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From the Superintendent: Moving forward with middle level changes

Dear Baldwinsville families, We are writing to you with some exciting news about our middle school and junior high school academic programs. While parents with children in grades seven, eight and nine have already been notified, we wish to inform all of our families about these new opportunities.

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GUEST COLUMN: It’s a busy summer at the Baldwinsville Public Library

Whether it’s summer crafts for kids or trivia night, there is something for everyone this summer at the Baldwinsville Public Library. We’ve been having fun with summer reading program events , showing movies and planning for our huge end-of-summer event …ComiConVersation2015 (this time with T-shirts!), which will be held Sunday, Aug. 23.

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LETTER: Closed-door meeting gave every appearance of impropriety

To the editor: On July 13, I addressed the Lysander Town Board and inquired about a board meeting I witnessed being held behind closed doors earlier that day. The town attorney later provided me with an advisory opinion from the NYS Committee on Open Government, indicating the board can meet to seek legal advice and the Open Meetings Law does not apply. However, the opinion also stated: “Further, if at some point in a discussion the attorney stops giving legal advice, a public body may begin discussing or deliberating independent of the attorney. When that point is reached… the attorney-client privilege has ended and the body should return to an open meeting.”

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LETTER: Thanks to Outback Steakhouse of Clay for help with AIDS Walk/Run

To the editor: ACR Health wants to publicly thank Outback Steakhouse of Clay for generously hosting the $500 Club Party for people raising $500 or more at the 23rd annual AIDS Walk/Run, held June 7 at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Thanks to local organizations for supporting center

If you live or work in Baldwinsville, you know Baldwinsville is a very generous community. The center always welcomes and appreciates the community’s generosity. I wish to thank the Rotary, who recently hosted a picnic at Canton Woods for well over 100 seniors. The center also thanks youth from the Community Wesleyan Church for volunteering their time to weed the center’s garden areas.

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Library focus: There’s still some summer left ­— spend it at BPL

Summer is halfway gone, folks. It’s time to get serious about that summer reading list, finish those projects and plan that vacation if you’ve been procrastinating. But there’s still plenty of time to hang out, have fun and improve your education and job prospects right here at the library.

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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.

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

Question: The building in the photo taken by Mark Chapman was once a very important part of children’s lives on the south side of the river. How much do you know about it? Where was it located? Do you know the two different names that it went by? Approximately when was this picture taken and why the building looks like it is falling down?

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From the state senate: Legislation to ensure equal access, participation in New York

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about two important bills that would help to empower individuals with certain disabilities. Both of these bills that I sponsored passed the state senate and state assembly during the 2015 legislative session and await the governor’s consideration. I hope you will join me in urging Gov. Cuomo to sign these bills into state law.

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EDITORIAL: Protect your pets and your family from rabies

As you’re spending more time outside this summer, make sure you keep yourself and your pets safe from rabies. There is no treatment for this virus, which is transmitted by the bite of a rabid mammal, but luckily, rabies is preventable.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Support Canton Woods with upcoming fundraisers

Thanks to the vision and determination of incredible people like Carol Mercer, who still frequents the center, Canton Woods has been successfully serving the seniors of Greater Baldwinsville for nearly 40 years. If you have visited Canton Woods you already know it is a busy, dynamic center accomplishing its mission of helping seniors remain active members of the community. The volunteers of today continue the founders’ legacy of dedication to Canton Woods. They give their time and talent because they realize the value of our senior center. 

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Sign up for summer reading at BPL

Summer is speeding by, but there’s still time to sign up for summer reading.

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LETTER: Marching Bees bring back memories

To the editor: My mom just sent me a clipping she’d held on to awhile, which was a letter from Dr. David Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools, and Casey Vanderstouw, marching band director, thanking alumni of the B’ville Marching Band for the years of support. That stirred quite a few emotions for me, and on behalf of many alumni, just wanted to share a ‘way back then’ moment.

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LETTER: Lysander Town Board up to no good in Diamond’s absence

To the editor: Wow! After four long years of staying up into the wee hours of the night, I can proudly say, “It is finished!” This summer I completed my last requirement in obtaining my bachelor’s degree in political science from SUNY Oswego. I am very excited as I move into the next phase of my life. On July 9, one week after I completed my last summer course, I left early in the morning for a five-day vacation to California. This was my first time there, and I had a wonderful time hiking in the mountains and going to see the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. However, while I was away, everything was not cool and copasetic like I had hoped it would be.

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EDITORIAL: Forcing eighth-graders to take Regents curriculum doesn’t serve students

We certainly don’t doubt the abilities of the students in the Baldwinsville district, and we don’t advocate for the dumbing down of our students. But to force an accelerated curriculum down the throats of the entire student body, especially with so little discussion, practically guarantees that some will be left behind.

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