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Van Buren: Sidewalk talk

Sidewalk construction is on the horizon for the town of Van Buren. The town board at its July 1 meeting authorized Supervisor Claude Sykes to carry out an intermunicipal agreement with Onondaga County where the county will provide the town $105,000 via a financial assistance grant towards highway-related projects, which includes sidewalks. The primary project for the town will be adding sidewalks on Downer Street.

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Van Buren’s Zaccaria to challenge Magnarelli

Rick Zaccaria, a career businessman and political newcomer, is challenging incumbent Assemblyman William Magnarelli (D-129) for his seat in the upcoming fall elections. A Syracuse native who has made Van Buren his home for the last 19 years, Zaccaria is confident his platform on taxes, jobs and welfare reform resonates with the public.

June 21 concert on Paper Mill Island proves to be a nuisance to neighbors

The first day of summer began with a loud bang for some residents of the village of Baldwinsville.

On the Campaign Trail: Katko calls out Maffei; Kessner backpedals on primary

At a press conference on July 2, Republican Congressional candidate John Katko criticized Democratic opponent Dan Maffei, the incumbent representative for the 24th Congressional District, for his grandiose infrastructure plan as well as his vote against a House measure that encourages oil drilling within the U.S.

Lysander Town Board to hold work session July 7

The Lysander Town Board will be holding a work session on Monday, July 7, which will become an Executive Session to discuss sale of town property. The Lysander Town Board work session scheduled for Monday July 14 will begin at 5:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.

Letters: No evidence of illegal meeting

To the editor: At the June 9 Lysander Town Board meeting, Councilor [Melinda] Shimer asked for an update on my investigation of an illegal meeting that allegedly took place several weeks prior. I want to say that I did not observe Councilor Shimer after reviewing the security footage on the camera angles that were provided to me.

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Assembly honors Paninski for earning first place in National Archery Competition

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I--Pulaski) recently honored Altmar-Parish Williamstown High School's Jarid Paninski for capturing first place in the New York State National Archery in the Schools Program competition.

Coffee with the mayor

The first few months

“Is being mayor what you expected it to be so far?” That’s the first question I asked Richard “Dick” Clarke, Baldwinsville’s new mayor elected in March. “It’s different,” he said, adding it’s been busier than he expected. With that said, Mayor Clarke is enjoying his new role.

Board acknowledges lacrosse coach with proclamation, B’ville to be featured in Finger Lakes magazine

The Baldwinsville Village Board met June 19 to discuss and act on various items. The following is a summary of what took place.

Scams, identity theft affect local residents

Unfortunately, our office often hears firsthand accounts from local residents who have been scammed. I wanted to let people know of common scams local residents have experienced recently and how to avoid scams and identity theft.

Lysander supervisor addresses accusations

In response to town clerk Lisa Dell’s accusations made at the May 19 town board meeting, Supervisor John Salisbury addressed in detail the sequence of events leading up to the proposed boys’ group home to be built on Doyle Road, as well as the April 24 meeting Dell claimed was illegal.

Dairy still leader in ag, regional economy

There has been some good news lately involving dairy and the local economy. New York was recently named the top yogurt producer in the nation. This is the second year our state has earned this distinction, in large part due to the Greek yogurt producers who call New York home. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York produced 741 million pounds of yogurt, up from 695 million pounds in 2012. New York also accounted for 15.7 percent of the total U.S. yogurt production in 2013.

Town of Van Buren to hold special election June 3

The town of Van Buren is holding a special election to discontinue the town’s sponsorship of the Baldwinsille Volunteer Fire Department’s Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP), a retirement plan for firefighters. All registered voters in the town are eligible to vote.

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SAFE-ACT has serious flaws, won’t work in the long run

My opinion of the New York Safe Ammunition and Firearms Act (SAFE-ACT) is as follows: Lawmakers feel desperate to do something in the wake of violence in American schools and American society in general. I get it. The next time something horrible happens in an American school or workplace, the lawmakers can say they were trying, we have a new law and it will help. It’s not that their hearts are in the wrong place, they have children and families they worry about, too. It’s their reasoning and intellect that is not in the right place.

Lysander Town Board: Every minute counts

The Lysander Town Board voted down a resolution to approve the April 28 meeting minutes after a contentious debate between board members and the town clerk during its May 19 meeting. Councilor Robert Geraci addressed concerns over unapproved meeting minutes after that specific action on the agenda was skipped.