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Local legends: B’ville’s spookiest stories

In the spirit of the Halloween season, The Baldwinsville Messenger has unearthed some lurid legends from B’ville’s past. Lysander Town Historian Bonnie Kisselstein recommended we check out the archives of Anthony J. Christopher’s “Sketches of Yesterday” column, which ran in the Messenger in the 1960s and ‘70s. A little online research revealed some more spooky spots in the area as well. Read on:

Van Buren taxes will hold steady for 2015

Taxes in Van Buren will likely hold steady in 2015, according to Supervisor Claude Sykes and comptroller Greg Maxwell. “This is not the final [budget], but it’s going to be close,” Sykes said. “We strive to keep things stable.” The expenditures for the proposed budget total $4,772,343, which is an $18,396 increase over the 2014 budget’s $4,753,947. The proposed 2015 tax levy totals $3,165,750, up 0.2 percent from the 2014 levy of $3,158,916.

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B’ville Theatre Guild’s ‘Young Frankenstein’ captures lightning in a bottle

Electrifying performances breathe laughable life into the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s presentation of Mel Brooks’ punny parody of “Frankenstein,” the 1930s-era fright-film franchise. Directed by the Heather Jensen and produced by Jay Burris, the monstrous musical “Young Frankenstein” showcases three of Central NY’s best performers, Henry Wilson, Leila Dean and Josh Taylor.

B'ville Chamber of Commerce welcomes new executive director

The Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce has selected MaryAnne Williams as its new executive director. Williams began in her new role earlier this month. She succeeds Sharon Reiser, who served as the GBCC’s executive director for four years.

State Board of Regents approves new graduation options

In the hopes of both improving graduation rates, the New York State Board of Regents last week approved a plan to add flexibility to its graduation requirements. On Monday, Oct. 20, the Board of Regents agreed to create a 4+1 pathway option, which would allow students to opt out of one of the social studies exams currently required for graduation. Instead, they could take a "comparatively rigorous" assessment in career/technical education (CTE), science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the humanities, foreign languages or the arts.

EDITORIAL: Vote yes on Prop. 1

For too long, New York’s system for drawing electoral maps has been broken. Under current legislation, members of the New York State Legislature draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts. Those lines are redrawn every 10 years by a committee made up of sitting legislators. That means that the people responsible for drawing the lines are the very people who benefit from how the lines are drawn.

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Bees fight past CBA in sectional playoffs

B'ville to face Liverpool in Class AA semis

Excitement at the outset, concern in the middle, and resilience in the end - those were the phases the Baldwinsville football team went through in the course of Friday night's Section III Class AA opening-round game against defending champion Christian Brothers Academy.

Hops for Hope returns for third round

Early next month, about 150 guests at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Baldwinsville will clink their glasses to celebrate the American Cancer Society and its ongoing mission to raise money and awareness for cancer research and prevention. Hops for Hope returns to B’ville for its third year Nov. 6.

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Farmers’ market moves indoors

Though the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are changing, Baldwinsville residents won’t have to give up easy access to local goods and produce.

Lysander budget public hearing set for Nov. 6

Though it doesn’t yet have a budget to present, the town of Lysander will seek public comment on it next month. The Lysander Town Board voted Oct. 20 to authorize Town Clerk Lisa Dell to advertise for public hearings for the 2015 preliminary budget and a local law to exceed the 2 percent state tax cap. The hearings will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, in the auditorium of Lysander Town Hall.

Village to assist with tree lighting ceremony

Representatives from the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce addressed the Baldwinsville Village Board at its regular meeting Thursday, Oct. 16. The chamber wants the village to assist with its annual Christmas tree lighting, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 6.

Progress made on Marion Meadows development

Ryan Homes is making headway on the proposed Marion Meadows development on Ellsworth Road behind Van Buren Town Hall. The project, which the town of Van Buren approved in 2010, will create 90 single-family homes and two apartment buildings totaling 48 units.

Justice center to offer help to inmates with pets

Inmates at the Onondaga County Justice Center can now be assured that any pets they leave behind while incarcerated will be taken care of.

On the campaign trail: Mahoney endorses Katko

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko has received the backing of Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.