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Critz Farms, Owera Vineyards win medals at international wine competition

Two local craft beverage producers — and members of the Cazenovia Beverage Trail — recently brought back to Cazenovia multiple medals from the 14th Annual 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. The Critz Farms Harvest Moon Cidery won silver medals for its Cherry Moon and Heritage Hops hard ciders, and a bronze medal for its Rippleton Original champagne-style hard cider; while Owera Vineyards won silver medals for its 2012 Frontenac Gris and its 2011 Cabernet Franc, and bronze medals for its 2012 Chardonnay and 2012 dry Reisling.

Education aid and tax relief needed for CNY

Times are tough, and families are doing everything they can just to make ends meet. The particularly harsh winter didn’t help, driving utility bills through the roof and making the cost-of-living even less affordable. Central New York families have struggled for long enough. That’s why I fought for a state budget that includes funding for vital programs and initiatives to relieve the burden on hardworking families.

Madison County given ‘disaster’ designation due to agriculture losses caused by winter freeze

Madison County was one of three counties in Central New York to have been designated “disasters” due to losses caused by a freeze that occurred this winter, U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna announced Wednesday, April 9. A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for an assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans.

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Village board gets Chenango Street zone change request update, schedules public hearing for May

The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees has scheduled a public hearing for May 5 to discuss the requested zone change for Eric Burrell’s building at 4 Chenango St., which would, if approved, allow Alicyn Hart to move her restaurant Circa to that location. The hearing was scheduled last week after Burrell gave the board on update on his proposed building expansion project.

Tax incentives are being misused

It is no secret that New York’s residents and businesses are over taxed. For years, businesses and residents have been leaving New York for tax-friendly states. The fiscal problems the State of New York faces are no different than other states across the country; yet, New York continues to over spend and goes so far as to ask local municipalities to shoulder much of the financial burden from those decisions. Local representatives at the state and federal level are desperately trying to change the business climate in New York by offering tax credits and incentive packages for relocating businesses to New York, creating jobs, and improving the skill level of employees. As an advocate for the free market approach to business, I applaud the intent underpinning these programs (the encouragement of business activity in New York state), but I am apprehensive about the precedent and disparate treatment the tax credits and incentives are creating.

Village of Fayetteville’s first State Farm agent celebrates 40 years in business

As someone who used to hide in the backyard when insurance agents would come knocking, the last thing Nick Roppo thought he’d be doing was working in the insurance business.

Madison County field crops meeting coming to Caz April 4

The Madison County Field Crops Meeting will be held on Friday, April 4, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Empire Tractor, 2893 Route 20 East in Cazenovia. Lunch is provided, courtesy of Empire Tractor, and requires pre-registration. Please call Empire Tractor at 655-8146. Two and a half pesticide recertification credits will be given.

Stormwater, parking top concerns for JGB Properties’ basin block project

When you plan to build on the site of an old Oswego Canal side-cut basin, you know that stormwater drainage will be a concern. When you plan three new buildings with a mix of residential, office and retail spaces on a block already home to a dozen businesses including four restaurants, parking spaces will also be a concern. At the March 24 Liverpool Village Planning Board meeting, JGB Properties shared details of its proposed development on the basin block bordered by First and South Willow streets and Lake Drive.

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Do you CrossFit?

New high-intensity exercise program explodes in the Syracuse market

As recently as seven years ago, very few people in the Central New York area had ever heard of CrossFit. When CrossFit DeWitt opened at Sports Center 481 in 2008, it was the first CrossFit gym within a 70 mile radius. Tex Jones, who co-owns CrossFit DeWitt with Joe Commisso, said people get “addicted” to the short, high-impact fitness classes and can’t help but come back for more.

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Junior’s Caz Bar opens on Albany Street

New restaurant offers high-quality food and full bar in family-friendly atmosphere

There’s a new restaurant and bar in Cazenovia that the owner believes will fill a gap in the current food and beverage offerings in the village — a place that serves lunch and dinner seven days a week with high quality food, a fully stocked bar with multiple televisions at which to relax and an overall family-friendly atmosphere. “I just felt it was a place the town needed — a place where family, friends, everyone can meet,” said Geoff Zimmer, owner of Junior’s Caz Bar at 64 Albany St. “It’s different. We cater to a crowd looking for an atmosphere conducive to conversation, community and camaraderie.”

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National gaming table company sets up office in Cazenovia

People in Central New York interested in buying high-quality billiard tables — as well as table tennis, shuffleboard, foosball, air hockey and dome hockey tables — recently were able to get a taste of some of the finest choices on the market at a retailer booth at the Syracuse Home and Garden Show in mid-March. The event was not a one-time local visit from a national retailer, however, but rather the “coming out” of a newly enlarged, locally owned business that has relocated its operations to Route 13 in the town of Cazenovia.

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Developer proposes 21-house subdivision in village

Project originally approved in 2008

Originally approved in 2008, a subdivision plan is again before the village planning board this year. The housing development, originally called Waterford Village and now being called Hidden Pond, includes adding two new roads off of East Street across from Skaneateles Middle School, according to village records.

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JGB Properties plans three new mixed-use buildings on basin block

At the March 24 Liverpool Village Planning Board meeting, JGB Properties prepared to share details of its proposed development on the basin block bordered by First and South Willow streets and Lake Drive. Plans drawn up by Keplinger Freeman Associates, an East Syracuse landscape architectural firm, call for the construction of three buildings, two along lower First Street and one on South Willow.

Is a CNY film hub a good idea?

Many Central New York residents were surprised and optimistic to hear Gov. Cuomo’s announcement earlier this month about a high-tech movie making/ nanotechnology hub that will be located in DeWitt.

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40 years and counting

Sno Top owners Vince and Kathy Giordano reflect on the past and look towards the future for the Manlius landmark

If you live in or around Syracuse’s eastern suburbs, chances are you’ve been to Sno Top. And if you haven’t, you are missing out – at least that’s what some of the ice cream shop’s most loyal fans say.

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