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Jamesville Beach closed for swimming

The Onondaga County Health Department announced July 9 that Jamesville Beach will be closed for swimming due to high levels of bacteria in the water. Swimming will not be allowed until bacteria levels return to acceptable levels. The Health Department monitors public beach water quality routinely and closes swimming when bacteria levels exceed acceptable standards.

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Storm rips through CNY; East Syracuse among the hardest hit

Thousands left without power

Neighbors picking up brush. Parents keeping a watchful eye over wandering children. Power lines laying on the streets. Trees on top of houses and cars. All of these were common sights during the evening hours of July 8 and the majority of the next day in the village of East Syracuse following a storm that tore through the village around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8.

Upstate Chiropractic Beaver Lake Run

On Sunday, Aug. 17, Beaver Lake Nature Center invites walkers and runners to the 11th annual Upstate Chiropractic Beaver Lake Run.

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Cazenovia weed harvester takes to the lake

For the past two weeks, Cazenovia residents and visitors may have seen a strange-looking boat out on Cazenovia Lake — like a diminutive paddleboat with a treadmill in the front, and often covered with weeds. This is the town of Cazenovia’s newly purchased weed harvester, and it has been working to divest the lake of milfoil since late June.

14th annual Fayetteville Jazz Concert to be held July 17

The village of Fayetteville is pleased to announce the 14th annual Fayetteville Jazz concert. This year the free concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17 in Beard Park, Fayetteville. Bring the whole family, lawn chairs and outdoor blankets and listen to some great jazz.

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ESM honors partnerships with SUNY-ESF and the village of Minoa

East Syracuse Minoa Central School District students benefit greatly from rewarding partnerships with the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry (SUNY ESF) and the village of Minoa’s Cleanwater Educational Research Facility (CERF). The District honored both at a “Partnership for Learning” recognition on May 15.

When E. coli strikes Oneida Shores

With summer in full swing, many residents will be looking to public beaches to keep cool. But what happens when the beaches are closed? It’s a problem we’ve seen several times over the last couple of years at Oneida Shores in Brewerton, as well as other beaches along Oneida Lake. The park was closed to swimmers late last month by the Onondaga County Department of Health because E. coli bacteria had been found in unacceptable levels during routine sampling.

Eastern suburbs summer concert guide 2014

Some great news for local music lovers: there will be free live music most weeknights during the month of July in the Eastern suburbs. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get ready for a full month of great bands and good times!

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NYS Free Fishing Weekend set for June 28-29

Have you ever found yourself looking out over a lake or stream and suddenly feeling the urge to go fishing? Perhaps you’ve been held back by the thought of dishing out your hard-earned money on something you’re not sure of? Well, the authorities understand and the New York State DEC offers an annual Free Fishing Weekend to help you get started. This year’s falls on June 28-29 and allows you to fish anywhere in the state without a license.

Watch out for Emerald Ash Borer

With the warm weather here and most of us spending time outside tending to our landscapes, I thought it was an appropriate time to remind everyone to be on the lookout for ash trees that look sick or stressed. Since 2002, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been tracking the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer in the United States. Since 2009, it has been tracking its spread in New York state. The Emerald Ash Borer is a glittering, almost metallic-looking green beetle about a half inch long. This bug was unintentionally brought over from China on shipping crates and has been spreading across the United States ever since. Since this bug is native to Asia, it has no natural predators here in the U.S., and none of our trees have any natural defenses against it. It was first discovered in Onondaga County about two years ago. Although the bug is harmless to humans and other trees and plant life, it is unfortunately fatal to every species of ash tree.

Coyotes suspected to be living less than a mile from Mott Road Elementary School

It isn’t uncommon for Frank Pitcher to see wildlife in his backyard – owls, hawks, deer and woodchucks are among the typical visitors to his property.

Giraffe coming to Chittenango zoo this summer

The Wild Animal Park in Chittenango will soon become one of four zoos in New York State to have a giraffe. Jase the giraffe will join the park’s new African Trail and will begin greeting visitors on July 2. The African trail is a news section of the park that includes an African leopard and ostriches, which are also new residents of the park.

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Seneca River Day a success despite cool temps and clouds

Event went smoothly, families had fun and the Rotary Club raised money for the community

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville would like to thank the community, their sponsors and club members for another successful Seneca River Day, Saturday, June 14th at Mercer Park. The park was filled with vendor booths, there were activities and shows all day long and almost everything was free to enjoy.

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CACDA seeks more cyclists with new BikeCaz project

Cazenovia is a great place for bicycling. With its scenic vistas, waterside roadways and challenging hills, the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association sees great potential to attract more cyclists to the community, and has begun a new project to do just that.

Enjoy summer with a visit to a state park or a night spent camping under the stars

After the long, cold winter we had here in the Central New York, it’s time to take advantage of the warm weather and the beautiful sunshine as much as we can in the days to come. We’re fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful scenery throughout New York, from our beaches to our mountains to everything in between. When it’s nice out, there is no shortage of locations for taking advantage of what can only be described as glorious weather. The month of June is Great Outdoors Month, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by visiting one of New York’s 180 gorgeous state parks and historic sites.