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Beaver Lake Spring Adventure Week

There will be plenty of things for folks to do at Beaver Lake Nature Center during the week of school vacation, from Monday, April 21 to Friday, April 25, all free with admission. The following activities will take place Monday through Friday of that week:

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Bank robbery suspect arrested

Lucas Lunkenheimer, 30, of Mattydale, was arrested April 11 on charges of third degree robbery and third degree grand larceny in connection with the April 7 bank robbery at Seneca Federal Savings Bank, 201 N. Main St. in the village of North Syracuse.

Column: Here's to Suds Factory River Grill

Syracuse Suds Factory’s venture in Baldwinsville, the Suds Factory River Grill is a mostly successful premium addition to the village’s bar soaked downtown. The warm upstairs is decorated in a basic Nantucket Nautical and anchored by a cozy hearth-like brick enclosed fireplace. There is nothing quite so nice as a roaring fire at your back while you're enjoying a fine drink and meal.

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Saraceni says goodbye as mayor April 3

'Job well done'

Outgoing mayor Joe Saraceni served at his last village board meeting April 3 to a full house. Friends and family members gathered to watch the mayor tie up loose ends, listen to colleagues’ personal and professional sentiments, then celebrate with a reception immediately following adjournment.

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Clarke swears in as mayor April 7

A new chapter begins

Richard Clarke swears in as the village of Baldwinsville’s new mayor April 7. With him is his wife, Linda, and the Honorable Elijah Huling, Jr. Clarke’s first board meeting as mayor will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at Village Hall, 16 W. Genesee St. in Baldwinsville.

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AARP Driver Safety recognizes Canton Woods

Local organization receives award for offering driving refresher courses in 2013 From more than 18,000 organizations nationwide, AARP Driver Safety recently recognized Canton Woods Senior Center with the inaugural “Top 100 Host” Award for its outstanding support in 2013. Canton Woods Senior Center has supported AARP Driver Safety for many years by collaborating with local volunteers to host its classroom-based driving refresher course, designed to help drivers age 50 and older stay safe and confident behind the wheel.

Shepard: Support OCRRA's 'Trash-for-Ash' efforts

When I was a kid, I practically lived at the Van Buren pool in the summer, and I remember often hearing visitors at the park protesting a proposed landfill nearby. Residents surrounding the semi-rural location were alarmed at the potential for plummeting property values and a diminished quality of life. Although the site has not been turned into a landfill, the 500-acre property is still owned by the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA), which holds the necessary permits to convert the site to an ash landfill, so the potential for its development continues. The proposed Trash-for-Ash agreement OCRRA is negotiating with Cortland County is critically important to preventing a landfill from coming to Van Buren.

Barclay: Stronger penalties for child abusers needed

According to the most recent statistics I could find, in 2012, more than 600,000 children in the United States and Puerto Rico were victims of child abuse and more than 1,500 children died as a result of abuse or neglect. Even more tragic, these are only reported cases of abuse and neglect. It is estimated that the actual number of abuse cases is three times greater. No matter how many cases of child abuse and neglect there are, any child abuse is too much and we must do more as a community and a nation to prevent it.

DeFrancisco: Preventing child abuse

April is proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month in the State of New York — a time to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of child abuse and how we, as a society, can help make a difference.

Baldwinsville Police blotter for January

On Jan. 9, Jacqueline M. Cavender, 24, of 214 Green Street #1, Syracuse, was arrested and charged with suspended registration, uninsured motor vehicle and disobey traffic control device. The arrest resulted after a traffic stop on East Genesee Street for disobeying a traffic device and computer checks revealed her registration suspended. She was released ROR to appear in court on Jan. 29.

DA’s Advisory Council lifts the curtain on elder abuse

It’s a common crime that often goes undetected, unreported, unprosecuted and unpunished. It’s called elder abuse. “In their later years, people become more vulnerable,” said Jenny Hicks, Abuse in Later Life project coordinator for Vera House, Inc. in Syracuse. “People start losing their eyesight, hearing becomes weaker and sometimes dementia sets in. And by the way, older folks have money.”

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Bank robbery in North Syracuse

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh and North Syracuse Police Chief Michael Crowell reports that a bank robbery occurred in the afternoon of April 7 in the village of North Syracuse.

Baldwinsville Police blotter

On March 1, Shannon M. Lyon, 32, of 13 Walnut St., Baldwinsville, was arrested and charged with second degree assault and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon. The arrest was the result of an investigation at 109 Syracuse St. where victim was cut with a knife. She was arraigned in front of Judge McMahon and released ROR to appear in court on March 1.

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Lacrosse Bees battle in loss to West Genny

Petrelli has three goals; Wildcat goalie stops 16 of 21 shots

At this early point in the season, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team’s biggest issue is an inability to find the net when doing so could lead to some big victories. The Bees managed just five goals (one in the second half) during a 13-5 defeat to reigning state Class C champion Cazenovia on April 5, and those struggles continued Tuesday night, at West Genesee, where plenty of opportunities were missed in an 8-5 defeat to the Wildcats.