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On the campaign trail: Katko named Republican ‘Young Gun’

Congressional candidate John Katko has earned the status of “Young Gun” from the National Republican Congressional Committee after reaching the third and final tier of the group’s recruitment program. Founded in the 2007-08 election cycle by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program provides financial support to candidates in races across the country.

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Northern suburbs offer plenty of swimming options

If you’re looking to beat the heat, you can lock yourself somewhere air-conditioned — or you can get outside and into the water. The northern suburbs offer a number of swimming holes to help you beat the heat, from sandy beaches to public pools. Read on to find one in your area.

C-NS, Liverpool football await 2014 season

Northstars to debut on new turf Oct. 3 against Henninger

Right after the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship ended on June 7, the work got underway at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

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Tornado in Smithfield kills four, Gov. Cuomo visits the scene

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday morning that the storm that killed four people in Smithfield Tuesday night was a tornado. The round of severe storms that hit Madison County Tuesday evening caused widespread damage in the towns of Smithfield, Sullivan and Lenox. Hardest hit was Goff Road and Northrup Road in Smithfield, where the tornado came through, completely destroying four residential structures, damaging three residential structures and completely destroying one barn, Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley said during a press conference Wednesday morning.

Bringing the Swing Era into the 21st century

The future of the Bear Cat Jass Band may be a bit cloudy right now, but one thing’s clear as day: the hot octet will swing with abandon at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 14, at Johnson Park.

Cicero looks to revise sign code

In order to make their town more business-friendly, members of the Cicero Town Board are looking to revise the town code pertaining to signs.

Eighth annual Lifesavers Blood Drive is July 15

Summer is in full swing, and it is more important than ever to donate blood. Blood donations often drop during the summer while schools are out and people are traveling to visit family and friends. In order to raise awareness and help prevent shortages, I’ll be hosting my annual Lifesavers Blood Drive along with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, July 15.

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Phase I of Brewerton Revitalization Project unveiled

After eight years of waiting, the residents of Brewerton are finally seeing progress on the revitalization of the hamlet. Town and state officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 2 to commemorate the completion of Phase I of the Brewerton Revitalization Project, which includes picnic tables, new streetlights, a 400-foot brick walkway and benches along the riverfront. The improvements cost a total of $102,400, which was made possible through matching grants to the town of Cicero, in-kind services from local businesses and town departments and donations from Brewerton residents.

On the Campaign Trail: Katko calls out Maffei; Kessner backpedals on primary

At a press conference on July 2, Republican Congressional candidate John Katko criticized Democratic opponent Dan Maffei, the incumbent representative for the 24th Congressional District, for his grandiose infrastructure plan as well as his vote against a House measure that encourages oil drilling within the U.S.

Change is the name of the game in banking

This month, Seneca Federal Savings and Loan Association, celebrating 85 years of service locally, will change its name to Seneca Savings. The old hometown bank has locations at 105 Second St. in Liverpool, 201 N. Main St. in North Syracuse and another one in Baldwinsville.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July

School is out, summer has begun and we’re all officially ready to kick off the season with this year’s Independence Day celebration. Whether it’s fireworks, parades or picnics, I encourage you to celebrate safely with friends and family members this Fourth of July.

Liverpool grad helps guide NCAA baseball champs

Scott Brown excels as Vanderbilt pitching coach

Exactly two decades ago, Scott Brown graduated from Liverpool High School, wondering where his journey in baseball would take him. As it turned out, it would land him in the highest level of college baseball, and last Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska, Brown, now a seasoned pitching coach, was an integral part of Vanderbilt University’s first-ever national championship in any male sport.

LETTER: Cuomo abandoned children, schools when he abandoned tax credit

To the editor: Andrew Cuomo let down New York's school children by abandoning the education tax credit, even after he promised to pass it this session.

LETTER: Thanks from local food pantries

To the editor: St. Joseph the Worker and Immaculate Heart of Mary Food Pantries would like to thank those who support our food pantries and our goal to eliminate hunger in our community. There was a U.S. Postal Service food drive that took place this spring. The Liverpool community responded with overwhelming generosity. We also have food drives at Nichols Grocery Store in Liverpool. Although we regularly thank Nichols we really need to thank the people who donate at the food drives.

Local lacrosse players gain national recognition

C-NS girls get tryouts with U.S. National Team

Though the high school lacrosse season is completed, the curtain has lifted on a summer where top local players take part in all kinds of camps, clinics, travel teams and tournaments. And that even includes a bit of national recognition, especially when it comes to a talented core of girls players from Cicero-North Syracuse.

When E. coli strikes Oneida Shores

With summer in full swing, many residents will be looking to public beaches to keep cool. But what happens when the beaches are closed? It’s a problem we’ve seen several times over the last couple of years at Oneida Shores in Brewerton, as well as other beaches along Oneida Lake. The park was closed to swimmers late last month by the Onondaga County Department of Health because E. coli bacteria had been found in unacceptable levels during routine sampling.

RRE dedicates new playground in memory of late teacher

Jeanelle Cross was the kind of teacher other teachers aspired to be. “Jeanelle was beloved by everyone,” said Jackie Grace, principal of Roxboro Road Elementary in Mattydale, where Cross was the resource teacher. “She clearly loved her job and loved what she was doing. She loved kids. She was such a joy to be around, such a positive force.” Cross lost her battle with breast cancer in September of 2012, not long after she initiated an effort to construct a new playground at RRE. When the school dedicated that finished playground on June 23, they did so in her memory.

LETTER: No new gas tax

To the editor: Recently, Dan Maffei released another one of his studies full of pre-election goodies, this time detailing 15 pages of new spending on local infrastructure. I support investing in the maintenance and upgrade of our transportation systems and public infrastructure — it’s vital to our quality of life and our economy.

LETTER: Thanks to those who helped with After the Ball party

To the editor: On June 1, from midnight to 3:30 a.m., more than 300 Cicero-North Syracuse students attended the After the Ball Party at C-NS High School. This event provided our students with entertainment, refreshments and the opportunity to win numerous valuable prizes, including a car generously donated for the 25th year by Burdick Toyota. If it weren’t for the many amazing businesses, organizations and individuals who provided donations, this event designed to keep our kids safe on ball night would not be possible.

LETTER: Thanks for participation in Strawberry Social

To the editor: The 29th annual Strawberry Social sponsored by the Friends of Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero was held on June 5. We wish to thank everyone who helped make the evening a real success. A special thank you to the following Cicero businesses: Wegmans, Target, Wal-Mart, Price Chopper, Byrne Dairy, Thee Diner, Sprinkles Ice Cream and Spera’s Country Market for their generous donations. Another thank you to the Cicero Town Parks and Recreation Department for their time and effort on behalf of the library.

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