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NOPL news: Watercolor painting for beginners

NOPL @ Cicero will host an Adult Beginner Watercolor Class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. Whether you have an empty frame you’d like to fill with your own work of art or you’re simply looking to educate yourself more on the medium, this class is your introduction to painting with watercolors. You don’t have to have the skills of John Singer Sargent or Georgia O’Keefe to enjoy painting with watercolors!

REMEMBERING CLAY: Historian: What’s in a name?

Clay’s municipal historian and New York state’s historian have had varied histories. On July 8, John Warren, editor of the New York State History blog, posted the following: “State Historian Bob Weible Stepping Down.” This was a shock to each and every municipal historian in New York state, including here in Clay.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Women’s Equality Day is Aug. 26

In 1852, activists gathered in Syracuse to fight for equality at the third national Women’s Rights Convention. New York has remained at the forefront of the women’s rights movement ever since, but, despite significant gains, many women still lack full equality. On Aug. 26, I hope you’ll join me in observing Women’s Equality Day, which reminds us not only of the strides we have taken in securing full and equal rights for women but also of the importance of continuing the fight.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Seneca Savings moving to Route 57

For the past 66 years, villagers have banked at Seneca Savings at 105 Second St. On Monday, Aug. 31, it will open a new location on Route 57 in the town of Clay.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Ramada to be razed; Hampton Inn to be built

A landmark hotel in the town of Salina for the past half century, Ramada Syracuse at 1305 Buckley Road, is closing for good on Sept. 7.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: World Indoor Lacrosse Championships coming to Syracuse

This September, the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships are coming to Syracuse. This is an incredible opportunity for our community to welcome players and fans from all over the world as the Haudenosaunee Nation hosts the first-ever international sporting event on indigenous lands.

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NOPL news: Beyond the books: Online research through the library

In just a few weeks, kids will be returning to school and receiving their first assignments of the school year. Lots of families turn to the library to find non-fiction and reference resources that they can borrow for their assignments. But do you know about all the electronic resources that are available to you 24 hours a day with your library card?

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Food for Mann

A look back at life in the family business

When I punched into the time clock at McKinley’s Super Market in Mattydale during the summer of 1967, I didn’t realize the impact that day would have on my life.

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NOPL news: Nominate a NOPL librarian for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

Librarians in our nation’s 120,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of people every day. If a librarian from Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) has made a difference in your life, now is the chance to tell your story.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State fair combines new attractions with old favorites

For many of us in Central New York, the summer season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Great New York State Fair. For over a century, the fair has been a statewide tradition and fixture in our community, bringing families from all over the country to Central New York. With programs for everyone from small children to seniors, New Yorkers of any age can enjoy time spent with friends and loved ones while taking part in traditions old and new.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: B.J. robs Nichols Liquors then drifts into the mist

Small world, I guess. The last Wednesday in July, I met a man who said his name was B.J. He was hanging out on the fringe of an audience of 300 at the Skiffle Minstrels’ concert at Johnson Park. Attired in grunge fashions – checked shirt, tattered jeans and scuffed cowboy boots — B.J. bummed a cigarette from a bystander and listened quietly to the Western swing tunes like “Fort Worth Jailhouse” — just a tall, lanky loner with a scruffy beard and tattered ball cap.

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Historic North Syracuse: Do you know anything about this picture?

Pictured here is the Harvey Brother’s store on the northeast corner of Church and Main (note war bond poster in the window). Do you know anything about this photo? Can you identify any of the people or provide an exact date? If you can, email the editor at editor@eaglestarreview.com.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Old-fashioned ice cream and an old-fashioned phone

Last Oct. 24, after a long wait, Stewart’s Shops finally came to Onondaga County when the doors swung open at 7667 Morgan Road, just north of Liverpool. Now there are 332 Stewart’s Shops located across Upstate New York and Southern Vermont, with three-quarters of the shops selling gas, as they do at the Morgan Road location.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Save the Rain saves money, reduces waste

As a member of the legislature’s Environmental Protection Committee, I receive regular updates from the Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection (WEP).

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Help support the CanTeen at the annual Gus Macker tournament

For years, I’ve worked with the Cicero CanTeen, a youth center that provides a safe and constructive place for teens to go after school. But the CanTeen offers more than that, including meals, games, educational field trips and numerous volunteer opportunities, available to all who wish to attend. Programs like the CanTeen help to make our community a better place and provide a brighter future for our kids.

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