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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.

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.

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.

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B’ville schools take first look at 2015-16 budget

The Baldwinsville Central School District’s Board of Education got its first glimpse of next year’s budget at its Jan. 12 meeting. Assistant Superintendent for Management Services Jamie Rodems presented his estimates for the transportation, benefits and debt service portions of the 2015-16 proposal.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Winter projects to keep you busy and warm at BPL

Things are getting a bit chilly out there. Time to stock up with entertainment and winter projects here at the library for those long winter nights. While you’re here be sure to check out this month’s spectacular art show by the CNY Artist’s Guild and maybe take in a program or two to keep a check on cabin fever.

Residents have mixed feelings on ‘Ash for Trash’

About 50 people crowded into the Van Buren Town Hall to share their opinions on the proposed “Ash for Trash” waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties Jan. 6.

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2014: The year that was

Your community’s top stories from the last 12 months

What were the biggest stories of the last year? We’ve narrowed it down to these 10 picks, in chronological order:

LIBRARY FOCUS: Keep the spirit alive with holiday activities at BPL

The tree is lit and the presents are wrapped but the season is far from over, folks. Come on down for help with your own preparations or a chance to enjoy some free entertainment in his expensive season.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Federal lunch changes cost schools

School lunch purchases are on the decline. According to the New York School Nutrition Association, more than 19 million fewer meals were sold across the state during the 2012-13 school year than the year before. In the 2011-12 school year, 94 million meals were sold, but in 2012-13, only 75 million were sold.

LETTER: Thanks for supporting the Marching Bees

To the editor: On Nov. 27, the Baldwinsville Central School District Marching Band had the privilege of representing Baldwinsville, Central New York and the entire state of New York in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This great honor would not have been possible without the support of the Baldwinsville community, as well as the surrounding CNY communities.

LIBRARY FOCUS: BPL offers a break from the madness

The trees are lit, the malls are packed and holiday madness abounds, but you can still find sanctuary and holiday helps at your library. Step back and enjoy an art display made of flowers past and pressed or update the family and your word processing skills with our Wired Wednesday classes. We also have books, magazines and craft databases full of last minute holiday ideas. Stop in soon and see what we can do to make your holiday a happier one.

State offers scholarships, assistance with higher ed

Fall is the time of year when many graduating high school seniors start to look toward the future. According to the New York State Education Department, in 2010, 82 percent of high school graduates in New York entered postsecondary education which includes either two- or four-year institutions.

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Marching Bees gear up for Macy’s parade

B’ville-area residents gathered ‘round the TV to watch the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade will have another reason to be thankful next week: C.W. Baker High School’s Marching Bees band will march in the parade. The Marching Bees are the first marching band from Central New York to participate in the parade, and the first New York band in about a decade.

B’ville schools lose $111K to Agrana PILOT deal

Due to a change in the PILOT agreement for Agrana Fruit, the Baldwinsville City School District will lose $111,000 from its tax levy for the 2014-15 school year. Assistant Superintendent for Management Services Jamie Rodems explained the issue to the BCSD Board of Education at its Nov. 3 meeting.

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