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North West Fire District referendum set for Sept. 22

The North West Fire District board of commissioners voted Aug. 7 to approve two propositions relating to the sale of property from the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company, the construction of a new station on Smokey Hollow Road and an addition to Fire Station 1 on Crego Road. Fire district residents will vote on the propositions Sept. 22 at Baldwinsville Station 1 on Crego Road. A public hearing will be held prior to the vote, the date of which has yet to be announced.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: B.J. robs Nichols Liquors then drifts into the mist

Small world, I guess. The last Wednesday in July, I met a man who said his name was B.J. He was hanging out on the fringe of an audience of 300 at the Skiffle Minstrels’ concert at Johnson Park. Attired in grunge fashions – checked shirt, tattered jeans and scuffed cowboy boots — B.J. bummed a cigarette from a bystander and listened quietly to the Western swing tunes like “Fort Worth Jailhouse” — just a tall, lanky loner with a scruffy beard and tattered ball cap.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Legislation passes to help seniors and visually impaired

Two bills in particular which passed the State Legislature could help both seniors and visually-impaired residents if signed into law by the governor. I supported each in the Assembly and both passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

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Lamson Road Water District petitions returned

The town of Lysander received the petitions in favor of the Lamson Road Water District, Supervisor John Salisbury announced at the July 27 meeting of the town board.

Lysander First accuses Saraceni of fundraising conflict

While Joe Saraceni had the support of Lysander First upon announcing his candidacy for Lysander supervisor, it seems that town board re-election seekers Melinda Shimer and Andy Reeves have withdrawn their favor in light of Saraceni’s July financial disclosure report.

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Gate approved

County Parks will place a card-activated gate lift at the base of Vine Street

At its July 20 meeting, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees approved an Onondaga County Parks plan to install a “Card-Activated Gate Lift” at the entrance to Onondaga Lake Park at the base of Vine Street.

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East Syracuse holds off ban of chickens after public hearing

The village of East Syracuse Board of Trustees has decided to table voting on an amendment to local law that would make it illegal to raise chickens and other farm and wild animals on properties within the village. This decision was made after a public hearing held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 3, where about ten residents voiced their opinions on the matter.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Save the Rain saves money, reduces waste

As a member of the legislature’s Environmental Protection Committee, I receive regular updates from the Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection (WEP).

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Help support the CanTeen at the annual Gus Macker tournament

For years, I’ve worked with the Cicero CanTeen, a youth center that provides a safe and constructive place for teens to go after school. But the CanTeen offers more than that, including meals, games, educational field trips and numerous volunteer opportunities, available to all who wish to attend. Programs like the CanTeen help to make our community a better place and provide a brighter future for our kids.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Everything old is new again

Here I go again, Central New York’s biggest cheerleader, but I can’t help myself. In July I was fortunate to take three tours to see the progress, the accomplishments and the future plans of some of our community’s most iconic landmarks. I wish you were with me.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Farmers markets provide locally grown nutrition

Fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, honey, wine and cheese are all out in abundance this time of year throughout the region and will be for the next few months at local farmers’ markets. Farmers’ markets provide an opportunity to buy local and give farmers a chance to provide home-grown produce straight to the consumer. The markets are located throughout the region, and we’re fortunate to have as much fresh and homegrown produce as we do in our area.

Nelson town board to consider changing two elected positions to appointed, make supervisor four-year term

The Nelson Town Board is considering making a change in the way three of its elected town positions are administered. The board is preparing to discuss at its next monthly meeting proposals to make both the town highway superintendent and town clerk positions appointed rather than elected, as well as to change the term of office for the town supervisor from two years to four years.

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Public hearing set for Fayetteville Apartments zone change

The Fayetteville Village Board has set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, in the village office to discuss a proposed zone change that will allow plans to move forward for the Fayetteville Apartments project on 547 E. Genesse St. in Fayetteville.

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DeWitt Republicans nominate town supervisor candidate

Greg Scicchitano announces candidacy in November election

Local attorney Greg Scicchitano has announced his candidacy for the DeWitt Supervisor election after being nominated by the DeWitt Republican Committee for the upcoming November election.

A step back for Stewart’s Shops

Clay town board denies zone change request

It looks like the town of Clay may not welcome a second Stewart’s Shops after all. With minimal discussion, the Clay Town Board voted unanimously July 20 to deny Stewart’s request for a zone change for a parcel on the southeast corner of Bear and Buckley roads.