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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.

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Town of Manlius, village of Fayetteville awarded 2013 Tree Cities

Municipalities held Arbor Day celebrations at Fayetteville schools

Students at Creative Environment Day School kicked off their Arbor Day with a school-wide ceremony held by the village of Fayetteville during the morning of April 26.

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The search for a school

Home repair teacher is looking for a classroom to get her unique program off the ground

Diane Bostick grew up in a nice house and attended private school in Dewitt, but she lived a less sheltered life than some of her peers, thanks to the summers she spent working on the assembly line at her father’s business - Microwave Filter Company in East Syracuse. While most of her friends were off at summer camp, Bostick was working with people who were on welfare, who had husbands with a drinking problem, or were in domestic abuse situations. It was here, on the assembly line, that she learned how not everyone’s life was as happy as hers.

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F-M Girl Scouts Launch Plant a Row for the Hungry

Fayetteville-Manlius Girl Scout Troop 10526 is establishing a local “Plant A Row For The Hungry” (PAR) project to benefit FM Community Outreach Food Pantry. PAR is a national people-helping-people program, started in 1995 by the Garden Writers Association (GWA), which encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to food relief organizations serving the homeless and hungry in their communities.

DAR welcomes talk on lawn care

Chapter Regent Jane Jacobs, left, listens as guest speaker Megan Sollecito addresses the group during the March 18 Betsy Baldwin Chapter DAR meeting, which opened with a breakfast held at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

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Meet the Manlius Historical Society’s new administrator

Tim Etter is hard at work preparing for the annual antique show

Tim Etter has been collecting antiques since he was just ten years old. He’s always had a knack for art - which is why he opened his own photography and custom framing business. His interest in preservation and art and his appreciation for history led him directly to the Manlius Historical Society and his new position as office administrator.

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Learn landscape tips at the library March 21

Lifetime Senior Certified Landscape Professional and Baldwinsville resident Jim Sollecito (pictured) will be giving a free talk at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Baldwinsville Library.

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Shabby Chic Boutique offers a unique decor experience

Fayetteville shop has vintage and new furniture for all ages

It’s hard not to stop in your tracks and look around when you first set foot in the Canal Barn, which houses Shabby Chic Boutique in Fayetteville. For one thing, the barn is three stories tall and is enormous. It’s home to three small stores at the moment and Shabby Chic is the only one on the second floor. When guests walk upstairs, they are immediately greeted by owner Lisa Hogan and offered a cup of coffee or glass of wine. The classical music playing in the background along with the friendly, casual atmosphere of the Barn encompasses the shopping experience that Hogan has worked hard to create.

Nelson Town Board to amend town law

Change would allow alternate members on planning and zoning boards

The Nelson Town Board is preparing to amend its town law to allow for alternate members to be added to both the town planning board and zoning board of appeals. The change is being made to ensure a full complement of each board when in session if a member is absent.

Edward Audi named president of L. & J.G. Stickley

L. & J.G. Stickley, Inc. of Manlius has a new president.

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4-H Lincklaen Shamrocks give back to community

The local 4-H group, the Lincklaen Shamrocks, located in Cazenovia, completed a number of activities last month.

Floral notes: Shine a light

Community Columnist

Christmas is upon us. As a firm believer in go-big-or-go-home, when it comes to decorating, I’ve amassed quite a large inventory of shiny and sparkly baubles.