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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.

The ultimate act of love

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.

B’ville announces winter sports schedule

Girls hoops Bees open with Middleton Tournament

What began this week, with Baldwinsville’s bowling teams sweeping West Genesee and its ice hockey team facing Cicero-North Syracuse in the Carrier Dome continues as each of the school’s winter sports teams get underway in the days and weeks ahead. Here is the 2014-15 varsity sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

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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.

LETTER: Praising the cast and crew of ‘Young Frankenstein’

To the editor: Just a brief letter to sing the praises of the cast and crew of the show "Young Frankenstein," staged by the Baldwinsville Theater Guild. We attended Saturday night, Nov. 1, and we were thoroughly entertained and enthralled with the talent, commitment and professionalism of every actor and actress, as well as all the stage hands, orchestra and production staff.

LETTER: Thank you to the 129th Assembly District

To the editor: I wish to thank each of the voters of the 129th Assembly District for allowing me to continue to represent you in the New York State Assembly. Please know that I will return to Albany committed to working in a bi-partisan fashion to represent all of my constituents. My office remains open to hearing from you on any concerns, problems or issues you have with state government. I truly believe that New York State is on the right path to restoring economic viability to upstate New York and I will do my best to continue bringing resources back to our district that enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Again, thank you for electing me your assembly member.

B’ville schools lose $111K to Agrana PILOT deal

Due to a change in the PILOT agreement for Agrana Fruit, the Baldwinsville City School District will lose $111,000 from its tax levy for the 2014-15 school year. Assistant Superintendent for Management Services Jamie Rodems explained the issue to the BCSD Board of Education at its Nov. 3 meeting.

Volleyball Bees fall in regional finals

Girls stunned by Shen in five sets; boys lose to Bethlehem

Four consecutive times, the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team had followed up a Section III Class AA championship with a conquest of Section II power Shenendehowa on the way to another state tournament appearance in Glens Falls. But on the fifth try, the Bees finally got tripped up, beaten in a five-set epic by the Lady Plainsmen in Saturday's regional final at Niskayuna High School, near Albany, just as the boys Bees fell in four sets to Bethlehem in its regional final at Cicero-North Syracuse.

Bees get high finishes at sectional swim meet

Burchill second in 100 breaststroke; Staso third in two events

With the likes of Noelle Staso and Lauren Burchill in top form, the Baldwinsville girls swim team nearly earned some big victories during Friday night's Section III Class A championship meet at West Genesee High School.

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