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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.

Column: Vinous Ruminations -- Pairing French wines with everyday foods

Inevitably, when wine is the subject, the country of France must be discussed. France has long led the way when wines of the highest caliber are to be debated and tasted. A myriad of styles and flavors that bring out the very best in a complex cuisine are the hallmark of the very best French wines.

Column: Can’t they just leave the Common Application alone?

In early August, the 2015-16 Common Application will come online. Once again we will have to adapt to the program’s changes, many of which do make the program easier to navigate.

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Theater review: Solid vocals carry the day in Elton John/Tim Rice musical at CNY Playhouse

Actress Cathy Butler sings like an archangel. In the title role of Aida, a Nubian princess pressed into slavery in ancient Egypt, the Le Moyne College senior lends her sweet voice to such Act 1 numbers as the mellow “The Past is Another Land” and the rousing “The Gods Love Nubia.”

Editorial: DeWitt Community Library relocation is needed to keep the library up-to-date

The idea that a library is a quiet place filled with just books, encyclopedias and a collection of archived magazines and papers is a thing of the past. Technology has grown so much in the past few decades that the needs of modern libraries are evolving. Our local community libraries need to grow to accommodate what the general public wants.

Column: Not the new, but the old, math

If I am sometimes obsessed by numbers, it is because when it comes to math, I just don't get it. Perhaps this "innumeracy" can be attributed to an early childhood trauma when the little boy next door, and the object of my tender affections, confronted me with "I know something you don't know: one and one is two."

Letters to the editor: June 22 edition

Thanks to Fayetteville officials for dealing with deer population

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Join the effort to revitalize Central New York

The hunt is on for the biggest and brightest ideas to revitalize Central New York’s economy. The deadline for the public to submit ideas that could help our region secure vital economic development funding is fast approaching, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to get involved in the future of our community.

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From the state senate: Legislation to ensure equal access, participation in New York

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about two important bills that would help to empower individuals with certain disabilities. Both of these bills that I sponsored passed the state senate and state assembly during the 2015 legislative session and await the governor’s consideration. I hope you will join me in urging Gov. Cuomo to sign these bills into state law.

Column: Past present: A tour of the Sterling Renaissance Festival

Nestled in the hills of Sterling in a most unlikely grove, from early July through mid August, the past comes alive at the Sterling Renaissance Festival.

Column: Mistake made by the College Board on June 6 SAT

I’d like to clear up the confusion about last month’s SAT exam. The College Board has admitted to an error in the last section of the exam, a section that was on all versions of the test administered on June 6.

Editorial: Residential chickens cause big problems in a small community

Chicken is a staple in the American diet. Whether it be their meat or their eggs, there are countless ways to cook a chicken and its products. For some people, raising chickens in their yards seems like a cost-effective way to get poultry products, rather than drive to Wegmans or Tops.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Donate blood at the ninth annual Lifesavers Blood Drive

I hope you’ll consider joining me in helping to save lives this summer at the ninth annual Lifesavers Blood Drive. The event will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, at Driver’s Village at 5885 E. Circle Drive in Cicero.

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New York State Senate kicks off summer reading program

Summer reading is a great way to keep children academically sharp for the new school year. It can also be a fun and rewarding activity. That is why I am once again sponsoring the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program to encourage summer learning. The New York State Senate, in partnership with the New York State Library, offers this convenient online program, so families may enjoy the rewards of reading together.

Column: Here come the hops — again!

This column seems to be one about ancient knowledge. Two generations ago, everyone around Central New York knew about hops. Before long, I suspect, this will again be true.

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