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Agricultural fair scholarships applications now available

The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs (NYSAAF) and New York State Showpeople’s Association (NYSSA) are currently accepting applications for their annual scholarship program, which will award up to ten $1,000 scholarships in 2015.

President Lincoln featured in 2015 programs at National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum

The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) in Peterboro has suspended its two-year cycle of inductions and commemorations in 2015 in order to address President Abraham Lincoln as The Great Emancipator. During this Sesquicentennial year of Lincoln’s death, the end of the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, NAHOF and its Peterboro heritage partners will provide public programs on Lincoln from March to October 2015.

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Burton Street Elementary students exhibit art

The Earlville Opera House opened KidsART, an art exhibit celebrating elementary school artists, on Saturday, Jan. 31.

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CBA students connect with local organizations at service fair

Christian Brothers Academy students had an opportunity to learn more about organizations in the Syracuse area, as Peer Ministers hosted a Service Fair in the Callahan Gym on Feb. 4.

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Enders Road Elementary holds first-ever career fair

Elementary students in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District recently learned that it’s never too early to start thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.

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J-D students recognized with writing awards

Several students from Jamesville-DeWitt high school received awards in the 2015 Scholastic Writing Competition for the Northeast Region-at-large, which includes schools in Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Delaware.

Will we sit back and watch as our schools are decimated by the GEA?

GUEST COLUMN

On Jan. 30, I was privileged to help supervise 50 Cazenovia High School students who joined more than a dozen other local citizens at forum held by representatives of Governor Cuomo to present his budget and other proposals. The audience was respectful but intense. They asked hard questions, such as, “Why is there a ‘Gap Elimination Adjustment’ when there is no gap in the state budget, but rather a surplus?” to which they got few answers. More than two weeks later, we still haven’t gotten any answers, or even a response, to the questions that were posed both verbally and in writing. The message below is from my follow-up communication to the governor’s staff:

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Despite financial troubles, Manlius Pebble Hill to remain open next year

Raises nearly $82,000 in recent phone-a-thon

Manlius Pebble Hill School in DeWitt has reached a deal with its bank and secured additional finances that will allow it to remain open for the next school year, school officials announced last week.

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F-M senior named semifinalist in national science talent search

Fayetteville-Manlius High School senior Jay Khurana was recently named a semifinalist in the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science and the Public.

Governor Cuomo announces launch of $40 million New York microgrid competition

New and Improved microgrids will bolster community access to safe and reliable energy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the state's $40 million energy competition, NY Prize, which is now accepting proposals for microgrids that meet energy and resiliency needs of local communities. The prize money for the winning designs will be used to build microgrids across New York State to reduce customer costs and promote clean energy.

DCL announces upcoming Terrific Thursday program topics

The Terrific Thursdays programs continues at the DeWitt Community Library in 2015 with all new educational programming for children.

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F-M kicks-off Black History Month with annual assembly

Students at Fayetteville-Manlius high school got to showcase their talents through dancing, singing and poetry reading at an assembly to recognize Black History Month, which occurs throughout the month of February.

“Still Alice” opens at Manlius Art Cinema

“Still Alice” opens at Manlius Art Cinema

The Alzheimer’s Association staff will lead a discussion and Q&A session following the Syracuse-area debut of the critically-acclaimed film Still Alice, which begins a two-week engagement at the Manlius Art Cinema, 135 E. Seneca St., Manlius, on Feb. 13.

Dave’s Diner to host Robert S. Dubik Scholarship funding dinner

Cazenovia eatery Dave’s Diner will host a special evening of northern Italian cooking and silent auctions on Saturday, March 21, in order to support the Robert S. Dubik Scholarship Fund, with the focus of increasing scholarship funding.

Getting to know BOE member Christy Bond

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education recently appointed Christy Pavetto Bond to finish out former BOE member Burrill Wells’ term. Wells resigned in September, and Bond will serve the remainder of the school year.