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State offers scholarships, assistance with higher ed

Fall is the time of year when many graduating high school seniors start to look toward the future. According to the New York State Education Department, in 2010, 82 percent of high school graduates in New York entered postsecondary education which includes either two- or four-year institutions.

Dream Factory to host Small Business Saturday event at The Red Mill Inn

Partnerships are vital in today’s economy. But what really speaks volumes about the overall generosity of a community is when small businesses work together to help advance the goals of a local nonprofit.

It’s time to get excited about Onondaga Lake

On Nov. 3, Honeywell announced that they have completed the court ordered dredging and removal of 2.2 million cubic yards of contaminated material on the western shore of Onondaga Lake, a year ahead of schedule.

Thanking our veterans

This column is dedicated to our veterans. I am pleased to host the CNY Veterans Parade and Expo held at the New York State Fairgrounds. Each year, this event gets bigger and better and this year was no exception. Fair officials estimated that more than 8,000 spectators and participants came through the gates to salute and honor the extraordinary service that our Central New York men and women in uniform have contributed to defending America’s freedoms.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Give thanks for BPL programs

Give thanks this week brings us a brief break for reflection before the holiday madness reaches full speed. In the meantime we have resources to help you cope, help you profit or help you get out of the way of the prevailing insanity.

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Placing a child for adoption is heartbreaking, but sometimes the best choice for the child

Carrie Howard was thrilled when she found out she was pregnant. “I always wanted to be a mom,” Howard said. “I was living with my boyfriend and his family. I was 20 years old and was very excited when I found out.” But things quickly went downhill. “My boyfriend didn't want to be a father,” Howard said. “I ended up having to move out and back in with family. My family was supportive, but they were unwilling to have a newborn in the home. I found myself at a crossroads where I had no job, no home, no license or car, not really anything to offer a child.” So Howard, a Liverpool native, decided to place her unborn child for adoption.

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B’ville Christmas Bureau seeks donations

While many of us are fortunate to be more stuffed than a turkey this holiday season, too many families in the Baldwinsville area don’t have enough for a Thanksgiving feast or Christmas presents for their kids. Each year, the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center fields a committee of 25 people for the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau to make the holidays happier for those less fortunate. The Christmas Bureau is an income-based program that provides food, clothing and toys for families with children from birth to age 18 in the Baldwinsville Central School District.

LETTER: Thanks for helping Cub Scout Pack 71

To the editor: Cub Scout Pack 71 would like to thank the Baldwinsville community for supporting our popcorn fundraiser.

LETTER: Thanks to the voters of the 120th Assembly District

To the editor: I am writing to thank the constituents of the 120th Assembly District for providing me the honor of representing them in the New York State Assembly.

Lysander approves budget after last-minute tussle

The Lysander town board passed the 2015 budget at its Nov. 17 meeting, but not without a last-minute squabble between Councilor Bob Geraci and his colleagues on the town board. During the work session preceding the meeting, Geraci said he was considering an amendment to the preliminary budget, which would appropriate an additional $250,000 from the fund balance and $100,000 from the highway department to lower taxes even further.

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Bees fall in overtime of Frozen Dome Classic

C-NS rallies late, defeats B'ville 3-1

To be sure, everyone associated with the Baldwinsville ice hockey program was humbled and honored to take part in the first-ever hockey game contested in the Carrier Dome against Cicero-North Syracuse Friday night, the kickoff to the two-day Frozen Dome Classic. The Bees just wished the ending was happier.

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Marching Bees gear up for Macy’s parade

B’ville-area residents gathered ‘round the TV to watch the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade will have another reason to be thankful next week: C.W. Baker High School’s Marching Bees band will march in the parade. The Marching Bees are the first marching band from Central New York to participate in the parade, and the first New York band in about a decade.

Plainville Fire District seeks benefits for volunteers

The Plainville Fire District is asking its voters to approve a tax levy increase to start a Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) for the 20 volunteer firefighters of the Plainville Fire Department. The program provides retirement, disability and death benefits for volunteers who qualify. The district held an informational meeting about the introduction of the LOSAP on Nov. 13, which was attended by about 20 community members and fire department personnel.

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Farming innovator, entrepreneur Carmen Emmi dies

Carmen Emmi Sr., noted local farmer and real estate developer, died Oct. 31 at age 82. He was the co-founder of the family farm Emmi and Sons and co-owner of Syracuse Farm Supply. Along with his father, Antonio Emmi, and brother-in-law, Salvatore “Sam” Mangano, Carmen co-founded Emmi and Sons in the 1940s. Today, Emmi’s has farm stands in Baldwinsville and Liverpool. The family farm is also a mainstay at the Central New York Regional Market.