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Preservation month activities planned in Cazenovia

Cazenovia’s Historic Preservation Committee (HPC), Cazenovia Preservation Foundation (CPF), the Cazenovia Public Library and Lorenzo State Historic Site have partnered this year to host a series of engaging and educational events focusing on the cultural heritage of historic Cazenovia. All programs are free and open to the public.

Cazenovia Tree Commission to present fifth annual public seminar March 22

Ever feel intimidated when it comes to pruning? You are not alone. While pruning is both desirable and necessary for the health of a tree — and particularly young trees — many approach the task with unease, a lack of confidence and an outright fear of failure. To help overcome these feelings, the Cazenovia Village Tree Commission will hold its annual free public seminar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

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Hillcrest Jephson estate now protected under CPF easement

The historic Hillcrest Jephson estate on Ridge Road is protected by deed restrictions and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and now seven acres of the estate as well as the four buildings on the property have been preserved against future development through an easement that the current owners have donated to the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation. The easement means that the appearance of the landscape and exterior architecture of the estate buildings will remain unchanged for future generations.

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Learn the art of maple sugaring

For most people, Valentine’s Day calls for last minute stops to local flower and candy shops. For others, the holiday is a target date for an entirely different purpose, yet still yields sweet results: maple syrup.

Madison County Habitat for Humanity plans veteran build for 30th anniversary

In 2014, the Madison County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To d so, the group has set a goal to construct two houses in the village of Chittenango. The houses will become homes for veterans and their families. Groundbreaking is tentatively set for late spring or early summer.

Liverpool library launches G-nome project

Got a garden gnome you would like to retire but just can't bear to throw away? The Liverpool Public Library is looking for a few good gnomes who would like to relocate to the library's new wildlife habitat garden.

Liverpool historian’s office compiling ‘Atlas of Historic Liverpool Structures’

If your house could talk, what secrets would it tell? Liverpool Village Historian Dorianne Elitharp Gutierrez and retired architect Jennifer Gruenberg want to know. The two women are compiling an “Atlas of Historic Liverpool Structures.”

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Skaneateles alternative energy tour highlights local commitment to sustainability

In the interest of further informing the public about these options Sustainable Skaneateles held an alternative energy tour and fair in the Skaneateles-area on Saturday, Oct. 5. The event, which was headquartered at the new energy-efficient village hall in conjunction with an open-house, included exhibitors ready to inform the public about alternative and renewable energy sources that are available to homes and businesses.

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Skaneateles fall fest is this weekend

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

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Skaneateles Garden Club gives Streetscape Award

The Skaneateles Garden Club recently announced its Fall Streetscape Award winner.

New affordable apartment community available in Radisson

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new apartment complex in Lysander will take place at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 8278 Riverknoll Crossing in Baldwinsville. Baldwin Real Estate Corporation, a Rochester-based affiliate of The DiMarco Group, has recently completed Radisson’s newest apartment community.

Emerald Ash Borer is in Onondaga County

Attention home owners! If you have ash trees in your yard this is an important announcement. For the past several years, the Environmental Protection Committee has been monitoring the migration of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

Former Newhouse Dean suing the town of Manlius over lawn sign restrictions

“This is not about money; this is about the First Amendment”

David Rubin believes that restrictions on political lawn signs in the town of Manlius are unconstitutional and limit the speech of the people who live there. And after unsuccessfully trying to communicate with town officials about changing the sign ordinance that sets the rules for political signs, Rubin filed a lawsuit against town of Manlius Supervisor Ed Theobald and the town councilors on Aug. 6.

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Friends of Lorenzo raise nearly $5K at annual garden gala

More than 100 people — many in suits, dresses and fashionable hats — spent the evening last Friday enjoying food and wine in the Lorenzo formal gardens, touring the mansion and supporting the Friends of Lorenzo for the group’s annual Garden Gala fundraiser. The non-profit group, which is dedicated to preserving the Lorenzo mansion and grounds, raised nearly $5,000 through attendance and raffle ticket sales.

Friends of Lorenzo annual Garden Gala to feature sneak preview of new costume exhibit

This year’s Friends of Lorenzo Garden Gala will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, and will feature light hors d’oeuvres and wine. Guests at the gala will be treated to a sneak preview of the new costume exhibit opening in the mansion, “From Bustle to Bodice: Layers of Elegance at Lorenzo.” Full-length replicas of the dresses worn by Lorenzo owners Helen Clarissa Lincklaen and her daughter, Helen Lincklaen Fairchild, for their portraits will be on view, and displays also will include illustrations and examples of servants’ clothing, undergarments, children’s costumes and accessories from Lorenzo’s historic collections.

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