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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: So-called ‘landmark’ ethics reforms continue to fall short

I am skeptical of the claim, however, in light of the fact that we have passed “landmark” ethics reform in the recent past and yet ethical lapses by elected officials continue to occur.

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Spring into the library

The snow has finally melted, the trees are budding and we’re more than halfway through the taxing month of April. It’s time to get out of your rut and find out what’s new at the library. Come on down and check out our amazing show of elementary artists and the new block table in the children’s area and don’t forget to vote on the budget and stock up at our spring book sale.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Learn about adaptive gardening

There is always something exciting happening at Canton Woods. In addition to all of the center's regularly scheduled activities, be sure to mark your calendar for these interesting opportunities.

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EDITORIAL: Opting out sends a strong message -- but will Albany hear it?

You’d think, with some 16 percent of students statewide making a conscious choice not to take the exams, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Education Department might start to rethink their policies.

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LETTER: Four reasons Shimer should resign

To the editor: Over the last week we saw the unfortunate flurry of local news media reports on the arrest of Lysander Town Councilor and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES teacher Melinda Shimer for driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe backing.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Task force seeks to improve kids’ mental health services

I am proud to partner with U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) to strengthen pediatric mental health care services. In making the announcement last week of this federal and state partnership, Rep. Katko and I seek to increase awareness and provide greater access to care by creating a six-month task force to address gaps in pediatric mental health care in Central New York.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State budget increases aid but treats teachers unfairly

In my mind, there are three issues that define this budget: the governor’s so-called education reform, ethics and capital spending. The education section of the budget is discussed below.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Get into the spring of things at BPL

April break is over and if you haven’t done your taxes yet…you had better get busy. Spring is slowly creeping out of hiding in bursts of snowdrops and crocuses but it’s still a long way from gardening season. While you’re waiting for baseball games and rototilling stop in at the library for some intriguing programs, lively art and enough education and entertainment to get you through the mud season.

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EDITORIAL: ‘An eye for an eye’

Animal abuse doesn’t justify online cruelty

What the Lashers have been charged with is inexcusably cruel. While animal lovers have every right to be angry about the treatment Hope endured and the leniency of animal cruelty laws in New York state, there are more positive and productive ways to vent that energy rather than spewing hateful comments online.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt ends April 10

Things are blooming here at the library. The daffodils are sprouting and will soon show their sunny faces. Our walls are full of colorful works from B’ville’s youngest artists and we have actual plants you can claim when you enter our Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt. The details of the hunt are available on our home page at bville.lib.ny.us or come on down, ask us in person and claim your seedling.

Canton Woods Senior Center: Learn how to protect your bones

Canton Woods Senior Center offers a wide variety of programs and services from aerobics to tai chi and book club to Wii bowling. Read on for our upcoming events. This week, in addition to our full schedule of activities, we will host two informative presentations.

LETTER: Lysander First coalition members seek re-election

To the editor: Lysander Town Councilors Melinda Shimer and Andrew Reeves of Lysander First are seeking re-election to the Lysander Town Board.

LETTER: Disinger clarifies his role with NBT Bank Stadium

To the editor: I was surprised to find an article about myself in your April 1 issue. While I appreciate the writer’s summation of the talk I gave at the Shacksboro museum, I must correct one error of fact, namely that I was the designer for NBT Bank Stadium.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New laws created to protect victims of domestic and sexual abuse

Domestic violence, harassment, and sexual assault continue to be issues that concern me. Studies reveal that such abuse occurs more than many realize. A few new laws were recently chaptered and aim to improve victims’ rights and protections. I supported all of these in the Assembly and I am glad they have been signed into law.

U.S. Congress bulletin: Calling all CNY high school artists

Each spring, the members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a high school art competition to acknowledge and promote artistic talent. The winning piece of artwork from each congressional district across our country is displayed for one full year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

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