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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: New trapper in town, minus the fee

When all this snow starts to melt next month, the familiar odor of skunks will befoul our neighborhoods, and woodchucks will begin burrowing under porches and sheds. But take heart -- there’s a new trapper in town.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Seeking nominations for 3rd annual Women of Distinction Awards

To honor our history of equality and progress, I’m hosting my third annual Women of Distinction Awards ceremony. It will be held in March in conjunction with Women’s History Month to recognize some of the most accomplished women from our area.

NOPL news: North Syracuse yearbooks wanted

Volunteers have been working for months at the Genealogy and History Department at the Central Library in downtown Syracuse, scanning thousands of documents and making them publicly available online. As this work continues, it has been expanded to include historical and genealogical items located in other area libraries.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Don’t let the tax season be so taxing

 A guide to tax breaks and local assistance

Tax season is not supposed to be so taxing. Yet, when navigating through the complex system, it’s easy to overlook opportunities that could save you and your family hundreds or even thousands of dollars in federal and state tax credits. This month, I encourage residents in our communities to set aside time and check what tax credits are available for them.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: L’pool jazzman organizes regional talent search

Opportunity comes knocking for singers, songwriters, composers and instrumentalists to polish their talents with a new, free music program. The Onondaga County Public Library MasterClass offers a workshop and a session for anyone 12 years old and older interested in getting feedback from local music professionals and performing at a finale concert.

NOPL NEWS: The digital library

One of the great benefits of having a high-speed Internet connection and easy access to a computer is being able view what we want whenever we want. Never before has there been such a large variety of “on demand” material. This has spawned an extremely lucrative and competitive industry that profits from heavy advertising and paid consumer subscriptions. But did you know that you can access similar services without any additional out-of-pocket expense? Enter NOPL.

REMEMBERING CLAY: The Rev. Canon Nelson B. Skinner, SSC, SKCM

Twenty years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a friendly, outgoing personable man at the annual Clay tree lighting and children’s Christmas party at Moyers Corners Fire Department. He said his name was Nelson. When I asked later who he was, I was told, “Why, he’s the priest of the Anglican Church on Morgan Road, the old Methodist-Episcopal church founded by Abraham Morgan in 1839. Also, he is chaplain of our Fire Department.” He was so down-to-earth and genuinely interested in everything in the town of Clay.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Neediest children, oldest adults deserve our help

They say you can judge a society’s worth by the way it treats its neediest children and its oldest adults. With its schools, playgrounds and parks and its clean and caring senior-citizen facilities, Liverpool measures up admirably.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Continuing the fight for tougher ethics reform

This week we saw a historic moment as we voted for the assembly’s first African-American speaker, Carl E. Heastie. As he made clear, one of Speaker Heastie’s top priorities is instituting much-needed ethics reform. I’ve been fighting for tougher measures to crack down on elected officials who violate the public’s trust because public officials are elected to serve the people – not betray their confidence.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: The Beatles will always be the best

Paul Davie grew up in the Southern Tier town of Sidney, but now that he’s grown up he lives in Liverpool. A longtime rock and roll musician who plays guitar, bass and harmonica, Davie settled here in 2006 because he’s obsessed with the Beatles, the British pop combo that hailed from Liverpool, England.

NOPL News: Give green to grow greens

NOPL @ Cicero is looking for support to improve the accessibility and irrigation of the LibraryFarm. Adrienne Canino, NOPL @ Cicero’s coordinator for the LibraryFarm, started an online Growing Drive Jan. 19 to help fund and promote the cause throughout our community.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Federal investigators trap Albany’s Silver fox

Former Cicero Assemblyman Michael Bragman sure looks good in retrospect.  Bragman’s nemesis, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was arrested on federal corruption charges Jan. 22.

NOPL news: Forgiveness, fun and frugality

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, NOPL is excited to announce the return of our popular “Food for Fines” program.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Heroin rears its ugly head right here in the village

Are we trying to close the barn door after the horse has bolted? Liverpool Police Officer Jerry Unger thinks so. Heroin abuse, he said, has hit the village with a vengeance.

NOPL news: Are you pondering a puppy?

If you’re thinking about getting a puppy, or if there’s been a recent addition to your family in the form of a fuzzy, four-legged, tail-wagging, energetic little rascal, then you’ll want to plan on attending the event “So Now You’ve Got a Puppy!”