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NOPL NEWS: Hands-on with hypertufa

The LibraryFarm at Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) at Cicero is hosting the event “Make at the LibraryFarm: Hypertufa!” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, a DIY program for adults.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Major meltdown lands Syracuse cop in village court

Talk about a meltdown! Ty Cogan could give the Wicked Witch of the West a run for her money. At about 8:25 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, Liverpool Police Officer Todd Creller, one of Onondaga County’s top traffic cops, stopped Cogan, an off-duty Syracuse policeman who lives in Liverpool. Cogan was drunk, according to Creller — “slobbering” drunk, the resultant police paperwork would say.

NOPL news: Self-paced learning available at NOPL

You’ve heard it said that a library card is “the most valuable card in your wallet.” NOPL has two more reasons to support that statement: the Learning Express Library and Rocket Languages.

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Band with L’pool roots to perform at The ROAD

It’s all about connections for the Ehrhart family. Since 2009, three of the Ehrharts have participated in Beautiful Mess, a contemporary Christian band with four studio albums and one live album under its belt. While Beautiful Mess has crafted video presentations to go with their music, it’s only in the last couple of years that the band has ventured out into live performances.

2014: The year that was

2014: The year that was

What were the biggest stories of the last year? Here are a few of our top picks:

NOPL news: Keeping busy on school break

We’re only a few days into a two-week holiday break for kids in local school districts. Although they’re probably enjoying themselves, keeping busy and looking forward to getting their presents, by next week they might be suffering from cabin fever. If that’s the case, NOPL has just the thing: Jeff the Magic Man is coming!

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.