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LIBRARY FOCUS: The Baldwinsville Public Library is where it’s at

April is sliding into the finish line, and May is chock full of great opportunities for fun and education here at the library. Whether you need to upgrade your tech skills, are looking for folks with shared interests or just need to scoop up some great reads the library is where it’s at.

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

These wooden models of 19th-century Baldwinsville buildings were constructed during the 1950s and ‘60’s by C. Raymond Miller. During that period and throughout the 1970s the models were frequently on public display. They continue to be on public display today in a new location. Can you identify the models and their current location?

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NOPL NEWS: Have you met Lynda?

Lynda.com, an online leader for professional development courses and skill-building tutorials, is the newest digital resource to be offered to all NOPL cardholders through the Onondaga County Public Library system.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Equal Pay Day highlights the need for women’s equality

In July of 1848, the first gathering to raise awareness and advocate for women’s rights was held right here in New York, and our state has since remained at the forefront of the women’s rights movement. We’ve come a long way in the fight for women’s equality since that first meeting, but there’s still much more work to be done. More than 165 years later, women still do not earn equal pay for equal work. That’s why I joined our nation’s men and women in observing Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 14.

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REMEMBERING CLAY: Influence of brewing on early America and Clay

The earliest settlers to arrive in Clay en masse were German and Dutch, coming from the upper Hudson River area, where they had lived for about 100 years after leaving the lower Hudson around 1712. These Palatines brought with them a taste for beer. Let’s review the history of how brewing influenced the historic events that brought Clay’s ancestors here. The following information was taken from “Upper Hudson Valley Beers,” by Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod (published by American Palate, 2014).

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: ‘Geeked up’ stoners filling local emergency rooms

This month, Central New York’s hospital emergency rooms have been inundated with people experiencing negative reactions after ingesting so-called synthetic marijuana. Upstate University Hospital’s emergency room saw upwards of 30 such patients last week, and the problem has also been noted right here in the village.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: So-called ‘landmark’ ethics reforms continue to fall short

I am skeptical of the claim, however, in light of the fact that we have passed “landmark” ethics reform in the recent past and yet ethical lapses by elected officials continue to occur.

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Spring into the library

The snow has finally melted, the trees are budding and we’re more than halfway through the taxing month of April. It’s time to get out of your rut and find out what’s new at the library. Come on down and check out our amazing show of elementary artists and the new block table in the children’s area and don’t forget to vote on the budget and stock up at our spring book sale.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Learn about adaptive gardening

There is always something exciting happening at Canton Woods. In addition to all of the center's regularly scheduled activities, be sure to mark your calendar for these interesting opportunities.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: The glorious cruelty of it all

In two nights, in two aftermaths, in vivid images of victory and defeat, the wonder and pull of sports was bared right in front of us, personified by the Wisconsin Badgers.

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FROM THE SUPERVISOR: Spring cleaning in Salina

Winter is finally over — thank goodness! It’s now time to concentrate on spring. This is the time of year I receive many calls regarding warm weather issues. I want to take this opportunity to address these issues and give town of Salina residents a few tips for weathering the transition to the warm months ahead.

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NOPL NEWS: The farmers market returns to Cicero

If you stop at Northern Onondaga’s Cicero Library between 3 and 7 p.m. any Tuesday afternoon from May 26 through Sept. 8, you’ll find something very special: artisans, local food producers and locally based farmers selling their wares on the library’s spacious property.  

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: CNY offers spring fun for the entire family

With winter finally behind us, Central New York offers a variety of family-friendly ways to enjoy the spring and summer seasons with affordable community events and entertainment. Right here in our region, families can enjoy parks, museums, the local zoo, arts and entertainment and of course, the hallmark of the season — local, professional baseball.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: You don’t have to be Jewish to love klezmer music

The classic advertising campaign put it this way: “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s real Jewish rye.” And when it comes to food for the soul, you don’t have to be Jewish to love klezmer music.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Task force seeks to improve kids’ mental health services

I am proud to partner with U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) to strengthen pediatric mental health care services. In making the announcement last week of this federal and state partnership, Rep. Katko and I seek to increase awareness and provide greater access to care by creating a six-month task force to address gaps in pediatric mental health care in Central New York.