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Canton Woods Senior Center: Fitness programs return

Several of our fitness programs which took a short break during the summer, will be gearing up again very soon! Be sure to read Canton Woods column each week, read your newsletter or check the website baldwinsville.org for start dates.

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B’ville Pop Warner focuses on scholarship, safety

B’ville’s Pop Warner cheer and football teams have been going strong for more than 30 years. This year, 220 kids have signed up, many of them veterans of their teams. The children, who range in age from 5 to 15, gather in groups scattered across the Town of Lysander Park on Smokey Hollow Road four evenings a week to practice. Pop Warner doesn’t keep individual football statistics; as it says on B’ville’s website, “Pop Warner only recognizes the athletic accomplishments of the team, not the individual.”

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EDITORIAL: Keep concussions at bay with sports safety tips

As summer draws to a close, local Pop Warner leagues are gearing up for their seasons. Many parents are hesitant to let their little ones participate because of the high rate of head injuries; football players suffer the most concussions of any youth sport.

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Library focus: End-of-summer fun at BPL

Summer is speeding by, but there is still a lot to see and do at the library before those school buses start to roll. We’ve got crafts, games, art, trivia, technology, music and authors -- all for free. We even have our very own ComiCon from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, celebrating science fiction, fantasy, comics and cosplay. We may not be as big and famous as the coastal ComiCons but you can take your turn on the bridge of a virtual starship, chat with well-known comic authors, and dress as your favorite character and meet folks with similar interests without the hassles of packing and paying for an expensive trip. Sign up now on the library’s program page and get a T-shirt for a souvenir. Attendance is free, but bring your wallet because we have some fantastic artists and vendors you’ll want to visit.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Car show rakes in $1,000 for Canton Woods

Despite threatening clouds and a few raindrops, Canton Woods grounds were filled with a gorgeous array of classic cars Aug. 3. The clouds blew over, the sun began to shine, and every one had a wonderful evening. Thanks to the optimism and generosity of the car owners and classic car fans, and the hard work of very dedicated volunteers, Canton Woods raised over $1,000 for the senior center!

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Enjoy summer at the center

August is another busy month at Canton Woods. The center offers a full range of opportunities for food, fitness and fun. Spend your summer season enjoying your center.

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LETTER: Thanks to Outback Steakhouse of Clay for help with AIDS Walk/Run

To the editor: ACR Health wants to publicly thank Outback Steakhouse of Clay for generously hosting the $500 Club Party for people raising $500 or more at the 23rd annual AIDS Walk/Run, held June 7 at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Food $en$e available at Canton Woods

Canton Woods participates in Food $en$e, which is run by the Food Bank of CNY. This fantastic program is designed to help stretch your monthly food budget. Each month the Food Bank offers a package of groceries valued at $30 for just $15.50.There is no age or income eligibility requirement for this program, and you may use your SNAP benefit. All packages must be preordered and prepaid. Packages are available for pick up at a later designated date. Call Canton Woods for more information.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Legislation that should be a ‘no-brainer’

There are times during the legislative session in Albany that you just scratch your head and think, “This is a ‘no-brainer.’” Two such bills were passed last week by the New York State Assembly, and each I am proud to have voted for.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Don’t forget to fill out the transportation survey

I hope you noticed the transportation survey printed in last week’s Messenger. Please take a few moments to complete the survey and return to Canton Woods, Baldwinsville Village Hall, the Lysander Town Hall or Van Buren Town Hall. If you missed the survey, you can pick a copy up at the locations mentioned above. Thank you for providing this valuable information.

Guest column: Local urgent care provides insight on the rising concern of tick-borne illnesses 

Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner bringing longer days, warmer weather and, unfortunately, tick bites. With a number of tick bite cases already being seen across all of Five Star Urgent Care’s Upstate New York facilities, transmission of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme and Powassan, are becoming a concern. The best means of handling tick-borne infections is through preventing a tick bite from happening in the first place.

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Library focus: North Syracuse Art Guild work on display

We’re deep in the middle of graduation season now, so things are likely to be quiet at the library this week. It’ a great time to get down here and check out our amazing art show of pieces by the North Syracuse Art Guild including glass work and paper sculpture in addition to traditional two-dimensional pieces.

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It’s fun to stay at the YMCA

Northwest Family YMCA celebrates opening week

Half an hour before the facility’s 5:30 a.m. opening June 8, new members of the Northwest Family YMCA began lining up at the door of Onondaga County’s newest — and biggest — YMCA.

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Library focus: Check out BPL at the farmers market

Summer is really firing up now. The farmers market is back in business at its new location at the VFW on Route 370. We hope you’re stopping by our booth to find out what we’re up to and to pick up great bargains in music, movies and books that had to move on so we could add the latest and greatest for your listening, watching and, of course, reading pleasure. Best of all, get your produce, have a snack and top off your evening with a rousing round of trivia at the library!

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