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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Playground in store for Skyway Park; other improvements coming

A federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has been awarded to the town of Cicero for installation of a playground at Skyway Park on East Taft Road. The county legislature voted unanimously to accept $50,000 and allocate it to the town of Cicero at our recent legislative session. I was pleased to cosponsor this item.

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From the state senate: Legislation to ensure equal access, participation in New York

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about two important bills that would help to empower individuals with certain disabilities. Both of these bills that I sponsored passed the state senate and state assembly during the 2015 legislative session and await the governor’s consideration. I hope you will join me in urging Gov. Cuomo to sign these bills into state law.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Katko applauds Navy for choosing Lockheed Martin

Last week, U.S. Rep. John Katko, the freshman Republican congressman representing our 24th District, applauded the announcement that the U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin $153,947,182 for Block 2 of the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP).

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Support Canton Woods with upcoming fundraisers

Thanks to the vision and determination of incredible people like Carol Mercer, who still frequents the center, Canton Woods has been successfully serving the seniors of Greater Baldwinsville for nearly 40 years. If you have visited Canton Woods you already know it is a busy, dynamic center accomplishing its mission of helping seniors remain active members of the community. The volunteers of today continue the founders’ legacy of dedication to Canton Woods. They give their time and talent because they realize the value of our senior center. 

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Sign up for summer reading at BPL

Summer is speeding by, but there’s still time to sign up for summer reading.

Column: Past present: A tour of the Sterling Renaissance Festival

Nestled in the hills of Sterling in a most unlikely grove, from early July through mid August, the past comes alive at the Sterling Renaissance Festival.

‘The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,’ by Daniel James Brown

BOOK REVIEW

“The Boys in the Boat” is the story of an eight-man University of Washington crew team that rose to national prominence and competed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The book’s inspirational tale of college underdogs and athletic achievement is a story of personal transformation for its central figure, crewsman Joe Rantz, but also shows a wider view of American life during the Great Depression.

Column: Mistake made by the College Board on June 6 SAT

I’d like to clear up the confusion about last month’s SAT exam. The College Board has admitted to an error in the last section of the exam, a section that was on all versions of the test administered on June 6.

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Historic North Syracuse: Meet Hubert C. Fay

Born in 1875, my granddad Hubert Carpenter Fay transitioned easily from the horse and buggy days into the age of the automobile.

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NOPL news: Enjoy hands-free reading throughout the busy summer

Get your hands on a hands-free read by picking up an audiobook at NOPL. For many people, the summer months are packed with activities: family vacations, get-togethers, holiday celebrations, summer camps and other events. With so much going on, we often leave little downtime for ourselves to enjoy reading. But some people have found a “secret” way to squeeze in that summer read — it’s in the form of an audiobook.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Donate blood at the ninth annual Lifesavers Blood Drive

I hope you’ll consider joining me in helping to save lives this summer at the ninth annual Lifesavers Blood Drive. The event will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, at Driver’s Village at 5885 E. Circle Drive in Cicero.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Historic village photos now among Images of America

For 11 long months, from February to December 2014, Dorianne Elitharp Gutierrez and Joyce M. Mills examined thousands of historic photographs of the Liverpool area and chose well to fill the 128-page paperback “Around Liverpool,” issued June 22 by Arcadia Publishing as part of its well-known series, “Images of America.”

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New York State Senate kicks off summer reading program

Summer reading is a great way to keep children academically sharp for the new school year. It can also be a fun and rewarding activity. That is why I am once again sponsoring the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program to encourage summer learning. The New York State Senate, in partnership with the New York State Library, offers this convenient online program, so families may enjoy the rewards of reading together.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: End of session focuses on Downstate needs, leaves Upstate out

The 2015 legislative session has ended. There were many accomplishments but the list of what did not get done for Upstate is longer. Instead, the end of session was dominated by New York City issues like rent control, property tax exemptions for NYC (421a) and discussions on the control of New York City schools.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: June was a month for the history books

As our country evolves and strives for a “more perfect union,” we have just witnessed three profound and historical events that have moved our nation to more closely reflect the words of the Preamble to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”