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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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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.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Task force seeks to improve kids’ mental health services

I am proud to partner with U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) to strengthen pediatric mental health care services. In making the announcement last week of this federal and state partnership, Rep. Katko and I seek to increase awareness and provide greater access to care by creating a six-month task force to address gaps in pediatric mental health care in Central New York.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State budget increases aid but treats teachers unfairly

In my mind, there are three issues that define this budget: the governor’s so-called education reform, ethics and capital spending. The education section of the budget is discussed below.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Get into the spring of things at BPL

April break is over and if you haven’t done your taxes yet…you had better get busy. Spring is slowly creeping out of hiding in bursts of snowdrops and crocuses but it’s still a long way from gardening season. While you’re waiting for baseball games and rototilling stop in at the library for some intriguing programs, lively art and enough education and entertainment to get you through the mud season.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt ends April 10

Things are blooming here at the library. The daffodils are sprouting and will soon show their sunny faces. Our walls are full of colorful works from B’ville’s youngest artists and we have actual plants you can claim when you enter our Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt. The details of the hunt are available on our home page at bville.lib.ny.us or come on down, ask us in person and claim your seedling.

Canton Woods Senior Center: Learn how to protect your bones

Canton Woods Senior Center offers a wide variety of programs and services from aerobics to tai chi and book club to Wii bowling. Read on for our upcoming events. This week, in addition to our full schedule of activities, we will host two informative presentations.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New laws created to protect victims of domestic and sexual abuse

Domestic violence, harassment, and sexual assault continue to be issues that concern me. Studies reveal that such abuse occurs more than many realize. A few new laws were recently chaptered and aim to improve victims’ rights and protections. I supported all of these in the Assembly and I am glad they have been signed into law.

U.S. Congress bulletin: Calling all CNY high school artists

Each spring, the members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a high school art competition to acknowledge and promote artistic talent. The winning piece of artwork from each congressional district across our country is displayed for one full year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

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