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EDITORIAL: Avoid the ‘drowning machine’

This weekend’s tragedy on the Seneca River reveals one of the most dangerous aspects of boating in Baldwinsville: the lowhead hydraulic dam, or as it is often called, the “drowning machine.” how can incidents like Saturday’s be prevented? There are steps boaters can take to ensure their safety:

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LETTER: Know the costs of proposed water district before you decide

To the editor: To my neighbors within the proposed Lamson Water District: You have probably heard by now that there is a petition to develop a water district in the Lamson Road area. The full Map, Plan and Report can be found on the town of Lysander website at townoflysander.org.  

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LETTER: Thanks for support in this year’s Memorial Day parade

To the editor: On behalf of the Memorial Day Parade Committee we wish to thank the many volunteers and parade participants for their enthusiastic support for this year’s Memorial Day parade.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Less-than-important legislation of 2015

Here are some bills introduced by lawmakers that make some of us scratch our heads. Even by Albany’s standards, these are a bit unbelievable. I want to share a few with you this week.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Proposed scrapyard a giant step backwards for Onondaga Lake

I need your help. More precisely, I need your voices. n mid-May 2015, the sale of the former Roth Steel scrapyard, located at 800 Hiawatha Blvd. in Syracuse, was approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Margaret Cangilos-Ruiz to a Canadian company, American Iron and Metal Company.

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Library focus: Check out BPL at the farmers market

Summer is really firing up now. The farmers market is back in business at its new location at the VFW on Route 370. We hope you’re stopping by our booth to find out what we’re up to and to pick up great bargains in music, movies and books that had to move on so we could add the latest and greatest for your listening, watching and, of course, reading pleasure. Best of all, get your produce, have a snack and top off your evening with a rousing round of trivia at the library!

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

The above dissolutions had to do with three one-room schools in the town of Lysander. Do you know where they were located and why they received this order?

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EDITORIAL: Town had no business writing petition for residents

Residents of the area in favor of the Lamson Road Water District had to draft their own petition, but they didn’t know how to do that. So they went to the town board. They did everything by the book. Unfortunately, the town of Lysander didn’t.

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LETTER: Support the Northwest Family YMCA

To the editor: When the Northwest Family YMCA opens its doors at 5:30 a.m. Monday, June 8, it will be a historical moment for Greater Baldwinsville. This new Y will strengthen our community for generations to come.

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Library focus: Keep learning all summer long at BPL

It’s June again. Teachers and students are burning the midnight oil wrapping up another year of school. Yes, the end of the month seems to put some of us in vacation mode, but school staffers are still busy debriefing, training and getting ready for next year’s challenges. Truth be told, the intensity may lessen, but life and learning go on all year round, and the library is here to pick up the torch providing education and fun for all ages all summer long.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Your single blood donation can save up to three lives

I am pleased and proud to announce my fifth annual Summer Blood Drive to be held from noon to 6 p.m. June 4 at the Solvay-Geddes Community Youth Center located on Woods Road in the village of Solvay.

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Check out summer activities at the center

Summer is in full swing at Canton Woods!

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Baldwinsville History Mystery Do you know anything about this picture?

Area residents and visitors alike marveled at this stunning panoramic view during the 1920s. Can you identify the site and describe its significance?

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EDITORIAL: Support Paige’s Butterfly Run to help cure childhood cancer

Worldwide, 250 kids die every day from cancer. One in 330 children will be diagnosed with some form of cancer by the time they’re 20 years old, meaning the incidence is greater in children and adolescents than any other age group except for those over 65. It’s the leading cause of death by disease in children under 15 in the United States. The average age of diagnosis is just 6. For an adult, it’s 67. While adults lose an average of 15 years of life to cancer, kids lose an average of 71 years.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New York needs more doctors, better policies to encourage more med students to stay

Access to quality healthcare is a necessary component for a thriving community and we are fortunate to have great healthcare facilities and providers in Central New York. That being said, our healthcare system is under stress because we continue to face shortages of healthcare professionals in New York state — particularly in rural areas. These shortages are particularly acute for primary care doctors and nurses, but extend to specialty practices and other healthcare providers.