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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.

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.

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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.

B’ville schools continue to piece together budget

With still no word from the governor on how much state aid they’ll be receiving, administrators in the Baldwinsville Central School District are still working on the 2015-16 budget.

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

Contact Editor Sarah Hall at editor@baldwinsvillemessenger.com or leave a message at 434-8889 ext. 310 with your guess by noon Sunday. If you are the first person to correctly identify an element in the photo, your name and guess will appear in next week’s Messenger, along with another History Mystery feature.

BPL budget, board vote April 23

The Baldwinsville Public Library will hold its annual budget vote and trustee election from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the library at 33 E. Genesee St.

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Reynolds Youth Players to stage ‘We Are Monsters’

The Reynolds Elementary School Youth Players have been hard at work rehearsing for their eighth musical production, “We Are Monsters.” The play runs March 26 through 28.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Legislature should decide on education proposals outside of budget

Last year, the state spent $22.3 billion on education. In 2012, combined with the local and federal share of education, New Yorkers spent $58.4 billion on public education. This is a 56 percent increase over what was spent on a combined basis in 2002.

LIBRARY FOCUS: BPL ventures into the world of Minecraft

The library has just purchased licenses for Minecraft.edu and loaded it onto our laptops. We are now looking at ways to make them available for regular gaming at the library. As part of our efforts we will be holding our first official Minecraft Shakedown cruise at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Danger of EEE returns

As we endure one of the harshest winters in memory and prepare for possibly more snow, it seems strange that I am writing about the mosquito-borne virus, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).  But with March 20, the beginning of spring, just a few weeks away, this important topic is indeed timely.

Syracuse Press Club offering $2,000 scholarship

The Syracuse Press Club is now accepting applications for the 2015 DeVesty-Williams Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship will be given to one full-time undergraduate student, who is studying print, broadcast or digital journalism at a college or university in the Syracuse Press Club service area. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Time’s up: Schools out of snow days

February 2015 was the coldest month in Syracuse’s 113 years of record, and Central New York schools are scrambling to make up for lost time. With several delays and closings due to snow and bitterly cold air, some districts have met or exceeded their calendars’ allotted emergency closing days.

Scholarship Foundation to hold Phone-a-thon

Phones will be ringing in the Baldwinsville area on the evenings of March 1 and 8 when more than 100 Baker High School students will call residents during the annual Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Phone-a-thon, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. both Sundays. 

Not just KBR anymore: Baker revamps PTSA

The Baker High School PTSA would like to inform you of its shift in focus — in an attempt for continuous growth, we are proud to announce we’re no longer just KBR anymore.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Vaccines vital to public health

In the Central New York area, there have been two suspected cases of mumps in local schools this winter. These reports have understandably spurred discussions and concerns and accordingly it is important to know about New York’s vaccination requirements, childhood safety, and ways you can help protect your families from diseases that were once thought to be eradicated.

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