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Column: Mica mines in Northern New York

Micas are a group of common minerals that cleave into transparent, flexible sheets. In a rock sample, mica is often the shiny, almost metallic-looking stuff. Mica is common in many kinds of igneous and metamorphic rocks.

Column: Some advice on how to research colleges

The first step in planning a college campus visit is to research the institution. Once a college has you on campus they will wow you with impressive renovated dorm rooms, state-of-the- art athletic facilities and exotic meal options. While these amenities may be attractive, they are not why you are attending college. Taking a non-emotional look at a college is a smart start.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Food $en$e available at Canton Woods

Canton Woods participates in Food $en$e, which is run by the Food Bank of CNY. This fantastic program is designed to help stretch your monthly food budget. Each month the Food Bank offers a package of groceries valued at $30 for just $15.50.There is no age or income eligibility requirement for this program, and you may use your SNAP benefit. All packages must be preordered and prepaid. Packages are available for pick up at a later designated date. Call Canton Woods for more information.

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Library focus: Check out July’s programs at BPL

July is here with an amazing raft of programs, entertainment, crafts and opportunities for all ages including storytimes, summer reading games, crafts for kids, movies, music, tech classes and so much more! Come on down and join the fun you’ll be glad you did.  

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

The rain-slicked pavement and trees in early bud tell us that this photo was taken in the spring. Can you identify the business, its location or the year the photo was taken?

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

Do you know anything about this photo? Can you identify any of the people or provide an exact date? If you can, email the editor at editor@eaglestarreview.com.

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NOPL news: Win a tablet at NOPL

This summer NOPL is holding a special contest that could make you the proud owner of a new tablet computer.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Property tax relief will make life more affordable for CNY families

This week marked the end of the state assembly’s legislative session. But before wrapping up, I helped make sure we took action to provide much-needed property tax relief for families throughout Central New York. This tax relief will help keep more of your hard-earned money where it belongs — in your pocket.

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FROM THE SUPERVISOR: Summer has arrived in Salina

The warm weather is here, and as I drive around town I notice that many people are out and about doing yard work and keeping their lawns looking neat and tidy. Thank you, Salina residents, for showing pride in your homes and keeping Salina looking beautiful!

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Carole left SU’s ivory tower to manage L’pool’s cool café

Baking inspires Carole Brzozowski. After three decades working at Syracuse University, Brzozowski left the ivory tower of academe last year and returned to her bakehouse roots here in the village. Now in her late-50s, Brzozowski’s enjoying her new job as manager of the Café at 407 at Ophelia’s Place, 407 Tulip St.

Column: A Gift of Swans

The best Fourth of July gift ever -- the Manlius swans have received a reprieve from the likes of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The gift made by the Cheney family about 100 years ago, has been now been re-gifted by the state agency.

Column: Update on Deer Control

As soon as spring weather permitted it, I undertook to build and rebuild my deer fencing with the objective of excluding deer 100 percent this season. Here is what I did.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Legislation that should be a ‘no-brainer’

There are times during the legislative session in Albany that you just scratch your head and think, “This is a ‘no-brainer.’” Two such bills were passed last week by the New York State Assembly, and each I am proud to have voted for.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Construction, water chestnut removal to begin in Baldwinsville

As representatives of the greater Baldwinsville area, we want to update residents on upcoming County Department of Transportation (DOT) projects and water chestnut control efforts taking place along the Seneca River.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Don’t forget to fill out the transportation survey

I hope you noticed the transportation survey printed in last week’s Messenger. Please take a few moments to complete the survey and return to Canton Woods, Baldwinsville Village Hall, the Lysander Town Hall or Van Buren Town Hall. If you missed the survey, you can pick a copy up at the locations mentioned above. Thank you for providing this valuable information.

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