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First positive case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis found in Madison County

EEE found mosquito pool in town of Sullivan

The Madison County Health Department announced today the county’s first positive Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) mosquito pool this season, collected July 21 at a trap site on Moore Road in the town of Sullivan. The test results from the State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center Laboratories were reported to the Madison County Health Department late yesterday afternoon.

First Annual GCACC Ladies’ Golf Tournament to be held Aug. 15

The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce will host its First Annual Ladies’ Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 15, to raise money for the GCACC scholarship fund.

Upstate Chiropractic Beaver Lake Run

On Sunday, Aug. 17, Beaver Lake Nature Center invites walkers and runners to the 11th annual Upstate Chiropractic Beaver Lake Run.

Eighth annual Lifesavers Blood Drive is July 15

Summer is in full swing, and it is more important than ever to donate blood. Blood donations often drop during the summer while schools are out and people are traveling to visit family and friends. In order to raise awareness and help prevent shortages, I’ll be hosting my annual Lifesavers Blood Drive along with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, July 15.

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Cazenovia weed harvester takes to the lake

For the past two weeks, Cazenovia residents and visitors may have seen a strange-looking boat out on Cazenovia Lake — like a diminutive paddleboat with a treadmill in the front, and often covered with weeds. This is the town of Cazenovia’s newly purchased weed harvester, and it has been working to divest the lake of milfoil since late June.

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Happy ending: wheelchair-bound boys allowed to join July 4 Foot Races after initial denial

Syracuse Chargers Track Club reverses controversial decision amid public outrage, national media exposure

The news broke early Wednesday morning, July 2, that the Syracuse Chargers Track Club had denied the request of 12-year-old twin boys, Jack and Nolan Willis of Manlius, who have muscular dystrophy and are wheelchair-bound, from participating in the annual Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races 10-mile race. After nearly 36 hours of public outrage and national media attention, the Chargers board reversed its decision and announced that the Willis brothers would be allowed to participate after all.

State Health Department announces updated school immunization requirements

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced it has revised immunization requirements for school attendance to meet updated national standards. The updated requirements, which do not add any new vaccines for school entry, but update the number of doses required and the minimum intervals between doses, went into effect July 1.

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Bringing the (infrared) heat

First infrared sauna spa opens in Manlius

There’s a new holistic healing technique sweeping the United States, and Renee Greco, one of the owners of Cure Infrared Sauna Spa, knows it’s more than just a fad.

Father’s Day highlights the importance of men’s health

Our lives are busy. It can be hard to make time for doctor’s appointments or to take care of ourselves. But, June is Men’s Health Month, a time to educate ourselves about preventable health problems and the importance of early detection and treatment. With Father’s Day just around the corner and Men’s Health Month already in full swing, it’s a good time to focus on the men in our lives — fathers, friends, sons, brothers, uncles, husbands and grandfathers — and their health.

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Covanta and Southwood Fire Department collect one ton of e-waste

Covanta Onondaga and the Southwood Fire Department recently collected over 2,000 pounds of electronic waste (e-waste) from local residents and businesses at a collection event and open house at the Southwood Fire Department in Jamesville. Items collected included cell phones, televisions, laptops, PCs, tablets and cameras.

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F-M Relay for Life raises more than $68,000

The goal was to raise $50,000 at the F-M Relay for Life event on May 31. But participants in the 12-hour long walk to raise awareness didn’t just exceed that goal – they shattered it, bringing in more than $68,000 by the end of the day.

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En garde!

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.