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Silverwood Clarinet Choir to offer free concert in Oneida

The Silverwood Clarinet Choir has announced that it will hold a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Oneida Community Mansion House, 170 Kenwood Avenue, Oneida, and all are invited to attend. The concert, “Musical moods for a cold winter day and Valentine’s Day,” will feature original pieces, classical compositions and lighter pieces.

Free DEC ice fishing clinic coming to Caz

A series of free ice fishing clinics are scheduled across New York State to educate people about the sport and how to safely enjoy time on the ice, including one on Cazenovia Lake on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Weekend of fun coming to the Cazenovia Public Library

Kids of all ages are invited to the Cazenovia Public Library for fun-filled activities during the first weekend in February — Art for Kids, Winter Festival events and Lego My Library.

Dwight Williams art exhibit opens at Reisman Hall

Exhibit a collaboration between the Cazenovia Public Library and Cazenovia College

The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall will host the upcoming exhibition “Dwight Williams (1856-1932) Artist, teacher, scholar, Cazenovia's son.” The exhibit will open Thursday, Jan. 28, with a reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. It will continue through Feb. 25.

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ESM Spartan Stage to perform ‘Guys & Dolls’ Feb. 4-6

East Syracuse Minoa Spartan Stage will present the classic “Guys and Dolls” on February 4, 5 and 6. Performances are at 7 p.m. each night at ESM Central High School with an additional matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Movie column: Coming soon to a theater near you

There are times when I enjoy the previews of movies more than I enjoy the movies themselves. But when it came to action, 2015 was a banner year on the big screen. Looking at the previews, 2016 is shaping up to be another bombastic annum. Here are a few of the titles I’m looking forward to in the coming months.

Wagon rides and ScrabbleFest return to Winterfest

Rotary-sponsored horse drawn wagon rides and ScrabbleFest return to Winterfest for 2016. Both events will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6.

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The Book Beat: Looking for some good nonfiction

Every so often, it’s worth taking a departure from reading fiction to explore books that inform, educate, and even entertain. Nonfiction gives every reader the opportunity to continue life-long learning and delve into topics they enjoy or broaden their scope of knowledge.

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‘The Cuddlefish' win 2016 JCC Battle of the Bands

Eight bands rocked the 14th annual JCC high school Battle of the Bands for four hours on Saturday night, January 16 at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse. The many young, talented musicians in this year’s concert played a rainbow of sounds and musical styles before a crowd of 350 in the JCC Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center’s Schayes Family Gymnasium. And they did not disappoint.

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Town-wide drainage district consolidation considered in DeWitt

The DeWitt town supervisor recently proposed a new plan to prevent flooding in the community by levying about $150,000 per year through the consolidation of town water districts.

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Beat cabin fever at January JazzFest

Annual event supports CNY Jazz

Blanketed by a series of blizzards, Central New Yorkers are already searching for a cure for their seasonal bout of cabin fever. One remedy for being cooped up is the annual January JazzFest, which will be held Sunday, Jan. 31, at Mohegan Manor.

Theater review: Sinister ‘Sweeney Todd’ is gruesome yet mesmerizing

With music by heralded composer Stephen Sondheim and book by the late mystery-writer Hugh Wheeler, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” uses mesmerizing music to tell a monstrous story of revenge-killings and cannibalism. It’s a gruesome musical — a grusical.

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NOPL NEWS: Book sale and tech toys at NOPL

Saturday, Feb. 6, sees the return of the ever-popular “Sweets for Your Sweetie” Book and Bake Sale at NOPL @ Cicero.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Sheriff supports a sane approach to addiction

For decades, police considered people who used illegal drugs as people who needed to be arrested and jailed. Now, finally — thanks to forward-thinking law-enforcement leaders such as our own Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway — police are starting to see addiction as an illness rather than a crime.

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Baldwinsville History Mystery: Do you know anything about this picture?

We think we’ve been having a lot of snow in the last couple of weeks. If you’re an old-timer you will remember the blizzard that we will remember at the end of the month. What was the year? Do you have any memories from it? What’s the location of the photo?