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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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GUEST COLUMN: It’s a busy summer at the Baldwinsville Public Library

Whether it’s summer crafts for kids or trivia night, there is something for everyone this summer at the Baldwinsville Public Library. We’ve been having fun with summer reading program events , showing movies and planning for our huge end-of-summer event …ComiConVersation2015 (this time with T-shirts!), which will be held Sunday, Aug. 23.

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Library focus: There’s still some summer left ­— spend it at BPL

Summer is halfway gone, folks. It’s time to get serious about that summer reading list, finish those projects and plan that vacation if you’ve been procrastinating. But there’s still plenty of time to hang out, have fun and improve your education and job prospects right here at the library.

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Drawing for vintage car this week

Project CAFÉ raising funds for new park behind public library

Members of Project CAFÉ have spent the first part of their summer helping with an exciting new initiative for the community, raising funds to build a new park and play area along Chittenango Creek behind the public library. The students have been selling raffle tickets for a vintage 1990 red Mazda Miata convertible as part of the effort.

Manlius Art Cinema to present National Theatre of London’s ‘Everyman,’ starring Chiwete Ejiofor

The Manlius Art Cinema is proud to host the Central New York’s screenings of the Royal National Theatre of London. Our next production will be “Everyman,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. “Everyman” will be presented at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Two encore performances will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, and at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8.

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Theater review: Solid vocals carry the day in Elton John/Tim Rice musical at CNY Playhouse

Actress Cathy Butler sings like an archangel. In the title role of Aida, a Nubian princess pressed into slavery in ancient Egypt, the Le Moyne College senior lends her sweet voice to such Act 1 numbers as the mellow “The Past is Another Land” and the rousing “The Gods Love Nubia.”

Manlius Art Cinema to present National Theatre of London’s ‘Everyman,’ starring Chiwete Ejiofor

The Manlius Art Cinema is proud to host the Central New York’s screenings of the Royal National Theatre of London. Our next production will be “Everyman,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Cazenovia Equipment Co. to host John Deere Drive Green Demo Days event July 25

Cazenovia Equipment Co., Inc. is hosting its 2015 Drive Green Demo Days event at their dealership on July 25. This event will give area residents a chance to check out the latest utility tractors, lawn and garden tractors, loaders, implements and other equipment from John Deere, as well as take advantage of special Drive Green savings.

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

Question: The building in the photo taken by Mark Chapman was once a very important part of children’s lives on the south side of the river. How much do you know about it? Where was it located? Do you know the two different names that it went by? Approximately when was this picture taken and why the building looks like it is falling down?

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Little green thumbs

NOPL at Cicero LibraryFarm hosts nature camp

An exuberant group of tweens spends each Friday morning trawling through the junior gardeners’ plot at the NOPL at Cicero LibraryFarm as part of a 14-week nature camp. On July 17, they were counting radish seedlings, harvesting fistfuls of peas and beans and looking for their unofficial toad mascot, Bomber.

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Historic North Syracuse: Do you know anything about this picture?

Pictured here, a North Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department Buffalo pumper on Church Street answers a call. Do you know anything about this photo? Can you provide an exact date? If you can, email the editor at editor@eaglestarreview.com.