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Column: The history circus

Now, here is a word for you: "absurdity." On the face of it, "absurd" is rather hard to decipher; it is obviously from Latin, but how? It turns out that the original meaning is not very different from the modern one -- "to be out of tune; to be tone deaf." Therefore, today's meaning "incongruous," or "ridiculous" is very close by.

Letters to the editor: Aug. 5 edition

Manlius walker concerned about safety within village

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Local middle school students take part in ‘Science Horizons’ program at SU

Teachers and students from the Syracuse community gathered at Syracuse University recently for Science Horizons, the summer science program sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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CNYSPCA Pet of the Week: Loving Lena needs a home

Call the CNYSPCA at 454-4479 to learn more about adopting Lena or one of her furry friends.

Column: Differentiate yourself on your college application

At a time when teenagers try so hard not to be different from their contemporaries, differentiating themselves on college applications is difficult. To make matters more challenging, the generic Common Application used by most colleges and universities (except for state applications) leaves little room for students to stand out.

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DeWitt celebrates 47th annual Canal Day

The town of DeWitt celebrated its 47th annual Canal Day on Aug. 1 with a day full of live music, entertainment, food, games, family-friendly activities and fireworks.

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East Syracuse holds off ban of chickens after public hearing

The village of East Syracuse Board of Trustees has decided to table voting on an amendment to local law that would make it illegal to raise chickens and other farm and wild animals on properties within the village. This decision was made after a public hearing held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 3, where about ten residents voiced their opinions on the matter.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Save the Rain saves money, reduces waste

As a member of the legislature’s Environmental Protection Committee, I receive regular updates from the Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection (WEP).

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PACE CNY holds ribbon cutting at new East Syracuse health center

PACE CNY, a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly held a ribbon cutting today for the new 38,000 square foot PACE CNY McAuliffe Health Center at 115 Circle Drive in East Syracuse.

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Jeff the Magic Man builds 35-foot balloon sculpture at DeWitt Canal Day

Local children’s entertainer Jeff the Magic Man recently put his balloon twisting skills to the test by building a 35-foot balloon display at the DeWitt Canal Day celebration.

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Neulander sentenced to 20 years to life in state prison for murder of his wife

Dr. Robert Neulander, an obstetrician residing in DeWitt, has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the 2012 murder of his wife Leslie in their home.

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Kimberly’s Ice Cream Factory celebrates 10-year anniversary with special photo exhibition

Originally located in Cazenovia, Kimberly’s Ice Cream Factory will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in Manlius on Aug. 13 by re-creating each of the photographs that hang in the store taken more than 10 years ago.

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Area police blotters Weeks of July 10 to 23

Area police blotters Weeks of July 10 to 23

Fayetteville-Manlius school driveway to be closed for maintenance

The main driveway entrance to Wellwood Middle School and Fayetteville Elementary School will be closed Friday, July 31 through Saturday, Aug. 1.