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NOPL news: Read the book, join the conversation

The CNY Reads One Book selection for this year is Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

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NOPL news: Library adds more digital music options

NOPL is pleased to announce that streaming is now available through their already-popular digital music service, Freegal.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Village Cemetery links past to future

Like it or not, we’ll all spend a lot more time buried in the cemetery than we ever spent above ground. That being the case, it behooves us to keep our village graveyard well maintained and convenient for visitors.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Recycle your electronics this holiday season

The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity for renewal. From connecting with loved ones around the Thanksgiving table to making resolutions for the new year, these celebratory weeks inspire us to be more generous, thoughtful and kind.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Long arm of the law reaches robber in Massachusetts

John W. Putnam was 35 years old when he showed a knife and robbed Nichols Discount Liquors at 301 First St., shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3. By the time he was apprehended more than three months later in Brockton, Mass., Putnam had turned 36. His birthday was Sept. 21. During those few days he lived in Liverpool in late July and early August, Putnam told people that his name was “B.J.”

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EDITORIAL: January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, a tradition started in 2002 by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Prominent supporters include President Barack Obama, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Sen. John McCain, baseball player Cal Ripken and late poet Maya Angelou.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Teenager’s toxicology report points to pot

It was the week before the New York State Fair opened over across the lake, but Conner Vittore, an 18-year-old Mattydale man, was already celebrating. For reasons unknown, Conner came to Liverpool that warm and wet evening, and he was still here after midnight. Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, Conner was walking in the westbound lane of Second Street in the village, near the 400 block. What the heck was he doing in the middle of the road in the middle of the night? The teenager may have never seen what hit him: a westbound 2003 Cadillac Deville driven by 70-year-old Dean Cubic of Liverpool.

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NOPL news: Meet the orchestra at your library

Introduce your child to the orchestra and the instrument families within when musicians from Symphoria visit the Brewerton and North Syracuse branches of the Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL).

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LETTER: Tassone justifies pay raise vote

To the editor: For decades, the Onondaga County Legislature has struggled with how to address elected officials’ salaries. Many times I have opposed raises for elected officials. For the past year, proposals to increase elected officials’ salaries were debated.

REMEMBERING CLAY: Australians visit great-great-grandfather’s homestead, part III

Having the lamb chops delivered to the meat market frozen was a surprise to the Pattersons. Lamb is their largest meat seller, as the sheep are raised locally in Australia and New Zealand. The meat would be butchered and cut at the site of the market. Since most cities, towns, etc., are located near the ocean, fresh fish is in great abundance and readily available all year.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Together, we can strengthen New York state’s export trade

As your representative in Albany, I am always trying to find ways to help locally-owned businesses grow and thrive. When that happens, local jobs are created and everybody benefits.

Livin' in Liverpool: Mickey Mouse Club meets weekly at The Retreat

And you thought cartoon characters were just for kids! Maybe you’ve seen those older fellas on Friday afternoons at The Retreat sitting around a table decorated with a plastic lunchbox in the shape of Walt Disney’s big-eared Mickey Mouse.

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From the Assembly: Award paves the way for a promising future in CNY

Gov. Cuomo recently announced that Central New York is one of three regions to receive $500 million through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. As the largest investment of state aid our region has ever seen, this represents an unprecedented opportunity for our economic future.

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NOPL news: Give new life to old memories at the Preservation Studio

If you have a collection of old family movies, photos and slides, you can now convert your precious memories into digital formats thanks to the NOPL’s new Preservation Studio at the branch in Brewerton.

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COLUMN: Next Cicero Citizens Police Academy should be more hands-on

While I’ve come away from the class with a new respect for the boys and girls in blue, I wish I had learned more practical ways to handle an emergency.