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Southern Hills Motorcycle Posse presents $4,500 to Clear Path for Veterans

On Sunday Sept. 27, the Southern Hills Posse attended the Clear Path for Veterans third annual motorcycle ride. With 250 riders present, the club presented a check for $4,500 to Clear Path for Veterans.

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‘Fiddler, Fun and Food’ -- Jamesville community event to be held Oct. 4

The Fiddlers Green Park Associations is inviting the community to join them for a fall gathering in the park from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4 on Solvay Road in Jamesville.

Editorial: Community input is key to find deer management program suitable for Fayetteville

The overpopulation of white-tailed deer in the village of Fayetteville has become a problem that needs to be solved. The village cannot turn a blind eye to the increase of Lyme disease found in people and pets, the increase in vehicular accidents caused by deer and the damage to property and vegetation caused by clusters of deer settlements in the village.

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Fayetteville deer management informational meeting to be held Sept. 29

Citizens interested in learning more about the planned deer management program in the village of Fayetteville will get the opportunity at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Fayetteville Village Offices.

In the Earth: Common Reed — Native or Exotic?

I am grateful to a reader for having brought this matter to my attention. Thank you! The common reed (Phragmites australis) is widespread in our region in wet and swampy areas. I guess I had noticed that it seems particularly prevalent along highways and interstate interchanges, but I always assumed it was a native plant. If that is so, then it must be changing patterns of land use that have led to these massive monocultures across the landscape. Alternately, maybe it is actually an exotic plant imported from elsewhere that is actually a classic invasive plant.

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Project to pave the Erie Canalway Trail between DeWitt and Manlius reduced

Decision made by State Parks Department after hearing public input

The New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced that after hearing public input, they have decided to only pave about 2.9 miles of the original 4.5 miles for the $325,000 Erie Canalway Trail improvement project announce earlier this month.

In the Earth Column: The Long and Varied Career of Kudzu

Kudzu is a perennial vine native to China and eventually brought to Japan, Korea and southeast Asia. It was introduced to the US at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. It was again featured at the New Orleans Exposition in 1883.

Column: Purple Loosestrife -- Pretty, but invasive

‘Tis late summer, and our highways and byways and wetlands are rimmed with purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). This showy wildflower is actually an invasive species that threatens native flora and fauna in our wetlands.

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Manlius’ Mill Run Park gets updates thanks to Girl Scout project

Mill Run Park in Manlius received a new sign, trail markers and a printable brochure recently thanks to 15-year-old Amelia Krouse, a girl scout from Troop 10071, who decided to make these updates her project to achieve the Gold Award for Girl Scouts.

AJ’s Archery benefit bags $1,200 for charitable foundation

More than 30 archers participated recently in AJ’S Archery’s IBO World Championship Warm Up, and raised $1,200 to benefit the Syracuse-based charity “Two Smiles One Hope.”

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State DEC continues to question Manlius swans

Despite the long battle the village of Manlius has fought to be able to hatch their mute swan eggs each year, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is still questioning what they plan to do with the pair of mute swans in Manlius, Manny and Faye, when it comes to mating season next year.

In the Earth Column: Native copper boulders

The most famous native copper boulder is the Ontonagon Boulder. This solid mass of natural copper weighs 3,708 pounds and is now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C. However, a much bigger boulder, weighing 17 tons just went on permanent display at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum in upper Michigan, which has prompted this column. Basalt is an igneous rock that has come to the surface as a liquid — that is, as lava.

33rd Annual Jewish Home Open Golf Tournament to be held at Drumlins East

“A day of golf is fun, but you can’t beat the feeling of knowing that our seniors continue to receive excellent, state-of-the-art care at Menorah Park of CNY. And that’s why you should sponsor or participate in the Jewish Home Open,” according to Victoria Kohl, Foundation at Menorah Park of CNY vice president. The outing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Drumlins East.

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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.

Moving DeWitt initiative to host family-fun canal walk

The Moving DeWitt initiative has announced they will host a 1.6 mile family-fun walk along the canal at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. The walk will start at Ryder Park, 5400 Butternut Dr., East Syracuse, and is open to everyone.