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Cazenovia Fire Department thanks community

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The Cazenovia Fire Department wishes to thank the community for joining us at our annual open house. We enjoy connecting with our fellow community members, demonstrating our training, equipment and skills, as well as having the opportunity to educate the public about fire safety.

LETTER: Thank you to our veterans

To the editor: The members of American Legion Auxiliary of Liverpool Unit 188 would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

LETTER: Stirpe for assembly

To the editor: Assemblyman Al Stirpe has done a lot for the people of our community. Taxes are always a big issue. According the CPA who prepares my family’s taxes, New York State is a great place to live for retirees. The truth is that many middle-income retirees pay little or no state income tax because of our tax laws. Further, many of us 65 and over benefit from the Enhanced STAR Program, a program that reduces our school property tax obligation that Al helped preserve. And lowering property taxes help us all.

Onondaga County budget cuts taxes

This year marks my fifth working on the budget as an Onondaga County legislator. In that time, the economy made a dramatic downward turn, and has shown signs recently of a slight recovery. Fortunately, our county has been able to weather the economic changes fairly well. As I spent the past few weeks combing through the 2015 budget from the county executive, I am pleased to share the budget as presented proposed to keep the property tax levy flat, and even reduced spending by $6 million. In dollars and cents, that is a proposed tax rate of $5.17 per $1,000, a new historic low for our county.

On the campaign trail: Mahoney endorses Katko

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko has received the backing of Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

We need dedicated leaders like Tom Driscoll in Cazenovia

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of Tom Driscoll for the Cazenovia Town Board. The town board and the community will benefit from Tom’s continued service.

Inform yourself for upcoming Nov. 4 election

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: On Nov. 4, Cazenovia voters will go to the polls to choose statewide officials, our U.S. congressman, New York state legislators and Madison County and town of Cazenovia officials. The public is invited to attend a candidate forum with Bill Magee and John Salka, the candidates for the 121st NY State Assembly District. This will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

Nichols now flies with Eagle Newspapers

As summer’s heat lingered through August, Nichols Supermarket installed five dozen six-foot-high swinging-door beverage coolers. The new glass doors not only look spiffy, they allow you to get a good look at the groceries before you open the door and grab ’em. As a bonus for store owner Mike Hennigan, the coolers actually save energy! And here’s some more news about Nichols. Around the same time the swinging doors swung open, the supermarket started printing its weekly flyer at Eagle Newspapers, the same company that publishes the Star-Review.

Family of John D. Haley thanks Cazenovia community

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The family of John D. Haley would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who offered their kind expressions of sympathy on the loss of our husband, father, brother and uncle.

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A life-changing experience volunteering in Tanzania

This past summer, I traveled to Tanzania for two weeks with Projects Abroad. It was a truly life-changing experience. I was part of a program for students ages 16 to 19. We would be working at the Cradle of Love Baby Home and the Kilimani Primary School.

Recalling Syracuse’s Stratocaster master

When Dan Elliott reminisces about Syracuse’s History of Rock’n’Roll at Liverpool Library this week, I hope he’ll tell the story of guitarist Ron Lauback, who influenced the formation of rock bands like Elliott’s own Monterays. Ron was born on Sept. 11, 1942 in Syracuse, to George and Helen Lauback. His mom, Helen, taught music teacher in the 1940s in the East Syracuse school district, and so young Ron was exposed to jazz, classical and pop music as a child. Ron’s first musical instrument was a ukulele.

LETTER: Manufacturing day recognizes manufacturing’s role in economy

To the editor: Each year, on Oct. 3, we observe “Manufacturing Day,” recognizing the crucial role manufacturers play in our economy and providing an opportunity to highlight what’s being done to strengthen this vital industry.

LETTER: Towns cannot accept partial payments on school taxes

To the editor: Please be advised that we cannot under New York state law accept a partial payment at the present time, since your first partial must be made in the penalty-free time, which ended Oct. 3.

OCHD seeks public input

I need your help. A major focus of mine in the legislature is health care and, as vice-chair of the Health Committee, I invite your input on our health future. The Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) is seeking your feedback on two documents: the 2014-18 Strategic Plan and the 2014-17 Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan. The documents and surveys are available at ongov.net/health/publicfeedback.html

Thank you from the family of Amy Bradstreet

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The Bradstreet family would like to express their sincerest appreciation to all who offered their expressions of sympathy and generosity over the recent loss of our daughter, sister and mommy Amy.

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