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LIBRARY FOCUS: Love your library in February

February is on the horizon with lots of new reasons to love your library. Start your kids and grandkids out right next month by joining us for the third annual Take Your Child to the Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Governor falls short on ethics, gets it right with small business tax cuts, increase in school aid

Gov. Cuomo recently delivered his State of the State address, which, contrary to protocol, he combined with his 2016-17 budget address. The following are some of the highlights of his speech.

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FROM THE STATE SENATE: The New York state budget process

Now that Gov. Cuomo has unveiled his executive budget, the official 2016-17 state budget process is underway. 

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Important new IDA reform legislation signed into law

I am proud to announce that IDA Reform Legislation (S.5867 / A.7915) that I sponsored in the Assembly and that Senator Kathleen Marchione co-sponsored in the Senate has been signed into law by Gov. Cuomo.

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CANTON WOODS: Neighborhood advisors help older adults access services they need

The Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services funds two Neighborhood Advisors at Canton Woods. They are available to help you with information and referral to many resources for older adults (age 60 or older).  

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

The business seen here was “the new kid on the block” when this photo was taken. A branch of The Merchants National Bank & Trust Company of Syracuse, the Baldwinsville facility was housed in a renovated building formerly occupied by another major local business.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Working to increase opportunities for all New Yorkers

The quest for a stronger New York starts with identifying what families need to succeed, then delivering. To me, that means increasing opportunities and fairness so that everyone can get ahead and no one is left behind.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Stretch your dollars with Food $en$e

Canton Woods participates in the Food Bank of CNY’s Food $en$e Program. This program can help stretch your food buying dollars.

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Library Focus: What’s up next for the BPL’s book clubs?

Join the Mystery Book Club at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 for a discussion of “The Virgin of Small Plains,” by Nancy Pickard.

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EDITORIAL: Snowmobilers should beware of early season conditions 

The snow has begun to fly in many parts of New York state, and snowmobile season is finally here.

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

Take a good look at the included photos. Do you recognize the woman on the left?  What did she have to do with the photo above?

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Volunteer for the B’ville Express

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is volunteering, consider volunteering for B’ville Express. B’ville Express is funded by the Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services. The B’ville Express program transports seniors to medical appointments and other necessary services including Canton Woods Senior Center. 

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EDITORIAL: Beat the winter blues

Whether we like it or not, winter is a fact of life in Central New York. So far, this winter has been fairly mild, even with the recent snow. And while we have made it past the longest night of the year, and hard as it may be to believe, the days are actually get a little longer each day, there are still a lot of cold temperatures and gloomy, dark days to get through.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Latest ag. receipts show growth in industry; craft beer industry thriving

It was recently reported that agricultural receipts in New York came in at $6.36 billion in 2014 — a $1.7 billion increase over 2010 and a $667 million increase over 2013.

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

Winter weather did not stop this massive construction project. Wooden forms outline a lengthy trench and stacks of pipe await installation. Sections of barricade line the forefront of the trench. Can you identify the project and its location? The billboards and barricades may help date the event.