2015 marks an important year in Northern Onondaga Public Library’s history.
There are many in our local communities who donate their time and talents to make sure that others do not go without around the holidays. I like reading the news this time of year and finding stories about charities that were helped or how one person can inspire others to give, and even save a life.
We’re only a few days into a two-week holiday break for kids in local school districts. Although they’re probably enjoying themselves, keeping busy and looking forward to getting their presents, by next week they might be suffering from cabin fever. If that’s the case, NOPL has just the thing: Jeff the Magic Man is coming!
Whenever Dolores Gleason thinks of Butternut Street — one of the primary roads running through Syracuse’s North Side — she thinks of a kind lady who brought Christmas to life for the struggling Gleason family 40 years ago.
Have you ever wondered just what Onondaga County’s Division of Community Development does? This department offers some of the most visible programs and projects in the county.
Since the passage of Obamacare, polling consistently has shown people do not view the program favorably. Indeed, as has recently been reported, Dr. Gruber, one of the so-called architects of Obamacare, was recorded as saying that the only reasons the law passed Congress was because of the stupidity of the American voters and that there was a lack of transparency as to how the law was going to be financed. Gruber’s comments notwithstanding, this past election confirmed for many federal legislators who voted for Obamacare that the “stupid” American voter was going to hold them accountable for the passage of this flawed law. This is a sentiment that isn’t just coming from a Republican. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer in a post-election speech also said as much.
Recently, the legislature was asked to approve funding for the Lakeview Amphitheater. Over the past several months, I have raised numerous concerns regarding the impact on local residents with regard to sound and traffic, the economic viability of an outdoor amphitheater in Central New York, the uncertainty of the revenue from Turning Stone and the risks and additional costs associated with building on the waste beds.
If you’re giving a tech gift this holiday, be sure include the gift of tech help, too. When you stop into any NOPL location you can pick up a coupon to give with your technology gifts that entitles the recipient to a free one-on-one tech session at the library with their new device.
Betty Gilmore’s roots ran all the way back to the 1720s, when her British ancestors established a trading post at what would eventually become known as Fort Oswego. Later in the 17th century, her people would help found the town of Pompey and, in the 18th century, the town of Elbridge, both here in Onondaga County. Betty continued her family’s tradition of community-building during her long life which ended Dec. 5 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. She was 95. Betty will be buried at the Liverpool Village Cemetery.
The tree is lit and the presents are wrapped but the season is far from over, folks. Come on down for help with your own preparations or a chance to enjoy some free entertainment in his expensive season.
School lunch purchases are on the decline. According to the New York School Nutrition Association, more than 19 million fewer meals were sold across the state during the 2012-13 school year than the year before. In the 2011-12 school year, 94 million meals were sold, but in 2012-13, only 75 million were sold.
Since Germans from the Palatinate of Europe were not only the founding fathers of Clay, but also formed the first congregation which became Immanuel Lutheran Church, I did some research on Christmas in Germany and how it influenced the way we celebrate Christmas in America.
As a member of the Environmental Protection Committee at the legislature, I receive quarterly updates on the lake improvement project, as well as various projects taking place across the county to mitigate stormwater infiltration in to our sewers. Surprisingly, most of our water treatment and sewer infrastructure is more than four decades old. Investments to the infrastructure that is underground has paled in comparison to the infrastructure that we see every day — our roads and bridges.
Several readers stopped me out and about to chat about my Nov. 4 column about comfort food. Seems they can’t get enough.
The trees are lit, the malls are packed and holiday madness abounds, but you can still find sanctuary and holiday helps at your library. Step back and enjoy an art display made of flowers past and pressed or update the family and your word processing skills with our Wired Wednesday classes. We also have books, magazines and craft databases full of last minute holiday ideas. Stop in soon and see what we can do to make your holiday a happier one.
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