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SLA learns more about foam in Skaneateles Lake

Over the last several years there has been a visible increase in the amount of foam on Skaneateles Lake.

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Werner honored as Citizen of the Year

Four honored at biennial chamber event

The Skaneateles Country Club was full of laughter and gratitude at the Citizen of the Year award dinner on Oct. 17. Four Skaneateles residents were honored at the biennial event held by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. This year’s Citizen of the Year honor went to Dr. Bob Werner, who was recognized for his work removing invasive species from Skaneateles Lake as well as other volunteer efforts mainly focusing around the lake and nearby nature.

Hallowrun for Hunger is this weekend

Don’t miss your chance to get chased by zombies — and help the hungry at the same time. The first-ever Hallowrun for Hunger, organized by Cicero-North Syracuse High School sophomores Liz Westfall and Megan Cuculich, will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the McKinley Shelter at Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton. The 5K course will feature student zombies from Cicero-North Syracuse High School, who will chase runners as they make their way along the course. The event will raise money for the Food Bank of Central New York, the main food supplier to 268 emergency food programs in 11 counties in the state.

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FMHS senior organizes race to benefit local and national refugees

Ever since she was in third grade, Caroline Tangoren has been interested in human rights. She began volunteering with a family friend at Francis House, a local hospice home in Syracuse, where she would go once a week and talk with the residents.

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Ripe for the picking

Adams Acres is the only organic ‘U-pick’ apple orchard in CNY

If you travel south past the Jamesville Reservoir on Route 91 and drive a bit off the beaten path, you’ll stumble across Adams Acres, a family-run apple orchard tucked in between the rolling hills of Jamesville. Unlike some other orchards around Central New York, Bill and Kathy Adams decided from the start that they wanted their business to focus on two things: excellent customer service and simply just allowing people to pick apples.

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Zoo to welcome original ‘Wild Kingdom’ host Jim Fowler Oct. 3

On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will host, “Twilight at the Zoo Special Edition: A Life in the Wild with Jim Fowler.” The evening lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., and is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.

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Skaneateles fall fest is this weekend

Oct. 4 through 6 is Skaneateles’ annual Fall Fest weekend.

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Skaneateles high school students get hands on experience in SUNY ESF lab

While some teenagers were life guarding, mowing lawns or waiting tables this summer, five Skaneateles High School students were conducting research that may someday help to save certain species of trees from extinction.

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Guest Column: An inside look into my journey to the 2016 Paralympics

Baldwinsville resident Erin Scala just returned from a week, Sept. 6 through Sept. 13, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Below, the athlete chronicles her experience.

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Cycle for safety

The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing Children to be held this week

If you enjoy company while cycling long distances, why not consider riding for a cause? The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing children, a 100-mile police escorted bicycle ride through Syracuse and parts of Central New York, is taking place this Friday, Sept. 27. Sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York (NCMEC/NY), the event serves three purposes.

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Dealing with invasive species in CNY

Lawmakers, local groups deal with invasive species that pose threats to environment, infrastructure

Several new threatening invasive species have emerged in Central New York within the past 10 years that have caused lawmakers, government agencies and private groups to take action. These include emerald ash borers, milfoil, hydrilla and wild boars.

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Buddy Walk is one of many supports offered by DSA of CNY

The DSA of CNY offers a number of activities for families of those with Down syndrome, but its biggest event — and the only one it offers that’s open to the entire community — is the Buddy Walk, which celebrates its 15th year this fall. “At our Buddy Walk, we do not focus on the therapies, doctor appointments, etc., that is a part of their daily life. We celebrate the joy of having them in our lives and family,” Bottego said. “Most of the committee members have worked on the Buddy Walk from the beginning. We have volunteers who come back year after year because it such an uplifting event.” The Buddy Walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Long Branch Park in Liverpool. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.; walkers who have pre-registered can pick up their preordered shirts. Walk-in registration is also available. T-shirts are available to purchase. Children’s games are open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and only shut down while the walk is in progress. Attendees can purchase raffle tickets The walk starts at 10:30 a.m. The walkers follow the path out of the Longbranch Park area into the Willow Bay section of Onondaga Lake Park.

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Ready for the hunt

75th annual Parade of Hounds draws crowds throughout the village

The chilly, overcast and wet morning did not dampen the spirit of the spectators, riders — and especially the dogs — for the Limestone Creek Hunt Club’s 75th annual Parade of Hounds through the village on Sunday, Sept. 8. The parade, which started on Emory Avenue and continued right onto Sullivan Street, right onto Albany Street, left onto Rippleton Road and onto the grounds of the Lorenzo State Historic Site, is the official beginning to the hunt club’s season.

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Annual duck race raises money for Bridgeport Food Pantry

More than 5,200 ducks took to Chittenango Creek in a race for more than glory — these ducks raced to raise money for the Bridgeport Food Pantry, which serves families in the towns of Cicero, Manlius and Sullivan. The Don’t Duck Hunger duck race, the brainchild of food pantry coordinator Patti Hedrick, typically raises about $25,000 for the pantry and is its major annual fundraiser; totals for this year’s race were not yet available at press time.

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Disabled youth compete in Skinnyman triathlon

There were plenty of spectators on hand for the ninth annual Skinnyman triathlon held in Skaneateles on Saturday, but this year they had something out of the ordinary to cheer for. Identical twins Jack and Nolan Willis of Fayetteville and Shane Lauer, of Phoenix, Md., who are all affected by Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, competed and completed the race.