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COLUMN: A Cautionary Tale

What exactly are the 'Planet Aid' boxes?

Gold is a color associated with autumn, school buses, and cautionary road signs. Recently my friends and I have puzzled over the gold bins for clothing collection appearing at three sites in Manlius and two in Fayetteville. The bins are not associated with local offices of the Rescue Mission or the Salvation Army, or any other local organization.

Uncommon grace

Show of sportsmanship in state soccer final a teachable moment

Jerry Mackey was, no doubt, elated that his Oneonta girls soccer team had just won the state Class B championship on a windy, wet Sunday night at SUNY-Cortland. But before he could celebrate with the girls he coached, he had a more important task at hand.

COLUMN: How a fortuitous meeting opened my mind

When I first met Vince Cook, I was working part-time as a server at the Market Diner in Syracuse. Vince was sitting alone, drinking coffee and reading a book on editing. He told me that he and his wife Terri were writing and publishing a book. He didn’t tell me the topic at that time, nor did I ask.

What’s in a name?

Long past time to deal with offensive nicknames, pro or otherwise

First, before we plunge into the raging discussion about what to call that Pro Football Team in Washington, let’s just admit that none of our hands are clean here – journalists included. Thousands of times in hundreds of stories over the decades, we have shown no shame, apology or hesitation dropping Native American-based nicknames into the flow of the story. And we’ll continue to do so in the days, months and years ahead.

COLUMN: Oh, horrors part two: a look at some of the local haunted attractions

Last week, we took a look at five local haunted attractions that were well worth checking out. Here are six more that you can sink your teeth into. Or perhaps it would be better to say that the ghouls here can sink their teeth into you.

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Guest Column: An inside look into my journey to the 2016 Paralympics

Baldwinsville resident Erin Scala just returned from a week, Sept. 6 through Sept. 13, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Below, the athlete chronicles her experience.

Bonding, not hazing

Stories at Cornell, B'ville highlight troubling issue

Cornell University, academic bastion, Ivy League stalwart, producer of so much talent in so many fields – the school has every right to feel proud about its place, both as an institution and as the source of so much pride within the Ithaca community. And while sports are important for the Big Red, it tries hard not to reflect the larger ugliness that surrounds big-time college athletics and has been profusely documented everywhere you look.

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).

Oak Hill impressions

Thoughts from a week covering the PGA Championship

Golf tournaments are simple, right? Tee off on Thursday, continue Friday, position yourself on Saturday and see who wins Sunday, isn’t that the general idea? Well, yes, and no. True, the structure doesn’t change much, but at every event, especially the big ones, there’s a full week of activity, and the recently completed PGA Championship that Jason Dufner won at Oak Hill in suburban Rochester was no exception.

Another trip to Oak Hill

Week-long coverage of PGA Championship can be found here

It’s been quite a major season. From Adam Scott shedding his Lytham demons in the rain at Augusta, to Justin Rose fulfilling his teenage promise 15 years later at Merion, to Phil Mickelson delivering a final-round masterpiece at Muirfield to snatch the one title he thought he’d never win, the show has always delivered.

Representing quite well

Local athletes making it big at college, pro level

Section III’s athletes are going after state championships this week, from boys lacrosse in Pittsford to baseball in Binghamton to girls lacrosse at Cortland to softball at Queensbury to track and field at Middletown to girls golf at Delhi. They do so amid a year where, everywhere you look, from the college to professional ranks, local athletes are seizing their moments in the spotlight and shining brightly.

From the legislature: War Memorial’s Honor Wall pays tribute to vets

Citizens that have served our country in the military are deserving of, at the very least, recognition. To serve your country during perilous times is a great honor and a great sacrifice. The Oncenter War Memorial Arena is more than a place where the Syracuse Crunch play hockey, it is a living memorial to those that have served, and in some cases, those that have given their lives for our freedom. It is important to honor the individuals that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Column: Outside the (what?) box

Now and again someone, a reader, will ask me, “Where do you get your ideas? How do you decide what to write about?” I have learned to respond, “Why, I don’t really know,” but my true response is “What do you mean?” translated as in, “I don’t understand, they are what I think about?” or “I just write down my thoughts. Anyone can do that.”

Column: Not a Pleasant Sight for Sore Eyes

It is spring, finally, and there is plenty to comment upon, but I find one issue keeps jumping to the forefront. On a recent weekend when the weather was beautiful, I walked from the Highbridge Road end of the Village south towards the swan pond and back. I started thinking “It is time to update my Facebook photos;” since I did not have my camera with me, I walked with an eye to view what pictures I would want to take the next time I had my camera.

A role model departs

Long-time Buffalo sports journalist served as my role model

Something really stopped me last week. Not the occasion of a birthday, for there’s one of those every year and it always happens to fall during a busy time where there’s little chance to really kick back and enjoy things, not with the deluge of games, tournaments and meets to keep up with.