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Local legends: B’ville’s spookiest stories

In the spirit of the Halloween season, The Baldwinsville Messenger has unearthed some lurid legends from B’ville’s past. Lysander Town Historian Bonnie Kisselstein recommended we check out the archives of Anthony J. Christopher’s “Sketches of Yesterday” column, which ran in the Messenger in the 1960s and ‘70s. A little online research revealed some more spooky spots in the area as well. Read on:

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B’ville Theatre Guild’s ‘Young Frankenstein’ captures lightning in a bottle

Electrifying performances breathe laughable life into the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s presentation of Mel Brooks’ punny parody of “Frankenstein,” the 1930s-era fright-film franchise. Directed by the Heather Jensen and produced by Jay Burris, the monstrous musical “Young Frankenstein” showcases three of Central NY’s best performers, Henry Wilson, Leila Dean and Josh Taylor.

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Farmers’ market moves indoors

Though the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are changing, Baldwinsville residents won’t have to give up easy access to local goods and produce.

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“Bark for Life” takes a bite out of cancer

You may have heard of Relay for Life — the day-long walk to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society — but have you heard of Bark for Life? This Halloween-themed, four-legged counterpart to the popular annual ACS fundraiser takes place Oct. 25 at Johnson Park in Liverpool. It’s a chance for dog lovers to show off their canines’ costumes and raise money for cancer research.

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Born too soon: One in nine babies is born premature

Cooper Smith came into the world screaming. “He screamed like no baby I’d ever heard before,” said mom Nikki Smith of Baldwinsville. It might not sound like much — many babies are born testing out their little lungs — but for Cooper, it was a big deal. After all, Nikki and husband Eric weren’t sure if Cooper would even survive long enough to be born. “The doctor turned to me — he had this really dry sense of humor,” Eric said, “and said, ‘I think he’s going to make it.’”

Taste of Baldwinsville is Oct. 18

The 14th annual Taste of Baldwinsville will take place Saturday, Oct. 18. The event features food and beverages from local businesses, as well as music, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. According to event chair Andrea Gagas, this is the largest fundraiser for the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center (BVC).

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YMCA gives sneak peek of future facility

Five hundred people RSVP’d to the Northwest Family YMCA’s preview party on the site of the Y’s future home on River Road Oct. 4. Throngs of people braved chilly, wet weather to crowd into tents packed with neon-clad YMCA volunteers handing out fliers about the new facility, healthy snacks and water bottles. With construction well underway as of May of this year, the Northwest Family YMCA (NWFY) is set to open in spring 2015. At 100,000 square feet, it will be the largest YMCA in the greater Syracuse area. The cost of the project totals $20 million, $6 million of which will come from fundraising. So far, the NFWY has raised $3.2 million.

The Adventures of Frankie: Birthday boy

Frankie’s mouth was still hanging open as Mom took his shoulders to turn him back around. Now his eyes were bulging as well. Dad was standing in front of the counter with Mr. Geddes stretching to look over his shoulder. All of Frankie’s friends had turned to see as well.

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B’ville Community Band has been showcasing local musicians for 35 years

In December 1979, Phill Sterling and a few friends founded the Baldwinsville Community Band so local musicians could jam with each other and perform for the greater Baldwinsville area. Thirty-five years later, the band numbers about 60 members and has a repertoire of more than 550 songs.

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Baker grad heads to Poland to help in orphanage

If you really want to learn about a culture, you should take the time to interact with the people. The idea is that this experience will allow you to better understand their values and beliefs. This past summer Meghan Cuddy. a 2011 C.W. Baker High School graduate, now a senior child psychology major at Canisius College, was given such a chance traveling to Poland through a platform set up by the college’s campus ministry. This opportunity came about after a long and arduous process in which Cuddy was chosen out of over 50 applicants to be part of a team of 12 heading to Poland to work as a volunteer counselor at the Zmiaca Orphanage.

The adventures of Frankie: Brain Freeze

Scrawny Ronnie, the New Kid, Pretty Paulette, Rita the Red Head, and Frankie were on a mission, single file, peddling their bicycles into town. Frankie had just caught up for the second time after slipping the chain back on. Rita was doing her best to keep up on Paulette's old bike. The new kid had told them about a new ice cream stand that just opened up. With their mouths watering, nothing was going to stop them!

The Adventures of Frankie: Showdown

Saturday was the only day of the week Mom had time to fix a big breakfast. Frankie’s eyes weren’t even open as the slightest scent of bacon floated in the air nudging him out of his deep sleep. The smell of coffee filled his nose as he took a deep breath and stretched. First thing every morning, Dad started coffee for Mom. He imagined her voice trying to wake him for school: “Stop stretching!” Frankie smiled, recalling her explanation: “You grow when you stretch!” Then he bolted upright, smile washing from his face. Eyes wide open, he shot to his feet. Today was the day and he wasn’t even ready! All week long he pestered his dad about going to the bank. He had to get that money. But now the time had come and he wasn’t even prepared!

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Baldwinsville Oktoberfest returns this weekend

Enjoy a combination of German culture and great family entertainment during the 2014 Baldwinsville Oktoberfest, which returns this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 and 13, to Baldwin Canal Square in the heart of the village.

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Humane Society of the U.S. to host New York symposium in Syracuse

Cat rescuers, animal advocates and veterinarians, along with other animal lovers, will gather on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Genesee Grand Hotel in Syracuse to discuss issues surrounding cats as part of the Humane Society of the United States’ symposium, “Rethiniking the Cat.” The free, day-long event, co-sponsored by PetSmart Charities, will provide training in two tracks: “adoptable” cats (i.e., shelter cats and rescues) and “community” cats (the feral cat population).

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A ‘Frozen’ hayride

Chengerians to feature ‘Where’s Olaf’ adventure for 40th anniversary

Chengerians in Fulton is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year by bringing back what customers have missed for 10 years: hayrides. “I asked [my customers], ‘What do you want from me this year?’ They all said, ‘Bring your hayrides back!’’” said owner Bob Chengerian. “So I approached [Terri Eggert] to bring them back ...”

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