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Donate your time to a charity by volunteering your services. You may help serve food to the homeless at your local soup kitchen, help build or restore a home with your local chapter of Habitat for Humanity or mentor a child through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Methods of donating time will vary depending on the organization you choose. Contact your charity of choice or visit their website for more information on how you can donate your time. If you're having trouble choosing a charity, visit the Volunteer Match website to find opportunities in your area. Items that you no longer need can be donated to those in need. A sweater from last season may be of no use to you, but it can provide warmth to a homeless woman on the verge of freezing. Similarly, you can donate unwanted food, old computers and even non working vehicles. In some cases, the item you've donated can directly help someone in need. In other cases, it may be auctioned or sold to help the charity. Goodwill Industries International accepts donations in the form of clothing, household goods and electronics. Melwood helps coordinate vehicle donations for charities such as Meals on Wheels Association of America, American Red Cross and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Many other charities will accept donations of various goods. Contact your charity of choice for more information.

Back to Main MenuWeather HomeToday Forecast5 Day ForecastSchool Event ClosuresBack to Main MenuCrime Safety HomePolice BlotterReported CrimesCity of SyracuseNorth Suburbs Oswego CountyEast Suburbs Madison CountyWest Suburbs Cayuga CountyCNY TrafficBack to Main MenuPhotos HomePhoto EssaysBuy Photo ReprintsYour PhotosBack to Main MenuVideos HomeNews VideosSports VideosHigh School Sports VideosEntertainment VideosLiving VideosMike Greenlar/The Post StandardRFA and West Genesee softball teams played earlier this spring, but the Black Knights are looking for more local opponents to cut transportation costsRome Free Academy and Proctor High School in Utica are petitioning Section III to move their athletic programs to the Tri Valley League, a group of schools that include New Hartford, Camden, Holland Patent, New Harford, Notre Dame, Oneida, Vernon Verona Sherrill and Whitesboro.RFA and Proctor played as independents last year, a condition for changing leagues, according to Section III executive director John Rathbun. The two schools previously played in the CNY Counties League, a group of AA schools that include Auburn, Fayetteville Manlius, Nottingham, Corcoran, Oswego, Central Square, Henninger, C NS, Liverpool, West Genesee and Baldwinsville.An athletics council that serves as Section III governing body is meeting Thursday to decide the request. RFA and Proctor have made attempts in the past to switch leagues but have met resistance because of enrollment size disparity. RFA and Proctor are AA schools. Proctor has the second largest enrollment in Section III behind C NS with approximately 2,700 students. Onedia, VVS and Holand Patent all had less than 570 students this school year. Notre Dame had 204, according to the NYSPHSAA.The request for league transfer is being made for financial reasons, according to Rathbun. Proctor is eliminating ice hockey, fall cheerleading, indoor track and modified sports because of state budget cuts, according to school athletic director Marty Nemecek. Rathbun said schools are seeking transportation relief so a modified team in Rome is not bussing to play a modified team in Auburn.Cheap Jerseys For Sale

This time of year brings the Chinese celebration of Spring Festival, also known as the Chinese Lunar New Year. Chinese people often put up long rolls of red paper with black writing and pictures of fierce looking creatures on either side of their front door. The red paper rolls usually contain lines of poetry transcribed by a calligrapher and the Gods Shen Tu and Yu Lei, who are believed to protect people from devils and evil spiritsThe spring Pakistani festival of Basant is held in the ancient eastern city of Lahore. This festival is marked by a litany of kite flying, rooftop soirees, garden parties and equestrian events. Locals and tourists alike don glamorous clothes, in the yellow and green of spring flowers blooming citywide, to bid farewell to the frosts and fogs of winter and usher in spring. The Vernal Equinox is considered one of the most important days of spring, as it marks the first day of spring when day and night are each approximately 12 hours in length. However, as the month of April draws to a close and winter is falling further and further away, the joy of May Day (May 1st) is celebrated in many different ways. In Germany, the celebration of Walpurgisnacht on April 30th and May 1st celebrates the release of winter's hold on the land and the oncoming joy of summer. Children celebrate in a similar fashion to Halloween, playing pranks on unsuspecting victims as midnight draws near. Many people hold witches' fires to ward off the evil spirits of winter. And on May 1st, it is believed that the earth spirits like sprites and fairies emerge to bring the land safely to summer. This celebration marked the flowering of the grains and the bounty of the animals as spring continued. It's actually believed that the egg became an important symbol during this time period, as it noted both the egg that brought forth life and the egg that nourished people. As this festival evolved, people began creating eggs out of many materials, including chocolate, as gifts for their loved ones. Young matrons carried these eggs with them in baskets throughout the Spring, trying to determine the possible gender of a future child. In the British Isles, many people celebrate the Festival of Beltane on May Day. Lighting fires was customary at this time, and traditionally a Beltane fire (very similar to the witches' fires of Germany) was composed of the nine sacred woods of the Celts. When daylight comes, people celebrate by dancing and singing around a maypole tied with colorful streamers or ribbons. These beautiful trees that line the Tidal Basin in the capital of the United States were a gift from Japan over 100 years ago and bloom every spring and bring with them a site that every American should see at least once, a sweet smell to the air that not even modern pollution can dim, and a warmth of the knowledge that spring has indeed arrived. The blooming of these trees is always eagerly awaited by both locals and tourists alike, and the few benches along the route are often taken in the wee hours of the morning by sightseers waking up with a bit of coffee or hot chocolate from a vending cart.