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LETTER: New budget doesn’t help educators, students

To the editor: It is my belief that Assemblyman Al Stirpe was bit overenthusiastic in his self-congratulations on the new state budget, especially as it refers to education. Stirpe states that legislators “were able to replace the governor’s original proposal with one that ensures teacher evaluations are conducted at the local level and controlled by professional educators, rather than politicians.”

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PAC-B: Baldwinsville Bulletin Board, April 25 to May 1

Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access cable channel 98 for Time Warner and channel 30 for Verizon FIOS, is available 24 hours a day to provide video and information of local interest. For the convenience of the public, the schedule of the next 10 programs is aired on PAC-B TV at 9 AM, noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. For anyone who missed a program on TV, many of the programs are available at pacbtv.org.

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B’ville schools seek 1.82 percent tax increase

Residents in the Baldwinsville Central School District will be asked to pay an extra 1.82 percent in school taxes for the 2015-16 school year, according to the proposed budget presented April 13.

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Spring into the library

The snow has finally melted, the trees are budding and we’re more than halfway through the taxing month of April. It’s time to get out of your rut and find out what’s new at the library. Come on down and check out our amazing show of elementary artists and the new block table in the children’s area and don’t forget to vote on the budget and stock up at our spring book sale.

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F-M school board rejects OCM BOCES board of education candidates

Believes OCM BOCES board is in violation of longtime gentleman’s agreement

On Monday, April 20, members of the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education voted to reject two of the four OCM BOCES Board of Education candidates for the upcoming election, including Jamesville-DeWitt/Fayetteville-Manlius representative Ann Wright and East Syracuse Minoa representative Wayne Brownson.

Willow Festival to celebrate history, ecology and art

The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation has announced that it will host a Willow Festival from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 25, in the Cazenovia Willow Patch, just south of the center of the village.

Mr. Caz Pageant returning for sixth year

The sixth annual Mr. Caz pageant is hitting the stage yet again, with 13 potential kings from grades eight through 12 vying to capture the 2015 Mr. Caz title.

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EDITORIAL: Opting out sends a strong message -- but will Albany hear it?

You’d think, with some 16 percent of students statewide making a conscious choice not to take the exams, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Education Department might start to rethink their policies.

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Madison County Farm Bureau donates funds to help local FFA kids attend state convention

Madison County Farm Bureau was pleased to donate over $3,600 to local FFA chapters to help defer the costs of attending the State FFA Convention in May at Morrisville State College. The recent donation was part of their commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of young people by helping develop their potential for leadership and while preserving and protecting agriculture for future generations.

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ESM students get unique opportunity at Spartan Garage

Tickets to raffle refurbished 1965 Ford Mustang are on sale

Each year for the past decade, a group of students at East Syracuse Minoa High School have gotten the unique opportunity to refurbish and restore a classic car and then raffle it off at the end of the year. This year, the Spartan Garage club is raffling a refurbished 1965 Ford Mustang and interested people can now buy tickets.

George Brescia named speaker of Cazenovia College’s 42nd annual Student Fashion Show

George Brescia, the man behind George B Style, and a top-tier NYC-based stylist and image consultant, will be the speaker this year at the Cazenovia College 42nd Annual Fashion Show, “Fashion: The Fifth Element.”

Cazenovia College visual communications seniors to host design exhibition

The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall will host the 2015 Visual Communications Senior Exhibition, titled, “Strike Up the Brand.” The show runs from Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 24. An artist's reception is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16.

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Local progressives set annual banquet April 21 at Drumlins

The former director of Cleveland, Ohio’s NAACP and the Urban League will be the keynote speaker at the 13th annual banquet hosted by Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road.

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Robotics team snags second

Arctic Warriors place at regionals

More than 45 students and 15 mentors from Liverpool High School recently brought home a second place finish after the team competed in the FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional at the Rochester Institute of Technology March 27 and 28.

F-M Board of Education president asks board to reject OCM BOCES representatives

Approval of OCM BOCES budget still planned to occur

The Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education President Marissa Mims has asked the F-M board to reject the district representatives to the OCM BOCES Board of Education from Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse Minoa, who are on ballot for this year’s BOCES election.