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B’ville vocal teacher rooting for ‘Voice’ contestant

Central New York is waiting for one of its own to hear from Hollywood. Josh Batstone, an 18-year-old aspiring musical theater performer from Fulton, will appear this week on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice.”

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Art in motion

L’pool native participates in Global Game Jam

Creating video games seems like an unexpected pastime for a music education major, but it’s what James Smith has enjoyed doing in his three years at Ithaca College. Last month, Smith, a junior who hails from Liverpool, joined the IC Game Developers Club in the 2015 Global Game Jam, a 48-hour video game creation event that drew 28,837 creative minds from 78 countries.

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Rockin’ in the ‘Relay’ world

Relay for Life kicks off March 5

Though it’s not quite time to lace up your sneaks just yet, Relay for Life of Baldwinsville is holding its 1980s-themed kickoff event “Rock Out Cancer” March 5 at Baker High School.

GUEST COLUMN: Five Star Urgent Care explains fact, fiction around nasal congestion

Find out which treatments are helpful or harmful

Five Star Urgent Care explains the truth behind nasal congestion symptoms that arise during the frigid winter season.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: New trapper in town, minus the fee

When all this snow starts to melt next month, the familiar odor of skunks will befoul our neighborhoods, and woodchucks will begin burrowing under porches and sheds. But take heart -- there’s a new trapper in town.

NOPL news: North Syracuse yearbooks wanted

Volunteers have been working for months at the Genealogy and History Department at the Central Library in downtown Syracuse, scanning thousands of documents and making them publicly available online. As this work continues, it has been expanded to include historical and genealogical items located in other area libraries.

Wegmans tops corporate reputation poll

Rochester-based grocery chain Wegmans Food Markets has taken the top ranking in Harris Poll’s Reputation Quotient survey, the company announced earlier this month.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: L’pool jazzman organizes regional talent search

Opportunity comes knocking for singers, songwriters, composers and instrumentalists to polish their talents with a new, free music program. The Onondaga County Public Library MasterClass offers a workshop and a session for anyone 12 years old and older interested in getting feedback from local music professionals and performing at a finale concert.

NOPL NEWS: The digital library

One of the great benefits of having a high-speed Internet connection and easy access to a computer is being able view what we want whenever we want. Never before has there been such a large variety of “on demand” material. This has spawned an extremely lucrative and competitive industry that profits from heavy advertising and paid consumer subscriptions. But did you know that you can access similar services without any additional out-of-pocket expense? Enter NOPL.

Taste of L’pool coming to Great Northern Mall

Many local municipalities have had their own “Taste of … ” festivals, and Liverpool’s chance will come March 11 at Great Northern Mall.

CNY Reads’ selection commemorates WWI

For 14 years, book clubs all over Central New York have gathered to discuss a single book as part of the CNY Reads One Book initiative. This year, CNY Reads’ selection is British author Elizabeth Speller’s “The First of July,” which follows four young men through World War I.

Williams Beach won't open in 2015

The only town-run beach in the town of Cicero won’t open this summer, according to Parks and Recreation Director Jody Rodgers. In a release sent Friday, Rodgers said the beach at Joseph F. William Memorial Park on Lakeshore Road will not be open for swimming in the summer of 2015.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: The Beatles will always be the best

Paul Davie grew up in the Southern Tier town of Sidney, but now that he’s grown up he lives in Liverpool. A longtime rock and roll musician who plays guitar, bass and harmonica, Davie settled here in 2006 because he’s obsessed with the Beatles, the British pop combo that hailed from Liverpool, England.

NOPL News: Give green to grow greens

NOPL @ Cicero is looking for support to improve the accessibility and irrigation of the LibraryFarm. Adrienne Canino, NOPL @ Cicero’s coordinator for the LibraryFarm, started an online Growing Drive Jan. 19 to help fund and promote the cause throughout our community.

Footprint in nature

Lecture explores environmental legacy

What does it mean to be a “steward of the land,” and how does New York state’s past affect its current environmental situation? Those are some of the questions Dr. Robert Spiegelman will explore in his lecture “Cooling Mother Earth: New York’s Footprint in Nature, Then and Now” Feb. 12 at the Skä·noñh-Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool, formerly known as Sainte Marie among the Iroquois.