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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Danger of EEE returns

As we endure one of the harshest winters in memory and prepare for possibly more snow, it seems strange that I am writing about the mosquito-borne virus, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).  But with March 20, the beginning of spring, just a few weeks away, this important topic is indeed timely.

Not just KBR anymore: Baker revamps PTSA

The Baker High School PTSA would like to inform you of its shift in focus — in an attempt for continuous growth, we are proud to announce we’re no longer just KBR anymore.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Vaccines vital to public health

In the Central New York area, there have been two suspected cases of mumps in local schools this winter. These reports have understandably spurred discussions and concerns and accordingly it is important to know about New York’s vaccination requirements, childhood safety, and ways you can help protect your families from diseases that were once thought to be eradicated.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Come in from the cold at the Baldwinsville Public Library

There’s a lot to do right here in the library including a rescheduled talk on Central New York’s brewing heritage at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, and Morning Coffee with elected officials, a new program scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5. Come on down and see what’s happening.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: County government heading in the right direction

While opening the receipt for my county property tax bill this week, my mind flashed over every controversial issue that confronted the legislature in 2014. To say the least, the year was full of highs and lows. However, when I looked at the bottom line of that tax bill, I knew we got the most important thing right.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New health tax included in budget; ethics debate ethics must be had

We have heard a lot from the governor’s office about the success of New York’s health exchange. The exchange was set up pursuant to the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that all Americans obtain health insurance. The exchanges, which are either set up by individual states or by the federal government (when a state decides not to opt into the program), are, in theory, supposed to provide a market for people to purchase health insurance. New York, pursuant to an executive order of the governor, set up its own exchange. Compared to other states and to the federal government’s system, New York’s exchange has had fewer reported problems.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Coming up at BPL

Well, it looks like we survived Valentine’s weekend, but the library love doesn’t stop there. We’re here to make break week bearable and help you all year round. Visit soon and discover that libraries are about a lot more than books.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Tax credits available to help you save money

Too often, hardworking families miss the opportunity to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in federal and state tax credits. These tax credits are in place to help families make their hard-earned dollars stretch just a little farther.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: With new speaker comes opportunity for meaningful reform

It is a tumultuous time in the New York Assembly. Long-time serving Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver has been arrested for public corruption.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Art on the agenda for ‘Love Your Library’ month

Art, practical and otherwise, is on the agenda this Love Your Library month. Our art gallery will be showing works by Baker High Students and our shelving carts will be decorated to fit the Love Your Library theme. Come on down and enjoy.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Governor’s budget provides starting point for negotiations; overshadowed by Albany controversy

Last week, the governor presented his State of the State address. This annual tradition, much like the president’s State of Union address, is an opportunity for the governor to set forth his priorities for the upcoming state legislative session. The State of the State address is usually in the beginning of January but this year it was appropriately delayed due to the passing of the governor’s father.

Library focus: Find love at your library

We have lots of reasons to love your library this month including a weekend carnival for the kids, a Valentine weekend book giveaway and Valentine’s Day films for all ages and lots of programs to ward off cabin fever during the mid-winter school break week. Come on down any day and discover your own reason.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Upgraded transmission lines needed to improve energy infrastructure

A 2012 report created by the Energy Highway Task Force, a task force led by key representatives from the fields of energy, environmental conservation and economic development, cited the critical need for improving transmission lines across the state. 

LIBRARY FOCUS: Come into BPL and escape the cold

First comes the Big Chill, a near guarantee of unseasonable weather, and then winter break for the students in our audience. In other words, there are lots of reasons to come to the library and stock up, study up or simply escape without investing in long distance travel. In fact we even have the resources to help you plan your trip if you have the resources to take it.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: A new year brings new laws

With each new year, we look forward to changes and improvements in our communities. Many of these will come with new laws that went into effect in our state on Jan. 1, 2015. I’d like to highlight some of the laws that I feel will benefit our local families by growing our economy and keeping our community healthy and safe.