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SCOTTLAND: For better or worse a matter of perspective

For years, my mom used to work at Craven Crawford Elementary School as a teacher aide. For years, it was a school filled with caring and warmth, and in later years, became a haven for many children who did not have good home lives. For years, my mom and many other wonderful staff would lift up the broken spirited with their kind and compassionate words. Seeing the good in some of the worst troublemakers undoubtedly made an impact. And for years, after these troubled students long left CCE, their faces would and still light up when they recognize Mrs. Z at the store or somewhere out in public.

Land Bank will clean up vacant and abandoned properties

Tired of seeing abandoned and un-maintained properties? These are eyesores and they make our neighborhoods unattractive, undesirable and lower the value. Well, there is a solution in progress. Let me introduce you to the Land Bank, our county’s strategy to reclaim these properties and restore them to serving useful roles in our communities. The Land Bank (officially the Greater Syracuse Property Development Corporation, which was created in 2012) acts on behalf of Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse to acquire, redevelop, and improve tax delinquent, vacant or abandoned property. The restoration of these devastated properties will begin to revive neighborhoods to encourage economic opportunities throughout Onondaga County.

Chapter 1: The Adventures of Frankie

'Dear John'

“Great practice coach,” Frankie said as he slid his baseball glove over the end of his handlebars. His dad would kill him if he wasn’t polite to the coach. Respecting your elders was probably his number one rule. Especially when that elder was doing something out of the kindness of his heart, like coaching Little League for free.

Along the Lakeshore: Watching the ice chunks; loons on the lake

Along the Lakeshore column from the April 23, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Town should build a new hall at 57 Fennell St.

Letter to the editor from the April 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Trustee shares thoughts on village electric

Letter to the editor from the April 23, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by volunteering in the community

Here in Central New York, April brings days of spring rain, sprinkled with a few glimpses of the summer sun. The changing weather reminds us that Earth is a beautiful place, and we need to be doing everything we can to keep it that way. This year, Earth Day is April 22, and Arbor Day is April 25. While these commemorations bring us together to revitalize our community after a long, bitter winter, they are also important reminders of the conditions and vulnerability of the world around us. There is a critical need for ongoing education, action, and change when it comes to our environment. This year’s Earth Day theme is “Green Cities.” By improving conditions in our cities, we can improve conditions for future generations around the world.

Sure sign of spring: robins’ eggs in Christmas wreath

When former Liverpool Mayor Jon Zappola and his family returned from a recent sojourn in the Sunshine State, he went to remove the Christmas wreath from the house, and discovered a mother robin had laid five eggs in a nest she’d fashioned in the wreath. No wonder the Zappolas’ holiday wreath will remain up for a while on their First Street home! A former baseball coach and art teacher, Zappola now serves as chairman of the Liverpool Village Housing Authority, which oversees the House at 807 that has provided affordable housing for elders since 1999. The House at 807 on Oswego Street currently has two vacancies. If you’re interested in an apartment there, visit house-at-807.org,‎ or call 457-1334.

LETTER: Good to see town and village officials willing to work together

Letter to the editor from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Deputy clerk says goodbye

Letter to the editor from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Residents enjoyed frozen lake

Letter to the editor from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Thank you for supporting ice show

Letter to the editor from the April 24, 2014 Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: A tribute to Doc’s worthy life

Letter to the editor from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

On the Move: National Bike to Work day is May 16

The grass is out and perhaps you are thinking about getting out enjoying some exercise.

Along the Lakeshore: support New York dairy farms

Along the Lakeshore column from the April 16, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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