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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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Canton Woods Senior Center: Car show rakes in $1,000 for Canton Woods

Despite threatening clouds and a few raindrops, Canton Woods grounds were filled with a gorgeous array of classic cars Aug. 3. The clouds blew over, the sun began to shine, and every one had a wonderful evening. Thanks to the optimism and generosity of the car owners and classic car fans, and the hard work of very dedicated volunteers, Canton Woods raised over $1,000 for the senior center!

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

When Baldwinsville transitioned from a pioneer settlement to an industrial community, this house was among the first architecturally prominent homes constructed in the village. It stands yet today. Do you recognize it?

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Library Focus: Having an awesome August at BPL

August is awesome here at the library. Escape the heat, explore the world and check out new hobbies and challenges without ever leaving the county.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Everything old is new again

Here I go again, Central New York’s biggest cheerleader, but I can’t help myself. In July I was fortunate to take three tours to see the progress, the accomplishments and the future plans of some of our community’s most iconic landmarks. I wish you were with me.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Farmers markets provide locally grown nutrition

Fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, honey, wine and cheese are all out in abundance this time of year throughout the region and will be for the next few months at local farmers’ markets. Farmers’ markets provide an opportunity to buy local and give farmers a chance to provide home-grown produce straight to the consumer. The markets are located throughout the region, and we’re fortunate to have as much fresh and homegrown produce as we do in our area.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Enjoy summer at the center

August is another busy month at Canton Woods. The center offers a full range of opportunities for food, fitness and fun. Spend your summer season enjoying your center.

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From the Superintendent: Moving forward with middle level changes

Dear Baldwinsville families, We are writing to you with some exciting news about our middle school and junior high school academic programs. While parents with children in grades seven, eight and nine have already been notified, we wish to inform all of our families about these new opportunities.

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GUEST COLUMN: It’s a busy summer at the Baldwinsville Public Library

Whether it’s summer crafts for kids or trivia night, there is something for everyone this summer at the Baldwinsville Public Library. We’ve been having fun with summer reading program events , showing movies and planning for our huge end-of-summer event …ComiConVersation2015 (this time with T-shirts!), which will be held Sunday, Aug. 23.

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LETTER: Closed-door meeting gave every appearance of impropriety

To the editor: On July 13, I addressed the Lysander Town Board and inquired about a board meeting I witnessed being held behind closed doors earlier that day. The town attorney later provided me with an advisory opinion from the NYS Committee on Open Government, indicating the board can meet to seek legal advice and the Open Meetings Law does not apply. However, the opinion also stated: “Further, if at some point in a discussion the attorney stops giving legal advice, a public body may begin discussing or deliberating independent of the attorney. When that point is reached… the attorney-client privilege has ended and the body should return to an open meeting.”

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LETTER: Thanks to Outback Steakhouse of Clay for help with AIDS Walk/Run

To the editor: ACR Health wants to publicly thank Outback Steakhouse of Clay for generously hosting the $500 Club Party for people raising $500 or more at the 23rd annual AIDS Walk/Run, held June 7 at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Thanks to local organizations for supporting center

If you live or work in Baldwinsville, you know Baldwinsville is a very generous community. The center always welcomes and appreciates the community’s generosity. I wish to thank the Rotary, who recently hosted a picnic at Canton Woods for well over 100 seniors. The center also thanks youth from the Community Wesleyan Church for volunteering their time to weed the center’s garden areas.