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State DEC continues to question Manlius swans

Despite the long battle the village of Manlius has fought to be able to hatch their mute swan eggs each year, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is still questioning what they plan to do with the pair of mute swans in Manlius, Manny and Faye, when it comes to mating season next year.

In the Earth Column: Native copper boulders

The most famous native copper boulder is the Ontonagon Boulder. This solid mass of natural copper weighs 3,708 pounds and is now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C. However, a much bigger boulder, weighing 17 tons just went on permanent display at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum in upper Michigan, which has prompted this column. Basalt is an igneous rock that has come to the surface as a liquid — that is, as lava.

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Baldwinsville Messenger, Beaver Lake announce photo contest

Calling all photographers! The Baldwinsville Messenger and Beaver Lake Nature Center are teaming up to bring you their first-ever Celebrate Fall Photo Contest. Beaver Lake is one of Baldwinsville’s most beautiful sites, and we want you to help us capture its beauty. The contest period will run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.

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Share the Road makes Cicero safer for bicyclists

About the only place I haven’t seen a ‘Share the Road’ sign is outside my bedroom window,” said Tom Beaulieu, an avid bicyclist and one of the driving forces behind Cicero’s “Share the Road” initiative.

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NOPL news: Cicero Farmers Market to host Field Days

The Cicero Farmers Market, which is held on the grounds of NOPL @ Cicero, will be hosting Field Days on Aug. 18 and Sept. 1 and 8.

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Mad Cow 5K race coming this weekend

You ran the mountain with the goat, the lake in red, white and blue — now run in the country with the cows! The annual Mad Cow 5K Race will be held this Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Nelson town office building, located at 4085 Nelson Road. Sign-up will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m.

33rd Annual Jewish Home Open Golf Tournament to be held at Drumlins East

“A day of golf is fun, but you can’t beat the feeling of knowing that our seniors continue to receive excellent, state-of-the-art care at Menorah Park of CNY. And that’s why you should sponsor or participate in the Jewish Home Open,” according to Victoria Kohl, Foundation at Menorah Park of CNY vice president. The outing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Drumlins East.

West Nile Virus found in mosquito pool in town of Sullivan

The Madison County Health Department announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) was found in a mosquito pool collected in the Town of Sullivan in Madison County on Moore Road. This mosquito pool was collected on July 22 and is the first positive WNV mosquito pool found in Madison County this year. Previously this season, two mosquito pools at the same site tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.

Moving DeWitt initiative to host family-fun canal walk

The Moving DeWitt initiative has announced they will host a 1.6 mile family-fun walk along the canal at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. The walk will start at Ryder Park, 5400 Butternut Dr., East Syracuse, and is open to everyone.

Erie Canal Museum receives $20,000 community foundation grant

The Central New York Community Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Erie Canal Museum for an ideas competition soliciting input on connecting the Erie Canalway Trail from the town of DeWitt to the city of Syracuse. The project is a partnership between the museum and the town of DeWitt.

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Little green thumbs

NOPL at Cicero LibraryFarm hosts nature camp

An exuberant group of tweens spends each Friday morning trawling through the junior gardeners’ plot at the NOPL at Cicero LibraryFarm as part of a 14-week nature camp. On July 17, they were counting radish seedlings, harvesting fistfuls of peas and beans and looking for their unofficial toad mascot, Bomber.

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EDITORIAL: Protect your pets and your family from rabies

As you’re spending more time outside this summer, make sure you keep yourself and your pets safe from rabies. There is no treatment for this virus, which is transmitted by the bite of a rabid mammal, but luckily, rabies is preventable.

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GoCaz.com trail markers now up in Cazenovia

GoCaz.com, a website launched a little over a year ago by the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) to provide a compilation of outdoor activities available in the Cazenovia community, recently completed the installation of trail markers in order to further appeal to local outdoor enthusiasts.

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Yacht club hosts Sunfish regatta

Willow Bank Yacht Club showcased its largest fleet of Sunfish sailboats on Friday afternoon, July 10, when 30 sail boats were launched and sailed displaying their colors at the south end of Cazenovia Lake.