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Reynolds Youth Players to stage ‘We Are Monsters’

The Reynolds Elementary School Youth Players have been hard at work rehearsing for their eighth musical production, “We Are Monsters.” The play runs March 26 through 28.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Legislature should decide on education proposals outside of budget

Last year, the state spent $22.3 billion on education. In 2012, combined with the local and federal share of education, New Yorkers spent $58.4 billion on public education. This is a 56 percent increase over what was spent on a combined basis in 2002.

LIBRARY FOCUS: BPL ventures into the world of Minecraft

The library has just purchased licenses for Minecraft.edu and loaded it onto our laptops. We are now looking at ways to make them available for regular gaming at the library. As part of our efforts we will be holding our first official Minecraft Shakedown cruise at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Danger of EEE returns

As we endure one of the harshest winters in memory and prepare for possibly more snow, it seems strange that I am writing about the mosquito-borne virus, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).  But with March 20, the beginning of spring, just a few weeks away, this important topic is indeed timely.

Syracuse Press Club offering $2,000 scholarship

The Syracuse Press Club is now accepting applications for the 2015 DeVesty-Williams Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship will be given to one full-time undergraduate student, who is studying print, broadcast or digital journalism at a college or university in the Syracuse Press Club service area. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Time’s up: Schools out of snow days

February 2015 was the coldest month in Syracuse’s 113 years of record, and Central New York schools are scrambling to make up for lost time. With several delays and closings due to snow and bitterly cold air, some districts have met or exceeded their calendars’ allotted emergency closing days.

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B’ville vocal teacher rooting for ‘Voice’ contestant

Central New York is waiting for one of its own to hear from Hollywood. Josh Batstone, an 18-year-old aspiring musical theater performer from Fulton, will appear this week on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice.”

Girls hoops Bees drop close semifinal to RFA

B'ville hurt by Black Knights' Pugh in 53-49 defeat

From the standpoint of the Baldwinsville girls basketball team, a season mostly filled with elation ended in immense frustration. The no. 3 seed Bees went right to the wire with no. 2 seed Rome Free Academy in Saturday night’s Section III Class AA semifinal at SRC Arena, but could not make the baskets it needed at the end and took a 53-49 defeat to the Black Knights.

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B'ville wins first-ever sectional hockey title

Offensive flourish by Bees buries Syracuse

A long, frustrating wait for the Baldwinsville ice hockey team to snare a Section III championship is finally at an end. In a hard-fought effort Saturday at Utica Memorial Auditorium, the Bees upended Syracuse 7-4 in the Division I sectional final, scoring goals in well-timed bursts to build a big early lead, and then fending off the Cougars' furious late charge.

Bees’ Wicks, Lathrop go 1-2 at state qualifier

Kellner third in 600, also advances to compete at Cornell

An exciting 600-meter run that featured a sweep of the top two spots from Katie Wicks and Marissa Lathrop highlighted the Baldwinsville indoor track and field team’s efforts during Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifying meet at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.

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Couple accused of abandoning dog plead not guilty

Robin and William Lasher, the Fulton couple charged with abandoning their pets in the frigid woods of Lysander last month, pleaded not guilty to the charges in Lysander Town Court Feb. 25.

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Farrell, Martin and Barnell pave the way for the future

With specialties in real estate, elder law and estate planning, the attorneys at Farrell, Martin and Barnell make it their mission to help the people of Baldwinsville plan ahead. That’s been the case since the firm’s inception in 1946. Between the addition of Sara Connell Brady as a partner last year and the firm’s upcoming 70th anniversary next year, the partners are easing the transition for the firm’s future without losing sight of its storied past.

Scholarship Foundation to hold Phone-a-thon

Phones will be ringing in the Baldwinsville area on the evenings of March 1 and 8 when more than 100 Baker High School students will call residents during the annual Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Phone-a-thon, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. both Sundays. 

Volunteer Center seeking Man, Woman of the Year

The Baldwinsville Volunteer Center is looking for nominations for its Annual Man and Woman Volunteer of the Year Awards. Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 27.

Not just KBR anymore: Baker revamps PTSA

The Baker High School PTSA would like to inform you of its shift in focus — in an attempt for continuous growth, we are proud to announce we’re no longer just KBR anymore.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Vaccines vital to public health

In the Central New York area, there have been two suspected cases of mumps in local schools this winter. These reports have understandably spurred discussions and concerns and accordingly it is important to know about New York’s vaccination requirements, childhood safety, and ways you can help protect your families from diseases that were once thought to be eradicated.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Come in from the cold at the Baldwinsville Public Library

There’s a lot to do right here in the library including a rescheduled talk on Central New York’s brewing heritage at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, and Morning Coffee with elected officials, a new program scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5. Come on down and see what’s happening.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: County government heading in the right direction

While opening the receipt for my county property tax bill this week, my mind flashed over every controversial issue that confronted the legislature in 2014. To say the least, the year was full of highs and lows. However, when I looked at the bottom line of that tax bill, I knew we got the most important thing right.

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Child’s play

B’ville Nursery School raises money for playground renovation

Baldwinsville Nursery School is celebrating its 40th anniversary by raising $40,000 to revamp its playground ­­— and it’s already more than halfway to its goal.

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Rockin’ in the ‘Relay’ world

Relay for Life kicks off March 5

Though it’s not quite time to lace up your sneaks just yet, Relay for Life of Baldwinsville is holding its 1980s-themed kickoff event “Rock Out Cancer” March 5 at Baker High School.

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