2007 - B'ville's year in review

As another year begins, let's take a brief look at the highlights of 2007.

The year began with a bang as the Baldwinsville Bees toppled the undefeated ESM basketball team in the Vince Celi Memorial Tournament followed by a Marching Bees victory at the Gator Bowl.

Consolidation was the buzz in January and February with notions of Baldwinsville the city being tossed around. Shortly after, Dan O'Hara resigned as mayor of Baldwinsville to become the director of the New York State Fair, leaving Rick Presley to fill in until the March elections. His vacancy wasn't the only shuffling of political seats. Sandy Baker resigned as county legislator and Rich Lesniak left his seat on the Lysander town board to fill the county position. Jack Krisanda was appointed to fill Lysander's vacancy shortly after.

In March, students of the Baldwinsville Central school district were not happy when they lost a vacation day in order to pay back for excess snow days.

May put Baldwinsville on the world map when the American Carp Society hosted the Northeast Regional Carp Tournament along the Seneca River. The total weight of carp caught during the three-day event was 26,764 pounds and 13 ounces. The largest fish caught weighed 32 pounds and six ounces.

That same month, the old Harrington Firehouse was torn down after several years of debate on what to do with the property. The village has adopted a plan designed by Environmental Design and Research and is working with the consultants on specifics of the plan. In the meantime, the village plans to put an ice skating rink in the area for all residents to use, so long as the weather cooperates.

In June, Van Buren was dealt a blow when the Syroco plant announced it was closing. More than 150 employees that worked at the manufacturing factory received notice June 15 that they would be laid off permanently.

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