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Canton Woods Senior Center: Thanks to local organizations for supporting center

If you live or work in Baldwinsville, you know Baldwinsville is a very generous community. The center always welcomes and appreciates the community’s generosity. I wish to thank the Rotary, who recently hosted a picnic at Canton Woods for well over 100 seniors. The center also thanks youth from the Community Wesleyan Church for volunteering their time to weed the center’s garden areas.

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Library focus: There’s still some summer left ­— spend it at BPL

Summer is halfway gone, folks. It’s time to get serious about that summer reading list, finish those projects and plan that vacation if you’ve been procrastinating. But there’s still plenty of time to hang out, have fun and improve your education and job prospects right here at the library.

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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.

Column: Vinous Ruminations -- Pairing French wines with everyday foods

Inevitably, when wine is the subject, the country of France must be discussed. France has long led the way when wines of the highest caliber are to be debated and tasted. A myriad of styles and flavors that bring out the very best in a complex cuisine are the hallmark of the very best French wines.

Column: Can’t they just leave the Common Application alone?

In early August, the 2015-16 Common Application will come online. Once again we will have to adapt to the program’s changes, many of which do make the program easier to navigate.

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Theater review: Solid vocals carry the day in Elton John/Tim Rice musical at CNY Playhouse

Actress Cathy Butler sings like an archangel. In the title role of Aida, a Nubian princess pressed into slavery in ancient Egypt, the Le Moyne College senior lends her sweet voice to such Act 1 numbers as the mellow “The Past is Another Land” and the rousing “The Gods Love Nubia.”

Editorial: DeWitt Community Library relocation is needed to keep the library up-to-date

The idea that a library is a quiet place filled with just books, encyclopedias and a collection of archived magazines and papers is a thing of the past. Technology has grown so much in the past few decades that the needs of modern libraries are evolving. Our local community libraries need to grow to accommodate what the general public wants.

Column: Not the new, but the old, math

If I am sometimes obsessed by numbers, it is because when it comes to math, I just don't get it. Perhaps this "innumeracy" can be attributed to an early childhood trauma when the little boy next door, and the object of my tender affections, confronted me with "I know something you don't know: one and one is two."

Letters to the editor: June 22 edition

Thanks to Fayetteville officials for dealing with deer population

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Baldwinsville History Mystery: Do you know anything about this picture?

Question: The building in the photo taken by Mark Chapman was once a very important part of children’s lives on the south side of the river. How much do you know about it? Where was it located? Do you know the two different names that it went by? Approximately when was this picture taken and why the building looks like it is falling down?

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Historic North Syracuse: Do you know anything about this picture?

Pictured here, a North Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department Buffalo pumper on Church Street answers a call. Do you know anything about this photo? Can you provide an exact date? If you can, email the editor at editor@eaglestarreview.com.

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NOPL news: Toxin-free living: Where to start

Central New York natives Kat and Dr. Tiffany Bloomingdale will share some of their knowledge and tips when they present the class “Toxin Free Living and Thriving with Kat and Tiffany” at NOPL @ Cicero. There are two sessions available: from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, or the same time Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Join the effort to revitalize Central New York

The hunt is on for the biggest and brightest ideas to revitalize Central New York’s economy. The deadline for the public to submit ideas that could help our region secure vital economic development funding is fast approaching, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to get involved in the future of our community.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Playground in store for Skyway Park; other improvements coming

A federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has been awarded to the town of Cicero for installation of a playground at Skyway Park on East Taft Road. The county legislature voted unanimously to accept $50,000 and allocate it to the town of Cicero at our recent legislative session. I was pleased to cosponsor this item.

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From the state senate: Legislation to ensure equal access, participation in New York

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about two important bills that would help to empower individuals with certain disabilities. Both of these bills that I sponsored passed the state senate and state assembly during the 2015 legislative session and await the governor’s consideration. I hope you will join me in urging Gov. Cuomo to sign these bills into state law.