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NOPL NEWS: NOPL at Brewerton to Host History Series

Cheryl Pula, a local historian, author and retired librarian, will present a monthly history series at the Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) at Brewerton beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Book dispensers serve as mini libraries

In 2012, I was able to secure funding for two library book dispensers that were put into service in 2014. Now that the dispensers are open for business, they serve as mini loaning libraries for the residents of Onondaga County.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State budget includes largest school aid increase since 2008

I supported this year’s state budget because it provides crucial funding for our schools, while also preserving local control over important issues like teacher evaluations. The 2015-16 state budget provides a total of $23 billion for education, an increase of $1.6 billion over last year’s budget. Almost $1.3 billion of that increase goes directly to individual school districts.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Santangelo’s rolls out award-winning meatballs

Liverpool has long been known for its hot dogs and hamburgers. Heid’s has ruled the frankfurter field, and ground beef patties made the scene at the fondly remembered Tarbe’s Grill and now at Village Burger (which coincidentally does business at a former McDonald’s location). Anyhow, on March 29 we were all reminded that Liverpool’s also a meatball mecca.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt ends April 10

Things are blooming here at the library. The daffodils are sprouting and will soon show their sunny faces. Our walls are full of colorful works from B’ville’s youngest artists and we have actual plants you can claim when you enter our Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt. The details of the hunt are available on our home page at bville.lib.ny.us or come on down, ask us in person and claim your seedling.

Canton Woods Senior Center: Learn how to protect your bones

Canton Woods Senior Center offers a wide variety of programs and services from aerobics to tai chi and book club to Wii bowling. Read on for our upcoming events. This week, in addition to our full schedule of activities, we will host two informative presentations.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New laws created to protect victims of domestic and sexual abuse

Domestic violence, harassment, and sexual assault continue to be issues that concern me. Studies reveal that such abuse occurs more than many realize. A few new laws were recently chaptered and aim to improve victims’ rights and protections. I supported all of these in the Assembly and I am glad they have been signed into law.

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.