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From the state senate: Support Cell Phones for Soldiers

I have kicked off my seventh-annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive to help our soldiers serving overseas stay connected with their loved ones back home, especially during the holidays. You can support this important cause by donating your gently-used mobile phones to any of my designated collection sites throughout Onondaga County and the city of Auburn. 

What to Read: Books and the Reading Life: Holiday Wish List: Books for Christmas

Looking for that perfect gift? Books are always the right size. They’re simple to wrap and never go out of style. They’re also relatively easy on the wallet. My favorite Christmas presents are always books. I make sure my family knows what’s on my wish list. But I also like surprises. Here’s a list of books for a range of readers on your Christmas list. Recommended by Cazenovia Public Library staff, the selection includes fiction, non-fiction, young adult and children’s picture books.

What freedom, independence and Veterans Day mean to me

As conflicts continue today and our armed forces face adversaries on multiple battlefields, I would ask if, in our current conflicts, on this Veteran’s Day we are fighting toward the altogether same insurgent “pyrrhic” victory with modest gains whose cumulative effect does not significantly change the strategic state of the current 12-year Afghanistan “siege”? Most importantly, a “victory” in which the cost (the loss of so many lives) far outweighs the benefit? I want to believe the cost was and is worth it, but history will be the judge.

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A life-changing experience volunteering in Tanzania

This past summer, I traveled to Tanzania for two weeks with Projects Abroad. It was a truly life-changing experience. I was part of a program for students ages 16 to 19. We would be working at the Cradle of Love Baby Home and the Kilimani Primary School.

Preserving our future

There are many exciting new initiatives taking shape this year. This is not an accident, but part of a conscious effort to choose a constructive, sustainable path for our community.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Not just an internet fad

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It’s everywhere. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Even on the 6 p.m. news. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become a sensation, and although it may be funny to see friends freak out after dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, the cause of the challenge is not funny.

People working together help keep our community safe

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On the evening of Monday, July 7, or, probably more accurately, in the very early morning of Tuesday, July 8, someone visited our Sullivan Street backyard and turned over all of our lawn furniture and then helped themselves to our lacrosse goal, which has lived in the back of our yard for about eight years with no incident.

On the campaign trail: Katko named Republican ‘Young Gun’

Congressional candidate John Katko has earned the status of “Young Gun” from the National Republican Congressional Committee after reaching the third and final tier of the group’s recruitment program. Founded in the 2007-08 election cycle by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program provides financial support to candidates in races across the country.

On the Campaign Trail: Katko calls out Maffei; Kessner backpedals on primary

At a press conference on July 2, Republican Congressional candidate John Katko criticized Democratic opponent Dan Maffei, the incumbent representative for the 24th Congressional District, for his grandiose infrastructure plan as well as his vote against a House measure that encourages oil drilling within the U.S.

From the mayor: Preserving our future

There are many exciting new initiatives taking shape this year. This is not an accident, but part of a conscious effort to choose a constructive, sustainable path for our community. In 2011, the village of Cazenovia celebrated its 200th anniversary, an inspiring legacy of history and continuity. Yet community leaders simultaneously face major challenges related to infrastructure, demographics and revenue. Meeting those challenges will require vision, teamwork and shared commitment to forging a path that connects our heritage to our future.

Why I still do this

State finals remind writer of joys inherent in covering sports

So you want to know - after all these years spent jotting illegible things down in notebooks, doing hundreds of interviews, writing thousands of stories, covering untold numbers of contests both mundane and meaningful, and then hammering it out in front of an inanimate computer screen, why keep doing it?

A committee’s thankless task

Group that decides NCAA Tournament field deserves some love, right?

This Sunday night, just after 6 p.m., anyone who cares about college basketball will see the only bracket that matters. Ron Wellman, athletic director at Wake Forest, and the rest of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee will unveil the 68 teams for our annual Dance – who they are, where they are going, when they’ll be playing.

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I’m going bald in March for my mother — want to help?

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I only write columns for the paper when I really have something to say; and while I have no bylines in this week’s paper (because I was on vacation last week) the one thing I wanted to write for this issue was that I am shaving my head (and possibly my beard and mustache) for the March 16 St. Baldrick’s fundraising event in Cazenovia, and I hope as many people as possible will participate or contribute.

Town looking for citizens to serve on municipal boards

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Are you interested in learning about and serving your community? The Cazenovia Town Board is looking for a few good neighbors to fill openings that come up on our Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Assessment Review, and the Cazenovia Advisory Conservation Commission (CACC).

Best against best

Broncos' offense, Seahawks' D makes for compelling Super Bowl

To save you a whole lot of time between now and Sunday night’s football game in New Jersey with a Roman numeral title that decides the championship of the National Football League, here is the lazy, tired narrative that will get repeated millions of times before they kick it off.

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