Now that the warmer weather is back, outside events are becoming popular again. One of the first to make its debut this year is the Spring FESTravaganza, a close cousin to last year’s successful Fall FESTravaganza, which drew approximately 3,000 people.
The Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club held its annual catch and release fishing derby over this past weekend. Approximately 60 people bundled up to participate on the chilly Saturday morning, but only one fish was caught — by hand. A Baldwinsville resident was able to catch a feisty two-inch crappie (of the sunfish family) from the waters off Mercer Park.
The Baldwinsville Kiwanis annual Fishing Derby will take place on Saturday, April 19 at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. Free fishing poles, donated by the B'ville Kiwanis Club, will be given to the first 35 kids that show up that morning. Registration is free and begins at 8 a.m. The event runs until 11 a.m. For all children up to age 11. After the tournament, free lunch will be provided. For more information, call Tony Saraceni at 409-6503.
There will be plenty of things for folks to do at Beaver Lake Nature Center during the week of school vacation, from Monday, April 21 to Friday, April 25, all free with admission. The following activities will take place Monday through Friday of that week:
Spring is slowly working its way back to this region, thawing what’s left of the ice and snow from an unusually long, heavy winter. Residents of Baldwinsville are beginning to feel the sunshine, enjoying the higher temperatures and thinking about getting outside and enjoying spring sports. This is especially true for Baldwinsville’s boys varsity lacrosse team, which opens its season on Saturday, March 22, with an away game against Marcellus Central High School.
Spring is near, but there’s still plenty of time — and snow — to keep winter sport enthusiasts busy, particularly those with snowmobiles. In the village of Baldwinsville, these recreational vehicles are not allowed to be driven, but there’s proof in the powder that it’s going on anyway.
Learn the art of maple sugaring
For most people, Valentine’s Day calls for last minute stops to local flower and candy shops. For others, the holiday is a target date for an entirely different purpose, yet still yields sweet results: maple syrup.
Public opinion split on idea to import trash from Cortland County
For 20 years, the waste-to-energy facility on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville has been Onondaga County’s answer to waste management. However, starting in 2015, Cortland County may also have the opportunity to bring its trash to the site through a potential agreement called “Ash for Trash.”
Kiwanis event in its 45th year
The 45th Annual Turkey Day Race returns on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. The 5k race starts at 9:15 a.m. and 10k race starts at 10 a.m. at C.W. Baker High School, 29 E. Oneida St, Baldwinsville. There is also a half-mile kids fun run that kicks off at 8:30 a.m.
Baldwinsville father/son team Chris and Will Getman, managed to complete their end-of-summer trek of the Northville-Lake Placid Trail in record time — in just eight days, with a daily average hike of 15 miles. On one of those days, they even stretched their walk an additional seven miles, hiking a total of 22.6 to be exact — more than triple the trail’s estimated distance in one day.
Sometimes, all it takes to be a hero is to strap on a helmet and hop on a bike. Some 175 riders took part in the Syracuse Ride for Missing Children Friday, a 100-mile ride made by bicycle riders or “Friends of Missing Children” that raises funds to support prevention education programs and to remember all missing children.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will host, “Twilight at the Zoo Special Edition: A Life in the Wild with Jim Fowler.” The evening lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., and is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.
Baldwinsville resident Erin Scala just returned from a week, Sept. 6 through Sept. 13, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Below, the athlete chronicles her experience.
The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing Children to be held this week
If you enjoy company while cycling long distances, why not consider riding for a cause? The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing children, a 100-mile police escorted bicycle ride through Syracuse and parts of Central New York, is taking place this Friday, Sept. 27. Sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York (NCMEC/NY), the event serves three purposes.
Lawmakers, local groups deal with invasive species that pose threats to environment, infrastructure
Several new threatening invasive species have emerged in Central New York within the past 10 years that have caused lawmakers, government agencies and private groups to take action. These include emerald ash borers, milfoil, hydrilla and wild boars.