This Months Feature Story

The game’s quiet power has drawn a following among local students

Story by Tammy DiDomenico

While many parents find themselves pleading with their children to step away from video games and other electronic distractions, Syracuse resident Anton Ninno and other local teachers, parents and business owners are fostering a love for chess—the low-tech board game of strategy that has origins dating back to the sixth century.


Thursday, Aug. 27, marks the first day of the New York State Fair, which takes place at the fairgrounds in Geddes. The extravaganza includes animal exhibits (but not, alas, birds this year, due to the outbreak of avian flu); midway rides for kids and adults; arts and crafts displays; special exhibits and performances; the Dairy Cow Birthing Center; and all kinds of special foods and drinks for sale. The fair happens daily, from 8 a.m. to midnight, through Sept. 7 (when it shuts down at 9 p.m.). Admission is $10; it’s free for those age 12 and younger. Admission is $3 on Thursdays, $1 on Labor Day. Parking is $5. Advance fair admission is $6. For more information, call (800) 475-FAIR or visit

September is full of fun events. To see what else is happening, visit the calendar!






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