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On the campaign trail: Katko named Republican ‘Young Gun’

Congressional candidate John Katko has earned the status of “Young Gun” from the National Republican Congressional Committee after reaching the third and final tier of the group’s recruitment program. Founded in the 2007-08 election cycle by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program provides financial support to candidates in races across the country.

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Tornado in Smithfield kills four, Gov. Cuomo visits the scene

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday morning that the storm that killed four people in Smithfield Tuesday night was a tornado. The round of severe storms that hit Madison County Tuesday evening caused widespread damage in the towns of Smithfield, Sullivan and Lenox. Hardest hit was Goff Road and Northrup Road in Smithfield, where the tornado came through, completely destroying four residential structures, damaging three residential structures and completely destroying one barn, Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley said during a press conference Wednesday morning.

On the Campaign Trail: Katko calls out Maffei; Kessner backpedals on primary

At a press conference on July 2, Republican Congressional candidate John Katko criticized Democratic opponent Dan Maffei, the incumbent representative for the 24th Congressional District, for his grandiose infrastructure plan as well as his vote against a House measure that encourages oil drilling within the U.S.

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Hart leads Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame inductee list

Golf, basketball, football, journalism all part of Class of 2014

With accomplishments that span the entire second half of the 20th century and the first years of the 21st century, the six newest inductees to the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame provide a wide variety of compelling stories.

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AAGS seeks funding to build low-cost spay/neuter clinic

Every year, more than 1,000 cats and dogs are euthanized purely because the shelters have no place to put them. According to the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse (AAGS), an animal welfare agency that serves all of Central New York, the Syracuse area has a higher rate of euthanasia than any other area in Upstate New York. In the meantime, hundreds of homeless pets die on the streets.

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.

Vietnam veterans’ organization seeks photos of those killed in war

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund seeks to locate photos of all those killed during the conflict in Vietnam. So far, organizers have collected nearly 34,000 photos of 58,286 casualties. The photos are being displayed on a virtual “Wall of Faces,” which can be found at vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces.

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Skaneateles girls lacrosse wins state Class C title

Wood goal with two seconds left beats Cold Spring Harbor

Molly Wood was kept in check all game long, but broke through when it mattered the most - and delivered the shot that gave the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team its third state Class C championship in program history. Wood's goal with just two seconds to play in regulation, achieved off a mad scramble in front of the net, gave the Lakers a 12-11 victory over Cold Spring Harbor in Saturday's state final at SUNY-Cortland.

Help me help the MDA

I need your help to make bail. No, not that kind of bail. I’ve never been arrested. But I am going to “jail.” I’ve been recruited to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with their annual Lock-Up fundraiser. Such events occur nationwide all year long. Business owners and community leaders (and, apparently, weekly newspaper reporters) agree to be “put behind bars for good.” We’re asked to raise money from friends, family, co-workers and, in your case, readers to help make “bail,” which will then benefit the MDA’s research, medical clinics and summer camp experiences.

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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.

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Skaneateles girls lax repeats as sectional champs

Lakers get away from first-time finalist South Jefferson

A normal occasion for the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team in 2014 may involve a stumble or two at the outset, but within minutes a pattern of total domination is established, and the result is a lopsided victory. South Jefferson tried, in vain, to offer an alternative to this script in Tuesday night's Section III Class C final at the Carrier Dome, but a tremendous defensive effort, followed by a second-half scoring onslaught, pushed the Lakers past the Spartans 17-6 for its second consecutive sectional championship.

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Hooked, but hopeful

B’ville, L’pool residents cope, struggle with heroin addiction

After a decade of dealing with drugs, drug addiction and seeking help via numerous rehab clinics, Baldwinsville native Micah Wood finally decided to get clean. “This is the first time I’ve been sober completely from everything for six months since I was like 10 years old,” the 20-year-old said in a recent phone interview with the Messenger. “It’s been a struggle for a while now.”

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Skaneateles girls track are sectional B-1 champs

Lakers pull away from host Marcellus

Another week, another trip to Marcellus for the Skaneateles girls track and field team - and another prestigious title to bring back home. This time, that prize was the Section III Class B-1 championship, earned on Tuesday afternoon a mere eight days after the Lakers had won the Onondaga High School League Liberty division title on this same track.

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Camp Good Days flooded out

Heavy rains in Western New York have done significant damage to a camp that provides a respite for kids and young adults touched by cancer. Camp Good Days and Special Times in Branchport experienced more than $160,000 in damages in last week’s floods in and around Penn Yan, in Yates County, and that number is expected to climb as workers continue to assess the camp. The damage was so catastrophic that the camp has had to cancel its first sessions of the spring.