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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.

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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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Disabled youth compete in Skinnyman triathlon

There were plenty of spectators on hand for the ninth annual Skinnyman triathlon held in Skaneateles on Saturday, but this year they had something out of the ordinary to cheer for. Identical twins Jack and Nolan Willis of Fayetteville and Shane Lauer, of Phoenix, Md., who are all affected by Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, competed and completed the race.

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".

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Spafford town board to hold public hearing on nature preserves

The Spafford town board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 to hold a public hearing on two proposed local laws to establish Planned Development Districts (PDD) in the town, both of which will become nature preserves with hiking trails under the guidance of the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

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Tour de Trees visits Skaneateles

Newly planted tree in Clift Park dedicated

More than 100 cyclists rode through Skaneateles on Monday with a common goal: saving trees. The Tour de Trees charity bike ride, the largest tree research fundraiser in the U.S., made a rest stop in Skaneateles on Monday to dedicate a newly planted tree in Clift Park.

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Skaneateles boat show endures poor weather

Boats, boat culture and boat enthusiasts were all present at the 35th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show held in Skaneateles last weekend.

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Protecting the lake

Finger Lakes Land Trust announces ‘greenbelt’ initiative to conserve southern half of Skaneateles Lake

The Finger Lakes Land Trust recently announced its intent to create and conserve a “greenbelt” around the southern end of Skaneateles Lake. The project will begin with a pending land acquisition and conservation easement covering about 230 acres in the town of Spafford.

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Frigid Fun, Skan Winterfest continues to grow in popularity

Winterfest, the annual January festival run by the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary club since 2005, continued its great popularity in the community with another successful year. The festival, held on Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26, featured an ice walk, the Polar Bear Plunge, ice carving demonstrations, the Taste of Skaneateles and a scavenger hunt.

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Skaneateles Winterfest begins Jan. 25, offers new events

Once again, Skaneateles Sunrise spearheads Skaneateles WinterFest, the community celebration of the snowy season. The project combines entertainment, food, community service and fundraising in an event which has become an annual fixture on the village calendar, encouraging families, friends and visitors to come out and celebrate winter.

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Chamber pitches permanent Clift Park dock plan to village board

After 18 years of having seasonal boat docks adjacent to the stone pier at Clift Park, the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce is proposing the installation of a new dock that would be permanent, larger, more attractive and, with an L-shaped configuration, more protective of boats from waves than the current dock.

Upcoming workshop teaches how to map and track invasive species

On Oct. 18, Cornell Cooperative extension will hold a training session to teach anyone with basic computer skills how to use iMapInvasives New York, the complete invasive species database for the state. iMap reports new finds of invasive species and offers downloadable public maps which serve as an important tool for land managers, conservation agencies and municipalities.

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American flags to fly again on Veterans Day in Clift Park

Veterans Day in Skaneateles this year again will be marked by an American flag display and remembrance ceremony in Clift Park, coordinated by the Skaneateles Girls Lacrosse Association and the members of the high school girls lacrosse teams.