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NOPL news: One day, three events, three libraries — how will you choose?

If your weekend isn’t already filled with things to do, you’re in luck! NOPL has great events happening at each library this Saturday that you’re not going to want to miss. The annual Friends of the Brewerton Library Book Sale is taking place at NOPL @ Brewerton, NOPL @ Cicero has a LibraryFarm Open House and NOPL @ North Syracuse is hosting the Syracuse Repair Café.

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REMEMBERING CLAY: Influence of brewing on early America and Clay, part III

The community life of New York was further enhanced when Albany was given its own charter in 1688 by New York Gov. Thomas Dongan. Now a city, it was completely separate from the Patroon. It created a council of aldermen who controlled trade, including trade with the natives, as well as the sale of beer and operation of taverns. Those citizens associated with brewing families were given influential positions in the new government. The Dutch were allowed to keep their autonomy and thrived well into the last half of the 1770s.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: ‘Refined’ tattoos offered at village’s Artisan Chair

Turns out the Artisan Chair is a tattoo studio, but one that promises “refined ink and distinguished art.” No, this isn’t your granddaddy’s tattoo parlor. You won’t generally see clipper ship images, tigers, anchors and daggers at the Artisan Chair. You’re more likely to choose an abstract colorscape or a tree of life complete or a lovely portrait of your favorite movie star, athlete or pop artist.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Summer at Canton Woods offers a full calendar

Canton Woods offers a full calendar of regularly scheduled activities from bridge to Wii Bowling and canasta to Tai Chi. In addition to special events and programs highlighted here, the center’s daily programs are varied and diverse. Take a few minutes to stop by and learn more about Canton Woods!

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Governor moves from ‘three men in a room’ to ‘one-man parlor’

It is not a secret that New York is a challenging state in which to do business because of our high taxes and oppressive regulatory scheme. Some, but not all, of these policies originate out of New York City which faces different demographics and economic conditions than we do in Upstate New York.

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Library focus: North Syracuse Art Guild work on display

We’re deep in the middle of graduation season now, so things are likely to be quiet at the library this week. It’ a great time to get down here and check out our amazing art show of pieces by the North Syracuse Art Guild including glass work and paper sculpture in addition to traditional two-dimensional pieces.

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

This man was well-known for his volunteerism. What do you know about him? One of the B’ville Voices markers is being dedicated in his honor on June 28. Another of the markers will be dedicated at the same time at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum.

Graduation, summer parties... What could possibly go wrong?


Graduation day June 2006 was truly a time for celebration for both parents and daughter. It represented a significant, hopeful and joyful milestone, marking the beginning of adulthood. On that joyful day in June 2006, could we possibly imagine it would all end in tragedy seven years later … as a victim of a drunk driver?

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NOPL news: Be the first to know about new arrivals at NOPL

NOPL now offers weekly “Wowbrary” email alerts that showcase the library’s newest items each week. The alerts feature the latest bestsellers, movies, music CDs, audio books, children’s titles, cookbooks, mysteries, travel guides, health books, science fiction and more purchased by the library.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Every kid can be a hero during this year’s Summer Reading Challenge

Summer vacation is almost here, and that means it’s the perfect time for our kids to run, jump and play outside. But did you know they can also save the world, defeat the bad guy or make the winning shot — all without leaving home? This season, inspire your child to have fun and become a reading hero by participating in the assembly’s Summer Reading Challenge.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Work to begin on local roads this week

In 2007, due to the economic conditions, Onondaga County instituted “Pavement Preservation Techniques” to increase the longevity of our highways. Funding was tight for several years and this method proved to be effective — in essence, keeping the good roads in good condition. This year, I am proud to report, Onondaga County has received additional aid from the state and federal government, which has put us in a position to increase the number of miles that will receive surface treatment and improvements.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Community Chorus to showcase student singers

When it performs its annual concert this coming weekend at Liverpool High School Auditorium, the Liverpool Community Chorus will welcome a handful of youthful vocalists to the stage.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Less-than-important legislation of 2015

Here are some bills introduced by lawmakers that make some of us scratch our heads. Even by Albany’s standards, these are a bit unbelievable. I want to share a few with you this week.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Proposed scrapyard a giant step backwards for Onondaga Lake

I need your help. More precisely, I need your voices. n mid-May 2015, the sale of the former Roth Steel scrapyard, located at 800 Hiawatha Blvd. in Syracuse, was approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Margaret Cangilos-Ruiz to a Canadian company, American Iron and Metal Company.

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Library focus: Check out BPL at the farmers market

Summer is really firing up now. The farmers market is back in business at its new location at the VFW on Route 370. We hope you’re stopping by our booth to find out what we’re up to and to pick up great bargains in music, movies and books that had to move on so we could add the latest and greatest for your listening, watching and, of course, reading pleasure. Best of all, get your produce, have a snack and top off your evening with a rousing round of trivia at the library!