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Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by volunteering in the community

Here in Central New York, April brings days of spring rain, sprinkled with a few glimpses of the summer sun. The changing weather reminds us that Earth is a beautiful place, and we need to be doing everything we can to keep it that way. This year, Earth Day is April 22, and Arbor Day is April 25. While these commemorations bring us together to revitalize our community after a long, bitter winter, they are also important reminders of the conditions and vulnerability of the world around us. There is a critical need for ongoing education, action, and change when it comes to our environment. This year’s Earth Day theme is “Green Cities.” By improving conditions in our cities, we can improve conditions for future generations around the world.

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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. Baldwinsville resident and Republican John “Jack” Garafalo announced last week that he, too, will seek to run for sheriff. Garafalo, a retired Pennsylvania state drug agent

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High school students create prom dress donation and loan program

Looking for a dress for the upcoming spring formal dance season? Then the Cazenovia Posh Affair is what you need. The Cazenovia High School Fashion Marketing Class is collecting gently used dresses for students to wear for either the Junior Prom on May 10 or the Senior Ball on June 6. Dresses have been sent in from all over the town, including from students, Cazenovia Central School faculty and local families. The dresses can either be donated or loaned to the class to be borrowed by students.

Review process for proposed Village Edge South hotel and conference center underway

Public hearing for subdivision request scheduled for May 12

A local businessman’s preliminary proposal to build an 80-bedroom hotel and conference center across from the Town and Country Plaza in the Village Edge South area on Route 20 has begun winding its way through the village planning process, and the first public hearing on the project — a subdivision request to carve out six acres of the VES area for the hotel — has been scheduled by the village planning board for 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 12.

Cazenovia American Legion to raffle Turning Stone golf outing to fund service dogs for local veterans

Members of Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 have announced the beginning of its “Vets Helping Vets” raffle, which will raise funds to support the “Dogs2Vet” program offered by Clear Path for Veterans, a privately funded outreach and wellness facility in Chittenango. The Dogs2Vet program partners a PTSD suffering vet with a shelter or rescue dog for service training, certification, companionship and a bond that promotes mutual wellness.

Caz lacrosse survives defensive clash with Westhill

Top-ranked Lakers hand Warriors first defeat

When Henry Mann and Cole Willard scored goals less than 90 seconds into Tuesday afternoon's boys lacrosse showdown between Cazenovia and Westhill, it appeared that the reigning state Class C champions would dismiss the challenge of the unbeaten Warriors. But that would prove far from true.

Skaneateles CSD faces lawsuit over alleged sexual assault incident

Skaneateles Central School District has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court earlier this month over an alleged sexual assault incident that occurred last year at the high school.

Village, town sign boat launch, boat patrol inter-municipal agreements

Boat launch opens this weekend with new inspection policy

The public boat launch at Lakeside Park will open for the season on Saturday, April 26, and this year the village will institute a new inspection policy for boats entering and exiting Cazenovia Lake as a way to improve the fight against invasive species.

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Dream Factory of Syracuse gives Liverpool youth a trip to Philadelphia and Lancaster

Sarah Hamlin was surprised with a trip to Pennsylvania on Friday, April 11, by The Dream Factory of Syracuse. The 18-year-old, who is living with cerebral palsy, arrived at Flamingo Bowling Friday evening with her parents and was shocked to find dozens of family members, Dream Factory representatives and others eagerly awaiting her arrival. “I thought I was coming for a BLT,” she said.

Village trustees vote to spend $588,000 on Balsam St., Third St. and Hiawatha Trail

After approving a State Environmental Quality Review of the upcoming drainage projects at their April 14 meeting, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees unanimously awarded a $587,747 bid to Joseph J. Lane Construction Inc., for work to be done on Balsam and Third streets and Hiawatha Trail. Trustee Jim Rosier, the board’s liaison to the Department of Public Works, urged Mayor Gary White to make sure that Lane Construction coordinates its effort with DPW Superintendent Bill Asmus.

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Human Library events bring people together at local libraries

Twenty curious people turned out Tuesday evening, April 15, at Liverpool Public Library to check out the “Human Library,” a scheduled 20-minute one-on-one with a person who has a certain expertise to share or a compelling story to tell. A Human Library is a living, breathing library where humans are the “books” and the stories are their lives.

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The ‘first-line’ defense: The story behind the local fire departments and those who serve

From the cliché cat in a tree, to cardiac arrest, car accidents and structure fires, the Liverpool Fire Department is there. “Someone calls 911 and they rely on us to be there and help them,” said Liverpool Fire Department Lieutenant Dave Ingram. “When it's someone's worst day of their life, we are there for them. We put ourselves out there for our community and people who we don't even know." Like hundreds of men and women across central New York, the volunteers of the local fire departments are there to answer the call of their community, to fulfill the promise that when tragedy or catastrophe or chaos strikes, there will be someone there to offer that necessary helping hand.

Ludden girls lacrosse remains undefeated

Marcellus falls to C-NS; Westhill beats Tully

Everything was in line for the Bishop Ludden girls lacrosse team as it sped toward Tuesday’s key early-season showdown with defending Section III Class C champion Skaneateles.

Solvay softball beats Marcellus, West Genny

Bearcats take unbeaten mark to Orlando

Before the middle of April, the Solvay softball team had already earned impressive victories over two of its toughest OHSL Liberty division neighbors. Coming off its 15-0 shutout over Westhill on April 12, the Bearcats ventured to Marcellus two days later and had its lowest run total of the season, but still rolled past the Mustangs 9-1.

Westhill lax wins twice, remains unbeaten

Marcellus, Jordan-Elbridge both take defeats

Off to hot starts, the Westhill and Marcellus boys lacrosse teams did not want to lose any of its momentum before the harder part of its schedules. With a showdown against state Class C no. 1-ranked Cazenovia looming, the Warriors, who were no. 8 in the first state Class C poll of the spring, saw last Tuesday’s game with Tully postponed, while the Mustangs had its game with Onondaga also pushed back to a later date.

Liverpool track sweeps to Tully Invitational titles

Vanmarter, Akinpelu among multiple winners for Warriors

Sweeping all of the top spots in distance events, the Liverpool boys and girls track and field teams both managed first-place finishes at Monday afternoon's Tully Spring Break Invitational.

Manlius Village Board: still too early to determine tax rate

Although the village of Manlius’ tentative 2014-15 budget calls for no increase in taxes, the village board is waiting until its next meeting, on April 22, to make the final decision for its spending plan.

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Spafford faces tough decisions on future of buildings

The Spafford town leaders are in the process of dealing with both short term and long term decisions regarding its building needs. In addition to dealing with a roof replacement and minor repairs to the town hall, the Town Board board must make a tough decision about the future of the highway department garage.

BeVard home run helps Wildcats beat C-NS

WG squanders 4-0 lead, but prevails with late power

Perhaps the best thing for someone that has thrown away a comfortable lead, as the West Genesee baseball team did in Monday afternoon's game against Cicero-North Syracuse at Gillette Field, is to just start over. That's what the Wildcats did, turning to Colin BeVard to deliver the big swing in the seventh inning that gave his side a 7-5 victory over the Northstars and improve to 6-1 on the season.

Cazenovia village, town agree to cohabitate courts in village municipal building

Residents who have been confused over when and where village and town courts convene — whether in the Gothic Cottage or the Village Municipal Building — have much less to remember now that the Cazenovia village and town boards have approved an inter-municipal agreement for the two courts to share one space. Under the agreement, both courts will now meet in the village courtroom, located in the village municipal building at 90 Albany St.

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