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EDITORIAL: On National Adoption Day, remember the kids without homes

Babe Ruth. Jesse Jackson. Steve Jobs. Faith Hill. Nelson Mandela. These people might not seem like they have much in common, but there is one thing they share: all were adopted.

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EDITORIAL: Local officials should attend Freeman visit

Freeman will speak beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Room 141 of Newhouse III at Syracuse University.

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EDITORIAL: Help us pick a winner for the Beaver Lake photo contest

For the last two months, we at the Baldwinsville Messenger have been accepting photographs as part of our inaugural Celebrate Fall Photo Contest, held in conjunction with Beaver Lake Nature Center. We’ve received over 100 entries that capture the beauty of Beaver Lake as summer faded into autumn, leaves blazing and geese flying. We’d like to thank the photographers, both amateur and professional, who shared their work with us and wish them luck as we move into the judging phase of our contest.

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EDITORIAL: In local elections, your voice matters

For last year’s midterm elections, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation found that just 36.3 percent of registered voters headed to the polls. That’s the lowest it’s been since World War II.

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Editorial: Keep your kids safe this Halloween

With Halloween right around the corner, now is a good time for parents to discuss safety measures with their children prior to heading out for a night of fun.

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EDITORIAL: Lysander candidates’ forum set for Oct. 29

The Baldwinsville Messenger is hosting a community forum for the candidates for Lysander Town Board and supervisor from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

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EDITORIAL: Put a smoke alarm in every bedroom

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), half of all home fire deaths in this country occur between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when people are most likely to be sleeping. Having a working smoke alarm in the home — especially in the bedroom, where it’s easy to hear — cuts the risk of death in half.

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EDITORIAL: Lysander Town Board’s antics need to stop

Town board meetings are supposed to be about governance, not politics. Unfortunately, it seems that the members of the Lysander Town Board seem to have forgotten that particular rule.

FROM THE PUBLISHER: A new look for a new era

Eagle News redesigns, rebrands

After working throughout the summer on a new look and feel for our newspapers, I’m proud to announce in this week’s edition that the Baldwinsville Messenger and all of Eagle News’ weekly publications are launching redesigned newspapers with a modular advertising grid and expanded space for local content. Eagle is also rebranding itself under the moniker of Eagle News (formerly Eagle Newspapers) to better reflect our product line, which includes six community weekly newspapers, Syracuse Parent, Syracuse Woman Magazine, RealEstateCNY and 10 web sites.

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EDITORIAL: Vote ‘yes’ on NWFD proposition

On Sept. 22, residents in Baldwinsville will head to the polls to decide if the North West Fire District can build a new fire station on Smokey Hollow Road in the village. Voting in favor of the NWFD’s proposition makes sense from a cost standpoint and a safety standpoint.

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EDITORIAL: September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, when ovarian cancer is found before it has spread beyond the ovaries, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92 percent. But because there is no screening method for early detection of ovarian cancer, only one-fifth of all cases are discovered at this stage.

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EDITORIAL: Easing into the back-to-school routine

Getting back into the swing of the school year can be quite an adjustment for parents and children alike. Luckily, we have a few tips on how to ease your family into the back-to-school routine.

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EDITORIAL: Town must do better in bringing water to its residents

The latest effort to bring a water district to Lamson Road has failed. It’s a huge blow to the residents who can’t get decent water and just one in a series of unsuccessful efforts to connect the area to public water.

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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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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.