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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Ramada to be razed; Hampton Inn to be built

A landmark hotel in the town of Salina for the past half century, Ramada Syracuse at 1305 Buckley Road, is closing for good on Sept. 7.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: World Indoor Lacrosse Championships coming to Syracuse

This September, the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships are coming to Syracuse. This is an incredible opportunity for our community to welcome players and fans from all over the world as the Haudenosaunee Nation hosts the first-ever international sporting event on indigenous lands.

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NOPL news: Beyond the books: Online research through the library

In just a few weeks, kids will be returning to school and receiving their first assignments of the school year. Lots of families turn to the library to find non-fiction and reference resources that they can borrow for their assignments. But do you know about all the electronic resources that are available to you 24 hours a day with your library card?

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Important resources available to help students pay for college

As the new school year rapidly approaches, incoming seniors will be faced with making some tough decisions that will have a big impact on their lives. Deciding where to go to college can be very stressful, so it’s important that seniors start planning early. Many students going through this difficult process must also consider the cost of college. That’s why it’s critical that students and their families learn about the resources available to help pay for college so they can make the decision that best suits them.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Why is NYS protecting convicted criminals’ public pensions?

Joyce Mitchell, the woman who confessed to assisting two convicted murderers escape from Clinton Correctional Facility, will still collect a public pension thanks to Albany’s failure to pass a widely supported reform measure. In her retirement years, whether spent in prison or elsewhere, we can rest assured that she’ll be able to cash her pension checks.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Fitness programs return

Several of our fitness programs which took a short break during the summer, will be gearing up again very soon! Be sure to read Canton Woods column each week, read your newsletter or check the website baldwinsville.org for start dates.

Movie review: Another reboot and reroute – ‘Fantastic Four’

I’ve never been particularly fond of reboots or rewrites of character histories, yet more and more seem to pop up on the big screen every year. Let’s see. They’ve retold and rewritten Wolverine’s story more than once.

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Volunteer of the Month August 2015 : Janelle and Jeff Fields – David’s Refuge

In order to better understand this column I think we can first agree that there is not a more daunting, emotional task for a parent than caring for a child with special needs or a life threatening disease.

Column: Feeling the backlash

It all started with the killing of Cecil the lion, but he is the topic here, only indirectly. His loss and the manner of his death provoked a reaction of outrage, which I shared with many others. In expression of my dismay, I created a small collage of photographs depicting Cecil's life in Zimbabwe, and the individuals involved in what became an international incident, then I posted it both on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Food for Mann

A look back at life in the family business

When I punched into the time clock at McKinley’s Super Market in Mattydale during the summer of 1967, I didn’t realize the impact that day would have on my life.

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NOPL news: Nominate a NOPL librarian for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

Librarians in our nation’s 120,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of people every day. If a librarian from Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) has made a difference in your life, now is the chance to tell your story.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State fair combines new attractions with old favorites

For many of us in Central New York, the summer season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Great New York State Fair. For over a century, the fair has been a statewide tradition and fixture in our community, bringing families from all over the country to Central New York. With programs for everyone from small children to seniors, New Yorkers of any age can enjoy time spent with friends and loved ones while taking part in traditions old and new.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: B.J. robs Nichols Liquors then drifts into the mist

Small world, I guess. The last Wednesday in July, I met a man who said his name was B.J. He was hanging out on the fringe of an audience of 300 at the Skiffle Minstrels’ concert at Johnson Park. Attired in grunge fashions – checked shirt, tattered jeans and scuffed cowboy boots — B.J. bummed a cigarette from a bystander and listened quietly to the Western swing tunes like “Fort Worth Jailhouse” — just a tall, lanky loner with a scruffy beard and tattered ball cap.

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

The five B’villians pictured above took their sport to national competition. Can you identify them or name their team or their league?

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Library focus: End-of-summer fun at BPL

Summer is speeding by, but there is still a lot to see and do at the library before those school buses start to roll. We’ve got crafts, games, art, trivia, technology, music and authors -- all for free. We even have our very own ComiCon from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, celebrating science fiction, fantasy, comics and cosplay. We may not be as big and famous as the coastal ComiCons but you can take your turn on the bridge of a virtual starship, chat with well-known comic authors, and dress as your favorite character and meet folks with similar interests without the hassles of packing and paying for an expensive trip. Sign up now on the library’s program page and get a T-shirt for a souvenir. Attendance is free, but bring your wallet because we have some fantastic artists and vendors you’ll want to visit.