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LETTER: Thanks for helping Cub Scout Pack 71

To the editor: Cub Scout Pack 71 would like to thank the Baldwinsville community for supporting our popcorn fundraiser.

LETTER: Thanks to the voters of the 120th Assembly District

To the editor: I am writing to thank the constituents of the 120th Assembly District for providing me the honor of representing them in the New York State Assembly.

Lysander approves budget after last-minute tussle

The Lysander town board passed the 2015 budget at its Nov. 17 meeting, but not without a last-minute squabble between Councilor Bob Geraci and his colleagues on the town board. During the work session preceding the meeting, Geraci said he was considering an amendment to the preliminary budget, which would appropriate an additional $250,000 from the fund balance and $100,000 from the highway department to lower taxes even further.

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Bees fall in overtime of Frozen Dome Classic

C-NS rallies late, defeats B'ville 3-1

To be sure, everyone associated with the Baldwinsville ice hockey program was humbled and honored to take part in the first-ever hockey game contested in the Carrier Dome against Cicero-North Syracuse Friday night, the kickoff to the two-day Frozen Dome Classic. The Bees just wished the ending was happier.

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Marching Bees gear up for Macy’s parade

B’ville-area residents gathered ‘round the TV to watch the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade will have another reason to be thankful next week: C.W. Baker High School’s Marching Bees band will march in the parade. The Marching Bees are the first marching band from Central New York to participate in the parade, and the first New York band in about a decade.

Plainville Fire District seeks benefits for volunteers

The Plainville Fire District is asking its voters to approve a tax levy increase to start a Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) for the 20 volunteer firefighters of the Plainville Fire Department. The program provides retirement, disability and death benefits for volunteers who qualify. The district held an informational meeting about the introduction of the LOSAP on Nov. 13, which was attended by about 20 community members and fire department personnel.

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Farming innovator, entrepreneur Carmen Emmi dies

Carmen Emmi Sr., noted local farmer and real estate developer, died Oct. 31 at age 82. He was the co-founder of the family farm Emmi and Sons and co-owner of Syracuse Farm Supply. Along with his father, Antonio Emmi, and brother-in-law, Salvatore “Sam” Mangano, Carmen co-founded Emmi and Sons in the 1940s. Today, Emmi’s has farm stands in Baldwinsville and Liverpool. The family farm is also a mainstay at the Central New York Regional Market.

LETTER: Praising the cast and crew of ‘Young Frankenstein’

To the editor: Just a brief letter to sing the praises of the cast and crew of the show "Young Frankenstein," staged by the Baldwinsville Theater Guild. We attended Saturday night, Nov. 1, and we were thoroughly entertained and enthralled with the talent, commitment and professionalism of every actor and actress, as well as all the stage hands, orchestra and production staff.

LETTER: Thank you to the 129th Assembly District

To the editor: I wish to thank each of the voters of the 129th Assembly District for allowing me to continue to represent you in the New York State Assembly. Please know that I will return to Albany committed to working in a bi-partisan fashion to represent all of my constituents. My office remains open to hearing from you on any concerns, problems or issues you have with state government. I truly believe that New York State is on the right path to restoring economic viability to upstate New York and I will do my best to continue bringing resources back to our district that enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Again, thank you for electing me your assembly member.

B’ville schools lose $111K to Agrana PILOT deal

Due to a change in the PILOT agreement for Agrana Fruit, the Baldwinsville City School District will lose $111,000 from its tax levy for the 2014-15 school year. Assistant Superintendent for Management Services Jamie Rodems explained the issue to the BCSD Board of Education at its Nov. 3 meeting.

Lights on the Lake opens Nov. 14

Starting Friday, Nov. 14, Central New Yorkers can visit Onondaga Lake Park and take in one of the biggest light shows in the Northeast. Lights on the Lake kicks off its 25th anniversary season next week. The event draws somewhere around 35,000 cars each year.

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B'ville volleyball teams sweep to sectional titles

Boys turn back C-NS; girls sweep past Liverpool

Whether it was a new sensation or a familiar feeling, both of Baldwinsville's volleyball teams walked away from Wednesday night's televised twin bill with Section III championships in their possession. Atoning for a defeat in last year's Division I title match, the boys Bees pushed past host Cicero-North Syracuse in three sets, while the girls Bees earned a seventh straight sectional Class AA title, and 17th overall, by sweeping Liverpool.

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Antonacci falls in bid for state comptroller

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci has failed in his attempt to become the state’s next comptroller. Antonacci, a Republican, earned 55,155 votes in Onondaga County to Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli’s 66,602. Statewide, Antonacci said he earned more than a million and a half votes, setting a record for an Onondaga County candidate.

Conway is the new sheriff in town

DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway has beaten out Toby Shelley for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s seat. Conway, who earned 66,569 votes to Shelley’s 58,829, said he was honored to have been chosen by the people of Onondaga County.