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Let’s volunteer and make a difference in our community

In a world where everyone feels pressed for time, scheduling in a bit of volunteer work may seem impossible. In fact, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service New York was ranked last in the nation for the number of its residents who have volunteered. The reality, though, is that it really doesn’t take much to give back to our communities through volunteer work. The positive impact we can make is even greater than we realize. Not to mention, it’s a great way to meet new people and pick up a few new skills.

Keep town of Clay safe and looking good

Here are some short reminders from Supervisor Damian Ulatowski to help you spruce up your property and enjoy a safe and happy summer.

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Mission seeks clothing donations

“We have to support the Mission,” Deb Forbey said, recalling the words her mother used years ago when cleaning out their closets. Forbey recently stopped by the Rescue Mission’s Attended Donation Center (ADC) on Route 57 in Liverpool to donate various items before heading to work. She is one of many generous donors who help support the Rescue Mission’s various programs by donating unwanted clothing, shoes and household goods.

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North Syracuse launches community summer reading program

For many students, school-assigned summer reading is a thing to dread, something boring and time-consuming that interrupts the carefree fun of summer. But the North Syracuse Central School District is trying to change that.

Upside-down flag at American Diner signals distress

According to the United States Flag Code approved by Congress in July 1976, “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” Well, there’s nothing dangerous about eating home fries and hash browns at the American Diner, 214 Oswego St., so why is its Stars and Stripes hanging upside down?

Carnival to benefit C-NS JV tennis team

The girls’ junior varsity tennis team was cut from the North Syracuse Central School District’s 2013-14 budget, but that wasn’t the end of the team. With the help of the North Syracuse Education Foundation (NSEF), the team was able to raise enough money on their own to be reinstated last season. They’re looking to do the same for the 2014-15 school year.

Syracuse Chiefs provide family fun this summer

July is Park and Recreation Month, making it the perfect time to get out and experience all our community has to offer. This year’s theme is “OUT is IN,” and there are many ways that you and your family can step outside and spend quality time together — without breaking the bank — right here in Central New York.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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