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U.S. Congress bulletin: Calling all CNY high school artists

Each spring, the members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a high school art competition to acknowledge and promote artistic talent. The winning piece of artwork from each congressional district across our country is displayed for one full year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

GUEST COLUMN: Make homes safer with sprinkler systems

“Seven Children Die in Brooklyn Fire…” A recent headline like so many others printed too often each year. It happens in the biggest cities and the smallest towns. In 2013, according to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated 1,240,000 fires. These fires resulted in 3,420 civilian fatalities, almost 16,000 injuries and an estimated $11.5 billion in property loss — 85 percent of these fire fatalities were in the home.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Help preserve the Canalway Trail on April 19

Here in Central New York, we’re fortunate to have access to so many beautiful parks and historic sites. From hiking and horseback riding to swimming and fishing, there are many activities for the entire family to enjoy right here in our own backyard. This spring, join me in supporting and preserving our recreational and historic parks by paying a visit with your family and friends.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Seneca Savings vacating the village

For the past 56 years, Seneca Savings has done business under one name or another at 105 Second St., here in the village.

NOPL NEWS: Discover the Discovery Den

Northern Onondaga Public Library announces the opening of the Discovery Den inside its North Syracuse location. Formerly the computer lab, the Discovery Den is the library’s new space for self-guided “mini make” projects – hands-on activities that anyone can participate in – designed to educate, inspire and engage.

REMEMBERING BALDWINSVILLE: David Disinger, DJ at the Teen Canteen

David Disinger spoke at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum on Sunday, Feb. 8. He told stories about growing up in Baldwinsville in the 1950s and ‘60s on Margaret Street.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: NYFarmNet reaches local farmers

National Ag Week recognizes the abundant crops harvested by farmers all over the nation and the contributions they make to the economy. In New York alone, the agriculture industry recorded $5.68 billion in cash receipts in 2013, up more than $1 billion from 2010.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Staying sane during spring break

Even if we haven’t exchanged snow for snowdrops spring break looms on the horizon. Save your money and your sanity with the help of your library. We have lots of programs and resources to help you get through those inconvenient days when school’s out and the playgrounds aren’t open.

Trout Unlimited is protecting your local stream

GUEST COLUMN

The Madison County Trout Unlimited Chapter 680 will begin monitoring Chittenango creek starting in March. A program instituted at the national level encourages chapters to be proactive on tracking changes in local streams. Much concern for the streams began when hydrofracking became more prevalent throughout the country. Other possible contamination sources are industrial, agricultural or unforeseen random events.

NOPL NEWS: Make the most of spring break

For those of us who can’t get away for one reason or another however, there are still plenty of family-friendly activities to keep the kids active and engaged. Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) has filled their calendar with lots of great events for spring break. Here are some of the family-friendly programs happening at our North Syracuse and Cicero branches this week:

Greater Oneida Lake Chamber discusses fishing economics

The Fort Brewerton/Greater Oneida Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting for March 2015 was held at Two Guys from Italy in West Monroe. Rob Goffredo from Bartle Road Bait and Tackle presented on the economic impact fishing has on the area.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Industrial development agencies key to economic growth

I supported a resolution at our March legislative session that is very important to Onondaga County’s future economic development. This resolution recognizes the vital role that local industrial development agencies (IDAs) play in New York State to create jobs and encourage economic growth.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Our children deserve a top-notch education

When our kids get a good education, they can go out into the world ready for success. That’s why I’ve always made it a top priority to get our schools the resources they need to provide a top-notch education.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: The first car to roll through the village: a Hupmobile!

The first automobile ever to roar down the muddy streets of the village was driven by Dr. Charles Schamu, a dentist who lived and worked on Third Street.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New York has highest tax burdens in the nation

Recent findings by the Tax Foundation, a Washington-based research organization, should serve as a reminder to the State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo during this year’s budget negotiations that New York needs to decrease spending, reduce state mandates and cut property and income taxes.