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Friends of Poke-O seek funds for Ranger Trail

Friends of Mount Poke-O-Moonshine have started a fund raiser called, “Sum(m)it Up for Poke-O,” focused on making needed repairs and renovations to the Ranger Trail, a steep, one mile path leading to the top of the mountain located in the Taylor Pond Wild Forest area.

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Zoo to welcome original ‘Wild Kingdom’ host Jim Fowler Oct. 3

On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will host, “Twilight at the Zoo Special Edition: A Life in the Wild with Jim Fowler.” The evening lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., and is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.

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Buddy Walk is one of many supports offered by DSA of CNY

The DSA of CNY offers a number of activities for families of those with Down syndrome, but its biggest event — and the only one it offers that’s open to the entire community — is the Buddy Walk, which celebrates its 15th year this fall. “At our Buddy Walk, we do not focus on the therapies, doctor appointments, etc., that is a part of their daily life. We celebrate the joy of having them in our lives and family,” Bottego said. “Most of the committee members have worked on the Buddy Walk from the beginning. We have volunteers who come back year after year because it such an uplifting event.” The Buddy Walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Long Branch Park in Liverpool. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.; walkers who have pre-registered can pick up their preordered shirts. Walk-in registration is also available. T-shirts are available to purchase. Children’s games are open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and only shut down while the walk is in progress. Attendees can purchase raffle tickets The walk starts at 10:30 a.m. The walkers follow the path out of the Longbranch Park area into the Willow Bay section of Onondaga Lake Park.

L’pool’s free summer concert series runs June 3 to Aug. 21

At least a dozen Syracuse Area Music Award-winners will perform this summer as part of the annual Liverpool Is The Place concert series. All concerts are free and take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Johnson Park, at the corner of Oswego and Vine streets, in Liverpool’s central business district.

Beaver Lake Nature Center February activities

Beaver Lake Nature Center is an Onondaga County Park located at 8477 East Mud Lake Road, four miles west of Baldwinsville off Route 370.

Plans for Ninth Annual Chilly Chili heat up

This year’s race will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6. The race will begin at 1 p.m. in front of the Cazenovia Middle School at 31 Emory Ave.

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Local family releases book highlighting region, cuisine

Cazenovia local Karl Zinsmeister and his children, Kate Harvey and Noah Zinsmeister, recently saw the publishing of a new storytelling cookbook they compiled, titled “Finger Lakes Feast.”

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In memoriam

Cazenovia community gathers in wake of recent national tragedy

Five days following the tragic deaths of 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., members of the Cazenovia community gathered together to grieve those lost, and show support to those affected.

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New scoring shed built with wood from felled pine tree

The Cazenovia Central School District’s buildings and grounds department took advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures earlier last week by heading outdoors to complete construction of the new scoring shed at the Sean Googin Sports Complex on Fenner Road.

SUNY-ESF, Czech Tech to examine sustainable systems in Caz

What are the opportunities for developing sustainable food and energy systems in Cazenovia compared to a similar town in the Czech Republic?

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Polar Plunge at Oneida Shores raises money for Special Olympics New York

On Sunday morning, Onondaga County Parks Director Bill Lansley and several of his co-workers ran into Oneida Lake in their suits. Had they gone mad? Nope. Lansley, along with Kim Hall, Nate Stevens, Bob Ellis and Meg Belovich, plus hundreds of others, were participants in the sixth annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics New York (NYSO), a fundraising event at Oneida Shores that included live entertainment, prizes, face painting, hot chocolate and coffee from sponsor Dunkin Donuts and more, along with the signature dip in the chilly waters of Oneida Lake.

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VIDEO: 35th Annual Cazenovia Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting a success

The 35th Annual Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting ceremony took place the evening of Nov. 30 in the village of Cazenovia.

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4-H Lincklaen Shamrocks give back to community

The local 4-H group, the Lincklaen Shamrocks, located in Cazenovia, completed a number of activities last month.

Floral notes: Shine a light

Community Columnist

Christmas is upon us. As a firm believer in go-big-or-go-home, when it comes to decorating, I’ve amassed quite a large inventory of shiny and sparkly baubles.

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‘Freezin’ for a reason’

Budnar, Goldacker to participate in Sunday’s CNY Polar Plunge

This Sunday, Dec. 2, Special Olympics New York athletes and Cazenovia residents, Diane Budnar and Ryan Goldacker, will help lead the Sixth Annual Central New York Polar Plunge at Oneida Shores in Brewerton, with members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

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