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Keeping it local

Small businesses encourage shoppers to stay home for the holidays

Big box stores may be convenient, but it’s small businesses that keep the economy going. To help promote that idea, the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce kicked off the holiday shopping season with a selfie contest on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28, promising prizes of gift certificates to B’ville businesses. In addition to the contest, the chamber publicized its members’ Small Business Saturday discounts and other delights for eager holiday shoppers.

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Lysander Town Board clashes over incentive zoning

Despite the efforts of Councilors Bob Geraci and Roman Diamond to delay it, the Lysander Town Board has referred Marden Associates’ Melvin Farm incentive zoning application to the planning board, the zoning board of appeals and the Onondaga County Planning Board for review.

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VAN BUREN: Parks and rec department to purchase 16 ‘Knockerballs’

For those not in the know, Knockerball — also known as “bubble soccer” — is a sport in which players wear large, inflatable plastic bubbles and attempt to knock each other over. “So it’s like dodgeball — and you’re it,” Councilor Ron Dudzinski said at the Nov. 4 town board meeting.

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Farmers from a foreign land

Migrant workers fill labor gap on area farms

Marin Saenz is one of 52 migrant laborers on Reeves Farm who works through the H2A visa program, which gives temporary work visas to foreign laborers to perform seasonal farm work. Brian Reeves said the farm has been participating in the program for about nine years.

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How sweet it is

Speach Family Candy Shoppe celebrates 95 years

For four generations, the Speach Family Candy Shoppe has been supplying Syracuse’s sweet tooth with its renowned brickle, chocolate bars and more. Now, owner Michael Speach is giving back to the community and his fellow small business owners with Speach’s 95th Anniversary Celebration.

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Lysander waits for county on incentive zoning

The incentive zoning application for the proposed 37-home Cabbage Patch development within the Whispering Oaks subdivision is still waiting to be reviewed by the Onondaga County Planning Board, Supervisor John Salisbury said Oct. 15.

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Bye-bye, book drop

Owner to remove book donation box after people left garbage

After weeks of trash accumulating around the Better World Books drop box in the River Mall Plaza on Downer Street, the town of Van Buren says the property owner hauled away the piles of electronics, carpet, clothing and other junk the morning of Oct. 16.

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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.