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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State fair combines new attractions with old favorites

For many of us in Central New York, the summer season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Great New York State Fair. For over a century, the fair has been a statewide tradition and fixture in our community, bringing families from all over the country to Central New York. With programs for everyone from small children to seniors, New Yorkers of any age can enjoy time spent with friends and loved ones while taking part in traditions old and new.

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EDITORIAL: Keep concussions at bay with sports safety tips

As summer draws to a close, local Pop Warner leagues are gearing up for their seasons. Many parents are hesitant to let their little ones participate because of the high rate of head injuries; football players suffer the most concussions of any youth sport.

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Library focus: End-of-summer fun at BPL

Summer is speeding by, but there is still a lot to see and do at the library before those school buses start to roll. We’ve got crafts, games, art, trivia, technology, music and authors -- all for free. We even have our very own ComiCon from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, celebrating science fiction, fantasy, comics and cosplay. We may not be as big and famous as the coastal ComiCons but you can take your turn on the bridge of a virtual starship, chat with well-known comic authors, and dress as your favorite character and meet folks with similar interests without the hassles of packing and paying for an expensive trip. Sign up now on the library’s program page and get a T-shirt for a souvenir. Attendance is free, but bring your wallet because we have some fantastic artists and vendors you’ll want to visit.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Car show rakes in $1,000 for Canton Woods

Despite threatening clouds and a few raindrops, Canton Woods grounds were filled with a gorgeous array of classic cars Aug. 3. The clouds blew over, the sun began to shine, and every one had a wonderful evening. Thanks to the optimism and generosity of the car owners and classic car fans, and the hard work of very dedicated volunteers, Canton Woods raised over $1,000 for the senior center!

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Adoptable pet of the week

Rudy is a one-year old male pit bull mix. He came into the DeWitt Animal Hospital on June 14 and is a very friendly boy who likes to play fetch, loves belly rubs and is good around other dogs.

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Share the Road makes Cicero safer for bicyclists

About the only place I haven’t seen a ‘Share the Road’ sign is outside my bedroom window,” said Tom Beaulieu, an avid bicyclist and one of the driving forces behind Cicero’s “Share the Road” initiative.

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NOPL news: Cicero Farmers Market to host Field Days

The Cicero Farmers Market, which is held on the grounds of NOPL @ Cicero, will be hosting Field Days on Aug. 18 and Sept. 1 and 8.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Enjoy summer at the center

August is another busy month at Canton Woods. The center offers a full range of opportunities for food, fitness and fun. Spend your summer season enjoying your center.

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PACE CNY holds ribbon cutting at new East Syracuse health center

PACE CNY, a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly held a ribbon cutting today for the new 38,000 square foot PACE CNY McAuliffe Health Center at 115 Circle Drive in East Syracuse.

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Mad Cow 5K race coming this weekend

You ran the mountain with the goat, the lake in red, white and blue — now run in the country with the cows! The annual Mad Cow 5K Race will be held this Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Nelson town office building, located at 4085 Nelson Road. Sign-up will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m.

33rd Annual Jewish Home Open Golf Tournament to be held at Drumlins East

“A day of golf is fun, but you can’t beat the feeling of knowing that our seniors continue to receive excellent, state-of-the-art care at Menorah Park of CNY. And that’s why you should sponsor or participate in the Jewish Home Open,” according to Victoria Kohl, Foundation at Menorah Park of CNY vice president. The outing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Drumlins East.

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LETTER: Thanks to Outback Steakhouse of Clay for help with AIDS Walk/Run

To the editor: ACR Health wants to publicly thank Outback Steakhouse of Clay for generously hosting the $500 Club Party for people raising $500 or more at the 23rd annual AIDS Walk/Run, held June 7 at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

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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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