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This Months Feature Story

Programs can teach everything from how to juggle to how to grieve.

By Aaron Gifford

Hear the word “camp,” and you might think of kids roasting marshmallows over a campfire or spending a week practicing goal kicks at a local college. But beyond the familiar programs, Central New York boasts a variety of unusual camps.


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See all the blue pinwheels planted around CNY? April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. On Sunday, April 30, Step Up 4 Kids takes place at the Sawmill Creek Shelter on Willow Bay, Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool. Starting at 7 a.m. and going until noon there will be a kids fun run, a 5K and children’s activities, all to raise money for the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. The registration fee for the 5K is $30 or $35; participation in the fun run is $15. For more information, visit


Read the story about the executive director of McMahon/Ryan here.



For other Central New York events taking place in March, visit the calendar!




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