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NOPL at Cicero LibraryFarm hosts nature camp

An exuberant group of tweens spends each Friday morning trawling through the junior gardeners’ plot at the NOPL at Cicero LibraryFarm as part of a 14-week nature camp. On July 17, they were counting radish seedlings, harvesting fistfuls of peas and beans and looking for their unofficial toad mascot, Bomber.

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Historic North Syracuse: Do you know anything about this picture?

Pictured here, a North Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department Buffalo pumper on Church Street answers a call. Do you know anything about this photo? Can you provide an exact date? If you can, email the editor at editor@eaglestarreview.com.

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EDITORIAL: Protect your pets and your family from rabies

As you’re spending more time outside this summer, make sure you keep yourself and your pets safe from rabies. There is no treatment for this virus, which is transmitted by the bite of a rabid mammal, but luckily, rabies is preventable.

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Sign up for summer reading at BPL

Summer is speeding by, but there’s still time to sign up for summer reading.

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LETTER: Marching Bees bring back memories

To the editor: My mom just sent me a clipping she’d held on to awhile, which was a letter from Dr. David Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools, and Casey Vanderstouw, marching band director, thanking alumni of the B’ville Marching Band for the years of support. That stirred quite a few emotions for me, and on behalf of many alumni, just wanted to share a ‘way back then’ moment.

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EDITORIAL: Forcing eighth-graders to take Regents curriculum doesn’t serve students

We certainly don’t doubt the abilities of the students in the Baldwinsville district, and we don’t advocate for the dumbing down of our students. But to force an accelerated curriculum down the throats of the entire student body, especially with so little discussion, practically guarantees that some will be left behind.

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Lakeside a cappella camp kicks off and attracts world-class musical staff

For the second year in a row, the Lakeside A cappella Camp is scheduled to run from July 23 to 25 at Cazenovia College and will offer an organized weekend of immersive singing and performance while the campers learn from world-class faculty.

School district hires new assistant superintendent

The Cazenovia Board of Education last week approved the appointment of Thomas P. Finnerty, director of management and finance for the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES in Malone, N.Y., to be the new assistant superintendent for the Cazenovia Central School District.

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CBA’s Hamlin ’11 donates Ivy League championship ring to the school

Christian Brothers Academy graduate Tyler Hamblin ’11, who received his degree in sociology from Harvard University in May, recently donated his 2011 Ivy League Football Championship ring to the school.

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Oology collection now on display in Cazenovia Public Library lobby

Have you ever seen an ostrich egg? Had a chance to look at hummingbirds preserved forever in flight? Cazenovia Museum Educators Pat Hill and Julia Smith Shotzberger have put together an exhibit of natural wonders from the extensive collection amassed by Robert F. Hubbard, son of museum founder Robert James Hubbard, in the late 19th century. Come see the managerie of birds and eggs — all sizes and colors — accompanied by nests and period artwork, in the Cazenovia Public Library lobby, as well as in the regular museum exhibit.

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Class of 2017 gives $500 check to Caz fire department

Members of the Cazenovia High School Class of 2017 this week presented a check for $500 to the Cazenovia Volunteer Fire Department, part of the funds raised from the class’s June 7 Color Run fundraiser. The Color Run was a 3K/5K run/walk for all ages held at the Sean Googin Memorial Sport Complex on Fenner Road.

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.

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Cicero offers 14-week citizens’ police academy

The Cicero Police Department is offering a 14-week citizens police academy course that takes the average citizen behind the scenes of a police officer’s job. This is your chance to tour the Onondaga County Department of Correction, learn how law enforcement officers negotiate crisis situations and see how forensic science really works.

Bishop Grimes to host annual golf tournament

Bishop Grimes has announced Saturday, July 25, as the date for their annual Cobra Golf Classic Tournament.

AARP to offer defensive driving class in August

The AARP has announced it will offer a defensive driving class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Cazenovia Public Library. AARP Defensive Driving is a classroom refresher course for motorists aged 50 and older who have years of driving experience. It is designed to update driving knowledge and sharpen driving skills.