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Baldwinsville: 2006 - From the sublime to bizarre

News of the vision in Van Buren came to light in January. Jacob Wright, president of HeadRush Inc., and partners are currently working on a state of the art family entertainment complex near the 690 and Thruway intersection. The complex will include skateboarding, motocross, paintball, a water park and hotel suites.

After four years of negotiations and unsuccessful contracts, the three municipalities (Baldwinsville, Lysander and Van Buren) were finally able to secure a contract with Time Warner Cable this past fall.

And the Lysander town offices moved to their new home at 8220 Loop Road in July, leaving the Lock Street building on the market for $800,000.

Government participation

From assessments to one way streets to zone and land use changes, residents poured into meeting rooms to share concerns with town and village board members. The Lysander and Baldwinsville boards heard numerous complaints about increased assessments, and signs reading "Where's the lake?" popped up all over Baldwinsville.

Residents of Royal Scarlet Drive in Radisson formed the Royal Scarlet Association to argue against a land use change on Willett Parkway to prevent apartment buildings from being constructed near single-home residential properties. The group's efforts paid off as the developer withdrew the petition.

River Street residents unsuccessfully challenged the Baldwinsville board with opposition to a one-way street proposal, a recommendation made by Environmental Design and Research to make room for a public walkway along the Seneca River. And Van Buren residents made their concerns clear to the board when a development was proposed near Lions Community Park this past spring.

Never a dull moment

From the Taste of Baldwinsville to the Kiwanis Turkey Day Races, 2006 had its fair share of community events for all to enjoy.

The Baldwinsville Volunteer Center's annual fundraiser, Taste of Baldwinsville, highlighted many of the community's most delectable offerings including Ironwood Chef Larry Brunger's award-winning prime rib sandwiches and Tabatha's Family Tree restaurant's potato chowder. The event raised a total of $13,500 from the auction proceeds alone.

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