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NOPL NEWS: Have you met Lynda?

Lynda.com, an online leader for professional development courses and skill-building tutorials, is the newest digital resource to be offered to all NOPL cardholders through the Onondaga County Public Library system.

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LETTER: New budget doesn’t help educators, students

To the editor: It is my belief that Assemblyman Al Stirpe was bit overenthusiastic in his self-congratulations on the new state budget, especially as it refers to education. Stirpe states that legislators “were able to replace the governor’s original proposal with one that ensures teacher evaluations are conducted at the local level and controlled by professional educators, rather than politicians.”

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Equal Pay Day highlights the need for women’s equality

In July of 1848, the first gathering to raise awareness and advocate for women’s rights was held right here in New York, and our state has since remained at the forefront of the women’s rights movement. We’ve come a long way in the fight for women’s equality since that first meeting, but there’s still much more work to be done. More than 165 years later, women still do not earn equal pay for equal work. That’s why I joined our nation’s men and women in observing Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 14.

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REMEMBERING CLAY: Influence of brewing on early America and Clay

The earliest settlers to arrive in Clay en masse were German and Dutch, coming from the upper Hudson River area, where they had lived for about 100 years after leaving the lower Hudson around 1712. These Palatines brought with them a taste for beer. Let’s review the history of how brewing influenced the historic events that brought Clay’s ancestors here. The following information was taken from “Upper Hudson Valley Beers,” by Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod (published by American Palate, 2014).

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: ‘Geeked up’ stoners filling local emergency rooms

This month, Central New York’s hospital emergency rooms have been inundated with people experiencing negative reactions after ingesting so-called synthetic marijuana. Upstate University Hospital’s emergency room saw upwards of 30 such patients last week, and the problem has also been noted right here in the village.

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EDITORIAL: Opting out sends a strong message -- but will Albany hear it?

You’d think, with some 16 percent of students statewide making a conscious choice not to take the exams, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Education Department might start to rethink their policies.

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.

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.

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