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Syracuse Challenger League gives all children a chance to ‘play ball’

The Syracuse Challenger Baseball League finished up its season in a big way — with its 14 teams playing their seven final match-ups of the season at the Syracuse Chiefs’ NBT Bank Stadium, being cheered by family, friends and Chiefs mascots Scooch and Pops.

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Library focus: There’s still some summer left ­— spend it at BPL

Summer is halfway gone, folks. It’s time to get serious about that summer reading list, finish those projects and plan that vacation if you’ve been procrastinating. But there’s still plenty of time to hang out, have fun and improve your education and job prospects right here at the library.

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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.

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Drawing for vintage car this week

Project CAFÉ raising funds for new park behind public library

Members of Project CAFÉ have spent the first part of their summer helping with an exciting new initiative for the community, raising funds to build a new park and play area along Chittenango Creek behind the public library. The students have been selling raffle tickets for a vintage 1990 red Mazda Miata convertible as part of the effort.

Column: Vinous Ruminations -- Pairing French wines with everyday foods

Inevitably, when wine is the subject, the country of France must be discussed. France has long led the way when wines of the highest caliber are to be debated and tasted. A myriad of styles and flavors that bring out the very best in a complex cuisine are the hallmark of the very best French wines.

Moving DeWitt initiative to host family-fun canal walk

The Moving DeWitt initiative has announced they will host a 1.6 mile family-fun walk along the canal at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. The walk will start at Ryder Park, 5400 Butternut Dr., East Syracuse, and is open to everyone.

Manlius Art Cinema to present National Theatre of London’s ‘Everyman,’ starring Chiwete Ejiofor

The Manlius Art Cinema is proud to host the Central New York’s screenings of the Royal National Theatre of London. Our next production will be “Everyman,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. “Everyman” will be presented at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Two encore performances will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, and at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8.

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Bella Bello Kids consignment shop opens in DeWitt

Will offer foreign language lessons for children

Bella Bello Kids is a newly opened kid’s consignment shop in DeWitt that aims to help save customers money on name brand clothing and accessories for children by offering new and like-new clothing and shoes for newborns all the way up to tweens.

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Theater review: Solid vocals carry the day in Elton John/Tim Rice musical at CNY Playhouse

Actress Cathy Butler sings like an archangel. In the title role of Aida, a Nubian princess pressed into slavery in ancient Egypt, the Le Moyne College senior lends her sweet voice to such Act 1 numbers as the mellow “The Past is Another Land” and the rousing “The Gods Love Nubia.”

Editorial: DeWitt Community Library relocation is needed to keep the library up-to-date

The idea that a library is a quiet place filled with just books, encyclopedias and a collection of archived magazines and papers is a thing of the past. Technology has grown so much in the past few decades that the needs of modern libraries are evolving. Our local community libraries need to grow to accommodate what the general public wants.

Erie Canal Museum receives $20,000 community foundation grant

The Central New York Community Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Erie Canal Museum for an ideas competition soliciting input on connecting the Erie Canalway Trail from the town of DeWitt to the city of Syracuse. The project is a partnership between the museum and the town of DeWitt.

Manlius Art Cinema to present National Theatre of London’s ‘Everyman,’ starring Chiwete Ejiofor

The Manlius Art Cinema is proud to host the Central New York’s screenings of the Royal National Theatre of London. Our next production will be “Everyman,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Cazenovia Equipment Co. to host John Deere Drive Green Demo Days event July 25

Cazenovia Equipment Co., Inc. is hosting its 2015 Drive Green Demo Days event at their dealership on July 25. This event will give area residents a chance to check out the latest utility tractors, lawn and garden tractors, loaders, implements and other equipment from John Deere, as well as take advantage of special Drive Green savings.

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DeWitt Community Library moves forward with relocation project

For the past decade, DeWitt Community Library (DCL) officials have been looking to get the library out of its limited rented space at ShoppingTown Mall and move into a bigger building so they can offer a wider array of services to the area.

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Baldwinsville History Mystery: Do you know anything about this picture?

Question: The building in the photo taken by Mark Chapman was once a very important part of children’s lives on the south side of the river. How much do you know about it? Where was it located? Do you know the two different names that it went by? Approximately when was this picture taken and why the building looks like it is falling down?