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Feedback wanted on modernizing local government

‘Consensus’ forum March 31 at Salina Town Hall

Most Central New Yorkers pay taxes to the federal government, the state, the county, their town, their village and their school district. All of those entities provide needed services, but there is some overlap and occasional duplication of services. In order to address such issues, a 19-member commission on local government modernization called Consensus has been formed and is now conducting public forums, including one at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Salina Town Hall.

LETTER: Hockey family says thank you

In reflecting on our season, and the success this team enjoyed, we realize there are many people we need to thank.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New York has highest tax burdens in the nation

Recent findings by the Tax Foundation, a Washington-based research organization, should serve as a reminder to the State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo during this year’s budget negotiations that New York needs to decrease spending, reduce state mandates and cut property and income taxes.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Meet Lynda.com, BPL’s new online education service

March is for mud and making new friends, new commitments and new opportunities and today we are glad to announce a new opportunity for all our users.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Historic ethics reforms for Albany

Our residents rightfully expect a government that is honest and beyond reproach, and that their elected representatives are living up to the highest ethical standards. It is time to stop talking about ethics reform and make it happen.

Lysander addresses county’s land plan concerns

The town of Lysander continues to tweak its revised Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

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Fit for a village

Workouts B’ville picks up where Riverside Fitness left off

The former Riverside Fitness Center is now under new ownership, but customers are staying the course at the village gym, according to Workouts B’ville manager Jamie Miccuci.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Take a break from spring cleaning at the library

Welcome to mud season, when the ice curtains fall from the roof and the snow recedes enough to reveal the things lost and abandoned in the winter season. It’s time to open the curtains, dust the far recesses of our rooms and get ready for the challenges and delights of the next season. In the meantime, don’t forget the library is here to help you plan your projects and calm the fevered nerves of impatient gardeners and sportsmen.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State’s 90-day email deletion policy raises questions

The Governor’s office announced in 2013 that it would use Microsoft Office365 -- an email and software management system to consolidate 27 agency email systems, improve access to applications, share calendars in a cloud-based system and save taxpayer dollars. Many aspects about the recently implemented system make sense and will hopefully improve inter-agency communication.

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

This circa-1909 photo shows the new north side location of George Peck’s coal and wood dealership. Although it is faint, the far left side of the photo gives a clue as to the location. The business would continue for another half a century under the ownership of several well known local entrepreneurs. Can you identify the location? Perhaps you know some of the successors.

LETTER: Town government should put the people first

To the editor: First and foremost, town government exists as a representative of the resident community – the citizen taxpayers who pay the salaries and benefits to those who provide the necessary services to the same residents in matters of their well being.

LETTER: Helping pets find a home

To the editor: There has been a great deal of concern and upset about Hope, the black Labrador retriever that was found severely underweight in the freezing temperatures of Lysander, and her feline companion, who succumbed to the cold.

Lysander seals the deal for ice arena

The town of Lysander is finally hanging up its skates. The $550,000 sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena closed March 5. Back in January, the Lysander Town Board voted unanimously to approve a purchase offer from Rochester-based developer and property management firm DHD Ventures.

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Emily Margaret Hall born Feb. 27

Brian and Sarah Hall of Clay would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Margaret Hall, born Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Crouse Hospital.