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Cold feet, warm bellies: 500 run in Chilly Chili

Cazenovia College, Ray Bros. BBQ claim best chili titles

About 500 people ran through the cold streets of Cazenovia and the best chili makers in the Cazenovia area were crowned this past Sunday as part of the 12th annual Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk.

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Don’t worry Manlius, ‘The Cone King’ is just a prank

Some local ice cream lovers had a bit of a scare during the week of Jan. 10 when a sign went up on the fencing surrounding the CVS construction on Fayette Street in the village of Manlius that said, “Coming Soon: The Cone King.”

Well-known local musician offers free Hamilton College online course

Well-known local musician and Hamilton College Jazz Archive Director Monk Rowe will present a free six-week online course titled “Jazz: the music, the stories, the players” beginning Feb. 2. Those interested in enrolling must register online at hamilton.edu/jazzcourse.

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Eagle Hill students connect with local animal shelter

Fayetteville-Manlius School District middle school students recently treated the animals at Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association to homemade snuggly beds and yummy snacks, a project that allowed the students to hone their skills in the classroom while forging a stronger school-community connection.

In the Earth: Anomalies in the Garden

To say the least, our weather this fall and early winter has been unusual. There seems to have been less snow, more sun and unseasonably warmer temperatures.

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Stay curious Cazenovia!

In anticipation of the new permanent museum exhibit that is nearing completion, Cazenovia Public Library Museum educators Pat Hill and Julia Smith Shotzberger have created a new lobby exhibit that will engage people’s minds. The exhibit, “Stay Curious Cazenovia,” features 24 curious objects from the museum’s “attic” that have long been out of public sight.

High school musical tickets to go on sale Feb. 1

Auditions have been held and rehearsals are well underway as the Cazenovia High School Drama Club prepares for their staging of “Footloose,” the musical. Performances will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 3, 4 and 5. Reserve seating will go on sale Monday, Feb. 1.

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The Book Beat: Top Reads of 2015

The year 2015 is behind us, but you might be interested to know what the top reads were — at least locally. According to circulation statistics at the DeWitt Community Library, the following books were the most read titles by local residents. How many did you read?

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New greenhouse, florist coming to Nelson

Spruce Ridge Landscape and Design expands business

The four corners of Nelson has become a hub of business activity, with a new coffee roaster, nanobrewery, cigar shop and restaurant either in place or coming in 2016 — and now, just around the corner on Erieville Road, Spruce Ridge Landscape and Design is opening a new garden center and florist in the former Brookside Greenhouse location.

Open auditions announced for musical ‘Sweet Charity’

Auditions for the musical “Sweet Charity” will be held at the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College, on Lincklaen Street in Cazenovia. Auditions are open to the entire Central New York theater community, all roles are open.

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Cicero moves forward with future highway garage, police station

The town of Cicero is making strides in its efforts to create new homes for the police and highway departments.

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NOPL news Encore! promotes creative aging

The aging of the Baby Boomer population coupled with increased life expectancy has resulted in many maturing adults desiring to make lifestyle changes that will enrich their older years. Maturing adults and retirees are seeking education, new experiences, and greater opportunities to connect with others. This has led to new programs that address the interests of this population called “Creative Aging” programs.

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

The business seen here was “the new kid on the block” when this photo was taken. A branch of The Merchants National Bank & Trust Company of Syracuse, the Baldwinsville facility was housed in a renovated building formerly occupied by another major local business.

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Library Focus: What’s up next for the BPL’s book clubs?

Join the Mystery Book Club at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 for a discussion of “The Virgin of Small Plains,” by Nancy Pickard.

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EDITORIAL: Snowmobilers should beware of early season conditions 

The snow has begun to fly in many parts of New York state, and snowmobile season is finally here.