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LIBRARY FOCUS: Winter projects to keep you busy and warm at BPL

Things are getting a bit chilly out there. Time to stock up with entertainment and winter projects here at the library for those long winter nights. While you’re here be sure to check out this month’s spectacular art show by the CNY Artist’s Guild and maybe take in a program or two to keep a check on cabin fever.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Ag receipts steadily increasing; new policies assisting industry

I am always impressed with the quality and variety of our local producers — cheese, vegetables, wines and breads. The good news is our economy is benefitting more from these local products.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Bud Bennett’s charmed life darkened by scandal

Russ Tarby shares memories of Bud Bennett.

LIBRARY FOCUS: We're back, ready or not

Hope you all had a great holiday season and a good start on your New Year’s resolutions. If not, we’re here to lend a hand and get you back on track. Stop in soon and find out what you can accomplish with a little help from your friends @ BPL.

NOPL news: Self-paced learning available at NOPL

You’ve heard it said that a library card is “the most valuable card in your wallet.” NOPL has two more reasons to support that statement: the Learning Express Library and Rocket Languages.

Cuba revisited, fifty years late

Havana, here I come!

NOPL news: A year to celebrate

2015 marks an important year in Northern Onondaga Public Library’s history.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Shining a light on good deeds this season

There are many in our local communities who donate their time and talents to make sure that others do not go without around the holidays. I like reading the news this time of year and finding stories about charities that were helped or how one person can inspire others to give, and even save a life.

NOPL news: Keeping busy on school break

We’re only a few days into a two-week holiday break for kids in local school districts. Although they’re probably enjoying themselves, keeping busy and looking forward to getting their presents, by next week they might be suffering from cabin fever. If that’s the case, NOPL has just the thing: Jeff the Magic Man is coming!

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: A Christmas kindness recalled four decades later

Whenever Dolores Gleason thinks of Butternut Street — one of the primary roads running through Syracuse’s North Side — she thinks of a kind lady who brought Christmas to life for the struggling Gleason family 40 years ago.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Community Development offers many programs

Have you ever wondered just what Onondaga County’s Division of Community Development does? This department offers some of the most visible programs and projects in the county.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Single-payer would limit private options, cost taxpayers

Since the passage of Obamacare, polling consistently has shown people do not view the program favorably. Indeed, as has recently been reported, Dr. Gruber, one of the so-called architects of Obamacare, was recorded as saying that the only reasons the law passed Congress was because of the stupidity of the American voters and that there was a lack of transparency as to how the law was going to be financed. Gruber’s comments notwithstanding, this past election confirmed for many federal legislators who voted for Obamacare that the “stupid” American voter was going to hold them accountable for the passage of this flawed law. This is a sentiment that isn’t just coming from a Republican. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer in a post-election speech also said as much.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Why I voted against the Lakeview Amphitheater

Recently, the legislature was asked to approve funding for the Lakeview Amphitheater. Over the past several months, I have raised numerous concerns regarding the impact on local residents with regard to sound and traffic, the economic viability of an outdoor amphitheater in Central New York, the uncertainty of the revenue from Turning Stone and the risks and additional costs associated with building on the waste beds.

NOPL news: Tech help for your new gadgets

If you’re giving a tech gift this holiday, be sure include the gift of tech help, too. When you stop into any NOPL location you can pick up a coupon to give with your technology gifts that entitles the recipient to a free one-on-one tech session at the library with their new device.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Betty Gilmore made Liverpool a better place

Betty Gilmore’s roots ran all the way back to the 1720s, when her British ancestors established a trading post at what would eventually become known as Fort Oswego. Later in the 17th century, her people would help found the town of Pompey and, in the 18th century, the town of Elbridge, both here in Onondaga County. Betty continued her family’s tradition of community-building during her long life which ended Dec. 5 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. She was 95. Betty will be buried at the Liverpool Village Cemetery.