Spring is near, but there’s still plenty of time — and snow — to keep winter sport enthusiasts busy, particularly those with snowmobiles. In the village of Baldwinsville, these recreational vehicles are not allowed to be driven, but there’s proof in the powder that it’s going on anyway.
Learn the art of maple sugaring
For most people, Valentine’s Day calls for last minute stops to local flower and candy shops. For others, the holiday is a target date for an entirely different purpose, yet still yields sweet results: maple syrup.
Public opinion split on idea to import trash from Cortland County
For 20 years, the waste-to-energy facility on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville has been Onondaga County’s answer to waste management. However, starting in 2015, Cortland County may also have the opportunity to bring its trash to the site through a potential agreement called “Ash for Trash.”
Kiwanis event in its 45th year
The 45th Annual Turkey Day Race returns on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. The 5k race starts at 9:15 a.m. and 10k race starts at 10 a.m. at C.W. Baker High School, 29 E. Oneida St, Baldwinsville. There is also a half-mile kids fun run that kicks off at 8:30 a.m.
Baldwinsville father/son team Chris and Will Getman, managed to complete their end-of-summer trek of the Northville-Lake Placid Trail in record time — in just eight days, with a daily average hike of 15 miles. On one of those days, they even stretched their walk an additional seven miles, hiking a total of 22.6 to be exact — more than triple the trail’s estimated distance in one day.
Sometimes, all it takes to be a hero is to strap on a helmet and hop on a bike. Some 175 riders took part in the Syracuse Ride for Missing Children Friday, a 100-mile ride made by bicycle riders or “Friends of Missing Children” that raises funds to support prevention education programs and to remember all missing children.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will host, “Twilight at the Zoo Special Edition: A Life in the Wild with Jim Fowler.” The evening lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., and is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Halloween window painting, sponsored by the Baldwinsville Optimist Club, will return this year from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 19, rain or shine. The event is open to all fourth-, fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders in the Baldwinsville School District. Registration application flyers will be handed out to schools in the Baldwinsville district the third week of September. Registration flyers must be filled out and returned to school by Tuesday, Oct. 8. Part of the registration application will be returned to participants at school the week of Oct. 14 with a window assigned to a student or students to paint.
Enjoy an early autumn paddle At 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 21 and 28, Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer the chance to enjoy autumn’s glow on an early evening paddle around Beaver Lake, guided by a naturalist. During the program, the group will beach the canoes briefly to enjoy the sunset while snacking on cheese, crackers and cider. $25 per canoe. Pre-registration required.
On opening day, Friday, Sept. 13, the first keg that marks the beginning of the Oktoberfest will be tapped and the two-day annual Bavarian tradition will begin right here in Baldwinsville.
Beaver Lake Nature Center, an Onondaga County Park, is located at 8477 East Mud Lake Road, 3 miles west of Baldwinsville off of Route 370. For more information, call the Nature Center at 638-2519 or visit OnondagaCountyParks.com.