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Oology collection now on display in Cazenovia Public Library lobby

Have you ever seen an ostrich egg? Had a chance to look at hummingbirds preserved forever in flight? Cazenovia Museum Educators Pat Hill and Julia Smith Shotzberger have put together an exhibit of natural wonders from the extensive collection amassed by Robert F. Hubbard, son of museum founder Robert James Hubbard, in the late 19th century. Come see the managerie of birds and eggs — all sizes and colors — accompanied by nests and period artwork, in the Cazenovia Public Library lobby, as well as in the regular museum exhibit.

Lakeland Park beach closed again by health department

Blue-green algae blooms have returned in some places in Cazenovia Lake, and Madison County Health Department officials have recommended that swimming at Lakeland Park Beach should be restricted until the BGA blooms observed have dissipated or otherwise cleared from swim area. Swimming at Willow Bank Yacht Club may continue, and all swimmers / boaters advised to simply rinse off promptly with clean water after leaving the lake, the department stated.

Column: Past present: A tour of the Sterling Renaissance Festival

Nestled in the hills of Sterling in a most unlikely grove, from early July through mid August, the past comes alive at the Sterling Renaissance Festival.

AJ’s Archery to host benefit championship shoot July 25-26

In conjunction with its annual open house and sales event later this month, AJ’S Archery will host the IBO World Championship Warm Up to benefit Syracuse-based “Two Smiles One Hope” The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, at AJ’S Archery, 3938 Nelson Heights Road in Cazenovia.

‘The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,’ by Daniel James Brown

BOOK REVIEW

“The Boys in the Boat” is the story of an eight-man University of Washington crew team that rose to national prominence and competed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The book’s inspirational tale of college underdogs and athletic achievement is a story of personal transformation for its central figure, crewsman Joe Rantz, but also shows a wider view of American life during the Great Depression.

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Three-star general returns home after 37 years to start up family-run distillery

For the first time since 1978, Lieutenant General Michael Basla, a retired senior cyberspace officer at the Pentagon, has returned to Cazenovia to live — and to start up a new local distillery that will produce whiskey, bourbon, gin and vodka and become a new member of the Cazenovia Beverage Trail. Basla, along with his son-in-law Patrick Ruddy and his son Adam Basla (who currently lives in Germany), has just returned from a trip to Germany to purchase his distillery equipment, and plans to break ground on his new endeavor, Madison County Distillery, by the end of August.

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Manlius Historical Society to hold second annual Taste of Manlius July 21

Tickets are now on sale for the second annual “Save Our History: A Taste of Manlius Summer Soiree,” which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21.

EEE Found in town of Sullivan in bird-biting mosquitoes

The Madison County Health Department announced Wednesday, July 15, the county’s first positive Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) mosquito pool this season, collected July 6 at a trap site on Moore Road in the Town of Sullivan. The type of mosquito identified is primarily a bird-biting species.

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Local Amish farm expands product offerings at Fenner Road farm market

Shoppers at the Cazenovia Farmers Market who enjoy buying organically grown products from James and Ada Yoder’s Local Roots Farm stand now can purchase a wider array of offerings from the Yoder’s recently opened farm market on Fenner Road. The Yoder family, which is participating for its second year at the farmers market, last year specialized in salad greens and eggs. This year, with the opening of their new market at their farm provide a variety of specialty items like granola and pancake mixes, among other products.

Cazenovia town office now selling fishing licenses, offering free mosquito repellant

Cazenovia Town Clerk Connie Sunderman would like to remind Cazenovia residents and visitors that the town has resumed selling hunting and fishing licenses on July 1 after an 18-month hiatus. Licenses may be purchased at the town office at 7 Albany St. during regular business hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. A driver’s license is required.

Editorial: Residential chickens cause big problems in a small community

Chicken is a staple in the American diet. Whether it be their meat or their eggs, there are countless ways to cook a chicken and its products. For some people, raising chickens in their yards seems like a cost-effective way to get poultry products, rather than drive to Wegmans or Tops.

Legislature to release $42K for second mosquito spraying in Cicero

County Legislator Tim Burtis announced Monday that he is requesting legislative approval of $42,100 to administer a second aerial spraying of the Cicero Swamp. Typically, the county sprays once a year.

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NOPL news: Enjoy hands-free reading throughout the busy summer

Get your hands on a hands-free read by picking up an audiobook at NOPL. For many people, the summer months are packed with activities: family vacations, get-togethers, holiday celebrations, summer camps and other events. With so much going on, we often leave little downtime for ourselves to enjoy reading. But some people have found a “secret” way to squeeze in that summer read — it’s in the form of an audiobook.

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Library focus: Sign up for summer reading

Summer is speeding by, but there’s still time to sign up for summer reading. Our teen and adult games (sixth grade and up) run until Aug. 23, and new players are still welcome.

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

Huge flags lined Charlotte Street when this photo was taken Aug. 17, 1906. The village was showing its colors and extending the red carpet to hundreds of visitors who would be coming to join in the celebration of what had recently become an annual event. Do you know anything about this photo or the cause for celebration?