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

Thanks to a generous resident, the Star-Review will be printing historic photos of the village of North Syracuse for the next several weeks.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Friends group makes zoo improvements possible

Over the years, the costs to operate our zoo have escalated and therefore have required support from a group called Friends of the Zoo.

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REMEMBERING CLAY: Influence of brewing on early America and Clay, part II

From the first part of this story, Peter Stuyvesant had just been named director general of the Dutch West India Company. His leadership lasted almost two decades. Leadership of the neighboring patroonship continued even though Kiliaen van Rensselaer died in 1643 and was replaced by his son Johan living in Amsterdam, Holland. The relationship between the two entities was convivial. However, tensions grew within the community’s expanding population. Illegal structures were being built outside the walls of the fort. Instead of destroying these buildings, Stuyvesant decided to establish a permanent village called Beverwijck, which became the center of the North American brewing world for well over 200 years. This civil settlement outside the fort and beyond the control of the patroonship was a success. Two more breweries were built and many home-based, unnamed breweries were established.

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NOPL news: NOPL @ North Syracuse to host acoustic music concert

At 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, NOPL @ North Syracuse welcomes John and Cathy Cadley, one of Central New York’s most entertaining and popular acoustic duos.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Honor our heroes in uniform this Memorial Day

Each year, we look forward to Memorial Day as a sign of summer and warmer weather. But as we prepare for barbecues and backyard parties, it’s also important for us to remember the true reason for the holiday: to honor and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives defending our nation’s freedom and to recognize the sacrifices of the brave men and women still abroad.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: ‘Adult’ ice cream a delicious, slightly decadent dessert

Looking for a cool confection with a little kick? You’ll find one at the Kandied Kernel shops on Old Liverpool Road in Liverpool and Route 11 in Cicero. Famous for its multi-colored gourmet popcorn products, the Kandied Kernel started selling homemade ice cream earlier this month.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Local rock’n’roller now a poster boy for hearing aids

We first saw him rocking onstage with the Stompin’ Suede Greasers, but before long he was fronting his own hard-working combo, the Todd Hobin Band. That aggregation, first formed in 1974 in Potsdam, became one of the most popular rock acts working the Thruway Circuit.

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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.

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