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13th Annual Wheler Family Conference to focus on justice

Cazenovia native Emma Buckhout will deliver keynote address

Cazenovia College will host the 13th Annual Wheler Conference on World Affairs at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College. Emma Buckhout, program assistant with the Latin America Working Group in Washington, D.C., will kick-off the event.

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GCACC announces first annual Fall Festival

The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its first annual Fall Festival is scheduled for Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25. This is a community event for Cazenovia, New Woodstock, Erieville and Nelson. Everyone is invited to participate.

OCRRA and Coyanta give incentive for turning in mercury containing items

OCRRA and Covanta are celebrating environmental milestone with a $10 Home Depot gift card reward for residents who turn in mercury containing items.

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“Bark for Life” takes a bite out of cancer

You may have heard of Relay for Life — the day-long walk to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society — but have you heard of Bark for Life? This Halloween-themed, four-legged counterpart to the popular annual ACS fundraiser takes place Oct. 25 at Johnson Park in Liverpool. It’s a chance for dog lovers to show off their canines’ costumes and raise money for cancer research.

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Ghosts in the Machine – A look at some local haunted attractions

They’re heeee-ere! Yep, it’s October and that means the ghosts, ghouls and goblins are waiting in the shadows for you to walk or ride by so they can lightly brush past you and make you jump 18 feet in the air. Hundreds of monsters await in dozens of local haunted attractions. If you’re stout of heart, here are just a few of the best of the best:

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CarniFFaLl fundraiser brings Halloween to the Fayetteville Free Library

Local children dressed up in their best costumes to celebrate the Halloween spirit at the Fayetteville Free Library’s seventh annual CarniFFaLl fundraiser last Saturday.

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Record breaking event brings more than 3,000 boats together

Last month, more than 3,150 boats, canoes and kayaks joined together on Fourth Lake in Inlet, N.Y. to break the Guinness World Record for the largest raft of boats.

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Born too soon: One in nine babies is born premature

Cooper Smith came into the world screaming. “He screamed like no baby I’d ever heard before,” said mom Nikki Smith of Baldwinsville. It might not sound like much — many babies are born testing out their little lungs — but for Cooper, it was a big deal. After all, Nikki and husband Eric weren’t sure if Cooper would even survive long enough to be born. “The doctor turned to me — he had this really dry sense of humor,” Eric said, “and said, ‘I think he’s going to make it.’”

Nichols now flies with Eagle Newspapers

As summer’s heat lingered through August, Nichols Supermarket installed five dozen six-foot-high swinging-door beverage coolers. The new glass doors not only look spiffy, they allow you to get a good look at the groceries before you open the door and grab ’em. As a bonus for store owner Mike Hennigan, the coolers actually save energy! And here’s some more news about Nichols. Around the same time the swinging doors swung open, the supermarket started printing its weekly flyer at Eagle Newspapers, the same company that publishes the Star-Review.

Madison County Health Department announces flu clinics

The Madison County Health Department released the schedule of flu clinics for October:

High school students work with local organizations to develop Cazenovia video

The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) have announced the release of a Cazenovia promotional video called “Experience Cazenovia” developed by Cazenovia High School class of 2014 students.

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First annual DeWitt town cleanup scheduled for Oct. 18

For 15 years, residents of Jamesville — sponsored by the Jamesville Positive Action Committee (JamPac) and the Jamesville Chamber of Commerce — have conducted volunteer street trash cleanups throughout the hamlet every October; this year, that passion and energy to keep the community clean will extend to the entire town of DeWitt as the DeWitt Advisory Conservation Commission holds its first annual October cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 18.

Annual Pumpkin Run and Spooky Sprint coming Oct. 26

The Cazenovia Central Schools Class of 2019 (eighth grade) will be holding the third annual Pumpkin Run and Spooky Sprint at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, starting on the Green in front of Cazenovia Middle School.

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CPF offers all-ages cemetery ‘Walk Among the Spirits’ just before Halloween

The week before Halloween, the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation will make Cazenovia's history come alive for three nights when it offers the unique experience to visit eight graves and meet and hear the stories of local ghosts, during its first-ever “Walk Among the Spirits” event.

Taste of Baldwinsville is Oct. 18

The 14th annual Taste of Baldwinsville will take place Saturday, Oct. 18. The event features food and beverages from local businesses, as well as music, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. According to event chair Andrea Gagas, this is the largest fundraiser for the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center (BVC).