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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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.

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FROM THE STATE SENATE: The New York state budget process

Now that Gov. Cuomo has unveiled his executive budget, the official 2016-17 state budget process is underway. 

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Important new IDA reform legislation signed into law

I am proud to announce that IDA Reform Legislation (S.5867 / A.7915) that I sponsored in the Assembly and that Senator Kathleen Marchione co-sponsored in the Senate has been signed into law by Gov. Cuomo.

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CANTON WOODS: Neighborhood advisors help older adults access services they need

The Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services funds two Neighborhood Advisors at Canton Woods. They are available to help you with information and referral to many resources for older adults (age 60 or older).  

In the Earth: Anomalies in the Garden

To say the least, our weather this fall and early winter has been unusual. There seems to have been less snow, more sun and unseasonably warmer temperatures.

Column: Leaping forward to the origins of months’ names

Having strayed off track in researching the ups and downs of Leap Year, we can now look “forward” to its more interesting in and outs. There is much to explore, such as why was the extra day added to February?

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The Book Beat: Top Reads of 2015

The year 2015 is behind us, but you might be interested to know what the top reads were — at least locally. According to circulation statistics at the DeWitt Community Library, the following books were the most read titles by local residents. How many did you read?

Column: Making sense of the new PSAT scores

In the last few days, sophomores and juniors received scores from the New PSAT. Many parents are confused about how to read the test results compared to previous PSAT scores. Equally confusing is how to determine whether their son or daughter’s scores qualify for National Merit Scholarship eligibility.

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From the Cicero Tax Office: Notes on tax collection

The Cicero Tax Office shares tips for new property owners, online tax payments and extended hours.

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NOPL news Encore! promotes creative aging

The aging of the Baby Boomer population coupled with increased life expectancy has resulted in many maturing adults desiring to make lifestyle changes that will enrich their older years. Maturing adults and retirees are seeking education, new experiences, and greater opportunities to connect with others. This has led to new programs that address the interests of this population called “Creative Aging” programs.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Blizzard of’66 from NYC to L’pool Methodist

Fifty years ago, the snow started falling on Thursday, Jan. 27, and it didn’t stop for four days. The sun finally came out on Monday, Jan. 31, but by then we were buried under nearly four feet of the white stuff. Snowdrifts blocked doors, closed roads and completely covered cars.

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

The business seen here was “the new kid on the block” when this photo was taken. A branch of The Merchants National Bank & Trust Company of Syracuse, the Baldwinsville facility was housed in a renovated building formerly occupied by another major local business.