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Lions Club holds annual TV raffle

The Cazenovia Lions Club will be holding its annual TV raffle now through Saturday, Nov. 16. The club will sell raffle tickets for a 3D TV at various locations throughout the village, including MacKinnon Liquers, Buyea's Hardware, Kinney Drugs and Common Grounds.

Hallowrun for Hunger is this weekend

Don’t miss your chance to get chased by zombies — and help the hungry at the same time. The first-ever Hallowrun for Hunger, organized by Cicero-North Syracuse High School sophomores Liz Westfall and Megan Cuculich, will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the McKinley Shelter at Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton. The 5K course will feature student zombies from Cicero-North Syracuse High School, who will chase runners as they make their way along the course. The event will raise money for the Food Bank of Central New York, the main food supplier to 268 emergency food programs in 11 counties in the state.

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FMHS senior organizes race to benefit local and national refugees

Ever since she was in third grade, Caroline Tangoren has been interested in human rights. She began volunteering with a family friend at Francis House, a local hospice home in Syracuse, where she would go once a week and talk with the residents.

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CNY schools celebrate ‘Walk to School Day’ by promoting healthy lifestyles

Since 1997, schools across the nation have been participating in the International Walk to School Day, which occurs one day each year in early October. On the morning of Oct. 9, five Central New York schools participated in the event: Minoa Elementary and Fremont Elementary in the East Syracuse Minoa school district, Waterman Elementary and State Street School in the Skaneateles school district and McKinley-Brighton Elementary in the Syracuse City school district.

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Cycle for safety

The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing Children to be held this week

If you enjoy company while cycling long distances, why not consider riding for a cause? The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing children, a 100-mile police escorted bicycle ride through Syracuse and parts of Central New York, is taking place this Friday, Sept. 27. Sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York (NCMEC/NY), the event serves three purposes.

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Clay teen wants to become MMA champ

Don’t mess with Bailey Sherbourne. She’s not your average 13-year-old girl. Bailey, of Clay, has been practicing martial arts for 10 years already. She earned her black belt after three years of karate, moved onto Brazilian jiu-jitsu, for which she has seven years under her orange-yellow belt, and began wrestling this past year with the Cicero-North Syracuse High School modified wrestling team as one of two girls out of more than 40 teammates.

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To have and to hold, part 2: Marcellus woman launches menopause Facebook groups

Part 2: Susan Garritillo. This two-part story package explores the individual accomplishments and undivided love of a Marcellus couple. See Part 1: Jerry Garritillo to learn more.

10th Season of Great Minds, Great Ideas Lecture Series Kicks off in September

Lectures in Cazenovia and Manlius to explore lives and work of important thinkers

Cazenovia College will begin the 10th season of its Great Minds, Great Ideas Lecture Series on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Cazenovia Public Library and The Manlius Public Library. The 2013-14 series, which presents two lectures in the fall — September and October — and two lectures in the spring — March and April — features noted Cazenovia College faculty members stepping off campus and going out into the Cazenovia and Manlius communities.

Walk/run at Oneida Shores memorializes mom who died after brain aneurysm

Doris Connor died after complications from a brain aneurysm in the summer of 2003. Now, her daughter, Hope Bednarski, has made it her mission to memorialize her mother as well as raise awareness of this scary disorder. For the second year in a row, she’s organized the Doris A. Connor 5K Race/1 Mile Walk in her mom’s honor.

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Possibly harmful blue-green algae blooms reported in Cazenovia Lake

Swimmers warned to avoid patches of green water

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the presence of blue-green algal blooms in Cazenovia Lake. This type of algae can be irritating – even toxic – to humans in large enough concentrations, and the DEC is recommending no one drink the lake water and swimmers be sure to avoid contact with any floating rafts, scums and discolored water.

West Nile Virus found in mosquito pool in town of Sullivan

The Madison County Health Department announced Aug. 14 that West Nile virus was found in a mosquito pool collected in the town of Sullivan in Madison County. This mosquito pool was collected on Aug. 6 and is the first positive WNV mosquito pool found in Madison County since 2011.

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C-NS students organize zombie 5K run to benefit Food Bank

If you’ve ever wanted to be chased by zombies, now’s your chance. On Oct. 20, you can be part of the Hallowrun for Hunger at Oneida Shores, which kicks off at 11 a.m. at the McKinley Shelter. The 5K course will feature student zombies from Cicero-North Syracuse High School, who will chase runners as they make their way along the course. But it’s not the zombies’ hunger that race organizers Liz Westfall and Megan Cuculich care about.

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Vernak Country Store to host Wellness Day Aug. 10

Vernak Farms Country Store and Compounding Pharmacy, 1889 East Lake Road, Skaneateles, will hold its first annual Wellness Day on Friday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids with cancer: Part V: Survivors continue to deal with side effects from treatment

As it turned out, Erin Hannagan was one of the lucky ones. Hannagan was 16 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease May 25, 1993. But she would beat the disease. “I had been coughing for quite some time and had been diagnosed with multiple ‘colds,’” Hannagan recalled. “It finally got so bad that my mom took me to an urgent care center where a chest X-ray was done that revealed a large mediastinal [cavity containing the heart, esophagus, trachea, thymus and aorta] mass.”

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Young and driven

22-year-old Chelsea Shorney returns to CNY to open esthetic boutique

Most 22-year-olds are either still in school or just beginning their careers with an entry- level position. But Chelsea Shorney is an exception – she’s already the boss. On July 1, she opened Chelsea’s Esthetic Boutique, where she’s a licensed esthetician. Shorney received her New York State esthetician license when she was only 18, and said her age caused many people to dismiss her without giving her a chance. Still, she’s glad to have her foot in the door in the esthetics business.