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Local teens heading to Irish dance world championships

When you think of youth dance classes, you typically think of the jazz, ballet, tap or hip-hop. But how often does Irish dancing — with a style that is characterized by a rigid upper body with fast moving footwork — come to mind as an extracurricular option? The sport is actually much bigger and more competitive than one would think.

F-M art program excels at 2015 Scholastic Art Awards

Fayetteville-Manlius School District art students in grades seven through 12 recently won a total of 154 awards at the 2015 Central New York Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Brian Piraino

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week is Brian Piraino.

NOPL news: Forgiveness, fun and frugality

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, NOPL is excited to announce the return of our popular “Food for Fines” program.

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Sport of the arts

Cicero-North Syracuse’s Northstars Winterguard is the longest-running program of its kind in New York state. Earlier this month, the program celebrated 50 seasons at the Cicero-North Syracuse Varsity Home Show with a performance from the current guard and an alumni performance.

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State of the area: U.S., N.Y. politics as partisan, detrimental as they appear

The partisan politics of Washington are as bad and gridlocking as they look, and the governor’s politics in Albany are crippling the finances of our school district and endangering our children’s education. These were the two major messages received by about 50 area residents last week during the annual State of the Area event sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Come into BPL and escape the cold

First comes the Big Chill, a near guarantee of unseasonable weather, and then winter break for the students in our audience. In other words, there are lots of reasons to come to the library and stock up, study up or simply escape without investing in long distance travel. In fact we even have the resources to help you plan your trip if you have the resources to take it.

Educational advocacy groups to host forums on school funding

Our schools are losing money every year — and New York state is taking it from them.

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F-M cross country teams and coaches to be honored

The accolades continue to roll in for the Fayetteville-Manlius High School national championship boys and girls cross country teams, as well as their head coach, Bill Aris.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Katie Bradley

Katie Bradley is a member of the LHS Symphonic Band, where she plays flute. She also plays for the All-County Band and her church.

LCSD reexamines redistricting plan

2014 data prompts cancellation of meeting, possible tweaks to plan

Liverpool Central School District officials have cancelled a meeting to advise district residents on its redistricting proposal, pending possible tweaks to the plan. The meeting, which was scheduled to have taken place Thursday, Jan. 22, will be rescheduled, but a date has not yet been set.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New year brings new priorities for New York state

With a new year comes new commitments and renewed hope. Last week, the assembly welcomed new representatives. The swearing-in ceremony reminds all who attend to renew our commitment to public service.

Ralph Lalama, Nancy Kelly headline January Jazzfest

The CNY Jazz Arts Foundation is warming away the midwinter blues with some jazz. January Jazzfest is filling four levels of Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville with a sampler of jazz artists Sunday, Jan. 25, including vocalist Nancy Kelly, saxophonist Ralph Lalama and trombonist Melissa Gardiner.

Take Your Child to the Library Day is Feb. 7

Want to give your child a lifetime of wisdom, adventure and pleasure? Acquaint them with their local library. That’s the idea behind Take Your Child to the Library Day, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 7. This year marks the fourth such celebration and the second in which the Baldwinsville Public Library is participating.

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Girl Scouts gear up for sales pitches, service projects

Between earning awards and serving their communities, area Girl Scouts had a busy 2014. This year will be just as busy as the girls set their goals for the annual cookie sale — which is available online for the first time ever — and continue pursuing service projects within their communities.

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