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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.

Lakeland Park beach closed again by health department

Blue-green algae blooms have returned in some places in Cazenovia Lake, and Madison County Health Department officials have recommended that swimming at Lakeland Park Beach should be restricted until the BGA blooms observed have dissipated or otherwise cleared from swim area. Swimming at Willow Bank Yacht Club may continue, and all swimmers / boaters advised to simply rinse off promptly with clean water after leaving the lake, the department stated.

Cazenovia town office now selling fishing licenses, offering free mosquito repellant

Cazenovia Town Clerk Connie Sunderman would like to remind Cazenovia residents and visitors that the town has resumed selling hunting and fishing licenses on July 1 after an 18-month hiatus. Licenses may be purchased at the town office at 7 Albany St. during regular business hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. A driver’s license is required.

Editorial: Residential chickens cause big problems in a small community

Chicken is a staple in the American diet. Whether it be their meat or their eggs, there are countless ways to cook a chicken and its products. For some people, raising chickens in their yards seems like a cost-effective way to get poultry products, rather than drive to Wegmans or Tops.

East Syracuse looks to rid village of backyard chickens

Will hold public hearing at Aug. 3 board meeting

The village of East Syracuse municipal office has gotten multiple complaints about properties within the village that are housing chickens — and the village board is looking to do something about it.

Bishop Grimes to host annual golf tournament

Bishop Grimes has announced Saturday, July 25, as the date for their annual Cobra Golf Classic Tournament.

Fayetteville Village Board revises local firearms law to help deer management efforts

The village of Fayetteville is moving forward with its plans to reduce and manage the deer population in the village by changing village law to allow trained and permitted individuals to use a compound bow to hunt deer within village limits.

Cazenovia Lake beaches reopened for swimming

Cazenovia Lake has reopened for swimming and other water-related activities, the Madison County Department of Health has announced.

Cazenovia Lake closed to swimming due to algae blooms

Due to the presence of blue-green algae (BGA) blooms within the bathing beach areas of both Lakeland Park and Willow Bank Yacht Club, the Cazenovia Lake beaches have been closed for swimming until further notice, according to an announcement from the Madison County Department of Health.

Registration open for first ever ‘Tour the Towpath’ cycling event

Ride is a 36 mile recreational bike ride from Rome to DeWitt

Communities along the Old Erie Canal Historic State Park have teamed up to offer a new event called Tour the Towpath, a 36 mile bicycle ride along the Old Erie Canal on July 31 and Aug. 1. Participants can enjoy great cycling, community hospitality and local attractions as they bike from Rome to DeWitt.

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Lorenzo Driving Competition returns to Cazenovia

The sights and sounds of beautiful horses, carriages new and old and handsomely dressed drivers will return to Cazenovia in the annual Lorenzo Driving Competition on July 18 and 19 at the Lorenzo State Historic Site. Spectators can attend this free event to watch the competition and also to learn about the history of carriages and about contemporary horse health practices.

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Students learn about Onondaga Nation’s culture at F-M Archaeology Camp

Despite the rainy weather last week, about 20 students took the opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn about the Onondaga Nation at the annual F-M Archaeology Camp, which ran from June 29 to July 3 at the district owned excavation site off of Broadfield Road in Manlius.

Editorial: Fight the burn

As you enjoy some fun in the sun this summer, it’s important to protect your body’s largest organ: the skin.