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Ringing in the fall at Rippleton Schoolhouse

Annual Community Day event hosted Sunday, Sept. 29 this year

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, The Friends of Lorenzo will once again host Community Day at Rippleton Schoolhouse. This free event invites children of all ages to celebrate our unique heritage and some of the many local autumn gifts our community has to offer.

Owera neighbors, owners spar over noise and lights at town board meeting

Town reveals it has issued two codes violations to vineyard

The owners of Owera Vineyards this week declared themselves heartsick over their neighbors’ complaints about bright lights and loud music from the winery and said they will resolve these issues for the 2014 season. Until then, they gave their word they would address the lighting issue with new fixtures and close the vinyl flaps on the event tent at 10 p.m. for the rest of the 2013 wedding season in order to reduce the noise level of the wedding music. Their statement came during 90 minutes of discussion on the issue at the Sept. 8 town board meeting during which the winery’s East Lake Road neighbors unloaded a litany of complaints, accusations and demands for action to the board, and board members responded that they have been actively working on the problem for weeks.

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Planning board approves Empire brewery site and architectural plans

It’s official: Empire Brewing Company is coming to Caz. The village planning board Monday night unanimously approved Empire’s site and architectural plans for their farmstead brewery on Route 13.

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Owera top staffers resign suddenly; loud weddings, complaints continue

Owera Vineyards, which has been embroiled in recent weeks in a dispute with neighbors and the town over excessive light and sound pollution that many claim negatively affects the neighbors’ quality of life, is now looking for new production and events sales managers. Top Owera staffers Ben Reilly, who started as the director of operations but was changed to production manager two months ago, and Kristi Fondario, who started as director of sales but was changed to event sales employee, both resigned their positions in the days between Aug. 19 and 27.

Supervisors approve contract to install solar array at Buyea Road Landfill

The Madison County Board of Supervisors last week approved a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that will allow Solar Liberty Electric Company to build, finance, own and operate a solar powered photovoltaic array at the Madison County Landfill site on Buyea Road in the Town of Lincoln.

Are you going to the Fair?

The New York State Fair starts this Thursday and runs through Labor Day. If you are entered into a competition, participating in a performance, working as an employee or just having a good time, we are interested in hearing about your experience!

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Owera Vineyards, town at odds over loud weddings

Neighbors complain that new winery is ignoring original limits set on it by town planning board

Is Owera Vineyards the farm winery it was proposed to be or has it turned into something larger, louder and more commercial than was originally approved by the town? This is a question the Cazenovia Town Board is now directly addressing after multiple neighbors’ complaints about excessive noise, traffic and lighting have brought attention to the issue and have caused the town planning board chair and town codes officer to question whether Owera has turned into an events center it was never anticipated to become. It has also brought a visit to the winery from an official from the state department of agriculture and markets.

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Possibly harmful blue-green algae blooms reported in Cazenovia Lake

Swimmers warned to avoid patches of green water

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the presence of blue-green algal blooms in Cazenovia Lake. This type of algae can be irritating – even toxic – to humans in large enough concentrations, and the DEC is recommending no one drink the lake water and swimmers be sure to avoid contact with any floating rafts, scums and discolored water.

Nelson residents grill board over five-year road repair plan

The Aug. 8 Nelson Town Board meeting got a little heated when discussion turned to the town’s five-year plan for repairing roads, specifically work on Jones and Chaphe roads.

CACDA announces dates for annual community celebration, second annual art trail

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) has announced the dates for two of its upcoming annual events: the fifth annual “Farm & Fork” celebration and the second annual Cazenovia Art Trail.

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Critz Farms announces return of The Blueberry Jam music festival

First it was Christmas trees. Then came pumpkins and apples and maple syrup. And then, handcrafted hard ciders. And last summer, Cazenovia’s number one agri-tourism attraction added another ingredient to its seasonal recipe box of family fun: The Blueberry Jam. Saturday, Aug. 17, Critz Farms hosts the 2013 edition of The Blueberry Jam, a summer celebration for the entire family. It’s a full day of live music on two stages on the sprawling Critz Farms acreage located at 3232 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia.

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New farm brewery coming to Cazenovia

What started as a passion for home-brewing beer seven years ago is taking shape as the first farm brewery to be created in the Cazenovia area this year. John and Maria Henneberg, owners of the Henneberg Tavern on Albany Street, are in the process of creating a micro-brewery called Henneberg Brewing Co. on their 97-acre farm in New Woodstock. The new brewing enterprise will be one with a smaller, more local scale of production versus the upcoming Empire Brewing Company farmstead brewery on Route 13 — and one less likely to cause controversy.

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Side Hill Farmers presents ‘meat your grandmother would recognize’

New Manlius shop specializes in local meat, dairy and more

Greg Rhoad and Kevin McCann know firsthand that many Central New York farmers have to bring their products down to New York City or into Pennsylvania to sell them- which is a trend that they want to see end. And that’s part of the reason why they’ve opened Side Hill Farmers in Manlius: a cross between a grocery store and a food cooperative that only sells products from within an 80 mile radius of the store.

Town declares state of emergency due to flooding

Power boating on Cazenovia lake suspended

The Town of Cazenovia has declared a state of emergency on Cazenovia Lake due to unprecedented water levels which are causing erosion and property damage.

County to demonstrate ag and rigid plastic recycling program

Farmers, greenhouse operators, and anyone interested in Madison County’s innovative AG and Rigid Plastic Recycling program are invited to a “hands-on” demonstration on Tuesday, July 23. The program will be held at Morrisville State College’s Dairy Complex on Eaton Street, Morrisville. It begins at 2 pm.