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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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Dreams of Summer

Hundreds of people flocked to Family Times’ Summer Fun and Camp Fair at the State Fairgrounds on April 11, drawn by the chance to plan their families’ vacations in one day. And while the weather outside was chilly, inside parents and kids got a chance to fantasize about summer, and the prospect of memorable experiences at farms, theaters, libraries, play spaces, camps and more. Visitors met ducklings from Rohe Farms, goats and other animals from Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo, pit bulls from Cuse Pit Crew, a fairy tale princess, an ostrich-like bird from Open Hand Theater’s stock of giant puppets, and Wyldstyle and Emmet of The Lego Movie. And they left filled with ideas to plan a summer of fun.

Michael Davis photos