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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.

North Syracuse community yoga starts March 25

The village of North Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a new community yoga session this spring for area residents, ages 15 and older.

Not your father’s regatta

USRowing Masters Regional Championships set to race June 28 on Onondaga Lake’s new seven-lane course

The second annual USRowing Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Masters Regional Championships hosted by the Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club Sunday, June 28, is unlikely to attract the same kind of crowd that flocked to the IRA races all those years ago.

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Faugh a Ballagh! (Clear the way!)

6th Annual Irish Road Bowling Tournament set for March 15

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish Road Bowling Tournament returns for its sixth round March 15 at Onondaga Lake Park.

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Rockin’ in the ‘Relay’ world

Relay for Life kicks off March 5

Though it’s not quite time to lace up your sneaks just yet, Relay for Life of Baldwinsville is holding its 1980s-themed kickoff event “Rock Out Cancer” March 5 at Baker High School.

GUEST COLUMN: Five Star Urgent Care explains fact, fiction around nasal congestion

Find out which treatments are helpful or harmful

Five Star Urgent Care explains the truth behind nasal congestion symptoms that arise during the frigid winter season.

NOPL News: Give green to grow greens

NOPL @ Cicero is looking for support to improve the accessibility and irrigation of the LibraryFarm. Adrienne Canino, NOPL @ Cicero’s coordinator for the LibraryFarm, started an online Growing Drive Jan. 19 to help fund and promote the cause throughout our community.

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Pajamarama party

Paige’s Butterfly Run asks schools, businesses to wear PJs to help kids with cancer

One of the perks of being sick as a child is getting to curl up on the couch in your pajamas for a day of rest and bad television. But when all you ever get to wear is pajamas and you live under a cloud of doubt about your future and your prognosis — like if you’re facing pediatric cancer — the idea of the simple wardrobe loses a lot of its luster. To support those kids at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancers and Blood Disorders, Paige’s Butterfly Run is asking community members to wear their pajamas in honor of the kids that have to do so.

Health department offers tips to prevent cervical cancer

Did you know that over half of all cervical cancer cases occur in women who have rarely or never been screened for the disease? In fact, 4,000 U.S. women die annually of cervical cancer. Screening can prevent cervical cancer or find it early when it’s easier to treat.

GUEST COLUMN: Add exercise to your new year

You’re making a pledge to get healthier this New Year. You found your sneakers and dusted off the treadmill you were using as a closet. Your yoga pants are no longer just a fashion choice — they are ready to do actual yoga. Now you’ve got to find the time in your day — 30 minutes minimum for heart health — to get physically active. The American Heart Association says there are plenty of easy, no-cost ways to do it.

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.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Single-payer would limit private options, cost taxpayers

Since the passage of Obamacare, polling consistently has shown people do not view the program favorably. Indeed, as has recently been reported, Dr. Gruber, one of the so-called architects of Obamacare, was recorded as saying that the only reasons the law passed Congress was because of the stupidity of the American voters and that there was a lack of transparency as to how the law was going to be financed. Gruber’s comments notwithstanding, this past election confirmed for many federal legislators who voted for Obamacare that the “stupid” American voter was going to hold them accountable for the passage of this flawed law. This is a sentiment that isn’t just coming from a Republican. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer in a post-election speech also said as much.

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Café at 407 celebrates five years serving community

Local eatery Café at 407 unveiled its new menu and welcomed coffee-drinkers and crafters alike at its fifth anniversary celebration on Dec. 5. Community members gathered for $0.05 coffee and a “handmade market” of several Central New York artisans who shared their locally made wares.

Get your flu vaccine

Have you had your flu vaccination yet? You’re going to get one, right? We’re enjoying unseasonably warm weather, the fall colors are beautiful and the flu is far from our minds, but the truth is, the flu season is here; now is the time to act. Those beautiful fall colors are our first reminder to protect ourselves from the flu, and the flu vaccine is the best way to get that protection. Public health officials recommend the flu vaccine for everyone over the age of six months. I realize that many people equate the flu with the common cold, but that’s not true. The flu is serious; it can put you in the hospital and is a killer. Every year thousands die from the flu.

OCHD seeks public input

I need your help. A major focus of mine in the legislature is health care and, as vice-chair of the Health Committee, I invite your input on our health future. The Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) is seeking your feedback on two documents: the 2014-18 Strategic Plan and the 2014-17 Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan. The documents and surveys are available at ongov.net/health/publicfeedback.html

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