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Tami Scott

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FACES: Meet Bill Lester, Town of Lysander planning board member, retired engineer

Family Peg and I are truly blessed to have four grown children and 11 grandchildren. Residence We love our Radisson home on Whisper Ridge Pond.

Lock Street project original plans change

The Baldwinsville Village Board was prepared to award its lowest bidder, Economy Paving, work on Lock Street roads, but instead rejected the resolution after hearing updates on where the project stands.

Lysander parks and rec director retires

Parks and Recreation Director Ann Smiley has officially retired after 23 years in Lysander. The Lysander Town Board accepted her resignation at its July 14 regular meeting.

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Meet Sharon Reiser, executive director, GBCC

Eight years ago this month I relocated to Lysander from suburban Philadelphia, Penn., where I now live with my two sons (Christopher and Daniel), my fur-son (Jack), and husband (Scott).

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Share your air

There’s still time to host a ‘Fresh Air’ child this summer

For three summers in a row, Baldwinsville residents Mike and Janelle Ancillotti have shared their home with 13-year-old Jahvon Richards, a New York City native who hails from the Bronx. They met through the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency that matches host families across 13 states with NYC children from low-income communities, to provide free summer experiences away from the hustle and bustle of urban city life.

Northwest, Lakeside fire districts to hold informational meetings on propositions for August vote

The Northwest Fire District, comprised of the Baldwinsville and Lysander fire departments, is holding an informational meeting next week to discuss two propositions that residents will vote on in August.

Police alert residents to lock cars

The Village of Baldwinsville Police Department has reported that there have been recent overnight auto break ins on the south side of the village. In both occurrences, the vehicles were unlocked.

Van Buren: Sidewalk talk

Sidewalk construction is on the horizon for the town of Van Buren. The town board at its July 1 meeting authorized Supervisor Claude Sykes to carry out an intermunicipal agreement with Onondaga County where the county will provide the town $105,000 via a financial assistance grant towards highway-related projects, which includes sidewalks. The primary project for the town will be adding sidewalks on Downer Street.

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Van Buren’s Zaccaria to challenge Magnarelli

Rick Zaccaria, a career businessman and political newcomer, is challenging incumbent Assemblyman William Magnarelli (D-129) for his seat in the upcoming fall elections. A Syracuse native who has made Van Buren his home for the last 19 years, Zaccaria is confident his platform on taxes, jobs and welfare reform resonates with the public.

June 21 concert on Paper Mill Island proves to be a nuisance to neighbors

The first day of summer began with a loud bang for some residents of the village of Baldwinsville.

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Wanted: PAC-B TV volunteers

Longtime volunteer Bob Edgett shares his experience

Bob Edgett has been a volunteer for PAC-B TV since 2004. He came on board as an instructor, teaching a class on how to convert video from analog to digital. “I did start out holding a few classes and the theory at that time was I would take care of the technical part,” said Edgett, a former IBM employee.

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Meet Gregg Humphrey, village codes enforcer

Residence: I currently live in the village of Baldwinsville. I am originally from Florida and after going to college, and living in Nashville, Tenn. for about seven years, my former wife and I moved to the Camillus area one week prior to the Labor Day storm in 1998. It was not exactly a warm welcome to central New York, but we aren’t really known for our warmth are we? To answer the obvious question: She is from Syracuse and all of her family is here.

Coffee with the mayor

The first few months

“Is being mayor what you expected it to be so far?” That’s the first question I asked Richard “Dick” Clarke, Baldwinsville’s new mayor elected in March. “It’s different,” he said, adding it’s been busier than he expected. With that said, Mayor Clarke is enjoying his new role.

Board acknowledges lacrosse coach with proclamation, B’ville to be featured in Finger Lakes magazine

The Baldwinsville Village Board met June 19 to discuss and act on various items. The following is a summary of what took place.

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B’ville’s Boy Scouts Troop 80 celebrates 90 years

What did the late Theodore Durgee and Charles Baker have in common besides both having local schools named after them? They were affiliated with Baldwinsville’s Boy Scouts Troop 80. Durgee was a Scoutmaster in 1933 and Baker was a committee chair in 1941.

Find out ‘How To’ at June 26 library festival

Want to learn how to save money? Energy? How about how to relieve stress? Maybe you want to learn how to make better food choices or gain flexibility and balance. All these topics and more will be addressed at Baldwinsville

Lysander supervisor addresses accusations

In response to town clerk Lisa Dell’s accusations made at the May 19 town board meeting, Supervisor John Salisbury addressed in detail the sequence of events leading up to the proposed boys’ group home to be built on Doyle Road, as well as the April 24 meeting Dell claimed was illegal.

Fighting heroin

And other opioid addictions

For Baldwinsville native Micah Wood, 20, the need to get clean finally became evident when he sat in a jail cell for the first time. He had been using heroin, among other drugs, for about a year and half at that point, and on Nov. 23, while high and without remembering, he was arrested for criminal mischief, resisting arrest and assault and held at the Onondaga County Justice Center.

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 7

One of the best parts about living in Central New York is the many outdoor amenities we have right at our fingertips. From the uncomplicated footpaths at Baldwinsville’s Beaver Lake Nature Center to the challenging hikes that Homer’s Spafford Forest offers, Onondaga County alone presents an array of scenic venues for all ages and fitness levels.

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Hope to hold Remembrance 8k Run/3k Walk this Sunday

When Donald and Susan Reason joined other walkers in Hope for Bereaved’s annual event last year, only five months had passed since their youngest child, Benjamin, 22, had died. About 50 friends and family members gathered to walk in his memory.

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Girl Scouts Junior Troop 10043 earns Bronze Service Award

Girl Scouts Junior Troop 10043, ages 10 and 11, earned their Bronze Service Award May 3 by hosting a free Spring Fever Family Fun Day for local lower-income families at the CNY Family Sports Centre.

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Historian takes on town of Van Buren

How does a math and science college major and retired school nurse/teacher become a town historian? The link is genealogy. “History was not my big subject,” said Marilyn Breakey, 74. “But in the late 1970s, I got into genealogy and I thought ‘that looks like fun.’ Well ‘that looks like fun’ turned into a 45-year career!”

Town of Van Buren to hold special election June 3

The town of Van Buren is holding a special election to discontinue the town’s sponsorship of the Baldwinsille Volunteer Fire Department’s Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP), a retirement plan for firefighters. All registered voters in the town are eligible to vote.

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Great Seneca River Duck Race tickets on sale now

Also seeking ‘Anything That Floats’ contestants

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville’s 20th annual Seneca River Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat

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St. Mary’s Church to offer Sunday evening mass

Come June 8, parishioners of St. Mary’s Church in Baldwinsville can expect a change in the weekend mass schedule. A 5 p.m. mass on Sunday will replace the late morning 11:45 a.m. mass. Only two other Roman Catholic churches in the area offer an early evening service: Holy Family in Fairmount has one at 4:30 p.m., and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Syracuse holds one at 5:10 p.m.

Lysander Town Board: Every minute counts

The Lysander Town Board voted down a resolution to approve the April 28 meeting minutes after a contentious debate between board members and the town clerk during its May 19 meeting. Councilor Robert Geraci addressed concerns over unapproved meeting minutes after that specific action on the agenda was skipped.

Van Buren Town Board talks second Alpine Challenge, milling in Seneca Knolls, other current events

The Van Buren Town Board met on May 20 to discuss and act on the following issues:

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Hooked, but hopeful

B’ville, L’pool residents cope, struggle with heroin addiction

After a decade of dealing with drugs, drug addiction and seeking help via numerous rehab clinics, Baldwinsville native Micah Wood finally decided to get clean. “This is the first time I’ve been sober completely from everything for six months since I was like 10 years old,” the 20-year-old said in a recent phone interview with the Messenger. “It’s been a struggle for a while now.”

B’ville residents approve school budget, elect four new board members

Baldwinsville voters on May 20 approved the $96,887,219 school budget for the 2014-15 school year. The tax levy increase is 2.87 percent, or $1,448,458, which is an increase of approximately $67.13 for a $100,000 assessed property value.

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Paige’s Butterfly Run set for June 7

For the 17th consecutive year, Paige’s Butterfly Run will take place on Saturday, June 7, in downtown Syracuse. The event began in 1997, three years after Paige Yeomans Arnold, 8, a student at Palmer Elementary School, died from chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). CML is a disease in which the bone marrow makes too many white blood cells. It usually occurs during or after middle age and rarely occurs in children.

Lysander Town Board won’t challenge establishment of boys’ group home

The Lysander Town Board at its May 5 meeting picked up a tabled resolution from the week before regarding a proposed boys’ group home to be built on Doyle Road. The board voted 4-1 against writing a letter to New York state representatives to reconsider the protocol of announcing the establishment of community group homes. Councilor Roman Diamond voted in favor.

Save the date: First annual Spring FESTravaganza set for May 18

Now that the warmer weather is back, outside events are becoming popular again.

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B'ville resident announces plans to run for sheriff

On March 1, the Onondaga County Republican Party chose DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway as its designated candidate for county sheriff in the November elections. Subsequently, Conway’s Republican opponent, John Balloni, chief deputy to Sheriff Kevin Walsh, decided not to challenge him in a primary. But it looks like there may still be a primary after all.

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Safe in the suburbs?

How and why heroin is on the rise, affecting all ages, all communities

Thirty-four stories on heroin-related incidents have made local news headlines on Syracuse.com alone since 2010. Occurrences are on the rise; this year’s article count is already at 14. Heroin has made a comeback.

Coffee with the Van Buren supervisor

Supervisor Claude Sykes and Messenger Editor Tami Scott recently met at the B’ville Diner to talk about the goings-on in the town of Van Buren. Though Sykes said it’s been a slow year so far, a few topics made it to the table.

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Save the date: First annual Spring FESTravaganza set for May 18

Now that the warmer weather is back, outside events are becoming popular again. One of the first to make its debut this year is the Spring FESTravaganza, a close cousin to last year’s successful Fall FESTravaganza, which drew approximately 3,000 people.

Update: Suspicious driver turns out to be another student

The suspicious event that occurred April 29 outside Durgee Jr. High School in the Baldwinsville Central School District turned out to be nothing more than a high school student asking a fellow peer if he wanted a ride home.

SCOTTLAND: My journey to becoming a mom

It’s 6:30 a.m. Aside from the clicking sound my keyboard makes when I type, the house is quiet. A different quiet than it was just a half a year ago. Then, it was just my husband and me. Now, there are four of us. Our son, who is 6, and our daughter, 12, have another hour of sleep before they have to wake up for school. The morning will become brighter.

B'ville residents pass library budget

Baldwinsville residents on May 1 approved a $1,548,000 tax levy for the Baldwinsville Public Library for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Out of 268 people, 249 voted yes and 25 no.

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Residents angry with town board, proposed project

More than 75 people turned out last week for what became a heated informational meeting that the Lysander Town Board held to learn more about a community residence expected to be built on 3494 Doyle Road. Its program serves boys ages 7 to 13 who experience severe mental health and or behavioral issues.

Man charged after trooper smells burnt marijuana inside car

New York State Police arrested and charged Kevin Q. Hobbs Sr., 36 of Newark, with fourth degree criminal possession of marijuana, second degree aggravated unlicensed operation and traffic infractions.

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Connecticut man charged in fatal hit and run

Onondaga County sheriff deputies have arrested a Connecticut man in connection with the fatal hit and run over the weekend in the town of Salina. Chiragkumar Patel, 28, of Southington, Conn. was charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting (death), a class D felony.

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Funeral arrangements made for B'ville teacher

Funeral arrangements have been made for 33-year-old Jennifer Miles, a fourth grade teacher at McNamara Elementary School in the Baldwinsville Central School District, who was killed April 24 in an accident on I-690 when a wheel fell off a boat trailer and struck her car.

McNamara fourth grade teacher killed in I-690 accident

A beloved Baldwinsville teacher was killed April 24 in a freak accident that occurred on I-690, just a couple hundred feet from the Jones Road exit in Van Buren.

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Kiwanis Club reels in young anglers

The Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club held its annual catch and release fishing derby over this past weekend. Approximately 60 people bundled up to participate on the chilly Saturday morning, but only one fish was caught — by hand. A Baldwinsville resident was able to catch a feisty two-inch crappie (of the sunfish family) from the waters off Mercer Park.

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PAC-B TV worth supporting

Board chair Andy Dryden talks about its services, importance to the community

Former Baldwinsville mayor Andy Dryden has been involved with PAC-B TV for almost a decade. As mayor, he said it was one organization he made sure to support.

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B’ville resident announces plans to run for sheriff

On March 1, the Onondaga County Republican Party chose DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway as its designated candidate for county sheriff in the November elections. Subsequently, Conway’s Republican opponent, John Balloni, chief deputy to Sheriff Kevin Walsh, decided not to challenge him in a primary. But it looks like there may still be a primary after all. Baldwinsville resident and Republican John “Jack” Garafalo announced last week that he, too, will seek to run for sheriff. Garafalo, a retired Pennsylvania state drug agent

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Author’s novel set in Baldwinsville

Baldwinsville native Peter Berry almost failed English class but fell in love with printing while attending C.W. Baker High School in the ‘70s. At one point, he considered working for the Messenger, but instead took a job running a printing press at a Syracuse-based accounting firm.

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WCNY-FM offers special radio service for blind and visually impaired

For more than three decades, WCNY-FM has been serving the blind and visually-impaired residents of Central New York with a special radio service called READ-OUT.

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Local artist blooms in Baldwinsville

When you walk into Baldwinsville’s Canal Walk Cafe, you’re surrounded by the talents of local artists in a variety of media: culinary, crafting and paintings just to name a few. What you may not know is that one of those artists responsible for the eclectic and eye-catching decor is also involved in dishing up your palate’s preference. Meet your server, Jackie Colello, a gifted painter whose passion involves another kind of palette: color.

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