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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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Little green thumbs

NOPL at Cicero LibraryFarm hosts nature camp

An exuberant group of tweens spends each Friday morning trawling through the junior gardeners’ plot at the NOPL at Cicero LibraryFarm as part of a 14-week nature camp. On July 17, they were counting radish seedlings, harvesting fistfuls of peas and beans and looking for their unofficial toad mascot, Bomber.

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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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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Addressing constituent concerns

I wanted to take a moment and provide the district with an update on some of the constituent concerns I have received in the past few weeks. I received several calls about the potholes on Second Street in the village of Liverpool and the overgrowth of the brush on Onondaga Lake Parkway. I am pleased to report both issues will be remedied in the very near future.

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LETTER: Cut the weeds along Onondaga Lake’s eastern shore

To the editor: Help, oh, please help. Please take a field trip to the eastern shore of Onondaga Lake and see what Bill Lansley’s authorized tactics of “letting the weeds grow” has done to this shoreline.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Celebrating 30 years of Parks and Recreation Month

With summer now in full swing, it’s the perfect time to explore the beautiful landscapes and endless outdoor activities available to you right here in Central New York. And with this July marking 30 years of Parks and Recreation Month, there’s no better way to celebrate then by getting outside, enjoying fresh air and making memories with family and friends.

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Marina access?

A proposal to install a card-activated lift gate at Onondaga Lake Park was revisited at the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees’ June 15 meeting.

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FROM THE SUPERVISOR: Summer has arrived in Salina

The warm weather is here, and as I drive around town I notice that many people are out and about doing yard work and keeping their lawns looking neat and tidy. Thank you, Salina residents, for showing pride in your homes and keeping Salina looking beautiful!

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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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NOPL news: One day, three events, three libraries — how will you choose?

If your weekend isn’t already filled with things to do, you’re in luck! NOPL has great events happening at each library this Saturday that you’re not going to want to miss. The annual Friends of the Brewerton Library Book Sale is taking place at NOPL @ Brewerton, NOPL @ Cicero has a LibraryFarm Open House and NOPL @ North Syracuse is hosting the Syracuse Repair Café.

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Cicero Community Festival returns for 23rd year

It simply isn’t summertime without the Cicero Community Festival. Regardless of what the weather is doing, the Greater Cicero Chamber of Commerce and Drivers Village are hosting the annual celebration of local businesses Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, behind Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Route 11. This year’s theme is “Let the Good Times Roll.”

Village of North Syracuse to offer youth summer day camp

Children ages 5 to 14 are invited to participate in the North Syracuse Summer Day Camp Program. This fun-filled program is licensed through Onondaga County and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for seven weeks, from June 29 to Aug. 14.

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NOPL news: Learn about the basics of birding

NOPL will offer the public an opportunity to view a variety of local birds and learn more about birding as a hobby when it hosts the workshop “Intro to Birding” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at NOPL @ Cicero and again at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at NOPL @ Brewerton.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Ya gotta regatta… in Onondaga County

At the April legislative session, I’m proud to report that my colleagues and I authorized funding to bring back the sport of competitive rowing to Onondaga Lake.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Taking pride in our community

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to see it firsthand when I participated in the Earth Day cleanup in and around the Cicero area. It was encouraging to see that our group of about 15 volunteers was comprised of all age groups.

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