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Bulgarian champion athlete teaches fencing in DeWitt

When Lubo Kalpaktchiev arrived in Syracuse from his hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria in 1999, he had nothing – no money, no knowledge of the English language or American culture.

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AIDS Walk/Run raises more than $181,000

The 22nd Annual AIDS Walk/Run held June 1 at Beaver Lake Nature Center raised $181,860. Since it began in 1992, the AIDS Walk/Run has been the mainstay funding for ACR Health’s now extensive Adolescent Health Initiatives. The event has raised more than $2.3 million and positioned ACR Health as a state leader in youth education.

‘Tuesdays on the Towpath’ bike rides to return this summer

This year will be the second anniversary of the award-winning Tuesdays on the Towpath - a series of eight recreational bike rides along the Erie Canalway Trail in the Old Erie Canal State Park. Hosted by local canal-related museums and organizations, these social rides are free to attend and will take place on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, May through August. Tuesdays on the Towpath is a great way to explore the scenic Erie Canalway Trail as each ride will highlight a different section and feature a unique speaker.

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Paige’s Butterfly Run set for June 7

For the 17th consecutive year, Paige’s Butterfly Run will take place on Saturday, June 7, in downtown Syracuse. The event began in 1997, three years after Paige Yeomans Arnold, 8, a student at Palmer Elementary School, died from chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). CML is a disease in which the bone marrow makes too many white blood cells. It usually occurs during or after middle age and rarely occurs in children.

Jephson Estate fundraiser to benefit CazCares

On May 31, Hillcrest, Cazenovia’s historic Jephson Estate will host a cocktail party and silent auction from 5 to 7:30 p.m. to benefit CazCares, our local food pantry. Cazenovia-area residents will have the opportunity to tour the inside of Hillcrest thanks to the generosity of owners Brian and Linda Osborne.

World Ovarian Cancer Day in Syracuse is May 8

On May 8, Central New York’s very own Hope for Heather (hopeforheather.org) joins the global movement to raise awareness about ovarian cancer by pledging to spread the word about ovarian cancer during the second annual World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD).

Cazenovia American Legion to raffle Turning Stone golf outing to fund service dogs for local veterans

Members of Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 have announced the beginning of its “Vets Helping Vets” raffle, which will raise funds to support the “Dogs2Vet” program offered by Clear Path for Veterans, a privately funded outreach and wellness facility in Chittenango. The Dogs2Vet program partners a PTSD suffering vet with a shelter or rescue dog for service training, certification, companionship and a bond that promotes mutual wellness.

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Project Café students help clean up Caz

Project CAFÉ organized the annual Earth Day Community Clean-up on April 13 with over two dozen high school students as well as adults from the community helping to clean up.

On the Move: National Bike to Work day is May 16

The grass is out and perhaps you are thinking about getting out enjoying some exercise.

Cazenovia Town Board schedules special meetings on chemical treatment of lake

The Cazenovia Town Board has scheduled two special meetings to discuss the environmental impact and statement of findings concerning 2014 treatment of Cazenovia Lake with Renovate weed killer.

Helpers of all ages sought for annual Chittenango Creek clean-up

On Saturday, April 12, the Annual Chittenango Creek Clean-Up will start at10 a.m. and end around noon at the Buyea’s Hardware parking lot. Bags for trash and donuts from Tops will be provided, and some gloves will be available to borrow. Wear older clothes and boots. Helpers of all ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

On the Move: Using walking aids

Physical therapists, who are experts in restoring and improving motion, recommend that elderly adults who use canes and walkers as walking aids be properly assessed and fitted by a physical therapist to avoid fall-related injuries.

Madison County field crops meeting coming to Caz April 4

The Madison County Field Crops Meeting will be held on Friday, April 4, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Empire Tractor, 2893 Route 20 East in Cazenovia. Lunch is provided, courtesy of Empire Tractor, and requires pre-registration. Please call Empire Tractor at 655-8146. Two and a half pesticide recertification credits will be given.

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Do you CrossFit?

New high-intensity exercise program explodes in the Syracuse market

As recently as seven years ago, very few people in the Central New York area had ever heard of CrossFit. When CrossFit DeWitt opened at Sports Center 481 in 2008, it was the first CrossFit gym within a 70 mile radius. Tex Jones, who co-owns CrossFit DeWitt with Joe Commisso, said people get “addicted” to the short, high-impact fitness classes and can’t help but come back for more.

First rabies case of 2014 confirmed in Madison County

An unvaccinated cow is the first confirmed animal to be infected with the rabies virus in Madison County. The County Health Department is again warning farmers and owners of livestock to be aware that rabid wildlife is present throughout the Central New York area.