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Ralph Lalama, Nancy Kelly headline January Jazzfest

The CNY Jazz Arts Foundation is warming away the midwinter blues with some jazz. January Jazzfest is filling four levels of Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville with a sampler of jazz artists Sunday, Jan. 25, including vocalist Nancy Kelly, saxophonist Ralph Lalama and trombonist Melissa Gardiner.

Madison Field Crops Meeting scheduled for March 17

The annual Madison County Field Crops Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 17. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Empire Tractor, 2893 Route 20 East in Cazenovia.

Brrring on the Big Chill

It’s that time of year again — the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) is hosting its eighth annual winter festival, the B’ville Big Chill, next month.

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Murphy’s Specialized Pastry opens in Manlius

Accommodates both everyday and special event dessert needs

Looking for a tasty, yet good-looking dessert to serve at your next event or just to satisfy your sweet tooth? Then you may want to check out Murphy’s Specialized Pastry in the Limestone Commons Plaza in Manlius.

Residents have mixed feelings on ‘Ash for Trash’

About 50 people crowded into the Van Buren Town Hall to share their opinions on the proposed “Ash for Trash” waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties Jan. 6.

Kinney Drugs to celebrate Grand Opening of Manlius store Jan. 10

Free activities throughout the day for adults and children

Kinney Drugs has opened its new store in Madison Row at 7660 Highbridge Rd., Manlius, New York. The store will celebrate its official grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 10.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Ag receipts steadily increasing; new policies assisting industry

I am always impressed with the quality and variety of our local producers — cheese, vegetables, wines and breads. The good news is our economy is benefitting more from these local products.

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Village board moves forward with proposed Creekside Development District law

A few village residents in and around the Riverside Drive/Chittenenago Creek corridor, which the village board is currently looking to rezone to help future development, had some concerns about the proposed zone change legislation currently pending before the village but, overall, they did not outright oppose the law at last week’s public hearing on the issue. Mayor Kurt Wheeler said the law’s wording needs to be “tightened up” and “clarified,” but otherwise the village’s efforts to help potential development in the creekside area are moving forward.

Annual State of the Area meeting scheduled for Jan. 22

This year’s State of the Area meeting, sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce, has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Nelson Odeon, 4035 Nelson Road, Nelson.

Manlius man wins $7.7 million asbestos verdict

The family of Lewis Nash, a deceased Manlius man who worked as a bus driver for the Fayetteville-Manlius school district, has received a $7.7 million

‘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.