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Cycle for safety

The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing Children to be held this week

If you enjoy company while cycling long distances, why not consider riding for a cause? The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing children, a 100-mile police escorted bicycle ride through Syracuse and parts of Central New York, is taking place this Friday, Sept. 27. Sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York (NCMEC/NY), the event serves three purposes.

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Dealing with invasive species in CNY

Lawmakers, local groups deal with invasive species that pose threats to environment, infrastructure

Several new threatening invasive species have emerged in Central New York within the past 10 years that have caused lawmakers, government agencies and private groups to take action. These include emerald ash borers, milfoil, hydrilla and wild boars.

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Buddy Walk is one of many supports offered by DSA of CNY

The DSA of CNY offers a number of activities for families of those with Down syndrome, but its biggest event — and the only one it offers that’s open to the entire community — is the Buddy Walk, which celebrates its 15th year this fall. “At our Buddy Walk, we do not focus on the therapies, doctor appointments, etc., that is a part of their daily life. We celebrate the joy of having them in our lives and family,” Bottego said. “Most of the committee members have worked on the Buddy Walk from the beginning. We have volunteers who come back year after year because it such an uplifting event.” The Buddy Walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Long Branch Park in Liverpool. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.; walkers who have pre-registered can pick up their preordered shirts. Walk-in registration is also available. T-shirts are available to purchase. Children’s games are open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and only shut down while the walk is in progress. Attendees can purchase raffle tickets The walk starts at 10:30 a.m. The walkers follow the path out of the Longbranch Park area into the Willow Bay section of Onondaga Lake Park.

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Annual duck race raises money for Bridgeport Food Pantry

More than 5,200 ducks took to Chittenango Creek in a race for more than glory — these ducks raced to raise money for the Bridgeport Food Pantry, which serves families in the towns of Cicero, Manlius and Sullivan. The Don’t Duck Hunger duck race, the brainchild of food pantry coordinator Patti Hedrick, typically raises about $25,000 for the pantry and is its major annual fundraiser; totals for this year’s race were not yet available at press time.

Cam's Pizzeria to hold annual 'Support Our Troops' Shoot-Out

Join Cam’s Pizzeria at Timber Banks Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 6 in Baldwinsville for the Annual "Support Our Troops Shoot-out".

Emerald Ash Borer is in Onondaga County

Attention home owners! If you have ash trees in your yard this is an important announcement. For the past several years, the Environmental Protection Committee has been monitoring the migration of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

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Have you seen this bird?

Kiwi is a very special parrot. I adopted him when he was only 3 months old. He and I chose each other as our forever mates. Even though I was his chosen mate, he adopted my late husband's voice and mannerisms. Talking to Kiwi every day was like speaking to my deceased husband; Kiwi was my connection to him. The Congo African Grey has the intelligence of a five year old human child.

Eastern suburbs summer concert guide

Some great news for music lovers: there will be free live music most weeknights during the month of July in the Eastern suburbs. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get ready for a full month of great bands!

Maple Downs raises funds for ‘Outward Bound for Veterans’ program

For the second year in a row, Maple Downs, an independent senior living community in Fayetteville, is raising money to send veterans through an excursion program which uses outdoor adventure to assist returning servicemen and women in the transition from combat to civilian life. Maple Downs is partnering with Freedom of Espresso this summer to raise money to send two veterans through the “Outward Bound for Veterans” program for free.

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Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” passes through Fayetteville

On June 11, law enforcement officials from across New York State joined in to run the second leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which began in Oneida at 9:30 a.m. and concluded in Camillus around 2:15 p.m. Fayetteville marked the halfway point for the officers, who had all biked from Oneida. When they arrived in the Fayetteville Towne Center, they dropped their bikes and began running the second half.

Fayetteville detour could back up traffic for 2 months

Closure of part of Route 5 will affect thousands of cars

If you try to travel east toward Chittenango on Route 5 from the village of Fayetteville this summer, you may find that it will take a little longer than usual. The New York State Department of Transportation is replacing a culvert pipe that runs Bishop’s Brook under Route 5 between Shady Lane and Cashin Drive and has closed down a section of the road.

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Minoa keeps tradition alive with annual Field Days

For the citizens of Minoa, the annual Fire Department Field Days are as familiar in the month of May as the smell of a barbeque or the crack of a baseball bat hitting a ball- they’ve always associated the event with the kickoff of the summer season.

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L.L. Bean arrives in Cazenovia

Lakeland Park chosen for company's newest Outdoor Discovery School

Less than two weeks after discussions began, it’s official: L.L. Bean has chosen Cazenovia Lake as the location of its latest “Outdoor Discovery School.” “The eagle has landed,” Trustee Jim Joseph, who coordinated the deal for the village, said into his cell phone Saturday afternoon, June 1, as he and other village board members watched the green L.L. Bean trailer full of kayaks back into place near the public swimming area in Lakeland Park.

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Habitat for Humanity to construct “Veteran’s Build” home in East Syracuse

This year, Syracuse Habitat for Humanity is beginning its third Veteran’s Build home in Onondaga County. The build will begin this summer on the 400 block of East Yates Street in East Syracuse. The home is a 1,400 square foot ranch-style home built on concrete slab. It is specially adapted and is wheelchair accessible for those with disabilities visiting or living in the home. On May 17, an introduction ceremony was held on site to announce the family moving in and talk more about the project.

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Fayetteville springs ahead with two construction projects

The village of Fayetteville is wasting no time now that the nice weather has finally arrived. Construction began for Phase 2 of Canal Landing Park with the installation of a bridge on May 10. The bridge was installed behind Brooklea Drive and connects Canal Landing Park to the Erie Canal path, which begins in Fayetteville behind the baseball fields next to the town of Manlius’ municipal building and heads East towards Rome.