LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Village Renaissance man remembered

During the first weekend of April more than a dozen vehicles, many with out-of-state license plates, parked as near as possible to the corner of Fourth and Vine where Dr. Bob Pastel lived for decades in a big old brick-and-mortar home surrounded by overgrown bushes and a small forest of trees.

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

Even though some of the distinctive details have been lost over the years, the house still retains its original form and is easily recognizable. Can you identify the home?

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Canton Woods gets into the act

Canton Woods is an active center with an exciting schedule of programs and activities. May is Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is Get Into the Act! The center offers many ways to Get into the Act!

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Library focus: Many reasons to visit BPL this spring, from tech to Tai Chi

Sports programs are in full flower, projects are coming due and the garden is calling, but there are still a lot of great reasons to visit us down here at the library, even if you did stock up at last month’s book sale.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Push back the teacher evaluation deadline

The passage of the 2015-16 state budget was the fifth consecutive on-time budget holding spending growth to less than 2 percent. This budget also puts families first by restoring much-needed funding for our schools, securing a $1.6 billion increase in education aid over last year for a total of $23 billion. The budget plan also funds numerous economic development projects to create more jobs.

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Guest column: Check out Silver Fox Social Club

Located in beautiful downtown Baldwinsville, the Silver Fox Senior Social Club overlooks the Seneca River and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: We must do more for victims of domestic violence

As a husband and father, hearing stories about incidents of domestic violence truly breaks my heart. No one should have to suffer such abuse. As we take steps to prevent these crimes from happening, we should also fight for the rights of those who have been victimized.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Ya gotta regatta… in Onondaga County

At the April legislative session, I’m proud to report that my colleagues and I authorized funding to bring back the sport of competitive rowing to Onondaga Lake.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Civil War flag on display at county courthouse

From April 12, 1861, to May 9, 1865, more than 600,000 Americans gave their lives during one of the darkest periods in our nation’s history: the Civil War. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Taking pride in our community

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to see it firsthand when I participated in the Earth Day cleanup in and around the Cicero area. It was encouraging to see that our group of about 15 volunteers was comprised of all age groups.

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NOPL NEWS: Preparing for exams with NOPL’s Learning Express Library

Whether you are a high school student interested in college or an individual working towards a new career, there’s likely one thing you have in common: at some point you’ll need to take an entrance or certification exam. Start preparing now by accessing the Learning Express Library online through NOPL.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: First Street barber shop to become an antique shop

Dave Detlor’s Lakeview Barber Shop closed a couple of weeks before Christmas last year after Dave was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma.  Now the building at 221 First St. has been sold to Holly Koenig of Jamesville. Koenig plans to transform the place into an antique shop, reported Realist realtor Ed DeLong, who lives in Liverpool. DeLong brokered the cash sale which is scheduled for closing this week.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: May is Older Americans Month

Canton Woods is a very busy place where active seniors gather for recreation and socialization, a place to have fun and enjoy good company. May is a very busy month at Canton Woods, as it is Older Americans Month, the perfect time to visit your senior center. This year’s theme is Get Into the Act! The center offers many ways to Get into the Act!

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: NYS Assembly welcomes tablet technology

The assembly has announced the historic step of computerizing the chamber desks. This extraordinary transition away from printed bills began with this year’s annual Earth Day Observance, when the assembly advanced an environmental agenda that includes measures that reduce waste and preserves our natural resources.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: CNY in good position for state economic award, but cutting taxes would benefit all

There are a lot of things to be positive about in Central New York. Unfortunately, the economy is not one of them. Over the last decade, job growth in the Syracuse area has been anemic. The lack of jobs, among other things, has caused an outward migration of population which, in turn, places additional stress on our economy. We are not alone. Almost all of Upstate New York is facing similar challenges. Naturally, as with any crisis, state government wants to provide solutions. Unfortunately, these solutions are often politically expedient reactions rather than rationally thought-out long-term solutions.