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New wine and liquor store opens on Albany Street

Oenophiles in Cazenovia now have a second option in the village on where they can purchase their wine, as well as liquor, with last week’s official opening of J.S. Hight and Sons wine store at 58 Albany St.

Clay residents balk at Stewart’s Shops proposal

Stewart’s Shops is looking to add another store in Clay, but residents aren’t quite ready to let the eastern New York-based convenience store chain put down its stakes just yet.

Lysander turns $255K profit on ice arena

After sinking more than $2 million into ice arena, the town of Lysander is finally turning a profit on the property — now that it’s been sold. Lysander Town Supervisor John Salisbury announced the final numbers on the town’s sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena at Monday’s town board meeting. The town’s $550,000 sale to Home Ice 1 resulted in a profit of $255,002.45, which will be added to Lysander’s general fund balance.

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CBA Hosts 26th Annual Lasallian Dinner and Auction

Approximately 400 family, friends and alumni attended the 26th Annual Lasallian Dinner and Auction on April 25.

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Shovels in the dirt

Empire Farmstead Brewery breaks ground on Rippleton Road

The shovels were in the ground, the dignitaries were in place, the firkin was tapped — and after years of planning, discussions and municipal approvals, construction has begun on Empire Brewing Company’s farmstead brewery on Rippleton Road.

Menorah Park Shining Stars celebration set for May 21

Menorah Park senior living center in DeWitt has announced information regarding the tenth Shining Stars celebration to honor exceptional employees, volunteers and residents of the center.

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Albany Street shop Industrial Loft brings new life to old items

Mark Papa has been recycling and repurposing defunct, discarded items for new home décor use before television shows like “American Pickers” made it popular. Sitting inside Industrial Loft, his shop at 53 Albany St. that opened in November 2014, he is surrounded by a cornucopia of his creations: An old industrial circular fan that is now a coffee table, a wooden door that has been turned into a bed headboard, an old vent in a barn copula has become a chandelier. For the past 20 years, Papa has been “climbing through barns, factories and abandon buildings” searching for that one of a kind piece that he can remake into something unique.

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Grand opening for Yellow Brick Road Casino will be June 2

The Oneida Indian Nation has announced that it will host a Grand Opening Event for its new Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango on Tuesday, June 2. Doors will open after a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Village Renaissance man remembered

During the first weekend of April more than a dozen vehicles, many with out-of-state license plates, parked as near as possible to the corner of Fourth and Vine where Dr. Bob Pastel lived for decades in a big old brick-and-mortar home surrounded by overgrown bushes and a small forest of trees.

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Filling the talent gap

Stirpe, CenterState CEO announce manufacturing jobs initiative

Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero) is making good on one of his campaign promises: the manufacturing pre-apprentice program for which he garnered state funding is set to launch later this year.

Phoenix Community Garage Sale is May 16

The fifth annual Phoenix Community Garage Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at St. Stephen’s Church parking lot at 469 Main St. $20 for individuals and organizations.

‘Cause for the ‘Cuse’ golf tournament to benefit Syracuse schools

Terakeet is hosting a golf tournament to raise money for the Syracuse City School District Saturday, June 6, at Foxfire Golf Course in Baldwinsville.

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Onondaga County Legislature not yet ready for ‘Ash for Trash’

It looks like OCRRA will have to cool its heels on the Cortland-Onondaga Regional Solid Waste Partnership. The Onondaga County Legislature won’t vote on the agreement until this summer.

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Working by the Fireside

Renovations begin at Baldwinsville inn

The old Fireside Inn is getting a facelift, but it will be nearly a year before it’s open for business once again.

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Isabella celebrates 10 years in business

Ever since she studied merchandising and design in college, Karen Eldridge had a goal to open her own women’s clothing store. In 2005, that dream became a reality when she opened the doors of Isabella at 61 Albany St. in Cazenovia. That grand opening was 10 years ago this month, and during that time Isabella has remained in the same location, selling its unique, quality items with a smile. And the business is still going strong.