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Honor and Remember Walk/Run to raise money for Cpl. Kyle Schneider Foundation

Kyle Schneider believed he had a duty to serve his country. “It’s my turn,” he told his mother, Lorie. So in 2008, the 2006 Baker High School graduate left Onondaga Community College to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. “[Kyle] wanted to serve something higher than himself,” said Lt. Col. John D. Harrill, Schneider’s battalion commander. “I remember talking to him in the barracks. He left community college because he didn’t feel like he was doing enough for the country he loved.”

Voters in North Syracuse okay budget

Residents in the North Syracuse Central School District voted in favor of the 2015-16 budget on May 19 by a margin of 2,037 to 726.

Liverpool voters approve budget

Voters in the Liverpool Central School District overwhelmingly approved the 2015-16 budget May 19, with 1,230 voting in favor and 449 against.

Baldwinsville voters approve budget

Voters in the Baldwinsville Central School District overwhelmingly approved the 2015-16 budget May 19, with 873 voting in favor and 247 against.

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Golf tournament to raise money for scholarship in memory of beloved teacher

Jennifer Miles had a lot of memorable qualities, but the one that stands out the most to her fellow teachers at McNamara Elementary is her smile. “It was contagious,” recalled fifth-grade teacher Luke Smith. “I’ll always remember it.”

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More than just baby blues

As many as 20 percent of pregnant women women are affected by perinatal depression

In an attempt to raise awareness about PPD, Crouse’s Spirit of Women program, which is led by Kowaleski, is hosting the Climb with Crouse from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 24, on the 2K Serengeti Trail at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville.

CORRECTION: BOE election is May 19

In this week's coverage of the school board and budget elections, we incorrectly listed the date of the vote as Tuesday, May 16. The correct date is Tuesday, May 19. We apologize for the error.

BOCES students compete in statewide auto repair competition

On May 7 and 8, two local OCM-BOCES students headed to Morrisville to test their car repair skills. Tyler Farley of Liverpool and Izack Alvarado of Mattydale were among 20 students statewide to participate in the state finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition at Morrisville State College. Working in teams of two, the students competed in a timed-contest against nine other teams from around the state to correctly identify and fix intentionally installed “bugs” on identical 2015 Ford Fiestas.

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Honoring Nora

About 150 people attended a vigil held Saturday, May 9, in honor of 2-year-old Nora Lamirande, who was killed in a fire that destroyed her home at 25 Naylor Circle in Van Buren on May 3.

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C-NS grad will speak at OCC graduation

Dewayne Garner, Jr., believes it’s important to have a dream — and to take the necessary steps to achieve that dream.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Jessica Ryan

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week is Jessica Ryan, a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Student Government and LHS DECA. She is on the crew, soccer and cheerleading teams.

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LPL asks for 1.5 percent tax increase

The Liverpool Public Library is looking for a 1.547 percent increase in the tax levy to support its 2015-16 budget.

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Nicotra to seek fifth term as Salina supervisor

Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra has announced that he will be running again. Nicotra announced last week that he will be seeking a fifth term as town supervisor. He first won the seat in 2007, taking office in January of 2008.

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LHS Senior of the Week: M. Alex Hung

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week is a varsity athlete with a talent for academics and a sense of humor.

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BPL voters approve budget

Voters in the Baldwinsville Central School District overwhelmingly approved the Baldwinsville Public Library’s budget Thursday, April 23.

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LCSD budget calls for 1.79 percent tax increase

Taxpayers in the Liverpool Central School District will see a 1.79 percent tax increase, according to the 2015-16 budget the district will send to a vote on May 19.

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North Syracuse seeks 2.03 percent tax increase

Residents in the North Syracuse Central School District are looking at a 2.03 percent tax increase for the 2015-16 school year.

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B’ville schools seek 1.82 percent tax increase

Residents in the Baldwinsville Central School District will be asked to pay an extra 1.82 percent in school taxes for the 2015-16 school year, according to the proposed budget presented April 13.

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Venesky will seek supervisor’s seat

Cicero Town Councilor Mark Venesky has announced his intention to seek the supervisor’s seat in the upcoming town elections in November. Venesky announced his candidacy April 13 at the Brewerton waterfront.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Leanne Costello

Leanne Costello might be just a senior in high school, but she’s already making her mark on the world.

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Emily Margaret Hall born Feb. 27

Brian and Sarah Hall of Clay would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Margaret Hall, born Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Crouse Hospital.

LHS Senior of the Week: Tyler Popp

Tyler Popp is making the most of his high school career.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Madeline Murphy

Liverpool High School's Senior of the Week is Madeline Murphy, an avid swimmer and accomplished athlete.

LHS Senior of the Week: Alex Moore

Liverpool High School Senior of the Week Alex Moore is a member of the National Honor Society and Model United Nations.

Baker Key Club raising money for Make-A-Wish

Students at Charles W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville need your help to make a sick child’s wish come true.

Cicero drama continues

Town board member’s father files petition to remove Zambrano as town supervisor

Two months after the town’s Board of Ethics determined that Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s romantic relationship constituted a conflict of interest, a resident of the town of Cicero has filed a petition requesting her removal.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Matthew Sala

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week is Matthew Sala. Matthew is an accomplished athlete, having played varsity football for three years, including acting as captain during the team’s undefeated 2014 regular season, and varsity lacrosse for three years.

LCSD reveals new redistricting plan

The Liverpool Central School District has significantly scaled back its redistricting plan, according to a information provided to the board of education at its meeting Monday, Feb. 9. Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Steve Garraffo gave a presentation outlining Scenario 12B, which outlines the streets to be impacted by the redistricting plan. While the original Scenario 12 affected close to 500 students, the new Scenario 12B impacts about 200.

Meyer named Cicero deputy supervisor

Former Third District Onondaga County Legislator Bill Meyer has been named deputy supervisor of the town of Cicero. Supervisor Jessica Zambrano made the announcement Friday via a Facebook post on the town’s page.

Williams Beach won't open in 2015

The only town-run beach in the town of Cicero won’t open this summer, according to Parks and Recreation Director Jody Rodgers. In a release sent Friday, Rodgers said the beach at Joseph F. William Memorial Park on Lakeshore Road will not be open for swimming in the summer of 2015.

LHS student arrested after fight

A Liverpool High School student has been arrested after assaulting another student Thursday morning, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department.

Elementary redistricting meeting rescheduled

The Liverpool Central School District has rescheduled an informational meeting on its redistricting proposal. The meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 22, was postponed in order for the district to better analyze data from 2014. The meeting will now take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the cafeteria of the Liverpool High School Annex.

Educational advocacy groups to host forums on school funding

Our schools are losing money every year — and New York state is taking it from them.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Katie Bradley

Katie Bradley is a member of the LHS Symphonic Band, where she plays flute. She also plays for the All-County Band and her church.

Helping to spay and neuter Syracuse

AAGS raises enough to start construction on low-cost clinic

The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse has met its fundraising goal and can now proceed with the construction of a high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

LCSD reexamines redistricting plan

2014 data prompts cancellation of meeting, possible tweaks to plan

Liverpool Central School District officials have cancelled a meeting to advise district residents on its redistricting proposal, pending possible tweaks to the plan. The meeting, which was scheduled to have taken place Thursday, Jan. 22, will be rescheduled, but a date has not yet been set.

Burtis appointed to legislature seat

Cicero deputy supervisor will take over for Corl

Cicero Deputy Supervisor Tim Burtis has been selected to replace Jim Corl as the Onondaga County Third District legislator.

Take Your Child to the Library Day is Feb. 7

Want to give your child a lifetime of wisdom, adventure and pleasure? Acquaint them with their local library. That’s the idea behind Take Your Child to the Library Day, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 7. This year marks the fourth such celebration and the second in which the Baldwinsville Public Library is participating.

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Pajamarama party

Paige’s Butterfly Run asks schools, businesses to wear PJs to help kids with cancer

One of the perks of being sick as a child is getting to curl up on the couch in your pajamas for a day of rest and bad television. But when all you ever get to wear is pajamas and you live under a cloud of doubt about your future and your prognosis — like if you’re facing pediatric cancer — the idea of the simple wardrobe loses a lot of its luster. To support those kids at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancers and Blood Disorders, Paige’s Butterfly Run is asking community members to wear their pajamas in honor of the kids that have to do so.

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‘A real gentleman’

Former Brown Newspapers owner Dick Manville died Jan. 1

Longtime Baldwinsville resident and former Messenger publisher Richard Manville died Jan. 1. He was 88.

2014: The year that was

2014: The year that was

What were the biggest stories of the last year? Here are a few of our top picks:

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2014: The year that was

Your community’s top stories from the last 12 months

What were the biggest stories of the last year? We’ve narrowed it down to these 10 picks, in chronological order:

LHS Senior of the Week: Penelope Lane

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week aspires to a career on the music scene.

LCSD again asks state to eliminate GEA

Cuts have cost district more than $43 million

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education is once again asking New York state to eliminate a damaging funding stream that has hurt its finances.

Top cop retires

Walsh leaves office after 20 years as sheriff

Kevin Walsh always wanted to be a police officer. “I always wanted to be a cop, from the time I was very young,” the retiring Onondaga County Sheriff said. “Sarto Major, who was the sheriff from the late 1950s to the early ‘60s, went to the same church I went to in Skaneateles. My father and he were friends. I used to see him from time to time going out on some sort of an emergency, and that kind of engendered a desire to be involved.” But that doesn’t mean he always wanted the sheriff’s position. “It probably wasn’t until my later years [that I wanted that position],” he said. “The opportunities were there and the timing was right.”

Corl leaving legislature

Third district representative taking job in Onondaga County Family Court

Onondaga County Legislator Jim Corl has announced he is stepping down from his seat. Corl, who represents the third district, which includes the town of Cicero and portions of the town of Manlius, will be taking a position as principal court attorney for Onondaga County Family Court Judge Michael Hanuszczak.

EXCLUSIVE: Ethics committee: Zambrano’s relationship constitutes a conflict of interest

An ethics committee in the town of Cicero has determined that the supervisor’s relationship with an employee of the former engineering firm employed by the town does constitute a conflict of interest, according to a decision issued by the committee last week.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Rachel Kline

An avid lacrosse player and active community volunteer, Rachel Kline is this week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week.

Salina to receive $5 million loan

EFC approves credit for landfill closure project

The town of Salina will receive a $5 million short-term loan to continue the effort to close the town’s landfill.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Cicero

Town hosts second annual house decorating contest

Residents of the town of Cicero are getting a chance to show off their brightest lights and cheeriest holiday decorations. The town’s Youth Bureau, Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its second annual Holiday Decorating Contest from now through Dec. 14. The contest officially kicked off Nov. 14.

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