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Village of Manlius to hold annual tree lighting festival

The Village of Manlius will be bringing in the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 7 at their annual tree lighting ceremony with an evening of holiday.

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Fayetteville rings in the Holiday season with annual tree lighting ceremony

More than 1,000 residents gathered at the Fayetteville firehouse last Friday to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony sponsored by the Village of Fayetteville Recreation committee.

Hornets sweep way back to Nike Nationals

With both state and regional titles locked away, both of the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams now get set to go back to Portland, Oregon, each of them bent on earning a national championship.

J-D boys hoops handles Utica-Notre Dame

To put it lightly, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team is going to spend much of the early portion of its season in a glaring spotlight.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Check out BPL’s holiday programs

Whatever the season we’re here to make your life better, be sure to take advantage of some of our special holiday themed services, classes and entertainments this December. First and foremost, stay off the spammers’ radar by sending your Santa letters the old fashioned way in our special Santa Express box. Drop them off by Dec. 20 and you should get a reply by Christmas. You can also save shopping trips by picking up some calendars chock full of historic B’ville photos for just $10 or buying your stocking stuffers from the Friends of the Library’s nut table full of delicious and reasonably priced snacks and hostess gifts.

Looking forward to Skä·noñh — Great Law of Peace Center

After going dark for more than three years, the old French Fort’s fixing to rekindle its fires more brightly than ever. The facility, which has been known as Saint Marie Among the Iroquois for the past two decades, will now be known as Skä·noñh — Great Law of Peace Center thanks to a joint effort by the Onondaga Historical Association, Onondaga County, the Onondaga Nation and local colleges.

Salina teams up with county for summer activities

The town of Salina has entered into an intermunicipal agreement with Onondaga County for summer recreation program funding. The town board approved the motion at its Nov. 24 meeting. Previously, Salina received funds from New York state for summer programming, which includes arts and crafts, “Zoo to You” activities through the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

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Bowling for soup

B’ville bowling league collects goods for Food Bank

For about three decades, Coop’s Mixed League has bowled under various names at the B’ville Sports Bowl. Now, the league is giving back to the community in honor of its namesake, Bill Cooper. Coop’s Mixed League has begun holding “donation nights” for local charities. Just before Thanksgiving, the league donated 104 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Central New York.

Celebrate the season at the Friends of Lorenzo Mansion Preview Party

The approach of the holiday season also means the arrival of the Friends of Lorenzo Mansion Preview Party. From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, enjoy a sneak peek of the Lorenzo State Historic Site mansion as it is decorated to the theme of “Birds of a Feather.”

Vera House Foundation honors Cazenovia couple at gala

The Vera House Foundation will present its 23rd annual “New Beginnings” Gala on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Oncenter. Special tribute will be paid to Gala Honorary Chairs Lynn and David Horowitch of Cazenovia for their commitment and support of Vera House.

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A 'blessed' tome

Former L'pool resident publishes book

In 2002, Marthe Colvig Hildreth’s sister surprised her with an old family artifact: a letter to their grandmother, then 5 years old, from their great-aunt. That letter sparked the former Liverpool resident to spend the next decade compiling her memories into her first book. “Bright Blessed Days: Slices of Life in America from 1895 to 1967” is a collection of old family photos, letters and Hildreth’s own reflections on life in Liverpool, Buffalo and Sarasota, Florida, where she now resides.

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Cazenovia native, toy inventor to be on QVC with new bedtime toy brand on Nov. 27

Toy inventor Geoff Roesch, a native of Cazenovia, will air his new bedtime toy brand, Starshine Watchdogs, live on QVC at noon this Thursday, Nov. 27.

Hundreds expected for F-M Turkey Trot

Manlius All Sports Booster Club is hosting its fifth Annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 27. The Turkey Trot consists of three non-competitive runs beginning at 10 a.m. with an 800 meter Kid’s Fun Run and at 10:15 a.m. the 4K and 8K runs will start.

One-on-one help for your new tech toys

If your holiday wish list includes a new tablet, e-reader or mp3 player, then you’re going to want to add a one-on-one tech session NOPL to your list, too. Not only can we help you learn to use your new device, but we can show you how you can borrow e-books, audiobooks and magazines, stream music, television shows and movies, and even download songs — all with your library card.

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B’ville Christmas Bureau seeks donations

While many of us are fortunate to be more stuffed than a turkey this holiday season, too many families in the Baldwinsville area don’t have enough for a Thanksgiving feast or Christmas presents for their kids. Each year, the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center fields a committee of 25 people for the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau to make the holidays happier for those less fortunate. The Christmas Bureau is an income-based program that provides food, clothing and toys for families with children from birth to age 18 in the Baldwinsville Central School District.