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Koinonia studio opens its doors and welcomes Dance Arts Studio to lineup

Dance instructor Linda Facciponte sees herself as both a choreographer and a philosopher. “My goal is that the student, through process implementation, will grasp the spirit of life, manifestation of feelings, consistency of learning and the ability to create from their own personal level,” she says.

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Gourmet popcorn shop expands to Fayetteville

Sweet tooth cravers rejoice! Syracuse-based gourmet popcorn shop The Kandied Kernel and Kreamery has expanded to the eastern suburbs area by opening a location in the Fayetteville Commons at 511 E. Genesee St.

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NBT Financial Services hires new financial consultant for Manlius office

NBT Financial Services Managing Financial Consultant Jonathan Bartholomew has announced Jamison Davis has been hired as a financial consultant. He is located at the NBT Financial Services office in NBT Bank’s Manlius Office located at 8250 Manlius-Cazenovia Road in Manlius.

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Brown Funeral Services acquires Tait Funeral Home

New owner Michael E. Brown now open for business

The former Tait Funeral Home, located at 2333 Fenner Road in Cazenovia, has reopened under a new owner and a new name. Michael E. Brown Funeral Services, LLC, acquired the funeral home as of Aug. 6 and is now open for business.

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Taste of East Syracuse celebrates 10th year

Mayor Tackman successfully defends cook-off challenge title

The village of East Syracuse celebrated its 10th annual Taste of East Syracuse last week by showcasing local eateries and providing a night of family-fun activities.

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Keeping it disco: Life of Reilley announces latest product – canned cocktails

Life of Reilley Distilling and Wine Company, headquartered in Nelson, celebrated its one-year anniversary in business only last week — and already its three kinds of vodka are selling in 65 outlets across 23 counties in New York state, with requests to expand to California, Arizona, Georgia and New Jersey. But the big news owners Ben and Shioban Reilley announced on social media on Aug. 4 was a different kind of landmark: the upcoming release of their new canned cocktail, “Disco Lemonade.”

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Food for Mann

A look back at life in the family business

When I punched into the time clock at McKinley’s Super Market in Mattydale during the summer of 1967, I didn’t realize the impact that day would have on my life.

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Village board approves developer’s plan to install drainage pipe on Basin Block

At a special noon meeting on Monday, Aug. 3, the village of Liverpool board of trustees voted in favor of granting a revocable license agreement to Constine LLC to grant use of a 15-foot strip of land on the Basin Block to install a storm drainage pipeline along a 40-foot strip of village-owned property.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State fair combines new attractions with old favorites

For many of us in Central New York, the summer season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Great New York State Fair. For over a century, the fair has been a statewide tradition and fixture in our community, bringing families from all over the country to Central New York. With programs for everyone from small children to seniors, New Yorkers of any age can enjoy time spent with friends and loved ones while taking part in traditions old and new.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: B.J. robs Nichols Liquors then drifts into the mist

Small world, I guess. The last Wednesday in July, I met a man who said his name was B.J. He was hanging out on the fringe of an audience of 300 at the Skiffle Minstrels’ concert at Johnson Park. Attired in grunge fashions – checked shirt, tattered jeans and scuffed cowboy boots — B.J. bummed a cigarette from a bystander and listened quietly to the Western swing tunes like “Fort Worth Jailhouse” — just a tall, lanky loner with a scruffy beard and tattered ball cap.

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Lamson Road Water District petitions returned

The town of Lysander received the petitions in favor of the Lamson Road Water District, Supervisor John Salisbury announced at the July 27 meeting of the town board.

Lysander First accuses Saraceni of fundraising conflict

While Joe Saraceni had the support of Lysander First upon announcing his candidacy for Lysander supervisor, it seems that town board re-election seekers Melinda Shimer and Andy Reeves have withdrawn their favor in light of Saraceni’s July financial disclosure report.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Old-fashioned ice cream and an old-fashioned phone

Last Oct. 24, after a long wait, Stewart’s Shops finally came to Onondaga County when the doors swung open at 7667 Morgan Road, just north of Liverpool. Now there are 332 Stewart’s Shops located across Upstate New York and Southern Vermont, with three-quarters of the shops selling gas, as they do at the Morgan Road location.

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NOPL news: Cicero Farmers Market to host Field Days

The Cicero Farmers Market, which is held on the grounds of NOPL @ Cicero, will be hosting Field Days on Aug. 18 and Sept. 1 and 8.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Everything old is new again

Here I go again, Central New York’s biggest cheerleader, but I can’t help myself. In July I was fortunate to take three tours to see the progress, the accomplishments and the future plans of some of our community’s most iconic landmarks. I wish you were with me.