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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State fair combines new attractions with old favorites

For many of us in Central New York, the summer season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Great New York State Fair. For over a century, the fair has been a statewide tradition and fixture in our community, bringing families from all over the country to Central New York. With programs for everyone from small children to seniors, New Yorkers of any age can enjoy time spent with friends and loved ones while taking part in traditions old and new.

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EDITORIAL: Keep concussions at bay with sports safety tips

As summer draws to a close, local Pop Warner leagues are gearing up for their seasons. Many parents are hesitant to let their little ones participate because of the high rate of head injuries; football players suffer the most concussions of any youth sport.

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Freewheeling

Share the Road makes Cicero safer for bicyclists

About the only place I haven’t seen a ‘Share the Road’ sign is outside my bedroom window,” said Tom Beaulieu, an avid bicyclist and one of the driving forces behind Cicero’s “Share the Road” initiative.

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NOPL news: Cicero Farmers Market to host Field Days

The Cicero Farmers Market, which is held on the grounds of NOPL @ Cicero, will be hosting Field Days on Aug. 18 and Sept. 1 and 8.

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LETTER: Thanks to Outback Steakhouse of Clay for help with AIDS Walk/Run

To the editor: ACR Health wants to publicly thank Outback Steakhouse of Clay for generously hosting the $500 Club Party for people raising $500 or more at the 23rd annual AIDS Walk/Run, held June 7 at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

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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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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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NOPL news: Toxin-free living: Where to start

Central New York natives Kat and Dr. Tiffany Bloomingdale will share some of their knowledge and tips when they present the class “Toxin Free Living and Thriving with Kat and Tiffany” at NOPL @ Cicero. There are two sessions available: from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, or the same time Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Legislature to release $42K for second mosquito spraying in Cicero

County Legislator Tim Burtis announced Monday that he is requesting legislative approval of $42,100 to administer a second aerial spraying of the Cicero Swamp. Typically, the county sprays once a year.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Celebrating 30 years of Parks and Recreation Month

With summer now in full swing, it’s the perfect time to explore the beautiful landscapes and endless outdoor activities available to you right here in Central New York. And with this July marking 30 years of Parks and Recreation Month, there’s no better way to celebrate then by getting outside, enjoying fresh air and making memories with family and friends.

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FROM THE SUPERVISOR: Summer has arrived in Salina

The warm weather is here, and as I drive around town I notice that many people are out and about doing yard work and keeping their lawns looking neat and tidy. Thank you, Salina residents, for showing pride in your homes and keeping Salina looking beautiful!

Guest column: Local urgent care provides insight on the rising concern of tick-borne illnesses 

Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner bringing longer days, warmer weather and, unfortunately, tick bites. With a number of tick bite cases already being seen across all of Five Star Urgent Care’s Upstate New York facilities, transmission of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme and Powassan, are becoming a concern. The best means of handling tick-borne infections is through preventing a tick bite from happening in the first place.

Relay for the cure

Liverpool Relay for Life moves to high school this year

When you think about the American Cancer Society, you might not think of people walking around a track. But maybe you should.

Taking action to end AIDS

23rd annual AIDS Walk/Run takes place at Beaver Lake June 7

Many Central New Yorkers are far too young to recall the horrors of the rise of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s. For Jacki Hannon, ACR Health’s assistant director of development, it’s those young people who benefit the most from ACR Health’s 23rd annual AIDS Walk/Run, which takes place this Sunday at Beaver Lake.

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EDITORIAL: Start small to help end lupus

Besides a collection of radio hits, what do Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Selena Gomez, Seal and Toni Braxton have in common? Like 1.5 million of their fellow Americans, they’ve struggled with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder that attacks the skin, joints and internal organs.

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