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Patriot Guard Riders remember friend in 60-mile tribute bike run

Forty-nine bikes with 93 Patriot Guard Riders toured the village streets of Baldwinsville Aug. 9 during a 60-mile memorial bike run for their friend, Douglas Michael West (known as Mike/Mohawk). West died last year on May 29 in a bike accident. Saturday would have been his 60th birthday.

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Golden Harvest Festival kicks off fall in Central New York

The popular Golden Harvest Festival returns to Beaver Lake Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7. Now in its 37th year, this old-fashioned, country fair-style event has something for everyone. Hands-on nature activities, horse-drawn hayrides, free canoeing, fresh doughnuts, live animal demonstrations, unique games, great shopping with local artists and crafters and an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment round out the weekend. Audience participation has long been a mainstay of the program as visitors serve as both contestants and judges in the signature Living Scarecrow, Wild Critter Call, and Pie Eating contests.

E-Race Cancer Half-Marathon set for Sept. 13

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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PAC-B offers volunteers a chance to widen their circles

Longtime volunteer Joe Loffredo shares his experience with the public access channel

Joe Loffredo is a man of action. Sixteen years ago, when the newly-retired teacher realized Baldwinsville's public access channel wasn't broadcasting the school district's board of education meetings, he took matters into his own hands. "I saw the Lysander, Van Buren and village [meetings] but no board of education," he said. "So I called up Norma Goodman and I said, 'Where's the BOE?' and she said there's nobody there to do it. I said, 'Okay, I'll do it.'"

There is truth to what 'they' say

So they say that after you adopt, you're sure to become pregnant. Well, there's truth to that particular adage, though I didn't think it spoke to me. I was wrong ...

Baldwinsville announces fall sports schedule

Girls volleyball Bees to defend state Class AA title

Among the many stories going into the Baldwinsville fall sports season is seeing whether the girls volleyball team can earn another state Class AA championship after taking the title for the second time a year ago in Glens Falls. Here is the fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Voters oppose building new fire station

Voters turned down an opportunity to build a new fire station on Tuesday. The Lakeside Fire District, which includes Seneca Knolls and the southern part of Van Buren, proposed spending no more than $6.2 million to demolish the current station and replace it with a new facility at its current location, 1002 State Fair Blvd.

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Sharkey’s to host country music festival for Clear Path for Veterans

Too often, veterans returning home from combat zones aren’t getting the support they need. That’s especially true if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an often silent disability triggered by a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. While PTSD can happen to anyone who has experienced trauma, it’s particularly common in veterans; while it occurs in approximately 7 to 8 percent of the general population, 11 to 20 percent of Afghanistan or Iraq vets, 10 percent of Gulf War vets and 30 percent of Vietnam vets suffer from PTSD. In order to support these veterans, a group of volunteers has organized a benefit called the Victory for Vets Country Music Festival to take place Aug. 16 at Sharkey’s in Liverpool. The proceeds from the event will go to Clear Path for Veterans, a nonprofit based in Chittenango that provides support for returning veterans, including peer-to-peer support, classes, service dogs and more.

On the campaign trail: Maffei releases first TV ad

Congressman Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) has released his first television campaign ad, sparking sharp criticism from the opposition. Maffei’s ad, a 30-second spot entitled “Hard Work,” features the congressman visiting with small businessmen and –women, chatting with senior citizens and posing with his family. The ad asserts that Maffei, too, is sick of Congressional gridlock and perks and is working hard to get rid of them.

Residents hold meeting to oppose Toomey Residential boys' group home on Doyle Road

On Wednesday, Aug. 6, concerned Lysander residents held an informational meeting at the Baldwinsville Public Library to oppose construction of a mental health facility in their area.

Nizmais third at NYS Amateur Championship

B'ville golf star contends for top honors in Rochester

Just before the high school boys golf season gets underway, Baldwinsville’s Christian Nizamis culminated a summer of amateur competition with a strong third-place finish in the junior division of this week’s New York State Boys and Girls Amateur Championship.

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Syracuse Crunch raises funds for Red Cross Disaster Relief

Donation sparked by Smithfield tornado and East Syracuse storm damage

In the wake of the tornado and severe storms that hit Central New York on July 8, the Syracuse Crunch recently raised more than $1,000 for the American Red Cross through a jersey auction fundraiser. The money raised will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which will be used to help provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance for victims of future disasters.

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B’ville Little League softball team reaches milestones

"Fire Bees" claim District 8, NY State Senior championships

Little was expected of Baldwinsville Little League’s 14-16 softball team in mid-July when it entered the post-season phase of its spring and summer season – which only made the ultimate result that much more sweet.

Chapter 15: The Adventures of Frankie

Just enough rope

“Wow Ronnie, what happened to your eye?” Mr. Dwyer asked as he swung open the screen door to let him in. “Nice shiner dude,” Frankie commented as he walked in from the kitchen.

Chapter 14 The Adventures of Frankie

Toothy grin

Frankie’s fingers were dug so deep into the cushions of the armrest, surely they would leave an indentation. Probably on the wood underneath as well! His mom hadn’t been in the dentist’s chair for more than fifteen minutes, but that was long enough. Frankie was ready to bolt.

Lakeside fire district to hold vote on new building

A small crowd gathered last Thursday for the final informational meeting on the Lakeside Fire District’s proposition to build a new station. The Lakeside Fire District, which includes Seneca Knolls and the southern part of Van Buren, is proposing a no more than $6.2 million project to demolish the station and replace it with a new facility at its current location, 1002 State Fair Blvd.

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FACES: Meet Andy Derby, chief lock operator, Lock E-24

Residence: Cato Occupation: Chief lock operator Lock E-24 for five years.

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Dave Capucilli Memorial Golf Tournament to be held Sept. 7

"Everyone else matters." Matt Capucilli had a dream that his late brother David said this to him. The dream came just hours after Dave died. The life Matt's brother led made a lasting impression.

BPL to host first annual Comic Con

Calling all comic fans! The Baldwinsville Public Library will be holding its first-ever comic convention later this month, complete with competitions, cosplay (the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book or video game, particularly one from the Japanese genres of Manga and Anime), gaming, vendors and a chance to meet with authors of this unique genre.

One energy tax eliminated, others still heavy hitting

My office receives a lot of inquiries from constituents who wonder why their energy bills are so high. These inquiries are well founded, as New Yorkers pay some of the highest residential energy costs in the nation. In fact, New York’s energy costs rank in the top five highest in the country. We pay on average 19.56 cents per kilowatt hour - significantly higher than what customers pay in other states.

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