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Update from the Cazenovia town board

The town of Cazenovia undertook a number of projects — some more visible than others — in 2015, and we would like to update the community on some of our work over the past year.

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The Book Beat: Looking for some good nonfiction

Every so often, it’s worth taking a departure from reading fiction to explore books that inform, educate, and even entertain. Nonfiction gives every reader the opportunity to continue life-long learning and delve into topics they enjoy or broaden their scope of knowledge.

Theater review: Sinister ‘Sweeney Todd’ is gruesome yet mesmerizing

With music by heralded composer Stephen Sondheim and book by the late mystery-writer Hugh Wheeler, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” uses mesmerizing music to tell a monstrous story of revenge-killings and cannibalism. It’s a gruesome musical — a grusical.

Column: The gas trap

Always given to worry, I often worry over things I actually know little about; consequently, I am led to wonder whether my lack of knowledge results in unnecessary anxiety, or if I knew more, would I realize I'm not worried enough? Good question!

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LETTER: Zambrano not absolved of ethics charges

To the editor: Recent news articles and letters to the editor, along with comments at Cicero Town Hall and in the community, indicate there is a good deal of misunderstanding regarding the decision by the Cicero Board of Ethics that found the former town supervisor guilty of a conflict of interest and subsequent litigation seeking her removal from office.

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LETTER: Becallo for state assembly

To the editor: Over the last two years, the town of Cicero has been fighting for its life. For most of the people in CNY, this is no big surprise, as many communities are fighting hard to stay afloat. With reports stating that Cicero will be bankrupt by 2019, we have had one single hope: Councilman Mike Becallo.

FROM THE SUPERVISOR: Supervisor offers winter reminders for town of Salina residents

Now that winter is actually here, I would like to remind the town of Salina residents of a few seasonal concerns.

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NOPL NEWS: Book sale and tech toys at NOPL

Saturday, Feb. 6, sees the return of the ever-popular “Sweets for Your Sweetie” Book and Bake Sale at NOPL @ Cicero.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: This year’s state budget should invest in our future

Balancing a budget is never easy, but every family and household has to do it, and so too does the state. One of the most important responsibilities I have as your representative in the state Assembly is to help craft and pass a balanced state budget that meets the needs of our community. The budget isn’t just a spending plan; it’s a reflection of our priorities and a blueprint for achieving our shared goals.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Sheriff supports a sane approach to addiction

For decades, police considered people who used illegal drugs as people who needed to be arrested and jailed. Now, finally — thanks to forward-thinking law-enforcement leaders such as our own Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway — police are starting to see addiction as an illness rather than a crime.

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

We think we’ve been having a lot of snow in the last couple of weeks. If you’re an old-timer you will remember the blizzard that we will remember at the end of the month. What was the year? Do you have any memories from it? What’s the location of the photo?

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LETTER: Editorial includes good advice on snowmobile safety

To the editor: The January 20, 2016 edition of the Baldwinsville Messenger ran the editorial “Snowmobilers: Beware of early season conditions.” The editorial covered safety remarks made by the NYS Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) on the seasonal late start and snow cover for snowmobiling on the maintained clubs trails system. All good points of safety information, especially to “reach out to your local club for information on the trails” whose online website includes the club’s telephone (and often a snow phone) listing for trail conditions.

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LETTER: Political agendas have no place in the legislature

In 2016, I will continue to do my best to keep the nonsense from the business of county taxpayers. If I can ever help, please don’t hesitate to call and thank you again for the privilege of being your legislator. 

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Love your library in February

February is on the horizon with lots of new reasons to love your library. Start your kids and grandkids out right next month by joining us for the third annual Take Your Child to the Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Governor falls short on ethics, gets it right with small business tax cuts, increase in school aid

Gov. Cuomo recently delivered his State of the State address, which, contrary to protocol, he combined with his 2016-17 budget address. The following are some of the highlights of his speech.