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Canton Woods Senior Center: A valuable community resource for our seniors

If you are 60 years old and wondering what programs and services are available to you in your community, visit Canton Woods and see what you have been missing. Canton Woods is a valuable community resource. The center offers a full calendar of actives and special events. Your Neighborhood Advisors are also located at Canton Woods .They can assist you with HEAP or SNAP, and provide helpful information and referrals.

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Library focus: Celebrate Banned Books Week at the Baldwinsville Public Library

October upon us, so it’s time to talk about something really spooky: banned books.

Column: As time flies by

Few things dampen my spirits more than watching my calendar become gobbled up with commitments months, weeks, days ahead of time. This weekend for me was a colossal surrender of time, to what? Where does it go?

The Book Beat: For Your Book Club – Part 2

Is your book club looking for its next great read? Consider this list (the second of two) of recent, recommended titles. Not all of them have associated reading group guides, but chances are they’ll be added to: readinggroupguides.com, an excellent site to visit for selections and updates of books ripe for discussion.

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

Many of us pass this area daily. Most of us use the services and businesses that are located here almost daily. What do you know about the buildings in the picture? What streets are seen here?

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Traffic delayed as two prime corners get makeovers

Road work is impacting traffic at both the northwest and southeast corners of Galeville. Paving at the intersection of Buckley Road and Seventh North Streets to the southeast began Sept. 14, and the same day work crews started digging at the corner of Old Liverpool Road and Electrics Parkway to the northwest.

Book review: The story after the fairy tale – ‘The Isle of the Lost,’ by Melissa De La Cruz

I bet you think you know all about our beloved Disney animated princess movies, with their heroic endings and vanquished villains. But did you ever think of what happened to the villains after the “happily ever after?”

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Movie review: Better stay home – M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’

M. Night Shyamalan just keeps floundering. Years ago, he sprang upon the Hollywood movie scene with what is, arguably, one of the best suspense films of all time. When “The Sixth Sense” premiered, audiences were taken by surprise at the ending, prompting multiple repeat viewings to see what was missed the first time around.

Column: Choose the Right SAT

To remain competitive with ACT, the College Board is launching a new SAT in 2016. Before taking the actual exam, students should prepare by taking a sample of each to determine which test best suits them. This new version is significantly different than the current SAT.

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NOPL news: Join us as we celebrate 20 years

Sept. 26 will be an unusually noisy day at all three Northern Onondaga Public Libraries (NOPL). The reason? We are celebrating our 20th anniversary as NOPL, and everyone is invited! We’ll have cake and door prizes to hand out during these events at each library:

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From the State Senate: You’re invited to my annual senior fair

My 11th annual Senior Fair is quickly approaching. This free informational event for Central New York senior citizens will be held on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds.

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From the Legislature: Investing in tourism to reduce property taxes

The Central New York economy has been changing for more than two decades, and the service and tourism industries are leading the way. Sales tax revenue generated by these emerging industries is funding county government more than ever before. Visitors — people who come here to spend their money in our hotels, restaurants and retail establishments, then leave — produce the best kind of revenue for the county.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Wellness programs resume for fall

Canton Woods continues to be busy into fall. All of our wellness programs have resumed after a brief summer break. Visit the center and see which of these classes is just right for you!

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Don’t forget to sign up for your library card

September is Library Card Signup Month. If you don’t have a card or haven’t used yours in years, now is the time to remedy the situation. It’s good in any public library in Onondaga County for checking out books and films, using computers and accessing information and assistance on almost anything you can imagine. Save time, money and clutter, get your library card and don’t leave home without it.

In the Earth: Common Reed — Native or Exotic?

I am grateful to a reader for having brought this matter to my attention. Thank you! The common reed (Phragmites australis) is widespread in our region in wet and swampy areas. I guess I had noticed that it seems particularly prevalent along highways and interstate interchanges, but I always assumed it was a native plant. If that is so, then it must be changing patterns of land use that have led to these massive monocultures across the landscape. Alternately, maybe it is actually an exotic plant imported from elsewhere that is actually a classic invasive plant.