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Empire Brewing Company offers Dickens Christmas Ale for second year

Seasonal beer offered exclusively at Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles – Cazenovia-exclusive beer coming next year

Empire Brewing Company’s holiday seasonal beer, Dickens Christmas Ale, made exclusively to be sold in Skaneateles during its “Dickens Christmas” celebrations, was so popular in its inaugural year in 2012 that Empire is offering it again this year — and the beer-maker is already planning to create a Cazenovia-exclusive holiday beer in 2014 once the new Farmstead Brewery is built on Rippleton Road.

Madison County 2013 Winter Farmer’s Markets announced

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County has announced its 2013 winter farmers’ markets locations and dates:

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Cazenovia FFA team, members bring home medals from national event

Members of the Cazenovia Aggies FFA Chapter in New York were one of 39 teams participating in the National FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The team, led by advisor Mandi Millen, was awarded a Bronze emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 151 other participants. Paige Horan received a Silver emblem, Tim Hunt received a Silver emblem, Joseph Zambito received a Bronze emblem, and Alicia Clarke received a Silver emblem.

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Got fresh, raw milk? Ju-Vindale Holsteins does, and is now licensed to sell it

The Cazenovia Beverage Trail has a new, although unofficial, location at which patrons can stop and get a homemade drink — but this drink is non-alcoholic. It is, in fact, milk. Fresh, raw milk is an up-and-coming commodity in terms of local production and local consumption in this age of “buy local,” and Ju-Vindale Holsteins, located at 2074 Ballina Road, recently became the second dairy in Cazenovia and one of the few in Madison County to become licensed by the state to sell directly to the public the fresh, raw milk its cows produce.

Cazenovia College to offer program on ‘QuickBooks for the Equine Business Owner’

Cazenovia College and Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer a program on “QuickBooks for the Equine Business Owner,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Cazenovia College’s Equine Education Center, Woodfield Road.

Owera neighbors continue fight against winery at planning board public hearing

Practically the entire East Lake Road neighborhood by Owera Vineyards attended a town planning board public hearing last week concerning Owera’s proposal to build an events building. The neighbors showed up to not only oppose the winery’s proposed new building but also to demand an audit of the winery’s books to determine whether or not it has been holding its numerous weddings and events in violation of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets law.

Planning board: No event building for Owera without state approval

After a nearly two-hour meeting and public hearing last week, the Cazenovia Town Planning Board told Owera Vineyards owner Peter Muserlian that it will not approve his request to build a new events building on his East Lake Road property unless and until the state Department of Agriculture and Markets makes a determination that the building — and the numerous proposed, year-round events that will be held inside it — actually have anything to do with farming and with promoting Owera’s wines, as the state DAM laws say they must.

DEC proposing new regulations to help control invasive species

The state Department of Environmental Conservation, in coordination with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, has announced it is proposing new regulations to help control invasive species, including aquatic invasive species, and will accept public comments until Dec. 23.

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The beekeeping librarian

Q&A with beekeeper Emily Wormuth

Emily Wormuth is a part-time children’s librarian at the DeWitt Community Library and a beekeeper. This year, as part of a program series for homeschooled children, Emily will be talking about her beekeeping experiences and the wonderful honeybee. We thought we’d share a few of these fascinating details with Eagle Bulletin readers.

Agricultural District Program in Madison County - Open Enrollment is During October 2013

October has been designated as Madison County's "open enrollment" period during which properties can be added to an existing agricultural district. Agricultural Districts play a vital role in protecting agricultural land in Madison County. Agricultural farmland accounts for close to 41 percent of Madison County’s entire area.

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Ripe for the picking

Adams Acres is the only organic ‘U-pick’ apple orchard in CNY

If you travel south past the Jamesville Reservoir on Route 91 and drive a bit off the beaten path, you’ll stumble across Adams Acres, a family-run apple orchard tucked in between the rolling hills of Jamesville. Unlike some other orchards around Central New York, Bill and Kathy Adams decided from the start that they wanted their business to focus on two things: excellent customer service and simply just allowing people to pick apples.

Madison County Agricultural District Program open enrollment period coming in October

October has been designated as Madison County's “open enrollment” period during which properties can be added to an existing agricultural district.

Madison County Agricultural District Program open enrollment period coming in October

October has been designated as Madison County's “open enrollment” period during which properties can be added to an existing agricultural district.

Second annual Manlius buy local campaign set for October

The Manlius Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to discover Manlius throughout the month of October through its buy local campaign.

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Dealing with invasive species in CNY

Lawmakers, local groups deal with invasive species that pose threats to environment, infrastructure

Several new threatening invasive species have emerged in Central New York within the past 10 years that have caused lawmakers, government agencies and private groups to take action. These include emerald ash borers, milfoil, hydrilla and wild boars.