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Library focus: Find love at your library

We have lots of reasons to love your library this month including a weekend carnival for the kids, a Valentine weekend book giveaway and Valentine’s Day films for all ages and lots of programs to ward off cabin fever during the mid-winter school break week. Come on down any day and discover your own reason.

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Fat Bike Race added to WinterFest events

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) BikeCaz Committee and GoCaz.com are pleased to announce a new event added to the Cazenovia WinterFest this year. With sponsorship from Syracuse Bicycle and Empire Brewery, a Fat Bike Race and Demo is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 8. The event will take place at 5 Ledyard Ave. with the race on the adjacent Lorenzo State Historic Site fields. A free snowshoe demo will be available at the event as well.

Buffalo veggie VIP teaches cooking class at Willow HWC

Genga Ponnampalam, founder of the Buffalo-based vegan and gluten-free food company and café Go Veggies Inc., is sharing his culinary expertise in a cooking class Feb. 7 at the Willow Health and Wellness Center in Baldwinsville. Ponnampalam aims to show people that eating healthy can be easy and delicious.

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists to offer public educational symposium on joint replacement

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists has announced it will host an extensive, one-day educational symposium about the latest advances in joint replacement care. “Joint Replacement: The Future in Now, An Interactive Event with Expert Surgeons,” is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Onondaga Community College, Storer Hall, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike.

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.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: A new year brings new laws

With each new year, we look forward to changes and improvements in our communities. Many of these will come with new laws that went into effect in our state on Jan. 1, 2015. I’d like to highlight some of the laws that I feel will benefit our local families by growing our economy and keeping our community healthy and safe.

DeWitt to host forums to make town more pedestrian and biker friendly

The town of DeWitt will be hosting community discussions to gather information from the public about ways to make the town of DeWitt more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Cyclists and walkers sharing the road with automobiles have inevitable impacts to both user groups.

Library focus: Make your way to the Baldwinsville Public Library

Even if you plan to hibernate the entire winter the library can still be a part of your plans. If you have a library card, PIN and access to the Internet you can visit us online for informative databases (magazine and newspaper articles searchable by author, title and subject), online courses (check out learning express and rocket languages to acquire new skills) and ebooks galore (including audio versions).

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Pajamarama party

Paige’s Butterfly Run asks schools, businesses to wear PJs to help kids with cancer

One of the perks of being sick as a child is getting to curl up on the couch in your pajamas for a day of rest and bad television. But when all you ever get to wear is pajamas and you live under a cloud of doubt about your future and your prognosis — like if you’re facing pediatric cancer — the idea of the simple wardrobe loses a lot of its luster. To support those kids at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancers and Blood Disorders, Paige’s Butterfly Run is asking community members to wear their pajamas in honor of the kids that have to do so.

Health department offers tips to prevent cervical cancer

Did you know that over half of all cervical cancer cases occur in women who have rarely or never been screened for the disease? In fact, 4,000 U.S. women die annually of cervical cancer. Screening can prevent cervical cancer or find it early when it’s easier to treat.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Winter projects to keep you busy and warm at BPL

Things are getting a bit chilly out there. Time to stock up with entertainment and winter projects here at the library for those long winter nights. While you’re here be sure to check out this month’s spectacular art show by the CNY Artist’s Guild and maybe take in a program or two to keep a check on cabin fever.

GUEST COLUMN: Add exercise to your new year

You’re making a pledge to get healthier this New Year. You found your sneakers and dusted off the treadmill you were using as a closet. Your yoga pants are no longer just a fashion choice — they are ready to do actual yoga. Now you’ve got to find the time in your day — 30 minutes minimum for heart health — to get physically active. The American Heart Association says there are plenty of easy, no-cost ways to do it.

Residents have mixed feelings on ‘Ash for Trash’

About 50 people crowded into the Van Buren Town Hall to share their opinions on the proposed “Ash for Trash” waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties Jan. 6.

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More than 500 run in annual Chilly Chili 5K

More than 550 participants lined up at the starting line in 20 degree weather to take part in the 11th annual Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk this past Sunday, Jan. 11. Coming in first overall as top male runner was Fred Joslyn, 30, of East Syracuse, with a time of 16:03. The top female runner was Elizabeth Lucason, 10, of Camden, with a time of 19:09.

Alzheimer’s information series continues at the Cazenovia Public Library

The second of a three-part series by the Alzheimer’s Association, Central NY Chapter — “Living with Alzheimer’s: For Mid-Stage Caregivers” — will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.