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Trader Joe’s opens on Erie Boulevard to a large crowd

Looking to take your taste buds on a food adventure? Look no further — Trader Joe’s has opened a new location at 3440 Erie Boulevard East in DeWitt.

Community invited to hear about Columbine shooting victim’s inspiring legacy

Hear the heart-warming, true story of Rachel Scott and her dream to make a difference in the lives of others by doing the “little things” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Central High School auditorium. The ESM community is invited to come and learn about Rachel, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

Get scared for a good cause

Fayetteville-Manlius High School senior builds 6,300-square-foot haunted attraction to benefit Make-A-Wish Central New York

Beginning Friday, Oct. 3, Central New York will get to check out the area’s latest haunted attraction — “The Forbidden Realm,” a 6,300-square-foot scare-fest to benefit Make-A-Wish® Central New York. “The Forbidden Realm” is the brainchild of Fayetteville-Manlius High School senior Kevin Blanchfield, who designed and constructed the attraction with some help from family and friends. The 17-year-old dedicated his summer and, once school resumed, his evenings and weekends to making the attraction a reality.

CHS Concert Choir annual choral festival returns Oct. 16

The Cazenovia High School Concert Choir will host its annual Choral Festival concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the High School Auditorium. This year's theme is “American Music,” specifically focusing on patriotic music, in celebration of the 200th birthday of the National Anthem.

The Adventures of Frankie: Birthday boy

Frankie’s mouth was still hanging open as Mom took his shoulders to turn him back around. Now his eyes were bulging as well. Dad was standing in front of the counter with Mr. Geddes stretching to look over his shoulder. All of Frankie’s friends had turned to see as well.

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B’ville Community Band has been showcasing local musicians for 35 years

In December 1979, Phill Sterling and a few friends founded the Baldwinsville Community Band so local musicians could jam with each other and perform for the greater Baldwinsville area. Thirty-five years later, the band numbers about 60 members and has a repertoire of more than 550 songs.

Celebrate Archives Month at the Cazenovia Public Library

Join the Cazenovia Public Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, for the first event celebrating American Archives Month. To assist the public in creating and caring for their own personal archives, events will be held weekly throughout the month, starting with “History’s Mysteries 101: Where can I find what I’m looking for?”

Rippleton Schoolhouse ‘Community Day’ coming this weekend

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, the Friends of Lorenzo will once again host Community Day, a day celebrating the beginning of Autumn, a bountiful harvest and the relocation of Rippleton Schoolhouse to Lorenzo. This fun-filled tradition has become a staple in Cazenovia’s fall calendar since 2002.

Buy Madison program announces new First Wednesday events

The “Buy Madison Program” is announcing a new event called “First Wednesday.” Every first Wednesday of the month a different local business will be in the spotlight. Demonstrations, samples, expanded hours, specials and more will be offered.

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Who was Rosamond Gifford?

Her eponymous foundation celebrates 60 years

The Gifford name is familiar to most residents of Onondaga County — the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, the Gifford Lecture Series and many buildings, meeting rooms and classrooms owe their existence to the Rosamond Gifford Foundation. This November, the Gifford Foundation will be celebrating its 60th year, marking more than a half century of charitable support of the wider Syracuse area community. The name lives on, but the person of Rosamond Gifford is less widely known.

Award-winning journalist to speak at next Reisman Lecture

Rolland Smith, an Emmy Award-winning anchorman, commentator, reporter, author and producer, will share his views on topics of national interest in his presentation, “From Politics to Poetry: Telling the News and Sharing the Inside Stories,” at the next Reisman Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at the Catherine Cummings Theater.

Personal ‘Project’ — Director dedicates ‘Laramie Project’ to his late brother

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In early-July, as Justin Polly prepared to direct “The Laramie Project” for CNY Playhouse, he learned that his troubled 26-year-old brother, Christian, had gone missing outside of the city where he lived and worked, Jackson Hole, Wyo. On Sept. 4 — a week before the play opened at Shoppingtown Mall — Christian’s decomposing body was found by construction workers at the base of Snow King Mountain. In his director’s note, Justin Polly likened his brother’s untimely death to that of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old murder victim who is the subject of the play.

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Pagan Pride Day celebrates harvest Sept. 20

Central New York Pagan Pride Day returns to Long Branch Park for its 15th year Sept. 20. The festival, hosted by the Church of the Greenwood, celebrates the harvest holiday of Mabon, which coincides with the autumnal equinox.

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Taste of Cazenovia a community event success

More than 300 people turned out last week to eat, drink, mingle and — most importantly — help raise funds for the Cazenovia Children’s House during the organization’s annual Taste of Cazenovia fundraising event, held this year at the Willow Bank Yacht Club.

Cazenovia Art Trail begins Oct. 4, continues Oct. 11

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association invites area residents to mark their calendars for Oct. 4 and 11 — the dates for its third annual Cazenovia Art Trail. The art trail is a self-guided tour of the home studios and working locations of more than 26 of Cazenovia’s finest artists. It is a unique opportunity to enjoy art while walking and driving through the historic village and scenic countryside at the height of fall color.