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Van Buren parks and rec to hold ‘Amazing Race’

While it’s based on one of CBS’ most successful reality shows, the town of Van Buren Parks and Recreation Department’s fall event probably won’t have 10 million sets of eyes on its participants. But your family’s sets of eyes could be searching for clues in B’ville next month if you sign up for “The Amazing Race.”

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Baldwinsville Messenger, Beaver Lake announce photo contest

Calling all photographers! The Baldwinsville Messenger and Beaver Lake Nature Center are teaming up to bring you their first-ever Celebrate Fall Photo Contest. Beaver Lake is one of Baldwinsville’s most beautiful sites, and we want you to help us capture its beauty. The contest period will run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.

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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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EDITORIAL: Protect your pets and your family from rabies

As you’re spending more time outside this summer, make sure you keep yourself and your pets safe from rabies. There is no treatment for this virus, which is transmitted by the bite of a rabid mammal, but luckily, rabies is preventable.

Boards in brief: B’ville approves carp overnights

Carp fishers might have a few more chances to dip into the Seneca River this summer. The village of Baldwinsville board of trustees approved Wild Carp Companies’ request to host overnight carp fishing events during weekends in June, July and August at the July 2 meeting.

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EDITORIAL: Stay safe in the sun

As you enjoy some fun in the sun this Fourth of July, it’s important to protect your body’s largest organ: the skin.

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Marooned on Lock 24

Canal closure keeps boaters in B’ville

There are worse places to be stranded than the village of Baldwinsville. But to be stuck in the village without a car or a place to pump out your boat for a period bordering on two weeks is a bit much, according to a group of boaters who are biding their time until the New York State Canal System re-opens. “If we’re stranded, this is where I would pick to be stranded,” said Ralph Azersky, a Binghamton native who now calls New Bern, North Carolina, home.

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EDITORIAL: Avoid the ‘drowning machine’

This weekend’s tragedy on the Seneca River reveals one of the most dangerous aspects of boating in Baldwinsville: the lowhead hydraulic dam, or as it is often called, the “drowning machine.” how can incidents like Saturday’s be prevented? There are steps boaters can take to ensure their safety:

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Enjoy summer at the center with Summer Entertainment Series

Canton Woods looks forward to a summer season filled with summer foods and fun!

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Freezing or steaming, BPL is here

Sometimes we freeze and sometimes we steam, but May reminds us all just why we live in Central New York. The trees are green, the flowers are glorious and if we’re lucky we might make it to June before we have to crank the air conditioners. Enjoy yourselves but don’t forget the library is still here to provide shelter from a sudden shower, free Wi-Fi and the chance to make your life better than it’s ever been.

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Baldwinsville remembers

Village to celebrate Memorial Day on May 30

Baldwinsville’s Memorial Day Parade will be held beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30. The parade begins at Lock Street and proceeds west up East Genesee Street, south across both bridges and concludes at Riverview Cemetery on Tappan Street.

Wild Carp Classic to run May 16 to 19

The ninth annual Wild Carp Classic will take place Saturday, May 16, to Tuesday, May 19, on the Seneca River.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Ya gotta regatta… in Onondaga County

At the April legislative session, I’m proud to report that my colleagues and I authorized funding to bring back the sport of competitive rowing to Onondaga Lake.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Learn about adaptive gardening

There is always something exciting happening at Canton Woods. In addition to all of the center's regularly scheduled activities, be sure to mark your calendar for these interesting opportunities.

Running blind

The Baldwinsville and Phoenix Lions Clubs have teamed up to host the Blind Ambition Run, a four-mile foot race that teams a blind runner with a sighted guide. Lions Clubs focus on aiding the visually impaired, as well as those with hearing and speech disabilities. The run is set to take place Saturday, May 31, at Onondaga Lake Park.