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LETTER: Social media is another tool for town councilor to do his job

To the editor: After reading an article in the Baldwinsville Messenger dated June 17 [“Questions raised about Lamson Road water costs,” page 3], I felt compelled to reach out to our wonderful community and ensure the residents that, as an elected town councilor for the town of Lysander, I always strive to represent the people in the best, fairest way possible with cooperation, openness and transparency.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Governor should approve Freedom of Information Law changes

The legislature recently passed a bill that, if signed by the governor, would reform the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and expedite the process for those in search of public records. The measure passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the senate and the assembly. I am urging the governor to sign the bill into law and make this change effective immediately. Its unanimous passage shows there is overwhelming public support for a more open government. Any legislation that cuts through the many layers of bureaucracy the public has to deal with in order to get public information is good legislation.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Food $en$e available at Canton Woods

Canton Woods participates in Food $en$e, which is run by the Food Bank of CNY. This fantastic program is designed to help stretch your monthly food budget. Each month the Food Bank offers a package of groceries valued at $30 for just $15.50.There is no age or income eligibility requirement for this program, and you may use your SNAP benefit. All packages must be preordered and prepaid. Packages are available for pick up at a later designated date. Call Canton Woods for more information.

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Library focus: Check out July’s programs at BPL

July is here with an amazing raft of programs, entertainment, crafts and opportunities for all ages including storytimes, summer reading games, crafts for kids, movies, music, tech classes and so much more! Come on down and join the fun you’ll be glad you did.  

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

The rain-slicked pavement and trees in early bud tell us that this photo was taken in the spring. Can you identify the business, its location or the year the photo was taken?

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Homegrown help

County agricultural council launches ‘Onondaga Grown’

The Onondaga County Agriculture Council kicked off its newest “buy local” initiative June 24 at Reeves Farms. The “Onondaga Grown” campaign seeks to promote the more than 700 farms in Onondaga County, which generate a $152 million agricultural economy.

ATMs for Good benefit local nonprofits

Many people balk at the idea of paying a hefty surcharge at the ATM. But what if a portion of that surcharge went to a good cause? That’s the idea behind ATMs for Good, a project of Syracuse ATM. Kathryn Bolster, who owns Syracuse ATM, said she thought of the program as a way to bring more meaning to her work.

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CNY SPCA Pet of the Week: Rufus is one cool guy

Rufus means “cool” and “awesome,” and that’s the perfect name for our dog of the week. Rufus is a 3-year-old neutered male pit bull mix. He is happy, silly and goofy. He loves to run, and he walks very nicely on a leash. He would do best as the only pet with older children. He’s very trainable — he already knows sit, and he’s eager to learn more. If you’d like to be his teacher, call the CNYSPCA at 454-4479 and meet the wonderful Rufus!

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EDITORIAL: Stay safe in the sun

As you enjoy some fun in the sun this Fourth of July, it’s important to protect your body’s largest organ: the skin.

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Good things come to those who wait

The Patience Project seeks homes for longtime shelter dogs

No one had even looked at Duke for more than a year. The 3-year-old Rottweiler-shepherd mix had sat in the kennels at CNY Veterinary Services in Clay since he was 6 months old. His chances for adoption looked grim. Then Duke’s photo was featured on Facebook on a page dedicated to dogs like him who have spent months or even years in shelters. The Patience Project’s picture was shared on one page after another and ultimately made its way to Gerry Ioannone in Rochester.

Fulton couple sentenced to probation, community service for animal abuse

Robin and William Lasher, the Fulton couple convicted of abandoning their pets in the frigid Lysander woods in January, were sentenced June 17 in Lysander Town Court. Judge Michael Bryant sentenced the two to 120 hours of community service and three years’ probation, during which time they are not allowed to own or care for any animals.

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LETTER: Congratulations, Baker High graduates

To the editor: To the Baldwinsville Graduating Class of 2015: As a 2011 alumnus from C.W. Baker High, Baldwinsville, I would like to personally congratulate the graduating class of 2015. I sincerely hope you know how proud your community is of you! As a graduating senior from SUNY Oswego, and as a 22-year-old town councilor, I thought I might offer some advice as you transition into the next part of your life.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Legislation that should be a ‘no-brainer’

There are times during the legislative session in Albany that you just scratch your head and think, “This is a ‘no-brainer.’” Two such bills were passed last week by the New York State Assembly, and each I am proud to have voted for.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Construction, water chestnut removal to begin in Baldwinsville

As representatives of the greater Baldwinsville area, we want to update residents on upcoming County Department of Transportation (DOT) projects and water chestnut control efforts taking place along the Seneca River.