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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Help preserve the Canalway Trail on April 19

Here in Central New York, we’re fortunate to have access to so many beautiful parks and historic sites. From hiking and horseback riding to swimming and fishing, there are many activities for the entire family to enjoy right here in our own backyard. This spring, join me in supporting and preserving our recreational and historic parks by paying a visit with your family and friends.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Seneca Savings vacating the village

For the past 56 years, Seneca Savings has done business under one name or another at 105 Second St., here in the village.

NOPL NEWS: Discover the Discovery Den

Northern Onondaga Public Library announces the opening of the Discovery Den inside its North Syracuse location. Formerly the computer lab, the Discovery Den is the library’s new space for self-guided “mini make” projects – hands-on activities that anyone can participate in – designed to educate, inspire and engage.

NOPL NEWS: Make the most of spring break

For those of us who can’t get away for one reason or another however, there are still plenty of family-friendly activities to keep the kids active and engaged. Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) has filled their calendar with lots of great events for spring break. Here are some of the family-friendly programs happening at our North Syracuse and Cicero branches this week:

Greater Oneida Lake Chamber discusses fishing economics

The Fort Brewerton/Greater Oneida Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting for March 2015 was held at Two Guys from Italy in West Monroe. Rob Goffredo from Bartle Road Bait and Tackle presented on the economic impact fishing has on the area.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Industrial development agencies key to economic growth

I supported a resolution at our March legislative session that is very important to Onondaga County’s future economic development. This resolution recognizes the vital role that local industrial development agencies (IDAs) play in New York State to create jobs and encourage economic growth.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Our children deserve a top-notch education

When our kids get a good education, they can go out into the world ready for success. That’s why I’ve always made it a top priority to get our schools the resources they need to provide a top-notch education.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: The first car to roll through the village: a Hupmobile!

The first automobile ever to roar down the muddy streets of the village was driven by Dr. Charles Schamu, a dentist who lived and worked on Third Street.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Rap video an artistic statement or a terrorist threat?

In February, after this year’s Sammy nominees were announced and he wasn’t on the list, local rapper Jamie "Powder Jay" Cheeseman posted a video on YouTube, a rap song called “Ill Wishes.” In that performance, Powder Jay railed against the Sammys judges and allegedly threatened to burn down the Palace Theater and physically attack Nowak. The “Ill Wishes” video included an image of a pipe bomb.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Assembly’s budget puts students first

I helped craft a state Assembly Families First budget proposal, which would help expand opportunities for all of New York’s students, especially during a time when a college education is becoming increasingly difficult to afford.

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REMEMBERING CLAY: Coping with winter -- Then and now

In Clay, as in many other areas, we couldn’t believe the winter of 2014-15, especially February with no day above freezing and many nights below zero. We made sure we were stocked up on essentials when another snow storm was on its way: running to the store for bread and milk, making sure we had jugs of water in case the pipes froze, candles in case the electricity went out and in the country making sure our heating oil or gas tank was not getting low. But how did people cope with winter the 1800s in Clay?

NOPL news: Read a good movie

If you’ve ever watched a movie trailer for a film that was adapted from a book and thought to yourself, “I’m going to read that before the movie comes out,” then you’re not alone.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: School superintendent wants to hear from you on Monday

We should all give thanks for Dr. Mark Potter. A few years ago, the longtime Liverpool educator replaced Nick Johns as superintendent of the Liverpool Central School District, and he has been a breath of fresh air all the way around. I’ve even heard a few members of the teachers’ union praising Mark’s open-door policy, pleasant personality and transparent management style.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Burtis reflects on hist first month

My first month in the Onondaga County Legislature has been an exciting experience. I feel that serving at the town level certainly prepared me for public service; however, the issues that face the county are much more in-depth, and the decisions that are made impact a much larger constituency.

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.

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