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The Book Beat: Top Reads of 2015

The year 2015 is behind us, but you might be interested to know what the top reads were — at least locally. According to circulation statistics at the DeWitt Community Library, the following books were the most read titles by local residents. How many did you read?

Open auditions announced for musical ‘Sweet Charity’

Auditions for the musical “Sweet Charity” will be held at the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College, on Lincklaen Street in Cazenovia. Auditions are open to the entire Central New York theater community, all roles are open.

In the Earth: Talc and zinc mining in northern New York

The holidays are over, and I can get back to work on things mineralogical while waiting for spring. My co-authors and I finished our book on the Black Tourmaline Locality, Pierrepont, N.Y., a month ahead of our Dec. 1 deadline, and it took us only a few short weeks to find another topic pleading for its own book — one not yet addressed in the published literature in a comprehensive way. So here goes…

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Volunteer of the Month – January 2016

Nancy George – OASIS

As a longtime member of OASIS I am acutely aware of what this organization brings to the community. OASIS is an educational enrichment program for seniors, and thanks to the sponsorship of Upstate Medical University is one of several chapters in the country. And now, in its 15th year, about 1,000 members take classes each trimester.

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Fayetteville Village Apartment developer withdraws planning board application

Developer will look into alternative projects for site

The developers behind the controversial Fayetteville Village Apartments on 547 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville have decided to withdraw their application for the residential apartment and townhouse project.

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New year, new goals

Municipal leaders set New Year’s Resolutions

At the start of each year, the Eagle Bulletin asks town supervisors and village mayors in its coverage area to state their goals and hopes for their municipalities in the coming year. In 2016, local leaders have in mind a plethora of initiatives and goals including balanced budgets, reasonable tax rates, equipment and infrastructure upgrades, addressing unfunded mandates from the state and addressing on the ongoing issue of the proposed inland port project, to name a few.

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Bernie’s Commercial; Highly Controversial Top Ten of 2015

Each year, critics all over the world come up with lists of what they feel are the best movies that came out the previous year. My list is just a little different.

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Sharpshooters to be used in village deer management program

Flyover will determine quantity of deer will occur before program begins

The Fayetteville bait-and-cull deer management plan underwent a dramatic change this week after the village board approved the use of federally contracted sharpshooters rather than local volunteer bowhunters to eliminate village deer and also contracted with an aviation company to conduct flyovers of the village to observe deer population density.

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Sled for RED Cardboard Sledding Derby returns Feb. 6

ACR Health will hold its sixth Annual Sled for RED Cardboard Sledding Derby on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center in Fayetteville.

Column: Who were those kids?

Before the holiday dust even settles, your college student will be returning for spring break. Many of you are probably evaluating how your holidays went. If you are among those who felt it was great to have your son or daughter home and they were nothing but helpful and respectful, then count yourselves as very fortunate.

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Citizens in DeWitt invited to have ‘Coffee with a Councilor’

Events created to open dialogue between local government and residents

Citizens in DeWitt will have several opportunities in the upcoming months to meet with and talk to their local elected officials about whatever is on their mind at the Coffee with a Councilor events.

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Meals on Wheels expands ‘Wellness in Nutrition’ program to East Syracuse, Minoa and Kirkville

The FM-JD area Meals on Wheels is already a busy organization. Currently, about 100 people benefit from the Meals on Wheels programs that has served Fayetteville, Manlius, Jamesville, DeWitt, Fabius, Pompey, LaFayette, Tully and Bridgeport for more than 40 years. Recently, the organization announced an expansion to provide the Wellness in Nutrition (WIN) program to the East Syracuse, Minoa and Kirkville areas.

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Remembering 2015: A review of the top stories of the year

The beginning of a new year is always an appropriate time to reflect on the events of the year just ending. In the Eagle Bulletin coverage area, there have been major headlines in the areas of community news, crime, business, sports and education that have touched the lives of us all.

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Chilly Chili 5K to have altered route this year

Race will start and finish at Cazenovia College athletic center

The annual Chilly Chili 5K event will return to Cazenovia in just under three weeks and, for the first time, the location of the race’s start and finish lines have been changed. The race will begin and end this year on Liberty Street, near the intersection with Union Street, which will allow runners to start and finish closer to both the registration and the after party locations at the Cazenovia College Athletic Center.

Christmas tree recycling at OCRRA begins Jan. 4

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are more than 4,000 local Christmas tree recycling programs throughout the United States. Onondaga County is home to many such programs, and now is the time to get rid of your tree and give it new life by turning it into mulch.