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New brews on tap

WT Brews opens taproom at Four Corners

Less than a year after it first opened, New York state farm brewery WT Brews has cut the ribbon to a tasting room in the village of Baldwinsville’s Four Corners. The taproom opened Friday, Sept. 25, with a tasting event held by the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce.

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From the Legislature: Investing in tourism to reduce property taxes

The Central New York economy has been changing for more than two decades, and the service and tourism industries are leading the way. Sales tax revenue generated by these emerging industries is funding county government more than ever before. Visitors — people who come here to spend their money in our hotels, restaurants and retail establishments, then leave — produce the best kind of revenue for the county.

FROM THE PUBLISHER: A new look for a new era

Eagle News redesigns, rebrands

After working throughout the summer on a new look and feel for our newspapers, I’m proud to announce in this week’s edition that the Baldwinsville Messenger and all of Eagle News’ weekly publications are launching redesigned newspapers with a modular advertising grid and expanded space for local content. Eagle is also rebranding itself under the moniker of Eagle News (formerly Eagle Newspapers) to better reflect our product line, which includes six community weekly newspapers, Syracuse Parent, Syracuse Woman Magazine, RealEstateCNY and 10 web sites.

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Same service, new face

Hudson family pleased to find someone to continue longstanding family business

After three generations, Baldwinsville auto repair shop and family business Hudson & Mowins will be in the hands of another family. Owners Greg and Cathy Hudson are selling the 69-year-old business to technician Rich Stonecypher and his wife Gwen.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Raising wage for one industry sets dangerous precedent

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the governor’s decision to convene a wage board for the purposes of considering increasing the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour.

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State: Saraceni must refund $3,000 to developer

Lysander supervisor hopeful Joe Saraceni must refund a large portion of a donation to his campaign, the state board of elections ruled last week.

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Lamson Road Water District petitions returned

The town of Lysander received the petitions in favor of the Lamson Road Water District, Supervisor John Salisbury announced at the July 27 meeting of the town board.

Lysander First accuses Saraceni of fundraising conflict

While Joe Saraceni had the support of Lysander First upon announcing his candidacy for Lysander supervisor, it seems that town board re-election seekers Melinda Shimer and Andy Reeves have withdrawn their favor in light of Saraceni’s July financial disclosure report.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Everything old is new again

Here I go again, Central New York’s biggest cheerleader, but I can’t help myself. In July I was fortunate to take three tours to see the progress, the accomplishments and the future plans of some of our community’s most iconic landmarks. I wish you were with me.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Farmers markets provide locally grown nutrition

Fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, honey, wine and cheese are all out in abundance this time of year throughout the region and will be for the next few months at local farmers’ markets. Farmers’ markets provide an opportunity to buy local and give farmers a chance to provide home-grown produce straight to the consumer. The markets are located throughout the region, and we’re fortunate to have as much fresh and homegrown produce as we do in our area.

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Chugging along

B’ville businesses unharmed by weather woes

Despite the third-wettest June on record in Central New York and closures of the New York State Canal System earlier this summer, business is still booming along the Seneca River.

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B’ville trustees give fire district another chance

A month after revoking its conditional approval of the North West Fire District’s request for an exemption from the Planned Development District zoning on Smokey Hollow Road, the village of Baldwinsville board of trustees have given new life to the NWFD’s proposal to build a fire response station. The board voted July 16 to approve the PDD exemption request after fire district officials, their attorney and developers provided the village with more information about firefighter response times, alternate sites and the size and scope of the new station.

Canton Woods needs donations from community

The Canton Woods Senior Center is in need of donations in order to continue to provide the same services to its participants. Van Buren Town Councilor Howard Tupper told the board and those in attendance at the July 7 board meeting that the center needs help from the community to continue operations.

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Welcome to B’ville

Visitor Center seeks volunteers

If you’ve ever strolled down the trail by Lock 24 and seen the volunteers chatting in their chairs on the tiny porch of the Baldwinsville Visitor Center, you might be wondering if they’re working hard or hardly working. The truth is somewhere in between those extremes; volunteer Mickie Lorenz called the two-hour shifts of directing tourists and locals alike to Baldwinsville’s greatest wonders a “pretty laid-back job.”

Boards in brief: B’ville approves carp overnights

Carp fishers might have a few more chances to dip into the Seneca River this summer. The village of Baldwinsville board of trustees approved Wild Carp Companies’ request to host overnight carp fishing events during weekends in June, July and August at the July 2 meeting.