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EDITORIAL: Help protect dementia patients who wander away from home

It’s a scary statistic: some six out of every 10 dementia or Alzheimer’s patients wander away from their homes and caregivers. They may not remember their name or address and can become disoriented, even in familiar places, and even in the early stages of the disease.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Canton Woods gets into the act

Canton Woods is an active center with an exciting schedule of programs and activities. May is Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is Get Into the Act! The center offers many ways to Get into the Act!

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Library focus: Many reasons to visit BPL this spring, from tech to Tai Chi

Sports programs are in full flower, projects are coming due and the garden is calling, but there are still a lot of great reasons to visit us down here at the library, even if you did stock up at last month’s book sale.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Push back the teacher evaluation deadline

The passage of the 2015-16 state budget was the fifth consecutive on-time budget holding spending growth to less than 2 percent. This budget also puts families first by restoring much-needed funding for our schools, securing a $1.6 billion increase in education aid over last year for a total of $23 billion. The budget plan also funds numerous economic development projects to create more jobs.

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Guest column: Check out Silver Fox Social Club

Located in beautiful downtown Baldwinsville, the Silver Fox Senior Social Club overlooks the Seneca River and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Ya gotta regatta… in Onondaga County

At the April legislative session, I’m proud to report that my colleagues and I authorized funding to bring back the sport of competitive rowing to Onondaga Lake.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: May is Older Americans Month

Canton Woods is a very busy place where active seniors gather for recreation and socialization, a place to have fun and enjoy good company. May is a very busy month at Canton Woods, as it is Older Americans Month, the perfect time to visit your senior center. This year’s theme is Get Into the Act! The center offers many ways to Get into the Act!

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: NYS Assembly welcomes tablet technology

The assembly has announced the historic step of computerizing the chamber desks. This extraordinary transition away from printed bills began with this year’s annual Earth Day Observance, when the assembly advanced an environmental agenda that includes measures that reduce waste and preserves our natural resources.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: CNY in good position for state economic award, but cutting taxes would benefit all

There are a lot of things to be positive about in Central New York. Unfortunately, the economy is not one of them. Over the last decade, job growth in the Syracuse area has been anemic. The lack of jobs, among other things, has caused an outward migration of population which, in turn, places additional stress on our economy. We are not alone. Almost all of Upstate New York is facing similar challenges. Naturally, as with any crisis, state government wants to provide solutions. Unfortunately, these solutions are often politically expedient reactions rather than rationally thought-out long-term solutions.

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LIBRARY FOCUS: The Baldwinsville Public Library is where it’s at

April is sliding into the finish line, and May is chock full of great opportunities for fun and education here at the library. Whether you need to upgrade your tech skills, are looking for folks with shared interests or just need to scoop up some great reads the library is where it’s at.

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

These wooden models of 19th-century Baldwinsville buildings were constructed during the 1950s and ‘60’s by C. Raymond Miller. During that period and throughout the 1970s the models were frequently on public display. They continue to be on public display today in a new location. Can you identify the models and their current location?

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EDITORIAL: P.I.G. for adults

Sure, you can read the minutes, catch the meeting on PAC-B a few days later or read the recaps in the Messenger, but there’s no replacement for being present when your elected officials hash out how to spend your tax dollars.

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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.