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NOPL news: Tech help for your new gadgets

If you’re giving a tech gift this holiday, be sure include the gift of tech help, too. When you stop into any NOPL location you can pick up a coupon to give with your technology gifts that entitles the recipient to a free one-on-one tech session at the library with their new device.

REMEMBERING CLAY: German Christmas traditions in Clay

Since Germans from the Palatinate of Europe were not only the founding fathers of Clay, but also formed the first congregation which became Immanuel Lutheran Church, I did some research on Christmas in Germany and how it influenced the way we celebrate Christmas in America.

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NOPL News: A harmonious chorus

NOPL @ North Syracuse will host a concert presented by the Hospice Harmony Singers at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

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Café at 407 celebrates five years serving community

Local eatery Café at 407 unveiled its new menu and welcomed coffee-drinkers and crafters alike at its fifth anniversary celebration on Dec. 5. Community members gathered for $0.05 coffee and a “handmade market” of several Central New York artisans who shared their locally made wares.

Looking forward to Skä·noñh — Great Law of Peace Center

After going dark for more than three years, the old French Fort’s fixing to rekindle its fires more brightly than ever. The facility, which has been known as Saint Marie Among the Iroquois for the past two decades, will now be known as Skä·noñh — Great Law of Peace Center thanks to a joint effort by the Onondaga Historical Association, Onondaga County, the Onondaga Nation and local colleges.

Salina teams up with county for summer activities

The town of Salina has entered into an intermunicipal agreement with Onondaga County for summer recreation program funding. The town board approved the motion at its Nov. 24 meeting. Previously, Salina received funds from New York state for summer programming, which includes arts and crafts, “Zoo to You” activities through the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

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A 'blessed' tome

Former L'pool resident publishes book

In 2002, Marthe Colvig Hildreth’s sister surprised her with an old family artifact: a letter to their grandmother, then 5 years old, from their great-aunt. That letter sparked the former Liverpool resident to spend the next decade compiling her memories into her first book. “Bright Blessed Days: Slices of Life in America from 1895 to 1967” is a collection of old family photos, letters and Hildreth’s own reflections on life in Liverpool, Buffalo and Sarasota, Florida, where she now resides.

One-on-one help for your new tech toys

If your holiday wish list includes a new tablet, e-reader or mp3 player, then you’re going to want to add a one-on-one tech session NOPL to your list, too. Not only can we help you learn to use your new device, but we can show you how you can borrow e-books, audiobooks and magazines, stream music, television shows and movies, and even download songs — all with your library card.

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Pagan Pride Day celebrates harvest Sept. 20

Central New York Pagan Pride Day returns to Long Branch Park for its 15th year Sept. 20. The festival, hosted by the Church of the Greenwood, celebrates the harvest holiday of Mabon, which coincides with the autumnal equinox.

Summer rains chased eight bands from Johnson Park

This may not have been the wettest summer on record, but it sure seemed to rain every Monday and Wednesday. Those are the evenings on which free concerts are scheduled at Johnson Park. As the program director for Liverpool Is the place, a sub-committee of the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, I book those concerts and present the bands.

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North Area YMCA day camp encourages daily reading

The North Area Family YMCA on Wetzel Road is offering kids the full camp experience: swimming, arts and crafts, field trips… and reading? This year, the Y’s Camp Y-Noah, which serves kids who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade, has launched a new program to encourage literacy. In addition to traditional camp activities, the roughly 150 campers stop what they’re doing twice a day to read for 15 minutes.

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Sharkey’s to host country music festival for Clear Path for Veterans

Too often, veterans returning home from combat zones aren’t getting the support they need. That’s especially true if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an often silent disability triggered by a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. While PTSD can happen to anyone who has experienced trauma, it’s particularly common in veterans; while it occurs in approximately 7 to 8 percent of the general population, 11 to 20 percent of Afghanistan or Iraq vets, 10 percent of Gulf War vets and 30 percent of Vietnam vets suffer from PTSD. In order to support these veterans, a group of volunteers has organized a benefit called the Victory for Vets Country Music Festival to take place Aug. 16 at Sharkey’s in Liverpool. The proceeds from the event will go to Clear Path for Veterans, a nonprofit based in Chittenango that provides support for returning veterans, including peer-to-peer support, classes, service dogs and more.

Rat Packer rolled strikes at Flamingo Bowl

The village welcomed the swingin’ Sixties because George Tortorelli knew how to swing. The former boxer who lived in Liverpool on Tulip Street near the cemetery had become a musician, a bass player who excelled as a bandleader and master of ceremonies. Using the stage name George Orelli, he worked at all of Central New York’s top nightclubs, from Andre’s Tic Toc Club down city to Three Rivers Inn north of here where he accompanied touring stars such as Connie Francis, Louis Armstrong and Jimmy Durante.

The state fair is a Central New York tradition

Some of my fondest summer memories are of time spent at the New York State Fair, and each year, I look forward to making new memories with my family. In fact, my 89-year-old mother-in-law still goes to the fair every day. For her, the tradition is what’s important. While the fair has certainly stayed true to its roots, there is always something new to see, hear or taste. That’s why I’ll be heading down to the Great New York State Fair from Aug. 21 to Sept. 1. I invite you to join me. The iconic fair provides an opportunity for all of us to revisit old memories and make new ones as we celebrate “Summer’s Best in Show” — this year’s theme.

Bringing the Swing Era into the 21st century

The future of the Bear Cat Jass Band may be a bit cloudy right now, but one thing’s clear as day: the hot octet will swing with abandon at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 14, at Johnson Park.

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