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 • Syracuse Parent and CNY Family • April 2011

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Syracuse Parent and CNY Family • April 2011 • 

Ah, spring – time to make use of that hunk of lumber in my backyard With temps finally reaching above freezing – thanks Mother Nature, for such a cold winter – I, like many Central New Yorkers, am already catching that dastardly ailment – Spring Fever. Although we did make the most of the cold months – skiing, ice skating and gathering with friends and familiy – it will be wonderful to be able to just step outside without having to bundle up or shovel the walkway. Spring sports will occupy much of our time, but we will surely be spending time outside without participating in an organized outing.

We will grill. We will walk, run and bike. We will do yard work. We will roast marshmallows over our fire pit. And the ever-present hulk of a structure, more formally called a swingset, will be used yet again by my children. Each year, we toy with the idea of putting an advertisement in the paper selling the set, which features overhead “monkey” bars, a “fort,” spiral slide, a wood-and-plastic version of a rock climbing wall and, of course, the required swings. “We could even offer it for free, if the person who wants it

comes and hauls it away himself,” my husband would suggest. I guess he must remember what a pain it was to put the set up in our backyard in the first place (I think it took a whole weekend, a lot of sweat and a few off-color words.) And again, each year, the kids protest that they will still use it. So my husband and I look at each other, shrug with a we’ll-see resignation, and drop the subject. As spring turns into summer, our children’s prophecy has always proved accurate. They spend time playing madeup games and visiting worlds they create via the weatherbeaten hulking mass of wood, metal and plastic we bought

less than a decade ago from a local home store. Their friends come and join them in their quest for the highest swing, the quickest monkey bar crossing and the strongest heart attack they can give me with their fearlessly daring moves, punctuated by the occasional bathroom break and request for ice pops. As with anything involving my children, I feel a certain melancholy as I consider the playset. I remember pushing my children in their infant swings - Cassidy with her cries of “Higher! Faster!” Or Jacob, waiting for me to give him a boost up the ladder or rock wall in order to take a turn on the slide. Now, more often than not, I look out my kitchen window

to see my daughter standing atop the monkey bars, seemingly unconvinced of her own fragility in a way only the young and inexperienced can be. Or I will witness my son schlepping up the spiral slide, unmindful (and perhaps, uncaring) of the fact that someone is on a collision course with him, feet first. (Check out some tips for a safe playground, below.) There’ve been a few tears as a result of play on the set, but there have been far more smiles. So, I guess we’ll keep it, for now – apparently, spring is also a time to stock up on sunscreen, antibiotic cream and bandaids.

Spring safety

Tips for building a fun, safe backyard playground Few things are as enjoyable for parents and grandparents as watching their children and grandchildren play. As cherished as such playtime can be, it can quickly turn into a memory adults and children alike would prefer to forget if an injury occurs. Playground accidents vary in severity. Some produce just a scrape or a scratch, while more drastic accidents can lead to broken bones or even death. And where those accidents occur might come as a surprise to parents. Ten years ago, a study conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission discovered more deaths occurred on backyard playground equipment than on public playgrounds. A 2009 study from the CPSC found that 40 deaths were associated with playground equipment between 2001 to 2008, the majority of which were the result of hangings or asphyxiations. Naturally, parents aware of such statistics are concerned, particularly those who want to erect a playground for their children on their own property. When building a home playground for children, parents should consider the following factors. Location, location, location! A home playground’s location is very important. When deciding where to put a playground, consider its accessibility. Is the playground easily reached should an accident occur? Can children be seen playing from a nearby window? Should an accident occur, is the playground within earshot of the home? Kids often play on a home playground while their parents are inside, so be sure to locate the playground close enough to the home where you can see and hear your kids from the house, and in a spot that’s easy to get to should an accident occur. Equipment Though most parents would love to build their children a home playground that rivals the nearby amusement park, some equipment has historically proven to be more dangerous than others. A 2009 report from the CPSC indicated that climbers were associated with 23 percent of all playground injuries while swings were associated with 22 percent. When installing equipment, be sure everything is installed in strict adherence to the manufacturer’s instructions. Surfaces According to the CPSC, 67 percent of playground accidents between 2001 and 2008 involved falls or equipment failure. Most kids are going to fall once or twice when playing on the playground. Parents can plan for such falls and minimize their child’s injury risk

Parents must consider a host of safety factors when building a backyard playground for children. by installing impact-absorbing surfaces beneath the playground. Such surfaces are the standard at many public playgrounds and can make the difference between a simple fall or one that results in broken bones or a trip to the emergency room. Inspection Kids often like to play rough, and as a result playgrounds commonly take quite a beating. Even if equipment was sturdy at installation and was installed to the letter of the manufacturer’s instructions, parents should routinely inspect equipment to ensure it’s holding up to the wear and tear of children. Ask kids to let you know immediately if anything feels loose or isn’t working properly. For more information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission at cpsc.gov.

Techniques to help a child learn to swim Teaching a child to swim can enable him or her to enjoy a life filled with fun in and around the water. It is also one of the ways to prevent water-related injuries or death. Water safety is nothing to take lightly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that in 2007 there were 3,443 fatal unintentional drownings in the United States, averaging 10 deaths per day. An additional 496 people died from drowning and other causes in boating-related incidents. Also, more than one in five fatal drowning victims are children ages 14 and younger. Although teaching a child to swim does not negate the necessity to carefully watch young children whenever they are around water, it does offer a measure of safety. A boy or girl who knows how to swim may be able to prevent an injury or get out of harm’s way better than one who is floundering in the water. In fact, the CDCrecommends it as one See Swim on page 14

TAKE NOTE: Although teaching a child to swim does not negate the necessity to carefully watch young children whenever they are around water, it does offer a measure of safety.


Health & Nutrition

 • Syracuse Parent and CNY Family • April 2011

By Kara Verbanic National Infant Immunization Week is April 23 – 30. This week is set aside each year to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine preventable disease. Children, especially infants, are at higher risk for disease. You can protect your child by getting them vaccinated on time. Five reasons why immunizations remain important today are listed below. Immunizations can save your child’s life. Children today can be protected from more diseases than ever before. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children have been nearly wiped out in many parts of the world, mostly due to vaccines. For example, polio was once one of the most feared diseases in children, but today there are no reports of polio in the United States. Vaccines are safe and effective. All vaccines that are given to children are thoroughly reviewed and approved by the Food and Drug Administration for safety.

Of course shots may hurt for a minute, and may even cause short-term pain or redness at the site of the shot for a few days, however, that is a small price to pay compared to the pain and discomfort associated with the diseases they prevent. Immunizations protect others you care about. Serious vaccinepreventable diseases still occur. Unfortunately, some babies are too young to be completely vaccinated and others may not be able to be vaccinated because of allergies or because of having weakened immune systems. Getting your children vaccinated not only protects your family, but also helps prevent the spread of diseases to your friends and other loved ones. Immunizations can save your family time and money. Children who have a vaccine-preventable disease may not be able to attend school or daycare for many days. Vaccines not only prevent disease but also can reduce the costs associated with missed time from work, See Vaccine on page 5

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Are you thinking about fixing up the old homestead? Are you planning on doing the project on your own or hiring someone to do it for you? Was your home built before 1978? If it was, it may contain lead paint. When lead paint is disturbed during remodeling, dangerous lead dust is created. Young children and pregnant women are at the greatest risk from exposure to lead dust, but anyone can become lead poisoned. The Onondaga County Health Department Lead Poisoning Control Program would like you to consider the following questions before you start your project: ✓Was the house built before 1978? ✓Will you be disturbing the paint? ✓Have you had the paint tested to see if it is lead paint? ✓What safety precautions will you or your contractor/handyman take to protect yourself and your children from exposure to hazardous lead dust? The most important thing to consider when remodeling is controlling the lead dust. You can do this by following these tips:

   



  



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From the stacks

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“Can We Save the Tiger?”

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by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky White c.2011, Candlewick Press; $16.99; 56 pages

The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 11,000 books.

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Plans are in the works for a celebration May 13-14-15 to mark the first anniversary of the opening of the new 18,000-square-foot OFL, which has nearly tripled the space of the former library on the same site.

Patrons flocking to the new OFL

Despite the fierce winter of 2010-11, patrons are flocking to the new Onondaga Free Library, driving circulation increases of as much as 40 percent over last year. In February, OFL checked out 16,778 books, films and other materials - fully 35 percent more than checkouts in the same month a year ago. Figures for January and December were comparable or higher. Nearly 200 new patrons have registered so far this year, and attendance at story hours, special programs, and usage of the Onondaga Free Library’s state-of-the-art computers also is shooting upwards as the library community flocks to the spanking new facility on West Seneca Turnpike. In January and February 2011, over 880 people attended library programming, which included story times, a “Fancy Nancy” party, cooking demonstrations, an African drumming performance, book club and author events, among others. A second toddler story hour was added to the library roster, along with a special story time for babies. “We knew last May when the new library opened that we had a hit on our hands,” said OFL Board President Paul Mullin. “But our patrons’ enthusiasm and attendance in the face of all the bad weather has just been astonishing.” “For our hard-working staff and trustees, the success of the library’s first year has been enormously gratifying,” said Library Director Susan Reckhow. “This proves that the community wanted and needed a new, modern facility.” Mullin recalled a memorable moment at the library’s opening last year when a mother took one look at the new electronics-laden children’s section, complete with colorful murals giving it a woodsy setting, and said, “I think I’ll go home and have two more children so they can use this!” Plans are in the works for a celebration May 13-14-15 to mark the first anniversary of the opening of the new 18,000-squarefoot OFL, which has nearly tripled the space of the former library on the same site. OFL also will be marking its 50th anniversary. It was started in 1961 as a single room on the second floor of the old Town of Onondaga office building on West Seneca Turnpike across the road from the current library. The library moved from the old town hall to its current site in 1969. The first anniversary weekend will include the annual book sale organized by the Friends of the Onondaga Free Library under President Karen Brogan. The Friends will be raffling off a L&JG Stickley 2011 Collector’s Edition mirror in time for Mother’s Day. Tickets are available for purchase at the library starting on March 15 for $2 each or 3 for $5.

ou are a kid who loves animals. If it’s got fur or feathers, it’s your friend. But what can you do for animals that are in danger? Read “Can We Save the Tiger?” by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky White and you might find out. As you already know, the world is a very big place. There’s room for humans of all kinds and colors, but we’re not the only beings on the planet. There are millions of non-human creatures that share our space. Some of them have adjusted nicely to living alongside us. Others didn’t fare so well and they’re not here any more. You will never have a chance to see a live dodo, or a Steller’s sea cow, or a marsupial wolf, for instance. Those animals are extinct. And then there are the animals that need help, or they won’t be around for long. One of them is the tiger.

“How to Be a Werewolf”

by Serena Valentino; c.2011, Candlewick Press; $14.99; 144 pages

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here are times when you just feel like going out and howling. Take weekends, for instance. You and your friends love to go out and blow off some steam, go wild, get loud, and have some fun. Your dad calls that “howling” and he’s not too wrong. But there are also times when you really need to howl. You need to point your muzzle skyward and let loose with a sound that terrifies anyone that hears you. “How to Be a Werewolf” by Serena Valentino will help you corral those impulses and be the best half-human you can be. By now, you’ve probably noticed that there’s something different about you. Maybe you’ve lost track of your nighttime. Maybe you’ve had an inexplicable craving for red meat lately. Maybe you might be a werewolf. Or, what if you’re not a werewolf, but you know a few of them? In this book, you’ll find out how to throw an awesome werewolf party and what wild bands to hire; and plenty of lycanthropic history to bite into.

You know how much your kids love to go to the zoo and see the animals. Imagine how they’d feel if there were no animals to see, and you’ve got a basic idea of what you’ll find in this book. “Can We Save the Tiger?” is an intelligent book that never talks down to kids or makes them feel dumb. That means that author Martin Jenkins uses words that may be hard for kids to sound-out, which may require parental help. But that won’t be a chore. The gorgeously spare illustrations by Vicky White will give you plenty to look at while you’re reading this book with your budding ecologist, and Jenkins’ words may even teach you a thing or two. Though you might be tempted to get this book for a younger child, I think “Can We Save the Tiger?” is geared more for 8-to-13-year-olds – particularly if they’re already somewhat familiar with the endangering of animals. For readers like that, this is a book of a whole different stripe. So is this book for real? Partly. You decide which part... Split somewhat in half, “How to Be a Werewolf” starts out assuming that the reader is a werewolf with identity issues. That felt fakey to me at times, as if we were all in on a big joke that half of us wouldn’t understand. Fortunately, this book redeems itself in the latter half. Author Serena Valentino does a great job informing her readers about werewolves in history, literature, TV and movies, and more, all of which made me forgive the tongue-in-cheekiness of the first dozen (or so) pages. It also helped that there’s some fantastic artwork in this book, too – pages and pages of it. If you’re half wolf, a “Twilight” fan, or just love werewolves in general, grab this browse-able, quick-to-read, very cool book. For you, “How to Be a Werewolf” is a howling good time.

In brief SPD support group to meet

CNY Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Connections Support Group, a support group for Parents who have children with SPD, will meet at 7 p.m. April 21 and May 19. April’s meeting will feature an open discussion on important changes you can make to help your family. May’s meeting will consist of a Health Care Notebook Workshop presented by Dru Nordmark and Sue Wegman. Meetings

are at Beacon Baptist Church , 4800 Route 31, Clay. Visit cnyspdparents.com.

Public fishing to open

Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery is bringing back the popular Public Fishing program. Beginning Saturday April 16, families and individuals will be able to enjoy a morning of fishing at the facility. Sessions will be offered each Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., through May 28. The cost to fish is $5 per person with bait, rods and reels provided. Reservations are required by calling 451-7275. Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, an Onondaga County Park, is located on Route 321 in Elbridge.

Vaccine doctor visits, and hospitalizations. Vaccines are usually covered by insurance. If you do not have health insurance, a program called “Vaccines for Children” provides vaccines for children who are otherwise unable to pay. To find out more about this program, ask your healthcare provider or call the Onondaga

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County Health Department. Immunization protects future generations. Vaccines have reduced, and in some cases eliminated, many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations ago. For example, the smallpox vaccination helped to eliminate the disease worldwide. Children

today no longer need to be vaccinated against smallpox because the disease no longer exists. Continuing to vaccinate our children today protects future generations as well. During National Infant Immunization Week, it is important to remember the importance and benefits of having your children

receive their shots on time. For more information on vaccines call the Onondaga County Immunization Program at 435-2000. Kara Verbanic is a public health educator with Onondaga County Health Department’s Syracuse Healthy Start. For more information visit onhealthyfamilies.com.


Prepping for the prom Shop now for prom fashions

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Whether they already have a date in mind for prom or anticipate being asked in the weeks to come, it’s never too early for students to shop for their prom dress. Few individuals will be able to wear a dress off the rack and have it look beautiful. Therefore, shopping early for a prom gown means ample time to order a dress and have it altered to fit perfectly - much as one would if they were a member of a wedding party. Shopping early also gives the opportunity to price around at various shops and comparison shop from online retailers. Or you can even have a dress custom made to your specifications by a seamstress or tailor. Guidelines for buying that special dress When you’re ready to shop for a prom gown, it is beneficial to have a style in mind. Not every dress will flatter every figure. Therefore, keep an open mind as to what you will buy. Make your decision only after trying on a variety of gowns. Prom dress manufacturers often mimic the looks on the runway or red carpet. Keeping a trained eye on the celebrity looks from award shows and movie opening nights can give you an idea of what is to be expected from prom dress selection. However, that doesn’t mean you have to go with what is trendy. If the trends are something that will not flatter your figure, feel free to go with a classic gown. In terms of flattering, here are some pointers to keep in mind. Curvy, full-figured women can consider empire waisted dresses or those with a drop waist. It’ll camouflage curvier areas. Thin or boy-shaped ladies may want a dress with ruching details or poofy ball gowns, which will give the illusion of curves. Hourglass shapes benefit from nipped-in waists and strapless, form-fitting creations. Petite ladies should seek out shorter hems and sleeker cuts. Too much fabric can overwhelm a smaller stature. Remember to set a budget when shopping for your prom dress. Unless you have the funds to step into a couture boutique and pay like a celebrity, it’s best to have a limit. After all, chances are you will only be wearing this dress once. Prom-goers who want to save money can consider dress swapping with other women who have attended formal events. A person who is “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” may have a collection of formal wear that can be altered and transformed into your prom masterpiece. Start shopping early to find your perfect prom dress.

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There is a bustle of activity that takes place during prom and graduation season. With so much going on, caution often takes a backseat to other issues. However, it is important to keep safety in mind during prom and graduation season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than one-third of alcohol related traffic fatalities involving teenagers occur during the peak prom and graduation months of April, May and June. Prom and graduation are times for celebration. Too often festivities include drugs and alcohol, even for teens who are under the legal drinking age. According to data from the 2005 Monitoring the Future study, a survey of U.S. youth, three-quarters of 12th graders, more than two-thirds of 10th graders, and about two in every five 8th graders have consumed alcohol. Many of these underage drinkers participate in binge drinking, where five or more drinks are consumed at one time. Apart from alcohol consumption, many teens view prom night as the opportunity to lose their virginity or have sex with their

date. Although prom can be an important rite of passage in one’s life, it doesn’t necessarily mean there has to be a correlation between leaving high school and losing your virginity. All too often teen virgins see themselves in the minority during high school, and many view prom night as a chance to join the perceived majority. Although sex can be a pleasurable act, it carries with it inherent risks, including pregnancy, disease, emotional scarring, and even legal issues. Depending on where a teen lives, there can be age of consent laws that restrict individuals from being intimate until a certain age. Those who don’t comply risk legal action. Alcohol isn’t the only drug of choice popping up at teen social events. Marijuana and cocaine continue to be popular choices, while many other teens are abusing prescription drugs as well. It has become popular to crush and snort pain relief drugs, like oxycodone, to provide a fast high. Instead of meeting up with dealers on the street corner, many teens get their drugs straight out of their parents’ medicine cabinets. Alcohol consumption, drug use and sex

Have fun, be safe High schoolers attending prom should keep a few things in mind to be safe and have a good time. * Don’t feel pressured to do anything you don’t want to do. Mingle with the same friends with whom you feel comfortable and enjoy the night. * Set rules for yourself that include no drinking or drugs. * Team up with a friend so that you can help him or her should you get into trouble. * Plan to go home after the prom, not to a hotel room. * Enjoy the night and create lasting positive memories.

are three separate concerns on prom night. When teens combine alcohol consumption with drug use and/or sexual behavior, the results can be disasterous. Individuals under the influence of alcohol or drugs cannot make sound judgements. They may engage in risky behavior and regret the decisions when they are sober and things cannot be reversed.


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In our schools Festival of the Arts set at CNS The artistic and musical accomplishments of North Syracuse Central School District students will be celebrated from 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday April 30 at CiceroNorth Syracuse High School, at the district’s annual Festival of the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. Student artwork will be on display and instrumental and choral music groups, along with the Winterguards and Dance Ensemble, will perform. Art will be displayed in the foyers, hallways and Cafeteria Two. Large choral and instrumental groups will perform in the auditorium and the winter competitive ensembles in the gymnasium. Small ensembles will perform in Cafeteria One. For more information call 218-4113.

Homework Help Nights set Homework Help Night is scheduled at Faith Lutheran Church, 6142 State Route 31 every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Homework Help Night is free and open to school-aged children in the Cicero and surrounding communities. “Whether your son or daughter needs help forming letters, reading, spelling, math, science, English or social studies, this program can help,” said Chuck Bronner, Liverpool, program coordinator. “We offer this new program to the community as our way of helping to meet the needs of families who live in the area,” continued the Rev. James C. Doyle, pastor. “It’s something that members of our congregation willingly offer as a way to live out their

calling as God’s faithful people living and serving others in the greater community in which we live.” Homework Help Night will be staffed by members of Faith Lutheran Church and local community members who have volunteered their services to help children who struggle with schoolwork and daily assignments. It will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7 and June 14. For information about this and other ministries of Faith Lutheran Church, call the church office at 699-5224.

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While high school seniors anxiously await letters from colleges, parents are equally anxious waiting for news concerning financial aid. Many misunderstandings surround the financial aid process, so I thought I’d address some of the recent questions parents have been asking. First, just because a family believes they earn too much to qualify for aid, they should still submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Many schools will not consider a student for merit based aid without a FAFSA on file. Secondly, make sure that the schools your son or daughter have applied to do not require an additional financial form, the CSS Profile. Generally, private colleges and universities require both the FAFSA and CSS Profile before granting aid packages. Third, send your recent W2 information as soon as possible. The sooner your financial information is complete the sooner you will be considered for a slice of the ever-shrinking aid pie. The next misunderstanding has to do with lost financial aid. If a student does not maintain a certain GPA (generally a C average, GPA 2.0 on a 4.0 scale) he/ she will lose federal student aid. However,

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the student can regain eligibility for federal student aid by improving their GPA. Until then, students are required to pay for their classes out of their own pocket. In some cases colleges will temporarily waive these requirements, if the failure to “make satisfactory academic progress” is due to a death in the family, illness, or other special circumstances. If a student loses financial eligibility due to defaulting on his/her federal student loans, they will need to make a number of voluntary on-time monthly payments on the loans in order to qualify for renewal. The final concern I hear often has to do with aid once multiple children are in college. The federal government, colleges and universities all use the same formula to determine expected family contribution (EFC.) The EFC is the sum of a student contribution and a parent contribution. When multiple children from the family are in college at the same time, the parent’s portion of the contribution is split among them. The children’s contribution may differ, depending on the income and assets of each child. Usually having more children in college at the same time results in a decrease in the EFC for both and an increase in the amount of financial aid.

Maria Badami, MS is a college admissions consultant with COLLEGE DIRECTIONS of CNY. 7030 East Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY 13066. collegedirectionscny.com 243-6658.

Nottingham Senior Tradition - Get Your Name in Lights One of Nottingham High School’s traditions is to celebrate the seniors as they make plans for life after college. When you have made a decision about college, the military or work, please let the school know and we’ll post your information on the outdoor electric sign. Many Nottingham families make it a tradition to take a photo of the sign with their student’s name on it. Nottingham is proud of its grads, and would like to share the excitement with the school and our community. The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) is the state agency that has been designated by the Governor’s office to administer the NY GEARUP Program. Funding for NY GEARUP is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. NY GEARUP at Syracuse University receives $567,000 in funding that is matched 100 percent by in-kind services for a total funding of $1,340,000. HESC helps people pay for college by providing a comprehensive range of financial aid services, including

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Nottingham senior awarded Section III Sportsmanship Award Robert Howard, a senior at Nottingham High School was awarded the Section III sportsmanship award for Track & Field at the New York State Track and Field competition. This prestigious award is presented to an individual that has continuously represented their school and Section III with a high level of integrity and support for fellow competitors. In addition to the sportsmanship award Robert also represented himself and Nottingham quite well athletically throughout the year. Robert qualified for the State meet after going undefeated this winter in the shot put competition. He won the Section III league and sectional titles with a personal best distance of 51.625 feet. He finished 7th at the State championship meet. Over the last four years, Robert has continued to improve and compete at an ever increasing level in track as well as football. He has earned three league titles and three Sectional titles in the shot put. Robert is also a three time letter winner in Varsity football and received all league honorable mention as a defensive tackle this past fall. Robert’s talents extend beyond the athletic field. He was chosen by his fellow classmates as Mr. Nottingham during a talent competition for male students where he displayed his jazz skills on the saxophone. He is a member of the jazz band and a mentor for the Building Men program. Roberts plans on attending Hobart William Smith College in the fall to study architecture and will be competing in football and track and field for Hobart.

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Sat Apr 2 Downtown Spring Cleanup. 8:30 AM-noon. Volunteers provided with gloves, trash bags, and lunch afterward. 422-8284. Home Depot Kids Workshops. 9 AM-noon. Children ages 5-12 accompanied by an adult learn about tool safety while building from project kits. Each child also receives an apron and pin. Free. Pre-register at your local Home Depot. Literature Live: Lilly! 10 AM-8 PM. Meet Kevin Henke’s Lilly and enjoy literature-related activities for the whole family. Included with admission. Strong Museum of Play, Rochester. 585-410-6359. NanoDay. Noon-4 PM. Explore nanoscience and nanotechnology through hands-on activities and family-friendly presentations. Sciencenter, Ithaca. Free. 607-272-0600. Together Book Club. 12:30-2 PM. Book club for kids ages 9-11 and their parents. Books, lunch, and childcare provided. Maxwell Memorial Library. Pre-register. 672-3661. The Time of Your Life. 7:30 PM. Presented by the students of Manlius Pebble Hill. MPH’s Coville Theater. $10. 446-2452. Vocal Jazz Fest. 7:30 PM. The LeMoyne Jazzuits perform with area high school vocal ensembles. James Commons, LeMoyne College. Free. 445-4523. Sun Apr 3 Literature Live: Lilly! Noon-5 PM. Meet Kevin Henke’s Lilly and enjoy literature-related activities for the whole family. Included with admission. Strong Museum of Play, Rochester. 585-410-6359. Drop-in Family Art. 1-5 PM. Children and accompanying adults can make art collectively. Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn. $5/project. 255-1553. Pizza & Books. 1-4:30 PM. 1-2:30 guys, 3-4:30 girls. A lively interactive book club for students in grades 4+. Manlius Library. Free. Pre-register. 682-6400. The Time of Your Life. 2:30 PM. Presented by the students of Manlius Pebble Hill. MPH’s Coville Theater. $10. 446-2452. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. 3 PM. War Memorial at Oncenter. $. 473-4444.

Tue Apr 5 Mom’s Morning Out. 9:30-11 AM. Coffee and discussion group for moms. Community Wesleyan Church. 112 Downer St, Baldwinsville. Free. Childcare: $2/session. 638-2222. Sciencenter Math Time. 10:30 AM. Story, math activity for toddlers, preschoolers. Sciencenter, Ithaca. Included with admission. 607-272-0600. Wed Apr 6 Multiple Moms Mingle 5th Anniversary. 6:30 PM. Club for mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Twin Trees restaurant. 308-0277 Childbirth Prep Class for Couples. 6:30-8:45 PM. Sponsored by Doulas of CNY. Ophelias Cafe. 407 Tulip St, Liverpool. $80. Pre-register. 455-6MOM. Thu Apr 7 Winnie the Pooh. 6:30 PM. Performed using the hands and voices of deaf and hearing actors. Meet the cast after the show. The Palace Theater, Hamilton. $8/adults, $3/children. 824-1420. CNY Autism Society of America. 7-9 PM. Jowonio School. 3049 E. Genesee St, Syracuse. 447-4466. Fri Apr 8 Syracuse Crunch Hockey. 7:30 PM. War Memorial at Oncenter. $. 473-4444. Sat Apr 9 The Royal Ball. 10 AM-8 PM. Meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, and the Fairy Godmother in person. Live music, pageantry, dancing, games, and activities. Strong Museum, Rochester. Included with admission. (585) 263-2700. Storytime and Book Signing. 10 AM. Featuring Glenn Wright, author of I Sleep in My Own Bed. Barnes & Noble, Dewitt. 449-2948. Saturday Fly Tie. 11 AM-noon. Learn and share fly-tying techniques. Bring tools and materials. Baltimore Woods. Free. Pre-register. 673-1350. Family Day: The Magic of Clay! Noon-3 PM. Hands-on activities and cartoonist demonstrations. Everson Museum. Free. 474-6064. MPH’s Spring Gala. 7 PM. A Taste of the Mediterranean featuring gourmet food, live music, and art. Turning Stone Resort & Casino. $125. 446-2452. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. 7:30 PM. War Memorial at Oncenter. $. 473-4444. Sun Apr 10 Breakfast With the Bunny. 9 and 11 AM. Food,

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Tue Apr 12 Mom’s Morning Out. 9:30-11 AM. Coffee and discussion group for moms. Community Wesleyan Church. 112 Downer St, Baldwinsville. Free. Childcare: $2/session. 638-2222. Sciencenter Storytime. 10:30 AM. Story and related science activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Included with admission. Kids under three receive free admission. Sciencenter, Ithaca. 607-272-0600. Keep It Natural. 10:30-11:30 AM. Nature walk and outdoor education program. Baltimore Woods. $8. 673-1350.

Thu Apr 14 MOMS Club East. 10-11:30 AM. Monthly gathering for kids and moms who choose to stay home full or part time. Manlius United Methodist Church. 111 Wesley St, Manlius. Free. 406-5294. Trail Tales. 1 PM. Ages 3-5. Stories and walk with a naturalist. Free w/admission. 6382519. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 2 PM. Alliance Bank Stadium. $. 474-7833. WCNY Treehouse Tales Awards Ceremony. 5 PM. Recognizing young writers and illustrators. Barnes & Noble, Dewitt. 449-2948. First Draft Poetry Workshop. 7 PM. Adults and teens in grades 7-12 can be inspired by music and create poetry. Dewitt Community Library. Pre-register. 446-3578.

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Things Zoo. $12/person, under 1 free. Pre-register. 4358511x113. Eat Your Enemy Earth Day Event. 10 AM-1 PM. Help pull garlic mustard and learn some new recipes to use this invasive species. Baltimore Woods. 673-1350. Party For The Planet. 10 AM-4:30 PM. Celebrate Earth Day with special exhibits, demonstrations, puppet shows, and tours. Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Free with admission. 435-8511. CNY Wool and Fiber Frolic. 10 AM-5 PM. Spinning demonstrations, wool products, and knitting supplies. Beaver Lake Nature Center. 638-2519. Lego Contest. 10 AM-3 PM. Drop off your lego animal creations to be judged throughout the week. The winner will receive a lego book. Maxwell Memorial Library. 672-3661 Toddlers Tango Demo Class. 10:30 AM. Music and movement for ages 1-4. Dewitt Community Library. Pre-register. 446-3578. Storytime with Cookie Mouse. 11 AM. Barnes & Noble, Dewitt. 449-2948. The Dancing Spider. 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Performance based on West African Folk Tales. Included with admission. Strong Museum of Play, Rochester. 585-410-6359. Together Book Club. 12:30-2 PM. Book club for kids ages 9-11 and their parents. Books, lunch, and childcare provided. Maxwell Memorial Library. Pre-register. 672-3661. Magic Circle Children’s Theatre. 12:30 PM. Interactive children’s theater featuring Snow White. Spaghetti Warehouse, Syracuse. $5/person. Pre-register. 449-3823. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 2 PM. Alliance Bank Stadium. $. 474-7833.

Sun Apr 17 Breakfast With the Bunny. 9 & 11 AM. Food, fun, face painting and more. Rosamond Gifford Zoo. $12/person, under 1 free. Pre-register. 4358511x113. Families Explore. Noon-4 PM. Explore the world through music, dance, crafts, and other activities. Corning Museum of Glass. $14/ages 20+, 19 and under are free. (607) 974-3306. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 2 PM. Alliance Bank Stadium. $. 474-7833. Mon Apr 18 Family Movie Matinee. 2 PM. Dewitt Community Library. 446-3578. eHaiku. 2:30 PM. Learn about Haiku and Senryu and write some of your own. Dewitt Community Library. Pre-register. 446-3578. Expectant Parent Night Out. 6:30-8 PM. Food and sharing with the Doulas of CNY. Ophelias Cafe. 407 Tulip St, Liverpool. Free. Pre-register. 455-6MOM. Teen Book Discussion Group. 7 PM. For grades 6 and up. Dewitt Community Library. Free. Pre-register. 446-3578. Tue Apr 19 Sciencenter Animal Time. 10:30 AM. Animal-related story and craft for toddlers and preschoolers. Sciencenter, Ithaca. Included with admission. 607-272-0600. Get Ready for Spring! 10:30 AM. Storytime and gardening craft for ages 4-8. Dewitt Community Library. 446-3578. Wed Apr 20 Our Natural Neighbors. 11 AM. Learn about Adirondack animals with a special visit from the

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egg hunt and more. Community Wesleyan Church. 112 Downer St, Baldwinsville. Free. 638-2222. Animal Eggs-travaganza. 10 AM-4:30 PM. Watch the animals as they receive egg and Easter-themed treats. Rosamond Gifford Zoo. 435-8511. Easter Egg Hunt. 10 AM. For kids up to age 10. Sponsored by the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs. Burnet Park. Free. Pre-register. 473-4330. Natural Eggs-travaganza. 10:30 AM-noon. Treasure hunt with tasty treats followed by allnatural egg dying. Baltimore Woods. $25/family. Pre-register. 673-1350. Magic Circle Children’s Theatre. 12:30 PM. Interactive children’s theater featuring Snow White. Spaghetti Warehouse, Syracuse. $5/person. Pre-register. 449-3823. Celebrate Forests and Earth Day. 2-3 PM. Guided hike for all ages. Montezuma Audubon Center. 2295 State Route 89, Savannah. $3/child, $5/adult, $15/family. 365-3588. Mon Apr 25 Nature’s Little Explorers. 10-11 AM. Hands-on learning about the natural world for kids age 3-5 and an adult. Baltimore Woods. Pre-register. $12. 673-1350. Home School Expeditions. 1-2 PM. Discover the wonder of science in the great outdoors. Baltimore Woods. $12. Pre-register. 673-1350. Tue Apr 26 Sciencenter Tactile Time. 10:30 AM. Toddlers and preschoolers explore their world through touch. Sciencenter, Ithaca. Included with admisContinued on page 13

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sion. (607) 272-0600. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 6 PM. Alliance Bank Stadium. $. 474-7833. Finding Answers to the Homeless Pet Crisis in CNY. 7 PM. Sponsored by People for Animal Rights. Liverpool Public Library. Free. 488-7877. Children’s Writers and Illustrators. 7 PM. Meet some of CNY’s own children writers and illustrators. Barnes & Noble Dewitt. 449-2947. Wed Apr 27 Say Yes to Education Young Authors Series. 4:30 PM. Celebrating young authors from Syracuse City School District. Barnes & Noble, Dewitt. 449-2948. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 6 PM. Alliance Bank Stadium. $. 474-7833. Yo-Yo Ma Performance. 7:30 PM. With the Syracuse Symphony. Civic Center. $. 424-8222. Thu Apr 28 Trail Tales. 1 PM. Ages 3-5. Stories and walk with a naturalist. Free w/park admission. 6382519. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 6 PM. Alliance Bank Stadium. $. 474-7833. Fri Apr 29 Home School Nature Series. 10 AM-noon and 1-3 PM. Hands-on learning about the natural world for home-schooled children ages 6-13. Montezuma Audubon Center. 2295 State Route 89, Savannah. $7/child. Pre-register. 365-3588. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 PM. Alliance Bank Stadium. $. 474-7833. Sat Apr 30 Literature Live: Little Critter! 10 AM-8 PM. Meet Little Critter and enjoy literature-related activities for the whole family. Included with admission. Strong Museum of Play, Rochester. 585-410-6359. African Violets Show. 10 AM-6 PM. Plants on display and available for purchase. Beaver Lake Nature Center. Free with admission. 638-2519. Magic Circle Children’s Theatre. 12:30 PM. Interactive children’s theater featuring Snow White. Spaghetti Warehouse, Syracuse. $5/person. Pre-register. 449-3823. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 2 PM. Alliance Bank Stadium. $. 474-7833. ONGOING EVENTS Amphibian Alert! Through April 9. Watch out for the migration of hundreds of amphibians after the first warm rainy night after equinox. Baltimore Woods. 673-1350. Childbirth Preparation & Refresher Classes. St. Joseph’s Hospital. $. 448-5515.  Creative Arts Academy Auditions. Ongoing for grades 7-12. Community Folk Art Center. 442-2230. DivorceCare Support Group.  7 PM Mondays. Northside Baptist Church. 7965 Oswego Road, Liverpool. 652-3160. Farmers Market. 4-8 PM Tuesdays, 10 AM-5 PM Thursdays, 7 AM-2 PM Saturdays. CNY Regional Market. 422-8647. Fleet 204 Hobie Cat Mad Catter Regatta. May 20-22. Oneida Shores Park. 676-7366. GriefShare Support Group.  7 PM Mondays. Northside Baptist Church. 7965 Oswego Road, Liverpool. 652-3160. High Point. 6:45-8:15 PM Wednesdays. Faithbased songs, games, and activities for kids in kindergarten through grade 5. Community Wesleyan Church. 112 Downer St, Baldwinsville. Free. 638-2222.

Kiddie Café. 10 AM-2 PM Wednesdays. Puzzles, coloring, kids music, snacks, and fun. Fayetteville Free Library. 637-6374. Morning Bird Walks. 7:30 AM Wednesdays & Saturdays. Beaver Lake Nature Center. 6382519. Music & Movement Class. 10 AM Thursdays. For ages 1-4 and a caregiver. KidzClub Indoor Play and Party Place. 219 County Route 57, Phoenix. $10/class. Pre-register. 695-2211. Newborn Care Class. 6-8:30 PM Wednesdays and 2nd/3rd Mondays. St. Joseph’s Hospital Room 5313. $20. 448-5515.  Project FeederWatch. 10 AM-3 PM Saturdays through April 9. Collect important data about birds. Baltimore Woods. 673-1350. Sciencenter Showtime! 2 PM Saturdays. See science in action with an interactive presentation. Sciencenter, Ithaca. Included with admission. 607-272-0600. Small Business & Personal Finance Seminars. Various topics, dates, and locations. Sponsored by Cooperative Federal. 473-0223. Story Art Wednesdays. 4:30 PM Wednesdays. For kids age 5-10. Maxwell Memorial Library, Camillus. Free. 672-3661. Teen Art Program. 4-6 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays. Liverpool Art Center. 101 Lake Drive, Liverpool. $60/month. 234-9333.  Teen Game Day. 2 PM Wednesdays. Dewitt Community Library. 446-3578. Visit the Easter Bunny. April 8-23. Free smiles, hugs and surprise gift. Great Northern & Shoppingtown Malls. 622-3011 or 446-9159. Weekend Walks With A Naturalist. 1:30 PM Saturdays & Sundays. Beaver Lake Nature Center. Free w/admission. 638-2519. Wellness Walking Group. 10 AM Mondays & Wednesdays. Beaver Lake Nature Center. Free w/admission. 638-2519. Weekend Wildflower Walks. 2-3 PM. Baltimore Woods. 673-1350. Yoga. 5:30-7 PM Fridays and 1-2 PM Sundays. All levels welcome. $5/class. Zen Center of Syracuse. 492-6341. YogaKids. 4:30-5:30 PM Thursdays for ages 4-7; 5:45-6:45 PM Thursdays for ages 8-11; 34:15 PM Sundays for tweens/teens. CNY Yoga Center. 101 1st St, Liverpool. $. 622-3423.   STORYTIMES Barnes & Noble Clay. Preschoolers, 10 AM Thursdays. Grades K-3, 7 PM Friday. 622-1066. Barnes & Noble Dewitt. Preschoolers 10 AM Thursdays. 449-2947. Betts Branch Library. Thursdays 10:30-11 AM, starting September 10. 435-1940. Dewitt Community Library. Baby Bop ages 4-18 months, Thursdays at 10:30. Toddler Time ages 18 months to 3 years, Tuesdays at 10:30. Preschool, Wednesday at 10:30 AM.  Pre-register. 446-3578. East Syracuse Free Library. 10:30 AM Tuesdays for birth-age 3, 10:30 AM Wednesdays for ages 3-4. 437-4841. Fayetteville Free Library. Preschool for ages 2&3, Tuesdays at 10:30 AM. Preschool for ages 4&5, Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. First Steps for up to age 3, Wednesdays at 9:30 AM. Cuddletime for babies, Thursdays at 11:30 AM. 637-6374. Maxwell Memorial Library. Preschool for ages 3-5, Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:30. Stories with Sally for 3 and under, Wednesdays at 10:30. Toddlers age 1-4, Saturdays at 10:30 AM. 672-3661. Minoa Library. 10:30 AM Wednesdays. 656-

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method of preventing water-related injuries. Teaching kids to swim requires some patience and general knowledge of swimming techniques. Parents or caregivers unsure about their teaching abilities can enroll their children in swimming courses offered in their towns and cities. Adults choosing to teach swimming on their own can try these techniques. 1. Start with teaching the child to blow bubbles out of his mouth and nose. This teaches the youngster how to prevent water from being inhaled. With only his or her mouth and nose under the water, the child can blow out and create bubbles. Once this technique is mastered, he or she may be less frightened about water going up the nose. 2. Have the child hold onto the side of the pool or a floatation device if out on a lake or in the ocean. The child should extend his or her legs outward and practice floating and kicking. Begin by kicking any which way, eventually evolving to a control kick once he or she is more comfortable. 3. The next step is to practice a few strokes. A breast stroke may offer more propulsion and buoyancy than a simple doggy paddle. Have the child stand in the water and practice pushing water out of the way in the desired stroke. Then he or she can practice doing it while floating with an adult providing some added support under the belly. With time he can learn

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not be the best fit. Referrals: While summer camps aren’t necessarily as popular as they once were, chances are some of your child’s classmates attend camp in the summer. Ask around and seek some advice on summer camps in your area. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to send your child to a summer camp that some of his classmates also attend, which should make it easier for your child to adapt to camp, especially if it’s a first summer away from home. If you can’t find any personal referrals, ask a camp for a list of references. These references shouldn’t weight too heavily in your decision, as a camp director is obviously not going to give you names of parents whose children didn’t have a good time. But the parents should be able to provide an accurate portrayal of how the camp conducts itself and how your child might fare should he attend that camp. To learn more about what to look for in a camp, visit acacamps.org. from page 9

events and the generous donations from very special individuals and organizations in our community. Camp Good Days maintains our own Recreational Facility, located on the shores of Keuka Lake, where the residential camping programs take place. The Camp Good Days’ Headquarters & Volunteer Training Center is located in Mendon, NY and Camp Good Days also maintains offices in Buffalo, Syracuse, and Ithaca, NY. For more information call 434-9477 or visit campgooddays.org. from page 3

to float and stroke at the same time. 4. Once the separate elements are mastered, it’s time to put them all together. He can choose to simply launch off of the pool bottom or kick off of the side. It’s important to stress that the kicking motion is like the accelerator of the car; it will keep him moving and also keep him afloat. Swim strokes will simply steer him and provide propulsion assistance. Knowing that each motion has its own importance will help the child remember that all are needed to swim and stay afloat. Once the child has become comfortable swimming above the water, he or she may eventually want to learn to swim below the water, which many people find to be less tiresome and allows one to cover more ground faster. Swimming underwater employs the same techniques as above, but the child will need to be comfortable holding his or her breath for a long period of time. This can be practiced standing in the water and dunking the face or body (with supervision nearby) underwater. Don’t encourage kids to hold their nose because both hands will be needed to swim underwater. After the child has grown accustomed to holding his her breath stationary, he or she can try doing it underwater and swimming. Swimming is an important skill to learn, one that’s both practical and fun.


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The Easter Bunny welcomes children and their families to Burnet Park, on the city’s west side, for the annual Easter Egg Hunt, presented by the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday April 23. Due to an overwhelming turnout at last year’s Hunt, pre-registration will be required this year. Registration and tickets are free. There will be no registration the day of the event. The hunt is open to the first 500 children, up to the age of 10. City residents can register beginning March 28; noncity residents can begin registering on April 4.

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