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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New York needs more doctors, better policies to encourage more med students to stay

Access to quality healthcare is a necessary component for a thriving community and we are fortunate to have great healthcare facilities and providers in Central New York. That being said, our healthcare system is under stress because we continue to face shortages of healthcare professionals in New York state — particularly in rural areas. These shortages are particularly acute for primary care doctors and nurses, but extend to specialty practices and other healthcare providers.

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Library focus: It’s BPL’s busiest season

Summer may be your vacation time but at the library it’s one of our busiest seasons with summer reading, storytimes, concerts, community events, continuing classes and so much more. Come on down and join the fun!

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Summer fun and festivities

Canton Woods is very busy with summer fun and festivities!

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HISTORY MYSTERY: Do you know anything about these pictures?

The gentlemen pictured in the photos in this week’s History Mystery have something in common; what is it? All have a connection with Baldwinsville. What else do you know about them?

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EDITORIAL: Start small to help end lupus

Besides a collection of radio hits, what do Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Selena Gomez, Seal and Toni Braxton have in common? Like 1.5 million of their fellow Americans, they’ve struggled with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder that attacks the skin, joints and internal organs.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Coming to the aid of Lt. Columbo: ‘Peter Falk Bill’ will protect visitation rights for families

My office received an email last June 2014 from Catherine Falk, the daughter of the late Peter Falk, who starred in the TV series “Columbo” from 1973 to 2003. During that time Peter Falk received four Emmys for his portrayal of the bumbling, trench-coat wearing but cagey and clever Lt. Columbo of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Enjoy summer at the center with Summer Entertainment Series

Canton Woods looks forward to a summer season filled with summer foods and fun!

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Freezing or steaming, BPL is here

Sometimes we freeze and sometimes we steam, but May reminds us all just why we live in Central New York. The trees are green, the flowers are glorious and if we’re lucky we might make it to June before we have to crank the air conditioners. Enjoy yourselves but don’t forget the library is still here to provide shelter from a sudden shower, free Wi-Fi and the chance to make your life better than it’s ever been.

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EDITORIAL: Better screening is needed for postpartum depression

About 80 percent of new moms experience the so-called "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings and crying spells that fade quickly. But one in seven women experience symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD).

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LETTER: Lysander Union Cemetery in need of community assistance

To the editor: Lysander Union Cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering always and forever.

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LETTER: Thanks to St. Mary’s Academy

To the editor: Our two children attend St. Mary’s Academy in Baldwinsville. They have both been with the school since pre-K. It has been a very wonderful journey where they have flourished spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Volunteer to drive the B’ville Express

B’ville Express is a very rewarding way to get into the act. Volunteer to drive for B’ville Express. B’ville Express drivers transport seniors to medical appointments, the pharmacy and Canton Woods. In 2014, B’ville Express drivers provided 1,340 rides to seniors in greater Baldwinsville. Call 638-4536 and get into the act!

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Come taste the quiet at BPL

It’s May! We’re finally enjoying shirt sleeve weather. The yard, the lake and the ballgame are beckoning, but there are still lots of great reasons to visit us here at the library including book clubs, craft groups, the teen photography exhibit and the deep peace only found mornings between storytime seasons. Come and taste the quiet while you can.

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

Take a good look at this photo. Obviously, it is a group of students concentrating on their studies. Observing their size, it looks like they may be in elementary school. The question is where and why were they attending this school?

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Stay safe this prom season

We’re at the height of prom season, and unfortunately, that means our teens can be at risk for dangerous behavior.

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