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Madison County Habitat for Humanity plans veteran build for 30th anniversary

In 2014, the Madison County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To d so, the group has set a goal to construct two houses in the village of Chittenango. The houses will become homes for veterans and their families. Groundbreaking is tentatively set for late spring or early summer.

Liverpool library launches G-nome project

Got a garden gnome you would like to retire but just can't bear to throw away? The Liverpool Public Library is looking for a few good gnomes who would like to relocate to the library's new wildlife habitat garden.

Liverpool historian’s office compiling ‘Atlas of Historic Liverpool Structures’

If your house could talk, what secrets would it tell? Liverpool Village Historian Dorianne Elitharp Gutierrez and retired architect Jennifer Gruenberg want to know. The two women are compiling an “Atlas of Historic Liverpool Structures.”

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Skaneateles alternative energy tour highlights local commitment to sustainability

In the interest of further informing the public about these options Sustainable Skaneateles held an alternative energy tour and fair in the Skaneateles-area on Saturday, Oct. 5. The event, which was headquartered at the new energy-efficient village hall in conjunction with an open-house, included exhibitors ready to inform the public about alternative and renewable energy sources that are available to homes and businesses.

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Skaneateles fall fest is this weekend

Oct. 4 through 6 is Skaneateles’ annual Fall Fest weekend.

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Skaneateles Garden Club gives Streetscape Award

The Skaneateles Garden Club recently announced its Fall Streetscape Award winner.

New affordable apartment community available in Radisson

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new apartment complex in Lysander will take place at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 8278 Riverknoll Crossing in Baldwinsville. Baldwin Real Estate Corporation, a Rochester-based affiliate of The DiMarco Group, has recently completed Radisson’s newest apartment community.

Emerald Ash Borer is in Onondaga County

Attention home owners! If you have ash trees in your yard this is an important announcement. For the past several years, the Environmental Protection Committee has been monitoring the migration of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

Former Newhouse Dean suing the town of Manlius over lawn sign restrictions

“This is not about money; this is about the First Amendment”

David Rubin believes that restrictions on political lawn signs in the town of Manlius are unconstitutional and limit the speech of the people who live there. And after unsuccessfully trying to communicate with town officials about changing the sign ordinance that sets the rules for political signs, Rubin filed a lawsuit against town of Manlius Supervisor Ed Theobald and the town councilors on Aug. 6.

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Friends of Lorenzo raise nearly $5K at annual garden gala

More than 100 people — many in suits, dresses and fashionable hats — spent the evening last Friday enjoying food and wine in the Lorenzo formal gardens, touring the mansion and supporting the Friends of Lorenzo for the group’s annual Garden Gala fundraiser. The non-profit group, which is dedicated to preserving the Lorenzo mansion and grounds, raised nearly $5,000 through attendance and raffle ticket sales.

Friends of Lorenzo annual Garden Gala to feature sneak preview of new costume exhibit

This year’s Friends of Lorenzo Garden Gala will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, and will feature light hors d’oeuvres and wine. Guests at the gala will be treated to a sneak preview of the new costume exhibit opening in the mansion, “From Bustle to Bodice: Layers of Elegance at Lorenzo.” Full-length replicas of the dresses worn by Lorenzo owners Helen Clarissa Lincklaen and her daughter, Helen Lincklaen Fairchild, for their portraits will be on view, and displays also will include illustrations and examples of servants’ clothing, undergarments, children’s costumes and accessories from Lorenzo’s historic collections.

Lake weed prevention mats now available from town

Lakeside residents interested in renting lake weed prevention mats to clear lanes from their docks to the middle of the lake may now do so from the town. The benthic mat rental program, approved by the town board May 13, has received final department of environmental conservation approval and is now ready to go, said Town Councilor Bill Zupan.

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Cicero cancels farmers market

The town of Cicero won’t be holding a farmers market at Drivers Village — or anywhere else — this summer. According to organizer Julie Raddell, not enough vendors registered to sell at this year’s market, forcing its cancellation. “Unfortunately, too few vendors registered in advance for stall spaces at the market,” Raddell said. “We received plenty of calls from interested vendors, but without their actual reservation, I couldn’t take the risk that they would consistently show up and pay for a space.”

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Habitat for Humanity to construct “Veteran’s Build” home in East Syracuse

This year, Syracuse Habitat for Humanity is beginning its third Veteran’s Build home in Onondaga County. The build will begin this summer on the 400 block of East Yates Street in East Syracuse. The home is a 1,400 square foot ranch-style home built on concrete slab. It is specially adapted and is wheelchair accessible for those with disabilities visiting or living in the home. On May 17, an introduction ceremony was held on site to announce the family moving in and talk more about the project.

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‘Hillcrest’ to host CPF fundraiser

On Saturday, May 18, Linda and Brian Osborne will host a fundraiser to benefit the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation at the beautiful Jephson “Hillcrest” Estate. A Champagne Preview for patrons starts at 5 p.m., with the main event including hors d'oeuvres, wine and Empire Brewing Co. beer beginning at 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy self-guided tours of the historic main house.