Stories for November 2011


Wednesday, November 30

B’ville girls hoops stops ESM in opener

Monnat, Jordan rely on 3-pointers to get past Spartans

Even before it took the court for the first time in 2011-12, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team had to deal with a serious absence.

Volunteers kick off ‘Wrapsody’ holiday gift wrapping at Carousel

Carousel Center’s annual holiday gift wrapping program begins today, Nov. 30.

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B’ville students participate in Operation Christmas Child

Students at Van Buren Elementary School and Baker High School recently collected small toys, school supplies, and hygiene products to send to needy children through Operation Christmas Child, an annual worldwide collection.

Beaver Lake Nature Center holiday pancake breakfasts

Everyone is invited to ring in the holiday season with a tasty breakfast of pancakes and sausage at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Superintendent to hold special forum for district residents

Do you have a question about the Baldwinsville Central School District that you have always wanted to ask the superintendent?

B'ville Holiday Shopping Day

There will be a Holiday Shopping Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Red Mill Inn in Baldwinsville.

Every ride counts

In this season of giving, many look for ways to help others as a way to give back to the community.

Tuesday, November 29

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A Cappella Noel-A performance to benefit Christmas Bureau

A Cappella Noel-A, a concert to benefit the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., B’ville.

Library Focus: Prepare for the busy holiday season

Okay, the turkey has left the stage; you can now bring out the reindeer!

Holiday help for B'ville families

Grandparents raising grandchildren on Social Security income, families struggling with a loss of employment, one parent caring for children while the other parent is incarcerated - these are some of the challenges facing the unusually large number of local families who registered with the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau for extra help this holiday season.

Van Buren tax office makes announcement

The Van Buren Receiver of Taxes has announced that property taxes will be mailed out at the end of December.

Monday, November 28

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New owner brings new name, prices to storage facility

Store More Pay Less, LLC has acquired the indoor/outdoor self-storage facility located at 7029 Van Buren Road.

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B'ville senior signs with Duquesne University

Lauren Hughes, a senior at Baker High School and a member of the Baldwinsville girls’ varsity crew team, signs her National Letter of Intent to row with the D1 women’s crew team at Duquesne University next year.

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The Exchange Experience: ‘Seeding’ phase over, ‘sprouting’ has begun

Nick Augello, 17, is a recent Baker High School graduate who left for Japan Aug. 20 to spend the school year in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. He is residing in Kanazawa, which is on the west coast of Japan, and began attending high school there in August.

Brianne Murphy to challenge Maffei in NY-25 race

A local attorney has announced her intent to challenge Dan Maffei in the Democratic primary for New York's 25th Congressional District.

Sunday, November 27

Baldwinsville announces winter sports schedule

Baldwinsville’s 2011-12 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Friday, November 25

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Plan your route with CNY holiday light displays

Let Eagle Newspapers light your way this holiday season. We’ve created an interactive Google map with reader-submitted holiday light displays. Head to bit.ly/cnylights (all lower case) for the map, and to add your own light displays, too.

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WWII veteran visits B'ville Christian Academy

Baldwinsville resident and World War II veteran Al Alderman speaks to the first and second graders of Baldwinsville Christian Academy Thursday, Nov. 10 in celebration of Veterans' Day.

Mullarney/Alexander wed

Erin Mullarney and Shawn Alexander were married on July 30, 2011 at Word of Life Assembly of God Church with Pastor Randy Czyz officiating.

AAA announces ‘Top Shop’ award winners for quality auto repair

AAA Western and Central New York has announced its Automotive “Top Shop” winners for 2011 including Baldwinsville’s own Hudson & Mowins (62 E. Genesee St.) and Lou’s Car Care Center (7361 State Fair Boulevard).

B’ville Optimists host annual Christmas Tree fundraiser

The Baldwinsville Optimist Club’s 41st Annual Christmas Tree sales event returns Dec. 3.

Thursday, November 24

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B'ville Kiwanis race draws thousands

Thanksgiving Day event breaks last year’s record

Thanksgiving Day’s warm weather helped to break last year’s record for the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Trot.

Principal’s council established at Elden

At Elden Elementary School, Principal Tony Cardamone has established a fourth-grade and fifth-grade Principal’s Council to promote a positive school environment and to aid the Baldwinsville community with service projects.

Lysander Parks and Recreation accepting used book donations

Donations of used books are being accepted during regular office hours for the parks department’s upcoming book sale. All donations collected from the used book sale will help with Lysander Summer Day Camp Program.

Wednesday, November 23

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Five B’ville Girls’ Lax players sign letters of intent

On Nov. 12, five Baldwinsville girls’ lacrosse players signed their national letters of intent to play college lacrosse.

Thank a volunteer, nominate for B'ville honor

This week we all give thanks for various people and blessings in our life. We should also be thankful to live in such a giving community.

B’ville Police blotter: Five face DWI charges

At 12:33 a.m. Nov. 13, members of the Baldwinsville Police stopped a vehicle on E. Genesee Street for driving erratically.

A walk through the heart of Baldwinsville

I took a walk through town this week while waiting for my car to be fixed. It was notable because I think it’s only the second time in 20 years of living in Baldwinsville that I actually walked through the village.

Tuesday, November 22

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BCA congratulates All-Star players

Steve Taddeo and Victoria Ratliff represented Baldwinsville Christian Academy's Crusaderes in the Empire State Christian Athletic League All-Star Games. These games were played at Norwich High School on the night of Friday, Nov. 4.

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Thank you from the Baker HS Class of 2013

Members of Baker High School’s Class of 2013 would like to say thank you to community members for purchasing pasta during the class’ fundraiser held in October.

A Thanksgiving Poem: Coming Together

It is nice to see the young at heart that I know to come face to face.

B'ville Kiwanis Turkey Trot to benefit local children’s charities

The Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club will host the 43rd annual Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24, at Charles W. Baker High School, 29 East Oneida St., Baldwinsville.

Anheuser-Busch announces new product line in Baldwinsville

Anheuser-Busch will expand operations at its Lysander brewery embarking on a $ 7.6 million project, which will enable the packaging of innovative brands in 24-ounce cans, new to the Baldwinsville brewery.

Monday, November 21

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Sheriff's Deputies seeking missing woman

Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputies are searching for a missing woman. Trina Brennen, 26, was last seen at 401 Butternut Street in Syracuse at 11:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18.

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Hudson & Mowins goes 'green'

Baldwinsville auto shop installs solar panels

Greg and Cathy Hudson are being environmentally responsible. As the owners of Hudson & Mowins, a domestic and foreign auto repair shop in Baldwinsville, the two recently completed installation of solar panels on their building's roof enabling them to harvest their own electricity from the sun.

Support B’ville library

Barnes & Noble fundraiser to be held Nov. 26

The third annual book fair to benefit the Baldwinsville Public Library will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Barnes & Noble bookstore, 3956 Route 31 in Clay.

Meeting residents a pleasure

I would like thank all of the voters who came out to cast their ballots this season in general election for the 13th district seat on the Onondaga County Legislature.

Sunday, November 20

B'ville volleyball drops state AA final to Penfield

Bees lose five-set battle after 5-1 Saturday record

By just a handful of points, the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team missed out on a second consecutive New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA title. The Bees fell in five sets to Section V opponent Penfield in Sunday's championship match at Glens Falls Civic Center, reversing results from the day before, when B'ville beat the Patriots in both sets of round-robin play.

Friday, November 18

State Police target drivers using cell phones

State Police will be targeting motorists using their cell phones while driving this Thanksgiving weekend.

Thursday, November 17

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Let there be light

Clay man tunes light display to music

For the majority of the 16 years Chris and Christine Hussak have lived in their home, there have not been any Christmas lights hanging from the house come holiday time. That’s a stark contrast from the more than 20,000 lights that adorn their Carmel Drive front yard this year.

Absentee ballots counted; no race results change

After a counting of the absentee ballots this morning, Board of Elections Commissioner Ed Ryan says results of the close Election Day races remain the same.

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Nine CBA students achieve perfect scores on SAT/ACT test sections

CBA is proud to announce the following students achieved perfect scores on SAT or ACT standardized test sections.

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B’ville agency seeks to aid working poor

There was no mission in mind when a group of Baldwinsville volunteers got together for breakfast this summer.

Be active in Lysander government

I would like to congratulate John Salisbury, Andy Reeves, Melinda Shimer and Charles Mantione on their election victories.

Orange rips Manhattan, Albany in NIT games

SU now 3-0, heads to MSG to face Oklahoma State

On back-to-back nights, the Syracuse men’s basketball team diced through the opening phases of the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament and earned yet another appearance at Madison Square Garden.

Special (Coach) K

Wins record only small part of Duke coach's story

Mike Krzyzewski is right when he says that his record win total for Division I coaches, 903 and counting, is just a number. Other guys actually played those games, hit those clutch baskets, grabbed those tough rebounds and sank those tense free throws.

Wednesday, November 16

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B'ville Rotary distributes hundreds of dictionaries

The Baldwinsville Rotary Club recently distributed dictionaries to all third graders in the Baldwinsville School District including St. Mary's, Word of Life and Baldwinsville Christian Academy. In addition, all home schooled third graders received a new dictionary.

Y to host informational open house

Northwest Family Y officials will host an informational open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Community Room at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

Administrators begin review of 2012-13 district budget

The Baldwinsville Central School District has begun developing the 2012-13 budget. This month district administrators will begin presenting their budget components to the Board of Education.

Tuesday, November 15

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Does commercial traffic ban on the Parkway take it too far?

Jim Nels is fed up. Nels, of Baldwinsville, is a business owner who drives a Chevy pickup truck that stands just over six feet tall. “I have commercial plates on my truck because I use it for work, and I use Onondaga Lake Parkway frequently,” Nels said. “It’ll cost me and my workers more time and energy to drive around the Parkway. I would say there are tens of thousands of pickups, vans, Jeeps – all low commercial vehicles – that use the Parkway every week. Do you think any of them have hit that bridge?” Nels is one of many drivers annoyed that the New York State Department of Transportation will soon enact a commercial traffic ban on Onondaga Lake Parkway, one of the most traveled routes between the city of Syracuse and the northern suburbs. According to the DOT, restricting all commercial vehicles from using the Parkway is the only way to ensure travelers’ safety on the route.

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Students introduce peers to German

German 4 and 5 students from Baker High School spent several consecutive Friday afternoons in October teaching German vocabulary to students in the classrooms of teachers Frank Cutie and Wendi Hitchcock at Durgee Junior High School.

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B’ville PD announces new staff

At the Nov. 3 Village of Baldwinsville board meeting, Chrissy A. Allen was promoted to the position of Police Agent (Sergeant) with the Baldwinsville Police Department. Agent Allen replaces Police Agent John C. Merritt who retired on Oct. 30, 2011, following a distinguished 34-year career with the department.

Lysander 1st grateful for support

We sincerely thank the people of the town of Lysander for the confidence and support they showed us during the recent election season.

Election represents ‘new day’

As a 36-year resident of Lysander, I now look forward to a “new day”… town government that truly represents all the residents, not just a few.

Library Focus: Get your tickets for Nook Color giveaway

Computers can make life easier and more connected.

Lysander Colonial Holiday Sale features made in America items

Fall is in the air and Christmas is right around the corner. That means it’s time for the Annual Colonial Holiday Sale.

New engineering, law firms sought for Lysander

Lysander 1st seeks proposals from law firms and engineering firms who would consider working with the Town of Lysander, as well as resumes from individuals who would like to be considered for the vacancy on the Lysander Town Board.

Monday, November 14

Lysander tax rate up 1.1 percent

Lysander officials have approved the 2012 town budget, which reduces spending by one percent.

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Third graders receive art gift

Teacher Shana Smegelsky’s third-grade class at McNamara Elementary School recently received a gift of art supplies from the school’s PTA for having the most entries in the PTA’s Reflections art contest.

Chamber supports YMCA

Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce announces their support for the YMCA Expansion in the Greater Baldwinsville Area.

Support appreciated

Even though the political race was uncontested, I want to sincerely thank you for your vote of confidence as your supervisor.

Thank you for support

I would like to thank the voters of the Town of Van Buren for their votes in the recent election. It is truly a pleasure to serve the residents of this town and I thank you for allowing me to do so again for the next four years.

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Volunteer Fair boasts many opportunities

Elaine Sartwell, left, and Ellen Stevens of B’ville Cares manned a booth at the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center’s Volunteer Recruitment Fair held recently at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

Sunday, November 13

B’ville soccer ousted in Class AA regional final

Shenendehowa gets early goal, edges Bees 1-0

Part of the routine, when winning five consecutive Section III Class AA championships, is having a shot at a much bigger prize down the road. To this point, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team have not quite reached that point, still in search of a first-ever state championship.

Peinkofer finishes seventh at state cross country meet

Miller also runs for B'ville in girls Class A meet

Baldwinsville’s cross country team had a presence in both of the Class A races at Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.

Saturday, November 12

Volleyball Bees sweep again, return to Glens Falls

B'ville beats Shenendehowa in Class AA regional

As it steamrolled past the Section III Class AA competition again this fall, the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team rarely had the need to call a time-out, since it rarely got in any trouble. That changed, though, in Saturday's Class AA regional playoff match at Cicero-North Syracuse, where the Bees did decide to regroup - and it directly led to a three-set sweep of Shenendehowa.

Friday, November 11

Train derails on city's southside; residents evacuated

A train derailment on the city's southside has caused traffic delays. The train cars came off the track near Moore Avenue and East Colvin Street. One of those trains includes a propane tank, the other is full of soy beans.

Police blotter: Two face DWI charges, more

At 11:54 p.m. Oct. 21, Officer J.S. Cerankowski observed a vehicle fail to signal when turning from River Street onto W. Genesee Street.

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Syracuse Home receives Eldercare Appreciation award

The Syracuse Home Association was recently presented with the Eldercare Corporate Champion Award at the Eldercare Foundation’s “Gift of Age” Cabaret.

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B'ville's Wilder joins Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York has hired Lee A. Wilder, of Baldwinsville, as house program manager.

RCA decision reprehensible

We find your recent decision to switch from a position of neutrality regarding YMCA plans for Drakes Landing to be reprehensible.

Lysander tax rate up 1.1 percent

Lysander officials have approved the 2012 town budget, which reduces spending by one percent.

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B'ville: Three turn 11 on 11-11-11

Baldwinsville’s Brandon Formoza, left, Keegan Phillips, center, and Jonathan Formoza all celebrated their 11th birthday on Nov. 11, (2011).

Thursday, November 10

Downfall and ruin

Sad Penn Stage saga about more than Paterno

When you address the sudden, shocking downfall of Joe Paterno, there is a small story and large story to consider.

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B'ville kids learn 'pumpkin' math

Kindergarteners at Van Buren Elementary School celebrated Halloween with a lesson in pumpkin math.

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Register now for B'ville Rotary lunch

The annual Senior Citizen Holiday Luncheon, hosted by the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Route 31 in Clay.

Anheuser-Busch Pub Crawl held Friday in B'ville

The Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a part of the fourth Annual Syracuse Beer Week by holding the annual Anheuser-Busch's Pub Crawl.

Silver Fox Senior Day Center to offer special Veteran’s Day programs

Silver Fox Senior Social Club in Baldwinsville is planning an afternoon of celebration for Veteran’s Day this Friday, Nov. 11.

Wednesday, November 9

Girls volleyball Bees cruise to another sectional title

B'ville boys drop AA final to Oswego in four sets

In order to get a shot at back-to-back state Class AA championships, the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team first had to make sure that another Section III title was tucked away. That didn't turn out to be much of a problem, though, as the Bees earned a three-set sweep of Cicero-North Syracuse in the AA final Wednesday night at the CNS gymnasium.

Newly elected layout plan for Lysander

Even though the outcome of this year’s town election was decided yesterday, the winning Lysander First group isn’t wasting any time getting to work.

Air 1 called to brush fire and farm accident in Van Buren

Last night Onondaga County Sheriff's Department's Air-1 was called help combat a brush fire and medevac the victim of a tractor accident.

Lysander wipes slate clean with new representation

Lysander residents have chosen a new slate of representatives.

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New business announced for Lysander

Local company to build, operate from Radisson Industrial Park

BACO Controls plans to buy land and build office and warehousing facilities in the Radisson Industrial Park Lysander, Town Supervisor Barry Bullis announced last week.

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Third-graders raise money for 9/11 Memorial

On Nov. 2, the third-grade classes of McNamara Elementary School presented a check to their neighbor, the Baldwinsville/Lakeside Fire Station #2, to help fund the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Department’s 9/11 Memorial.

Racino opposition financially backed by Turning Stone

The Onondaga County Legislature met on Nov. 1 in their regular session for the month. A memorializing resolution for the proposed racino and hotel for the convention center was the hot topic on the agenda.

Tuesday, November 8

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Shepard wins 13th district in Onondaga County Legislature

Residents of the 13th district of the Onondaga County Legislature have chosen new representation in Derek Shepard.

Van Buren election results in

The unofficial votes are in for the 2012 Van Buren election, which saw no contested seats.

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Syracuse Home benefits from doll house, quilt raffle

The McHarrie Life Auxiliary will raffle off the pictured dollhouse, made and donated by Beverly Selby, and a quilt, made and donated by Nancy Fredette, at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at Syracuse Home. Proceeds from the raffles will benefit the activities department at Syracuse Home.

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Hunters’ corner: B'ville youth tags first doe

Sean Barron, 15, of Baldwinsville is pictured with his first doe of the bow hunting season.

RCA supports Y in Radisson, planning board responds saying next step is up to Y

Michael Bryant, chairman of the Lysander Planning Board, submitted the following two letters regarding the proposed YMCA at the corner of Route 31 and Drakes Landing in Radisson.

B’ville Latin teacher honored for dedication, service

The Classical Association of the Empire State has awarded Joanne Melton, who teaches Latin at Durgee Junior High School and Baker High School, the Morton E. Spillenger Award to honor her for her service to the association.

Monday, November 7

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Shootout lifts B'ville past F-M in AA soccer final

Teams share sectional title; Bees advance for fifth year in a row

Accustomed to stopping the shots flying toward him, Alex Bono now faced the simple task of putting the ball in the net himself. When he did, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team was on its way to the state Class AA tournament for the fifth year in a row, having survived a tense penalty-kick shoot-out with Fayetteville-Manlius in Monday night's Section III Class AA final at Liverpool High School Stadium.

Proposed spending, revenues down in Lysander

Lysander officials have reduced spending one percent in the proposed 2012 town budget.

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May seeks 13th District Onondaga County seat

Residents of District One, which includes the town of Lysander and portions of the town of Clay, will see a change in representation come Jan.1. Brian May, a current councilor on the Lysander Town Board, has thrown his hat in the ring for the county legislator position representing the first district and is running unopposed.

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Van Buren bus drivers honored

On Oct. 21, Van Buren Elementary School honored its bus drivers with an appreciation breakfast to thank them for their dedication to transporting students safely to and from school.

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B'ville: DAR welcomes guest speaker

On Oct. 13, the Betsy Baldwin Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter featured guest speaker, Virginia Miller, a member of the General Asa Danforth Chapter in Syracuse.

State Launches Gold Alert System

There was good news last month that will better protect vulnerable adults. The State launched its Missing Adult Alert system. The Gold Alert is similar to the Amber Alert but would be used only for missing adults.

Durgee to present ‘Once On This Island’

Durgee Junior High School will present the musical “Once On This Island,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 in the auditorium of Baker High School. The musical is a calypso-flavored retelling of the traditional “Little Mermaid” tale and focuses on the effects social class divisions have on love.

Onondaga County towns at odds with county over snowplow costs

Area town supervisors and the county Department of Transportation are working to plow through a bitter battle over snow removal procedures this winter on county roads. Four towns in Onondaga County — Camillus, Clay, Manlius and Otisco — have expressed their intent not to plow county roads within their town lines, starting Dec. 1. Traditionally, the county has paid the towns a base rate for snow plowing on county roads, by town workers. DeWitt has not decided what they will do, yet.

Sunday, November 6

Peinkofer, Miller advance to state cross country meet

B'ville boys finish third in Class A; girls have fifth-place showing

Though Baldiwnsville’s cross country teams got swallowed up (like everyone else) by powerful Fayetteville-Manlius in Saturday’s Section III Class A championship meet at Jamesville Beach Park, it didn’t keep Alec Peinkofer and Rachael Miller from advancing further.

Girls volleyball Bees advance to AA final

B'ville has one-sided sweeps of Corcoran, Oswego

Two easy victories have put Baldwinsville's girls volleyball team within reach of yet another Section III Class AA title.

B’ville girls swimmers take fourth at Class A meet

Sidroakis, Parker, Martin have top individual efforts

Baldwinsville’s girls swim team would get a big test against all of the area’s top competitors during last week’s Section III championship meet at Nottingham High School.

Friday, November 4

‘Y’ does this have to be political?

After reading all of the news in the last few weeks about the Northwest area YMCA: Village of Baldwinsville and Town of Van Buren resolutions and pledges of support; "anonymous" $500k donation; the JAM ad on the back of the Messenger this week; and finally the RCA Board decision to back the YMCA at the 98,000 square foot size, I have to ask why the YMCA has become a political issue?

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Sheriff's deputies seek sign stealing suspect

After losing literally dozens of their political campaign signs to theft and vandalism, the candidates of Lysander First report that the local police are now seeking a suspect in the alleged crimes.

The intoxication of winning

Skaneateles football saga a reflection of larger story

What to say now, with the Skaneateles football saga at an end? A 9-0 team, proud of its accomplishments, is sidelined through the faults and transgressions of others.

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Elden prepares for Veteran’s Day concert

Second-graders at Elden Elementary School rehearse under the direction of music teacher Katrina Kahl for a special Veteran’s Day concert, to be held at the school at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10.

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B’ville woman recognized for devotion

Lois Mayo is a volunteer extraordinaire.

Vote Rode-Ellis-Shimer

Do you believe the current Republican regime has been corrupted by decades of power? Do you believe Democrats are evil and can’t vote for one?

Rode represents change

My name is Kathy Ward Rode. I am Kevin’s mother. I lived in the town of Lysander for over 50 years.

Re-elect Judge Rutherford

I am writing this letter to encourage voters in Lysander to re-elect Judge Claire Rutherford to another term as town justice.

Reeves information inaccurate

Lysander Town Councilor candidate Andrew Reeves’s letter in the Oct. 26 edition of the Baldwinsville Messenger contains inaccurate information.

Thursday, November 3

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Three candidates vie for Lysander supervisor seat

Lysander residents will have three candidates to choose from when selecting a Town of Lysander Supervisor.

Who is Bob Ellis

My name is Mary Ellis and my husband, Bob Ellis is running for town council for the Town of Lysander.

JAM not about dirty politics

The 2011 election campaign is drawing to a close. I for one will be glad to have Tuesday, Nov. 8, come, and the election settled.

Is councilor’s candidacy a conflict of interest?

Running for election this fall with Lysander town supervisor, Barry Bullis, are councilor candidates Norm Ashbarry and Bob Ellis.

Lysander 1st lacks vision

I have lived in Lysander and watched our community grow for over 30 years.

B’ville ranked among top 50 Upstate school districts

The Baldwinsville Central School District is ranked number 38 in overall academics out of 431 school districts in Upstate New York, according to a new Business First study.

Wednesday, November 2

B'ville boys volleyball rallies, reaches Class AA final

Bees edge CNS in five sets, to meet Oswego for title

On the brink of seeing its season end, the Baldwinsville boys volleyball team pulled out of trouble and will live to see at least one more match in 2011. The no. 2 seed Bees made two different comebacks to beat no. 3 seed Cicero-North Syracuse in five sets in a tense, action-filled Section III Class AA semifinal Wednesday night at the Baker High School gym.

Spending up 2.1 percent in Van Buren

Van Buren officials passed the 2012 budget in a 6 to 1 vote Tuesday, Nov. 1. With an overall budget of $5,247,048, spending increased by 2.17 percent, or $113,716, over 2011.

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Trial to continue for 32 Hancock Air Base drone protesters

The Hancock 38, who were arrested after protesting the piloting program for unmanned drones, are set to go to trial Tuesday in the town of DeWitt.

B'ville: Learn about Reiki’s natural healing

Local Reiki master offers library talk on healing energy

Every living thing on this earth uses energy, and if Albert Einstein is to be believed, every bit of matter is actually made of energy.

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Leadership team addresses sensitive issues

On Oct. 21, members of Durgee Junior High School’s Leadership Team led roundtable discussions on sensitive school topics in all of the school’s eighth-grade social studies classes.

Re-elect Bullis

I am writing to express my support for the re-election of Lysander Town Supervisor Barry Bullis.

Make a difference on Nov. 8

My name is Kevin Rode, and I am running for Lysander Town Supervisor.

Van Buren: Finally, it all makes sense

The Oct. 20 edition of the Post Standard placed the property tax increase in the town of Van Buren in proper perspective.

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Baker to present ‘The Crucible’

Baker High School will present Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 in the school’s black box theater in the auditorium.

B'ville, F-M reach boys soccer AA final

Bees survive shootout with CNS; Hornets rally past F-M 2-1

Baldwinsville and Fayetteville-Manlius earned spots in the Section III Class AA boys soccer championship game by winning tight semifinals Tuesday night at Liverpool High School Stadium.

Tuesday, November 1

Vote for qualified candidates in Lysander

As a resident and public servant for over 20 years in the Town of Lysander, I have known and worked with Barry Bullis, Claire Rutherford, Norm Ashbarry and Bob Ellis who are running for town offices this November.

Shepard has what it takes

On Nov. 8, residents in the Town of Van Buren, Elbridge and part of Camillus will have an opportunity to make a change in the County Legislature by going to the polls and voting for Derek Shepard.

Vote Warner for county

I am writing in support of County Legislator Bob Warner who is running for re-election in the 13th district on the Conservative party line and is the only candidate that has received the Conservative party endorsement.

Library Focus: Don’t miss out on library book sale

The winds are colder and the days are shorter. There is still plenty to do but there are days when you just won’t feel like doing it.

Lysander Parks and Recreation accepting used book donations

Donations of used books are being accepted during regular office hours for the parks department’s upcoming book sale. All donations collected from the used book sale will help with Lysander Summer Day Camp Program.

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Calling all B'ville preschoolers

Radisson Nursery School has openings for 3- and 4-year-old children.

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Three candidates vie for county seat in Van Buren

Residents of the 13th District of Onondaga County will have three candidates to choose from when selecting their county legislator. Jim Scaramuzzino is running on the Democratic and Working Families tickets, Derek Shepard is running on the Republican and Independent tickets and Bob Warner, the incumbent, is running on the Conservative ticket.

B'ville native is now coach at St. Bonaventure

Ryan Lynn was LeMoyne assistant for two years

Baldwinsville native Ryan Lynn is getting his chance to coach women’s lacrosse at the NCAA Division I level. Lynn, who was assistant coach at LeMoyne College the last two seasons, was named the head coach at St. Bonaventure University in Olean earlier this fall.