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Canton Woods Senior Center: Happy birthday, Eleanor Schurman!

Canton Woods Senior Center recently had the honor of hosting Eleanor Schurman’s 105th birthday celebration.

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Library focus: Stay busy and dry at BPL

The combination of summer reading signup (still in progress) and the monsoon season kept things extremely lively at the library last week. I’m hoping that the rain ceases, but if it doesn’t we have plenty of activities and tasty takeouts at the library, both in the building and online.

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Baldwinsville History Mystery: Do you know anything about this picture?

Question: This photo shows one of the many rural communities within the Greater Baldwinsville area. Can you identify the community and the two churches?

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EDITORIAL: Keep your kids safe online

Now that the kids are home from school, they may be spending more time online. That means it’s up to you as parents to make sure they’re surfing safely. Here are some tips to keep your kids safe online:

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.

First Baptist Church marks 200th anniversary

With a new name and a new direction, the former First Baptist Church of Baldwinsville — now Savior’s Church — is observing its 200th anniversary with a historical retrospective and celebration July 11.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Food $en$e available at Canton Woods

Canton Woods participates in Food $en$e, which is run by the Food Bank of CNY. This fantastic program is designed to help stretch your monthly food budget. Each month the Food Bank offers a package of groceries valued at $30 for just $15.50.There is no age or income eligibility requirement for this program, and you may use your SNAP benefit. All packages must be preordered and prepaid. Packages are available for pick up at a later designated date. Call Canton Woods for more information.

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Library focus: Check out July’s programs at BPL

July is here with an amazing raft of programs, entertainment, crafts and opportunities for all ages including storytimes, summer reading games, crafts for kids, movies, music, tech classes and so much more! Come on down and join the fun you’ll be glad you did.  

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Baldwinsville History Mystery: Do you know anything about this picture?

The rain-slicked pavement and trees in early bud tell us that this photo was taken in the spring. Can you identify the business, its location or the year the photo was taken?

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EDITORIAL: Stay safe in the sun

As you enjoy some fun in the sun this Fourth of July, it’s important to protect your body’s largest organ: the skin.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Legislation that should be a ‘no-brainer’

There are times during the legislative session in Albany that you just scratch your head and think, “This is a ‘no-brainer.’” Two such bills were passed last week by the New York State Assembly, and each I am proud to have voted for.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Don’t forget to fill out the transportation survey

I hope you noticed the transportation survey printed in last week’s Messenger. Please take a few moments to complete the survey and return to Canton Woods, Baldwinsville Village Hall, the Lysander Town Hall or Van Buren Town Hall. If you missed the survey, you can pick a copy up at the locations mentioned above. Thank you for providing this valuable information.

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Marooned on Lock 24

Canal closure keeps boaters in B’ville

There are worse places to be stranded than the village of Baldwinsville. But to be stuck in the village without a car or a place to pump out your boat for a period bordering on two weeks is a bit much, according to a group of boaters who are biding their time until the New York State Canal System re-opens. “If we’re stranded, this is where I would pick to be stranded,” said Ralph Azersky, a Binghamton native who now calls New Bern, North Carolina, home.

Guest column: Local urgent care provides insight on the rising concern of tick-borne illnesses 

Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner bringing longer days, warmer weather and, unfortunately, tick bites. With a number of tick bite cases already being seen across all of Five Star Urgent Care’s Upstate New York facilities, transmission of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme and Powassan, are becoming a concern. The best means of handling tick-borne infections is through preventing a tick bite from happening in the first place.

Father Scardella going to extreme measures to balance St. Mary’s Academy budget

Father Joseph Scardella, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Baldwinsville, is going to extreme measures to fill a deficit in the St. Mary’s Academy school budget. Scardella will be walking 14 miles on June 18 — from the former St. Mary School in Fulton to St. Mary’s Academy in Baldwinsville — if he is able to raise a minimum of $25,000.