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Going to the dogs

The 2014 Canine Carnival, held Aug. 10, was a rousing success. Now in its fifth year, it is the largest dog rescue event in New York State. With an increasing number of volunteer organizations, vendors, shows and adoptees, the outdoor event needed even more space this year and pulled up stakes for a move to Jamesville Beach County Park, where County Executive Joanie Mahoney kicked off the event, followed by a local pastor's prayer over the animals.

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You are what you eat?

Fayetteville woman raising awareness about food allergy walk; proceeds will go to research

From the time she was 11 months old, Lindsey Stoppacher’s oldest daughter, Harper, did not like the taste of peanuts.

Solarize Syracuse promotes solar power in Syracuse and surrounding areas

Recently, seven local organizations partnered together to create a grassroots solar power initiative called “Solarize Syracuse”. Its mission is to provide residences in the greater Syracuse area with solar power, saving both money and the planet.

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Sharkey’s to host country music festival for Clear Path for Veterans

Too often, veterans returning home from combat zones aren’t getting the support they need. That’s especially true if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an often silent disability triggered by a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. While PTSD can happen to anyone who has experienced trauma, it’s particularly common in veterans; while it occurs in approximately 7 to 8 percent of the general population, 11 to 20 percent of Afghanistan or Iraq vets, 10 percent of Gulf War vets and 30 percent of Vietnam vets suffer from PTSD. In order to support these veterans, a group of volunteers has organized a benefit called the Victory for Vets Country Music Festival to take place Aug. 16 at Sharkey’s in Liverpool. The proceeds from the event will go to Clear Path for Veterans, a nonprofit based in Chittenango that provides support for returning veterans, including peer-to-peer support, classes, service dogs and more.

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Bruin Recycling and Sen. DeFrancisco present check for Flags and Flowers for Veterans

DeFrancisco’s e-cycling event raises $1,000 for local charity

On July 28, at East Syracuse Village Hall, State Sen. John A. DeFrancisco joined Jon Nappa, of Bruin Recycling, and Alice Kim, of Time Warner Cable, to present a $1,000 check to Flags and Flowers for the Veterans. The donation was generated through an electronics recycling event, held this past June in East Syracuse, that DeFrancisco sponsored along with Time Warner Cable and Bruin Recycling.

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Syracuse Crunch raises funds for Red Cross Disaster Relief

Donation sparked by Smithfield tornado and East Syracuse storm damage

In the wake of the tornado and severe storms that hit Central New York on July 8, the Syracuse Crunch recently raised more than $1,000 for the American Red Cross through a jersey auction fundraiser. The money raised will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which will be used to help provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance for victims of future disasters.

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Taste of Cazenovia to be held at Willow Bank Yacht Club

More sponsors, increased participants scheduled for this year’s annual event

The gourmand, the oenophile, the epicurean, the zymurgist — whatever the label for people who love good food and drink, they all will be happy on Sept. 9, when the annual Taste of Cazenovia event returns. This year, for the first time ever, the event will be held at the Willow Bank Yacht Club.

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Salon and local non-profit team up to provide free wigs to cancer patients

During the early years of Rose Ruggiero’s career as a hairstylist, she worked at a salon that required its employees to take part in community service. And during those years of employment, Ruggiero dedicated hours of her time to cutting wigs for patients at no charge.

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Manlius gazebo recreated to look almost identical to 1880s version

In the 1880s, when Manlius was compiled of dirt roads, a small gazebo was built at the corner of Academy Street and East Seneca Turnpike. The gazebo remained standing for more than 130 years, but eventually needed many repairs. This summer, the tattered, worn-down gazebo has been rebuilt to look similar to the old one, but stronger and more stable.

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The ‘Geek’ life

Fayetteville Library’s Geek Girl Camp encourages science, engineering, technology and math careers for girls

It’s not very common to find a public library that offers a week-long summer camp experience for kids. But the Fayetteville Free Library did just that from July 28 through Aug. 1, when it offered the first ever “Geek Girl Camp” for Central New York girls.

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Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb to perform in Manlius Aug. 5

The Manlius United Methodist Church is once again bringing Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb to the summer Concerts in the Park series. They will be performing at the Manlius Village Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

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The giving spirit

Fayetteville teen awarded $36,000 for providing low-income families with everyday essentials

It all started when Adena Rochelson volunteered at a local food pantry. Rochelson, who was 9 years old at the time, noticed an empty shelf that was intended to hold personal care items, like toilet paper and soap.

Critical Link V-P leads septet Saturday at Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

Dave Rice is co-owner of Critical Link, a prominent town of DeWitt electronics product development company on Brooklawn Parkway, but he’s also a talented saxophone player and bandleader. His group, Tradewind, which also features his daughter, Lauren, will be showcased at the 2014 Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in downtown Syracuse’s Clinton Square. Admission is free.

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Third annual Fay-Man Day of Races to be held July 27

Runners and “mudders” of all ages will soon take part in the third annual Fay-Man Day of Races, scheduled for Sunday, July 27 at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. The event, which is a fundraiser for the F-M All Sports Booster Club, offers competitors three different races; the Muddy Hornet Challenge, the 5k Race of Champions and the Mud Puppy Dash Fun Run for kids.

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Town of Manlius Recreation Department to put on ‘Les Misérables’

"Les Misérables," a critically acclaimed musical and a story of turmoil, love and courage in the darkest of times, has moved audiences around the world. Now, the musical will be performed at the Fayetteville-Manlius High School for community members and visitors by the town of Manlius Recreation Department. This year, for the first time in 12 years, Shawn Hebert, the town of Manlius’ musical director for more than 10 years, will take the stage for the first time as lead character, Jean Valjean.

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