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Buffalo veggie VIP teaches cooking class at Willow HWC

Genga Ponnampalam, founder of the Buffalo-based vegan and gluten-free food company and café Go Veggies Inc., is sharing his culinary expertise in a cooking class Feb. 7 at the Willow Health and Wellness Center in Baldwinsville. Ponnampalam aims to show people that eating healthy can be easy and delicious.

Forum to examine link between child care and local economy

Affordable child care is the subject of a forum scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It takes place at the United Way of Central New York, 518 James St., Syracuse.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Upgraded transmission lines needed to improve energy infrastructure

A 2012 report created by the Energy Highway Task Force, a task force led by key representatives from the fields of energy, environmental conservation and economic development, cited the critical need for improving transmission lines across the state. 

LIBRARY FOCUS: Come into BPL and escape the cold

First comes the Big Chill, a near guarantee of unseasonable weather, and then winter break for the students in our audience. In other words, there are lots of reasons to come to the library and stock up, study up or simply escape without investing in long distance travel. In fact we even have the resources to help you plan your trip if you have the resources to take it.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: A new year brings new laws

With each new year, we look forward to changes and improvements in our communities. Many of these will come with new laws that went into effect in our state on Jan. 1, 2015. I’d like to highlight some of the laws that I feel will benefit our local families by growing our economy and keeping our community healthy and safe.

Educational advocacy groups to host forums on school funding

Our schools are losing money every year — and New York state is taking it from them.

Lysander handles routine business

The Lysander Town Board passed a variety of resolutions at its Jan. 26 meeting. Notably, the board approved the creation of the Pompo Woods drainage and sewer districts as well as the retirement and reinstatement of two employees and took care of some business regarding the Lysander Radisson Community Arena.

Van Buren to help pave the way for solar power

With a somewhat laissez-faire approach, the town of Van Buren has opted to help make information about solar power options available to interested residents. The town board voted Jan. 20 to authorize Supervisor Claude Sykes to send a letter expressing interest about the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Community Solar NY program, a solar energy initiative led by the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNYRPDB) and the national Solar Roadmap Initiative.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New year brings new priorities for New York state

With a new year comes new commitments and renewed hope. Last week, the assembly welcomed new representatives. The swearing-in ceremony reminds all who attend to renew our commitment to public service.

Nancy harmonizes with Hammond B-3

Thirty years ago, Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Famer Nancy Kelly honed her vocals accompanied by a variety of Hammond organists at Jewel’s, a salt-and-mostly-pepper nightclub on Philadelphia’s Broad Street. When she returned to CNY, she worked more often with pianists. One of them was Dino Losito.

Ralph Lalama, Nancy Kelly headline January Jazzfest

The CNY Jazz Arts Foundation is warming away the midwinter blues with some jazz. January Jazzfest is filling four levels of Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville with a sampler of jazz artists Sunday, Jan. 25, including vocalist Nancy Kelly, saxophonist Ralph Lalama and trombonist Melissa Gardiner.

Library focus: Make your way to the Baldwinsville Public Library

Even if you plan to hibernate the entire winter the library can still be a part of your plans. If you have a library card, PIN and access to the Internet you can visit us online for informative databases (magazine and newspaper articles searchable by author, title and subject), online courses (check out learning express and rocket languages to acquire new skills) and ebooks galore (including audio versions).

Take Your Child to the Library Day is Feb. 7

Want to give your child a lifetime of wisdom, adventure and pleasure? Acquaint them with their local library. That’s the idea behind Take Your Child to the Library Day, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 7. This year marks the fourth such celebration and the second in which the Baldwinsville Public Library is participating.

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Girl Scouts gear up for sales pitches, service projects

Between earning awards and serving their communities, area Girl Scouts had a busy 2014. This year will be just as busy as the girls set their goals for the annual cookie sale — which is available online for the first time ever — and continue pursuing service projects within their communities.