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LIBRARY FOCUS: Come taste the quiet at BPL

It’s May! We’re finally enjoying shirt sleeve weather. The yard, the lake and the ballgame are beckoning, but there are still lots of great reasons to visit us here at the library including book clubs, craft groups, the teen photography exhibit and the deep peace only found mornings between storytime seasons. Come and taste the quiet while you can.

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Library focus: Many reasons to visit BPL this spring, from tech to Tai Chi

Sports programs are in full flower, projects are coming due and the garden is calling, but there are still a lot of great reasons to visit us down here at the library, even if you did stock up at last month’s book sale.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Blood donations help cancer patients and many others

Locally, our community has stepped up in honor of those who are bravely fighting cancer which requires multiple blood and platelet transfusions.

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CBA golfer signs intent to Siena

Christian Brothers Academy senior Jack Bellardini, the son of John and Beth Bellardini of Jamesville, will be attending Siena next fall and has signed a letter of intent to be a member of their golf team.

YMCA readies for June opening

Aside from the finishing touches of installing the last doors and windows, paving and land grading, the Y is nearly ready for its grand opening in June.

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LIBRARY FOCUS: The Baldwinsville Public Library is where it’s at

April is sliding into the finish line, and May is chock full of great opportunities for fun and education here at the library. Whether you need to upgrade your tech skills, are looking for folks with shared interests or just need to scoop up some great reads the library is where it’s at.

Instructor brings Pilates to village of Manlius

Spring is here, and many people are looking for new ways to keep healthy and stay in shape. For some people, a way to do this may mean signing up for a Pilates class at Fairway Physical Therapy in Manlius with instructor Connie Palleria.

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Seven F-M student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent

During a ceremony held April 2, seven Fayetteville-Manlius High School seniors signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers in the fall at the collegiate level.

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F-M Relay for Life announces upcoming golf fundraising event

It’s that time of year again — the time where many people in the community get together to raise money for the American Cancer Society with the annual Relay for Life event. This year, leading up to the Fayetteville-Manlius area Relay there will be a “Wine and Tees” fundraising event on Saturday, May 2, at The Ridge golf course in Chittenango.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: ‘Geeked up’ stoners filling local emergency rooms

This month, Central New York’s hospital emergency rooms have been inundated with people experiencing negative reactions after ingesting so-called synthetic marijuana. Upstate University Hospital’s emergency room saw upwards of 30 such patients last week, and the problem has also been noted right here in the village.

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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.

Running blind

The Baldwinsville and Phoenix Lions Clubs have teamed up to host the Blind Ambition Run, a four-mile foot race that teams a blind runner with a sighted guide. Lions Clubs focus on aiding the visually impaired, as well as those with hearing and speech disabilities. The run is set to take place Saturday, May 31, at Onondaga Lake Park.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Task force seeks to improve kids’ mental health services

I am proud to partner with U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) to strengthen pediatric mental health care services. In making the announcement last week of this federal and state partnership, Rep. Katko and I seek to increase awareness and provide greater access to care by creating a six-month task force to address gaps in pediatric mental health care in Central New York.

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50 years of Cicero Parks and Rec

The town of Cicero’s Parks and Recreation Department recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Local elected officials, denizens of the CanTeen and parks employees past and present gathered at the American Legion April 2 for an emotional evening of proclamations, presentations and heartfelt memories of the town’s recreation programs.

Registration now open for the seventh annual Six-Legged 5K on Sunday, April 12

Fleet Feet Sports will host the seventh annual Six-Legged 5K this year at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 12. The 3.1 mile run, starting at the Willow Bay entrance of Onondaga Lake Park, is open to runners, walkers and dogs. All race proceeds benefit the CNY SPCA.