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Skaneateles’ graduation, other summer events stay at Clift Park despite construction

Skaneateles’ high school graduation ceremony and other summer activities will continue to take place at Clift Park this summer in the midst of construction activity. The city of Syracuse is executing what officials are calling a critical infrastructure project, expected to be completed in October, to replace the chemical feed lines in the raw water supply intakes from Skaneateles Lake,... more

Marcus Whitman seniors get a glimpse of their first-grade lives

It was a moment in time 11 years ago when 15 first-graders gathered with their teacher to bury some personal trinkets and letters in a time capsule outside of Gorham Elementary School. That moment was recaptured recently when several of them returned to locate and open the container with Lisa Orlando, the teacher they knew as Mrs. (Lisa) Jones. Orlando... more

Weedsport school district holds open house for new fitness center

Trish Frost didn’t wait long after entering the Weedsport school district’s new fitness center to try the equipment. After testing out the shoulder press and chest press machines, among others, Frost said she was impressed by the new facility at Weedsport Junior-Senior High School. District students and community members got a sneak peak at the facility Saturday. It will officially... more

South Seneca seniors graduating with honors

This year, 17 South Seneca seniors have been awarded the distinction of honor graduate by earning a grade point average of 88 or higher. Honor graduates will wear a colored stole around their neck during the graduation ceremony at South Seneca High School Saturday, June 23rd. Some students will be additionally designated cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum... more

Academic awards handed out at NR-W

North Rose-Wolcott Central School District recently recognized the academic achievements of high school students at an academic awards night. “We are so proud of these students for showing grit and determination both in and out of the classroom,” said NRW High School Principal Brian Read. Each class walked on stage to receive honor and high honor awards. Scholarships were distributed... more

New Audubon Educator at Seneca Meadows Education Center

Seneca Meadows, Inc. today announced that Mary Jo Doyle has accepted the position of Audubon Environmental Educator for the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve & Education Center. Mary Jo is a native of Syracuse, but is no stranger to the Seneca Falls area, as she taught science at both the Seneca Falls and Waterloo school districts for thirty years, retiring from... more

Instant Admission Days a great time to enroll at Cayuga Community College

There is no better time for students to enroll in Cayuga Community College than the College’s upcoming summer Instant Admission Days that offer students one-stop shopping and answers all their enrollment questions. Cayuga’s Instant Admission Days offer students the chance to apply for enrollment, submit their academic credentials, register for classes, complete the financial aid process and pay their tuition... more

Moravia students pitch product ideas in scholastic business competition

Instead of students counting down the seconds until the last day of school, Moravia Middle School principal Bruce MacBain wanted to keep students’ minds focused. So seventh-grade students spent Tuesday presenting product ideas to businesspeople. The idea is based around the TV show “Shark Tank,” so student groups presented ideas to people with actual business experience. The judges then decided... more

Waterloo High students win STEM award for landfill research

Seneca Meadows Landfill looms large over the Waterloo school district campus, clearly visible from north-facing windows of the high and middle schools. In addition to being seen, the landfill often can be smelled. A group of students in the Gemini for college credit environmental science class taught by Lisa Parish has spent the entire school year examining the impact of... more

Canandaigua schools bid farewell to serveral retiring staff members

Members of the Canandaigua City School Board of Education said goodbye to one of the board’s own Thursday, along with several other district retirees. Board President Jeanie Grimm presented Thomas Reho with a mug referring to him as a “Proud Curmudgeon.” “There should be a sticker that says, ‘Official Curdmudgeon’” countered Reho who opted not to seek re-election to the... more

Midlakes students continuing Rachel Scott’s legacy

When Midlakes High School Principal Frank Bai-Rossi invited the Rachel’s Challenge program to present at his school on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings, he knew the messages would have an impact. “What I’ve seen has really come to fruition,” he said. “We’re seeing kids be kinder to each other. I’ve seen kids go out of their... more

CCE Ontario crowns 2018-19 dairy princess

Hailey Pipher, the 2018-19 New York state dairy princess, attended the 47th Ontario County Dairy Princess Court Pageant at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County in Canandaigua. Pipher shared a message from the American Dairy Association North East and the dairy industry. Lindsey Weykman served as master of ceremonies. Judges were Matthew Sweeney, Rebecca Stone and Sara Tuthill. Members of... more

Canandaigua kids serving up cups of Joe at their own new shop

There’s a new spot in the Chosen Spot. Nestled in the main atrium of Canandaigua Academy is a mobile coffee stand called The Bright Spot, run by students in the life skills program who also selected the name. “The idea is that these students are working on skills that they’re going to need to use beyond the classroom, so when... more

The sound of success: Bloomfield musicians take top honors

They have come close in recent years, winning Best in Class eight of the last nine, but this year, Bloomfield Central School music ensembles brought home the coveted Albert E. Whitney Overall Achievement Award. “The Whitney is the highest honor that an individual band can receive at the Sherburne Pageant of Bands,” said Christian Culbertson, a member of Bloomfield Parents... more

Substance abuse film screened in Moravia leads to discussion on recovery

Kevin Jones said his life has never been the same since May 10, 2013. That was when his stepdaughter, Jessica Gentile, died of a drug overdose. Jones later founded the Heroin Epidemic Action League, which raises awareness of the idea that addiction is a disease and not a moral failing, among other services. Jones said he didn't know Jessica had... more

Honeoye students experience the French connection

The rain falling at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial the day a group of Honeoye students visited seemed apropos to them, considering the gravity of the ultimate sacrifice made by thousands of Americans during World War II. “It’s very moving in the fact that you can really appreciate what took place over there by being there and just seeing... more

Musical cheers for Honeoye, Pal-Mac

It may sound cliche, but the hills of Honeoye are truly alive with the “Sound of Music,” and the notes are reverberating beyond school district boundaries. The Honeoye and Palmyra-Macedon central school districts are among area districts to recently be nationally recognized as “Best Communities for Music Education.” “We are excited,” said Grace Wood, Honeoye music department chair. “For some... more
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