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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).

OCHD seeks public input

I need your help. A major focus of mine in the legislature is health care and, as vice-chair of the Health Committee, I invite your input on our health future. The Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) is seeking your feedback on two documents: the 2014-18 Strategic Plan and the 2014-17 Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan. The documents and surveys are available at ongov.net/health/publicfeedback.html

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Town planning board reviews latest Owera building proposal

Owera Vineyards is back before the town planning board seeking to build a new 6,300 square-foot “Promotion and Marketing Facility” to replace its three-season events tent for special winery functions. If approved, the new building would be larger and more functional than the current events tent — and would be built using state-of-the-art soundproofing materials in order to eliminate the noise issues and complaints the winery has been fighting against for more than a year.

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Cazenovia athletes participate in regional Special Olympics

Fifteen student-athletes from all three Cazenovia Central School District schools last week joined nearly 300 student-athletes from 11 schools in Madison and Oneida counties to compete in the annual Madison-Oneida BOCES Special Olympics Autumn Games at Canastota High School.

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YMCA gives sneak peek of future facility

Five hundred people RSVP’d to the Northwest Family YMCA’s preview party on the site of the Y’s future home on River Road Oct. 4. Throngs of people braved chilly, wet weather to crowd into tents packed with neon-clad YMCA volunteers handing out fliers about the new facility, healthy snacks and water bottles. With construction well underway as of May of this year, the Northwest Family YMCA (NWFY) is set to open in spring 2015. At 100,000 square feet, it will be the largest YMCA in the greater Syracuse area. The cost of the project totals $20 million, $6 million of which will come from fundraising. So far, the NFWY has raised $3.2 million.

Friends of Lorenzo to host haunted Cazenovia event

“Spirits of Cazenovia: An Evening of Lore and Libations” will feature ghost stories and house tours, followed by local beverage spirits

From the lake shore to the oldest town dwellings, ghostly figures have supposedly haunted Cazenovia for more than a century. Numerous reports have been made over the years of a mysterious apparition at the Lorenzo State Historic Site, and others driving by Lorenzo late at night have seen lights go on and off in the unoccupied building. Is the local ghost lore true? Come decide for yourself on Saturday, October 18, when the Friends of Lorenzo and Empire Brewery will host “Spirits of Cazenovia: An Evening of Lore and Libations.”

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Trader Joe’s opens on Erie Boulevard to a large crowd

Looking to take your taste buds on a food adventure? Look no further — Trader Joe’s has opened a new location at 3440 Erie Boulevard East in DeWitt.

Community invited to hear about Columbine shooting victim’s inspiring legacy

Hear the heart-warming, true story of Rachel Scott and her dream to make a difference in the lives of others by doing the “little things” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Central High School auditorium. The ESM community is invited to come and learn about Rachel, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

Get scared for a good cause

Fayetteville-Manlius High School senior builds 6,300-square-foot haunted attraction to benefit Make-A-Wish Central New York

Beginning Friday, Oct. 3, Central New York will get to check out the area’s latest haunted attraction — “The Forbidden Realm,” a 6,300-square-foot scare-fest to benefit Make-A-Wish® Central New York. “The Forbidden Realm” is the brainchild of Fayetteville-Manlius High School senior Kevin Blanchfield, who designed and constructed the attraction with some help from family and friends. The 17-year-old dedicated his summer and, once school resumed, his evenings and weekends to making the attraction a reality.

CHS Concert Choir annual choral festival returns Oct. 16

The Cazenovia High School Concert Choir will host its annual Choral Festival concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the High School Auditorium. This year's theme is “American Music,” specifically focusing on patriotic music, in celebration of the 200th birthday of the National Anthem.

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ESM middle schoolers learn mobile restaurant business (and taste bacon jam)

Seventh grade students at ESM Pine Grove East middle school took a “reverse field trip” last week during which they had only to walk outside their school to learn a lesson about owning a mobile restaurant business from The Bacon Bandits — and the kids also got to shock their taste buds with a taste of the bandits’ famous bacon jam.

The Adventures of Frankie: Birthday boy

Frankie’s mouth was still hanging open as Mom took his shoulders to turn him back around. Now his eyes were bulging as well. Dad was standing in front of the counter with Mr. Geddes stretching to look over his shoulder. All of Frankie’s friends had turned to see as well.

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B’ville Community Band has been showcasing local musicians for 35 years

In December 1979, Phill Sterling and a few friends founded the Baldwinsville Community Band so local musicians could jam with each other and perform for the greater Baldwinsville area. Thirty-five years later, the band numbers about 60 members and has a repertoire of more than 550 songs.

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Baker grad heads to Poland to help in orphanage

If you really want to learn about a culture, you should take the time to interact with the people. The idea is that this experience will allow you to better understand their values and beliefs. This past summer Meghan Cuddy. a 2011 C.W. Baker High School graduate, now a senior child psychology major at Canisius College, was given such a chance traveling to Poland through a platform set up by the college’s campus ministry. This opportunity came about after a long and arduous process in which Cuddy was chosen out of over 50 applicants to be part of a team of 12 heading to Poland to work as a volunteer counselor at the Zmiaca Orphanage.