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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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).
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 ...”
There’s still time to register online
More than 125 cyclists are on board for this year’s Syracuse Ride for Missing Children, sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), to be held on Friday, Sept. 26. It begins and ends at the CNY Family Sports Center on Jones Road in the town of Van Buren.
Meg Van Patten makes a mean cake. She has proven so time and time again, not just with family and friends, but by winning year after year in culinary competitions at the Great New York State Fair. The Baldwinsville Public Library director boasts more than 50 ribbons ranging from Honorable Mention to First Place.
The popular Golden Harvest Festival returns to Beaver Lake Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7. Now in its 37th year, this old-fashioned, country fair-style event has something for everyone. Hands-on nature activities, horse-drawn hayrides, free canoeing, fresh doughnuts, live animal demonstrations, unique games, great shopping with local artists and crafters and an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment round out the weekend. Audience participation has long been a mainstay of the program as visitors serve as both contestants and judges in the signature Living Scarecrow, Wild Critter Call, and Pie Eating contests.
Registration is now open
A new race is in the works and set to be held in the town of Lysander. “The E-Race Cancer Half Marathon and 5K started out as a desire to tie a running event into the Lysander Fall Festravaganza, set for the second Sunday in September,” said co-organizer Michelle Samoraj. “Saturday, the day prior to the Fall Festravaganza (Sept. 14), seemed like the perfect day to hold Baldwinsville’s only half marathon and 5K running event.”
Too often, veterans returning home from combat zones aren’t getting the support they need. That’s especially true if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an often silent disability triggered by a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. While PTSD can happen to anyone who has experienced trauma, it’s particularly common in veterans; while it occurs in approximately 7 to 8 percent of the general population, 11 to 20 percent of Afghanistan or Iraq vets, 10 percent of Gulf War vets and 30 percent of Vietnam vets suffer from PTSD. In order to support these veterans, a group of volunteers has organized a benefit called the Victory for Vets Country Music Festival to take place Aug. 16 at Sharkey’s in Liverpool. The proceeds from the event will go to Clear Path for Veterans, a nonprofit based in Chittenango that provides support for returning veterans, including peer-to-peer support, classes, service dogs and more.
Donation sparked by Smithfield tornado and East Syracuse storm damage
In the wake of the tornado and severe storms that hit Central New York on July 8, the Syracuse Crunch recently raised more than $1,000 for the American Red Cross through a jersey auction fundraiser. The money raised will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which will be used to help provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance for victims of future disasters.
A new race is in the works and set to be held in the town of Lysander. “The E-Race Cancer Half Marathon and 5K started out as a desire to tie a running event into the Lysander Fall Festravaganza, set for the second Sunday in September,” said co-organizer Michelle Samoraj. “Saturday, the day prior to the Fall Festravaganza (Sept. 13), seemed like the perfect day to hold Baldwinsville’s only half marathon and 5k running event.”