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Symphoria’s first full season an ‘Overture to the Future’

Symphoria outlined its first-ever full season for 2013-14 at a press conference down city at the Mulroy Civic Center on May 15. Fifth District Legislator Kathy Rapp (R-Salina) spoke at the press confab, reflecting on how far Symphoria has come in the single year since the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra sputtered out of business and into bankruptcy.

Raising awareness about autism

It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that autism has risen to one in every 88 births in the United States. In order to raise awareness about the programs and services available to families affected by autism, the New York State Senate has commemorated April 2013 as Autism Awareness Month.

COLUMN: Library Focus - February offers classes, tax help and more

The world is changing rapidly but our mission remains the same: to help you. That’s why we supply tax forms, offer computer classes, sponsor exercise classes, host book groups, provide craft workshops and stock our shelves with thousands of books, CDs and DVDs designed to instruct, empower and entertain you.

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THEATER REVIEW: Jazz Age pizzazz

‘Drowsy Chaperone’ is a mirthful musical about musicals

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is anything but sleepy.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Tax season on the horizon

The tax forms aren’t here yet, but the season will soon be underway. Start collecting your information for this year’s filing and preparing to make future filings easier by taking advantage of some of the library’s free hands-on courses both in person and online.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Tax season on the horizon

The tax forms aren’t here yet, but the season will soon be underway. Start collecting your information for this year’s filing and preparing to make future filings easier by taking advantage of some of the library’s free hands-on courses both in person and online.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Put your resolutions into action

Happy Belated New Year! Apparently my mind went on vacation before I did so there was no column last week.

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Smith: Madison native, Medal of Honor recipient

From the Madison County Historian

The first Medal of Honor recipient discussion focuses on Wilson Smith. According to birth records, Smith was born in Oriskany Falls on Sept. 7, 1841. He was raised in the Town of Madison.

Don’t give up on your power as a parent

Community Columnist

Based on research supported by parenting practices, children who have a warm and supportive relationship with their parents are less likely to use drugs or alcohol.

Floral notes: Fighting the couch potato within

Community Columnist

The line between resting and laziness is one that is hard to discern during this time of year. Long days spent reading, napping and watching television are terribly addictive.

Honestly! The power of words

Community Columnist

I was watching the news the other day, and the word “kerfuffle” came up. I knew I had heard it before, but its meaning escaped me — ruining any chance of knowing what the rest of the report was really about.

Paw prints: Holiday hazards

Community Columnist

This festive time of year may be enjoyable for us, but for our pets it can be quite dangerous.

COLUMN: Library Focus - Library closed Monday and Tuesday

Apparently the Mayans were wrong or at least misinterpreted, because we are still here! Congratulations on another hectic holiday survived but the New Year still looms large with new challenges and opportunities for all. Stop in soon and see what we can offer to help you deal with whatever the New Year brings. In the meantime, we’ll be rounding out the Christmas holidays with a few more fun offerings to ease the holiday hangover.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Killing Them Softly’

Community Columnist

Late in “Killing Them Softly,” Jackie (Brad Pitt) states that “…this country is not a democracy. All men are not created equal; Thomas Jefferson was a fraud. We are not a ‘Community of One.’ This is America, and America is about Business. Now pay me!”

COLUMN: Library Focus - Stock up for the holiday break at your library

Here we are in the final countdown. It’s time to finish the shopping, wrap the presents and stock the fridge.

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