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RANDOM THOUGHTS: The glorious cruelty of it all

In two nights, in two aftermaths, in vivid images of victory and defeat, the wonder and pull of sports was bared right in front of us, personified by the Wisconsin Badgers.

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FROM THE SUPERVISOR: Spring cleaning in Salina

Winter is finally over — thank goodness! It’s now time to concentrate on spring. This is the time of year I receive many calls regarding warm weather issues. I want to take this opportunity to address these issues and give town of Salina residents a few tips for weathering the transition to the warm months ahead.

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NOPL NEWS: The farmers market returns to Cicero

If you stop at Northern Onondaga’s Cicero Library between 3 and 7 p.m. any Tuesday afternoon from May 26 through Sept. 8, you’ll find something very special: artisans, local food producers and locally based farmers selling their wares on the library’s spacious property.  

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: CNY offers spring fun for the entire family

With winter finally behind us, Central New York offers a variety of family-friendly ways to enjoy the spring and summer seasons with affordable community events and entertainment. Right here in our region, families can enjoy parks, museums, the local zoo, arts and entertainment and of course, the hallmark of the season — local, professional baseball.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: You don’t have to be Jewish to love klezmer music

The classic advertising campaign put it this way: “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s real Jewish rye.” And when it comes to food for the soul, you don’t have to be Jewish to love klezmer music.

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EDITORIAL: Breanna, one bright Northstar

Everyone knew that Breanna Stewart was special when she roamed the local courts and led Cicero-North Syracuse to four consecutive Section III Class AA girls basketball titles and, as a senior, helped the Northstars sweep the state and Federation championships.

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Robotics team snags second

Arctic Warriors place at regionals

More than 45 students and 15 mentors from Liverpool High School recently brought home a second place finish after the team competed in the FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional at the Rochester Institute of Technology March 27 and 28.

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50 years of Cicero Parks and Rec

The town of Cicero’s Parks and Recreation Department recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Local elected officials, denizens of the CanTeen and parks employees past and present gathered at the American Legion April 2 for an emotional evening of proclamations, presentations and heartfelt memories of the town’s recreation programs.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Leanne Costello

Leanne Costello might be just a senior in high school, but she’s already making her mark on the world.

NOPL NEWS: NOPL at Brewerton to Host History Series

Cheryl Pula, a local historian, author and retired librarian, will present a monthly history series at the Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) at Brewerton beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Book dispensers serve as mini libraries

In 2012, I was able to secure funding for two library book dispensers that were put into service in 2014. Now that the dispensers are open for business, they serve as mini loaning libraries for the residents of Onondaga County.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State budget includes largest school aid increase since 2008

I supported this year’s state budget because it provides crucial funding for our schools, while also preserving local control over important issues like teacher evaluations. The 2015-16 state budget provides a total of $23 billion for education, an increase of $1.6 billion over last year’s budget. Almost $1.3 billion of that increase goes directly to individual school districts.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Santangelo’s rolls out award-winning meatballs

Liverpool has long been known for its hot dogs and hamburgers. Heid’s has ruled the frankfurter field, and ground beef patties made the scene at the fondly remembered Tarbe’s Grill and now at Village Burger (which coincidentally does business at a former McDonald’s location). Anyhow, on March 29 we were all reminded that Liverpool’s also a meatball mecca.

LETTER: Cicero Dems seek candidates for supervisor, town board

To the editor: "People for Improved Cicero Government” (aka Cicero Democratic Committee) is searching for candidates to represent Cicero residents as town supervisor and two positions as town councilor.