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Pagan Pride Day celebrates harvest Sept. 20

Central New York Pagan Pride Day returns to Long Branch Park for its 15th year Sept. 20. The festival, hosted by the Church of the Greenwood, celebrates the harvest holiday of Mabon, which coincides with the autumnal equinox.

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Second annual Hallowrun for Hunger to take place Oct. 5

Don’t let the zombies fool you; the organizers of the Hallowrun for Hunger don’t want to eat your brains. But they do want to feed people. The 5K run, now in its second year, aims to raise money for the Food Bank of Central New York. Founder Liz Westfall hopes to raise enough this year to fund 20,000 meals.

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Limestone Creek Hunt Club prepares for Parade of Hounds

Annual tradition will be Sept. 7 and go from downtown Cazenovia to Lorenzo

The baying of hounds, the call of the horn, the clatter of hooves … is this a scene from Downton Abbey? The pageantry and tradition do evoke a bygone era, but this is present day Cazenovia and the sights and sounds are coming from the Limestone Creek Hunt. Our local hunt, now celebrating its 75th anniversary — a diamond jubilee — is devoted to educating people about the traditions of foxhunting, the working of hounds, the appreciation and stewardship of nature and the conservancy of land.

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A ‘Frozen’ hayride

Chengerians to feature ‘Where’s Olaf’ adventure for 40th anniversary

Chengerians in Fulton is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year by bringing back what customers have missed for 10 years: hayrides. “I asked [my customers], ‘What do you want from me this year?’ They all said, ‘Bring your hayrides back!’’” said owner Bob Chengerian. “So I approached [Terri Eggert] to bring them back ...”

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2014 Syracuse Ride for Missing Children set

There’s still time to register online

More than 125 cyclists are on board for this year’s Syracuse Ride for Missing Children, sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), to be held on Friday, Sept. 26. It begins and ends at the CNY Family Sports Center on Jones Road in the town of Van Buren.

E-Race Cancer Half-Marathon set for Sept. 13

Registration is now open

A new race is in the works and set to be held in the town of Lysander. “The E-Race Cancer Half Marathon and 5K started out as a desire to tie a running event into the Lysander Fall Festravaganza, set for the second Sunday in September,” said co-organizer Michelle Samoraj. “Saturday, the day prior to the Fall Festravaganza (Sept. 14), seemed like the perfect day to hold Baldwinsville’s only half marathon and 5K running event.”

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Going to the dogs

The 2014 Canine Carnival, held Aug. 10, was a rousing success. Now in its fifth year, it is the largest dog rescue event in New York State. With an increasing number of volunteer organizations, vendors, shows and adoptees, the outdoor event needed even more space this year and pulled up stakes for a move to Jamesville Beach County Park, where County Executive Joanie Mahoney kicked off the event, followed by a local pastor's prayer over the animals.

Sea Scouts tented on Onondaga Yacht Club lawn

There’ve been plenty of friendly sailing excursions at the Onondaga Yacht Club this summer including a rare visit by nearly 30 young Sea Scouts from across the Northeast. They were here participating in the first-ever Erie Canal Flotilla Sea Scout Regatta Aug. 1 through 3, on Onondaga Lake.

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Madison County Highway Department removes three dozen trees on East Lake Road

Many Cazenovia residents were alarmed last week when Madison County Highway Department crews showed up on East Lake Road in front of Owera Vineyards and started strip-cutting trees of all sizes along the roadside. Some people were concerned at the loss of vegetation done with no public notification and no public explanation; East Lake Road neighbors feared that their controversy with Owera Vineyards had taken a new twist by the winery receiving special treatment by having its private/business viewshed improved using taxpayer dollars.

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Bruin Recycling and Sen. DeFrancisco present check for Flags and Flowers for Veterans

DeFrancisco’s e-cycling event raises $1,000 for local charity

On July 28, at East Syracuse Village Hall, State Sen. John A. DeFrancisco joined Jon Nappa, of Bruin Recycling, and Alice Kim, of Time Warner Cable, to present a $1,000 check to Flags and Flowers for the Veterans. The donation was generated through an electronics recycling event, held this past June in East Syracuse, that DeFrancisco sponsored along with Time Warner Cable and Bruin Recycling.

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Local teen builds picnic tables for Lakeland Park

Village residents and visitors have been enjoying the newest addition to Lakeland Park this summer: four new, wooden picnic tables. They may not know, however, that these are not pre-fabricated, mass-produced pieces of furniture purchased by the village board, but hand-crafted pieces made and donated to the community by local teen Garret Hansen as part of his final Eagle Scout community service project.

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Manlius gazebo recreated to look almost identical to 1880s version

In the 1880s, when Manlius was compiled of dirt roads, a small gazebo was built at the corner of Academy Street and East Seneca Turnpike. The gazebo remained standing for more than 130 years, but eventually needed many repairs. This summer, the tattered, worn-down gazebo has been rebuilt to look similar to the old one, but stronger and more stable.

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The ‘Geek’ life

Fayetteville Library’s Geek Girl Camp encourages science, engineering, technology and math careers for girls

It’s not very common to find a public library that offers a week-long summer camp experience for kids. But the Fayetteville Free Library did just that from July 28 through Aug. 1, when it offered the first ever “Geek Girl Camp” for Central New York girls.

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Cazenovia youth, seniors work together to build bluebird nesting boxes

Last week, local youths and seniors teamed up to build bluebird nesting boxes to be placed on the Fairchild Hill nature trail, in an attempt to bring more bluebirds to Cazenovia. The project — a coordination between Community Resources for Independent Seniors (CRIS), the Cazenovia Joint Youth Recreation Program and the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation — will not only help attract more wildlife to Cazenovia, but the activity offered an opportunity for some inter-generational teamwork.

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Third annual Fay-Man Day of Races to be held July 27

Runners and “mudders” of all ages will soon take part in the third annual Fay-Man Day of Races, scheduled for Sunday, July 27 at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. The event, which is a fundraiser for the F-M All Sports Booster Club, offers competitors three different races; the Muddy Hornet Challenge, the 5k Race of Champions and the Mud Puppy Dash Fun Run for kids.

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