic town business and councilor reports being discussed — until it turned into a rather lengthy and at times heated discussion of the state of repair — or disrepair — of some of the town’s roads.

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Motorcycle ride for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital celebrates 20th year

For several years, Tony Testa and his wife, Becky, participated in the Miracle Ride for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Both were motorcycle enthusiasts, and they enjoyed helping to raise money for the children’s hospital. But in 2004, it got personal. “My stepson, Jim, had a child who was born in 2004, Aiden,” Testa said. “Aiden was born with quite a few challenges.” Aiden Snell was born with Pierre-Robin Syndrome (PRS), a birth defect that causes cleft palate, smaller-than-normal or underdeveloped jaw, a tongue that sits back too far in the throat, obstructing breathing, and several other issues. The genetic condition affects approximately one out of every 1,500 children. In Aiden’s case, the disorder required surgery just a few days after he was born.

Jephson Estate fundraiser to benefit CazCares

On May 31, Hillcrest, Cazenovia’s historic Jephson Estate will host a cocktail party and silent auction from 5 to 7:30 p.m. to benefit CazCares, our local food pantry. Cazenovia-area residents will have the opportunity to tour the inside of Hillcrest thanks to the generosity of owners Brian and Linda Osborne.

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A local mother’s account of losing her daughter to heroin

As she was growing up, Kali Perry wanted to be an artist. A 2012 graduate of East Syracuse Minoa High School, Perry was a high honor roll student who was involved in the school’s art program. She did a little bit of everything: drawing, painting and pottery, according to her mom, Melissa Hosier, of East Syracuse.

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Fireman of the Year: Caz VFD, CAVAC receive highest award for Charlie Thompson rescue

Last October, the Cazenovia Volunteer Fire Department and the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CAVAC) responded to one of the most difficult calls they had ever faced — the rescue of 10-year-old community member Charlie Thompson after he fell down an 18-foot-deep well. The indefatigable efforts of members of both organizations that night seven months ago saved Charlie’s life. Last week, in recognition of their feat, the entire companies of both CVFD and CAVAC jointly received the highest honor bestowed by the Madison County Volunteer Firemen’s Association — the Fireman of the Year award.

Christ the King Church celebrates 50th anniversary

Christ the King Church in Bayberry is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, having opened its doors in 1964. In order to commemorate the occasion, the church will hold an open house this Sunday, May 18, after its 10:30 a.m. Mass.

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Safe in the suburbs?

How and why heroin is on the rise, affecting all ages, all communities

Thirty-four stories on heroin-related incidents have made local news headlines on Syracuse.com alone since 2010. Occurrences are on the rise; this year’s article count is already at 14. Heroin has made a comeback.

Cicero PD authorized to administer Narcan in suspected heroin overdoses

The Cicero Police Department has been recognized as an official Narcan (nalaxone) administration program. The CPD recently received authorization from the state of New York for police officers to carry naloxone in the patrol vehicles. This drug will be administered to those who are suspected of overdose by heroin. This drug has saved many lives and is now being made available to law enforcement agencies who are able to meet state requirements.

Caz girls take fourth place at OHSL Liberty meet

Cudney, Kent, Macheda earn individual titles

Jeanette Cudney, Ashley Kent and Jessica Macheda earned victories to help the Cazenovia girls track and field team claim fourth place in Monday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Marcellus High School.

Liverpool Central School District board of education candidates

In the Liverpool Central School District, five candidates are running for four seats. The election will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 20.

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Dave Capucilli Scholarship to be awarded on Moving Up Day

A local scholarship has been established in the name of  Dave Capucilli, who died suddenly and unexpectedly last November after a short illness. The son of Dennis and Jo Anne Capucilli and brother of Matt Capucilli, he was an attorney in New York City, where he lived with his wife, Kristin.

North Syracuse Central School District board of education candidates

The following individuals are seeking a seat on the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education. Four candidates are seeking three seats; Board President Pat Carbone is not seeking reelection, and the seats of Scot McClintock and Michael Mirizio are also up for renewal. The election will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 20.

Barclay: New law seeks to assist disabled veteran-owned businesses

New York is home to more than 900,000 veterans, and some estimates indicate that as many as 72 percent have seen combat. Additionally, New York is home to approximately 30,000 active duty military personnel, as well as 30,000 National Guard and reservists.

Sauced with Michael Cross: Stein’s reveals successes and shortfalls

Stein’s, located in Camillus, is a bit of a mixed bag of successes and shortfalls.

Coffee with the Van Buren supervisor

Supervisor Claude Sykes and Messenger Editor Tami Scott recently met at the B’ville Diner to talk about the goings-on in the town of Van Buren. Though Sykes said it’s been a slow year so far, a few topics made it to the table.

The Color Industry memorializes musician with ‘Harvestman’ CD

Everybody loved Collin Anderson. Blonde and brilliant, witty and warm, cultured and creative, the substitute teacher from Trumansburg seemed to have the world on a string. Even his pre-teen students knew he was something special. Instead of calling him “Mr. Anderson,” the fifth-graders called him “Mister A-plus.”

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Save the date: First annual Spring FESTravaganza set for May 18

Now that the warmer weather is back, outside events are becoming popular again. One of the first to make its debut this year is the Spring FESTravaganza, a close cousin to last year’s successful Fall FESTravaganza, which drew approximately 3,000 people.

Longley Jones has option on local golf course

Ever since January we’ve been hearing that the Liverpool Golf & Public Country Club was being sold to a prominent local real-estate developer. In fact, Longley Jones has a purchase option on the property. Purchase options normally give the holder the right, but not the obligation, to buy at a predetermined price.

J-E boys top Solvay, win OHSL Liberty track title

Whittico, Gugel each claim pair of races for victorious Eagles

Dylan Whittico, Jack Gugel and Tyler Jackson led the way, and the rest of the Jordan-Elbridge boys track and field team followed, all the way to the Onondaga High School League Liberty division title.

Garn sweeps distance races at OHSL Liberty meet

Marcellus senior beats field in 800, 1,500, 3,000-meter events

For all the other things that took place during Monday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet, none was as impressive as what Marcellus senior Rachel Garn did in three of the longer individual races.

Chapter 3: The Adventures of Frankie

Skinny dipping

Paulette kicked a pine cone down the wooded path along the river. This was the shortcut to her best friend’s house. Rita the redhead lived on the wrong side of the tracks in one of the ramshackle shanties on the thin strip of land between the banks of the river and the railroad tracks. Paulette, Frankie and Scrawny Ronnie’s neighborhood wasn’t exactly upscale either; the big expensive McMansions were on the other side of the river.

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The heroin problem

How a national drug epidemic has made its way into Syracuse’s eastern suburbs

As she was growing up, Kali Perry wanted to be an artist. A 2012 graduate of East Syracuse Minoa High School, Perry was a high honor roll student who was involved in the school’s art program. She did a little bit of everything: drawing, painting and pottery, according to her mom, Melissa Hosier, of East Syracuse.

Monday, May 12

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Skaneateles girls win OHSL Liberty track meet

Lakers sweep relays; Woodruff claims pair of sprints

While regular-season honors are nice, doing well in the post-season really makes a campaign memorable. And that's what the Skaneateles girls track and field team found when it won over nine other sides in Monday's Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Marcellus High School.

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Boys lacrosse Hornets stop West Genny, 9-6

F-M blanks Wildcats in fourth quarter, avenges earlier loss

Though it wasn't the ultimate satisfaction that it could yet attain, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team still felt quite happy about how it turned out in Monday night's game against West Genesee. Getting even for an early-season defeat to the Wildcats, the Hornets used a deep, balanced attack, tough defense and plenty of wins by Pat Quinlan in the face-off circle to pull out a 9-6 victory.

Softball Northstars, Warriors roll to more wins

C-NS splits weekend doubleheader with Horseheads, Troy

Once their regular-season business with each other was done (with one victory apiece), the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse softball teams proceeded to handle most of its other opposition through the rest of the busiest week of the regular season.

Girls lacrosse Northstars hold off B'ville

Liverpool stopped by Bees, West Genesee

Still perched at the no. 4 spot in the state Class A rankings, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team motored toward the post-season, though perhaps a bit concerned with the way its defense was performing.

C-NS baseball blanks Liverpool for second time

Northstars, Warriors battle through busy week

Perhaps the next time the Liverpool baseball team meets up with Cicero-North Syracuse, it won’t have to worry about Steven Theetge. In two separate outings this season, Theetge has kept the rival Warriors off the board, doing so again last Thursday as the Northstars battled to squeeze out a 1-0 victory.

Liverpool boys lax trying for late surge

C-NS stumbles in losses to F-M, West Genesee

True, they began the last full week of the regular season far apart when it came to win-loss records, but perhaps the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys lacrosse teams saw that large gap close before they met in Tuesday’s regular-season finale at Bragman Stadium.

Sunday, May 11

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B'ville track sweeps Arcaro Invitational titles

Boys, girls sides bounce back from losses to C-NS

Many important things happened for the Baldwinsville track and field teams last week, none more so than the John Arcaro Invitational, held Friday at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

Baseball Bees battle through 3-2 week

B'ville falls to Syracuse West, Auburn before late-week wins

A six-game win streak had the Baldwinsville baseball team feeling quite good, but as it entered its busiest – and toughest – stretch of the regular season, things got bumpy.

B’ville girls lax goes 2-2 in season’s busy stretch

Bees take tough late-week losses to C-NS, F-M

Once the shock of what West Genesee had done to them in the first half of that May 2 showdown wore off, the Baldiwnsville girls lacrosse team still had to face a stretch of four games in six days that would determine what kind of frame of mind it would have going into the Section III playoffs.

Saturday, May 10

F-M baseball goes 5-0 in five-day span

Hornets get comeback wins over West Genny, Central Square

A good sign for any baseball team is how it deals with defeat, because everyone, including the best sides, will have bad showings. Fayetteville-Manlius had taken some mid-season losses, but it didn’t seem to bother the Hornets one bit as it entered a stretch where it needed to play five times in as many days to make up for bad weather – and somehow won them all.

J-D softball survives Fulton in nine innings

DeAugustine surpassed 300 career wins for unbeaten Red Rams

Still unbeaten, and now in the no. 7 spot in the state Class A rankings, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team keeps surviving tense challenges from OHSL Freedom division foes.

Caz boys lacrosse smashes Marcellus

Lakers also dominate against J-E, General Brown

With the goal of an undefeated regular season in sight, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team rushed toward it with enthusiasm and confidence.

WG girls lacrosse returns to top of state rankings

Wildcats blank both F-M, Liverpool in first half of routs

In what could be described as nothing other than perfect timing, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team found itself back atop the state Class A rankings, just in time to honor its senior class.

Softball Mustangs knock off Ludden, Westhill

Marcellus also cools down red-hot Onondaga

At just the right time, the Marcellus softball team is finding its best form, as evidenced by a 5-0 week that included big wins over two local rivals.

Fayetteville Farmers Market CNY to debut June 5

The newest farmers market in Central New York area — The Fayetteville Farmers Market CNY — will be starting Thursday, June 5, and will run weekly every Thursday through October 30.

Friday, May 9

Schad, Grimes win showdown with Pulaski

First-inning run helps Cobras stay unbeaten

When the Bishop Grimes baseball team poked across a run in the bottom of the first inning of Friday's OHSL Patriot division first-place showdown with Pulaski, Cobras head coach Mark Kelley said he figured more runs were needed if his side was to stay undefeated in 2014. But as it turned out, one run was enough.

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Zone change request for Chenango Street office building suspended

Burrell asks to wait and be included in larger Chittenango Creek corridor plan later this year

Eric Burrell, the owner of the office building at 4 Chenango St. which has been the center of attention for his request for a zone change in order to bring the restaurant Circa to his property, has suspended his zone change request in order to be a part of a larger village planning process later in the year, Burrell’s attorneys wrote in a letter to the mayor and the chair of the village planning board on Friday, May 9.

Boys lacrosse Lakers topple Westhill, CBA

Conquest of state-ranked sides sees Skaneateles in top form

Just at the right time, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team was hitting peak form, and people were taking notice as the Lakers sneaked into the no. 20 spot in the state Class C rankings.

ESM teacher to receive Clarkson University award

Jennifer Shatrau, of Clay, motivates her students to achieve great success. Shatrau is one of four recipients of this year's Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award.

West Genny tennis drops rematch with F-M

Wildcats fall, 5-2, after series of match wins

Earlier this season, the West Genesee boys tennis team was just one set from handing Fayetteville-Manlius its first defeat in 25 years. But when the two sides gathered again Thursday afternoon, the Wildcats did not get as close, as switches in the lineup ended up benefiting the Hornets, who prevailed this time by a 5-2 margin.

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J-D’s Molly Hair to attend Fairfield

Red Rams golf star also a swimming standout

A little more than just a competitive round of golf was on the mind of Jamesville-DeWitt’s Molly Hair when the Red Rams faced Westhill on Thursday afternoon at Butternut Creek.

Old French Fort re-emerging as Great Law of Peace Center

When I was a kid, we called it the French Fort. For most of the past two decades the fortified French mission overlooking Onondaga Lake has been known as Saint Marie Among the Iroquois. It’s now undergoing transformation into a Haudenosaunee heritage center called Skä•noñh: Great Law of Peace Center. Skä•noñh is an Onondaga Nation greeting meaning “peace and wellness.”

On-demand lawn mowing app launches in Syracuse

New Smartphone app MOWZ offers reliable, efficient, lawn mowing service at the touch of a button

Isn’t it about time? Think of the things you could do if you weren’t facing grass cutting chores and yard cleanup—play catch with your little leaguer or help your daughter build a lemonade stand. Even read a book on your hammock.

Thursday, May 8

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Member of fraud ring arrested in Cazenovia

Morrisville College student believed to have ties to NYC-based bank fraud group

A 19-year-old Morrisville College student was sent to the Madison County Jail this week for his alleged part in stealing thousands of dollars from a local bank account using a stolen ATM card and multiple fraudulent checks. The investigation of a second local suspect, also believed by police to be a Morrisville College student, is ongoing, and the case is believed by police to be connected to a larger fraud enterprise that spans across the state with the ringleader believed to be based in New York City.

Update: Suspicious driver turns out to be another student

The suspicious event that occurred April 29 outside Durgee Jr. High School in the Baldwinsville Central School District turned out to be nothing more than a high school student asking a fellow peer if he wanted a ride home.

Caz Lions Club to lead 9th annual ‘Ride for Sight’

Annual motorcycle tour to benefit sight, hearing projects

The Cazenovia Lions Club is calling all motorcycle riders to take the afternoon off and join other bikers on Saturday, June 7, for the 9th Annual “Ride for Sight.”

Mother Goose tea to be held at Cazenovia Public Library

Nursery rhymes take center stage in the Cazenovia Public Library community room with “Mother Goose Tea: Food and Fun for the Whole Family” from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17.

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Cazenovia Farmers Market to increase in vendor variety, quantity in 2014

This Saturday marks the start of the 2014 Cazenovia Farmers market season, and patrons will have a wider variety of artisans and farmers to choose from than in previous years — including a number of vendors new to the Cazenovia market.

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F-M High School students win Scholastic Writing Awards

14 Fayetteville-Manlius High School student writers were recently recognized for excellence in writing in the 2014 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards.

Why not use Caz waterfront to encourage tourism?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: While we appreciate neighbors’ concerns, we agree with Charlie Andrews’ letter that it would be nice to allow Circa to become a waterfront restaurant, especially in a location that’s already designated for commercial applications. A waterfront location is a great draw, and the restaurant wouldn’t have to become a noisemaker. Like the lawn at the Brae Loch, more outdoor tables with umbrellas would add to the village ambiance, and there is a lovely creek walk across the street.

J-D, ESM track sides earn wins

Red Rams win pair of three-team meets in three days

To make up ground from early-season postponements, some area track and field teams had to pack in two league meets plus a weekend of invitational competition.

B’ville track teams fall to C-NS

Bees sweep boys sprints; McNamara wins girls discus

Many important things happen for the Baldwinsville track and field teams this week, none more so than the John Arcaro Coed Classic, held last Friday at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

C-NS track and field dominates Baldwinsville

Northstars sweep Bees, Henninger in 48-hour span

Cicero-North Syracuse’s track and field teams had quite a successful finish to its CNY Counties League National division slate, earning a sweep over Baldwinsville on Wednesday afternoon.

Caz track sweeps home finale over APW

Gabor, Stalder, Cudney among girls double winners

Both of Cazenovia’s track and field teams had one more opportunity to compete at home – and did not waste it. The Lakers hosted Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Wednesday afternoon at Buckley-Volo Field, and the girls had little trouble with the Rebels, prevailing by a score of 103-38, while the boys also prevailed, stopping APW 79-62.

Girls track Lakers lock up league title

Skaneateles girls, boys sweep over ITC

Even in a season full of interruptions and distractions, the Skaneateles girls track and field team found its way to the top of the Onondaga High School League Liberty National division.

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Syracuse Go Club holds annual Salt City Tournament

26 enthusiasts of the ancient Chinese strategy board game of Go competed in the Salt City Go Tournament at Manlius Pebble Hill School on April 19. Jason Bates of Schenectady won the A division with a 3-1 won-loss record. The tournament featured some age extremes: 96-year-old Milton Sack, of Fayetteville, was only able to play in two rounds of the competition, but he won both of his games, while 8 year old Liya Luke, of LaFayette, finished with a 2-2 record.

Cicero announces new businesses

It must be Cicero because we continue to be blessed with an attraction for new and expanding businesses. Some have recently opened and others are slated to open in the very near future or later this year. A recent addition is Empire Tractor, located on East Crabtree Lane. This is a small tractor business selling Kubota lawn tractors and other related equipment. Another recent opening is The Meadows, located at the intersection of Route 31 and Lakeshore Drive (formerly the site of Dunkin’ Donuts). This is a custard and frozen yogurt shop, with a drive-through, walk up window, and inside seating. Coffee will also be served starting at 5:30 a.m. The Meadows is a franchise operation with its headquarters in Pennsylvania. The Meadows in Cicero is the franchise’s first store in New York state.

Wednesday, May 7

Skaneateles girls lax punishes Marcellus again

Powers, Sears lead potent Lakers attack

True, it was Senior Night for the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team, and it was quite a talented and accomplished senior class that would get a happy send-off during Wednesday's 17-7 victory over Marcellus in a clash of two rivals ranked in the state Class C top five.

CBA baseball claims showdown with J-D

Brothers put up 14 hits, including home run by Little

The first inning of Wednesday afternoon's much-anticipated match-up between long-time rivals Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy heavily foreshadowed what was to come in the game. While the Red Rams were unable to get on the board, the Brothers did - five times, and went from there to a 13-5 victory, its eighth in a row, avenging a 7-2 defeat to J-D back on April 10.

Stone Quarry Hill Art Gallery announces new retrospective exhibition of multi-media paintings

The Stone Quarry Hill Art Gallery has announced a retrospective exhibition of multi-media paintings by Shelter Island resident Janet Culbertson titled, “Paradise Gone?” This exhibit will display works from the artist’s “Industrial Park” and “Billboard” series as well as works from 40 years of her paintings and drawings. Many works are a politically charged response to global disasters, pollution, over-population and the obliteration of the landscape at the hands of our own species.

Citizens should not have to jump through hoops

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Thank you for highlighting the new Chittenango Creek fishing access in your most recent issue of the Cazenovia Republican. The cooperation of so many local agencies and people to make this a reality is very much appreciated by those of us who enjoy the sport of fishing. But isn’t it a shame that, as of January 2014, fishing licenses can no longer be purchased at the town offices in Cazenovia?

Cazenovia school district cannot sustain itself

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: This letter is in regard to the upcoming budget vote and the future. The Cazenovia Central School District simply cannot sustain itself. The way the district is laid out now without the needed growth factor of young families, it will not be able to continue without each year having higher and higher taxes for less educational quality. This is a vicious circle, as young families do not move here, and our younger population withers.

Police investigating reported rape at Cazenovia College

A female student at Cazenovia College was allegedly raped last weekend in the college dorms by a male classmate. The reported incident is currently under investigation by Cazenovia Village Police and Cazenovia College Campus Safety/Security, said Cazenovia Police Chief Michael Hayes.

F-M boys lacrosse smashes C-NS, 18-5

Hornets avenge earlier defeat to Northstars

Though turmoil, uncertainty and quite a bit of inconsistency has marked the Section III Class A boys lacrosse regular season, the two pillars – Fayetteville-Manlius and West Genesee – remain locked together, perhaps bound for another championship showdown.

SCOTTLAND: My journey to becoming a mom

It’s 6:30 a.m. Aside from the clicking sound my keyboard makes when I type, the house is quiet. A different quiet than it was just a half a year ago. Then, it was just my husband and me. Now, there are four of us. Our son, who is 6, and our daughter, 12, have another hour of sleep before they have to wake up for school. The morning will become brighter.

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Syracuse VA Medical Center honors volunteers

Jamesville resident named Volunteer of the Year

The Syracuse VA Medical Center held an annual awards ceremony on April 11 to recognize the more than 1,200 volunteers who donated their time and talents to assist veterans and family members during the first half this year. “Celebrate Service” is the theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week.

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National historic recognition

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park’s ‘Hilltop House’ and studio listed on National Register of Historic Places

The board of directors of the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park has announced that “Hilltop House,” the former home of Dorothy and Bob Riester, and the studio used by Dorothy for much of her work, have recently been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, as notified by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (SHPO). The house was designed by Dorothy and Robert Riester in 1959, with the construction completed in 1960.

Spring has finally arrived in Salina

With winter hopefully in our rearview mirror, it’s time for spring. During this time of year, I receive many calls regarding certain warm-weather issues. I would like to take this opportunity to address these issues and give town of Salina residents a few pointers for weathering the transition to the warm months ahead.

DeWitt encouraging residents to ‘Save the Rain’ with rain barrel program

Free rain barrels to be provided to Park Hill and Franklin Park residents

Over the last few years, DeWitt Supervisor Ed Michalenko has been getting an outpouring of calls from residents whose basements have been flooding. And Michalenko said it’s no coincidence. Before the year 2000, the town of DeWitt never received more than four inches of rain in a 24-hour period. But since then, the town has had rainfalls totaling more than four inches five or six times in a 24-hour period.

Tuesday, May 6

Boys lacrosse Wildcats head into tough homestretch

WG turns back Corcoran with fast start, tough defense

In many ways, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team is going through the Section III Class A playoff grind twice during this decisive month of May. Before undertaking the real thing, the Wildcats would tune up with four games at the tail end of the regular season (three of them on the road) that all featured opponents it could face in the sectional tournament.

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No Chenango Street location for Circa

Burrell withdraws zone change request due to neighbor pressure

There will be no new Circa restaurant location at Eric Burrell’s building at 4 Chenango St. — and maybe not even an extension of his office space to grow his business if his neighbors have their way. Burrell has withdrawn his application to the village for a requested zone change for his office building in order to build an extension and house the popular local restaurant that needs a new location, it was announced at the May 5 meeting of the village board.

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Academic Decathlon team earns three medals at Hawaii nationals

The Cazenovia Academic Decathlon team’s three senior members each won a medal, and the team placed 17th out of 51 teams in the “super quiz” category at the national competition held April 24 through 26 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

After prom party made possible by parents and local businesses

For many years now, the Cazenovia High School Parent Teacher Student Association has put its efforts to the task of crafting a “must attend” After the Prom Party for high school juniors. This year is no exception. According to the event’s organizers, “Our goal is to create a fun filled evening in a chaperoned, safe, drug and alcohol free environment.”

Art inspired by a love of horses on exhibit at New Woodstock library

An exhibit of art by “avid horsewoman” Linda Kellish will be at the New Woodstock Free Library through May 31. The exhibit includes clayworks, jewelry for horses and strikingly original sculptures from natural settings. A reception for the artist will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit is open during all regular library hours.

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GoCaz.com highlights recreational opportunities in Cazenovia

A new interactive website has recently been launched that will help guide visitors to the vast array of trails, recreational activities and cultural sites in the greater Cazenovia area. GoCaz.com is an innovative, user-friendly way to discover more about recreational opportunities in this region.

East Syracuse 2014-15 tax rate down 5.5 percent to $15.50

On April 30, the East Syracuse Village Board voted unanimously to approve its 2014-15 budget, which calls for a new rate of $15.50 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Village planners recommend use for small strip of land on basin block

The five-member Liverpool Village Planning Board met for three hours and 13 minutes on April 28 after meeting for two and a half hours at a special meeting convened on April 7. Each session lasted more than twice as long as most planning board meetings.

F-M receives school safety excellence award

The Utica National Insurance Group recently recognized Fayetteville-Manlius School District's efforts in keeping students, staff and visitors safe with a "School Safety Excellence Award."

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Schepp Family Funeral Homes looks to expand into pet cremation services

Schepp Family Funeral Homes is going to the dogs – and cats, and rabbits, and gerbils, for that matter. On April 28, the long-time Central New York funeral home received approval from the Manlius Planning Board to construct a pet crematorium on Kirkville Road, just around the corner from Schepp Family Funeral Homes’ facility in Minoa.

Monday, May 5

Liverpool softball takes out C-NS, 12-4

Nine runs in first two innings provide early decision

What, exactly, is the conclusion to draw from the Liverpool softball team's 12-4 victory over Cicero-North Syracuse in Monday afternoon's welcome spring sunshine? Either it is the strong, loud statement of the Warriors using its bats to silence and dominate its long-time rival and part-time nemesis, or it's the Northstars conceding one small battle at this late point in the regular season in order to concentrate on the larger prize.

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LCSD presents first-ever Bresnahan Book Award

Lori Bresnahan loved children’s books. It was a love she sought to instill in all of her students as an elementary school librarian for the Liverpool Central School District. So it was only fitting that the district should honor Bresnahan with a children’s book award in her name. The district presented the inaugural Bresnahan Book Award at a ceremony May 2 at Barnes and Noble in Clay. The award was selected by kindergarten through sixth-grade students districtwide from a collection of nominees for the Charlotte Award, a children’s book award whose winner is selected by students throughout the state.

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C-NS holds annual Poetry Slam

Self-expression is one of the most important — and one of the hardest — things a teenager can do. Cicero-North Syracuse High School has created a forum in which students can do just that. At the school’s annual Poetry Slam, held April 30 and May 1, students are able to share their own poetry as well as that of famous poets in front of a large group. They can also sing a song; one student performed an original piece and played the ukulele. Students are judged by a panel of volunteers, teachers at the school, who determine a first-, second- and third-place winner. Each winner receives a Barnes and Noble gift card. This year, staffers also joined the event; the winners of the student event had the opportunity to judge the faculty on their readings.

Eagle editors honored

Editors at Eagle Newspapers were honored for their work at two recent awards ceremonies that celebrate the best journalism in Central New York and statewide.

LETTER: Thanks for buying Girl Scout cookies

To the editor: Thank you for saying Yes to Girl Scouts! Thank you for opening your hearts and wallets to Girl Scouts who asked you to buy cookies and support their Cookie Program goals. Your simple business transaction with a Girl Scout is helping her to build a lifetime of real world skills including money management, decision making, goal setting, business ethics and communications.

NSPD to start Crosswalk Crackdown Initiative

Beginning May 5, the North Syracuse Police Department will begin a new initiative on Route 11 targeting motorists as well as pedestrians violating New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws dealing with crosswalks.

World Ovarian Cancer Day in Syracuse is May 8

On May 8, Central New York’s very own Hope for Heather (hopeforheather.org) joins the global movement to raise awareness about ovarian cancer by pledging to spread the word about ovarian cancer during the second annual World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD).

C-NS, Liverpool girls lax rolls to wins

Warriors making late push to get into sectional playoffs

Though some key regular-season contests still remained, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team spent last week’s action easily casting aside a pair of opponents.

Baseball Warriors, Northstars take losses

Liverpool unable to stop B'ville; C-NS salvages split

When the Liverpool baseball team made its way back from a week of work in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, it joined home-standing Cicero-North Syracuse in wondering if any sort of consistency could get hashed out.

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Liverpool boys lacrosse stuns B’ville in overtime

Warriors go through 2-1 week; C-NS handles C. Square

Even if the Liverpool boys lacrosse team of 2014 doesn’t match the remarkable performance of the last few seasons, it can look back on last Tuesday night’s game against visiting Baldwinsville with a lot of fondness.

Sunday, May 4

Grimes baseball stays unbeaten, moves to 7-0

CBA sweeps Bishop Ludden by combined 23-3 margin

Once all the rain let up, the Bishop Grimes baseball team won twice on the weekend in wildly different manners, improving to 7-0 on the season.

F-M boys lacrosse holds off Auburn, 10-9

Hornets win twice in advance of tough homestretch

Every time the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team has taken the field in recent weeks, it’s made the fans reach for whatever they take when things get nervous.

J-D’s Keeler throws no-hitter against Mexico

Red Rams still unbeaten as season hits busy stretch

All of that mid-week rain meant a rash of postponements for area softball teams, but at least it was dry enough at the start of the week – and the end of it, too. Jamesville-DeWitt returned to action Friday afternoon and got a five-inning no-hitter from Kerri Keeler – and needed it, as the Red Rams scraped past Mexico 1-0

F-M girls lacrosse edges J-D, 8-7

Hornets, Red Rams both back above. 500 marks

Following some early-season woes, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt girls lacrosse team both found their stride in time for a head-to-head showdown. That would take place on Saturday afternoon, and with the rain holding off, the Hornets used a strong second-half effort on the defensive side to slide past the Red Rams 8-7.

Baseball Bees sweep through four foes

Blewett blanks F-M; DeLola 2-0 against Oswego, Liverpool

Before and after the mid-week rains, the Baldwinsville baseball team played four times last week and won them all, thanks mostly to impressive pitching performances from Brett DeLola and Scott Blewett along the way.

B’ville track teams swept by Liverpool

Boys, girls Bees win multiple times at Chittenango meet

Baldwinsville’s track and field teams found themselves facing multiple opponents last Wednesday afternoon, even though it was only scheduled to take on Liverpool.

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Boys lacrosse Bees fall to Liverpool in OT

B'ville recovers with quality win over Oswego

Now that the milestone of Peter Firoini’s 400th career win was safely in the books, it was time for the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team to focus on the game and make its case as a contender in a wild, jumbled Section III Class A field.

B’ville softball outscores F-M, 11-8

Bees recover from twin bill sweep by West Genesee

A busy weekend of activity – some of it frustrating, some of it not as much – helped the Baldwinsville softball team shake off a long, weather-enforced rest.

Girls lacrosse Lakers smash through opponents

Skaneateles takes out LaFayette, OCS, Westhill

Though these contests did not rise to the sort of “event” status that beating West Genesee in a game and Garden City in a scrimmage provided, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team was not about to take anything lightly as it moved into May sitting atop the state Class C rankings.

Skaneateles boys lax rebounds with 3-0 week

Lakers top J-E, Onondaga, outscore Cortland

With the power to see its season end in renewal or ruin, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team desperately wanted to choose the first, and more productive path – and did so.

WG track shines at Chittenango, New Hartford meets

Richardson wins girls pentathlon; Erhard, Conroy race to first

Though weather caused all kinds of upheaval with various area track and field teams, a few meets took place before and after the worst of the rain. West Genesee, for example, had its meet with Henninger postponed, but the Wildcats still had a strong week thanks to its work in two different high-profile meets on Friday afternoon.

Local baseball teams try to squeeze in games

Westhill handles Skaneateles, Hannibal; Marcellus beats J-E

A week of struggling to score runs in Myrtle Beach left the Westhill baseball team with the knowledge that it would have to change its production level, or face real trouble down the road.

Solvay, Westhill softball reside in state top 10

Local sides pick up wins amid rain-filled week

When the first state Class B softball rankings came out, Solvay, the defending sectional champions, stood at no. 4, but faced a big challenge last Monday when it visited no. 12-ranked Altmar-Parish-Williamstown. With a combination of strong pitching and clutch hits from Jackie Gardner, the Bearcats pulled through, earning a 5-1 victory over the Rebels.

Marcellus girls lax goes 3-0, awaits Skaneateles

Mustangs handle Cazenovia, OCS, Tully in lead-up

Everything for the Marcellus girls lacrosse team pointed toward its second opportunity at toppling its main rival, state Class C no. 1-ranked Skaneateles. But before the state no. 5-ranked Mustangs could venture to Hyatt Stadium this Wednesday night, it first had to endure a gauntlet that included last Monday’s makeup of a snowed-out April 15 game against those other Lakers from Cazenovia.

Westhill, J-E girls lax fights past Ludden

Warriors cannot keep up in Saturday loss to Skaneateles

Within a 48-hour span, the Westhill and Jordan-Elbridge girls lacrosse teams both got to face once-flourishing Bishop Ludden – and both of them would win. It started last Tuesday night, where the Warriors gave the once-hot Gaelic Knights its third loss in four games, prevailing 10-8.

Marcellus boys lacrosse conquers Westhill

Mustangs survive Tully; Warriors turn back Ludden/Grimes

More than the normal neighborhood bragging rights was at stake when the Marcellus and Westhill boys lacrosse teams faced off last Tuesday night. With the Warriors at 8-1 and holding the no. 6 spot in the state Class C rankings, and the Mustangs 6-2 and holding the no. 10 spot in that same state poll, the winner would gain a lot of momentum toward the regular-season homestretch.

Caz track and field enters busy stretch

Week features two meets, good efforts at Chittenango Invitational

It only figured that the month of April would end for the Cazenovia track and field teams with another meet affected by weather. Scheduled to go to Phoenix last Wednesday afternoon, the Lakers waited out heavy rain, and then held the meet 24 hours later, on the first day of May.

Girls lacrosse Lakers have 3-1 week

Caz falls to Marcellus, then tops Tully, F-M, Clinton

For the second time in the span of five days, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team had an opportunity to knock off an opponent ranked in the state Class C top five.

Saturday, May 3

Skaneateles girls track rolls at CBA meet

Campbell wins 100, 400 hurdles as part of Laker effort

When the Skaneateles girls track and field team had its meet with Marcellus last Wednesday afternoon postponed, it meant a bit more rest before the busiest stretch of the season got underway. Were it not for the rainout, the Lakers would have faced four events in eight days, counting meets early next week against Altmar-Parish-Williamstown and Institute of Technology Central.

Friday, May 2

Liverpool tennis edges past C-NS, 4-3

Warriors get all points in straight-set victories

Each of the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys tennis teams found themselves squeezing in as many matches as they could and hoping the weather didn’t misbehave too much.

WG girls lacrosse flattens B’ville, 18-5

Wildcats score 15 unanswered goals in near-perfect first half

For two consecutive weekends, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team had gone through harrowing and exciting competition, twice pushed into overtime and finding both frustration against Skaneateles and joy against Garden City.

B’ville girls lax handled by West Genny again

Rematch sees Wildcats go on 15-0 first-half run

The second time around, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team was certain that it could make West Genesee work a lot harder than it did a month ago in a 16-3 defeat in Camillus.

Chapter 2: The Adventures of Frankie

Fired up

“Yo Scrawny, get the net, I got a big one!” “You’re stuck on the bottom.” Ronnie dropped the net and picked up his fishing pole. Frankie shot a disgusted look at his friend as he stretched for the net, giving up when he realized there was nothing tugging on the other end of his line. Scrawny Ronnie laughed when he pulled up a water logged stick covered in scum from the bottom of the river. Fresh out of bait, Frankie dropped his poll and started kicking over rocks in search of worms.

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‘Scoundrels’ scores

Searle and Anderson click as competitive gigolos in BTG musical-comedy

The con is on when two disparate gigolos compete for the affections – and assets – of wealthy women at a French Riviera casino, in the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s musical production, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” which opened here April 25. Written by Jeffrey Lane with songs by David Yazbek, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” was first produced on Broadway in 2004, based on the 1988 movie of the same name starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine.

Skaneateles CSD superintendent candidate forum planned for May 5

The Skaneateles Central School District will hold a special meeting next week at which the public will get a change to meet a candidate for the superintendent of schools position.

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Boys lacrosse Wildcats survive Central Square

WG heads toward tough regular-season homestretch

An ordinary season for the West Genesee boys lacrosse team involves dispatching most, if not all, of its opposition in an efficient manner, claiming a Section III Class A championship and, in most cases, threatening for state honors.

Skaneateles hires second constable for boat launch security

The town of Skaneateles will employ two peace officers starting this year. The Town Board voted to appoint Charles Augello as its second town constable at its May 1 meeting.

ESM technology teacher wins TACNY Outstanding Teacher award

It’s hard not to be impressed by the quality of the nomination package for Michael Ferris, a business and technology teacher at East Syracuse Minoa High School who teaches the television production classes. The SUNY Cortland grad — he has both a bachelor and master’s degrees from there — received six letters of support, including four from former students who are working in the television industry.

Thursday, May 1

B'ville residents pass library budget

Baldwinsville residents on May 1 approved a $1,548,000 tax levy for the Baldwinsville Public Library for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Out of 268 people, 249 voted yes and 25 no.

Track Northstars fall to Fayetteville-Manlius

C-NS girls get sprint titles from Pulaski in 74-67 defeat

Armed with lots of talent and ready to romp in the rain, the Cicero-North Syracuse track and field teams ventured to Fayetteville-Manlius on Wednesday afternoon in an effort to go to the top of the CNY Counties League.

Barclay: Libraries see increased use; NOVELny provides access to safe internet research

Library use has increased across the state. According to some of New York State Library’s latest statistics, visits to public libraries increased by seven million from 113 million to 120 million from 2007 to 2009. The number of items borrowed — books, ebooks, movies, magazines and more — has increased by more than 11 percent.

F-M track teams sweep past C-NS

Girls Hornets survive major challenge from Northstars

Having seen their male counterparts take a rare defeat on April 24 at Baldwinsville, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls track and field team wanted to avoid a similar fate. But it didn’t prove easy, as the Hornets endured both heavy rain and a tough, determined opponent in Cicero-North Syracuse Wednesday afternoon to prevail by a 74-67 margin.

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Toggenburg ski racers advance to state championships

On Feb. 23, at Snow Ridge Ski Area, these young alpine ski racers from the Toggenburg Junior Ski Racing team qualified to join the best ski racers in the state at the U14 New York State Ski Racing Championships. This year’s state championships were held at Holiday Valley Resort on March 1-2 and at Windham Mountain Ski Resort on March 8.

Buy local week starts May 4

EDITORIAL

The first annual “Buy Madison Week” runs May 4 through 11, and we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to encourage our readers to make sure they are cognizant of where they shop next week.

J-D, ESM track teams split meet

Montgomery, Marra, Volk among standouts

At some point, all of the area’s track and field teams would have to deal with the bad weather, and not just avoid it. Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa did so facing each other last Tuesday afternoon as part of a three-team meet with Fowler.

Observe buy local week

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Dear friends and neighbors, The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce has designated the upcoming week of May 4 through 10 as “Buy Local Week.” I would like to encourage everyone to make a special effort to get out and support our local businesses in honor of the event!

Recycle your e-waste at two upcoming collection events

Recycling has long been an effective method of reducing the negative impact we have on the environment. Although many people are familiar with recycling cans, bottles and other materials, there are other recyclable items we interact with on a daily basis that, if not properly dealt with, can cause serious problems for the environment. Chances are that today, you’ve probably used a cellphone, watched television, used a computer or listened to music on an MP3 player. All of these common electronics contain hazardous materials that, while safe when in use, can cause irreversible damage to our landfills and water supply if they aren’t properly disposed of. That’s why I’m hosting two e-waste recycling events in the region, to allow you to drop off any old or unwanted electronics to ensure they are properly handled and recycled.

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F-M students participate in drunk driving accident simulation

With prom and graduation around the corner, Fayetteville-Manlius High School students recently received a first-hand look at the consequences of drinking and driving.

Newborn’s grandparents asking, ‘Waldo weighs what?’

Marilyn and Brian Dwyer must have thought their 29-year-old son was playing an April Fool’s joke on them when he called from Pennsylvania to report the birth of their grandson on April 14. The Dwyers, who live in Liverpool on Balsam Street, heard him report that the newborn, Waldo James Mysterious Dwyer, weighed 13 pounds and 8 ounces. Waldo weighed what? That’s right: 13 lbs. 8 oz.!

Village tutoring center seeks volunteers

If you’ve got an affinity for math, there’s a tutoring center in the village of Liverpool that could use your help. The Tutoring Center at St. Joseph the Worker Church, located at 1001 Tulip St., is an all-volunteer service that provides free tutoring to kids and adults throughout the community from 3 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. And since the advent of Common Core math, tutors with expertise in that field are in high demand.