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Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls, Oh My! — Part 1

A look at CNY’s haunted attractions

Ah, October! The leaves change colors, the temperatures start to drop, the kids are back in school — and the ghouls, ghosts and goblins come out to play! Is there any wonder that this is my favorite time of year?

Editorial: F-M needs to makes plans for an aging Wellwood

Students and teachers should not have to be displaced from their classrooms because of mold issues but, unfortunately, this has been the case at Fayetteville-Manlius’ Wellwood Middle School for the past few years — has, in fact, been only one of multiple infrastructure issues at the school.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Job creation on the horizon with emerging technology

To further the research at Griffiss, NUAIR Alliance has been established as a not-for-profit coalition of more than 90 private and public entities working together to manage UAS test ranges and promote unmanned transportation systems.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Experience fall in Central New York by visiting local farms

With fall now upon us, there are countless ways to make the most of it here in Central New York. One of the best ways to enjoy autumn is by visiting one of our many local farms, where you can buy local produce straight from our farmers, go on a hayride, or go apple picking.

Column: As time flies by

Few things dampen my spirits more than watching my calendar become gobbled up with commitments months, weeks, days ahead of time. This weekend for me was a colossal surrender of time, to what? Where does it go?

The Book Beat: For Your Book Club – Part 2

Is your book club looking for its next great read? Consider this list (the second of two) of recent, recommended titles. Not all of them have associated reading group guides, but chances are they’ll be added to: readinggroupguides.com, an excellent site to visit for selections and updates of books ripe for discussion.

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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Movie review: Better stay home – M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’

M. Night Shyamalan just keeps floundering. Years ago, he sprang upon the Hollywood movie scene with what is, arguably, one of the best suspense films of all time. When “The Sixth Sense” premiered, audiences were taken by surprise at the ending, prompting multiple repeat viewings to see what was missed the first time around.

Column: Choose the Right SAT

To remain competitive with ACT, the College Board is launching a new SAT in 2016. Before taking the actual exam, students should prepare by taking a sample of each to determine which test best suits them. This new version is significantly different than the current SAT.

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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Theater review: Three shine in ‘9 to 5’

Three strong leading ladies — Korrie Taylor, Shannon Tompkins and Gabrielle Gorman — infuse “9 to 5, The Musical” with both humor and harmony. The two-hour show based on the 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda runs through Sept. 26, at CNY Playhouse, at Shoppingtown DeWitt.

Column: Alone and abroad

Some stories deserve re-telling, so if I've already told this story forbear the repetition. It makes me forever sad to remember someone's unexpected kindness, someone's intervention in my life, maybe only through a brief encounter, directing me to another path. Teachers, Sunday school teachers, friends, family and sometimes complete strangers may stand out in our memories touching us during encounters they have long forgotten.

Our View: Upcoming events help keep community close

This Saturday, Sept 19, the villages of Minoa and Fayetteville will be hosting two separate community day celebrations that are free and open to the public.

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.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Create a plan for your family

September is National Preparedness Month, part of an effort to help us better prepare for and respond to the potential hazards our communities may face. This year’s theme is, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” stressing the importance of creating a plan to keep you and your family safe in the event of a disaster. Emergencies can arise in an instant, and while we often can’t prevent them, taking proper precautions can help limit their impact.