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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
State Liquor Authority chair questions both on accuracy of statements
Owera Vineyards owner Nancy Muserlian and her attorney John P. Sidd, of the Syracuse law firm Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, appeared before the New York State Liquor Authority last week seeking reconsideration of the authority’s previous denial of a liquor license to the winery. During the Jan. 3 hearing in New York City, there was extended questioning by SLA Chair Dennis Rosen to Muserlian and Sidd about violations issued by local municipalities against Owera’s operating practices — violations Muserlian and Sidd said they knew nothing about.
Owner Nancy Muserlian tells commissioners the winery will undergo ‘major changes;’ hopes brides will cancel upcoming weddings
For the second time in just over four weeks, the New York State Liquor Authority has denied an application by Owera Vineyards for both its own liquor license and its ability to use third-party catering permits to provide food and alcohol at winery events. Like the authority’s first denial on Dec. 2, its commissioners specifically cited the numerous neighbor complaints and alleged deteriorating quality of life issues in the neighborhood as the reason for their denial; unlike the December decision, the authority’s Jan. 3 meeting was attended and addressed by Owera owner Nancy Muserlian and her attorney, as well as two of the winery’s East Lake Road neighbors.
Two physicians living in Cazenovia have been announced as new faculty appointments to Upstate Medical University.
Public hearing and special meeting of village board coming in January
The Economic Health and Heritage Committee has completed its draft design guidelines for the Village Edge South zone development, and intends to have a draft zoning amendment completed and ready for public presentation by early January.
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