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New York State Senate kicks off summer reading program

Summer reading is a great way to keep children academically sharp for the new school year. It can also be a fun and rewarding activity. That is why I am once again sponsoring the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program to encourage summer learning. The New York State Senate, in partnership with the New York State Library, offers this convenient online program, so families may enjoy the rewards of reading together.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: End of session focuses on Downstate needs, leaves Upstate out

The 2015 legislative session has ended. There were many accomplishments but the list of what did not get done for Upstate is longer. Instead, the end of session was dominated by New York City issues like rent control, property tax exemptions for NYC (421a) and discussions on the control of New York City schools.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: June was a month for the history books

As our country evolves and strives for a “more perfect union,” we have just witnessed three profound and historical events that have moved our nation to more closely reflect the words of the Preamble to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Library focus: Sign up for summer reading

Summer is speeding by, but there’s still time to sign up for summer reading. Our teen and adult games (sixth grade and up) run until Aug. 23, and new players are still welcome.

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

Huge flags lined Charlotte Street when this photo was taken Aug. 17, 1906. The village was showing its colors and extending the red carpet to hundreds of visitors who would be coming to join in the celebration of what had recently become an annual event. Do you know anything about this photo or the cause for celebration?

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Canton Woods needs your help

Canton Woods needs your help! The center is seeking donations from the public so we can keep providing services to our area seniors. To make a donation or if you have an idea for a fundraiser, contact the center.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Summer reading creates lifelong learners

Now that the school year has ended, a great way for children to retain the vocabulary and knowledge they’ve acquired this school year is to encourage them to read each day over the summer. Studies show that reading just 15 minutes a day helps prevent learning loss.

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LETTER: Come to a Lysander town board meeting

The Lysander Town Board invites interested citizens to get in touch.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Happy birthday, Eleanor Schurman!

Canton Woods Senior Center recently had the honor of hosting Eleanor Schurman’s 105th birthday celebration.

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Library focus: Stay busy and dry at BPL

The combination of summer reading signup (still in progress) and the monsoon season kept things extremely lively at the library last week. I’m hoping that the rain ceases, but if it doesn’t we have plenty of activities and tasty takeouts at the library, both in the building and online.

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

Question: This photo shows one of the many rural communities within the Greater Baldwinsville area. Can you identify the community and the two churches?

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EDITORIAL: Keep your kids safe online

Now that the kids are home from school, they may be spending more time online. That means it’s up to you as parents to make sure they’re surfing safely. Here are some tips to keep your kids safe online:

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LETTER: Social media is another tool for town councilor to do his job

To the editor: After reading an article in the Baldwinsville Messenger dated June 17 [“Questions raised about Lamson Road water costs,” page 3], I felt compelled to reach out to our wonderful community and ensure the residents that, as an elected town councilor for the town of Lysander, I always strive to represent the people in the best, fairest way possible with cooperation, openness and transparency.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Food $en$e available at Canton Woods

Canton Woods participates in Food $en$e, which is run by the Food Bank of CNY. This fantastic program is designed to help stretch your monthly food budget. Each month the Food Bank offers a package of groceries valued at $30 for just $15.50.There is no age or income eligibility requirement for this program, and you may use your SNAP benefit. All packages must be preordered and prepaid. Packages are available for pick up at a later designated date. Call Canton Woods for more information.

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Library focus: Check out July’s programs at BPL

July is here with an amazing raft of programs, entertainment, crafts and opportunities for all ages including storytimes, summer reading games, crafts for kids, movies, music, tech classes and so much more! Come on down and join the fun you’ll be glad you did.