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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Coming to the aid of Lt. Columbo: ‘Peter Falk Bill’ will protect visitation rights for families

My office received an email last June 2014 from Catherine Falk, the daughter of the late Peter Falk, who starred in the TV series “Columbo” from 1973 to 2003. During that time Peter Falk received four Emmys for his portrayal of the bumbling, trench-coat wearing but cagey and clever Lt. Columbo of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Enjoy summer at the center with Summer Entertainment Series

Canton Woods looks forward to a summer season filled with summer foods and fun!

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Freezing or steaming, BPL is here

Sometimes we freeze and sometimes we steam, but May reminds us all just why we live in Central New York. The trees are green, the flowers are glorious and if we’re lucky we might make it to June before we have to crank the air conditioners. Enjoy yourselves but don’t forget the library is still here to provide shelter from a sudden shower, free Wi-Fi and the chance to make your life better than it’s ever been.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Volunteer to drive the B’ville Express

B’ville Express is a very rewarding way to get into the act. Volunteer to drive for B’ville Express. B’ville Express drivers transport seniors to medical appointments, the pharmacy and Canton Woods. In 2014, B’ville Express drivers provided 1,340 rides to seniors in greater Baldwinsville. Call 638-4536 and get into the act!

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Come taste the quiet at BPL

It’s May! We’re finally enjoying shirt sleeve weather. The yard, the lake and the ballgame are beckoning, but there are still lots of great reasons to visit us here at the library including book clubs, craft groups, the teen photography exhibit and the deep peace only found mornings between storytime seasons. Come and taste the quiet while you can.

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

Take a good look at this photo. Obviously, it is a group of students concentrating on their studies. Observing their size, it looks like they may be in elementary school. The question is where and why were they attending this school?

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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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