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LETTER: Moderates stay silent on extremist remarks

To the editor: Congressman John Lewis was right when he recently said that he saw the “the scars and stains of racism” in Rudy Giuliani’s remarks about the President of the United States.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Ensuring opportunities for all students

A huge part of our children’s education is their social development. That happens in the classroom, on the playground and through participation in interscholastic activities such as team sports.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Heroic bouncer Lawrence Gabriel is an aspiring boxer

Lawrence Gabriel, the hero of McAvan’s shooting incident, has plenty of friends here in Liverpool. They were singin’ his praises down at The Cobblestone the day after he helped remove a man firing a handgun at McAvan’s Pub, 1217 W. Fayette St., in Syracuse, in the early morning hours of Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.

NOPL news: NOPL eliminates overdue fines for children and teens

The board of trustees of the Northern Onondaga Public Library, with branches in Brewerton, Cicero and North Syracuse, is proud to announce a new policy that will eliminate overdue fines on materials for children and teens.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: County government heading in the right direction

While opening the receipt for my county property tax bill this week, my mind flashed over every controversial issue that confronted the legislature in 2014. To say the least, the year was full of highs and lows. However, when I looked at the bottom line of that tax bill, I knew we got the most important thing right.

L'pool Dollars for Scholars campaign takes place March 1

From 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, student volunteers will make phone calls to district residents, family members, and friends to seek donations for Dollars for Scholars, the volunteer community organization that raises money for scholarships for Liverpool High School graduating seniors.

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.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Seeking nominations for 3rd annual Women of Distinction Awards

To honor our history of equality and progress, I’m hosting my third annual Women of Distinction Awards ceremony. It will be held in March in conjunction with Women’s History Month to recognize some of the most accomplished women from our area.

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.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Don’t let the tax season be so taxing

 A guide to tax breaks and local assistance

Tax season is not supposed to be so taxing. Yet, when navigating through the complex system, it’s easy to overlook opportunities that could save you and your family hundreds or even thousands of dollars in federal and state tax credits. This month, I encourage residents in our communities to set aside time and check what tax credits are available for them.

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.

REMEMBERING CLAY: The Rev. Canon Nelson B. Skinner, SSC, SKCM

Twenty years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a friendly, outgoing personable man at the annual Clay tree lighting and children’s Christmas party at Moyers Corners Fire Department. He said his name was Nelson. When I asked later who he was, I was told, “Why, he’s the priest of the Anglican Church on Morgan Road, the old Methodist-Episcopal church founded by Abraham Morgan in 1839. Also, he is chaplain of our Fire Department.” He was so down-to-earth and genuinely interested in everything in the town of Clay.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Neediest children, oldest adults deserve our help

They say you can judge a society’s worth by the way it treats its neediest children and its oldest adults. With its schools, playgrounds and parks and its clean and caring senior-citizen facilities, Liverpool measures up admirably.

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