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‘Remembering Baldwinsville’ - Former mayor speaks at Shacksboro

Don Colon reminisces about his service to Baldwinsville as well as the history of the village during the series “Remembering Baldwinsville.”

Don Colon reminisces about his service to Baldwinsville as well as the history of the village during the series “Remembering Baldwinsville.”

— Don Colon recently reminisced about his service to Baldwinsville as well as the history of the village during the series “Remembering Baldwinsville.”

On Sunday, Oct. 21, Colon spoke at the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse, located on Canton Street in the village. A 1961 graduate of Baldwinsville schools, Colon was serving as a member of the village board in 1971 when Mayor Arthur Stummer resigned from office. Colon became mayor of the village in 1972 and, at the time, was the youngest mayor to ever serve in New York State.

Colon later became county legislator in 1981 as well as Baldwinsville village treasurer serving in those capacities for 19 years. He was elected to the position of Onondaga County Controller in 1999 and retired in 2007.

Colon sang the praises of the village of Baldwinsville during his recent talk touching on how the village formed because a fire department was needed and there could not be one without a city or village. The downtown district of Baldwinsville was the location of many fires over the years that caused many changes and rebuilding of the four corners, he said. Colon also spoke of some of the larger developments that have been built outside the village, the first being Seneca Knolls then Village Green then Radisson.

The next Remembering Baldwinsville event will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the museum. Speaking will be Richard Clarke, a native of Baldwinsville and former employee of the Post Standard. Clarke is also a Village Board trustee.

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