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Tami Scott

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LETTER: Thanks for tree lighting support

To the editor: The Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the businesses and people who contributed in making the Dec. 6 annual tree lighting a success.

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A ‘Frozen’ hayride

Chengerians to feature ‘Where’s Olaf’ adventure for 40th anniversary

Chengerians in Fulton is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year by bringing back what customers have missed for 10 years: hayrides. “I asked [my customers], ‘What do you want from me this year?’ They all said, ‘Bring your hayrides back!’’” said owner Bob Chengerian. “So I approached [Terri Eggert] to bring them back ...”

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2014 Syracuse Ride for Missing Children set

There’s still time to register online

More than 125 cyclists are on board for this year’s Syracuse Ride for Missing Children, sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), to be held on Friday, Sept. 26. It begins and ends at the CNY Family Sports Center on Jones Road in the town of Van Buren.

Former B'ville superintendent Jeanne Dangle dies

Former Baldwinsville superintendent Jeanne Dangle, 59, died Aug. 29 after a long battle with cancer. Dangle, who served as superintendent for 11 years, announced in October that she would retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year, a year before her contract expired. Her last day was July 1.

Van Buren Town Board in brief

The Van Buren Town Board met Aug. 19 for a brief session to discuss and act on the following items.  The Seneca Knolls year seven drainage project was awarded to Liverpool-based JJ Lane in the amount of $181,777. The board received bids that ranged from JJ Lane’s base bid up to $286,450.

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Library director ‘takes the cake’ in culinary competitions

Meg Van Patten makes a mean cake. She has proven so time and time again, not just with family and friends, but by winning year after year in culinary competitions at the Great New York State Fair. The Baldwinsville Public Library director boasts more than 50 ribbons ranging from Honorable Mention to First Place.

Lysander supervisor gives town update

Messenger Editor Tami Scott recently met with Lysander Supervisor John Salisbury and Deputy Supervisor Melinda Shimer to talk about current events within the town. The following questions focus on such projects as the sale of the Lysander Ice Rink, an upcoming truck purchase in the highway department and the next step in the construction of a community residence for boys on Doyle Road.

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Patriot Guard Riders remember friend in 60-mile tribute bike run

Forty-nine bikes with 93 Patriot Guard Riders toured the village streets of Baldwinsville Aug. 9 during a 60-mile memorial bike run for their friend, Douglas Michael West (known as Mike/Mohawk). West died last year on May 29 in a bike accident. Saturday would have been his 60th birthday.

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PAC-B offers volunteers a chance to widen their circles

Longtime volunteer Joe Loffredo shares his experience with the public access channel

Joe Loffredo is a man of action. Sixteen years ago, when the newly-retired teacher realized Baldwinsville's public access channel wasn't broadcasting the school district's board of education meetings, he took matters into his own hands. "I saw the Lysander, Van Buren and village [meetings] but no board of education," he said. "So I called up Norma Goodman and I said, 'Where's the BOE?' and she said there's nobody there to do it. I said, 'Okay, I'll do it.'"

There is truth to what 'they' say

So they say that after you adopt, you're sure to become pregnant. Well, there's truth to that particular adage, though I didn't think it spoke to me. I was wrong ...

Voters oppose building new fire station

Voters turned down an opportunity to build a new fire station on Tuesday. The Lakeside Fire District, which includes Seneca Knolls and the southern part of Van Buren, proposed spending no more than $6.2 million to demolish the current station and replace it with a new facility at its current location, 1002 State Fair Blvd.

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FACES: Meet Andy Derby, chief lock operator, Lock E-24

Residence: Cato Occupation: Chief lock operator Lock E-24 for five years.

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Dave Capucilli Memorial Golf Tournament to be held Sept. 7

"Everyone else matters." Matt Capucilli had a dream that his late brother David said this to him. The dream came just hours after Dave died. The life Matt's brother led made a lasting impression.

BPL to host first annual Comic Con

Calling all comic fans! The Baldwinsville Public Library will be holding its first-ever comic convention later this month, complete with competitions, cosplay (the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book or video game, particularly one from the Japanese genres of Manga and Anime), gaming, vendors and a chance to meet with authors of this unique genre.

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FACES: Meet Andrea Gagas, owner of The Energy Lounge

Family:  Mom, two brothers and a sister-in-law - not married, dating. Residence: Village of Baldwinsville, town of Van Buren.

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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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