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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: ‘Refined’ tattoos offered at village’s Artisan Chair

Turns out the Artisan Chair is a tattoo studio, but one that promises “refined ink and distinguished art.” No, this isn’t your granddaddy’s tattoo parlor. You won’t generally see clipper ship images, tigers, anchors and daggers at the Artisan Chair. You’re more likely to choose an abstract colorscape or a tree of life complete or a lovely portrait of your favorite movie star, athlete or pop artist.

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NOPL news: Be the first to know about new arrivals at NOPL

NOPL now offers weekly “Wowbrary” email alerts that showcase the library’s newest items each week. The alerts feature the latest bestsellers, movies, music CDs, audio books, children’s titles, cookbooks, mysteries, travel guides, health books, science fiction and more purchased by the library.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Every kid can be a hero during this year’s Summer Reading Challenge

Summer vacation is almost here, and that means it’s the perfect time for our kids to run, jump and play outside. But did you know they can also save the world, defeat the bad guy or make the winning shot — all without leaving home? This season, inspire your child to have fun and become a reading hero by participating in the assembly’s Summer Reading Challenge.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Work to begin on local roads this week

In 2007, due to the economic conditions, Onondaga County instituted “Pavement Preservation Techniques” to increase the longevity of our highways. Funding was tight for several years and this method proved to be effective — in essence, keeping the good roads in good condition. This year, I am proud to report, Onondaga County has received additional aid from the state and federal government, which has put us in a position to increase the number of miles that will receive surface treatment and improvements.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Community Chorus to showcase student singers

When it performs its annual concert this coming weekend at Liverpool High School Auditorium, the Liverpool Community Chorus will welcome a handful of youthful vocalists to the stage.

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NOPL news: Learn about the basics of birding

NOPL will offer the public an opportunity to view a variety of local birds and learn more about birding as a hobby when it hosts the workshop “Intro to Birding” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at NOPL @ Cicero and again at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at NOPL @ Brewerton.

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ASSEMBLY: Education reforms put the focus back on learning

When it comes to education, we must make every effort to provide our children with a solid foundation that will prepare them for future success. This includes providing vital funding for our schools and making certain the education policies we enact will give our students the support and opportunities they deserve.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: If you’re being overcharged for utilities, contact NYSDPS

The New York State Department of Public Service’s (NYSDPS) primary mission is to ensure affordable, safe, secure and reliable access to electric, gas, steam, telecommunications and water services for New York state’s residential and business consumers while protecting the natural environment.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Heid’s food trailer due at Jazz Fest; new tram due at OLP

Heid’s of Liverpool, our world-famous hot dog stand, now operates a handy-dandy new mobile food trailer that peddles franks and snappys at area festivals.

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NOPL news: Calling all amateur photographers!

Summer is almost here, and at NOPL, that means the popular annual photo contest is back at our Cicero location. This year, as part of our ongoing NOPL20 Celebration commemorating our 20th anniversary, the contest has a new spin. Photo submissions must adhere to one of two themes, paying homage to our local communities and how they have changed over the years.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Legislature accepts funds to improve infrastructure

I believe that one way that we can move our county forward is by improving our infrastructure. At our May legislative session we authorized funding to improve our highways and bridges, we accepted grant funding to continue the development of the Skä·noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, and we refinanced some outstanding bonds at a lower interest rate.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Buy local this season to support our community

Here in Onondaga County, agriculture is a vital part of our community and a cornerstone of our economy. I’ve been working hard to support our state’s dedicated farmers and ensure they have the resources they need to thrive, but there’s more that can be done. By shopping at our local farmers markets this season, you can do your part to strengthen our economy and bring home fresh, healthy products for you and your family.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Local Dems line up to replace Assemblyman Sam Roberts

It looks like it’ll be a dogfight for the Democratic Party nomination to replace Assemblyman Sam Roberts. Or maybe a catfight.

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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.