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Nancy harmonizes with Hammond B-3

Thirty years ago, Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Famer Nancy Kelly honed her vocals accompanied by a variety of Hammond organists at Jewel’s, a salt-and-mostly-pepper nightclub on Philadelphia’s Broad Street. When she returned to CNY, she worked more often with pianists. One of them was Dino Losito.

Church merger on the horizon

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to link with St. Stephen’s in Phoenix

Because of dwindling congregations, decreasing Mass attendance and a persistent shortage of priests, Catholic churches in the Diocese of Syracuse continue to consolidate. Baldwinsville’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church will link up with St. Stephen’s Church in Phoenix “upon the next pastoral opening at St. Stephen’s,” according to the Most Rev. Robert Cunningham, Bishop of Syracuse.

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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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‘Scoundrels’ scores

Searle and Anderson click as competitive gigolos in BTG musical-comedy

The con is on when two disparate gigolos compete for the affections – and assets – of wealthy women at a French Riviera casino, in the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s musical production, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” which opened here April 25. Written by Jeffrey Lane with songs by David Yazbek, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” was first produced on Broadway in 2004, based on the 1988 movie of the same name starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine.

DA’s Advisory Council lifts the curtain on elder abuse

It’s a common crime that often goes undetected, unreported, unprosecuted and unpunished. It’s called elder abuse. “In their later years, people become more vulnerable,” said Jenny Hicks, Abuse in Later Life project coordinator for Vera House, Inc. in Syracuse. “People start losing their eyesight, hearing becomes weaker and sometimes dementia sets in. And by the way, older folks have money.”

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‘Les Mis’ luminescent!

B’ville Theatre Guild stages a sensational version of the classic musical 

Few musicals engage the mind and excite the senses as does “Les Misérables.” Even more rarely does a community theater group expertly blend the epic story, the grand spectacle and the soaring music to deliver a seamless and sensational show. Director Korrie Taylor, music director Abel Searor and producers Mark and Sandy Baker, however, have done just that with the current Baldwinsville Theatre Guild production of “Les Mis,” running through Feb. 8.

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‘Les Mis’ opens Friday

More than three dozen area performers are featured in a full-scale production of “Les Misérables” now being produced by the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild.

Cellular static

Should town of Lysander reimburse officials for cellphone usage?

When the Lysander Town Board convened Jan. 2 for its first meeting of the year, Town Clerk Lisa Dell swore in two new councilors — Roman Diamond and Bob Geraci. Before the meeting ended, Diamond and Geraci had joined together to oppose a resolution that would have reimbursed five town officials who routinely use their personal cell phones for town business.

Van Buren taxes remain flat

Budget calls for $45,000 less in spending

The Van Buren Town Council unanimously approved a 2014 budget of $4.75 million at its monthly meeting on Nov. 6, at the Town Hall on Van Buren Road. Taxes will remain flat for property-owners within the village of Baldwinsville, while residents living outside of the village will see a slight decrease in their tax levies, according to Town Comptroller Greg Maxwell.

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Neurotic nonsense

L’pool native Kelly Kinsella, now a Big Apple comedienne, plays B’ville this weekend

Twenty-five years ago in Syracus, Kelly Kinsella was just another Media Unit drone, schlepping video equipment, prepping sets and occasionally stepping into the spotlight on the teen troupe’s cable TV show, “Rough Times Live.”

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