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Searching for a home Evans Chevrolet to host adopt-a-thon this Saturday By Erin Wisneski

Foul Shooting Contest The Baldwinsville Optimists Club’s Foul Shooting Contest returns April 30. ...See page 8


Construction update Officials provide update on school district’s capital projects. ...See page 6

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Animal lovers should head to Evans Chevrolet this weekend. Together with Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association, the Baldwinsville auto dealership will host an adopt-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday March 26. Participants can visit with both dogs and cats from the shelter while checking out what the facility has to offer. Owner Mark Evans initiated the event, which is the second held at the dealership. He will also donate $200 to Wanderers’ Rest for every vehicle purchased (with a coupon) the day of the event. “These events bring our facility to light,” said Denise Adams, the animal care manager at Wanderers’ Rest. “We have had a number of animals find their forever families from being brought to Wanderers’ Rest volunteer Aaron Hopkins holds one of these events. That is by far the most the shelter’s canine residents. rewarding thing in this business.” While volunteers will focus on getting “feline friends” adopted during the event, there will also be dogs available for adoption. While participants will not be able to take pets home directly from the event, they can fill out an adoption application for a particular animal and WRHA will hold the animal while the application is processed. Evans Chevrolet is located at 112 Syracuse St. in Baldwinsville. Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association is an open admission shelter dedicated to providing the highest quality care and compassion for the animals entrusted to it while leading the community in creating a more humane society. The facility is located at 7138 Sutherland Drive, Canastota, NY 13032. For more information or to obtain a coupon, call 697-2796.

LEFT: Kyra, the dog, is one of the residents at Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association. Together with Evans Chevrolet, the shelter plans to find homes for its residents this Saturday during an adopta-thon held at the dealership in Baldwinsville.

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Rear parking lot at senior center could lead to injuries By Erin Wisneski

Canton Woods Senior Center has lost use of 20-plus parking spots in its rear lot. The lot has begun to buckle due to an insufficient base and excess snow. In addition, while being plowed this winter, the lot suffered more damage as part of the pavement was ripped up. “The appearance of those heaves looks like people are buried under [the lot],” Village Engineer Tim Baker said at a recent village of Baldwinsville board meeting. To prevent visitors from parking in the lot and potentially tripping on the heaved pavement, the lot has been barricaded until repairs can be made. However, without the lot, there is insufficient parking at the center on certain days. According to the senior center’s Director Ruth Troy, who said the lot is a pressing issue, especially considering the increased activity at the center, two weeks ago, many visitors were forced to park along Canton Street as the regular lot was full. Officials for the village of Baldwinsville and the towns of Van Buren and Lysander have discussed solutions to the matter (through inter-municipal cooperation, the three municipalities share responsibility for the senior center). The main obstacle to repairing the lot though is funding, which Van Buren officials estimated would have a total project cost of $81,000 according to the town’s Community Development application, which included a grant application for lot repairs; however, that money would not be available until next year. Village Engineer Baker said one solution would be to pull up the black top and put gravel down for the meantime until the funds can be secured to repave the lot. As of yet, there has been no solution to the matter.


The rear parking lot at Canton Woods Senior Center is so severely damaged, the Baldwinsville Department of Public Works has blockaded it from use to prevent possible injury.

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This week March 26 Ray Middle School Jazzeray Cabaret, 7 p.m. March 26, Ray gym, 7650 Van Buren Road in Baldwinsville. Free.

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Free open sugarhouse, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 26, 27, Komrowski’s Sugar House, 7584 Tater Road (Route 370 through Plainville, 1.75 miles on left). See, smell and taste pure maple syrups being made.

March 27

Baldwinsville Fire Department all-you-can-eat breakfast, 7 a.m. to noon, March 27, Baldwinsville FD Station #1, 7911 Crego Road. $7.50; $6.50 seniors; free 5 and younger.

Upcoming March 31 Lysander Republican Committee candidate selection begins March 31 for following positions: town supervisor, town councilor (two positions), town justice and county legislator for the First District. Call Chairman Mike Bishoff 559-7751.

March 31

The Baldwinsville Softball Association seeks men’s, women’s and co-ed teams for the spring, summer and fall leagues, which play at Community, Lysander and Van Buren parks. Call League President Billy at 430-0759.

April 2

Chicken and biscuit dinner, 4 p.m. April 2, Little Utica United Methodist Church, Lamson Road (three miles west Route 48). Serving family style, take-outs available. $8 adults; $7.50 seniors; $3 5 to 12 years old; free under 5.

April 6

Spaghetti dinners, 5 to 7 p.m. first Wednesday of every month at Methodist Church. $6 adults; $5

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April 7, 8, 9

Rummage sale, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 7 and 8, bag sale, 9 to 11 a.m. April 9, First Presbyterian Church Education Center, 64 Oswego St., Baldwinsville. Call 635-9964.

April 13

Library Board of Trustees public information meeting re: 2011-12 library budget, 7 p.m., April 13, story hour room at the library, 33 East Genesee St., Baldwinsville.

Through April 8

April 29, 30 Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 30 (bag sale), First United Methodist Church of Baldwinsville. Donations accepted 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 28, church dining room. Call 6526989.

May 2

Wanted: ladies for Monday night fun golf league at Radisson Greens Golf Course, May 2 through Aug. 29, tee times 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., $16/week. Call Marge Lawrence, 303-5136 or Radisson Greens, 6380092.

Used book collection, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through April 8; proceeds benefit Lysander Summer Day Camp Program scholarships. Drop off site: Lysander Town Building, 8220 Loop Rd., Radisson. Call 635-5999.

Ongoing programs

Used book sale, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday April 11 to 27, Lysander Town Building, 8220 Loop Rd., Radisson. Proceeds benefit Lysander Day Camp Program scholarships. Call 635-5999.

Monthly Seneca River Fire District meetings, 6:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month, Seneca River Fire House, 3457 Hayes Road, Baldwinsville.

April 11 to 27

Art lessons Express Yourself! Art lessons with Renee, ages 15adult, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, $25/session. Call 635-7530.

SRFD meetings

Bottle drives

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participating in bottle drives at Nobles Plaza Bottle Redemption Center and Top Plaza on Downer Street. Tell counter person to credit B’ville Meals on Wheels.

Zumba class

Zumba with Jessica, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. first Tuesday of the month, 6 to 7 p.m. every other Tuesday, VFW, corner of Salina and Wood streets in Baldwinsville.

Parkinson’s center

Parkinson’s Disease resource center, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Silver Fox Senior Social Club at 22 E. Genesee St. in Baldwinsville.

Lunch for seniors

Plainville United Church of Christ offers hot, nutritious lunch to seniors at noon every Wednesday for a donation of $2.50 in the community hall at 754 W. Genesee Road in Plainville, reservations required. Call 635-7438 by Tuesday evening.

Rod and Gun Club

The B’ville Rod and Gun Club, corner of Kingdom and Gunbarrel roads, monthly meeting, 7 p.m., first Thursday of month at the club. All are welcome.

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Community Development funds sought By Erin Wisneski

The village of Baldwinsville and town of Van Buren have submitted applications for Community Development grants, which are funded through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and distributed through Onondaga County. Grants are available for areas that meet established criteria (such as low-income areas and handicap improvements in public areas) and municipalities must match 25 percent of the total project cost, which can be made in-kind services. Van Buren’s 2011 application included: a $100,000 (total project cost of $135,000) request for rehabilitation of one and a half miles of town roads in Seneca Knolls; $56,000 (total project cost of $75,000) to investigate sanitary sewer mains and laterals in Lower Seneca Knolls; and $60,500 (total project cost of $81,000) to remove and replace a severely damaged rear parking lot at Canton Woods Senior Center. Baldwinsville’s 2011 application included infrastructure improvements to Marble Street; and a boardwalk and pavilion at Mercer Park. Lysander did not seek any Community Development funds this year. Municipalities will be notified in the fall should whether they will be awarded the grants. Baldwinsville village election results Running unopposed, Mayor Joe Saraceni received 366 votes. The three open trustee seats have been filled by incumbents Mark Wilder and Dick Clarke, who received 301 and 280 votes respectively, and Rick Presley, who received 249 votes. Trustee candidate Mike Shepard trailed closely behind with 234 votes. Incumbent Elijah Huling, Jr. will remain the village justice receiving 225 votes, while contender John Murphy, Jr. received 191 votes. Elected candidates will begin serving the public April 1. Van Buren takes TVs According to Van Buren Highway Superintendent Ed Parks, the highway department will now accept televisions for free should residents want to dispose of them.


B’ville officer of the year recognized By Michael Lefancheck, Police Chief

Officer Robert A. Thibault has been named as the 2010 Police Officer of the Year for the Baldwinsville Police Department. Unlike most forms of department recognition, this award does not come from the office of the police administrator or the office of the mayor. Rather, it comes from nominations received from the officer’s peers and for that reason it holds a special significance. There were many reasons that his fellow officers gave in selecting him for this award. They include: “Officer Thibault has been involved in many drug investigations where misdemeanor and felony charges were lodged against defendants. These investigations have developed quality information for other agencies to pursue criminal activity against known defendants.� “What truly separates Officer Thibault from everyone else is his willingness to take on any position, responsibility or detail. I have never seen him refuse any request or assignment and he is always willing to assist other officers with their investigations. He always appears motivated and ready to get to work.� “Bob led the department in arrests and actually had doubled the number of the next highest officer. He is also the leader or among the top ranking officer in all the other categories, which is quite remarkable.�

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Officer Robert A. Thibault, center, receives the 2010 Police Officer of the Year award during a recent village board meeting. Mayor Joe Saraceni, left, and Police Chief Michael Lefancheck are pictured with Thibault. Almost every nomination mentioned his work on a number of burglary investigations that he was able to solve through his investigative ability and perseverance. Others mentioned the drug arrests he made at the end of December where he observed some suspicious activity in a vehicle and

began surveillance on foot, which resulted in the recovery of drugs and numerous felony charges being lodged against the defendants. In one nomination, an officer described his investigatory abilities as; “Bob talks with citizens, gathers information and grabs on like a pit bull.� Based on his

performance this past year, I would concur with their assessment of his tenacity and desire to conduct a thorough and complete investigation. I would like to add my voice to those of his fellow officers in congratulating him on being the 2010 Baldwinsville Police Officer of Year.

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Opinion Editorial

Fuel saving tips

As the warmer weather arrives, many will have the urge to visit local parks, plan trips and get away for long weekends. However, with the price of gasoline rising, it would be wise for vehicle owners to consider the following tips to maximize the efficiency of vehicles before hitting the road. Drive sensibly Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by five percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money. Observe the speed limit While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 miles per hour. As a rule of thumb, you can assume that each five mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas. Remove excess weight Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your miles per gallon by up to two percent. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle’s weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones. Avoid excessive idling Idling gets zero miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines. Use cruise control Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas. Use overdrive gears When you use overdrive gearing, your car’s engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear. These tips were taken from

Your Baldwinsville Messenger

This week’s Baldwinsville Messenger is full of activities, events and happenings in the greater Baldwinsville, Lysander and Van Buren communities. Many of these articles have been submitted by you, our readers, through e-mail (editor@baldwinsvillemessenger. com) and mail (2501 James St., Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13206). We encourage you to continue to send in your stories and contact us with you ideas to keep the Messenger full of important community news.

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The Messenger is a unit of Eagle Newspapers David B. Tyler Jr., Publisher, Ext. 302 Colleen Farley, Associate Publisher, Ext. 315 John McIntyre, Publisher, Spotlight Newspapers Gary Catt, Executive Editor, Ext. 330 Jennifer Wing, Managing Editor, Ext. 340 Lisa Congdon, Business Manager, Ext. 303 Office of Publication: 2501 James St., Suite 100, Syracuse, N.Y. 13206 Periodical Postage paid at Syracuse, N.Y. 13220 The Messenger serves the residents of the village of Baldwinsville and the towns of Lysander and VanBuren and the Baldwinsville School District The Messenger is published weekly by Eagle Newspapers, 2501 James St., Suite 100, Syracuse, N.Y. 13206. Mail subscription rates: $30/$44 per year to addresses in New York state (depending on county); $48 per year to addresses outside New York state. Senior rates available. Newsstands, 75 cents per issue. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Messenger, 2501 James St., Suite 100, Syracuse, N.Y. 13206. Eagle Newspapers is owned by Community Media Group LLC, David B. Tyler, Jr., President; Daniel E. Alexander, Vice President; John A. McIntyre Jr., Secretary/Treasurer.


401(k) review and rollover can be rewarding Your 401(k) offers tax-deductible contributions, tax-deferred growth of earnings potential and a variety of investment options — so it’s a great tool for building retirement savings. Yet like all tools, your 401(k) must be used properly to get the best results. That’s why you should review your 401(k) at least annually and make whatever adjustments are needed. Depending on where you work, you may get some 401(k) review help from your plan provider. But if that assistance isn’t available, you might want to consult with a financial professional to make sure you’re getting the maximum benefit from your plan. As you begin to review your 401(k), your first question should probably be this: “How much should I contribute?” At the very least, try to put in enough to receive your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered. If you don’t earn this match, you are essentially walking away from “free money.” Beyond this, though, the amount you put into your 401(k) might depend on what


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other retirement savings vehicles you have available. For instance, if you’re eligible, you may also want to contribute to a Roth IRA, which offers tax-free growth potential, provided you’ve had your account for five years and don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 59½. Of course, it’s not only how much you put into your 401(k) that determines its success — it’s also how you choose to allocate your investment dollars. (Keep in mind that asset allocation does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.) Your 401(k) may have a dozen or more investment choices, such as stock funds, bond funds and money market funds. To choose the right investment mix, you’ll need to consider a variety of factors, including these: Your age – Generally speaking, the younger you are, the more aggres-

sive you can afford to be with your 401(k) investments, because you’ll have decades in which to potentially overcome the inevitable down periods of the market. As you get older, you may wish to invest somewhat more conservatively, but you’ll still need some growth potential in your 401(k) portfolio. Your goals – Everyone has different goals for retirement. You might want to retire early and travel the world, while your coworker desires to work as long as possible and then, upon retirement, stay close to home and pursue hobbies. Because you each have different goals, with different income needs, you also may need to follow different investment strategies within your 401(k). Your other retirement income sources – If you have a variety of retirement income sources – a pension from another job, an IRA, a spouse with generous retirement benefits – you may need to invest differently, perhaps less aggressively, than if you had fewer options for

retirement income. Apart from putting away as much as you can into your 401(k) and choosing the right investment mix, what else can you do to get the most out of your plan? Here’s a suggestion: If you have worked at various jobs and acquired multiple 401(k)s, consider rolling them over into one account. You might save money on fees and reduce paperwork, but more importantly, you’ll be able to concentrate your resources and pursue a unified investment approach, with your investment dollars working together toward your ultimate retirement goals. As you can see, a 401(k) review and rollover can reward you in many ways — so do whatever it takes to maximize your 401(k)’s performance. Kevin Wall is an Edward Jones Financial Advisor serving the Greater Baldwinsville community from his office at 15 E. Genesee St., Suite 250 in Baldwinsville. To contact Kevin, call 635-0327 or visit

From the mailbag Business sign and banner are tacky To the editor: Dr. Pearce: As if your tacky, plastic, illuminated sign wasn’t enough . . . now you also have a banner up. Shame on you! PEG MARKHAM BALDWINSVILLE

Help beautify Baldwinsville To the editor: As part of our ongoing efforts of

the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) and Village of Baldwinsville’s Aesthetics Committee, we are excited to introduce our newest program to further assist with the beautification efforts during our busy spring/summer season. The Chamber of Commerce will be selling a total of 31 Hanging Flower Baskets at a cost of $50 each. These will be placed throughout the downtown business district, as well as the entrances to the village and its parks. Maintenance of the plants will be performed by the Village DPW.

Thank you to those who have already purchased a basket: DooleyMack, Jeanne Dangle, Multi Med Billing, Indian Springs Manufacturing, Plumley Engineering, Fulton Savings Bank, Jan and Tony Greco, Village Hardware, Sarah and Jack Baker and EW Baker Agency. To reserve your basket, mail a completed order form and check to Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, 3 Marble St., Baldwinsville, NY 13027. SHARON REISER GBCC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Letters policy The Messenger welcomes letters to the editor on subjects of interest to our readers. All letters must be signed and should bear a daytime telephone number. The telephone number will not be printed or released, and is for verification purposes only. The Messenger reserves the right to edit for space, clarification or to avoid obscenity, but ideas will not be altered. Letters should be legible and no more than 500 words long. Letters used do not necessarily reflect the newspaper’s opinions. Anonymous letters receive no consideration. Send letters to: or Messenger, 2501 James St., Suite 100, Syracuse, N.Y. 13206.




Opinion Online books, music downloads available By Valerie Chism Snowdrops are replacing snow banks on local lawns, so it looks like spring is actually on its way. While you’re waiting, check out what’s happening at the library in person or online. In addition to our usual collections, we recently added several extremely cool online services that can be accessed with your library card and pin number from our website Freegal has arrived Baldwinsville Library patrons can now download up to three songs a week from the Sony Music Libraries. We might not have every artist and tune you crave (there doesn’t seem to be any Justin Bieber), but the collection is wide and deep covering every genre from classics to brand new releases. The site doesn’t work with Internet Explorer at the moment, but you can download the Firefox browser for free at You can download to your home computer or laptop or come in and use our computer stations and put your downloads directly on your mp3 player. Learn a new language Whether you’re going on vacation or just trying to broaden your horizons, we think you’re going to love Rocket Languages. Once you sign in with your library card and email address, you can choose interactive courses in 11 different languages including: Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, ASL (American Sign Language) and Ingles. Each course includes modules on conversation, background on culture, games to help you cement your knowledge and an online user community to share your studies with. Best of all, there are no books to tote, CDs to juggle or packages to renew. The program is available to you wherever you go at any time of the day or night. Online books for younger users We have also increased access to online, interactive books for our youngest patrons. In addition to our original selection, we now have Tumble Books, a collection that includes: picture books, readalongs and nonfiction titles for beginning readers to upper elementary students. All the titles are scored for reading level and can be used with the accelerated reader curriculum. Many of the books include optional quizzes, games and lesson plans. Special features include language learning especially for kids in French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian, book reviews and graded playlists to get your reader started on the right foot. They don’t replace our fantastic collection of real books, but they are a great option for families on the go and kids who like screens better than pages. Portable libraries I don’t think they will replace real books yet, but heavy readers appreciate being able to carry lots of books on one of these lightweight readers. Learn how to find, download and manage digital books for your reader at 1:30 p.m. March 23. Registration is required for all computer classes. Call 635-5631 for your reservation. Sew along with stitch In Stitches at 7 p.m. Wednesday March 23 concentrates on hand work in a more traditional sewing circle. Bring your projects and join the lively conversation. Finding the right job Learn how to zero in on your best opportunities with Jobseekers Lifeline at 1:30 p.m. March 24. Classy scrapbooks Join Missy Shipman at 7 p.m. March 24 for page ideas and special projects. The materials fee for each class is $15. Spring stories Preschoolers and their caregivers get an extra helping of spring themed stories, games and crafts at 10 a.m. Friday March 25. Troubleshooting tech Our newest staff member Robert Loftus puts his tech skills to work teaching a class on computer troubleshooting at 1:30 p.m. March 25. There is no charge for the class but registration is required. Val Chism is the young adult librarian at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

Beaver Lake Nature Center

T’ai Chi Chih Beginning Tuesday April 5, Beaver Lake will offer an eight session class in T’ai Chi Chih. Tai Chi Chih is a great low-impact exercise benefiting body, mind and spirit. Beaver Lake with its natural setting is a fantastic place to learn and practice the short (20 movement) simple form of Tai Chi which can be learned by anyone of any age. The classes will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays April 5,12, 19, 26 and May 3, 10, 17 and 24. The price for the program is $35 and advance registration is required.

Beaver Lake’s Young Birders From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday April 2 and 16, area youth, ages 11 to 18, who are interested in learning more about identifying birds by sight and sound, are invited to join the Beaver Lake’s Young Birders. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow at the center or participants may bring their own. Advance registration is required at 635-2519. This program is free with the $3 per vehicle nature center admission.

Spotted salamander watch and spring peeper prowl At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday April 6, Beaver Lake will offer a spring evening walk. One of the first signs of spring is hearing the high pitched whistle of the spring peeper. Participants will try to locate one of these tiny treefrogs and learn more of their habits on this walk. Along with them a spotted salamander may be seen migrating to breeding pools. There is a $2 fee and advance registration required.

Trail guide training workshop From 9 a.m. to noon Thursday April 7, Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer a training workshop for volunteer trail guides. There are opportunities

for volunteers 18 years and older, after attending the training course, to work during the week and on weekends guiding elementary level students along the trails. The workshop will cover the basics of interpretation, how to lead a group, as well as schedule observation opportunities with experienced naturalist guides. Advance registration is required.

Woodcock watch At 7 p.m. Wednesday April 13, Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer an opportunity to observe and listen to the sounds of the woodcock during his courting season. Other voices heard at dusk include those of the snipe and the spring peeper. Transportation will be provided with a charge of $5 for the evening’s event. Pre- registration required.

Natural history series Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer a field guide series at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays for two hours on a variety of natural history topics. Led by a naturalist, the programs are: March 29 – Conservation and Protection, April 5 – Avian Intelligence April 12 – The Egg Advantage April 19 – Knot tying and Splicing April 26 – Reptiles May 3 – Going Green May 10 – Map and Compass May 17 – Amphibians May 24 – Wetlands May 31 – Mimicry The price for the program is $5 and pre- registration is required. Beaver Lake Nature Center is an Onondaga County Park located at 8477 East Mud Lake Road, four miles west of Baldwinsville off Route 370.


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Schools and scholars Graduate announced

Aaron Woodruff graduated from the New York City Police Academy Dec. 27 and was assigned as a police officer for the NYPD Jan. 3. A native of Baldwinsville, Aaron was a 2003 graduate of Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School in Syracuse and a 2007 graduate of SUNY Oswego with a Aaron Woodruff bachelors degree in public justice. Aaron is also a former firefighter with the Belgium-Cold Springs Fire Department. He is the son of Jay and Wendy Woodruff of Baldwinsville.


B’ville senior named National Merit Finalist Eric Tommarello, a senior at Baker High School, has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. He continues in the competition for over 8,000 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Program.


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Students memorialize friend Ray Middle School sixth-graders (from left) Tyler Bausch, Miranda Clark, James Coomey and Jacob Bardenett work on their sketches of cranes for a memorial to honor their friend Wayne Dodge.

Wayne Dodge honored with crane collage By Kelly Cary, BCSD

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A group of Baldwinsville sixthgraders are memorializing a friend with a special art project at Ray Middle School. Wayne Dodge, who would have been a sixth-grader at the school this year, passed away in December 2010. Several of his classmates decided the best way to honor his memory would be to create a symbol of his spirit. To do this, they are making clay tiles with etchings of cranes on them that they will assemble as a collage and hang in the middle school. Wayne’s friends chose the crane because they feel that it symbolizes hope. Sixth-grader Jacob Bardenett

explained that there is a Japanese legend about a sick person making paper cranes. “If you make one thousand paper cranes you will be granted a wish,” he noted. He and eight of his classmates conceived the idea of using the crane on the memorial tiles after reading the book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. The book is the true story of a young Japanese girl who developed leukemia from the radiation of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. She spent her last days folding paper cranes, hoping to be granted her wish to be healthy again. Wayne’s friends will not be creating

one thousand tiles, but, as Bardenett explained, the tiles they create will honor Wayne’s artistic spirit because he loved to draw. He was also generous and would give away his drawings to anyone who asked for one. Besides Bardenett, students working on the memorial are Jody Allen, Amanda Byrns, Tyler Bausch, Miranda Clark, James Coomey, Maia Falise, Destiny Gardner and Paul Schmid. School social worker Jill Joseph is overseeing the students’ efforts to create the memorial. They meet after school to work on the project. They are also working under the supervision of art teacher Debra Lynch.

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By Kelly Cary, BCSD

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Construction continues in the Baldwinsville Central School District for the capital project that was approved by voters in December 2008. According to James Rodems, assistant superintendent for management services, work is proceeding as planned. This project is being funded with state building aid. Below is an update on what work has all ready been completed, as well as information on some of the work scheduled for this summer. Phase One Pelcher/Arcaro Stadium The water lines and sewer lines have been installed for the concession stand/ restroom facilities. The

foundations are installed and the underground utilities are currently being installed. This spring the floor will be poured, the walls erected and plumbing installed. The district anticipates that the facility will be ready for fall 2011 activities. Baker High School Work continues on converting the high school’s heating system from steam to hot water. Asbestos remediation, as well as the installation of new floors, HVAC units, white boards and SMART boards is ongoing for the first group of six classrooms in the school. There are 60 classrooms in total that will receive this work in the next three years under this capital project. The main entrance is being replaced with a lob-

by addition for security purposes. The attendance office and the school resource officer’s office will be relocated to this lobby. The district expects this piece of the project to be completed by fall 2011. This summer the school’s main gym will receive a new roof as well as a new HVAC system. The high school will receive a new electrical system as well, separating it from Elden Elementary School’s system. In summer of 2013, Baker’s cafeteria will have a new floor installed. Durgee Junior High School During the summer, a portion of the cafeteria and kitchen floors will be replaced, a new partition will be installed in the gym, and electrical and data wiring as well as some HVAC

wall units will be replaced in the building. Reynolds Elementary School This summer, the electrical service will be replaced and four new boilers will be installed to replace the original two boilers, which are 45 years old. Phase Two Over the summer, the district will be accepting bids for Phase Two of the capital project, which is scheduled to begin in summer 2012. Some of the jobs included in this phase of the project will be the installation of security systems in McNamara, Palmer and Reynolds elementary schools, as well as Ray Middle School, electrical work at the middle school and the replacement of water lines at Palmer.





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The Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce welcomes business owner Renee Newton to its membership. Newton is a very active member within the Baldwinsville merchant community. She was also recently appointed to the highly esteemed Aloxxi International Creative Advisor Team, traditionally comprised of celebrity stylists. Did you know that April is Child Abuse Awareness month? La Tresse is raising money the entire month of April for the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center. The fundraiser will kick off April 3 with a Cut-A-Thon. Stop down, donate some money and get a haircut. All proceeds go to McMahon Ryan. For more information, call 638-2040. Stop by and meet Newton and her staff. La Tresse is at 24 Oswego St. in Baldwinsville. Welcome the Nantucket Cat, and owners Barb and Bill Donaghey to the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce. The Nantucket Cat, located at 60 Oswego St., is a vital part of retail commerce in the village of Baldwinsville, selling fine cat furniture and an overwhelming array of accessories. Stop by and say hi to Barb and Bill during store hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 857-3425 or visit Welcome the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse and Director Sue McManus to the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce. The museum is a restored 19th century school building with exhibitions, workshops, programs and special events held regularly. Group presentations are also available by request. Stop by and say hi to Sue and her many volunteers from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse, located on Canton Street at McHarrie Park in Baldwinsville. Call 638-2452.


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Get ready for Springtime in the Village. From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday April 3, the merchant group of Baldwinsville encourages the public to stroll through downtown Baldwinsville and visit the various businesses located in the business district. “We had a tremendously successful Au’ Chocolat event this past November that brought an amazing amount of people out to the village,� said Stephanie Boivin, one of the organizers for Springtime in the Village. “Over the past few months, customers have continued to ask when we were all going to host something again.� In November, the merchant group organized Au’ Chocolat, a chocolate shopping event in which customers sampled a different piece of chocolate at every participating business. “[Springtime in the Village] will be a unique day out to kick-off spring. There is no doubt we all are craving warmer weather, so what better way to do this while strolling through the village of Baldwinsville,� Boivin asked. In an effort to promote specialty shopping, eateries, salons and the various other businesses in Baldwinsville, this event is designed to make the consumer aware of what the village offers compared with big named stores. “We believe that an event like this will spearhead a continuing interest in what businesses in our village have to offer. Rather than the mentality that shoppers must go to malls or chain stores to meet all of their shopping needs, they now realize the uniqueness and incredible opportunity to stay closer to home,� said Boivin, who owns Sissy’s in the village. According to Boivin, this event promises a unique experience like Au’ Chocolat. “We hope [participants] enjoy a day out filled with socializing and discover that our village offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for people to enjoy. Each place has their own individual style to offer something for everyone,� Boivin said. “We truly look forward to the coming event and, while it may not be the chocolate being served at Au’ chocolat in November, wonder what will be up our sleeve this time.�

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Winter athletes score high By Kelly Cary, BCSD All of the Baldwinsville Central School District’s winter varsity athletic teams have qualified for recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for outstanding academic achievements. In order to qualify, a varsity team must have a team composite grade point average of 90 percent or above. Congratulations to the following teams and individuals who qualified:

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one your foulshooting skills. The Baldwinsville Optimist Club will hold its fifth annual basketball foul-shooting contest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday April 30 in the Baker High School large gym. The contest is open to Baldwinsville boy and girl students, ages 9 to 16. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the top five shooters in two categories, those under five feet tall and those five feet tall or taller. Participants under five feet tall get to shoot one yard closer to the basket. Practice and late registration is from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and there will be no late registration after 10:45 a.m. and no late participants after 11 a.m. The contest will begin at 10:30 a.m. and winners will be

Girls Indoor Track – 96.320 GPA Cierra Allen, Elizabeth Connors, Kimberly Cushman, Sarah Dugan, Laura Farleman, Shannon Hines, Alyssa Hingre, Mayleena Holm, Marissa Hovey, Quaneisha Ivey, Julia Johnson, Lauren Johnson, Jacqueline Lalla, Stephanie Mangano, Sydney Mangano, Paige McKenna, Erin Nagle, Alexandra Pesano, Ashley Pesano, Nicole Piontkowski, Christina Pompo, Mallory Porch, Mackenzie Ross, Elizabeth Sawyer, Emily Schmid, Sydney Slavik, Kirby Socker, Stephanie Vasteno and Mallory Warner.

Participants from the 2010 foul-shooting contest practice their free throwing skills. This year’s Optimist Club foul shooting contest will take place April 30 at Baker High School. picked by how many shots a participant can make out of seven attempts. Participants will have the option of taking two practice free throws before starting the

contest. Pre-registration is preferred and students can pre-register by e-mailing their first and last name, age, school and approxi-

mate height to ddvarn@, or send by US mail, that same information to Donald D. Varn, Foul Shooting, 2222 Mercer St., Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

The Baldwinsville Rod and Gun Club’s winter shooting schedule for trap and skeet begins at 10 a.m. Saturdays until everyone has shot. Pistol and Rifle are open seven days a week. Trap and skeet shooting events are open to nonmembers at a nominal fee. The club is located at the corner of Kingdon and Gunbarrel roads in Van Buren. Call 447-1381 for special events.

Boys Indoor Track – 94.543 GPA Matthew Calnan, Andrew Fleming, Jonathan Hingre, Gregory Lefancheck, Nathan LoParco, Sean Maar, Todd Mitchell, Paul Moore, Joseph Morra, Alexander Nagy, Ethan Pacheck, Joshua Perez, Benjamin Rathbun, Shaun Thompson and Harrison Warner.

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Real Estate Today and roofing materials are * mildew or mold damage * termite damage * sewer and septic system issues * the square footage of the home * property taxes * any person with a pending property claim * any road plan that will subtract at least ten feet from the front yard of the property * any structure on the property for sale that also falls on an adjacent property * a home that’s in the flight path of the local airport * if any gas or oil tank is buried in the property A disclosure form is extremely helpful in identifying any legal or physical problem(s) with a potential home, but it shouldn’t be the only precaution taken. Once the home has been appraised, the potential buyer should employ a certified and licensed professional home inspector. The inspector will examine the home for existing and potential problems. The potential buyer will then be alerted if there are any unknown problems that they want the homeowner to be responsible for prior to closing; and if there are possible future problems that they

might be responsible for in the future. The potential buyer can also better evaluate if the home has a fair asking price related to any necessary repairs. After the home inspection is complete, the home inspector will provide the potential buyer with a written report detailing the inspection results. This usually takes about fifteen days postinspection to receive. It’s important that a buyer allots enough time in their purchase offer to thoroughly review the inspection report. The buyer may want to consider negotiating with the seller to pay for part of the repairs before closing if the report unveils too many problematic areas. When negotiation fails and/or the buyer feels the home is unfairly priced, the purchase can be canceled. If the offer of purchase included a time frame by which the buyer retains the right to back out of the deal, there usually isn’t a cancellation penalty if the purchase is canceled within the specified time frame. As one last assurance that this is the right home, walk through the property about five days prior to closing to ensure that negotiations have been followed through with or that the home is in the agreed upon condition. Keep in mind that unless specified in the purchase offer, the seller can refuse a final walk through Jim Honsinger is a licensed real estate agent for Baker Real Estate, 20 Oswego St., Baldwinsville. To contact Jim call 635-1606 or visit 08303

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Girls Basketball – 95.267 GPA Maggie D’Eredita, Elizabeth Giromini, Claire Monnat, Margaret Monnat, Angelica Romeu, Maggy Reilly, Maureen Thayer and Erika Wilcox. Boys Swimming – 95.216 GPA Alex Almonte, Kevin Bridge, Justin Dalaba, John Guardino, Eric Johnson, Joshua Klepes, Kristian Klepes, Jackson McMahon, James Reid, Alexander Reilly-Vinicombe and Michael Watkins.

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When buying a home, one with walk-in closets, a big kitchen, a big yard, or other attractive features is nice, but even the best features are a moot point if the physical condition or legal status of the home is problematic. Many potential buyers are completely confused when it comes to knowing what information on known material facts of a property must be disclosed by the seller. Details about the legal status or physical condition of a home are called material facts. These details are often issues that aren’t obvious to a potential buyer just from looking at the home. For example, a legal status issue could stem from an ownership rights claim on the home by an exspouse of the seller or a structure built by a neighbor on the property line (encroachment). Whereas, physical conditions might include a leaking roof, termites, or foundation crack. Much of the confusion regarding property disclosure is due to the fact that the law regarding property disclosure isn’t uniform. Most states do require a property disclosure form be completed by any homeowner attempting to sell their home. However, the law greatly varies by state as to what legal and repair issues must be disclosed by law. Real estate agents are an excellent source to find out what types of disclosures are legally required by the state the home is being sold in. Typical property disclosures would inform the buyer of the following issues: * leaking roof or foundation walls * how old shingles

Ice Hockey – 95.551 GPA Brian Burlingame, Matthew Colclough, Kevin Cullen, Nicholas Harper, Christopher Johns, Ronald May, Luke McCaffrey, Justin Newman, Shane O’Brien, Shelby Reed, Michael Schneid and Steven Schneid.

Boys Basketball – 94.124 GPA Brett Charbonneau, Kevin Drain, William Hython, John Matthews, Michael Muldoon, Kevin Roy, Christopher Thayer and Eric Tommarello. Boys Wrestling – 92.814 GPA Vito Caloia, James Eustice, Brian Honsinger, Chad McArdell, Joseph Nasoni, Patrick Nasoni, Jacob Norton, Kevin Paul, Connor Ross and Gunnar Sutphen. Girls Bowling - 92.811 GPA Cassie Blanchard, Elizabeth Blume, Sage Burkhart, Samantha Halligan, Taeler Kuss, Hope Murphy and Anne Peterson. Boys Bowling – 90.349 GPA Joshua Laffin, Nicholas Leonard, Thomas Lippke, Devin Murphy, Justin Peterson, Samuel Sojdak and Timothy Wavercak. Although the New York State Public High School Athletic Association does not recognize all of the sports that Baldwinsville offers, based on local criteria the winter varsity cheerleaders also qualified for this award. Cheerleading – 93.88 GPA Krista Brower, Kelly Carr, Ashleigh Czyz, Kendal Glynn, Marissa Isaacs, Tiffany Mackey, Bailey Nash, Brianna O’Brien, Beata Rubacha, Kayla Thibault and Taylor Toomey.






B’ville girls compete in Horse Bonanza Onondaga County 4-H Club participated in the region three Horse Bonanza on March 12 and club members did extremely well. The club had four teams: one novice, one junior and two senior, and participated in both the Horse Bowl and Hippology. Baldwinsville residents Niki Krebs and Jennifer Sandore are members of the 4-H 4Ever Horse group located in Baldwinsville. Krebs, who attends Ray Middle School,

came in second place for the Novice Team in the Horse Bowl 2011 event and 10th place for the Novice Team in Hippology 2011. Sandore, who attends Baker High School, came in ninth place for the Senior Team in the Horse Bowl 2011 event. Most of the youth attended practice every Saturday starting Jan. 8 playing educational games, practicing with the buzzers, taking a pre-test or two, chatting and becoming friends.

Durgee Junior High School students present Craig Anderson, far left, special event manager for the American Cancer Society, with a donation for Coaches vs. Cancer. Students are (front, from left) Eric Johnson, Sarah Abraham, Mackenzie App, Brittany Allen, Jake Brown, (back, from left) Antonio Fabrizi, guidance counselor Christopher Marciniak, and teacher Kristen Dougherty.

Durgee Junior High basketball game raises money for Coaches vs. Cancer Niki Krebs of Baldwinsville, left, is pictured with her Onondaga County 4-H Club Novice team members Mia, Chenzie and Katie.

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Baldwinsville announces spring sports schedule By Phil Blackwell

Baldwinsville’s 2011 spring sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change. Boys Lacrosse April 5: West Genesee, 6 p.m. April 8: at Corcoran, 6 p.m. April 11: La Costa (Calif.), 6 p.m. April 12: Rome Free Academy, 5 p.m. April 15: at Oswego, 6 p.m. April 19: Liverpool, 11 a.m. April 21: at Utica Proctor, 11 a.m. April 23: Fayetteville-Manlius, 1 p.m. April 26: at Penn Yan, 5 p.m. April 28: at Liverpool, 7 p.m. April 30: at Fayetteville-Manlius, 11 a.m. May 3: at Henninger, 6:30 May 6: Nottingham, 6 p.m. May 10: at Central Square, 7 p.m. May 13: Auburn, 6 p.m. May 17: Cicero-North Syracuse, 6 p.m. Girls Lacrosse March 29: Saratoga Springs (at RFA Stadium), 7 p.m. April 5: at West Genesee, 7 p.m. April 8: Corcoran, 6 p.m. April 11: at Rome Free Academy, 5 p.m. April 15: Oswego, 6 p.m. April 20: at McDonough, 4 p.m. April 23: Cicero-North Syracuse, 11 a.m. April 28: Liverpool, 6 p.m. April 30: Fayetteville-Manlius, 11 a.m. May 3: Henninger, 6 p.m. May 5: West Genesee, 6 p.m. May 9: at Fayetteville-Manlius, 7 p.m. May 10: Central Square, 6 p.m. May 12: at Auburn, 7 p.m. May 17: at Brighton, 5:30 May 19: at Cicero-North Syracuse, 7 p.m. Baseball April 8: at Mexico, 4:30 April 9: at Cicero-North Syracuse, noon April 12: Rome Free Academy, 5 p.m. April 18: at West Genesee, 11 a.m. April 20: at Oswego, 11 a.m. April 23: at Fayetteville-Manlius, 11 a.m. April 26: Cicero-North Syracuse, 4:30

April 28: at Corcoran, 4:30 April 30: at Rochester McQuaid, 2 p.m. May 2: Auburn, 4:30 May 4: at Central Square, 4:30 May 5: Liverpool, 7 p.m. May 9: Pulaski, 4:30 May 10: Nottingham, 4:30 May 12: Henninger, 4:30 May 13: at Rome Free Academy, 5 p.m. May 14: Oswego, noon May 16: at Liverpool, 4:30 May 18: Fayetteville-Manlius, 4:30

May 25: Section III Class AA Meet at CNS, 10 a.m. June 2: State Qualifier at CNS, 10 a.m. June 10-11: State Championships at Caledonia-Mumford

Softball April 12: at Rome Free Academy, 5 p.m. April 14: Utica Proctor, 4:30 April 18-19: at Oswego Tournament April 23: Binghamton, noon April 26: at Cicero-North Syracuse, 5 p.m. April 28: Corcoran, 4:30 April 30: Fayetteville-Manlius, 11 a.m. May 2: at Auburn, 4:30 May 4: Central Square, 4:30 May 7-8: Morabito Tournament at BAGSAI, Binghamton May 10: at Nottingham, 4:30 May 12: Henninger, 4:30 May 16: Liverpool, 4:30 May 17: at Fayetteville-Manlius, 4:30 Girls Crew April 30-May 1: at Saratoga Invitational May 13-15: NYS Scholastic Championships at Saratoga Springs May 26-28: Scholastic Rowing Nationals at Camden, N.J. Boys Track and Field April 9: at Cicero-North Syracuse Coed Relays, 10 a.m. April 13: Henninger, 5 p.m. April 16: Arcaro Relays, 9 a.m. April 20: West Genesee, 11 a.m. April 27: at Utica Proctor, 5 p.m. April 29: at New Hartford Invitational, 4 p.m. May 4: Liverpool, 5 p.m. May 7: at South Jefferson Invitational, 2 p.m. May 11: at Cicero-North Syracuse, 4:30 May 13: at Clinton Junkyard Relays, 4:30 May 21: at CNS Relays, 10 a.m.

Girls Track and Field April 9: at Cicero-North Syracuse Coed Relays, 10 a.m. April 13: at Henninger, 4:30 April 20: at West Genesee, 11 a.m. April 27: Utica Proctor, 4:30 April 30: at Liverpool Invitational, 10 a.m. May 4: at Liverpool, 5 p.m. May 6: at East Syracuse-Minoa Invitational, 4:30 May 11: Cicero-North Syracuse, 4:30 May 24: Section III Class AA Meet at Rome Free Academy, 4 p.m. June 2: State Qualifier at CNS, 10 a.m. June 10-11: State Championships at Caledonia-Mumford Girls Golf Home matches at Hickory Hills April 12: Central Square, 3:30 April 14: Auburn, 3:30 April 19: Liverpool (w/West Genesee), 3:30 April 25: at Auburn, 3:30 April 27: at Central Square, 3:30 May 3: Cicero-North Syracuse, 3:30 May 5: at Fayetteville-Manlius, 3:30 May 9: Liverpool, 3:30 May 13: Oswego, 3:30 May 19: West Genesee, 3:30 May 24: Section III Tournament at Foxfire, 8 a.m. Boys Tennis April 1: Utica Proctor, 4:30 April 7: at Auburn, 4:30 April 11: Corcoran, 4:30 April 13: at Rome Free Academy, 5 p.m. April 15: at Liverpool, 4:30 April 19: Henninger, 4:30 April 21: Cicero-North Syracuse, 4:30 April 25: at Oswego, 4:30 April 28: at Fayetteville-Manlius, 4:30 April 30: CNY Invitational at Liverpool, 8 a.m. May 3: Nottingham, 4:30 May 5: Central Square, 4:30 May 10: at West Genesee, 4:30


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Ray Middle School, Art Teacher Kathleen Goltermann: Zachary Clark, Patrick Jennejahn, Michelle Ornat, Emily Pascale and Kaitlyn Patrick. Durgee Junior High School, Art Teacher Wendy Robinson: Cassidy Ciampi, Chelsea Gell, Katie Spensieri and Maddy Taft. Baker High School, Art Teacher Jessica Voigt: Sarah Bovee, Nicholle Gerde, Alexi Pateras, Allie Pesano and Christa Waldecker. Baker High School, Art Teacher Patricia Johnson: Michael Alexander, Catherine Corsitto, Jessica Damiano, David Didio and Alexa Vecchio.


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Deans’ lists announced Jeff Abbott of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at LeMoyne College. Alexandra Arnold, daughter of Christopher Arnold and Ellen Yeomans of Baldwinsville, was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Hartwick. Arnold is a senior majoring in English and a graduate of Baker High School. Kristen Baldino of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Rochester. Brielle Blasi of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University at Albany. Casey Chiesa of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at SUNY Fredonia. Peter Christiano of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s

list at Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Christiano is a freshman. Jessica Christiano of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Rochester. Kathr yn Cooper of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Rochester. Jeremy Debarr of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University at Albany. Amber Frisbie of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Roberts Wesleyan College where she received honors. Lynn Fryer of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Rochester. Cathleen Green of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at

the College of Saint Rose in Albany. John Green of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at SUNY Fredonia. Chelsea Greenwood of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University at Albany. Joshua Katz of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Binghamton University. Allyson Kemp of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at SUNY Fredonia. Joanna Kenney of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Binghamton University. Julianne Landon of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University at Albany. Leah Liebler of Baldwinsville was named to

the fall semester dean’s list at Bentley University. Liebler is a senior marketing major. Kaitlin Maher of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Roberts Wesleyan College where she received high honors. Erica Miller of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University at Albany. Kelsey Mulvaney of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University. Abigail Nelson, daughter of John Nelson and Elizabeth Patterson of Baldwinsville, was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Hartwick. Nelson is a freshman majoring in biology and a graduate of Baker High School.

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Jacqueline Samoraj of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at SUNY Fredonia. Alaina Sawyer of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Rochester. William Skinner of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the Villanova School of Business, where he is a freshman. Hannah Sollecito was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Cornell University. A presidential research scholar in her senior year, Sollecito majors in international agriculture and rural development, with a minor in inequality studies and a concentration in French. Rachel Sollecito was named to the fall semester dean’s list at University at Albany. A freshman presidential scholar in the honors program, Sollecito is a business major with a concentration in marketing and a minor in art. Alex Starr-Baier of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University at Albany. Meaghan St Denis of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at SUNY Fredonia. Macey Stockwell of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the College of Saint Rose in Albany. Sarah Taylor of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Rochester. Stephanie Teachout of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University at Albany. Collin Thompson of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at SUNY Fredonia. Jessica Triana of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at SUNY Fredonia. Kelsey Van Vliet of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University at Albany. Anthony Vecchio, a freshman from Baldwinsville, was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Lafayette College. Robyn Vier of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Niagara University. Michelle Wall of Baldwinsville was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences at Rider University. She is a junior communications major. Kerri White, daughter of Jamie and Angela White of Baldwinsville, was named to the fall semester dean’s list at SUNY Brockport. Kerri is a sophomore majoring in mathematics.




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