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Nancy harmonizes with Hammond B-3

Thirty years ago, Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Famer Nancy Kelly honed her vocals accompanied by a variety of Hammond organists at Jewel’s, a salt-and-mostly-pepper nightclub on Philadelphia’s Broad Street. When she returned to CNY, she worked more often with pianists. One of them was Dino Losito.

Library focus: Make your way to the Baldwinsville Public Library

Even if you plan to hibernate the entire winter the library can still be a part of your plans. If you have a library card, PIN and access to the Internet you can visit us online for informative databases (magazine and newspaper articles searchable by author, title and subject), online courses (check out learning express and rocket languages to acquire new skills) and ebooks galore (including audio versions).

LIBRARY FOCUS: Winter projects to keep you busy and warm at BPL

Things are getting a bit chilly out there. Time to stock up with entertainment and winter projects here at the library for those long winter nights. While you’re here be sure to check out this month’s spectacular art show by the CNY Artist’s Guild and maybe take in a program or two to keep a check on cabin fever.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Ag receipts steadily increasing; new policies assisting industry

I am always impressed with the quality and variety of our local producers — cheese, vegetables, wines and breads. The good news is our economy is benefitting more from these local products.

LIBRARY FOCUS: We're back, ready or not

Hope you all had a great holiday season and a good start on your New Year’s resolutions. If not, we’re here to lend a hand and get you back on track. Stop in soon and find out what you can accomplish with a little help from your friends @ BPL.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Shining a light on good deeds this season

There are many in our local communities who donate their time and talents to make sure that others do not go without around the holidays. I like reading the news this time of year and finding stories about charities that were helped or how one person can inspire others to give, and even save a life.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Single-payer would limit private options, cost taxpayers

Since the passage of Obamacare, polling consistently has shown people do not view the program favorably. Indeed, as has recently been reported, Dr. Gruber, one of the so-called architects of Obamacare, was recorded as saying that the only reasons the law passed Congress was because of the stupidity of the American voters and that there was a lack of transparency as to how the law was going to be financed. Gruber’s comments notwithstanding, this past election confirmed for many federal legislators who voted for Obamacare that the “stupid” American voter was going to hold them accountable for the passage of this flawed law. This is a sentiment that isn’t just coming from a Republican. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer in a post-election speech also said as much.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Keep the spirit alive with holiday activities at BPL

The tree is lit and the presents are wrapped but the season is far from over, folks. Come on down for help with your own preparations or a chance to enjoy some free entertainment in his expensive season.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Federal lunch changes cost schools

School lunch purchases are on the decline. According to the New York School Nutrition Association, more than 19 million fewer meals were sold across the state during the 2012-13 school year than the year before. In the 2011-12 school year, 94 million meals were sold, but in 2012-13, only 75 million were sold.

LIBRARY FOCUS: BPL offers a break from the madness

The trees are lit, the malls are packed and holiday madness abounds, but you can still find sanctuary and holiday helps at your library. Step back and enjoy an art display made of flowers past and pressed or update the family and your word processing skills with our Wired Wednesday classes. We also have books, magazines and craft databases full of last minute holiday ideas. Stop in soon and see what we can do to make your holiday a happier one.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Is weather detection system necessary? Spend budget surplus on Upstate infrastructure, too

Here in central New York, our municipal budgets are often stretched during time of high snowfall because of snow removal costs. If anything, $18 million would be better used to provide our municipalities assistance with these costs as opposed to using the $18 million on a duplicative weather detection system.

GUEST COLUMN - Baldwinsville: A sleepy little suburb — or maybe, just maybe, so much more

Going through Baldwinsville during the Christmas season is truly like something straight out of the pages of a book. It looks like the small towns depicted in so many Christmas movies.

From the state senate: Support Cell Phones for Soldiers

I have kicked off my seventh-annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive to help our soldiers serving overseas stay connected with their loved ones back home, especially during the holidays. You can support this important cause by donating your gently-used mobile phones to any of my designated collection sites throughout Onondaga County and the city of Auburn. 

LIBRARY FOCUS: Check out BPL’s holiday programs

Whatever the season we’re here to make your life better, be sure to take advantage of some of our special holiday themed services, classes and entertainments this December. First and foremost, stay off the spammers’ radar by sending your Santa letters the old fashioned way in our special Santa Express box. Drop them off by Dec. 20 and you should get a reply by Christmas. You can also save shopping trips by picking up some calendars chock full of historic B’ville photos for just $10 or buying your stocking stuffers from the Friends of the Library’s nut table full of delicious and reasonably priced snacks and hostess gifts.

Volunteers make holiday efforts possible

This time of year, there are a number of foot soldiers out there working to make someone’s holiday special. Whether it’s adopting a family to make sure they have presents under the tree or working at a local community dinner to ensure that people have a warm holiday meal in good company, many volunteer their time to give back to their community.