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Gala to Honor the Achievements of Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons

Guests from around the world will gather at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Sunday for a gala to celebrate the life achievements of Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons. The SU alumnus is 89, and is an accomplished lacrosse player, artist, and author. Lyons is a leading voice at the UN permanent Forum on Human Rights for Indigenous Peoples, and has received numerous environmental and peace awards. WAER News sat down with his son, Rex Lyons, and gala co-chair Gayle Kelley to chat about his...

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Riders in Cycling the Erie Canal traveled from tourism location Seneca Falls through CNY natural beauty to the historic Camillus Erie Canal Park Wednesday. 

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The story of Onondaga Lake including all of its blemishes will be on display for visitors to this year’s New York State Fair.  A new three-thousand square foot exhibit in the Center of Progress building will chronicle the lake’s past as the ancestral grounds of the Onondaga people to its ongoing recovery from decades of industrial and municipal pollution.   SUNY E-S-F President Neil Murphy says the space will allow visitors an interactive, hands-on experience.

Courtesy Syracuse JazzFest

Just days after JazzFest at Jamesville Beach, Producer Frank Malfitano wants fans to share their thoughts.  He stopped by the WAER studios to give us his take which is quite candid.  Overall, he feels the festival went very well and the performers he says were really into it.  Click here to listen to a WAER web exclusive interview with Malfitano.

Although Malfitano is still crunching the numbers, it looks as though the 375-thousand dollar festival that is free to attend will break even this year.   

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Following the recent arrest of a Syracuse man in a homicide case in May, the City’s Police Chief is asking for more leads and reassuring the public.  Police arrested Lynnquan Kellin earlier this week as he stepped off a Centro Bus in Solvay.

Chief Frank Fowler says Kellin shot and killed Arthur Bullock in the head as he attempted to rob his friends at his home on Fage Ave.  Despite random acts of violence, Fowler says officers are out working tirelessly to bring people like these into custody.

Onondaga County Sheriff's Office

Onondaga County’s Air One Helicopter Assisted State Police Tuesday night on Interstate 81 North following a stolen pick-up truck from Texas.  Authorities say the driver of the truck sped through three counties.

Air One provided lighting and communication which allowed Troopers to lower their speeds.  The vehicle in pursuit finally became stuck in the median at the Adams Center Exit in Jefferson County and the suspect was arrested.

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The third day on the Cycling the Erie Canal ride had the trail veer away from the canal waterway.  As reported earlier, Parks and Trails New York and the other entities promoting the Canalway Trail would like to close gaps in the trail, so riders, hikers and other people seeking recreation could have a contiguous trail.  The ride started in Pittsford, just a few miles off the canal, then headed along the waterway past several working locks.  Some communities such as Fairport and Seneca Falls (see pictures) in Tuesday's itinerary have built up waterfront, taking advantage of canal tourism. 

Families Enjoy Monday Fundays at Erie Canal Museum

Jul 9, 2013
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If your summer “fun in the sun” has been spoiled by sudden, almost daily downpours, everyone at Syracuse's Erie Canal Museum wants you to join the fun indoors at their new “Monday Funday” family activities. 

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Day two of Cycling the Erie Canal offered a cool and dry day for the most part, until some thunderstorms drenched some riders and others' tents and belongings (such as one radio reporter).  The ride started in the Village of Medina, which has a historic section of downtown (see pictures in slideshow), including Bent's Opera House, from 1864.

Governor Cuomo's Press Office

Governor Cuomo plans to follow up with the White House after he’s heard nothing about a request he made for federal disaster assistance to aid the Mohawk Valley.  Torrential downpours in late June caused extensive flooding.  Cuomo returned over the weekend to reassess conditions following the on-going recovery efforts.

“We just did a tour around and we saw the work underway and it’s amazing how much progress has been made in a relatively short period of time. We looked at some spots that we had seen about a week ago and it was just unimaginable with the destruction.”

Joe Lee

Despite the rain on Saturday, hardcore jazz fans showed up to Jamesville Beach for some magical moments.  Here's what you missed if you stayed away.

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