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Don’t worry Manlius, ‘The Cone King’ is just a prank

Some local ice cream lovers had a bit of a scare during the week of Jan. 10 when a sign went up on the fencing surrounding the CVS construction on Fayette Street in the village of Manlius that said, “Coming Soon: The Cone King.”

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Eagle Hill students connect with local animal shelter

Fayetteville-Manlius School District middle school students recently treated the animals at Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association to homemade snuggly beds and yummy snacks, a project that allowed the students to hone their skills in the classroom while forging a stronger school-community connection.

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Meals on Wheels expands ‘Wellness in Nutrition’ program to East Syracuse, Minoa and Kirkville

The FM-JD area Meals on Wheels is already a busy organization. Currently, about 100 people benefit from the Meals on Wheels programs that has served Fayetteville, Manlius, Jamesville, DeWitt, Fabius, Pompey, LaFayette, Tully and Bridgeport for more than 40 years. Recently, the organization announced an expansion to provide the Wellness in Nutrition (WIN) program to the East Syracuse, Minoa and Kirkville areas.

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Fayetteville Dunkin' Donuts opens for business

Location hopes to become an asset to the community

The Dunkin' Donuts at the corner of Route 5 and Route 257 in the village of Fayetteville opened it’s doors in the community on Dec. 22, and business so far has been good.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Start your holiday season with a tree lighting celebration

This holiday season, join in the events at Canton Woods and in the Baldwinsville Community. You will enjoy and fun and festive month.

Celebrity bartending night at Owera Vineyards to benefit Food Bank of Central New York

The Madison County Farm Bureau will host a celebrity bartending night at Owera Vineyards from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. All tips generated at the event will benefit the hunger-relief mission of Food Bank of Central New York.

Column: For the love of pie

In the springtime, our thoughts may turn to love but in autumn, they turn to pie — at least mine do. Sweet or savory, pie is an ancient dish, known at least as far back as the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians Even the most authoritative references are vague as to the origin of the word “pie,” so I feel competent to leap into the gap with my own associations.

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First ever Manlius Chamber of Commerce Pizza Cook-off was a success

Come try ‘Not-cho Pizza’ at Uno Pizzeria in Fayetteville through Nov. 8

A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to be a “Celebrity Chef” for the first ever Pizza Cook-Off at Uno Pizzeria in Fayetteville, an event sponsored by the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce.

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Critz Farms celebrating 30 years in business, announces plans to open farm brewery, make beer

Critz Farms is known across Central New York as a premier place to visit to get apples, pumpkins, maple cider and Christmas trees — not to mention the animals to see and pet, the playground for the kids and the food to eat — but what most people may not know is that 2015 is the 30th year of business in Cazenovia for Matt and Juanita Critz. And after 30 years in business the Critzes have no intention to slow down — they have announced that by spring 2016 they plan to start brewing their own beer and selling it under the company name of Critz Farms Brewing and Cider Company.

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Canton Woods Senior Center Many choices for recreation, socialization

Canton Woods is the place to be if you are ready to become more active and involved. The center is full of opportunities to have new experiences and meet new people. There are so many choices for recreation and socialization. Make today your day to visit your senior center!

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F-M middle school student wins STEM award at Broadcom MASTERS

Maximilian Du won the first place Science Award, $3,500 and an iPad

Maximilian Du, an eighth-grade student at Eagle Hill Middle School in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District, won the first place Science STEM Award at the Broadcom MASTERS science competition for middle school students.

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Lunch to go

Plates in the Park welcomes food trucks to Cicero

During the lunch hours of Oct. 6, Skyway Park hosted three local food trucks and Bella Domani Catering & Banquets for “Plates in the Park: Food Truck Frolic.”

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Try a new activity at the center

The change of season is the perfect time to try something new or revisit an activity you have enjoyed in the past. There are so many possibilities.

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Community cider project gets 200 bushels of apples

Harvest Moon Cidery to make 2,000 bottles of cider

When Matt and Juanita Critz, owners of Critz Farm and the Harvest Moon Cidery on Rippleton Road, decided to invite the public to contribute wild apples to help make a new “Community Cider” by Harvest Moon, they were hoping at least a few people might find it interesting and participate. Their goal was to receive at least 50 bushels of apples, which is half of what is necessary to make one batch of hard cider, and if their collection fell a little — or a lot — short, they would just use their own apples to fill in what was needed. On Sunday, Oct.4, the final day of the weeklong community apple collection project they were doing, the Critzes were somewhat surprised to find they did not make their goal – they quadrupled it.

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Circa to reopen at Nelson Corners in 2016

Alicyn Hart said she will never move a restaurant again — but she’s also hopeful she won’t have to. The former proprietor of the popular Cazenovia restaurant Circa, that closed its Albany Street doors more than one year ago due to rising rent costs, is planning to reanimate her signature establishment in a new building and a new location early next year — on Route 20 East at the four corners of Nelson.

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