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F-M coach named National Girls’ Cross Country Coach of the Year

Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s cross country, indoor and spring track head coach has earned another accolade to add to his list of honors.

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NOPL news: One day, three events, three libraries — how will you choose?

If your weekend isn’t already filled with things to do, you’re in luck! NOPL has great events happening at each library this Saturday that you’re not going to want to miss. The annual Friends of the Brewerton Library Book Sale is taking place at NOPL @ Brewerton, NOPL @ Cicero has a LibraryFarm Open House and NOPL @ North Syracuse is hosting the Syracuse Repair Café.

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EDITORIAL: Avoid the ‘drowning machine’

This weekend’s tragedy on the Seneca River reveals one of the most dangerous aspects of boating in Baldwinsville: the lowhead hydraulic dam, or as it is often called, the “drowning machine.” how can incidents like Saturday’s be prevented? There are steps boaters can take to ensure their safety:

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DeWitt cuts ribbon on Butternut Creek Recreation and Nature Trail

After more than a decade of work to create a local park system connected through trails and walkways over the old Erie Canal, the ribbon was cut last weekend on the Butternut Creek Recreation and Nature Trail in DeWitt to celebrate the opening of the new wooden boardwalk.

Editorial: Community persistence helped keep cygnets at the Manlius Swan Pond

In early March, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ruled that mute swans — a species native to Europe and Asia — were an invasive species and made a plan to eliminate the waterfowl by 2025.

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Cicero Community Festival returns for 23rd year

It simply isn’t summertime without the Cicero Community Festival. Regardless of what the weather is doing, the Greater Cicero Chamber of Commerce and Drivers Village are hosting the annual celebration of local businesses Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, behind Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Route 11. This year’s theme is “Let the Good Times Roll.”

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DEC sends permit: Manlius swans can hatch eggs

Cygnets will begin to hatch over the course of the next week

After a long battle, Manny and Faye — the famous mute swan pair at the Manlius Swan Pond — will be able to legally hatch their cygnets.

Village of North Syracuse to offer youth summer day camp

Children ages 5 to 14 are invited to participate in the North Syracuse Summer Day Camp Program. This fun-filled program is licensed through Onondaga County and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for seven weeks, from June 29 to Aug. 14.

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NOPL news: Learn about the basics of birding

NOPL will offer the public an opportunity to view a variety of local birds and learn more about birding as a hobby when it hosts the workshop “Intro to Birding” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at NOPL @ Cicero and again at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at NOPL @ Brewerton.

New York state to offer internet-based safe boating education course

Online course makes it more convenient to satisfy boating education requirements

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today announced that boaters and personal watercraft operators can now obtain a boating safety certificate by successfully completing an approved online course. Until now, the only option for the 20,000 people seeking a boating safety certificate in New York each year was to complete an eight-hour classroom-based course.

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Village and town of Manlius hold Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony

Town awarded Tree City USA status for 11th consecutive year

Representatives from the village and town of Manlius joined together last week to celebrate Arbor Day, recognize the 11th year the town of Manlius has been named a Tree City USA and show the importance of making the area a tree-friendly place to live by planting a serviceberry tree that was donated by the Manlius Lions Club.

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F-M Relay for Life seeking cancer survivors to participate in ‘Survivor’s Lap’

This year’s F-M Relay for Life is quickly approaching, and the student group helping to organize the fundraiser is looking for cancer survivors to participate in the annual Survivor’s Lap.

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F-M girls crew wins New York Scholastic Rowing Championship

F-M sends a record five boats to the SRAA National Championship Regatta

The Fayetteville Manlius High School rowing program celebrated a historic trip to the New York State Scholastic Rowing Association’s Championship Regatta at Fish Creek on May 9 and 10. The F-M Hornets girls senior 2x (Dana Moffat and Jessika Coleman) won a gold medal and are the 2015 New York State Scholastic Champions.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Enjoy summer at the center with Summer Entertainment Series

Canton Woods looks forward to a summer season filled with summer foods and fun!

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Freezing or steaming, BPL is here

Sometimes we freeze and sometimes we steam, but May reminds us all just why we live in Central New York. The trees are green, the flowers are glorious and if we’re lucky we might make it to June before we have to crank the air conditioners. Enjoy yourselves but don’t forget the library is still here to provide shelter from a sudden shower, free Wi-Fi and the chance to make your life better than it’s ever been.