Within a two-week period over the summer, two men were charged with arson in the Baldwinsville area. Chester Cooper Jr. was charged with second-degree arson in a fire that broke out at the Woodsboro Drive cul-de-sac in Radisson. Then, on the morning of Aug. 6, fire engines could be heard from all over Baldwinsville as 24 departments from central New York headed to the downtown district of Baldwinsville to respond to a fire at the four corners. The fire caused the intersection to be closed for most of the day and Michael K. Lyons was later charged with second-degree arson for the fire.
Thankfully, there were no fatalities in either incident.
Three officers were honored for their efforts to ensure the safety of others during the Aug. 6 fire. Deputy Daniel Bieling of the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, Trooper George Lumkin Jr. of the New York State Police and Officer James Cerankowski of the Baldwinsville Police Department received recognition for the bravery they demonstrated that morning.
On Aug. 29, the Bitz family sold their successful, family-owned Plainville Turkey Farm in Lysander to Plainville Farms, LLC due to growth and increasing sales. The business had become too big to remain a family operative.
This fall, the Baldwinsville Public Library launched an effort to digitize The Gazette, The Gazette & Farmer's Journal and The Messenger, to make information more easily accessible. Thousands of articles regarding Baldwinsville's history are available to library patrons on microfilm, but there is no efficient way to sort through them. Bob Bitz and Meg VanPatten spearheaded the effort and are currently seeking funding to digitize the papers.
It was an exciting fall for Baldwinsville soccer fans. First, the Baldwinsville Bees won the Section III Class AA boys soccer final for the first time. Then, CNY United FC of CNY Family Sports Centre on Jones Road joined the Premier Arena Soccer League becoming central New York's first semi-pro indoor soccer team.
There is plenty to look forward to in 2008, so stay informed with the Messenger.