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LETTER: Thanks for supporting the Marching Bees

To the editor: On Nov. 27, the Baldwinsville Central School District Marching Band had the privilege of representing Baldwinsville, Central New York and the entire state of New York in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This great honor would not have been possible without the support of the Baldwinsville community, as well as the surrounding CNY communities.

REMEMBERING CLAY: German Christmas traditions in Clay

Since Germans from the Palatinate of Europe were not only the founding fathers of Clay, but also formed the first congregation which became Immanuel Lutheran Church, I did some research on Christmas in Germany and how it influenced the way we celebrate Christmas in America.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: County legislature authorizes necessary sewer improvements

As a member of the Environmental Protection Committee at the legislature, I receive quarterly updates on the lake improvement project, as well as various projects taking place across the county to mitigate stormwater infiltration in to our sewers. Surprisingly, most of our water treatment and sewer infrastructure is more than four decades old. Investments to the infrastructure that is underground has paled in comparison to the infrastructure that we see every day — our roads and bridges.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Readers and eaters can’t get enough comfort food

Several readers stopped me out and about to chat about my Nov. 4 column about comfort food. Seems they can’t get enough.

LIBRARY FOCUS: BPL offers a break from the madness

The trees are lit, the malls are packed and holiday madness abounds, but you can still find sanctuary and holiday helps at your library. Step back and enjoy an art display made of flowers past and pressed or update the family and your word processing skills with our Wired Wednesday classes. We also have books, magazines and craft databases full of last minute holiday ideas. Stop in soon and see what we can do to make your holiday a happier one.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Is weather detection system necessary? Spend budget surplus on Upstate infrastructure, too

Here in central New York, our municipal budgets are often stretched during time of high snowfall because of snow removal costs. If anything, $18 million would be better used to provide our municipalities assistance with these costs as opposed to using the $18 million on a duplicative weather detection system.

GUEST COLUMN - Baldwinsville: A sleepy little suburb — or maybe, just maybe, so much more

Going through Baldwinsville during the Christmas season is truly like something straight out of the pages of a book. It looks like the small towns depicted in so many Christmas movies.

From the state senate: Support Cell Phones for Soldiers

I have kicked off my seventh-annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive to help our soldiers serving overseas stay connected with their loved ones back home, especially during the holidays. You can support this important cause by donating your gently-used mobile phones to any of my designated collection sites throughout Onondaga County and the city of Auburn. 

What to Read: Books and the Reading Life: Holiday Wish List: Books for Christmas

Looking for that perfect gift? Books are always the right size. They’re simple to wrap and never go out of style. They’re also relatively easy on the wallet. My favorite Christmas presents are always books. I make sure my family knows what’s on my wish list. But I also like surprises. Here’s a list of books for a range of readers on your Christmas list. Recommended by Cazenovia Public Library staff, the selection includes fiction, non-fiction, young adult and children’s picture books.

Protect Cazenovia’s town ethics and zoning laws

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., a public hearing will be held during the monthly meeting of this very same planning board where the discussion will, once again, be focused on an application submitted by the developer to build an even bigger event center. Please plan to attend this public hearing and make the members of the board abide by the very same laws to which they were sworn into office to uphold.

Letting the culinary spirit shine

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Two weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to let my culinary spirit shine once again. Nancy and Peter Mesurlian of Owera Vineyards hosted a cozy Harvest Dinner at the winery, drawing about 50 community members. As the sun set, we could see lights twinkling on the vines in the light rain, and the lake off in the distance. Cazenovia sure is beautiful.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Check out BPL’s holiday programs

Whatever the season we’re here to make your life better, be sure to take advantage of some of our special holiday themed services, classes and entertainments this December. First and foremost, stay off the spammers’ radar by sending your Santa letters the old fashioned way in our special Santa Express box. Drop them off by Dec. 20 and you should get a reply by Christmas. You can also save shopping trips by picking up some calendars chock full of historic B’ville photos for just $10 or buying your stocking stuffers from the Friends of the Library’s nut table full of delicious and reasonably priced snacks and hostess gifts.

Looking forward to Skä·noñh — Great Law of Peace Center

After going dark for more than three years, the old French Fort’s fixing to rekindle its fires more brightly than ever. The facility, which has been known as Saint Marie Among the Iroquois for the past two decades, will now be known as Skä·noñh — Great Law of Peace Center thanks to a joint effort by the Onondaga Historical Association, Onondaga County, the Onondaga Nation and local colleges.

Volunteers make holiday efforts possible

This time of year, there are a number of foot soldiers out there working to make someone’s holiday special. Whether it’s adopting a family to make sure they have presents under the tree or working at a local community dinner to ensure that people have a warm holiday meal in good company, many volunteer their time to give back to their community.

LETTERS: Presented budget a workable one

To the editor: This year I attended two budget workshops and two of the town board meetings when the budget was discussed. I once again observed the struggle that the town board faces each year when budget discussions are held.