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Erin Wisneski

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Canton Woods repaving slated for Sept. 17

Van Buren officials awarded the Canton Woods Senior Center parking lot paving and labor bid to Earth Road Inc. in the amount of $17,514 during the Sept. 4 board meeting. The project is slated to begin Sept. 17.

Van Buren: Industrial property maintenance law passed

Van Buren officials have passed a local law, which requires owners of industry properties to adhere to property maintenance laws.

COLUMN: Coffee with Baldwinsville's Mayor

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski last Tuesday at Shamballa Café and Coffee Roasters to chat about what’s new in the village. Last week’s discussion focused on this weekend’s Oktoberfest being held from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, and noon to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at Paper Mill Island. Admission is $3 adults, $2 kids (6 to 12) and free for children 5 and under.

B’ville golf tournament to benefit Rally for the Cure

Nicole Chenet wants to spread the word – about breast cancer.

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B'ville fashionista opens Mod Squad Fashions

Fashion, function and fun – that is Paulette Peters’ mission. The Baldwinsville fashionista and owner of Mod Squad Fashion, LTD, is closing in on her first year as a business owner. It is also her first launch into fashion.

Timber Banks chosen as unofficial site for B'ville Y

According to two sources who wish to remain anonymous, an unofficial decision has been made in the site selection for the Northwest Family YMCA.

Officials discuss future closing of Route 370 bridge

Lysander officials discussed the Route 370 bridge repair during the Aug. 27 board meeting.

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Fresh start to school for B'ville students

PEACE has made many children smile. The county resource center held a back to school giveaway event last Saturday in Noble’s Plaza where PEACE, also known as County West Family Resource Center, is located.

Lysander hires secretary

Julie Nicolini has been appointed to the part-time position of secretary to the supervisor, a position that was recently scaled back from full-time. She will also continue working on a part-time basis as an assessment aide in the assessor’s office in Lysander. This makes her a full-time Lysander employee so she is eligible for benefits; her salary was set at $33,547.

FOIL, appeals officers become annual appointments

Lysander officials passed a local law allowing the town to appoint the FOIL officer and appeals officer on an annual basis. The former law, which named the clerk as the FOIL officer and the supervisor as the appeals officer, was outdated, officials said.

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Take a stroll for seniors in B'ville

Walk, Wheel or Wag for the Woods Saturday, Sept. 22

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New tanker pumper eases water shortage issues

Plainville Fire Department recently took delivery of its greatly needed new fire truck.

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Timber Tavern Bar & Grill offers country-themed full service facility

Jonah Dombroski has turned a nostalgic tavern into a new, country-themed hot spot.

Don’t miss the Golden Harvest Fest

It wouldn’t be fall in Baldwinsville without the sites, scents and sounds of Beaver Lake’s Golden Harvest Festival.

COLUMN: Whether driver, biker or pedestrian, pay attention to your surroundings

Everyday, millions get into their vehicles and drive to and from work, school and various other destinations. We turn on the radio, drink our coffee and take our eyes off the road for a split second to check on the children in our back seat.

Boards in brief: Public hearing rescheduled, demolition to take place

Van Buren officials have rescheduled a public hearing regarding an amendment to the property maintenance law, which would require owners of property zoned as industrial to maintain the land. The hearing will be held at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the town hall, corner of Van Buren and Ellsworth roads.

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Downer Street, Meigs Road under construction

Downer Street was closed to traffic early Monday morning as crews worked to remove old pavement along the stretch of road from Seneca Street to M&T Bank.

Clerk remains elected, highway position goes to voters

Lysander officials have dropped a motion to make the town clerk’s position an appointive rather than elective position.

LYSANDER NEWS: Secretary position changed to part-time

The Lysander Town Board recently cut costs by changing the status of a town position.

Friends of Van Buren Park officially forms

Van Buren Councilor Tony Saraceni announced that the Friends of Van Buren Park not-for-profit organization has officially formed. The purpose of the group is to increase awareness of Van Buren’s park, which he called “a beautiful asset.”

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Parade of lights planned for Seneca River

You’ve heard about Lights on the Lake. Now prepare for lights on the river, literally. In conjunction with Baldwinsville’s Oktoberfest, the Baldwinsville Optimist Club, Chamber of Commerce and Oktoberfest Committee have organized a Boat Parade of Lights fundraiser to be held after sunset on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Canton Woods prepares for new lot

Last spring, Canton Woods Senior Center lost use of 20-plus parking spots due to buckling pavement in its back lot. Eighteen months later, the center will finally receive a new lot, thanks to a $60,500 Community Development Grant, which the town of Van Buren applied for in the spring of 2011 and received this year.

COLUMN: Coffee with the Mayor

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski last Tuesday at Canton Woods Senior Center to chat about what’s new in the village. Last week’s discussion touched upon various topics brought up by residents visiting the center.

Van Buren sends voters to the polls, Lysander postpones referendum vote

Lysander alone in seeking change to town clerk position

Greater Baldwinsville residents turned out in high numbers to recent town board meetings. Both the towns of Van Buren and Lysander held public hearings Aug. 7 and Aug. 13, respectively, to listen to comments regarding a proposal to change elective positions to appointive.

Alumni Weekend: An evening with old friends

This Friday and Saturday marks the third annual Alumni Weekend in Baldwinsville.

Lysander sets ball in motion

In a 4-to-1 vote, the Lysander Town Board has scheduled public hearings to discuss changes in local laws affecting the highway superintendent and the town clerk. With the exception of Councilor Art Levy, who was the sole vote against the motion, officials seek to change the positions from elective to appointive, said Supervisor John Salisbury.

Counsel reports former supervisor signed fraudulent TDR document

Open market system should work

Scott Chatfield, a municipal and land use lawyer based in Central New York, gave a report on the status of Lysander’s Transfer of Development Rights program during the July 30 Lysander town board meeting. Chatfield was appointed as special counsel to handle TDR contracts and other materials earlier this summer by the Lysander Town Board.

Baldwinsville Boards in brief

At the July 3 village board meeting, Humphrey said those responsible for Tri County Mall plan to remove two of the structures at 197 Downer St. and may have an interested party for the third structure. The board suggested that the village continue the 28A process.

Lysander hires CPA firm

The Lysander Town Board recently hired Testone, Marshall & Discenza CPAs, an independent consulting firm, to examine internal financial reporting, which includes assessing current controls over financial reporting, compliance with laws and regulations, identifying areas for improvement and providing recommendations to implement best practices.

COLUMN: Community Policing in Baldwinsville

I had a candid conversation recently with Mayor Joe Saraceni and Chief of Police Michael Lefancheck.

B'ville residents question nuisance vehicle code

Baldwinsville’s nuisance vehicle law was a hot topic at the July 19 village board meeting.

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Busy Bee offers timeless fun this Sunday

Flora Johnson is in the business of entertainment.

Highway superintendent: From elective to appointed?

Both Lysander and Van Buren officials have had discussions about changing elected town positions to appointed positions, specifically that of the highway superintendent.

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B’ville man bikes for cancer patients of today and tomorrow

Chris Arnold marks a milestone this year as he participates in his 15th Pan-Mass Challenge. Held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5, the Pan-Mass Challenge is the nation’s pioneer charity bike-a-thon that raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country.

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Nice catch!

Luis Rivera, of Clay, displays a bullhead fish he caught while fishing off the Route 48 bridge going over the Seneca River in the village of Baldwinsville.

Dream Factory ‘kicks’ momentum into high gear

New non-profit to host first annual kickball tournament

The Dream Factory of Syracuse recently wrapped its first fundraiser, which raised nearly a $1,000 for the organization. Now volunteers are excitedly working with the Syracuse Sports Association on their next event – Kicks for Kids.

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Paper product collection on a roll among CNY churches

In February, Hillview Community Church issued a challenge to parishioners and churches throughout Central New York – take up a collection for toilet tissue and other personal hygiene paper products.

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Enjoy a delicious evening aboard the Emita II

This year’s library cruise will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

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Municipal codes officers work to clean up greater Baldwinsville

Gregg Humphrey has been busy “cleaning up” the village. As Village of Baldwinsville Code Enforcement Officer, Humphrey can be seen driving all around the village checking out nuisance properties and investigating residents’ concerns.

Boards in brief: Lysander hires special counsel

The Lysander Town Board has appointed Scott Chatfield, Esq. as special counsel to handle Transfer of Development Rights contracts and other materials.

Lysander bridge repair poses safety problems

Cold Spring residents will have limited access to home once work begins on the Route 370 bridge over the Seneca River.

Fire district consolidation approved

Van Buren’s Southeastern Fire Protection District has joined forces with Geddes’ Lakeside Fire District.

Lawsuit filed against Lysander

Don Power is suing the Town of Lysander.

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberries are ripe for the picking now at Hencle’s Berry Patch (Perry Road, Van Buren), Abbott Farms (Route 370, Cold Springs Peninsula), Hafners U-pick (West Genesee Road, Lysander), Hahn Farms (Dunham Road, Lysander) and Reeves Farms (Route 370, Lysander). Don’t fill up on strawberries because blueberry and raspberry seasons are just around the corner.

Highland Meadows coming to Lysander

Developers of the Highland Meadows subdivision received the go ahead from the Lysander Planning Board.

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Baker graduate lands television gigs

Last spring, David Peters flew to California on a fluke. After three trips in six months, Peters decided to pack his bags and make a permanent move to the West Coast.

Basketball camp offered this summer

The Baldwinsville Boys Basketball Booster Club will once again offer summer basketball camps.

Zumbathon for a Cure in B'ville

Walgreens will host a zumba event this Saturday to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

An enlightening journey – Thank you for what you taught me

Seventeen years ago, my daughter sat with my parents in the Solvay High School auditorium as I walked across stage to receive my diploma. This June, the cycle will come full circle as I watch her walk across the stage to get hers.

Fishing and fun for families this Saturday at Mercer Park

The Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce and the Baldwinsville Kiwanis are bringing a boatload of activities to Mercer Park this Saturday for families to enjoy.

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