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Library director ‘takes the cake’ in culinary competitions

Meg Van Patten makes a mean cake. She has proven so time and time again, not just with family and friends, but by winning year after year in culinary competitions at the Great New York State Fair. The Baldwinsville Public Library director boasts more than 50 ribbons ranging from Honorable Mention to First Place.

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Golden Harvest Festival kicks off fall in Central New York

The popular Golden Harvest Festival returns to Beaver Lake Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7. Now in its 37th year, this old-fashioned, country fair-style event has something for everyone. Hands-on nature activities, horse-drawn hayrides, free canoeing, fresh doughnuts, live animal demonstrations, unique games, great shopping with local artists and crafters and an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment round out the weekend. Audience participation has long been a mainstay of the program as visitors serve as both contestants and judges in the signature Living Scarecrow, Wild Critter Call, and Pie Eating contests.

E-Race Cancer Half-Marathon set for Sept. 13

Registration is now open

A new race is in the works and set to be held in the town of Lysander. “The E-Race Cancer Half Marathon and 5K started out as a desire to tie a running event into the Lysander Fall Festravaganza, set for the second Sunday in September,” said co-organizer Michelle Samoraj. “Saturday, the day prior to the Fall Festravaganza (Sept. 14), seemed like the perfect day to hold Baldwinsville’s only half marathon and 5K running event.”

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Sharkey’s to host country music festival for Clear Path for Veterans

Too often, veterans returning home from combat zones aren’t getting the support they need. That’s especially true if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an often silent disability triggered by a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. While PTSD can happen to anyone who has experienced trauma, it’s particularly common in veterans; while it occurs in approximately 7 to 8 percent of the general population, 11 to 20 percent of Afghanistan or Iraq vets, 10 percent of Gulf War vets and 30 percent of Vietnam vets suffer from PTSD. In order to support these veterans, a group of volunteers has organized a benefit called the Victory for Vets Country Music Festival to take place Aug. 16 at Sharkey’s in Liverpool. The proceeds from the event will go to Clear Path for Veterans, a nonprofit based in Chittenango that provides support for returning veterans, including peer-to-peer support, classes, service dogs and more.

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Syracuse Crunch raises funds for Red Cross Disaster Relief

Donation sparked by Smithfield tornado and East Syracuse storm damage

In the wake of the tornado and severe storms that hit Central New York on July 8, the Syracuse Crunch recently raised more than $1,000 for the American Red Cross through a jersey auction fundraiser. The money raised will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which will be used to help provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance for victims of future disasters.

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E-Race Cancer Half-Marathon, 5k coming to Lysander

A new race is in the works and set to be held in the town of Lysander. “The E-Race Cancer Half Marathon and 5K started out as a desire to tie a running event into the Lysander Fall Festravaganza, set for the second Sunday in September,” said co-organizer Michelle Samoraj. “Saturday, the day prior to the Fall Festravaganza (Sept. 13), seemed like the perfect day to hold Baldwinsville’s only half marathon and 5k running event.”

Beaver Lake to hold Wild Wednesdays

Beaver Lake is excited to introduce Wild Wednesdays, a new program designed for children pre-school age and up. Each week, from July 9 thru Aug. 20 (except July 30), participants will explore Beaver Lake with a naturalist and take part in wild and fun activities.

Upstate Chiropractic Beaver Lake Run

On Sunday, Aug. 17, Beaver Lake Nature Center invites walkers and runners to the 11th annual Upstate Chiropractic Beaver Lake Run.

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NYS Free Fishing Weekend set for June 28-29

Have you ever found yourself looking out over a lake or stream and suddenly feeling the urge to go fishing? Perhaps you’ve been held back by the thought of dishing out your hard-earned money on something you’re not sure of? Well, the authorities understand and the New York State DEC offers an annual Free Fishing Weekend to help you get started. This year’s falls on June 28-29 and allows you to fish anywhere in the state without a license.

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Seneca River Day a success despite cool temps and clouds

Event went smoothly, families had fun and the Rotary Club raised money for the community

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville would like to thank the community, their sponsors and club members for another successful Seneca River Day, Saturday, June 14th at Mercer Park. The park was filled with vendor booths, there were activities and shows all day long and almost everything was free to enjoy.

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.

B’ville Rotary to host 20th Annual Seneca River Day

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville’s 20th annual Seneca River Day will take place Saturday, June 14. As the largest fundraiser for the club, a lot of effort has gone into making sure the park is full of vendors, that there is entertainment for the kids all day long and families will find it a fun and affordable experience.

Baldwinsville Community Band releases concert dates

The Baldwinsville Community Band is pleased to announce its Summer Concert Season for 2014. The band is completing its 35th year of performing concerts under the direction of founder and conductor Phill Sterling, for Baldwinsville residents. The concerts are free to the public and usually performed on Wednesday evenings. All you need to bring is your own seating, unless the concert is scheduled for indoors, then seating is provided. In case of rain or extreme heat, outdoor concerts will be cancelled and posted on our website, or you can call 635-1235 for information.

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Hope to hold Remembrance 8k Run/3k Walk this Sunday

When Donald and Susan Reason joined other walkers in Hope for Bereaved’s annual event last year, only five months had passed since their youngest child, Benjamin, 22, had died. About 50 friends and family members gathered to walk in his memory.

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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