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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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NPE principal, superintendent take the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

Two Liverpool school administrators braved the chilly weather for a good cause at Nate Perry Elementary School’s annual back-to-school picnic Sept. 11. NPE Principal Dana Ziegler and Liverpool Superintendent Mark Potter accepted the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to support the ALS Association and the NPE food pantry.

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Syracuse East CROP Hunger walk coming Oct. 5

Sunday, October 5, east side community members will join thousands of people across the U.S. in the 2014 CROP Hunger Walk. This year’s event being held at DeWitt Community Church will begin at noon with registration and a Hunger Awareness Lunch. Walkers will head out at 1 p.m. and travel the surrounding neighborhoods up to LeMoyne College, where snacks and water will be distributed. The walk is approximately three miles and an easy terrain. This is a community event and all are welcome.

Brass Inc. brings horn-driven rock to Carnegie Café

Trumpeter Brian Burke blows hot and sings cool. Burke and his band, Brass Inc., will bring its energetic funk-rock  to the Carnegie Café at the Maplewood Inn, 400 Seventh North St., starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12.

Food service changes to take place at F-M High School

Whether it was through their words or actions — like tossing the majority of the food on their lunch trays into the garbage — Fayetteville-Manlius High School students made it known that they were unhappy with the changes that have taken place in their school cafeteria since the federal government implemented the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010. They have been heard, and by mid-September will see big changes in the foods offered in their school.

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Baldwinsville Oktoberfest returns this weekend

Enjoy a combination of German culture and great family entertainment during the 2014 Baldwinsville Oktoberfest, which returns this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 and 13, to Baldwin Canal Square in the heart of the village.

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Sixth annual Teal Ribbon Run to benefit Hope for Heather

For the sixth year, some 800 teal-clad runners and walkers will take to the streets to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. The Teal Ribbon Run/Walk benefits Hope for Heather, a Liverpool-based organization dedicated to helping women with ovarian cancer and raising awareness about the devastating disease. The nonprofit was started by Frieda Weeks to honor the memory of her daughter, Heather. In November of 2008, Heather lost her battle with an aggressive form of colon cancer. But before her passing, she worked for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, making it her mission to eradicate the disease. After her death, her mother started Hope for Heather to carry on that mission.

New Liverpool library director hired

On Sept. 3 after conducting a nationwide search and interviewing three candidates, the Liverpool Public Library Board of Trustees chose the library’s new executive director. He’s Syracuse native Daniel Golden, who recently served as assistant director at the Onondaga Free Library on West Seneca Turnpike, south of downtown Syracuse. “We have extended an offer to an individual for the director’s position,” LPL Board President Tim Dodge wrote in an email last week. Dodge declined to identify the successful candidate, but reliable sources said that Golden will accept the appointment.

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Henneberg Brewing Co. tasting room in New Woodstock approved by town planning board

Grand opening event set for this Saturday

This Saturday, Cazenovia’s first farm brewery and tasting room will open to the public for tastings and tours. Henneberg Brewing Co., owned by John and Maria Henneberg and located on their 97-acre farm in New Woodstock, received its final site plan approval last week from the Cazenovia Town Planning Board after more than one year of work.

Cazenovia Art Trail begins Oct. 4, continues Oct. 11

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association invites area residents to mark their calendars for Oct. 4 and 11 — the dates for its third annual Cazenovia Art Trail. The art trail is a self-guided tour of the home studios and working locations of more than 26 of Cazenovia’s finest artists. It is a unique opportunity to enjoy art while walking and driving through the historic village and scenic countryside at the height of fall color.

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Limestone Creek Hunt Club prepares for Parade of Hounds

Annual tradition will be Sept. 7 and go from downtown Cazenovia to Lorenzo

The baying of hounds, the call of the horn, the clatter of hooves … is this a scene from Downton Abbey? The pageantry and tradition do evoke a bygone era, but this is present day Cazenovia and the sights and sounds are coming from the Limestone Creek Hunt. Our local hunt, now celebrating its 75th anniversary — a diamond jubilee — is devoted to educating people about the traditions of foxhunting, the working of hounds, the appreciation and stewardship of nature and the conservancy of land.

We’re still learning hard lessons from 9/11

Sometimes it takes a while before it all sinks in. Now, on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, maybe we can finally reflect upon the horror and try to learn something from the tragedy. At Nichol’s deli counter a couple weeks ago I bumped into Donna Marsh O’Connor – the former Liverpool Central School District Board of Education member. We chatted about her work, teaching writing and rhetoric at Syracuse University, and about her husband’s book-in-progress.