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LETTER: Town clerk responds to minutes issue

To the editor: As the elected town clerk of the town of Lysander, I find it extremely important to respond to a recent article in the Baldwinsville Messenger entitled “Lysander town officials squabble over meeting minutes.” I want to assure the people of Lysander that the minutes that I prepare of any and all town board meetings accurately reflect what transpired at those meetings.

LETTER: Diamond responds to minutes article

To the editor: Many of you, I’m sure, have read the recent article that appeared in the Baldwinsville Messenger entitled “Lysander town officials squabble over meeting minutes.” As one of your elected town councilors I felt compelled to respond.

Church merger on the horizon

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to link with St. Stephen’s in Phoenix

Because of dwindling congregations, decreasing Mass attendance and a persistent shortage of priests, Catholic churches in the Diocese of Syracuse continue to consolidate. Baldwinsville’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church will link up with St. Stephen’s Church in Phoenix “upon the next pastoral opening at St. Stephen’s,” according to the Most Rev. Robert Cunningham, Bishop of Syracuse.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Federal lunch changes cost schools

School lunch purchases are on the decline. According to the New York School Nutrition Association, more than 19 million fewer meals were sold across the state during the 2012-13 school year than the year before. In the 2011-12 school year, 94 million meals were sold, but in 2012-13, only 75 million were sold.

LETTER: Thanks for supporting the Marching Bees

To the editor: On Nov. 27, the Baldwinsville Central School District Marching Band had the privilege of representing Baldwinsville, Central New York and the entire state of New York in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This great honor would not have been possible without the support of the Baldwinsville community, as well as the surrounding CNY communities.

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Five for fighting

Public comments turn ugly at Lysander town board

The public comment period at the Dec. 15 Lysander Town Board meeting turned into a shouting match over the Lysander Community Ice Arena and Councilor Melinda Shimer’s idea to remove board and public discussion from the minutes.

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Behind the wheel

B’ville residents volunteer for bike giveaway

Each year, Jan Maloff and his team’s CNY Family Bike Giveaway distributes between 2,500 and 4,500 bicycles to local children who otherwise might not have had the chance to enjoy riding a bike of their very own. While the giveaway itself, now in its 19th year, has been highly publicized, many of the kids who benefit may not get to see who brought their holiday hopes to life: numerous Baldwinsville residents who offer their tools, trucks and time to the effort.

Communication breakdown

Plainville Fire District vote sparks discussion about improving communication

While the highlight of the Plainville Fire District’s annual election last week was the approval of Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) benefits for volunteer firefighters, the vote has sparked a discussion among fire district officials about improving communication with the public.

Donations received for veterans, Christmas Bureau

The Betsy Baldwin Chapter, NSDAR met Nov. 17 at the Baldwinsville Public Library with 24 members and one guest present. Members generously donated gifts for both the Christmas Bureau and veterans at the VA Hospital in Syracuse.

LIBRARY FOCUS: BPL offers a break from the madness

The trees are lit, the malls are packed and holiday madness abounds, but you can still find sanctuary and holiday helps at your library. Step back and enjoy an art display made of flowers past and pressed or update the family and your word processing skills with our Wired Wednesday classes. We also have books, magazines and craft databases full of last minute holiday ideas. Stop in soon and see what we can do to make your holiday a happier one.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Is weather detection system necessary? Spend budget surplus on Upstate infrastructure, too

Here in central New York, our municipal budgets are often stretched during time of high snowfall because of snow removal costs. If anything, $18 million would be better used to provide our municipalities assistance with these costs as opposed to using the $18 million on a duplicative weather detection system.

GUEST COLUMN - Baldwinsville: A sleepy little suburb — or maybe, just maybe, so much more

Going through Baldwinsville during the Christmas season is truly like something straight out of the pages of a book. It looks like the small towns depicted in so many Christmas movies.

Child abuse memoir to benefit Vera House, McMahon/Ryan

Retired teacher and Minoa resident Jeff Goldstein enjoyed a happy childhood until the illness and death of his younger sister, Sheryl. As Goldstein watched his parents descend into grief, he watched his own life fall apart, too. More than five decades later, Goldstein has released a memoir about the years of physical and verbal abuse he endured at the hands of his parents. He is donating all of the proceeds of “Caught in the Undertow: Escaping the Grip of Childhood Abuse” to two local charities, Vera House and the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.

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Helping heart

Reynolds student uses pageant titles for charity

Maria DeCaro is a very busy 10-year-old. On top of her homework, the fifth-grader at Reynolds Elementary School balances dance lessons, Girl Scouts and her newest venture, pageant competitions.