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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.






© Family Times: The Parenting Guide of Central New York


Some 350 students at J.T. Roberts Pre-K-8 School at 715 Glenwood Ave. in Syracuse submitted drawings to their art teachers, who selected the best for Family Times’ seventh annual drawing contest. The artists, in grades 3 through 7, created drawings that celebrated snowflakes, snow people and sledding, among other motifs, in their illustrations of the theme “winter fun,” using either markers or oil pastels. Two designers in Family Times’ Creative Services Department chose the winner, whose drawing is on the magazine’s cover, along with five artworks that earned honorable mentions. Family Times wants to thank art teachers Tina Zhang and Tim Howard and the Roberts students who took part in the competition.



Kayla Howard, age 12, Syracuse


Honorable Mentions:

Lily Ryan, age 11


Wyatt Allers, age 12


Dyversyty Amore Pasha, age 12


Isabella Rose Phillips, age 12


Andrew Serrao, age 11