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J-E football poised to make serious title run

Eagles have experience, depth to challenge in C West

Perhaps the time has finally arrived for Jordan-Elbridge football. A combination of veteran leadership on the field, vast improvement in all phases of the game and changes within the Class C West division give the Eagles an opportunity to end its long quest and turn into a league and Section III title contender.

Casullo leads Westhill football into new era

New coach leads Warriors after off-season turmoil

When the Westhill football team’s 2013 season abruptly ended with a 37-0 defeat to Oneida in the first round of the Section III Class B playoffs, no one could have foreseen the sweeping chain of events that would guarantee to make 2014 very different.

Minoa Fire Department receives more than $23,000 in funding

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei announced last week that the Minoa Fire Department has been awarded $23,731 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Minoa Fire Department will use this grant to purchase a large-diameter fire hose.

Football Lakers look to shine in Class B return

Skaneateles renews rivalries with Marcellus, Westhill, Solvay

To put it mildly, the three seasons that the Skaneateles football team spent in the Section III Class C ranks were eventful. One season was perfect – but ended in accusations of recruiting and Section III throwing them out of the playoffs. The next season was just as good and produced a first sectional title in 20 years. And the third involved a rash of untimely injuries that led to a quick post-season exit.

Ludden depending on youth, versatile players

Gaelic Knights have sophomores, freshmen in key roles

As they do each fall, the Bishop Ludden football team has to play the numbers game in 2014 and hope that the guys that take the field for next Friday night’s season opener against Utica-Notre Dame are still going in mid-October, if not beyond.

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Something fishy in East Syracuse

Fish FINatics specializes in freshwater and saltwater fish care

Many people believe that every kid should have a dog. Chris Fowler, co-owner of Fish FINatics pet store in East Syracuse, believes that every kid should have a fish.

Summer rains chased eight bands from Johnson Park

This may not have been the wettest summer on record, but it sure seemed to rain every Monday and Wednesday. Those are the evenings on which free concerts are scheduled at Johnson Park. As the program director for Liverpool Is the place, a sub-committee of the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, I book those concerts and present the bands.

Town zoning board rejects Owera appeal, says winery must abide by stated hours of operation

ZBA also rules winery event tent is not a building and therefore cannot run events past approved hours

Owera Vineyards’ three-season event tent is not an indoor building, as the winery owners claim, but an outdoor facility; and all events held at the winery — whether in the tent or not — must abide by the prescribed hours of operation as approved by the town planning board in 2012, hours which are enforceable by the town. This was the decision of the Town Zoning Board of Appeals, issued Monday, Aug. 25, at the ZBA’s regular monthly meeting, in response to an appeal by Owera seeking to overturn a town zoning enforcement officer determination concerning allowable facility events.

Lysander Town Board to continue Aug. 25 meeting on Thursday, Aug. 28

The Lysander Town Board’s meeting of Aug. 25 was adjourned until 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. The work session planned for that evening will be held after the Aug. 28 meeting is adjourned. The first two resolutions on the Aug. 25 agenda are being discussed and will be voted upon on Thursday, said Supervisor John Salisbury.

Overflowing clothes recycle bin welcomes visitors to quaint Cazenovia

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Regardless if it is a village or town issue, I don't see what all the fuss is about regarding the south end of the lake zoning issues, when we have a beautiful over flowing clothes and household goods recycle bin welcoming all visitors to our charming village and town.

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Cazenovia Children’s House unveils new Windy Willow Playscape

Outdoor classroom is fruition of three-year community-supported project

After more than three years of work and vast amounts of community support, Cazenovia Children’s House last week officially unveiled its new Windy Willow Playscape — an outdoor play and learning area designed to incorporate academic curriculum and physical and social development for preschool and elementary school age children. Nearly 100 people — school students, parents, supporters, contributors, teachers, administrators and board members — came out Aug. 20 on a rainy evening to go on tours, play on the playscape and enjoy a dinner picnic.

Preserving our future

There are many exciting new initiatives taking shape this year. This is not an accident, but part of a conscious effort to choose a constructive, sustainable path for our community.

Bearcats know early games key 2014 season

Solvay hosts Marcellus, Westhill in first two weeks

Ending a long and frustrating losing streak was nice for the Solvay football team. Taking those small steps and turning them into giant leaps back toward prominence would be much nicer.

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Heading back to school: What’s new in your district this year?

It’s once again time for kids across Central New York to start getting ready to head back to school. Both Liverpool and North Syracuse students head back Thursday, Sept. 4. Both districts had some changes in store for students and staff; read on to find out what’s new.

LCSD issues ‘Parents Bill of Rights’

One of the major concerns expressed by parents with respect to the Common Core learning curriculum is the safety of student data. In order to address that concern, the Liverpool Central School District, along with districts statewide, has implemented a Parents Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security.

Take precautions against mosquitos

Every year, the Onondaga County Department of Health begins surveillance and control of the mosquito population in May. They monitor more than 20 traps across the county, testing mosquitoes for West Nile and EEE. EEE was identified in the Cicero Wildlife Management area in early July which prompted an aerial spraying on July 22 after obtaining the necessary approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This helped to reduce the mosquito count, but with the recent wet-weather, additional spraying throughout the neighborhoods surrounding the management area was authorized and the truck spraying occurred Aug. 17. This will continue to be monitored by the department of health.

Visit the Great New York State Fair on a budget during Special Fair Days

Here in Central New York, we have the benefit of being right next door to The Great New York State Fair, which brings a wide variety of attractions and events for the entire family and showcases the best products our state has to offer. This year, consider taking advantage of Special Fair Days that can enhance your experience at the fair and even save you money.

Cazenovia football looks for another title run

Lakers need to replace Hopsicker, Vogl, Westfall, Nourse

Perhaps more than any other high school football program in Central New York, the Cazenovia Lakers have weathered the sport’s changes, its constant arrivals and departures, and have remained a powerful force. And in 2014, the Lakers’ resilience will get tested once more.

Youthful Bears to lean on athleticism in 2014

Position battles everywhere; Chittenango opens with three straight on road

When a football team goes 4-4, as the Chittenango Bears did in 2013, the general consensus is that a lot of improvement is needed, but not a complete overhaul. Yet the Bears, who missed out on a Section III Class B playoff berth despite that break-even mark, might face that sober reality because, of the 32 players on the varsity roster, just three were regulars on the field a season ago.

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Jazzing it up

Roger DeVore broadcasts ‘real, old-time jazz’ every week out of East Syracuse

Roger DeVore can remember hearing live jazz bands at his uncles' houses as well as many jazz records at his family’s home when he was just 5 years old, growing up in Ridgewood, New Jersey in the 1940s. His interest in the genre grew stronger as he got older, and he began visiting New York City nightclubs when he was as young as 16 to listen to the different jazz musicians who performed there.

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