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On the campaign trail: Salina campaign finance filings unremarkable

All Salina Town Board candidates are running unopposed this year, making for some pretty unremarkable campaign finance filings.

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On the campaign trail: Sharon to run for 128th Assembly Seat

John Sharon is hoping the fourth time’s the charm. Sharon, an attorney from DeWitt, has announced that he will once again be seeking the 128th Assembly seat this November. The seat was vacated in June when Assemblyman Sam Robert was appointed as commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

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Heading back to school

What’s new in your district?

Next week, kids across Central New York will be boarding the bus and heading back to school. In Liverpool and North Syracuse, they’ll find some new teachers, new administrators and new friends, as well as new classroom materials and more. What else is new in your child’s school? Read on to find out.

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In Katrina’s wake

Ten years after storm, OSC is still rebuilding lives

Out of that determination, Operation Southern Comfort (OSC) was born. The group became a mission of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Liverpool, which affords it nonprofit status and the ability to get tax-deductible contributions and administrative support. Since that first trip, OSC has made more than 40 trips to the Gulf Coast. All trips are funded by traveler contributions; each volunteer is asked to pay $280 for their own expenses, room and board. Local contributions pay for construction materials. Volunteers have worked on personal homes, churches, community facilities and public parks. OSC participants have also planted trees in the area in an effort to lessen the impact of any future storms.

LBE Playground Community Build postponed

Long Branch Elementary has had to postpone its Community Playground Build. The volunteer event, originally scheduled for Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29, has been postponed because the site contractor is in the hospital.

On the campaign trail: Clay campaign accounts show little activity

The Clay Republican Committee’s most recent campaign finance report doesn’t show much in the way of activity, but it’s no surprise, since the Republicans haven’t had a slate of opponents for the town board since 2007.

A walk for justice

Inaugural event raises funds for low-cost legal services

Too often, people who can’t afford a lawyer don’t get their needs met in the legal system. Fortunately, there are resources out there that can help. In Syracuse, people below a certain income threshold who need an attorney for any reason, be it for a civil or a criminal matter, can turn to either the Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society or the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County.

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LBE seeks volunteers to help build playground

Long Branch Elementary will soon have a new playground, and it’s going to be a true community effort. Volunteers will build the new playground structure Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29. The school’s PTCO is looking for community members to help with the effort.

Cicero candidates disclose campaign finances

With election season gearing up, candidates for office in the town of Cicero have disclosed their financials to the state.

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BCSD investigating possible bus garage

Residents concerned about loss of green space

The Baldwinsville Central School District is investigating the possibility of building a new bus garage to replace its existing 70-year-old structure.

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Second annual Victory for Vets event to benefit Clear Path for Veterans

Last summer, Heather Graham and Rick Carlesco thought they’d host a simple barbecue to thank their clients and maybe raise a little money for a local charity along the way. Instead, they ended up establishing a nonprofit that will ultimately help Central New York’s veterans for years to come.

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LHS Senior of the Week: David Sill

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week is an accomplished Special Olympian, having competed in the games for the last 12 years.

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Board president could win $10,000 for NAMOW

North Area Meals on Wheels Board of Trustees President Bob Graves is in the running to win $10,000 for the organization.

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It's Macker time

Basketball tournament is this weekend at C-NS

This weekend, athletes nationwide will descend upon Cicero-North Syracuse High School for the sixth annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. The tournament, which moved to the high school this year from Drivers Village, will take place from Friday, Aug. 7, to Sunday, Aug. 9.

Legislature approves funding for Brewerton Revitalization Project

Onondaga County Third District Legislator Tim Burtis announced last week that the county has approved additional funding for the Brewerton Revitalization Project. Burtis (R-Cicero) announced Wednesday, July 22, that the legislature had approved an additional $45,000 in funding for the Bennett Street and Riverfront Park design that makes up the bulk of Cicero’s efforts in revitalizing the hamlet in the northern part of the town.

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CFD moves forward with new station

Grants from FEMA, Stirpe help fund construction

After several attempts, the Cicero Fire Department will finally be getting a new station. The department started demolition last week on a vacant house and garage on property it owns at 8387 to 8391 Brewerton Road. Next they’ll begin clearing trees in preparation to break ground on construction for a new Station No. 1, which is expected to take place some time next week.

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Stretching your grocery dollars

Food Bank of CNY’s Food $en$e program offers grocery packages for $15.50

Linda Davis and her husband don’t get out much. “If Phoenix and Baldwinsville fell off the map, I’d be gone,” Davis said. “I really don’t leave the area.” The couple is also on a fixed income. That’s why, for the last 20 years, they’ve taken advantage of the Food Bank of Central New York’s Food $en$e program, a monthly food distribution program for individuals and families who want help stretching their monthly food budget, like the Davises. Once a month, people who want to participate sign up at the host site near their home, pre-paying $15.50 in cash or food stamps for the food package. Later in the month, when the food package is ready to be picked up, the customers return to the same site for their delivery.

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Alexa’s Friends Run supports pediatric cancer patients

Race to benefit Alexa’s Friends Fund at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Alexa Bolton knows how important a soft, fluffy towel can be.

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Going gold for Griffin

Griffin’s Guardians to host inaugural Gold Tie Gala Sept. 18

Griffin Engle could often be found throwing his hands up in the air, looking at the sky, calling out, “It’s a great day to be alive!”

Cicero PD completes investigation into leaked ethics docs

Identity of individual who sent committee’s decision to press unknown

The Cicero Police Department has run into a dead end in its investigation into who leaked to the press the advisory opinion of the Cicero Ethics Board calling Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s relationship with the town engineer a conflict of interest.

Canton Woods needs donations from community

The Canton Woods Senior Center is in need of donations in order to continue to provide the same services to its participants. Van Buren Town Councilor Howard Tupper told the board and those in attendance at the July 7 board meeting that the center needs help from the community to continue operations.

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Body of Joshua Koegel pulled from river Monday

Around 9:12 a.m. Monday, July 13, members of the Seneca River Fire Department’s Water Rescue Unit recovered a body later identified as 36-year-old Joshua Koegel of Baldwinsville from the river near the Onondaga County Sewage Treatment Plant off Barbara Lane in the town of Lysander.

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Sheriffs, fire departments seek possible drowning victim in Seneca River

Saturday dawned warm and sunny, with news of another tragedy on the Seneca River. The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office reported that a man, who remains unidentified, went missing early Saturday, July 11, near Lions Park in the town of Van Buren in the river. Deputies, along with representatives from the Baldwinsville Fire Department, are actively searching the water for the man.

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Kickin’ it

Dream Factory of Syracuse to host annual kickball tournament fundraiser

To help make a dream come true for a chronically ill child, all you have to do is play a game of kickball. The Dream Factory of Syracuse is hosting its fourth annual Kicks for Kids Kickball Tournament Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Syracuse Kickball Park on Oswego Road in Liverpool. The co-ed tournament, which begins at 10 a.m., lasts all day and features food, games and live entertainment (donated by RMD Premier DJ Ryno), as well as raffles, a silent auction, a dunk tank and a bounce house for kids.

Roberts appointed to state position

BOE announces vacancy in the 128th

Sam Roberts is no longer the assemblyman for the 128th district.

ATMs for Good benefit local nonprofits

Many people balk at the idea of paying a hefty surcharge at the ATM. But what if a portion of that surcharge went to a good cause? That’s the idea behind ATMs for Good, a project of Syracuse ATM. Kathryn Bolster, who owns Syracuse ATM, said she thought of the program as a way to bring more meaning to her work.

Roberts appointed to state position

BOE announces vacancy in the 128th

Sam Roberts is no longer the assemblyman for the 128th district. Roberts, who was first elected to the seat in 2010, was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. He was confirmed by the state senate last week just before the end of the state legislative session.

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Good things come to those who wait

The Patience Project seeks homes for longtime shelter dogs

No one had even looked at Duke for more than a year. The 3-year-old Rottweiler-shepherd mix had sat in the kennels at CNY Veterinary Services in Clay since he was 6 months old. His chances for adoption looked grim. Then Duke’s photo was featured on Facebook on a page dedicated to dogs like him who have spent months or even years in shelters. The Patience Project’s picture was shared on one page after another and ultimately made its way to Gerry Ioannone in Rochester.

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Marooned on Lock 24

Canal closure keeps boaters in B’ville

There are worse places to be stranded than the village of Baldwinsville. But to be stuck in the village without a car or a place to pump out your boat for a period bordering on two weeks is a bit much, according to a group of boaters who are biding their time until the New York State Canal System re-opens. “If we’re stranded, this is where I would pick to be stranded,” said Ralph Azersky, a Binghamton native who now calls New Bern, North Carolina, home.

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Macker on the move

Annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament to relocate to C-NS

After five years at Drivers Village, the annual Cicero Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will move to Cicero-North Syracuse High School this summer.

North Syracuse mayoral race too close to call; trustee seats go to Democrats

The mayoral race between former North Syracuse village trustees Gary Butterfield and Chuck Henry was too close to call on Election Night. Just 10 votes separated the two candidates after the polls closed at 9 p.m. June 16, with Republican Butterfield pulling in 274 votes and Henry, a Democrat, at 264. Village Clerk Dianne Kufel said 49 applications were filed for absentee ballots. Those votes will likely have to be counted before a winner can be declared.

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Kayakers presumed dead in Seneca River accident

The typical levity of Seneca River Day was marred Saturday by a kayak accident a quarter of a mile from the festivities. Two kayakers, who remained unidentified at press time, were fishing on the river on the west side of the bridge around 11 a.m. June 13 when one of the kayaks hit the dam. The hydraulic current caused the boat to capsize, and the man went under the water. The second kayaker paddled over to assist the first, but he, too, was caught in the river’s strong current and capsized.

Salina officials may move to former CDM building

The town of Salina is exploring the possibility of moving its operations to the former CDM Smith building.

Relay for the cure

Liverpool Relay for Life moves to high school this year

When you think about the American Cancer Society, you might not think of people walking around a track. But maybe you should.

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Republicans announce candidacy for village seats

Gary Butterfield has announced his candidacy as mayor of the village of North Syracuse. Butterfield has served as a village trustee since 2005. Running on the same ticket are current Trustee Paul Linnertz, who is seeking to retain his seat, and Jack Gaiser, who seeks the other open trustee position. All three are Republicans.

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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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