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The adventures of Frankie: Brain Freeze

Scrawny Ronnie, the New Kid, Pretty Paulette, Rita the Red Head, and Frankie were on a mission, single file, peddling their bicycles into town. Frankie had just caught up for the second time after slipping the chain back on. Rita was doing her best to keep up on Paulette's old bike. The new kid had told them about a new ice cream stand that just opened up. With their mouths watering, nothing was going to stop them!

Celebrate Archives Month at the Cazenovia Public Library

Join the Cazenovia Public Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, for the first event celebrating American Archives Month. To assist the public in creating and caring for their own personal archives, events will be held weekly throughout the month, starting with “History’s Mysteries 101: Where can I find what I’m looking for?”

Rippleton Schoolhouse ‘Community Day’ coming this weekend

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, the Friends of Lorenzo will once again host Community Day, a day celebrating the beginning of Autumn, a bountiful harvest and the relocation of Rippleton Schoolhouse to Lorenzo. This fun-filled tradition has become a staple in Cazenovia’s fall calendar since 2002.

Buy Madison program announces new First Wednesday events

The “Buy Madison Program” is announcing a new event called “First Wednesday.” Every first Wednesday of the month a different local business will be in the spotlight. Demonstrations, samples, expanded hours, specials and more will be offered.

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Who was Rosamond Gifford?

Her eponymous foundation celebrates 60 years

The Gifford name is familiar to most residents of Onondaga County — the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, the Gifford Lecture Series and many buildings, meeting rooms and classrooms owe their existence to the Rosamond Gifford Foundation. This November, the Gifford Foundation will be celebrating its 60th year, marking more than a half century of charitable support of the wider Syracuse area community. The name lives on, but the person of Rosamond Gifford is less widely known.

Award-winning journalist to speak at next Reisman Lecture

Rolland Smith, an Emmy Award-winning anchorman, commentator, reporter, author and producer, will share his views on topics of national interest in his presentation, “From Politics to Poetry: Telling the News and Sharing the Inside Stories,” at the next Reisman Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at the Catherine Cummings Theater.

Personal ‘Project’ — Director dedicates ‘Laramie Project’ to his late brother

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In early-July, as Justin Polly prepared to direct “The Laramie Project” for CNY Playhouse, he learned that his troubled 26-year-old brother, Christian, had gone missing outside of the city where he lived and worked, Jackson Hole, Wyo. On Sept. 4 — a week before the play opened at Shoppingtown Mall — Christian’s decomposing body was found by construction workers at the base of Snow King Mountain. In his director’s note, Justin Polly likened his brother’s untimely death to that of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old murder victim who is the subject of the play.

The Adventures of Frankie: Showdown

Saturday was the only day of the week Mom had time to fix a big breakfast. Frankie’s eyes weren’t even open as the slightest scent of bacon floated in the air nudging him out of his deep sleep. The smell of coffee filled his nose as he took a deep breath and stretched. First thing every morning, Dad started coffee for Mom. He imagined her voice trying to wake him for school: “Stop stretching!” Frankie smiled, recalling her explanation: “You grow when you stretch!” Then he bolted upright, smile washing from his face. Eyes wide open, he shot to his feet. Today was the day and he wasn’t even ready! All week long he pestered his dad about going to the bank. He had to get that money. But now the time had come and he wasn’t even prepared!

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Five new trees planted on the Green

Members of the Cazenovia Tree Commission, assisted by local volunteers and certified arborists, planted five new trees on the Green on Emory Avenue this past weekend as part of the commission’s ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the scenic beauty, health and environment of Cazenovia.

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Public invited to participate in Lakeland Park planning session

If you are one of the hundreds of people who enjoy using Lakeland Park each summer, or if you have gazed at Carpenter’s Barn and envisioned what it could be, and especially if you are looking for a fun and creative way to engage in your community this fall, the village wants to pick your brain. At 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, in the Village Municipal Building boardroom at 90 Albany St., the village will be holding the first in a series of three public meetings designed to lead to the production of a master plan for Lakeland Park.

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Pagan Pride Day celebrates harvest Sept. 20

Central New York Pagan Pride Day returns to Long Branch Park for its 15th year Sept. 20. The festival, hosted by the Church of the Greenwood, celebrates the harvest holiday of Mabon, which coincides with the autumnal equinox.

Cazenovia schools being visited by Enterovirus D68

The latest illness making its way across the country and through the halls of school buildings has arrived in Cazenovia – and a lot of elementary and middle school students have been staying home sick as a result. “We have had a high absenteeism. Our nurses have seen a higher absenteeism than normal,” said Superintendent Matt Reilly. “The symptoms being reported have been consistent with those of the Enterovirus D68."

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Taste of Cazenovia a community event success

More than 300 people turned out last week to eat, drink, mingle and — most importantly — help raise funds for the Cazenovia Children’s House during the organization’s annual Taste of Cazenovia fundraising event, held this year at the Willow Bank Yacht Club.

Five Star Urgent Care adds location in Fayetteville

East Genesee Street walk-in facility now open; ribbon cutting and open house scheduled for Sept.19

Five Star Urgent Care has become the largest provider of urgent care services in Central New York with the company’s expansion to Fayetteville. The Fayetteville facility is Five Star’s third location in Syracuse, marking their sixth overall location across Central and Western New York. The new center is located at 6870 East Genesee St., and will serve patients from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

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Second annual Hallowrun for Hunger to take place Oct. 5

Don’t let the zombies fool you; the organizers of the Hallowrun for Hunger don’t want to eat your brains. But they do want to feed people. The 5K run, now in its second year, aims to raise money for the Food Bank of Central New York. Founder Liz Westfall hopes to raise enough this year to fund 20,000 meals.

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