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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.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State budget increases aid but treats teachers unfairly

In my mind, there are three issues that define this budget: the governor’s so-called education reform, ethics and capital spending. The education section of the budget is discussed below.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Get into the spring of things at BPL

April break is over and if you haven’t done your taxes yet…you had better get busy. Spring is slowly creeping out of hiding in bursts of snowdrops and crocuses but it’s still a long way from gardening season. While you’re waiting for baseball games and rototilling stop in at the library for some intriguing programs, lively art and enough education and entertainment to get you through the mud season.

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.