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From sails to sales: Change comes to landmark retail corner in DeWitt

DEWITT, NY – For more than 50 years, Syracuse Yacht Sales was a familiar sight at the corner of Lyndon Road and East Genesee Street in DeWitt, an area more commonly known as Lyndon Corners.

In fall 2016 – after more than 50 years in business – owner Fred Grunert began making plans to close the boat and sporting goods store.

His business got its start as DeWitt Sports 53 years ago, when it was located near what is now the DeWitt fire station. The store at one time was a full-scale ski shop, later expanding into bikes, kayaks and boats.

Today a new Verizon authorized retail cellular phone sales store has replaced the old building at the highly visible corner. The building’s shell was retained and a new store built around it.

Verizon has moved from its previous location in Fayetteville to the new store at 6901 E. Genesee St. The new store is now open.

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Pathfinder Auction for Hurricane Relief

Maverick Boat Group and partners to auction off new Pathfinder with 100% Sales proceeds to go to hurricane relief for those in the fishing community

The 2017 Pathfinder 2200 TRS sports a Yamaha F150 XB Motor as well as many other additional features.

Maverick Boat Group(MBG) has teamed up with Yamaha, Power Pole and Ameratrail trailers to offer a new 2017 fully equipped Pathfinder 2200 TRS to be auctioned off with 100% of the sales proceeds going to help those in the fishing community who have been significantly impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The auction will take place online at and run through October 4th with the intention of raising the funds quickly and distributing them while the need is most great.

Along with an array of standard features, the Pathfinder will have a Yamaha F150XB, 8’ Signature Series Power Pole, and custom fitted Ameratrail trailer with aluminum wheels and spare. Additional options include a wheat colored hull, matching two- tone tan cushions and console, and white powder coated metal work. The MSRP retail value of the boat is $61,948.

“While great strides have been made in the highly commendable cleanup efforts after these storms, the economic impacts wrought to many in the fishing community will be long term and felt for months, if not for years, to come. We wanted to find a way to help alleviate some of that burden and appreciate Yamaha, Power Pole, and Ameratrail helping us to maximize our contribution. What’s more, someone is going to get a great boat at an excellent price.” said Scott Deal, president and CEO of MBG.

Located in Fort Pierce, FL, Maverick Boat Group is privately owned and operated and is the manufacturer of the best in breed boat brands Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobia. For more information call Charlie Johnson at 772.465.0631 or visit

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5 things to do under $5: Clearwater Super Boat races, stargazing, Hispanic Heritage Month festivals

1Super Boat National Championship and Festival: Some of the world’s fastest powerboats will be racing along the shore of Clearwater Beach, but first there’s a Super Boat Parade with a block party on Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. Saturday brings a daylong seafood festival in Coachman Park, where you can see the boats and meet the drivers from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Over at Clearwater Beach, there will be a Sunset Festival and fireworks 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Sunday is race day, starting at 10 a.m. off Pier 60. Free for spectators, $100 VIP.

2Stargazing in the Park: The Pasco Astronomers group will provide telescopes for viewing deep sky objects or you can bring your own. 8:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. Free.

3Feed the Critters Food Truck Rally: Two-legged critters will be getting the grub from food trucks at McGough Nature Park in Largo on Saturday, but sales benefit the care of animals. Buy a raffle ticket, get some eats, then walk the trails, meet tortoises and birds of prey. 11 a.m. Saturday, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. Free (food/drink additional).

4Hispanic Heritage Month: There are two family friendly festivals to choose from Sunday, both free. Viva Tampa Bay in Ybor City’s Centennial Park will celebrate with a family art and cultural festival 11 a.m.-6 p.m. with performances by salsa singer Charlie Cruz and Plena Mar Latino. 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Over at the Florida State Fairgrounds, the annual Feria de la Familia, or Family Fair, has Hispanic food, music by Alina Izquierdo, Franser Pazos and Aramis and Sol Caribe Voice; kids activities; and meet and greets with area celebrities from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $6 parking at 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.

5I, Daniel Blake: This week’s film in the Eckerd College International Cinema Series won British filmmaker Ken Loach the top prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and sparked demonstrations and political campaigns in Britain. When a heart attack leaves him unable to work, and the state welfare system is unable to help him, the stubborn and self-reliant Daniel Blake stands up to fight for his dignity. 7 p.m. Friday. Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free.

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