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Madison County holds Ebola preparedness meeting

Last week in Wampsville, the Madison County Health Department met with hospitals in the county, Madison County Emergency Management, first responder agencies, colleges and universities, and other partners to discuss local plans for coordinating an Ebola response.

Madison County Health Department announces flu clinics

The Madison County Health Department released the schedule of flu clinics for October:

Cazenovia schools being visited by Enterovirus D68

The latest illness making its way across the country and through the halls of school buildings has arrived in Cazenovia – and a lot of elementary and middle school students have been staying home sick as a result. “We have had a high absenteeism. Our nurses have seen a higher absenteeism than normal,” said Superintendent Matt Reilly. “The symptoms being reported have been consistent with those of the Enterovirus D68."

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New fitness center coming to Cazenovia

A new 24-hour fitness center is coming to the town of Cazenovia in the near future, to be located at 2652 Route 20 East, in the former dental office of Dr. Peter Fauth. Lorren Hotaling, of Greene, N.Y., owner of multiple fitness centers around New York state, on Aug. 25 received the approval of the town zoning board of appeals for a special use permit to create the new facility.

Town issues blue-green algae warning for Cazenovia Lake

The town of Cazenovia Tuesday, Sept. 2, announced that water samples collected in near-shore areas of Cazenovia Lake during the week of Aug. 25 showed elevated counts of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). Microscopic examination has confirmed the presence of Microcystis; some species of this cyanobacteria are known to release harmful chemicals.

Madison County plans aerial spraying after additional EEE found

Recent mosquito surveillance activities by Madison County have provided more evidence of Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE). EEE was detected in two additional mosquito pools collected recently on Moore Road in the Town of Sullivan. A total of five mosquito pools in the Town of Sullivan have now tested positive for EEE. Due to the continued detection of EEE at this time, the chairman of the Board of Supervisors anticipates declaring a state of emergency on Monday, Aug. 25, in order to enact an agreement to conduct aerial spraying.

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Syracuse Crunch raises funds for Red Cross Disaster Relief

Donation sparked by Smithfield tornado and East Syracuse storm damage

In the wake of the tornado and severe storms that hit Central New York on July 8, the Syracuse Crunch recently raised more than $1,000 for the American Red Cross through a jersey auction fundraiser. The money raised will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which will be used to help provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance for victims of future disasters.

Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter announces education series at Madison County Office for the Aging

The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter will present a series of education programs this fall at the offices of Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc., 138 Dominic Bruno Blvd., Canastota. Participation is free of charge, but advance registration is required at 472-4201 x125.

First positive case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis found in Madison County

EEE found mosquito pool in town of Sullivan

The Madison County Health Department announced today the county’s first positive Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) mosquito pool this season, collected July 21 at a trap site on Moore Road in the town of Sullivan. The test results from the State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center Laboratories were reported to the Madison County Health Department late yesterday afternoon.

First Annual GCACC Ladies’ Golf Tournament to be held Aug. 15

The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce will host its First Annual Ladies’ Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 15, to raise money for the GCACC scholarship fund.

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Cazenovia weed harvester takes to the lake

For the past two weeks, Cazenovia residents and visitors may have seen a strange-looking boat out on Cazenovia Lake — like a diminutive paddleboat with a treadmill in the front, and often covered with weeds. This is the town of Cazenovia’s newly purchased weed harvester, and it has been working to divest the lake of milfoil since late June.

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Happy ending: wheelchair-bound boys allowed to join July 4 Foot Races after initial denial

Syracuse Chargers Track Club reverses controversial decision amid public outrage, national media exposure

The news broke early Wednesday morning, July 2, that the Syracuse Chargers Track Club had denied the request of 12-year-old twin boys, Jack and Nolan Willis of Manlius, who have muscular dystrophy and are wheelchair-bound, from participating in the annual Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races 10-mile race. After nearly 36 hours of public outrage and national media attention, the Chargers board reversed its decision and announced that the Willis brothers would be allowed to participate after all.

State Health Department announces updated school immunization requirements

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced it has revised immunization requirements for school attendance to meet updated national standards. The updated requirements, which do not add any new vaccines for school entry, but update the number of doses required and the minimum intervals between doses, went into effect July 1.

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Bringing the (infrared) heat

First infrared sauna spa opens in Manlius

There’s a new holistic healing technique sweeping the United States, and Renee Greco, one of the owners of Cure Infrared Sauna Spa, knows it’s more than just a fad.

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AIDS Walk/Run raises more than $181,000

The 22nd Annual AIDS Walk/Run held June 1 at Beaver Lake Nature Center raised $181,860. Since it began in 1992, the AIDS Walk/Run has been the mainstay funding for ACR Health’s now extensive Adolescent Health Initiatives. The event has raised more than $2.3 million and positioned ACR Health as a state leader in youth education.

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