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This Months Feature Story

Teaching kids about spending, saving and more

By Charles McChesney

To discover the value of a dollar—or several—young people need opportunities to learn about saving, spending, borrowing, and how to balance their needs and wants.


Enchanted Beaver Lake

Credit: Michael Davis Photo (2007)

Enchanted Beaver Lake features more than 500 jack-o-lanterns and luminaria that light the way along two magical trails at the Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. There’s also face painting, fortune telling and treats. The annual event runs from Thursday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. each night. Advance reservations, including parking, are required. Admission is $3 per person; it’s free for kids under 3. Parking costs $5. Call (315) 638-2519 for reservations and information.

For more events in October, take a look at the calendar.






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Camp Fair Brings The Fun

A new venue gave Family Times’ Summer Fun and Camp Fair a fresh look, more space and the opportunity to bring different kinds of exhibitors to the eighth annual event. At the State Fairgrounds’ Horticulture Building on Saturday, March 31, visitors got to check out tables filled with summer-program information from stalwart exhibitors such as Syracuse Children’s Theatre and the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse. But they also got to experience a greater variety of displays, such as the two bounce houses, the mobile display from Go Mining Today, and a truck trailer for Games on a Roll that brings video games for groups to your home. The festive atmosphere was enhanced by cupcakes (from ICJ Cookies in Syracuse) passed out in honor of Family Times’ 10th anniversary.
—Reid Sullivan


1.  Inside a Doug Rougeux bubble
2. Sport Center 481’s Lil’ Kickers
3. Faces, painted
4. CNY Karate and Kobudo Schools
5. Stop the Hate, Spread the Hope
6. Go Mining Today mobile mining display
7. Coco the Clown paints a face
8. Syracuse Children’s Theatre
9. Enjoying the promotional products

Michael Davis Photos