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NOPL news: Read a good movie

If you’ve ever watched a movie trailer for a film that was adapted from a book and thought to yourself, “I’m going to read that before the movie comes out,” then you’re not alone.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: School superintendent wants to hear from you on Monday

We should all give thanks for Dr. Mark Potter. A few years ago, the longtime Liverpool educator replaced Nick Johns as superintendent of the Liverpool Central School District, and he has been a breath of fresh air all the way around. I’ve even heard a few members of the teachers’ union praising Mark’s open-door policy, pleasant personality and transparent management style.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Burtis reflects on hist first month

My first month in the Onondaga County Legislature has been an exciting experience. I feel that serving at the town level certainly prepared me for public service; however, the issues that face the county are much more in-depth, and the decisions that are made impact a much larger constituency.

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

Contact Editor Sarah Hall at editor@baldwinsvillemessenger.com or leave a message at 434-8889 ext. 310 with your guess by noon Sunday. If you are the first person to correctly identify an element in the photo, your name and guess will appear in next week’s Messenger, along with another History Mystery feature.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New York’s organ donation rate still low

Many people are under the assumption that if they sign the back of their driver’s license, then they are a registered organ donor. Signing the back of your license is a good first step, as this indicates your personal wishes, but in order to be listed as an organ donor in the state registry, residents must fill out either an online form through the Department of Motor Vehicles or print and mail a form to the Department of Health. Being registered allows health care officials to better assist those who are on the waiting list for an organ.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Making it through the month of March

March (and every other month) is for making here at the library. Want to explore something new? We give our patrons space, time and guidance on making everything from cards, quilts, kites and music to manuscripts and pysanki. Make some time this month to make your dreams come true at the library.

From the legislature: Syracuse Law offers new legal resource for local veterans

Syracuse University College of Law graduates Tom Caruso and Josh Keefe recently left Central New York to begin their careers as active duty judge advocates. Caruso is off to the Navy and Keefe to the Marine Corps, but they’ve left a remarkable legacy the legislature was proud to unanimously support. During their first year at Syracuse Law, Caruso and Keefe began what would turn into a three-and-a-half year journey to establish a legal clinic dedicated to the unique legal issues facing local veterans.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Legislature should decide on education proposals outside of budget

Last year, the state spent $22.3 billion on education. In 2012, combined with the local and federal share of education, New Yorkers spent $58.4 billion on public education. This is a 56 percent increase over what was spent on a combined basis in 2002.

LIBRARY FOCUS: BPL ventures into the world of Minecraft

The library has just purchased licenses for Minecraft.edu and loaded it onto our laptops. We are now looking at ways to make them available for regular gaming at the library. As part of our efforts we will be holding our first official Minecraft Shakedown cruise at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Danger of EEE returns

As we endure one of the harshest winters in memory and prepare for possibly more snow, it seems strange that I am writing about the mosquito-borne virus, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).  But with March 20, the beginning of spring, just a few weeks away, this important topic is indeed timely.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Ensuring opportunities for all students

A huge part of our children’s education is their social development. That happens in the classroom, on the playground and through participation in interscholastic activities such as team sports.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Heroic bouncer Lawrence Gabriel is an aspiring boxer

Lawrence Gabriel, the hero of McAvan’s shooting incident, has plenty of friends here in Liverpool. They were singin’ his praises down at The Cobblestone the day after he helped remove a man firing a handgun at McAvan’s Pub, 1217 W. Fayette St., in Syracuse, in the early morning hours of Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.

NOPL news: NOPL eliminates overdue fines for children and teens

The board of trustees of the Northern Onondaga Public Library, with branches in Brewerton, Cicero and North Syracuse, is proud to announce a new policy that will eliminate overdue fines on materials for children and teens.

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Think it’s cold now? Dave Shephard can tell you a story about February 1934

If you mentioned to Cazenovia resident David Shephard how cold it was at the start of this past February, he will point out that the start of February 1934 was even colder. In fact, the first two weeks of February 1934 were colder than 2015. Dave won't tell you this because he remembers that February, but it was a pretty important time in his life, nonetheless.

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Reminiscences of Cazenovia: Life in the 50s and 60s – Part 1

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Cazenovia in the 1950s and 60s was a wonderland for kids. Its rich environment surely made it one of the best places in the country to spend your childhood.