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Howie Hawkins challenges Cuomo, Astorino in gubernatorial race

Howie Hawkins is hoping to change the political landscape of New York state. “If you do public polling, the majority is very progressive on economic issues, but they never get what they want,” Hawkins said. “A study just came out, the oligarchy study, looked at 1,799 federal issues. They went to the top 10 percent. Any time [the top 10 percent] wanted one thing and the 90 percent wanted the other, of course, they got their way on every issue there was conflict. This goes back to 1979. That tells you. They say, is this a democracy or a plutocracy or an oligarchy? And I think it is [an oligarchy] until we organize a party that can speak for the majority of the people. That’s been the thing that I think we need to do, what we’re trying to do.” That’s why Hawkins is running for governor, taking on the Democratic political establishment and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

Chapter 13: The Adventures of Frankie

Picture Day

“FLOYD, don’t forget it’s picture day!” Annette called as she rushed out the door. She never took the early shift because she so enjoyed seeing her husband off to work and getting the boys ready for school. But being that this was the height of flu season, she had to do what she had to do.

Lysander Town Board meeting cancelled for Monday

The Lysander Town Board meeting scheduled for Monday, July 28 is cancelled due to lack of any resolutions. The next scheduled meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11.

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B’ville Little League team makes championship run

Majors team wins first-ever District 8 title

Baseball - especially little league baseball - is very much a part of Americana, and even more so in Central New York, with Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in our backyard.

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B'ville Girls Volleyball fundraising shoe drive to raise funds, support microenterprise in developing nations, help the environment

The public is invited to participate in a shoe collection drive to benefit Baldwinsville Girls Volleyball from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 2 at Baker High School.

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E-Race Cancer Half-Marathon, 5k coming to Lysander

A new race is in the works and set to be held in the town of Lysander. “The E-Race Cancer Half Marathon and 5K started out as a desire to tie a running event into the Lysander Fall Festravaganza, set for the second Sunday in September,” said co-organizer Michelle Samoraj. “Saturday, the day prior to the Fall Festravaganza (Sept. 13), seemed like the perfect day to hold Baldwinsville’s only half marathon and 5k running event.”

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FACES: Meet Bill Lester, Town of Lysander planning board member, retired engineer

Family Peg and I are truly blessed to have four grown children and 11 grandchildren. Residence We love our Radisson home on Whisper Ridge Pond.

Lock Street project original plans change

The Baldwinsville Village Board was prepared to award its lowest bidder, Economy Paving, work on Lock Street roads, but instead rejected the resolution after hearing updates on where the project stands.

Lysander parks and rec director retires

Parks and Recreation Director Ann Smiley has officially retired after 23 years in Lysander. The Lysander Town Board accepted her resignation at its July 14 regular meeting.

YMCA offers NY Yankee bus trip

NY Yankees Bus Trip: Friday, Aug. 8; 7:05 p.m. game versus Cleveland Indians. Members $80, non-members $95 includes bus, driver’s tip and Section 232 ticket.  Bus leaves from town of Clay parking lot on Henry Clay Boulevard at noon returning immediately following the game.  Maximum: 54.

Chapter 12: Adventures of Frankie

Cost of goods sold

“Goodbye Frankie,” Paulette said as the school bus pulled away. She turned to head home across the street but stopped. Looking at the back of Frankie’s head she called a little louder, “Is everything okay?”

Band concert in B’ville

Baldwinsville Community Band will perform a variety of musical selections to celebrate the band’s 35th anniversary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16. The concert concludes the year-long Presbyterian Church’s 200th Anniversary Celebration. The event is free, open to the public, and held in the church’s air-conditioned Education Center at 64 Oswego St., one block north of the village four corners. There will be birthday cake and ice cream for all in attendance.

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Meet Sharon Reiser, executive director, GBCC

Eight years ago this month I relocated to Lysander from suburban Philadelphia, Penn., where I now live with my two sons (Christopher and Daniel), my fur-son (Jack), and husband (Scott).

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Share your air

There’s still time to host a ‘Fresh Air’ child this summer

For three summers in a row, Baldwinsville residents Mike and Janelle Ancillotti have shared their home with 13-year-old Jahvon Richards, a New York City native who hails from the Bronx. They met through the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency that matches host families across 13 states with NYC children from low-income communities, to provide free summer experiences away from the hustle and bustle of urban city life.