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NSCSD to participate in USDA Summer Feeding Program

Free breakfast and lunch meals available for children under 18 at RRMS weekdays July 1 to Aug. 14

The North Syracuse Central School District announces its participation in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. Daily breakfast and lunch meals will be provided to all children 18 years and under without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for everyone, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

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Little green thumbs

NOPL at Cicero LibraryFarm hosts nature camp

An exuberant group of tweens spends each Friday morning trawling through the junior gardeners’ plot at the NOPL at Cicero LibraryFarm as part of a 14-week nature camp. On July 17, they were counting radish seedlings, harvesting fistfuls of peas and beans and looking for their unofficial toad mascot, Bomber.

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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.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Buy local this season to support our community

Here in Onondaga County, agriculture is a vital part of our community and a cornerstone of our economy. I’ve been working hard to support our state’s dedicated farmers and ensure they have the resources they need to thrive, but there’s more that can be done. By shopping at our local farmers markets this season, you can do your part to strengthen our economy and bring home fresh, healthy products for you and your family.

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NOPL NEWS: The farmers market returns to Cicero

If you stop at Northern Onondaga’s Cicero Library between 3 and 7 p.m. any Tuesday afternoon from May 26 through Sept. 8, you’ll find something very special: artisans, local food producers and locally based farmers selling their wares on the library’s spacious property.  

Feet on the earth

Willow Health and Wellness Center hosts Earth Day Half Marathon and 5K April 19

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by dashing through the dusty paths of local farmland, enjoying the view and the breeze? The Willow Health and Wellness Center is teaming up with CNY Solar Inc., Emmi and Sons and Reeves Farms for the Earth Day Half Marathon and 5K. The race takes place April 19 at Emmi and Sons on West Genesee Road in B’ville.

NOPL NEWS: Hands-on with hypertufa

The LibraryFarm at Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) at Cicero is hosting the event “Make at the LibraryFarm: Hypertufa!” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, a DIY program for adults.

Residents have mixed feelings on ‘Ash for Trash’

About 50 people crowded into the Van Buren Town Hall to share their opinions on the proposed “Ash for Trash” waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties Jan. 6.

2014: The year that was

2014: The year that was

What were the biggest stories of the last year? Here are a few of our top picks:

Take precautions against mosquitos

Every year, the Onondaga County Department of Health begins surveillance and control of the mosquito population in May. They monitor more than 20 traps across the county, testing mosquitoes for West Nile and EEE. EEE was identified in the Cicero Wildlife Management area in early July which prompted an aerial spraying on July 22 after obtaining the necessary approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This helped to reduce the mosquito count, but with the recent wet-weather, additional spraying throughout the neighborhoods surrounding the management area was authorized and the truck spraying occurred Aug. 17. This will continue to be monitored by the department of health.

Help stop the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses

Yes, it’s that time again: time for mosquito spraying and time to keep ourselves protected from mosquito bites. Our community is a great place to live, but we do need to be diligent about mosquito protection. We all know the basics, but as vice chair of the county legislature’s Health Committee, one of my accountabilities is to keep you fully apprised of county efforts to minimize our exposure to mosquitoes and of current preventatives against mosquito bites.

EPA proposes PCB cleanup plan for Lower Ley Creek portion of Onondaga Lake Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil and sediment at the Lower Ley Creek area of the Onondaga Lake Superfund Site located in the town of Salina. Discharges from nearby industries and a landfill have contaminated the soil and sediment with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other hazardous substances. PCBs are potentially cancer-causing chemicals that can build up in the tissue of fish and other wildlife and pose a threat to people who eat them. The EPA proposal calls for a combination of excavation, capping and disposal of contaminated soil and sediment.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus found in Onondaga County

Onondaga County Interim Commissioner of Health Michelle Mignano announced that the New York State Department of Health’s laboratory has reported finding evidence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a mosquito pool. The mosquito pool was collected on July 10 at our Taft Road trap site located at East Taft Road (near the Totman Road intersection). Due to this finding and the recent high mosquito count, aerial spraying of the Cicero Swamp and immediate surrounding areas will be done between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, weather permitting. Residents in the spray areas will be notified through the media and through the emergency notification system.

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.

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Dealing with invasive species in CNY

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.

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