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Skaneateles fall fest is this weekend

Oct. 4 through 6 is Skaneateles’ annual Fall Fest weekend.

Second annual Manlius buy local campaign set for October

The Manlius Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to discover Manlius throughout the month of October through its buy local campaign.

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Planning board approves Empire brewery site and architectural plans

It’s official: Empire Brewing Company is coming to Caz. The village planning board Monday night unanimously approved Empire’s site and architectural plans for their farmstead brewery on Route 13.

Are you going to the Fair?

The New York State Fair starts this Thursday and runs through Labor Day. If you are entered into a competition, participating in a performance, working as an employee or just having a good time, we are interested in hearing about your experience!

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Goodbye, Friendly’s

When Angie Costello heard Friendly’s in Fayetteville was closing for good, she couldn’t believe it. “Friendly’s is the center of everything in Fayetteville,” Costello said. “At least that’s the way I felt when I lived there. If you had to meet someone, you met them at Friendly’s or if you wanted ice cream late at night, that’s where you went. Fayetteville needs something like that. I can’t imagine the village without it. I view the closing as tragic.”

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Fayetteville author publishes cook book with a twist

Sharon Bailhe’ spent much of her young adult life traveling the world and eating in the finest restaurants. She credits her acute taste in food to both her travel history and her experience eating in some of New York City’s best restaurants as a child growing up in Wilton, Connecticut. When she and her husband finally settled in Fayetteville about thirty years ago, she said she wasn’t in love with Central New York restaurants.

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Side Hill Farmers presents ‘meat your grandmother would recognize’

New Manlius shop specializes in local meat, dairy and more

Greg Rhoad and Kevin McCann know firsthand that many Central New York farmers have to bring their products down to New York City or into Pennsylvania to sell them- which is a trend that they want to see end. And that’s part of the reason why they’ve opened Side Hill Farmers in Manlius: a cross between a grocery store and a food cooperative that only sells products from within an 80 mile radius of the store.

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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.