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East Syracuse Fire Department Field Days to be held June 19 – 21

Since he was a kid, Mike Cramer has been attending fire department field days. He said that 25 years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to attend a different department’s field days every weekend – on some weekends, there were may have even been two field days.

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‘The Coolican’ trophy has a new home at Syracuse Hall of Fame

The James J. “Bud” Coolican Memorial Golf Tournament, Central New York’s first golf tournament to raise money for the charity, has ended its 43-year run, having raised $900,000 for the American Cancer Society since 1970.

Silent auction and dinner to be held to support F-M Relay

The Fayetteville Manlius Community Relay for Life is quickly approaching. Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 31, Relay is a team walk, where team members alternate walking the track throughout the event in an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event will be held at the F-M High School track, and will feature Hot 107.9 along with local bands playing throughout the afternoon and evening.

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Intriguing instruments

Two upcoming concerts to showcase hammered dulcimer and clarinets

National Hammered Dulcimer Champion Dan Duggan will triumph on the trapezoid at a concert to benefit Great Camp Sagamore at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Road.

Manlius Art Cinema to present National Theatre Live programs

The Manlius Art Cinema is proud to announce that it will present the National Theatre of London’s program starting with “King Lear.”

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Syracuse Go Club holds annual Salt City Tournament

26 enthusiasts of the ancient Chinese strategy board game of Go competed in the Salt City Go Tournament at Manlius Pebble Hill School on April 19. Jason Bates of Schenectady won the A division with a 3-1 won-loss record. The tournament featured some age extremes: 96-year-old Milton Sack, of Fayetteville, was only able to play in two rounds of the competition, but he won both of his games, while 8 year old Liya Luke, of LaFayette, finished with a 2-2 record.

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Uva excels

Actor Jim Uva regularly energizes the action at CNY Playhouse stage

After ducking behind-the-scenes to stage manage last month’s “Death of a Salesman,” versatile actor Jim Uva returns to centerstage in CNY Playhouse’s current offering, Neil Simon’s “Laughter of the 23rd Floor.”

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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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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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.

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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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Dynamic ‘Death’

Salesman Willy Loman lives and dies again on CNY Playhouse stage

Arthur Miller’s “Death of Salesman” is not for the faint-hearted. Audiences should prepare themselves for three hours of intense drama as the story of washed-up traveling salesman Willy Loman unfolds onstage through March 22, at the CNY Playhouse at ShoppingTown.

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Local artist blooms in Baldwinsville

When you walk into Baldwinsville’s Canal Walk Cafe, you’re surrounded by the talents of local artists in a variety of media: culinary, crafting and paintings just to name a few. What you may not know is that one of those artists responsible for the eclectic and eye-catching decor is also involved in dishing up your palate’s preference. Meet your server, Jackie Colello, a gifted painter whose passion involves another kind of palette: color.