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‘Stop the bleeding’

Lysander town board votes to sell ice rink

Despite the rift between the “JAM” coalition and Republican councilors Bob Geraci and Roman Diamond, the Lysander town board is taking steps to sell the Lysander Radisson Community Arena. The board voted Jan. 5 to sell the arena to Rochester-based developer DHD for $550,000. The vote was unanimous, but Diamond voiced his disapproval of the town’s lack of notice before the sale.

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Local H&R Block branch to host free Affordable Care Act information day

Find out how ‘Obamacare’ will affect your 2014 taxes

The federal Affordable Care Act, popularly called Obamacare, which was made to create universal healthcare in America, took effect Jan. 1 of this year; and now than 2014 is coming to an end, the new health care will also affect people’s tax returns. Whether someone bought healthcare from a federal marketplace or not, there are issues to be taken into account at tax time, from reconciling the healthcare tax credit to calculating the penalties to knowing the penalty exceptions — and one local tax preparation company is offering free help to next week in navigating and understanding the tax effects of the new law.

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State gives more than $1 million in grants to Cazenovia-area businesses

Four Cazenovia-area businesses last week were awarded more than $1.8 million in state grant funding by the New York State Regional Economic Development Council. The funds will go towards the creation of a new Cazenovia hotel, the expansion of an existing Cazenovia vineyard, the expansion of a Cazenovia restaurant and inn and the transformation of a commercial building in Nelson into an agri-tourism-based destination.

Last call for ‘Ash for Trash’ public comments

Time is running out for those who want to share their thoughts on the proposed “Ash for Trash” solid waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties. There will be a public hearing on the proposal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at the Van Buren town hall. People have until Jan. 17 to submit written comments on the subject.

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Cazenovia Lions Club awards TV raffle

Jill Dudley of Cazenovia won a 50 inch LG Smart Television in the recent Cazenovia Lions Club’s TV Raffle. The winning ticket was sold by Lions Club member Steve Burrell.

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Cork Monkey liquor store open for business in Manlius

Have you ever noticed a business with a unique name out of the corner of your eye and looked twice to see exactly what it is and what it has to offer? That’s what Cork Monkey owner John Nissen hopes will happen to attract customers into his new wine and spirits store located in the Tops Plaza in Manlius.

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Trees for Troops makes a stop at Critz Farm

Eight members of Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 met at Critz Farms in Cazenovia last week to help out with a cause that hits close to them — to provide Christmas trees to America’s military troops and their families during the holiday season.

Town planning board closes public hearing on Owera Vineyards’ proposed event building

After a two-hour public hearing to discuss the proposed new 6,300 square-foot events building by Owera Vineyards on its East Lake Road land, the Cazenovia Town Planning Board closed the public hearing on the issue, which means a decision by the board on whether or not to approve the application must be made within the next two months. The hearing was similar to many of the previous public hearings on Owera’s proposals during the past year with East Lake Road neighborhood residents voicing concerns over the winery’s noise, lighting, traffic and hours of operation. There were, however, a few new points and facts brought up at the planning board’s Dec. 4 meeting — including the news that Owera owner Peter Muserlain is currently in the midst of an intellectual property theft lawsuit that potentially could affect, if not disable, his plans for the new winery building.

Village board presents proposed law to change Riverside Drive zoning

The Cazenovia village board last week released a proposed local law to change the zoning of the Riverside Drive/Chittenenago Creek corridor behind the public library in its attempt to improve the undeveloped area.

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Café at 407 celebrates five years serving community

Local eatery Café at 407 unveiled its new menu and welcomed coffee-drinkers and crafters alike at its fifth anniversary celebration on Dec. 5. Community members gathered for $0.05 coffee and a “handmade market” of several Central New York artisans who shared their locally made wares.

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New travel agency opens in Cazenovia

A new travel agency has been established in Cazenovia: Cazenovia Travel LLC, doing business as CazTravel.com, owned and operated by Ching Brennan. Their telephone and internet operations are presently home-based, but will eventually locate in the Cazenovia business district.

Manlius village board approves brew pub application

Also approves new law to reduce number of trustees on board

After approving a new law in September to allow brew pubs to exist in the village of Manlius, the village board last week unanimously voted to approve the application of the Menikheim family to create a brew pub at 315 East Seneca St.

Second farmer’s market coming to Cazenovia

Cazenovians love their local farmers market so much that they want it available more than once a month. So two local entrepreneurs have created a second farmers market that will host its inaugural market on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the showroom of Cazenovia Cutblock on Route 20 East.

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Cazenovia native, toy inventor to be on QVC with new bedtime toy brand on Nov. 27

Toy inventor Geoff Roesch, a native of Cazenovia, will air his new bedtime toy brand, Starshine Watchdogs, live on QVC at noon this Thursday, Nov. 27.

Dream Factory to host Small Business Saturday event at The Red Mill Inn

Partnerships are vital in today’s economy. But what really speaks volumes about the overall generosity of a community is when small businesses work together to help advance the goals of a local nonprofit.