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EDITORIAL: February is National Spay and Neuter Month

There’s no excuse to keep your pets unaltered. Unfortunately, according to a survey conducted by PetSmart Charities, nearly half of those who acquired pets last year still haven’t spayed or neutered them.

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

Obviously this is a photo of a band. Do you recognize any of the musicians? See if you can guess where the picture was taken and approximately what year.

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LETTER: A hearty thank-you to all

To the editor: On behalf of the B’ville Big Chill Planning Committee, we would like to thank everyone who supported the ninth annual B’ville Big Chill.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: More resources, prevention efforts needed to combat heroin epidemic

It is well known that opioid and heroin addiction has increased throughout the nation in the last decade. 

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Your opinion matters to me

Every year at this time, I mail my Constituent Survey to every registered voter in the 129th District, which includes the city of Syracuse and the towns of Geddes and Van Buren. In addition to the survey, I also schedule Community Information Nights throughout the district so that I can hear directly from you about issues facing our lives, neighborhoods and the general community. This year the Van Buren Community Information Night will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Van Buren Town Hall.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE County Legislature working to deal with Emerald Ash Borer crisis

A common topic at the Environmental Protection committee over the last several years has been the arrival in Central New York of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect originating from Asia. The bug, which is the size of a Tic Tac, gets its name from its shiny, deep green appearance and its devastating impact on ash trees.

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

This gentleman from Lysander ran an important service that increased the security and social life of the residents who subscribed to his company. Who is he and what was his important job?

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LETTER: Vote no on BCSD referendum

To the editor: I will be voting no on the Baldwinsville School District Capital Project, not because I don’t think any of the projects are valid, but because I have some issues with the projects and the “bundling” of projects into one referendum. 

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: ‘Get On Your Feet’ helps with college debt

The problem is well-documented and alarming: College students who graduated in 2015 were the most indebted in U.S. history, and student borrowing for higher education continues to rise.

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Seniors, visit BPL during the snowy season

Well, it took its time getting here, but it seems like winter has finally arrived. Now we all have a choice — do we fly south? Stay home and hibernate? Or make the most of the snowy season? It’s often a particularly thorny question for the seniors among us looking for reasons to get up and out of the house, and once again the library has at least some of the answers.

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EDITORIAL: Wear red for heart health this Friday

Friday, Feb. 5, is National Wear Red Day, an initiative supported by the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

Theater review: Sinister ‘Sweeney Todd’ is gruesome yet mesmerizing

With music by heralded composer Stephen Sondheim and book by the late mystery-writer Hugh Wheeler, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” uses mesmerizing music to tell a monstrous story of revenge-killings and cannibalism. It’s a gruesome musical — a grusical.

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

We think we’ve been having a lot of snow in the last couple of weeks. If you’re an old-timer you will remember the blizzard that we will remember at the end of the month. What was the year? Do you have any memories from it? What’s the location of the photo?

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LETTER: Editorial includes good advice on snowmobile safety

To the editor: The January 20, 2016 edition of the Baldwinsville Messenger ran the editorial “Snowmobilers: Beware of early season conditions.” The editorial covered safety remarks made by the NYS Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) on the seasonal late start and snow cover for snowmobiling on the maintained clubs trails system. All good points of safety information, especially to “reach out to your local club for information on the trails” whose online website includes the club’s telephone (and often a snow phone) listing for trail conditions.

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LETTER: Political agendas have no place in the legislature

In 2016, I will continue to do my best to keep the nonsense from the business of county taxpayers. If I can ever help, please don’t hesitate to call and thank you again for the privilege of being your legislator. 

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