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Road closures take place April 26, 27

CSX Transportation will be performing necessary maintenance on the railroad crossing on John Glenn Boulevard from Saturday, April 26 to Sunday, April 27.

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Introducing: ‘The Adventures of Frankie’

Once upon a time, not necessarily that long ago, in a town not too far away, lived a young boy named Francis. Francis was not particularly fond of his name, so he asked everyone to call him Frankie. Each week, I’ll be telling you a story about Frankie as he grows from a little boy to a young man. I’m sure that the mischief he gets into and the lessons he learns will entertain you as much as your own children amuse you!

Town insurance policies set right

The Lysander Town Board will soon negotiate with the Teamsters Local Union 317 for a new health insurance contract; the old one expires in June. A committee comprised of councilors Robert Geraci and Andrew Reeves as well as Supervisor John Salisbury was recently created to handle union negotiations.

Fishing Derby set for April 19

The Baldwinsville Kiwanis annual Fishing Derby will take place on Saturday, April 19 at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. Free fishing poles, donated by the B'ville Kiwanis Club, will be given to the first 35 kids that show up that morning. Registration is free and begins at 8 a.m. The event runs until 11 a.m. For all children up to age 11. After the tournament, free lunch will be provided. For more information, call Tony Saraceni at 409-6503.

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:

Blewett moves to 2-0 in baseball Bees’ win

B'ville ace gets seven K's against Syracuse West

For all the grief that weather forecasters get when they are incorrect, there was no mistake in the system that swept through the area that sent temperatures plunging more than 40 degrees and halted the baseball season again.

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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.

Girls Bees beaten by C-NS, Farmingdale

B'ville struggles in rematches with 2013 post-season foes

Twice in the span of a week, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team had to encounter two key opponents from its 2013 run to the state Class A championship game, and could not win on either occasion.

B’ville softball goes 1-1, falls to Liverpool

Bees handled F-M before running into hot-starting Warriors

As it turned out, the best thing for the Baldwinsville softball team was to wait for a week to get back on the field after it had stunned defending state Class AA champion Cicero-North Syracuse on April 2.

Baseball Bees debut, blank Syracuse East

Blewett strikes out 15 as 20-plus scouts look on

While it has gone many great experiences in its long and illustrious history, the Baldwinsville baseball team is entering all kinds of new territory in 2014. For one thing, the Bees are the reigning state Class AA champions. That title, earned for the first time 10 months ago in Binghamton, is still a fresh memory, but it also makes B’ville the biggest game of the season for every single opponent it faces this spring.

B’ville track and field sweeps Henninger

Bees off to quick start in tough CNYCL National division

Each of Baldwinsville’s track and field teams were quite glad to see the belated arrival of spring, for it meant that serious competition was about to get underway. In the season-opening meets Wednesday afternoon, both sets of Bees won big against Henninger, prevailing 112-28 in the boys meet and 98-34 in the girls meet.

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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