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Baltimore Woods Nature Center Hosts Annual Members Art Exhibit

Baltimore Woods’ annual members art exhibit is back for its 13th year, featuring the work of more than 20 Central New York artists.

Attendees can view drawings, ceramics and more, including: a photograph of the moon by Buddy Belonsoff; a watercolor painting of an Adirondack landscape by Judith Hand; and a mixed media piece, Finger Lakes Vineyard, by Sharon Frost.

“It is always enjoyable to see what members of Baltimore Woods Nature Center contribute to this exhibit,” said Gallery Coordinator Karen Jean Smith in a press release. “Not only is there a variety of media, but the subject matter and sensibility are varied as well, always making the hanging of the exhibit a pleasure.”

The exhibit will run through Dec. 18. For more information, and hours, visit

DeSiato Named New York State Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Donna DeSiato, superintendent of the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District, was recently named the New York State Superintendent of the Year.

“More than anything else, I want to thank our community, and especially the Boards of Education I have worked with, for giving me the time and patience that is required to lead an effort for transformation and shared success,” said DeSiato in statement from the district. “There is nothing more valuable to an educator than the privilege of time to research, plan, nurture, and live within the continuous improvement that one is a part of making happen.”

DeSiato was hired as the district’s first female leader in 2005. She previously worked in the Syracuse City School District, serving as a teacher, vice principal, principal, director, and assistant superintendent. During her time at ESM, the district has been recognized nationally for its STEM programs, also creating partnerships with businesses and higher education institutions (including King & King Architects, Siemens, and Syracuse University) and launching career pathway courses in aviation

In May, DeSiato will represent the state at the national awards hosted by the American Association of School Administrators.

Congratulations, Dr. DeSiato!

Santa Claus Returns to Destiny USA

Santa Claus is coming to Destiny USA!

From now until Christmas Eve, he will be available for visits and photos in the mall’s Center Atrium (between DSW and FinishLine). Reservations are encouraged.

Destiny USA will also host Santa Cares, an event exclusively for children with sensory disabilities, on Dec. 5 and 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

For more information, visit

Families can also visit Santa Claus at these other locations around Central New York:

  • Chuck Hafner’s
    7265 Buckley Road, North Syracuse.
    Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 5 from noon-4 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 12 from noon-4 p.m.
    More information:
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