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LETTER: Marching Bees bring back memories

To the editor: My mom just sent me a clipping she’d held on to awhile, which was a letter from Dr. David Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools, and Casey Vanderstouw, marching band director, thanking alumni of the B’ville Marching Band for the years of support. That stirred quite a few emotions for me, and on behalf of many alumni, just wanted to share a ‘way back then’ moment.

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GoCaz.com trail markers now up in Cazenovia

GoCaz.com, a website launched a little over a year ago by the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) to provide a compilation of outdoor activities available in the Cazenovia community, recently completed the installation of trail markers in order to further appeal to local outdoor enthusiasts.

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Lakeside a cappella camp kicks off and attracts world-class musical staff

For the second year in a row, the Lakeside A cappella Camp is scheduled to run from July 23 to 25 at Cazenovia College and will offer an organized weekend of immersive singing and performance while the campers learn from world-class faculty.

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Yacht club hosts Sunfish regatta

Willow Bank Yacht Club showcased its largest fleet of Sunfish sailboats on Friday afternoon, July 10, when 30 sail boats were launched and sailed displaying their colors at the south end of Cazenovia Lake.

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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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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?

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Cazenovia Public Library’s annual book sale returns July 25

The Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library have announced that the library’s 41st Annual Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 25, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 26, at the library, both days rain or shine.

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Animal welfare advocates protest DeWitt Circus

Last week, the Cole Bros Circus set up a giant tent in the parking lot of ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt, but not all locals were lining up to buy tickets. On Friday, July 10, more than 20 protestors from several local animal advocate groups showed up to demonstrate against the circus, which uses live animal acts including elephants and tigers.

Explore local farms at the eighth annual Open Farm Day

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Madison County has announced that Open Farm Day will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at 29 farms and three farmers’ markets throughout Madison County. Open Farm Day is a free, family-friendly event that offers the public the opportunity to tour farms, enjoy food tastings, meet animals and learn about local agriculture.

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park to offer dry stone wall building workshop

In collaboration with instructors from the Vermont-based organization The Stone Trust, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park is offering a two-day dry stone wall building workshop July 25 and 26. The workshop is the result of a two-year design and planning process focused on improving the entrance to the Art Park.