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

During the first quarter of the 19th century, asters put Baldwinsville on the map. What do you know about this lucrative business?

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Celebrate Women’s Equality Day: Advance equal rights

Nearly a century ago, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting women in the United States the right to vote. In the years since, we have made a great deal of progress on women’s rights, but there is still much more to do. Women’s Equality Day — August 26 — is an opportunity to not only celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification and the strides we have made, but also recommit ourselves to the fight for full equality for women.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Raising wage for one industry sets dangerous precedent

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the governor’s decision to convene a wage board for the purposes of considering increasing the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Celebrate life at Canton Woods

Canton Woods is looking forward to September, which is National Senior Center Month. This year’s theme is Celebrate Life at your senior center. Come by Canton Woods and see everything that goes on at an active senior center serving vital and engaged older adults. Canton Woods certainly celebrates life!

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Library focus: Still some summer programs left at BPL

Summer isn’t really over yet, but the buses will be running soon, and the majority of us will return to our regular schedules when the Fair closes down. Nevertheless, we still have a few last summer goodies before the curtain comes down on our summer program season, so come down and enjoy.

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EDITORIAL: Town must do better in bringing water to its residents

The latest effort to bring a water district to Lamson Road has failed. It’s a huge blow to the residents who can’t get decent water and just one in a series of unsuccessful efforts to connect the area to public water.

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

Question: The main thoroughfare going east and west through our area is Route 31. Hundreds of cars pass this sign daily. Why was it considered important enough to be used as a street name? Where was Drakes Landing located and how did it contribute to the settlement of our area?

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Important resources available to help students pay for college

As the new school year rapidly approaches, incoming seniors will be faced with making some tough decisions that will have a big impact on their lives. Deciding where to go to college can be very stressful, so it’s important that seniors start planning early. Many students going through this difficult process must also consider the cost of college. That’s why it’s critical that students and their families learn about the resources available to help pay for college so they can make the decision that best suits them.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Why is NYS protecting convicted criminals’ public pensions?

Joyce Mitchell, the woman who confessed to assisting two convicted murderers escape from Clinton Correctional Facility, will still collect a public pension thanks to Albany’s failure to pass a widely supported reform measure. In her retirement years, whether spent in prison or elsewhere, we can rest assured that she’ll be able to cash her pension checks.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Fitness programs return

Several of our fitness programs which took a short break during the summer, will be gearing up again very soon! Be sure to read Canton Woods column each week, read your newsletter or check the website baldwinsville.org for start dates.

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

The five B’villians pictured above took their sport to national competition. Can you identify them or name their team or their league?

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EDITORIAL: Keep concussions at bay with sports safety tips

As summer draws to a close, local Pop Warner leagues are gearing up for their seasons. Many parents are hesitant to let their little ones participate because of the high rate of head injuries; football players suffer the most concussions of any youth sport.

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LETTER: Benefit to support local woman with Lyme disease

To the editor: On July 12, 2015, Syracuse.com published an article about a young woman named Alicia Healy who grew up in B’ville and graduated from C.W. Baker High School in 2010. The article was titled “One woman’s Lyme disease fight: I went from straight A’s to having difficulty reading.”

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Library focus: End-of-summer fun at BPL

Summer is speeding by, but there is still a lot to see and do at the library before those school buses start to roll. We’ve got crafts, games, art, trivia, technology, music and authors -- all for free. We even have our very own ComiCon from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, celebrating science fiction, fantasy, comics and cosplay. We may not be as big and famous as the coastal ComiCons but you can take your turn on the bridge of a virtual starship, chat with well-known comic authors, and dress as your favorite character and meet folks with similar interests without the hassles of packing and paying for an expensive trip. Sign up now on the library’s program page and get a T-shirt for a souvenir. Attendance is free, but bring your wallet because we have some fantastic artists and vendors you’ll want to visit.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Legislation passes to help seniors and visually impaired

Two bills in particular which passed the State Legislature could help both seniors and visually-impaired residents if signed into law by the governor. I supported each in the Assembly and both passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

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