Health & Fitness


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Syracuse Challenger League gives all children a chance to ‘play ball’

The Syracuse Challenger Baseball League finished up its season in a big way — with its 14 teams playing their seven final match-ups of the season at the Syracuse Chiefs’ NBT Bank Stadium, being cheered by family, friends and Chiefs mascots Scooch and Pops.

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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.

Moving DeWitt initiative to host family-fun canal walk

The Moving DeWitt initiative has announced they will host a 1.6 mile family-fun walk along the canal at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. The walk will start at Ryder Park, 5400 Butternut Dr., East Syracuse, and is open to everyone.

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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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NOPL news: Toxin-free living: Where to start

Central New York natives Kat and Dr. Tiffany Bloomingdale will share some of their knowledge and tips when they present the class “Toxin Free Living and Thriving with Kat and Tiffany” at NOPL @ Cicero. There are two sessions available: from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, or the same time Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Madison County finds EEE in second bird-biting mosquito pool

The Madison County Health Department reported today that the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in a second mosquito pool, collected on July 13. The mosquito pool was collected from Moore Road in the Town of Sullivan in a mainly bird biting mosquito species.

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GoCaz.com trail markers now up in Cazenovia

GoCaz.com, a website launched a little over a year ago by the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) to provide a compilation of outdoor activities available in the Cazenovia community, recently completed the installation of trail markers in order to further appeal to local outdoor enthusiasts.

EEE Found in town of Sullivan in bird-biting mosquitoes

The Madison County Health Department announced Wednesday, July 15, the county’s first positive Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) mosquito pool this season, collected July 6 at a trap site on Moore Road in the Town of Sullivan. The type of mosquito identified is primarily a bird-biting species.

Legislature to release $42K for second mosquito spraying in Cicero

County Legislator Tim Burtis announced Monday that he is requesting legislative approval of $42,100 to administer a second aerial spraying of the Cicero Swamp. Typically, the county sprays once a year.

Bishop Grimes to host annual golf tournament

Bishop Grimes has announced Saturday, July 25, as the date for their annual Cobra Golf Classic Tournament.

Cazenovia Lake closed to swimming due to algae blooms

Due to the presence of blue-green algae (BGA) blooms within the bathing beach areas of both Lakeland Park and Willow Bank Yacht Club, the Cazenovia Lake beaches have been closed for swimming until further notice, according to an announcement from the Madison County Department of Health.

Registration open for first ever ‘Tour the Towpath’ cycling event

Ride is a 36 mile recreational bike ride from Rome to DeWitt

Communities along the Old Erie Canal Historic State Park have teamed up to offer a new event called Tour the Towpath, a 36 mile bicycle ride along the Old Erie Canal on July 31 and Aug. 1. Participants can enjoy great cycling, community hospitality and local attractions as they bike from Rome to DeWitt.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Celebrating 30 years of Parks and Recreation Month

With summer now in full swing, it’s the perfect time to explore the beautiful landscapes and endless outdoor activities available to you right here in Central New York. And with this July marking 30 years of Parks and Recreation Month, there’s no better way to celebrate then by getting outside, enjoying fresh air and making memories with family and friends.

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Registration is open for third annual ‘Teed Off at Cancer’ golf tournament in Pompey

Registration is open for Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer's third annual “Teed Off at Cancer” golf outing on Sunday, Aug. 23 at the Pompey Club. The outing is another in SDBC’s series of events that combine fitness and fun to engage the community in the ongoing fight against cancer.

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DeRuyter family raising funds to buy special medical alert dog

Local teen with Type 1 diabetes cannot go away to attend college without medical support

Scott Arnold, an 18-year-old track athlete from Deruyter, will graduate from high school on June 28 and plans to pursue at degree at SUNY ESF this fall. His Type 1 diabetic condition, however, makes it difficult to lead a normal life and often jeopardizes his safety. The Arnolds think they have found a solution that will allow Scott to attend college — the purchase of a diabetic “alert dog” to help monitor Scott’s glucose levels. The only problem is that it will cost $18,000. In order to keep Scott safe and allow him to attend college, the Arnolds have created a GoFundMe page to raise the necessary money he needs to buy the alert dog.