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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Helping those in need this holiday season

The holiday season is a time for family and friends to come together, celebrate and give thanks. But as we attend parties and prepare to exchange gifts, it’s important to remember those among us who may be less fortunate and could use a helping hand.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: LaMont’s death marks end of an era

When Val LaMont died during the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 16, his passing at age 86 marked the end of an era.

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NOPL news: Channel your inner artist at the library

Taking part in arts and crafts activities is relaxing and rewarding, and there are many opportunities to get hands-on at the Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL):

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LETTER: Dell thanks voters

To the editor: I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the residents of Onondaga County who exercised their right to vote on Election Day and a special thank you to those of you who voted for me for county clerk.

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EDITORIAL: On National Adoption Day, remember the kids without homes

Babe Ruth. Jesse Jackson. Steve Jobs. Faith Hill. Nelson Mandela. These people might not seem like they have much in common, but there is one thing they share: all were adopted.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Former Hicks house for sale

One of the most spectacular 19th century buildings in the village —the columned cobblestone edifice erected by Liverpool businessman Jonathan Hicks in 1854 — is now for sale.

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LETTER: Venesky thanks Cicero voters

To the editor: I want to sincerely thank everyone in the town of Cicero who supported me in my campaign for town supervisor.

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NOPL news: You can borrow what from the library?

Besides the thousands of books, DVDs, video games, magazines, and other typical library items you’d expect to find at the Northern Onondaga Public Libraries (NOPL), there are also lots of “unusual items” you can borrow. It is NOPL’s mission to “connect our members to information, ideas and imagination,” and this goes beyond providing a great selection of things to read.

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EDITORIAL: Local officials should attend Freeman visit

Freeman will speak beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Room 141 of Newhouse III at Syracuse University.

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LETTER: Nicotra thankful for support

To the editor: I would like to thank everyone who came out to vote on Election Day in the Town of Salina.

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LETTER: Szczesniak thanks Third District voters

To the editor: I want to express my appreciation to all the voters I met while campaigning who encouraged me to use my experience to better their lives in Onondaga County. I would have been deeply honored to represent and serve the residents of the Third District. It’s something I would not have taken lightly or for granted. I appreciate the support from all the people who voted for and supported me.

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NOPL News: Join us for International Games Day

NOPL @ North Syracuse will join more than a thousand libraries around the world on Nov. 21 for the eighth annual celebration of gaming in libraries — International Games Day.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Prepare for winter at upcoming training session

As winter draws near, it’s important to prepare ourselves for what the season might bring. Storms in recent years have brought unprecedented amounts of snow, freezing rain, high winds and extreme temperatures. Here in Onondaga County, those conditions can be harmful, causing power outages, endangering walkways and interrupting essential services. That’s why I encourage all to attend the upcoming Citizen Preparedness Training I’m hosting with the American Red Cross.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Bagpipers bring music back to the White Water Pub

The brazen peal of bagpipes rang out on South Willow Street from the White Water Pub last Thursday evening. The melodic buzzing could be heard distinctly throughout the village business district.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Fiscal responsibility is the theme of the 2016 county budget

For the fourth straight year, at the October session, my colleagues and I approved a fiscally prudent budget featuring reduced county property taxes. Over those same four years, we’ve decreased the property tax levy by $9 million dollars, maintained one of New York’s top bond ratings and have continuously invested in physical and economic infrastructure.