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.

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A lasting legacy

Rocky DiFlorio celebrates 50 years of cutting hair in Fayetteville

Walking into DiFlorio’s Barbershop in the heart of the village of Fayetteville is like taking a step back in time. From the old-fashioned barber chairs, to the straight razors on the counter, to the photos on the walls – many of which are older than the shop itself, and depict early images of the village of Fayetteville, old Fayetteville-Manlius High School sports teams and pictures of Rocky DiFlorio, the owner, and his family members in the barbershop’s early days- you don’t see many places with this kind of history anymore.

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Manlius woman now chairs Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council

For more than 30 years, Carol Eaton has sung the praises of Central New York, inviting travelers from near and far to visit the Syracuse area.

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Is ‘Ash for Trash’ the way to go?

Public opinion split on idea to import trash from Cortland County

For 20 years, the waste-to-energy facility on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville has been Onondaga County’s answer to waste management. However, starting in 2015, Cortland County may also have the opportunity to bring its trash to the site through a potential agreement called “Ash for Trash.”

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Cazenovia College Center for Equine Business Development approved for state grant

Cazenovia College is hoping this year to make multi-million-dollar capital improvements to its Center for Equine Business Development — and recently received assistance of up to $500,000 from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council.

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Greyrock Farm CSA begins fourth growing season, opens CSA enrollment

On any given day during the planting season, a person driving down East Lake Road in Cazenovia may see Matt Volz, or his partner Gillian Goldberg, out in the fields driving a horse-drawn plow. Occasionally, Volz, dressed for the weather and dirty from work, may be standing on the stopped plow, while the horses patiently wait, as he talks or texts on his iPhone. This juxtaposition of tradition and technology, of old and new, is the essence of Greyrock Farm’s Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) program: a year-round offering to members of not just seasonal vegetables, but also grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured pork and chicken — all of which are raised, slaughtered and processed on-site — as well as eggs from pastured laying hens and raw milk.

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Erieville’s Cazabu Farms brings home world champion reining title

Cazabu Farms, of Erieville, ended its 2013 show season with a bang winning the NRHA 2013 Rookie Professional World Championship on their mare Einstein Revenge, shown by Assistant Trainer Missy Makela. This is the first world championship title ever earned by a reining farm in the Central New York area.

OCM-BOCES to hold referendum on building purchase

On Thursday, Jan. 23, voters in 23 school districts across three counties will be asked to go to the polls to approve a building purchase that will have no impact on their wallets. Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES is looking to purchase the former Nationwide Insurance building, located at 110 Elwood Davis Road in the town of Salina. According to BOCES information officer Laurie Cook, the purchase would allow OCM-BOCES to relocate several programs now housed in leased space.

Manlius Chamber of Commerce honors distinguished citizens

Each year, the Manlius Chamber of Commerce selects four community members who have gone above and beyond to serve the community as leaders in business, education, public service and all-around citizenship. This year’s ceremony was held at 6:30 p.m. at Limestone Grill, where the chamber honored Fayetteville-Manlius School District Superintendent Corliss Kaiser, Minoa Mayor Dick Donovan, owner and founder of Trapper’s family restaurants Greg Rinaldi and Manlius Town Board member and president of Sno Top Vincent Giordano.

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Keeping seniors comfortable since 2004

Comfort Keepers lends a helping hand to busy families

As the baby boomer generation pushes into retirement, the need for long term care has become more critical each year. An estimated 10 million Americans needed long term care in 2000, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance, and that number has continued to rise as the years progress. And Ian and Michele Webber wanted to help local families who need extra assistance caring for a parent or loved one, which is why they decided to open a Comfort Keepers franchise in 2004.

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Circa looks to move location to 4 Chenango Street

A local restaurant owner and local building owner last week pitched their proposal to the village board to build either an addition onto or a freestanding structure next to the current building at 4 Chenango St. for the purpose of moving the Cazenovia restaurant Circa to the new location. The move would allow Circa owner Alicyn Hart to provide her customers with a bigger restaurant space, outdoor seating with a river view and more parking

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An ‘eclectic’ approach

Audobon Eclectic Antiques to hold grand opening Jan. 18

Six months ago, Audobon Eclectic Antiques owner Nikki Waters wasn’t sure if she’d still be in business at this time – and that shows how much can change in six months. Today, she’s seeing a steady stream of customers and is prepping for her store’s Grand Opening in its new location, still at 131 West Seneca Street in Manlius, but in the space directly above where the store used to be.

Owera Vineyards withdraws events building application from planning board

Owera Vineyards has given up, for now, on its proposal to build a state-of-the-art, sound-proofed building in which to hold events on its East Lake Road property. Last Friday, Jan. 10, it withdrew its application for site plan review of the building from the Cazenovia Town Planning Board, Cazenovia Town Attorney John Langey said during the town board’s Jan. 13 meeting.

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More than just a gym

Koinonia Fayetteville Athletic Club members join together to keep community center afloat

It’s been known as Track and Racquet Club, Fitness Forum, Aspen Athletic Club and most recently, Koinonia Fayetteville Athletic Club. But a few key components have stayed the same throughout the years within the gym located across from Wegmans on East Genesee Street: the members’ dedication to a fitness center that’s been around for around for three decades, combined with an unquestioned volunteerism and passion to see it succeed makes Koinonia different from your average gym.

Lincklaen House to host beer pairing dinner with Empire Brewing Company

The Lincklaen House will be hosting a beer pairing dinner with Empire Brewing Company, the Syracuse-based microbrewery that is soon to break ground on a new brewing facility in Cazenovia. The event will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, and Empire's founder David Katleski and Brewmaster Tim Butler will be on hand to meet with guests prior to dinner at 7 p.m.