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B’ville Christmas Bureau seeks donations

While many of us are fortunate to be more stuffed than a turkey this holiday season, too many families in the Baldwinsville area don’t have enough for a Thanksgiving feast or Christmas presents for their kids. Each year, the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center fields a committee of 25 people for the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau to make the holidays happier for those less fortunate. The Christmas Bureau is an income-based program that provides food, clothing and toys for families with children from birth to age 18 in the Baldwinsville Central School District.

LETTER: Thanks for helping Cub Scout Pack 71

To the editor: Cub Scout Pack 71 would like to thank the Baldwinsville community for supporting our popcorn fundraiser.

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Literary Cake-off brings culinary talent to Manlius Library

The second annual Literary Cake-off event brought great creativity and baking skills to the Manlius Library on Nov. 16.

‘Holiday Lights, Camera, Trees’ fundraising event will bring holiday fun to Manlius

Looking for a fun way to enjoy the holidays with your family while helping out local organizations and charities? The town of Manlius is providing an opportunity for this by bringing residents and local organizations together in their first Holiday Lights, Camera, Trees event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at Four Season Golf and Ski.

Holiday concert with the CNY Flute Choir coming Dec. 7

A holiday concert featuring the CNY Flute Choir will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Manlius United Methodist Church. The program will include selected music from Handel's “Messiah,” familiar Christmas music including “Carol of the Bells” and “Silver Bells,” Ricky Lombardo's jazzy “Christmas Fantasy,” and more.

United Church of Fayetteville hires new director of music ministries

Jared Shepard to begin his duties Nov. 24

After an extensive search process, The United Church of Fayetteville has hired Jared Shepard to play the organ and be the director of music ministries.

DeWitt tree planting process a success

The town of DeWitt, in conjunction with Onondaga Earth Corps, Cornell Cooperative Extension, People In Action and residents and management of Springfield Garden Apartment Complex, joined forces to plant 22 trees along Caton Drive in DeWitt in mid-October.

Christmas at Lorenzo bedecked in holiday plumage

The spicy aroma of wassail, the shimmer of handbells — it’s “Christmas at Lorenzo,” and the magic of the holiday season takes flight this year in each room of the mansion. From peacocks in the formal dining room, to cardinals in the gentlemen’s library, the artistry of volunteer decorators will bring the theme “Birds of a Feather” to life in every room.

Meteorologist Carrie Cheevers actually loves lake effect

Well, we’ve endured the first lake effect snowfall of the year. A few inches blanketed lawns and landscapes from Oswego to Ithaca after flakes began falling at noon Friday, Nov. 14, and continued on and off for a couple days. The unusual mid-day squall was offset by intermittent appearances of blue skies and sunshine, as though Mother Nature couldn’t quite make up her mind.

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Marching Bees gear up for Macy’s parade

B’ville-area residents gathered ‘round the TV to watch the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade will have another reason to be thankful next week: C.W. Baker High School’s Marching Bees band will march in the parade. The Marching Bees are the first marching band from Central New York to participate in the parade, and the first New York band in about a decade.

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Farming innovator, entrepreneur Carmen Emmi dies

Carmen Emmi Sr., noted local farmer and real estate developer, died Oct. 31 at age 82. He was the co-founder of the family farm Emmi and Sons and co-owner of Syracuse Farm Supply. Along with his father, Antonio Emmi, and brother-in-law, Salvatore “Sam” Mangano, Carmen co-founded Emmi and Sons in the 1940s. Today, Emmi’s has farm stands in Baldwinsville and Liverpool. The family farm is also a mainstay at the Central New York Regional Market.

LETTER: Praising the cast and crew of ‘Young Frankenstein’

To the editor: Just a brief letter to sing the praises of the cast and crew of the show "Young Frankenstein," staged by the Baldwinsville Theater Guild. We attended Saturday night, Nov. 1, and we were thoroughly entertained and enthralled with the talent, commitment and professionalism of every actor and actress, as well as all the stage hands, orchestra and production staff.

Lights on the Lake opens Nov. 14

Starting Friday, Nov. 14, Central New Yorkers can visit Onondaga Lake Park and take in one of the biggest light shows in the Northeast. Lights on the Lake kicks off its 25th anniversary season next week. The event draws somewhere around 35,000 cars each year.

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Baldwinsville native makes movie celebrating brother who died of cancer

Evan Schoeberlein never liked being the center of attention. “He never was anybody that wanted to draw attention to himself,” said younger brother Marc. “He didn’t want anybody to feel sorry for him.” Evan will be the center of attention on Friday, Nov. 14, when Marc’s film, “My Brother and Me,” premieres at the Palace Theater in Eastwood. The film chronicles Evan’s battle with and ultimate passing from Ewing’s sarcoma and his family’s struggle with the loss. Proceeds from the premiere will benefit two Baldwinsville charities, Paige’s Butterfly Run and Maureen’s Hope.

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Green Planet Grocery finds its groove in Cicero

When her husband, Joe, was diagnosed with food allergies, Annette Scripa found grocery shopping a lot harder than it used to be. It was difficult for her to find food that not only kept her family healthy but tasted good, too. Enter Green Planet Grocery, a small but growing local chain of organic grocery stores. Brent Lewis opened Green Planet’s flagship store in Oswego in 2004. Six years later, a Fairmount location followed. And now, as of Oct. 18, Cicero is home to a Green Planet as well, thanks to Lewis and the Scripas.

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