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A clean canvas; The future of Onondaga Lake's shoreline will be determined by the Syracuse community

“There is an alignment, I guess, of the stars right now to try to keep the monitoring programs working together and to reduce redundancy,” said Ed Michalenko, president of the Onondaga Environmental Institute.

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How government agencies, the public, and one large corporation are bringing Onondaga Lake 'back to life'

President Nixon, who had shown little interest in environmental issues before the first Earth Day celebrations in 1970, suddenly began to take note of the political possibilities.

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Robert Shepard, owner of bygone Fayetteville Home Fair, dies at 76

“It was a time when New York had a small town feel to it,” Bob Shepard said about Fayetteville in the 1960s. At the top of the hill and the center of town, the Shepard’s Home Fair served the community’s home improvement needs.

Jordan businesses to host 'Tween shopping day

The village of Jordan is not typically known for its shop-ability, but Saturday, Dec. 17, local ‘tweens are invited to bring their creativity and their wallets downtown for a unique shopping experience.

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Onondaga Lake: How it became ‘the most polluted lake in America’

Ironically, a European obsession with cleanliness eventually lead to Onondaga Lake being considered “the most polluted lake in America,” according to upstatefreshwater.org.

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Trees for Troops: Jordan tree farm serves as pick-up point

It’s not yet a white Christmas, but the lack of snow did not stop a dozen or so volunteers from getting into the Christmas spirit Dec. 5.

Elbridge: Hart Lot will see lower water rates

Water district project was completed in late-November

The Hart Lot water district has undergone the largest infrastructure upgrade in the district’s history, said Elbridge Town Supervisor Ken Bush.

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Posted: State DEC’s hunting regulations put burden of knowledge on landowner

State DEC’s hunting regulations put burden of knowledge on landowner

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, Hunters have a right to enter land that is “unimproved, apparently unused and unfenced (or not otherwise enclosed to exclude intruders).” This can pose a problem for property owners who do not want hunters trespassing on their land.

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A new beginning

Onondaga Lake Partnership sets sights high for the future of Onondaga Lake

The Onondaga Lake Partnership Nov. 29 held a community forum to discuss the progress and future of Onondaga Lake. More than 100 Syracuse area residents came to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo to hear about the current clean-up efforts and the partnership’s vision for Onondaga Lake’s future. Over the coming weeks, The Eagle will research this topic in a series of features that explore the history of the lake, the improvements that have taken place over the past decade, the legal and political influence, the current partnership effort around continuing those improvements, the vision of that partnership, and the education efforts that will inform the public about what’s happening at Onondaga Lake, and why Syracuse should be proud.

'Shift your shopping'

The Eagle's CNY holiday gift guide

The season of gifts can be a season of angst, especially if, like many locally minded Syracuse residents, you are shifting your shopping to locally owned, independent businesses. The Eagle has sought out these unique, local gifts for the men, women and children on your list.

Thanksgiving Bounty

Local chefs share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes

Local chefs share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes

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Buerkle hears heated concerns of central New York residents in Jordan

Central New York residents gather Tuesday to address Ann Marie Buerkle at a town hall meeting in Jordan.

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‘Since the gas started’

Pennsylvania pair recount their hydrofracking experience

Protesters carrying anti-fracking signs at Skaneateles First Presbyterian Church seemed to be preaching to the choir Wednesday at the “Hindsight is 20/20” hydrofracking presentation sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

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One ‘spark’ lit many flames

Linda "Sparky" Mortimer, owner of Sparkytown restaurant in the Hawley Green neighborhood, passed away Monday.

Tops Market could come to South Salina Street’s Valley Plaza

Stephanie Minor announced in a press release Monday, Nov. 14, that Ellicott Development Company and Tops Friendly Markets are finalizing the terms of a lease that will allow Tops to open a new supermarket in Valley Plaza on South Salina Street.

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Kinderhook Road speed limit lowered

The concerns of residents have lead to a lowered speed limit on Kinderhook Hook Road, a state road, in the town of Manlius.

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'A community divided

Pennsylvania pair recount their hydrofracking experience

Two farmers from Bradford County, Pa., Carolyn Knapp and Carol French, came to Skaneateles to discuss their experience with the Pennsylvania gas industry. While they claimed alliance to neither pro nor anti fracking, Carolyn and Carol clearly warned of what they called a “community divide.”

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FM grads host film premiere in father's name

While battling Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Allen Krassembaum became close with staff at Crouse Hospital where he was receiving care. In fact, the family was so familiar with the Hospital, they began jokingly calling themselves the “Crousembaums.”

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Animals as unique as their 'Art Gone Wild!'

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo will hold its third annual Art Gone Wild! auction 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The art on display at the zoo was produced by its residents, and is as wild and diverse as the species themselves.

OUR VIEW: The media as a 'huge kitchen table'

This week The Eagle spoke with Amy Goodman, co-host of Democracy Now!, an internationally acclaimed radio program. Goodman told us of her view of the media as a “huge kitchen table,” and spoke of the power of giving voice to a community and creating a forum where people can talk to each other.

Hakes takes Council seat in town of Marcellus, second seat still undecided

Peter Hakes took one seat as Town Councilor with 812 votes. Mary Jo Paul currently leads the race for the other seat with 610 votes over incumbent Donald Sherman's 605 votes.

Town of Elbridge districts report

Votes have been reported by all six districts in the town of Elbridge with incumbent town council candidates Douglas Blumer and Rita Dygert being re-elected. Town Justice Gale Mitchell was re-elected in an uncontested race for the seat with 532 votes.

Moments, Movements and the Media

At SU’s Hendrick’s Chapel, Goodman brought the power of small, local voices alive. From Rosa Parks to Seth Olsen, from Civil Rights to Occupy Wall Street, Goodman moved an audience of hundreds with her retelling of moments and movements.

I used to have a laundromat, but it folded

You could consider our ritual an attempt to hold children to a higher standard; but the truth is that it’s just a novel way to fill a cold October night with warmth and laughter. As it turns out, it’s just as fun for the kids.

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Gizmo warfare: What is a reaper drone?

The MQ9 Reaper is the source of protest for 32 individuals facing trial for disorderly conduct in Syracuse this week. The Eagle contacted Captain Anthony Bucci of the 174th Fighter Wing to find out exactly what a Reaper aircraft does.

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Occupying Syracuse: Beyond the Politics

Occupants took over Perseverance Park in early October, and has since grown into a movement that transcends politics.

Take advantage of variety, abundance of squash

What's Local CNY?

The sweet, dense flesh of winter squash develops over an entire summer, and is loaded with vitamins A and C. With all of the varieties New York state has to offer, how to choose which squash to buy and eat?

CNY is proud apple country

Apples have a rich history in New York. The first known apple tree in New York State was planted by Governor Peter Stuyvesant in 1647.

Celeriac: celery flavor minus stringy stalks

What's in the Box?

If a vegetable’s beauty is related to its flavor, no one would even bother with celeriac.

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Elevate eggplant with simple prep

What's in the Box?

Shiny, aubergine-colored skin is the eggplant’s calling card, but eggplants come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

Try melons in salad, sorbet or smoothies

What's in the Box?

On a hot, summer day there is nothing more satisfying than biting into a sun-ripened, thirst-quenching melon.

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At Ramadan, Muslim community looks within, reaches out

While ISCNY holds a year-round open door policy for guests and visitors, Ramadan offers a unique opportunity to engage with the community. Just after sunset, Muslims pray the sunset prayer and share Iftar, a community meal.

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Home-roasted tomatoes beat store-bought sundried

Cherry tomatoes can range from as small as a salad crouton to as large as an egg.