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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recently, Ms. Linda Young wrote in regarding feral cats in the town of Salina. While informative, it was one-sided, and the reader deserves a view of the other side. Ms. Young praises the woman who “took action” against the feral cat population and began to neuter them and adopt out those she could. What was not mentioned is that this woman also has been feeding the feral cats for the past 10 years, beginning with a female and a litter of kittens with others drawn into the area yearly. Advocates claim trap-neuter-return (TNR) keeps new kittens from being born, leading to an eventual elimination of the colony as members die off naturally. If true, the original colony should have died off, leaving us feral cat-free. The fact is if TNR worked, there would have been no opportunity for an additional 32 cats to come around needing to be neutered. Ms. Young’s claim that TNR took this colony from 32 to seven cats is false; this colony started with an initial litter, and over 10 years, up to 32 cats showed up at the food bowl spontaneously. All but seven were relocated — and of those remaining (and we’ve seen far more than seven), not all have successfully been neutered and vaccinated, which means we still have disease-carrying breeding cats present. While TNR advocates tout studies that cats are territorial and will chase other cats away, just as many studies show that a ready food source overrides this and simply attracts more cats. TNR advocates also claim that trapping and removing feral cats doesn’t solve the problem as it produces a “vacuum effect” in which new cats move in and replace those removed. However, just as many studies show this only occurs if food continues to be provided.
County Executive Director Laurie Fuess has announced that the nomination period for Madison County Farm Service Agency county committee began Monday, June 17. In the Madison County local administrative area (LAA) three are up for election. This LAA includes the towns of DeRuyter, Georgetown, Lebanon, Hamilton and Brookfield.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is thrilled to announce the sixth annual Open Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Thirty-seven farms will be opening their gates to the public on this day. Open Farm Day is an amazing opportunity for you, your family and your friends to travel Madison County, tour the farms, sample some homegrown products, see farm animals and experience the bounty of Madison County Agriculture. All you need is an Open Farm Day passport and a cooler to bring home lots of local food.
The Cazenovia Town Board has approved a resolution to change the current position of town clerk from an elected office to an appointed one. The change will not become town law unless and until town voters approve the action in a referendum scheduled to be on the ballot during the November town elections.
More than 100 people — many in suits, dresses and fashionable hats — spent the evening last Friday enjoying food and wine in the Lorenzo formal gardens, touring the mansion and supporting the Friends of Lorenzo for the group’s annual Garden Gala fundraiser. The non-profit group, which is dedicated to preserving the Lorenzo mansion and grounds, raised nearly $5,000 through attendance and raffle ticket sales.
The town of Nelson is looking into the possibility of approving a town road use agreement as a way to protect its roads from damage caused by heavy industrial trucking.
Owera Vineyards cuts ribbon, opens facilities for business
The first and only winery in Madison County officially opened its doors and cut the ceremonial ribbon last week — and it is located on East Lake Road in Cazenovia. Owera Vineyards, owned by the Muserlian family and already producing award-winning wines, welcomed local and state politicians, business owners, friends and visitors on one of the few sunny days in recent weeks to inaugurate its new facilities.
Local opponents of the controversial business of natural gas exploration and drilling through hydraulic fracturing appeared at the Fenner and Nelson town board meetings last week to deliver petitions signed by more than 1,100 people demanding the towns outlaw hydrofracking.