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MPH senior spent summer on 1,000 mile canoe adventure

DeWitt resident and Manlius Pebble Hill senior Sofia Verheyen spent her summer on the water, basking in the sun, enjoying the great outdoors … sort of. While this is all true to some extent, she didn’t exactly enjoy a lot of “down time” during her summer break. She did, however, have an adventure like no other, paddling almost 1,000 miles from western and northern Ontario to Hudson Bay by canoe with Camp Wabun.

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Run for your life! A look at CNY’s haunted attractions

Part 2

So, last week, we looked at a few of the early bird haunted attractions in Central New York. This week, a second round of monster havens opened and the screams throughout the countryside are getting louder. Without further fanfare, let’s begin.

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Historic DeWitt cemetery on the road to repair

It’s been more than 110 years since the last burial occurred at Messina Springs Cemetery on James Street in DeWitt – and for decades the cemetery looked like what it was: abandoned. During the past few years, however, members of the community and DeWitt town officials have been working to rehabilitate this historic spot and have made great strides this year.

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Southern Hills Motorcycle Posse presents $4,500 to Clear Path for Veterans

On Sunday Sept. 27, the Southern Hills Posse attended the Clear Path for Veterans third annual motorcycle ride. With 250 riders present, the club presented a check for $4,500 to Clear Path for Veterans.

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‘Fiddler, Fun and Food’ -- Jamesville community event to be held Oct. 4

The Fiddlers Green Park Associations is inviting the community to join them for a fall gathering in the park from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4 on Solvay Road in Jamesville.

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Brewerton Revitalization Committee donates trees

At its Sept. 23 meeting, the Cicero Town Board announced that it will be able to save money on planting trees as part of Phase III of the Brewerton Revitalization Project.

Editorial: Community input is key to find deer management program suitable for Fayetteville

The overpopulation of white-tailed deer in the village of Fayetteville has become a problem that needs to be solved. The village cannot turn a blind eye to the increase of Lyme disease found in people and pets, the increase in vehicular accidents caused by deer and the damage to property and vegetation caused by clusters of deer settlements in the village.

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Fayetteville deer management informational meeting to be held Sept. 29

Citizens interested in learning more about the planned deer management program in the village of Fayetteville will get the opportunity at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Fayetteville Village Offices.

In the Earth: Common Reed — Native or Exotic?

I am grateful to a reader for having brought this matter to my attention. Thank you! The common reed (Phragmites australis) is widespread in our region in wet and swampy areas. I guess I had noticed that it seems particularly prevalent along highways and interstate interchanges, but I always assumed it was a native plant. If that is so, then it must be changing patterns of land use that have led to these massive monocultures across the landscape. Alternately, maybe it is actually an exotic plant imported from elsewhere that is actually a classic invasive plant.

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Project to pave the Erie Canalway Trail between DeWitt and Manlius reduced

Decision made by State Parks Department after hearing public input

The New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced that after hearing public input, they have decided to only pave about 2.9 miles of the original 4.5 miles for the $325,000 Erie Canalway Trail improvement project announce earlier this month.

In the Earth Column: The Long and Varied Career of Kudzu

Kudzu is a perennial vine native to China and eventually brought to Japan, Korea and southeast Asia. It was introduced to the US at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. It was again featured at the New Orleans Exposition in 1883.

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Van Buren parks and rec to hold ‘Amazing Race’

While it’s based on one of CBS’ most successful reality shows, the town of Van Buren Parks and Recreation Department’s fall event probably won’t have 10 million sets of eyes on its participants. But your family’s sets of eyes could be searching for clues in B’ville next month if you sign up for “The Amazing Race.”

Column: Purple Loosestrife -- Pretty, but invasive

‘Tis late summer, and our highways and byways and wetlands are rimmed with purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). This showy wildflower is actually an invasive species that threatens native flora and fauna in our wetlands.

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Limestone Creek Hunt Parade of Hounds returns Sept. 13

The clatter of hooves on a village street, the toot of a horn, and the traditional dress of the riders all evoke a bygone era, but this is present day Cazenovia and the sights and sounds are coming from the Limestone Creek Hunt. The informal season of the Limestone Creek Hunt has been underway for over a month. Formal “hunt” season begins with the traditional parade of hounds in Cazenovia, which will take place this year starting at 9 a.m. on the town green on Emory Avenue and go up to Lorenzo State Historic Site.

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Manlius’ Mill Run Park gets updates thanks to Girl Scout project

Mill Run Park in Manlius received a new sign, trail markers and a printable brochure recently thanks to 15-year-old Amelia Krouse, a girl scout from Troop 10071, who decided to make these updates her project to achieve the Gold Award for Girl Scouts.