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First rabies case of 2014 confirmed in Madison County

An unvaccinated cow is the first confirmed animal to be infected with the rabies virus in Madison County. The County Health Department is again warning farmers and owners of livestock to be aware that rabid wildlife is present throughout the Central New York area.

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Drinking the life fantastic: Reilleys to open craft distillery in Nelson, Cazenovia

Former Owera operations director to create own brand of wine and spirits

Ever since Ben Reilley resigned from his top position at Owera Vineyards last August, his friends and fans in and around Cazenovia have been wondering what he was going to do next professionally. Surely, it must be some project connected to wine and spirits, they thought. And they were right. After six months of intense work, Ben and his wife Shioban have announced their new endeavor: a small batch, hand-crafted spirits and wines business to be named “Life of Reilley Distilling and Wine Company.”

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WCNY-FM offers special radio service for blind and visually impaired

For more than three decades, WCNY-FM has been serving the blind and visually-impaired residents of Central New York with a special radio service called READ-OUT.

OCC to host business conference

Onondaga Community College is more than just an asset for students seeking an associate’s degree in one of the numerous programs they offer. OCC is home to the NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC provides one-on-one advisement to start up and existing businesses. OCC staff at the SBDC consists of small business advisors who can advise an entrepreneur on making their business a success. The SBDC works with businesses of all varieties; home based, e-commerce, manufacturing firms — small to large. Services provided by the SBDC are free and confidential. Additionally, the SBDC partners with statewide agencies which provide a strong network of support. Some of the support the SBDC can assist with is business plan development, small business start-ups, organizational structures, exporting, cost analysis, marketing, financial management, financing strategies, training programs, business expansion, selling a business and research.

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Planning board opposes zone change for new Circa location

Neighbor opposition spikes another village business proposal

Neighbor opposition to a proposed village business has claimed its second victim. The village planning board voted 3-1 at their latest meeting to oppose the zone change application of landlord Eric Burrell and restaurateur Alicyn Hart in their proposal to move Circa, Hart’s restaurant, from its current location on Albany Street down to 4 Chenango St.

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Fire department battles chimney fire at Brewster Inn

Guests of the Brewster Inn were minorly inconvenienced Wednesday night, March 5, when a chimney fire forced a building evacuation. Cazenovia volunteer firefighters arrived on the scene at approximately 10 p.m. where they saw flames coming out of the chimney, said Fire Chief Nick Enders.

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Old Syracuse Plastics factory could get a face lift this summer

Proposed Chapel Street Apartments include residential units, commercial space and townhouses

A project in front of Fayetteville’s planning board could turn the old Syracuse Plastics factory into a mixed-use building as early as this year.

2014 Central New York Dairy Day looks to the future

Dairy farmers and their advisors are welcome and encouraged to attend the upcoming 7th Annual 2014 Central New York Dairy Day program on Tuesday, March 11, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. To attend you must preregister by noon on Friday, March 7. The cost of $30 to attend includes buffet lunch.

Coffee shop proposal spurned by F’ville planners

A representative of the owner of the former Friendly’s Restaurant building on Genesee Street met a skeptical public and an unimpressed village of Fayetteville planning board Monday night.

2014 Winter Dairy Management Program coming to Morrisville State College

On Friday, March 21, dairy producers and managers, dairy farm employees and agri-service professionals are invited to attend the 2014 Winter Dairy Management Program at Morrisville State College. The event will be held in Crawford Hall on the Morrisville campus in Lecture Room 103. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Riddler’s in Skaneateles to close, will become F. Oliver’s

Located in the heart of Skaneateles, Riddler’s News, Confections and Tobacco store will be closing in March of this year. Riddler’s is known for selling nostalgic candy, newspapers, lottery tickets and tobacco products, along with various toys, souvenirs and trinkets.

Hamilton PCD announces small business grant funds available

Hamilton businesses may apply for grants of $750 to $4,500 by March 21 deadline

The Partnership for Community Development, Hamilton’s nonprofit economic development agency, has announced the reprise of its popular Micro-Assistance Grant (MAG) program for local small businesses. These grants are intended to encourage small businesses to undertake new and innovative projects. Only for-profit corporations, partnerships, LLCs or sole proprietorships located in Madison County and within a 15-mile radius of the town of Hamilton are eligible.

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Hennebergs close tavern to focus on brewery

It was announced on Facebook Tuesday and will take effect Saturday: the Albany Street restaurant and bar Henneberg Tavern will close. Owner John Henneberg said that balancing family, the tavern and his Henneberg Brewing Co. farm brewery in New Woodstock “has just gotten to be a lot,” and he had to make a choice: focus on the tavern or focus on the brewery.

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J-D Ecumenical Food Pantry celebrates volunteers

The Half Moon Bakery & Bistro graciously hosted the second annual Jamesville-DeWitt Ecumenical Food Pantry’s volunteer recognition event on Sunday, Feb. 16. Pantry volunteers and their guests enjoyed a variety of delicious desserts and each other’s company.

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Historical treasure hiding in plain sight at Cazenovia High School

No one knows for sure how long it’s been here. But, chances are, it was from almost the very beginning: a simple wooden podium at which generations of Cazenovia High School teachers and students probably delivered speeches, gave pop quizzes, engaged in debates and read aloud. The maple podium, it turns out, was crafted in the original L. & J.G. Stickley factory on Burnet Avenue in Syracuse — the same craftsman workshops in which the company’s first signature mission furniture was built in 1900.