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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.

Community invited to attend F-M Relay For Life kick-off event

With two months to go before the main event, a Relay For Life kick-off celebration will be held on March 24 for members of the Fayetteville-Manlius community.

Town to purchase weed harvester to battle lake milfoil

The Cazenovia town board last week continued moving forward in its battle against watermilfoil and other invasive species in Cazenovia Lake by authorizing the purchase of weed harvesting equipment, seeking a cooperative agreement on harvesting with Madison County and approving a draft environmental impact statement on its planned lake treatment projects for 2014.

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CAVAC honors Cazenovia Fire and Rescue with President’s Award

Close to 200 people attend CAVAC’s 40th annual dinner

After recounting the harrowing — and simultaneously miraculous — rescue of 10-year-old Charlie Thompson after he fell down a well last October, and the “amazing” and inspiring efforts of Cazenovia Fire and Rescue crews at the scene, Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CAVAC) President Greg Widrick awarded the CAVAC President’s Award to the members of the Cazenovia Fire and Rescue.

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Cazenovia turns out for St. Baldrick’s, raises more than $40K to fight childhood cancer

After Cazenovia High School senior Amara Kattrein shaved all 23 inches of her hair off last Sunday, March 16, during the St. Baldrick’s fundraising event in Cazenovia, James Henry, father of 6-year-old Nathaniel Henry, a Burton Street Elementary School student who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March 2012, walked up to Amara, said, “I just want to thank you so much,” and gave her a hug. And Amara teared up. This one just one of the myriad touching moments that occurred last Sunday, March 16, at the Cazenovia American Legion for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising event, during which hundreds of people showed up, more than 100 got their heads shaved and more than $40,000 was raised to help increase childhood cancer research and awareness.

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Dozens of Cazenovia school district staffers, students prepare for ultimate haircut

When it comes to fundraising, most do-gooders offer to do something in return for donations: run, walk or dance. Others offer to sell you something like cookies, candles or wrapping paper. But those who participate in the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser for pediatric cancer research offer an entirely different proposition: They pledge to lose something. Their hair.

EDITORIAL: How’s my meniscus?

On the Move

Injuries to the meniscus of the knee have gotten national attention. The meniscus is a rubbery, c-shaped piece of cartilage that cushions between the bones of your knee. Each of your knees has two menisci (plural of meniscus); one on the inner (medial) part of your knee, and the other on the outer (lateral) part.

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For the children

Fayetteville native to run Boston Marathon on behalf of children’s bereavement center

Kay Rossi fell in love with running during her years playing lacrosse at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. And now, 15 years later, she’s hoping to achieve her long-time goal of running the Boston Marathon - and at the same time, she’ll be raising money for The Children’s Room, a Boston-area children’s bereavement center close to her heart.

Alzheimer’s Program at the Cazenovia Public Library

“Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics” will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

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I’m going bald in March for my mother — want to help?

COLUMN

I only write columns for the paper when I really have something to say; and while I have no bylines in this week’s paper (because I was on vacation last week) the one thing I wanted to write for this issue was that I am shaving my head (and possibly my beard and mustache) for the March 16 St. Baldrick’s fundraising event in Cazenovia, and I hope as many people as possible will participate or contribute.

Library to hold eating disorders workshops next week

The Cazenovia Public Library will offer two workshops on the timely and critical issue of eating disorders. Both will be presented by Erieville resident Meg Tobin, who holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and has worked in a variety of clinical and school settings with adults, adolescents and children.