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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Old-fashioned ice cream and an old-fashioned phone

Last Oct. 24, after a long wait, Stewart’s Shops finally came to Onondaga County when the doors swung open at 7667 Morgan Road, just north of Liverpool. Now there are 332 Stewart’s Shops located across Upstate New York and Southern Vermont, with three-quarters of the shops selling gas, as they do at the Morgan Road location.

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DeWitt celebrates 47th annual Canal Day

The town of DeWitt celebrated its 47th annual Canal Day on Aug. 1 with a day full of live music, entertainment, food, games, family-friendly activities and fireworks.

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NOPL news: Cicero Farmers Market to host Field Days

The Cicero Farmers Market, which is held on the grounds of NOPL @ Cicero, will be hosting Field Days on Aug. 18 and Sept. 1 and 8.

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Library Focus: Having an awesome August at BPL

August is awesome here at the library. Escape the heat, explore the world and check out new hobbies and challenges without ever leaving the county.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Everything old is new again

Here I go again, Central New York’s biggest cheerleader, but I can’t help myself. In July I was fortunate to take three tours to see the progress, the accomplishments and the future plans of some of our community’s most iconic landmarks. I wish you were with me.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Enjoy summer at the center

August is another busy month at Canton Woods. The center offers a full range of opportunities for food, fitness and fun. Spend your summer season enjoying your center.

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Jeff the Magic Man builds 35-foot balloon sculpture at DeWitt Canal Day

Local children’s entertainer Jeff the Magic Man recently put his balloon twisting skills to the test by building a 35-foot balloon display at the DeWitt Canal Day celebration.

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Sci-fi Shakespeare movie adaptation films at Hillcrest in Cazenovia

As the movie crew filmed, beautiful Juliet of fair Verona stood in the night on the balcony of the Hillcrest Jephson Estate and spoke to her dear Romeo. His cybernetic arm reached up touch her hand, his blue eye glowed before he raced back to the dark, post-apocalyptic wilderness from which he came. “This is a sci-fi action film with overall adventure that takes the classic tale [of ‘Romero and Juliet’] and spins it around into something fresh and new,” said Matthew A. Peters, director and co-writer of “Romeo 3000” that filmed last weekend in Cazenovia. “The best way to describe it is Shakespeare meets Mad Max.”

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Kimberly’s Ice Cream Factory celebrates 10-year anniversary with special photo exhibition

Originally located in Cazenovia, Kimberly’s Ice Cream Factory will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in Manlius on Aug. 13 by re-creating each of the photographs that hang in the store taken more than 10 years ago.

St. James to host dinner for fundraising cyclists

On Sunday, Aug. 2, a group of more than 80 cyclists and support crew will gather at St. James Church to enjoy dinner prior to a Monday departure on a 500-mile journey through the Finger Lakes en route to Pennsylvania in an effort to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Tourism rises in Madison County and Central New York

Following news of a study showing that travelers spent a record $62.5 billion in New York State last year, it was announced today that this same study shows traveler spending in the Central New York region rising 4.7 percent in 2014 to a total of $2.015 billion. “This is terrific news,” said Kelly Blazosky, president of Oneida County Tourism and Chair of the Central New York Vacation Region, which includes Broome, Chenango, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties.

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Historic marker dedicated at former Belmont Schoolhouse in Cazenovia

A distinctive blue and gold roadside historic marker was dedicated Sunday, July 26, at the former District No. 11, Belmont Schoolhouse on Juddville Road in the town of Cazenovia. The Belmont School served the community from before 1849 until 1941, when District No. 11 consolidated with the Cazenovia Central School System.

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Preserving history: Second annual Taste of Manlius raises funds for Historical Society

The Manlius Historical Society hosted its second annual Taste of Manlius Summer Soireé last week to raise money for facilities upgrades.

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Kimberly’s Ice Cream Factory celebrates 10-year anniversary with special photo exhibition

Originally located in Cazenovia, Kimberly’s Ice Cream Factory will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in Manlius on Aug. 13 by re-creating each of the photographs that hang in the store taken more than 10 years ago.

Ageless Jazz Band to perform in Cazenovia Aug. 6

The Ageless Jazz Band, based in Ithaca, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Cazenovia’s Lakeland Park as part of the weekly summer concert series sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce.

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