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The joy of the season

St. Matthew’s to celebrate Holy Week with a mix of tradition and faith

More than one billion Catholics across the world are in the midst of observing Holy Week, which began with a Palm Sunday service and will conclude with a final mass on Easter. Holy Week, the last week of Lent, is an deeply spiritual time of year for the Catholic Church – it begins with a celebration on Palm Sunday, then turns into a solemn observance of Jesus Christ’s death and ends with an elaborate, joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter.

Volunteers needed for CommuniTree Steward Program

Community members looking for a hands-on education and technical experience in urban tree management are invited to sign-up for the CommuniTree Steward program. This volunteer service-based program from Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) offers FREE training in tree biology, tree identification, and planting and maintenance for young trees. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) training, including in-depth ash tree identification, EAB detection and monitoring, are included in the course curriculum.

No good movies playing? No way! Check out your local arts cinema

The spring and summer months after the Oscars come out can be a difficult time for American movie goers. It seems like all of the well-crafted, interesting movies have gone into hiding and in their place have arrived jarring blockbusters and action flicks designed solely to overstimulate the senses. While those movies can sometimes be fun (Thor, I'm thinking of you here), overall they don't offer much satisfaction to people who see cinema as an art form on par with great literature or painting.

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Volunteer of the Month: April 2014

Paul Goetchius: On Point for College

April’s Volunteer of the Month is Paul Goetchius, a volunteer mentor in the On Point for College program. On Point for College is a nonprofit tax-exempt college access program founded in 1999 whose stated mission is to open the door to higher education for inner city youth.

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Zimbabwean gospel singer brings music, joy to Cazenovia

On his first visit to the United States, in the midst of an East Coast tour, international gospel sensation and social activist Tembalami is spending some of his time in Cazenovia and performing three concerts in the village this week. Tembalami Tagwirei— who is typically known simply as “Tembalami” — is a gospel musician from Zimbabwe with a passion for inspiring, motivating and educating the current as well as the next generation.

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Do you CrossFit?

New high-intensity exercise program explodes in the Syracuse market

As recently as seven years ago, very few people in the Central New York area had ever heard of CrossFit. When CrossFit DeWitt opened at Sports Center 481 in 2008, it was the first CrossFit gym within a 70 mile radius. Tex Jones, who co-owns CrossFit DeWitt with Joe Commisso, said people get “addicted” to the short, high-impact fitness classes and can’t help but come back for more.

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The eyes of the community

Two Fayetteville letter carriers to retire after 30-plus years of service

For almost 31 years, Rich Adams and Ron Barnwell have been delivering letters to Fayetteville residents’ homes. But on April 3, both men will hang up their letter carrier uniforms for good, as they are both ending their careers and moving on to retirement from a job they both agree that they loved doing.

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Cub scouts in the 21st century

Many people may think cub scouts are doing the same traditional activities that they’re been doing since the Cub Scouts of America began more than 100 years ago, in 1914. But the scouts F-M’s pack 369 say that the things they learn and do are much different than what kids in the organization were doing as recently as 15 years ago.

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40 years and counting

Sno Top owners Vince and Kathy Giordano reflect on the past and look towards the future for the Manlius landmark

If you live in or around Syracuse’s eastern suburbs, chances are you’ve been to Sno Top. And if you haven’t, you are missing out – at least that’s what some of the ice cream shop’s most loyal fans say.

Community invited to attend F-M Relay For Life kick-off event

With two months to go before the main event, a Relay For Life kick-off celebration will be held on March 24 for members of the Fayetteville-Manlius community.

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Lowdown and high lonesome

The Good Acoustics showcase two varied vocal styles Saturday at Steeple

A fiery fiddle and a propulsive upright bass drive the music of Larry Hoyt & The Good Acoustics, but two distinctive voices – one male and one female – dynamically deliver the group’s lyrics.

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CNY Decorative Artists paint rain barrels to help ‘Save the Rain’

Unlike most fine artists, the majority of the members of the Central New York Decorative Artists chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters never went to school to hone their craft. In fact, most of them, like Roseann Guidera, picked up the skill later in life and immediately fell in love with the simplicity of the decorative painting process.

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WCNY-FM offers special radio service for blind and visually impaired

For more than three decades, WCNY-FM has been serving the blind and visually-impaired residents of Central New York with a special radio service called READ-OUT.

OCC to host business conference

Onondaga Community College is more than just an asset for students seeking an associate’s degree in one of the numerous programs they offer. OCC is home to the NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC provides one-on-one advisement to start up and existing businesses. OCC staff at the SBDC consists of small business advisors who can advise an entrepreneur on making their business a success. The SBDC works with businesses of all varieties; home based, e-commerce, manufacturing firms — small to large. Services provided by the SBDC are free and confidential. Additionally, the SBDC partners with statewide agencies which provide a strong network of support. Some of the support the SBDC can assist with is business plan development, small business start-ups, organizational structures, exporting, cost analysis, marketing, financial management, financing strategies, training programs, business expansion, selling a business and research.

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CBA Lenten Drive supports Challengers ‘Field of Dreams’ project

Christian Brothers Academy Peer Ministers in Social Justice presented this year’s Lenten Drive to students and faculty prior to an Ash Wednesday prayer service on March 5.

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