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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.

LEON Festival to offer free fun, information to keep summer safe for kids

An afternoon and evening of fun and fireworks, featuring a performance by the national singing sensation Kidz Bop, will highlight the LEON Festival to take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at Onondaga Lake Park. Admission to the event is free. The event celebrates the halfway mark to the winter holidays and the start of summer.

Town board hears earful on proposed noise ordinance and special events laws

One month after the Cazenovia Town Board officially proposed new town laws to prevent and control excessive noise and to establish procedures and requirements to hold special events, numerous town residents and business owners attended a public hearing to voice their concerns and criticisms of the potential actions.

County Legislature holds ‘Ash for Trash’ meeting in DeWitt

Despite residents’ pleas, legislature does not extend public comment period

The clock is ticking towards the expiration of a contract between Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency and Covanta Energy regarding the incinerator on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville.

B’ville Rotary to host 20th Annual Seneca River Day

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville’s 20th annual Seneca River Day will take place Saturday, June 14. As the largest fundraiser for the club, a lot of effort has gone into making sure the park is full of vendors, that there is entertainment for the kids all day long and families will find it a fun and affordable experience.

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Mapping the world, one village at a time

Google Street View visits Manlius and Fayetteville

Now that the weather is getting nicer, a number of people are beginning to flock to Central New York to enjoy it – including representatives from Google.

Baldwinsville Community Band releases concert dates

The Baldwinsville Community Band is pleased to announce its Summer Concert Season for 2014. The band is completing its 35th year of performing concerts under the direction of founder and conductor Phill Sterling, for Baldwinsville residents. The concerts are free to the public and usually performed on Wednesday evenings. All you need to bring is your own seating, unless the concert is scheduled for indoors, then seating is provided. In case of rain or extreme heat, outdoor concerts will be cancelled and posted on our website, or you can call 635-1235 for information.