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B’ville Community Band has been showcasing local musicians for 35 years

In December 1979, Phill Sterling and a few friends founded the Baldwinsville Community Band so local musicians could jam with each other and perform for the greater Baldwinsville area. Thirty-five years later, the band numbers about 60 members and has a repertoire of more than 550 songs.

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Baker grad heads to Poland to help in orphanage

If you really want to learn about a culture, you should take the time to interact with the people. The idea is that this experience will allow you to better understand their values and beliefs. This past summer Meghan Cuddy. a 2011 C.W. Baker High School graduate, now a senior child psychology major at Canisius College, was given such a chance traveling to Poland through a platform set up by the college’s campus ministry. This opportunity came about after a long and arduous process in which Cuddy was chosen out of over 50 applicants to be part of a team of 12 heading to Poland to work as a volunteer counselor at the Zmiaca Orphanage.

The adventures of Frankie: Brain Freeze

Scrawny Ronnie, the New Kid, Pretty Paulette, Rita the Red Head, and Frankie were on a mission, single file, peddling their bicycles into town. Frankie had just caught up for the second time after slipping the chain back on. Rita was doing her best to keep up on Paulette's old bike. The new kid had told them about a new ice cream stand that just opened up. With their mouths watering, nothing was going to stop them!

On the campaign trail: DeJoseph will have a ballot line

Judge Brian DeJoseph has earned the Conservative Party nomination in his bid for reelection to the New York State Supreme Court. DeJoseph’s name will appear on Row C this year along with other highly qualified Conservative candidates. This position will appear on ballots in Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Herkimer counties.

Town of Lysander debates future of ice rink

After the sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena to the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena fell through earlier this year, the Lysander Town Board voted Sept. 25 to take control of the ice rink. The action will terminate the Greater Baldwinsville YMCA’s lease — and the GBIA’s sublease through the YMCA — in 2015. With the resignation of the ice arena’s manager and both rinks requiring repairs under “serious time constraints,” according to Supervisor John Salisbury, the town board held two emergency meetings and a work session last week to decide the fate of the rink, declaring it an “emergency situation” in the Sept. 25 meeting.

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B'ville football handles F-M, gets to 4-0

Skipworth earns four TD's for state-ranked Bees

September ends with the Baldwinsville football team sporting a perfect 4-0 mark, a strong ground attack and a stronger defense - which put together, means it can make a legitimate championship push. The state Class AA no. 20-ranked Bees made it four in a row Friday night as part of Homecoming festivities at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, steadily pulling away from Fayetteville-Manlius in a 39-6 decision that featured another star turn from senior Cameron Skipworth.

Yale professor hosts ‘emotional intelligence’ workshop for parents

Marc Brackett is “trying to build an emotionally intelligent New York.” Brackett, director of the Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence, is teaming up with OCM BOCES to host interactive workshops for parents and teachers to learn how to raise emotionally intelligent children — that is, children who can manage their emotions effectively throughout life’s ups and downs. Brackett will be holding three “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Matters” workshops next week: one for parents Sept. 30 at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, and two for educators Oct. 1 on the OCM BOCES campus in Liverpool.

The Adventures of Frankie: Showdown

Saturday was the only day of the week Mom had time to fix a big breakfast. Frankie’s eyes weren’t even open as the slightest scent of bacon floated in the air nudging him out of his deep sleep. The smell of coffee filled his nose as he took a deep breath and stretched. First thing every morning, Dad started coffee for Mom. He imagined her voice trying to wake him for school: “Stop stretching!” Frankie smiled, recalling her explanation: “You grow when you stretch!” Then he bolted upright, smile washing from his face. Eyes wide open, he shot to his feet. Today was the day and he wasn’t even ready! All week long he pestered his dad about going to the bank. He had to get that money. But now the time had come and he wasn’t even prepared!

Lock Street renovation may begin in October

The village of Baldwinsville has awarded the bid for the Lock Street renovations to L&T Construction. The village’s Board of Trustees approved L&T’s bid of $733,190 at the Sept. 18 meeting. Village Engineer Steve Darcangelo said L&T could begin modifications of the street in early October.

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Tri-County Mall demolition begins to make way for luxury apartments

The site of the former Tri-County Mall property on Downer Street is being demolished in preparation for a 442-unit luxury apartment complex. The redevelopment comes after years of stalled plans for the site, which has sat vacant since a 2008 demolition plan fell through. Demolition began Sept. 15.

Town of Van Buren takes over Harbour Heights paving

The Van Buren Town Board voted last week to take over the repaving of the final section of road in the Harbour Heights neighborhood. Town Supervisor Claude Sykes said the developer, Eldan Homes, has failed to finish the project.

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OCM BOCES opens new Innovation Tech high school in Liverpool

For too long, we’ve been doing education the same way — and it’s doing our students a disservice. At least, that’s what the administrators at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES believe. And they’re trying to address the problem by introducing a new kind of instruction in Central New York. OCM BOCES held an official grand opening for its new Innovation Tech high school Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the facility at the Lee G. Peters Career Training Center in Liverpool. Classes began Sept. 3.

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Bees ease to 3-0 mark, handle Fowler 49-6

36-point first half helps B'ville stay undefeated

Both its 2-0 start, and the way it got to that point, helped the Baldwinsville football team gain a spot in the first state Class AA rankings of the season, and it might stay there for a while. The Bees improved to 3-0 on the season Friday night, when it breezed past Fowler 49-6 on the turf at Corcoran High School, mostly on the strength of a first half where it scored 36 unanswered points.

Library Focus: September activities abound

The kids are back in school and parents are still trying to recover from summer but the world rolls on. Get ready for the more serious seasons with classes that will help you master new skills or conquer new hobbies or just come on down for our colorful September art display or to enjoy some live music or classic films. Whatever you need to make your life a bit better from email basics to a flu shot clinic, the library is here to lend a hand.