The green stripe has been painted on Salina Street. Parade-goers are getting their green on. It's time again for St. Patrick's Day Syracuse-style. The 32nd annual parade gets underway Saturday at noon, and focuses on Ireland's 32 counties and four provinces. But amid the revelry, floats, green beer, and Irish dancers is the the poster designed with a piece of Irish history.
A number of experts will be coming to the Syracuse area over the next few months to share their experiences with transportation projects on a scale similar to what’s ahead for Interstate 81. The series is being organized and co-sponsored by the city, county, and state. County Executive Joanie Mahoney expects the experts will be a wealth of information. Mahoney says the speakers are intended to complement the displays and materials at the Carnegie library on Columbus Circle where people can stop in at their leisure to learn more about the options and process.
The face of hunger is changing locally, according to an assessment completed by the Food Bank of Central New York. The Food Bank recently wrapped up a survey of the scope of hunger in the region, and the results supported stories they’ve heard from their emergency food program partners. Food Bank Executive Director Kathleen Stress says the picture of hunger has traditionally been a homeless man visiting a soup kitchen. Now, she says it’s shifted, and it can be more present in your daily lives than you might expect:
The agencies that run the Erie Canal recreation trail and waterway are trying to get the community into the Earth Day spirit by having them sign up for clean-up events. This week the Canal Corporation and Parks and Trails New York will host its ninth annual Canal Clean Sweep. The Canalway Trail runs 277 miles and is open to a variety of recreation. Fran Gotcsik with Parks and Trails says people can get a group together, and they’ll find some work for them.