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Skaneateles restaurant gets a new name

Joe’s Pasta Garage changed to The Garage

In the nine years since Jamie and Kristin Hunt bought and took over Joe’s Pasta Garage on Jordan Street in Skaneateles, the name had become a misnomer – and they decided to do something about it. On June 28, new signs were put up on the exterior of the building displaying their new name: The Garage.

A beach book for mystery lovers and wine enthusiasts

Rarely do wine enthusiasts have a summertime page-turner. There was “Sideways,” of course, the Pinot-drenched novel by Rex Pickett that became a blockbuster movie, but that hit bookstores nearly 10 years ago. Over the past decade, many writers have tried to replicate the success of “Sideways” with wine-inspired fiction, but the strongest narratives have been nonfiction. Fortunately, oenophiles once again have a work of fiction that's perfect for the beach: James Conaway's “Nose,” released this spring by Thomas Dunne Books.

Madison County Open Farm Day coming in July

Cornell Cooperative Extension is thrilled to announce the sixth annual Open Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Thirty-seven farms will be opening their gates to the public on this day. Open Farm Day is an amazing opportunity for you, your family and your friends to travel Madison County, tour the farms, sample some homegrown products, see farm animals and experience the bounty of Madison County Agriculture. All you need is an Open Farm Day passport and a cooler to bring home lots of local food.

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Cicero cancels farmers market

The town of Cicero won’t be holding a farmers market at Drivers Village — or anywhere else — this summer. According to organizer Julie Raddell, not enough vendors registered to sell at this year’s market, forcing its cancellation. “Unfortunately, too few vendors registered in advance for stall spaces at the market,” Raddell said. “We received plenty of calls from interested vendors, but without their actual reservation, I couldn’t take the risk that they would consistently show up and pay for a space.”

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Anyela’s Vineyard takes part in movement to promote dry rosé

Anyela’s Vineyards in Skaneateles, is one of 16 wineries who have joined forces this spring to promote New York-made dry rosé.

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New Fayetteville bake shop takes the cake

From cruise ships to giraffes to the Carrier Dome, Syracuse Cake Art can make almost anything into a cake. Kathy Felser began experimenting with baking 3D and wedding cakes in her own home five years ago. She says that even though she struggled at the beginning and had cakes falling apart left and right, she knew right away that baking and decorating cakes is what she’s meant to do.

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Clay’s Project Green to kick off new season

The town of Clay is preparing for its second season of Project Green, its 60-plot community garden located off Black Creek Road. Plot reservations are due to the town by March 28.

NSCSD Food Service Department asking for student input

The North Syracuse Central School District Food Service Department is conducting a survey of North Syracuse Junior High School and Cicero-North Syracuse High School students to gather information about their breakfast habits. The online survey (nscsd.org/breakfast2) will be active through March 31. Students attending North Syracuse Junior High School and Cicero-North Syracuse High School are asked to participate in the survey before March 31.

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Mayor’s turkey dinner raises $4600 for Fayetteville senior center

It may be eight months to Thanksgiving, but nearly 140 people gathered at the Fayetteville senior center on Sunday, March 3 for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Volunteers served turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and apple pie to hungry guests for the benefit of the senior center. This year, the event raised nearly $4600.

COLUMN: From Grandma’s Kitchen - A perfect time to make pizza

February is the perfect month to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s in the middle of winter, we’ve had enough of slush and boots, and life gets a little boring staying inside when it’s bad out.

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Dewitt Rotary Club gears up for ‘Pancake Day’

The fundraiser is expected to raise over $35,000 for local charities

The griddles won’t be heating up till May, but the Dewitt Rotary Club has already started collecting money for its biggest fundraiser of the year- Pancake Day. The event is essentially an all-you-can-eat pancake extravaganza in which volunteers make thousands of pancakes, complete with almost any kind of topping you could imagine. This is the rotary club’s 59th year hosting Pancake Day and they’re expecting over 5000 people in 2013.

County shuts down wild game dinner

The annual Wild Game Dinner at the Open Door Baptist Church in New Woodstock started off this past Saturday, Feb. 9, the way it has for the past 27 years: more than 200 people showed up bearing numerous homemade dishes made from wild game and the ladies of the church baked some 50 pies for dessert. The difference this year — about 15 minutes into the event an official from the Madison County Department of Health showed up and said serving such homemade dishes without a permit violated the county health code, and all the food had to be taken out of the building and put back in everyone’s vehicles in order to avoid prosecution for a public health hazard.

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Latté Da! Café & Bakehouse open on Lincklaen Street

One day last summer, Barb Wright and Kay Crawford were on a leisure drive through Madison County, and they noticed that a storefront on Linklaen Street was up for sale. It was Angel’s Deli. Admirers of the village’s architecture and all-around charm, they decided to check it out.On Dec. 14, 2012, Wright and Crawford opened Latté Da! Café & Bakehouse in the village of Cazenovia. “And here we are, totally by accident,” Wright said.

28th Annual Wild Game Banquet to be held Feb. 9

Open Door Baptist Church, Route 13 and Delphi Road, New Woodstock, is once again hosting its annual banquet starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, with seminars and displays.

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Lincklaen House packed for ‘Fabulous Beekman Boys’

Nearly 200 people from towns and villages across Central New York descended on Cazenovia this past Saturday, Jan. 26, to meet, have books signed by and taste the recipes of Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge, popularly known as “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” — authors, entrepreneurs, stars of a reality cooking show and winners of the latest season of television’s “The Amazing Race.”