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Enjoy summer with a visit to a state park or a night spent camping under the stars

After the long, cold winter we had here in the Central New York, it’s time to take advantage of the warm weather and the beautiful sunshine as much as we can in the days to come. We’re fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful scenery throughout New York, from our beaches to our mountains to everything in between. When it’s nice out, there is no shortage of locations for taking advantage of what can only be described as glorious weather. The month of June is Great Outdoors Month, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by visiting one of New York’s 180 gorgeous state parks and historic sites.

LEON Festival to offer free fun, information to keep summer safe for kids

An afternoon and evening of fun and fireworks, featuring a performance by the national singing sensation Kidz Bop, will highlight the LEON Festival to take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at Onondaga Lake Park. Admission to the event is free. The event celebrates the halfway mark to the winter holidays and the start of summer.

County Legislature holds ‘Ash for Trash’ meeting in DeWitt

Despite residents’ pleas, legislature does not extend public comment period

The clock is ticking towards the expiration of a contract between Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency and Covanta Energy regarding the incinerator on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville.

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Mapping the world, one village at a time

Google Street View visits Manlius and Fayetteville

Now that the weather is getting nicer, a number of people are beginning to flock to Central New York to enjoy it – including representatives from Google.

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Hope to hold Remembrance 8k Run/3k Walk this Sunday

When Donald and Susan Reason joined other walkers in Hope for Bereaved’s annual event last year, only five months had passed since their youngest child, Benjamin, 22, had died. About 50 friends and family members gathered to walk in his memory.

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F-M Relay for Life raises more than $68,000

The goal was to raise $50,000 at the F-M Relay for Life event on May 31. But participants in the 12-hour long walk to raise awareness didn’t just exceed that goal – they shattered it, bringing in more than $68,000 by the end of the day.

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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.