Tourism rises in Madison County and Central New York

Following news of a study showing that travelers spent a record $62.5 billion in New York State last year, it was announced today that this same study shows traveler spending in the Central New York region rising 4.7 percent in 2014 to a total of $2.015 billion. “This is terrific news,” said Kelly Blazosky, president of Oneida County Tourism and Chair of the Central New York Vacation Region, which includes Broome, Chenango, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties.

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Public hearing set for Fayetteville Apartments zone change

The Fayetteville Village Board has set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, in the village office to discuss a proposed zone change that will allow plans to move forward for the Fayetteville Apartments project on 547 E. Genesse St. in Fayetteville.

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PLS announces Cindy Masingill as partner

Productivity Leadership Systems (PLS) is proud to announce the addition of Cindy Masingill as partner. Masingill is a Certified Professional Coach and has collaborated with PLS for the previous five years. Her focus has been on corporate coaching, team development, training and executive leadership development.

A step back for Stewart’s Shops

Clay town board denies zone change request

It looks like the town of Clay may not welcome a second Stewart’s Shops after all. With minimal discussion, the Clay Town Board voted unanimously July 20 to deny Stewart’s request for a zone change for a parcel on the southeast corner of Bear and Buckley roads.

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Kimberly’s Ice Cream Factory celebrates 10-year anniversary with special photo exhibition

Originally located in Cazenovia, Kimberly’s Ice Cream Factory will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in Manlius on Aug. 13 by re-creating each of the photographs that hang in the store taken more than 10 years ago.

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Chugging along

B’ville businesses unharmed by weather woes

Despite the third-wettest June on record in Central New York and closures of the New York State Canal System earlier this summer, business is still booming along the Seneca River.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Family biz thrives at Buckley and Seventh North

What happens when a brainiac from New York’s North Country meets a beautiful gal from Taiwan? They fall in love, get married in his humble hometown of Adams and eventually start a business just outside Liverpool on the edge of Galeville.

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Johnstone Supply names Manlius resident warehouse supervisor

Johnstone Supply has promoted Peter Wilson to the new position of warehouse supervisor at its 828 Burnet Avenue location.

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Cazenovia businessman indicted and charged with $1.6 million scheme to defraud

James P. Griffin, Cazenovia businessman and CEO of 54Freedom Companies, was recently indicted on a $1.6 million scheme to defraud investors since 2009.

Manlius Art Cinema to present National Theatre of London’s ‘Everyman,’ starring Chiwete Ejiofor

The Manlius Art Cinema is proud to host the Central New York’s screenings of the Royal National Theatre of London. Our next production will be “Everyman,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. “Everyman” will be presented at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Two encore performances will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, and at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8.

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Bella Bello Kids consignment shop opens in DeWitt

Will offer foreign language lessons for children

Bella Bello Kids is a newly opened kid’s consignment shop in DeWitt that aims to help save customers money on name brand clothing and accessories for children by offering new and like-new clothing and shoes for newborns all the way up to tweens.

Local RE/MAX agents recognized among top 1 percent in national report

Robert Schultz, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Masters and Tracey Kline, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Realty Plus are among 2,090 RE/MAX agents and teams featured in the 2015 REAL Trends “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” report.

Cazenovia Equipment Co. to host John Deere Drive Green Demo Days event July 25

Cazenovia Equipment Co., Inc. is hosting its 2015 Drive Green Demo Days event at their dealership on July 25. This event will give area residents a chance to check out the latest utility tractors, lawn and garden tractors, loaders, implements and other equipment from John Deere, as well as take advantage of special Drive Green savings.

Madison County participates in largest Solarize Campaign in New York state

Madison County is once again offering an opportunity for residents, businesses, farms and institutions to take advantage of reduced pricing and other assistance for purchasing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems through the Solarize CNY campaign. The county will be working with the Canastota-based installation company CNY Solar to help customers understand the benefits and incentives available for solar systems.

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B’ville trustees give fire district another chance

A month after revoking its conditional approval of the North West Fire District’s request for an exemption from the Planned Development District zoning on Smokey Hollow Road, the village of Baldwinsville board of trustees have given new life to the NWFD’s proposal to build a fire response station. The board voted July 16 to approve the PDD exemption request after fire district officials, their attorney and developers provided the village with more information about firefighter response times, alternate sites and the size and scope of the new station.