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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

EDITORIAL

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun newspaper, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials and on posters and stamps.

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Movie review: Complex Gods – A review of ‘Victor Frankenstein’

Every decade or so, someone comes up with a definitive recreation of Mary Shelley’s classic tale of the misuse and abuse of science and the ultimate redemption that occurs when the creator realizes his mistake. This may very well be one of the finest reimaginings of the tale.

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East Syracuse to hold Holiday House Lighting Contest

Have you ever wanted to show your holiday spirit while also getting the chance to win a prize? Residents in East Syracuse can do this by entering the annual Holiday House Lighting Contest, which will be judged by village officials on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

‘A Christmas Story – The Musical’ coming to JD high school stage

“A Christmas Story – The Musical” will make its Central New York premiere at Jamesville-DeWitt High School Dec. 10 to 12 with performances at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee for the Saturday show.

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Festival of Miniature Trees open for bidding until Dec. 11

Looking for a way to decorate your home this holiday season, or to find the perfect and unique gift for someone? The Manlius Historical Society is currently holding their annual Festival of Miniature Trees fundraiser.

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’Tis the season -- Fayetteville celebrates the holidays with annual tree lighting

The village of Fayetteville celebrated the start of the holiday season with the annual tree lighting celebration. The event included a nights worth of family friendly holiday activities on Friday, Nov. 27 in the Fayetteville Fire Station.

Local choirs combine for annual holiday music festival

Choir members and clergy from 12 local congregations will combine for a magnificent festival of Advent Lessons and Carols. The service, beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, at Immaculate Conception Church, 400 Salt Springs St., Fayetteville, will feature various denominations readings the well-loved verses which foretell the coming of Christmas.

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ESM Spartan Marching Band earns state championship

The East Syracuse Minoa Spartan Marching Band won the New York State Field Band Conference Championship in the Small School 1 Division held at the Carrier Dome to bring home the Governor’s cup.

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Movie Review: Satiated – ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’

It’s said that all good things must come to an end. And that includes “The Hunger Games” stories and movies

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O’Keefe addresses DeWitt Rotary

Recently, Rotarian Mel Rubenstein introduced University Professor Sean O’Keefe at a Monday luncheon of the DeWitt Rotary. O’Keefe spoke about the concept of a new medical school in Syracuse.

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Local residents among 60 selected as ‘On My Own Time’ artists

The following east area residents are among the 60 amateur artists whose original works of visual art were chosen to be part of CNY Arts’ 42nd annual On My Own Time exhibit, which was on display at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse through Nov. 8:

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Hunger does not have a season

Local business sells bracelets to benefit FM Community Outreach

The holiday season is upon us — a time where many people look for ways to give back to those who are less fortunate. But something many people may not realize is that there is a need to support people in their own communities year-round.

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Movie Review: Numbering the days – A review of “The 33”

There isn’t any doubt that mining is dangerous work. Compound that with the safety record prevalent in foreign countries and luck is what keeps many of these men alive from day to day. So it is in this story of a Chilean mine disaster that nearly claimed the lives of 33 miners near the tail end of 2010.

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THEATER REVIEW: Sketchy comedy -- Monthy Python’s surreal satire scores at ShoppingTown’s CNY Playhouse

If you’re serious about silly walks, then hop, skip or sashay your way over to CNY Playhouse’s “A Tribute to Monty Python’s Flying Circus” running through Nov. 21, at ShoppingTown DeWitt.

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Festival of Miniature Trees starts Nov. 20

Proceeds from silent auction will benefit the Manlius Historical Society

The Manlius Historical Society will be holding its annual Festival of Miniature Trees fundraiser from Nov. 20 to Dec. 11 at a new site this year — the Stickley, Audi & Co. showroom at 300 Towne Center in Fayetteville.