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Moonlight Medley: Music and Movie at Lorenzo on August 14

The Friends of Lorenzo and the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to present a free night of entertainment on the front lawn of Lorenzo on Thursday, Aug. 14. So grab your lawn chairs and blankets, and plan to spend a nostalgic summer evening at the home of Cazenovia’s founder.

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Sharkey’s to host country music festival for Clear Path for Veterans

Too often, veterans returning home from combat zones aren’t getting the support they need. That’s especially true if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an often silent disability triggered by a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. While PTSD can happen to anyone who has experienced trauma, it’s particularly common in veterans; while it occurs in approximately 7 to 8 percent of the general population, 11 to 20 percent of Afghanistan or Iraq vets, 10 percent of Gulf War vets and 30 percent of Vietnam vets suffer from PTSD. In order to support these veterans, a group of volunteers has organized a benefit called the Victory for Vets Country Music Festival to take place Aug. 16 at Sharkey’s in Liverpool. The proceeds from the event will go to Clear Path for Veterans, a nonprofit based in Chittenango that provides support for returning veterans, including peer-to-peer support, classes, service dogs and more.

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Adirondack Distilling Company brings spirit to the farmers market

Central New York is well-known for its hops and grape industries, and the beer and wine that comes from it, but is not as well recognized for its production of spirits. The Empire State is known, however, for its corn; and every Saturday morning at the Cazenovia Farmers Market, patrons can sample a new, local product made from 100 percent New York corn — hand-crafted vodka, gin, white whiskey and bourbon from the Adirondack Distilling Company.

Rat Packer rolled strikes at Flamingo Bowl

The village welcomed the swingin’ Sixties because George Tortorelli knew how to swing. The former boxer who lived in Liverpool on Tulip Street near the cemetery had become a musician, a bass player who excelled as a bandleader and master of ceremonies. Using the stage name George Orelli, he worked at all of Central New York’s top nightclubs, from Andre’s Tic Toc Club down city to Three Rivers Inn north of here where he accompanied touring stars such as Connie Francis, Louis Armstrong and Jimmy Durante.

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Local teen builds picnic tables for Lakeland Park

Village residents and visitors have been enjoying the newest addition to Lakeland Park this summer: four new, wooden picnic tables. They may not know, however, that these are not pre-fabricated, mass-produced pieces of furniture purchased by the village board, but hand-crafted pieces made and donated to the community by local teen Garret Hansen as part of his final Eagle Scout community service project.

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Taste of Cazenovia to be held at Willow Bank Yacht Club

More sponsors, increased participants scheduled for this year’s annual event

The gourmand, the oenophile, the epicurean, the zymurgist — whatever the label for people who love good food and drink, they all will be happy on Sept. 9, when the annual Taste of Cazenovia event returns. This year, for the first time ever, the event will be held at the Willow Bank Yacht Club.

Empire Brewing Company to make official New York State Fair beer

"State Fair Showstopper Ale" to premiere at state fair on Aug. 21

The Great New York State Fair will launch its own fair-branded line of New York-brewed craft beer, known as “State Fair Showstopper Ale,” in time for the fair's kickoff on Aug. 21 — and the ale will be made in part from New York hops and barley products and brewed by Empire Brewing Company of Syracuse.

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Cazenovia police, Dunkin Donuts, raise money for Special Olympics

Police officers were swarming rooftops last week throughout Central New York communities — not searching for criminals, but raising awareness and money for New York Special Olympics athletes through the “Cops on Top” fundraiser. The annual event saw police officers standing on the roofs of participating Dunkin Donuts shops, getting the attention of local patrons, while volunteers on the ground collected donations and gave away free gifts.

The state fair is a Central New York tradition

Some of my fondest summer memories are of time spent at the New York State Fair, and each year, I look forward to making new memories with my family. In fact, my 89-year-old mother-in-law still goes to the fair every day. For her, the tradition is what’s important. While the fair has certainly stayed true to its roots, there is always something new to see, hear or taste. That’s why I’ll be heading down to the Great New York State Fair from Aug. 21 to Sept. 1. I invite you to join me. The iconic fair provides an opportunity for all of us to revisit old memories and make new ones as we celebrate “Summer’s Best in Show” — this year’s theme.

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Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb to perform in Manlius Aug. 5

The Manlius United Methodist Church is once again bringing Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb to the summer Concerts in the Park series. They will be performing at the Manlius Village Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

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New ‘Treasures from the Attic’ exhibit unveiled at Cazenovia Public Library

The Museum at the Cazenovia Public Library has unveiled a new exhibit: “Treasures from the Attic.” Displayed in the local history area, the exhibit features children’s clothing and toys from the museum attic.

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Local ingredients, old world flavors: Tartine Bake Shop selling out at Cazenovia Farmers Market

She listens to opera at full volume when she cooks with chocolate, country music when she bakes pies and Adam Levine, the lead singer of pop-rock band Maroon 5, when she has a big order. Regardless of the music or what she’s baking, however, Sherri Miller always bakes barefoot at her 1830s cottage in the village. Although Miller is accustomed to baking pies, cakes and dinners through her two Cazenovia businesses, Profiteroles and Bon Appetite Kitchens, she has now started baking shortbread for her third and newest Cazenovia business — the Tartine Bake Shop.

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Franklin Trek Comes to Cazenovia Aug. 2-9

Annual Franklin Car Parade to be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3

When the 61st Annual Franklin Trek makes its visit to Cazenovia, Aug. 2 to 9, the classic automobile owners won’t only be bringing nostalgia and history to the village community, but also non-perishable goods to be donated to the local food pantry, CazCares. More than 200 Franklin cars will be on display during the week-long visit to Cazenovia and Central New York. The highlight of the week is the Franklin Car Parade, to be held on Sunday, Aug. 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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Cazenovia youth, seniors work together to build bluebird nesting boxes

Last week, local youths and seniors teamed up to build bluebird nesting boxes to be placed on the Fairchild Hill nature trail, in an attempt to bring more bluebirds to Cazenovia. The project — a coordination between Community Resources for Independent Seniors (CRIS), the Cazenovia Joint Youth Recreation Program and the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation — will not only help attract more wildlife to Cazenovia, but the activity offered an opportunity for some inter-generational teamwork.

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Thousands turn out for 2014 Madison County Open Farm Day

More than 5,000 people spent the day on the farm last Saturday, July 26, for the seventh annual Madison County Open Farm Day event. Farmers from all corners of the county, offering everything from beef to bison, from honey to mushrooms, from fruits to vegetables and everything in between, opened their farms for the day to allow the general public to come and see exactly where their food comes from and what it takes to make it available.