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Next Syracuse Repair Café to be held in DeWitt

Have various things around that house that are in need of repair? The next Syracuse Repair Café event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2 at the Jewish Community Center, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt.

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CBA’s Hamlin ’11 donates Ivy League championship ring to the school

Christian Brothers Academy graduate Tyler Hamblin ’11, who received his degree in sociology from Harvard University in May, recently donated his 2011 Ivy League Football Championship ring to the school.

Column: Past present: A tour of the Sterling Renaissance Festival

Nestled in the hills of Sterling in a most unlikely grove, from early July through mid August, the past comes alive at the Sterling Renaissance Festival.

AJ’s Archery to host benefit championship shoot July 25-26

In conjunction with its annual open house and sales event later this month, AJ’S Archery will host the IBO World Championship Warm Up to benefit Syracuse-based “Two Smiles One Hope” The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, at AJ’S Archery, 3938 Nelson Heights Road in Cazenovia.

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Manlius Historical Society to hold second annual Taste of Manlius July 21

Tickets are now on sale for the second annual “Save Our History: A Taste of Manlius Summer Soiree,” which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21.

Editorial: Residential chickens cause big problems in a small community

Chicken is a staple in the American diet. Whether it be their meat or their eggs, there are countless ways to cook a chicken and its products. For some people, raising chickens in their yards seems like a cost-effective way to get poultry products, rather than drive to Wegmans or Tops.

Column: Here come the hops — again!

This column seems to be one about ancient knowledge. Two generations ago, everyone around Central New York knew about hops. Before long, I suspect, this will again be true.

East Syracuse looks to rid village of backyard chickens

Will hold public hearing at Aug. 3 board meeting

The village of East Syracuse municipal office has gotten multiple complaints about properties within the village that are housing chickens — and the village board is looking to do something about it.

Bishop Grimes to host annual golf tournament

Bishop Grimes has announced Saturday, July 25, as the date for their annual Cobra Golf Classic Tournament.

Fayetteville Village Board revises local firearms law to help deer management efforts

The village of Fayetteville is moving forward with its plans to reduce and manage the deer population in the village by changing village law to allow trained and permitted individuals to use a compound bow to hunt deer within village limits.

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Animal welfare advocates protest DeWitt Circus

Last week, the Cole Bros Circus set up a giant tent in the parking lot of ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt, but not all locals were lining up to buy tickets. On Friday, July 10, more than 20 protestors from several local animal advocate groups showed up to demonstrate against the circus, which uses live animal acts including elephants and tigers.

Registration open for first ever ‘Tour the Towpath’ cycling event

Ride is a 36 mile recreational bike ride from Rome to DeWitt

Communities along the Old Erie Canal Historic State Park have teamed up to offer a new event called Tour the Towpath, a 36 mile bicycle ride along the Old Erie Canal on July 31 and Aug. 1. Participants can enjoy great cycling, community hospitality and local attractions as they bike from Rome to DeWitt.

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Stickley CEO to be inducted into the American Furnishings Hall of Fame

Among five to be inducted at gala in October

Using the new selection process, five industry leaders will be inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame on Oct. 18 during the High Point Market.

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Lorenzo Driving Competition returns to Cazenovia

The sights and sounds of beautiful horses, carriages new and old and handsomely dressed drivers will return to Cazenovia in the annual Lorenzo Driving Competition on July 18 and 19 at the Lorenzo State Historic Site. Spectators can attend this free event to watch the competition and also to learn about the history of carriages and about contemporary horse health practices.

The Book Beat: Page-to-screen

Have you seen a good book? Hollywood is always looking for the next hit and frequently turns to books. Adaptations to screen aren’t always successful, but they invariably generate interest in the source material. It may be difficult to decide whether to read the book before or after seeing the movie — there’s pros and cons either way — but that’s for you to decide. Here are some recent and soon-to-be released books to movies.