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AIDS Walk/Run raises more than $181,000

The 22nd Annual AIDS Walk/Run held June 1 at Beaver Lake Nature Center raised $181,860. Since it began in 1992, the AIDS Walk/Run has been the mainstay funding for ACR Health’s now extensive Adolescent Health Initiatives. The event has raised more than $2.3 million and positioned ACR Health as a state leader in youth education.

World record attempt to be held at 36th annual Oz-Stravaganza

Attendees will try to break record for the most people dressed in Oz costumes

The annual Oz-Stravaganza is going to be a bit different in 2014 from years’ past. For one thing, it’s the 75th anniversary of the release of the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” which made its debut in theaters in August 1939. And in celebration, organizers are attempting to do something they’ve never done in the 36 years the event has been held: they’re going to try to make it into the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

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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.

Onondaga and Cortland counties announce public comment period for regional solid waste partnership

In March, Onondaga and Cortland Counties announced they would work together as co-lead agencies for the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process on a regional solid waste partnership. Residents of both counties will now have their first opportunity since the announcement to formally voice their opinion on the scope of the proposed partnership.

‘Tuesdays on the Towpath’ bike rides to return this summer

This year will be the second anniversary of the award-winning Tuesdays on the Towpath - a series of eight recreational bike rides along the Erie Canalway Trail in the Old Erie Canal State Park. Hosted by local canal-related museums and organizations, these social rides are free to attend and will take place on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, May through August. Tuesdays on the Towpath is a great way to explore the scenic Erie Canalway Trail as each ride will highlight a different section and feature a unique speaker.

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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.

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Daffodils add a splash of color to the village of Manlius

While driving through Manlius in the month of May, it’s almost impossible not to notice the bursts of yellow popping up in all corners of the village.

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.

On-demand lawn mowing app launches in Syracuse

New Smartphone app MOWZ offers reliable, efficient, lawn mowing service at the touch of a button

Isn’t it about time? Think of the things you could do if you weren’t facing grass cutting chores and yard cleanup—play catch with your little leaguer or help your daughter build a lemonade stand. Even read a book on your hammock.

DeWitt encouraging residents to ‘Save the Rain’ with rain barrel program

Free rain barrels to be provided to Park Hill and Franklin Park residents

Over the last few years, DeWitt Supervisor Ed Michalenko has been getting an outpouring of calls from residents whose basements have been flooding. And Michalenko said it’s no coincidence. Before the year 2000, the town of DeWitt never received more than four inches of rain in a 24-hour period. But since then, the town has had rainfalls totaling more than four inches five or six times in a 24-hour period.

Renovations to Veterans Park on track to be complete by Memorial Day

Volunteers sought to help with hard labor at East Syracuse park May 6 through 9

Since the mid-1980s, Veterans Park in East Syracuse has been the community’s humble recognition of the men and women who fought to defend their country. But in recent years, the park has become overgrown and a bit run down. Last summer, Onondaga County Legislator Danny Liedka and his wife Kimberly that they wanted to give the park a well-deserved makeover.

Volunteers needed for CommuniTree Steward Program

Community members looking for a hands-on education and technical experience in urban tree management are invited to sign-up for the CommuniTree Steward program. This volunteer service-based program from Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) offers FREE training in tree biology, tree identification, and planting and maintenance for young trees. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) training, including in-depth ash tree identification, EAB detection and monitoring, are included in the course curriculum.

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The eyes of the community

Two Fayetteville letter carriers to retire after 30-plus years of service

For almost 31 years, Rich Adams and Ron Barnwell have been delivering letters to Fayetteville residents’ homes. But on April 3, both men will hang up their letter carrier uniforms for good, as they are both ending their careers and moving on to retirement from a job they both agree that they loved doing.

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Cub scouts in the 21st century

Many people may think cub scouts are doing the same traditional activities that they’re been doing since the Cub Scouts of America began more than 100 years ago, in 1914. But the scouts F-M’s pack 369 say that the things they learn and do are much different than what kids in the organization were doing as recently as 15 years ago.

Community invited to attend F-M Relay For Life kick-off event

With two months to go before the main event, a Relay For Life kick-off celebration will be held on March 24 for members of the Fayetteville-Manlius community.