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Column: The somber topic of the living will

Every medical office visit seems to involve asking whether or not you have a "living will." In my case, the answer, until recently, has been "no." It is a somber topic, but it keeps coming up.

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Library focus: North Syracuse Art Guild work on display

We’re deep in the middle of graduation season now, so things are likely to be quiet at the library this week. It’ a great time to get down here and check out our amazing art show of pieces by the North Syracuse Art Guild including glass work and paper sculpture in addition to traditional two-dimensional pieces.

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It’s fun to stay at the YMCA

Northwest Family YMCA celebrates opening week

Half an hour before the facility’s 5:30 a.m. opening June 8, new members of the Northwest Family YMCA began lining up at the door of Onondaga County’s newest — and biggest — YMCA.

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DeWitt cuts ribbon on Butternut Creek Recreation and Nature Trail

After more than a decade of work to create a local park system connected through trails and walkways over the old Erie Canal, the ribbon was cut last weekend on the Butternut Creek Recreation and Nature Trail in DeWitt to celebrate the opening of the new wooden boardwalk.

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Library focus: Check out BPL at the farmers market

Summer is really firing up now. The farmers market is back in business at its new location at the VFW on Route 370. We hope you’re stopping by our booth to find out what we’re up to and to pick up great bargains in music, movies and books that had to move on so we could add the latest and greatest for your listening, watching and, of course, reading pleasure. Best of all, get your produce, have a snack and top off your evening with a rousing round of trivia at the library!

Relay for the cure

Liverpool Relay for Life moves to high school this year

When you think about the American Cancer Society, you might not think of people walking around a track. But maybe you should.

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LETTER: Support the Northwest Family YMCA

To the editor: When the Northwest Family YMCA opens its doors at 5:30 a.m. Monday, June 8, it will be a historical moment for Greater Baldwinsville. This new Y will strengthen our community for generations to come.

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Library focus: Keep learning all summer long at BPL

It’s June again. Teachers and students are burning the midnight oil wrapping up another year of school. Yes, the end of the month seems to put some of us in vacation mode, but school staffers are still busy debriefing, training and getting ready for next year’s challenges. Truth be told, the intensity may lessen, but life and learning go on all year round, and the library is here to pick up the torch providing education and fun for all ages all summer long.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Your single blood donation can save up to three lives

I am pleased and proud to announce my fifth annual Summer Blood Drive to be held from noon to 6 p.m. June 4 at the Solvay-Geddes Community Youth Center located on Woods Road in the village of Solvay.

Taking action to end AIDS

23rd annual AIDS Walk/Run takes place at Beaver Lake June 7

Many Central New Yorkers are far too young to recall the horrors of the rise of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s. For Jacki Hannon, ACR Health’s assistant director of development, it’s those young people who benefit the most from ACR Health’s 23rd annual AIDS Walk/Run, which takes place this Sunday at Beaver Lake.

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Fayetteville resident receives U.S. Public Health Service Excellence Award

Upstate Medical University student Nicole Cifra’s passion for adolescent medicine has earned her a 2015 United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Award (USPHS). Cifra is the daughter of Nicholas and Carolyn Cifra of Fayetteville.

Northwest Family YMCA goes all in

Baldwinsville community launches Campaign for Our New Y

If you care about strengthening the community, it’s time to go all in. That was the message delivered May 21 at the Campaign for our New Y kickoff rally inside the Northwest Family YMCA, 8040 River Road. Volunteer campaign leaders announced that the $20 million structure is nearly complete, and will open June 8 — right on schedule. But there’s still some important work to do.

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Library focus: It’s BPL’s busiest season

Summer may be your vacation time but at the library it’s one of our busiest seasons with summer reading, storytimes, concerts, community events, continuing classes and so much more. Come on down and join the fun!

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Summer fun and festivities

Canton Woods is very busy with summer fun and festivities!

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EDITORIAL: Start small to help end lupus

Besides a collection of radio hits, what do Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Selena Gomez, Seal and Toni Braxton have in common? Like 1.5 million of their fellow Americans, they’ve struggled with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder that attacks the skin, joints and internal organs.