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Madison County Tourism eliminates membership dues

New ‘partnership’ structure will give the county’s tourism-related businesses better access to promotional opportunities

Madison County Tourism, the county's official tourism promotion agency, has eliminated membership dues and is now encouraging in-county tourism-related entities to become official “partners.”

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New greenhouse, florist coming to Nelson

Spruce Ridge Landscape and Design expands business

The four corners of Nelson has become a hub of business activity, with a new coffee roaster, nanobrewery, cigar shop and restaurant either in place or coming in 2016 — and now, just around the corner on Erieville Road, Spruce Ridge Landscape and Design is opening a new garden center and florist in the former Brookside Greenhouse location.

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Empire Farmstead Brewery one step closer to completion

New 60-barrel brewhouse, bottling line delivered to site

The Empire Farmstead Brewery on Rippleton Road moved one step closer to completion this week with the delivery of a brand new, state-of-the-art 60 barrel brewhouse, as well as a brand new bottling line and cutting-edge water treatment facility. The machinery arrived during a three-day delivery process — and in the midst of a snow storm that shut down the Cazenovia school district — and all was installed immediately upon delivery. The new brewery is on schedule for opening to the public in May.

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Baldwinsville History Mystery: Do you know anything about this picture?

The business seen here was “the new kid on the block” when this photo was taken. A branch of The Merchants National Bank & Trust Company of Syracuse, the Baldwinsville facility was housed in a renovated building formerly occupied by another major local business.

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Attention business owners: Take these surveys

SyracuseFirst and Assemblyman Will Barclay are promoting surveys for local business owners.

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Fayetteville Village Apartment developer withdraws planning board application

Developer will look into alternative projects for site

The developers behind the controversial Fayetteville Village Apartments on 547 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville have decided to withdraw their application for the residential apartment and townhouse project.

4-H Tractor Safety and Certification Course to be held for teens

Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension will soon be hosting the 2016 4-H Agriculture & Tractor Safety Certification Program available to 14 and 15 year olds interested in gaining employment on a farm. This seven-session course will cover many components of agriculture safety. With the successful completion of this course 14 and 15 year olds are eligible to be hired on a farm.

Dunkin’ Donuts plans to build on Seneca Savings spot in Liverpool

New England donut entrepreneur Ed Wolak has set his sights on the village of Liverpool.    Wolak’s ESW Realty, LLC, sent architect Bob Abbott to appear before the Liverpool Village Planning Board on Dec. 28 to describe the company’s plan to build a Dunkin’ Donuts shop at 105 Second St., the former location of Seneca Savings Bank.

Farm transition planning for women to be offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension

Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive business can be challenging. Farm women can learn how to plan a successful farm transition in a five-session course offered by Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension. The Annie’s Project, “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning” program, will begin on Thursday, Feb. 4, and will be held at CCE Madison County, 100 Eaton St., Morrisville.

‘Jazz at Noon’ returns to Palace Theater Underground in Hamilton

The first Jazz at Noon event of 2016 will be presented from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Palace Theater Underground, located at 19 Utica St. in Hamilton. The event, hosted by trumpeter Jim McDowell, will feature two top Syracuse musicians: vibraphonist/percussionist, Jimmy Johns, and Symphoria bassist, Darryl Pugh, as well as performances by surprise guest vocalists.

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Remembering 2015 -- A look back at the top stories of the year

It was another big year in Cazenovia in 2015, with major headlines in the areas of community news, crime, business and sports that made us rejoice, lament, commiserate and, at times, shake our heads in utter consternation and confusion. Whatever the adjective used to characterize what has happened these past 12 months, taken all together, it has all been the story of Cazenovia.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Latest ag. receipts show growth in industry; craft beer industry thriving

It was recently reported that agricultural receipts in New York came in at $6.36 billion in 2014 — a $1.7 billion increase over 2010 and a $667 million increase over 2013.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Village Cemetery links past to future

Like it or not, we’ll all spend a lot more time buried in the cemetery than we ever spent above ground. That being the case, it behooves us to keep our village graveyard well maintained and convenient for visitors.

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Fayetteville man honored with Lifetime Recognition Award

The Casket & Funeral Supply Association (CFSA) Board of Directors, upon the recommendation of the Lifetime Recognition Awards Committee, recently conferred a Lifetime Recognition Award upon Fayetteville resident John D. Marsellus of the Marsellus Casket Company. The award was presented at the President’s Reception on Thursday, Nov. 19, during the fall Conference and Trade Show in Indianapolis.

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Dobrovech hired by Fust Charles Chambers

Amy Dobrovech, CPA, of Jamesville, has been hired as a senior healthcare consultant by Fust Charles Chambers LLP, a certified public accounting firm in Syracuse.