Column: FAFSA changes – Evening the playing field

Effective 2016-17, the federal government will no longer require students applying for financial aid to list all colleges to which they are applying on their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Column: Who can see the elephant in the room?

The phrase, “the elephant in the room,” or sometimes it's an “800-pound gorilla in the room,” is overused, but it is a metaphor I adore. The concept of a huge, weighty presence in the room, without anyone who will acknowledge it, describes a behavior that is all too common in contemporary time. Political correctness, or a fear of offending someone, probably explains many occurrences of the invisible elephant our contemporary rooms and offices.

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

The industry in this photo was a very important part of our community and, in fact, the world for over 100 years. The view today is much different than the one in the photo. What was the industry and what was the location of the buildings?

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Why was auto accident victim walking in the road?

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, an 18-year-old Mattydale man was walking in the west-bound lane of Second Street in the village, near the 400 block. The teenager, Conner Vittore, was struck by a west-bound 2003 Cadillac Deville driven by 70-year-old Dean Cubic of Liverpool.

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NOPL news: September is Library Card Sign-up Month

NOPL wants to make sure you haven’t forgotten the most important school supply of all — a library card. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when NOPL joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that everyone has a free library card.

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From the senior advocate: Seniors should prepare for the coming cold weather

Diane Browning is the senior advocate for the town of Cicero.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: County budget must make cutting property taxes a priority

On Sept. 15, the County Executive will present the 2016 county budget. I am optimistic that the budget that is presented will include a reduction in spending and, more importantly, a lower tax rate. I have spent the past several months knocking on doors, listening to the concerns of my neighbors. The message has been consistent — do something to lower my taxes. The legislature and the county executive have been focused on reducing the property tax levy the past several budget cycles. I am eager to continue that trend.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: As school starts, remember to be safe on the roads

Summer vacation is winding down, and parents are gathering supplies and preparing to send their children back to the classroom for another productive year. Very soon, our communities and our morning commutes will be buzzing with buses filled with children on their way to and from school. It’s an exciting time, but it’s also an opportunity for all of us to think about safety. Below are some tips and reminders that can help ensure a safe and happy back-to-school season.

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Library focus: Enjoy the last days of summer

It’s been another hectic summer, but you know it isn’t really over yet. There’s still time to enjoy the Fair before the buses roll and even school won’t interfere with all those great autumn festivals on the horizon. Still, if you’re looking for something to do, a new interest to discover or just need to keep up with your Facebook friends the library is here and waiting to serve you.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Start moving in September

September is an exciting month at Canton Woods. It is National Senior Center Month. This year’s theme is Celebrate LIFE at your Senior Center.

Column: Aftermath of a high school reunion

Quick research gives no clues as to when the whole idea of class reunions began. The only historical reference found is that they may have begun (in the U.S., at least), sometime after the Civil War, and that is for Princeton University.

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

During the first quarter of the 19th century, asters put Baldwinsville on the map. What do you know about this lucrative business?

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Celebrate Women’s Equality Day: Advance equal rights

Nearly a century ago, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting women in the United States the right to vote. In the years since, we have made a great deal of progress on women’s rights, but there is still much more to do. Women’s Equality Day — August 26 — is an opportunity to not only celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification and the strides we have made, but also recommit ourselves to the fight for full equality for women.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Raising wage for one industry sets dangerous precedent

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the governor’s decision to convene a wage board for the purposes of considering increasing the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Celebrate life at Canton Woods

Canton Woods is looking forward to September, which is National Senior Center Month. This year’s theme is Celebrate Life at your senior center. Come by Canton Woods and see everything that goes on at an active senior center serving vital and engaged older adults. Canton Woods certainly celebrates life!