It’s hard to believe that students are gearing up for the start of another school year full of fun and new challenges. Just like students who will be studying hard, I’m working hard to ensure our children are getting the quality education they deserve and that parents and taxpayers receive the value they expect. A big part of working to improve educational opportunities is listening to your opinions and ideas when it comes to our schools.
As summer draws to a close and students return to the classroom, many turn their focus towards getting back to the books. Between the back to school shopping and first-day jitters, it’s important to remember to make use of one of our area’s biggest educational resources, our libraries.
After studying 90,000 Americans over an 18-year period, Harvard University researchers concluded that as a population, elderly people are remaining more healthy into their later years. While the findings don’t determine what’s at the root of the improved well-being, there’s reason to believe that staying active, eating right and keeping good health-related habits could be the cause.
With an estimated 1.88 million anglers, fishing is one of New York State’s most popular pastimes. This past weekend, I was able to join many of those fishing fans in St. Lawrence County for the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament. This extravaganza, known as the “Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River,” attracted the country’s top anglers and thousands of fishing enthusiasts to Waddington.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have less stress, lower blood pressure, a more positive outlook on life and improved social skills? For many, these things, along with an overall improved quality of life, can be obtained by owning a pet. Time and time again, studies have shown that there are a number of proven health benefits for people who own animals.
With its rigorous selection criteria, for 150 years, the Medal of Honor has been known by all as our Nation’s highest military decoration. What many people don’t know, is that of the fewer than 3,500 recipients, one in four are New Yorkers. With at least 45 Medal of Honor recipients associated with Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, our region is truly the “home of heroes.”
Watermelon, hot dogs, popsicles and cold drinks – these are just a few of the treats most people look forward to during the summer. But, this year, a new favorite is topping my list, maple syrup ice cream. Newsflash: it’s not just for pancakes anymore!
With the recent warm weather and sunny skies, many people in the Central and Northern New York region have been spending the bulk of their summer days and nights outside. While there’s nothing like enjoying the outdoors, it’s important to protect yourself from mosquitoes looking to take a bite out of your summer fun.
As state senator, improving our state aid formula and ensuring our schools receive a fair share of state aid are just two of the ways I am working to improve public education. But, in order to create even better educational opportunities, I need your feedback too.
This week, many people will join friends and family members to fire up the grill, load up the cooler, and find that perfect spot to watch a spectacle in the sky for the Fourth of July holiday. But, the Fourth is so much more than cookouts and fireworks displays.