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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: NYFarmNet reaches local farmers

National Ag Week recognizes the abundant crops harvested by farmers all over the nation and the contributions they make to the economy. In New York alone, the agriculture industry recorded $5.68 billion in cash receipts in 2013, up more than $1 billion from 2010.

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Something for every occasion — Gabrielle Chocolates sweetens up Albany Street

Two years ago, a mysterious chocolate shop opened for one night at a small, non-descript location at 72 Albany St. during the annual Cazenovia Christmas Walk. Many people in the community wondered what it was, where it came from and where it went to when it disappeared the next day. Four months ago, in mid-December 2014, Gabrielle Chocolates opened again at 72 Albany St. — but this time, the chocolate shop stayed open as a permanent addition to the downtown business district. And with the chocolate-heavy Easter holiday right around the corner, owner Gabrielle Regan hopes her handmade “chocolate creations for any occasion,” as her motto goes, will entice people to stop in.

State comptroller reports: Agricultural activity brings $37.6 billion into New York’s economy

Agriculture contributed $37.6 billion to New York’s economy in 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent from 2007, according to a report released recently by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The state ranks in the top 10 nationwide for milk and other dairy production, as well as wine, apples, maple syrup and other products.

Manlius Art Cinema to present National Theatre of London’s ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’

The Manlius Art Cinema, in addition to being the area’s only dedicated independent and foreign cinema theatre, is proud to host Central New York’s screenings of the Royal National Theatre of London.

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Manlius veterinarian to offer first aid course for pet owners March 28

Dr. John Endres, owner of Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital of Manlius, will present an American Red Cross Pet First Aid/CPR/Emergency Preparedness course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Fayetteville Fire Department, 425 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville.

Greater Oneida Lake Chamber discusses fishing economics

The Fort Brewerton/Greater Oneida Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting for March 2015 was held at Two Guys from Italy in West Monroe. Rob Goffredo from Bartle Road Bait and Tackle presented on the economic impact fishing has on the area.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Industrial development agencies key to economic growth

I supported a resolution at our March legislative session that is very important to Onondaga County’s future economic development. This resolution recognizes the vital role that local industrial development agencies (IDAs) play in New York State to create jobs and encourage economic growth.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New York has highest tax burdens in the nation

Recent findings by the Tax Foundation, a Washington-based research organization, should serve as a reminder to the State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo during this year’s budget negotiations that New York needs to decrease spending, reduce state mandates and cut property and income taxes.

Lysander addresses county’s land plan concerns

The town of Lysander continues to tweak its revised Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

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Moore appointed vice president of development and executive director of OCC foundation

Onondaga Community College announced that it has appointed Lisa R. Moore as vice president of development and executive director of the OCC Foundation.

Details released for proposed apartment project in Fayetteville

Developers of a proposed apartment complex aimed at “empty-nesters and young professionals” on 547 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville presented a planned unit development (P.U.D) application at the March 9 Fayetteville Village Board meeting.

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Former Caz Fitness building undergoing renovations

Albany Street building to revert to retail, office space

When Caz Fitness closed its doors at 51 Albany St. in early February, local residents wondered why and what would occupy the space instead. Current construction activity in the building and “For Rent” signs in the windows have only increased the curiosity. The new owner of the building at 51 Albany St., Eric Burrell, said he is now ready to make public his plans. He is renovating the structure to create retail space on the first floor and office space on the second and third floors.

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Public hearing set for ‘cruise ship on land’ senior living center in Manlius

A public hearing has been set for Wednesday, March 25, for the proposed “cruise ship on land” Resort Lifestyle Communities senior living center, to be located at the corner of North Burdick Street and Medical Center Drive in the town of Manlius.

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Fit for a village

Workouts B’ville picks up where Riverside Fitness left off

The former Riverside Fitness Center is now under new ownership, but customers are staying the course at the village gym, according to Workouts B’ville manager Jamie Miccuci.

Lysander seals the deal for ice arena

The town of Lysander is finally hanging up its skates. The $550,000 sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena closed March 5. Back in January, the Lysander Town Board voted unanimously to approve a purchase offer from Rochester-based developer and property management firm DHD Ventures.