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E-Race Cancer Half-Marathon, 5k coming to Lysander

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. 13), seemed like the perfect day to hold Baldwinsville’s only half marathon and 5k running event.”

Fayetteville High School alumni to hold annual reunion

The Fayetteville High School Alumni Association is planning its 16th annual Reunion Weekend on Aug. 22 and 23. It is open to anyone who attended Fayetteville High School (now known as Wellwood Middle School). It then became part of the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District in 1953. However, for several years thereafter, until F-M High School opened, hundreds of students graduated from the original building. These former students are also welcome.

Syracuse Chiefs provide family fun this summer

July is Park and Recreation Month, making it the perfect time to get out and experience all our community has to offer. This year’s theme is “OUT is IN,” and there are many ways that you and your family can step outside and spend quality time together — without breaking the bank — right here in Central New York.

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Northern suburbs offer plenty of swimming options

If you’re looking to beat the heat, you can lock yourself somewhere air-conditioned — or you can get outside and into the water. The northern suburbs offer a number of swimming holes to help you beat the heat, from sandy beaches to public pools. Read on to find one in your area.

Beaver Lake to hold Wild Wednesdays

Beaver Lake is excited to introduce Wild Wednesdays, a new program designed for children pre-school age and up. Each week, from July 9 thru Aug. 20 (except July 30), participants will explore Beaver Lake with a naturalist and take part in wild and fun activities.

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.