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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
County agricultural council launches ‘Onondaga Grown’
The Onondaga County Agriculture Council kicked off its newest “buy local” initiative June 24 at Reeves Farms. The “Onondaga Grown” campaign seeks to promote the more than 700 farms in Onondaga County, which generate a $152 million agricultural economy.
Many people balk at the idea of paying a hefty surcharge at the ATM. But what if a portion of that surcharge went to a good cause? That’s the idea behind ATMs for Good, a project of Syracuse ATM. Kathryn Bolster, who owns Syracuse ATM, said she thought of the program as a way to bring more meaning to her work.
It is not a secret that New York is a challenging state in which to do business because of our high taxes and oppressive regulatory scheme. Some, but not all, of these policies originate out of New York City which faces different demographics and economic conditions than we do in Upstate New York.
Stewart’s Shops is looking to set down its stakes in Baldwinsville. The eastern New York-based convenience store chain known for its ice cream, which opened its first Syracuse-area shop on Morgan Road in the town of Clay in October 2014, is in talks with the village’s planning board to build a 3,975-square-foot shop at 120 Oswego St. If all goes well, the store and gas station will be open this fall.
Northwest Family YMCA celebrates opening week
Half an hour before the facility’s 5:30 a.m. opening June 8, new members of the Northwest Family YMCA began lining up at the door of Onondaga County’s newest — and biggest — YMCA.
I need your help. More precisely, I need your voices. n mid-May 2015, the sale of the former Roth Steel scrapyard, located at 800 Hiawatha Blvd. in Syracuse, was approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Margaret Cangilos-Ruiz to a Canadian company, American Iron and Metal Company.
More than 1,000 people stood in line, in groups, in the parking lot of the new Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango Tuesday waiting for the area’s newest tourist attraction to officially open its doors. Some people started lining up at 11 p.m. Monday night in order to be the first ones inside the casino.
Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access cable channel 98 for Time Warner and channel 30 for Verizon FIOS, is available 24 hours a day to provide video and information of local interest. For the convenience of the public, the schedule of the next ten programs is aired on PAC-B TV at 9 AM, noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. For anyone that missed a program on TV, many of the programs are available on the Internet. To access the previous videos online, a link is available at pacbtv.org.
Bank plans to open new branch this summer
Joseph G. Vitale, president, CEO and director of Seneca Savings, recently announced that in the summer of 2015, the bank’s Liverpool branch will be relocating.
After sinking more than $2 million into ice arena, the town of Lysander is finally turning a profit on the property — now that it’s been sold. Lysander Town Supervisor John Salisbury announced the final numbers on the town’s sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena at Monday’s town board meeting. The town’s $550,000 sale to Home Ice 1 resulted in a profit of $255,002.45, which will be added to Lysander’s general fund balance.