About 50 college students are spending part of their summer trying to make a difference on some real issues and problems facing Syracuse. Mercy Works runs the Synergy program using the students' energy and ideas to help the city's most needy. Students hold five events Friday based on needs that came up in the United Way's annual report
About 100 horses and their owners turned out this weekend for the Lorenzo Driving Competition. The annual Cazenovia event features horses and carriages that are judged. The event also shows off the grounds of the Lorenzo State Historic Site. The Lorenzo House was reopened after renovations. It was the 38th year of the competition.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner today sent a letter to President Barack Obama formally extending her offer to use the City of Syracuse as a site for relocating Latin American children who have crossed the Southern border. In a release, she says the City of Syracuse is known for welcoming new immigrants and it currently is home a large population of refugees from across the globe. Miner says the City of Syracuse has been visited by representatives from federal agencies seeking to review a site for possible placement of migrant children. She says Federal officials have made it clear that the Department of Health and Human Services will pay for and provide all services for children through its network of grantees. Miner says before the children would be placed in Syracuse, they would undergo a well-child exam, tuberculosis testing, and a mental health screening. The mayor says children stay an average of 35 days while awaiting a hearing before an immigration magistrate and do not attend local schools. More information on this can be found on a page on the City’s website,www.syrgov.net/unaccompaniedchildren.
Onondaga County officials today announced that the Onondaga County Civic Center will close to the public and most employees today as of 12:30 due to the loss of potable water and sanitary services after being impacted by a nearby water main break.
A popular craft brewery in Armory Square hopes to bottle its beer for the first time in its 20-year history with an expanded farm and bottling facility in Cazenovia. Empire Brewing Company owns 22 acres of land off Route 13, and wants to grow the hops and barley there to make more beer in order to meet increasing demand.