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CACDA announces annual fundraiser

This year, the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) annual fundraiser will celebrate the third year of the Cazenovia Art Trail. The Art Trail opens Saturday, Oct. 4, and on Friday evening, Oct. 3, CACDA will present a gala opening reception for the Art Trail: “Eat. Drink. Art.”

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New fitness center coming to Cazenovia

A new 24-hour fitness center is coming to the town of Cazenovia in the near future, to be located at 2652 Route 20 East, in the former dental office of Dr. Peter Fauth. Lorren Hotaling, of Greene, N.Y., owner of multiple fitness centers around New York state, on Aug. 25 received the approval of the town zoning board of appeals for a special use permit to create the new facility.

Town issues blue-green algae warning for Cazenovia Lake

The town of Cazenovia Tuesday, Sept. 2, announced that water samples collected in near-shore areas of Cazenovia Lake during the week of Aug. 25 showed elevated counts of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). Microscopic examination has confirmed the presence of Microcystis; some species of this cyanobacteria are known to release harmful chemicals.

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CNY Cyclones rip through softball tournament

The CNY Cyclones were champions in the 2014 Auburn Extreme 12U fast-pitch softball tournament over the July 25-27 weekend.

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Bridgeport Food Pantry to hold sixth annual duck race

Every year in early September, Chittenango Creek in Bridgeport gets clogged with brightly colored ducks. It’s not some new kind of invasive species; this particular invasion is temporary. These ducks, made of colored plastic, are part of the Bridgeport Food Pantry’s annual “Don’t Duck Hunger” duck race, which raises money to support the pantry’s mission. The event typically raises about $25,000.

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Humane Society of the U.S. to host New York symposium in Syracuse

Cat rescuers, animal advocates and veterinarians, along with other animal lovers, will gather on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Genesee Grand Hotel in Syracuse to discuss issues surrounding cats as part of the Humane Society of the United States’ symposium, “Rethiniking the Cat.” The free, day-long event, co-sponsored by PetSmart Charities, will provide training in two tracks: “adoptable” cats (i.e., shelter cats and rescues) and “community” cats (the feral cat population).

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A ‘Frozen’ hayride

Chengerians to feature ‘Where’s Olaf’ adventure for 40th anniversary

Chengerians in Fulton is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year by bringing back what customers have missed for 10 years: hayrides. “I asked [my customers], ‘What do you want from me this year?’ They all said, ‘Bring your hayrides back!’’” said owner Bob Chengerian. “So I approached [Terri Eggert] to bring them back ...”

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2014 Syracuse Ride for Missing Children set

There’s still time to register online

More than 125 cyclists are on board for this year’s Syracuse Ride for Missing Children, sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), to be held on Friday, Sept. 26. It begins and ends at the CNY Family Sports Center on Jones Road in the town of Van Buren.

CACDA announces annual fundraiser

This year, the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) annual fundraiser will celebrate the third year of the Cazenovia Art Trail. The Art Trail opens Saturday, Oct. 4, and on Friday evening, Oct. 3, CACDA will present a gala opening reception for the Art Trail: “Eat. Drink. Art.”

Sept. 11 turned a journalism professor into a playwright; ‘The Guys’ opens Aug. 29 at ShoppingTown

Anne Nelson, the director of International Programs for the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, had never written a play.

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Library director ‘takes the cake’ in culinary competitions

Meg Van Patten makes a mean cake. She has proven so time and time again, not just with family and friends, but by winning year after year in culinary competitions at the Great New York State Fair. The Baldwinsville Public Library director boasts more than 50 ribbons ranging from Honorable Mention to First Place.

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Volunteer of the Month: August 2014

Betty Stark, Court Appointed Special Advocates

According to the national Court Appointed Special Advocates website, “every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day! Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Last year there were 75,000 CASA volunteers. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.

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Something fishy in East Syracuse

Fish FINatics specializes in freshwater and saltwater fish care

Many people believe that every kid should have a dog. Chris Fowler, co-owner of Fish FINatics pet store in East Syracuse, believes that every kid should have a fish.

Summer rains chased eight bands from Johnson Park

This may not have been the wettest summer on record, but it sure seemed to rain every Monday and Wednesday. Those are the evenings on which free concerts are scheduled at Johnson Park. As the program director for Liverpool Is the place, a sub-committee of the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, I book those concerts and present the bands.

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Heading back to school: What’s new in your district this year?

It’s once again time for kids across Central New York to start getting ready to head back to school. Both Liverpool and North Syracuse students head back Thursday, Sept. 4. Both districts had some changes in store for students and staff; read on to find out what’s new.