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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.

Cazenovia Community Preschool elects new chair and vice chair, appoints new board members

Cazenovia Community Preschool continues to look forward after a successful first semester at the new Burton Street location. At the most recent board meeting in December, Meghan Kelly was elected the new chairperson for the board of directors and Emily Stevens was elected the new vice chair.

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Little Jaws Big Smiles offers a kid-friendly dentist experience

New practice specializes in pediatric and special-needs dentistry

One year ago, Drs. Tansy Schoonmaker and Cosmina Nolan did not even know each other – but a lot can change over the course of one year. In January, they officially opened their practice together at 4605 East Genesee St. in DeWitt, called Little Jaws Big Smiles, where they specialize in pediatric dental care.

Nanobrewery, coffee roaster businesses looking to set up in Nelson

The Nelson Town Board has been actively trying to entice new businesses to open in Nelson with varying success, but at the board’s latest meeting last week they announced that a new local investor is preparing a proposal to open both a nanobrewery and coffee roaster business right in the Nelson four corners. While the idea is only in the earliest of stages, town officials are excited by the possibility and entrepreneur Nancy Demyttenaere is optimistic she could open for business by mid-summer.

Fayetteville Farmers Market to debut this June

Starting this summer, residents of the eastern suburbs will have to travel no farther than the Fayetteville Towne Center to get locally-grown and produced goods straight from the farm.

Fayetteville resident ranked as one of the world’s leading experts on immune disorder

An Upstate Medical University physician-scientist has been ranked as one of the world’s leading experts on sarcoidosis, an immune system disorder by Expertscape, a global online health information database.

New local business offers ‘actionable information and sound financial advice’ for small business owners

In an increasingly difficult time for small business owners to stay competitive and remain viable, a new business in Cazenovia is looking to help. Michael Lappin, a CPA and MBA who has worked as a financial executive for million-dollar companies and owned and operated his own businesses, is now offering his experience and expertise to help local entrepreneurs achieve success.

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Owera Vineyards wins silver medals at national wine competition

With the Winter Olympics now underway in Russia, it is a time for medal counting — and Cazenovia’s own Owera Vineyards, the first and only winery in Madison County, now boasts 12 medals (and 25 total awards) for its wines, two of which were recently received at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

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Chenango Street neighbors express support yet concern over possible Circa relocation

The half-dozen or so neighbors of Eric Burrell’s building at 4 Chenango St. — and an attorney that was representing one of them — all agreed that the know and like Burrell, Alicyn Hart and Hart’s local restaurant Circa. And yet they all still have serious concerns about the possibility of Burrell expanding his Chenango Street building to house Circa’s new location.

Village Edge South zoning regulations and design guidelines approved

After nearly two years of work, proposed changes to the village zoning regulations and the establishment of design guidelines governing future development in the Village Edge South area have been unanimously approved into local law by the village board of trustees. The result is that the 84-acre area off Route 20 currently for sale will be developed in a mixed-use capacity for business and residential, all in a manner consistent with the style and feel of the village yet flexible enough to allow developers to build as they principally envision.

ESM Wall of Distinction to honor Buffalo Bills president, East Syracuse parks and recreation director

The inaugural East Syracuse Minoa Wall of Distinction recipients are Russ Brandon (Class of ‘85) and Tom Richardson (Class of ‘81). The pair will be honored by the East Syracuse Minoa Education Foundation (ESMEF) during an event on Saturday, March 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Justin’s Grill in East Syracuse.

West African immigrants start cleaning service in Liverpool

Unique Impact Inc. is a cleaning service company is located in Liverpool. The business focuses on final construction cleaning, commercial and residential cleaning and janitorial services. Co-founders Olatunbosun (Bosun) Osuro and Gabriel Oluwadare Adebajo came up with the idea to provide this service once the realization came to them that Onondaga County needs young minorities to help in development and creation of business that will help raise the financial and economical standing of the county and state. As well as businesses to provide opportunities for job creation and community development and outreach. On Nov. 8, Unique Impact Inc. was incorporated under New York State Department of State Division of Corporations.