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The changing face of Cazenovia’s downtown business district

The nature of communities is that they are often in a constant state of flux. Businesses change and adapt, close and move, while new businesses come in to offer something different to the local market and hope their business model works. In Cazenovia during the past eight months, there has been a great deal of change to the local business community with shops closing or moving locations, and others coming in to take over the newly vacant store fronts. Whether such change is, or will be, positive or negative remains to be seen — but many local officials and business owners see potential in what is happening, although they also see a need to change and adapt to certain realities of the marketplace and the needs of customers.

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Owera brings home five medals from Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Cazenovia’s sole winery, Owera Vineyards, added recently to its ever-growing list of awards and accolades by bringing home five medals from the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

EDITORIAL: Town of Manlius is able to address public concerns in senior living center project

Last week, Manlius Town Attorney Tim Frateschi presented a draft resolution for a special use permit for Resort Lifestyle Communities to construct a senior living center on the corner of North Burdick Street and Medical Center Drive.

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Manlius senior living center special use permit addresses residents’ concerns

The main topic of discussion by the Manlius Town Board at its April 8 meeting was to address citizens’ concerns about the Resort Lifestyle Communities planned development of a senior living center on the corner of North Burdick Street and Medical Center Drive in the town of Manlius.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: You don’t have to be Jewish to love klezmer music

The classic advertising campaign put it this way: “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s real Jewish rye.” And when it comes to food for the soul, you don’t have to be Jewish to love klezmer music.

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“Herb” Philipson’s to open in Dewitt Town Center

“Herb” Philipson’s, Outfitter’s for the Great Outdoors, have announced that they will open a new store in the Dewitt Town Center, 3179 Erie Blvd East, Dewitt. Renovation to the new 34,000 square foot store is proceeding on schedule and they are optimistic for a June opening.

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50 years of Cicero Parks and Rec

The town of Cicero’s Parks and Recreation Department recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Local elected officials, denizens of the CanTeen and parks employees past and present gathered at the American Legion April 2 for an emotional evening of proclamations, presentations and heartfelt memories of the town’s recreation programs.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Santangelo’s rolls out award-winning meatballs

Liverpool has long been known for its hot dogs and hamburgers. Heid’s has ruled the frankfurter field, and ground beef patties made the scene at the fondly remembered Tarbe’s Grill and now at Village Burger (which coincidentally does business at a former McDonald’s location). Anyhow, on March 29 we were all reminded that Liverpool’s also a meatball mecca.

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Public hearing held for ‘cruise ship on land’ in Manlius

Neighbors bring up concerns about traffic

More than 20 citizens showed up March 25 to a Manlius Town Board public hearing regarding a special use permit for the Resort Lifestyle Communities independent senior living center that is being proposed on the corner of North Burdick Street and Medical Center Drive in the town of Manlius.

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Chamber hosts 5th annual networking event at Anheuser-Busch

Tickets are going fast for the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce’s Fifth Annual Business Showcase, which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. April 28 at Anheuser-Busch.

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Cazenovia native named finalist in Realtor Magazine’s 30 under 30 contest

Twenty-seven-year-old Alex Parker, a native of Cazenovia who currently lives in Tallahassee, Fla., sold more than $22 million in Florida real estate last year. That achievement, among other factors, earned him a place as one of the final 50 candidates in Realtor Magazine’s 30 Under 30 2014 national contest recently. And, while Parker was ultimately not chosen last week to be one of the final 30 honorees, becoming a finalist and earning the experience and exposure of the contest was the achievement of a years-long goal for him.

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Tait loses lawsuit against department of health

A New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled against Cazenovia funeral home director Brian Tait’s attempts to sue the state department of health over what Tait claims was a deal to suspend his funeral directing license for six months and seek no further administrative actions against him.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Seneca Savings vacating the village

For the past 56 years, Seneca Savings has done business under one name or another at 105 Second St., here in the village.

Here comes the sun

Salina councilors consider saving money with solar power

Twenty years ago, solar power grabbed the attention of consumers frustrated by decreasing supplies of oil and natural gas and encouraged by the lower cost of photovoltaic (PV) systems which convert sunshine into electricity. Since the year 2000, worldwide growth of photovoltaics has averaged 40 percent per year, and now the Salina Town Board is thinking about taking the town solar.

Chamber of Commerce offers $1,000 scholarship

The Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce will award one $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior. The applicant must be planning to continue their education on a full-time basis, at an accredited post-secondary college, university, or vocational school in the United States to be eligible.

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