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NOPL news: History presentation: ‘The Lost Battalion’

NOPL @ Brewerton welcomes back local historian and author Cheryl Pula from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, as she presents “The Lost Battalion,” the second in a series of history presentations being given at NOPL @ Brewerton over the course of the spring and summer.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Meetings give residents the opportunity to voice concerns

As your representative in the state assembly, my top priority has always been to stand up for the issues that matter most to families here in Central New York. That’s why I fought for a state budget that will help strengthen our local economy and invest in our schools — but there’s still more that can be done. Together, we can make our communities stronger. I encourage you to get involved in the legislative process and make your voice heard.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Village Renaissance man remembered

During the first weekend of April more than a dozen vehicles, many with out-of-state license plates, parked as near as possible to the corner of Fourth and Vine where Dr. Bob Pastel lived for decades in a big old brick-and-mortar home surrounded by overgrown bushes and a small forest of trees.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: We must do more for victims of domestic violence

As a husband and father, hearing stories about incidents of domestic violence truly breaks my heart. No one should have to suffer such abuse. As we take steps to prevent these crimes from happening, we should also fight for the rights of those who have been victimized.

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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: Civil War flag on display at county courthouse

From April 12, 1861, to May 9, 1865, more than 600,000 Americans gave their lives during one of the darkest periods in our nation’s history: the Civil War. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

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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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NOPL NEWS: Preparing for exams with NOPL’s Learning Express Library

Whether you are a high school student interested in college or an individual working towards a new career, there’s likely one thing you have in common: at some point you’ll need to take an entrance or certification exam. Start preparing now by accessing the Learning Express Library online through NOPL.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: First Street barber shop to become an antique shop

Dave Detlor’s Lakeview Barber Shop closed a couple of weeks before Christmas last year after Dave was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma.  Now the building at 221 First St. has been sold to Holly Koenig of Jamesville. Koenig plans to transform the place into an antique shop, reported Realist realtor Ed DeLong, who lives in Liverpool. DeLong brokered the cash sale which is scheduled for closing this week.

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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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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.

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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