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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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Baker, Corcoran students work to improve diversity

If you want to teach tolerance and respect, it’s best to start young. That’s exactly what students from Baldwinsville and Syracuse are doing. Through InterFaith Works of CNY’s “Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism” program, a group of Baker High School and Corcoran High School students spend a few days a year “shadowing” each other at school. The goal is to start a dialogue about race and create connections with each other. A group of Corcoran students spent the day immersing themselves in Baker life Oct. 29.

Learn to prepare healthy Mediterranean meals at Cazenovia Public Library

Come hungry and join Rhonda Hammond Arnsby, certified chef and nutritional counselor, for “Healthy Mediterranean Meals” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

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First Annual Pet Paw-ty coming to Hamilton

Wanderers’ Rest and Colgate Bookstore sponsor pet-themed story-time and adoption event

Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association and Colgate Bookstore will host the First Annual Pet Paw-ty from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the bookstore located at 3 Utica St. This event — a combination pet adoption, story-time and book-signing — is free and open to all humans. Animal guests will be limited to those brought by the staff of Wanderers’ Rest.

Cazenovia Public Library survey results are in

In June, members of the Cazenovia community were asked to assist the Cazenovia Public Library by responding to “Your Thoughts, Our Future,” a survey intended to elicit public opinion to help the Library plan for the future needs of the community. Now the results are in, and as in the past, the Cazenovia community continues its unflinching support of the library by responding to the survey in great numbers and with great consideration.

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Local legends: B’ville’s spookiest stories

In the spirit of the Halloween season, The Baldwinsville Messenger has unearthed some lurid legends from B’ville’s past. Lysander Town Historian Bonnie Kisselstein recommended we check out the archives of Anthony J. Christopher’s “Sketches of Yesterday” column, which ran in the Messenger in the 1960s and ‘70s. A little online research revealed some more spooky spots in the area as well. Read on:

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Chilling tales from local history

In the spirit of the Halloween season, The Star-Review has unearthed some creepy chronicles from the area’s bygone days. Some are well-known ghost stories — we’ll let you draw your own conclusions — but others really did take place in the area. Read on for some history about your favorite haunts:

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Fayetteville’s Pascale Bakehouse to relocate to DeWitt

Petition in favor of ‘saving’ the business receives more than 200 signatures

Pascale Bakehouse in Fayetteville is moving to DeWitt — the result of neighbor complaints and a village of Fayetteville mandate that would be cost prohibitive for the business.

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Cazenovia refuge: Local residents give former laboratory test dog foster home

A four-legged friend in need of a home has found refuge in a Cazenovia household. On Oct. 11, Cazenovia resident Claire Hayes took in “Stevie Nicks,” a 4-year-old female beagle that served as a laboratory test dog for most of her life. Stevie had been rescued by a member of the Beagle Freedom Project only days before.

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B’ville Theatre Guild’s ‘Young Frankenstein’ captures lightning in a bottle

Electrifying performances breathe laughable life into the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s presentation of Mel Brooks’ punny parody of “Frankenstein,” the 1930s-era fright-film franchise. Directed by the Heather Jensen and produced by Jay Burris, the monstrous musical “Young Frankenstein” showcases three of Central NY’s best performers, Henry Wilson, Leila Dean and Josh Taylor.

Get your flu vaccine

Have you had your flu vaccination yet? You’re going to get one, right? We’re enjoying unseasonably warm weather, the fall colors are beautiful and the flu is far from our minds, but the truth is, the flu season is here; now is the time to act. Those beautiful fall colors are our first reminder to protect ourselves from the flu, and the flu vaccine is the best way to get that protection. Public health officials recommend the flu vaccine for everyone over the age of six months. I realize that many people equate the flu with the common cold, but that’s not true. The flu is serious; it can put you in the hospital and is a killer. Every year thousands die from the flu.