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A 67-year-old man in a wheelchair dies, then gets smeared by internet trolls

The recent passing of Syracuse icon Gertis McDowell is instructive for two very different reasons. One, we can all learn from his upbeat attitude and the happiness he spread to strangers even when he was in pain. Two, we can try to … Continue reading

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Treasures aren’t ‘hidden’ when you make the effort to look

Here’s one from the “What took me so long?” file. Just a 20-minute drive from the town I’ve lived in for the past 30 years is the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, N.Y. Last weekend marked my first visit … Continue reading

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A man with a tin can, a street corner institution in Syracuse

You hear Gertis McDowell before you see him. The steady rhythm of coins shaking in his tin can gives him away before you spot him in his wheelchair on the street corner. Gertis  is an institution in Syracuse, N.Y. He … Continue reading

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