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Taste of Cazenovia to be held at Willow Bank Yacht Club

More sponsors, increased participants scheduled for this year’s annual event

The gourmand, the oenophile, the epicurean, the zymurgist — whatever the label for people who love good food and drink, they all will be happy on Sept. 9, when the annual Taste of Cazenovia event returns. This year, for the first time ever, the event will be held at the Willow Bank Yacht Club.

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Meadowood Farms wins two awards at 2014 American Cheese Society

Meadowood Farms has two new additions to its awards collection, after its “Ledyard” and “Strawbridge” sheep’s milk cheeses last week received honors at the 2014 America Cheese Society annual competition in Sacramento, Calif.

Empire Brewing Company to make official New York State Fair beer

"State Fair Showstopper Ale" to premiere at state fair on Aug. 21

The Great New York State Fair will launch its own fair-branded line of New York-brewed craft beer, known as “State Fair Showstopper Ale,” in time for the fair's kickoff on Aug. 21 — and the ale will be made in part from New York hops and barley products and brewed by Empire Brewing Company of Syracuse.

Zoning board hears further arguments in Owera codes enforcement appeal, says decision will come in August

After listening to an hour of legal arguments and public comments concerning Owera Vineyards’ appeal of code enforcement decisions regarding winery operations, the town Zoning Board of Appeals Monday closed its public hearing on the issue and declared it would make a decision in the case by its August meeting.

Zoning board hears further arguments in Owera codes enforcement appeal, says decision will come in August

After listening to an hour of legal arguments and public comments concerning Owera Vineyards’ appeal of code enforcement decisions regarding winery operations, the town Zoning Board of Appeals Monday closed its public hearing on the issue and declared it would make a decision in the case by its August meeting.

Help stop the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses

Yes, it’s that time again: time for mosquito spraying and time to keep ourselves protected from mosquito bites. Our community is a great place to live, but we do need to be diligent about mosquito protection. We all know the basics, but as vice chair of the county legislature’s Health Committee, one of my accountabilities is to keep you fully apprised of county efforts to minimize our exposure to mosquitoes and of current preventatives against mosquito bites.

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Thousands turn out for 2014 Madison County Open Farm Day

More than 5,000 people spent the day on the farm last Saturday, July 26, for the seventh annual Madison County Open Farm Day event. Farmers from all corners of the county, offering everything from beef to bison, from honey to mushrooms, from fruits to vegetables and everything in between, opened their farms for the day to allow the general public to come and see exactly where their food comes from and what it takes to make it available.

Town board working on four proposed laws, joint sewer district consolidation agreement

The Cazenovia Town Board last week moved forward on four proposed local laws and the proposed joint sewer district consolidation agreement by holding three public hearings, introducing one new law and setting five more public hearings to occur between now and Sept. 8.

EPA proposes PCB cleanup plan for Lower Ley Creek portion of Onondaga Lake Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil and sediment at the Lower Ley Creek area of the Onondaga Lake Superfund Site located in the town of Salina. Discharges from nearby industries and a landfill have contaminated the soil and sediment with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other hazardous substances. PCBs are potentially cancer-causing chemicals that can build up in the tissue of fish and other wildlife and pose a threat to people who eat them. The EPA proposal calls for a combination of excavation, capping and disposal of contaminated soil and sediment.

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The Lucas Family has a knack for business

The Lucas name is well known in the Cazenovia area. That’s because the Lucas family has been selling farm equipment since approximately 1891. That certainly says a lot about a business if it’s been successful for more than a century. J.C. Lucas was not only a farm equipment dealer, but also a dairy farmer until the mid 1970s. J.C. Lucas and Sons started out as a McCormick-Deering dealership, eventually becoming International Harvester. In the mid 1950s, Ron and William Lucas took the reins of the business and it grew so much that in 1980 they moved into their current location on Route 20.

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Cazenovia Equipment Company continuing to grow

Cazenovia Equipment Co., Inc. was started in 1961 by the Larry Love family and originally served the farming community in the immediate area. In the early 1970s, Larry’s son-in-law, Bob Frazee, joined the company, and in 2003 Bob’s sons, Mike and Jim, became partners as well. The company’s first expansion took place in the late 1980s and opened the door to offering lawn and garden equipment to their customers. Since that time, the company has continued to grow and currently operates a total of nine stores throughout Central and Northern New York.

Open Farm Day to be held July 26

With the long-awaited summer now in full swing, Open Farm Day is a chance to enjoy the bounty of some of Madison County’s best farms. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on July 26, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County invites the public to take a behind-the-scenes look at local farms at its seventh annual Open Farm Day as 35 farms and three farmers’ markets open their gates to the public.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus found in Onondaga County

Onondaga County Interim Commissioner of Health Michelle Mignano announced that the New York State Department of Health’s laboratory has reported finding evidence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a mosquito pool. The mosquito pool was collected on July 10 at our Taft Road trap site located at East Taft Road (near the Totman Road intersection). Due to this finding and the recent high mosquito count, aerial spraying of the Cicero Swamp and immediate surrounding areas will be done between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, weather permitting. Residents in the spray areas will be notified through the media and through the emergency notification system.

Fenner town board clarifies: It opposes Clean Water Act resolution verbiage, not clean water

The Fenner Town Board has received a lot of community feedback and concern during the past month about its June resolution to oppose New York state’s Clean Water Act Resolution, with many residents asking board members why they oppose clean water, Town Supervisor Dave Jones said during the board’s July 10 regular monthly meeting.

When E. coli strikes Oneida Shores

With summer in full swing, many residents will be looking to public beaches to keep cool. But what happens when the beaches are closed? It’s a problem we’ve seen several times over the last couple of years at Oneida Shores in Brewerton, as well as other beaches along Oneida Lake. The park was closed to swimmers late last month by the Onondaga County Department of Health because E. coli bacteria had been found in unacceptable levels during routine sampling.