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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.

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EDITORIAL: Protect your pets and your family from rabies

As you’re spending more time outside this summer, make sure you keep yourself and your pets safe from rabies. There is no treatment for this virus, which is transmitted by the bite of a rabid mammal, but luckily, rabies is preventable.

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EDITORIAL: Forcing eighth-graders to take Regents curriculum doesn’t serve students

We certainly don’t doubt the abilities of the students in the Baldwinsville district, and we don’t advocate for the dumbing down of our students. But to force an accelerated curriculum down the throats of the entire student body, especially with so little discussion, practically guarantees that some will be left behind.

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EDITORIAL: Keep your kids safe online

Now that the kids are home from school, they may be spending more time online. That means it’s up to you as parents to make sure they’re surfing safely. Here are some tips to keep your kids safe online:

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EDITORIAL: Stay safe in the sun

As you enjoy some fun in the sun this Fourth of July, it’s important to protect your body’s largest organ: the skin.

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EDITORIAL: Avoid the ‘drowning machine’

This weekend’s tragedy on the Seneca River reveals one of the most dangerous aspects of boating in Baldwinsville: the lowhead hydraulic dam, or as it is often called, the “drowning machine.” how can incidents like Saturday’s be prevented? There are steps boaters can take to ensure their safety:

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EDITORIAL: Town had no business writing petition for residents

Residents of the area in favor of the Lamson Road Water District had to draft their own petition, but they didn’t know how to do that. So they went to the town board. They did everything by the book. Unfortunately, the town of Lysander didn’t.