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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.

Syracuse Press Club to award $2,000 scholarship

The 2014 DeVesty-Williams Scholarship will be awarded in early May by members of the Syracuse Press Club at its annual awards banquet. This $2,000 scholarship will be given to one full-time undergraduate student, who is majoring in print or broadcast journalism at a college/university in the Syracuse Press Club service area. The student scholarship recipient also must be a permanent resident of one of the following counties: Onondaga, Madison, Cortland, Cayuga, Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins, Wayne, Seneca, Schuyler and Yates. A student’s college residence is not considered a permanent residence. All students who fit the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

Raising awareness about autism

It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that autism has risen to one in every 88 births in the United States. In order to raise awareness about the programs and services available to families affected by autism, the New York State Senate has commemorated April 2013 as Autism Awareness Month.

COLUMN: It Really Does Compute

Whether you were an early adapter or have furiously resisted for decades, computers are a fact of modern life and we’re here to help you make the most of them with dozens of computers for public use and classes for everyone from newbies to old pros.

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The Molly Project seeks to comfort women with cancer

More than 20 years after losing her mother to cancer, Kristin Atkinson is channeling her grief into helping other women. Atkinson of Cicero, Kristin Johnson of Cicero and Tara Polcaro of North Syracuse started The Molly Project as a way to provide comfort to women affected by cancer and their families. Named after Atkinson’s late mother, The Molly Project got its start a year ago when Johnson’s sister called her, looking for a way to help a co-worker with cancer.

Animal Alliance named recipient of CNY Community Foundation grant

The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse has been selected to receive a $20,000 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation to purchase start-up equipment for a mobile spay/neuter clinic, which will move around to various city locations altering both dogs and cats belonging to low-income residents.

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Tobacco-Free Onondaga County aims to make residents healthier

As we enter the New Year, many of us are pledging to get healthier — to lose weight, exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables. But possibly the healthiest resolution, and one of the most enduring, is to quit smoking. But given that tobacco kills more people every year than alcohol, car accidents, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, fire and AIDS combined, wouldn’t it be better never to start?

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Caz College students design holiday cards for CRIS

Three designs to be sent to CRIS-CAT volunteers

Students in Dan Salamida’s illustration class at Cazenovia College designed holiday cards for Community Resources for Independent Seniors to send to people who volunteer for the CRIS-CAT program.

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Caz Lions Club names Langan, Pfohl as Students of the Month

Every year, the Cazenovia Lions Club honors a number of local students for their academic and civil accomplishments by honoring them as a “Student of the Month.”

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Cazenovians lend learned hands to S.U.

Hancock, Koennecke assist Syracuse University Law School class

On Monday, Dec. 10 at Syracuse Law School, a panel of judges, lawyers and law professors, known as the Room 400 Supreme Court, “decided” one of the most significant and closely-watched cases on the current United States Supreme Court docket.

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Sinterklaas pays a visit to BSE

Caz students experience multicultural holiday season

On Friday, Dec. 7, the first-grade students in Dixie Conway’s class and Sharon Gifford’s second-grade students at Burton Street Elementary School in Cazenovia had a surprise visit from Sinterklaas, patron saint of children (also known as St. Nicholas).

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Elementary youth inspires school

McNamara establishes student council to make community connections

Creating strong community connections is important to McNamara Elementary School’s fifth-graders, especially Jackie Boutilier. Last year, when she realized the school did not have a student council, she drew up a proposal for Principal Jane Nadolski, who gave the green light for the service learning, project-based council.

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Drama Club’s play-within-a-play is a ‘Double Whammy’

Rehearsing a scene from A Company of Wayward Saints are (from left) Katie Grabowski, Molly Makowiec, Joanna Damiano, Zach Colton, Matt Noll, Julianna Grabowski, Paul Herrmann, Amanda Funiciello and Brendan O’Toole.

College Board places Caz on AP District Honor Roll

The Cazenovia Central School District was recently named as one of 32 school districts across New York state to be placed on the AP District Honor Roll by the College Board.

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Caz boys basketball teams to hold fundraiser

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, the Cazenovia boys varsity and junior-varsity basketball teams will serve dinner to the community at Dave’s Diner.