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Beam me Upstate: William Shatner debates definition of ‘Upstate NY’ on Twitter

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Grace in destruction: Upstate NY church mission trip brings help to Puerto Rico

A group of Upstate New York residents recently witnessed the devastation incurred by the string of hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in September 2017.

Nine people from Presbyterian congregations in Upstate New York traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico earlier this year as part of a Latin American Mission Partnership trip.

The full story was published on syracuse.com.

The 24 top sports bars in Upstate New York, ranked for 2018

Upstate NY’s best sports bars: One Onondaga County pub makes 2018 ranking

One customer says: “Hidden gems of Syracuse. The chicken wings are exceptional and you must try their pizza too.”

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Change of Pace was also among six finalists in the hunt for Central New York’s best chicken wings in 2017, and took home the award for Reader’s Choice.

The new ranking shows the best sports bars in Upstate New York, according to Yelp.com’s “best” formula, which uses the number of reviews and star rating for a business to determine its overall rank.

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Bunny trouble: Local rabbit rescues prepare for surrendered Easter bunnies

When Marleiah O’Neill met her first foster bunnies – sisters named Hershey and Kisses – the rabbits were infested with ticks, furmites and fecal pinworms after being left at a common dumping ground in Albany.

The Clay resident began volunteering with a local rabbit rescue organization last April. Since then she has fostered, rescued or temporarily housed 13 rabbits.

Local rescues ramp up outreach efforts around Easter, because of the annual influx of rabbits that are abandoned or surrendered after the holiday novelty from impulsive “Easter” bunny purchases wears off.

The full story was both published on syracuse.com and was showcase as the front page story.

Bunny business: 7 things to know before buying a pet rabbit

While parents might think that a real, live Easter bunny might make a perfect gift for children, the impulse decision has ended badly for many small, furry animals.

Year after year, T.H.E. Rabbit Resource’s Davida Kobler sees these Easter bunnies surrendered to shelters or worse, dumped in the wilderness, because the holiday novelty has faded. Kobler is the manager of T.H.E. Rabbit Resource, Central New York’s chapter of the national House Rabbit Society. She has been rescuing rabbits for 30 years.

Depending on the situation, it might be better to stick with Easter bunnies on cards or made of chocolate. To help decipher, Kobler gave some advice on what to know before buying or adopting a rabbit.

The full story and slideshow were posted on syracuse.com and The Post-Standard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new chapter: Homes for Our Troops builds accessible home for Oswego County veteran

An Oswego County veteran will be moving into a brand-new home later this year, free of cost, thanks to Homes For Our Troops, a national nonprofit that builds homes for severely injured veterans serving post-9/11.

Army Specialist Ryan Wilcox was deployed to Iraq in 2007, serving as a combat engineer with the 479th Engineer Battalion. On March 13, 2008, Wilcox was shot in the leg during a route clearance mission but recovered and was deployed again to Afghanistan in 2012 with the 444th Engineer Battalion. Over time the chronic pain caused by nerve damage and residual scar tissue became overwhelming and on June 7, 2012, he left Afghanistan on medical evacuation.

The full story was published on syracuse.com.