Dairy farmers and their advisors are welcome and encouraged to attend the upcoming 7th Annual 2014 Central New York Dairy Day program on Tuesday, March 11, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. To attend you must preregister by noon on Friday, March 7. The cost of $30 to attend includes buffet lunch.
On Friday, March 21, dairy producers and managers, dairy farm employees and agri-service professionals are invited to attend the 2014 Winter Dairy Management Program at Morrisville State College. The event will be held in Crawford Hall on the Morrisville campus in Lecture Room 103. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
It was announced on Facebook Tuesday and will take effect Saturday: the Albany Street restaurant and bar Henneberg Tavern will close. Owner John Henneberg said that balancing family, the tavern and his Henneberg Brewing Co. farm brewery in New Woodstock “has just gotten to be a lot,” and he had to make a choice: focus on the tavern or focus on the brewery.
The Nelson Town Board has been actively trying to entice new businesses to open in Nelson with varying success, but at the board’s latest meeting last week they announced that a new local investor is preparing a proposal to open both a nanobrewery and coffee roaster business right in the Nelson four corners. While the idea is only in the earliest of stages, town officials are excited by the possibility and entrepreneur Nancy Demyttenaere is optimistic she could open for business by mid-summer.
With the Winter Olympics now underway in Russia, it is a time for medal counting — and Cazenovia’s own Owera Vineyards, the first and only winery in Madison County, now boasts 12 medals (and 25 total awards) for its wines, two of which were recently received at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation will put nearly $60,000 worth of improvement work into Carpenter’s Pond and the Willow Patch this year, thanks to grant funding it recently received from the Central New York Community Foundation.
On Jan. 10, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County hosted the 2013 4H Awards and Recognition Banquet. This year’s banquet had 100 people in attendance and started off with a homemade ziti dinner. The banquet is organized every year to recognize the achievements of Madison County 4Her’s. Those who attend are awarded for community service, 4-H projects, leadership and how they bring 4-H into their everyday lives.
Cazenovia College is hoping this year to make multi-million-dollar capital improvements to its Center for Equine Business Development — and recently received assistance of up to $500,000 from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council.
On any given day during the planting season, a person driving down East Lake Road in Cazenovia may see Matt Volz, or his partner Gillian Goldberg, out in the fields driving a horse-drawn plow. Occasionally, Volz, dressed for the weather and dirty from work, may be standing on the stopped plow, while the horses patiently wait, as he talks or texts on his iPhone. This juxtaposition of tradition and technology, of old and new, is the essence of Greyrock Farm’s Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) program: a year-round offering to members of not just seasonal vegetables, but also grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured pork and chicken — all of which are raised, slaughtered and processed on-site — as well as eggs from pastured laying hens and raw milk.
A local restaurant owner and local building owner last week pitched their proposal to the village board to build either an addition onto or a freestanding structure next to the current building at 4 Chenango St. for the purpose of moving the Cazenovia restaurant Circa to the new location. The move would allow Circa owner Alicyn Hart to provide her customers with a bigger restaurant space, outdoor seating with a river view and more parking
Owera Vineyards has given up, for now, on its proposal to build a state-of-the-art, sound-proofed building in which to hold events on its East Lake Road property. Last Friday, Jan. 10, it withdrew its application for site plan review of the building from the Cazenovia Town Planning Board, Cazenovia Town Attorney John Langey said during the town board’s Jan. 13 meeting.
The Lincklaen House will be hosting a beer pairing dinner with Empire Brewing Company, the Syracuse-based microbrewery that is soon to break ground on a new brewing facility in Cazenovia. The event will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, and Empire's founder David Katleski and Brewmaster Tim Butler will be on hand to meet with guests prior to dinner at 7 p.m.
State Liquor Authority chair questions both on accuracy of statements
Owera Vineyards owner Nancy Muserlian and her attorney John P. Sidd, of the Syracuse law firm Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, appeared before the New York State Liquor Authority last week seeking reconsideration of the authority’s previous denial of a liquor license to the winery. During the Jan. 3 hearing in New York City, there was extended questioning by SLA Chair Dennis Rosen to Muserlian and Sidd about violations issued by local municipalities against Owera’s operating practices — violations Muserlian and Sidd said they knew nothing about.
Owner Nancy Muserlian tells commissioners the winery will undergo ‘major changes;’ hopes brides will cancel upcoming weddings
For the second time in just over four weeks, the New York State Liquor Authority has denied an application by Owera Vineyards for both its own liquor license and its ability to use third-party catering permits to provide food and alcohol at winery events. Like the authority’s first denial on Dec. 2, its commissioners specifically cited the numerous neighbor complaints and alleged deteriorating quality of life issues in the neighborhood as the reason for their denial; unlike the December decision, the authority’s Jan. 3 meeting was attended and addressed by Owera owner Nancy Muserlian and her attorney, as well as two of the winery’s East Lake Road neighbors.
Public hearing and special meeting of village board coming in January
The Economic Health and Heritage Committee has completed its draft design guidelines for the Village Edge South zone development, and intends to have a draft zoning amendment completed and ready for public presentation by early January.